Archive for January, 2013



Great Moments Behind-The-Scenes at Celebration

Mary Franklin | January 22, 2013

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“This rancor will need to travel across Florida.”

At each and every Star Wars Celebration I find myself either saying or hearing phrases that sound completely out-of-this-galaxy.

“Can we get this landspeeder in the freight elevator?”

“We are going to build a Death Star and I want you to find out how much.”

Either they sound out-of-this-galaxy, or they sound completely impossible, as in “I just lost an entire marching band.”

Typically the responses sound much more in-galaxy than the original statements:
“We can’t get Darth Vader off the ground.”
“That is because the wind is coming too strongly from a direction that threatens to blow the Darth Vader hot-air balloon right into the ExCeL Convention Center and impale it on the roof.”

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It Was Clearly the Will of the Force

Pablo Hidalgo | January 21, 2013

Just pointing out something that you’ll now never be able to un-see.

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Pablo Hidalgo is paid to know the difference between Romba and Lumat and dies a little bit inside when you misspell Wookiee or Lucasfilm. He lives in San Francisco and also on Twitter as @infinata.

Celebrating E.T.

StarWars.com Team | January 19, 2013

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Thirty years ago today, Variety magazine posted a full-page advertisement from George Lucas congratulating Steven Spielberg for surpassing Star Wars at the box office with E.T. the Extraterrestrial. The ad, featuring an illustration by artist Kazo Sano, is a fitting tribute from one friend to another — playful, honest, celebratory. Everything that makes E.T. and Star Wars special.

Many years later, after both films had been re-released theatrically, Star Wars would once again surpass E.T.. Today, Star Wars holds the number two all-time domestic box office gross record (adjusted for inflation) and E.T. ranks fourth. Whatever their ranks, both films continue to endure as classics.

Please join all of us here at Lucasfilm in saluting E.T. the Extraterrestrial, a true masterpiece.

StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: January 18, 2013

StarWars.com Team | January 18, 2013

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Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed this week!

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Marching with the Maker: A 501st Legion Reflection

Albin Johnson | January 17, 2013

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The recent holidays brought back some very special Star Wars memories to me. It was only six years ago on a cold New Year’s morning that over 200 armored men and women were gathered outside a hotel in Pasadena, clustered in squads that waited anxiously as large tour buses came and went like Imperial shuttles to take them away for a very special mission. That was the year George Lucas was named grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade. And he had made it clear from the very start what he wanted as grand marshal. He wanted Imperial Stormtroopers to march with him in the parade. A LOT of Stormtroopers.

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10 Essential German Phrases for Star Wars Celebration Europe

Star Wars Celebration Team | January 16, 2013

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Star Wars Celebration Europe is coming up fast. The full site has been launched, tickets go on sale tomorrow, a bevy of guests are in the hopper, and — from what we’ve seen on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram — fans are already hard at work on assembling collections and costumes for the first ever Star Wars Celebration in Germany. On this note, we’d like to take today to recommend that in between gathering together your pins, patches, and vintage action figure and/or knitting, sewing, or vacuum forming your duds for the costume contest, you also brush up on your German.

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The Jedi Path Goes Digital, Becomes More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Daniel Wallace | January 15, 2013

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Now that the e-book edition of The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force is launching on January 15, it seems that we’ve finally caught up to Republic-era technology.

You see, when we started working on The Jedi Path in 2010, we wanted to create an in-universe artifact that felt as if it had fallen through a wormhole to our world directly from the galaxy far, far away. Between the covers of this volume, readers could explore the collected wisdom of the Jedi Order from Force powers to lightsaber combat, and the pages carried the handwritten annotations of Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more.

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Planet Earth Abandons Death Star Project In Face Of Superior Galactic Imperial Power

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IMPERIAL CENTER, CORUSCANT – The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Predator

Bryan Young | January 14, 2013

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Back at Star Wars Celebration V, I thought I was being clever when I asked Dave Filoni what films they’d been looking to draw inspiration from for episodes of The Clone Wars that had not yet aired.

We talked for a while and he gave me quite a list of films that I would expect to be inspiration for an all-ages cartoon adventure. And then he hit me with one that dropped my jaw: Predator.

The R-rated, Arnold Schwarzenegger action/sci-fi movie?

The very same.

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StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: January 11, 2013

StarWars.com Team | January 11, 2013

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Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed this week!

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