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Comic-Con 2011: The Clone Wars Season 4 Panel Recap

StarWars.com Team | July 23, 2011

Couldn’t make it to The Clone Wars Season 4 panel featuring The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni and producer Cary Silver, moderated by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo. Don’t worry! Below are some of the panel highlights.

Dive right in!
Season 4 starts with an underwater story arc on the planet of Mon Calamari. Filoni said they wanted the cameras to have similar movements to underwater scuba camera. They had to create an entire civilization from the buildings to the population of the people — male and female fish, warriors, the Quarren army, etc.

It’s a….!”
Captain Ackbar is indeed in this underwater story arc. There was some debate whether or not they should have Ackbar refer to traps, but they didn’t do that.

Watch out for sharks!:
The shark-like race works with the Separatist. They have sharp teeth and bite the heads off of characters, but Filoni assures that it’s not too violent because “bubbles make it better.”

Kit Fisto is back!
“Everyone likes Kit Fisto because he smiles,” Filoni says.”He doesn’t have his shirt on, so that’s a bit of a Twilight reference.”

Scuba Clone Troopers!
Kit Fisto has scuba clone troopers in Season 4. Filoni challenges the 501st Legion to come up with scuba trooper costumes!

New Clone Trooper Story Arc with Captain Rex:
Umbara is a new planet shrouded in darkness & for the first time you get to see clone troopers killing non-droids, but infact humaniods that live on the planet. All the technoloy the Umbarans fight with weapons you’ve never seen before. Fans have actually seen Umbarans before; Palpatine’s creepy aid is an Umbaran. And a lot of the favorite troopers who have survived so far like Captain Rex and Fives will show up in this episode.

New Faces and Armor:
They changed the look of a lot of the main characters like Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan, so this season they upgraded the facial expressions on the clone faces and changed some of the armor as well. Captain Rex doesn’t like the new armor because he thinks it’s too disposable so he makes a hybrid of his old armor welded together with his new armor. He’s worried that the Republic looks at the clones as more of a disposable army.

New Jedi Character: General Krell
He’s the same species as Dexter Jettster! He’s an uncoventional, powerful Jedi who causes the clones to question things in different ways.

C-3PO & R2-D2 have new adventures!
Star Wars is like a fairy tale from their point of view,” Filoni says. the classic animated series Droids was an inspiration.

Never Cry Wolffe
Clone trooper Wolffe returns but he’s different than Rex since he lost all his men so he’sa bit of a “curmudgeon” and doesn’t like C-3PO much.

Madame Mandalorian?

Filoni revealed that Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackoff will be voicing a female Mandalorian. He really wanted to have an actress voice her that really understood the fan culture. Filoni wanted to put a female Mandalorian on the show to give the woman fans another cool costume option to cosplay. Her helmet design is based on a barn owl because Filoni’s wife likes owls. Director Jon Favreau will be back as Mandalorian Pre Vizsla, as well.

Nightsisters return!
Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress, and Nightsisters will return this season as well. (As Filoni mentions the Nightsisters return for Season 4, the geek girl cosplay collective Team Unicorn — dressed as Dathomir’s Dark Side witches — walk up onstage! And he shows a clip that isn’t completed yet and even George Lucas hasn’t seen yet — of the Nightsisters fighting against battle droids!)

Bring on the Bounty Hunters!
Filoni says Cad Bane, Bossk, and Boba Fett will be back, along with an old favorite coming to the series — Dengar!

To Han or Not to Han?
A fan asks if we’ll see a young Han Solo in the series. Filoni says no, unless Lucas really insisted on it. “I don’t want to be the guy who defines that.”

By Your Commando!
Filoni confirmed clone commandos will be on the show, but not Delta Squad because he doesn’t want to mess with that continuity.

More Mortis on the way
“We’re going to do more about those kinds of mystical things in the future. It won’t be the last you hear of those types of stories. And you’ll learn more about those Force wielders and what they are and how they fit into the bigger spectrum of things,” Filoni says in answer to a fan’s question on whether the Mortis planet was the home of the Force.

New Challenges for Ahsoka:
Lux’s character might challenge Ahsoka’s own feelings about someone that she care for. When a fan asks about her pending fate, Filoni says he’s thought of about eight different possible outcomes for Ahsoka, but nothing has been decided yet.

Be sure to stay tuned here for more Star Wars news, photos and info at San Diego Comic-Con International 2011!

Comic-Con 2011: Star Wars Fan Movie Winners

StarWars.com Team | July 22, 2011

The Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge is produced by a long-running partnership between Lucasfilm and Atom, to celebrate the best in fan made videos and animations. The winning entry each year is selected by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas, and the finalists are also posted online, where a worldwide body of viewers selects the Audience Choice Award.

This year the famous golden droid trophies were presented to the winners at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 during the Fan Movie Award Ceremony on Thursday evening, July 21.

Below are a list of the winners who took home a coveted statue:

Best Fan Fiction – Fed Wetherbee for A Light in the Darkness
(Introduced by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo)

Best Acting – Sasha Nixon for Star Wars: Hunter
(Introduced by Fanboys Director Kyle Newman)

Spirit of Fandom – James Austen for The Tentacle Trap
(Introduced by Lucasfilm Events Manager Mary Franklin)

Best Comedy – Trey Albright for Solo Forever
(Introduced by Robot Chicken co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich)

Best Sequel – Adam White for The Unconcious Sith Strikes Back
(Introduced by The Clone Wars CG/FX/Lighting Supervisor Joel Aaron)

Audience Choice Award – Fed Wetherbee for A Light in the Darkness
(Introduced by former Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet)

Best Animated Feature – Jim Mehsling for Bounty Hunter II: Pit of Carkoon
(Award introduced by The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni)

George Lucas Selects Award – Eliot Sirota for Star Wars: Unlimited Power
(Award introduced by The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni, and via video, George Lucas)

Be sure to check out all our photos on the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards Flickr Gallery!

Stay tuned on Star Wars Blog for profiles of all the award winners.

Comic-Con 2011: Han in Ice, Her Universe & Hallmark

StarWars.com Team | July 21, 2011

If you had any doubts that R2-D2 and Han Solo are the coolest characters in Star Wars before, Kotobukiya has a product that finally proves it with these ice and chocolate mold silicone trays.


In their booth in the Star Wars Pavilion at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, CA, fans can see Han in Ice and R2-D2 on the rocks with this fun display.

Her Universe is also back in full “Force” at this year’s Comic-Con, showing off their latest geek girl Star Wars fashions. Ashley Eckstein also tells us that they have new clothes and accessories for awesome SyFy shows like Warehouse 13 and Battlestar Galactica for those fans who like to mix up their sci-fi.

If you have a Boba Fett-ish, then Her Universe has the clothes for you!

Another hit in the Star Wars Pavilion are the new holiday ornaments from Hallmark! Darth Maul never looked more festive!

Check out the latest photos in our Comic-Con 2011 Photo Gallery on Flickr.

Be sure to stay tuned here for more Star Wars news, photos and info at San Diego Comic-Con International 2011!

Comic-Con 2011: The Rebel Base Experience

StarWars.com Team | July 21, 2011

Starting off San Diego Comic-Con International with a bang… quite literally the biggest bang in a galaxy far, far away! Fans got a first look at the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray in The Rebel Base Experience. Inside the mysterious giant box, fans got to experience one of the Saga’s most iconic moments — the destruction of the Death Star — from a unique, in-universe vantage point at booth #3528.

Here’s a sneak peek inside:


Check out the latest photos in our Comic-Con 2011 Photo Gallery on Flickr.

Stay tuned for more Comic-Con coverage and surprises right here!

Helen Mirren Wants to Wear R2-D2 Costume

StarWars.com Team | August 2, 2010

Helen Mirren recently appeared at San Diego Comic-Con to promote her upcoming action film Red but told the press she would have dressed up more to blend in with fans if she thought ahead.

After seeing other celebrities who showed up to Comic-Con in costume, such as Will Ferrell who painted his face blue and wore a cape to look like his character Megamind, Mirren confessed she wished she had dressed up as none other than R2-D2.

“I wish I had dressed up now,” she said. “I could have come as R2-D2 because I liked him. He was cute. Or maybe I could dress as Harrison Ford — but that maybe isn’t the done thing,” she pondered.

Now THAT’S the droid we’re looking for!

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SOURCE: MusicRooms.net

Comic-Con 2010 Recap: Best Star Wars Costumes

StarWars.com Team | July 29, 2010


It seems you can’t go five steps without running into a stormtrooper at San Diego Comic-Con, and that’s fine by us. While Comic-Con has it’s share of the always-impressive fans in the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, as well as the ever-stunning Slave Leias, we also wanted to feature our favorite Star Wars costumes that made us smile.

May the Force Be With Your Cosplay.



Utini!


Ahsoka “Snips” Tano!


Tusken Raider


Darth Maul


Han Solo probably wouldn’t resist THIS Boba Fett!


Imperial BFF?

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Celebs Geek Out at Comic-Con

StarWars.com Team | July 29, 2010


(Actors Clare Grant & Seth Green)

While most of us go to San Diego Comic-Con in search of the coveted comic book or writer/artist autograph, more and more fans brave the overcrowded convention thanks to the promise of seeing exclusive trailers and footage of upcoming films and TV shows buzzing in our head.

Of course, that means every year, a growing number of celebrities attend the pop culture convention to promote their latest project to the masses. It also means that a few celebs who happen to be comic book fans risk going on the show floor itself just to take in the madness like a bonafide geek.

Here’s a selection of some of the celebs we saw at Comic-Con this year, whether they were on the G4-Lucasfilm party red carpet, posing for photos for fans, or just being fangirls & boys themselves.



Director J.J. Abrams


Director Joss Whedon


Actress Felicia Day


Actors Clare Grant & Seth Green


Director Adam Green & actress Rileah Vanderbilt

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Comic-Con: Adrianne Curry & the Slave Leias

StarWars.com Team | July 27, 2010


(Photo by Nicole Love)

It wouldn’t be San Diego Comic-Con without Slave Leias. Of course, this year at the annual Slave Leia photo op, the usual mayhem occurred. Who needs red carpet celebrities when you can see all the Slave Leias at the convention all in one spot?

The lovely ladies were out in full Force this year, complete with a supermodel addition of America’s Next Top Model winner and reality TV star Adrianne Curry.

StarWars.com chats with Adrianne about her Comic-Con adventures dressed as Slave Leia.


(Photo by Nicole Love)

What was it like being part of the official Slave Leia group photo at this year’s Comic-Con?

I had a lot of fun. The ladies were all beautiful and sweet. I had a personal armed Mando escort to meet the ladies. It was surreal to be surrounded by 4 or 5 of them, pounding our way through the crowd to the Gentle Giant booth. No one stopped me for the first time that day. They kinda just looked on in awe. My friend Eliot led the pack and had me by my chain. Then all the Leias were escorted by the Mandos to our shoot. I think it’s funny how the most overplayed costume for girls at a con hasn’t even begun to lose its luster. Sadly, I had to bow out early, but for good reason. My panel was about to start. Again, I had an armored guard to my panel. Now I know if I ever want to be left alone, rely on a squadron of Mandos!

What’s it like wearing the costume around the convention? Is it uncomfortable? Drafty?

Well, I didn’t get to shop, or do much of anything other than take pictures with people. Of all my costumes, I got recognized the most in Slave Leia. I have worked non stop in the gym to ensure I could hold my head up high while walking in Carrie Fisher’s boots. The metal bikini is not comfortable. Drafty doesn’t even begin to describe it. I ended up wearing it to the Dusk Till Con party and into the wee hours of the night. I think I must have posed for over 3,000 photos all day!

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Comic-Con 2010: Kids Draw Star Wars Panel

Bonnie Burton | July 27, 2010

Every year at Comic-Con, we end our Star Wars programming with the “How to Draw Star Wars for Kids” panel. Star Wars artist Katie Cook and myself show kids (and adults) how to draw uber-cute versions of their favorite characters. It’s a great way for parents to sit down and relax with their younglings as they learn to draw and have some fun showing off their Star Wars knowledge.

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Ashley Eckstein Hosts Her Universe Panel at Comic-Con

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2010

One of the fastest growing demographics in the Science Fiction genre is the female audience. Thanks to an entertainment landscape which is growing more and more female-friendly, the foundation for fangirls in the Sci-Fi/pop culture world is getting stronger every year and they are rapidly becoming a Force to be reckoned with.

Realizing this incredibly important and increasing segment of the Sci-Fi audience, Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has teamed up with The Araca Group, the co-producers & merchandising company behind the Broadway sensation, Wicked, to launch Her Universe — a line of merchandise designed exclusively for female fans. Beginning with a license for Star Wars, Her Universe focuses on authentic and high-quality licensed Sci Fi/Fantasy fashion apparel and merchandise.

Eckstein’s new endeavor, however, is not just about selling merchandise. She hopes to start a movement within the Sci-Fi community to equally acknowledge the female fan base. Her first step will be coordinating and hosting a special panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Room 24ABC, entitled “Her Universe: Shining the Spotlight on Female Fans — the Past, Present and Future of Science Fiction Through Female Eyes.”

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