Archive for January, 2014

Not Really A Flashback Friday

January 31, 2014

Instead, it’s a new-ish ad featuring Ahmed Best for Jared jewelry stores! Here he helps dissuade a guy from giving his girl a glittery football jersey instead of some proper bling:

http://ispot.tv/a/752N

Remember that for Valentine’s Day, fellas!

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Okay, When Are We Getting Clone Wars?

January 30, 2014

There’s been a lot posted on various Star Wars fan sites about the remaining episodes of Clone Wars airing on German television beginning on February 15. What’s strange is that even with the broadcast in two weeks, nobody “official” other than the German network showing those episodes has said anything about it. No one has answered or followed up on claims by Polish fans that Clone Wars will be shown on Polish t.v. soon as well.

I realize the market for Star Wars is global now but I find it weird that much smaller markets like Germany and Poland are getting the show before it airs in the U.S.. Why? All that will do is encourage bootlegging those episodes and I’d rather watch it on t.v. than some crappy thug version on the internet. Fans of the show and those who worked on it deserve better. We’re getting lots of news about “Rebels,” which starts this fall, but not a peep about Clone Wars.

Maybe we’ll hear something soon. Or maybe we’ll hear nothing at all, and the remains of Clone Wars will be shown in dribbles to audiences in Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Fiji, Belize, and Nepal instead. Sometimes I wonder if they just want us to forget all about the show, keeping those final episodes under wraps until they go down the fickle fandom memory hole and they’re locked away on a shelf since there’s no interest anymore.

There’s been speculation that they haven’t figured out how to broadcast the show, but if that’s true, why don’t they tell us that? How come they’ve managed to figure it out for Germany and Poland?

Sam Witwer Reads Book Excerpt As Maul

January 29, 2014

EW.com posted an audio of Sam Witwer, who played Darth Maul on Clone Wars, reading a portion of “Darth Maul: Lockdown” in a reprise of his role. He also performs as Darth Sidious!

Former Fox Chief Tom Sherak Dies

January 29, 2014

Tom Sherak, the former head of 20th Century Fox, passed away yesterday at the age of 68 from cancer.

Sherak was also former head of Revolution Studios and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that puts on the Oscars. But most importantly to us, Sherak presided over Fox during the Special Editions and the release of TPM (Sherak left in 2000). It was Sherak who got Lucas to sign on with Fox to release the prequel trilogy. From Hollywood Reporter’s obit:

Titanic producer Jon Landau, then a Fox executive, worked alongside Sherak when the studio was pitching George Lucas to get distribution rights to the second trilogy of Star Wars movies.
“Tom actually did a spoof with me that we called, ‘Episode VII — The Distribution Wars,’” Landau recalled. “He played Luke Skywalker. It was his way of showing George and everyone at Lucasfilm how much it meant. We made a five-minute short. There was a voice like Obi-Wan Kenobi, and it said, ‘Tom, do you think you’re going to be able to do this?’ He said, ‘It’ll be as easy as opening Home Alone.’ That was showmanship.”

R.I.P., Mr. Sherak.

“Darth Maul: Lockdown” Out Today

January 28, 2014

Joe Schreiber’s “Darth Maul: Lockdown” is out in bookstores and available for download today.

It’ll be a while before I get to it since I’m slogging through a 700-something page book (on iPad) and I’ve got 200 more to go. But as soon as I do, bet on a book report!

A Quick Comment About Comments

January 27, 2014

The way I have SWPAS set up, unless you comment frequently and you behave, comments are “held” until they can be moderated. That means it could take a while before your comment appears, since I don’t do it until after I get home from work (and I’m in the PST).

Your patience is appreciated.

Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Asteroid Chase

January 27, 2014

Obi-Wan pursues Jango and Boba Fett into an asteroid field, a scene that is both recalls and inverts the asteroid field pursuit in TESB. In TESB, it was the good guys being chased by the bad guys. In AOTC, it’s a good guy chasing bad guys, at least until the hunter becomes the hunted after a while.

The scene is a fun action scene, but what makes it work brilliantly is that all of the elements come together: the interaction between Jango and Boba (bonus points for his evil laugh), Obi-Wan’s musings (“blast, this is why I hate flying” always comes to mind at the airport or on a bumpy flight), the visual effects, and the sound effects. Most especially the sound effects. The seismic charges are just plain cool. It’s maybe the single coolest sound effect in the entire saga thus far. Supposedly Ben Burtt had that one on file since the first set of Star Wars films and finally got to use it on AOTC.

Is There An Evil Plot To Undermine The Prequels?

January 26, 2014

I waited a few days to talk about this because I didn’t everyone to panic over a that probably isn’t true. In case you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, the rumor is the alleged Boba Fett spinoff movie features “a mysterious stranger” who kills the actual Boba Fett (Jango’s clone/son), steals his armor, and then goes on to a glorious career as a bounty hunter while pretending to be Boba Fett.

The reason why I don’t think this is true or accurate is that it’s so utterly hacky, I have a hard time believing Lawrence Kasdan tried to seriously pitch it. If he did, he’s on drugs. (Even if it was proposed by a hack on drugs, that lame plot twist is already out of the bag and therefore of no use.) Think about it. Why would you pretend to be a bounty hunter you defeated? You’d let everybody know you kicked his butt because it would add to your reputation. Twits saying this would make Fett mysterious again don’t realize there’s not going to be anything mysterious about a guy who’s the star of a two-hour movie. Besides, if it’s an imposter, he’s NOT Boba Fett anyway, he’s just some random a-hole! What would be the point of making the Fett of Eps IV-VI some poseur? Even if the filmmakers want to recast the role, they don’t have to change Fett’s backstory at all. Look at how many times they’ve recast Batman, Spider Man, Superman, James Bond, etc. without changing their origins or backstories. It just doesn’t make any sense and it’s dumb.

This could very well be a case of El Pendejo or whatever this dude’s name is feeding the mouth breathers what they want to hear and isn’t based on reality at all. The hate boys, who have always overplayed Fett’s alleged badassery in Eps IV-VI, simply want Lucas’s story invalidated because it wasn’t the backstory they’d imagined for Fett. Never mind that Lucas intended a connection between Boba Fett and the stormtroopers all along and AOTC established that connection very well. However, the big reason why the hate boys are having orgasms over this rumor–even if they don’t care all that much about Boba Fett–is it would sever a connection between the original set of Star Wars films and the prequels.

Which is I have to wonder if this rumor is possibly some kind of trial balloon to see how much leeway with fandom they’re going to have to go and upend George Lucas’s mythos.

If that’s the case, let this be a nuclear missile across the bow.

NO. DON’T YOU DARE.

It would be a huge f*** you to George Lucas and to saga fans like us. Prequel-hating writers and directors will pick other things they don’t like to retroactively invalidate, so that in the end the Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi we saw in Episodes I-III are not at all related to Darth Vader or the Obi-Wan Kenobi in ANH, Padmé wasn’t Luke and Leia’s mother or the twins she bore aren’t THAT Luke and Leia, and that the prequels were somebody’s acid trip and “never really happened.” That’s what the hate boys really want.

The end result is a myth that eats itself, with no internal consistency and whose direction is set by mob rule. You could never trust or rely on anything in a Star Wars film because if it turns out to be unpopular with the internet peanut gallery or with the Hollyweirdos, it gets changed. Worst of all, it shows no respect whatsoever for Lucas. Like I said, this Fett rumor is likely bogus but it is possible some marketing department decided to float it out there to see if they can get away with eradicating Lucas’s legacy.

They start doing that, and I am done with Star Wars. I’ll pack up my collection, ship it to Lucasfilm, and tell them where they can shove the money and time I wasted on a saga they destroyed to please some sloven idiots.

Last Mini Excerpt From “Lockdown”

January 24, 2014

“Darth Maul: Lockdown” comes out on Tuesday, so the Star Wars Books Facebook page posted its last mini excerpt today.

How AOTC Made Someone A Fan

January 24, 2014

The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page posted a link to this great piece on MakingStarWars.net about how AOTC made the author a Star Wars fan.

I have no idea how I did not notice the Special Edition theatrical releases or The Phantom Menace. I was 11 and then 13, and just doing kid stuff, I suppose. This stuff wasn’t aimed at me, I was a girl in a home with mostly women and it just wasn’t on our radar. That all changed in 2002 in that darkened theater.

I was mesmerized. I was obviously smitten with the dashing Hayden Christensen (my husband should probably thank this film as he is also a dashing blond haired, blue eyed boy), and I was totally enthralled by the lightsaber battles. My favorite moment from the film was the gorgeous cinematography surrounding the three lightsaber battle between Anakin and Count Dooku. And who didn’t fall in love with Natalie Portman in that film? Padmé’s poise, beauty and grace were without question a highlight of the film for me. She was pretty badass too.

Read the whole thing! This ought to be a reminder that every Star Wars movie matters to somebody.