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 »

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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 Boba Fett Cover header

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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Alex Garland Ex Machina

Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina feels familiar while also being unique. It may be the latest in a string of films about artificial intelligence, but the look of the movie, the tension it creates, and the surprises within do everything to separate it from films such as Her, Transcendence and Chappie.

Garland, making his directorial debut, had all of that in his head when shooting Ex Machina. He purposely avoided every other piece of new pop culture out there that may have lined up with his movie, but he also used older movies as a reference to make something fresh. The result is an electric, frightening film that’s achieves great deal from three characters (played by Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson) dealing with some very heavy issues.

In our interview with Garland, we talked about how he maintained tension on set, as well as the connections the film may have had with stories like Black Mirror, some of his aims in creating this story, the beautiful design of the robot Ava and whether or not he asked his lead actors about their roles in Star Wars. Below, read our Alex Garland Ex Machina interview. Read More »

oscar isaac Ex Machina

Fans love to complain that good sci-fi isn’t released any longer. Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina, however, is good sci-fi. The passage of time may even turn it into great sci-fi. The film stars Oscar Isaac as Nathan, a billionaire savant who created a fictional analog to Google. He invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), one of his employees, to his secluded home in order to test a new piece of technology. That technology is a beautiful, mysterious, artificially intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander)

After that setup, the film is very careful about letting us know what is really going on. Caleb, Nathan and Ava all seemingly have their own agendas in a very tense, very exciting sci-fi story that surprises from the first moment to the last.

We were lucky enough to speak to Isaac about this great movie. He discussed how he shaped such a fascinating, yet seemingly familiar character, creating tension on set, the influences on the character – including Stanley Kubrick – and, of course, some discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men Apocalypse.

There are no spoilers here. We’ll post those after opening weekend. For now, read our Oscar Isaac Ex Machina interview. Read More »

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 »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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 »

JC Richard Empire Strikes Back crop

There’s little argument that The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars film. Nevertheless, it’s always surprising it achieves so much with so little. The story is incredibly compact, following our heroes to only three primary locations. The film has a reputation as a sprawling sci-fi epic, but the fact that it is not actually that sprawling is part of what makes it so good.

Those locations – Hoth, Dagobah and Cloud City – have become some of the signature vistas in the Star Wars universe and it’s always nice to see how artists interpret them. One of the best artists at capturing those sprawling landscapes is JC Richard, and /Film is proud to exclusively reveal his latest print. It’s called The Impossible and goes on sale Friday April 10. See images and get more info on the JC Richard Empire Strikes Back poster 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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