Saturday, 4 July 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: DEFIANT JEDI


Herded by their enemies into the middle of the Geonosian Death Arena, the remaining Jedi Knights, and Padme Amidala, get ready for what could be their final battle against the rising powers of the evil Count Dooku, in a tense scene from EPISODE II.

Friday, 3 July 2015

OUT THIS MONTH: 'DARK DISCIPLE'


In war, there's an old saying: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend". Just how true that is will soon be discovered by one-of-a-kind Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos when he's paired up with the lone wolf and former Sith Padawan, Asajj Ventress, in a mission to assassinate the dreaded Count Dooku, as the duo's unproduced eight-episode arc for THE CLONE WARS animated series comes to printed realisation via author Christie Golden: Dark Disciple, out next week in UK hardback from CENTURY PUBLISHING.

Here's the cover blurb:

Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy. 


The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.
 
But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.
 
Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all front
s—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.


Look out for a review on AFICIONADO in the not too distant future.

Get the book here: Star Wars: Dark Disciple: Amazon.co.uk: Katie Lucas, Christie Golden: 9780345511539: Books


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 35: IN THE GRIP OF EVIL


Like Leia before him, another Rebel hero falls into the twisted grip of Darth Vader. On the Bespin detention cell set at Elstree Studios, a de-masked Dave Prowse (in one of only a handful of shots) and Harrison Ford prepare to rehearse, and take offscreen direction, for the Dark Lord's brutal torture of Han Solo, for the near climax of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

1980 autograph photo.

Happy 80th Birthday today to the one and only personification of the physical presence of Darth Vader: Dave Prowse.

CLASSIC IMAGE: "BANG!"


The bridge of the Trade Federation Droid Control Ship goes up in flames, as will the rest of the vessel, in a pyrotechnics session filmed at Leavesden Studios in 1997 for EPISODE I (then known as The Beginning)- one of the last scenes captured by the second unit during the original first phase of the movie's top-secret shoot.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: "YOU'RE FAR TOO TRUSTING!"


Grand Moff Tarkin. She recognised the "foul stench" of his evil the moment she boarded the oppressive Death Star space station, now Princess Leia Organa has seen that evil at work, having lost her people, her world, to the orders of one cruel man commanding the universe's most fearsome energy weapon. Can anyone or anything help her or the Rebel Alliance in their desperate time of need?


James Luceno's highly enjoyable novel TARKIN now arrives in UK paperback from ARROW. Find out more about the man, the monster- his psychology and his shocking service and dedication to the Empire: Tarkin: Star Wars: Amazon.co.uk: James Luceno: 9780553392906: Books

Check out AFICIONADO's review: STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: AFICIONADO REVIEW: 'TARKIN'

Get it here: Star Wars: Tarkin (UK Edition): Amazon.co.uk: James Luceno: 9781784750077: Books

Monday, 29 June 2015

NOW FILMING IN THE UK: 'STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY - ROGUE ONE'


There's been no official confirmation word yet from LUCASFILM because of their prior "Gentleman's Agreement" with PARAMOUNT PICTURES over publicity for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- Rogue Nation, but the first in the new series of STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY movies, directed by Gareth Edwards, has apparently been shooting for at least three weeks at STAR WARS new filming home at Pinewood Studios, London. STAR WARS AFICIONADO's version of the Bothan Spies have informed us that some new jungle exterior sequences, involving a massive air/ground bombardment, have been filmed at the studio (inside and out), including one key part of an action sequence involving star Felicity Jones (fresh from weeks in and out of the gym in preparation for the action heavy role), plus some kind of scene-setting on board the original Death Star, with sets for The Force Awakens re-dressed alongside some familiar and new areas of the Battle Station specifically designed to have fans agog. Pinewood Studios legendary water tank facility looks set to be used, too, but not necessarily in the way you think. Beyond the UK, prior location scouting in America (Florida) and Venezuela for specific types of land mass and plantations has also been indicated.

More news as and when we get it...


Sunday, 28 June 2015

CLASSIC INDY: "SNAKES. WHY'D IT HAVE TO BE SNAKES!"


If anybody told me I'd have to film a movie scene in the company of over 5,000 real snakes, I'd run a mile. Thankfully, the cast and crew of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK were a lot braver than I ever could be, as seen in this superb behind the scenes image at Elstree Studios, where Harrison Ford's Indy and Karen Allen's Marion find themselves trapped in the reptile-packed Well of Souls.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

CLASSIC ART: TIE FIGHTER ATTACK!


Personifying the might and evil of the Galactic Empire, a lone TIE fighter makes an explosive entrance in this unused showcase poster concept art by Joe Johnston, one of several stunning visual ideas for the original STAR WARS. I love the clever use of the words forming a trench like the one on the Death Star.

Image restoration by Chris Baker.

Friday, 26 June 2015

THE 'SITH' AT TEN: "IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO LEAVE..."


Shocked at the fires and chaos raging around the Jedi Temple, poltician and humanitarian Bail Organa goes to investigate. What he discovers is shocking - the aftermath of ORDER 66 and the slaying of an escaping Padawan - soon stirring him to action in helping the surviving Jedi. An important moment from EPISODE III.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: A DROID IN CHAOS!


Our favourite golden protocol droid is not having a good day on Jabba's Sail Barge. All hell has broken loose amongst the vessel's incumbent scum and villainy whilst Luke Skywalker initiates his daring escape plan, resulting in that pesky beast Salacious Crumb trying to get some payback on Threepio by tearing out his eye socket!

An intriguing image showing the fine detail of the Hutt mural background behind Threepio, barely seen in the film until the 2011 Blu-ray.
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