Archive for the ‘fan events’ Category

ILM Archaeology Panel Video

July 17, 2016

Here’s the ILM Archeology panel from SWCE:

SWCE Open Thread

July 15, 2016

Ahsoka-rama, new Rogue One trailer, and other shenanigans drop all weekend at SWCE!  Are you at the con?  Are you watching stream video when you really should be working?  Are you following along on social media?  Do you even care?  Chat about it here (but read the Rules of the House).

Update 7/15:  It was all about Ahsoka and Rogue One today.  For some reason Lucasfilm showed a short new trailer only to the audience at SWCE that apparently has Vader in it; there’s no SDCC panel and there’s no D23 this year (tickets just went on sale for 2017).  So I have no idea what they are saving it for.  But a sizzle reel was shown to the audience and online and folks claim to have spotted Bail Organa in the background.  As for Ahsoka, there’s lots of news about her!  Aside from the exclusive Funko Pop figure for Hot Topic coming this fall (her “Rebels” incarnation), the cover art for the upcoming YA novel was revealed as well as some digital cards for the Topps Star Wars Trading Card app.  The Ahsoka Untold Tales panel is posted in its entirety here.  Some of it is stuff I’d heard before from last year’s Clone Wars panel at Celebration Anaheim but a lot is new, including lots of new sketch art and Dave Filoni’s plans for her fate on the show.  Watch and pull your hair out that such a cool ending never got to be used!  And could we see her return on “Rebels?”

Meanwhile TPM concept artist Doug Chiang and visual effects supervisor John Knoll along with Kevin Jenkins appeared at the ILM Archaeology Panel that live streamed (I didn’t watch, I actually had to work, heh heh).  Apparently Chiang spent a lot of time talking about how many miniatures were used in TPM ;).  And Chiang managed to bump into fellow TPM alum Ray Park:

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And here’s Dave Filoni and Sam Witwer (Maul’s other alter ego) with a cosplayer:

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Update 7/16:  It was mostly about Thrawn today but not much news prequels-wise.  Maul will be back on “Rebels” and there’s going to be a TPM read-along book for kids coming out in January.

Update 7/17:   Aaand, show’s over.

 

 

Some Prequel-y Stuff At SWCE

July 14, 2016

Thanks to Lady Jedi Scientist for finding these photos among the many posted by Jedi Temple Archives:

 

 

Not a lot of prequel stuff in the SWCE official store (big surprise) but there is this cool Fett family crest tee for those of you lucky to be there now!

“Prequels Strike Back” To Be Released This Fall

June 15, 2016

Ministry of Cinema’s “The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey” has release dates set for this fall:

Digital release–September 15

Theatrical premiere–October 6 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX. Tickets are already on sale. DVDs and Blu-Rays of the film will be available at this screening.

For more info, go here.

Celebration 2017 Comes To O-Town

May 4, 2016

What did I tell you?  With Star Wars part of the House of Mickey, Celebrations will ping pong between Anaheim and Orlando forever.  Since the last U.S. Celebration was at Mouse House West, the 2017 con will be back in Orlando, site of two previous Celebrations and in the same vicinity as Mouse House East.  (Plus you can throw in trips to Universal Orlando, Sea World Orlando, Legoland Florida, etc. if you feel like it.)

Tickets go on sale May 25 at noon PST for the con scheduled April 13-17.  Let me tell ya, the really expensive but line-avoiding Jedi Knight pass looks mighty tempting this time around…

Why I’ve Lost The May the 4th Spirit: A Commentary

May 3, 2016

The first time I’d ever heard of “May the Fourth” was 12 years ago. Several co-workers who knew I was a Star Wars fan ambushed my desk and said, “Do you know what day it is?”

“Uh, no?”

“May the 4th be with you!” they chorused. Sure I had fun co-workers but I still wonder how the heck I was the last to know about the significance of May 4. In any case, I gamely continued along with this made-up internet holiday for the next several years. It was an excuse to wear Star Wars t-shirts or jewelry or whatever I had and take advantage of some promotional deals.  It has become a huge marketing tool and it seems like even people who mostly don’t care about Star Wars or know much about it feel some sort of compulsion to participate.

Now my answer to “May the 4th” is, “Bah, humbug!” No I’m not going to smack co-workers with a cane when they wish me a ”May the 4th Be With You” or anything but I’m over it being anything important that I have to celebrate. I don’t care about the commercialization part of it. Companies will find any reason to sell us Star Wars stuff after all.

But one problem I have with May the 4th is it isn’t in any way significant to Star Wars itself. It’s based off of a silly pun.  (It’s also not the only day in May subject to goofy Star Wars puns: no one can agree on whether Revenge of the Fifth or Revenge of the Sixth is more clever.)  If you had to pick a day to celebrate Star Wars as a whole, why not May 25th, when ANH was released? That started it all. Or why not on George Lucas’s birthday, May 14th? For Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day, May 19 is logical because that’s when TPM and ROTS came out.

But the biggest problem I have with May the 4th is that it has come to exacerbate the fault lines and lack of respect among fans. I fully expect people to go to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, or whatever to spend more time trashing what they don’t like about Star Wars instead of celebrating what they do like. Why? Because that’s what I’ve been seeing online for years now! Every stupid geek faux personality had been feeling obligated to use their May the 4th posts to trash the prequels. I’ve posted about this happening a few years now.

My last straw was a year ago when I not-too-wisely got into an argument with a stranger over one of his backhanded May the 4th posts. I thought, “This is why this thing exists? So people can bash the prequels and I end up getting into arguments with them?”  This is supposed to be about celebrating what makes us happy and I was miserable.   I felt like George Costanza’s father telling the story of why he founded Festivus, because the fights over buying Christmas gifts got to him. There has to be a better way! (Like Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day, coming May 20!)

So you can go on with your May the 4th festivities; I’m sitting them out.  No May the 4th greetings, no Star Wars-wear to work.  Like the Oingo Boingo song says, it’s just another day.

But I will take advantage of sales on anything good…

Then And Now: Fandom Tourism

October 28, 2015

In 1999, TPM was released on staggered dates throughout the world. North America got it May 19 and much of the world got it on various dates through the summer, with France bringing up the rear in October. Simultaneous worldwide releases were relatively new then but Star Wars fans outside of the U.S. and Canada weren’t going to wait two or three months to see the movie, especially with that newfangled thing called the internet threatening to spoil the movie months before it arrived on their shores. So what was a fan to do? Book a vacation to the U.S. of A., of course! I don’t know how many people traveled to New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and other easy hop destinations from the UK and the rest of Europe but it was enough to get media attention. One of my friends actually made the trip.

It was less of an issue with the releases of AOTC and ROTS, which opened the same date worldwide (with a few exceptions like Japan). However due to differing time zones, if you lived in Australia or New Zealand, you got at least a 16-hour jump on the U.S. and Europeans who had to schlep to New York in the past were enjoying midnight showings just as their U.S. East Coast counterparts were driving home from work.

Fast forward to 2015 and I spot an ad from Air France on Twitter promoting a “Flight And Cinema” package deal: “Star Wars VII: See The Movie 2 Days Before!” That’s right, France gets TFA on December 16, two days before its opening in North America, so now it comes full circle with American fans booking flights to Paris to see the flick first.

With your plane ticket (must be booked on specific flights departing December 15 from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York) you get a free ticket to the flick at a EuroCorp Cinema theater (designed by Luc Besson) and a free ride on a special Star Wars shuttle from the airport to theater. Sweet, non? As much as I love Paris, I would be so horribly jet lagged, I’d fall asleep within the first 20 minutes. Especially in those La-Z-Boys and lounge chairs the EuroCorp Cinema chain apparently has. But if you’ve got money to burn and want to toast TFA by the Eiffel Tower then hit Disneyland Paris afterwards, check out Air France’s offer here. And hope the movie isn’t dubbed in French!

However, I think Italy gets first dibs on TFA December 15. Ball’s in your court, Alitalia!

Lucas’s D23 Disney Legends Acceptance Speech

August 15, 2015

H/T Coffee With Kenobi

“I love Goofy. I love Jar Jar Binks.”

Some D23 Stuff of Interest

August 14, 2015

George Lucas collected his Disney Legends award today at D23, introduced by Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Shoppers at the Disney fan club con can find this saga collection of action figures. Take a look at that General Grievous! And Candy Wilder (who’s sadly not at the con) sent along a photo of not only a 12″ Leia coming to the Disney Store, but a t-shirt worthy of SWPAS approval. Look: clone troopers, Obi-Wan, Padmé, lightsaber wielding Yoda, etc. along with stuff from the OT. How it should be.

Of course it’s not fun without the popular Jedi training show for the younglings!

SDCC Open Thread

July 10, 2015

So, the Star Wars panel at SDCC was a big mix of conflicted feelings for me. It was the first big Star Wars panel at SDCC in over 5 years and yet it was the first I hadn’t attended since I started going to SDCC 11 years ago, largely due to my aversion to sleeping on the pavement plus the fact I was volunteering. A part of me is pretty bummed about that, especially since the OT3 appeared together, something they didn’t do at Anaheim (thanks, plane crash). I wasn’t expecting to feel bummed about it either.

On the other hand, not much earth shattering was revealed so this panel–based on Twitter reports–seemed to lean more on a few more character revelations and “the feels.” In a nutshell: practical, practical, practical, Simon Pegg, practical, practical, here’s the cast except Andy Serkis and Lupita N’yongo because they would remind you it’s not all practical.

Were you at the panel or following it online?  Sound off.