Archive for June, 2008

A horse named Shmi

June 29, 2008

Some horse breeder/owner out there is a big SW fan. Of course, it always brings a smile to my face to see unexpected SW references but it’s the extra cherry on the cake when said SW ref is to a secondary prequel character:

Shmi Skywalker Should Show Some Force

Her mother was “Lady Skywalker,” hee hee!

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More details on CW novels by Karen Traviss and Karen Miller

June 29, 2008

EU Cantina posted more info about a series of upcoming novels by Karen Traviss and Karen Miller:

http://www.eucantina.net/archives/801

Coruscant Nights

June 25, 2008

It’s not the title of softcore SW tales, but a series of film noir detective-style books set soon after the events of ROTS. The first novel by Michael Reaves is called Jedi Twilight and it’s out in bookstores today.

Lots and lots of books…

June 24, 2008

Thank goodness for Amazon.com and discounts from Borders because there’s a boatload of CW tie-ins due to hit on July 26. Read all of the summaries here.

Fan asks about CW voices, SW alum dodges

June 23, 2008

The plot coagulates! On TFN is a post about a fan at Star Wars Weekends who got an autograph from voice actor Matthew Wood. The fan decided to ask Wood about who’s doing the voice work in CW:

When I asked him if Hayden or Ewan were doing the voices for the clone wars movie he said “I can’t talk about it”. I kind of nudged him a bit to get any response but he didn’t budge. So when I asked him to sign a poster I printed online (the new clone wars one) he signed it Battle Droids (turns out he is the one to voice them in at least the clone wars movie). When I asked him how come he didn’t sign it Grevious he said he couldn’t talk about it (again) but did say Grevous would be in the show.

Weird that they wouldn’t have the guy who voiced Grievous in the movies voice the same character, but voice a different one. Come on, we know he’s gonna be Grievous ;). The other stuff is…interesting. You might say that if they knew for certain neither Hayden nor Ewan would be lending their talents to the CW movie, there’s no harm in coming out and saying, “No.” Why be mysterious about it? On the other hand, we all know there’s a snowball’s chance on Mustafar Ewan would participate in this.

Bottom line: I guess we gotta wait for Celebration Japan or Comic Con for any last minute “surprises.”

Real Action Heroes Anakin Figure

June 22, 2008

Anakin makes his debut in Medicom’s Real Action Heroes line (sold in the U.S. through Sideshow Collectibles). RAH figures usually retail for about $120-$150, which is more expensive than Sideshow’s 12″ line but cheaper than its Premium Format figures. No announcement yet on when these babies will go on sale.

Clone Wars game trailer

June 22, 2008

In case you missed it last night on Spike TV, here’s the trailer for Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duel:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/35358.html

LucasArts officially announces two new CW games

June 20, 2008

Two new games based on the Clone Wars series will appear on the shelves just in time for Christmas:

Star Wars Clone Wars: The Lightsaber Duels for the Wii gaming system will let you wield your Wii control like a Jedi Master as you recreate all of the dueling fun from CW:

Fight the most memorable duels from The Clone Wars feature film.

Wield your Wii Remote like a Lightsaber and experience first-hand the unique weapon of the Jedi knights with intuitive controls, so no matter what your gaming experience you can become a Lightsaber master.

Play with your friends as your favorite Clone Wars hero or villain — from familiar characters like Anakin Skywalker and General Grievous to new faces like Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventress — each with a unique fighting style and set of skills.

Exploit your interactive surroundings to defeat your opponent: slice down pillars and Force throw them against your foe.

Duel your way through significant Clone Wars locations, such as Tatooine and Teth.

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance developed for the Nintendo DS lets you pair up with a Master or a Padawan for Force-induced mayhem:

Play through an original story — exclusive to the Nintendo DS — that expands The Clone Wars series in exciting new directions.

Create your own Jedi dream teams by pairing Jedi Masters and Padawans. For example, team up Anakin Skywalker with Obi-Wan Kenobi, or Ahsoka Tano with Mace Windu.

Develop the relationship between two Jedi and generate more powerful attacks and special abilities. Replay missions with different character combinations to unlock new areas, collectibles, and other secrets.

Play with a friend using wireless drop-in/drop-out coop.

Control all movement, Lightsaber combat and cinematic action sequences with just the DS stylus.

The world premiere of trailers for both games will be on June 20 (tomorrow) during Spike TV’s “GameTrailers TV With Geoff Keighly” airing at…1 a.m.???

starwars.com launches Clone Wars site

June 19, 2008

Actually if you just go to starwars.com, it will automatically redirect you to the Clone Wars site. Wow! It’s not even complete yet and I think it is the best promotional splash page or whatever they’ve done. Fans can find videos, downloads, a countdown clock, a time-wasting shooter game, and other fun stuff.

Um, is it me, or does the sound clip of Anakin as the page loads really sound like Hayden?

Hayden never asked to voice CW or is he just playing us?

June 17, 2008

MTV.com asked Hayden at a recent junket for the Jumper DVD release about Clone Wars and he says he hasn’t been asked to do it and moreover, he didn’t think they would use any of the actors from the films:

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/06/16/hayden-christensen-is-either-in-denial-or-just-plain-confused-about-the-clone-wars/

But we know now this isn’t true. Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Matthew Wood, and Anthony Daniels are involved. It’s possible that Jimmy Smits is in the mix as well. Could it be that Hayden is keeping his lovely trap shut until the right time? Did Hayden really mean he didn’t think The Big Three (himself, Ewan, Natalie) would be used? Did Lucasfilm just figure it would be too expensive to hire Hayden, even just for the theatrical release?

My head hurts…