May
05
2018
3

Disney movie advance ticket sales surpasses other Disney movie but not other other Disney movie.

Disney must find all of this entertaining: “Tickets for Solo: A Star Wars Story went on sale Thursday night and the first 24 hours of presales have already doubled Marvel’s megahit Black Panther, according to Fandango. Yet Solo can’t top first-day presales for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, which remains the fastest-selling film of the year in these early metrics.” Especially since ‘megahit’ is unlikely to be applied to Solo, even if it makes more money than Rogue One did.

Why? Ah.  Well, how do I put this tactfully? There are societal expectations for Star Wars movies. Making over a billion dollars per movie isn’t exceeding them; it’s the bare minimum for fulfilling them.  This doesn’t bother Disney, because while they do like making movies (if they didn’t, they’d never make good ones) they really do like making movies that bring in the cash.  Which is probably what they’re going to do with Solo.

May
04
2018
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May the Fourth be with you.

Found here, but good luck getting the game working on your current computer.

Apr
21
2018
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In the Mail: The Han Solo trilogy.

Chosen because somebody on Twitter swore up and down that this AC Crispin Star Wars Extended Universe Han Solo trilogy was Absolutely Worth It; and then she narrated what happened to the point where I shrugged and said Fine. I’ll give it a try.  There’s also supposedly a kind of Rogue One vibe going on here which sounded kind of appealing.  Although, honestly?  I mostly decided that I needed to read something that wasn’t like the stuff that I normally read. It’s not good to get in a rut, you know.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Mar
08
2018
7

Lucasfilm hires Jon Favreau to produce live-action Star Wars TV series.

Witness the power of this fully operatiOK, that joke is played out: “Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.”   But will it suck?

Good question.  By all accounts, Clone Wars does not — but it’s animation, which means that they save a mint on special effects that way.  The question really is, what are they going to do in that universe?  I mean, sure, KOTOR screams out for a miniseries.  It screams so very, very loudly.  But who here thinks that Disney’s gonna go down that road?

Yeah… yeah.  Me, neither.

Moe Lane

PS: I’d so totally watch a KOTOR miniseries. First and second campaigns. I’d pay for the streaming service providing it without even slowing down.

Feb
09
2018
6

Who the heck let George Lucas wander around the Solo set unattended?

He ended up being managing to be “helpful:”

“[George Lucas] had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,” [Lucasfilm President Kathleen] Kennedy says. “There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’”

In other words, George Lucas helped direct a small part of Solo.

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Feb
05
2018
2

Video of the Day, You Cannot Unhear These Star Wars Lyrics edition.

At least, that’s what somebody argued on Facebook.  I have to agree: and, heck, these lyrics for Star Wars’ Duel of the Fates actually kind of made vague sense, in places. At any rate, they’re gonna be in your head now!

Feb
05
2018
7

First Solo trailer.

It’s not promising.  I suspect that there’s a reason why we’re hearing more from the people in that heist than from Han Solo himself.  Also: the chronology is confusing me. Just how old is Han Solo, anyway? Shouldn’t he be old enough to remember the Republic and the Jedi Order*?

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Jan
07
2018
2

This leaked Solo LEGO toy materials reminds us that there’s a Star Wars Solo movie coming up.

Which Disney has been keeping absolutely under wraps up, to this point. Seriously: this Lego stuff is about the only bits we’ve really seen of any of the promo material. Solo is supposed to be coming out in May, and it’s not being hyped at all for a Star Wars movie.  Or even that much, really.  I went and I looked at how they did Rogue One, and trailers were dropping for the movie (which hit the screens in December) in April of that year.  We should have seen the first trailers for this movie in September 2017.

:pause:

Well, folks: if you’re rooting for a Star Wars movie to flat-out bomb, I think that we’ve maybe found our first legitimate candidate for that. Between that silence and the rumors of a troubled productions, it’s very possible that Solo will stink on ice.  And, yes: I got a bad feeling about this…

Dec
17
2017
2

Steam has a terrifying Star Wars sale going on…

…terrifying because it’s so, so good.  The Force Unleashed stuff in particular is calling to me.  It says, just one game, Moe.  You’ve always wanted to play it.  What harm could it possibly do?

:pause:

This would be a lot easier to justify if I didn’t need to sleep.

Moe Lane

PS: The X-Wing and TIE Fighter games were ZOMG good.  So, so good.  Good enough that I almost want to buy a joystick, or hook up the XBox attachment… oh, crap, I have one of those.

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