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There has been a great disturbance in the force… Many Star Wars fans are preparing their posters, cosplay and collectibles for one of the biggest Star Wars parties in the galaxy! Star Wars Celebration Orlando is almost here so with this weeks Star Wars Weekly Report we thought we’d give you a run down of what to look forward to as well as some cool Star Wars news. This week, Mark Hamill was featured in one of the funniest Star Wars bad lip reading videos portraying Han Solo. Is there anything Mark Hamill can’t do? Speaking of Mark Hamill, he and his beloved galactic sister, Carrie Fisher will both be honored at this years D23 Disney convention in Anaheim Ca. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has finally arrived on Blu-ray and DVD, now we can all enjoy some of the most epic space battles and Darth Vader’s annihilation of Rebel scum in the comfort of our own home. Have you heard of #OperationBlueMilk? If you were a fan of the old Star Wars expanded universe series, there’s a huge treat in store for you courtesy of Del Ray Books. Finally we’ll close it out with Star Wars comic book releases for the week.

The hotel is booked, flight is booked, the badge is in hand! Nuke The Fridge will be at Star Wars Celebration Orlando April 13-16. The Star Wars 40th Anniversary panel kicks off on Thursday April 13th hosted by Warwick Davis and will feature a great alumni of Star Wars actors including Mark Hamill, Hayden Christenson, Billy Dee Williams and many more. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will also be in attendance for the panel. This one is surely not be missed.

Friday April 14th will be the heavily anticipated The Last Jedi Panel featuring director Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy. Will we see a trailer attached to this panel? One can only hope! Saturday the 15th is the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels panel with executive producer Dave Filoni and hosted once again by Warwick Davis. We’ll be in attendance for all three major panels and we’ll bring you updates as they come. On Saturday evening we’ll be enjoying one of the biggest parties at Celebration Orlando. The 501st Bash will be thee party to end all parties. The event is sold out however, we’ll be there to bring you some great photos as well as a special performance by one of the nicest guys in the galaxy. ORLANDO HERE WE COME!

For more information about Star Wars Celebration click HERE.

Have you seen the latest Bad Lip Reading video featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens and starring Mark Hamill as Han Solo? It is truly one of the funniest videos we’ve seen in a while, take a look below.

Disney announced that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be honored at this years D23 Legends Awards Ceremony. Here’s an excerpt from the official press release.

Press Release:
BURBANK, Calif. (April 6, 2017) – Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor, and other remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy will be honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2017. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987.
“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.”
The awards ceremony is just one of the dozens of spectacular events that Disney fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

CARRIE FISHER became an overnight sensation in 1977 with her iconic performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars. But throughout her career, Carrie took on many roles—as an actress, author, playwright, screenwriter, and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness. For Disney, Carrie appeared in Scream 3 (2000) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) for Dimension Films, and, in 2015, she returned to the role that made her famous, starring as General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She reprised the role for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be released in December.

MARK HAMILL began his career in 1970, appearing in numerous television series guest-roles and several TV movies, including a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital and starring in MTM’s acclaimed The Texas Wheelers. He achieved worldwide attention as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, which included The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He returned as Luke in The Force Awakens and will appear in the upcoming The Last Jedi. His stage career includes Broadway shows and the first national tour of Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall. A prolific voice-over actor, he has performed in countless animated television shows, feature films, documentaries, and video games. He appears on Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law, and has also provided the voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series, a role that recently earned him a BAFTA Award.

The ceremony will be bitter sweet due to the passing of Carrie Fisher last December 27th, 2016. Congratulations to both for this esteemed recognition.

Rogue OneRogue One: A Star Wars Story has finally arrived on Blue-ray and DVD. Target Stores have an exclusive Blu-ray set as well as Best Buy with their collective tin packaging. Which ever one you get, it’s sure to be a great night of Star Wars fun. The bonus features include

◦ A Rogue Idea
◦ Jyn: The Rebel
◦ Cassian: The Spy
◦ K-2SO: The Droid
◦ The Empire
◦ Baze & Chirrut: The Guardians of the Whills
◦ Visions of Hope: The Look of Rogue One
◦ The Princess & The Governor
◦ Epilogue: The Story Continues
◦ Rogue Connections
◦ Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revoluntionary

Make sure to get your copy of Rogue One: A star Wars Story on Blue-ray and DVD!

#OperationBlueMilk, what is that? It’s not only the drink of choice during meals on the Lars family farm on Tatooine, but the hashtag became a trending topic among Star Wars fans. Del Ray Books created the hashtag to promote the just recently announced Star Wars anthology series titled Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. The anthology series coming October 2017 will feature stories about the supporting characters of the Star Wars universe. From X-wing pilots to stormtroopers, the new series looks to explore the supporting characters who normally don’t get the spotlight. The following writers have contributed to this series.

• Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
• Renee Ahdieh
• Tom Angleberger
• Meg Cabot
• Rae Carson
• Adam Christopher
• Zoraida Cordova
• Delilah S. Dawson
• Paul Dini
• Alexander Freed
• Jason Fry
• Christie Golden
• EK Johnston & Ashley Eckstein
• Paul Kemp
• Mur Lafferty
• Ken Liu
• Griffin McElroy
• John Jackson Miller
• Nnedi Okorafor
• Daniel José Older
• Mallory Ortberg
• Madeleine Roux
• Gary D. Schmidt
• Cavan Scott
• Sabaa Tahir
• Glen Weldon
• Chuck Wendig
• Gary Whitta
• And more!

The authors mentioned above have all passed on compensation and directed their proceeds to a non profit charitable organization. The following is from StarWars.com

“All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book — a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need. Over the past 16 years, Disney has donated more than 57 million books to First Book.”

We look forward to Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View premiering October 2017.

Comic book releases for the week of April 5th include Marvel’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story issue #1 (Adaptation) and Star Wars issue #30.

That’s all we have this week. Remember, yours truly will be at Star Wars Celebration Orlando next week bringing you some great Star Wars news, till then “May The Force Be With You.”

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