Thursday, 22 February 2018
Back in the old days of the original Expanded Universe, acclaimed author James Luceno wrote a great backstory scene for his legacy tie-in novel Millennium Falcon where a young Han Solo discovered the Millennium Falcon for the first time, and knew that he had to have her - that his destiny lie with the magnificent yet beaten-up ship. With the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, let's hope we get to see an on-screen moment that's both similar and subtly emotional.
Paying tribute once again to Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston's 1975 evolving designs for the ship. the original version of the Falcon, owned by Lando Calrissian, looks more gleamy and new than we've seen before, alongside a back history that will surely be interestingly revealed.
More on the design here:
The design history of the Falcon:
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
It's almost here- The Last Jedi's arrival in the US market, on enough viewing formats 'to fill a space cruiser'!
More details and various exclusives artwork:
Let's hope the combined extras are better here than the all-too-short batch created for the Rogue One Blu-ray release- which only came to a miserly hour and a bit, and no sign on the horizon whatsoever of the kind of 'Special Edition' release treatment it so thoroughly deserved!
|UK cover art -Resistance sleeve- for The Last Jedi on Blu-ray.|
They may have openly and positively declared the spectacular London premiere of The Last Jedi their best event staging yet, and box office receipts were certainly huge, but when it comes to releasing the film in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD, Lucasfilm/Disney are either lacking in interest or certainly short-changing the territory and its dedicated buyers with its longer release date of April 9th. The kind of lavish promotion and publicity will once more be minimal, with little innovation or thought to great exclusives for fans- so far, the best we can hope for is the 'Resistance'/'First Order' style alternate covers for online purchasers, and, perhaps, the odd exclusive cover for HMV and its affiliates. A pretty poor showing...
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Padme looks to the awoken dawn of Tatooine, as young Anakin and Artoo prepare to make the final adjustments to his pod racer for the day's upcoming race- a deleted scene moment from EPISODE I that appeared in only partial form on the eventual DVD release.
Monday, 19 February 2018
He said things 'could get a little rough', and Ben wasn't kidding, as Luke finds out during an unfortunate incident with wanted criminals 'Ugly Human' (aka Doctor Evazan) and 'Walrus Man' (aka Ponda Baba), in an intriguing Cantina scene angle not seen in the finished Star Wars.
|Alfie Curtis's original UK UGLY agency showcase advert from the seventies.|
I was sad to hear of the recent passing of Alfie Curtis, who played Evazan, at the end of last year:
A look at the human characters of the Cantina: http://www.starwars.com/news/meet-the-humans-from-the-mos-eisley-cantina
From breaking out jailed heroes to saving human buddy Poe Dameron, then formidably controlling an AT-ST Walker into battle, ever-lovable, ever-cute BB-8's scene-stealing talents continued to an even greater degree during events of The Last Jedi. 'Roundy' even got to utter a now classic STAR WARS line:
He's now a unique culinary cover star, too - for an all-new family breakfast cookbook linked to the heroes of the new sequel trilogy, part of Chronicle Books' continuing SW themed series:
Out now, here's the info:
Awaken your inner Force with 29 intergalactic breakfast recipes. Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more! These easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs featuring Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humour.
C-3PO at Pancakes
Parfait de Resistance
Maz Kanata Frittata
Luggabeast of a Quiche
Get The Star Wars Cookbook here:
Sunday, 18 February 2018
|European teaser poster.|
As top secret pre-production gears up for the next installment of the Indiana Jones series, STAR WARS AFICIONADO celebrates on and off through 2018 the Tenth Anniversary of Indy's prior globe-trotting box-office success adventure, which sent him on a quest to find a missing friend, get reunited with an old flame, and discover the joys of parenthood! Yes, it's time to go back to the fifties, and wearily tread the misty jungles leading to The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!
The Clone Troopers are getting used to their new 'leader' in Jar Jar Binks, as their mission to negotiate and release the captured Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan from pirates continues, during the memorable The Clone Wars episode, The Gungan General.
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Soon getting the hang of Han Solo's blaster gift, an angry Rey proves a fine shot at felling enemy Stormtroopers within the forests of Takodana, in this great image from The Force Awakens.
He's been an important and enduring part of the Expanded Universe of STAR WARS original novels since 1978/79, so it's great to see an all-new prequel era adventure for Han Solo, with lovable Chewbacca and smooth-operator Lando Calrissian tagging along: Last Shot, coming out just in time before the cinematic release of Solo: A Star Wars Story in May 2018.
Here's the latest press info on Last Shot from UK STAR WARS book release giants Century:
Han Solo and Lando Calrissian star in an action-packed novel that ties into the new Han Solo film - due to release May 25, 2018.
Han Solo and Chewbacca team up with the galaxy’s most charming rogue, Lando Calrissian, in an epic novel that spans decades – set both around the events of the new Han Solo film and years later, after Return of the Jedi.
Read the full announcement here:
Get Last Shot in UK hardback (from April 19th, 2018) here:
Friday, 16 February 2018
|Mark Hamill wearing the classic McQuarrie The Star Wars T-shirt in 1976.|
Superb footage has recently materialized online via FANAC Fan History from the now legendary MidAmeriCon II - World Science Fiction Convention 34 event in Kansas City of 1976, featuring a high-spirited Mark Hamill, informative producer Gary Kurtz and the film's dedicated publicist Charles Lippincott talking about the upcoming Star Wars. It's a wonderful look back to an innocent and fascinating time when the film had to be sold, yes sold, to American sci-fi and fantasy audiences, a lot of whom seemed jaded by genre films since the enlightening 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A year later, things were to prove a lot different...
|Lippincott, Kurtz and Hamill.|
Charles Lippncott interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoKK-aFcQIg
With thanks to Chris Baker and starwarsarchives.com for the heads-up