‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Lucasfilm, along with Gallery 1988 and HP Inc., proudly presents “Art Awakens”

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There are so many pieces that I want on my wall! Here are some of my favorites. You can see the entire album on Facebook here.

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This one is undeniably my favorite. It’s my new phone background.

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In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm, along with Gallery 1988 and HP Inc., proudly presents “Art Awakens.” 

From November 13-15, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles hosted a Star Wars art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. New and original pieces from the exhibit are now being auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to support UNICEF Kid Power. All original pieces featured in the gallery are now up for auction through eBay for Charity, along with select prints for sale.

Artists showcased include new and original works from: Joshua Keyes, Alex Pardee, ScottC., Lorraine Loots, Eric Tan, Brandi Milne, Rich Kelly, Kris Lewis, Travis Louie, Naoto Hattori and Dan Mumford, among many others.

Original pieces by the professional artists will be up for auction on eBay from 11/13 – 11/23.

Prints of select originals by the professional artists will be available for purchase on eBay from 11/13 – 12/12.

Additionally, the five amateur winners of the 2-month long Art Awakens Fan Art Competition, which kicked off on August 11, had their art showcased in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners were chosen by a judging committee that included members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, and others. The five fan-art winners were flown to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night gallery reception at Gallery 1988 on November 13th. One winner was awarded with the HP Technology Award for their innovative use of technology to create their artwork and received a Star WarsTM Special Edition Notebook.

Sales will support UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first Wearable-for-Good™, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans; and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world. Two exclusive Star Wars: Force For Change UNICEF Kid Power bands will go on sale November 29, 2015.

Final ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Coming Next Week!

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According to Screen Crush, the wait if finally over Star Wars fans, the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut on Monday October 19th! You will also be able to pre-order tickets for the film starting the same day for the December 18 release.

Also, the trailer will air during a special Star Wars themed Monday Night Football on Disney-owned ESPN. The trailer is expected to debut during halftime and tickets pre-sales will go live approximately at the same time. The promotion will include an “opening crawl” for the football game and Star Wars themed on-screen graphics (fans in attendance will also be able to watch the trailer on the stadium’s Jumbotron). Even the ESPN fantasy app will be updated with Star Wars avatars and graphics. You might also want to stay near your computer on Sunday morning for the debut of the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster and throughout the day for some additional items.

The trailer is also expected to hit theaters on November 6 with the new James Bond film Spectre.

D23 Coverage: ‘Jurassic World’ director Colin Trevorrow to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ for release in 2019

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LucasfilmToday at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.

While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors. “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of ‘Jurassic World’ speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

Trevorrow states, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In celebration of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Lucasfilm & HP proudly present “Art Awakens”

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“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.

“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be showcased in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.

Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.

Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic and others, will have their art showcased in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.

Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity.

Official “Art Awakens” URL: ArtAwakens.com

Official Art Awakens hashtag: #ArtAwakensContest

No Purchase Necessary.  Void where prohibited or restricted.  Open to legal residents of the 50 US and DC, who are at least 18 years old at time of entry with a Tumblr account in good standing. Ends October 11, 2015 at 11:59:59 am PT. Subject to Official Rules at: ArtAwakens.com. Sponsor: ABC, Inc. d/b/a Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Burbank, CA

New ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie in the Works at Disney!

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In the June issue of Vanity Fair, the magazine spoke with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars: The Force Awakens for their big Star Wars issue and while they have her talking, they got her to confirm that a new Indiana Jones movie is indeed in the works!

Here is the excerpt from the magazine:

“In buying the company, Disney also got rights, for better or worse, to less-storied Lucasfilm properties, among them Willow and Radioland Murders. A bigger prize is the Indiana Jones franchise. Kennedy confirmed rumors that another Indy movie ‘will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.’”

It’s been rumored for months that Chris Pratt would star in a reboot of the franchise but nothing has been confirmed at this point. Once news breaks we’ll have it for you.