Carrie Fisher – Action Figure Insider http://www.actionfigureinsider.com The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:06:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 61893577 A Tribute To Carrie Fisher http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/a-tribute-to-carrie-fisher/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/a-tribute-to-carrie-fisher/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:24:45 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=152585 The Carrie Fisher tribute put together and shown today at Star Wars Celebration 2017

 

May the Force be with you.

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NINE NEW DISNEY LEGENDS TO BE HONORED DURING D23 EXPO 2017 IN ANAHEIM ON JULY 14 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/nine-new-disney-legends-to-be-honored-during-d23-expo-2017-in-anaheim-on-july-14/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/nine-new-disney-legends-to-be-honored-during-d23-expo-2017-in-anaheim-on-july-14/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:31:07 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=152227 Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor, and Other Incredible Talents to be Honored at a Special 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger

 

 

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.

 

The 2017 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

 

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.

 

CLYDE “GERRY” GERONIMI joined the Disney Studio in 1931. His first assignments as an animator were for several memorable Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphony, and Pluto cartoons, and he eventually contributed to more than 50 of the Studio’s shorts. Gerry made the leap to sequence director with 1943’s Victory Through Air Power, and he subsequently contributed to The Three Caballeros, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He also directed segments for television’s Mickey Mouse Club and contributed to episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The apex of his Disney career came when he served as supervising director for the 1959 masterpiece Sleeping Beauty.

 

MANUEL GONZALES was one of 33 artists selected from thousands of applicants to join Disney in 1936. In 1938, he took over penciling duties on the Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strip from Disney Legend Floyd Gottfredson. He brought Mickey Mouse to newspapers nationwide for nearly 40 years. At its peak, his Mickey-starring comic strip appeared in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more than 20 million readers each week. Manuel was presented a “Mousecar” award by Walt Disney in 1966.

 

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.

 

WAYNE JACKSON began his career as a Walt Disney Imagineer in October 1965, and in the decades that followed he would put his technical skills and know-how to great use in the development and installation of Disney attractions around the world. Originally trained in aircraft tooling, he began as a technician and machinist assigned to rebuild the shows from the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair that were slated for installation at Disneyland. Instrumental in the early development of Audio-Animatronics® technology, Wayne would go on to help bring Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion to Disneyland. He went on to work on the construction and installation of attractions and show systems at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris.

 

STAN LEE got a job as an office assistant at a comic publisher in 1939 called Timely Comics—forerunner of the powerhouse we all know as Marvel. Stan made his debut with a Captain America story in 1941, and by the next year, at the age of just 18, he was promoted to editor. In 1961, Stan teamed up with Jack “King” Kirby to create the Fantastic Four and ushered in a spectacular new age of comics. Stan co-created an enormous roster of Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Daredevil, and Falcon. He became Marvel’s editorial director and publisher in 1972, and eventually was named chairman emeritus. His well-known cameos in Marvel films began with 1989’s telefilm The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and since the release of X-Men in 2000 he has appeared in nearly every Marvel film project. Outside the super-hero realm, he has even popped up as a wedding guest in Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

 

GARRY MARSHALL began his career in Los Angeles writing for a number of hit shows, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. But his big break came in 1970, when he produced The Odd Couple for ABC, the first of many big hits he created for the network. Beginning with Happy Days in 1974, he developed a shared universe of spinoffs including Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. His other ABC sitcoms during these years included Angie, The New Odd Couple, and Blansky’s Beauties. Garry was also a successful movie director, with 18 films to his credit. At Disney, he made stars of two young actresses: Julia Roberts, in Pretty Woman, and Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. He directed Bette Midler in Beaches, as well as in The Lottery, a short film that for years was a fixture of the Backstage Tour at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. Garry was known for his acting, as well, and he appeared in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain, Chicken Little, and as the Devil in Hocus Pocus.

 

JULIE TAYMOR is a Tony®-, Emmy®-, and Grammy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker who has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997, becoming the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played in more than 100 cities in 19 countries. It received 11 Tony Award nominations, earning Julie Best Director, Costume Designer, and Best Musical for the show. Her production of The Magic Flute is currently in repertory at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her films include A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Titus, The Tempest, the Golden Globe-nominated Across the Universe, and the Oscar-winning Frida. Taymor is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and an inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently directing M. Butterfly on Broadway, opening Fall 2017.

 

OPRAH WINFREY is a renowned award-winning producer, actress, talk show host, and philanthropist. For 25 years she was the host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25 seasons on hundreds of stations domestically and in more than 100 countries around the world. Oprah is also an Academy Award®-nominated actress for her role in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 hit The Color Purple. In 1998, she starred in Beloved for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, a film that she also produced. Oprah also produced and starred in ABC’s 1989 limited series The Women of Brewster Place, and would go on to produce many films for ABC, including Tuesdays with Morrie, Before Women Had Wings, and Their Eyes Were Watching God under the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner. She performed as Eudora in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in 2009 and will co-star as Mrs. Which in Disney’s 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.

 

Honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

 

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 Expo 2017.

 

Including this year’s honorees, a total of 276 Disney Legends have been named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Julie Andrews, Beatrice Arthur, Howard Ashman, Regis Philbin, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Johnny Depp, Estelle Getty, George Lucas, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Rue McClanahan, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, Betty White, and Robin Williams. Beginning with the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, thousands of Disney fans have been able to enjoy the Legends Awards ceremony live.

 

Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

 

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

 

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twentythree; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

 

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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R.I.P. Carrie Fisher 1956-2016 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/r-i-p-carrie-fisher-1956-2016/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/r-i-p-carrie-fisher-1956-2016/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:40:35 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=148237 I’m sure by now most of you have heard about the untimely passing of actress/author/advocate, Carrie Fisher at the age of 60.   In 1977 she redefined the word “princess” for generations to come.

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Our condolences to her friends, family and fans.  We are mourning right along side you.

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CARRIE FISHER, NASA, VIRGIN GALACTIC AND MORE: SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON 2017 REACHES FOR THE STARS http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/carrie-fisher-nasa-virgin-galactic-and-more-silicon-valley-comic-con-2017-reaches-for-the-stars/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/carrie-fisher-nasa-virgin-galactic-and-more-silicon-valley-comic-con-2017-reaches-for-the-stars/#respond Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=147931 Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 Will Feature Space Exploration Zone and Programming Focused on Space Travel, the Search for Extraterrestrial Life and the Future of Humanity Outside Earth

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San Jose, Calif. – Dec. 15, 2016 – With a 2017 theme of “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?,” Silicon Valley Comic Con will feature space exploration on its show floor and through programming. Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo will take place April 21-23, 2017 in downtown San Jose. Pairing science with fiction, Silicon Valley Comic Con aims to inspire and entertain with celebrity appearances, science/tech discussions, film and TV screenings, panels with award-winning authors and artists, cosplay contests and more.

“Few things inspire more creativity and innovation – both from a technological and pop culture perspective – than space travel,” said Steve Wozniak. “The future of space exploration is so exciting: by 2075, will we have discovered aliens? Made private space travel affordable and commonplace? Shifted our manufacturing to space factories? Colonized Mars? Established our first Starfleet Academy? Formed a Galactic Senate?”

Participating companies include NASA, Virgin Galactic, SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) and more.

“We don’t want to spoil the surprise for attendees by giving away too many details, but our Space Exploration Zone will feature interactive displays, spaceship models, educational exhibits and more! Our goal is to celebrate the incredible innovation taking place in the field, and to inspire people about the potential for humanity outside Earth,” said Trip Hunter, CEO of Silicon Valley Comic Con. “Beyond space travel, we’ll reveal more details about the other zones and programming tracks as the show draws near.”

SVCC is proud to spotlight additional 2017 featured guests:

HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES
Princess Leia / General Organa herself, Carrie Fisher will attend Silicon Valley Comic Con!

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LUMINARIES
Director of the search for extraterrestrials at the SETI Institute in California Seth Shostak and acclaimed linguist Jessica Coon will speak at Silicon Valley Comic Con. Theoretical astrophysicist, Janna Levin will return to Silicon Valley Comic Con. At SVCC 2016, Janna Levin and a team of Caltech / LIGO Lab scientists shared their historic research that confirmed Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves (the ringing sounds of spacetime generated by astrophysical calamities like black hole collisions).

Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in California. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, including studies conducted using the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. Seth has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books, most recently “Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” and has over 400 published articles on astronomy and other topics. He also hosts the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, “Big Picture Science.”

Dr. Jessica Coon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Syntax and Indigenous Languages. She received her doctorate from MIT. Her research is focused on syntax and morphology, especially of understudied languages of the Americas. Most recently she was the linguist consultant for the recent blockbuster film “Arrival,” which follows a linguistics professor’s race to find a way to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors after gigantic spaceships land on Earth.

The astrophysicist and author Janna Levin (“A Madman of Dreams of Turing Machines,” “How the Universe Got Its Spots” and, most recently “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space”) has contributed to the understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, the sound of spacetime, and gravitational waves in the shape of space-time.

AUTHORS
Author of “The Martian” Andy Weir will return to Silicon Valley Comic Con. Andy Weir’s “Let’s Go To Mars!” panel at SVCC 2016 was one of the most popular events at the inaugural show.After its successful inaugural year, SVCC will return to downtown San Jose the weekend of April 21-23, 2017. SVCC 2016 welcomed 60,000 attendees who enjoyed a sold-out show floor of 350+ exhibitors and dozens of packed panels and fan Q&As. The largest fan expo in Northern California, Silicon Valley Comic Con has already outgrown the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and will expand to include neighboring venues downtown. Three-day and single-day passes for SVCC 2017 can be purchased today at www.svcomiccon.com.

To inquire about custom sponsorship and exhibitor packages or media partnerships, contact marketing@svcomiccon.com. The exhibitor application is also available online now.

ABOUT SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON
With Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at the helm, Silicon Valley Comic Con celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. Featuring top celebrities, tech innovators, comics, scientists, independent artists, cosplay, video games, virtual reality, consumer electronics, music, apps and more, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where the entertainment and technology worlds intersect. Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 will take place April 21-23, 2017 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and surrounding downtown San Jose locations.

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Fisher, Felton, Lloyd, Amell Among Wizard World New Orleans Celebs, Jan. 6-8 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/fisher-felton-lloyd-amell-among-wizard-world-new-orleans-celebs-jan-6-8/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/fisher-felton-lloyd-amell-among-wizard-world-new-orleans-celebs-jan-6-8/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:59:16 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=146676 Carrie Fisher, Tom Felton, Christopher Lloyd, Stephen Amell Top Celebrities At Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017

CarrieFisher2-333.jpgNEW ORLEANS, November 10, 2016 – Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) will open up its 2017 Comic Con tour with a bang in The Big Easy, as Carrie Fisher (Star Wars ), Tom Felton ( Harry Potter franchise), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Guardians of the Galaxy), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) and David Ramsey (“Arrow”) are among the all-star cast of celebrities scheduled to appear at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event marks Wizard World’s seventh annual show in New Orleans and the first on Wizard World’s 2017 calendar.

“We are excited to kick off 2017 in a big way in the ‘The Big Easy’ New Orleans with a distinguished group of stars from across many fan bases,” said John Maatta , Wizard World CEO. “Collectively, the celebrities who are joining us in New Orleans are part of some of the most iconic franchises in pop culture history, from Star Wars to ‘Star Trek’ to Back to the Future and more. There will be celebrities from every genre of pop culture.”

Fisher, Felton, Lloyd and Ramsey are scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8; Amell will appear on Sunday; the others are scheduled for all three days of the event.

Other stars on the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans roster include Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead”), Jewel Staite (Serenity, “Firefly”), Theo Rossi (“Luke Cage,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Ray Park (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, X-Men), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy , “Gilmore Girls”), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back ), Sam Jones (“The Flash,” Ted), Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”), Joonas Suotamo ( Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”) and Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”).

New Orleans will also launch an exciting array of activities at Wizard World Comic Con shows in 2017. Fans will experience non-stop live entertainment throughout extended evening hours, Kick off the Con and After Parties, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in New Orleans will feature Rob Guillory (“Chew”), Neal Adams “Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Tom Cook (“He-Man,” “Superfriends”), Ming Doyle (“Constantine: The Hellblazer,” “DC Bombshells”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Jordan Gibson (“Where is Jake Ellis?”, “Original Sins”), Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”), Clinton Hobart (Disney licensed fine artist), Dan Slott (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Silver Surfer”), Rachael Stott (“Twelfth Doctor Year 2,” “Star Trek”), Danny Fingeroth (group editor, “Spider-Man”) and many others.

Wizard World comic and gaming con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed –  will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

For more on the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, visit http://wizd.me/NewOrleansPR .

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, graphic novels, toys, sci-fi, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBox™ ( www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service and Wizard World Rewards among its initiatives. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2017 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/ .

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Hold my calls. I’m Gonna Go Lay Down For A Bit – WDS Posts #StarWars Episode VII Table Read Photo http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/hold-my-calls-im-gonna-go-lay-down-for-a-bit-wds-posts-starwars-episode-vii-table-read-photo/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/hold-my-calls-im-gonna-go-lay-down-for-a-bit-wds-posts-starwars-episode-vii-table-read-photo/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:09:52 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=101047 Just about 20 minutes ago the Walt Disney Studio posted the following picture and message about the Star Wars Episode VII table read happening today in London.   I’m going to be staring at this all day.

 

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

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WILLIAM SHATNER, LEONARD NIMOY, PATRICK STEWART, CARRIE FISHER AND OTHER CELEBRITIES LEND THEIR VOICES TO “SOUND OFF FOR AUTISM SPEAKS” FUNDRAISING EFFORT http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/william-shatner-leonard-nimoy-patrick-stewart-carrie-fisher-and-other-celebrities-lend-their-voices-to-sound-off-for-autism-speaks-fundraising-effort/ Wed, 05 Dec 2012 05:30:19 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=53715 Fans Can Get a Customized Recorded Message from Their Favorite Celebrity by Making a $299 Donation to Support Autism Research and Advocacy

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 4, 2012) – “Sound Off For Autism Speaks” site is live this week as fans have the unique gift opportunity to order a limited number of custom-recorded messages from Morgan Freeman, Ed Asner, Betty White, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, Will Ferrell, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Carrie Fisher, in return for a $299 donation. All proceeds will support autism research and advocacy efforts through Autism Speaks®, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Celebrity messages are available for purchase this week only, December 3 – 9, at SoundOffForAutismSpeaks.com. A limited number of messages are available from each celebrity on a first come, first served basis. Fans have the unique opportunity to specify what they want their chosen celebrity to say in the message. Autism Speaks® will send fans a digital file of their message within a few weeks of their order after being recorded by their celebrity.

“I got together with my son Matt (Autism Speaks’ Executive Director for Southern California) and we talked about what my friends and I could do to support the important work of Autism Speaks,” said Ed Asner, who is currently starring on Broadway in Grace. “We decided that bringing together a group of celebrities with great voices and doing a kind of ‘voiceathon’ would be a really fun idea that could help individuals with autism and their families.”

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks®
Autism Speaks® is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks® was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks® has committed over $180 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks® has established partnerships and related activities in over 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.

For Facebook: Facebook.com/AutismSpeaks
For Twitter: @AutismSpeaks

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