Our sincere congratulations to the man who makes the collective pulses of Star Wars fans everywhere beat a little faster. Every time the opening swells of Star Wars (and Indiana Jones, ET, Harry Potter, and on and on…) start to play, we have John Williams to thank for our rising excitement.
And last night, the United States thanked Mr. Williams with a Kennedy-Center Honor; the highest US honor for contribution to the arts.
You can see the honors for yourself later in the month on CBS.
Congratulations and thank you!
Do you fancy cross-stitching R2 D2 throw pillows? Ever contemplated knitting Han Solo socks? Or found yourself trying to dry a papier mache Jar Jar Binks pinata in your driveway?
Then SW.com’s new bulletin board is the place for you.
If anyone ever tries to tell you that the Swiss aren’t funny, don’t believe ’em.
“The Ring Thing” (out 16 December in Switzerland) is a spoof of “Lord of the Rings” and looks absolutely hilarious.
Be sure to download the trailer. Worth seeing if only to witness Gandalf smoking pipe weed out of an Alpine horn, Legolas as a blonde bombshell, and some type of orgy perhaps involving big wheels of cheese.
Here’s hoping for a wide release on DVD with English subtitles.
Two EU items on starwars.com tonight – an interview with Sean Stewart about his Yoda novel, Dark Rendezvous, and the March comics preview.
Elsewhere on the site, Sue Rostoni gives us this preview of Zahn’s Outbound Flight novel:
The manuscript is in to Del Rey. Shelly is reading it now and will get it to me soon. So far we’re sticking with Star Wars: The Outbound Dark Flight. Or maybe just Dark Flight. Starring Darth Flight and her apprentice, Dark Fight. They try to convert the Jedi on the Outbound Dark Flight by ramming them with their ship, The Dark Fright, and throwing hoods over the Jedi. But just as Darth Flight begins to ram the Dark Flight, night falls (in dark space) and they miss. The Jedi escape under cover of darkness only to be met by Admiral Darkthrawn’a darknu. That’s when the story turns really dark. Stay tuned.
Yes, it’s a joke. Like the book’s gonna be anything less than 80 proof Thrawn.
The folks at Fametracker serve up Natalie Portman’s Fame Audit. She gets off pretty easy, but this is not a link for your oversensitive fans. The snark-impaired should stick with FT’s take on Moulin Rouge-era Ewan McGregor and Shaft-era Samuel L. Jackson.
Starwars.com has a preview of the Sneak Preview action figures from Hasbro, which will be in stores this February. There are five in total, 4 characters and a starfighter.
Alas, slashing action does not appear to be an option.
The rumor mill is buzzing that Natalie Portman wants to work with George Lucas again:
Portman, 23 , obviously doesn’t have to break into cold sweat to reflect on her time on the Star Wars films. There’s already talking about the actress working with George Lucas again on another multi-million dollar franchise entry, Indiana Jones. Even before filming had wrapped on The Phantom Menace, Portman let the director know that she’d love a part in the next Indiana Jones movie back, and the word is, he might have found a slot for her in the anticipated sequel. Smells like Indiana Jones has an offspring.
For Star Wars fans, that could be more than a little weird.
The 6 minute ROTK extended edition preview can now be seen at lordoftherings.net. Movielicious!
Aaron Allston’s “Terminator Hunt” hits bookstores this week!
Riding the crest of popularity following Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Hunt continues the action where Aaron Allston’s first Teminator 3 novel, Terminator Dreams left off, with an exciting original story of John Connor, Kate Brewster, and the human Resistance battling Skynet and its deadly robots.
Just in time for the gift-giving season. Weeeee!
Ewan McGregor’s ride around the world on Long Way Round inspired him to sponsor a young Mongolian girl until she is 16.
His kindness also inspires some love on the part of Natalie Portman who reports admiring Ewan more after meeting his wife.
Score another acting nomination for Liam Neeson. He is one of the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards for his work in Kinsey; the casual awards show held the day before the Oscars in honor of independent films. The current buzz is that he might be up for an Oscar nod, as well.