Flashback Friday: Lisa Kudrow Spoof At The MTV Awards 1999

October 24, 2014

“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.

Throwback Thursday: Leeanna Walsman In “Farscape”

October 23, 2014

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.”

Why I Love Episode II

October 23, 2014

Matril is back with another LiveJournal post, “Why I Love Episode II.”

I like Anakin and Padmé’s romance. A lot of their dialogue is kind of goofy, but I think it suits their characters. Padmé has been surrounded by well-speaking politicians her whole life. She would find it refreshing for someone to talk to her in stumbling, uncertain in-eloquence, wouldn’t she? They’re both of them socially weird. Padmé started training to serve in the political arena before she was even a teenager. Her last kiss was when she was twelve, and it was quite a short-lived romance since they parted ways to pursue different career paths. At age twelve. Anakin, meanwhile, spent his childhood as a slave before being sequestered within the Jedi Order and trained to cut off all connections to everyone and everything. It’s going to be an awkward courtship; there’s just no way around it.

Another Winner From Coffee With Kenobi

October 22, 2014

Becca is back again with another great read at Coffee With Kenobi, this time an essay about Anakin and why he’s a sympathetic character.

I can relate to him, to Anakin. Like him, I am emotionally driven, intoxicated on the romantics, and fiercely loyal to my loved ones. And yes, sometimes this leads me down a path I should not go, but one must take risks in life … or what’s the point of living?

Coffee With Kenobi Interview With Catherine Taber

October 20, 2014

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.

Why I Love Episode I

October 20, 2014

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.

Avengers 2 Flick Has Way More VFX Than Any PT Film

October 20, 2014

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 ;).

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #1: It Won Two People’s Choice Awards

October 19, 2014

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?

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #2: It Scored The Coveted MTV Movie Award

October 18, 2014

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.

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #3: It Won Two Saturn Awards

October 18, 2014

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.”


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