On that note, read this. Film Critic Hulk on why casting rumors are nonsense. None of this is a surprise, but it is definitely something to keep in mind, and one of the reasons we don’t take rumors particularly seriously around these parts. (Also: They amuse me.)
StarWars.com has posted two archival videos to their Youtube account. The first, above, is George Lucas discussing the crafting of the story. The second, below the cut, features Ralph McQuarrie on his concept work.
Despite earlier reports that the wedding may happen on the 29th in Chicago, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson got married this weekend at Skywalker Ranch.
The Huffington Post has our first look at the happy couple and details from the ceremony. Lucas’ son Jett served as best man, while daughters Katie and Amanda were bridesmaids. The service was conducted by journalist Bill Moyers, who worked with Lucas on the acclaimed PBS documentary series Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth.
“Let’s give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride,” Samuel L. Jackson tweeted on Saturday.
The “wedding was joy to behold,” Ron Howard tweeted Sunday.
Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Senator Bill Bradley (who gave away the bride) were also among the attendees. Musicians Van Morrison and Janelle Monae performed.
Lucas and Hobson, who have been together for several years, announced their engagement in January.
The Clone Wars brought home the gold at the Daytime Emmys, presented over this past weekend, taking home two awards: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, and Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for David Tennant as the voice of Huyang, the droid who mentors Jedi younglings in constructing lightsabers.
David Tennant’s award was given out on Friday at the Creative Arts presentation and Dave Filoni remarked on Tennant’s tenure on Doctor Who as a reason to cast him as the droid: “I absolutely loved what David Tenant was doing on Doctor Who. There was such a quizzical nature to his character, a sense of whimsy, but he could still get very powerful emotion out of the character — a lot of intensity, a lot of anger — just an incredible display of range.”
After switching to Saturday mornings for its final season, The Clone Wars was eligible for Daytime Emmys and earned seven nominations after the show’s cancellation.
At a recent event, George Lucas told Access Hollywood that J.J. Abrams “understands” Star Wars and “how it works.” And if not… Kathleen Kennedy will “keep it straight.” He also addressed his own role in this as being more or less on call, and the inevitable critics:
“No matter how you do it, it’s a complicated cultural icon. Therefore you’re always going to be in trouble no matter what you do,” he said. “So, the best thing you can do is just plow forward and try to do the best story you can.”