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Billie Lourd stands in for Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Celebration

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Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Star Wars first opened in theaters? It’s an insanely impressive (and maybe a tad depressing for those of us looking back on how much time has passed) milestone and something worth celebrating in a big way. That’s why it’s the central theme of Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, Florida and the very first panel presentation of the event focused on it and honoring the late Carrie Fisher.

There’s been surprise appearances, including by Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, and John Williams put on a legendary performance that’ll go down in the history books with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and put you in tears (watch the video). And that’s just in the first hours of this year’s Star Wars Celebration, a notably big event given that it won’t return until 2019.

But is a behind the scenes photo at Star Wars Celebration of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and the late Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, is stirring up fans’ emotions as it makes the rounds online. While fans of the film saga have been excited for months leading up this weekend’s Celebration – which among other things, reunited Hamill, Ford and Star Wars creator George Lucas – the anticipation has been accompanied by underpinnings of sadness, due to the tragic passing of Fisher from a heart attack last December.

And while there were tributes to the late Princess Leia actress penned by the likes of Hamill in the days after Fisher’s passing, the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration panel really marked the first time key members of the Star Wars family addressed her loss in public.

Among the many photos from Star Wars Celebration that have now surfaced, there’s one that’s particularly attracted a lot of attention (see the image below, posted to Hamill’s Twitter account): a backstage photo of Hamill and Ford as the lovingly lean in toward Billie Lourd, who is between them. Their subtle smiles suggest happiness in that they’re celebrating Fisher’s legacy with the screen great’s daughter; but also heartbreak in that it marks the closest thing to a reunion with Fisher that Hamill and Ford will ever have.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration Panel remembers Carrie Fisher

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Billie Lourd was among those celebrating her mother’s legacy at the 40th Anniversary panel Thursday, saying, “My mom used to always say she didn’t know where Princess Leia ended, and where Carrie Fisher began.” Lourd also introduced a video tribute to her mother, which included a brief, first glimpse of Fisher as General Leia – along with writer/director Rian Johnson – on the set of The Last Jedi. Watch below:

Star Wars creator George Lucas was among those who paid tribute to late star Carrie Fisher at the start of Star Wars Celebration Thursday in Orlando. Star Wars family and fans have been mourning the loss of the actress who made Princess Leia a cultural icon since she tragically passed away last December of a heart attack. The loss came after Fisher completed her role in The Last Jedi, and plans are still up in the air as to how to address Leia’s fate in Episode IX. Part of Lucas’ appearance at Star Wars Celebration included memories of Fisher during filming of the classic Episode IV: A New Hope. Speaking on stage at the convention, Lucas said:

“She wasn’t just an actress with guys’ clothes on and she becomes a hero. She was a princess, a senator, and she played a part that was very smart, and she had to hold her own against tow big lugs, two big goofballs. She was the boss, it was her war. I wanted someone young to play the part. When Carrie was the character, she was very smart, very bold, very thoughtful. There really wasn’t much of a question. There aren’t that many people like her. There’s one in a billion.”

Kathleen Kennedy & Rian Johnson appearing at Star Wars Celebration


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Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and relaunched the Star Wars franchise, the annual Star Wars Celebration event has become a hub for the latest updates concerning the galaxy far, far away. It was there audiences first heard Han Solo tell Chewbacca they were home and where Grand Admiral Thrawn officially became a part of the series canon. With all the Star Wars content that’s released these days, Celebration has become a go-to source on information for the films, television series, comics, and novels. Each panel has the potential to break a new revelation, setting an exciting course for the future.

This year’s Celebration, which is held in Orlando in April, is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. Not only will the 40th anniversary of Star Wars be commemorated, there’s also the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi to promote. Fans around the globe will be eager to learn more about the eighth chapter in the Skywalker family saga, and it’s becoming more and more likely Celebration will serve as the official kickoff of Episode VIII marketing.

In an official release on starwars.com, it was announced Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson would be appearing at Celebration for a panel on Friday, April 14. Details are characteristically slim, but “a few surprises and special guests” are promised. Presumably, members of the Star Wars 8 cast will take the stage alongside Kennedy and Johnson. It was previously reported the first Last Jedi footage would be unveiled at Celebration (first a behind-the-scenes reel, then the teaser), so it would appear April 14 is when fans can expect all that to hit the web.


The debut of a trailer at Celebration is a no-brainer, so it will be interesting to see what else is brought to light during the discussion. Hopefully, attendees get a better idea of what Johnson has in mind for the characters, including some of the newcomers like Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern. Most of the rumors about The Last Jedi so far have covered returning heroes and villains like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, and little is known about the fresh faces – other than possible costume descriptions. As there was with The Force Awakens, there’s a great deal of secrecy surrounding Episode VIII, a fact that pleases Maz Kanata herself, Lupita Nyong’o.

No matter what is shared during the convention, it’s safe to assume more questions will be raised. Any trailer is going to be a brief teaser that may not even set up the basic conflict of Star Wars 8 (remember, Force Awakens arrived with no official synopsis), and character descriptions will be the definition of bare-bones. Still, at this point, anything Lucasfilm sanctioned about The Last Jedi will be welcomed by many as the hype train for the franchise’s next highly-anticipated installment starts to rev up.

First look at Star Wars Celebration 2017 Badges


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Disney’s Star Wars renaissance is truly in full swing now that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has opened to positive reviews and strong box office numbers. The train will keep chugging along in 2017, which sees the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Next year is also a milestone for the galaxy far, far away, since it marks the 40th anniversary of the original film’s premiere. Simply put, fans should have plenty of reasons to celebrate, and Disney/Lucasfilm will undoubtedly take advantage of every opportunity available to keep the party going.

One of the biggest Star Wars themed events taking place in 2017 is the latest edition of Star Wars Celebration, which will be held in Orlando during April. Tickets are currently available for purchase online, and attendees can now get a look at the badges they’ll have at Celebration – which fittingly recognize all corners of the franchise.

Images of the artwork (designed by artist Paul Shipper) were revealed on starwars.com. The badges will feature characters from The Force AwakensRogue One, and Star Wars Rebels. You can check them out in a gallery below:

Celebration 2016 was arguably a letdown for people hoping for major Star Wars news. Outside of announcing Grand Admiral Thrawn’s role on Rebels, there weren’t too many reveals – especially on the film side of things. That shouldn’t be the case this time around. Kathleen Kennedy has mentioned that the promotional campaign for Episode VIII should kick off in the spring, meaning there could very well be a title and trailer unveiling for the saga’s next installment. The Lucasfilm story group is also going to get together in January to discuss the future of the Star Wars franchise, so perhaps the studio will announce the third anthology film at Celebration as well. Now that they know Rogue One is a success, it opens a variety of doors for them down the road, and it’ll be interesting to see which spinoffs are green lit.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller will also be in the middle of shooting their young Han Solo anthology when Celebration takes place, so it would be nice to see something from that film in one of the panels as well. Whether it’s an official still image of Alden Ehrenreich as the classic scoundrel or a behind-the-scenes video detailing the filmmakers’ approach to the project, any little bit could go a long way in winning over the skeptics and selling Han Solo as a worthwhile supplement to the original trilogy. Much of the focus will understandably be on Episode VIII, but Lucasfilm shouldn’t shortchange the other areas of the property.

Star Wars Celebration 2016 highlights


Well, the Star Wars Celebration 2016 it’s over, but there are many videos on Internet when you can view or review some of its best moments. I’m sharing some of them. All videos from Disney Experience Channel on YouTube.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story Panel (hosted by Gwendoline Christie)

An Hour with Mark Hamill Panel

Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries Panel

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Panel (hosted by Warwick Davis)

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer Grand Admiral Thrawn Reveal

10 things we want to see at Star Wars Celebration 2016


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This July, San Diego Comic-Con isn’t the only major pop culture event that’s taking place. Star Wars Celebration 2016 will be held in London from July 15 – 17. Since it’s roughly a week before SDCC kicks off, there’s a strong possibility fans will have to rely more on Celebration than Hall H for the latest on the happenings in a galaxy far, far away.

Celebration has taken a whole new meaning in the years since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and ushered in a new era of Star Wars mass media. Nowadays, it’s more than a chance for people to come together and share their love of the franchise with others; it’s a potential hub of information for all the films, television shows, video games, and books that have launched the brand back to the very top of the zeitgeist. Everyone has their own wish list of possible reveals and announcements, and that of course includes us. Here are 10 things we want to see at Star Wars Celebration 2016.



It’s all but a given this will be the centerpiece of the convention, as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will have their own panel to kick off the festivities. The first spinoff will obviously have a large presence at Celebration, making this a better time than ever to unveil the second trailer to whet the appetites of moviegoers. Last year’s Celebration featured the famous “Chewie, we’re home” preview for The Force Awakens, so it would be quite surprising if this year’s Star Wars film didn’t get a new trailer as well.

With the recent confirmation that Darth Vader will be making his (hopefully) triumphant return to the big screen in Rogue One, the expectation is that the villain will be showcased in new footage, teasing his brief, but impactful, role in the new movie. Fans wouldn’t even have to hear the voice of James Earl Jones. All it would take is Vader looking over a battlefield, lightsaber in hand, as his iconic breath booms through the speakers. Everyone would lose their minds, and all the hullabaloo surrounding the reshoots would be swiftly forgotten.



Speaking of those pesky pickups, it would be nice to receive an update from Edwards during his panel. The worst rumors (half the film had to be redone) have thankfully been debunked, with more recent reports suggesting the team will be completely wrapped by the time Celebration begins. If that’s the case, Lucasfilm would be wise to announce that’s the case, as it would be the perfect way to quell any fears and doubts about the reshoots. Members of the cast and crew have all been saying the right things, but there’d be something comforting about hearing that they’re done and moving on to post.

Given that Rogue One remains on target for its December 2016 premiere, it would seem that the reshoots truly are nothing more than just standard tentpole procedure; only blown out of proportion due to being something as massive as Star Wars. Nevertheless, it became such a huge story in the past month that Lucasfilm almost has to address it in some capacity. They’ve certainly touched on it in EW‘s coverage of the movie, but discussing the topic at length with the Celebration crowd might have a greater impact.



The show floor at these events always features fun items for fans to check out, including materials that were used during production of their favorite movies. There’s always a great interest in on-screen costumes, and few franchises have outfits that are as instantly recognizable as Star WarsRogue One marks the return of several classic trilogy designs, and it’s time to give the costume department the spotlight by highlighting their work.

Based on the short amount of footage and images available, it’s apparent Edwards’ team put a lot of time and effort into recreating the look of the original films for modern audiences. The so-called “Darth Vader dream team” even made sure to include the red tint around the eyes on the helmet – a feature exclusive to A New Hope. It wouldn’t be out of the question to expect stormtrooper suits, weapon props, and model ships to be on display for people to see up close, admiring the craftsmanship behind the upcoming blockbuster.



Of course, Rogue One wouldn’t truly be a Star Wars movie if it didn’t add to the already expansive collection of characters and vehicles that are part of the galaxy. The EW cover showcased a new TIE Fighter design, and other Rebel vehicles were showcased in the leaked movie manual from a while back. In addition, the Empire’s deathtroopers – soldiers dressed in black armor – have become a primary part of Lucasfilm’s promotional push, executives no doubt envisioning the merchandising opportunities already.

So, like Force AwakensRogue One is going to blend the old with the new to appeal to multiple generations of fans. Theoretically, this means that any displays should contain a little bit of both, giving moviegoers a better look at how the new movie will branch out the universe and add to the pre-existing legacy. Star Wars is known for giving its characters very distinctive appearances that leave imprints in the zeitgeist’s collective mind. It’s time to familiarize audiences with the fresh additions Rogue One will bring, launching a fascination with it all.



Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson is going to take part in the “Future Filmmakers” panel at Celebration, and he’s close to wrapping up principal photography. While the focus is going to be kept on Rogue One (particularly in regards to what gets released to the public), it would be a wasted opportunity if Lucasfilm didn’t have any major Episode VIII announcements or reveals in store. Expecting the first official teaser at this point in time would be a bit much, but more realistic options include a subtitle or still image, perhaps of Luke Skywalker training Rey. Mark Hamill is one of the guests, so anything is possible.

Last year’s Celebration also had what could be considered a short “preview” for Rogue One, though it didn’t contain any actual footage from the film. These kinds of events frequently have some kind of big exclusive to reward those in attendance. There is an outside chance that a sizzle reel for Star Wars 8 is shown to truly send fans into a frenzy. Johnson has obviously shot more than enough to cut a little something together, so it will be interesting to see what he brings with him.



Joining Johnson at the Future Filmmakers presentation will be Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the dynamic duo responsible for brining the young Han Solo spinoff to the big screen. According to screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, the plan is to begin principal photography in January 2017, six months after Celebration takes place. Fans will hopefully learn more about what Lord and Miller have in mind for their movie, namely the story they want to tell and where it fits in the timeline. Out of all the Star Wars movies on the docket, this is the one being met with the most skepticism, so the filmmakers could use the panel to make a convincing sales pitch and win over the naysayers.

Since production will start soon, Lord and Miller have to be getting necessary pieces in place to remain on schedule. It may be too soon for the official title to be revealed, but the identities of Alden Ehrenreich’s co-stars could very well be shared. The Han Solo rumor mill has been awfully quiet, so just about any name would be a big surprise. Whether there’s a new Lando Calrissian tagging along or fresh faces in the supporting cast, announcing the roster of talent would be a smart way to get people buzzing about Han’s solo movie.



When Disney bought Lucasfilm, they said that there would be three standalone anthology films in development along with the sequel trilogy. So far, only two of those projects have actually been announced. Everyone is under the impression that a third spinoff film will premiere at some point in 2020, but the studio has been mum on that subject. Compared to other massive franchises, they’re taking things (relatively) slow, focusing on the projects that are in the more immediate future. Still, speculation about the third anthology refuses to die.

Rumors have been running rampant for years. It could be a Boba Fett movie. Maybe Ewan McGregor reprises Obi-Wan Kenobi for a film set after Revenge of the Sith. The possibilities are limitless, and it’s a big question that fans would like answered soon. Besides Rogue One (and possibly Episode VIII) footage, the easiest way to bring the house down is to confirm the concept for the 2020 spinoff movie. Lucasfilm doesn’t have to reveal the director (or even the star), but just the idea for the movie would be enough to start a discussion. The studio does a good job of planning ahead, so they must know what’s coming through the pipeline.



Playing in line with Lucasfilm’s “one thing at a time” strategy, Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX is currently without an official release date. Going by Disney’s pattern, the conclusion(?) to the sequel trilogy will reach theaters at an unspecified point in 2019, though the Mouse House has yet to confirm a window. They may not be ready at this juncture, but Lucasfilm wasted no time announcing that Indiana Jones 5 would debut in July 2019, so maybe they are saving something for Celebration, knowing they’d have the event where all eyes were on them.

Oddly enough, some outlets are already running with a May 2019 premiere for Episode IX, despite Lucasfilm or Disney never discussing the topic publicly. While it hasn’t caused mass confusion yet, it would be smart for the studio to use Celebration to officially give Star Wars 9 its release date – allowing fans to hear straight from the source when they should circle their calendars for another adventure with Rey. Better that than letting falsehoods run wild on the Internet.



Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni has previously stated that he has something special planned for this year’s Celebration. Something big is going to happen that I think people really, really want, and I know that I’ve wanted it for a while. We’ve figured out a way to do it. It’s a very important moment in Star Wars and a very important moment for Star Wars fans,” was his tease. As one would expect, that has led to all sorts of theories and debates as people try to figure out what exactly Filoni has in store.

There have been rumors suggested fan-favorite Expanded Universe (now Legends) villain Grand Admiral Thrawn will be featured on Rebels. Filoni, an uber Star Wars fan, has used the now-defunct EU materials for inspiration on both Clone Wars and Rebels. A character like Thrawn becoming part of the permanent canon is indeed something many have wanted for a long time. Lucasfilm has developed a great relationship with the fans over the years and are well aware that wiping out the “Legends” books and comics rubbed some the wrong way. While this may not completely make up for that, it would still be a fun way to reward those who supported the works of author Timothy Zahn.



Celebration is expected to have a large presence of Star Wars video games this year. Titles such as Star Wars: BattlefrontLEGO Star Wars: The Force AwakensStar Wars: Commander, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes (among others) will be available, creating the “highest volume of gaming content” ever in Celebration. Those who haven’t been inclined to pick up any of the games yet can check them out and perhaps get hooked, leading to more sales later on.

There’s also the chance that there are announcements pertaining to new titles and content. EA is consistently updating Battlefront with new maps and characters, trying to bounce back from the game’s lukewarm reception. A big part of these events is to build excitement for what’s coming down the road, so gamers should expect some kind of reveals to take place.



Those are just some of the things we would like to see at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. The galaxy far, far away is present in just about every form of media, including books and comics, so there will surely be several announcements for fans to keep up on. Since Celebration is being held just a week before San Diego Comic-Con, there’s a chance this is the main source of a Star Wars information dump, with Lucasfilm perhaps bypassing Hall H this year. Whatever the studio has up its sleeves, it’s sure to get people talking.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

Star Wars Celebration 2016 schedule revealed


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With the global success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars brand, numerous additions to the sci-fi legacy have arrived and continue to arrive on a seemingly daily basis. Expectant fans are sure to be delighted by the expansion of the legendary franchise’s stockpiling of video games, animation, theme parks and of course, films.

Amongst this Star Wars build up, San Diego’s annual Comic-Con expo has typically been the place where fans of franchises such as Star Wars can go to experience a taste of all that’s up and coming, first hand. This year however,Star Wars won’t just be keeping up a presence at Comic-Con, but also for a full three days across the Atlantic in London with Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.

The event, scheduled to take place the weekend prior to SDCC July 15 – 17, promises to give fans a heavy dose of all things Star Wars and will certainly be the event of the summer for many. With only a matter of weeks to go beforeStar Wars Celebration Europe 2016 kicks off, organizers have now released a sneak peek of the events planned for the Celebration Stage and even this should be enough to get pulses racing. You can see the full sneak peek list of the events planned as well as their daily schedule here.

Among the Star Wars related treats for those lucky enough to be at the event is the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel featuring director Gareth Edwards, producer Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests. In addition to this there will be a screening of the first two episodes from the yet to be released third season of Star Wars Rebels, including the appearance of the series’ executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni as well as more special guests.


Looking to expand on what was teased at the recent E3 Expo, with the collection of the most Star Wars games ever, EA will have a true presence at Celebration Europe 2016, offering a roundtable discussion featuring the creative leaders behind EA’s Star Wars games and their tales of behind-the-scenes work on games past, present and future. Beyond these events, fans can expect to see Star Wars cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis and the man behind Darth Maul, Ray Park.

Star Wars Celebration Europe comes at a time when Disney is expanding theStar Wars franchise like never before and will surely be welcome by fans in Europe who typically don’t get these sorts of opportunities. Disney recognizes the true value in non-stop marketing, especially considering their plan to make a new Star Wars film every year until at least 2020. What’s more, all eyes beyond Europe will be on London while Celebration unfolds, as its conference is certain to reveal new and exciting Star Wars prospects.

For American Star Wars fans, there’s still plenty to be thankful for however, as a separate Star Wars Celebration expo is planned for 2017 in Orlando. Until that time, American fans will have to remain content hearing the latest Star Wars related news as it comes out of London first this upcoming July.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 kicks off July 15th, 2016 and runs through July 17th.