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.
Sci-Fi Channel has two teaser trailersand a gallery up for their EarthSea mini-series. There’s also a short Q&A with the producer, mostly regarding the accuracy of the production.
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.
Fantasy is the new chick lit? Interesting article on the rise – and fall – of ‘trend’ genres.
Speaking of trends, the Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell hype continues… Even my mother’s ordered it.
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
He’s in Japan! Pretty neat publicity idea. Who doesn’t love a Wookiee?
Also, AP has an interview with George Lucas.
But it’s nice when it happens… Clone Wars won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.
You MUST check this out: Star Wars Origins. The amount of work and research put into this site is simply amazing. There’s nothing really groundbreaking, but it’s a far more complete look at the origins of the saga than any other article or site I’ve ever seen – including the Magic of Myth book.
In depth looks at many of the things that influenced (or may have influenced) Lucas: Campbell, Flash Gordon, Kurosawa, 2001, Ben Hur, Lord of the Rings… And more. Brilliant, wonderful site. Why have I never heard of it before???
Once again, there will be no sequel trilogy. So sayth George.
“This was never planned as a nine-episode work,” Lucas said. “The media [pounced when] I made an offhand comment, ‘It might be fun to come back when everyone’s 80 and do another one of these.’ But I never had any intention of doing that.”
Retconning? Don’t know. Don’t really care. Am just happy that they’re keeping the line on this.
Also: DVD Reviews from Coming Soon, IGN, and The Digital Bits.