Jan
15
2017
17

The Rogue One post. FINALLY. [SPOILERS]

[SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS]

All right? Good. Let’s go:

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Jan
14
2017
0

Rogue One demonstrates that reshoots are not always bad.

Often they are bad. We have all seen how a last-minute change can derail a flick (coughcoughIAmLegendcoughcough). But in this particular case it apparently worked out pretty good for Rogue One (many, many spoilers in that link):

Star Wars: Rogue One has been in theaters for just about a month, and it is safe to say the movie is a huge success. Not only has the first ever live-action theatrically released Star Wars Anthology movie to take place outside of the Skywalker saga done very well at the box office, but it has been very well received by fans. One of the main reasons for that was the presence of Darth Vader, specifically his final scene. It turns out that scene wasn’t originally in the movie.

I’m a little surprised that something like that last scene wasn’t originally in the film, to be honest. I mean, you’d think that they would have shot it as early as they could.  Out of sheer anticipation for Filming Something Neat…

Jan
13
2017
5

Lucasfilm* will NOT CGI Carrie Fisher in future Star Wars movies.

(Via Nerdbastards) This seems fairly straightforward:

We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.

Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.

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Dec
29
2016
4

We’re all doomed: they upgraded Star Wars: X-Wing for modern computers.

This is really, really, REALLY bad.  I have to EAT and SLEEP and WEAR SHOES every so often. This is not going to be helpful:

Moe Lane

PS: Four bucks on Steam for the original, then you add the free mod.

Dec
22
2016
5

Tweet of the Day, …Hold Up A Second edition.

This is a really good point.  Not to mention, a somewhat glaring plot hole.  One you’d think that George Lucas would have tried to fix with twenty minutes of clunky dialog and heavy use of railroading… oh, wait, am I still bitter?

Mayyyyybeeee:

Dec
21
2016
2

Quote of the Day, Wait. There’s a 4K Restoration Print of Star Wars (A New Hope)? edition.

This seems to be burying the lede a bit, friends.  Rogue One director Gareth Edwards:

On day one, we were in Lucasfilm in San Francisco with Industrial Light and Magic and John Knowles, our supervisor, he said that they’ve got a brand new 4K restoration print of A New Hope – it had literally just been finished. He suggested we sit and watch it. Obviously, I was up for that. Me, the writer, lots of the story people and John all sat down, we all had our little notepads, we were all ready for this. I’ll add that I’ve seen A New Hope hundreds of times. So I was sat there, ready to take notes and really delve under the surface of the film. You have the Fox fanfare, then scrolling text with ‘A long time ago…’, and then the main music begins. Next thing we knew it had ended, and we looked around to one another and just thought – shit, we didn’t take any notes. You can’t watch it without getting carried away. It’s really hard to get into an analytical filmmaker headspace with this film. It just turns you into a child.

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Dec
19
2016
7

It is time that Disney think about optioning ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.’

Given that Rogue One is busily racking up the numbers for Disney, to the point where the Mouse can now feel reassured that the Star Wars gravy train is indeed up and running, it is time that they start thinking about the next non-episode movie after the Han Solo flick.  It is my suggestion that they pick a definitely modified version of Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.  Which means, yes, no Luke or Leia.

Why?  Permit me to point out the following: (more…)

Dec
16
2016
13

My (Spoiler Free, hopefully) Reaction to Rogue One.

Short-short reaction: It Did Not Suck. Disney is a little scared of what you might do to them if they f*ck up this series. Go see it.

Short reaction: it’s a good movie. There’s a basic paradox about Rogue One: on the one hand, it’s definitely not part of the 9-movie arc that we were promised, and that we’re finally getting now that Disney successfully broke George Lucas’ hands off of the franchise. You’ll see that right from the start.  In fact, if you were to strip away the Star Wars universe from this movie it’d still be comprehensible in a way that most of the prequels, alas, would not be.  But at the same time Rogue One is firmly locked into the chronology of the Star Wars universe in a way that allows them to not waste time telling you things that you already knew, like what ‘Death Star plans’ are and why it’s so important to get them to the Rebellion. This is to the films overall advantage. (more…)

Dec
15
2016
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Shooting to start soon on Star Wars Han Solo flick.

As in February. Which, according to that Coming Soon link, is when Episode VIII stuff starts revving up in high gear.  Going to be interesting when they finish Episode IX and then the studio won’t have to be alternating Star Wars tracks every year.  Or will they keep doing that anyway?  You can bet that somebody at the Mouse is thinking really hard about that, even as we speak.

As to the Han Solo flick? The biggest question for me is*, will they bring in Peter Mayhew for Chewbacca?  There’s a possibility that they won’t, and it’s a decent one: he’s doing Episode VIII already. Dude’s getting up there in years.  I’d maybe feel differently if JJ Abrams hadn’t brought in Mayhew for Episode VII and done right by him, but he did, so maybe get another guy to play the part for the Solo standalone.

Moe Lane

*Yeah, the leeway I’m giving the people making this flick is pretty much assuming that Rogue One tomorrow Will Not Suck. But the early reviews are good. Gushing, even.  So we’ll see.

Nov
28
2016
2

The possibly-last Star Wars: Rogue One trailer.

New stuff in there.  Including at least one new scene of general badassery that will amuse.

…OK, several scenes of general badassery. I really, really hope that my wife isn’t going to be too upset at me going to see this movie the morning it comes out (and thus not waiting for her)…

Nov
21
2016
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The latest ‘Rogue One’ extended TV spot.

Just realized: “December 16th”… isn’t really all that far away, huh? 25 days. And will I see it as soon as possible? Why, of course I will. Unless my wife wants us to see it together, of course. In that case, I may have to acquire the emergency services of a babysitter. Anyway, here’s the latest TV trailer, with a bare dollop of new footage:

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