Oct. 03, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.
The sun was shining brightly on one recent afternoon at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ lush yet cozy retreat in Marin County. But Kilian Plunkett, art director for the new animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” was not outside enjoying a stroll through Lucas’ vineyard or taking a dip in the waters of Lake Ewok. He was inside, in the dim light of the Lucasfilm archive, holding a bit of cinematic history in his hands. At just 18×41 centimeters, artist Ralph McQuarrie’s gouache concept paintings for the original “Star Wars” trilogy are smaller than expected, but then again, so is the Mona Lisa. Physical size bears no relation to the impact these paintings have on pop culture. “I always assumed these things were giant movie poster size,” Plunkett said as he pointed out the finer details of McQuarrie’s style. For “Star Wars” […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
“Star Wars Rebels” is getting a second season, Disney announced Thursday, the day before the cartoon’s first season premiere. Disney XD has ordered a second season of the new animated series, which has been praised by critics as well as fans who saw a debut screening at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July or who caught early screenings on digital platforms. “The fan response to the show has been amazing, humbling and inspiring,” Lucasfilm’s vice president of creative development, Kiri Hart, said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to the adventure ahead.” “Star Wars Rebels” is meant to be the origin story of the Rebel Alliance — the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New […]
Sept. 18, 2014 | 12:17 p.m.
The Batmobile hitches a ride with the Millennium Falcon in a new video released by “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot. The 36-second clip was posted quietly to YouTube Thursday morning under the title “Hunka Junk” — a nice nod to Lando Calrissian. The video pans across Han Solo’s iconic space freighter before ending with a shot of the “Dark Knight” trilogy’s Batmobile tumbler clinging to the Falcon’s underside. The genre mashup is the latest jab in an online battle between Abrams and “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder, who instigated the back-and-forth by tweeting an image of “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill dressed in Jedi robes and wielding a light saber. #SuperJedi pic.twitter.com/PyNbELK8UZ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) July 24, 2014 Last month, Bad Robot responded with an image of C-3PO donning Batman’s […]
July 26, 2014 | 4:27 p.m.
Marvel is launching back into “Star Wars” comics with major creative Force, with three series – a core title, plus a Darth Vader ongoing and a Princess Leia miniseries — rolling out in January, February and March. Writer Jason Aaron (“Thor, God of Thunder”) and John Cassaday (“Astonishing X-Men”), who Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada introduced to the “Cup o’ Joe” Comic-Con International panel Saturday afternoon as “Jedis,” will pick up the story right after the original film in January’s “Star Wars” No. 1, an ongoing monthly series. “As far as I’m concerned it’s 1977, and we’ve just been hired to produce the direct sequel to that original movie,” Aaron said. “I want everybody here who reads this book to feel like I felt when I was a kid and first met these characters … I want you to […]
July 24, 2014 | 11:32 p.m.
“Star Wars” fans got their first look at the new “Star Wars Rebels” series on Thursday at Comic-Con with a screening of the first episode, which isn’t due to premiere on the Disney Channel until October. While the animation wasn’t quite finished, and therefore not quite ready for review, it did evoke the look and feel of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” The exclusive clip above was screened at the panel and gave fans a feel for the lighthearted, more adventurous feel of the new series. At the show’s panel discussion beforehand, executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg appeared before fans for the first time with the show’s cast, which includes Freddie Prinze Jr., Steve Blum, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Tiya Sircar. The new series takes place in the “Star Wars” timeline between “Revenge of the […]
July 24, 2014 | 7:52 a.m.
To say that “Phineas & Ferb” creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh are fans of “Star Wars” is a bit of an understatement. “I was the first kid in line for the first showing of ‘Star Wars’ in Mobile, Ala. I watched it 19 times that summer, and more times since we were making this movie. I can’t count how many times I’ve actually seen it. But it’s pretty burned into my cerebrum,” says Povenmire. That fervor is what the duo brought to the Disney Channel movie “Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars,” which airs at 9 p.m. Saturday. (They’ll also be offering a sneak peek of it at Comic-Con at 10 a.m. Saturday.) The film takes place parallel to events that transpire in the original 1977 film “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.” Alongside Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, […]
July 10, 2014 | 2:05 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin, “24” star Kiefer Sutherland and “special surprise guests” from the cast of 1985’s “The Goonies” mark some of the highlights of Comic-Con 2014’s Thursday programming, which was officially released earlier today. Coming on the heels of this morning’s news that “Game of Thrones” is poised to to take the Emmys by storm with a pack-leading 19 nominations, recent Twitter convert George R.R. Martin, on whose novels the lavish HBO fantasy is based, will no doubt be in high spirits when he sits down with moderator William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) to discuss “Thrones” (for which he’s scripted several episodes), other works and his newest project, the “In the House of the Worm” comic book series. The conversation will be held in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel from 4 […]
July 10, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
As the fall premiere of “Star Wars Rebels” grows ever closer, we’re getting more familiar with the characters created to bring us into this new era of the space saga. On the bad guy side, images of the Inquisitor has been available for a long time, but now we’re getting our first look at his right-hand man, Agent Kallus, the so-called “Rebel hunter.” And the actor selected to voice him, David Oyelowo. Oyelowo’s acting career is red-hot right now. In the last couple of years, he’s appeared in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Lincoln,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and has upcoming roles in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and will play Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.” Now he’s voicing the evil agent of the Empire, working for the Imperial Security Bureau. The way “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni describes […]
July 06, 2014 | 5:23 p.m.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” has added two newcomers to its cast, and will take a two-week hiatus in August because of Harrison Ford’s recovery from a leg injury, the production announced Sunday. Lucasfilm and Disney discovered American actress Crystal Clarke and British actor Pip Andersen via a casting call last year that drew a total of more than 60,000 applicants from in-person auditions and online submissions. In addition to J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Wars” film, Clarke will be seen in next year’s fantasy “The Moon and the Sun,” starring Pierce Brosnan as an immortality-seeking King Louis XIV. Possibly part of Andersen’s appeal: No stunt double necessary. He’s a parkour specialist. “The ‘Star Wars’ universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent, and in casting ‘Episode VII’ we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition,” producer and Lucasfilm […]
June 24, 2014 | 5:18 p.m.
In a galaxy far, far away in the Midwest, one known as Chicago, a grand institution will be built… George Lucas has chosen the Illinois metropolis as the location for his museum, according to a Lucas spokesman as well as a spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The city beat out San Francisco, New York, and of course, Los Angeles. Rest assured that Los Angeles made overtures, and not shy ones either, to claim the filmmaker’s museum, which will officially be called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts. According to our sister blog, Culture Monster, none other than Mayor Garcetti himself reached out to the “Star Wars” creator. In a letter that he posted on his website, Garcetti tentatively proposed the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, located near USC, which is where Lucas studied film in the 1960s. From Culture Monster’s David Ng: “The plan would be […]