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Saturday, 21 January 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: THE CIVILISED WEAPON


The STAR WARS scene equivalent of Arthur, watched by the wizard Merlin, pulling the immovable sword of Excalibur out of the stone, as Luke Skywalker is given his late father's lightsaber and activates it to striking effect- the boy will soon be on the path to Jedi evolution, as hoped by his new mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, whose freedom fighting galactic history has now been tantalisingly revealed.

Star Wars: ‘Designing The Lightsaber’ Bonus Clip | Official HD - YouTube

CLASSIC IMAGE: DEATH OF A DECOY!


After a brutal assassination attempt the moment the Naboo diplomatic party touched down on Coruscant, the disguised Padme Amidala is shocked to see her friend, bodyguard and decoy Corde die in front of her, whilst a worried Captain Typho tries to console and hurriedly protect the senator at the same time- a memorable opening to EPISODE II.


Friday, 20 January 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: RECOVERING FROM "A BAD STEP"!


The Sandpeople are easily startled but Obi-Wan knows they'll be back- time to depart with the out of hiding Artoo, but not before Luke also thankfully remembers to collect the remains of Threepio - recent unwitting backwards cliff top plunge survivor, now short of an arm and thinking he's done for!

Filming the scene with Daniels as Threepio, only wearing the top half of his costume- a crew member keeps his feet supported from getting in camera shot.

CLASSIC IMAGE: INTO THE GALACTIC CORE!


Queen Amidala's Royal Cruiser prepares to enter the heady commercial traffic packed atmosphere of the core planet of the Republic: Coruscant, in a striking visual effects moment from EPISODE I.

HAPPY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY, 'RED TAILS'

Flying the flag of heroism and patriotism: the heroes of RED TAILS. Image: LUCASFILM.

Those brave Tuskegee pilots of the Second World War celebrate their fifth cinematic anniversary today as part of George Lucas and Anthony Hemingway's RED TAILS - the long-in-gestation project that finally became a reality by 2012 - an important telling of how an against-the-odds ensemble scored such important victories in the skies above Europe, fighting the tyranny of Nazi Germany and the prejudices of their own military's upper echelon decision-makers.

On film and in real life, we salute you all!

Red Tails (2012) HD Movie Trailer - Lucasfilm Official Trailer - YouTube

Thursday, 19 January 2017

ROGUE ONE: THE BRINGERS OF DEATH!


The Battle of Scarif taking place on one of that world's coastal shores is almost over- the small Rebel force buying time for Jyn and Cassian now at the end of their life clock as Krennic's Death Troopers arrive to wipe out our remaining heroes efficiently and effectively. But theses Rebels lives in battle were not in vain- another step nearer to defeating the Empire has ultimately been taken...


'STAR WARS' AT 40: THIS MAN NAMED 'OBI-WAN'?


Thankfully not dead, Luke Skywalker is saved from the Sandpeople due to the fortunate arrival of a mysterious yet kindly old man cloaked in tattered brown rags, soon administering a wake-up call to the boy's consciousness and ultimately introducing himself as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the very person whom the dedicated Artoo has been looking for since touchdown on Tatooine.

George Lucas supervises Sir Alec Guinness and Mark Hamill's first scenes together on location in Tunisia, during March 1976.

Alec Guiness Interview On Set Of Star Wars 1977 - YouTube

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

ROGUE ONE: KRENNIC'S LOST SCENES...

Director Krennic confidently walks into the Overbridge of the Death Star in this deleted moment from ROGUE ONE.

One of the great story elements of ROGUE ONE was the chance to see and find out more about the upper echelons of Imperial power with the Death Star and the "court intrigue" between the ambitious characters of Ben Mendelsohn's Weapons Director Orson Krennic and Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin in wresting ultimate control of the space station. But Krennic had more scenes in the original filming/cut than what was eventually shown in cinemas, with a likely bigger involvement in the finale Battle of Scarif.

Rogue One: Ben Mendelsohn says 'vastly different' version of the film exists | The Independent

Deleted scene linked to Tarkin: STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: A RESURRECTION OF EVIL!

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: DIRECTOR ORSON KRENNIC

Ben Mendelsohn: 'Rogue One' is "toughest" Star Wars film | Larry King Now | Ora.TV - YouTube

Here's a Krennic overview taster from the various bits of footage/imagery revealed during 2016.

Arriving for the test firing on Jedha.
Unused angle of Krennic observing Jedha.
Making a point to his Imperial comrades before Tarkin arrives.
On the bridge, and hand near his trusty ancient blaster, Krennic is in front of a main wall schematic of Jedha, as seen in ROGUE ONE's first teaser trailer. 
A heated debate, presumably with Tarkin, in an alternate or deleted scene.
Conferring with Darth Vader on the power of the Death Star. Its likely that some of the dialogue from this scene, presumably linked to courting the Emperor's favour over Tarkin, was transferred to the Mustafar location.
Back on the Overbridge as the Death Star orbits a world that is surely Scarif. Where this scene fitted in with the original version of ROGUE ONE, we're not sure. 
The verbal power struggle between Krennic and Tarkin continues.
Amidst dead bodies and a crashed U-wing, Krennic walks the shore to the communications dish tower, which, from the film's teaser trailer, was at a separate location on the island during the original cut.
Filming Krennic's Scarif beach scene on the Pinewood Studios backlot, about to draw his weapon on someone.

'STAR WARS' AT 40: WHEN SANDPEOPLE ATTACK!


Artoo has finally been found and his Tatooine walkabout temporarily ceased, but Luke Skywalker's curiosity about some nearby nomadic Sandpeople gets the worst of him, as the creatures make a vicious surprise attack on both Luke and a shocked Threepio- a scene well depicted on the cover of the second issue of the UK's STAR WARS WEEKLY comic, from February 1978.

Episode Nothing: Star Wars in the 1970s: Looking back at Star Wars Weekly – issue 2

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

ROGUE ONE: A CALLING TO ACTION!


On the bridge of the Mon Calamari's Rebel flagship Profundity, a determined Admiral Raddus and his colleagues oversee and monitor the crucial battle continuing above Scarif, in ROGUE ONE.

It was terrific to see the original bridge and briefing room area of Base One, conceived for Admiral Ackbar in RETURN OF THE JEDI, re-visited and slightly updated for use in this prequel adventure.
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