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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

Paley Center NY & LA are celebrating Black History Month with events for kids and adults! Visitors will be able to enjoy archived screening with Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and others share personal stories as they introduce historic TV moments from Julia, Soul Train, Roots, In Living Color, Scandal, Empire and many more programs. You’ll be able to see portraits of iconic talents and walk the red carpet with favorite stars! Attendees can share pictures on social with #PaleyTribute.

In Los Angeles, the monitors are on the second floor with the portraits. In New York, you can watch the full tributes in the Spielberg Gallery or go to the Library on the fourth floor to watch individual Tribute segments.

Attendees in both New York and Los Angeles will have the opportunity to watch classic and significant programs from the Paley Archive that celebrate and examine the African-American experience (see schedule below)

NY & LA: 
February 5 and February 12

12:15 pm
The Proud Family: “Party” (2002)
Penny Proud parties down in this episode of the popular animated family sitcom. (23 minutes)

12:39 pm
The Muppet Show: Lena Horne (1976)
Legendary vocalist Lena Horne drops by for a visit with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang. (24 minutes)

1:04 pm
Bernie Mac Show: “The Night of Terror” (2005)
Zombies, played for laughs, because that’s what happens when you combine comedian Bernie Mac and kids. (30 minutes)

1:27 pm
Julia: “Am I, Pardon the Expression, Blacklisted?” (1968)
Groundbreaking sitcom about widowed nurse Julia Baker (Diahann Carroll) and her young son, Corey. (25 minutes)

1:51 pm
The Richard Pryor Show: Robin Williams, Charles Fletcher (1977)
Controversial in its time, this comedy-variety show hosted by comedian Richard Pryor lasted just four episodes, due to disagreements over content with the network (NBC). (51 minutes)

2:43 pm
In Living Color (1990)
Homey D. Clown clowns around in this installment of the influential sketch comedy show created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans. (23 minutes)

3:07 pm
ABC Novel for Television: Roots (1977)
Premiere episode of iconic miniseries (celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year), based on Alex Haley’s book, focuses on Kunta Kinte, an African warrior who is captured by slave traders and brought to America. (37 minutes)

NY & LA:
February 19 and February 26

12:15 pm
Sesame Street: “Big Birds Pen Pal” (2002)
Sweep the clouds away with this diversity-themed episode of the great American children’s series, still running strong in its forty-eighth year.

1:16 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 1” (2002)
Superhero superteam battles supervillains in alternate dimension. (22 minutes)

1:39 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 2” (2002)
Superheroes vs. supervillains, part two. (22 minutes)

2:02 pm
Teen Titans: “Car Trouble” (2003)
Cyborg’s new supercar starts with T, and that stands for trouble. (22 minutes)

2:24 pm
The Oprah Winfrey Show: “Malcolm X” (1992)
Oprah chats with director Spike Lee about his film Malcolm X, plus Malcolm’s widow and daughter. (44 minutes)

3:09 pm

Paris: “Dead Men Don’t Kill” (1979)
Paris (James Earl Jones) tries to save a possibly innocent man on death row in this stark episode of the criminally underappreciated cop drama. (50 minutes)

 

 

4:00 pm
Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (1995)
TV adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family in 1930s Pittsburgh and the conflict over an antique piano, a family heirloom with great symbolic value; starring Charles Dutton, Alfre Woodard, and Courtney B. Vance. (1 hour 40 minutes)

In New York and Los Angeles, families are welcome to enjoy family screenings and craft activities that celebrate African-American history and pop culture. 

 

Also in New York, the Paley Center’s Education department will present two workshops:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 2:00 pm
Screening and Discussion: CBS Reports: Who Speaks for Birmingham (1961)
Come see this rarely seen one hour in-depth news report which sought to let Birmingham residents, both black and white, speak on behalf of their community, then the center of international attention due to racial violence and strife.
Recommended for children ages 14 and older.

Thursday, February 23, 2017; 2:00 pm
Workshop: The Civil Rights Movement and Television
In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change.  In this workshop participants view and discuss important television clips from the Paley Center’s civil rights archive.
Recommended for children ages 13 and older. 

Email eduny@paleycenter.org to make reservations.

Exhibits, Screenings, & Family Activities

February 2017, in Los Angeles & New York
Wednesdays to Sundays
12:00 to 5:00 pm (LA)
12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm (NY)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

The Paley Center for Media in LA
465 N. Beverly Drive,
at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More info about visiting.

The Paley Center for Media in NY
25 West 52 Street
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
More info about visiting.

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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

ESSENCE AND THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENT:

“THE POWER OF OUR PRESENCE – AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS”

 

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood.”

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so excited and happy to celebrate Black History Month with Essence Black Women in Hollywood Award Exhibition at the Paley Center for Media (Los Angeles). It’s been ten years since Essence Magazine began to recognize accomplished and creative Black Women with their yearly Oscar Week Luncheon.

 
This magical exhibition will include costumes from lead female characters from their hit TV series. In the collection will be the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire. As well as memorabilia, photos and footage form past luncheons will be on display, re-receations of the tables capes, images of past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches and much more.

 

“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”

Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards has celebrated black women in front of the camera and behind the scenes since 2008. Over the years they ave honored Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more. This year’s event will shift from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit Essence.com or paley.me/bwih, and follow Essence on TwitterInstagram and Facebook @essence, as well as the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter @PaleyCenter for more updates.

The Essence Power of our Presence exhibit is presented by AT&T and the Minority Business Development Agency.

 

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ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.

ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.

 

ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

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December 11th, 2016 by Cherry

Don’t despair if you didn’t get a ticket to see the premier of Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre

Thanks to Legion M launch of ‘Legion Does Good’ initiative partnering with LiningUp.net for the opening Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rebels and Empire fans can buy tickets to see Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation

Legion M Launches “Legion Does Good” Initiative Partnering with LiningUp.net for the Opening of ROGUEONE: A STAR WARS STORY

 

 

 

 

 

Fans can purchase tickets to Rogue One at the TCL Chinese Theater through the Legion M website to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Legion M wants cosplayers to start arriving by 2pm for photo opportunities.
Legion M is giving away 3 pairs of tickets to deserving Star Wars fans. Know any Star Wars super fans who can’t afford to buy tickets to our Rogue One screening at the TCL Chinese Theater but really deserve to be there? If so, just tell us in a brief email why you or someone you know might be worthy. Email tonight (December 11th) for consideration to Damian@theLegionM.com (Transportation/Parking not included)
Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, launches its “Legion Does Good” initiative this holiday season. Legion M and LiningUp.Net have joined forces to fill the TCL Chinese Theater with super-fans on Thursday, December 15th for the 7:00 p.m.opening night screening of ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story to benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  This worthwhile charity brightens the lives of seriously ill children across the US and Puerto Rico by funding pediatric hospitals’ and clinics’ critical needs.  Starlight supports over 27 million visits each year, transforming the lives of millions of children through exceptional health care services. Starlight Children’s Foundation was LiningUp.Net’s charity partner in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2015, and Legion M is thrilled to partner with LiningUp.Net and Starlight Children’s Foundation to help raise funds for Starlight’s vital mission.
WHEN:  
In-Person7pmThursday December 15th at the Chinese Theater.
WHERE:
In-Person: TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
About LiningUp.Net
In 1999, 2002, and 2005, devoted fans stood outside of Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre for weeks – waiting eagerly for the next installment of the fabled Star Wars saga, and gathering in force to celebrate the next piece of cinematic history. Since 1977, lining up has been a hallmark of the Star Wars experience. LiningUp.net – the organizers of the enormously successful Star Wars prequel lines – once again stood in line in 2015, this time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and raised money for their long-time charity partner, Starlight Children’s Foundation.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Each year, more than 30 million children in the US suffer from a critical, chronic or terminal illness.  Many of these kids experience long hospital stays, painful medical treatments and sometimes a scary and uncertain future. Starlight turns pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Starlight partners with world-class brands and companies, charitable foundations, socially aware groups and organizations and philanthropic individuals to bring entertainment, education and innovative technology to sick kids through their nationwide network of community partners.
About Legion M 
Legion M is the world’s first FAN-OWNED entertainment studio. We work with top tier Hollywood creators to develop and monetize content together with FANS.   With Legion M, FANS own the company, FANS get behind the scenes, and if we are successful-FANS share the rewards! Founded by Silicon Valley-based Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison, the Emmy-winning team behind MobiTV (the guys who first brought you live streaming TV for your phone), Legion M is the first entertainment-based, equity crowdfunded company in history to use the JOBS Act to gain over 3000 investors and $1+M in investment.  Legion M’s mission is to empower creators to push boundaries and empower Fans to be a part of the content they love. Join us at TheLegionM.com.

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November 17th, 2016 by Cherry

Nissan has done something no other film and car company collaboration has done. They have the very first Star Wars branded automobile with the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition package.

 

If you have seen the Nissan commercial you may have thought is the Nissan Rogue IN the new film??? ‘No it is not says Jeremy Meadows, Senior Manager who worked with Lucas Films to bring the crossover to dealerships across North America. The commercial uses the Nissan navigation system to keep the driver safe in a galactic war zone from the new film. It’s quite mesmerizing so I’ve watched it a few times as I count the days to the premier.

Of course now I’m counting down the days and trying to save money for the down payment of this limited edition crossover. As you can see from the video it’s not in your face but instead has simple touches that are noticeable by fan boys/girls but the average person may not realize what rear images mean but the nameplate … well that’s an easy giveaway for even the most casual fan. You can order the special edition starting at $28,950 (front wheel) that comes standard with Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance logos for the D-pillar, Rogue One badges on the front doors, backlit Star Wars doorsill plates, Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire logos in the cupholders and logo floor mats.

This trim is only available in Magnetic Black and Glacier White but both colors come with the numbered full-size Death Trooper helmet that will be mailed once you pick up your Rogue from the dealership. If you want to order the Rogue in All Wheel drive that will be an additional price.

 

Do not hesitate to add your name to the list of Jedi, Rebel, Mord Sith or Empire lovers since only 5000 will be produced for the U.S. market and additional 400 for Canada. I checked on the Nissan site but they don’t have the pre-order option up quite yet. 

What color would you buy and are you Rebel or Empire??? Leave a comment below if you plan to buy a 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition or cosplay when you head to the LA Auto Show and dream about having your own.

 

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February 5th, 2016 by Anna Ogunkunle

What’s going to happen to Empire now that Lucious is no longer CEO? Who pushed Rhonda down the stairs? Was it Anika? (I bet it was Anika). These are probably some questions you have after watching the last episode of Empire. Thankfully you can ask the cast and creators these questions at the upcoming PaleyFest LA 2016. Empire is kicking off the festival Friday, March 11 at 7:30 pm at the Dolby Theatre. All your favorite stars like Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray and many others will be there. Maybe Taraji P. Henson will give out cookies like she did at the Golden Globes. Only way to find out is to go. In all seriousness I really hope she hands out chocolate chip cookies. You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies.

Friday, March 11: Opening Night Presentation: Empire (7:30 pm)

Moderator: TBA 

Terrence Howard, “Lucious Lyon”

Taraji P. Henson, “Cookie Lyon”

Jussie Smollett, “Jamal Lyon”

Bryshere Gray, “Hakeem Lyon”

Trai Byers, “Andre Lyon”

Grace Gealey, “Anika Calhoun”

Kaitlin Doubleday, “Rhonda Lyon”

Gabourey Sidibe, “Becky”

Ta’Rhonda Jones, “Porsha”

Serayah, “Tiana Brown”

Lee Daniels, Co-Creator & Executive Producer

Danny Strong, Co-Creator & Executive Producer

Ilene Chaiken, Executive Producer

Brian Grazer, Executive Producer

Don’t miss Empire on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox. Starring Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Malik Yoba, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, and Serayah. 

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February 4th, 2016 by Anna Ogunkunle

PaleyFest LA 2016 is finally here! Come see stars and creators from your favorite TV shows in person. This year’s panel lineup of includes at least one of the shows you can’t help but keep up with weekly. Panels include: Empire, Scream Queens, black-ish, The Big Bang Theory, Supergirl, Fear the Walking Dead, Power, and Scandal. Get your PaleyFest tickets to get the inside scope on the rest of the season from stars, creators, and producers of the show. Don’t miss out on this great lineup and a special salute to Dick Wolf with the stars of Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., & Chicago Med. All the fun starts March 11-20, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The PaleyFest LA 2016 lineup is as follows:

Friday, March 11: Empire (7:30 pm)

Saturday, March 12: Better Call Saul (2 pm)

Saturday, March 12: Scream Queens (7 pm)

Sunday, March 13: black-ish (2 pm)

Sunday, March 13: Supergirl (7 pm)

Tuesday, March 15: Scandal (7:30 pm)

Wednesday, March 16: The Big Bang Theory (7:30 pm)

Saturday, March 19: Fear the Walking Dead (2 pm)

Saturday, March 19: Salute to Dick Wolf (7 pm)

Sunday, March 20: Power (2 pm)

Sunday, March 20: American Horror Story: Hotel (7 pm)

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January 29th, 2016 by Alexis Bradby

Where can you get close, personal interactions with the stars and creators of your favorite television shows? PalyFest LA 2016!
Taking place from March 11, 2016 – March 20, 2016 at the Los Angeles Venue, PaleyFest brings together the hottest shows in television for the most outstanding television festival in the country.
Attendees will be able to sit in on panel discussions featuring television favorites such as Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) from Empire on March 11th. Created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award-winner Danny Strong, “Empire” follows music tycoon Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and the fight among his three sons — Jamal (Jussie Smollett), Andre (Trai Byers) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) — and mom Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) to control the business (La Times).
Highlights or full episodes will be screened, and each program will end with a Q&A session with the audience. So prepare those questions now! General tickets will be available on the PalyFest main page on January 29, 2016.Make sure to check out the full line-out before you purchase your tickets because even though Olivia Pope is my spirit animal, there’s one day of the festival that I am even more excited for: Stars Salute Dick Wolf.
Dick Wolf is known for record breaking series in the police genre. His start came from work on Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)​ , but his monumental success began with Law & Order (1990–2010), which turned into a franchise with several spin-offs including Law & Order: SVU, the longest-running primetime drama currently on television. While the cast of Law & Order: SVU has changed over the years, there has been one constant character since the beginning – lead Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). The show has managed to last for so long due to the content that is ripped from real life stories and the assortment of guest stars. The series airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC. Included in the salute will be the newest city to join the Law & Order family. It’s Chicago where Chicago P.D. spun off to Chicago Fire and the newest Chicago Med. Join @FINALLEVEL at PaleyFest: Stars Salute Dick Wolf on March 19. Get your tix now! #SVU http://paley.me/wolftix

Alexis Bradby

I’m studying in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. To call myself a novice blogger would be an overstatement. I love reading comments and eating food that is bad for me. Thanks for reading!

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January 27th, 2016 by Cherry

Buy Star Wars Death Star BBQ and other gifts online - The FowndryI used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters. – Luke, Star Wars: Episode IV A new Hope

Better keep Luke away from the new Star Wars Death Star Grill available for pre-order from TheFowndry for £99.99 (estimate $142.54 US) or he just might blow it up with a few of his rebel pals! <guffaw>  This grill is for the carnivore AND vegetarian grill fan or just a Star Wars fanboy/fangirl that must own a Death Star the can fit in your home or apt patio area. Just make sure that the rebels don’t make off with Princess Leia before your down with the interrogation! I think this looks almost TOO good to use and would look great in my living room full of geek collectibles!

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What will you cook in the Death Star? Let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll swing by for a BBQ cookout!

 

Star Wars Death Star BBQ

NEW

£99.99

Buy Star Wars Death Star BBQ and other gifts online - The Fowndry

The Death Star Barbecue has the power to annihilate an entire chicken. Or, in the right hands, cook an al fresco feast in classic, sci-fi style.

That’s no moon… It’s the sun! And if it’s hovering over the house it means barbecue season is upon us. But don’t settle for your run-of-the-mill sputniks, dazzle your guests and terrorise the outer rim planets with the Death Star BBQ.

This officially licensed outdoor grill is made from stainless steel – so even if you’ve strafed it with a rebel sausage, it’ll still buff up like new. The intricate detailing isn’t just there for show either. Cleverly disguised as a devastating laser, the lid of the Death Star BBQ has an adjustable thermal vent – perfect for regulating heat. Just keep an eye out for X-wings.

The Lowdown:

  • Officially licensed Star Wars barbecue
  • Made from stainless steel
  • Adjustable air vents
  • Heatproof handle

Dimensions:

  • Weighs approx 3.5kg (7.72 lbs.)
  • Stands 84cm (33″) tall
  • Boxed size: 39.5cm X 23.0cm X 41.0cm (15.5″ x 9.05″ x 16.14″)

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December 21st, 2015 by Cherry

Give your tech geek the gift of digital comics with Marvel Unlimited.

If you sign up you get the first month free of Marvel Unlimited (Marvel U) and included in the catalog of 17,000 digital comics are Star Wars <this is the geek gift you are looking for>. This offer is for new and returning subscribers to the site with all of their favorite Marvel Super Heroes!

You can access this limited time offer with the promo code FORCE at the Marvel Unlimited Checkout. Fans can access Marvel Unlimited on the web and app on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices. If you or the lucky gift subscriber is new to the Star Wars and/or Marvel Universe comic book collection they can access the DISCOVER section. It’s a simple way to search by favorite storylines, characters or creators.

 

All those interested in joining the Rebels or the Empire after seeing Star Wars the Force Awakens can start with Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday.

Follow Marvel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marvel join in the conversation on Twitter with #Marvel and for all things Marvel, please visit marvel.com.

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March 3rd, 2015 by Cherry
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Executive Producer Dave Filoni during a “Star Wars Rebels” voice recording session

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Executive Producer Dave Filoni during a “Star Wars Rebels” voice recording session

Well I’ve been excited about Star Wars Rebels after getting a chance to interview some of the cast at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con. I was able to have exclusive interviews (roundtable with Steve Blum  & Vanessa Marshall (Hera) with  Zeb (Steve Blum), Ezra (Taylor Gray)Tiya Sircar (Sabine). So watching the first season I have to say I did compare the first episode to Star Wars Clone Wars since Dave Filoni (interview at 2012 SDCC) is still the executive producer/supervising director but once I stopped saying to myself well it doesn’t look like clone wars, it’s new people and why did it have to end <wahhh>!!! I quickly grew to love my hard scrabble rebels trying to jumpstart a rebellion all alone! I mean as a geek chick how could I resist a female pilot Hera who stands up to the boys and STILL takes it straight to the Empire. I love a woman who won’t back down and Vanessa really is able to bring a new voice to the Star Wars universe not only as an adult but also as a new ‘Han Solo’ type instead of the usual damsel in distress that is in most action toons and movies! As the season has gone on Dave has really taken the time to give the characters time to develop a backstory that plays into their personality. When we first meet Ezra he’s just a smart aleck kid who I thought was going to be a dark haired Luke. Than as you got to know him you realize he was on his own and had to be self sufficient in a cold hard world. Sabine is woman who wants to use art to get people thinking about everything that the Empire has taken from them as well as kicking some major bootie as she flys around like Boba Fett!

I’m so excited for the second season of Star Wars Rebels after a finale that blew me away!

Like lots of Star Wars Fans I’ve been watching the new series on Disney XD and with the season finale I was blown away. (SPOILERS) The introduction in the final moments of Darth Vader  and getting to know the characters over the past months has been a huge pleasure.  Now I get to anticipate Sarah Michelle Gellar joining the cast and I wonder if she’ll cause trouble between Kanan and his lady love pilot Hera! Will she join as a part of the new rebel alliance that we just met in the season finale OR will she instead be with the Empire intent on the destruction of the Rebels? Drama bomb!!!

All I can say is that I hope Sarah has some crazy lightsaber that will remind all of us fangirls and fanboys first meeting her as Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Hopefully she, the cast and director will be joining us at the Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim! I know that I want to ask what it will be like to work with Freddie Prinze Jr., (her husband) again. What it’s like to join the Star Wars Universe. Has she been to Skywalker Ranch. AND has she had a chance to get her hands on an original lightsaber! Squeal my geek fangirl inner nerd is starting to show! Is it wrong that I want to ask her about Buffy the Vampire Slayer since like any crazy fan I can’t help but wonder if she’ll visit the universe again.  I have to say it’s unlikely but what can I say so many questions that I need to ask!

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