Saturday, 18 April 2015

EPISODE VII: WITH THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM!


Releasing an emotionally moving and mouth-wateringly exciting second teaser that, according to London financial experts yesterday, has already added $2 billion to DISNEY's shareholder coffers in just one day (anyone not out there thinking that George Lucas's franchise really was sold too cheaply!), the future of THE FORCE AWAKENS December release for the STAR WARS universe has never looked brighter thanks to the talents of LUCASFILM's insightful new boss Kathleen Kennedy, and her partner in visualisation that is modern age cinema's shining star writer/director J.J. Abrams, pictured together near a space vehicle that looks very familiar...

Other STAR WARS and spin-off news:

Star Wars trailer adds $2 billion to Disney stock value - News - The Independent
George Lucas, Stephen Colbert Talk ‘Star Wars,’ Hollywood at Tribeca | Variety
▶ Anthony Daniels & Carrie Fisher Interview: Star Wars Celebration 2015 - YouTube
See the BB-8 Tech in Action for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
'Star Wars: the Force Awakens': 15 Behind-the-Scenes Photos Fans Saw at the 'Celebration' Panel | Isaac as Poe, in front of an X-wing and a familiar-looking droid | EW.com
MEFCC: Miltos Yerolemou Shares Details of His "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Role - Spinoff Online - TV, Film, and Entertainment News DailySpinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily
Star Wars Episode 7 News | Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Day 2 Recap!
▶ Check Out the Costumes and Props - Star Wars Celebration 2015 - YouTube
Celebration Report: Inside the 'The Force Awakens' Exhibit | The Star Wars Underworld
▶ Felicity Jones Talks 'Star Wars' | MTV News - YouTube

Thursday, 16 April 2015

'THE FORCE AWAKENS' TEASER TRAILER TWO IS HERE!

Kylo Ren initiates war in THE FORCE AWAKENS. Image: DISNEY.

The decayed foreboding helmet of Darth Vader, the continuing power of the Skywalker legacy, the rise of the demonic and murderous Kylo Ren (above) and his Stormtrooper legions, the forging of new friendships on a far-off desert planet, and old buddies reunited on their legendary smuggling ship.

Against a stunning new version of John Williams's Yoda and the Force theme, the second teaser trailer of THE FORCE AWAKENS has arrived, and it's an absolute belter!

▶ Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2 - YouTube

Casts old and new pose for photos at CELEBRATION ANAHEIM.

Watch the original live panel and cast intros from CELEBRATION ANAHEIM▶ The Force Awakens Panel LIVE from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. International - YouTube

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens second trailer released at Anaheim panel | Daily Mail Online

19 New Things We Learned About ‘Star Wars 7’ Today

10 Behind the Scenes Photos From the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Celebration Panel - WhoSay

Video: 'Force for Change: Meet DC Barns' | The Star Wars Underworld

Star Wars Episode 7 News | Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Day 1 Recap!

▶ Matthew Mcconaughey's reaction to Star Wars teaser #2 - Celebrity reactions - YouTube

Master of the UK screening event Warwick Davis is in good company. Image: Warwick Davis/TWITTER.
UK fans gather outside the London EMPIRE Leicester Square. Image: STAR WARS TWITTER UK.
EPISODE VII explodes onto the front cover of the UK's DAILY MIRROR newspaper (17/4/15 edition).

In the UK, that Master of Ceremonies linked to all CELEBRATIONS, Wicket the Ewok turned light entertainment presenter extraordinaire, Warwick Davis, was on fine form as host to the UK end of DISNEY/LUCASFILM's live-streaming at London's EMPIRE Leicester Square IMAX Cinema, which commenced its unveiled revelations and surprises from 5.30 to 7.15pm. There was free popcorn and sweets to devour, and a unique CELEBRATION ANAHEIM poster goody to enjoy, as Warwick brought out some fancy dress contest selectees of all ages from the outside gathering crowds (some of them genuinely emanating from a world a little bit beyond Pluto!), a quiz with some lovely gifts courtesy of FORBIDDEN PLANET and DISNEY (Gentle Giant figurines no less!) and a very positive warmth in the air countdown to the link-up. Enjoying our little piece of Anaheim- the stars old and new, BB- 8 (just incredible- and how tiny compared to Artoo!), a clearly overwhelmed J.J. Abrams who really does have a lot to live up to in the Lucas shadow, and a crowd-pleasing Kathleen Kennedy- it was worth it just to see all the American fans on their pilgrimage filling up with tears of joy! Its fair to say that us UK fans were equally primed and excited-cheering and clapping the cinema down when old faves Han Solo and Chewbacca turned up on screen. So marvellous we all had to see the trailer again less than a minute or so afterwards, we 1,000 plus left the cinema with smiles and enthusiasm- The Force indeed awakening with the UK, nay the world's fan base, all over again!

Front and back to the UK screening ticket.

With kindest thanks to DISNEY UK for their help and support in this report.


AN 'EMPIRE' AT 35: "WISH YOU WERE HERE!"


With filming of the now christened THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK underway in Finse, Norway during March 1979, our trio of galactic stars pose for a fun outdoor photo session, along with a friendly natured beast of burden soon revealed to the world's expectant press as a Tauntaun.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

NOW IN YOUR GALAXY: 'STAR WARS - CELEBRATION ANAHEIM'


The STAR WARS equivalent of Woodstock- CELEBRATION- is back for another gargantuan four-day experience, starting from tomorrow at Anaheim, California, and surely highlighted by an all-new, eagerly-anticipated teaser trailer/preview for THE FORCE AWAKENS, alongside a talk with Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams that will kick things off in grand pop culture history-making style, enhanced by key special guests appearances and an attractive exhibition of props and costumes from the December-can't-come-soon-enough release. Plus so much more, across all the movies, animated series and other media to keep fans equally surprised, delighted and thoroughly entertained whilst parting with their merchandise buying savings...

Not able to go this year? Don't worry, those thoughtful people at STARWARS.COM have a splendid answer to that problem. From tomorrow, with the kind symbiosis of VERIZON, it'll be live-streaming the four-day show's key talks, including that THE FORCE AWAKENS launcher, starting from 6pm UK time.

Here's more info from STARWARS.COM:


For the first time ever, highlights and more than 30 hours of exclusive video content from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be officially live streamed to a worldwide community of fans on StarWars.com, all powered by Verizon.


Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor.



Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday’s Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; the Smuggler’s Bounty radio drama; EA’s new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars’ global fan community.

Between the live, on-stage events, StarWars.com will feature live interviews with celebrity guests within the Star Wars Cantina set specially built to capture the mood and atmosphere of the infamous Mos Eisley watering hole from A New Hope. These segments will have a fun, variety show flavor to them that brings a bit of the Star Wars Celebration vibe to those enjoying the event from afar.

Exclusive clips from throughout Star Wars Celebration event will also be available on demand from Verizon, allowing fans to celebrate Star Wars long after the live streams are over.
The live streaming begins at 10:00 a.m. PST, Thursday, April 16, on StarWars.com with the Celebration kickoff panel and continues with 30-plus hours of coverage through the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST. Watch exclusive highlights and on-demand clips from Verizon on Twitter, @VerizonWireless, and at Facebook.com/Verizon.
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.

WHAT AFICIONADO WANTS FROM 'STAR WARS: EPISODE VII' (AND BEYOND!)

Certainly the best fan movie poster seen yet by AFICIONADO in portraying our older heroes. Art by Danny Fleyros.

UPDATED 15/4/15  Ever since 2012, when the new STAR WARS sequels were announced, the Internet had been flooded by fans and fan websites talking about what they want to see in the next films comprising the third trilogy, and the ultimate story directions they should take. AFICIONADO has also shared a few ideas/opinions on its site from time to time. But now, as the first new film- EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS- begins to take cinematic shape, and with a second teaser trailer imminent, here's a more detailed look at what we personally hope for come December 2015 onwards...


The folder we all want to read: Lucas's original notes for the entire STAR WARS saga!

1. That some of George Lucas's original story material stays intact within the finished film. When STAR TREK creator Gene Roddenberry shockingly lost control of his own franchise after the commercial success but production problems packed first 1979 motion picture, he was very quickly ostracised by his backers at PARAMOUNT. In Hollywood terms, "Executive Consultants" are often talked to but their ideas and suggestions are ignored. This hasn't quite happened to George Lucas- he was in control front and centre with his decision to sell the STAR WARS franchise to Disney, had gone back to his original red-ring binder notes and come up with an all new story to launch the next Sequel Trilogy and secured the original three leads (Hamill, Fisher and Ford) before Bob Iger had joined him in the contract signing. Now, a year on, it looks as if most of that story, along with Michael Arndt's first screenplay, and its original title, has been discarded with a close to the production wire script re-write from reliable EMPIRE/RAIDERS scribe Lawrence Kasdan, a worthy keeper of the Classic Trilogy flame if ever I saw one, alongside the enthused and equally talented writing abilities of J. J. Abrams, who impressed Harrison Ford from a young age with his 90's script for REGARDING HENRY. Whatever the final story ends up being for EPISODE VII, more secret than the code-numbers to entering Fort Knox, it will surely be a billion dollar winner by the time it arrives in December, 2015. But let's also hope that, beyond the use of his character names, that something more substantive of the old George Lucas magic remains somewhere inside its genetic blueprint- after all, he's always come up with tremendous ideas and innovations over thirty years.

"A long time ago..."

2. An amazing opening shot. The original STAR WARS in 1977 blew the world's cinema audiences away with the incredible Rebel Blockade Runner pursuit by the seemingly unending pursuant Star Destroyer. ILM whizz Richard Edlund said that that original shot had to be done right- that it was the key to winning the audience into believing Lucas's universe and what was about to unfold. And the final result certainly did- spectacularly so! To capture the attention and imaginations of the next generation of worldwide fans, EPISODE VII needs something to get the blood pumping straight off the bat, yet also stay true to the established STAR WARS universe.

Who's next to join the STAR WARS villain pantheon?

3. No Sith? Vader and The Emperor were extinguished at the end of EPISODE VI, and the Expanded Universe has had its fun with all kinds of variant on the deadly, galaxy-threatening Sith cult to the point where its now been done to death. Perhaps there might be another kind of ancient enemy that can be created to threaten our old and new heroes? Or will Abrams and Kasdan will take a leaf out of James Bond or Flash Gordon's book and create distinctive new villains with lethal henchman/armies at their side? Or possibly ally them with the remaining grand scale armies of the Empire. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION had the evil cyborgs, the Borg, to life it out of its early doldrums for years to come. Whatever happens, the new STAR WARS needs a foe that will be impactful and durable. If the Sith do make a comeback through the unique, new lightsaber wielding Kylo Ren, here's hoping they get a fresh new presentation...

Going beyond Tatooine, and beyond the farthest stars?

4. More new planets. The city world Coruscant of the Prequel Trilogy played host to intergalactic history, whilst the desert world of Tatooine has become a critical nexus to events throughout the STAR WARS SAGA, of which EPISODE VII looks likely to return there for an important new and driving plot element (possibly with a recreation of the classic cantina at Mos Eisley). The return of Yavin and Tatooine should be splendid, but this is also the time to bring in new worlds and environments never before seen, of which CGI, matte paintings and model work should catch our imaginations anew in the same way that Hoth and Bespin previously had. To say we're excited at seeing what the UK's Forest of Dean, Morocco, Iceland and Abu Dhabi will bring to the series is an understatement!

Will we start humming that Imperial March again?

5. The Return of the Empire. Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, there must surely be pockets of Star Destroyers, Imperial Garrisons and Stormtroopers still out there. With the exception of the quickly deactivated Separatist Battle Droids of EPISODE III, wars don't just end quickly, and small bush wars can continue long afterwards. The splendid Thrawn Trilogy of books may have been consigned to Lucasfilm's new "Legends" line of the Expanded Universe, but there are still elements from it that have potential to be explored on film. Besides, the Stormtroopers deserve to be better shots this time out, and you can never get enough of the visual coolness of Imperial Star Destroyers or AT-AT's!

Is there even a way for the suit of Darth Vader to return. Nothing's impossible:
STAR WARS AFICIONADO MAGAZINE: EPISODE VII: WILL VADER RETURN?

A singular guardian of the Force? The return of Luke Skywalker.

6. Luke Skywalker kicks ass! "It's like James Bond getting his license to kill, but not being able to use it." Words by Mark Hamill from 1983 about the fact that the Original Trilogy closes just as Luke has reached his primary objective in life: to become a Jedi. Will this new sequel trilogy eventually see him in some future capacity as teacher/leader of the (so far) few in number next generation of Jedi, or are the rumours true of his being a dark recluse afraid of his continuing growing powers that could destroy the universe is not checked? Whatever direction the story goes (and rumours persist he's sadly only in one sequence during EPISODE VII), bearded or not, we want the noble, youthful heroism of character reasonably intact and partaking in at least one big action sequence displaying the kind of skills and heroism he had at the battle of the Sarlaac Pit in EPISODE VI. Don't be agist and discount Hamill from action because he's in his early 60's- Anthony Hopkins played Zorro as a mature man in the successful and acclaimed Martin Campbell film re-imagining, and he had some great action scenes.

Sorry about the mess! Not for the death of Greedo, but the unnecessary SPECIAL EDITION change!

7. Han Solo shooting first! To make up for years of having to put up with the dreadful re-imagining of the Han/Greedo confrontation from the 1997 STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE - SPECIAL EDITION! Perhaps Han can take on a new Rodian threat this time out. And, if the rumours of Han Solo's demise are correct-lets face it, this might be the only real reason creatively that Ford is coming back- may it be done in a way that stays true to his often gung-ho character.

Princess Leia: a different kind of Jedi.

8. Princess Leia the Jedi. 'The Other', as finally revealed in EPISODE VI. She picked up the injured Luke's call for help on Bespin, she's had memories of her "real mother" from being an embryo to baby inside Padme's womb. There's a lot of Force potential there, and present an intriguing way to do things differently in the film series compared to how her brother uses his natural skills. Let's see our favourite spunky Princess at least get in some lightsaber training practice somewhere, or put her telepathic or paranormal-like skills to good use in sensing danger or to surprise foes...


Wookiee prime!

9. More Wookiees! The STAR WARS Holiday Special wasn't quite the way we wanted to see them, EPISODE III showed all too briefly an incredible organic technology and an at one with nature civilisation, whilst a planned THE CLONE WARS Season Six/Seven storyline featuring Kashyyyk was sadly axed. They made a brief but notable appearance in the STAR WARS REBELS opener, too, but now is is the perfect time to go back to that important world, and its hairy heroes- if not for EPISODE VII then at least one of the following films or spin-offs. Don't forget, back in a long time ago interview, Lucas talked about a couple of divergent spin-off possibilities after EPISODE IX, one of which was the Wookiee movie idea that became the Holiday Special.

Respecting the past? Padme and Anakin from EPISODE II.

10. The Ties that Bind. Luke has supposedly set up a new Jedi Order, and both he and Leia should now be aware of that prior history and their proper, original family lineage. It would be nice if the Prequel Trilogy, despite being hated by many classic fans as well as DISNEY, got some kind of visual recognition as part of the overall story/Skywalker cannon. Would it really hurt to have a brief scene where Luke or Leia look at a hologram of Anakin or Padme, or take a stroll through the old or new Jedi Temple witnessing holograms showing the lost line of Jedi, like Mace Windu, Qui-Gon or a pre EPISODE IV Obi-Wan?

The STAR WARS universe wouldn't be the same without Ralph McQuarrie's legacy.

11. The Ralph McQuarrie Legacy. THE CLONE WARS animated series and STAR WARS REBELS have effectively utilized some of the incredible unused work and ideas brought to visual life by the great artist- STAR WARS first visionary. Let's hope more from that incredible and portfolio packed body of artistry gets into EPISODE VII as well! Early indications from leaked Abu Dhabi exterior photos look promising.

The amazing 1976 interior of the Millennium Falcon.

12. Back to the "Used Universe". Pioneered for Lucas in extraordinary ways by McQuarrie, with UK Production Designer John Barry and Set Decorator Roger Christian, this is a chance to return to the dirty and worn universe seen in EPISODEs IV to VI that fans have loved so much. The full-size Millennium Falcon, apparently being built anew at Pinewood Studios, should be quite a sight- though audiences will see even more wear and tear across its hull than before- baby's been through the wars a bit over thirty years!

Boba Fett: you're in his target frame!

13. Boba Fett and the Bounty Hunters. We all want the return of the galaxy's most insidious and accomplished bounty hunter, Boba Fett, for EPISODE VII- escaping the jaws of the Sarlaac Pit- his demise having been the single biggest mistake of the Classic Trilogy. But such a return must be done in a credible way beyond the kind of thing read in fan fiction. Let's hope he can be put into EPISODE VII, or somewhere else down the line, in a genuine plot integral way, with some serious rivalry/revenge against Solo and his family. We also want to see a CGI IG-88 and a reptilian Bossk thrown in, too! Whatever happens, it looks as if the Lawrence Kasdan Fett spin-off, whether it be set before the events of EPISODE V or not, will be happening at some point...

Can Han be saved? Find out in three years!

14. Cliffhangers. EMPIRE had an impressively gloomy ending in which our heroes only just managed to escape the clutches of Darth Vader. Yet there was a cliffhanger element to it all that proved frustrating then (May 1980) but now being ultimately acknowledged by fans and critics as inspired. Would they be able to rescue Han Solo from vile gangster Jabba the Hutt, and what was going to happen next with the Luke/Vader relationship? I think the cliffhanger element should be reintroduced and have the ante upped for the next trilogy, all three of which will be coming down the wire at cinemas sooner rather than later-the days of ultra-long three-year waits between each film now reduced.

The lively heroes of the JEDI QUEST book series: designed to attract younger fans.

15. A vigorous spirit. It's great to see the Classic Trilogy back, but I'm looking forward to seeing the new characters in action just as much- the next generation of heroes for a new generation of film/fantasy fans who hadn't been previously bothered with STAR WARS before, or who hadn't really experienced it to the degree of interest we showed back in the seventies and eighties. Getting the balance right of zippy action and heroism to youngsters enjoying the likes of HARRY POTTER and THE HUNGER GAMES is going to be interesting and likely very challenging for J.J. Abrams and company, as will be the mixing into the story of older characters/icons from the STAR WARS Original Trilogy (primarily Ford/Han Solo) who might not be so well known to modern cinema audiences. The 2013 changed plan is that, after EPISODE VII has cemented itself, these new heroes will take front and centre of the action- with one or more of new band likely turning bad.

The future has never looked brighter...

16. Just a great story. What could be better than an opening episode, and an overall trilogy, packed with intelligence, drama, occasional humour (J.J, PLEASE, no enthusiastic Simon Pegg cameo!), incident, and shining character moments (including, we hope, the surprise return of Lando Calrissian!) that have meaning for our new and old heroes, mixed with a strong hybrid of practical and CGI effects to take our individual and collective breaths away. (Sorry folks, we're past the point now where CGI can not be used in a STAR WARS film!) Something that, alongside John Williams wondrous music, will take us on a journey above and beyond the many stunning but often hollow summer and winter blockbusters of recent years. Is that all too much too ask?


J.J and Artoo on the EPISODE VII set. 

Other EPISODE VII filming conclusion links:

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and JJ Abrams celebrate with cast of newcomers as they finish filming Star Wars: Episode VII | Daily Mail Online
Mark Hamill Spotted Clean Shaven Outside Pinewood Studios | The Star Wars Underworld
Read A Note Given To Episode VII Cast & Crew On Their Last Day | The Star Wars Underworld
TheForce.net: Even Mark Hamill Is Joking About The Force Awakens
JJ Abrams and R2-D2 Make an Appearance on 'Last Week Tonight' From the Set of 'The Force Awakens' | The Star Wars Underworld
Bob Iger Discusses The Origin Of 'The Force Awakens' Title | The Star Wars Underworld
Big Rumours Emerge on Luke Skywalker's EPISODE VII Role
Star Wars 7 'Better Than Empire Strikes Back' Says C-3P0 Star
'Star Wars' Heading Back to London's Pinewood Studios

Monday, 13 April 2015

'STAR WARS' AT MADAME TUSSAUDS: UPDATE 3

Beauty and the slug! Images: Madame Tussauds.

The amazing craftsmanship, detail and dedication of the upcoming London MADAME TUSSAUDS STAR WARS Saga exhibition/experience continues to fascinate and delight, as one of the most iconic scenes from RETURN OF THE JEDI is painstakingly, stunningly recreated: Slave Leia with Jabba the Hutt!

The latest press info from TUSSAUDS:

With just over a month to go before a major new Star Wars experience opens at Madame Tussauds London, the attraction today revealed two of the stunning wax figures that will star in one of the 11 atmospheric walk-in sets inspired by some of the most iconic moments in film history. United in wax for their final checks were the gargantuan Jabba the Hutt and the delicate Princess Leia, depicted as they appear in the famous scene in Jabba’s Throne Room in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.



The figures, which fans will be able to get up close to in an authentic recreation of Jabba’s Throne Room when the new attraction opens on Saturday May 16, 2015, have taken a team of more than 20 artists over four months to create.

“These two figures are actually two of the most challenging of the cast of 16 characters we are creating,” commented Principal Sculptor on the project, Stephen Mansfield. He continued: “With Jabba we have sheer scale – he is 2.9m long, 1.5m high and weighs a whopping 35 stone. We used fibreglass moulding techniques to create the body mass, which has then been hand coloured in precise detail over a six week period. His massive eyes are made from glass and are each the size of a melon. Leia, of course, is portrayed in one of the character’s most iconic looks, in her gold bikini. We are acutely aware of the responsibility we have to get this right for fans, and we have been very lucky to work with the jeweler that made the original hair pieces worn by Princess Leia to recreate this level of detail.”   
   
Brilliant side shot. Note Jabba's arm tattoo!

The figures will be joined by the smallest character to be featured, Jabba’s sadistic court jester, Salacious B. Crumb, to complete the scene. The Kowakian monkey-lizard will stand at just 41.2cm tall complete with 14cm long ears. He will be tucked into his gross crime lord boss’s tail as Princess Leia sits shackled before him. Fans will be able to sit beside Leia, marvel at Jabba’s grotesqueness and listen out for sounds of torment from beneath the floor when they step across the Hutt’s concealed rancor pit. 




Work is now nearing completion as the first sets are installed in the Baker Street venue ready for Jabba, Leia and all 16 characters to take centre stage in atmospheric recreations of some of the most famous Star Wars moments.

Advance booking is strongly recommended. Tickets are on sale now at www.madametussauds.com/londonwhere you can also find all the latest news and updates.  




Friday, 10 April 2015

THE STAR WARS SAGA: NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD


Our hopes of an original, unaltered Classic Trilogy release on Blu-ray or HD may have been severed with all the subtlety of a stake through a Vampire's heart, but at least the entire STAR WARS Saga (so far) in its revised format (the versions used as the basis for the 3D releases) is now available on Digital Download from April 10th, 2015.

Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection - YouTube
The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Coming April 10 | StarWars.com

Get the saga via various digital outlets here: Star Wars Movies: Digital Collection | Star Wars

Alternate footage of the Luke and Leia chasm swing from STAR WARS.

Clips from some of the all-new materials additionally available:

'Star Wars' saga to become available as hi-def digital downloads | EW.com
http://www.accesshollywood.com/star-wars-discoveries-from-inside-sneak-peek_video_2720837
How 'Star Wars' made the most of space junk
http://www.starwars.com/video/carrie-fisher-conversations-the-lost-interviews
Anthony Daniels - Conversations: The Lost Interviews | StarWars.com

Early 1976 lightsaber test footage.
Remembering the first day's filming with Anthony Daniels.
Alternate Stormtrooper battle angle in the Death Star hangar.

Carrie Fisher was scared to death before this iconic Star Wars scene - Dork Side of the Force - Star Wars News
Listen: 'Lost tapes' of Star Wars reveal Carrie Fisher's fear of her Death Star swing | EW.com
▶ Conversations: Sounds in Space - Lightsaber Sounds - YouTube
Saga Stories: The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Special Features | StarWars.com
▶ Star Wars: The Digital Collection Trailer – Discoveries From The Inside Bonus - YouTube

Complete list of films and special features: Star Wars Episode 7 News | UPDATE! Details on the Upcoming Star Wars Digital Movie Collection.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

CLASSIC ART: FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS...


As all-new chapters of the franchise prepare to blow fans away over the next eight years, and with a second teaser trailer for EPISODE VII debuting Stateside in just a few short weeks, here's a visual reminder and celebration of the great original characters created by George Lucas for his six beloved and groundbreaking STAR WARS movies, as well as the Expanded Universe heroes and villains that would be born from its foundations to become equally successful with fans and critics.

What comes next from the new-look LUCASFILM and DISNEY, in the wake of Lucas's passing the torch, has a lot to live up to...

The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Coming April 10 | StarWars.com
Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection - YouTube

Monday, 6 April 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: GENERAL SMOOTHIE!


There's a promise to keep and a vow to obliterate the Empire: Lando's certainly gonna be a busy guy during the rescue of his old buddy Han Solo from Jabba's stronghold, and in his leading the Rebel Alliance's daring battle to destroy the second Death Star! 

STAR WARS AFICIONADO sends its Birthday Greetings out today to Billy Dee Williams!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

THE 'SITH' AT 10: OF MURDEROUS INTENT...


Obi-Wan Kenobi can only watch in horror at previous Jedi Temple security footage showing Anakin Skywalker killing his fellow Jedi- strangling young Padawan Bene whilst saber duelling with the skilled Cin Drallig, in this dark moment from EPISODE III.
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