Archive for the ‘TPM anniversary’ Category

Rebelscum’s Annual Halloween Contest Celebrates TPM

October 16, 2009

Every Hallowee, fans send in photos of themselves, their kids, and their pets in Star Wars-related costumes in the quest for fabulous prizes on Rebelscum.com.

This year, there’s a special twist to celebrate TPM’s 10th anniversary:

Since this year is the anniversary of The Phantom Menace, we’d like to see a the letter “E” and the number “1” soemwhere in the photo with you. Carved into a pumpkin, written on a flag, or just spelling it out with your fingers – however you want to incorporate “E1” into the photo. Just remember, we need to see it in the picture. Get creative!

For more details, visit the contest rules page.

German Tribute To TPM (Starring Jar Jar)

July 12, 2009

A friend of mine sent me a jif of the cover art he made for the German SW magazine “Journal of the Whills.” This upcoming issue commemorates the 10th anniversary of TPM’s release in Germany and the cover art mixes Jar Jar with a little Warhol:

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Hasbro’s Mail-In Offer

July 10, 2009

Celebrating 10 years of TPM goodness, Hasbro will have a special Qui-Gon and Eopie figure available this fall as a mail-in offer. I’m guessing it will operate the same way as previous mail-in offers: you buy figures with a sticker (in this case a Darth Maul sticker), collect X amount of proofs of purchase, send them in, and voila, 6-8 weeks later you get your free figure.

I’m sure more details will be forthcoming at Comic Con.

The 10 Best Things About TPM

May 31, 2009

This article on Popcorn Monster was posted while I was away last week, on May 19 to be exact, so I’m highlighting it today.

Yet another fan who gets it

May 30, 2009

From “Topeka” at the MillenniumFalcon.com forum:

The build-up to this film was an epic adventure in and of itself: Lynne’s Diaries on the website, the fast food tie-ins, Duel of the Fates, the soda cans, the toys. The teaser trailer that is absolutely perfect, opening slowly with that clouded swamp, then exploding with Johnny Williams’ theme set over the podrace. I don’t think the excitement and anticipation before this film can ever be repeated.

I saw it in ’99 just once. I liked it, but after Episode II was released I sort of dismissed it as the necessary ‘introduction film.’ Looking at it now without critical opinion, I can only admire Lucas’ fight to be entirely independent. He’s not a sellout as some will say. He hasn’t ‘lost touch’ with Star Wars. He has simply made a movie exactly as he wanted it. In his first Star Wars outline, the story is narrated by the padawaan to the revered Jedi-Bendu, Mace Windy. This is the story that Lucas has always wanted to tell. It’s not about flat dialogue and Jar Jar’s antics; it’s about themes, and to appreciate those themes you have to look at Kurosawa’s films, Joseph Campbell’s analysis of mythology, the Republic serials of the 40s and 50s, and Lucas’ mentality after the Vietnam War and dealing with the Hollywood system.

I love Episode I. I think it’s a fantastic story. It’s George Lucas’ story, and it has been a blast to go along for the ride.

Catching up with stuff

May 29, 2009

Here’s some prequel-themed stuff that went on while I was gone:

*The third Clone Wars novel, No Prisoners by Karen Traviss, was released on May 19. I had a hard time finding it until today!

*This essay discusses how TPM and the PT looks today vis a vis The Matrix flicks.

*Space Center Houston is sponsoring an exhibit based on the works of George Lucas. SW stuff on galore will be on display along with artifacts from other flicks like American Graffiti and of course, the Indiana Jones movies.

Almost Ten Years Ago Today

May 18, 2009

Since I will be offline May 19, I will post today my retrospective on TPM 10 years later:

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Top 10 TPM Memories

May 16, 2009

Popcornmonster has posted a list of its Top 10 greatest memories of anticipating TPM. Go back in time and experience the fun and mania of 1999.

Ten Years of TPM: The Stars Come Out For SW

May 14, 2009

The great unwashed weren’t the only ones desperate to see TPM 10 years ago. Celebrities also clamored to get first crack at the most anticipated movie ever. Several celebs, including boy band The Backstreet Boys, turned out for the only gala star-studded premiere any of the prequels had in the U.S., which was in New York City. The New York premiere brought out SW newbies Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, and Ahmed Best, as well as SW alum Harrison Ford. Other SW alum were scattered at other premieres around the country, while celebs based out of other U.S. cities, such as ‘NSync, had private showings in their hometowns.

Lucasfilm put on the first of three celebrity-laden, invitation-only shindigs at Skywalker Ranch that were filmed for MTV. Sadly, I never got invited to any of them. But I do recall seeing the TPM show on MTV and there were a bunch of chicks wearing Amidala’s costumes at the event. I also remember seeing Alyssa Milano, who said she’d seen it twice already at various exclusive screenings. According to starwars.com’s report from 1999, other guests included Ozzy Osbourne and his not-yet-famous son Jack, Seth Green, Shannen Doherty, Hanson, actor Barry Pepper, actor Ryan Reynolds (now Mr. Scarlett Johanssen), and Third Eye Blind.

Here’s a clip of the Hanson boys from that special:

Ten Years of TPM: Tickets Go On Sale

May 13, 2009

About a week before TPM’s release, tickets went on sale across the country. MovieFone crashed. Fans who had camped out for days, even weeks, in front of theaters ambled up to the box office.

As for me, I was at work, meaning I was nowhere near a movie theater. Since I was scheduled to be at a mandatory “workplace sensitivity” training session at the hour tickets went on sale, I couldn’t be on the phone or on the internet to buy tickets either. What was I to do?

Fortunately, my mother’s former boss volunteered to get the tickets for me and she went down to the theater box office right when they went on sale (the theater was on the basement floor of the building where my mom worked). I remember getting out of that training session and anxiously calling my mom to see if her boss got the tickets She got the four tickets I needed with absolutely no trouble, although there were other people buying them at the time. I was all set!

Recently I re-discovered a documentary from 10 years ago called “Waiting For Jar Jar” that chronicles the exploits of three Washington, D.C. area fans who were figuring out how they were going to buy tickets and pull off the Uptown Theater campout. I’m not in this documentary but I was present at some of the events chronicled in the 20-minute piece. The Uptown line planning session was really a big fan party ;). I watched it only once at another fan party shortly after TPM came out. Check it out here.