“How do you celebrate 40 years of Star Wars in 90 minutes? With a surprise Harrison Ford appearance, a touching Carrie Fisher tribute, a John Williams performance and a fair amount of jokes about George Lucas’ dialogue,” writes Lindsey Bahr in a Thursday (4/13) Associated Press report. “Attendees at Star Wars Celebration were treated to that and more Thursday in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center for the kickoff of the four-day fan event marking the anniversary of Lucas’ space saga. Actor Warwick Davis moderated the sprawling look-back at the four-decade legacy, featuring appearances by Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Hayden Christensen. There were also video messages from Liam Neeson … and from Samuel L. Jackson….  Missing, of course, was Carrie Fisher, who died late last year at 60…. Star Wars composer John Williams closed out the session, conducting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of his score, from the Imperial March to the Main Title.”

Posted April 19, 2017