It was only a matter of time before Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, and the rest of the gang from a galaxy far, far away invaded Tumblr. While beloved "Star Wars" characters have shown up in millions of memes, animated GIFs, and probably quite a few fan fiction entries on the popular blogging site, this week marks Vader's official presence thanks to Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive.
Imagine painstakingly creating a working astromech that looks and sounds just like the beloved R2-D2, and then being asked to build one just like it for the new "Star Wars" film. That's exactly what happened to UK "Star Wars" fans and R2-D2 builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples.
It all started when Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Star Wars Celebration Europe this summer in Germany, Steeples told StarWars.com. "She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we'd built, and was very complimentary," Steeples said. "I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation." … Read more
Think you have enough midi-chlorians to be in the new "Star Wars" film? Perhaps you're the droid director J.J. Abrams is looking for? Or maybe you just want to test out your best impression of Jack Lemmon imitating Chewbacca?
Open auditions for the new "Star Wars" film started Saturday in Bristol, England, but with long lines turning people away, Lucasfilm is now accepting video applications through Cast It Talent's Web site
The site reveals generic bios of characters that most likely will not be exactly the same in the movie (Abrams undertook a similar style of casting with his 2010 film "Super 8"). … Read more
If you're getting tired of waiting for "Star Wars Episode VII," you're going to have wait a bit longer -- two years, one month, and 11 days, to be precise.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, Disney and Lucasfilm said that "Episode VII," which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, will open in theaters on December 18, 2015.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for 'Star Wars: Episode VII,'" Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said in the statement, "where it will not only anchor the … Read more
A federal judge has given the green light on a class action suit in California that accuses tech juggernauts of conspiring to eliminate the competition for employees by fixing wages and agreeing not to actively recruit from each other.
US District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh granted the plaintiffs' motion late Thursday night to certify the lawsuit against Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, according to a court document. The plaintiffs, former employees of the named companies, accuse the companies of carrying out this "interconnected web" of agreements between 2005 and 2009.
"We have always … Read more
OAKLAND, Calif.--Peering into the long black tubes, I'm startled when a stern voice behind me warns, "You want to treat them like a loaded gun. There might still be something unexploded inside."
In other words, get my head the hell out of the way. This is good advice. I've come to the Oakland Coliseum, home of baseball's Oakland A's, to see a world-class pyrotechnics crew put together a major fireworks show, and the last thing I want is to ruin the experience by getting my head blown off. … Read more
Get ready to learn just how Han Solo became such a jaded, grizzled, mercenary.
If the conclusion drawn by Variety is correct, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo let it be known that the series of standalone "Star Wars" films that will be coming over the next few years -- in addition to Episodes VII, VIII, and IX -- will be "origin" stories.
Speaking to investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills Thursday, Rasulo said that there would be at least one "Star Wars" movie, either a … Read more
The battle for the soul of the galaxy has gone to the dogs (and cats). Petco and Lucasfilm teamed up to create an entire collection of "Star Wars" merchandise for pets. Pets won't actually care if they're wearing a Boba Fett hoodie, but their "Star Wars"-fan owners will.
The options range from the subtle (dog collars in earth-tone colors) to the not-so-subtle (doggie Yoda ears). Perhaps you could arrange your very own four-legged Star Wars Celebration at the local dog park.… Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Give "Star Wars" fans this: They're nothing if not hopeful.
In the days leading up to Disney's massive D23 Expo fan-fest here this weekend, the entertainment giant tried to tamp down expectations that it would real new details about 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII."
But short of CEO Bob Iger having a press conference to declare that the company wouldn't announce anything new about the highly-anticipated next film in the series, fans came to D23 holding out hope that Disney just might still drop a hint or two about … Read more
While the Star Wars Celebration Europe fan fest has gone the way of the Jedi, its impact is still causing ripples in the Force.
As expected, "Star Wars: Episode VII" dominated conversation at the July 26-28 event, but there was also focus on the new animated show, composer John Williams, and some interesting quotes from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.… Read more