Posts Tagged ‘Celebrities’



WonderCon Wonderment 2013!

Lawrence Green | April 9, 2013

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As many fans of the Star Wars universe know, 501st and Rebel Legion members across the globe dedicate time and effort year-round in support of local community and charitable organizations to help raise funds and bring smiles to Star Wars fans of all ages. And with spring just around the corner, that means “con season” is back! Officially kicking things off for everyone on the West Coast, Comic-Con International presented WonderCon 2013 with three days of convention fun.

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SWCVI: Everything is Going As Planned

Lawrence Green | August 26, 2012

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Days Three & Four of Star Wars Celebration VI were literally filled from beginning to the very end of each day (and night) with action for members of the 501st Legion.  By day, the convention center floor saw our full attention; at night, everyone witnessed the firepower – the stamina – we bring to keep the celebrating going.

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SWCVI: Imperial Troops Have Entered the Base!

Lawrence Green | August 24, 2012

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With Star Wars Celebration VI officially underway, members of the 501st fully deployed throughout the Orange County Convention Center, bringing that extra little something that only fully dressed Imperial Stormtroopers, Sith Lords, and Officers can bring to the biggest Star Wars party yet! (more…)

Weekly Roundup: July 13, 2012

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2012

Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed last week, including San Diego Comic-Con International, the Course of the Force lightsaber relay, updates on Celebration VI and more!

COMIC-CON BEGINS!
Star Wars Day at San Diego Comic-Con International officially kicked off today, with several Star Wars panels planned throughout the weekend and many product exclusives and debuts being served up as well. Be sure to tune in to all the ongoing coverage happening here on the Official Star Wars Blog!

COURSE OF THE FORCE
The first lightsaber relay stretching five days and several miles between Santa Monica and San Diego in California wrapped up on Wednesday, with day-to-day coverage logged here on the Official Star Wars Blog as well as entries by Ashley Eckstein, Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht, Chris Hardwick, Katie Linendoll, and others! Also, be sure and catch the video short “A Lightsaber’s Journey to Comic-Con.”

CELEBRATION VI UPDATES
Amid this busy week of Course of the Force and Comic-Con news, the Celebration VI news continued to come in with the fourth Celebration artwork print reveal and an announcement that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will be on stage and meeting fans! Now’s a great time to get your tickets for the can’t-miss August 23-26, 2012 event!

MORE TO EXPLORE
New entries to the Official Encyclopedia include the massive lumbering Jawa sandcrawler, the heavily-armed Republic attack shuttle, the nimble, tow-cable toting snowspeeder, Vader’s intimidating Super Star Destroyer, and the dependable Republic frigate fitted out for diplomatic missions across the galaxy.

Course of the Force: Star Wars in a Nutshell

Alison Haislip | July 7, 2012

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Alison Haislip here, from such delightfully entertaining programming like G4’s Attack of the Show, NBC’s The Voice, and HULU’s original series Battleground. I’ll be co-hosting COURSE OF THE FORCE. Why? Well… because Chris Hardwick asked me to. BUT ALSO, because I watched all 3 original films, in their entirety, every day, for two weeks, ON VHS, while I had the chicken pox in 2nd grade. And while I may have one or two bad scars from that classic childhood disease, I have so many good scars from watching my favorite sci-fi epic over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over…

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Celeb Fans Remember Artist Ralph McQuarrie

StarWars.com Team | March 5, 2012

This week marks the sad passing of conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie. The legendary conceptual artist not only inspired filmmaker George Lucas making Star Wars possible, but also other future directors, actors, screenwriters and more, not to mention millions of fans worldwide.

We asked some of our favorite celebrity fans what McQuarrie meant to them, as well as gathered the best celebs tweets that celebrated this one-of-a-kind artist.

Read more about Ralph McQuarrie and his work on Ralph McQuarrie.com.

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Star Wars Prequels Producer Rick McCallum writes:

Ralph was the very first person I went to when we started prep on The Phantom Menace. When Ralph came to visit at the Ranch, he told me he just didn’t feel strong enough to take charge of the picture, but I felt sure I could convince him to change his mind. George and I were willing to work in any way that would make it possible for him to be part of the creation of the new trilogy. We had a great few days going over everything and finally when he told me he simply couldn’t take on the challenge because of his health, we took him into our conference room.

I showed him artwork from young artists from schools and visual effects companies throughout the world. We must have had at least 35 seriously talented artists work positioned throughout this big room. He walked around in total silence for nearly three hours, meticulously looking at everyone’s work and then he gathered Eric Tiemens, Ryan Church and Doug Chaing’s work and put them all together — then he sat down and looked at their work for what seemed like another hour and then suddenly he pointed at Doug Chaing’s samples and he exclaimed with urgency and a huge smile, “Yes, he’s the one!” And that’s how we hired Doug to become the Concept Designer on Episode I. And on Episode II and III, Ryan and Eric became the concept designers!

Ralph was a constant source of inspiration. We always had his art work hanging all over the art departments in the hallways and offices in London, Sydney and at Skywalker Ranch. There was never a single moment that I can remember not seeing someone looking, staring, or studying the beautiful and stirring images that Ralph created.

He was kind and decent — a consummate gentleman with a unique and beautiful perspective on our own world and those beyond. He will be sorely missed from our hearts but never ever forgotten.

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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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Star Wars Valentine’s Day Roundup!

StarWars.com Team | February 9, 2012


MTV star Liz Lee smooches a Gamorrean GuardGet in the Valentine’s Day spirit with this list of fun Star Wars-related romantic sites.

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS & CRAFTS:

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The Clone Wars Crew Remembers Ian Ambercrombie

Pete Vilmur | January 30, 2012

Ian Ambercrombie, best known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in The Clone Wars, sadly passed away on Friday. He will be deeply missed by The Clone Wars crew and the many Star Wars fans who have enjoyed his Clone Wars characterization of Palpatine and his alter-ego, Darth Sidious.

The Clone Wars supervising director and producer relayed their regrets on Friday to the Lucasfilm Animation crew and the many fans of Ambercrombie’s work on The Clone Wars:

Supervising Director Dave Filoni:

“Today is a very sad day for Star Wars fans, as we lost a dear friend in Ian Abercrombie. I cannot express how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to work with Ian. He was extremely passionate about his role on the series and he was brilliant at it. I always called him ‘Chancellor’ no matter where we were, in the studio or out at a restaurant. I think he enjoyed that a great deal. I learned so much from him about directing actors, and working with dialog. His advice and mentoring will be sorely missed by all of us. Though he played a villain on our show, you would be hard pressed to meet a kinder person. He loved to laugh and his sense of humor always lightened our record sessions. I will miss his stories, I will miss his performances, and I will miss his contribution to our show.

“My friend, the Force will be with you, always, and you will never be forgotten.”

Producer Cary Silver:

“Today is a sad day in the Star Wars galaxy. We lost not only an incredible actor but also a very dear man. Ian Abercrombie was an integral part of Clone Wars from the beginning and we will deeply miss not only his portrayal of the Supreme Chancellor, but also his professionalism and especially, his stories. We owe a great debt of gratitude for the time we did get to spend with Ian. May the force be with him.”

You can read more about the work of Ian Ambercrombie (who is also well known to Seinfeld fans as Mr. Pitt) at imdb.com.

The Middle Actor Meets Darth Goofy

StarWars.com Team | November 29, 2011

Actor Atticus Shaffer, better known as “Brick Heck” from ABC’s comedy series The Middle, made a stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida today and giddily posed for a portrait with Darth Goofy in front of the new revamped Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction. According to Shaffer’s bio at ABC.com, the actor is a “huge fan of everything Star Wars,” and even showed up in his own Stormtrooper t-shirt!

Photo above by Matt Stroshane/Disney, photographer.