“Friends” star Lisa Kudrow hosted the MTV (Movie?) Awards in 1999 and as such, the host gets to star in a spoof of whatever popular film is out at the moment. In this case it was of course TPM, so here’s Lisa addressing the Jedi Council.
I never got into Australian-produced sci-fi t.v. series “Farscape” (I believe it aired on SyFy in the U.S.) but like many Australian productions of the late ’90s-early ’00s, it featured at least a couple of actors who ended up with a role in AOTC or ROTS.
One of them was Zam Wesell herself, actress Leeanna Walsman. She appeared in a 2001 episode of the show as “Borlik.”
Coffee With Kenobi podcast #25 features an interview with Clone Wars alumna Catherine Taber. I have not had time to listen to it yet but have seen the raves from fans who loved what she had to say about Padmé and her relationship with Anakin. If you’re specifically interested in the interview, it’s about an hour into the show.
Matril, who’s on my LiveJournal friends list, has been posting why she loves each Star Wars film. Today, she got around to TPM. Here’s an excerpt:
I like that Anakin is an innocent little kid. It sets up his downfall much more subtly than if he were a punk who liked shoplifting and pushing old ladies. Why would we care about Anakin’s downfall if he started out bad? And the fact that he’s at such a vulnerable age explains a lot. He’s old enough to have formed a powerful bond with his mother, but young enough that he’s not really ready to be separated from her. Because of his huge potential and the possibility that he’s the Chosen One, Qui-Gon thinks it’s worth it to make an exception. And maybe he’s right. But the situation is so far from ideal. And I know that child actors can have uneven performances, but there’s some moments from Jake Lloyd that, I think, are pitch-perfect. When he says goodbye to his mother, it gets me every time.
While you’re there, you can check out her other posts on the saga.
The iconoclasts at Furious Fanboys have pointed out an interesting factoid about the upcoming “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” The film is expected to have 3000 visual effects, likely most of them CG.
Meanwhile ROTS had 2151 vfx shots and not all of them were CG.
Episode VII is expected to have five vfx shots, all done with Play-Doh, pie tins, wire, and paper ;).
Okay, so there are three trophies in this picture.
The People’s Choice Awards, the annual program where Hollywood pretends it’s the award that “truly matters” because “you the audience votes on them,” had picked something else besides TPM in 2000 and blew off AOTC altogether in 2003. But those casting ballots made up for the slights in 2006 when they picked ROTS as Favorite Motion Picture and Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture of 2005. Suck it, you overrated “Crash.” Anyone else remember George Lucas dropping by to pick up the awards?
Okay, to be more accurate, Hayden Christensen scored the coveted MTV Movie Award in 2006 for Best Villain. ROTS was nominated for a few other awards, including Best Fight and Best Hero.
ROTS was nominated for 10 Saturn Awards in 2006 and it scored two, one for John Williams’s score and one for best science fiction movie.
As a side note, Natalie Portman was the Saturns’ Kate Winslet for a while (more than one nomination, no wins) until she got her make-up prize a year later for “V For Vendetta.”