Archive for the ‘SW alumni’ Category

Natalie Portman Wants To Meet Her “Son”

June 15, 2018

It all started when Mark Hamill retweeted on June 9 Star Wars.com’s birthday wish to Natalie Portman along with the notation “True fact:  I have never met this woman.”

When Portman appeared on The Stephen Colbert Show, the host brought it up and her response was she would love to meet him.  The video’s up here.  Both joked that Hamill forgot to wish her a happy birthday, to which Hamill replied:

Somebody’s gotta make this happen! Let’s have the mother and child reunion!
 

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“Solo” Premiere And About Those Rumors

May 12, 2018

Not that I got to go or anything but among the guests at Thursday night’s “Solo” premiere in Hollywood were Ewan McGregor, George Lucas, and Ray Park.

 

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Yup, that’s Peter Mayhew too.

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Other guests included Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Lawrence Kasdan, and of course everyone directly involved with the film.

(I’m aware there’s a prequel-related spoiler in “Solo.” I will NOT discuss or post spoilers for now.)

On a related note, rumors are floating around again about an Obi-Wan spinoff film. So far the only source for this is Fantha Tracks, which is a fan site. Nothing has been confirmed yet by an official source. I’m not saying it isn’t true (they’re going to have to figure out soon what this third spinoff is going to be) but it’s not a done deal.

Because Of Course I’m Posting About This

February 4, 2018

Natalie Portman returned for her second SNL guest hosting gig last night (the only SW alum to have done it twice) and the beauty of the internet is there’s always video of the highlights in case you missed it.

As we all remember, Portman did a rather infamous rap on the show in 2006.  Twelve years later she’s back at it again and when an interviewer tries talking smack about the prequels, she wasn’t having it:

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“Say something about the (bleeping) prequels, bitch” needs to be our new slogan. Thanks, Natalie.

 

Ewan McGregor At Pre-TLJ Saga Marathon

December 20, 2017

Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre ran a marathon of Eps I-VII before debuting TLJ and appearing to introduce ROTS was none other than Ewan McGregor:

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Nick Gillard Talks To Vulture About TPM’s Lightsaber Fight

December 11, 2017

Vulture is doing a prequels week and while I dread what else they’re going to post, this interview with Nick Gillard is fantastic. Gillard gives the inside skinny on TPM’s climactic lightsaber battle as well as other tidbits.

Three thoughts: one, it’s hard not to smile thinking of how this is easily one of the saga’s greatest moment, two, involving Ray Park and Gillard was genius, and Gillard captures the poignancy of not having Lucas around anymore.

OTOH, These Guys Liked The Prequels

November 16, 2017

I don’t know how Naboo News does it but they found these items that will cheer you up.

First, Mark Hamill on the prequels and Jake Lloyd and secondly, France’s prime minister on his love for Star Wars, including TPM.

 

New Clone Wars Conversation

November 10, 2017

This time James Arnold Taylor interviews Angelique Perrin, who played Adi Gallia on The Clone Wars:

 

 

Ahmed Best On A Whole Host Of Things

November 8, 2017

Ahmed Best had plenty to say on a long interview with YouTuber Jamie Stangroom.

On TPM:

I wouldn’t change anything [about The Phantom Menace]. There is nothing to change it to. There really hasn’t been anything like it, and the choices that were made were choices that stand, you know, the test of time. Like I said, love it or hate it, you believed it, it existed. So I really wouldn’t change anything and it was such a wonderful experience, you know.

On Disney’s flicks:

The hard part about being in a Star Wars movie done by George Lucas is he really does things that he believes. He has an incredible conviction behind every decision that he makes. That’s not the way Disney does movies. Disney does movies in a way that has to please stockholders, and that has to please a wide swath of people, a huge general audience. So you’re only going to get things that are as risky as that number of people. George only cared about pleasing himself, and when you have that, you have a person who has a point of view that regardless of what you think, they are going to take the risk to do it.

On killing off Jar Jar (!!!):

I always complained to George, like when I realized that Sith was not gonna have Jar Jar in it pretty much and they were moving very very far away from me… I always complained to George that I didn’t get a good death. I wanted to really be just hacked to pieces in some kind of way, and George wouldn’t do it.

On Lucasfilm not doing enough to promote Jar Jar’s place in movie tech history:

Episode I dropped in 1999, the last year of the 20th century, and here was this pioneering process that pretty much took over the 21st century. To slight everyone involved or to not be aware of the history of that… and I have to say Lucasfilm is partially to blame here as well, because I don’t think they focused too much on the process of making the character, and I think that is what should have been the star, when we were talking about Jar Jar. Everyone was just playing catch-up from the backlash and although I understand that, I think the converse argument to it is filmmaking has changed and we changed it, and the reason why you hated the character was because the process was succesful.

There’s LOTS more. Plus, what’s this about a book?

(Transcription originated on Naboo News.)

A Mis-wired History Of Mo-Cap Leaves Out Jar Jar

October 28, 2017

Wired posted a video with Andy Serkis about the history of motion capture technology that left out our buddy Jar Jar.  When Ahmed Best got wind of this he wasn’t happy and neither were a bunch of other fans:

 

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A few people on Twitter grumbled this had to do with racism but I think it boils down to a simple fact and that is Wired has always hated the prequels and Jar Jar. But it’s great to see for once some pushback.

Fon Davis Reddit AMA

October 26, 2017

Visual effects artist Fon Davis, whose work includes the Special Editions and the prequels among many other films, did an AMA session on Reddit today.  Not a lot of stuff about the prequels specifically but still some interesting tidbits from somebody who was a part of them.  Plus a cameo from former Mythbuster Adam Savage.