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Calling All Designers! Submissions Are Now Open for the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con

Last year, GeekGirl World attended the Her Universe Fashion show, and it was a spectacular event for geek couture and nerd fashion! Her Universe and fashion retail partner Hot Topic will be hosting their premiere geek couture runway fashion show again this year on July 21 at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel during San Diego Comic-Con. The third annual Her Universe Fashion show will once again offer fans and aspiring designers the chance to submit their pop culture inspired designs to compete on the runway for the unique opportunity to design their very own collection exclusively for Hot Topic stores. The Her Universe Fashion Show has been one of the biggest special events at Comic-Con since it’s inception, and this year it is poised to be even bigger as they make bold strides to further enhance the experience of the show.

The submission process is NOW OPEN for up and coming designers 18 years or older. One of the biggest changes this year will be the opportunity for designers in the Southern California area to submit their designs to Her Universe and Hot Topic judges at the Hollywood and Highland location of Hot Topic in Los Angeles on April 23, starting at 10am. If you don’t live in the Southern California area, or can’t make it to the open call, no worries, because ALL designers (including those who attend the open call) will still need to submit their entries online. However, online submissions will now have the additional option of adding a video explanation to present their idea to the judges. Get those submissions ready, folks! The deadline for ALL applications (including those planing to attend in-person at the open call in LA) is 11:59pm PST on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Submit your designs for consideration here! GOOD LUCK!

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Original sketches from last year’s winning fashion show designers, Kelly Cercone (Joker’s New Look) and Leetal Platt (Usagi’s Transformation). The design competition submission process for the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show is now is open for designers to submit their own women’s fashion designs based on anything that is celebrated at Comic-Con, original or inspired by popular media

Once the call for submissions closes, twenty-five designers will chosen and notified on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. These twenty-five finalists will be given the opportunity to compete on the runway in the Her Universe Fashion Show at SDCC for the grand prize. The entire process from start to finish will be filmed as part of a docu-series set to air on the new Comic-Con HQ channel. Plus this year, in addition to the judges choice winner and audience choice winner at the show, a third winner will be selected by the viewers on the Comic-Con HQ channel at home!

Designer Kelly Cercone models her own geek couture design, Joker's New Look: Batman, which won last year's Judge's Choice in the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show.
Designer Kelly Cercone models her own geek couture design, Joker’s New Look: Batman, which won last year’s Judge’s Choice in the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show.

“My favorite part of The Her Universe Fashion Show has been getting to know all of the designers behind the scenes…With the new docu-series on Comic-Con HQ, fans will get to know each designer and follow their process and journey to the runway at SDCC. There are so many talented designers out there that just need the opportunity and platform to showcase their skills. I encourage fans to submit and no experience is necessary!”

– Ashley Eckstein, Her Universe Founder

“We always put the fans and community first at Her Universe and the fashion show is an example of our mission.”

– Michael Rego, Chief Executive Officer of The Araca Group, Eckstein’s partner in Her Universe.

Chloe Dykstra models last year's Her Universe Fashion Show Audience Choice winning design, Leetal Platt's Usagi's Transformation: Sailor Moon.
Chloe Dykstra models last year’s Her Universe Fashion Show Audience Choice winning design, Leetal Platt’s Usagi’s Transformation: Sailor Moon.
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Sneak peek of the new upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection, coming soon to Hot Topic, designed by last year’s fashion show winners – Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. Captain Phasma jacket (designed by Leetal) and Captain Phasma leggings (designed by Kelly). Image credit: Hot Topic

Along with her hosting duties for the fashion show, Eckstein will serve as Executive Producer in association with the Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale company, Blondie Girl Productions (Young & Hungry) on the docu-series for the Comic-Con HQ channel.

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Watch: ‘Force Awakens’ TV Spots

Get ready to geek out, fellow Star Wars fans!

Not one, but two brand new TV spots for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were recently released. Well, okay, one of them is the Japanese version, but the two are surprisingly completely different.

Check the two out below and compare:

American TV Spot

Japanese TV Spot

There’s a lot of familiar scenes from the full trailer shown once again, but scattered throughout them is a plethora of new footage, the most drastic of which is found in the Japanese spot.

And with new footage comes the over analyzation! Here are some main highlights from the spots that fans are sure to debate over:

  1. Rey apparently is waiting for her family, which means that she may have no clue who she really is (which is probably a Skywalker), or if she does, then her family may be estranged and she is longing to be back with them.
  2. We see Kylo Renn in the same scene as Rey for the first time ever, and with a lightsaber at her throat to beat.  Is he attempting to execute her?
  3. C3PO has a red arm, people.
  4. Millennium Falcon being smooth as fuck, per usual. Nothing to really debate, but definitely something to be in awe over.

Sadly, we won’t be getting any more trailers for the film to analyze to death (as confirmed by J.J. Abrams), but we still do have new footage to look forward to.

ABC announced today that they will be showing a sneak peak of Force Awakens Thursday night in a special Star Wars event hosted by the cast of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder, the preview of which you can see below:

All this footage is incredible and all, but December 18 still feels lightyears away. So while we all wait impatiently, take a moment to let us know your theories about The Force Awakens in the comments! 

 

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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer!

The final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here at last!!

Fans got a first look at the new trailer during Monday Night Football on ESPN, because nothing says Star Wars like a pig skin ball and scantily dressed dancing women. But for those of us who didn’t catch the game, don’t worry, YouTube exists.

Prepare your brain to go into hyperspeed, then check it out below:

 

Is it just me, or is anyone else shaking with excitement? Ugh.. December 18 feels farther away than Endor right now.

Weigh in with your thoughts on the new Force Awakens trailer below! And check out our review of the trailer here!

 

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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Footage

New footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here!

Okay, I know you’re dying to see the footage, so lets nix the words and get straight to the good stuff.

Check out the new footage below!:

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Lets just stop replaying that footage for a moment to talk about that lightsaber that John Boyega‘s Finn is wielding. Now we’ve actually seen Finn with his lightsaber before (thanks to the official poster for the film), but this is the first time we’ve seen him with it in fluid cinematic motion.

The scene re-raises one big question that people have already been asking: who the hell is Finn?

He and Rey (Daisy Ridley’s character) are the only characters whose last names seem to be a huge secret, which probably is due to the fact that they both have familiar parentage. And if that’s the case, then that means that Finn is related to a character we already know.

But who?

Since he is able to wield a lightsaber, Finn may just have Jedi blood in his veins. Could he possibly be related to Mace Windu (who was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the heavily criticized prequels)?

Having Finn related to Windu would tie in the prequels to the new film, but it may be unlikely considering how many Star Wars fans would prefer to block those three movies and the name Jar Jar Binks from their memory completely.

So… that leaves another important character in the Star Wars world: Lando Calrissian. Just in case you’ve forgotten (and shame on you if you did!) Lando was a smuggler turned Rebel leader. He was pretty much like Han Solo (who happened to be his close friend and ally).

But Lando doesn’t have any Jedi blood in him (as far as we know), so how could Finn wield a lightsaber if he is indeed related to him?

One word: awakening.

The film is called The Force Awakens, so it’s quite possible that normal people who previously had zero connections to Jedi’s (or Sith’s) have begun to develop the Force.

Reason being? Luke and his family are the only Jedi’s left, and their breed is on the verge of extinction, meaning that the Force would also become extinct. But the Force found a way to regain balance by reappearing in random people… kind of like when randos started to develop air bending in Avatar: Legend of Korra.

Another possibility as to who Finn could be? Nobody. Who says last names are mandatory anyways?

All will be revealed for sure when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.

Let us know your theories about Finn in the comments!

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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Photos!

We have some brand new photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Check them out in our slideshow below:

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These photos come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who exclusively published them today on their website as a sneak peak at their Fall Movie Preview issue. The issue, which hits news stands this Friday, will feature a Q&A session with J.J. Abrams, plus plenty more Star Wars goodies.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18.

What is your reaction to these new photos? Let us know in the comments!

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Review of Vanity Fair Star Wars: The Force Awakens Article

Vanity Fair got famed photographer Annie Leibovitz to shoot the cast of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and GeekGirl World was able to get their hands on a copy of the magazine early. Here is our review of what is in store for you in this June edition and the direction JJ Abrams plans to take the franchise in.

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Official New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast Photos Revealed

The new edition of Vanity Fair is set to hit news stands with exclusive on the set and cast photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Vanity Fair’s June issue, available as a digital edition on Thursday, May 7, and on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, May 12. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Vanity Fair’s June issue, available as a digital edition on Thursday, May 7, and on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, May 12. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

This special June edition of the magazine doesn’t officially come out until May 7th in digital, and May 12th on newsstands, however Vanity Fair has released sneak peeks of what fans will have in store when the full issue debuts, in honor of the official fandom holiday, May the Fourth.

Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
A small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
A small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Dashing Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) stands alongside his trusty X-wing fighter. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Dashing Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) stands alongside his trusty X-wing fighter. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
J. J. Abrams directs Actress Daisy Ridley for a scene in which her character, the young heroine Rey, pilots her speeder through a bustling marketplace on the planet Jakku. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
J. J. Abrams directs actress Daisy Ridley for a scene in which her character, the young heroine Rey, pilots her speeder through a bustling marketplace on the planet Jakku. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
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Members of the brain trust behind The Force Awakens: composer John Williams, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director and co-writer Abrams, photographed at Bad Robot, Abrams’s production company, in Santa Monica. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

Fans can relax with the knowledge that the Star Wars franchise looks to be in good hands. These photos give us a quick preview of some of the costumes and sets that fans have to look forward to when Star Wars: The Force Awakens bursts into theaters on December 18, 2015.

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An Inside Look at Star Wars Celebration: Day One

On Wednesday, I made the journey far, far away to Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The convention is exactly what it sounds like: it celebrates the movies, shows, books, comics, apparel, toys, actors, and fans of Star Wars, and has done so now 10 times since Phantom Menace in 1999, in countries all over the world. Interestingly, I didn’t truly appreciate Star Wars until I was an adult, and after waiting 18 hours in line for the Thursday panels, one line-mate commented I was now “making up for lost time.”

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Waiting in line was tedious but not terrible. Here are some highlights:

A wife and small child dropped a father off at the line. The child cried and the man tried to comfort her but looked annoyed. I commented, “Well, he’s still a better Dad than Anakin.”

Oliver Thompson, writer/director/producer of “Star Wars into the Dune Sea” came all the way from Hong Kong and just happened to randomly talk to us. Literally the day before I had watched his movie and filmed a FFF review. Such a coincidence! Check out our FFF video review today!

James Arnold Taylor, who voices Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars and half a dozen D.C. animated characters, went through the line shaking hands, taking pictures, and talking to folks. Me (ever-so-nonchalantly): “So, is Obi-Wan going to be in Rebels Season 2?” Him (jokingly IN HIS OBI-WAN VOICE) “If I told you, I’d have to use a Jedi mind trick to make you forget!”

Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams treated everyone in line to pizza. I can technically say I had dinner with the President of Lucasfilm and a Director of Star Wars. Does this count as a date? It’s totally a date. I will love them always. Even if they didn’t call me back the next morning.

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On Thursday, the event kicked off with “The Force Awakens” panel, which was live streamed and aired online, bringing Star Wars Celebration to fans everywhere. I won’t do a full recap, because it’s available for your viewing pleasure, but here are a few of my favorite moments:

  • Strong female characters. Kathleen Kennedy (President of Lucasfilm), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Daisy Ridley (Rey) all discussed the greatness of there being more and more diverse and powerful women in the franchise. GeekGirl World approves.
  • BB8 and Artoo. A real, moving robot version of BB8 rolled onto the stage. About half the size of R2-D2, he’s actually bigger than he looked in the Force Awakens teaser trailer that came out last year. He beeps adorably, much like R2-D2. Rumor has it, the two may have a playful rivalry.
  • The new trio. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and John Boyega’s Finn will be the film’s new protagonists, and I think it will be a trifecta of greatness. Boyega told a funny story about getting Harrisom Ford’s autograph, and now I think he’s the most adorable guy on the planet.
  • The old gang. Carrie Fisher was saucy. Peter Mayhew did the Chewbacca wave. Anthony Daniels was eloquent. Mark Hamill was sincere, saying, “You’re more than fans— you’re family.”
  • The new trailer, not once but twice. Meme posted a GGW article about the masterpiece. Critics everywhere have already analyzed every millisecond of it. The only thing I will add is that I barely heard it over the cheers and sobs the first time, and was blown away the second time. Also, there is now a Kleenex shortage in Anaheim.

I also caught Pablo Hidalgo and Dave Filoni’s “Untold Clone Wars” panel, which showcased an inside look at the creative process of Star Wars: the Clone Wars, including Filoni’s sketches and work-in-progress animation. Hidalgo and Filoni had lively banter that had the audience rolling:

“Did we get approval to show this?”

“We… didn’t… get disapproval.”

We learned that some art work that was made for but not used in the Clone Wars, will now appear in the show Rebels (including a bike that was intended for Ahsoka that Kanan will now sport). The panel left with us all campaigning for publishers to sell a book of Filoni’s artwork, and hints that Pablo-Jill will reappear in Rebels soon. The most lovely thing was that Filoni was not devastated by the end of Clone Wars. Rather, he appreciated the opportunity given his team to work in the gloriousness that is Rebels. If you haven’t already, watch the show, GeekGirl World! Season 1 finished recently, and it’s a perfect afternoon binge watch. Do it!

The last panel I watched was “The Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth,” hosted by two StarWars.com writers. Alas, I didn’t catch their full names, but if anyone knows, please forward it on to me. I’d love to read more of their work. Actually, I’d love to buy them coffee and pick their brain for hours. They were brilliant! The panel was mostly one giant Q&A, and focused on how mythology and John Campbell’s work about heroes influenced the story arc in Star Wars. One panelist, Nick, made us all realize Jar Jar Binks was crucial in the grand scheme of things, from a mythological/story telling point of view. Yes, Jar Jar. He argued Jar Jar was supposed to teach us how to value those seemingly less worthy. Jar Jar taught this to Yoda in the prequels, who taught it to Luke on Dagobah in the Empire Strikes back. It was Luke who stopped Han from killing the Ewoks later in Return of the Jedi. Without the Ewoks, the rebels may not have won against the evil Empire and successfully help to return balance to the force. Basically, we have

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Jar Jar to thank for teaching the lesson years ago. Seriously! There’s a trope in mythology that’s similar, and I plan on geekily and gleefully studying it, post-Celebration. What do you think, GeekGirl World?

That wrapped up the first day of Star Wars Celebration. Today is another exciting day of Star Wars. I’m so excited and thrilled to be here, and can’t wait to see what happens next! Stay tuned on the GGW Facebook page, as we bring you photos from Friday’s Carrie Fisher panel, cosplay pictures, and more!

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

Don’t look now, but we’ve got a new teaser from a galaxy far, far away! All your favorites are back in this just-released trailer from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Check it out:

The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the sci-fi classic franchise and is set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. It’s also the first time Abrams has been at the helm of a Star Wars film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015. Will you be there?

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