With George as my witness…

Once again, there will be no sequel trilogy. So sayth George.

“This was never planned as a nine-episode work,” Lucas said. “The media [pounced when] I made an offhand comment, ‘It might be fun to come back when everyone’s 80 and do another one of these.’ But I never had any intention of doing that.”

Retconning? Don’t know. Don’t really care. Am just happy that they’re keeping the line on this.

Also: DVD Reviews from Coming Soon, IGN, and The Digital Bits.

Movie News: King Kong, XF2, Harry Potter

Fan site Kong is King has a video production diary from Peter Jackson on the set of King Kong. Directors and fansites working together? What strange land is this?

Casting news for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: the Patil twins and Gabrielle Delacour.

X-Files 2 rumors again, this time from the lips of Robert Patrick (John Dogget.)

Dougray Scott might be the new James Bond. Tidbit: He was cast as Wolverine in X-Men, but dropped out to do Mission Impossible 2. Huh.

The Fantastic Four are set for three films. The linked article focuses on Chris Evans, who will play Johnny Storm and is currently starring in Cellular.

Star Wars Bookstore Roundup

Well, DragonCon pretty much killed any bookstore shopping, last week. But I did manage to get a book there. And there was a little movement in the bookstores this week.

Flying Solo – by Jeremy Bulloch – I picked up a copy of Jeremy’s book at DragonCon. Just finished reading it and I have to give it a solid review. He not only includes stories about his stint as Boba Fett, but you get a lot of insight into the life of a working actor, as well as some great stories from the con circuit. There’s a great slip cover and it’s a lot of fun. But it’s limited to 2,000 copies, so you might want to pick one up, now.

New Jedi Order – Various – With the new films coming out and all the re-releases of Classic Trilogy books, it appears that Del Rey has tried to latch on to any new momentum. The first three books of New Jedi Order, Vector Prime, Dark Tide I and Dark Tide II, have been reissued for $4.99, instead of the usual $6.99 price. It doesn’t appear that Amazon has benefitted from this pricing drop, so you’ll probably have to venture to a physical book store to take advantage of the sale.

SFX Magazine – September, 2004 – While we wait for next month’s issues with two collector covers (Rebel and Imperial) to hit US shores, we can content ourselves with the 69 sexiest aliens. Darth Maul, Princess Leia and Han Solo all made the list. But T’Pol from Star Trek is number one? Hmm….

Until next week, super geeks.

Hamill talks sequels

TFN posted this early in the morning and fandom went wild, as it is wont to do. Of course, they failed to clarify that Mark was talking about things George said back on the ANH set. They did edit the item this afternoon. IESB has quotes.

And for those who didn’t watch the Charlie Rose show last night, George DID say that after ROTS the story is over. Really. Over.

Of course, at the same press conference, LFL did confirm that they have a TV series in the pipeline. So who knows?

TV News: Smallville, Seth Green, Lost

Christopher Reeve has showed up on Smallville several times as scientist Dr. Virgil Swann. Annette O’Toole, who played Lana Lang in Superman III, is a series regular as Martha Kent. Now another familiar face from the Superman films will be joining them for the show’s fourth season.

If you’re anything like me and have a weakness for Seth Green and puppets, you’ll be happy to know that short-lived FOX sitcom Greg the Bunny is coming back as a half hour special on IFC.

Angel‘s David Fury finds a new home with Lost.

USA’s The Dead Zone isn’t going anywhere. The series, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, is one of the top-rated shows on cable.

Take a look at the Star Trek: Original Series DVD packaging. I think it’s pretty neat! The set is due in store on December 14th – just in time to gift your favorite Trekkie.

THX-1138: Can you feel this?

In case there was anyone who might have missed it, George Lucas’ early work THX 1138 is being released for a limited engagement this weekend in 21 cities.

Yeah. It’s a bit depressing. But you can check out what San Francisco’s BART system looked like when it was shiny new. (It was filmed in one of the stations before it opened.)

Those who prefer being depressed in the comfort of their own homes can obtain the DVD on Tuesday, September 14th.

Random URLS

Three things potentially worth wasting a few minutes on…

A CNN.com columnist’s essay about movie spoilers. It does contain some movie spoilers; the most recent movies spoiled are The Others and Jet Li’s Hero. So read at your own risk.

Just as Chewbacca finally got his medal, Dr. Bunson Honeydew and his assistant Beaker finally receive the accolades they deserve.

And, in the tradition of really lame online quizzes, the BBC web site offers “Buffy Dream Date: Which Character Is Your Valentine?” Mine is Willow, which I already knew, but it does presuppose she’s at least bi rather than full-up lesbian.

Movie News: X-Men, Underworld, and Clerks

Joss Whedon X-Men rumors ‘all-but-official.’ Yay! And Whedon’s been quoted as saying he wouldn’t direct unless he could write the script, so… Double yay! A lot of people are afraid this will take him away from Buffy and Angel work, but think how much good this could do for his career… And come’on! It’s X-Men! As for Storm… dear lord, just write her out. Or recast. Halle Berry was never the best choice in the first place – I’m sure there’s a ton of young actresses in Hollywood who could fill in.

There’s talk about doing a sequel to Underworld. Gotta agree with John at Movieblog – Underworld was a fairly crappy film that had the possibility of being something pretty good.

More on the Clerks sequel – Kevin Smith soothes fan’s worries. And check out this review of the Clerks 10th anniversary DVD.