We review what #WearStarWarsEveryDay is up to for the second week of May! And we start off with a bang – some really cool biker scout trooper armor! We also had one donation to Collateral Repair Project in this week, and a whole bunch of folks who lent clothing to cover me every day of the week! Thanks to Todd of the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion for the helping me fit into his scouttrooper armor, and him, Paul, Darren, James, and Mike for letting me borrow shirts (and even a hockey jersey). This review for Week 19 covers May 6 to May 12 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.
Entertainment Weekly has an audio feature of J.J. Abrams and the effects teams talking about the visual effects of The Force Awakens.
TheForce.net shut down their flagship podcast, the ForceCast, yesterday. The actual announcement from TFN content manager Dustin Roberts is brief, but almost all the background on what led up to it has played out on Twitter and Facebook, with the relevant bits helpfully gathered up by Brian over at Tosche Station.
UPDATE: Ex-manager/host Erik Blythe gave his side of the story in a live Q&A last night. You can listen to that here.
The whole situation is pretty odd, to say the least. The ForceCast had long since ceased to be the podcast for the fandom, but it is certainly the end of an era.
Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo is on the latest Tosche Station, talking about The Force Awakens, his Visual Dictionary, and how Rogue One is going to change how people look at different eras of the franchise.
Now, debate: is that a First Order control board or some sort of actual film equipment? A good catch by Justin LaSalata from The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary. (Note a lot of the Starkiller Base sets were reused for the Finalizer.)
→ I joined Bryan and Amy at Full of Sith for their latest episode, where we discussed what we know of Episode VIII (well, what we knew as of Saturday, anyway.)
Oscar Isaac talks to io9 about the Resistance, Poe’s Shattered Empire backstory (though it’s worth noting he was already old enough to be talking – he’s mentioned in #2 – before his parents settled on Yavin) and how the X-wings have evolved.
→ Captain Phasma was originally a man, Vulture reports, and the backlash to the initial casting may have played a part in the gender swap. That said, anything that saved us from Benedict Cumberbatch is fine by me.
→ Clutch your pearls, because J.J. Abrams talked midi-chlorians with /Film.
→ On Twitter, Greg Grunberg confirms his action figure and his character name.
I was honored to be a part of The Trailer Council last night along with Tricia Barr (Fangirl Blog/Fangirls Going Rogue), Justin Bolger (The ForceCast), Dan Zehr (Coffee With Kenobi), Nanci Schwartz (Tosche Station), Bethany Blanton (The Star Wars Report), and Mark Newbold (Jedi News/Radio 1138), hosted by Full of Sith’s Bobby Roberts. We started recording this 10/15 minutes after the drop, and I wasn’t entirely with it yet (NEWS MODE) but it was fun! (Last night’s reaction actually came a bit after that.)
James (and Yowie) recorded his first watch for Youtube:
More reactions coming in the tweet roundup! Stay tuned.
Scott Mendelson has some wisdom on why the big trailer debut tonight is happening during Monday Night Football – because it’s not just for us. Because, face it, we’re already hooked. They could drop this thing anywhere and we’d find it. They want – they need – to reach the people who haven’t been hanging on every piece of Star Wars news. We already know about the poster and teasers, but there are a lot of people out there who don’t. A lot of people who – despite liking Star Wars – maybe haven’t even seen both the previous trailers. They’re running the trailer during halftime of one of the most-watched events on TV to reach more than us.
Meanwhile, tickets are already on sale in the U.K., and they’re bringing down websites.
Since we’re talking about the trailer, here’s a reminder that I’ll be on The Trailer Council with several other fansite/podcasting people soon after the trailer drops.
Of the many great Star Wars panels at Salt Lake Comic Con a few weeks ago, one of the highlights was the “Clone Wars & Rebels: How Animation Changed Star Wars” panel. Moderated by Bryan Young, the panelists included Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo, veteran voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, and artist Scott Harben.
Bryan Young moderated another panel that would interest EU fans. He had authors R. A. Salvatore and Mike Stackpole discuss “Why We Killed Chewbacca” bringing in how the decision was made and the fallout from that event.
Tosche Station Radio #127. Dunc joins Brian and Nanci to chat about Force Friday and (mostly) Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath.