post Official Star Wars: Clone Wars Movie Trailer

April 26th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars General,Star Wars: The Clone Wars — admin @ 5:12 am

post Clone Wars gets theater date and tv channel home

February 13th, 2008

Turner broadcasting has acquired the TV rights of George Lucas’ upcoming CG-animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Lucasfilm Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. made the announcement Tuesday that new episodes of the Lucasfilm animation series will premiere on Cartoon Network in the autumn following its theatrical release on August 15, across the US. The series will later be rerun on TNT.

Lucas said, “I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell. I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward.”

Lucasfilm has produced more than 30 new episodes of the series. They will premiere weekly on Turner’s networks.

post “Christmas In The Stars” – The Star Wars Christmas Album!

December 23rd, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars General,Star Wars Humor — admin @ 10:05 pm

Star Wars Christmas Album

Wow, as if the Star Wars Holiday Special wasn’t bad enough – it was followed by the 1980 release of “Christmas In The Stars” – The Star Wars Christmas music album!

I could go on and on about who had the idea that C3PO and R2D2 singing Christmas music as a good idea – but instead I will just let you enjoy these classic songs for yourself.

  • Listen to the Album now!

    Pay attention or you might miss the guest singer on “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas” – yup that’s Jon Bon Jovi!

    Here is how ended up on the album according to the almighty Wikipedia:

    When he was 17, John was working sweeping floors at his cousin Tony Bongiovi’s recording studio, The Power Station. In 1980, when Meco was there recording Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album, Tony recommended John for the song “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” This became his first professional recording (credited as John Bongiovi).

  • Read the blog post from where I found the songs

  • Buy your own vinyl record version on eBay – bidding currently at $99!
  • post The Star Wars Holiday Special – Yup it really happened!

    December 5th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars General — admin @ 6:20 pm

    Star Wars Holiday Special

    A college roommate of mine sent me a link today to a video called “The Star Wars Holiday Special” I expected a goofy parody but instead it was an actual made-for-tv movie that aired on November 17th, 1978. I never knew of this special – of course I was 4-years-old when it aired – but you’d think I would have heard of it by now.

    The “holiday Special” is an amazing artifact of the Star Wars legacy – amazingly this includes all the original cast of characters (except Sir Alec Guinness of course) and yet it is so campy and goofy with a wandering plotline that seems like a 70’s variety show gone bad.

    I would go into more detail about how Diahann Carol and Jefferson Starship perform or how Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Bea Arthur all play ‘guest star’ roles in this bazaar 2-hour special that focuses around Han solo trying to get Chewbacca home in time for the Wookie’s Day of Life holiday. The highlight for me was the animated short in the middle that introduces Boba Fett for the first time – oddly enough though he is a good guy that helps out Luke and Han, huh?

    But what more is there to say – just watch the thing for yourself:

    View the entire 1978 television special including great commercials!

    And if that is still not enough here is a site dedicated to the Holiday Special and all its glory.


    post 10 Obscure Facts From “The Making of Star Wars”

    November 9th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars General,Star Wars Humor — admin @ 11:10 pm

    The Making of Star Wars

    Here are 10 obscure things you can learn by reading “The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film”:

    1. Between the second and third drafts, Luke was changed to be a girl. (I knew he was to whiny to be a man!)

    2. The Jawa Sandcrawler set was searched by the Libyan army to make sure it wasn’t a Tunisian military operation. (I wonder if Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi is a Star Wars fan?)

    3. The R2-D2 robot wandered into the set of Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth,” which was also filming in the Tunisian desert. (They should have worked the lovable asteroid-mech in as the mysterious 13th apostle!)

    4. Alec Guinness got mad and almost quit when, midway through production, George Lucas decided that Obi-Wan Kenobi would die. (Guinness was just tired of picking sand out of his ass – I mean the guy was a high-brow thespian for crying out loud!)

    5. Carrie Fisher stood on a turntable to film the R2-D2 hologram message. (Put the needle on the record, put the needle on the record and the Princess goes like this…)

    6. After playing the part of C3-P0 for the entire production, Anthony Daniels was almost replaced during voice-over recordings by someone who could make the character sound more like an American used-car salesman. (Sometimes I wish they had given Threepio a different voice, not sure car salesman is the way to go though to get less annoying.)

    7. The trench that the rebels fly through isn’t the one that runs around the equator of the Death Star. It’s one of 18 vertical trenches that start halfway up from the equator and run toward the north pole. (Lucas must have been smoking a lot of pot back in those days – too bad he quit before the prequels came out)

    8. The motion picture review board rated “Star Wars” a G, until the studio went back and demanded a PG rating. Also, some of the raters fell asleep during the screening. (How in the hell does someone fall asleep during their very first viewing of Star Wars – WTF? How were they not mesmerized when you consider some of the other movies the MPAA screened that year like Beaver Dam or Chaste and Pure or The Amazing Apes)

    9. Lucas and Steven Spielberg swapped profit points on their two movies, “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” each believing the other’s would do better. (I never realized Encounters came out the same year – or that Encounters did so poorly in the Box Office, as it was 30th most popular that year – guess what was #1)

    10. Twentieth Century Fox’s stock jumped 450% immediately after Star Wars came out. (They should have just given the keys of the studio to Lucas right then)

    post Lucas to Release Reframed Young Indiana DVDs

    November 9th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars General — admin @ 12:38 am

    Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesGeorge Lucas has mentioned that the upcoming Star Wars television series would be similar to the work Lucas and producer Rick McCallum did on the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series in the early nineties.

    So my interest has been piqued and I need to check out this series. I am not quite sure why I knew nothing about this series at the time it was on TV or why I have paid no attention to it since, but this article gives a lot of detail on the series and Lucas’s affection for the project that make me think it is worth looking into further:

    “We have another chance to let the world see it,” he says, “and that’s exciting for me.”

    (Said Lucas referring to the) 1992-93 ABC television series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which is, by the standards of the 63-year-old filmmaker’s career, a beautiful loser. It was, he says, “the single most fun I ever had with any project.”

    Over the past four years, Lucas and Paramount Home Video have pumped millions of dollars into reframing Young Indiana as a lavish library of DVDs with a staggering number of extras, including 94 highly polished documentaries on famous people and moments in history. Volume one, with 12 DVDs, is in stores with a $ 129. 98 list price. Volume two is due Dec. 13.

    Lucas said it was a victory persuading Paramount and ABC to let him make Young Indiana.

    “They let me do it, and do it in the way I wanted to do it. The main thing I was really after was to see how many shows I could get done before they woke up and said enough is enough. And, you know, we managed to get 44 hours of material out there. I felt grateful I got as much done as I did.”

    Critics loved it. “By far,” The New York Times weighed in, “the most impressively mounted weekly show on television.” Time said no show had “more ambition or style,” and The Wall Street Journal said it raised the standards of television production to “the caliber of theatrical film.” Bill Moyers wished that the series would be “my grandson’s companion far into the 21 st century.” It won 11 Emmy Awards.

    The show was a gathering point for an impressive amount of talent, on-screen and off, with actors such as Max von Sydow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elizabeth Hurley and Daniel Craig passing through its stories, and directors such as Mike Newell working with writers such as Frank Darabont.

    Read the Full Article

    post “May the force be with you” ranks among top movie quote poll

    November 7th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars General — admin @ 10:57 pm

    The top 10 movie lines we use the most according to a survey by and UK Film Council:

    1 “I’ll be back.” (The Terminator)
    2 “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (Gone With The Wind)
    3 “Beam me up, Scotty.” (Star Trek)
    4 “May the force be with you.” (Star Wars)
    5 “Life is like a box of chocolates.” (Forrest Gump)
    6 “You talking to me?” (Taxi Driver)
    7 “Show me the money.” (Jerry Maguire)
    8 “Do you feel lucky, punk?” (Dirty Harry)
    9 “Here’s looking at you, kid.” (Casablanca)
    10 “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” (Dirty Dancing)

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