Lucasfilm, Bill Hader and More Use the Force to 'Stand Up to Cancer'
by Ethan Anderton
September 15, 2011
With the entire collection of the Star Wars saga on Blu-Ray hitting shelves tomorrow, Lucasfilm has taken advantage of all the buzz surrounding the holy trilogy (and those pesky prequels), to do some good. Along with a whole slew of celebrities like Aziz Ansari, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, Ed Helms as well as eBay and Major League Baseball, Lucasfilm has put together a fun Star Wars themed video to ask fans to "Use the Force for Good" and show their support for Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), an organization which funds groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients and save lives.
Here's the promo video for the Star Wars themed push to support Stand Up to Cancer:
You'll also notice Star Wars prequel star Samuel L. Jackson making an appearance as well as "Clone Wars" voice talent Jaime King having some fun in the above video which hopefully gets plenty of fans to support this great cause. In addition, eBay will use the Force of its 97 million active members to give fans an online destination for browsing unique and special Star Wars items at eBay.com/UsetheForceforGood. The destination will allow fans to bid on rare and exclusive items like a one-of-a-kind Star Wars edition 2012 Volkswagen Passat and a once-in-a-lifetime experience; dinner with prominent Bay Area filmmakers George Lucas, Chris Columbus, Francis Ford Coppola, Philip Kaufman and John Lasseter. All charity auctions will begin on September 16th at 4:00 p.m. PDT, and continue until 4:00 p.m. PDT on September 23rd.
Also, throughout the month of September, select Major League Baseball Clubs across the country will feature Stand Up To Cancer/Star Wars themed nights in their respective ballparks. The special events will offer "Star Wars" themed ticket packages with a portion of proceeds benefiting SU2C. Most packages will include appearances by "Star Wars" costumed characters, VIP fan photo ops, giveaways and the Star Wars Stand Up To Cancer exclusive t-shirts. For a list of participating Clubs, game schedules and ticket information, please visit MLB.com/StarWars.
SU2C have also created a Stand Up To Cancer line of Star Wars t-shirts. The tees will feature iconic "Star Wars" artwork alongside SU2C's signature upward arrows, with slogans like "Blast Cancer" and "Use the Force for Good." The exclusive tees are available now and can be purchased through the end of the year at Store.StandUp2Cancer.org with proceeds benefiting SU2C. It's always great to see heavy hitters like Lucasfilm using their high profile for a cause this great. Be sure to check out all these great offers that will benefit Stand Up to Cancer, and use the Force for good as best you can.