If you’re a Star Wars Insider subscriber, keep an eye out – looks like issue #146 may be arriving soon, and it contains a tie-in story to Maul: Lockdown, our January novel release.
December 3rd, 2013 by Dunc
December 2nd, 2013 by Dunc
Social. Star Wars has officially joined Instagram. Will they drop something fresh soon? What social network will be next?
Mystery box. J.J. Abrams has admitted that keeping Khan ‘secret’ for Star Trek Into Darkness maybe wasn’t the best idea. Hopefully no outright lying for Episode VII? (Yeah, right.)
December 2nd, 2013 by jawajames
While we are eagerly awaiting news of how the bonus content for The Clone Wars will take shape, the show picked up nominations for the 41st Annie Awards, given out for the best in animation. Announced by ASIFA-Hollywood, nominations for The Clone Wars included two individual achievement categories: Keith Kellogg for Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production and Jason W.A. Tucker for Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production. The nominations were released today, and the award winners will be announced in February.
Our frequent interviewee Michael Price, writer of the LEGO Star Wars specials earned a nomination for Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his work on The Simpsons. Juried awards have already been announced, including the Winsor McCay Awards to Steven Spielberg and Phil Tippett.
ILM also continued its streak of Annie award nominations, with four nominations, three of them in a single category of Animated Effects in a Live Action Production (two different teams for Star Trek Into Darkness and one for Pacific Rim). Another Pacific Rim ILM team got a nomination for Character Animation in a Live Action Production.
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December 2nd, 2013 by Santa Maul
As a disciple of Tim Gunn, Santa Maul finds himself troubled by this trend of wearing leggings as pants, but those who are fit or brave enough to do so may find enjoyment in these bloodstripe leggings (also in yellow.) They are made to order and only available through the 6th, however. Santa Maul advises you to nab them before the lawyers do.
December 2nd, 2013 by Paula
It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when all the Star Wars gift books are out. So which ones are worth putting on your gift list?
Star Wars: Frames was originally released as a limited edition, glorious, really expensive monstrosity of awesomeness that few of us could justify putting into our collecting budget. (Yeah. I SO wanted that one. Wasn’t going to happen.) This version is in the way more reasonable price range and still contains all the frames that George Lucas personally selected from the Prequel and Original trilogies.
It comes in two volumes nestled in a plastic case. Original Trilogy in one volume. Prequel Trilogy in another. There are two frames per page, instead of the one frame per page of the original. The binding is sewn, which will hopefully help hold these hefty suckers together as you drool over the book. (Note: This sucker weighs in at 20.9 pounds! Please use proper lifting technique when maneuvering these books. An appointment with your chiropractor should probably also be on standby.)
Looking at the movies in frames is really interesting. The frames he chose are not always the choice you’d expect. Some are even blurry with action. (“Faster! More intense!”) So you aren’t just looking at images that have already been released as publicity stills; which makes this an interesting new perspective.
So yes. This is one to add to your wish list. Enjoy!
December 1st, 2013 by Dunc
Disney Parks. TheForce.net has a source that disagrees with the earlier MiceChat report that Disneyland’s Star Wars plans were put on hold due to budget concerns. While there is a hold, they say that it’s due to Episode VII. “They didn’t want to build attractions/a land without including the new movies,” the source says. “So since the teams don’t have a final script they can’t add anything from the new movies.”
Rumors. In their latest Q&A, Jedi News and Jedi Master SQL discusses The Clone Wars and spin-off films. For Clone Wars he echos the earlier reports out of Poland, but adds that they will be “non-sequential episodes.” The iOS app may no longer be in the picture, but there will be an “online digital distribution model” that will include far more than just TV episodes (“films, books, comics, and online web content.”) As for the first standalone, he doesn’t see how they can get it out for 2016, but we may hear about the director and producer as early as next week. He’s also still stuck on Benedict Cumberbatch.
No. This doesn’t seem to have much traction yet aside from some random folks on Twitter and Tumblr, but beware folks using Cédric Delsaux’s ‘The Falcon’s Hiding Place’ as being the Episode VII Falcon. The original image (third from the right on the second to last row of Delsaux’s official gallery) was taken in Dubai in 2009.
November 30th, 2013 by Dunc
Rumors. Jedi News continues their chat with Jedi Master SQL, this time addressing 3-D and the state of rumormongering.
Whatever. I’m not even sure where this originated, but apparently there are rumors that they may be ‘de-aging’ folks for Episode VII? Sounds more like something born out of speculation – and the early hopes for a Heir to the Empire adaption – than anything truly serious. I wouldn’t put use of digital de-aging techniques totally out of the equation (flashbacks/dreams/visions?) but I don’t put any stock in a whole movie full of it.
Big no. Yes, there are rumors, but no one has yet leaked pictures of the Episode VII Millennium Falcon. Like the one on our earlier post, the ‘leaked’ construction pictures are from The Empire Strikes Back. I mean, come on now. At least try, folks.
November 29th, 2013 by Dunc
Well, sort of marathoning – it begins today at 2pm EDT with The Phantom Menace, followed by Attack of the Clones at 5:30 and Revenge of the Sith at 9:00. They begin again with TPM at noon Saturday, with A New Hope begining at 10:30 and the entire Original Trilogy taking over Sunday at 3:00.
November 29th, 2013 by Dunc
Jedi News’ Jedi Master SQL has emerged yet again for a lengthy Q&A about Episode VII. There’s a fair amount of speculation on his part, but here are the bullet points:
- Lucasfilm is sitting on “a stack of news that could be released at any moment that they please.”
- On returning actors, he’s “only seen evidence for one of [the Big 3] having signed,” and it “would not surprise me if they did not all come back for Episode VII but maybe came back at varying points in the new trilogy.” Last time we heard from him he said Harrison Ford’s deal was nearly in place.
- He says “the Expanded Universe won’t be disappearing anytime soon,” Dark Horse is likely to keep the comic license and “you can expect to see their logo on a lot of very different Star Wars products than just comics.”
- He hints “The Old Republic has added a planet that has long been mentioned but never seen on film,” and that has something to do with Episode VII. (UPDATE: Lightsaber Rattling thinks this may be Corellia, which will be familiar to EU fans but has never been seen on screen.)
- As for new actors, he says an “exceptional level of work going into finding the right cast for the new films.” Names he’s recently heard attached to roles are Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Dziena, and American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga.
He also chatted about the next Celebration, saying that it may be the launchpad for the real Episode VII blitz.
So that’s a few things to chew on… but as always, just rumors!
November 28th, 2013 by Santa Maul
Your enemies are engorged from the feasting. Now is the time to strike. Happy Thanksgiving.
— Santa Maul (@santamaul) November 28, 2013
Santa Maul hopes your enemies were sluggish and your feasting was plentiful this Thanksgiving. Santa Maul himself is, of course, gearing up for his (contractually-obligated) favorite day of the year, Black Friday.
“But Santa Maul,” you say. “The shopping has started earlier this year, on Thanksgiving itself!” To that, Santa Maul says poppycock. Thanksgiving is a day for feasting and destroying your enemies: Shopping is for every day after that, until the final facedowns of the season and the blood offerings at Sithmas itself. On this, Santa Maul remains firm.
That said, if you wish to begin your shopping now, well, upon your own neck be it. Consumerism waits for no Sith.
Star Wars is, as always, at the forefront of the trend, with StarWars.com posting their own roundup of deals yesterday. Dunc already revealed the new offerings from Her Universe. And if you are not quite sure what your ‘fangirl’ should want, they now offer gift cards.
ThinkGeek is as ever a staple for geek-themed gifts. This year, Santa Maul is much taken with the Star Wars tie clips, cuff links money clips, lightsaber earrings and business card holder, though of course he can not help but be a little tickled by the R2-D2 car charger and Darth Vader stress toy.
Santa Maul would not be so neglectful as to forget the year’s books. Though you may have procured it for yourself, do not forget The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Art: Concept and the many other oversized offerings that magically appear during the fall.
For one wishing for to bring a custom level to their lair, Santa Maul is much taken with these Death Star-inspired wall tiles from Tom Spina Design.