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A Diary of Celebration Anaheim – SWR #165

Howdy folks!

Riley here.

OK, this episode of the SWR podcast is a particularly special one. This is my personal audio diary of the convention. I would turn on the recorder at apt moments throughout the celebration and I’ve stitched together a series of clips which really encapsulate my experience at #SWCA!

Enjoy!

Riley and Karl Geeking Out! (Loud)

Riley and Karl Geeking Out! (Loud)

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May the Fourth $1000 Scholarship to The Iron Yard

Howdy folks! Riley here, and I wanted to tell you guys about a really cool opportunity from our friends at the Iron Yard who provide a really cool code school and want to give Star Wars fans an amazing opportunity.

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In honor of kicking off class on Star Wars day, The Iron Yard is offering a $1000 scholarship to members of select Star Wars communities (Including The Star Wars Report!). The discount is applied to the total cost of tuition. Apply now and provide a short, 250 word essay explaining what you would build if you graduated from The Iron Yard. Click here to start now!

-Riley

The Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Trailer is LIVE

So much awesome! Rex! Ahsoka! Unnamed inquisitor dudes/dudettes! Too much to take in.

Highly Anticipated Season Two of “Star Wars Rebels” To Feature Fan-Favorite Clones — Captain Rex, Commander Wolffe and Gregor

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– Dee Bradley Baker & Ashley Eckstein Join “Star Wars Rebels” Cast at Star Wars Celebration to Make the Surprise Announcement –

Ashley Eckstein and Dee Bradley Baker

Ashley Eckstein and Dee Bradley Baker

Fans attending the “Star Wars Rebels” panel at Celebration today were treated to an exclusive sneak peek at the second season of the popular Disney XD animated series with Dave Filoni (creator, writer), Simon Kinberg (creator, writer), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb), and Taylor Gray (Ezra).

The Rebels Cast and Crew

The Rebels Cast and Crew

An exciting season two preview trailer revealed that Vader will indeed be back, and “Clone Wars” fan-favorites Captain Rex, Wolffe and Gregor, all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, will be joining “Star Wars Rebels.” The arena erupted when Baker made a surprise appearance following the preview.  He was joined by Ashley Eckstein, voice actor of another fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano, who was revealed as Fulcrum in the “Star Wars Rebels” season one finale. Audience members were thrilled that Star Wars Rebels” has welcomed Baker and Eckstein for season two.

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Everyone on Stage!

“Star Wars Rebels” Season Two begins this summer with a one-hour movie event and continues this fall with all-new episodes on Disney XD.

Star Wars Rebels Press Conference – SWR #164

Our Star Wars Celebration Podcast coverage begins!
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In this week’s episode, it’s the Star Wars Rebels press conference in full, live from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! Hear The Amazing News that:

  • James Earl Jones will be back to voice all of Darth Vader!
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. is awesome!
  • Lotta Bible Names in “Rebels”
  • A lot of people ask a lot of questions to Dave which of course he can’t answer. 

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‘Star Wars’ Saga Availible on digital platforms This Friday

This Friday, The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection arrives on all mafor digital HD platforms (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, PlayStation Store and Verizon FiOS)

This will be the first time the six films will be released for digital download.

“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”

“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” commented Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists — the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.”

But that’s not all. The release will include some pretty sweet bonus features:

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

  • Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
  • Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
  • Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

  • Conversations: Sounds In Space
  • Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
  • Legacy content includes “From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II”; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and “Films Are Not Released, They Escape”; plus Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

  • Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was
  • Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
  • Legacy content includes documentaries “Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III”; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (20th Century Fox)

  • Conversations: Creating A Universe
  • Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
  • Legacy content includes “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

  • Conversations: The Lost Interviews
  • Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
  • Legacy content includes “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

  • Conversations: The Effects
  • Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
  • Legacy content includes “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.

Read StarWars.com for more on The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection!