Fangirls will love it!

Sean Burns of Philadelphia Weekly has this to say about James Franco’s performance in Tristan & Isolde:

This young actor first emerged to great acclaim in Mark Rydell’s 2001 television James Dean biopic, but his Tristan performance is riddled with so many Anakinisms you’ll think he’s auditioning for The Hayden Christensen Story.

The rest of the review is also quite delightfully snarky.

The usual suspects…

Two new commercials: “Brothers” and “Celebration“. Alas, I am on a computer with no Quicktime, but I’m guessing they’re light on Palpy action. There’s also a “Science of Star Wars” special airing on Discovery.

Hayden Christensen is on the cover of tomorrow’s Entertainment Weekly. It appears that this time there may actually be a real article to go with it.

Crazy fans at Grauman’s refuse an offer from George himself to be escorted by Stormies to the ArcLight.

The Scotsman on why Star Wars has universal appeal.

CNN Money explores the financial impact of ROTS on Lucasfilm, theatres, and the toy industry.

From the Christian Science Monitor (via CBS), yet another George Lucas article.

Master Replicas! You want one. Hell, I want one. And it looks like they’ll be making costumes by Halloween…

In the news: George Lucas loos back at Star Wars, his future for the original trilogy characters

Associated Press has a look back at George, touting that he’s glad to leave Star Wars behind: “Lucas’ accomplishments marked a one-of-a-kind revolution. He sneaked into a Hollywood that no longer had the verve or nerve to make the weird, giddy, goofy Saturday matinees of his youth.”

MTV interviews George Lucas: “Han and Leia probably did get married,” Lucas conceded. “They settled down. She became a senator, and they got a nice little house with a white picket fence. Han Solo is out there cooking burgers on the grill. Is that a movie? I don’t think so.”

MSNBC catches up with Hayden Christensen: “It was absolutely overwhelming, just from the aspect of getting to act behind a mask,” Christensen said. “That is a very freeing position to act from, and to have that mask be the mask of Darth Vader is extremely empowering.”

Even Mark Hamill can’t escape the frenzy: “And I said, ‘There’s no way this will fail’ because it’s got a sense of humor. It’s the key element that most science fiction films don’t have, which is a sort of arch sense of humor. Now, we’re playing it completely straight, but it’s inherently absurd. I mean, I can’t tell you how much we laughed on the set to have Alec Guinness in a scene with a big, furry dog that’s flying a space ship.”

Link Corral

The ROTS trailer with 133t subtitles. Sheer brilliance.

Hayden Christensen isn’t afraid of being typecast. Good for him. Speaking of future roles, Rob Cohen has talked to Christensen about a role in his Sinbad remake, which stars Keanu Reeves in the title role. Stars of Star Wars and The Matrix existing in harmony? Just imagine the fanboys head’s exploding at that one.

Also, someone on the list (memory fails me) found out where Matthew Stover is blogging since his original host went down. He’s blogging his book tour and other publicity efforts, so be sure to check it out.