If there were any lingering doubts about the popularity of Star Wars in the year 2015, Star Wars Celebration killed them. Ruthlessly. When the the live-streamed panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered the second trailer for J.J. Abrams’ wildly anticipated sequel, you could feel the internet quiver and shake underneath the weight of the hype. It was a staggering event that made the next few geek-friendly trailers released in the following days feel like small potatoes in comparison. And yes, this hyperbole is backed up by raw numbers: the second trailer for The Force Awakens shattered the record for most trailer views in 24 hours.
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If you saw any of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens live stream from Star Wars Celebration, there were two immediate takeaways. One: that trailer tho. Two: BB-8, the new ball droid, who might just be the cutest thing ever. (Someone already even got a BB-8 tattoo!) It wasn't his presence in the Star Wars trailer (which was limited to just a very brief appearance), but his live appearance. It's one thing to pull this off in a movie where strings, rods and tracks can be digitally erased, but live on stage in front of an audience of thousands is a completely different how did Disney and Lucasfilm do this?
This year’s Star Wars Celebration kicked off yesterday in the best possible way. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel was a huge success beyond the premiere of the new trailer, giving cast and crew, old and new, a moment in the spotlight. And there was BB-8, the totally practical droid who looks poised to sell a couple million toys this Christmas. However, one of the most interesting parts of the panel was the series of behind-the-scenes photos that were projected throughout the discussion, showing off various sets and costumes. Now, those photos have made their way online.
Check out some of the photos from the event so far, which we'll be updating throughout with even more fun as the weekend progresses.
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There was a lot of star power on the stage at Star Wars Celebration yesterday; John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and old Star Wars favorites Mark Hammil, Anthony Daniels, and Carrie Fisher. But one man stole the show and the spotlight from all of them.
Star Wars! It’s back! With lightsabers! And Stormtroopers! Jedis! The Force! The Force awakening! X-wings! X-wings flying over water! R2-D2! Other, additional droids! The Millennium Falcon!
One of the coolest features at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration (in addition to the booth where you can get Jar Jar Binks’ face tattooed perfectly over your own face, okay I made that up) is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume and prop gallery, where you can peruse the clothes and gadgets used in the upcoming film by J.J. Abrams. Our man on the ground in Anaheim, Mike Sampson, has been snapping pictures left and right, and we’ve collected his best shots below. Make sure you follow ScreenCrush on Instagram, so you don’t miss any of our Star Wars pictures throughout the entire convention.
Not sick of Star Wars: The Force Awakens stuff yet? Good, cause the movie doesn’t even come out for another six months. There’s so much more teasing left to go! There’s probably like five more trailers, ten TV spots, a dozen exclusive clips, and hundreds (if not thousands) of images left to go. Once Avengers 2 gets out of the way, the rest of the year belongs to Star Wars. Like the Empire, it’s going to swarm over the entire galaxy and put entire planets in its thrall.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel just wrapped up at the Star Wars Celebration with the debut of the fantastic new teaser. (Here it is again, in case you missed it:)