Gary Oldman was in for voiceover work on Revenge of the Sith… but union rules made him back out. Oldman is a SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) member, and Lucas runs a non union shop. Alas! Read the full story (with possible character spoilers) at IGN.
Yes folks… babynames.com has added a section for LOTR names. I feel really sorry for any kid who ends up being called ‘Banazir,’ ‘Fimbrethil,’ or even ‘Frodo.’ That verges on child cruelty, folks. Imagine the teasing. Please, think of the teasing.
Filming starts on Peter Jackson’s King Kong next week.
John Rhys-Davies (Sallah) talks about the fourth Indiana Jones movie, says that Lucas wants to take another pass at the script. George Lucas? Script? Always an, erm, hopeful sign.
There’s another Highlander movie coming? Although this article from Movie Poop Shoot is about an animated feature, there’s also a bit about a fifth live action installment titled Highlander: The Source. Epp!
Speaking of live action, the film version of Aeon Flux has been shut down due to an injury to the star, Charlize Theron. Sounds like a good idea to me. The last time we had starlet + Oscar + action film, we got Catwoman.
Who wants to go to the Jedi Academy?
Um. Yeah. Okay. At least they seem to have a sense of humor about it…
A few interesting bits of news out of starwars.com today… First up, news on hardcover novels due in 2006. The first, by James Luceno is a post-Episode III novel. Also due that year are two Old Republic novels by Elizabeth Hand and Drew Karpyshyn.
The most intriguing announcement, at least for Club Jaders, is a brand new book by Timothy Zahn set sometime between ANH and ROTJ fot 2007… Provided the Outbound Flight novel is still a go, that would make this his 8th Star Wars novel.
Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa, AOTC & ROTS) has signed a development deal with ABC.
Author Kathy Tyers (Truce at Bakura, Balance Point) has rewritten and rereleased one of her early novels – Shivering World. Rambles has a review. Similar to her rewrite of the Firebird novels a few years back, it now features stronger faith themes and has been rereleased under a Christian fiction publisher.
There are several SW authors (Kevin J. Anderson, Terry Brooks, and Greg Keyes) doing signing and appearances within the next few months, according to Locus Online’s Author Event calendar. None of them are promoting Star Wars books, however. We don’t recommend going to KJA signings to heckle him, because from all accounts he’s actually a nice guy and will probably have enough trouble with the Dune fans.
Kevin Smith has annouced that he’s going to do a sequel to Clerks. What??
“It’s about what happens when that lazy, 20-something malaise lasts into your 30s. Those dudes are kind of still mired, not in that same exact situation, but in a place where it’s time to actually grow up and do something more than just sit around and dissect pop culture and talk about sex,” Smith said during an interview at his Hollywood office. “It’s: What happened to these dudes?”
So… it’ll be a retail Office Space with more swearing?
Let’s hear it for revenge!
Planning revenge sparks enough satisfaction to motivate getting even — and the amount of satisfaction actually predicts who will go to greater lengths to do so, report Swiss researchers who monitored people’s brain activity during an elaborate game of double-cross.