What’s a parent to do to while away the time with the kids? If you’re filmmaker and Star Wars fan Sam K. Hale, you enlist your kids and their friends to film a new episode of Star Wars called Star Wars Episode 7: Return of the Junior Jedi.
I’m not saying this is Oscar material, but it’s pretty darned good and these kids actually did a better job under Sam than Samuel L. Jackson did under Lucas’s direction.
I don’t envy the daunting task of screenwriter Michael Arndt. The enormity of extending the Star Wars franchise has to be daunting at best. Here, recording a video diary, he sits down to write the start of the new Star Wars film…
Paul Di Filippo sent us a link to the song “Everything Changes” by Eytan and The Embassy which, while not sf-related itself, pays homage to Star Wars in the following version of their video. Read the rest of this entry
Much like the Nerd’s Guide to Football, this video caters to the sports-challenged by explaining March Madness in terms that any Star Wars fan can understand.
I, for one, strongly object to the stereotype that nerds and geeks don’t grok sports. But let these haters have their fun. I’ll be the one whooping it up next Monday night watching the California Pacers hike the puck upcourt.
REVIEW SUMMARY: The first issue of Dark Horse Comics latest Star Wars offering, returning to the characters from the original film.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Shortly after the battle at Yavin IV, both the rebellion and the empire struggle to recover from their losses and make headway in their campaigns. A rebel scouting party is ambushed, leading to the conclusion that something threatens the rebellion from within.
MY REVIEW: PROS: An interesting glimpse at our heroes, and some great scenes communicating just what a galactic rebellion entails. CONS: Uneven pacing, with a lot of soul-searching and catch-up information interrupting the narrative and sapping the story of momentum. By issue’s end the story has barely started. It fails to feel like a continuation of the movie. BOTTOM LINE: An imperfect first issue showing hints of promise, but its too early to judge. Not quite up to the standards Dark Horse has maintained with the property.
By now, you’ve heard the news that LucasFilm, producers of the Star Wars franchise, was purchased by Disney. The bigger news is that George Lucas’ treatments for the legendary third Stars Wars trilogy will likely be coming to theaters within a few years. That’s right, Star Wars: Episode VII is coming.
This sounds like great news for fans (besides the mashup crowd), but is it? It seems everyone has their own opinion, so tell us:
Do you think the Disney/LucasFilm merge is a good one for science fiction fans?
Del Rey announced at New York Comic Con the release of two upcoming books set in the Star Wars universe.
The first, Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, shows us the Jedi’s life right after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and chronicles his attempts to, as the author says, “stop being Obi-Wan — and learn to live as Ben”. Kenobi is set for release in late 2013.
The second book announced is the 3rd book in the upcoming Rebels standalone novels, all of which take place between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and focus on the main characters from the original trilogy. The new, as-yet-untitled book announced will focus on Han Solo and will be written by James S. A. Corey), the pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, authors of the well-received space opera novels Leviathan Wakes and sequel Caliban’s War.
October 6, 2012 has been designated Star Wars Reads Day, a multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars, with events taking place in bookstores and libraries across the United States. (Alderaan is supposed to be participating, but they could not be reached to confirm this…)
By JP Frantz | Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 12:29 am
Many people have been patiently waiting for the more than rumored but not under production live-action Star Wars TV series to make an appearance, so when news broke on Friday of a new Star Wars TV show, interest was piqued. Right up until the trailer was seen, then you have to wonder “What in the heck is this??” I know it’s Seth Green of Robot Chicken fame behind Star Wars Detours but his humor doesn’t seem to translate well to a show aimed at a much younger audience. Detours is set between the two trilogies and follows most of the major characters from the original Star Wars. Take a look: Read the rest of this entry