Flashback: Star Wars Interview 1977
TV was different 45 years ago. Talk shows were different, and movies were about to take a great leap into the future. In the summer of 1977, The Mike Douglas Show welcomed three little-known actors, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrisons Ford, on to talk about their new movie Star Wars. The other guest is Richard Thomas, who was starring in The Waltons at the time. What was strange is that they talked about Star Wars a little, but the majority of the banter was about other things. Douglas talked to Fisher about her family, and Hamill was asked about his previous roles. Ford was hardly given any time at all! Just a few years after this show, any one of the three could have carried an entire hour. -via Metafilter#starwars #retroTV #theMikeDouglasShow #1977
Kathleen Kennedy Says Star Wars Will No Longer Recast Classic Characters
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that Disney will no longer cast younger actors to play existing characters in Star Wars stories set in an earlier time period. She cited the lukewarm reception of the 2018 movie Solo: A Star Wars Story and the success of the TV series The Mandalorian as factors in the decision. Solo was an origin story of sorts for the character Han Solo, with Alden Ehrenreich playing the title character and Donald Glover playing Lando Calrission as younger men. Kennedy says that the future of the Star Wars franchise means expanding the known universe to focus on new characters. She's right about that. We had nine films that relied way too much on genetic relationships and too much on one forsaken planet at the outer rim of the galaxy (Tatooine). They also relied too much on nostalgia, with the prequels shoehorning in characters like C3PO and Chewbacca who had no business being there, and the sequels were so reliant on legacy characters that Carrie Fisher's death forced a rewrite of The Rise of Skywalker.However, Kennedy only said that younger actors will not be cast for these roles. That doesn't mean that legacy characters will not show up occasionally. Luke Skywalker was in The Mandalorian. Carrie Fisher was digitally recreated for a flashback scene in The Rise of Skywalker. Could Kennedy's announcement mean that Disney will still use legacy characters, but only with cheaper digital recreations?The upcoming miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi uses a grandfathered actor in Ewan McGregor, who portrayed Obi-Wan way more than Alec Guinness ever did. But how will this affect the long planned TV series about Lando Calrissian? Not much has been said about the show, although Donald Glover seems to be on board with playing the character again. Like McGregor, this might not count, as Glover has already played the character. Only time will tell. -via reddit #StarWars #StarWarscasting
Creepio Sings "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"
Auralnauts made a new music video to celebrate Star Wars Day. In their alternate universe, C3PO is "Creepio," which fits the video perfectly. He sings Kylie Minogue's 2001 hit song "Can't Get You Out of My Head," while gazing longingly toward Padme, or maybe Anakin, because who knows which is truly the object of his obsession. The droid was in every Star Wars movie, so there was a lot of footage to select from for this video. They managed to highlight only the creepiest shots to give him the aura of a perennially sad, frustrated incel loser, the kind that might explode into horrific violence at any moment. And that's how Auralnauts chose to celebrate the holiday. May the fourth be with you!#StarWars #C3PO #Auralnauts
3 New LEGO Star Wars Trilogy Dioramas
Experience once again the iconic moments in the original Star Wars trilogy with the LEGO diorama models collection! The said collection features Luke Skywalker's Jedi training in Dagobah with Yoda, the deadly trash compactor, and Luke's trench run as he attempts to destroy the Death Star.Aside from the recreation of the locations, the diorama models also have an iconic line in the scene written upfront. Prices range from $59.99 to - 89.99, depending on the diorama model you want to buy.Star Wars fans would surely love these!(Images: LEGO)#StarWars #LEGO #Recreation
Star Wars Landspeeder Desk
Uncle Owen’s battered X-34 Landspeeder was the perfect vehicle for the hot, dusty, and flat environments of the Tatooine desert where Luke Skywalker grew up. It became iconic after the 1977 release of Star Wars because it reminded so many members of the audience of the old sports and muscle cars that sat in garages, begging for a paintjob—or even just a washing.
The Star Wars Trash Compactor Scene, Now in LEGO
No one who saw it will ever forget the trash compactor scene from the original 1977 movie Star Wars. It was both funny and tension-filled, and it highlighted how previous space movies never addressed the necessary infrastructure of a spaceship with a large crew. And kids loved it because it was really gross. Now you can relive those memories with LEGO's new Death Star™ Trash Compactor Diorama. Once you assemble the 802 pieces, you can recreate the moment our heroes confront the danger of being compacted, while C3PO and R2D2 fret on the outside. Yes, the walls of this diorama move, so that you can squish the minifigs and the debris! This set even includes the head of the dianoga monster that scared us all. The trash compactors is one of three new Star Wars sets that will be available to preorder on April 26 for under $100.
Unanswered Star Wars Mystery: Why C-3PO had a Silver Leg in the Original Trilogy
The droid C-3PO has been in all the Star Wars movies, but even though he has always been played by actor Anthony Daniels, the character doesn't always look exactly the same. He opened the whole saga in A New Hope, along with R2D2. Then in the prequels, we find that he was built from spare parts by the child Anakin Skywalker. That seemed a disappointment, an obvious clue that plot points would be shoehorned into the story as an excuse to bring back familiar characters. But back to C-3PO's appearance. A casual fan may have missed it, but the droid had a mismatched shin in the original trilogy. His left shin was silver, while the rest of his body was gold-colored. This was made clear by the appearance of the action figure, but wasn't so obvious in the first movie, because the silver shin reflected the gold color of the other leg. Why was he mismatched? We know his memory was wiped at the end of the prequel trilogy, and he served Bail Organa afterward, but no explanation for the shin was ever given in the movies. According to Anthony Daniels, there was supposed to be an explanation eventually, but it just never happened. For observant fans, there is plenty of speculation to chew on, which you can read about at CBR.com.#starwars #C3PO
Samuel L. Jackson Wants a Mace Windu Series
Disney has been busy producing television series about familiar Star Wars characters Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and bringing back various other characters for cameos, like Darth Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story and Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian. What about Mace Windu? Samuel L. Jackson wants to know. In a recent podcast, Jackson indicated his willingness to take up the purple lightsaber again, even he has to use it with his left hand only. He approached Bryce Dallas Howard, who directed some episodes of The Mandalorian.“You think you might be able to hook a brother up? I mean you like me, right? I’ll learn to lightsaber left-handed. Come on, hook me up,” Jackson said.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi Teaser Trailer is Here
Disney's next new Star Wars series is Obi-Wan Kenobi. We are finally getting a look at Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan after the fall of the Jedi, in his self-exile to Tatooine. We will also see Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader eventually. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse are back as Owen and Beru Lars. The generation that loved the Star Wars prequels are beside themselves with nostalgic excitement to see what happened to Obi-Wan and the infant Luke Skywalker after Vader and his forces broke up the Jedi council and slaughtered the younglings. From this teaser, it is apparent that the Emperor didn't just forget about the few Jedi that escaped- he sent his forces searching for them, making Obi-Wan's job all that much more dangerous. Ewan McGregor looks just the right amount older. The music hearkens back to his adventures with Anakin Skywalker. The presence of Vader connects this story with the original 1977 Star Wars. What could possibly go wrong? The epic nature of this teaser makes it clear that the entire franchise is riding on the success of this series. The six-episode miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on May 25 on Disney+.#starwars #obiwankenobi
An Honest Trailer for the Book of Boba Fett
The opening premise of this Honest Trailer made me laugh. When we try to find out more about a minor Star Wars character, or a major character for that matter, we can only be disappointed. The Book of Boba Fett has wrapped up its first season, and we don't know if there will be another. Reviews from critics and fans are mixed. The series was a spinoff of The Mandalorian, but it seemed like it never really separated itself from the earlier series.
Reports from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Disney World
Walt Disney World's newest attraction opens on March first, an entire theme park dedicated to an immersive Star Wars adventure. The package deal of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser includes two nights at the Halcyon and participation in an outer space mission in which the guests are characters in a storyline. The cost is $5,000 for two adults, or $6,000 for two adults and one child. So what do you get for that? A preview run for journalists and influencers is yielding reviews.
Mandalorian Couples Therapy Reveals the Problem with The Book of Boba Fett
The Disney version of Star Wars has tried and tried to introduce new characters or expand on minor characters, but every new venture tends to step back from the risk of truly new stories by sticking in something familiar to Star Wars fans. In the sequel trilogy, it was the entire plot of The Force Awakens, and Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, not to mention the characters from the original trilogy. In the TV shows, the same problem is evident. The Warp Zone illustrates it with a skit. Den of Geek goes into detail abouthow crossover characters affected The Book of Boba Fett, and how Marvel does it differently. This probably won't be a problem with the upcoming series Obi-Wan Kenobi, since the lead characters in that series are Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, played by Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christiansen. Good luck to any other characters who would like to get a line or two.#starwars #thebookofbobafett #mandalorian #therapy #couplestherapy
If The Book of Boba Fett Were Produced in 1985
Auralnauts' latest mashup is on the nostalgia track. They've reproduced the latest Disney+ Star Wars series as if it were a broadcast television show of the '80s. Which makes sense in a way. If Lucasfilm had known that Boba Fett would become such a beloved character among fans, and if they had their own television channel like Disney's, The Book of Boba Fett would have premiered a couple of years afterThe Return of the Jedi and now be in classic reruns on TV Land.
The Maskalorian Gives Away Free Masks to Strangers
Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away... or perhaps in Graz, Austria, the Maskalorian and his adopted son Masku paraded the streets to hand out masks to passersby for free.Since the summer of 2020, 43-year-old filmmaker and improv performer Matt Adams has dressed up in a costume inspired by Disney+ Star Wars show The Mandalorian while carrying Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda. He gave them the names the Maskalorian and Masku respectively. To help promote COVID-19 safety measures, Adams have given out masks in Graz, Vienna, and New York City. Masku accompanies him with a tiny mask and a GoPro.Check out the Maskalorian and Masku in action below.
How Yoda Was Made
Yoda was a 900-year-old Jedi master in the Star Wars universe. He was also a Muppet, performed by Frank Oz, who also was the puppeteer behind Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, and Cookie Monster. Then came the prequels, where Yoda was the same character but younger and computer-generated. We all know these things. But the man behind the character design was makeup artist Stuart Freeborn, who paused during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back in 1979 to tell us a bit about how Yoda came about.
How The Book of Boba Fett is Rehabilitating Tatooine's Image
Tatoonie was introduce to us in 1977 as a wasteland, an outlying planet in a galaxy that has so much more to offer. A "wretched hive of scum and villainy" as it were. Luke Skywalker couldn't wait to leave it. Neither could Anakin Skywalker. Yet Star Wars returned to the planet over and over, until by now it seems to be the center of the galaxy. Besides the movies, Disney has two TV series that are set on Tatooine. Obi-Wan Kenobi has yet to premiere, but we know the premise. The currently-streaming show The Book of Boba Fett embraces Tatooine in order to bring back characters we already know, but it also gives us a more nuanced look at the planet. The Book of Boba Fett is chock-full of characters we have considered villains in the past. The title character himself went from a minor bad guy who was quickly killed off to the main character, but that was the doing of Star Wars fans over decades. In the TV series, we get to know the Tusken Raiders as a misunderstood aboriginal civilization, instead of the generic danger they were portrayed as in the movies. Rancors were dangerous monsters until we met a baby specimen. Even the violent bar fights are discouraged in The Book of Boba Fett. Read how all these things are making Tatooine look like a more hospitable world at The Ringer. -viaDigg #StarWars #Tatooine #TheBookofBobaFett
A Rundown of Upcoming Star Wars Projects
Just because the Skywalker saga has wrapped up doesn't mean that Star Wars is petering out. Far from it. Now that Disney has a streaming TV service, they are very busy exploring the adventures of many characters that aren't named Skywalker (and some that are). Besides The Book of Boba Fett, which is streaming now, and looking forward to season three of The Mandalorian, we also have season two of The Bad Batch. New series include the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi, set to premiere later this year. Andor will star Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in a Rogue One spinoff series. It will, of course, be a prequel.
Boba Fett and the Sarlacc: Canon Edition
With the rise subscription streaming services, there has also risen a section of the public who do not subscribe to every streaming service available, yet want to keep up with a series here or there anyway. You can do this by reading what's on the internet and seeing a posted video here and there. I count myself among those folks; that's how I know what happened on Game of Thrones without HBO. In any case, the new Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett has started on Disney+. In the opening episode, we find out the Disney canon version of how Boba Fett escaped being slowly digested inside a sarlacc. If you plan to watch the episode and want to avoid spoilers, you'll want to stop here and read some other post on Pop Culturista. The question of what to do with a beloved character after they die has been around since 1983, when Boba Fett was thrown into the sarlacc pit, presumably to die, in Return of the Jedi. Fans wanted more of Boba Fett, because we just adore a good villain, especially when he comes across as a badass fighter. The "expanded universe" of comics and novels resurrected Fett with various explanations that could work if you wanted them to badly enough. The explanation laid out in The Book of Boba Fett borrowed heavily from those stories, even though they are no longer canon. SPOILER QUOTEWe watch in the opening minutes of the episode as the bounty hunter wakes up inside the beast’s stomach and uses a dead stormtrooper’s leftover oxygen supply to survive long enough to burn his way out of the sarlacc with his wrist-mounted flamethrower. We see him digging himself out and onto the dunes just a few yards from the dead sarlacc’s mouth.There's more to the story, like the timeline this presents, which leaves a lot of questions. Read what we now know about Boba Fetts' continuing story at Den of Geek.#StarWars #BobaFett #sarlacc
Holidays of the Star Wars Universe
We on Earth celebrate Christmas in one way or another over most of the world. There's also the New Year holiday, which varies among cultures, and all kinds of other holidays that are marked by individual nations, culture, or religions. Surely other civilizations outside of Earth have special days to celebrate, too! The events of the Star Wars saga took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but they also had their holidays. We know about Life Day, because that was the "holiday" that gave us The Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978. At one time, it was only observed on the planet Kashyyyk, but later spread to other parts of the galaxy. You might not be as familiar with Empire Day, Boonta Eve, or the Aki-Aki Festival of the Ancestors. These are holidays we've already seen in the Star Wars universe, and there may be others uncovered in the future (as production schedules require). Read about these holidays at the Star Wars official site. -via Boing Boing #starwars #holiday
A Better Ending for Revenge of the Sith
What can you say about Revenge of the Sith besides it was the best of the three Star Wars prequels? We all knew what was going to happen because the narrative had to bridge the two earlier prequels and lead to the original trilogy, so there were no real surprises. We knew Anakin would become Darth Vader and Luke would be taken to Tatooine and Leia would become a princess. But there were a couple of things that just didn't quite make sense: 1. While Anakin had an incentive to turn to the dark side, he didn't have a motive for suddenly killing the Jedi and the younglings, and 2. Padme gave up the will to live even though she had two new children to live for. Given the movie came out 16 years ago, we've had plenty of time to ponder those inconsistencies. Jordan Breeding at Cracked thinks he could fix that script with just a few tweaks, giving Anakin a real reason to hate the Jedi, and giving Padme a real reason to die that doesn't depend on her personal heartbreak. Read the alternate Revenge of the Sith ending he came up with, which still leads to the same place but with more logic, at Cracked.#StarWars @RevengeoftheSith
Ewan McGregor Describes Doing Star Wars in Green Screen
Ewan McGregor was a recent guest on The Jonathan Ross Show. Of course they talked about Star Wars, which started for McGregor more than 20 years ago. The prequels relied an awful lot on green screen technology, and McGregor gives us a hilarious re-enactment of what it was like to interact with characters and props that weren't there at all, like the big lizard he rode.
A Look at The Book of Boba Fett
In the Star Wars universe, whether the dead stay dead depends on whether the character is a fan favorite. Audiences latched on to the bounty hunter Boba Fett so much that his death was undone by a daring escape from the sarlacc he was pushed into in The Return of the Jedi. Fett got a backstory in the prequel movie Attack of the Clones. But Star Wars fans wanted more. Boba Fett appeared in two episode of The Mandalorian, leading us to think that he would have a more prominent role in season three. But that was a teaser for the new series The Book of Boba Fett. Behold the trailer.
A Uniquely Amazing General Grievous Costume
This is not a robot. This is a man in a General Grievous costume, a notoriously difficult character for cosplay, designed by Wicked Armor. It's easily a foot taller than the person inside. You almost expect him to pull out multiple lightsabers and start spinning them! Can you figure out how it works? The wearer is completely concealed within the cape lining. He's wearing a headband that controls the Grievous head. There are more details at the sales page. Yes, you can buy this! But it's priced for serious cosplayers or professionals, and you might have to wait a while because it's not exactly mass-produced. But it could well be worth waiting for, since the design is being upgraded for ever more accuracy. -via Everlasting Blort#StarWars #General Grievous #costume #cosplay
Impressionism-Style Star Wars Paintings by Naci Caba
The Star Wars films are already aesthetically pleasing. But if Star Wars were a series of paintings instead of a series of films, the Impressionist style would be the best art style that could perfectly depict the fantastic saga.The Impressionist art movement began in the 1870s. Artists that adhered to this style emphasized accurate depiction of light, color, and motion in their artworks.Turkish artist Naci Caba has made these Star Wars paintings in the Impressionist style. Check out his beautiful works over at his website. You may also visit his Etsy Shop if you want to buy his works.(All Images: Naci Caba)#Impressionism #StarWars #Painting #Art #Classic
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