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Star Wars Episode VII Rumor Alert: Ian McDiarmid Returning

Our friend at JediNews have a source saying:

 Ian McDiarmid is set to return to the galaxy far, far away for a part in Episode VII.

The specifics of the role are unclear, but it seems likely that McDiarmid will be returning to his signature role of Palpatine. Whether as the original or a clone of, we are yet to discern.

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Ian McDiarmid Is Coming to Celebration Europe!

Today’s addition to the guest list is the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid.

Having been to his panel at CVI, I can say that this is fantastic news! He’s not exactly steeped in geek culture, but he really brought an outsider’s perspective on the production of the Star Wars films.


The Star Awards- TWL #46


In their latest episode, Karl and Jason are joined by returning guest Kyle “Kylebacca” Avery of the Frontlines Podcast and Star Wars: The Saga Continues podcast to discuss their top 5 acting performances from the Star Wars films and Clone Wars series. From the infamous Sir Alec Guiness to the break-out role of Harrison Ford, your hosts delve deep into what makes so many of these Star Wars actors so incredible!

Star Wars at New York Comic Con 2012


The place to be this week if you are a fan of sci-fi, comics, pop culture, and general geeky goodness is New York Comic Con which starts on Thursday, Oct 11th.  Of course there will be plenty of Star Wars represented at the 4-day con.  If you are planning to go to the con, here is your guide to things related to The Galaxy Far Far Away.


Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in the films) will be at the convention on Friday thru Sunday.  She will be doing autographs, photo ops and will even be moderating a panel.

Friday, October 12th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hall 1B
Saturday, October 13th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Hall 1B
Photo Ops
Friday, October 12th 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Hall 1B
Saturday, October 13th 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Hall 1B
Carrie Fisher will be moderating a panel about an upcoming film called Violet and Daisy.  Saturday, October 13th12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Room 1A10

Ian McDiarmid
(Emperor Palpatine in the films) will be at the convention on Saturday and Sunday.  He will be doing photo ops and there is a spotlight panel featuring him.

Photo Ops
Saturday, October 13th 1:05 PM – 1:50 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 12:20 PM – 12:50 PM, Hall 1B
Ian McDiarmid Spotlight: Sunday, October 14th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1E13

Seth Green (voice actor in The Clone Wars and producer of Star Wars Detours) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.
There will be a special autographing ticket giveaway to meet the creators of Robot Chicken.  It will be very limited and on a first come first served basis.  Plan to line up early if you want to get Seth’s autograph.  Saturday, October 13th 8:00 AM, Queue Hall 1C
There will be a Robot Chicken panel featuring Seth Green.  Friday, October 12th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, IGN Theater.

Matt Senreich (producer of Star Wars Detours) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.
Just like Seth, Matt will also be part of the special autographing session.  Remember to line up early to get your autograph pass.  Saturday, October 13th 8:00 AM, Queue Hall 1C
There will be a Robot Chicken panel featuring Matt Senreich.  Friday, October 12th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, IGN Theater.

Clare Grant (voice actor in The Clone Wars) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.  She will take part in the autographing session and Robot Chicken panel with Seth and Matt that are mentioned above.

Phil LaMarr (voice actor in The Clone Wars)
Friday, October 12th 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Autographing Table 7
Phil LaMarr will be appearing on a panel about a new digital comic called The Vision Machine.  Friday, October 12th 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 1A21

Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti in A New Hope)
Friday, October 12th 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, Autographing Table 5


Tim Zahn – Author of the upcoming novel Scoundrels, he will appear on the Star Wars Books panel (look below for details).  He will also be signing at the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 14th 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pablo Hidalgo – Author of the recently released Star Wars: Essential Reader’s Companion, he will be on the Star Wars Books panel.  He will be signing at the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Dan Wallace – Author of the popular Book of Sith, he will be signing at the DK Publishing booth (#932).
Friday, October 12th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 13th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jason Fry – Author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, he will be signing at the DK Publishing booth (#932) and the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, DK Booth #932
Friday, October 12th  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Random House Booth #1120

Randy Stradley Star Wars comic writer and the VP of Publishing for Dark Horse comics, he will appear on the Brian Wood focused panel (see below for details).

Brian Wood
– Writer of the upcoming Star Wars comic series, he will appear on the Dark Horse Comics panel “Brian Wood & Dark Horse: From World’s End to the Galaxy’s Beginnings”.

Michael Stackpole
– Author of five X-wing novels, he will not be doing any Star Wars focused events but he will appear on one panel.
Blizzard Entertainment Publishing: Saturday, October 13th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1A14

Star Wars Focused Panels

Star Wars Books: Friday, October 12th 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM, Unbound Stage
Official Description: Join New York Times bestselling author Tim Zahn, author of the upcoming novel Star Wars: Scoundrels, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, author of Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion, Jason Fry, author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, and Del Rey’s Frank Parisi and Erich Schoeneweiss as they discuss the present and future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Brian Wood & Dark Horse: From World’s End to the Galaxy’s Beginnings: Friday, October 12th 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, Room 1A06
Official Description: Dark Horse turns the spotlight on creator, Brian Wood, to discuss both his creator-owned and licensed works at the largest independent publisher!

Ian McDiarmid Spotlight: Sunday, October 14th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1E13
Official Description: Give in to the Dark Side of The Force! At least for an hour. Ian McDiarmid will be discussing his prolific career and his role as the most ambitious villain ever to grace a galaxy far, far away.

So there will be plenty to check out if you are a Star Wars fan going to New York Comic Con.  I hope to see you there!

- Aaron Goins

Dallas Fan Days October 19-21

Dallas Fan Days expands, makes changes to growing show.

This month’s Dallas Fan Days expands to three days to better accommodate it’s growing fan base and give attendees more choices. With actor Bruce Campbell topping the media list and comic book legend Stan Lee leading the artists’ roster, the show will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and run through Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

To protect customers from inclimate weather, outside lines will be routed through the center’s covered garage, and an outdoor food court in that area will ease congestion in the exhibit hall. A large influx of attendees at Dallas Comic Con in May caught organizers by surprise, but they hope these and other changes will alleviate some of the issues that resulted.

“Basically, the number of customers doubled from 10,000 in February to 20,000 at our May show, causing some longer than expected lines and making it hard for some fans to see everything they wanted,” said Ben Stevens with C2 Ventures, which produces three shows annually at the Irving facility. “By moving the lines, adding concessions and scheduling a third day, we hope to create a more inviting and fun experience for our customers.”

Friday attendees will be among the first to witness the reunion of Star Wars bad boys Ian McDiarmid and Dave Prowse, who led the evil empire as “The Emperor Palpatine” and “Darth Vader,” respectively, in several of the popular movies. Also on hand Friday to sign autographs and meet fans will be actors Anne Lockhart from the original Battlestar Galactica and Donnie Dunagan, the voice of “Bambi” in the Disney classic. Fans unable to attend on Friday can catch all four actors on Saturday and Sunday.

Returning for his third appearance at our shows is Stan Lee, co-creator and writer of the Amazing Spider-man, Iron Man, Thor, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and X-Men. In addition to being the former president of Marvel Comics, he’s well known in the industry as a writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher. Mr. Lee will sign autographs all three days and conduct a Q&A session at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the fourth-floor auditorium.

The three-day event will feature 300 vendor booths in the exhibit hall and fourth floor lobby, as well as two dozen artists, including Ralph Bakshi, award-winning animator and director of Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and Wizards; legendary artist Al Plastino, co-creator of Supergirl, Brainiacs and Legion of Super-Heroes; and Eisner Award-winner Frank Cho, creator and artist of Liberty Meadows.

Mr. Campbell, who stars as “Sam Axe” in television’s Burn Notice, appears Saturday only. He also played “Ash” in the Evil Dead series, and starred in Bubba Ho-Tep, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and Sky High. In addition to signing autographs, Mr. Campbell will do a Q&A session starting at noon Saturday.

Media guests appearing Saturday and Sunday include Robert Englund of “Freddy Krueger” fame; Lance Henriksen, best known as “Bishop” in the Alien movies; Felicia Day from The Guild; and Sean Astin, who played “Sam” in The Lord of the Rings movies. Also, voice actress Tara Strong, whose credits include My Little Pony and Rugrats, Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, and Warehouse 13 actor Eddie McClintock.

Making a rare convention appearance will be Gina Torres from the short-lived but highly popular Firefly series/Serenity movie, along with her on-screen husband, Alan Tudyk. Also appearing both days are Starship Troopers stars Dina Meyer and Casper Van Dien.

During Fan Days, the actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Media guests charge a fee for autographs and fans also may pay to have their photo taken with select actors by a professional photographer.

Admission to Dallas Fan Days is $20 Friday, $30 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A three-day pass also is available for $60. Children’s tickets are $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. VIP passes for this show are sold out. Tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Coupons for $5 off can be found in The Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly and other North Texas newspapers.

Show hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information on events and schedules, please visit the website at www.fandays.com.