Star Wars Celebration Orlando Kicks Off with Epic Tribute to Saga’s 40th Anniversary

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A very special tribute to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars will kick start Celebration Orlando in grand fashion.

The panel, hosted by Warwick Davis, will feature Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and discussions with some of the saga’s brightest stars, highlighting the impact of the galaxy far, far, away and the fandom that has propelled it for the last four decades. As is tradition, this marquee Celebration event will undoubtedly include many not-to-be-missed surprises. Fans will definitely want to mark their calendars for Thursday, April 13th and make the Star Wars 40th anniversary panel a priority for their Celebration weekend!

Star Wars Celebration Orlando will take place April 13 – 16 at the Orange County Convention Center. RSVP on Facebook!

MA – John Williams Conducts Boston Pops

Legendary film composer JOHN WILLIAMS conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday May 31st and Thursday June 1st, 2017. Tickets available online now!

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Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams shares the podium with Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart for this signature concert. The brilliant composer and conductor behind films including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Harry Potter series, brings you a night of some of the most memorable movie music of all time. This is a concert not to be missed!

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
617-266-1492

Stars of the Saga Join Star Wars Celebration 2017

Stars of the Saga Ian McDiarmid and Jeremy Bulloch Join the Lineup

Felicity Jones leads a galaxy of talent scheduled to appear at the Star Wars Celebration Autograph Hall this April. The star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will sign autographs at the premier Star Wars fan event, The Topps Company and Authenticators, Inc. announced today.

Topps and Authenticators, Inc., the official autograph providers for the event, will host thousands of Star Wars fans from around the world at the Star Wars Celebration Autograph Hall in Orlando, Fla., from April 13-16. Fans can purchase authentic movie photos and officially licensed Star Wars memorabilia to get signed at the autograph pavilion as part of the StarWarsAuthentics.com launch.

“Having Felicity Jones at Star Wars Celebration to meet all the amazing Star Wars fans is important to us,” said David Leiner General Manager and Vice President of Topps North American Sports and Entertainment. “She’s become an integral part of the Star Wars universe and was immediately loved by fans around the world. We are proud to have her in our first group of announced guests.”

Ian McDiarmid, who portrayed the sinister Emperor Palpatine, and Jeremy Bulloch, everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, join Felicity as the first in a long lineup up of talent from the iconic franchise scheduled to sign autographs for fans at the show.

Topps, Lucasfilm and Authenticators Inc., the industry standard verification service originally built by the MLB Authentication Program, recently announced a new collaboration, StarWarsAuthentics.com, a one-stop online destination for Star Wars fans to easily and securely order all of their official photo and autograph needs. StarWarsAuthentics.com includes a vast library of images direct from Lucasfilm, high-quality photos and exclusive autographs of fans’ favorite stars, printed using Topps’ technology.

Star Wars fans get officially licensed movie and authentic autographed photos at StarWarsAuthentics.com, which include more than a dozen options of Jones to choose from. In addition to Jones, Rogue One’s Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed and Donnie Yen autographs are available at the website, which also is the only place to find the first official dual-signed items of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Stay tuned for Star Wars Celebration pre-order details and the announcements of additional signers that will be at the event. RSVP on Facebook!

CA – The Smartest Book in the World Signing

Greg Proops appears at Chevalier’s Books to discuss and sign, The Smartest Book in the World, on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv-comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone called some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now. Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’ universe, from history’s juiciest tales and curious backstories to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Full of eclectic and humorous knowledge, it is a concentrated collection and comic cultural dictionary of the essential Proops topics including poetry, proper punctuation, and Satchel Paige, all delivered with his signature style, making the full Proops experience complete.

Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 465-1334

CA – The Smartest Book in the World Signing

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DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Greg Proops to the store to discuss, The Smartest Book in the World, on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv-comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone called some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now. Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’ universe, from history’s juiciest tales and curious backstories to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Full of eclectic and humorous knowledge, it is a concentrated collection and comic cultural dictionary of the essential Proops topics including poetry, proper punctuation, and Satchel Paige, all delivered with his signature style, making the full Proops experience complete.

So if you’re stuck wondering why Alexander was so Great (well, he did conquer the world), which cinema bombshell would be the best shortstop (Hedy Lamarr, of course), what great work of art would be the best to steal (not that you would), or the finest way to prepare vodka-flavored vodka (add vodka), don’t fret, The Smartest Book in the World has what you need right now.

Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He has a chart-topping podcast called The Smartest Man in the World, which he has recorded live from around the world including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, New Zealand, Finland, Montreal, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Melbourne, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hollywood, a ship off St. Marten, and somehow, Cleveland. Proops has been a voice actor in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and played Bob in Bob the Builder. He has been a guest on @Midnight on Comedy Central, Red Eye, The Late, Late Show, and Chelsea Lately. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad, really.

RSVP on Facebook!

Diesel Bookstore – Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402
310-576-9960

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 Guest Schedules Announced

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The Star Wars Celebration Autograph Hall, presented in cooperation with Entertainment Legends, will be the place for fans to meet their favorite stars from Star Wars.

Scheduled to sign all three days of Celebration, July 15-17:

  • Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)
  • Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO; Dannyl Faytonni, Attack of the Clones)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett, The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi; Lt. Sheckil, The Empire Strikes Back; Captain Colton, Revenge of the Sith)
  • Ray Park (Darth Maul)
  • Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
  • Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett, Attack of the Clones)

In addition to these stars of Celebration, every day of the show will have a different line-up of featured autograph guests. Don’t miss this chance to meet them in person for an autograph or photo opportunity.

Sign up and pre-pay for your Celebration photo op with your favorite Star Wars stars.

View information on how the autograph and photograph process will work onsite in the Celebration Autograph Hall.

Scheduled to sign Friday, July 15:

  • Kenny Baker – after 13:00. (R2-D2; Paploo, Return of the Jedi)
  • Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna, Return of the Jedi)
  • Ken Colley (Admiral Piett, The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi)
  • Sean Crawford (Yak Face, Return of the Jedi)
  • Tim Dry (J’Quille, Return of the Jedi )

Scheduled to sign Saturday, July 16:

  • Al Lampert (Daine Jir, A New Hope)
  • Kenny Baker (R2-D2; Paploo, Return of the Jedi)
  • Rusty Goffe (Jawa, Kabe, A New Hope)
  • Garrick Hagon (Biggs, A New Hope)
  • Robert Watts (Producer, original trilogy; AT-ST Pilot Return of the Jedi)

Scheduled to sign Sunday, July 17

  • Paul Blake (Greedo, A New Hope)
  • Mike Edmonds (Ugnaught, The Empire Strikes Back; Logray, Jabba puppeteer, Return of the Jedi)
  • Alan Harris (Leia’s escort & war room, A New Hope; Bossk, stormtrooper, Bespin Guard, Hoth Rebel, The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Chris Muncke (Captain Khurgee, A New Hope)
  • Simon Williamson (Max Rebo, Gamorrean Guard, Mon Cal officer, Return of the Jedi)

Any guest at Star Wars Celebration may have to reschedule or cancel for personal or professional reasons.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 Stage Sneak Peek

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With Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 set to launch in less than a month, we wanted to share a sneak peek at some of the panels being planned for the Celebration Stage, home of the biggest shows and brightest stars of the weekend! This is where fans will go to spend separate hours with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels, get the latest news and info on Rebels Season 3, and grab some super-secret glimpses of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If that weren’t enough, the stage will also host special screenings of A New Hope and The Force Awakens, as well as many other guests and not-to-be-missed Celebration attractions. A few surprises still to come on this stage, so be sure to stick around for the final day of the show. Make the Celebration Stage your number one stop in London this July!!

Seats at the Celebration Stage will be in high demand. Look for our Star Wars Celebration Navigation Guide, coming next week on www.starwarscelebration.com for helpful tips and tricks to help you see your favorite shows!

Friday, July 15:

11:30-12:30

An Hour With Mark Hamill

Start your Celebration weekend off in the best possible way, by spending time with the Jedi Master himself. Mark Hamill will chat with the audience, answer questions, and tell stories from his years in entertainment and from his point of view portraying the pivotal character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe.

16:00-17:00

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about? Find out, when Gareth Edwards – director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – joins Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests for a revealing can’t-miss Rogue One panel! Also streamed to the Galaxy Stage and BTSS

18:00-19:30

Star Wars Celebration Europe Cosplay Championship

Enjoy the best cosplay in the galaxy live on the Celebration Stage. The Celebration Europe Cosplay Championships, hosted by Warwick Davis and Mark Daniel, will entertain, and possibly inspire you to get started with your own Star Wars cosplay. The Championships will feature celebrity judges who know quite a bit about the art of Star Wars costumes: Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Star Wars Rebels) and Steve Sansweet (Rancho Obi-Wan).

20:30-23:00

Screening: Star Wars: A New Hope

The story that started the theatrical saga of Star Wars, as well as the most recent, epic movie for the big screen, will play for fans at Celebration Europe Friday and Saturday evenings. Tonight, relive the excitement of seeing Star Wars: A New Hope in a theater, surrounded by your fellow fans. Bring your lightsaber and get ready to cheer for your heroes, and boo the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Or perhaps cheer for Darth if you lean toward the dark side….

Saturday, July 16:

12:00-13:00

The Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Take a deep dive into the Pinewood Studios-based Star Wars creature shop, where Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan and team designed and built every alien, beast and droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Step-by-step, the process of crafting amazing creatures and droids like Maz Kanata, BB-8, the luggabeast, Unkar Plutt and Supreme Leader Snoke will be explored; from design and sculpting, to fabrication and animatronics, to painting and puppeteering. The panel will culminate in a live demo of one of the creature shop’s incredible Star Wars characters!

14:00-15:00

Anthony Daniels, Without Protocol

It’s always bright and shiny when our favorite protocol droid takes the stage. Don’t miss Anthony Daniels, the human behind C-3PO. Expect the unexpected as Daniels and host Warwick Davis have a marvelous time, sometimes at the expense of unsuspecting audience members.

16:00-18:00

Star Wars Rebels Season 3

Still recovering from the epic Star Wars Rebels Season 2 finale? Feel like you have more questions than answers about what the future holds for the crew of the Ghost? Fear not! Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni will be joined by special guests to share highly-guarded sneak peeks at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels season 3 including a screening of the first two episodes!

19:00-20:00

Meet the Creators: The Minds Behind EA’s Star Wars Games

Join us for a roundtable discussion about what’s it’s like to create Star Wars games. The creative leaders behind Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic and other upcoming Star Wars video games from EA will share behind-the-scenes stories and reveal news about the future of Star Wars games at EA.

21:00-23:30

Screening: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The story that started the theatrical saga of Star Wars, as well as the most recent, epic movie for the big screen, will play for fans at Celebration Europe Friday and Saturday evenings. Tonight, plan to stay after hours to watch your most beloved characters new and old in The Force Awakens, presented in theatrical quality on the Celebration Stage.

Sunday, July 17:

11:00-12:00

Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries

Buckle up. Our favorite Princess is coming and she will certainly have something to say. Join Carrie Fisher, the force behind Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, for an hour of insights into the world of one of our favorite characters on and off the screen.

13:00-14:00

Ray Park Unleashed

Ray Park, the actor and champion martial artist behind the iconic character of Darth Maul, will take the stage for an hour of insights and interaction. Always two there are – Park will share the stage with Celebration Host and Sith apprentice Warwick Davis.

Anthony Daniels Joins Star Wars Celebration Europe

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The only actor to work on all seven Star Wars movies, Anthony Daniels, will be appearing at Star Wars Celebration Europe, meeting fans in the Celebration Autograph Hall, and appearing on stage with host Warwick Davis.

Daniels is the heart and soul of the golden robot C-3PO. He is also the legs, arms and voice. His legacy in the Star Wars universe includes portraying the golden droid not only in the seven movies, but also in countless television appearances, in animation, and public service announcements. Daniels toured as host with Star Wars in Concert, presenting the wonders of Star Wars music to audiences around the world.

Daniels joins these Star Wars character legends, autographing all three days in the Celebration Autograph Hall:

Look for more stars of the Celebration Autograph Hall to be announced here soon! Tickets for Friday and Sunday are still available!

MA – Defenders of Shannara Signing

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Bestselling author Terry Brooks will sign copies of the new Shannara book, THE SORCERER’S DAUGHTER, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Brookline Booksmith! He will also be reading from a forthcoming unpublished book and answering your questions!

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Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

MA – The Sorcerer’s Daughter Signing

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Bestselling author Terry Brooks will sign copies of the new Shannara book, THE SORCERER’S DAUGHTER, on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM at Odyssey Bookshop! He will also be reading from a forthcoming unpublished book and answering your questions!

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Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 534-7307

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