Episode VII is a Ways Away, but There's Already an Awesome BB-8 Cake!

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The little spherical droid that could is already being immortalized in confectionary form from the folks over at Cake Rush. No word on whether or not you need a knife with a crossguard to cut that cake though.

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WTF of the Day: ‘Star Wars’ Tourists Warned About Possible ISIS Attacks Near ‘Tatooine’

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They’ve ruthlessly murdered scores of innocent people, destroyed priceless artifacts, and bulldozed ancient cities.

Now ISIS recruits are passing through Luke Skywalker’s home planet on their way to Libya, and Star Wars fans are being warned to stay away as the danger escalates in the region.

Obi-Wan Kenobi said it best: “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

The planet Tatooine from “Star Wars” was inspired by the real city of Tataouine in Tunisia and parts of the country were used as a backdrop for various scenes in the films.

Fans have been flocking to Tunisia for years to visit the locations, but now they’re being warned against it as the Islamic terrorist group ISIS expands in the region.

Over the past month, authorities have found numerous weapons caches – including rocket launchers – and arrested several men on their way to cross the border and join ISIS in Libya, according to CNN. ISIS also recently claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis which killed 23 people.

The British government has issued a travel warning for the area citing “a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.”

How Do You Get a Whole Bunch of Star Wars Impressions All in One Place?

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Well, why not stage a fake Star Wars casting call, then tell candidates to give their best impressions via voicemail?

Wondering What Happens Between The Old Star Wars Movies and the New? There's a Book for That!

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Three books, to be exact.  Star Wars: Aftermath is the first in a trilogy of books that will bridge the gap between the events of Return of the Jedi and the upcoming Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  Aftermath is written by author Chuck Wendig, and goes on sale later this year.  Here's what we know about it so far:

The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them? 

The Title of the First Star Wars Standalone Film Has Been Revealed!

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The first in what will probably be a long line of Disney's Star Wars spinoff films has a title: Star Wars: Rogue One

There's no official word on what the film is about, but based on that title, it's got to be about starfighters in the Rebel Alliance or New Republic (depending on when it's set).  Personally, I'm hoping it's Top Gun in space.

Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything) has been cast in the film, which is being directed by Gareth Edwards (2014's Godzilla), and Written by Chris Weirz (Antz, The Golden Compass).  The film is set to be released on December 16, 2016.

Meanwhile, Rian Johnson (Looper) has been confirmed as the writer and director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will premiere on May 26, 2017.

For $15 Million This Star Wars Bedroom (and a Whole Fancy Mansion) Could be Yours

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The Star Wars room in this six bedroom mansion is equipped with fake snow, a snowspeeder bed, and a mini R2D2 to keep you cooler than Luke on Hoth.  Other bedrooms in the mansion include some standard extremely luxurious pads and this adorable pirate themed room:

If you've got a spare fifteen million dollars laying around, the house is currently for sale!