Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Han Solo and Chewbacca team up with some of the newer heroes in the galaxy.
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The whole world was at a standstill during J. J. Abrams panel during Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim California while the second Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens Trailer. It was a truly profound experience that brought tears to many people’s faces to include myself. We got to see the new stars of the new Star Wars Trilogy and we got to see the old stars that we have all grown so attached to over the past 35 years.
To everyone’s delight we got to see many new costumes and characters. At Star Wars Celebration all of the fans who attended where privileged to get to see some of the new characters costumes from Episode VII, but it did not come without sacrifice. There was an average wait time of 3 hours just to get into the exhibit. The line wrapped around the whole second floor of the Anaheim convention center. Lots of people grew impatient and complained about the wait, some people left the line because the wait was just too long, but for those who patiently waited until the go into the exhibited felt it was so worth it and was a magical experience. On display were several costumes and props from the Millennium to the all new Flame Trooper we even got to see the new droid that has gained a lot of attention BB-8. This was truly one of the highlights of Star Wars Celebration and I could have stood there for hours but there were others waiting to get in. With Star Wars having so many creatures species and characters I am sure we will see lots more come the premier of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens December 18, 2015. Until then we will all have to wait.
Check out the gallery images below (FYI – if you want to stay 100% spoiler free, there may be very minor ones in this gallery)
According to concert producer Tommy Pearson, who has met and interviewed John Williams in recent years, recording sessions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take place this summer in London. Although Pearson did not mention any orchestra, Williams will likely use the London Symphony, as he did for the six previous Star Wars scores.
The comment was made last Friday during a film music concert at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Here’s the original report from our John Williams forum:
I was at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Friday night watching the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra do a film music program (Some Williams).
Just after Battle of the Heroes was performed the presenter, Tommy Pearson said“John Williams will be returning to London to record the new Star Wars score this summer”.
Additionally, composer Mark Griskey (of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 1 & 2 and The Old Republic video games), mentioned in a recent interview that Williams had already written the themes for the movie before Christmas.
Adam Driver has Joined Forces with IfOnly to Benefit Arts in the Armed Forces with a Unique Star Wars: The Force Awakens Online Auction
Star Wars Fans Can Bid to Win A One-of-a-Kind Signed Photo and Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Lucasfilm
SAN FRANCISCO (February 26, 2015) – IfOnly, a marketplace for experiences that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has announced the launch of its partnership with Lucasfilm and actor Adam Driver with a chance to win a hand-signed photo by the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a tour of the Lucasfilm campus in San Francisco. The auction, which will benefit Adam Drivers’ cause Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), is open for bidding today and will end on March 19, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015. www.ifonly.com/starwars
The signed photo includes faces and signatures from many of the cast members from the original films as well as the new members joining them in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The photo is only one part of the auction, however: the winning bidder will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lucasfilm campus at the Presidio in San Francisco.
The photo alone is a special collectable, but the signed version is invaluable to the “Star Wars” enthusiast. When the film was publicly announced, each cast member was given a copy of the first photo of them together, taken during one of their first table reads of the script. Adam asked each cast member to sign a copy and is auctioning it off to benefit Arts in the Armed Forces, an organization he co-founded that brings performing arts to the military free of charge. Driver’s career prior to being cast in “Star Wars” doesn’t follow any of the typical Hollywood plotlines. His path took him through the military, to Juilliard, and then to a career in film and television. Passionate about helping those in the military, Adam uses his cause to bring performing arts to other service members.
“AITAF brings quality entertainment to veterans and those currently serving. We cultivate tonally eclectic, often hilarious content that focuses on the human challenges we all share. We recruit great actors to read it, and make it cost-free. Though AITAF offers an artistic experience that can’t immediately be quantified, the feeling after an AITAF performance is tangible, as we watch someone from the military ‘get’ that the act of self-expression is as powerful a tool as the rifle on their shoulder.” – Adam Driver, founder, Arts in the Armed Forces
The photo is signed by most of the cast, listed below.
Signatures include: Adam Driver, J. Abrams, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lawrence Kasdan, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie
Option to add signatures from: Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Bryan Burk and Peter Mayhew
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YN regular Wes attended the Carrie Fisher Panel At Salt Lake Comic Con today and reports in with some news and images! Thanks Wes!
Carrie couldn’t say anything about episode 7 and it was a short panel but still fun to see. She talked a little about people flying drones over them while filming and how they had to wear multiple layers to hide costumes etc..
Check out a gallery of images Wes took below!
We now know that as far back as August 2011 there were rumblings of more “Star Wars” movies in the pipeline, and when Disney announced they would acquire Lucasfilm in October 2012, they made it official. Now, in an interview with USA Today, the maestro himself George Lucas revealed that he originally thought of developing “Episode VII” himself and release it in May 2015 before selling off the company.
“It’s better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself….The time is more important to me than the money,” he added.
Lucas went on to note that his only regret about “Star Wars” is that he never got to experience it like the fans did, though he’ll get his wish with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The only thing I really regret about Star Wars is the fact I never got to see it — I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen. The next one, I’ll be able to enjoy it like anybody else.”
Hasbro sent out a mass e-mail to attendees of New York Toy Fair this morning:
“With Toy Fair approaching and Hasbro’s annual Entertainment Brand Preview Day scheduled for Saturday, February 14th, we wanted to reach out and clarify what Hasbro’s Star Wars presence will entail at this year’s show.
As usual, Hasbro will be exhibiting a variety of fun and exciting Star Wars products from across its portfolio of brands, including Star Wars action figures, Star Wars Galactic Heroes and more. There will be no toys based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Star Wars Episode VII) shown at Toy Fair this year.”