Star Wars Celebration 2015

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 »

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There will be a live action Star Wars TV show. That’s not me using The Force either, it’s a fact. When Disney bought Lucasfilm one of the things they were most excited about was the possibility of putting a Star Wars show on ABC, just like they did with Marvel. It’s going to happen. The only question is “when?”

With Marvel’s show, the company exhibited patience. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D didn’t premiere until Fall 2013, which was after Iron Man 3 was released. So there was already seven Marvel movies in the can to raise awareness and help build that world. There were also two movies (Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) coming right after that to tie into the film.

The latest rumor about the live action Star Wars TV show is Disney wants to employ a similar strategy. They are waiting to launch the TV series until the movies are in full swing. Also, it could star a character who first gets introduced in the books. Read more below. Read More »

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Animator Paul Johnson (youtube user name OtaKing77077) spent four years worth of weekends animating this incredible Star Wars anime fan film Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Paul explains:

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…

The resulting fan film is beautiful and makes me wish Disney had opted for a more stylized look for Star Wars Rebels. (No complaints, I’m sure we’ll have years of animated Star Wars television shows to look forward to.) Watch Paul Johnson’s seven-minute Star Wars anime short film Star Wars: TIE Fighter embedded after the jump.

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Now that he’s done putting the finishing touches on Child 44, Daniel Espinosa is lining up his next project. He’s entered talks to direct Morningstar, a sci-fi actioner for Warner Bros. It’s something of a change of pace for him, as he’s known for more “realistic” crime dramas and action thrillers. Read all about the Daniel Espinosa Morningstar project after the jump.  Read More »

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The cast of Independence Day 2 continues to grow. Today’s new addition is Vivica A. Fox, who’ll reprise the role of Jasmine Dubrow from the 1996 original. She’s the second returning cast member after Jeff Goldblum. Get all the details on the Vivica A Fox Independence Day 2 casting after the jump. Read More »

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Jennifer Lawrence will be down one major franchise after The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens later this year, and now it seems she’ll be down another after next year. The actress confirmed that 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse will be her last turn as shapeshifting mutant Mystique.

Read the Jennifer Lawrence X-Men comments after the jump.  Read More »

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A new chapter in the Star Wars universe unfolds in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • J.J. Abrams commented on the intense scrutiny and spoilers surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Read about some early concept art of Kylo Ren.
  • The synopsis of the canon Clone Wars book, Star Wars: Dark Disciple, is now out.
  • Find out how Poe Dameron and Finn fit into the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The Star Wars Celebration schedule is coming soon.
  • Code names for the Force Awakens Lego sets.

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Neill Blomkamp revealed his ideas for a new Alien movie, and soon after his deal to make them a reality, during the promotional runup to his latest film, Chappie. Now that Chappie has been out for a couple weeks, all the focus is likely to go to Alien in the months going forward. And in a new podcast appearance, Blomkamp is already talking about the upcoming film. Specifically, he talks about its relationship to Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus films, saying that he had to change one thing in order to avoid getting in Scott’s way. Read More »

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Ruairi Robinson‘s proof of concept trailer for The Leviathan became an overnight sensation when it hit Vimeo and YouTube last week, and Hollywood has taken notice. A feature film is now in the works with two men who know a thing or two about bringing vast sci-fi universes to life: Simon Kinberg (X-Men) and Neill Blomkamp (Chappie). More on The Leviathan movie after the jump.  Read More »

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