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Sunday, 19 February 2017

EPISODE VIII: LATEST NEWS (FEB 2017)


The first EPISODE VIII promotional art for our main three saga heroes of Rey, Finn and Poe has arrived, and more goodies await unveiling at the US CELEBRATION event in April 2017.

Until then, here's this month's crop of news:

Rian Johnson On The Last Jedi's Progress, Influences, And Surprises, Feature | Movies - Empire

5 things we learned about the new 'Star Wars' from director Rian Johnson

The most must-see films of 2017, from 'Beauty and the Beast' to 'Star Wars'

'Star Wars': Lucasfilm Confirms A Mysterious Rey & Kylo Ren Connection NEWS— eastcoastmovieguys

'Star Wars: Episode 8': There will be two trailers; One for Celebrations and the other online

Star Wars has dropped a big clue about Episode VIII - BBC Newsbeat

Rey Hairstyle Star Wars Episode 8 - The Last Jedi Daisy Ridley Hair

General Leia's Scenes In Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Revealed NEWS— eastcoastmovieguys

Star Wars 8: Leaked trailer description reveals Luke Skywalker and Snoke scenes in Last Jedi

Adam Driver on 50-Pound Weight Loss, 'Girls' Finale and the Next 'Star Wars' - YouTube


The latest teaser image from Rian Johnson via his cryptic Twitter account. And that's not Tom Hardy!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Super Star Destroyer and Finn's curious outfit - Making Star Wars

Laura Dern says as much as she can about 'Star Wars'

EXCLUSIVE: Laura Dern Opens Up About Carrie Fisher & 'Star Wars: Episode VIII': 'What an Incredible Gift'

How Lupita Nyong’o Feels About Keeping Star Wars Secrets - CINEMABLEND

Star Wars Force Friday II Coming September 1, 2017 | StarWars.com

'Star Wars: Episode 8' spoilers: An exciting new weapon

Star Wars 8 The last Jedi Guess whose son Benicio del Toro is playing? | Films | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

Star Wars 8 news Rey will lose her hand in The Last Jedi | Films | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Spoilers: Judi Dench Interrogates 'Episode 8' Plot (Aereon RIP)

Star Wars: Episode 8 Is Likely To Feature A Force Tree; Luke Skywalker’s Screen Time Revealed

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "SHE'S RICH!"


Han Solo isn't all that enthused about the idea of rushing into a detention centre to rescue a Princess he's never heard of. Thankfully, the idea of riches beyond his dreams soon proves an effective incentive, as fuelled by an eager Luke Skywalker.

Yellow indicates filmed but deleted conversation footage - a fun little moment from Ford as Solo:

Luke: No. Look a minute ago you said you didn't want to be captured, now all you wanna do is stay?

Han: Marching into the detention area is not what I had in mind.

Luke: But they're gonna kill her!

Han: Better her than me.

"So -is - life." Deleted dialogue moment between Han and Luke.

Luke: (trying to convince Han) No, no, no, no, Han. I've seen her. She's so beautiful.

Han: So - is - life.

Also of note, Peter Mayhew had dialogue as Chewbacca in the hangar control room scene as Obi-Wan departs ("That old man's mad!"), relevant for the actors to take their cures from, but also presumably acting as a rough guide for where sound effects would be inserted for the creature.

CLASSIC INDY: CUSTODIAN AND PROTECTOR!


As Indy continues his brutal bare-knuckle fight against the formidable Russian bulk that is Dovchenko, the lovable but barely sane Harold Oxley keeps his eye on the prize - the Crystal Skull, using its power to stop the approaching ground storm of killer ants, in a fun moment from INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO remembers the much-liked and respected British character actor Sir John Hurt (1940 - 2017), who not only relished his role in the Indiana Jones franchise, but was beloved in other high quality sci-fi/fantasy- the likes of ALIEN, HARRY POTTER and the modern version of TV's DOCTOR WHO. His other work across film and small screen genres was equally high-quality, admirable and unforgettable, from playing the insane Emperor Caligula in I, CLAUDIUS, to the noble yet afflicted John Merrick in THE ELEPHANT MAN. 

RIP, Mister Hurt.

Sir John Hurt obituary | Film | The Guardian

Saturday, 18 February 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: DIFFERENT DESTINIES!


Now in hiding in a control room above the Death Star hangar bay, Han Solo and Chewbacca are itching for a fight, whilst Kenobi goes off in search of deactivating the tractor beam that will let the Falcon escape, but not before saying goodbye to a saddened Luke, though he is soon ultimately distracted by the news that Princess Leia is also present on the station, as a prisoner to be rescued.

Note this this is image is taken during the scene's rehearsal- the distinctive Imperial lighting is not on. After 1976 filming was completed, Mark Hamill was allowed to keep his Stormtrooper costume.

CLASSIC IMAGE: PALACE TAKEOVER!


The invasion of the peaceful Naboo by the Trade Federation is completed and seemingly won. All that's needed now is for the acquiescence of their stubborn young Queen, then the first stage plans of their ally in the shadowy Darth Sidious are assured- a scene filmed at Caserta Palace, Italy, with Keira Knightley as the decoy Queen, from EPISODE I.

Friday, 17 February 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: SUBDUING IMPERIAL BOARDERS!


Back in 1977, we heard but never saw our hidden heroes on board the Falcon taking out the Imperial scanning crew and the subsequent ramp Stormtroopers in the Death Star hangar. Thankfully, the talents of long-time STAR WARS artist Chris Trevas would happily rectify that by 2015, in the art The Folly of TK-421...

As to the subdued foes final fate we never found out on screen. I assume Han and Chewie dumped the unconscious or dead bodies somewhere in the hangar bay shortly afterwards, or kept them tied up in the Falcon's hidden compartments, later giving them over to the Rebels as prisoners of war.

ROGUE ONE: A CHANCE OF RESCUE...


Arrived at the mountainous and inhospitably wet realms of Eadu, Jyn has boldly made her way to the secret Imperial research base in preparation to rescue her father, in a dramatic moment from ROGUE ONE.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

CLASSIC IMAGE: THE BESPIN TRAP!


Leia, Chewbacca and the blown-to-pieces Threepio are the bait that Imperial Lt. Schekil and his Stormtroopers successfully use to lure Luke Skywalker to his confrontation with Darth Vader at Bespin. But they've forgotten all about that other member of the escort party, the out of frame Lando Calrissian, who has a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to dealing with hostile intruders...

STAR WARS AFICIONADO SENDS OUT BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO MISTER BOBA FETT HIMSELF, JEREMY BULLOCH...

'STAR WARS' AT 40: INSIDE THE DEATH STAR HANGAR!


Stormtrooper squads are mobilized around the Death Star hangar as Darth Vader (Dave Prowse) and an Imperial officer (actor unknown) walk towards and inspect the apparently "empty" pirate ship vessel. A classic and very busy image from the original STAR WARS. At least thirty extras were needed as Stormtroopers for this scene (Fifty Stormtrooper costumes were built in all for the 1976 filming), on the immensely impressive set constructed around the partial Millennium Falcon shell, of which Chris Muncke played the Imperial officer conferring with Vader about the apparently "abandoned" ship. I like the working elevator rising up discharging its Stormtroopers, adding an extra layer of believability and functionality to the set and the overall environment.

A great colour variation shot.
Two technicians race past, as extra Stormtroopers appear, in footage first seen in the original 1977 STAR WARS trailer.

During the filming of this scene, UK Script Supervisor Ann Skinner took a colour reference image similar to the one above middle shot, so far unseen to the public, featuring the Stormtroopers assembled at the left side of the image.

With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI.

ROGUE ONE: CONCERNING THE DEATH STAR...


On Yavin IV, Mon Mothma, her Rebel generals and tacticians, and important senators, gather to look at a hologram of the Death Star and work out their next strategy, in a deleted scene from the original version of ROGUE ONE.

There's lots to assume from this deleted scene and the alternate decision making presumably made by the Rebellion. We assume the intimidating visual of the Death Star was part of Galen Erso's message to Jyn and that she didn't lose it on Jedha as seen in the finished movie. Note that Cassian Andor, presumably speaking on Jyn's behalf and to give support, is present in this meeting when he's barely seen in the re-filmed sequence, which would also be minus the Death Star graphic or any kind of hologram. Presumably, in the original cut, the Rebellion took a more proactive decision to join forces with Jyn's plan to capture the schematics. In the reshoots, their continued doubts about Jyn, and their inability to fight alongside her, were surely added, making her final journey to Scarif more dramatic.

Alternate version, with no Cassian.

Another consideration as to why the scene was changed could be that it might have been deemed too similar to the briefing room scene with Mon Mothma and the Rebels occurring by the time of RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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