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This holiday season, Disney+ invites LEGO and Star Wars fans to Chewbacca’s home world of Kashyyyk for a Wookiee-sized celebration of the galaxy’s most cheerful and magical holiday, Life Day, in the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, premiering exclusively on the service on Tuesday, November 17.

“The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special” reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a joyous feast on Life Day, a holiday first introduced in the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special.”

The new LEGO special is the first to debut on Disney+ and will continue the rich legacy of collaboration between Lucasfilm and LEGO—playful adventures told in the endearingly irreverent way that only LEGO Star Wars cobranded content can.

Directly following the events of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” Rey leaves her friends to prepare for Life Day as she sets off on a new adventure with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. At a mysterious Jedi Temple, she is hurled into a cross-timeline adventure through beloved moments in Star Wars cinematic history, coming into contact with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan and other iconic heroes and villains from all nine Skywalker saga films. But will she make it back in time for the Life Day feast and learn the true meaning of holiday spirit?

The adventure continues at home with the release of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar on September 1, the Advent Calendar was designed in concert with the development and production of the show and features holiday themed characters from the special. DK will also release the LEGO Star Wars Holiday sticker book, on September 29, which lets brick fans stick instead of click.

“The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special” is a production of Atomic Cartoons, the LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm. It is directed by Ken Cunningham and written by David Shayne, who is also co-executive producer. James Waugh, Josh Rimes, Jason Cosler, Jacqui Lopez, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone are executive producers.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘45 Years,’ ‘Trumbo,’ ‘Concussion,’ ‘How To Be Single,’ ‘Risen’  and ‘Ride Along 2’. This episode also contains interviews with Tom Courtenay, Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Jay Roach, Will Smith, Dr. Bennett Omalu, Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie, Joseph Fiennes, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Olivia Munn, Sarah Jayne (Made In Melbourne Film Festival), Tim Parrish (Transitions Film Festival), Michael Gosden (Watch The Sunset), Tristan Barr (Watch The Sunset) and Terri Nunn (Star Wars/Top Gun).

Also listen for your chance to win tickets to a special premiere screening of Triple 9 thanks to our good friends at Roadshow. Listen for the question that Dave G asks and then private message us the answer on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Triple 9 will be released on March 3 and stars Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejifor, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer and Anthony Mackie.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Totally 80s

With the Totally 80s tour hitting Australia in July Dave G sat down and chatted with the delightful Terri Nunn from Berlin. Terri chatted to us about why she is excited about heading back to Australia, how they came about recording the iconic Take My Breath Away for Top Gun and how she auditioned alongside Harrison Ford for Star Wars (check out the promised video below).

You can listen to/download our Terri Nunn interview right here.

 

Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson is one of the hardest working directors going around so we decided to have a chat to him about his new projects Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, Doomsday and Starship: Apocalypse. So here it is – our Neil Johnson interview

 

  1. Neil, first off how hectic have been the last few years for you and where do the great film ideas keep coming from? There aren’t too many directors out there that can say that they have got three films coming out it just over a 12 month period. What keeps you going?

 

I don’t have a day job.  Whether I eat or not depends on whether I make a film that people want to buy copies of.  There is a strange attitude in the world at the moment that artistic media should be free.  Once… you paid a ticket and saw a movie, or bought a VHS or DVD.  Now everyone thinks they have the right to download something for free, even though the major studio may have spent $100 million creating that product.  It affects the lower end of the industry even more than the upper tier.  If I walked into a store and walked out with a Blu Ray under my arm, I would be arrested. If a person walks into my virtual home and steals my movie, is that supposed to be OK?  For me to be able to eat and pay rent, I have been forced to increase my output.  I work day and night without rest.  And then to have some moron download the film for free, share it with his friends and then to attempt to review the film comparing it to something that cost $100 million is disheartening.  The $5 million films have almost vanished.  The $1 million films have vanished.  There is only big and small.  The market is changing and I have been forced to change along side it.  My film output MUST be 3-4 films a year, just so I can pay my rent.  It is hard to create something of quality under that pressure, but I sure do try!

 

 

  1. You’ve made a name for yourself in the sci-fi genre over the last few years. Can you tell us a little bit about when your love for sci-fi first began? What were some of the first films that you feel in love with? What fascinates you with the genre?

 

Science fiction is always about hope.  It gives me an exciting feeling when I think of flying spaceships, going to new worlds and having adventures.   We are trapped on this planet.  If a giant asteroid were to come, we’d be gone in an instant…. All would be lost… art, culture, consciousness.  For all we know, we could be the only conscious entity in this galaxy.  We owe it to our own existence to get off-world.  Religion is such a pitiful thing.  It leaves us locked on a planet living a lie.  Science Fiction is our future, because it is the impetus that propels us forward.  I was always into Sci-Fi since the age of 2.   The Neil Armstrong on the moon thing warped my young mind.  I was into films like 2001, Star Wars, Quiet Earth, Silent Running, Planet of the Apes.  I so wanted to be an astronaut going on adventures.

 

  1. Why do you think that sci-fi has always remained such a popular genre and why do you think people who love it are so passionate about it?

 

It is popular because it keeps evolving.  Science Fiction isn’t just Flash Gordon, or Star Trek, or BSG, or Interstellar.  It is a notion that anything is possible.  It is pure speculation fuelled with imagination.  Whatever your personal flavor, Science Fiction caters for you.  There isn’t one person who doesn’t like at least one Science Fiction film, is there????

 

  1. When did you first decide that you wanted to make films, and how did you start out?

 

I was making films at 16, as soon as my balls dropped.  Prior to that I was writing stories and building full-sized spaceships, time machines and space weapons.  I went to film school and kind of rebelled and did what I thought was right.  I worked in television making commercials and documentaries, and short films on the side.  By the mid 90’s I was running a production house making hundreds of thousands a year.  I gave it all up to make films.  Some say it was my downfall, but I have never been happier.

 

  1. So let’s start with the first film Doomsday. You wrote and directed the film, tell us a little about the film, where the idea came from and how you were able to put together such a great cast?

 

Yes, it is a wonderful cast!  Doomsday is a time-travel film set between now and 400 years in the future.  It tells the story of a man, Achillies, who is thrust back in time, infected with a terrible disease.  He is pursued by a hybrid human cyborg, who destroys the cities of York and London in an effort to destroy his target.   People are already complaining that it is not as big budget as my other films, but others are saying how refreshing a film it is compared to everything else.   I know people like to watch it more than once to see what is really going on. It came out of a low point in my life.  My best friend died, as well as a few other terrible things happening.  I was stranded in the UK for a few months, so I decided to make a film from a script that had been kicking around.  Darren Jacobs, who was starring in another film, Starship:Rising and the sequel Starship: Apocalypse, helped me by finding some other amazing British actors, like himself.  The film was shot with relative ease across England.  One of my smaller budgets, but it represents a great freedom in being able to decide to do a film, and not needing anyone to green-light anything.  In contrast, doing my recent 2 Starship films was a more painful birthing process.   The films cost a bit, and myself, being the guy who did the world’s first digital film, wanted to do a film almost entirely on green screen, and have it finished in 4K resolution.  These are massively epic stories, and a few have commented since that maybe these films are too epic for such a modest budget.  The point is, I always try and improve my films.  I know the films that are currently in post production, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter and At The Edge of Time are both miles above Starship and Doomsday in so many ways.

 

 

  1. Doomsday went through a couple of name changes, from Chrononaut to Death Machine and then to Doomsday can you tell us why that has happened? Also does changing the name of a film cause problems with the marketing?

 

Yes, changing the name is really not smart.  I liked Chrononaut.  It was unusual… but in the average movie-goer world, who wants to watch a film with a name like that… so I was informed…  So I was urged to change the name to Death Machine, but the distributer response was lack-luster, so some of the territories we sold to called the film Doomsday.  Kind of a mess really, but I take it all with a smile.  If I ever do a director’s cut then the film will be called Chrononaut.

 

  1. Doomsday recently picked up an award at the Temecula Film Festival, as a creative person how does winning an award make you feel? Do you feel happy that your work is being recognized in such a way?

 

Awards like that kind of hit you when you aren’t expecting it.  You work so hard and you forget so much of what is going on around you… suddenly people start to have respect for your work.  I am not making films for others, it is for myself, so it makes me happy that people give something an award without even trying.  They asked to screen the film and suddenly they handed me an award.  It was a great thrill.  Starship: Rising, my previous film showed at the Action On Film festival run by Del Weston.  We won 4 ½ awards there as well, which was a real surprise.  I was just happy to be getting a screening.

 

  1. Okay, moving onto the next film – Starship Apocalypse – you just released the teaser trailer, how was it received? Do you feel nervous when a trailer is first put out to the public?

 

I haven’t really pushed the teaser too much.  When the proper trailer hits, I expect a lot of chatter to start.  I always get nervous about anything released but to be honest, I don’t have an interest to read reviews.  They are almost universally negative and I have no interest to read these comments.

 

 

  1. So tell us a little bit about Starship Apocalypse. Was there always a plan to make a sequel to Starship Rising or did the idea generate after how well the first film was received? What challenges does making a sequel provide for a writer/director?

 

I actually shot both films back to back.  I always wanted it to be a 3-hour epic movie.  People were a little confused by film 1, but after they see film 2, they finally get it all.  Eventually I want to package both films as 1 big story with some extra scenes (already shot) that will make the whole story more uniform.

 

  1. I guess the big question is do you have any plans for a third movie in the Starship series?

 

Not exactly.  But Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter takes place in the same universe.  There is a character from the Starship series, Roartak, who is mentioned in the film.  If I did a third film, for sure it would be set 10 years later.

  1. Moving along to the film that has everybody talking, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, tell us a little about how you came up with this movie and what it was like working on it?

 

It was really a lot of fun.  I teamed up with Tracey Birdsall and we shared a love of robots.  I am all into the ideas of what happens when Artificial Intelligence gets so big that it takes over.  20% is set on Earth, the rest is on other planets.  I was so happy to be out on location shooting rather than being cooped up in the studio.  I know that my D.P., Kyle Wright was happy about this.  I really hope he gets some cinematography awards for this.  We shot mostly in California but also a bit in Arizona and Australia.  The film has a whole new feel from my previous films.  It is much more of a practical film.  It has kind of come out like Star Wars: The Force Awakens blended with Mad Max: Fury Road.  Kind of strange considering when we shot the film, nether of these entities existed in the public eye.  I just did what I wanted to do.  It think there is sometimes a creative consciousness that permeates.  Many of us film-makers wanted to get back to being practical rather that relying on CG.

 

  1. The film seems to be generating a cult following online before it is even released why do you think that has happened? Do you feel like that puts more pressure on you?

 

Hell yeah, there is pressure on me.  Even day a giant screw up my ass turns ever so slowly.  But all I want to do is create a work of art.  Right now the film is at over 2 hours, and I need to tighten it.  The cult following has to do with Tracey Birdsall and her wacky-sexy costumes, and also the fact that she can actually act.  There is a real sense of character in this.  We didn’t plan this.  We just leapt into what we wanted to do.  There is a great reason why Tracey’s character wears what she does, but you will have to see the film for the answers.

 

  1. Tell us about the amazing cast you were able to put together for Robot Fighter, what made you choose the cast you did? We recently spoke to Tracey Birdsall about the film and she said you were great to work with, what was she like to work with?

 

When you look at a woman like Tracey you think that she would be a real princess, but in fact she is tougher than most of the male actors out there.  She likes to fight and roll and run and leap, and kill robots.  One day she was covered in almost 100 bruises from all the fighting action.  I know she works out hard with one of the big trainers in Malibu, Diamond Russ, and he takes great pride in pushing her to looked as ripped as she can.  There is a scene in the film where she is sorta naked, and you can see how lean and ripped she really is.

 

Then, we had Daz Crawford, who is known for Blade 2, a James Bond villain, etc, and he is also ripped, and he can act as well… which is wonderful.  He is an amazing guy from the UK, who I would love to work with again.  He inspires me to go to the gym more often.  We also had Stephen Manly who played young Spock in Star Trek 3.  It was sad that Leonard Nimoy passed while we were shooting. Stehphen Manley carries a lot of heart and soul in his performance.  All the actors we chose, Tim McGrath(Stuck), Ashley Park (Miss Korea 2015), Erin Bethia (Fireproof), Livvy Stubenrauch (Disney’s Frozen) were all chosen because they could act with great character arcs and some real truth.  Originally I wanted Rogue Warrior to have a kind of Red Dwarf comedy feel, but it got a little too serious along the way.

 

  1. Neil, thanks for your time. Is there anything else you want your fans to know before they head out to check out these films?

 

Don’t be too hard on me.  I am just a hard–working guy who tries to make great films in a depressed market.  Also check out Humanity’s End, and old film of mine that I love.  Starship: Apocalypse hits the shelves in the UK in late September and in the US in December.  Rogue Warrior VERY early 2016.

 

Hail and Kill  !

Star Wars Convention

First Contact Conventions and Fan Boy Moments is pleased to announce Galaxy Fest: Star Wars. Galaxy Fest is a Melbourne based Star Wars celebration, which will allow fans to get up close and personal with the cast and crew of the Star Wars universe. Special Guests will include: Peter Sumner (Star Wars, A County Practice, Play School), Matt Doran (The Matrix, Attack of the Clones), Matt Rowan (Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) and Glen Sherridan (3D scanning and prop dresser on Attack of the Clone). Comic book legends Tom Tylor (Star Wars: Invasion, Rebellion and Legacy, Knights of the Old Republic) and Colin Wilson (Star Wars Invasion 1-3, Star Wars Blood Ties, Star Wars Darth Maul) will be appearing on the Saturday only.

Galaxy Fest isn’t a convention, nor is it a festival, but a hybrid of both – a celebration of all things Star Wars. The event will comprise of various sessions including: Q&A and autograph sessions, fan panels, interactive Jedi meditation, fan films and cosplaying workshops, discussion, interactive costumes and prop displays, a model building competition, kid activities and a live recording of the This is not the Podcast you’re looking for podcast. Galaxy Fest: Star Wars will also host the largest Star Wars memorabilia display that’s ever been available in Australia.

 “The convention scene in Australia has exploded over the past few years. While it’s a great thing, but with an inflation of the numbers you do lose that special sense of community. Galaxy Fest aims to cater for those people who want to belong to a community and not just be a number in a queue. We might not be the biggest convention, but pound-for-pound we aim to be the most interesting and personable one.” – Chris Brennan, Convention Director.

Galaxy Fest: Star Wars details:
Day One: Sat the 23st of August – Melbourne
10am – 5pm   VENUE: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg, VIC, 3072
Day Two: Sun the 24st of August – Melbourne
10am – 5pm   VENUE: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg, VIC, 3072

Tickets can be purchased from www.ticketek.com.au They will be also available at the door.

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James Bond: The mysterious British Special Agent known worldwide as 007. It’s a coveted role for any actor. As the likes of Sean Connery, Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan have shown, playing the role of James Bond makes you not only a bankable star in one of the highest grossing franchises of all time, but it can also make sure that your name lives on for generations to come. It is for that reason that it is hard to fathom why some actors have actually been offered the lucrative role and then turned it down.

In 1970, the producers behind the franchise were looking to replace one of the most popular James Bond actors of all time, Sean Connery. First on the list was one of the finest American actors going around: Clint Eastwood. The star had made a name for himself in western films such as “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and “A Fistful Of Dollars,” so it wasn’t surprising that he was looked at for the role of James Bond. However, when offered the role, Eastwood turned it down because he felt the role should go to a British actor. It was probably a good thing he did turn down the role, or he would most likely not have gotten to play his most famous role – that of Harry Callahan in “Dirty Harry.”

The fact that Bond should be British also scared off a few more of the actors that were also approached for the role. TV’s Batman Adam West was also looked at the role, as was Burt Reynolds, another actor who had made a name for himself in the Western genre…this time in the television series “Gunsmoke.”

Also considered for the role of James Bond in the early 1970s was an actor who is known to fans of the Harry Potter franchise as Professor Albus Wulfric Brian Dumbledore – the theatre-trained Michael Gambon. Despite being a forerunner to play Bond, however, Gambon turned down the role because he didn’t feel that he had the looks to full off playing the debonair spy who was popular with the ladies.

In the mid 1990s, one of Ireland’s favorite sons, Liam Neeson, turned down the role of James Bond because he said he wasn’t interested in starring in action films. Something obviously changed his mind over the years as he is now the successful star of the “Taken” series of films.

Flash-forward to the 2000s and there was a fresh batch of performers who were threatening to take the role ahead of Daniel Craig. After he parodied the James Bond character in his “Millenium” video clip, popstar Robbie Williams was actually approached about playing the role in a feature film. However, he turned down the role saying he didn’t feel like he was refined enough for the role.

Aside from Williams, other actors considered to play James Bond in the 2000s were Dominic West, who went on to make a name for himself in “300” and “The Wire,” and Ewan McGergor who has received critical acclaim for films such as “Trainspotting,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Moulin Rouge” while winning over fans in George Lucas’ reboot of the “Star Wars” franchise. McGregor turned down the Bond role because he was afraid of becoming typecast, while West pulled himself out of the running when he heard that Pierce Brosnan may have been wanting to return to the role.

However, the actor who was the biggest threat to Daniel Craig was Australian actor Hugh Jackman. The Aussie actor was perfect for the role; he had the looks and was a guaranteed crowd pleaser, as his work as Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise showed. The producer’s plans of naming Jackman as the new Bond were shelved, however, when Jackman read the script and didn’t like the direction the series was going in.

Whenever the role of James Bond is left vacant, there are never a shortage of names that are linked to the role. However, as time has shown in the past, just because an actor has made the decision to turn down what could have been the biggest role of their life, it doesn’t necessarily mean they still won’t become famous.

Tom Selleck

It’s what every young actor dreams of, they are offered a role in a film that looks like it could become a blockbuster. So what do you do? Phone Mum and Dad? Jump in the air? Well for some Hollywood actors they decided to say no… yes that’s right say no to what could have become one of the biggest roles of their career. Let’s have a look at the men who had the nerve to say ‘no.’

Tom Selleck – It almost seems like something that could have happened in another universe, but believe or not Harrison Ford wasn’t actually the producers first choice to play the legendary explorer Indiana Jones. When pre-production first started on “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” way back in the early 1980s the producers wanted the mustached-one himself, Tom Selleck to play the action hero. At the time Selleck was hot property due to the fact that he was playing television cop Magnum in the extremely popular “Magnum P.I.” However, when he was offered the role of Indy he turned it down, so George Lucas went with the man he had just worked with on the “Star Wars” franchise – Harrison Ford.

Will Smith – Keanu Reeves has joked in the past that getting to play Neo in the sci-fi thriller “The Matrix” provided him with enough money to feed his family forever. But Mr. Reeves should consider himself extremely lucky for every having the opportunity to don the duster jacket and enter into the realm of the matrix, because he wasn’t Andy and Lana Wachowski’s first choice to play the role. The Wachowski’s first choice was Will Smith who had just completed work on his comedy television series “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air” and was the toast of Hollywood after delivering great performances in blockbusters such as “Independence Day,” “Men In Black” and “Enemy Of The State.” Ironically, Smith ended up doing “Wild, Wild West” instead of “The Matrix” and as time has since told, that was the beginning of the fall of his career as far as critics were concerned.

Jack Nicholson – Okay, so ultimately it didn’t affect his acting career all that much, but how many people know that screen legend Jack Nicholson once turned down one of the most iconic screen roles of all time. Back in 1972 when director Francis Ford Coppola was putting together his cast for arguably one of the most famous films of all time, “The Godfather,” he originally approached Jack Nicholson about playing the role of Michael Corleone. Nicholson turned down the role and instead Coppola gave the role to a virtual unknown called Al Pacino who used the role to become a screen legend himself.

Matt Damon – Matt Damon may be one of the biggest stars on the planet so it’s a little weird to find out that the actor turned down two roles that could have helped him become an even bigger star. It seems Damon may have something against franchises because both film roles he turned down were roles in two of the biggest franchises of modern times. Firstly, Damon turned the lead role in James Cameron’s “Avatar,” which was feverishly snapped up by Australian Sam Worthington, and then went on to turn down the role of Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan’s Batman epic “The Dark Knight.” Both films went on to become mega blockbusters at the box office; however, people should cut Damon a little slack as he turned down “Avatar” to do “The Bourne Ultimatum” and turned down “The Dark Knight” to do “Invictus,” so both his choices still kind of worked anyway.

Johnny Depp – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has become one of the most iconic films of all time and even back in 1986 you would have thought any actor would have jumped at the opportunity to work with director John Hughes. Hughes may have delivered great films like “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty In Pink” but that wasn’t enough to win over Johnny Depp who decided to pass when he was offered the role of Ferris Bueller in the comedy. True Depp seems to have landed on his feet since then so it ultimately wasn’t a bad decision, but it can still make film goers wonder what could have been. For the record, the role of Bueller ended up becoming a career defining role for Matthew Broderick.

As you can see actors say ‘no’ to a role normally because they have a good reason and thankfully not many live to regret it, although it is still a fairly funny daydream to wonder what Tom Selleck would have looked like playing Indy.

Star Warsjourneys

Drawing from the success of its interactive storytelling products, Disney Publishing Worldwide announced the launch of “Star Wars Journeys,” a new episodic series of apps featuring the stories, heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away. With immersive story content and fast-paced activities and game play, “Star Wars Journeys” apps will introduce the epic Star Wars universe to the next generation of fans like never before. More than half a dozen apps are slated for release for the Kids and Entertainment categories of the App Store; “Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace” is available now and additional apps in the portfolio will roll out in sequential order leading up to the release of Star Wars Episode VII.

 

Each “Star Wars Journeys” app includes interactive features that fully immerse readers in the franchise’s epic adventures, including a 180-degree parallax viewing experience, infinite zoom scene transitions, collectible character profiles, brand new art, and unlockable hidden content. As The Force is strong with these apps, each will also feature a set of unique activities that deepens the story experience.

 

“The Star Wars film franchise has continuously excited and engaged audiences of all ages for more than 30 years” said Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Now, Disney Publishing is connecting Star Wars fans to their favorite franchise through a series of innovative new apps that combine storytelling, play, and technology for an epic experience. We are thrilled to help introduce the Star Wars universe to the next generation of fans, and provide those already familiar with the power of The Force new ways to connect with this legendary franchise.”

 

Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace,” which is available now for iOS, reveals the first story in the classic saga in an explosive new way. As readers tap and swipe their way through the story, they are challenged to fast-paced races across four different galaxies in customizable anti-gravity podracers where they can earn special rewards that allow them to complete the story. Additional apps in the “Star Wars Journeys” portfolio rolling out in the coming months include:

  • “Star Wars Journeys: Attack of the Clones”
  • “Star Wars Journeys: Revenge of the Sith”
  • “Star Wars Journeys: A New Hope”
  • “Star Wars Journeys: The Empire Strikes Back”
  • “Star Wars Journeys: Return of the Jedi”

 

The Star Wars mobile apps portfolio will continue to evolve with the addition of an all-new category of user generated creativity apps, leading up to the release of Star Wars Episode VII. The new suite of apps will offer fans unrivaled storytelling experiences by providing them unprecedented access to the rich Star Wars universe they know and love. Through technology and innovative storytelling tools, these new apps will deliver deeper engagement and unlock imaginations in only a way Disney can.

Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace” can be found on the App Store in the Kids and Entertainment categories.

 

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DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS OUR DAVE G AND GET DETAINED BY STORM TROOPERS THIS MAY 4th… there is just too much going on for Aussie Star Wars fans this International Star Wars Day.

In celebration of the global Star Wars fan holiday, May the 4th we wanted to share with you some reasons to choose your side, dust off your Jedi robe, roll your hair into cinnamon buns and join the force in a galaxy far, far away………

May 3 & 4Movie Marathon
In 52 locations across Australia and New Zealand all six films from the epic space saga return to cinemas in Digital 2D.  Tickets go on sale today, there are prizes for ‘best dressed’, including the chance to win a trip for two to the Star Wars Celebration in California next year.  Check out  www.facebook.com/StarWars.AUNZ   for more details on how to win and purchase tickets.

On Saturday, May 3rd:

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

On Sunday, May 4th:

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

Single-day tickets will be available for either Episodes I-III and/or Episodes IV-VI.

*See end of release for a list of cinema locations.

LEGO® – SYDNEY IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR SIDE

This May the 4th weekend, Jedi and LEGO® fans alike are invited to come together and celebrate the world of LEGO® Star Wars with a building event like no other. US LEGO Master Builder, Dan Steininger, will land in Sydney to join Australia’s own LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught, in an attempt to build the world’s largest model of Darth Vader from LEGO bricks.  But the fun doesn’t stop there, as fans will be invited to choose their side, like Anakin, as Dan and Ryan also build a giant model of the Jedi Grand Master himself, Yoda.  Join in on all the fun at Westfield Penrith, from Saturday May 3rd to Sunday May 4th!

WHY IS MAY THE 4th CALLED STAR WARS DAY?

Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga.  It’s the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.

May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans.  The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25th, 1977) and this year, principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII will commence in May.  The month also includes George Lucas’s birthday (May 14, 1944), and had been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.

For more information on the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, April 16-19, 2015, head to: www.starwarscelebration.com

 

Movie Marathon Locations:
NSW/ACT –
Hoyts Penrith, Hoyts Chatswood, Hoyts Warringah Mall, Hoyts Broadway, Event Castle Hill, Event Liverpool, Event Macquarie, Event George Street, Greater Union Miranda, Event Bondi Junction, Event Burwood, Event Glendale, Greater Union Shellharbour, Cremorne Orpheum, Dendy Canberra.
VIC/TAS – Hoyts Chadstone, Hoyts Eastland, Hoyts Northland, Hoyts Highpoint, Hoyts Melbourne Central, Village Sunshine, Village Knox, Village Southland, Village Fountain Gate, Village Crown, Village Geelong, Village Hobart, Village Albury, Village Bendigo.
QLD/NT – Hoyts Stafford City, Event Chermside, Event Mt Gravatt, Event Indooroopilly, Event Robina, Event Cairns Central, Birch Carroll & Coyle Darwin Casuarina, Birch Carroll & Coyle Maroochydore.
SA – Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza, Event Marion, Wallis Piccadilly
WA – Hoyts Carousel, Event Innaloo, Ace Midland Gate, Grand Warwick
New Zealand – Auckland: Event Cinemas Albany, Hoyts Cinemas Sylvia Park.  Hamilton: Hoyts Te Awa
Wellington: Event Cinemas Embassy Theatre.  Christchurch: Hoyts Cinemas Riccarton  Dunedin: Rialto Cinemas
Tauranga: Bay City Cinemas. Palmerston North: Downtown Cinemas

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