Our sincere congratulations to the man who makes the collective pulses of Star Wars fans everywhere beat a little faster. Every time the opening swells of Star Wars (and Indiana Jones, ET, Harry Potter, and on and on…) start to play, we have John Williams to thank for our rising excitement.
And last night, the United States thanked Mr. Williams with a Kennedy-Center Honor; the highest US honor for contribution to the arts.
You can see the honors for yourself later in the month on CBS.
Congratulations and thank you!
The folks at Fametracker serve up Natalie Portman’s Fame Audit. She gets off pretty easy, but this is not a link for your oversensitive fans. The snark-impaired should stick with FT’s take on Moulin Rouge-era Ewan McGregor and Shaft-era Samuel L. Jackson.
The rumor mill is buzzing that Natalie Portman wants to work with George Lucas again:
Portman, 23 , obviously doesn’t have to break into cold sweat to reflect on her time on the Star Wars films. There’s already talking about the actress working with George Lucas again on another multi-million dollar franchise entry, Indiana Jones. Even before filming had wrapped on The Phantom Menace, Portman let the director know that she’d love a part in the next Indiana Jones movie back, and the word is, he might have found a slot for her in the anticipated sequel. Smells like Indiana Jones has an offspring.
For Star Wars fans, that could be more than a little weird.
Ewan McGregor’s ride around the world on Long Way Round inspired him to sponsor a young Mongolian girl until she is 16.
His kindness also inspires some love on the part of Natalie Portman who reports admiring Ewan more after meeting his wife.
Score another acting nomination for Liam Neeson. He is one of the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards for his work in Kinsey; the casual awards show held the day before the Oscars in honor of independent films. The current buzz is that he might be up for an Oscar nod, as well.
Continuing Ewan McGregor’s foray into the world of animated adventures, the trailer for Valiant has just been released.
In Valiant, Ewan plays the lead role as a currier pigeon who saves the day in World War II with his need for speed.
Probably not much of a stretch for Ewan, considering his latest documentary Long Way Round.
Apparently, Hayden Christensen has the power to inspire mad crushes on the part of Japanese reporters. Note this rather love-struck article written during his promotion of Shattered Glass.
In other Star Wars news, Yoda talks to Costco. Interesting place to do your first media interview.
You can also have the rather interesting honor of owning a staple autographed by Samuel L. Jackson or Jimmy Smits.
And finally, an interview with Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker done before a Boston convention in which Tony actually seems pleased with Episode 3. (No spoilers, though.)
Per ComingSoon.net, Ewan McGregor’s animated adventure Robots will be released on IMAX screens the same day as it’s released in conventional theaters.
Apparently, Ewan joined his ROTS co-star Natalie Portman and his good friend Jude Law to see her new movie Closer and gave it two thumbs up.
And so as to avoid demonstrating our obvious bias towards Mr. McGregor, we also include this coverage of Natalie Portman:
Natalie on Dave Letterman on Thanksgiving
Ewan McGregor, best known to most of us on this site as Obi-Wan Kenobi, won Best Actor at the Scottish BAFTAs for his work in the film Young Adam.
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.
Ewan McGregor takes to the boards as Sky Masterson next June.
MIN-EE CON! MIN-EE CON!
There are those who equate the Jedi Order with monks. Apparently, they’re more like priests.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Liam Neeson will be playing a priest in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.
I know more than a few ladies who would line up to give him their confessions!