Oct
10
2017
4

The new ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer.

Well, we knew that this was going to show up, here.

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Sep
12
2017
3

J.J. Abrams back to Star Wars for Episode IX.

Which means, of course, that all of the loose plot holes left in all [coughcoughcough] movies will be left right where they are.  I kid, I kid! I’m sure that J.J. Abrams will do a perfectly fine job.  Of course, you know me and movies; I simply do not have a refined enough palate to detect even the most blatant overtones of cinematic vinegar.

I wonder what Disney plans to do, after this last trilogy is over.  I assume that they’re going to try to do something like a live-action Star Wars Rebels or Clone Wars, because of all the people that will line up to throw money at them for that. But once the Solo flick is in the can, what’s left?  …Strike that, I know what I want. I want a live-action Knights of the Old Republic. I deserve this, in fact.

Sep
05
2017
2

Director who directed “The Book of Henry” no longer directing “Star Wars IX.”

Sorry.  I thought that I should provide some possible context…

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

…since the above statement declines to give any whatsoever. As has been noted on Twitter, Disney has tossed three directors on two Star Wars films this year; clearly, the Mouse is King Stork, not King Log. Did Trevorrow’s critical and (almost certainly) financial flop have anything to do with that?  I dunno; it depends on your opinion of Disney.  I think that it’s at least reasonable to assume that The Book of Henry at least destroyed whatever margin for error the director would have had. Disney is unlikely to take any chances, as this corporate training video from the 1970s will demonstrate: (more…)

Aug
17
2017
3

They want to do an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. …Yay?

I’m… ah.  Well. I guess that this is the straightforward play.

Stephen Daldry is Star Wars’ newest hope.

The Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in early talks to direct a Star Wars stand-alone movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. If a deal makes, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass.

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Aug
10
2017
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I can’t get upset that John Williams isn’t scoring the Han Solo movie.

Let me be honest about it: Mr. Williams is an old man. I don’t know how many more movie scores he has in him.  I’d rather that John Williams makes sure that the one for Episode Nine is written and done first:

Composer John Powell, who may be best known for his memorable soundtracks to the Matt Damon Bourne series, ShrekKung Fu Panda (1 and 2), and How to Train Your Dragon (1 and 2), will be lifting the baton to score the upcoming young Han Solomovie, due in theaters next year. Powell is only the third composer to be welcomed into the exclusive family of Star Wars live-action music writers, which includes the legendary John Williams (the eight Skywalker saga movies) and Michael Giacchino, who scored last December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The untitled Han Solomovie will be scored in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell’s distinctive voice.

Is this greedy of me? Perhaps. But the scores from the second Star Wars trilogy were about the only thing I liked about those movies, and the last one just won’t be the same without that John Williams touch. And, heck, I liked the music in Kung Fu Panda.  That series has been remarkably free of sequel suckitude.

Aug
09
2017
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Tweet of the Day, I Wonder How Many People Tried To CSI This? edition.

Gotta be more than one person analyzing this tweet to a fare-thee-well:

Which is probably why Ron Howard did that.  Also: why is the Han Solo movie not yet named?  I mean, heck, just call it ‘Solo.’  It’s exceedingly unlikely that people are not going to figure out what the movie’s about.

Jul
29
2017
10

Come for the argument about whether Han activated the lightsaber for Kylo…

…stay for the sight of people arguing whether non-Force Sensitive people can or cannot activate a lightsaber in the first place.  Which they can, of course.  It’s just that you need to be one of Star Wars’ genetic aristocrats to activate and use one without carving chunks of your own body off*.

There. That should amuse my readership for the rest of the night.

Moe Lane

*While we’re on the subject: they had clones. They had prosthetic limbs that were more or less functional replacements, including pain sensors.  Why didn’t they just grow Luke a new hand.  Or, heck, Anakin a new body?

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Jul
15
2017
3

Annnnd here’s that ‘Last Jedi’ behind-the-scenes video.

In fact, I gotta go watch it again, so I can codify what I think about Star WarsThe Last Jedi at this point.

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Jul
11
2017
4

Well, those are certainly… *visible* Star Wars outfits.

Probably Lando’s. Almost certainly Lando’s.  But not Londo’s, which is a shame because I’d pay good money to see a Star Wars movie suddenly get invaded by Babylon 5 characters.  And I suspect, so would the rest of you.

…This really doesn’t match the color scheme of the original trilogy, huh?

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Jun
27
2017
1
Jun
20
2017
4

Ron Howard to be replacement director on Han Solo movie?

Well, that would be interesting.

Deadline hears that Ron Howard has emerged as front-runner to replace Phil Lord & Christopher Miller on the untitled Han SoloStar Wars spinoff film. Disney dropped a shocker this afternoon with the announcement that the duo exited a picture that has been in production since February at London’s Pinewood Studios.

I mean, they gotta get somebody. But Ron Howard hasn’t had a real hit for almost a decade. Does the Mouse even want him directing a Star Wars flick? Han Solo is not really his style. — Note that I’m assuming that the Mouse can get him, if the Mouse happens to want Ron Howard.  You can do that, when you’re well on the way to owning the entire American film industry outright.

Then again, I can’t think of anybody offhand who might be good for directing the Han Solo standalone. I’m not even sure what the Han Solo standalone would be about. Besides spectacle, of course.

Jun
06
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, Four-Buck Tie Fighter! (And God Bless GOG.com) edition.

Seriously, I love those guys.  They are out and about doing the Lord’s work, bringing us the games of our younger days and allowing us to play them on our modern machines. I don’t have the joystick anymore, but if you do Star Wars: Tie Fighter was an awesome game. The graphics are very mid-Nineties, but I’ve never played a better space combat flight simulator. If they remade it I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

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