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Star Wars Celebration Europe: A Closer Look at Rogue One

This article was first published on LaughingPlace.com on July 25, 2016.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is in the books, but the shockwaves are still resonating like an ion cannon.  Lucasfilm shared their latest news with fans from around the world who congregated in London July 15-17, 2016 for a Celebration to be remembered.

Star Wars Celebration Europe after Rogue One Panel
Star Wars Celebration Europe Rogue One Panel

Rogue One was certainly THE highly-anticipated panel, and Kathleen Kennedy (President of Lucasfilm and Rogue One Producer) did not disappoint.  Accompanied by Gareth Edwards (Director), Kiri Hart (Head of Story, LFL), and John Knoll (Executive Producer), Kathy welcomed us to the new world of stand-alone Star Wars films.

Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma, and our host for this panel) opened with a moment of silence for the lives lost the night before in the terror attack in Nice, France.

Rogue One, the first stand-alone Star Wars film.

The production team was initially concerned about whether there needed to be more introduction for Rogue One.  It is the first of the planned “stand-alone” Star Wars stories (not part of the saga trilogies Episodes IV-VI, Episodes I-III, Episodes VII-IX).

From early screenings, Lucasfilm realized that fans understood immediately where Rogue One fit into the Star Wars timeline.  This is the story of how the first Death Star plans were stolen; many lives were lost to get this intel to the Rebel base, to set up Luke Skywalker’s mission in Episode IV.

John Knoll (Executive Producer) developed the idea for Rogue One as a Mission Impossible-style story during the filming of Episode III in Sydney.  While this story did not fit in with the live action Star Wars TV series planned back then, an opportunity arose when Disney announced a whole new set of Star Wars films.

Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, Gwendoline Christie

Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, Gwendoline Christie

Gareth Edwards as Director

Kathleen Kennedy described her visits to the set during the filming process of Rogue One.  When she looked for director Gareth Edwards, she consistently found him with “a camera on his shoulder” trying to capture “different angles.”  His style creates an “immersive” experience for the viewer unlike any other.

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Hotel Review: Park Lane Hotel, London

 

This is the first in my series of Hotel reviews.  It is a pleasure to share about our favorite hotel in London: the Park Lane Hotel, a Sheraton hotel, in central London near Buckingham Palace. 

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

Last stay: May 2015

Overall rating system:

1=poor
3=average
5=great
6=exceptional (rare ranking)

NE = no experience

Price — 5. SPG points
Hotel Location — 5, Mayfair area across from Green Park. Tube station: Green Park. 
Front desk check in — 6. Tea, coffee, juice and cookies with free Wi-Fi in waiting lounge — the Willow room, whilst the hotel is under construction
Room size — 5, Executive room
Room cleanliness / repair — 5
Style/ design impression — 5
Bed comfort — 5. Extra comfy Sweet Sleeper bed.
Bath robe / slippers — 2 plush robes with slippers
Quality of Toiletry amenities — 4, standard Sheraton line toiletries
Views — 5. Views of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey over tree tops of Green Park.  Room 710

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Hotel Reviews — a New Chrysalis Travel Series 

 

Part of traveling means staying at various hotels around the world.  There have been some fantastic, above-all-expectations, amazing hotels. Then there have been some misses, some of them quite notable. 

I would like to share my impressions of these hotels, hopefully to guide travelers in their choice of hotel.
These are real experiences that I have had with these hotels. We pay our own way 99% of the time, and are not sponsored by any hotels to write good reviews.
(The one exception was the Sofitel San Francisco Bay) in which I won a one-night stay.
I rate the hotels on a five point scale, with an occasional “6” for a truly exceptional impression. These are rare, but I did want to note some extraordinary properties.
Hope these series of hotel reviews are helpful to you!
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