Movie News: Alexander, X-Men, and… He-Man

The full trailer for Alexander is up – the effects shots look quite impressive, but watch out for Angelina Jolie chewing up the scenery. IESB has stills.

Coming Soon visited the set of the Narnia film and attended a press expo – they have some intriguing information about the filming of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and future plans for the series.

The third X-Men movie has a writer – Simon Kinberg, who’s responsible for several movies that… aren’t out yet, including Marvel stablemates Fantastic Four and Elektra.This is less than encouraging news for those of us who hoped Joss Whedon would take up the reins. They’ve also hired David Benioff (Troy) to write a Wolverine movie. Whee!

Also… He-Man? Does the world really need another He-Man movie?

Books and Magazines

Sorry for the delay in posting this week’s news. It was a wacky weekend.

Books
There is much to please the Star Wars fan, this week:

MedStar 2: Jedi Healer – by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry – Not only is this book named after one of our CJ members (at least we like to think so), but we’re finally going to find out the answers to all those dangling mysteries left us after the end of MedStar 1.

Jedi Quest #10: The Final Showdown – by Jude Watson – Has Obi-Wan finally managed to catch up with his arch nemesis? Will Obi-Wan finally manage to have an emotionally fulfilling conversation with his padawan Anakin? You’ll have to read it to find out.

Magazines
I continue to ascert that the UK has the best film magazines. A couple more finally hit the newsstands.

DreamWatch -October, 2004, #121 – This has a great interview with Carrie Fisher and Irvin Kershner. There’s also the usual coverage of all things sci-fi and fantasy.

Empire Magazine – October, 2004 – It’s a Classic Star Wars spectacular! It comes nice and sealed up with a special magazine insert celebrating all things Star Wars.

You could use a good kiss!

Ship_manifesto, a fannish Livejournal community dedicated to character pairings, has an essay up on Han & Leia. It features an explanation of the ‘ship (like we wouldn’t know! ;) and fan fiction recomendations. As far as I can tell this is the only Star Wars pairing currently featured, although Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Han/Luke, and Face Loran/Tom Phanan (!!) are in the queue.

I see by your implant…

Fan audio isn’t my thing, so many thanks to Jade Crusades for pointing out an episode of Requiem of the Outcast that features an interview with Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston at StellerCon 2004. The interview starts at 15:20 and just might bring back your post-con depression. They talk about other authors writing their characters, fan reaction, Piggy, killing characters, writing in the original Wookiee, websites as self promotion, hints about Zahn’s Outbound Flight novel and even filking. (!)

Droid Wrangler

The official site has a multi-page profile of Don Bies, Lucasfilm’s go-to guy for keeping droids in check. Some interesting insight on the unique issues of working with Artoo and Threepio. Spoilers are fairly minor – just don’t look too closely at the pictures.

In other Ep3 news, some collector cards have gone up on eBay, with new images and some spoilery information. Check out the auctions here and here. See them at IESB. Watch for MAJOR SPOILERS.