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This Luke Skywalker Theory Restores Everything You Knew About ‘Star Wars’

All the talk of Luke Skywalker being Kylo Ren or new Sith leader in The Force Awakens has me very irritated. That sentence should at least put some validation on my Star Wars fandom and ranking on the old geek meter. The far out theories had me analyzing the trailer and even scouring the poster for clues. Still, did it bothered me to the point where I felt I needed to write something? No.

That all changed when this article by Rob Conery came along. It’s a well-written article. Unfortunately, his theory is not only wrong, it’s borderline blasphemous.

Luke is not a Sith. Let me repeat that. Luke is not a Sith. And he certainly didn’t turn to the dark side at the end of Return of the Jedi.

So, he’s not in the poster and J.J. Abrams said that was on purpose. There could be several reasons for this other than the ridiculous theory he is Kylo Ren.

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True, I know very little facts about the upcoming movie. However, if you just look at the guy’s physique in any number of the shots. You can tell Ren is skinny and tall. Adam Driver is 6’2″ and 31-years-old. Mark Hamill is 5’9″ and 64-years-old. If that does turn out to be the case, that’s just horribly thought out.

There’s other evidence against this theory, but I really want to get back to the whole Luke turned to the dark side after Return of the Jedi thing.

“The Cave…Remember Your Failure at the Cave…”

Conery wrote:

Many people (my friends included) put it off as foreshadowing Luke’s discovery that Vader is his father. I think it’s foreshadowing that Luke will become his father. Of course, you don’t know Vader’s his dad at this point — but at the end of the film, when I thought back to the cave… it made perfect sense. It’s good, solid plot juice. Becoming your parents (or trying not to) is a huge motivator.

Let’s take a look at this. Luke’s failure at the cave is Yoda’s way of testing Luke to see how he will react to fear. Luke fails the test by taking his weapons and drawing his lightsaber on the fake Darth Vader. Vader’s head is cut off and it reveals Luke’s face. Yes, this foreshadows Luke’s possible turn to the dark side if he does not find a way to face his fear instead of fighting it. It’s a hard lesson he only learns after losing his hand in the battle with Vader at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.

Conery continued with his Yoda prognosticating by pointing out:

How many times has Yoda been wrong in the first six films?

Have you seen the entire prequel trilogy? He’s wrong about everything! Yoda lets his former apprentice Count Dooku defect to the dark side. Why train him if he knows everything in advance? Yoda knows nothing about the clone army being created on Kamino. Yet, seems fine with using them to fight a war even though they were all fashioned after an evil bounty hunter. Yoda works for Senator Palpatine aka Darth Sidious for three movies! One, two, three! And never realizes he’s a Sith until it’s waaaayyyyyyy too late. But yeah, Yoda’s always right.

The Original Ending

Yes, Producer Gary Kurtz clashed with George Lucas over what should happen at the end of Return of the Jedi. But, just because Luke walked off alone like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns would not make him a Sith. Plus, that’s the way Kurtz remembers it. There are also reports that Lucas fired Kurtz because the budget on The Empire Strikes Back spiraled out of control.

And in the end, Lucas made the film he wanted to make. Luke didn’t walk off alone. He burned his father’s body and went back to his friends to celebrate their victory.

Luke Turned, We All Watched It

Next, Conrey cites the battle between Luke and Vader on the second death star. He offers up the notion that Luke turned to the dark side the moment his lightsaber zipped into his hand and he tried to strike down the emperor. Then adds he went full on Sith when he jumped out of the darkness to attack Vader and eventually cut off his hand.

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Photo Credit: Lucasfilm

Yes, Luke’s anger brings him to the brink. However, this actually turns into a moment of clarity for the young Jedi as his father begs for mercy. Something Conrey refers to as:

This, people, is a plot hole. It doesn’t make any sense in terms of the story and also Luke’s character. It doesn’t follow Luke’s motivation at all because he quite clearly doesn’t have any motivation to stay a good guy. He’s just seen what he could do with his dark powers (defeat the bad guys, save people).

Defeat the bad guys? Save people? Who has he saved by cutting off Vader’s hand? The rebels? Nope. They’re fighting that battle themselves on Endor and outside the death star. And which bad guy did he defeat? His father? Nope. The whole movie he’s trying to redeem his father and turn him back to the good side. He says it a number of times! THAT’S HIS MOTIVATION!

Luke’s talk with Leia before he confronts Vader:

Princess Leia: But, why must you confront him?

Luke: Because, there is good in him. I’ve felt it. He won’t turn me over to the Emperor. I can save him. I can turn him back to the good side. I have to try.

When Luke and Vader meet at the base on Endor:

Luke: Search your feelings, Father, you can’t do this. I feel the conflict within you. Let go of your hate.

When Luke and Vader are battling each other on the second death star:

Luke: Your thoughts betray you, Father. I feel the good in you, the conflict.

Darth Vader: There is no conflict.

Luke: You couldn’t bring yourself to kill me before and I don’t believe you’ll destroy me now.

Darth Vader: You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.

Then later after he takes off his mask:

Anakin: Now… go, my son. Leave me.

Luke: No. You’re coming with me. I’ll not leave you here, I’ve got to save you.

Anakin: You already… have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister… you were right.

[Anakin smiles and his eyes begin to droop slumps down in death while giving one last dying breath]

Luke: Father… I won’t leave you.

Need I go on? Need I go on? Yes, I guess I should.

Conrey writes about the emperor’s force lightning attack next:

The emperor tries to destroy him with the old shock treatment in the same way we saw in Revenge of the Sith (facing off against Mace Windu). In that scene, Palpatine played on the sympathies of Anakin to cut Windu’s hands off so he could toss Windu out the window.

In this scene, Luke plays his dad in the exact same way to toss the emperor into the abyss. Ahh symbolism.

That shock treatment? He basically brushed it off. Luke is a badass. It’s the only way this whole scene makes any sense at all.

So, in this theory, Luke turns to the dark side but doesn’t finish off his father. Instead, he tries to fake out the emperor by saying he’s a jedi. Some how knowing the emperor would hit him with the force lightning, so he could play possum and Vader would throw the emperor into the death star abyss? Right. Sounds reasonable.

And another note: Both Yoda and a young Anakin have gotten hit by force lightning and gotten up relatively quickly. See Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Will Luke actually be bad in The Force Awakens? I can see why producers would want to do that as a twist. But it really wouldn’t make much sense. And it would basically nullify everything we grew up with in the Original Trilogy. Luke’s journey and Anakin’s journey from good to evil back to good.

And no offense Rob Conrey, but you may want to:

Watch Return of the Jedi again,

 

 

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“The Force Awakens” Trailer 10 Takeaways

It’s been more than thirty years since we’ve seen Star Wars footage that wasn’t prequel-related. This is not the story of Anakin Skywalker and his stalker love for Natalie Portman (seriously quick sidebar, even when he was like 9 he was hitting on her calling her an angel.) This is a SEQUEL to Return of the Jedi!! Unfortunately, a small, micro bit of unease from the prequel squirmed its way into my mind watching this trailer. But overall, it felt like 80 percent original trilogy and 20 percent prequel eye roll. Is that a good thing? Honestly, it’s way too early to tell. I’m both skeptical and hopeful at the same time. Here are ten takeaways from a die-hard fan.

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1. The Dark Jedi Knigth Rises? The narrator at the beginning is a bit distracting. I won’t go as far as saying it’s laughable, but at first, I had my doubts this trailer was the real thing. I came to accept it more after watching it a few more times. But at first, it sounded exactly like Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. Cue the mashup video. Turns out it wasn’t Tom Hardy, but Andy Serkis doing the voice. At least that’s according to Collider. They also say Serkis is playing a pivotal role in the film. New head of the Sith??

Takeaway = Leaning Negative

 

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2. John Boyega will be great. But, is he a stormtrooper or pretending to be a stormtrooper on Tatooine? This is one of my favorite shots from the trailer. Why? It recalls the first film A New Hope. Both Han and Luke put on stormtrooper outfits to rescue Princess Leia. You can also hear the Imperial Probe Droid in the background. Another reference to the original trilogy. And he’s sweaty. Why is that important? Because can you remember any shot, at any time where anyone in the prequels looked like this? Nope. No matter what situation they were in the characters looked like they were in a controlled environment and the dialogue wooden. In just one panicked look, Boyega already proves to me he’s surpassed the terrible acting of the prequels.

Takeaway = Positive

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3. The stormtroopers are back! The Boyega shot and the following sequence reveal, stormtroopers will be featured heavily. But in what way? Yes, the Empire was beaten by the Rebel Alliance, but you can’t believe they were all wiped out. Can you? It’s possible the Empire survived and lived under the radar for 30 years, plotting its return. Or could the Rebels have become so powerful that they now use stormtroopers? A nod to the clones of the prequels perhaps? I like the first theory better. Also, the helmets are a little different from the originals. Kind of like this Ralph McQuarrie design.

Takeaway = Positive

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4. Daisy Ridley looks like her mom. Ridley could be cut into Return of the Jedi seamlessly. If she’s not a dead ringer for Carrie Fisher, I’m not sure who is. It has yet to be confirmed, but my best guess is Ridley plays the daughter of Princess Leia and Han Solo. And her outfit could not be more like a mix of Tatooine garb and Endor from the original trilogy. Some have complained about the look of her speeder bike, but I’m not one to complain about ship/transport design.

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Takeaway = Positive

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5. The soccer ball droid. Yes, the soccer ball droid. And it’s CGI. Kind of cringe worthy for me. This felt very prequel trilogy and out of place. I get there should be advances in droids over the past thirty years, but a rolling ball? I like the fact that the head looks like an astromech, but this worries me.

Takeaway = Negative

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6. The return of the X-wing. They are flying over a body of water and not in space. This shot gives me a sense of how I need to let go of the original trilogy and embrace the future. It reminds of what I loved as a kid, but cranked up a bit with today’s technology and look. The design of the ships are a tweaked, but that seems to be a theme. Appreciating the past, but making it look fresh. Kind of like the difference between cars from the 80s and today. More on that later.

Takeaway = Positive

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7. Oscar Isaacs is with the rebels. 99% sure this is a shot of actor Oscar Isaacs. It would appear he plays a role as a rebel pilot or leader. It’s the old cockpit shot. He’s apparently leading some sort of assault or defense against an unknown foe. Red Five standing by.

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Takeaway = Positive

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8. Revenge of the Sith. It would appear the dark side has risen once again. This is not at all surprising. To not have a dark jedi group as the enemy would be a bold move indeed. This shot also gave me pause though. It’s a “new” lightsaber design. On the surface it feels like a gimmick. And I was kind of waiting to hear what function it could have. Many people posted it looked like a longsword. The blades on the hilt are meant to protect from sword-sliding and your hand being cut off. So, if it’s functionality…I’m all for it. As for who this black robed menace is? Looks thin to me, Adam Driver? Lupita Nyong’o? A female villain would be pretty cool. Or is Luke Skywalker finally succumbing to the dark side and protecting his old injury with two-extra blades?

Takeaway = Leaning positive

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9. The Falcon Returns! This sequence had my mouth watering. Zipping over the surface of what we assume is Tatooine evading Tie-Fighters. Reminds me of the action from the middle part of The Empire Strikes Back. 

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Eagle-eyed fans will also notice the Falcon has a new rectangular radar dish, since the round one was lost in the guts of the second Death Star.

Takeaway = About as positive as it gets!!!

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10. Remember these guys? Yeah, me too. Where are they?? This was one of my biggest disappointments with this trailer after the first viewing. Where were the people who captured my imagination from the Original Trilogy? Han, Luke, Leia and Chewy were nowhere to be seen. Even the droids were beaten out by the soccer ball! The explanation could be as simple as a Disney edict. They wanted to introduce the Star Wars universe to a a new generation with young actors, not people who look like their grandparents. I get that. My worry, are they included not because of performance or how they look? I think one of the main questions heading into this trilogy, would the actors be able to return to their iconic alter egos? They weren’t in there for a reason. The question is why?

Takeaway = Mystery

So, truth be told. I was initially underwhelmed the first time I watched the trailer. But I have grown more and more excited on viewings afterward. Will this movie be any good? I really can’t answer that. Though, by all indications, JJ Abrams has stayed true to the feel of the original trilogy and is making his best effort to create characters that aren’t just cool looking toys. And the best part? I didn’t hear one thing about senators, the trade federation or hating sand!!!

 

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Disney Could Rewrite Star Wars History

So, there’s a BIG rumor going on right now thanks to Bleeding Cool. The site claims they’ve intercepted an internal email from Disney that says the company will be releasing the unedited, theatrical versions of the Original Trilogy. If in fact that is true, it makes me want to shout “FINALLY!!”

Many fans want the tamper-free versions they grew up with. Honestly, I had a VHS tape in the other day and it actually felt better than watching the super-clean, crisp blu-rays anyway.

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But still, a nice blu-ray release of the pre-Lucas revisionist has been the dream since 1997. Right?

However, the next bit of information is even more extreme.

They claim there are rumblings around Disney that they want to view the Prequels as “non-canon.” Similar to how they announced the Expanded Universe of the books would not be honored as actual storyline.

This is a very gray area for me and I’m sure many others.

While I kind of only view the Original Trilogy as canon anyway, does it seem wrong that they could be erasing history and the creator’s ultimate vision?

It’s one thing to ditch the secondary material written by science fiction authors, but to blow out three movies written, directed and financed by the guy who started it all? It’s almost like a hostile takeover at its worst. (Though, they did pay him $4 billion to do whatever the hell they wanted.)

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Still, on the other side of the coin. That means one of the most disappointing moments of my movie going life would be erased. No midichlorians, No Jar Jar. No annoying kid or angry teen Darth Vader. No CGI overkill. No meaningless plot lines that horribly hide the villain. Did Lucas think audiences wouldn’t know Palpatine = Darth Sidious? And why was he never called Darth Sidious in the Original Trilogy, just the Emperor? And why would he build this huge clone army only to have them fight this droid army when ultimately it meant nothing? Couldn’t he just have secretly sided with the separatists? What was the point of the second movie again? Oh, the horribly wooden love story. And wait, was his deformed appearance due to the rebounding lightning in “Revenge of the Sith?” Or is that just his true appearance? And who the hell is Master Sifo-Dyas? And why does Yoda run into hiding when clearly, he was winning that FIGHT!!! Ugh…

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So, bringing things back around…all of this potentially means that Disney is willing to throw out post-1983 George Lucas. It’s sad. I mean, he is the one who came up with an idea that has literally changed lives, not just fans, workers at Lucasfilm and well beyond in the movie industry. People’s career have begun and ended with Lucas. Truly something to admire and praise. Yet, at the same time. his changes to the Original Trilogy are mostly horrible. And the prequels…I wanted to like them so much. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched them thinking “this time they’ll be good.” But they only get worse.

While Lucas’ accomplishments as a storyteller and innovator in the industry will continue to stand and be recognized. His need to tinker and rework his own masterpieces could ultimately be his demise. I find that both unfortunate and a bit sad. The Prequel Trilogy was largely terrible, but it did have some strong visual moments. One has to wonder if 1977 George would have made those movies. Now, they very well could be erased or perhaps worse, invalidated. 

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‘Star Wars’ Holiday Special?

We are coming up on what’s known as a Star Wars holiday. May 4th or May the Fourth Be With You. May has been synonymous with the intergalactic franchise since day one. Every film Episode I through VI has come out in late May. But that’s about to change.

Gone are the days of “summer blockbusters.” Instead, the roll out for summer is much earlier. April, even March at times. And while November and December used to be Oscar-bait films or holiday flicks, plenty of studios are now opting to use those months for their biggest movies, like the yet-to-be-titled “Star Wars: Episode VII.

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This brings about an interesting quandary. Will superfans be willing to camp out weeks in advance to see this next installment? 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers Jedi from the swift completion of their appointed rounds movie-going experience.

Star Wars fans aren’t the United States Postal Service, but being one myself, I could argue we may be even belligerent in our quest to see, devour and consume every detail, television show or movie Lucasfilm throws at us.

So, how will this Hoth-like dilemma play out? Will everyone have long johns under their Han Solo slacks? Could Princess Leia hair buns double as ear muffs? Or will everyone just go covered in faux fur ala Chewbacca?

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Sure, this won’t be a problem in Los Angeles. But, what about the Northeast? We just suffered through what was arguably one of the worst winters in recent memory. If Star Wars comes out on December 18th, how could we possibly go back to see it multiple times over snow and ice covered roads? Surely, a Tauntaun ride would be in order. Well, as long as I didn’t take it too close to that first marker, then that Tauntaun would probably be toast.

And let’s say you are man or woman enough to set up an igloo outside New York City’s Ziegfeld theatre and dress in a Boba Fett or Oola (look it up) costume, how many of those people are going to be wearing a Santa hat or candy cane blaster? Probably too many to fit under the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

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The cold aside, my point is this will be different. The Star Wars summer event is over. It’s still awesome to have a new film coming out, but will it really feel the same? Nostalgia can be a very powerful thing and a great number of people who grew up with the original trilogy will miss the anticipation of a May release. Still, perhaps the next generation of fans will carry the same feelings toward December. Just think warm thoughts when you queue up alongside your fellow sith lords. A jedi mind trick may be in order.

 

 

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‘Star Wars’ Celebration, Episodes VII Rumors & More

“Star Wars” Celebration Europe recently wrapped up and much of the focus was on the 30th anniversary of “Return of the Jedi.” But, there were a few tidbits thrown in about Episode VII.

Warwick Davis, the man who played “Wicket” got to interview some of the cast members from “Jedi” and their experience on the film. Check out several of the clips below.

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from all the celebration in Germany, ABC was busy doing business back here in the states. They are considering a live-action television show based on the “Star Wars” movies.

Reuters reported ABC is speaking with Lucasfilm and had this quote from the head of Disney’s Entertainment Group:

“We’ve started conversations with them. I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate.”

A live-action TV series has been rumored for a very long time, but that was back when people weren’t ready for another trilogy that may or may not have direct ties to the Original trilogy. Will audiences respond to an every week fix of “Star Wars” or will it be an overload? Tough to say. I’m typically on the side of less is more.

Another interesting development. The re-release of both trilogies on Blu-Ray and DVD in a combo pack. Amazon originally had them listed with a new audio commentaries from archival interviews, however that has since changed. So, I guess this is for any DVD-only owners that want to hear Darth Vader shout “NOOOOO!!!” when the Emperor is sizzling Luke with lightning and to see Wicket blink. The covers for both are below and you can order the original trilogy here and the prequel trilogy here.

 

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And finally, a good bit of humor. Last season on Parks and Recreation, Patton Oswalt went on a filibuster during a town meeting, but filled the time with what he thought the plot of the next “Star Wars” should be. They only aired part of it on the show, but released the entire 8 minute rant online. Since a few people have covered that audio with animation. Here is the latest iteration. Funny stuff!

 

Okay, that’s it for this week. Until next time, may the force be with you, always.

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‘Star Wars’ Episode VII Production Updates, Casting Rumors

The script for the new “Star Wars” movie is online. Well, a photo of it. At least I think that’s what it is. The folks over at BadRobot tweeted this out.

 

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Okay, so not anything amazing, but intriguing nonetheless. I guess it makes sense that the script is finished since they are set to start filming in about six months. Though, it does make me a little nervous to think that it only took a handful of months to complete. Perhaps, George Lucas gave Michael Arndt more of an outline than we initially thought.

And speaking of the story, characters may actually drive this movie instead of CGI special effects. At the Star Wars Celebration Europe, the new head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy told a packed crowd 

“The story and characters are all we’re talking about right now. We have an amazing team at ILM, who can create fantastic effects, but if we don’t have a great story and characters, the effects mean nothing.”

 The CGI aspect is intriguing because it could mean that the producers of Episode VII are actually listening to the fans and not just interested in attracting new ones (ie “The Phantom Menace”). Many old school fans like myself believe that the next movie should be a nice mix of models and perhaps some CGI background. I think that’s really where CGI soars anyway, not in unbelievable characters that look cartoonish. I’m talking to you Jar Jar Binks and Dexter Jettster!

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And it seems that’s exactly the direction they are going, if we are to believe Ms. Kennedy.

“It’s a conversation we’re having all the time in the development of Episode VII. Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects – that’s something we’re looking very seriously at. So we’re going to find some very cool locations that we’re going to use in support of Episode VII. And I think we’re probably going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox to create the look of these movies.”

I mean what would you rather see the Millennium Falcon…

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Or this…

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Kennedy elaborated her point by saying this…

“It’s using model makers; it’s using real droids; it’s taking advantage of artwork that you actually can touch and feel. And we want to do that in combination with CG effects. We figure that’s what will make it real.”

So, all of that sounds quite promising. Is she just they’ll use old-school methods and then completely go CGI? Maybe. It’s happened before when Lucas promised Episode II would be better than Episode I. But, all he really did was replace awful character #1 with awful acting character #2. Anyway, I’m hopeful.

And certainly the best thing about Episodes I through III was the score. That was created by non-other than the great John Williams.

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He has signed on for all three of the films in this trilogy. However, I will point out one morbid thought. He is 81 years old. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still going strong. But there is an outside chance that he may not make it for the entire trilogy. Which would be tragic for Star Wars fans and an enormous loss to the movie world. Here is what he had to say about composing music for three more movies.

 

And I’ll end with a few crazy casting rumors. The good people over at Latino Review claim that Leonardo DiCaprio actually went to a meeting about the film, but that didn’t work out. But now, they say two of the top candidates for parts in the seventh film in the series will be heartthrobs Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron.

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Their sources say that Gosling would be playing Luke Skywalker’s son. And shockingly enough, I don’t hate either of these choices. Both are pretty good actors and even though he’s got serious Disney teen roots, Efron is actually likeable. However, Gosling’s reps told the Huffington Post those rumors are not true. Efron’s on the other hand refused comment. I think these types of rumors will continue until Disney’s convention in August when they reveal the cast. At least that’s when I’m guessing they will make an announcement.

Those are the headlines for this week. Until next time, may the force be with you, always.

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‘Star Wars’ Episode VII Rumors & Updates

With the newest incarnation of the “Star Wars” universe only months away from starting production, news will start to come fast and furious in the coming months. And to keep anyone who might care “in the know” and to occupy my busy mind, I’ve decided to give weekly updates on the project.

First up, it seems a lot of people want to be in this movie. Including, many people from the prequels.

Samuel L. Jackson told Graham Norton on BBC One he would like to return as “Mace Windu” the Jedi Master. The last we saw him he had his hand cut off in Episode III and was unceremoniously sent flying out a window courtesy of Emperor Palpatine and his force lightning.

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But did he survive? According to Jackson, hey why not??

“I mean, come on,” Jackson explained. “Jedi fall from incredible heights and a lot of them have lived with one hand… I think I could handle it.”

Um, no. You died. Plus, as good as Jackson has been in other films, he was absolutely horrible in all three of the prequels, stiff and ineffective. Even if Jackson came back as a ghost ala Alec Guiness, this would still be ridiculous. He has no connection to any of the characters in the second trilogy.

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Now, to the second actor who wants to be back, Ray Park. He played Darth Maul in Episode I. He also died. Sliced in half by Obi Wan Kenobi. With the idea that clones are possible in the Star Wars Universe, I suppose anyone can come back from the dead. However, as cool as Maul was (the only good thing about Episode I really) to me this would scream money grab and toy sales-driven.

The other two actors that want to come back are Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine). Daniels should be a definite. I can’t see them making a Star Wars movie without C3PO and R2D2. As for McDiarmid, that’s a tough one. It would greatly depend on the direction of the new trilogy would want to go. Create a new super villain or bring back the man who masterminded the empire in the first two trilogies. Again, he died, but creating a someone as bad and evil as him should prove difficult.

Also, revealed this week is a bit of original trilogy mythology. Lucasfilm released this clip of 1978 Boba Fett test shots. It seems to indicate that Fett becoming a cult favorite may have not been quite as coincidental as we’ve been led to believe. The video clearly shows they wanted this character to be a gunslinger of sorts.

A casting call for Episode VII was released a few weeks ago. Here is what it looked like below:

Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.

Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.

A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.

Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.

A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit. 

Forty something male, fit, military type.

As much as I’d like to speculate on who those characters may be, I really have no idea. One thing seems obvious though. This film will most likely have the same type of leads as the original trilogy. The first three could be descriptions of Leia, Luke and Han respectively. Plus, it seems they are pushing to have more young women in this film. One of the biggest knocks on the series has been for its lack of female characters.

That’s it for this week! Until next Friday.

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‘Star Wars’ & ‘Lost’ Deleted Scenes, ‘Jurassic Park 4’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

When Comic-Con rolls around in San Diego each summer, it reaps some of the biggest movie news of the year. Tops on my list so far, this trailer of deleted scenes from the Original Trilogy of Star Wars. I have seen clips of some of it, but a few scenes like Han in the Endor bunker, R2-D2 being chased by a Wampa and parts of the sandstorm are definitely new. Check it out and thanks to Comingsoon.net for the imbed.

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This next clip started a fake fight between “Lost” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse this week on Twitter. The pair went back and forth arguing over its release to hype things up. Then dressed as “Star Wars” characters, the pair answered questions about the show from fans at Comic Con. Finally, they unveiled this scene.

Obviously, it’s a joke. I think it’s the producers way of apologizing for their own work or at least poking fun at their own abstract explanation of all things mystical island. Kind of rings a little hollow for me. If they’ve been standing behind what they did with the show for this long, seems a little wrong to go back on it now. Or maybe I just didn’t think it was that funny.

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It seems a fourth “Jurassic Park” movie is just a few years away. Although, I’m not sure I really care that much. The original was so groundbreaking because audiences had never seen anything like it before. Plus, the story was relatively strong with the kids probably being the most annoying part. However, “Lost World” and the third installment were less than stellar. Going for too much bang and too little story development.

Either way, the director of the first two films, Steven Spielberg told audiences at Comic-Con,

We have a story. We have a writer working on the script, and I think we will see a ‘Jurassic IV’ in our foreseeable future, probably in the next two or three years.”

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And we got our first look at one of the most anticipated movies of 2012 this week. The teaser for “The Dark Knight Rises” was released. It doesn’t show a whole heck of a lot, but judging from the clip, Batman has gone into hiding and a new villain, Bane, is tearing apart Gotham City. And putting Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) in the hospital. I’ve never been a big fan of the character Bane, but in Christopher Nolan we trust, right? I thought casting Heath Ledger as the Joker was a mistake before seeing the final product. I could not have been more wrong on that one. Anyway, take a look.




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“Empire” Director Irvin Kershner Passes Away

This isn’t easy for me to say publicly, but I’m a Star Wars nerd. I’ve kind of denied it for years, playing it off like I was just a “fan.” But like it or not, it’s a part of me. He-Man, Transformers, GI Joe, WWF wrestling, these things came and went in my youth, but Star Wars stuck with me, even in the dormant years between 1984 and 1996. I painfully watched not one, but two horrible made-for-tv Ewok movies (one even starred Wilfred Brimley!), read the first two trilogies of the expanded universe and even bought a few “Insider” magazines to hear about upcoming projects (that was pre-internet, before information moved at lightning speed.)

So, it was tough to hear about the passing of director Irvin Kershner. And one might be saying, “Well, this isn’t George Lucas!” No, that’s true. But, for me anyway, he may have been even better. Yes, Lucas created the universe, but Kershner gave it a soul in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Kershner allowed the actors’ performances to dictate the pace, style and heart of the movie, then flooded it with special effects, instead of doing it the other way around. That’s what makes “Empire” so special.

Specifically, Kershner changed several things in the original script and not all the changes were welcomed by Lucas. Check out these clips below, the rigid acting in this deleted scene shows just how important directors can be to film making and the interview illustrates his creativity and humor.

Even though the entire trilogy has been a good “friend” over the years,  “The Empire Strikes Back” has always been my best “friend.” Whenever I was sick or feeling low, I would pop in “Empire.” For whatever reason, it gives me comfort like a warm blanket or a re-heated piece of pizza on a lazy Saturday afternoon (probably a bad analogy for anyone who didn’t grow up getting pizza every Friday night.)

The more I see and read about Irvin Kershner, the more I like him. This quote that he told his son in the months leading up to his death is one of the more inspirational things I’ve heard. “You have to throw yourself into things. There is no second way. Passion gives you energy.”

Or “Do or do not. There is no try.”  Yoda to Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back.”


Thank you Irvin Kershner for creating something that will be with me forever.

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Return of the Jedis?, ‘The Hobbit’ & ‘Black Swan’

The last time a new Star Wars trilogy was announced, I was still in college and could not be more happy for its return. But just a short time later, the absurdly bad “The Phantom Menace” was released and my disappointment could not have been measured. Yet, I was still confident the prequel trilogy could be rescued by the next two films. I was wrong. Although, a bit better “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” both featured muddled plots and hollow, lifeless acting.


Now, there’s a report from IESB.net that Lucasfilm is planning another Star Wars trilogy. The series would apparently fit some time after “Return of the Jedi”, but would not focus on anyone in the Skywalker clan. Instead, it would be a whole new set of characters that would not have to “fit” with the current mythology. According to the report, the new movies would not come out until after ALL of the 3D re-releases were completed. That puts the release date around 2017/2018 if the 3D re-releases come out one a year as previously announced. So, not any time soon. And all that being said, Lucasfilm has denied the report. But that doesn’t really mean anything.


Since, the prequel trilogy has left me extremely skeptical, I’m not super-excited at the prospect of a new set of films. Sometimes less is more and this pony has already trotted out some pretty good tricks. However, if the concept is right, I may jump on the bandwagon.

A few suggestions: Make it less about special effects and more about the characters. It can’t be another Rebellion versus Empire film. Maybe the Jedis take a back seat to another idea. What if it focused on the Sith? Just throwing out a couple of thoughts. Lucasfilm if you are looking for a writer, you know where to find me.

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The fate of where they will film “The Hobbit” could be decided this week. Warner Bros. executives will travel to New Zealand to discuss the current standoff between the actors’ union and director Peter Jackson. Essentially, the union wants the actors to get a bigger piece of the pie. But Jackson feels they are being compensated fairly. Most film workers in the country want the enormous production to stay in New Zealand since it will infuse millions and millions of dollars into its economy. Thousands rallied this past weekend to lobby for the film and made this video. Check it out below and here’s hoping for the people of New Zealand they can work things out.

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I’m still desperate to see what Darren Aronofsky has done with “Black Swan” and if this new viral site is any indication, it’s going to be a pretty good trip. Ijustwantobeperfect.com reveals snippets of the upcoming film. I don’t really understand what it means, but it’s interesting nonetheless. You can also follow Natalie Portman’s ballerina character on twitter @theswanqueen and go to the IJWTBP Facebook page.

The film goes wide on December 3rd.

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