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Media Release: Ian McDiarmid at Celebration Europe

StarWars.com Team | July 3, 2007

This just in from the wire too late for pre-holiday publication on the regular starwars.com, but we know you’d want to know…

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Star Wars Legend Ian McDiarmid to Make Special Appearance at Star Wars Celebration Europe
Acclaimed Actor Who Brought the Saga’s Palpatine to Sinister Life to be Special Guest During Opening Ceremonies on July 13

LONDON (4 July 2007) – Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid, whose iconic portrayal of Senator Palpatine and The Emperor in the Star Wars Saga raised suave villainy to a new level, will make a rare public appearance at STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE on Friday, 13th July to help commemorate the Saga’s 30th anniversary.

McDiarmid will be a special guest of Lucasfilm Ltd. and event organiser Cards Inc. during the Opening Ceremonies at ExCeL London, home of STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE. The Opening Ceremonies will be hosted by Steve Sansweet, head of fan relations for Lucasfilm Ltd., and will include a special one-time-only screening of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. (more…)

By The Purple Grasses of Dantooine!

StarWars.com Team | July 3, 2007

According to the Expanded Universe, Dantooine has steppes and savannas covered by purple grasslands, and we all know about the trippy color schemes of Felucian plantlife. The latest issue of Discover Magazine discusses the likelihood of lush grasslands on other planets having color palettes other than green. The article can be found online here. Here’s an excerpt:

[Astrobiologist Nancy Kiang] and her colleagues have used hypothetical star-planet combinations to predict extraterrestrial plant color with some intuitively jarring results. With a cooler star than our sun, little blue light would filter through an oxygen-rich atmosphere, so plants might have to rely on invisible infrared light for photosynthesis. Because they would reflect most visible light, they might appear white to our eyes. A hotter star could instead yield red or orange plants, though blue plants would be unlikely under any scenario, Kiang says.

Handy knowledge to have for gamers, designers and writers interested in telling tales of colorful planets.

Fan Movie Challenge Continues with The Women of Star Wars

StarWars.com Team | June 19, 2007

This just in from AtomFilms:

The Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge is ongoing, so you can submit a fan movie at any time. There’s a special theme for the Challenge’s next phase. We’re looking for films about the Women of Star Wars.

From Princess Leia to Pink Five, the Star Wars Universe is packed with kick-butt women. Make a fan movie featuring your favorite Star Wars heroine — or create your own. If it’s great, we’ll put it up on Spike TV.

Your Women of Star Wars movie is due to us no later than August 31, 2007 if you want it considered for TV airing.

Got a different idea? No worries, we love all fan flicks: big budget, low budget, or no budget flick — just grab your gear and make a movie!

Find out more about the Fan Movie Challenge at AtomFilms’ official site.

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Media Release: Relaunch of StarWars.com

StarWars.com Team | May 25, 2007

From the wire:

Site Debuts User-Generated Star Wars ‘Mash-Ups and Provide Hundreds of Videos and New Features, Including Eyespot Video-Editing Tool

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 25, 2007) – Star Wars fans can connect with the Force in ways they’ve only imagined, as StarWars.com has launched a redesigned website that empowers fans to “mash-up” their homemade videos with hundreds of scenes from Star Wars movies; watch hundreds of fan-made Star Wars videos; and interact with Star Wars enthusiasts from around the world like never before.

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And the Final Book in the Legacy of the Force series is…

Pablo Hidalgo | May 25, 2007

Invincible, by Troy Denning.

That was the big news out of The Legacy of the Force publishing panel. More on this later (watch this space)…

Media Release: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

StarWars.com Team | May 24, 2007

This just in from LucasArts:

Kick Some Brick Through All Six Star Wars™ Movies for the First Time in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga

The Award-Winning Videogame Brings Families Together Again, This Time on Even More Next-Generation Consoles

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 24, 2007 – LucasArts and TT Games celebrated today the 30th anniversary of the classic movie series that spans generations with the announcement of LEGO® Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Building on the success of both LEGO Star Wars “block-buster” videogames, each complete with LEGO action and minifigure humor, The Complete Saga enables families to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever. Developer Traveller’s Tales takes full advantage of the unique capabilities of all three next-generation consoles, while also adding new characters, new levels and new features. Players can build and battle this fall on the Wii™, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360™ videogame system from Microsoft. Traveller’s Tales is also creating an entirely new Nintendo DS™ version, developed brick by brick from the ground up.

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