Archive for July, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Natalie Portman In “Heat”

July 31, 2014

Michael Mann’s cop drama from 1995 featured an all-star cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Jon Voight, Hank Azaria, Danny Trejo, and a bunch of up and comers like Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Piven, and 13-year-old Natalie Portman.

Unfortunately her big scene in this movie was when Pacino finds her after a gruesome suicide attempt. This is a foreign cut too so apologies for that one but she doesn’t actually saying anything.

Clone Wars Soundtrack Seasons 1-6 Coming Soon

July 31, 2014

Star Wars Underworld reported on a podcast interview with Clone Wars composer (and I guess Rebels composer) Kevin Kiner, where he revealed they are compiling a soundtrack of music from seasons 1-6. No word on when this will be available to the public. Stay tuned!

More PT-Influenced Gowns At Fashion Show

July 28, 2014

Apparently there were a couple more entries at the Her Universe fashion show inspired by the PT:


This one is a take on Asajj Ventress’s outfit.


And this one is inspired by Queen Amidala’s gown in TPM.

You can see all of the entries here.

Ep VIII Director Says Nice Stuff About PT

July 27, 2014

Episode VIII director Rian Johnson shocked a crowd of hater film snobs when he said this at a live podcast via Skype:

As if he hadn’t won over the fans enough by that point he continued by making a diplomatic statement about the prequels. “There was something really beautiful about the prequels,” he said, as film snob crowd was momentarily stunned, having just booed at the mention of the “Star Wars” prequels.

How did he ever get past the gatekeepers?

Look, Gals, I Found A PT T-Shirt

July 27, 2014

While visiting Fifth Sun, a pop culture t-shirt company, in search of “Sleepy Hollow” t-shirts (do I want the chibi Ichabod or the chibi Ichabod and Abbie?) I saw that they also had Star Wars t-shirts. As expected I found more of the same but then this caught my eye. How did this ever happen? Plus there’s this variation of the popular Padme Nouveau design along with some kids’ Clone Wars/Darth Maul tees.

Quick, before they realize they made a mistake!

The Merch Scouting Mission At SDCC

July 27, 2014

I didn’t go to the licensee panels at this year’s SDCC. I’ve sat through some before and unless you’re Philip Wise, those panels are kind of boring. It’s a lot easier to read others’ reports and do a little scouting in the exhibit hall. Especially with rumors that licensees were being ordered to toss the prequels into the memory hole.

As you might have surmised from reading reports on Hasbro’s panel, Hasbro isn’t completely forgetting about Eps I-III or Clone Wars. I saw the Black Series figures for Obi-Wan and Anakin. The Anakin one looks great. You can switch out Happy Anakin’s head for Angry Anakin’s head.

New licensee Hot Wheels will soon issue mini cars based on the six Star Wars films, Clone Wars, and Rebels as Walmart exclusives. The TPM one is painted like Anakin’s pod racer! This will be a fun set to collect.

Some headphone company had a booth in the Lucasfilm “pavilion,” and they are going to produce plates with characters and artwork from all of the films that you can switch out with the ones that come with your headphone.

Hallmark really ended up on my #$@# list with this convention, but not for the reasons you think. Anyway, they are going to produce a Darth Vader ROTS ornament for next year, I guess to commemorate the film’s 10th anniversary.

Sideshow Collectibles had some awesome albeit expensive clone trooper figures and a terrific albeit expensive Savage Oppress figure. Gentle Giant had its planned Premium Membership gifts on display, including its beautiful Queen Amidala mini bust. Can’t wait until they send it to me!

Anovos displayed its new high end Star Wars costume reproductions, including its Jango Fett outfit.

But as for the other licensees, particularly the wearable or affordable stuff, fuhgeddaboutit. The exception was a line of belts Stylin’ was hawking. Buckle Down had a ton of different Star Wars belts, including one that shockingly had characters and images from all six Star Wars films! Plus Clone Wars! Jango Fett! Clone troopers! It was too shocking to behold.

AOTC-Inspired Dress At Geek Fashion Show

July 26, 2014

Photo from Anakin And His Angel and

Her Universe put on a “geek” fashion show/contest at SDCC. Your humble SWPAS web miss almost decided to go check it out until I saw the event went for an epic three hours into the night. (Non-geek fashion shows last fifteen minutes tops.) Since I’m not crazy about missing dinner or walking alone to my car at night, I passed on it, which is too bad.

This amazing Padmé-inspired dress was one of the entries. No Star Wars entry won but that’s because I wasn’t on the panel.

Meta On Vader/Anakin and Leia

July 25, 2014

Becca is back with more meta, this time at The Cantina Cast about her theories on if/when Vader recognized Leia as his daughter:

There’s a moment of placidity, a brief connection, or dare I say it, an emotional link joining Vader and Leia. The man behind the mask stares relentlessly at the distressed and trembling Princess, causing her to falter as she takes a step back. Garbed in white, almost reminiscent of someone he once knew, no, not possible. That was somebody else’s life, or quite possibly a dream, no, a reoccurring nightmare; “You are in my very soul, tormenting me…”-Anakin Skywalker

Clone Wars Story Turned Into Novel

July 25, 2014

While I was in line to get into the “Vikings” panel at Comic Con, the Star Wars book panel was in full swing. There came the surprise announcement of a novel scheduled for 2015 starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos. Author Christie Golden will adapt a story originally conceived as a Clone Wars Season 7 episode.

It looks like Dave Filoni is searching for any way possible to get leftover Clone Wars scripts out to the people.

Check out Ventress’s hair!

Throwback Thursday: Ayesha Dharker In “The Terrorist”

July 24, 2014

Indian actress Ayesha Dharker garnered worldwide attention with her 1997 film “The Terrorist,” which is about a teenager who becomes a Tamil Tiger type terrorist after the death of her brother.

True story: Samuel L. Jackson loved her in this movie so much he called the director of “The Terrorist,” then convinced Robin Gurland, Rick McCallum, and George Lucas to cast her as Queen Jamillia in AOTC.