***Disclosure: I received an all expense paid trip to Hollywood to cover the Million Dollar Arm premiere, Star Wars Rebels Event, and ABC TV Event. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
So I admit, until this past week, I was a Star Wars virgin. That's right. I had never seen these movies before. Well, except Episode One in the theater about a million years ago. I didn't remember too much of it. This week, I ran out and bought the entire Star Wars collection on Blu-Ray and had a bit of a "binge-watch" so when I am in Hollywood TODAY, on Star Wars Day, I'd know what everyone was talking about. Surprisingly, I am actually enjoying the movies and I absolutely adore Yoda!
So what Star Wars news do I have to share with you? Well, this is going to be something all young Jedi Masters will flip for. There is going to be a brand new series this fall on Disney XD! "Star Wars Rebels" is an animated series that has tons of adventure and epic Star Wars action.
STAR WARS REBELS continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world.
As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire.
Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Check out this awesome trailer, and be sure to share it with the Star Wars fans in your home.
How cool is that?! I know I am looking forward to meeting the characters in this much anticipated series on Disney XD! This fall can't come quickly enough!
Why is May the 4th Called Star Wars Day?
Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. It’s the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.
One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:
Friday, May 4th
Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,” further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.
Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”
While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. The official blog at StarWars.com as well as the official Star Wars social media channels on Twitter (@starwars #StarWarsDay) and Facebook (facebook.com/starwars) help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to mark the day.
May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25th, 1977) and this year, principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII will commence in May. The month also includes George Lucas’s birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort (this year, the fun begins on May 16th).