First The Force Unleashed, now The Holiday Special? How many fans does Vanity Fair have over there? (It is by the same writer, contributing editor Frank DiGiacomo. He even mentioned the Wookieepedia back in May.) That said, the article is a pretty interesting look at the special’s development and production.
Rumorville: Perth Now is reporting that the music for a Star Wars TV series filmed in Sydney that “could have 400 half-hour episodes” (umm…) will be recorded in Perth by Malcolm Luker. Okay then! Of course, George Lucas (or a good impersonator) was spotted down under last week. I guess we’ll get the full story (or not) in November.
- But seriously… George is part of Vanity Fair’s New Establishment.
- Good luck with that: British comedian/TV personality Justin Lee Collins is attempting to reunite the Star Wars cast on a show airing this Sunday. (Warning: The Sun.)
- Fans of note: Underwire has a short profile of Slave Leia belly dancer Amira Sa’id. And video of her routines, natch.
- Licensees: The Clone Wars Happy Meals (and the Olympics) helped boost McDonald’s sales. We’re so proud.
- People: Word on the street is that Mark Hamill will reprise the Joker for the Batman: Arkham Asylum game.
This has clearly been around for a while, and we probably already linked it back in 2005, but what the hell: Vanity Fair’s Star Wars photo album, containing almost all the fantastic Annie Leibovitz prequel set photos.
IndianaJones.com posts another behind-the-scenes video, this time focusing on the original iconic Hat. TheRaider.net also has a scan of a new photo featuring Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett.
- Hobbit: Del Toro still in negotations.
- Bond: Quantum of Solace teaser poster and 22 other things we know about next film.
- Lessons learned: Gore Verbinski won’t take on a fourth Pirates movie without a script,. Good to know.
- Review: AICN not impressed with Jumper.
- What? Rob Zombie to direct new Conan?
- Eye Candy: In the Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue, modern stars pay tribute to Hitchcock.
StarWars.com has a brief Q&A with Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Frank DiGiacomo about The Force Unleashed article he penned for the magazine.
Brand new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull photo debuts (on print) Friday in the latest issue of Empire. You can check it out without all the extraneous junk over at StarWars.com, which also has behind-the-scenes video from Annie Leibovitz’s Vanity Fair photo shoot and the movie novelization cover.
ETA: And another!
Like a select few event movies before it, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is getting a sizable spread in Vanity Fair, with the requite Annie Leibovitz photo shoot. There’s also an online-only George Lucas Q&A where he talks quite a bit about Star Wars, including the differences between the two trilogies:
People who are over 40 love [Episodes] IV, V, and VI and hate I, II, and III. Younger people like I, II, and III and don’t like IV, V, and VI, or they like I, II, and III better and think IV, V, and VI are kind of boring and slow. And of course the older people say, “Oh, I, II, and III—it’s too jittery, too fast, too complicated, it’s too digital,” or whatever they want to say. But definitely one generation has grabbed hold of one of them, and the other generation has grabbed hold of the next one.
The magazine ought to be on newsstands now. (via)
ETA: i09 has a rebuttal to George’s comments on why we’ll hate Indy 4. Awww. It’s so cute when they’re young and innocent enough to believe in the great and generous nature of fandom-at-large when confronted with new things.
Can’t wait? Jedinet has high resolution scans of Vanity Fair‘s Revenge of the Sith cover story.
And TFN found a news item that claims the full trailer will be on March’s Clone Wars DVD. And the presale numbers spike.