May
22
2017
6

Tweet of the Day, …No. Please. No Spaceballs Sequel. Seriously. No.

Don’t do this to us.

(more…)

May
14
2017
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The 8-bit Trailer for ‘The Last Jedi.’

Now THIS is what I call geekery.  That’s geekery on several levels, and feeding off of itself.  Word of advice, though: don’t watch it full screen.  Because, hey, 8-bit.

May
04
2017
4

May the Fourth be with you!

And we have been given a wonderful gift this particular Fourth.  If you have not watched the Star Wars / Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band mashup by Palette-Swap Ninja, get on that.  Full video playlist here.

And the full album is available for free. Because this stuff is prime.

Apr
18
2017
7

Disney World wants to open a Star Wars LARP Resort. :blink: :blink:

Let me repeat that: Star Wars LARP resort.

Disney is contemplating opening a luxury Star Wars themed resort next to the Hollywood Studios park at Disney World, which could feature multi-day live-action role-playing games that run overnight, with guests staying all night in the park to interact with costumed characters and automated elements (droids, etc) to game out scenarios.

…(Via Rick Wilson) Dear Lord. That’s… that’s… that is a thing.  That is absolutely a thing.  That is a thing that will eat people. I am terrified. I want to wake up my wife and tell her that we need to reserve a spot NOW.  I can’t even.

Apr
11
2017
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Quote of the Day, I’d Watch This Star Wars Pitch, Sure edition.

Anybody except Guillermo del Toro, though – maybe not.  But I like del Toro’s stuff, even when he’s a little off.  So, sure:

“I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup. I just love the character.”

Apr
08
2017
4

Carrie Fisher is getting put into Star Wars Episode IX. Somehow.

I would prefer that they not do this.

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she’d appear in some way in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been completed before her death, but the next film had not yet begun shooting. Her brother Todd Fisher told The New York Daily News that he and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX.

My objections are relentlessly practical, however.  Unless they’ve gotten extremely lucky, Disney has a bunch of footage that needs to have the rest of the movie written around it, as it were.  Maybe they’ll only have to write around it a little.  Maybe they’ll have to write around it a lot.  No matter what, it gives off the feel of a gimmick — and that will make the movie just a little less watchable.  Sometimes you need the gimmick anyway (the CGI character resurrections in Rogue One spring to mind). And sometimes you do not.  I think that this might be a ‘not.’

Mar
15
2017
3

So, they’re building life-size AT-ATs for Disneyland.

Because of course they are.

More here. They might be planning something broadly similar for Disney World, which is infinitely easier for my family to get to than Disneyland is and also has the advantage of not being in California.  Not that I’d take my kids to the lands ruled by the House of Mouse for a couple of years yet, but this will take a little time to put together anyway…

Feb
22
2017
7

Disney figures out how to get a sequel for Rogue One.

It’s a book called… Inferno Squad. And I’ll allow it:

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?

(more…)

Feb
21
2017
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Peter Mayhew passes the bowcaster to Joonas Suotamo for Han Solo film.

This is… well, it’s not horrible news. Peter Mayhew is in his 70s, he’s playing Chewbacca in The Last Jedi, and probably will in the next one, too. And certainly Joonas Suotamo has been understudying for the role. But it’s still kind of sad to see how time marches on. Suotamo strikes the right note, here:

Feb
17
2017
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I’m telling ya, the kid grows up to be Snoke.

That’s the only way this works.

The conclusion of a trilogy, mostly set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Empire’s End contains plenty of rewards for long-term fans. One of these is an interlude set on the planet of Naboo. A refugee boy named Mapo encounters a Gungan performing for kids on the streets, clowning around in a fountain twice a day while being studiously avoided by the grown-ups.

“Meesa Jar Jar,” says the clown when Mapo introduces himself.

Because we all know that Jar Jar was the secret Sith Lord setting the whole thing up, right?  Well, Darth Binks has just found himself a new apprentice.  Seriously, the chronology will fit.

Feb
16
2017
2

The not-WEG’s long-awaited Galaxy Guide 13: Rogue One RPG supplement.

Hey, did you enjoy seeing those pictures of the Rogue One crew that were drawn in West End Games’ Star Wars RPG’s style?

(more…)

Feb
08
2017
1

Covert Media /Broken Road to create Star Wars parody, lawsuit(?).

Well, I ASSUME that there’s going to be a good chance for the latter:

A spoof of the Star Wars franchise is in development with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck.”

The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).

…(Via GeekTyrant) This should be a fascinating contest of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object.  On one hand, we have the Mouse.  On the other hand, we have the entire question of just how protected parodies are… which is danged convoluted. Seriously, the more I refreshed my memory on this, the more complicated it got. And on the gripping hand, Disney pretty much does nothing to go after porn parodies of its stuff (DO NOT SEARCH FOR EXAMPLES, IF YOU LOVE YOUR EYES), so maybe they won’t care, after all.  Which sounds… weird, no?

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