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Archive for the ‘Media’ Category
Every year NBC’s The Today Show goes all out for its Halloween program and this year’s theme was Star Wars. One of the cast members dressed as Queen Amidala’s in her purple travel gown and along with Al Roker (dressed as Han Solo) won the Jedi Jeopardy trivia game. (There were some awkward and hilarious moments with the Ewoks. They grabbed Meredith Viera’s butt then later on, one of them humped Roker’s leg on live t.v..)
Not only were there clonetroopers onhand, but Ahsoka and Cad Bane dropped by as well.
Cracked.com discusses the awesomeness of Count Dooku himself, Sir Christopher Lee.
Everybody’s favorite new bounty hunter, Cad Bane, stars in the current issue of Star Wars Insider. It just showed up in my mailbox, meaning it’s on the newsstands now ;). Voice actor Corey Burton chats with the mag all about the popular baddie.
The current ish of TV Guide features several several fall previews of different sci-fi shows, including Clone Wars. Find it now at your local store!
The British publication The Architect’s Journal listed its 10 favorite examples of SW architecture. Coruscant’s city planning, the Senate building, the Jedi Temple, and Tatooine’s artisanal buildings (picturing those from TPM) are included. But I would’ve put Otoh Gunga and Theed on that list as well!
Oh well…ShopStarWars.com has redesigned its site and among the new items for sale is a big carpet throw rug featuring Coruscant’s architectural glory for $59.95.
I actually posted about my experience taping a segment for an unofficial TPM special made for Sci-Fi back in December 2007. The show was taped in April 1999 but aired a week or two before TPM’s release. If you missed it before, read my exciting adventure in media-land!
The movie that Can’t Get Released finally has a trailer. The film is mostly based on Eps IV-VI references but it is about a bunch of guys trying to see TPM and the crazy days of 1998.
Now due out in February, I guess instead of making it on time for the 30th anniversary of ANH as originally planned, it will be out in time for the 10th anniversary of the film they’re trying to see in the first place, TPM.
When I started SWPAS, I wanted to focus on the positive things about the movies than dwell on what critics had to say about it.
After almost 10 years of unfair and mean-spirited slams against the PT, there are two things you can count on:
1. Entertainment Weekly finding every excuse to knock them. If they came up with The 18 Worst Christian Films of all time, they will find a way to somehow beat up on Jar Jar on that list.
2. Any article about SW will somehow find ink to bring up a completely irrelevant dig at TPM and AOTC.
First of all, EW comes up with a random list of films with the “worst dialogue” of all time and it decided to target ROTS. Yes, ROTS. You know, the one the cognosceti said was the “good” or “acceptable” PT film. It’s par for the course with EW, but I was terribly disappointed to see it highlighted on The Official Star Wars blog. Just as I’d been reassured privately that Lucasfilm treats the PT with respect and love, stuff like this makes me wonder again.
Then there is an article in the current “Hollywood” issue of Vanity Fair about the upcoming video game, The Force Unleashed. It had this line: Full of action and epic Force wielding, and largely free of the plot convolutions that made parts of Episode I and Episode II go down like big bowls of bran flakes, The Force Unleashed sounds like a video game that could easily have been a movie. It was completely unnecessary to slam the films in this context. Take out the phrase about plot convolusions and the sentence still makes the point that it’s as good as a movie. (Of course, we know that SW is much more than action and tossing characters.) It’s disappointing to say the least, given VF’s positive coverage of the PT and the fact that those PT covers made VF loads of money.
The Official Star Wars blog posted this cute cartoon from the latest issue of Toyfare magazine: