This just might take the sting out of having a cold.
There’s a little film coming out on DVD on the 23rd. You may have heard of it: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
And there are rumors of a June 11 or 18 2005 release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. (You’ll have to scroll down the page to see the story.) Should be nice weather for a lineup in June.
Coming Soon has posted their latest Star Wars roundup – mostly ROTS stuff, including speculation on a rumored character appearance, prospective merchandise and a selection of links. And, yes, Yav’s new favorite shirt.
Forget my two front teeth, I want Santa to bring me my very own “Han Shot First” T-shirt for Christmas.
Not sure you’ll be able to get up in time to hit the stores the day after Thanksgiving to buy all the action figures you’ll need for the holidays? Darth Vader can help. (Thanks, Target!)
In a move that is drawing national attention for Target as its gears up for its two-day after-Thanksgiving sale, the Minneapolis-based discounter is offering customers pre-recorded telephone wake-up calls.
Shoppers who want to hit the sale early can register at target.com/wakeup to receive a wake-up call on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Options include hearing a crowing rooster, crying baby, male heartbreaker, and several celebrities including Ice-T, Cheech Marin, supermodel Heidi Klum and Star Wars bad guy Darth Vader.
I have no intention of getting out of bed before noon that day, but I may have to sign up just to hear what he says…
The New York Times Magazine examines how the DVD sell-through concept has altered how studios make money, decide which films to greenlight, and plan their marketing campaigns. Why?
From about 2002 on, the larger stakes in Hollywood — the revenue that enables studios to finance blockbusters and to pay Brad Pitt and to keep the lights on — have come to ride mostly on those little silver discs that go on sale four or five months after a theatrical release. This year, for instance, 63 percent of studio feature-film revenues in the United States will come from movies sold to retail stores; actual box office will generate only 21 percent. According to Tom Adams, a well-regarded home-entertainment analyst whose firm, Adams Media Research, tracks DVD sales and trends, studios often get twice as much revenue from a big film’s retail sales as they do from its theatrical release.
Personally, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. It’s a lot harder for a film to get buried these days. However, I love the theatrical experience, and I think we should hang onto that as long as we can. But I suspect that as digital projection takes off, the days of the widespread use of (expensive) celluloid are numbered.
The good folks at TFN have apparently gotten their hands on scans of the Burger King promotional material for ROTS.
Pretty cool stuff and interestingly from all six movies. Yes, there are ROTS spoilers, so run, run away Sir Dan.
May 12th is the day that lucky (and rich) people in 10 U.S. cities will get a chance to attend charity screenings of “Revenge of the Sith.” Lucky buggers.
Also, check out the link at the bottom of the page for a very interesting picture (spoiler!).
Of course, many ladies would happily give him this award even if he weren’t such a great actor. After all, there are those scenes in there.
The movie is now available in DVD.
Sue Rostoni has posted several items on the OS boards about the 9-book post NJO trilogy:
Expect to see — Star Wars. We very much want to go back to the pulp Space Opera feel of the original movies (as opposed to hard SciFi). The focus will be character-driven situations, set against a backdrop of perhaps not galactic proportions, but certainly providing opportunities for spectacular space battles and lots of lightsaber action. Expect to see the major characters (Skywalkers and Solos) and many of the minor characters (Jedi Knights), and some old favorites. And, hopefully, a lot of surprises.
And on Ben Skywalker:
He’ll be 13 when the series begins and one of the main characters.
Added bonus info – the name of Jim Luceno’s post-Episode 3 hardcover will be Star Wars: Dark Lord.