Archive for April, 2013



The Star Wars Feel: Storytelling Hallmarks of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Jennifer Heddle | April 24, 2013

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Some of the most popular Star Wars tales in both comics and prose fiction take place in eras or locales far removed from the stories of Episodes I-VI. The most recent example of this kind of story is Dark Horse Comics’ newest installment in the Legacy series, which takes place over 100 years after Return of the Jedi. Although a series like Legacy may not depict characters we’re immediately familiar with, it’s important that it still feel like Star Wars. But what does that mean, exactly?

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The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: New Trailer

Casey Pugh | April 23, 2013

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We are so excited to give you a little taste of The Empire Strikes Back Uncut with a brand new trailer, fresh off the galactic presses.

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Remembering the Velvet Admiral, Richard LeParmentier

Albin Johnson | April 22, 2013

This week the Star Wars community bids farewell to a much-loved friend. On April 15 Richard LeParmentier, Admiral Motti from A New Hope, became one with the Force. To anyone who attended conventions Richard was the upbeat and always-friendly celebrity who was ready with a smile and a conversation. It didn’t matter who you were, the admiral always made time for the fans.

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Make-A-Wish Rebel: Portrait of a Star Wars Fan

John "Dak" Morton | April 19, 2013

In May 1997 just after the re-releases, I attended my first Star Wars convention, reuniting with my fellow actors for the first time in 18 years. The event was in Hackensack, New Jersey, just across the Hudson from New York City and the Twin Towers. In the nineties, I donated all my proceeds for children’s charities, and at the Hackensack show, I raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the non-profit that fulfills the wishes of children under 18 with life-threatening illnesses. At my table, the Make-A-Wish representative who would sit with me to handle the cash transactions through the weekend told me the convention had sponsored a dedicated young fan from Scappoose, Oregon, a bedroom community just northwest of Portland. He was there with his best friend, his brother, and his parents.

An 18-year-old Ben Fitzgerald arrived in front of my table driving his hot rod landspeeder: a high-tech, Swedish wheelchair. His third upgrade.

Rebel Knight Benjamin Fitzgerald in uniform, 1997 Hackensack Star Wars convention.

Rebel Knight Benjamin Fitzgerald in uniform, 1997 Hackensack Star Wars convention.

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Richard LeParmentier: Saluting The Admiral

Mark Newbold | April 17, 2013

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The man who first showed us the effects of the awesome powers of the dark side passed away suddenly on Monday 15th April 2013 in Austin, Texas. Richard Leparmentier, better known to millions of Star Wars fans as Admiral Conan Antonio Motti left an indelible imprint on the Star Wars galaxy, helping to illustrate the fearsome powers of Lord Vader as well as the arrogance and malice of a bloated and over-confident Empire.

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Save the Date: Chronicle Books Virtual Chat

StarWars.com Team | April 17, 2013

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Have a question for the authors? Submit it in the comments for a chance to have your question answered live and be entered to win a signed copy of one of the books!

Great Moments Behind the Scenes at Celebration, Part II

Mary Franklin | April 17, 2013

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“C-3PO is on the run without security.”

“Mary, your boyfriend is in the next aisle.”

“Hide him with a Stormtrooper helmet.”

As my blog of January 22 states, there are always moments at Celebrations that sound not of this universe, or else completely unlikely, as in “You are going to serve cake to 7,000 people.” (For more on the Great Celebration Cake Adventure see Celebration IV: The Entertainment Capital of the Star Wars World.)

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Star Wars in the UK: The Dark Times, 1987—1991

Mark Newbold | April 15, 2013

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The year was 1983. Return of the Jedi had been released to great fanfare on 25th May, breaking opening day records worldwide and bringing the original trilogy to a conclusion with a blast, resolving — for the next 32 years, at least — the fates of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and the droids. As it had been for the previous six years, Star Wars was everywhere. But little did fans know, we were just a handful of years away from an era of Star Wars history known as The Dark Times.

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Fully Operational Fandom: Tatooine Looks Awfully Bright to Me

Amy Ratcliffe | April 11, 2013

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It was a chilly November morning in Death Valley National Park — not as cold as it had been the night before when I was snuggled in a sleeping bag-blanket burrito in my tent — but still cold enough. I’d visited the park before, but I’d returned this time with a purpose grander than sightseeing: I was going to find Tatooine. I’d only recently learned that pickup shots for A New Hope and Return of the Jedi were filmed in California.

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Roger Ebert and Citizen Kane

Bryan Young | April 11, 2013

I had something else planned for this month’s Cinema column, but after the passing of Roger Ebert, in my sadness I retreated back into his work and found some incredibly fascinating things that connect to the Star Wars universe.

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