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Love Letter To a Galaxy Far far Away…

Yesterday, a day unlike any other, we waited on baited breath for the fulfillment of an unspoken promise made in our hearts thirty two years ago. A promise burned into our collective souls the moment the iconic theme played versus an iris wipe, the Star Wars trilogy’s signature transition to its ending credits. Enter, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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There was a definite sense of finality to Return of the Jedi even for us younger viewers. The Empire was defeated, The Emperor was thrown into a conveniently placed bottomless shaft in his throne room, Darth Vader redeemed himself protecting Luke from The Emperor, all celebrated by dancing warrior bears known as Ewoks. All the signs were there.

This was the end and we had accepted that. That was until we heard the first rumblings in science fiction magazines such as Starlog and eventually Star Wars Insider.

Boba Fett Battle

Boba Fett in battle, an original image by Jay De Los Santos

The word was that the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, made mention of six more Star Wars movies. Three prequels explaining the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Followed by three sequels to the original trilogy.

It would take over a decade for George Lucas to deliver the prequel trilogy to us. For the duration of that lull we were treated to plethora of novels, comics, and video games shedding light on the Star Wars universe and telling stories beyond the original trilogy, although many people prefer to play and learn about other kind of games as Overwatch, that is really popular now a days, and you can read about at http://overwatchsrpros.com/news. The Expanded Universe was created. Satisfying our hunger for more Star Wars until the prequel trilogy arrives.

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Boba Fett by Jay De Los Santos

As promised the prequel trilogy arrived, unfortunately it was to mixed reviews. For some older fans, Episode One, Two, and Three were a tonal departure. For many of us, it felt as if it were made for different generation. So while many of us may have enjoyed the prequels; on some level a lot of us felt left out. They didn’t feel like our Star Wars.

The shoe dropped. After fan outrage and heavy criticism George Lucas announced that he will not be making episodes Seven, Eight, and Nine. He later cited fan outrage as the primary reason. With the mind behind Star Wars uninterested in pursuing more films, it seemed all hope was lost.

Fall 2012, the other shoe dropped. And we had no idea we were even waiting for it. Disney had purchased Star Wars from George Lucas and were intent upon producing a new Star Wars Trilogy. The prospect of new Star Wars movies was somewhat exciting but it hadn’t truly sank in yet. And it wouldn’t for a while.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Directors George Lucas (L) and J.J. Abrams attend the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** J.J. Abrams;George Lucas

HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 14: Directors George Lucas (L) and J.J. Abrams attend the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** J.J. Abrams;George Lucas

With tons of announcements including a title (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), J.J. Abrams as the director, the original cast returning, and cast photos from the table read; for some of us including myself it hadn’t resonated yet.

The first trailer eventually dropped. It was very exciting. Great special effects, very cool shots of Stormtroopers on a transport. It had all the components of a Star Wars we hadn’t seen before. It looked beyond cool. But it didn’t hit me until the second trailer.

The moment I saw Han and Chewie on the Millennium Falcon set and heard Harrison Ford’s graveled voice deliver the line that would pull my heart into this new Star Wars “Chewie, we’re home.” The continuation of our Star Wars and the fulfillment of the promise that the Star Wars universe would continue onward. Forging ahead with new stories, characters, and hopefully shhow us things that we never imagined possible. A tall order indeed, but with a visionary director like J.J. Abrams at the helm; this reinvigorated Star Wars franchise is already off to an amazing start.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Fans attend the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 14: Fans attend the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

May the Force be with you, always.

 

Oblivion Taproom: Star Wars Day Event

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Photo Credit: Oblivion Taproom Facebook Page

May the 4th be with you and all of us!

Sure, you’ve been to Oblivion Taproom and enjoyed their creative menu of burgers, mounds of flavor topped tots and mouthwatering smoked wings – but have you been to one of their themed events? If not, you’re truly missing out on what Oblivion is capable of!

Their most recent event was this year’s annual Star Wars ‘May the  4th 3rd Be With You’ (May 4th falls on a Monday this year and Oblivion is closed on Mondays – hence the 3rd).  Not only did they have a themed menu of food and drink specials for this event, there were decorations, the movies playing on various screens (and on their new wall sized projection screen!), vendors selling Star Wars themed merchandise and memorabilia, face painting, photo backdrops and a costume contest (oh my!). Even the staff got involved by dressing up. The local 501st Legion also appeared for photo ops.

501st Legion

501st Legion

 

Of course the real stars here are the specials and the hungry hoards that have filled the place shortly after opening, know it. I embraced my inner Sith and ordered the Dark Side Burger (House burger patty served open faced on garlic toast, topped with french fries, bacon gravy and house beer cheese sauce) and a pint of Endor (Hinterland Luno Coffee Stout NITRO infused with white chocolate). I was mistakenly offered a side with my burger (a side was not offered with this entree as it’s covered in fries), however my chosen garlic parmesan tater tots arrived along for the ride.

Dark Side Burger

Dark Side Burger

The Dark Side Burger may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid, and that’s in flavor. The patty was cooked perfectly to a nice medium rare which allowed the bed of garlic toast to soak up the delicious juices. Oblivion’s bacon gravy, while not a usual topping on the menu (it makes special appearances at events and brunches) was much thinner than I’ve had in the past. This may be due to the addition of the beer cheese sauce. The two blended together to cloak the crispy fries in cheesy, bacon-y goodness…I mean evilness (it is a dark side burger after all). Served open faced, I had no choice but to use the forks to defeat this Empire of gluttony.

The next themed event on the Oblivion calendar is the Ghostbusters Brunch on May 17th followed by Batman’s Superhero Birthday Party on May 23rd. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Star Wars Miniland Model Display at LEGO Club Weekend!

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WINTER HAVEN, FL — LEGOLAND Florida Resort is hosting LEGO® Club Weekend Featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display on February 21&22. (Photo/Chip Litherland for Merlin Entertainments Group/LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

The Force is strong with LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this February with the new LEGO® Club Weekend featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display this weekend, February 21-22, from 10am to 6pm!

Guests can release their inner Jedi or Stormtrooper as they participate in a variety of activities throughout the weekend and are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ characters. They will also have the opportunity to join LEGO® Club and be the first to know all the great things coming to LEGO and LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Activities:

  • Meet a LEGO® Star Wars Model Designer:  1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ Building Competition:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • LEGO® Star Wars Costume contests:  3 p.m. & 3:30pm

Throughout the Day:

  • Meet LEGO® Darth Vader Minifigure Costume Character
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ Mural Build
  • Droid Search
  • Yoda Scavenger Hunt

Download the Event Guide HERE!

New Orlando Hashtag! Meet and share #Orlandoing

We love our #Orlando #SocialMedia hashtags!

First it was #WhyOrlando and a few others came along like #Oyes

Now meet  #Orlandoing

Jon Busdeker, of the Orlando Sentinel, asks, “Where is your favorite Orlando sign?” (you better tweet him too @jonbusdeker )

#Orlandoing is easy,  just find your favorite sign that says Orlando and take a selfie with you pointing at it.  Make sure to tag it #Orlandoing and tag @JonBusdeker  in it.  He’s planning to make a video with the best pics later on!

#Orlandoing: City Beautiful’s newest social media trend

Below are a few of our favorites thus far:

And this one that includes another trend, Vadering

 

Daniel Logan to Appear at Opening Weekend of Star Wars Exhibit

Must See Show Here in Orlando!

Daniel Logan, who portrayed a young Boba Fett in Star Wars®: Episode II Attack of the Clonesand currently voices the character in Star Wars®: The Clone Wars™, will appear during opening weekend of Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination at the Orlando Science Center. He will participate in question-and-answer panels, autograph sessions and photograph opportunities. These activities are included with admission to Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.

DANIEL LOGAN

Daniel Logan, a New Zealand native, started acting when he was 10 years old. He got his break when children’s rugby teams were being scouted for a TV commercial. After auditioning among hundreds of kids, Daniel got his first acting part.

His signature role is that of young Boba Fett – Mandalorian and would-be bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader – in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. He currently voices the character for the animated series Star WarsThe Clone Wars airing on Cartoon Network.

STAR WARS®: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS IMAGINATION

Developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. and presented by Bose Corporation®, the 10,000 square-foot exhibit explores the fantasy technologies depicted in the Star Wars films, as well as the real science behind them, and the current research that may someday lead to real-life versions of the technologies seen in the film series.

 Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is the first exhibition to display costumes and props from all six Star Wars films with real-world technologies. The exhibit includes extensive video interviews with filmmakers, scientists and engineers, and hands-oncomponents, including two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build and test their own speeders and robots.

COST, EVENT SCHEDULE & OTHER INFO

Admission to Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is $27 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 3-11). Tickets include access to Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination as well as question-and-answer panels, autograph sessions and photograph opportunities with Daniel Logan. Guests can also experience all four floors of exhibits, giant screen films and live presentations. Science Center members see Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination for $12 for adults and $9 for youth.

 Daniel will sign autographs for an hour at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; engage in photo ops for an hour at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and participate in an hour-long question-and-answer panel at 1 p.m. Times are for Saturday and Sunday.

 Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation, was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston and Lucasfilm Ltd.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0307875. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

 

Out-of-this-world exhibit debuts at the Orlando Science Center

STAR WARS®: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS IMAGINATION PREMIERES AT THE ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER

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Indie Cinema Showcase Presents Star Wars Celebration VI 2012

We had a great time at this year’s Star Wars Celebration VI at the Orange County Convention Center! One group we kept seeing over and over was the local Orange TV/VISION television show, Indie Cinema Showcase. We couldn’t attend all four days of Celebration but judging by their tweets, Indie Cinema Showcase did and it looks like they had the most fun!

 

Orange County residents can catch Indie Cinema Showcase on VISION TV five times a week on Brighthouse Channel 198, Comcast Channel 98 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (Sundays at 2am & 3pm, Tuesdays at 10am, Thursdays at 6pm and Fridays at 10pm). For those out of county/state, check them out on iTunes or via their website, www.indiecinemashowcase.com, where all three seasons are available to view. Also check out the website if you are a filmmaker interested in submitting a short film, no more than 10 minutes, to the show.

In case you weren’t aware, Indie Cinema Showcase is a Florida based television show for anyone who likes movies! They are in their third season and are local Emmy hopefuls — good luck guys! (Executive Producer, Gerald Godbout III, is already an Emmy and Telly Award Winner.) “ICS” spotlights our independent film community here in Central Florida as well as the talents of filmmakers, actors and crew from all over the state. The hosts are local as well; Christina CarmonaAllison Walter and Matt Doolittle, give you some great insight on some really talented, creative people and their productions!

Follow them on Twitter: @ICSTVSHOW, and Remember Star Wars Reads Day is coming!

 

 

Star Wars Reads Day 2012

We had such a blast at Star Wars Celebration and wanted to be sure you heard about this event that everyone was talking about!

Lucasfilm and its publishing partners announced today a national Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 6, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Reads Day is a multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. On October 6, events will take place at hundreds of bookstores and libraries across the United States. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.
Officially participating bookstores and libraries will receive a Star Wars event kit (free of charge). The kit includes: an exclusive Star Wars Reads promotional item (25-50 per event); raffle prizes; promotional giveaways; a packet of event ideas, reproducible activity sheets and trivia; and more.

The events will have the PR and marketing support of the eight participating publishers and Lucasfilm.Volunteer costumers can sign up at http://us.dk.com/SWRDvolunteer.

WHERE? Bookstores and Libriaries all across the United States. Stay tuned for updates on participating locations. …

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