And Coming Soon has the Mark Hamill portion of their preview up.
Coming Soon continues their DVD preview with some great quotes from a Q&A session with ESB director Irvin Kershner:
I did not think of it as science fiction ever. To me it was a fable. It was a fairy tale. And all the research I did was for fairy tales. I read, of course, Campbell. I read Jung. I read Freud. I even read Einstein to try and understand a little bit of what he was saying because he was a great philosopher. And of course I’m very familiar with Zen Buddhist concept. To me it’s a hobby, not a religion. A hobby. I collect Buddhas, you see. Well, I stressed the fairy tale aspect. I stressed the characterization. I tried to put as much humor as possible in it.
In other SW/DVD news…
Reuters interview with Anthony Daniels / John Campea at Movie Blog pleads for sanity / TFN wants you to get a good deal (and then argue about it on their boards) / Jason Kottke has some interesting things to say about Hollywood and and the threat of piracy as told by George Lucas.
We have been neglecting our duty in supporting the work of our favorite authors. One who’s been quietly putting books out at an alarming pace, lately, is Timothy Zahn author of many of our favorite Star Wars books.
The Green and the Gray – A married couple in New York find themselves protecting a child who turns out to be a refugee alien. The bookcover does it way more justice than I ever could. Just go get it!
Dragon and Soldier – This is book two in Tim’s young adult series. (Yes. Book two. We missed book one!) It features a 14-year-old thief who, while on the run, makes friends with a dragon who’s also on the run and trying to save everyone from a rather nasty fate.
What we missed:
Dragon and Thief – Book one of the series above. It has come out in softcover to coincide with the release of Book Two’s hardcover.
As noted already, the media blitz continues. Having seen previews, I know the UK is getting lots of cool stuff from your infinitely-better magazines. (Did I say that?) Those of us in the US will have to content ourselves with waiting. I guess that just prolongs the pleasure.
There is an actual new release, this week. Not sure why this was delayed:
Star Wars Clone Wars: Ultimate Sticker Book – Simon Beecroft – This continues the popular DK sticker book series with characters from the Clone Wars cartoons. The stickers are reusable on the included backdrop. Let your Clone Wars battles commence!
With the release of the “long lead-time” magazines, last week, we must content ourselves with the stragglers, this week.
Entertainment Weekly – September 24, 2004 – Has that great, classic shot of Our Heroes on the cover. There’s an interview with George and with Mark Hamill. And Star Wars is the subject of the Pop Culture Quiz.
Premiere Magazine – October, 2004 – Has a fun mix of factoids all about the DVD release. Some funny quotes from current Hollywood favorites about Star Wars.
Starburst – Issue 314 – A small tidbit, there’s some coverage of the new baddie for Ep3 (although no pictures). And a nice article for the Wantons and SG-Addicts, there’s an interview with the Scottish Doctor from SG-Atlantis.
When Star Wars Ruled The World airs on VH1 tonight. Don’t fret too much if you miss it – they always rerun these things like mad.
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly (subscribers get it today) also contains a bunch of SW stuff – feature articles about George and Mark Hamill, a very positive DVD review, and a quiz.
Something Awful does it again… New Changes to the Star Wars Saga
The third author of the post-NJO series will be Karen Traviss. She joins Aaron Allston and Troy Denning, whose involvement was announced at Comic Con. Some other bits of info: Allston will launch the series with a hardcover in June 2006, and Denning will end it with another hardcover in