12 items from 2016
It’s called Celebration for a reason. Back in April 1999, when “The Phantom Menace” was about to become the first new “Star Wars” film to hit theaters in 16 years, Lucasfilm launched Star Wars Celebration to further stoke the fan fires (and to keep them rejoicing over a relaunched franchise). With over 20,000 attendees, the fan-facing convention was an immediate hit — but the popular event came and went, depending on what was then a very fickle “Star Wars” release schedule.
Today, with the “Star Wars” universe rapidly expanding with all the heat and mass of a black hole, the conventions have become annual affairs that bring fans together to celebrate their shared obsession with George Lucas’ decades-long creation. (Already, Star Wars Celebration Orlando is selling out tickets for 2017.)
What Is Celebration?
For the first time since 2007, the three-day event that is Star Wars Celebration Europe returned to London’s sprawling ExCel Exhibition Centre, »
- Kate Erbland
It’s the final day of Star Wars Celebration Europe today, with the Star Wars Fan Film Awards Ceremony set to take place, along with panels featuring Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Ray Park (Darth Maul). There’s also the Future Filmmakers panel with Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII) and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Han Solo), although it’s unclear whether that panel will be part of the live feed. Still, you can check out all the coverage here…
Here’s the full schedule of live-streams for today:
10:00 a.m. BST / 5:00 a.m. Edt / 2:00 a.m. Pdt
10:15 a.m. BST / 5:15 a.m. Edt / 2:15 a.m. Pdt
2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m. BST / 6:00 a.m. Edt / 3:00 a.m. Pdt
12:00 p.m. BST / 7:00 a. »
- Gary Collinson
The Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 has officially kicked off today in London at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre. The three-day “Star Wars” event will feature discussions with the franchise’s stars and creators, panels, as well as breaking news from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars Episode III,” the untitled Han Solo standalone film, “Star Wars Rebels” and so much more.
One huge moment from the first day was when the cast of “Rogue One,” including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker and director Gareth Edwards, introduced a never-before-seen clip that featured new scenes from the spin-off, behind the scenes shots and interviews with the stars of the film.
Below is the live stream schedule so you can come back and watch your favorite actors and discussions.
Saturday, July 16
10:00 a.m. BST / 5:00 a. »
- Liz Calvario
The Star Wars Show Live will be the one place to watch Celebration panels as they happen in London — but you may want to channel your inner Admiral Ackbar and plan a viewing strategy. Check out the live stream below, and make sure you don’t miss any of the big news and revelations!
Below is is the schedule of events and these times are subject to change.
Friday, July 15
11:00 a.m. BST / 6:00 a.m. Edt / 3:00 a.m. Pdt
Star Wars Show Live! – Friday Preview
11:30 a.m. BST / 6:00 a.m. Edt / 3:00 a.m. Pdt
An Hour With Mark Hamill
1:00 p.m. BST / 8:00 a.m. Edt / 5:00 a.m. Pdt
Ahsoka’s Untold Tales
2:00 p.m. BST / 9:00 a.m. Edt / 6:00 a.m. Pdt
Ilm Presents: Star Wars Archeology
3:45 p.m. BST / 10:45 a.m. Edt / 7:45 a.m. Pdt
Star Wars Show Live! »
- Kellvin Chavez
Kicking things off this week with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it was revealed by Kathleen Kennedy that some big changes are coming to the franchise – including the removal of the iconic opening crawl. Blasphemy, surely? “The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films,” Kennedy told EW. “So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.” Not having the crawl would help separate the spin-offs from the main timeline, but – personally – it would feel like it’s missing something. »
- Luke Owen
We already know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story helmer Gareth Edwards is set to appear at Star Wars Celebration Europe this July, and now we can also add Star Wars: Episode VIII’s Rian Johnson and the young Han Solo movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller to that list.
Johnson, Lord and Miller will appear alonsgide Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Sr. Vice President of Development Kiri Hart, and Star Wars Story Group executive Pablo Hidalgo on Sunday, July 17th’s Future Filmmakers Panel for what is being described as “an informal discussion”.
Other guests set for Celebration include Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and host Warwick Davis (Wicket), while Dave Filoni is also set to unveil the third season of Star Wars Rebels.
Star Wars Celebration Europe is »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is almost here - and StarWars.com has a special sneak peek at some of the panels planned for the Celebration Stage, home of the biggest shows and brightest stars of the weekend. Star Wars fan-favorite actor Warwick Davis will host the Celebration Stage, and every panel is set to kick off with warm-up shows by DJ Elliott and Mark Daniel. Check out the partial schedule below - featuring Star Wars legends, the Cosplay Championship, and more - with more Celebration programming to be revealed soon!
If you're going to London for Celebration, be sure to stay through Sunday for even more Star Wars surprises. Seats at the Celebration Stage will be in high demand. Look for the Star Wars Celebration Navigation Guide, coming next week on StarWarsCelebration.com, for helpful tips and tricks to help you see your favorite shows!
The festivities for Friday, July »
Star Wars Celebration is headed to us in less than a month, and we now have a tease of what we can expect from the event at the ExCel London Exhibition Center from July 15-17 Lucasfilm (via Coming Soon) has released a sneak peek of the of the schedule, which you can see below! Star Wars Celebration Schedule: Friday, July 15 11:30-12:30 An Hour With Mark Hamill Start your Celebration weekend off in the best possible way, by spending time with the Jedi Master himself. Mark Hamill will chat with the audience, answer questions, and tell stories from his years in entertainment and from his point of view portraying the pivotal character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe. 16:00-17:00 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about? Find out, when Gareth Edwards – director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »
- Roth Cornet
Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled its upcoming Darth Maul Premium Format figure from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which is available to pre-order now, priced $519.99; check it out here…
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Often a movie or show can be defined by the villains that antagonize the heroes. They lend depth and perspective to the entire piece and help us further immerse ourselves in the story being told. To our minds, some of the most feared and effective villains are those that barely speak. Those that don’t fully reveal their motivations for us and give us the same impression of unknowing fear that the heroes are experiencing. The silent pursuer or stalker that haunts every shadow, as it were.
Perhaps no other Star Wars villain best embodies those traits as well as Darth Maul. With an always focused terrifying visage and few words, Darth Maul »
- Amie Cranswick
Even though Star Wars: The Phantom Menace only gave Darth Maul a total of 15 minutes of screen time and a handful of lines (which were delivered by Guardians of the Galaxy star Peter Serafinowicz instead of on-screen actor Ray Park), he is one of the favorite villains of the entire sci-fi saga. The villain […]
The post Votd: ‘Darth Maul: Apprentice’ Fan Film Gives the ‘Star Wars’ Villain His Due Diligence appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has created a new generation of fans, some of whom may be revisiting the first six films in the Star Wars franchise or watching them for the first time. The 1999 prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace introduced the iconic Sith apprentice Darth Maul (Ray Park), although his appearance in the franchise was short-lived after he was killed off by Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi. Many fans were disappointed that this villain didn't get much screen time, so filmmaker Shawn Bu set out to rectify that by creating a fan film entitled Darth Maul: Apprentice. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about this project on his YouTube page.
"We worked incredibly hard on this film for almost 2 years! We always felt that Darth Maul should have had more screen time. So we wanted to create a film just for him with the »
This is a column about speculation, spoilers, rumors, hearsay and analyzing the Star Wars Universe. Spoilers, real or imagined, might be found within.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story might have a more exciting climax than I suspected.
Initially when I heard the pitch of a rebel group stealing the Death Star plans I thought they there’d certainly be a Grand Moff Tarkin cameo (maybe through hologram?) but that the series would only hint a Darth Vader around the edges of the plot. Then, as we started to get details about the plot of The Force Awakens and hearing that a team of designers were re-creating Darth Vader’s costume, I wrote off the costume as part of the ongoing travelling Star Wars Costume exhibit. It just didn’t make sense to me to have Darth Vader in the story.
Then, I watched A New Hope again before The Force Awakens. »
12 items from 2016
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