Coffee With Kenobi Show #64: The Anti Hero in Star Wars, featuring Stephen Stanton (249)

In today’s show, we have breaking news about the future of Coffee With Kenobi. In our discussion segment, Stephen Stanton returns for our topic on Show # 64, the role of the anti hero in Star Wars. We also talk about the latest Celebration Orlando announcements, our current Celebration itinerary, and Cory continues to taunt Dan about Pacific Rim is. Returning contributor Nick DiCo is back to discuss Star Wars video games and Jason Brame brings us an update on the Star Wars canon.

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Star Wars Celebration | ‘The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Confirmed

KATHLEEN KENNEDY AND STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI DIRECTOR RIAN JOHNSON TO APPEAR AT STAR WARS CELEBRATION
ANNOUNCING A SPECIAL PANEL FEATURING THE FILMMAKERS BEHIND STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson are confirmed to appear at Star Wars Celebration Orlando on Friday, April 14, for a special panel discussion. While specifics are still under wraps, the talk promises to feature a few surprises and special guests, kickstarting what is sure to be an exciting and memorable weekend.

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My Recap of Birthday-Worthy Star Wars Reveals!

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On my 46th birthday (July 16), I was reduced to my 10-year-old self. I laughed, jumped for joy, squeed more than a few times, and quite literally performed at least one happy dance. My eyes were a little brighter, and my steps a little lighter. All because of Star Wars.

And that’s a good thing…a VERY good thing!

When it comes to Star Wars, I’m a big kid at heart anyway, as I’m most (or all) of you reading this right now can relate. Overall, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan, but with all of the news that came out of Star Wars Celebration Europe (SWCE) over the last few days, my kid-o-meter has flown off the charts!

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Celebration Europe | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Panel [Full Video]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: (L-R) Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Gwendoline Christie take a selfie on stage during the Rogue One Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: (L-R) Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Gwendoline Christie take a selfie on stage during the Rogue One Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)

It has been one week, but the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel is now available to watch online (minus a certain spoiler). Gwendoline Christie handled her hosting duties with charm and humor, and the cast of Rogue One seemed to enjoy their first big moment in the spotlight — especially Ben Mendelsohn! If you haven’t seen the panel yet, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy!

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Celebration Europe: Episode VIII Updates and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo is Official

Pablo Hidalgo was the host for the Future Filmmaker Discussion which featured Lucasfilm Cnkwm1dXgAAranZ.jpg-largePresident Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart, Senior Vice-President of Development. They were on hand to discuss the future of Star Wars films, in particular Episode VII and the recently announced Han Solo film.

Here are some of the highlights from StarWars.com:

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Celebration Europe Rogue One Panel Highlights — New Poster and Celebration Reel!

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Star Wars Celebration Europe is in full swing! Did you catch any of the live streaming today? The Rogue One panel — wonderfully hosted by Captain Phasma herself, Gwendoline Christie — has just wrapped. Brought to the stage were Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards, executive producer John Knoll, and Kiri Hart of the Lucasfilm Story Group. (When the full panel is released online, we’ll be sure to post in case you missed it.)

That wasn’t the extent of it, though!

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James Earl Jones Returns as the Voice of Darth Vader for Rogue One

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The breaking news yesterday was confirmation of Darth Vader’s return for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Today we have word that James Earl Jones will be returning as the ominous voice of the Dark Lord of the Sith. He recently returned for Vader’s appearances in Star Wars Rebels, so his role in Rogue One is fitting — and welcome!

Entertainment Weekly also has a few more details on Vader’s return in an article posted today. Following are a few highlights:

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Kathleen Kennedy and ‘Rogue One’ Director Gareth Edwards to Attend Star Wars Celebration Europe

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Kathleen Kennedy and Gareth Edwards to Attend Star Wars Celebration Europe

The president of Lucasfilm will be joined by the director of Rogue One and special guests for an opening day event at the massive fan gathering this July.

“Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about?”

Find out, when Gareth Edwards – director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — joins Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests for a Rogue One panel at Celebration Europe on July 15th for what is sure to be a can’t-miss event! Visit starwarscelebration.com for tickets, and check back closer to the show for queuing and wristband details.

Thank you to Lucasfilm.

Mark Hamill and Kathleen Kennedy Announce New Star Wars: Force For Change Charitable Campaign

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SHOW YOUR FORCE! MARK HAMILL AND KATHLEEN KENNEDY ANNOUNCE NEW STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN

Star Wars: Force for Change will match up to $1,000,000 in donations made by fans to four charities between April 5th and May 4th.

(April 5, 2016) – Today, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill announced a new campaign sponsored by CrowdRise in support of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world. Starting April 5th, Star Wars: Force for Change will match the donations of Star Wars fans to four select charities up to $1,000,000!

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Star Wars: Episode VIII — New Official Release Date Announced!

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Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017
The release date for the next film in the saga is confirmed.

Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.

The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1,886.7 billion.

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