Archive for October, 2014

Throwback Thursday: “Sleepy Hollow”

October 30, 2014

Not to be confused with the current t.v. show on Fox (which I love!), Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” (1999) starred not one, not two, but THREE PT alumni: Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee, and Ray Park as the Headless Horseman during his supercool fight scenes. Come to think of it, that’s not only three PT alumni, that’s three Sith Lords in one film! How appropriate for a horror movie released in time for Halloween.

Johnny Depp played Ichabod Crane, probably the first to transform the dorky Crane of Washington Irving’s tale into a dashing hero, although a bit more eccentric than hunky Tom Mison’s Crane on the t.v. show. Christina Ricci played Katrina and the rest of the cast included Christopher Walken, and Casper Van Diem.

Here’s McDiarmid in costume:

And Christopher Lee:

And finally, Ray Park in action:

Smithsonian Costume Exhibit Coming 2015

October 29, 2014 announced a new Star Wars costume exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.. The exhibit covers all of the films to date but it seems from the announcement there will be quite a bit of emphasis on Padme Amidala’s costume collection.

There’s no date for opening yet but Steve Sansweet posted that it will open “early next year.” Gee, this might necessitate a trip back East. For those of you who live in the D.C./Baltimore metro region, find out now about volunteering opportunities. I volunteered at the Smithsonian’s Star Wars: Magic Of Myth exhibit 1997-1999 and it was a blast! Plus, I got a discount in the gift shop. That’s very important ;).

Update: The show opens 1/31/15 at the EMP Museum in SEATTLE. Tix are on sale in January.

George Lucas & The Meaning Of Star Wars

October 28, 2014

Recently t.v. presenter Charlie Rose did an interview with George Lucas in Chicago, discussing the meaning of Star Wars. I’m not able to view it at the moment due to flash plug problems but it appears the audio isn’t all of that great. But see it at the source instead of giving i09 undeserved traffic ;).

No word if anyone from Disney or the story group was present. Hey-ho!

Dave Filoni On “Rise of the Old Masters,” Ahsoka, Etc.

October 28, 2014

IGN has a spoilery interview with Dave Filoni concerning last night’s aired episode of “Rebels,” Ahsoka, sensing the Force, and other stuff you might find interesting. Like this:

A lot has been made of our ties to the original trilogy, but I am not a Star Wars fan that would ever ignore the prequel trilogy. Let’s face it, it’s been my bread and butter for the last decade. I love the prequel era. So it’s important to show, as much as how the Empire built up, what it destroyed and it destroyed a lot of these characters and they got caught up in it.

Restoration of Mos Espa Resumes

October 28, 2014

Save Mos Espa announced that restoration work on the remains of the Mos Espa set has resumed now that there are cooler temperatures in Tunisia.

Shakespearean TPM Spoof Due Out 4/15/15

October 28, 2014

Just in time for Tax Day in the U.S., Ian Doescher’s Shakespearean take on TPM is, according to Jedi News due out April 15, 2015.

Why I Love Episode III

October 28, 2014

Matril has posted her reasons why she loves ROTS.

This movie tears me into pieces. I can’t say that watching it fills me with glee the way the other episodes do, because it’s just too heartbreaking. As it should be. If the original trilogy is a traditional hero’s journey, the prequels are more like a Greek or Shakespearean tragedy. It is the tale of a hero’s downfall, of the fatal flaws that lead to his doom.

Flashback Friday: Lisa Kudrow Spoof At The MTV Awards 1999

October 24, 2014

“Friends” star Lisa Kudrow hosted the MTV (Movie?) Awards in 1999 and as such, the host gets to star in a spoof of whatever popular film is out at the moment. In this case it was of course TPM, so here’s Lisa addressing the Jedi Council.

Throwback Thursday: Leeanna Walsman In “Farscape”

October 23, 2014

I never got into Australian-produced sci-fi t.v. series “Farscape” (I believe it aired on SyFy in the U.S.) but like many Australian productions of the late ’90s-early ’00s, it featured at least a couple of actors who ended up with a role in AOTC or ROTS.

One of them was Zam Wesell herself, actress Leeanna Walsman. She appeared in a 2001 episode of the show as “Borlik.”

Why I Love Episode II

October 23, 2014

Matril is back with another LiveJournal post, “Why I Love Episode II.”

I like Anakin and Padmé’s romance. A lot of their dialogue is kind of goofy, but I think it suits their characters. Padmé has been surrounded by well-speaking politicians her whole life. She would find it refreshing for someone to talk to her in stumbling, uncertain in-eloquence, wouldn’t she? They’re both of them socially weird. Padmé started training to serve in the political arena before she was even a teenager. Her last kiss was when she was twelve, and it was quite a short-lived romance since they parted ways to pursue different career paths. At age twelve. Anakin, meanwhile, spent his childhood as a slave before being sequestered within the Jedi Order and trained to cut off all connections to everyone and everything. It’s going to be an awkward courtship; there’s just no way around it.