J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilms, and Disney teamed up to use the power of Star Wars Fandom to raise funds for UNICEF Innovation Labs. The Star Wars: Force For Change drive recently hit a milestone surpassing $5 million in total funds including $1 million in matching funds from Disney. To celebrate the achievement, J.J. Abrams tweeted out a nice teaser to fans and announced the winner of the grand prize of a VIP plus one guest visit to the Episode VII set in London, which also includes the opportunity to be in the movie in full makeup and costume. (more…)
Next year, The House of Mouse will be doing more for Star Wars fans than bringing the franchise back to the silver screen–they’ll also be expanding the brand’s presence in their worldwide theme parks in a BIG way:
Disney CEO Bob Iger said on Tuesday during an earnings call that the company is:
The SW presence in Disney’s parks already includes the Star Tours simulator ride in the California, Tokyo, and Paris Disneylands–as well as in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Furthermore, the California and Florida parks feature an interactive show called Jedi Training Academy. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also hosts an annual event known as Star Wars Weekends featuring shows, parades, and some kind of store called–I swear to God–Darth’s Mall.
Hit the jump for the future of Disney’s Star Wars theme park expansion: (more…)
The casting, characters, and outrageous rumors for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII continue to multiply like hungry, horny tribbles on the Internet. Sometimes I feel like Captain James Tiberius Kirk, standing under that storage door in Deep Space Station K7 covered in dead and dying tribbles, wondering how I ever got there, and who the hell is going to clean this mess up. I guess there’s no other way except rolling up those golden sleeves and getting to it. We’ve got Simon Pegg once again confusing and confounding fans about his possible involvement in the franchise, Some words from the confirmed director of Episode VIII, and the man himself, Mark Hamill discussing how wonderful the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode VII are. (more…)
Here’s the thing: for approximately 150,000 people San Diego Comic-Con is a majestic thrill ride and a joyous gathering of like-minded people who have, at one point or another, likely felt like an outcast because they simply liked what they liked. This weekend, those things took their place at the center of the universe and there was shopping and partying and drinking and laser tag and celebrities and 29 minutes of sleep. That’s what Comic-Con was. For you.
For the rest of us who don’t go but do follow the world of pop culture and geeky nerdiness, Comic-Con isn’t a place, so much as it is a time of year. A holiday that delivers unto us a chance to nerd out over an endless stream of hard news about comics, TV shows and movies — Comic -Con is when we get to feast on something real and not the gelatinous rumor paste that we have to subsist on all year long.
It’s that influx that excites the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the Comic-Con goings on; these things that get the world talking, and that’s why this thing feels as if it is an event that is much larger than it technically is. But for us to care this much about a party that we aren’t actually attending, we need to keep getting these thrills (or something like them) out of the deal or else what’s the point? (more…)
Despite their own history with Star Wars, many fans bristled when it was revealed that Marvel Comics would take over the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics. Debuting its first Star Wars book back in 1986, Dark Horse had solidified its brand and enhanced the Star Wars expanded universe over the course of almost three decades, but in the end, they suffered from one fatal flaw — they weren’t a part of the Disney family — and now we’re at a point where Star Wars fans have been waiting for some time to know what happens with the baton is passed.
Thanks to the Cup O’ Joe Marvel Comics panel at San Diego Comic Con today, we have a good idea and it seems that Star Wars is about to be put into the care of some very capable hands. (more…)
Lucasfilm and Disney released a new Star Wars: Rebels trailer the day before SDCC14 began, but those thinking that would be the only footage shown at the panel were surprised when shown this brand new footage. It looks and plays like an extended trailer for the premiere episode packed with new and exciting glimpses into the universe of Star Wars: Rebels. (more…)
Just two days ago we reported that Devin Faraci of Badass Digest was privy to some tantalizing plot and character details regarding the most anticipated film in the history of the medium (seriously, the last time a movie had this big of an impact on western civilization, it was about a man sneezing).
Today, Faraci throws us more such tidbits–particularly a big hint at the role Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame appears to be playing.
So far we’ve been lead to believe that John Boyega will be playing the role of an ex-Stormtrooper who joins Daisy Ridley‘s character in a quest to locate Luke Skywalker. Read on to find out who Faraci claims Christie will be portraying: (more…)
Even before anyone has settled into their SDCC 2014 hotel room or picked up their convention badge, Disney XD has released the extended Star Wars: Rebels trailer into the Internet wild. SO much for saving it for the big Star Wars: Rebels panel on Thursday, but you have to admit that it’s a pretty savvy ploy to capture attention just before SDCC kicks off. There’s a couple of Star Wars ah-ha moments. Take a look and find out which will be your favorite. (more…)