Start the video and then go to 2 hours and 5 minutes to get to the Force Awakens panel!
Star Wars Celebration is happening starting this Thursday. It is kicking off with a Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel that may feature new footage from the film! It’s also possible that the trailer that is attached to Avengers: Age of Ultronwill be shown.
Here are the details:
For the first time ever, highlights and more than 30 hours of exclusive video content from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be officially live streamed to a worldwide community of fans on StarWars.com, all powered by Verizon.
Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor.
Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday’s Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; theSmuggler’s Bounty radio drama; EA’s new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars’ global fan community.
Between the live, on-stage events, StarWars.com will feature live interviews with celebrity guests within the Star Wars Cantina set specially built to capture the mood and atmosphere of the infamous Mos Eisley watering hole from A New Hope. These segments will have a fun, variety show flavor to them that brings a bit of the Star Wars Celebration vibe to those enjoying the event from afar.
Exclusive clips from throughout Star Wars Celebration event will also be available on demand from Verizon, allowing fans to celebrate Star Wars long after the live streams are over.
The live streaming begins at 10:00 a.m. PST, Thursday, April 16, on StarWars.com with the Celebration kickoff panel and continues with 30-plus hours of coverage through the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST. Watch exclusive highlights and on-demand clips from Verizon on Twitter,@VerizonWireless, and at Facebook.com/Verizon.
J.J. Abrams has directed what is, since The Hobbit, the most anticipated movie coming to the big screen. It is possibly the most anticipated film of at least three generations of fans, as it’s a sequel where anything can happen, and we don’t really know what’s going to happen.
Here, Abrams addresses response to that lightsaber seen in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. He’s having fun seeing the positive and negative reactions, and said that people have been having the same conversations they had early on about this lightsaber that started as a design, but the conversations were in reverse. How were they in reverse? Good question.
Abrams also mentions that he’s executive producing Episode VIII and Episode IX, and that Rian Johnson is director on at least the next one. This is something that a lot of people seem to miss. Rian Johnson may not direct Episode IX. Those duties may return to Abrams or go to another director.
There will only be one exciting sequence in IMAX but Abrams won’t say what is involved there. He said it’s a fun one.
They’re also still cutting the movie and haven’t seen the movie together yet.
He also mentioned that while they did build sets and do practical things as much as possible, using the Sun for lighting when outside, and things like that, there’s an incredible amount of CG in the film. He mentioned that a lot of the CG used is to remove things from shots.
After that, they moved on to the next Star Trek film. He said that he’s not really sure that it’ll be Star Trek 3, but more of a Star Trek: Adventures in Space. It is possible that it won’t be a direct sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, and instead more of a singular adventure.
J.J. Abrams spoke with MTV about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here are a couple of quotes.
“All I know is that it is, without question, an intense and terrifying prospect…The opportunity, I think, is greater than the fear, than the risk. I’m more excited about the work everyone has done on the movie and this incredible cast.”
“It was an amazing experience making this movie, I mean for everyone. There was a sort of weird buzz in the air when we were making this movie, but we were all aware how hard we had to work to make it something worthy of people’s time.”
The first round of characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been named. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the characters named are the ones that appeared in the teaser and no more.
J.J. Abrams went on record saying that the numbers on the cards are significant, but without explaining why. If I were to speculate, I’d say that the numbers correlate to when scenes depicted in the film take place within the overall story of the movie.
There’s a photo going around that people want me to share here, in the hopes that Abrams himself will see it. I doubt that Abrams even knows this website exists, but I’ll relent.
First, I will explain why I think there’s nothing wrong with the current Lightsaber, and then the problem with my thoughts on it.
The lightsaber has the cross beams, and people are saying “well that’s not going to stop any blade from sliding down and slicing through the hilt.” What if the material the hilt is made out of can stop the blade? It seems that it can focus the blade in whatever direction, so it stands to reason that it could also deflect the blade of another lightsaber.
Argument against? Other lightsabers have been sliced in two, including Darth Maul’s own double bladed lightsaber.
Argument for? According to super geeky source material, there are materials in the Star Wars universe that may deflect or even short-circuit a lightsaber blade. The substances are phrik, cortosis and Mandalorian iron. In fact, Emperor Palpatine’s own lightsaber was made of phrik, as described in the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary.
Therefore, the material the cross beam is made out of could very well be that same substance. Problem solved.
The world has been waiting for another Star Wars feature film since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, and about seven months after the tenth anniversary of that film, The Force Awakens will be released for our viewing pleasure.
Bad Robot tweeted a new note from director J.J. Abrams about the length of the trailer with the word “THANKSGIVING.”
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 24, 2014
An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.