TORn is reporting that negotiations are underway for a trilogy (rather than a dulogy) of The Hobbit films.
In the hefty realm of Star Wars pranks, the big hit seems to be ThinkGeek’s Tauntaun sleeping bag. What kid wouldn’t love that!
Meanwhile, Wookieepedia has gone purist: “…the consensus of the Wookieepedia administrators is to only accept the Star Wars films as canon. Expanded Universe material will be treated as non-canon from here on. ”
Big thanks to for the enthusiastic replies to Laurel K. Hamilton’s Jaded Conquest, and to CJ’s Heather W. for the title. We actually have a great run of title suggestions on the list, including Journey into Skywalker, Jedi in Chains, Under The Hand, and Hard Jade Knight. I think it might call for a poll…
Other EU tomfoolery: The Movie Blog reports that George Lucas is making a Legacy movie; TFN’s Lit forums celebrate the release of Bib Fortuna and the Rise of the Dark Falls and the announcement of Republic Commando: Tipoca Thunder, while there is mass outrage of Dark Horse’s decision to reshuffle the NJO timeline for Invasion.
As for the rest of the internet…
- Expedia is offering $99 flights to Mars!.
- Google has developed artificial intelligence, and she’ll reply to your emails for you!
- Tor.com changes their name to TÖRdötCÖM and spends the day posting a mix of serious and silly content. Particularly notable: Anne Rice Admits to Writing Jesus Fan Fiction, Fiction World Rocked as Woman Claims No Sexual Attraction to Neil Gaiman and Fox Cancels Joss Whedon.
- Every day is April Fools for The Onion, but I can’t help but appreciate Obama Depressed, Distant Since ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Series Finale.
- Red Right Hand is going to the special hell for almost making it through a report that Fox is remaking Firefly with Steven Bochco and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
- Keep up at Fandom Lounge or April Fools’ Day On The Web.
Or at least, that’s what I was told. But seriously, you’ve got to see it to believe it. Lucasfilm has got a real powerhouse on this one… Continue reading
Boing Boing TV has an exclusive interview with George Lucas about ‘The Boba Fett Mystique,’ his new line of bath products. Really? It’s Xeni Jardin dancing around to an elevator-music version of the Numa Numa song.
Moviehole.com brings us the news that Harrison Ford is returning as Han Solo in a new movie scripted by Carrie Fisher.
As for other favorites, Google teams up with Virgin for Virgle and ThinkGeek brings the world’s first USB pregnancy test. And of course, lots of rickrolling.
Got more? Link your favorite prank in the comments!
A source has forwarded me some very troubling information about the upcoming books. It seems that LFL and Del Rey (yes, Del Rey will be back) have been paying attention to the most extreme whining about LOTF and even the NJO, and they’re taking steps accordingly. I hate to assault the eyes of an unprepared audience, so details are below the cut: Enter at your own risk. Continue reading
Our own ‘Club Obi-Wan’ has finally been put down, but remains preserved for the ages.
Other than those we linked in the spirit of the day… There weren’t as many as in previous years, no doubt due to it being a Sunday. (What is it with these strange people and their 5-day work weeks? Where do I get one of those?)
As far as SW fandom goes, I think Wookieepedia won this round handily. TheForce.Net phoned it in this year with a less-than-special interview podcast; their boards got a Barbie theme.
Oh, and SyFy Portal think we’re all being terribly unprofessional. I can only dream of having such delusions of grandeur, but then we here are only mere fan bloggers and cannot possibly understand the responsibilities of posting real news.
StarWars.com: The Shadow War Chronicles.
TheForce.net: Madonna Signs On For Live Action Television Series!
Wookieepedia: Featured Article: Earth
RebelScum: Operate on the Dark Lord
501st: Pwnd by Rebel hackers
Ask Slashdot: How Hot Would a Light Saber Really Be?
Sideshow Collectibles: 6-inch Partial Figure Exclusive: Final Battle Darth Maul.
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