The latest episode of the podcast Full Of Sith is now available. Check it out at Full Of Sith. Episode VI has special guest Bonnie Burton.
Bonnie Burton is a best selling author and former senior web and social media guru for Lucasfilm. For almost a decade she was the public face of Star Wars on social media and spoke to us about her connection to the saga, her books and things she’d like to see. We also spoke about some interesting places the EU could go, and she gave us her first hand account of interviews she conducted with JJ Abrams.
If like me you are over Forty then chances are you remember the first time you went to see Star Wars when it was released back in 1977. I do. It was the opening week and my Brother took me to see the film that changed cinema forever. I was five years old at the time. The film had created such a buzz that when we arrived at the cinema the queue was right around the building. I remember we waited in line for two hours, yes two hours! Strange thing is I don't remember anything about watching the film (I have seen the film so many times that my other memories have overwritten that part) but I do remember asking my Brother to hum the theme tune to me on the bus ride home in which he did in front of people. From that point on I was hooked and that moment in my life is what turned me into the Sci-fi geek I am today and proud if it. Also from that point I started collecting Star Wars toys in particular the Kenner figures and ships. A few years back I joined the Rebelscum forum, a forum for Star Wars collectors. It was there that I learnt about this fantastic book, Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - The First 30 Years by John Booth
It is an absolute must read if you are a collector, a retro fan or if you remember the first time you unpacked that Boba Fett. There are some fantastic memories from the author such as the first time he watched Star Wars, seeing a blue snaggletooth for the first time in a library and missing the first ten minutes of Empire Strikes Back. This book is full of gems that will bring back memories. I had to laugh at this one story he brings up...
Remember the final duel in Return of the Jedi, when Luke lets his anger get the best of him and he just wails on Vader and then cuts his hand off, and then looks at his own black-gloved hand with the realization of what he could become? I'd forgotten that he'd put that glove on after getting shot in the hand on Tatooine. and the first time I saw that movie, I thought somehow that Vader's limb had actually grown onto Luke's arm, an actual physical transformation instead of the metaphor that was suggested.
I remember I actually thought that too when Return of the Jedi was released. I had forgotten that. Its memories like that, that this book will bring back to the surface. I cannot recommend this book enough. Its a fantastic read. My only criticism is that there's not enough. I want a sequel. Buy this book, you wont be disappointed.
Click below to buy from Amazon Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - The First 30 Years
Yesterday we reported that The Hollywood Reporter have published an excellent interview with Kathleen Kennedy. On the first page of the article is this statement.
She is less clear that the first film in the new trilogy will be ready by 2015. "Our goal is to move as quickly as we can, and we'll see what happens," says Kennedy. "The timetable we care about is getting the story."
If she was confident about a 2015 release date then I have no doubt that she would be promoting that date. I think now that J.J. Abrams is on board, the timetable originally announced goes out the window. But you know what they say? All good things...
Reportedly, in Dan Aykroyd's
original vision of Ghostbusters, he envisaged an America full of Ghostbuster
units, as common as pest controllers, with the narrative focusing on one
team. So grand this image that Ivan Reitman
believed the costs would be too high with an estimated budget of $300 million,
so we have the film we all know and love today.
It would be hard to imagine the film being as successful had it been
made as first planned. With all that
said, Ghostbusters certainly wasn't short of special effects, and its that
which makes it so rare in comedy. You
would be hard pressed to think of another movie so funny which also offers the
full Holywood blockbuster treatment, Back to the Future perhaps? It is possibly this mix which has resulted in
it being such a universally watched and loved movie.
Given how adored it was (and still is), its sequel was
undoubtedly going to be under close scrutiny.
Not only did the fans have high expectations, it had to compete with the
originality and hilarity of the first.
Was it any surprise then that Ghostbusters 2 was so poorly
received? It didn't have the same
grandeur to its story and lacked level of humour the first offered. A possessed painting called Vigo with his
mood ooze versus the Demi God, Gozer the Gozeraian and The Stay Puft
marshmallow man! No contest!
However, while Ghostbusters 2 came in for a critical
bashing, with hindsight perhaps we were all being a little too harsh. It still had the wonderful characters and
dialogue along with some classically funny scenes. Ghostbusters 2 is an enjoyable film, it's
just not as a good as the first and as a result was perhaps unfairly
judged. Which leads to the next
question, should they be making a third?
Another Ghostbusters has been rumoured for many years,
however in recent times the news coming out indicates it will happen. However, we are not talking about a franchise
reboot here in the same vein as Abrams Star Trek, if reports are true
Ghostbusters 3 will be very much a sequel.
Dangerous territory after so much time perhaps? Dan Aykroyd hasn't given much information on
the story, only that it will likely involve handing the reigns to a younger
generation of Ghostbusters, with most of the original cast returning in some
form. Bill Murray however still won't commit either way and many fans view his
involvement as a critical success factor.
Another Ghostbusters certainly has
an abundance of obvious pitfalls to negotiate.
With modern day CGI to play with there is a risk of it being a Michael
Bay affair with too much emphasis on CGI and comic book humour. The new cast will have it's job cut out too,
having to contend with inevitable comparisons to the original characters. Putting the cynical hat on, you also worry
that dollar signs have flashed up in the heads of everybody involved. A Ghostbusters sequel is surely seen as a
quick win by studio bosses.
However, while all this doubt remains Dan Aykroyd has wanted
to make this movie for a very long time, if a quick buck was all that was
desired then it would have been made by now.
It's going to be a few years before we have our answer, until then we
will all remain a somewhat sceptical, lets hope its unfounded. The bottom line, whatever happens with
Ghostbusters 3, it must have the fantastic Ray Parker Jr theme, it's just so
Which leads me to the last question, what do you do if
someone asks if you're a God??
This is a great clip from 1982. Blue Peter was and is a childrens UK TV show that would cover a wide range of subjects. In this clip Drew Barrymore is being interviewed and mentions that she was originally auditioned for Poltergeist. When asked if that was by the same director, Barrymore said yes further fuelling the "who directed Poltergeist, Hooper or Spielberg?" debate.
Steven Spielberg will receive the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award at the American Cinema Editors’ 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards, which will be held Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "Steven Spielberg is a cinematic treasure,” the ACE Board of Directors, which announced the award Tuesday, said in a statement. “For over four decades he has been moving audiences around the world with his unique, powerful brand of storytelling. As one of the most successful directors in history, he has brought us beloved films, which have not only delighted us but have been indelibly woven into our cultural fabric. Throughout it all, he has worked side by side with the great Michael Kahn, A.C.E., forming a director-editor partnership that has lasted decades. It is our pleasure to recognize him with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor, especially in a year where he has, once again, created a masterpiece with his latest film, Lincoln.” Source
The Hollywood Reporter have an exclusive interview with Kathleen Kennedy who spills the beans on how she managed to get JJ Abrams on board for Star Wars episode seven. The article is really insightful and makes you realise that Kathleen Kennedy is the right person for the job at the top of Lucasfilm.
The article explains how Kennedy pitched the idea to JJ Abrams:
she summarizes her pitch like this: "Please do Star Wars." And she had cards to play. Not only was Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) writing the script, but Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi, was on board to consult. Abrams "was flipping out when he found out that Michael and Larry were on the movie already," says Kennedy.
Abrams tells THR, "I learned firsthand how incredible and persuasive she is." Some -- but not all -- of his reservations were dispelled. "The thing about any pre-existing franchise -- I'd sort of done that," he says. "But when I met with Kathy, it was suddenly very tantalizing." Read the full article at The Hollywood Reporter. Its a must read. Rob Wainfur @welshslider
I am over the moons that J.J. Abrams is on board and if Michael Giaccachino came on board I wouldn't object. But just for fun imagine The Empire Strikes Back J.J. Abrams style with Michael Giaccachino's soundtrack? Here's a small clip. Yes there's a lens flare joke but only a little one.
THX have announced a audio/visual tune up app for IOS.
THX tune-up features custom video test patterns, carefully selected photos and tutorials to help you adjust and confirm the best picture settings on your display based on your room lighting. Using special test sounds, THX tune-up also lets you check your external speakers to make sure they are working in phase and are connected properly for 2-channel stereo or 5.1 surround sound systems.
THX tune-up is completely interactive and you will be able to go through it at your own pace and in any order. Use your iPad 2 (or later) or iPhone 4 (or later) to connect to your display or sound system with an Apple™ Digital AV Adapter and HDMI cable or through a wireless Apple TV. Now there's no excuse to get your audio perfect and be sitting at the right distance from your TV. But the best feature of this app is the MOO CAN. You can turn your phone and it moos just like in the THX logo with the cow. Video below.
The app features
Aspect ratio – ensure your TV displays shapes and sizes correctly
Brightness – make certain shadow details and night scenes are clearly visible
Contrast – confirm white detail is distinct on your television
Color – make sure colors are bright and vibrant but not cartoonish
Tint – check skin tones look natural and are not too green or red
THX tune-up uses your iPad or iPhone camera to set color and tint with a special built in color filter. Just point your device camera at the TV screen and see if your color or tint is adjusted correctly.
Speaker assignment – ensure speakers are connected to the correct AVR output and intended sound is coming from the correct speaker
Speaker phase – confirm that positive and negative speaker wires are connected correctly and all speakers are in phase
Turn “moo can” on and tilt the iPhone or iPad to hear your device “moo”
Play extraordinary THX trailers (just like the ones in THX Certified cinemas) to show off your newly tuned TV and sound system to friends and family
Show off your audio system with the push of a button by playing “THX Deep Note” in 5.1 surround sound, just like in the theater
Have a question for THX, or just want to provide feedback? Ask Tex!
Drew Barrymore asks her famous godfather Steven Spielberg for advice on how to handle the paparazzi especially when it comes to protecting her new born baby Olive from the press. The 37 year old actress, star of E.T. admitted to her concerns on TV Show The View. Olive was born in September last year.
"I talk to my godfather Steven Spielberg; I seek advice from him," she admitted
"I agree with other countries when they won't allow the kids to be photographed,"
"There has to be a limit and we teach our children boundaries, and yet the world doesn't have any boundaries to our children and that is an anomaly that I do not support."
"I've been crying for two months about having to take my daughter outside into this very tumultuous world that has no protection for people."
The Clone Wars seems to be missing from Cartoon Network's press release today that shows their list of new shows for the 2013/2014. Yoda Chronicles is there but one big elephant in the room is the missing Clone Wars. Does this mean the Star Wars animated series is moving to the Disney Channel?
Thanks to RebelForce Radio who picked up the story that the future releases of Star Wars in 3D are cancelled. Nikki Finke, editor in chief of Deadline.com are reporting the story.
"I learned of this decision just now from Lucasfilm‘s promotional partners who are telling me the studio now owned by Disney wants to focus only on “rebooting the franchise”
It appears the reason is to focus on Episode VII which will be directed byJ.J. Abrams. Now this is initially bad news but it also fills me with confidence in Disney and Lucasfilm. They could have made some easy money by releasing these re-releases in 3D but the decision to cancel, shows us that they are really serious about episode VII and want nothing to get in the way of the upcoming Star Wars movie. Episode II: Attack Of The Clones was to hit theaters in 3D on September 20th, 2013, while Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith was to play in 3D on October 11, 2013. Read the full story here http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/exclusive-no-more-star-wars-3d-prequel-releases-lucasfilm-passes-to-focus-on-new-trilogy/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter From StarWars.com Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall's scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.
On Thursday, January 31st, Billy Dee Williams stars as a “Carrot-te” sensai on a new episode of Annoying Orange airing on Cartoon Network at 8:30pm eastern time. We have a sneak peak to see Lando as "Carrot-te" sensai.
Annoying Orange debuted on YouTube in October 2009 and since then has quickly racked up more than one billion total views with over 2.6 million YouTube channel subscribers. In June,Annoying Orange embarked on a new adventure with the debut of its animated television series which has become an instant hit in the U.S. continually ranking amongst the top shows for boys in the time period. The series currently airs Thursdays at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT on Cartoon Network. In the episode airing Thursday, Orange Belt, tired of being beat up by Grapefruit, and desperate to win Passion Fruit’s approval, Orange learns the ancient art of Carrot-te. But does Orange have the courage to fight for Passion’s honor?
Steven Spielberg was outbid by his wife when the pair went head-to-head at a charity auction following the European premiere of Lincoln.
Around €250,000 (£210,000) was raised after the screening and star-studded gala in Dublin for a hospice foundation, of which the movie's star Daniel Day-Lewis is a patron.
Spielberg, who directed the multi-Oscar-nominated film, lost out to his other half - actor Kate Capshaw - who coughed up €43,000 for a set of etchings by U2 star Bono.
The charity auction, in aid of Wicklow Hospice, raised €143,000. An additional estimated €107,000 was made through ticket sales for the Lincoln premiere - at €160 a head - sponsorship and raffle draws.
Daniel Day-Lewis had persuaded Spielberg to donate a number of props from the film shoot, including a handmade knife, white gloves and miniature soldiers.
Now that J.J. Abrams is to direct Star Wars VII, there is now a strong possibility that Michael Giacchino may pick up the baton for the new movie too. Giacchino has a history of being J.J. Abrams preferred choice when it comes to creating the music for his projects and if John Williams doesn't come on board then Giacchino must be the favourite.
However, what you may not know is that Michael Giacchino has had dealings with the Star Wars universe already and Disney too. He wrote the score for the new Star Tours ride that reopened last year. In fact I came across this video on Youtube where Giacchino is interviewed. In the interview he mentions "when I was a kid I was 9 years old and watched Star Wars and it changed everything for me." He also adds that when he was offered to work on Star Wars his response was "are you kidding me? WHY wouldn't I want to work on Star Wars?"
So he's a fan, he respects John Williams previous arrangements of the classic Star Wars and if you listen to some of his previous work including the new Star Trek you know that he would be a good choice if the master John Williams doesn't come on board.
What is one of the best Star Wars podcasts on the web, Full Of Sith has just released episode V.
In episode VI Bonnie Burton will be joining the team so look out for that one on Wednesday.
Here's what they have to say about the latest episode:
This is our very first installment of Rumour Control with Bobby Roberts! In the first part of the show, Bobby discusses with Bryan and Mike his first exposures to the saga. In the second part of the show, the boys deconstruct the huge J.J. Abrams news and talk about what we can reasonably expect with the coming Star Wars movies.
If you like the show, please leave us an iTunes review! We’d greatly appreciate it. Our website has launched, check it out and share your thoughts and opinions.
Special thanks to Bobby Roberts for his first installment of Rumour Control and for sharing his music with us at the end of this episode. Be sure to download ALL his Geek Remixed albums athttp://www.geekremixed.com
Full Of Sith is a safe haven for Star Wars fans, no matter what you like or what your opions are, we’d love for you to share them with us. Please do so by sending us a voicemail or email. Thank you for listening.
Look for Episode VI on Wednesday with our wonderful guest Bonnie Burton, for another special release for you amazing listeners.
Tim Lebbon is currently working on the Star War novel DAWN OF THE JEDI - INTO THE VOID. I was curious to know just how you get to write a Star Wars novel and what's involved. Tim was kind enough to answer a few questions.
THE BEARDED TRIO: Welcome to the Star Wars expanded
universe. How did you manage to get involved with the Star Wars
Tim Lebbon: I knew an editor at Star Wars Books from
when she worked at another publisher, and when the Dawn of the Jedi novel
cropped up, she thought of me!So Del
Rey approached me, and I said yes after thinking about it for about a second.
T.B.T:I see you mention on your website that
you remember watching Star Wars when you were seven. Were you a big fan
of the Wars? Did you have any of the vintage Kenner toys?
T.L: Yeah, I was a big fan.I don't remember owning any of the toys,
though my wife says she had the Millennium Falcon.Wish she still had it...
T.B.T: What is your favourite Star Wars moment?
T.L: There are many, but I really love the
battle on the ice planet Hoth.
T.B.T: The title is called Dawn Of The
Jedi. Will this be based on the Dark Horse comics centred on the early days
of the Jedi Order?
T.L: Yes.The full title is Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void.
T.B.T: How far through the novel are you?
How long does it take to write a Star Wars novel from start to finish?
T.L: The novel's going really well, and it
takes however long it takes.It's an
interesting process writing in a universe that's already so well established,
and one that I'm enjoying immensely.
T.B.T: Is there a big difference in process and
approach in writing a Star Wars novel to say one of your previous novels?
T.L: The only huge difference is ensuring that
I'm paying attention to the whole Star Wars mythos that surrounds the story I
want to tell.Other than that, I still
want to tell an engaging story well, same as when I write any novel.
T.B.T: Does ensuring continuity in the Star Wars
universe become an enemy or a friend when writing a Star Wars novel?
T.L: It's a friend, as it can open
opportunities for cross-referencing characters, places, or events. And that can be fun for me as the writer, and
the reader as well.
T.B.T: How much research do you have to do to
complete a Star Wars novel? Do you have a regular contact at Lucasfilm or
Del Rey to give you any knowledge of the expanded universe as well as the
T.L: Yes, I'm in constant contact with my
editor at Del Rey, and the comic writer and artist, John Ostrander and Jan
T.B.T:Who shot first?
T.L: Han, of course.
T.B.T: When are we likely to get our hands on
Dawn Of The Jedi ?
T.L: Spring next year, I believe,
T.B.T:Again thanks for taking the time to
answer a few questions. Good luck with the novel. Really can’t wait
for this one.
You can find out more about Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi - Into The Void and about Tim Lebbon and his other novels at http://www.timlebbon.net/
Well it was bound to happen. J.J. Abrams is announced as the director of Star Wars VII and the internet becomes awash with crossover jokes. Well here's mine just so I don't feel left out. Do you know the reference and the character's name?
The Sun and the Daily Mail newspapers are both reporting that filming for Star Wars VII will begin in the UK in the summer and one of the locations is a disused quarry overlooking Kent's sprawling Bluewater complex. We brought you this news story yesterday thanks to Jedinews.co.uk. Here are a few more photos of the location that is supposedly being used. This story has not been confirmed by anyone at Disney or Lucasfilm but in case it is true...
This deleted scene from J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek was ultimately deleted. Shame really as its rather good. What we do see are klingons. Unfortunately they don't take off their helmets but the language is still the same along with their ridges outlined on their helmet.
Klingons feature heavily in the new comic, Countdown to Darkness. The comic series timeline leads up to Star Trek Into Darkness giving readers more insight and background story. Looking at the klingons it looks like their design hasn't changed since the 2009 movie and perhaps we will see them in this years movie.
A portrait of Lincoln director Steven Spielberg by Irish artist Mark Baker will be signed by the director and auctioned at the charity Lincoln Ball in Dublin on Sunday in aid of Wicklow Hospice.
The event at the Burlington Hotel will also be attended by Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis and other members of the cast and follows the Irish premiere of Lincoln in Dublin earlier on Sunday.
Day-Lewis is a patron of Wicklow Hospice and helped to organise the charity ball.
Commenting on his painting, commissioned by Wicklow Hospice, Bray-based artist Baker said: "I spent the month of January working on the painting, in between other commissions I have been working on. I included a silhouette of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in an attempt to express Spielberg's vision of the actor as the great President.
"It is difficult to judge how much the painting will go for on the night. A painting done by myself of this size and detail would usually be valued at c.€2,000, but the added signature of Spielberg, and the fact that the film is tipped for an Oscar, are likely to enhance the value considerably.
"I'm just hoping that they like the finished piece and hopefully it helps raise much needed funds for the hospice."
According to the Sun newspaper they are claiming that the new Star Wars movie is being filmed this summer in the UK. They are also claiming that a disused quarry is being considered in Greenhithe. The story is actually quite laughable and we can look forward to many more stories being printed that claim "a source has told them."
Back in November, off the back of the big news story that Disney had bought Lucasfilm, The Express reported that a source had told them that Darth Vader WILL be in Star Wars VII. The newspaper writes “He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible,” explains a film mole.
What we do now is from now until the release of the film and beyond, every time a big story is announced to do with Star Wars VII we can bet there will be a ridiculous news story the following day in a newspaper. Unfortunately it sells newspapers so isn't going to stop any time soon.
The news is in as we know that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars VII. But what about Star Trek? Will J.J Abrams direct Star Trek 3?
Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore revealed today that the filmmaker will still be committed to the franchise, after Star Trek Into Darkness debuts this summer. Here's what the studio executive had to say, revealing J.J. Abrams will be involved as a producer on Star Trek 3, and on Mission: Impossible 5.
"J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek."
According to Moore, Abrams — who directed both 2009′s “Star Trek” and the upcoming sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” — will still be involved in some capacity with a possible third “Trek” movie, at the minimum as a producer, if not also directing the film. So J.J. Abrams is still on the books. It is quite possible that we could have a director making Star Wars and Star Trek at the same time.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Kathleen Kennedy contacted J.J. Abrams in January and won him over with her pitch. Great job Kathleen! We all know that the director initially said no to Star Wars VII but the new helmsman for Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy obviously did her research and brought J.J. Abrams around. THR says:
Kennedy contacted Abrams in early January and went to visit the filmmaker at the Santa Monica offices of his Bad Robot production company. Kennedy is said to have won over the filmmaker with her pitch. She will now develop the property with Abrams and writer Michael Arndt, who has been writing the script since October.
Episode VII is set for release in 2015, but sources say Abrams has not committed to that release date, meaning the date could be changed if the development process requires it.
The director has been officially announced and with other projects in his pocket such as Star Trek and possibly Mission Impossible he is know one of the busiest directors in Hollywood.
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