Archive for October, 2013

Savage Opress Premium Format Figure

October 31, 2013

As part of its annual Spookfest, Sideshow posted a preview of its upcoming Savage Opress Premium Format Figure.

Look for the late lamented brother of Darth Maul to go up for pre-order soon!

PT Alum In Scary Flicks!

October 31, 2013

To celebrate Halloween, here are some PT alum in various horror flicks:

Liam Neeson in “The Haunting”

Samuel L. Jackson in “The Exorcist III” (look for the blind guy)

Plus: Fabio!

Hayden Christensen in “Goosebumps”

And what’s Halloween without a little Christopher Lee as Dracula?

Filoni Interview Part 2

October 30, 2013

The starwars.com blog posted part two of its interview with Dave Filoni. Here he talks Maul, Savage, Sidious, and Ahsoka among other things.

Stuff The Ballot Box For Clone Wars

October 28, 2013

Want another chance to embarrass corporate brass over canceling The Clone Wars, er, honor a great series? The People’s Choice Awards ballots are up for online voting and one of the categories is for Favorite Series We Miss The Most. While Clone Wars isn’t listed, there is a write-in option.

Sure, the odds are long. “Breaking Bad” is listed on there as well as other shows with cult followings, like “Dexter” or “Fringe” or “The Office.” But are any of those fans as ticked as Clone Wars fans? I doubt it. You know what to do.

Darth Vader Article In Star Wars Insider

October 25, 2013

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider features a long discussion with several expanded universe authors on Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. It was actually pretty interesting to read though a few of them take the “Force Forgives, I Don’t” tack.

Sharp-eyed fans noticed there’s a still of Anakin and Padmé that hasn’t been published before along with the article!

Open Thread: Arndt Out, Kasdan & Abrams Take Over Script

October 24, 2013

star wars.com dropped the bomb today that Michael Arndt got the boot as screenwriter. Lawrence Kasdan and JJ Abrams will crank out the script now. Careful readers will notice that filming, originally planned for early ’14, has been bumped back to “Spring 2014” while still assuring that the film will be out “Summer 2015.”

It’s never bad news to have Kasdan around but it’s not so good news that they’ve had to start from scratch this late in the game and that has obviously pushed back filming. Bottom line, “they” thought Arndt’s script sucked, so now these guys have to pull the fat out of the fire.

The other thing that concerns me is the small army of producers and executive producers. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

But we are getting saga alum Ben Burtt back as well as prequel alumni Matthew Wood and Roger Guyette. That’s good.

You can read more of my thoughts here.

Filoni On The PT And Rebels

October 18, 2013

Thanks to Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy for picking out some great quotes from Dave Filoni’s interview with Rebel Force Radio concerning the prequels’ influence on “Rebels”:

“I am not going to sit there and dismiss anything from the Prequels or Prequel era! I see Star Wars as one whole story, one big piece. So anything from the Prequel or the Original Trilogies is fair game as far as I’m concerned, design wise & story wise.”

“I like that we are able to get some things from the Prequels into Star Wars Rebels here and there, when it fits because it’s important when there are many many fans of the Prequels & The Clone Wars era that love those characters and those ideas so we bring them along as well.”

“It might be a bigger struggle for Original Trilogy fans, but you can’t sit and dismiss the Prequel era when you move beyond Episode 3 or else you’re not dealing with all of Star Wars, yes a lot of those visual cues fade as you move further along in the saga but if you went to Coruscant in Return Of The Jedi it will still look like Coruscant from the Prequels for the most part, except for all the statues of the Emperor everywhere.”

Technical Issues With Clone Wars S5 Blu-Ray?

October 18, 2013

A reader sent me this message on Facebook:

it appears CW Season 5 blu rays were authored incorrectly and the audio is out of sync with the picture. For proof, go to the episode The Lawless and watch the scene where Maul is holding Satine in front of Obi. Nothing Obi says quite matches his mouth. I have a copy I recorded off Cartoon Network, and the sync was perfect when it aired. It’s not just this episode– the sync is off for most, if not all, of them. It’s a pretty widespread issue as you can see in the pages of discussion at the link below:

http://boards.theforce.net/threads/tcw-the-complete-season-five-dvd-blu-ray-thread.50011421/page-18.

Let’s get the word out so Warner Bros. will fix this and offer replacements as they often do when these issues arise. Thanks!

I haven’t bought Season Five yet, much less the Blu-Ray (don’t have a player as of yet), so has anyone else noticed this problem?

Book Report: The Star Wars Heresies

October 17, 2013

Like I said recently, if you’re buying what I’m selling on SWPAS, you really do need to find a way to get your paws on “The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting The Themes, Symbols, and Philosophies Of Episodes I, II and III.” Yes, the paperback is expensive (though you can get it on Kindle for a lot less). But while I don’t agree with every single point or source–there is after all more than one way of looking at something–I have to say it’s a well thought-out examination of what’s beneath the surface of the prequel trilogy. If you want the very best look at the first set of Star Wars films, hunt down “In A Faraway Galaxy” written by a group of fans and published by a vanity press in 1984. If you want the very best look at the entire prequel trilogy thus far, get this book.

McDonald organizes the book by film, and within each discussion of the film, breaks things down by the archetype a particular character represents. A variety of sources are brought into the discussion: Eps IV-VI, the expanded universe, Clone Wars, Buddhist writers, other books analyzing the saga, commentary from the cast and crew, and of course, commentary from Lucas himself. I’ve read more than a few books analyzing the Star Wars movies over the years and one thing that sets this book apart is its accessibility. Some books I’ve read were pretty good, but were definitely written by and for academics. Others have an agenda behind what they’re writing and Star Wars serves as a way to get people in the door. But while it is a book that encourages you to think and therefore isn’t a breezy read, it’s not heavy or boring or off-putting to anyone without a PhD. I never get the impression that he’s stretching or pulling stuff out of nowhere.

It appears the goal of the book is to take a literary approach as a way to help the reader better appreciate what Lucas did with the films. While it occasionally addresses common negative criticism of the films, the book spends most of the time giving readers a new way of looking at the movies or reminding them of how well everything works together. Part of the perception problem with these movies is that beginning with “The Power Of Myth” in 1987 and for years afterward, a lot had been written about the mythic underpinnings of the first batch of Star Wars films which helped validate them as something more than blockbuster special effects extravaganzas. But these underpinnings weren’t really obvious to most filmgoers, including 90% of Star Wars fandom, and had to be explained. Since there weren’t Cliffs Notes handed out to everyone when the prequels were released, the films lacking the OT’s mythic sweep became a justification for not liking them. “The Star Wars Heresies” blows that notion out of the water.

Of course it might not register with someone who is just chasing a high from 35 years ago or someone who wants more uptwinkles on i09 or Kotaku. But it just might take an open mind and open it a bit further.

Plo Koon Signing For Coolwaters Productions

October 16, 2013

Matt Sloan, the actor who played Plo Koon in the films, is doing an autograph session for Coolwaters Productions. Autographs are $25 and you can send in your most precious “Plo Kool” collectibles to be signed or get an 8×10 at no additional cost. Pre-orders must be in by November 18.