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Star Wars Celebration begins today at the Anaheim Convention Center, but fans started lining up at 5am on Wednesday morning, 29 hours before the opening ceremony for the Star Wars fan convention. The panel is expected to be a presentation featuring a trailer and possibly more for the next installment of the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Director JJ Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy will be present alongside some unannounced “special guests” at the presentation that begins at 10:00am pacific time and will be streamed live around the world on StarWars.com. But I don’t think Lucasfilm and Abrams expected such a huge turnout on the day before the convention, and the result is an incredible show of generosity.

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Star Wars Celebration 2015

Note: We first published this piece on March 24. We’re republishing it now with the event starting Thursday.

Star Wars Celebration, the world’s only official Star Wars convention, comes to Anaheim, CA April 16-19. This is when and when fans expect to learn more information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also dive deep into their passion for a galaxy far, far away.

How and when you’ll do that has now been revealed as the full Star Wars Celebration schedule is online. The highlight, of course, is Thursday April 16th’s opening ceremony with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, but there is so much other awesome Star Wars stuff too. Q&A’s with stars such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams. Panels on the secrets of The Clone Wars. The debut of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Screenings of all six films, some of which are in 3D and much more. Below, find the full Star Wars Celebration 2015 schedule as well as our 25 most anticipated panels and 5 biggest conflicts. Read More »

Force Awakens TShirt

We could probably rename the site “Star Wars Bits” this weekend as Star Wars Celebration begins but, until then, we wanted to do one more round up before the madness started. Below, read about the following.

  • Will Star Wars Celebration have a full Force Awakens exhibit?
  • See the latest batch of official merchandise from Star Wars Celebration as well as Funkos.
  • Marvel may soon announce two new Star Wars comic books.
  • Is a full character list from The Force Awakens now online?
  • EA Star Wars continues to tease Star Wars Battlefront, which may first debut on XBox One.
  • Check out the Hot Toys Star Wars Celebration exclusive Spacetrooper figure.

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Star Wars Celebration Live Stream

Monday, Star Wars fans breathed a sigh of relief when Disney and Lucasfilm announced they’d be live streaming many of the panels and events taking place at Star Wars Celebration from April 16-19. That includes the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel Thursday morning where J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are expected to unveil the next trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel.

But that won’t be the only panel you’ll be able to see on your computer or mobile device. The Celebration live stream will have over 30 hours of content over the weekend. There’s not an official schedule (yet) but we know some of the panels that will be streamed and can make guesses at some of the others.

Below, check out some panels you may want to watch on the Star Wars Celebration Live Stream. Read More »

Star Wars Celebration live stream

Can’t make it to Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this weekend? You have two options. You can keep your eyes locked on /Film for our extensive coverage, or you can just go to StarWars.com and live stream 30 hours of content including the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel on Thursday morning. For free. Below, read more about the Star Wars Celebration live stream.

UPDATE: The official Star Wars Twitter has confirmed that any exclusive footage debuting over the weekend will be a part of the live stream. It won’t cut out.
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Star Wars Celebration leads the charge in this edition of Star Wars Bits, with lots of info on the event. Plus, video games, set stories and more. Below, read about the following:

  • Felicity Jones says she’s starting to get ready for Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • Hear Carrie Fisher talk about being scared on the set of Star Wars.
  • Get details on attending Thursday’s Celebration Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel and see the floor plan.
  • Daredevil’s showrunner would love to do a live action Star Wars series.
  • Oscar Isaac explains how he learns about Force Awakens online spoilers.
  • Footage from Visceral’s untitled Star Wars game likely to debut at E3.
  • A tease from the Star Wars Battlefront reveal, as well as a potential release date.
  • See the Boba Fett action figure variant cover of Star Wars #4.
  • Details have been revealed of the Star Wars cruise packages.
  • The cast has been revealed for the Smuggler’s Bounty reading at Celebration.
  • The Force Awakens novelization might be delayed until 2016.
  • Listen to the funny advice Harrison Ford gave to Oscar Isaac on the set of The Force Awakens.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

new star wars fox fanfare

Over the decades, the 20th Century Fox fanfare has become synonymous with Star Wars. It’s so intrinsically part of the feel of those first six movies that some versions of the soundtracks actually include it as the first track.

That’s going to change. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it was pretty obvious no future Star Wars movies would have those recognizable drums and horns in front of them. So one of the first questions (literally) we asked after hearing this news is what would Lucasfilm do without that music? We now know.

Though 20th Century Fox still owns the rights to the first six films, most of the new digital releases remove the Fox logo and fanfare, going instead with a John Williams-penned riff over the Lucasfilm logo. Listen to the new Star Wars Fox fanfare below. Read More »

Lego Star Wars Episode 3 Poster

Three things I love: Star Wars, Lego and posters. So I just about flipped when I saw that Lego had recreated Drew Struzan‘s posters for the first six Star Wars films. There’s no real rhyme or reason behind it, other than these six movies are now available digitally for the first time ever, but they’re still super cool. Check out the Lego Star Wars posters below. Read More »

Han Shot First

UPDATE: An Australian Website has downloaded the video and denied this claim.

The news of the first six Star Wars films coming to digital formats this week was met with minimal excitement. Yes, it’s great that now fans can watch their favorite films on their computers, iPad, iPhones and more, but there was no news of any significant changes. There were some cool special features, but as far as anyone knew, the movies themselves were unchanged from the Blu-ray editions released in 2011.

That may not be the case.

It’s still unconfirmed, but a rumor has surfaced that at least one change has been made to one of the movies. Apparently, Han will once again shoot Greedo first in the Mos Eisley Cantina, correcting the most controversial change George Lucas made in the 1997 Special Editions.

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