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Star Wars: Episode VII Update
Twitter, the Falcon, a Hand and More
By Robert T. Trate
August 12, 2013
Source: Star Wars/ Bad Robot
Episode VII arrives December 18th, 2015
© Lucasfilm/ Disney
It has been a hectic few days and the Star Wars news is just plying up. So instead of giving them all as separate stories we decided to group them all together. This might be become standard practice in the future since we are now under 500 days until Episode VII’s premiere.
We have a Tweet from JJ Abrams, some Millennium Falcon interior pictures, and the winner of the Star Wars: The Force for Change campaign.
Let’s check out the Falcon photos and another picture, shall we?
From Mint in the Box.com: “The official information about Star Wars Episode VII are scarce, so what better than a little spoiler with new images of the film set.
Indeed it is through someone you know about Facebook these 3 photos of the interior of Millennium Falcon have leaked, and a fourth strangely resembling the corridors of a Star Destroyer. Anyway it's like back home” (translated).
Nothing too surprising. It looks as if Han and Chewie have kept their baby in fairly good condition over the last thirty years
Up next we have a press release and video about The Force for Change Winner. Star Wars: The Force for Change program raised $4.26 Million for UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs. Contributions came in from over 125 countries. Disney then contributed $1 million is support of the campaign.
Press Release: Money Will Support the Equivalent of 7-8 New Innovation Labs to Aid Children and Families.
With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, Star Wars: Force for Change raised $4,261,410 USD for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received via fundraising platform Omaze from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver Colorado, who shared during a donor video chat that the first time he saw Star Wars when it opened in theaters in 1977, when he was only five. "I loved it! ... I just couldn't get it out of my head of 35 years." D.C. was then asked to share his favorite Star Wars moment. As he began to reply, he was suddenly surprised in his Denver office by members of Star Wars: Force for Change team. Once settled, D.C. exclaimed, "This! This is my new favorite Star Wars moment!"
D.C. will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set, and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode Vll.
UNICEF’s current network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters.
Disney committed an additional US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible.
Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and programs.
To thank all the fans Episode VII’s director, JJ Abrams, Tweeted the message below. In typical JJ fashion it wasn’t just any old hand holding that note. Many are speculating that it was in fact Luke Skywalker’s mechanical hand. Are the rumors true? Did Luke leave his friends and the Rebellion behind to go into hiding?
Star Wars: Episode VII arrives December 18th, 2015.
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