Archive for May, 2012

Another Word From WeLoveFine

May 18, 2012

We are getting brilliant response to this Star Wars contest (see attached for the last release that went out) – thanks to all of you who posted links, you rock! We are hoping to spread the word far and wide in this last week, it is an amazing opportunity for fans and artists to have their work made into official Star Wars gear.

Deadline is one week from today – Geek Pride Day, May 25! If there’s any chance you could post the link to the contest again over the next few days, that would be amazing. Thank you!

https://www.welovefine.com/contest.php?id_contest=6

10 Years of AOTC: Review Part 1

May 18, 2012

Grant Elliott wrote out a looong piece on AOTC, so I’m going to break it up into three parts. Here’s part one:

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Prequel Appreciation Day Wrap Up One

May 17, 2012

First off, thanks to everyone who participated! I felt like it really snuck up on me this year and it didn’t help that I forgot what day it was, I was preoccupied with work stuff, and I’ve had steady sinus problems all week.

I have more stuff to post, including one last entry that snuck in and the winners of our contest/drawing. In the meantime, here are some of things posted on the Facebook event page:

“Star Wars literally changed my entire life and I thank for it every day! 😀 Love the Prequels whatever people say, I won’t stop because of the haters…”

“The feeling in your gut when Yoda comes shuffling into the hangar before the fight with dooku, MAGIC!”

“I can no longer imagine Star Wars without the Prequels. How on earth did we ever get by without them?”

“Attack of the Clones is made of awesome. The only SW movie I saw twice in one day. Unless you count midnight ROTS and then the following day after much needed sleep.”

“I don’t know who I’d be if it wasn’t for growing up watching the prequels… May the Force be with all of you!”

“I became a Star Wars fan thanks to “Attack of the Clones”. I really don’t care if old fanboys hate it, I love it.”

“Attack of the Clones is probably the movie I ‘just pop in the player’ most often in fact…..despite what so many haters say it’s GREAT! action-packed, great story-line and non-stop excitement…..”

“I remember like it was yesterday seeing Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones. I saw the film at my local Regal Cinemas in Ohio and I enjoyed the film. My favorite scene’s from the film is the Yoda vs Dooku lightsaber battle and The beginning of the clone wars and the asteroid chase over geonosis as well as the obi wan vs jango fett fight on kamino. Happy 10th Anniversary Episode II.”

“I casually waited until later in the day. I’ve loved Star Wars since I was 7 back in 77, and am a bit too old to be camping out for movies, but I was very excited to go see this with my son, who at the time loved Star Wars as much as I did.”

“I saw the midnight showing at Mann’s Chinese, which actually was their last SW movie as the next one debuted at Archlight instead. In my entire life I’ve never heard an audience scream/laugh/cheer more than when Yoda took out his lightsaber. Watched EP.2 and EP.3 again this week w/ my girlfriend. Great movie, very Flash Gordon style. Now if only Clone Wars cartoon would explain the whole Syfos Dyas thing…”

“I LOVE episode II. I saw it four times on opening day. Saw the midnight show, went home went to sleep…woke up, went back to the theater and bought tickets for the 12:30, 3:30 and 7:00 shows. That was a fun day.”

“I love the original and I love the prequels. I don’t care what other people think. AOTC is one of my favorites.”

“The Prequel films are just as good as the original trilogy. They are enjoyable films to watch. And the blu-ray releases of the prequels are very good. AOTC is one of my favorites.”

“AOTC is my fav! Saw it 11 times in theaters. Great memories of that summer.”

“I was on the edge of my seat the first time I saw AOTC! I was blown away by EVERYTHING! The Zam chase, Anakin’s confession I had NO doubt that he killed the Tuskens, one of Star wars greatest moments! And the beginning of the Clone Wars…WOW!!!!!!! To this day it remains my favorite battle from any movie. I’ll be popping in the AOTC bluray on the 16th and reliving that joy again. I LOVE Attack of the Clones! Can’t wait to see it 3D!!!!!!!!!”

“I’m so happy to see all the love for the prequels. I was around for the release of the original trilogy in the theaters and I have never understood the hate for the prequels from my generation. The fact that it’s a different kind of story seems to bother people. Not me. I like AOTC quite a bit, even some of the cringe worthy writing (“I wish I could my feelings away”) It holds some great moments as described by others here. I might have to pop the DVD in the player tonight!”

“I went to the first 4 showings starting with the midnight madness. Along with 2 other friends I went with, we were first in line and we also went to Celebration II. Named my dog after the movie, Moribrook’s Episode Two AOTC is his registered name. His call name is Jedi. He was born June 4, 2002.”

“I was excited. My heart was pounding. Tears were in my eyes when the 20th Century Fox fanfare started up. Tears were again in my eyes as the film concluded on that last shot of a beautiful couple, sharing a happy moment in time that would never come again, because darkness was waiting around the corner in RotS.

How bittersweet was it leaving AotC, knowing that we had only ONE MORE SW movie to look forward to? I still can’t believe the wonderful era of the PT has come and gone and we have no more SW films ahead of us. Heh… forgive me. I know I’m rambling but… I have strong emotions tied to the Saga. Some of the best times of my life have been spent watching these classics again and again and again…”

“I loved AOTC when I first saw it, and then…after nonstop hatred being spewed against it from virtually every corner of the media and the Internet, I started to wonder if I was “wrong” and it really was as “bad” as the hateboys said it was.

But then in 2005, I watched it again on DVD, with semi-fresh eyes, in preparation for seeing ROTS in the theaters…and I remembered, with mild surprise, how much I liked it.”

“It was glorious. I loved the interactions between Anakin and Obi-Wan, between Anakin and Padme, and was sniggering delightedly at all of the foreshadowing and references. The movie was beautiful to look at, beautiful to listen to, great to mull over and analyze, and a hell of a lot of fun.”

“I didn’t get to see AOTC at a midnight screening, and I just barely got in on opening day. I had to go to a theater that was waaay far away just to get tickets to a non-sold-out show. I had fun through the whole movie, but my favorite memory was, when Mace Windu was walking down the hall toward the balcony with Count Dooku and Jango Fett, several people in the audience lifted their hands to “raise the roof.” Woot! :D”

There’s lots of other stuff to read, so check ’em out.

Thanks to various sites for the shoutouts, including TFN and The Star Wars Female Fan Force!

In case you weren’t keeping count, there’s been practically no acknowledgment of AOTC’s 10th on the official side. Maybe they’re short staffed. Maybe they were too busy with Star Wars Weekends, kicking off tomorrow. I think the Star Wars.com Twitter linked to Bryan Young’s piece late last night but otherwise that was it. Really guys? Not even an announcement on when AOTC 3D is coming out? Is it coming out? Star Wars Insider also virtually ignored AOTC’s anniversary aside from a very short piece about clonetroopers. Again, you can’t convince me they treat all of the movies the same.

10 Years of AOTC: A Dozen Doses

May 16, 2012

Reposted from my LiveJournal which in turn was reposted from a long-gone blog nobody read.

Viewing #1
Date: May 16, 2002 8:30 a.m.
Theater: The Uptown
Location: Washington, D.C.

The Uptown is Washington’s premiere movie house and has shown every SW movie since ANH. I could have gone to a midnight showing in Gaithersburg, MD with friends, but after working all day on the 15th, I hated the idea of falling asleep during the film and hated the idea of driving 20 miles home at 2:45 in the morning even more. So I bought a ticket online to see it with the Uptown camp-out crew at its very first showing–8:30 a.m.–on the 16th. This worked for me because I could just hop the subway to work afterwards.

I got to the theater cutting things a little close. Everyone had gone inside and all that was left outside were a lot of news cameras and crew, lights, and the pile of trash left by the line campers. Uh oh! I went in and found a seat in the third row (note: the screen at the Uptown is the largest in the D.C. metro area).

If I had to describe the crowd in one word, it would be “raucous.” Especially for this early in the morning. Some folks came in costume and more than a few came with lightsabers. When a local t.v. reporter who had camped out in line for both TPM and AOTC came in to take his seat, the line campers cheered and chanted his name, “Al! Al! Al!” Then they started chanting, “Arch sucks!” (Referring to a t.v. reporter/movie critic on another station).

As 8:30 drew nearer, the audience started chanting, “We want clones! We want clones!” When the lights went down, everyone went crazy. Several trailers played, including one for The Matrix sequels, which got a raucous reaction until at the end when it said, “Coming in 2003.” Everyone then groaned and booed. But the 20th Century Fox logo sparked up their spirits again as the fanfare gave way to the brief dramatic pause before the Main Title.

Let me tell you, seeing a SW movie at The Uptown is a party unto itself. People cheered like they were at a Redskins game, and the Redskins were actually winning! They cheered at practically everything that happened in the movie, especially at anything referring to the other movies. Padmé’s black bustier caused quite a commotion as well. But as you might have guessed, Yoda’s duel with Dooku brought down the house.

Bottom line, it was the most fun and involved crowd I’d ever seen at a SW movie. I walked out of the theater into a phlanx of media anxious to get the audience’s reaction. I was on cloud nine…my gut reactions were: that was the bomb, I can’t wait for Episode III, and Hayden Christensen needs to make a lot more movies. But I had no wish to talk to Darth Media. I ducked around the cameras and headed to the Metro station. I overheard a couple of grumpy guses complain but couldn’t imagine why they’d come to a first showing. What mattered anyway was that I thought it ruled and I had a good time. Pity all others.

When I got to work, everyone wanted to know what I thought. “Go see it!” I said. Good thing we weren’t real busy that day because I was too spazzed to do anything. This was like showing up at the office tanked on cheap liquor. Note to self…take the day off for Episode III.

Alas!–MJF

Viewing #2
Date: May 18, 2002, 4 p.m.
Theater: Merrifield Cinemas
Location: Merrifield, VA

This was part of a costumed gathering/release party put on by fellow ex-SW exhibit volunteer Lori Frye. Lori came dressed in her Zam Wessell costume, while her (now ex) husband and kids came dressed up as well as some of her friends and their children. I didn’t wear a costume. On the way into the theater, one of the ushers seized the lightsaber belonging to someone dressed as Darth Maul. She had the blades closed, but the usher insisted she take it out of the theater. Hmph, they didn’t bother the kids bringing broomsticks to Harry Potter that previous fall. Again the theater was crowded and the only available seats were either way up front or way in the back. Having experienced AOTC way, way up close and personal, I opted for sitting in the back. Even though this was my second viewing, I was a tad nervous. Would I love it as much the first time? As it turned out, I loved it even more. Not a crazy crowd like at the Uptown, but this time I got to enjoy the movie itself in a more complete way. The party afterwards at Lori’s house was a lot of fun too. The only thing was I learned afterwards that this same multiplex was also showing AOTC in digital and that the digital version had a slightly different ending! I knew I had to come back.

Viewing #3
Date: May 25, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
Theater: Merrifield Cinemas
Location: Merrifield, VA

25 years to the day after ANH was released, I had my first viewing of AOTC the way God and George Lucas intended…in digital! Okay, the auditorium was stuffy and the screen was a little too small. But the flawless picture and sound quality were unbeatable. Think of it as watching a DVD on a movie screen. And Padmé’s taking Anakin’s creepy mechanical hand into her own at the end was a splendid, gothy little touch.

Viewing #4
Date: June 2, 2002, 1:00 p.m.
Theater: Merrifield Cinemas
Location: Merrifield, VA

I went with my friend Debbie for my final viewing before leaving the country on vacation, which was also my second DLP experience.

Viewing #5
Date: June 22, 2002, 3:40 p.m.
Theater: Crown Cinemas Annapolis Mall IX
Location: Annapolis, MD

I return from the Dominican Republic to find that Merrifield, a convenient 7 minutes from my house, was no longer showing AOTC in digital. The only other theater in the area still doing so was way the hell out in Annapolis. But digital is worth it, and aside from that, this was a nice new theater with stadium seating and THX. So I planned to meet Debbie and her visiting pal Suzanne for a noon showing. But, fate intervened. A huge accident shut down the Beltway, forcing me to find an alternate route to Annapolis Mall which in a nutshell made it impossible to catch the noon show. I knew a couple of other fans were going to see it later there that afternoon, so I managed to meet up with them instead. I only saw Debbie and Suzanne on their way out. All wasn’t lost though. I found at Borders the issue of Contents magazine (since folded) featuring a scintillating 13-page spread of Hayden’s cute self. Then I saw a group of fans from Baltimore’s Fan Force club wearing these really cool t-shirts from the Senator theater. Hmm, I thought, this might be worth a trip…

Viewing #6
Date: June 29, 2002, 1:15 p.m.
Theater: The Senator Theater
Location: Baltimore, MD

The Senator is a Baltimore institution. An independently-owned old-time movie house with historical registry, The Senator seats 900 and has a screen even bigger than that of The Uptown. The owners are SW fans and they always have something special to commemorate each release. They print up their own posters, make special tickets, and sell commemorative t-shirts. The shirts they made for AOTC were especially cool–on the back Vader and Anakin loom over the theater, AOTC is on the marquee, and Yoda is in the ticket booth! The shirt and the ticket alone were worth the haul up to Balmer. The sound system is the latest Surround EX 5.0 system and they had the highest quality film print projected on a new screen. It was really fantastic; if it had DLP I would’ve been there every weekend. No lie! But I also appreciated the homey feel of the place, where the staff seemed more like a family than in the multiplexes. The lobby had a permanent exhibit of old photos and memorabilia from its long history and an exhibit of SW stuff culled from local collectors. Outside there’s a Chinese Theater style sidewalk featuring signatures, handprints, and footprints from Baltimore’s contributions to filmdom like John Waters, Edward Norton, and Barry Levinson. There’s a SW section featuring David Prowse, who made an appearance during the Special Editions run in 1997, and George Lucas.

Viewing #7
Date: July 27, 2002, 3:40 p.m.
Theater: Crown Cinemas Annapolis Mall IX
Location: Annapolis, MD

I went to this fourth DLP viewing with a couple of gals from a Hayden mailing list. But what really made it fun were the kids in the audience. One young voice piped up toward the beginning of the film, “It’s Jar Jar!” During the “love pledge” scene after Padmé says, “Before we die, I want you to know…” another youngster worriedly asks his mother, “Are they going to die??” Then, after Dooku slices off Anakin’s arm and sends him flying, another kid says, “Mommy! Is Anakin all right?!”

Viewing #8
Date: August 17, 2002, 12:05 p.m.
Theater: Hoyts Potomac Yards 16
Location: Alexandria, VA

Nearly 25 years to the day after the King of Rock and Roll went off to the Jungle Room in the sky, I munched on nachos and mused on how SW is truly the cinematic Elvis. First of all, there’s the mutual connection to 1977. Graceland…Skywalker Ranch. Elvis impersonators descending on Memphis…Jedi Knights and stormtroopers descending on Indianapolis. Both live on in popularity.

Viewing #9
Date: September 7, 2002, 12:45 p.m.
Theater: Hoyts Potomac Yards 16
Location: Alexandria, VA

I looked through the movie listings expecting to find AOTC in the discount theaters but was shocked and amazed to find it still playing at a first-run theater. Granted, it was the ONLY one the D.C. area, but a first-run nonetheless. The print was awful–probably one they’ve had since May–but it was a good time anyway.

Viewing #10
Date: October 5, 2002, 12 p.m.
Theater: University Mall
Location: Fairfax, VA

Finally AOTC hits the dollar movie circuit in Northern VA. The so-called Beltway Snipers had begun their death-and-terror spree, forcing locals to think twice about pumping gas and to run in a zigzag pattern to their cars as though it were Beirut circa 1982. Did that stop me from getting my AOTC fix? Hell no! The theater was actually pretty crowded, with the only event of note was the projector lamp burning out 20 minutes into the film, stopping the flick for nearly 10 minutes. You get what you pay for.

Viewing #11
Date: November 1, 2002, 6:00 p.m.
Theater: National Museum of Natural History, Johnson IMAX Theater
Location: Washington, D.C.

The museum nixed fan attempts to put on a party for the IMAX release but that didn’t stop us from having a good time. Fans came in costume anyway, and plenty more came in SW t-shirts and hats. The show was sold out as was the show after it, with little local promotion. How cool is that? Ten days later, I picked up the DVD.

Viewing #12
Date: February 22, 2003, 8:15 p.m.
Theater: National Museum of Natural History, Johnson IMAX Theater
Location: Washington, D.C.

AOTC’s run on IMAX was so successful locally, it was extended past the holidays and ended up playing there until March 3, 2003. At this point , I’d already bought the DVD and watched it a couple of times. Paying money to see it in a theater, a hacked-up version at that, makes no sense. But when it comes to fandom, nothing makes sense! I went with my friends Jason and Mike on a dreary winter night after a week of cruddy snowy weather. We felt like we had to catch AOTC on the big, big screen one more time before it left.

10 Years of AOTC: Adam Bram

May 16, 2012

I remember I was seeing it under a bit of subterfuge. My mother had scored tickets for opening weekend but just for us. We knew my father would be upset if I saw it first without him but, just this once, my desire to see it sooner rather than later won out.

As the opening crawl went up and Senator Amidala’s ship entered the fog of Couriscant, I realized I was not feeling the same emotions as I had with the other four films up to that point. With the others, especially Phantom Menace, the feeling was unbridled excitement. With this, it was almost like being in a dream. I had the strange sensation of not being able to determine whether I was really in the theatre watching this film play out as it did, or whether I had fallen asleep and my subconcious was weaving together what it apparently thought the next chapter should be.

I recall being puzzled in that delightfully maddening way a good mystery puzzles you. I was delighted to see Christopher Lee again so soon after The Fellowship of the Ring and his portrayal of Dooku sealed him as one of my favorite performers. I found Jango Fett infinitely more interesting and likeable than fan-fave Boba (and with a cooler color scheme). I found Anakin kind of bland at first, though repeated viewings showed me the true genius of his performance.

And then there was the moment. I think it fits that both “middle” Star Wars films have a moment that can be described as “The” moment and most fans will know what you mean. In Empire, it was Vader’s revelation. In Clones, it was Dooku’s line “It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force…but by our skills with a lightsaber” followed by his Makashi salute. Then Yoda opens his robe, Forces a lightsaber of his own to his hand, and becomes the whirlwind of destruction that no doubt earned him his reluctant reputation as a great warrior. The entire audience cheered and whooped (though how many of them will admit to that now?) and while it ended too soon in a stalemate, it left us all breathless.

Our hearts sank as the clone Wars begun and the Imperial March blared on the speakers, and we had bittersweet feelings watching Anakin and Padme wed, knowing that it must soon meet with disaster. We left the theatre knowing we had just seen another Star Wars masterpiece. Keeping my mouth shut for a week until I could see it again with my father was one of the most difficult things I ever had to do. I can’t imagine how I managed it. In fact, I don’t recall if I actually did.

This is the first time in a long time that I really recalled my experience to the full extent of my memory, and I feel relieved that it’s such a good one. Because it was shortly after this that I first started to become aware of the hatedom, which soiled any positive feeling associated with this story for a long time. Lately I’ve been revisiting it and really seeing just how spectacular it is for the first time since my initial screening. I even convinced my wife to let us use “Across the Stars” as our Wedding Processional (appropriately, that was the one part of the wedding that got messed up; the person we got for CD duty didn’t turn it on until the processional was almost over, but we did get the first “verse” at least).

Happy 10th Anniversary, Episode II!

10 Years of AOTC: Eddie Utrata

May 16, 2012

After having such a great time camping out for The Phantom Menace in 1999, I knew that I’d be back in the parking lot of Seattle’s Cinerama for Attack of the Clones. The only problem was that the Cinerama was where the infamous “Waiting for Star Wars” guys had been camped out since January 1st, 2002 (as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4zWp37ZsyM …my wife Valerie is eating a bagel next to Queen Amidala at 4:36; our beloved and departed dog Sugar is staring at her). I knew the two guys in line through mutual friends, but the whole thing was a drama-laden circus, and I was wary of getting in the middle of it all…but Star Wars trumped everything else, and there was no better place to have that experience in Seattle, so in for a penny, in for a pound.

I learned my lesson from winging the whole TPM camp-out for a few days, so for AOTC, I was super-prepared. We didn’t have much money, but I’d been atypically saving a little bit each month prior to May, 2002. We bought this really nice tent, the kind of tent I would have killed somebody for as a kid, and all sorts of other useful things, like flashlights, that come in handy when you’re sleeping in the parking lot of a movie theater in the middle of downtown Seattle. Since my vacation days at work rolled over to the next year if unused, I had deliberately been careful about how much time I took off in 2001 in order to be able to take a week off for AOTC. Valerie and I were also getting married in September of 2002, so it was a crazy year all around. The best idea we had was booking a room at the scuzzy hotel across the street from the theater for the night that AOTC opened. It was super-expensive for even just one night, but since I had tickets for three showings in 10 hours (the 12am, 3am, and 10am), it seemed like the least insane way to pull it off.

I camped out for most of the week before AOTC opened. Valerie wasn’t able to take off as much time from work as I had, but she was a total trooper, and would sleep with me in the tent, get up early, go home to shower and feed our cats, and then hit work. There were good days and bad days down there; the drama that I mentioned before would sometimes rear its head in the form of people who forgot that waiting for a Star Wars movie is supposed to be fun, and not an opportunity to stage an urban Lord of the Flies. There was a lot of media showing up for the “Waiting for Star Wars” guys, and there were a few people (besides those two) who were pretty clearly down there just to grab any residual attention. Some days I’d go out and mingle, and others, I’d just hang out in my tent reading or drawing. It wasn’t as depressing as it sounds; doing that was more about preserving the whole point of the experience–seeing AOTC with the excitement that you can really only find at the first midnight showing. Maybe that was the blueprint for my next decade or so of Star Wars fandom (until I found the SWPAS), where I’d be there, ghost-like, without interacting much…like a poor-man’s-Obi-Wan in exile on Tatooine. As the week went by and a wider and less clique-ish group of people set up tents down there, the weird politics receded into the background, and the whole thing became much more fun. Friends would come down and visit me, though I’m sure they thought I was insane. The day before the movie opened, people from LEGO arrived and had a trivia contest for everybody in line, and I won the LEGO Republic Gunship! I don’t remember the exact question that I won it with, but it was something about the LEGO Imperial Shuttle.

On May 15th, everybody had to take down their little campsites and form into an actual line. That felt like the longest day, since AOTC was soooo close, but we still had to stand there waiting. At whatever time in the afternoon we were able to check into our hotel room (which had probably been a crime scene at some point, either vice squad or homicide or both), Valerie and our friends held our place in line while I went across the street to take a shower, which felt like a complete luxury at that point. All of the negative parts of camping out down there were forgotten in those last few hours before midnight, because nothing so stupid could detract from the excitement of seeing a Star Wars movie for the first time.

The Cinerama was one of a handful (I think?) of theaters in the US that were showing AOTC digitally; the ushers gave us buttons with Yoda on it that said “I Saw Attack of the Clones Digitally” or something like that. The last thing I remember before fully submersing in the movie was Valerie whispering to me, upon seeing the shot of Amidala’s ship approaching Coruscant, “Wow, that’s beautiful”. The whole place went insane during Yoda’s duel with Dooku, which I’m sure was repeated in every theater showing AOTC that night. After the movie was over, Valerie and our friend Sharon went over to the hotel and zonked out, while I got right back in line for the 3am showing, where I bumped into a friend from work. I was exhausted during that second showing, and remember fighting myself to keep my eyes open, until the palpable excitement of the audience completely woke me up during the Yoda/Dooku duel. After a few hours of sleep, I was back in the theater at 10am that morning!

I love AOTC, and only appreciate it more with each passing year. My *only* minor complaint then and now was not enough Jar Jar, but I get how much stuff had to be crammed into the story. The Anakin and Padme love story completely worked for me; they were both in these roles of heavy responsibility and duty at a very young age, and their love just seemed to burst out from under the constraints of who they were expected to be. There’s so much to love in that movie, from obvious things like Jango Fett, Jedi, Clones, and flying bug-men, to smaller moments like the Rickshaw Droid, Cliegg Lars’ chilling recounting of the Tuskens’ raid, and Bail Organa’s angst-ridden fist pound on the balcony at the end (which I replicate any time a situation gives me the opportunity). I’ll never get the outrage about Threepio’s antics in the droid factory/Geonosis Arena; I thought it was hilarious and ridiculous in a great way. AOTC is the pivot point for the whole Star Wars Saga, and if I had to sum it up in three words, it would be, “the plot thickens”.

Happy Prequel Appreciation Day!

May 16, 2012

Late for the party, but better than never!

10 Years of AOTC: Charity Screenings

May 15, 2012

Charity sneak peek screenings for AOTC were held across the country in the days leading up to the film’s general release. Tickets were expensive–albeit for a good cause–and the only other guests brought to these events were underprivileged or seriously ill children.

Local fan groups were often recruited to provide a little color for these screenings, including the 501st and Rebel Legion. I had received an e-mail asking if I was interested in working the Washington, D.C. charity screening but there were a couple of problems. One, it was scheduled for Mother’s Day and I didn’t think my mom would appreciate my bailing to work a Star Wars screening. Two, we were initially told that we would NOT be allowed to see the movie. “Well, eff that noise,” I said, and declined to attend.

Guess what? My mom ends up going out of the country on Mother’s Day and those working the event got to see the movie after all. D’oh!

Things That Make You Go Hmm

May 15, 2012

One non-Star Wars movie with some tenuous connections to the saga makes over a billion dollars worldwide and it’s a big enough deal to inspire a new Clone Wars character.

One actual Star Wars movie becomes the first of the saga to make over a billion dollars worldwide and not only does it go unreported, the film’s biggest detractor gets a guest shot on Clone Wars.

Hmm.

New Tees From WeLoveFine

May 14, 2012

Perusing the new tees at WeLoveFine.com, I spotted a couple of prequel-friendly new designs, including some Coruscant tees, a Jedi tee, a droids tee featuring droids from all of the films, and my favorite, “Let Qui-Gons Be Qui-Gons.” There are some Darth Maul designs as well.

Check them all out here!