Rifftrax has given The Force Awakens the MST3K treatment. I chuckled! The full audio track is available now.
This week, Luke met Bucky, Millicent attended a birthday, Hufflepuffs were cursed at and a lot of people squeed about Bloodline. Also, Beyoncé. BECAUSE IT’S THE LAW.
Episode VIII director Rian Johnson highlights the microfiber sham guys in his Tumblr post marking the halfway point of filming.
Rock on, microfiber sham guys.
Mads Mikkelsen told Sky News that his character in Rogue One is the father of Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso.
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen reveals that he's playing the father of the main character in Star Wars film Rogue One https://t.co/6dagUqZB2j
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 28, 2016
Remember when a respected publication wrote about The Force Awakens fanfic? Well, here’s an intriguing follow-up of sorts: Tumblr user DestinationToast on the Archive of Our Own stats for the fandom.
Archive of Our Own (aka AO3) is arguably the most important fan fiction archive for general fandom. This isn’t a complete picture of Star Wars fan fiction, as Star Wars has always been a bit of an outlier to overall fandom trends, but The Force Awakens is the first major Star Wars film to come out since AO3 launched in 2008. Toast does look briefly at the numbers for old standby Fanfiction.Net (FFN,) plus relative newcomers Tumblr and Wattpad.
Another major outlet for Star Wars fic is TheForce.Net’s Jedi Council boards, but no doubt the message board format makes these sort of things much harder to track. I do hope that authors on the JC have gotten better about double-posting their works to FFN or AO3… A lot of fics were all but lost when TFN migrated their boards to a new system several years back, causing posts of length (aka mostly fanfic) to be truncated beyond readability.
The Case for More Padmé Amidala. Sarah Dempster at Eleven-ThirtyEight on why Leia isn’t the only Skywalker who should have a political novel.
Lucasfilm senior editor Jennifer Heddle writes about Claudia Gray’s Bloodline on StarWars.com, teasing eight reasons why fans will want to read it. Among them: “Some of the story ideas and elements in this novel came straight from Rian Johnson, director of the forthcoming Episode VIII.”
Bloodline is out in hardcover and eBook on May 3.