Archive for 2013



Star Wars: Battlefront Returns

StarWars.com Team | June 10, 2013

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Combining stunning visuals, incisive gameplay, and smart level design, the Star Wars: Battlefront video games took fans into the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways. The series beautifully showcased Star Wars locales, featured intense ground-battle action, and allowed gamers to fight for the Empire, the Republic, the Rebellion, and other factions. They were not just great Star Wars games; they were great video games in their own right. And we are thrilled to confirm that the series will continue.

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StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: June 7, 2013

StarWars.com Team | June 7, 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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Pringles’ “The Force For Fun” Contest: Sounds Like a Party

Team Spaceman | June 7, 2013

Hey everybody,

We’re Jared and Dave from Team Spaceman, and we were once kids. It was awesome being kids. Everyone should try it! When we made one of the finalist videos for the Pringles and Star Wars “The Force For Fun” contest, we briefly got a chance to return to that childhood fun. We’re definitely excited to write about our experience creating this video — and our love of Star Wars — here on this guest blog. So thanks for reading!

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Sunday in the Park with George…and Yoda and Indy, Too

Steve Sansweet | June 7, 2013
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Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sunday in the Park with George was inspired by the concept and the painting of Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” But here I’m referring to another George — Lucas, of course — and another park, this one being built in George Lucas’ longtime hometown, San Anselmo, California.

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Drawing from the Past: How Prehistoric Creatures Influence Star Wars Designs

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A lost world in a galaxy far, far away…

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric life forms have more in common with Star Wars than one would expect. Their awe-inspiring and mysterious fossils may be all that’s left from their existence, and mankind has always been fascinated by the life that once roamed the earth. Many children will surely remember having a “dinosaur-period” during their childhood and the release of Jurassic Park (1993) resulted in a revival of interest in all things prehistoric.

Appearing in early Expanded Universe sources, several prehistoric life forms from Earth actually exist in the Star Wars universe. Giant reptiles, called Dinosaurs, lived on Trammis III, a planet situated in The Centrality. The Pterosaur of Ammuud is another example of a prehistoric creature that found its way to the Star Wars universe. A cast from the skull of an Apatosaurus was even used in A New Hope, to create the Krayt Dragon skeleton.

In this entry we will take a closer look at 10 species or creatures from that galaxy, far, far away that are reminiscent of prehistoric life forms. Not just dinosaurs, but also prehistoric mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and even insects will cross our path.

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R2 Builders Club, Lots of Astromechs Coming to Celebration Europe

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R2-D2: BEEP WHISTLE-WHISTLE WHIR BEEP BLOOP BLEE WOOO

Translation: I am pleased to confirm that I will be attending Celebration Europe and am bringing a few friends.

It is a great pleasure to announce that the R2-D2 Builders Club will be at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen on July 26-28. The Builders Club was founded in 1999 by Australian Dave Everett, and now has over 10,000 members worldwide — members that have either built an astromech droid or are aspiring to build one.

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Star Wars Comics Preview: June 5, 2013

StarWars.com Team | June 5, 2013

It’s Wednesday, which means one thing: new comic books! Check out a preview of new Star Wars comics available today after the jump!

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A Celebration Europe Must-See: Star Warriors and Deleted Scenes Screening

Mary Franklin | June 4, 2013

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Back in the spring of 2006, George Lucas decided he would love to bring Star Wars fans from all over the world to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2007.

As I recall, our head of marketing at the time assumed that we would bring costumed characters only from the areas closest to Pasadena, California, where the parade is held. George, however, wanted to bring them from all over to say “thank you” for their support of Star Wars over the years, and to recognize the dedication of groups like the 501st and Rebel Legions for their community and charity service.

We ended up with literally blocks of marching Stormtroopers, Rebels, Imperials, Ewoks, droids, princesses, Darth Vader, and a spare Vader tracking the parade route on a side street in a van. The path of the troops to the Rose Parade was documented in Star Warriors, which is scheduled to be shown at Star Wars Celebration Europe on Pablo Hidalgo’s Behind-The-Scenes Stage in Halle 5.

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Making The Return of Return of the Jedi and Celebrating 30 Years of a Film I Love

Kyle Newman | June 3, 2013

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The making of The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting was a whirlwind experience to say the least.

Geoff Boucher of Entertainment Weekly rang me up in early spring to inform me of his plans to celebrate Return of the Jedi with a series of special screenings on May the 4th in conjunction with Lucasfilm. He asked me if I had interest in making something that could play before the main event to honor Jedi turning 30. I desperately wanted to help out but was deep in planning on my next feature film and it didn’t look likely. But two weeks before the screening the stars aligned and a window presented itself. Thankfully Geoff was still in need of an opening act for his Star Wars extravaganza.

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Dak Discovered

John "Dak" Morton | June 3, 2013

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Way back in the ’90s, a suburban dad was single-parenting his two daughters. He was the president of their elementary school’s parent-teacher organization, fortunate enough to have a boss who let him work his own hours, and as long as he got his work done, he was able to be there for his girls. Most willingly and joyfully, he gave himself over to the task.

At home, elementary school artwork adorned the walls of the entrance, the corridor to the bedrooms, the kitchen. Music filled the house, played from the large boombox on the kitchen table. Weekday mornings started at full volume: Chuck Berry’s “School Days.” A musician in his salad days, this dad maintained his chops on Sundays as a rhythm guitarist for a gospel group led by the lead guitarist who had spent the better part of his professional career in New Orleans. The lead singer was a Texan, a Navy man, a soul singer who played sax locally in Tierfon in the Navy Band. The material was, dare we say, Force-ful. Wedded to this routine, this dad presumed to lead an uncomplicated life and stay out of trouble. Then came 1997.

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