Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

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.”

Star Wars Takes Over Sky Deutschland In December

October 17, 2014

Do you live in Germany? If so, you’re in luck if you have satellite/cable. Beginning December 1 and for two weeks, Sky Deutschland will be all Star Wars all of the time, 24/7. Not only will all of the films be shown, there will also be documentaries and fun stuff like that. (If they threw in Clone Wars that would be even better!)

There’s more info here.

The Most Bizarre PT Rumors

October 17, 2014

A blog called Cinelinx posted an article chronicling some of the strangest (non-Supershadow) rumors surrounding the prequel trilogy. Remember Palpatine and Sidious were two different people? Or that everyone was a clone? Or Christopher Walken was going to be Darth Bane?

Better yet, there’s no PT bashing in the entire piece.

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #4: It’s The Only Prequel Film Without A DVD Blooper Reel

October 17, 2014

The TPM and AOTC DVDs had a hidden Easter egg in the form of blooper reels (generally accessed by entering “1-1-3-8″ on your remote while on a particular menu).

But with ROTS, they decided to pass on the bloopers and instead create this video of Yoda getting down with some clone troopers.

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #5: Camille Paglia Thought It Was Awesome

October 16, 2014

In her 2012 art history book “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt To Star Wars,” author Camille Paglia wrote about ROTS in her chapter about digital art and not only did she refer to ROTS, particularly its climactic scenes on Mustafar, as the greatest work of art of the past 30 years, she also referred to George Lucas as the world’s greatest living artist. Quite an endorsement!

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #6: It Used Incredible Real-World Scenery

October 15, 2014

Mt. Etna

All of the principal photography for ROTS was done on a soundstage in Australia or in the UK. This was a departure from the other Star Wars films where there were at least a few scenes of principal photography done at real world locations: Tunisia, Norway, the redwood forests of Northern California, Italy, Spain, etc..

But it doesn’t mean the environments were created whole cloth from desktops either. Second unit filming took advantage of real locations like Italy’s volatile Mt. Etna, which doubled as Mustafar, and Phuket, Thailand, which served as Kashyyyk. Tunisia was used again in ROTS but the footage was shot during filming of AOTC.

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #7: It Raised Money For Victims Of 2004 Quake/Tsunami

October 14, 2014

The devastating earthquake that struck on December 26, 2004 off the coast of Indonesia and the tsunamis it caused across the Indian Ocean killed over 280,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Lucasfilm decided to raise a little money to benefit the Red Cross’s efforts in the region by having an auction where the highest bidder and a guest got to attend its Skywalker Ranch premiere of ROTS before the film was released to theaters. That was the event filmed for MTV’s special about ROTS, an affair complete with barbecue, rock bands, and celebrities.

I don’t exactly remember what the winning bid was but I have met one of the winners, who went and bid with a friend, and I think she shelled out 10 grand. All for a good cause!

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #8: It Used Art Design From The Holiday Special

October 13, 2014

Ah, “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” The infamous 1978 show that gave us Chewbacca’s family, the first glimpse of the Wookiee home world Kashyyyk, Bea Arthur as a bartender, Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, and a singing Princess Leia.

Ralph McQuarrie had done the concept art for the show, designing the giant trees and houses that the Wookiees called home. More than 20 years later, people working on art design for ROTS dusted off McQuarrie’s art and adapted it for the movie.

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #9: It Won Empire Awards’ Movie Of The Year

October 12, 2014

Empire Magazine, the UK’s big entertainment rag, hands out its own set of awards every year. Among the winners in 2006 was ROTS in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category, beating out a competitive list of nominees like “Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire,” “King Kong,” “Serenity,” and “Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe.”

Undeniable Fact About ROTS #10: It Won The Teen Choice Award In 2005

October 12, 2014

ROTS won the coveted Teen Choice Awards surfboard in the action film category, beating out the likes of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “National Treasure,” and “Sin City.” (There was no sci-fi/fantasy category until 2010.)


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 344 other followers