Archive for ‘The Movies’



SWCVI: A Date With a Princess

Amy Ratcliffe | August 25, 2012

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I’ve learned a few things at Celebration VI, and I can share one piece of important advice with you: if you ever get the chance to see Carrier Fisher live, you shouldn’t miss it. Princess Leia came to the main stage tonight, and she was as charming as ever. I don’t think that even Darth Vader could have resisted her wit.

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SWCVI: The Future of Star Wars in 3D

Amy Ratcliffe | August 25, 2012

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I went into the future of Star Wars in 3D panel excited to see clips from Attack of the Clones and walked out with a much greater appreciation for what it takes to make the films suitable for 3D. I have to admit that I didn’t realize the extent of the process. It took about a year to transform The Phantom Menace from start to finish. Impressive, most impressive. Visual effects supervisors and masters Dennis Muren and John Knoll took the stage to discuss the painstaking work that goes into the conversion process.

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SWCVI: An Hour With Ian McDiarmid

Amy Ratcliffe | August 23, 2012

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The Emperor visited the Celebration Stage tonight but don’t worry – no one was struck with Force lightning. Of course, Ian McDiarmid did mention that he wouldn’t mind having little bit of that power in life. “Not enough to kill or maim. Just a little in my pinky.”

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7-Eleven R2, Darth Maul Utensils, and Lightsaber Popsicle Sticks

Pete Vilmur | April 5, 2012

A month ago, we reported on several Star Wars: Episode I 3D promotions being launched in Japan, including the Pepsi premium character straps.

With Episode I 3D still playing in theaters there (it was released March 15), the promotional tie-in campaigns are still very active, with some downright cool items available exclusively to Japanese fans and consumers.

Here’s a peek at some of the various premiums available at participating Japanese 7-Eleven stores, Domino’s Pizza outlets, and consumers of Gari Gari Kun ice-cream products: (more…)

Win a LEGO Episode I 3D Mural

StarWars.com Team | February 16, 2012

Southern California fans (Update: see below) have a chance to win one of the stunning Star Wars: Episode I 3D murals comprised completely of LEGO bricks spotted at select theaters across the country. ArcLight Hollywood has just posted a contest to their Facebook page asking fans who see The Phantom Menace 3D at the Hollywood venue to snap a photo of themselves in front of the mural with a caption explaining what makes them the biggest Star Wars fan!

The entry that receives the most votes by Wednesday, February 22 will take the LEGO mural home! Click here to enter.

There’s a good chance that more of these murals will become available in similar contests across the country, so stay tuned as we’ll update this entry with any new contests that are announced!

Go to the official ArcLight site for more info.

UPDATE: It appears that Harkins Theatres of Scottsdale, Arizona has launched their own mural giveaway contest, requiring only that you “Like” them on Facebook to enter! Check it out here!

Celebs Share Phantom Menace Memories

StarWars.com Team | February 10, 2012

To celebrate the 3D release of Jar Jar, Queen Amidala, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and little Anakin Skywalker hitting the big screen in glorious 3D, here are some of our favorite quotes from celebrities and bands interviewed in our past Star Wars Rocks section (no longer available on StarWars.com) who shared their favorite memories of The Phantom Menace.

Kyle Newman — Fanboys director: I remember lining up at the Union Square theater in New York City over a day and a half in advance. I was mesmerized by the already massive turnout, and thought, “Is this going to be the last movie to ever have a line like this?” In many ways it was. We didn’t need to line up, we wanted to! I had reserved my tickets online two weeks before. My seat at the midnight screening was secure, but I needed to be in that line because the movie is only part of the Star Wars experience!

After sixteen years without a film, I not only wanted a piece of that magic again — I wanted to celebrate the past too; to stand amongst anxious fellow fans and wonder and laugh and debate about what we were about to see; and discuss how it would change the face of what we knew and loved forever. It was exciting and nerve-racking. I was actually nervous! The hours leading up to the screening were electric. As soon as the usher dropped that velvet rope, the race for the perfect seat was on. But by that point it didn’t matter where I was sitting. I think I saw The Phantom Menace nine more times that week! And I waited in line every time. That sense of community and camaraderie and nostalgia are what makes Star Wars so very special!

Seth Green — Robot Chicken co-creator, actor: Impossibly, I got to go to Skywalker Ranch, and see The Phantom Menace for the first time in the Stag Theater with George just 10 rows behind me. There was so much excitement around the movie, and being there was really overwhelming. Such a great day.

Matthew Senreich — Robot Chicken co-creator: I remember standing outside the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City for a super-late night showing. It was a long, long wait. I interacted with way too many people who dressed in costume. It was quite fascinating actually.

Bill Hader — Saturday Night Live player: When I was going to college in Phoenix, my friends and I took turns waiting in a line at the mall to see The Phantom Menace. One friend would be there at 6 in the morning; then I took over at noon. People kept asking us what we were in line for, and we thought it was so obvious since there was a dude dressed as Yoda behind me. But for a laugh we bought this cheap Backstreet Boys poster and made a sign saying “In line for Backstreet Boys” and told all these kids we were so excited to see them play.

Weird Al Yankovic — comedian/singer: I actually wrote “The Saga Begins” before I ever saw the movie [The Phantom Menace]. I wanted to get the parody out absolutely as soon as possible after the movie premiered in theaters, so I scanned the Internet for leaks and rumors, pieced together the plot as best as I could, and then wrote and recorded the song based on that. I actually did wait until I was able to go to the charity screening of The Phantom Menace before I actually mastered the album — just in case all those Internet leaks were completely bogus. I certainly expected the song to do well, just based on the fact that it was based on Episode I, which I think was the most heavily-anticipated film of my lifetime.

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Week 5: Exclusive Queen Amidala T-shirt Now Available

StarWars.com Team | February 6, 2012

We’re in the final week’s stretch to the release of Episode I 3D, which means the fifth and final Episode I-themed exclusive t-shirt is now available at welovefine.com!

This striking Queen Amidala tee, designed by Lucasfilm’s Craig Drake, is available through midnight Sunday (February 12) in a womens fitted, mens, and hoodie. In addition to the exclusive tee, StarWars.com is devoting their Episode I 3D page to Queen Amidala this week, with exclusive videos, a soundboard, a drawing tutorial, and more!

You can also browse back through the previous weeks of content by clicking the tabbed dates, which will take you to pages featuring the Racer Rush game, the Maul Me feature, exclusive video, downloadable prints, craft and drawing tutorials, and much more!

Head on over to welovefine.com now to pick up this week’s Queen Amidala t-shirt – the last in this exclusive series!

Exclusive LEGO Poster Free with Star Wars Pre-Orders

StarWars.com Team | January 24, 2012

For just 5 more days, fans who pre-order any one of the eleven new LEGO Star Wars sets listed below will get a free 2-sided 24×32-inch poster showcasing the 2012 LEGO Star Wars mini figure gallery on one side and Episode IV’s trench run scene on the other!

This exclusive offer is only available for orders made through the LEGO Catalogue, on shop.LEGO.com and over the phone. This offer ends at 4pm EST on January 29, so head on over to shop.LEGO.com now!

Pre-order any of these new Star Wars sets to get a free poster:

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Virtual Twitter Podrace Recap

Bonnie Burton | January 23, 2012

To celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D (out in theaters Feb. 10, 2012), we asked some of our favorite Star Wars fan groups, celebs and Clone Wars actors to rev their engines for our first ever Virtual Podrace on Twitter!

On Jan. 14, 2012, fans gathered together to watch and have fun participating in our virtual podrace. While some tweeted at their favorite racers, other fans went a step further and joined the virtual pit droid crew!

The Podracers included:
Cyborgturkey AKA Robot Chicken, TheForce.net, Darth Vader, Ben Quadinaros, Deathstar PR, 501st Legion, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan, The Clone Wars actor James Arnold Taylor, and Team Unicorn members: Clare Grant, Michele Boyd, and Milynn Sarley. Plus special guest sniper, bounty hunter Aurra Sing voice actor from The Clone WarsJaime King!

Podracers tweeted as themselves, or as the characters they play in The Clone Wars. The @StarWars Twitter served as the commentator who called out play by play action by rolling dice to determine who went forward, who had engine problems, who got shot at by a bounty hunter, who sped ahead and who got sideswiped.

As the @StarWars Twitter tweeted play by play actions, the Podracers tweeted what was happening to them and the racers around them.

Everyone used the hashtag #Podrace at the end of their tweets so the Podrace could be followed by fans on Twitter who wanted to see the action.

There were a lot of explosions on the racetrack, surprise sniping from none other than Jaime King as Aurra Sing, a surprising romance with Darth Vader and plenty of hilarious comments from the racers!

And in the end, none other than The 501st Legion won the Podrace!

Our Virtual race was so popular that we even got the hashtag #Podrace to trend on Twitter! Yay us!

For those of you who missed all the action, here’s the play by play for you below. READ THE TWEETS FROM BOTTOM TO TOP to follow the race in its entirety.

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Exclusive Podracer T-shirt: Less Than 3 Days Left!

StarWars.com Team | January 13, 2012

This week, StarWars.com launched a special Episode I 3D hub page giving fans a one-stop destination for all the latest news and activities surrounding Star Wars: Episode I 3D’s release next month! Among the links for trailers, a new free game (Star Wars: Racer Rush), a Podrace soundboard, a drawing tutorial and more is one very cool Podracing t-shirt available exclusively from the Mighty Fine website until 11:59pm PST on Sunday — that’s less than 3 days!

The exclusive Podracer tee is the first of five — yes five — exclusive t-shirts that will be available for one week only over the next month as we lead up to the opening of Episode I 3D. In addition, the Episode I 3D page will update every Monday with an all-new Episode I theme, which the weekly exclusive t-shirt will reflect! Here’s the schedule:

  • Jan 9 – 15: Podracing
  • Jan 16 – 22: Darth Maul
  • Jan 23 – 29: Droids
  • Jan 30 – Feb 5: Jedi
  • Feb 6 – 12: Queen Amidala

So if you’ve got a soft spot for Darth Maul — or droids, Jedi, and Amidala — be sure to mark your calendars to check back for the exclusive t-shirt that will be available for one week only, along with themed-out videos, games, downloads and activities!

But if Podracing’s is your favorite thing about Episode I, you’d better head over to www.welovefine.com now and grab the exclusive Podracing tee that’s available for less than three more days!