Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Donnie Yen Preparing For 'Rogue One' Reshoots

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By: Benjamin Hart

We are now less than 200 days away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! Rumors have been swirling recently(some more sensational than others) that suggest the film will be doing reshoots soon. One of the stars of Rogue One, actor and martial artist Donnie Yen, confirmed recently that he is not finished working on it. In an interview with Orient Daily(translated by Jayne Stars), Yen was asked if he would be spending Father's Day with his family, which he replied:

“I can’t. My wife and I will be flying to Japan in two days for a project. After that, I’ll be flying all over the place for some more work. I’m going to have to go back to London soon too, to do some additional photography for Rogue One.”


Donnie Yen has been doing a significant amount of work overseas recently. Both Rogue One and XXX: The Return of Xander Cage have taken him away from his family for extended periods of time. He spoke briefly about his recent workload:

“It was never really about the money. I picked up those jobs because they were a rare opportunity. I did Rogue One because my kids are huge fans of Star Wars."

Although there seems to be a lot of hysteria going around regarding reshoots, it's a common practice for almost all films. It seems now Rogue One is beginning to move into the final stages of production. They will surely be busy right up until the film's December 16th release date!

Sources: Orient DailyJayne Stars

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Lawrence Kasdan On Han Solo Project and Sequel Trilogy

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Last week revered film writer Lawrence Kasdan received the 'First Icon Award' for 'Contributions to the Cinematic Arts' at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival on May 22. After receiving the award, Kasdan answered some interesting questions about the Han Solo Anthology film and the Sequel Trilogy.

The 'First Icon Award' is accorded to artists who have showcased artistic excellence in film and inspired pre-eminence in film-making on a global scale. Undoubtedly Kasdan represents as a credible candidate for receiving the award. Kasdan's most famous contributions to the movie industry have included co-authorship of the The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi & The Raiders of the Lost Ark

In his Q&A session after the award ceremony, Kasdan discussed his excitement for the Han Solo anthology film, disclosed the release date for the film and also announced the month and year in which production for the new Han Solo movie would commence. 

Q: What can you tell us about the Han Solo project?
Lawrence Kasdan: Young Han! (Laughs).
Q: For the fans, generally speaking, should they be excited?
Lawrence Kasdan: Oh, I think so! You know, Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it. They’re great, funny and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together. My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and Chris and Phil are working on it and they’re about to move to London to start shooting in January. And it should be fun.
Q: 2018 is the release date?
Lawrence Kasdan: Yes. They’re actually scheduled for May. The [other Star Wars films] are falling on Christmas -- Rogue One and Episode 9. Han will come before Episode 9.

Kasdan then went on to discuss his role in the upcoming Star Wars Sequel Films: Episode VIII and Episode IX. 

Q: Are you aware of the complete story arc of the new trilogy? Are you involved with that too?
Lawrence Kasdan: (Laughs) I have a little information!
Q: Are you helping steer that story?
Lawrence Kasdan: [Star Wars Episode 8 Director] Rian [Johnson] is a friend of mine. I’m getting to know Colin Trevorrow, who is going to direct Episode 9, so I feel very involved with it.
Q: Did you think there would be a Star Wars Episode 9 when you were doing Episode 2/5?
Lawrence Kasdan: By the time I came on for 2... you know, it was already the biggest picture in the world, so it wasn’t a shock that they were going to do more. But yeah, it’s amazing... that was 40 years ago!

His final remarks about the 'Star Wars' franchise centered around his appointment as co-writer in The Force Awakens.

Q: The Star Wars movies that you had your hands on seem to have more emotional depth and they really resonate. We’ve all watched them thousands of times and it seems like Han Solo really shines in the ones that you’ve got your hands on.
Lawrence Kasdan: Well, I love Han.
Q: Is he what brings you back?
Lawrence Kasdan: Well yeah, I was originally going to just write Han, but I had contracted to be in the story group on Episode 7, which became "The Force Awakens". And then there were problems. A wonderful writer, Michael Arndt, just couldn't do the time pressure, and people were being hired in England and it was enormous pressure and he stepped away. We stayed in contact and he's a lovely man, then J.J. [Abrams] and I took over, and now I found myself instead just doing Han and consulting on "Force Awakens," we were actually writing Episode 7 together and it happened very fast.

Some interesting reveals from Kasdan. I find it particularly fascinating how closely connected he has become with all of the major Star Wars movie projects, from anthology movies to the Sequel films. Arguably, Kasdan is the most experienced expert on the Star Wars films that is currently working for Disney. 

Will his involvement help Disney continue to expand the Star Wars film franchise and make amazing Star Wars movies? Or are there certain caveats attached to his ongoing presence? Do fans give too much credit to Kasdan's involvement in the films? 

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The SWU Podcast | Bonus Show #3

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On this month's bonus, Patreon sponsored SWU Podcast, Chris, Ben, and Dominic are joined by Patreon supporter Jacob to talk Star Wars Celebration.  With two Celebrations within the next 12 months, the guys share some tips for making your Celebration the best possible experience and tell some stories from Celebrations past.  They also offer some suggested Star Wars reading material and fan films.  Plus, a quick spoiler update and some more A New Hope memories.  All this and much more!


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: OLDBOY CTTS

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Oldboy Custom Tattoo Shop are a small pack of Thai tattooists located in Bangkok, Thailand that have followed their interest in action figures and collectibles to create some truly original custom sculpt work with realistic details and paint apps. They started off a few years ago in 2012 collecting 1/6th scale figures. After collecting for a while, they explored different techniques of sculpting and painting figures heads with the objective of trying to achieve the most realistic effects possible. They told us that it took a very long time to refine their techniques, but during that time their interests moved down to the 6" scale due to there being very limited artists/customizers for this scale. They wanted to position themselves as a recognizable and distinctive 6" scale customs maker. For now, their focus is totally on 6" scale headsculpts and soft goods for mainly the Star Wars line (Black Series/Bandai S.H. Figuarts) due to their passion and love for the movie. They also have plans in the future to explore the Marvel line and have speculated moving into the Art/Designer toys industry. 

As for materials and techniques used to achieve their works, Oldboy CTTS sculpting is done with Super Sculpey Firm, along with carving/sculpting tools that are all available online. Their head repaints/paint are done purely with a hand brush using a variety of different paint types (acrylics mostly, and washes/enamels) to achieve different effects desired. 




As for their future work, they will be striving to accomplish the very challenging work of creating characters from the Star Wars universe that have not received the attention that many fans that they talk to really want! Therefore, a few characters shortlisted are Qui-Gon Jinn, variations of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and as for the Marvel line, they really want to have a take on Tony Stark. Also some projects on hand that are really close to going on pre-order within the next few months are their Daniel Craig headsculpt. Last but not least, they will be doing a special give-away when their Facebook page reaches the 5k "likes" milestone, which will be their George Lucas headsculpt. This will be a really limited piece ( >10 worldwide). They will be announcing a small activity for all their fans to have a chance to receive it!


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'Star Wars: Han Solo #1' SDCC Variant Cover Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

The first issue of Marvel's new Star Wars mini series, "Han Solo #1" hits shelves on June 15th, but if you love collecting variant covers and are willing to wait until San Diego Comic Con (July 20th-24th) then you are in luck!  Diamond Comics Distributors revealed the 27 variant covers they will have for various comic books at this year's SDCC, including "Han Solo #1".  The variant cover features art by Emanuela Lupacchino and is limited to 7,500 copies.  The series is written by Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men) with art by Mark Brooks.  Check out the SDCC exclusive variant cover below,


You can check out a preview of the series here.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Video: 'Hearing Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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By: Benjamin Hart

While Star Wars has also been beloved for its stunning visuals, what we see on screen would not have near the impact if it wasn't for what we hear. Sound design is key in any film, but Star Wars takes it to a whole other level with incredibly iconic sounds such as the Lightsabers, blasters, Droids, aliens ships, and much more. Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt created many of those sounds during the production of A New Hope in the mid-1970's and subsequently went on to work on all six of the original Star Wars films.


Now, in the wake of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we have a whole new collection of sounds to enjoy, as well as some old favorites. Burtt returned to work on the seventh installment in the saga alongside supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and David Acord. The Force Awakens is full of interesting sounds, some you've heard before, like the the scream of TIE Fighters, the firing of Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster and Chewbacca roars. The film also introduced a plethora of new sounds, including BB-8's voice, the sizzle of Kylo Ren's Lightsaber, and the terrifying roars of the Rathtars.

A new supercut video created Zackery Ramos-Taylor brings attention the incredible sound design of The Force Awakens, quickly cycling through an assortment of sounds. Everything from Han Solo punching a Kanjiklub member to Starkiller base firing is in there. Be sure to watch, and listen, below:

Hearing Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Zackery Ramos-Taylor on Vimeo.

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Dave Filoni To Screen 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 3 Premiere At Celebration Europe (UPDATED!)

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By: Benjamin Hart

The guest list for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is continuing to grow! Today, StarWars.com
announced that none other than Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni will be in attendance, and he won't be alone. He will be joined by "special guests" who will be on hand to present a screening of the first two episodes of season three. As always, Filoni will no doubt be making the rounds at this Celebration to discuss Rebels and his previous work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars at various panels and events.


Earlier this year Filoni also teased a major Rebels reveal at Celebration Europe that fans have been waiting for. What he could be announcing is anyone's guess, but it's certainly exciting!

UPDATE: Filoni teased an announcement he would be making at Celebration on social media following the announcement.  Filoni posted the following picture with Ahsoka Tano's line from "Twilight of the Apprentice", the Season Two finale of Star Wars Rebels "There's always a bit of truth in legends".  For those wondering, the book in question is Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire (makes you wonder if he'll be confirming a certain rumor....)

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 takes place July 15th, - 17th at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre in London, England.

Source: StarWars.com

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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 27/05/16

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic celebrate the 39th anniversary of the release of Star Wars (aka REAL Star Wars Day, aka Star Wars Festivus) by looking back on the Original Trilogy.  They also look ahead at Rogue One, Episode VIII, and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Plus a Celebration Europe announcement, some thoughts on the most recent leaked photos from the Episode VIII set, and another intriguing spoiler alert.  All this and much more!

 
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Wraps Production In Ireland

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By: Benjamin Hart

Over the past few weeks and months production on Star Wars: Episode VIII has temporarily moved to Ireland, but now it appears that filming there has been completed. Star Wars: The Force Awakens began the trend by using Skellig Michael Island as the setting for the planet Ahch-To, where Rey finds Luke Skywalker at the end of the film. We can further assume that the extensive filming that has taken place in locations such as Ceann Sibéal and Malin Head recently will include more scenes set on Ahch-To.


According to RTE.ie, filming in Ireland has ended and a wrap party for the cast and crew was held Wednesday to celebrate. Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and over 300 others who participated in the shoot converged on the popular Foxy John's pub in Dingle. RTE reports:

"Those attending the private function witnessed Ridley, who plays the role of Rey in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, go behind the counter to pull a few pints for her colleagues. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, also dropped in to celebrate the end of the three-week shoot in Ireland. The 64-year-old was driven to the pub on Main Street in a blacked-windowed SUV."

Mark Hamill and his wife Marilou outside Foxy John's pub.

In addition, director Rian Johnson shared this tweet:


Also, actor Joonas Suotamo, who portrays Chewbacca along with Peter Mayhew, posted this thank you video to the people of Dingle on his Facebook page:




Daisy Ridley also confirmed she was home from shooting in Ireland with an Instagram post:



And last, but certainly not least, Mark Hamill shared this cheeky tweet about what he will miss about Ireland:


Star Wars: Episode VIII opens in theaters on December 15th, 2017!

Source: RTE.ie

Header photo: Mark Hamill is surrounded by crew members, including director of photography Dan Mindel, as the final scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are filmed.

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'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Season Pass Announcement

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By Ciaran Duggan,

In the past hour LEGO Star Wars has provided further details concerning the content of The Force Awakens Lego Game, which is set to hit shelves this June.

The LEGO Star Wars gaming team have announced that users can purchase a LEGO Star Wars 'Season Pass' for The Force Awakens game. The season pass will allow gamers access to:

- 3 New Level Packs: Poe's Quest for Survival, First Siege on Takonda and Escape from Starkiller Base
- 4 Character Packs: The Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: Rebels, The Freemaker Adventures, The Clone Wars
- An exclusive season pass Jedi Character pack.

You can take a look at the cool poster which accompanied the announcement below:


The season pass sounds pretty awesome. It is refreshing to hear that LEGO have placed emphasis towards giving gamers a higher volume of content, with access to new maps, adventures and characters, stretching from the Force Awakens to the Prequels and even the Clone Wars. However, it is also fair to say that users will still have concern at the fact that there will be added cost to gain access to this new content (which remains undisclosed). Some will question why this content isn't available to gamers who purchase the game on it's own.

Give us your thoughts to this announcement about the LEGO 'Season Pass' down below.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for worldwide release on June 28 2016.

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Rare 'Revenge Of The Jedi' Teaser Trailer Unearthed

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By: Benjamin Hart

Yesterday we celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the release of Star Wars: Episode - Return Of The Jedi on May 25th, 1983. To coincide with the milestone, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled an incredible rare piece of Star Wars history in the form of a teaser trailer. The 30 second long trailer announces the then upcoming arrival of "Star Wars: Revenge Of The Jedi" in theaters at Christmas of 1983 with flashes of several still images from the film on the screen.


Now, obviously, Revenge Of The Jedi was an initial title that was rejected late in production due to the filmmakers coming to the conclusion that Jedi do not take revenge. But that wasn't before Revenge made it into much of the marketing material for the film, such as this trailer.



The trailer itself was attached to a double feature of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back that was screened in U.K. theaters from May through December in 1982. The teaser was the result of negotiations between Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox about a possible Christmas 1983 release for Jedi. It was thought to be a way to get families out of the house during Winter and would provide a wealth of merchandising and promotional opportunities. Additionally, it was considered that props and costumes from the film were to be free by then to use in department store window displays in the U.K. The plan was ultimately scrapped in favor of releasing Return Of The Jedi in the Summer on June 2nd, 1983, one week after the U.S release.

This is all especially interested considering that its sequel, The Force Awakens, would go on to be released during the Holidays more than 30 years later. Fans in the U.K. almost had a Star Wars Christmas back in 1983.

Be sure to visit the Academy's website to read more and see other rare promotional artifacts.

Source: Oscars.org

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Preview for Marvel's 'The Force Awakens' Comics Adaptation

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By: Dominic Jones

On the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, hosts and Andi and Peter revealed several new pages from the upcoming comic book adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  The adaptation is six issues long, with the first issue hitting shelves on June 22nd, and is written by Chuck Wendig with art by Luke Ross.  Wendig is also the author of the Star Wars novel Star Wars: Aftermath, which hit #4 on the New York Times Best Sellers list when it was released last fall, and it's two follow ups Aftermath: Life Debt (which hits shelves on July 12th) and Aftermath: Empire's End (which hits shelves on January 31, 2017).  Check out the preview below,



You can see the rest of the preview over at StarWars.com

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New 'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Video Spotlights Finn

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With the Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game set to hits shelves next month, the marketing ramping up to big release on June 28th.  In anticipation, a new video spotlighting Finn in the game has been released.  The video features a combination of gameplay and cinematics.  John Boyega will be reprising his role as Finn for the game, with a new dialogue recorded (though the dialogue in the clip appears to have been pulled from the film).  Finn will be a playable character in the game, along with many other key (and not so key) players from The Force Awakens, including Rey, Poe, Han, and The Crimson Corsair.  Check out the Finn video below,




You can also check out the Poe Dameron spotlight video here.

Source: Lego Star Wars Games (YouTube)

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Chewbacca Visits A School In County Kerry, Ireland

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By: Benjamin Hart

Over the past few weeks we've been getting numerous reports about the production of Star Wars: Episode VIII that is currently happening in Ireland. Filming has recently been taking place along the coastline of the country at such locations as Malin Head and Ceann Sibéal. In doing so, members of the cast and crew have been spotted in various locations. Carrie Fisher is said to be in the area, and other members of the cast, including Mark Hamill, we're seen at an airport recently.


But so far the most notable cast member appearance happened at a school in County Kerry just a few days ago. The BBC reports that none other than the mighty Chewbacca himself made a surprise appearance to schoolchildren at the Scoil Fheirtearaigh National School in Ballyferriter this past Monday. According to Movie Bit and at tweet they found, it appears the actor in the suit is none other than Joonas Suotamo.

Suotamo portrayed Chewie alongside Peter Mayhew in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and doubled for the legendary actor in the more strenuous action scenes that Mayhew could not perform.


The principal of the school, Mairín Ní Chartúir, spoke briefly about how the Wookiee's visit came to be:

"We received a call from the production team asking could they pay a surprise visit to the kids on Monday. Of course, we said yes and were told to not let anyone know about the visit and the parents were told on Monday that the kids would be staying an hour later for the surprise. Chewbacca walked in with the production team and took photos with the children and watched them perform the Star Wars theme tune that the kids had learned, as we are quite a musical school."

You can watch video from the event below:



Star Wars: Episode VIII opens in theaters on December 15th, 2017!

Sources: BBC, The Movie Bit
Via: Making Star Wars

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Podcast Stage Lineup Revealed For Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

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By: Benjamin Hart

Last year at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Lucasfilm introduced a brand new venue to the convention: the Podcast stage. Over the course of the event it featured an assortment of different Podcast(ours included) broadcasting live on stage during set time intervals. Now, with Star Wars Celebration Europe coming up in July, it appears Lucasfilm is bringing it back! Earlier today Mark Newbold from Jedi News revealed the Podcast lineup for the duration of Celebration on StarWars.com. This collection of pre-selected fan produced shows will be appearing on the One Force Stage and will be sharing space "Four Clubs, One Force", which consists of Jedi News, the UK Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Elstree Base of the Rebel Legion, and the Galactic Academy.

Mark Newbold had this to say about this year's Podcast stage:

"At the request of the wonderful Mary Franklin at ReedPOP and our fellow groups in One Force, I had the great pleasure of organizing the schedule and choosing the podcasts for the show. My intention from the beginning was to bring as many of the best podcasts to Celebration. Given that we were sharing the stage with the UKG and Rebel Legion, who have their own selection of presentations running through the weekend, I was keen to fit in as many podcasts as possible into a limited number of slots (15 different shows from numerous networks sharing eight 45-minute slots) and to provide some unique content for the event. As you’ll see, we have an eclectic array of content covering collecting, interviews, literature, comedy and shows with a UK, US and Australian focus."


You can check out the full schedule below:

  • Friday, July 15
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Full of Sith and Lattes With Leia
One panel, two podcasts: Prepare to make your first jump to hyperspace with Full Of Sith, the show dedicated to the most interesting Star Wars conversations in the galaxy and then pour a cup of your beverage of choice and take a trip to the galaxy far, far away with Lattes With Leia.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. - Blabba the Hutt and Following The Nerd
One panel, two podcasts: Strap yourselves in for the emerald hour! All the way from Dublin, Ireland, it’s Blabba The Hutt and joining them are Following The Nerd, the podcast that’s bang up to date on all the latest news, reviews, articles, and information across all mediums from games to action figures.

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. - Fly Casual and SithLord 229
One panel, two podcasts: We’re coming in at full throttle with Fly Casual, the podcast that’s more than a journey. It’s all about our Star Wars lives and YouTube star SithLord229, providing in-depth, HD analysis of some of the coolest Star Wars toys and collectables from across the galaxy!

  • Saturday, July 16
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Star Wars Action News and Star Wars Collectors Cast
One panel, two podcasts: There’s no such thing as coming in too fast when you have two of the world’s premiere collecting podcasts joining forces. We have Star Wars Action News bringing all the latest news and reviews from the Star Wars galaxy. Star Wars Collectors Cast is here covering UK and worldwide collecting.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Star Wars Report and Fangirls Going Rogue
One panel, two podcasts: Echo Station 3-T-8, we have spotted Imperial walkers and they’re bringing two amazing podcasts with them. The Star Wars Report bring us in-depth news coverage from the galaxy far, far away, and joining them are Fangirls Going Rogue, the first Star Wars podcast hosted exclusively by fangirls.

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. - Steele Wars
Jumping out of lightspeed too close to the system is Australian comedian Steele Saunders, bringing his unique flavor to Celebration Europe. Steele loves Star Wars and finds people of interest to talk to him about it. We are honored by his presence.

  • Sunday, July 17
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Chive Cast and The Vintage Rebellion
One panel, two podcasts: It’s the golden hour! The Star Wars Collectors Archive Podcast brings us its knowledge of vintage Star Wars toys and memorabilia and Vintage Rebellion discusses Star Wars toys from yesteryear. WAMPA!! WAMPA!!

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. - RADIO 1138 and Take Cover
One panel, two podcasts: We reach the end of our Celebration Europe podcast panel journey for 2016 as RADIO 1138 see out the show with Star Wars news from across the galaxy and Take Cover grab their bookmarks to discuss book, comic, and magazine news.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 takes place July 15th - 17th at the Excel Centre in London, England!

Source: StarWars.com

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