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John Williams 1st Composer to Recieve AFI Life Achievement Award

Five-time Oscar winner John Williams will receive the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award June 9 in Los Angeles. It’s the first time that the AFI is honoring a composer… EVER.

John Williams is the Man!

“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of the movies.”

Well deserved!


Video: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Press Conference

James from Clubjade has video of the Star wars Rebels Season 2 Press conference!

Among the reveals: Dave Filoni said that S2 will have two episodes that explore Hera’s backstory: One that ficuses on her piloting skills, and another having to do with her family. There’s also going to be a new trailer debuting this week that will give us a look at something new regarding Sabine. He also talks about the importance of having a wide range of roles for female characters.

Check it out!


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Topps Star Wars Exclusives are coming to New York Comic Con

Just got word from Topps about some really cool offerings they will have at NYCC!

Topps will be offering 7 oversized card sets in the vintage 1977 look and feel. Each set contains 10 cards featuring one faction from the Star Wars saga. Each set will retail for $20 (tax included) and will be sold exclusively at New York Comic Con. We are doing a pretty limited print run of just 250 per set.

Be sure to follow along at:

The 7 faction sets are:

  • The Rebel Alliance
  • The Galactic Empire
  • The Jedi Council
  • Sith & Separatists
  • The Resistance
  • The First Order
  • Rebels

Check it out!


See the Adorable Younglings at the Annual Dragon Con Pod-race!

It’s has become a Dragon Con tradition. I absolutely love going to the 10th floor of the Marriott in downtown Atlanta and seeing families gather together to build their very own podracer made of cardboard, paper plates, craft paper, and whatever items could stitch them together. This is the annual Younglings Podrace at Dragon Con.

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Behind the Stars of Star Wars Panel at Dragon Con 2015

The following sentence is something I never thought I would write. At this past Dragon Con, I had the extreme privilege of hosting the Saturdays Stars of Star Wars panel with Hera herself Vanessa Marshall and the man behind the mask of Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew.


Peter’s tales

Ever since I first saw Star Wars so many years ago, Chewbacca has always been one of my favorite characters. He’s always such a lovable teddy bear, but also such a great sense of safety and security for the heroes as they go through their journey. Vanessa Marshall was an absolute treat to be around. She’s been a central part in ushering in a new era of strong women in the world of Star Wars television. It was an amazing privilege that I got to share – in some small part – the Dragon Con stage with two such incredible people! Continue reading