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Star Wars Flicks To Be Screened In China

May 25, 2015

Disney is D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E to break Star Wars in China, where there’s a potential audience of two billion and American blockbusters are finally making big bank there.

Star Wars has always had a spotty record in the PRC. While Hong Kong got all of the films when they were first released, Eps IV-VI never got a formal release in China proper. The prequels did, but I think they were a little ahead of China’s economic boom that has created a large middle class. Most Chinese, if they knew anything about Star Wars, were likely introduced to the saga through bootleg video in a country where piracy of Western intellectual property is rampant and actually backed by the government. (Stay tuned for the Backstroke of the West 10th Anniversary Special!)

So ahead of TFA’s release, they are formally screening all six films next month at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Hilarious Star Wars/Frozen Parody

May 25, 2015

From My Wonder Factory, Anakin letting loose to “Let It Go”.

Happy Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day!

May 18, 2015

SW Prequel Appreciation Day 2015

10 Years of ROTS: Burger King Ad

May 18, 2015

Not one of the ads with the creepy Burger King, but one that promoted the toys.

I remember going nuts trying to find them all, even resorting to eBay to fill in the gaps.

I also remember gaining 10 pounds from eating all of that BK. Bleah! Thank God Disney does its tie-ins with Subway.

10 Years of ROTS: Stateside Premiere

May 18, 2015

ROTS never had the kind of splashy red carpet premiere with all of the gang in the U.S. that it had in Europe, which I think is unfortunate. (There’s no way in hell Disney is going to miss that opportunity.) Instead, there were several charity showings throughout the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Lucas’s hometown, Modesto, CA.

Samuel L. Jackson and Liam Neeson in New York.

Ray Park in New York.

You’re up next, Mark! (L.A. premiere) Who knew we’d be saying that?

The fun part is finding out via Googling photos (many of which are too big to post here) to see who else attended these premieres. Along with Star Wars alumni like Billy Dee Williams, John Ratzenberger, Jake Lloyd, and Jimmy Smits, the likes of Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Kelsey Grammer, Isabella Rossellini, Al Roker, Dan Aykroyd, and Christopher Lloyd showed up.

Furious Fanboys Expose CGI Hypocrisy

May 18, 2015

Furious Fanboys takes a look at 10 films filled to the brim with computer generated imagery yet get a pass from many of the same people who criticize the prequels from being nothing but CGI-fests. Films include a bunch of MCU flicks, “Avatar,” and “Gravity.”

10 Years of ROTS: Berlin Premiere

May 17, 2015

The European premiere tour continued on May 17, 2005 with another event in Berlin, this time with George Lucas, Hayden Christensen, Rick McCallum, Christopher Lee, and Natalie Portman, who was already in town to shoot “V For Vendetta.”


Here’s some video of the event. Note the weeping fangirl near Hayden:

Drop Whatever You’re Doing And Read This Right Now

May 16, 2015

Another great piece at Clone Corridor looks at the prequels, the era when they were released, and what it all means:

Yet Lucas grants us one look into the helmet before it closes so that we may spot that Anakin’s eyes have lost their Sith nature. Just before that moment Padme has told Obi Wan that there still is some good in Anakin. She has not given up on him, although he may never have known. But her words are lost on Obi Wan whose heart is mortally wounded by the loss of his ‘brother’. It is a reminder for us living in the real world, that the ‘splinter of good’, that is necessary to revive a world that is broken and corrupted, sometimes survives not in the words and deeds of the surviving hero but in the encased and lonely heart of the desperate villain. Revenge of the Sith makes it undeniably clear why for Anakin there is no return to a normal life possible after his redemption in Return of the Jedi. His fall was so deep that there is no happy end in his generation. But there is hope for the generation after and that hope may very well draw inspiration from the ‘some good’ that was still in him.

10 Years of ROTS: UK Premiere

May 16, 2015

On May 16, 2005 there was a big premiere for ROTS in London. This event was minus Natalie plus Ewan and Christopher Lee along with the rest of the usual suspects.

In spite of what this video says, the premiere was on May 16…I know because I mentioned it on a LiveJournal entry that day!

Reminder: Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day is Tuesday!

May 15, 2015

Just a reminder: Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day is THIS TUESDAY.

I need your stories/favorite memories of spring/summer 2005 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of ROTS. Send ’em to or submit via the SWPAS Facebook page. You never know what surprise may come to folks who send in their stories, hint hint.


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