Archive for July, 2017

Her Universe Debuts Naboo-Inspired Wear

July 14, 2017

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Her Universe dropped pictures of a ton of new items available next week at SDCC and online, including a cardigan with Padmé’s royal signet and a skirt with a Naboo print. Someone found the cardigan already available at a Box Lunch store.

Star Words and One Woman Star Wars

July 13, 2017

Matril’s latest projects are an update to her Star Words series and a video, “One Woman The Phantom Menace,” where she acts out the film all by her lonesome:

You’ve Got To Read J.W. Rinzler’s Blog

July 13, 2017

The author of “The Making of Revenge Of The Sith,” “The Making of (the OT),” and other books is now recounting his days at Lucasfilm 2001-2015 at his blog.  It’s a fascinating insider’s account at what it was like working there during the last decade or so of it being George Lucas’s company.  It’s honest and no-holds-barred without being mean, gossipy, or bitter. Get the inside skinny on the good and bad of an almost idyllic work environment, how certain projects came to be, and his impressions of folks like Lucas or prequels producer Rick McCallum (with many more to come, I’m sure).  I have a feeling that the closer the blog gets to the Disney era, the juicier it will get.

The entries (The Rise and Fall of Star Wars) are updated Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Update #1: The blog went 404 sometime yesterday evening my time and as of yet isn’t back up. The rest of the site is still there. Rinzler has as of yet not addressed the issue, whether it’s a technical/server problem or if he was asked to take his entries down.

Naboo News has summaries and excerpts from prequel-related posts from Rinzler’s blog in case you missed them.

Update #2:  Rinzler suddenly cancelled an appearance scheduled for tomorrow on the Star Wars Junk podcast.  It seems to me somebody told him to stop blogging.

Update #3:  Get this cached link to all 12 of the original entries and save them, quick!

Star Words Part XVII

July 8, 2017

Another installment of Matril’s series focuses on Palpatine:

How I love this scene. While Palpatine puts on a show of offering a young leader counsel and support, he is slowly but surely manipulating her into serving his plots. Notice the staging. She sits, passive and nearly silent, while he talks and talks and talks, walking circles around her almost like a predator stalking its prey…or a spider weaving its web around its victim. His tone carries a convincing note of regret as he describes the corruption and slogging inaction that has enveloped the Senate. But in truth, he has been eagerly encouraging the Republic’s decline, preparing for his eventual takeover. The Republic is not what it once was, and he’s secretly delighted. Valorum is mired by baseless accusations, he takes care to note — but Palpatine could very well be the one who started circulating those rumors, ensuring the current Chancellor’s failure and subsequent take-down.

Forces Of Destiny: The Imposter Inside

July 8, 2017

Clone Wars Conversations Ep. 3: Ben Diskin

July 7, 2017

James Arnold Taylor is back with Clone Wars regular Ben Diskin.

Forces of Destiny: The Padawan Path

July 6, 2017

Heeere’s Ahsoka! Co-starring a mysteriously unscarred Anakin.

Star Words Part 16

July 3, 2017

This time it’s about an exchange between Anakin and Padmé:

Two people, scared and feeling out of control, seeking comfort in each other. I love how Padmé offers the physical warmth of a blanket as a sort of symbol of the emotional warmth she represents to him. And then there is the strange wistfulness hiding beneath the simple words “Space is cold.”

I love that Anakin, miserable as he is, still notices her pain and tries to help with a simple trinket. There’s a ton of foreshadowing here. “So you’d remember me.” Years later, Padmé will still have this pendant, and she’ll still remember him. She’ll carry that memory to her grave. Good fortune? That’s harder to say. Terrible pain and suffering will come, but ultimately it will be Anakin’s connection to Padmé, through their children, that will save him from his darkness.