Friday, 28 August 2015

EPISODE VII: LEGACY OF EVIL...


Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker had thought he'd finally destroyed the legacy of the fearsome Sith Warrior Darth Vader, what with his resurrection into the good side of the Force, back to being his once noble and heroic father: Anakin Skywalker. Decades later, however, Vader's evil past and that once ambitious thirst for power, alongside what's left of his fire-ravaged armour, have now become an unwelcome and ominous figurehead for a new emergence of evil: the Knights of Ren, practicers of the Dark Side, in firm allegiance with the growing-in-power cell dedicated to completing the work of Palpatine and the Galactic Empire: the First Order.

JJ Abrams Spills Details On Kylo Ren | Movie News | Empire

Thursday, 27 August 2015

EPISODE VII: 'EMPIRE' MAGAZINE BEGINS ITS COVERAGE...


The UK EMPIRE film magazine's special collectible covers for their advance EPISODE VII coverage have been revealed- the massed army of evil that is the First Order, and the new trio of galactic heroes that will oppose and defy them.


Note the Classic Trilogy Stormtroopers and the round dish on the Millennium Falcon. Magazine Art Department errors, or something specifically requested by the approval required LUCASFILM?

The issue becomes available on August 27th, 2015...

UPDATE: 27/8/15

EMPIRE have released an additional cover available to its magazine subscribers only, featuring the ultra-cute BB-8.



FACBOOK PAGE: Empire Magazine

THE 'SITH' AT 10: A FILMIC JOURNEY ALMOST COMPLETE


With principal photography on EPISODE III almost completed in Australia during Summer 2003, Ewan McGregor has a brief moment to gather his thoughts on nearly seven years playing Obi-Wan, in between filming the climactic duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Note Stunt Coordinator Nick Gillard in similar pose and reflection behind him.



Wednesday, 26 August 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: SLUG REPELLANT!


She's come to the end of her slave tether, literally, as Princess Leia fights back against the repulsive Jabba the Hutt, determined to (Force-fully) end his cruel reign as Tatooine's most evil gangster. A great image from RETURN OF THE JEDI, originally sent to KENNER back in the day as photo reference for their upcoming toy line.

Image: MADAME TUSSAUDS.

Don't forget, if you're in London, travel to MADAME TUSSAUDS and see the superb recreation of Jabba and Leia forming an intrinsic part of their excellent STAR WARS EXPERIENCE.

Madame Tussauds London - Star Wars
FACEBOOK: Madame Tussauds London


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: DESCENT INTO DARKNESS


Returning to vote on the critical and controversial issue of the creation of a Grand Army of the Republic, and ignoring building, troubling death threats to her life, Senator Amidala of Naboo's cruiser and fighter escort prepare to enter the heady atmosphere of Coruscant, during the opening scenes of ATTACK OF THE CLONES.

Monday, 24 August 2015

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 35: REPORTING FOR DROID DUTIES...


With the first STAR WARS sequel gearing up in London post-production during early 1979, Kenny Baker gets to check out the new and improved evolving Artoo "suit", and one of his three-legged remote control doubles developed by Brian Johnson and his team, in this great behind the scenes image at Elstree Studios.

Happy Birthday today to the one and only Artoo, Mister Kenny Baker!


Sunday, 23 August 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: A FOE UNLIKE ANY OTHER...


Fans may be raving about and anticipating the emergent new villain of the STAR WARS sequels, Kylo Ren, but let's not forget the huge worldwide impact that Sith Lord and assassin Darth Maul made with his original debut back in the days leading up to the equally built-up publicity of EPISODE I. To say that early footage of Maul, and that double lightsaber activation, had fans buzzing after the first trailer would be an understatement.

Personified with hatred and physical prowess by Ray Park, Maul still remains one of the best characters to have been introduced within the entire saga.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to the the man who made such a mark as Darth Maul, Ray Park!


Friday, 21 August 2015

AFICIONADO REVIEW: 'DARK DISCIPLE'

Two of a kind? Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos team-up for STAR WARS: DARK DISCIPLE- an unproduced THE CLONE WARS story now making an impact in novel form.

STAR WARS: DARK DISCIPLE

By Christie Golden

Based on unproduced episodes of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

Foreword by Katie Lucas

Available now from CENTURY PUBLISHING


Reviewed by Scott Weller


Enough is enough.

Truly appalled by the latest murderous act specifically masterminded and wrought by their once friend, Count Dooku in a war against the Separatists that seemingly looks unending, Master Yoda and the Jedi Council take a momentous and far-reachingly dangerous decision to assassinate the corrupted Dark Lord of the Sith and end his reign of terror across the galaxy. But who to send on the mission? Only someone experienced or touched by the nature of evil and the Dark Dide of the Force will surely be accomplished enough to destroy his insidious power. One who knows Dooku, his methods, motivations and potential weaknesses. Someone who has faced him in combat and almost defeated him: his once Sith assassin now exiled bounty hunter Asajj Ventress!

A mission to kill! Asajj Ventress duels her old master, Count Dooku.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend is the old adage for this latest adventure from STAR WARS author Christie Golden, as she adapts eight ground-breaking unmade episodes from the axed way before its time THE CLONE WARS series- Dark Disciple, a tale which would effectively being back popular Expanded Universe hero and Outer Rim-based occasional rogue Jedi, Quinlan Vos, in a striking way far removed from his prior seen devil-may-care efforts with Obi-Wan Kenobi tracking down the fugitive Ziro the Hutt. Very much the maverick, beyond anything seen with Qui-Gon Jinn, and with more than the roguish dare and happy scoundrel Han Solo-ish touch about him, Vos is the perfect choice to recruit the beautiful but deadly Ventress into the Jedi's most daring and ultimately out of character by necessity plan. Undercover as a bounty hunter he soon becomes her sparky rival, her concerned and passionate lover, then her enemy, as the adaptation unfolds efficiently and speedily over its highly readable 336 pages. Developed behind the scenes by writer Katie Lucas- who saw her potential for character growth across the series run, and whom she shared a certain amount of creative kinswoman-ship to, Ventress has come a long way since those early bitter days taunting and fighting the Jedi she once swore to annihilate. Falling from grace with Dooku and abandoned to death, she has had to survive by any means necessary now that her beloved Witch Sisterhood of Dathomir have been annihilated, whilst her more recent, often irregular activities and life as a bounty hunter has seen her in a far more melancholy and reflective mood. But that doesn't mean her instincts and Force potential have dried up- far from it- especially when she recognises what her new friend and lover Vos is up to, and whom she strikes up the perfect, almost empathic partnership with. Over the course of the planned eight episodes split across Season Seven or Eight, it would have been interesting to see how this unique relationship of trust, anxiety and violence would have been realized in the animated episode medium, especially as the story moves into dark betrayal and shocking revelations. On the printed page it certainly works well, and not in the MILLS & BOON tradition when it comes to STAR WARS! Things here will surely not end well!

Early teaser artwork for DARK DISCIPLE showing the new-look Ventress.

Planned as major arc episodes of the series that would also bring specific closure to events and characters introduced way back from Season One, the story also features what would have been memorable appearances from the likes of the always loathsome General Grievous, once more in multi-lightsaber duelling action, and a now approaching the sequels attired Boba Fett and his small bounty hunter posse. Meanwhile, Count Dooku's evil-dom reaches new heights of depravity and viciousness once he is aware of Vos and Ventress's plans against him-his interactions with this unique duo of assassins proving particularly noteworthy during the book's concluding chapters. Thought by many Prequel haters as boring characters within the actual live-action films, our Jedi heroes of the animated series have been given far more thought-provoking and challenging material to explore, with added shades of grey layerings particularly given to Mace Windu (the main initiator of the assassination plan) and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the latter soon worried about the potential of Vos going astray to the Dark Side in Ventress company, as their time grows together in locating Dooku. Later in the book, seeing the influential likes of Yoda and Windu interact with their once enemy in Ventress proves an additional highlight and history-making moment for the STAR WARS saga- destinies crossed in a situation now making our noble warrior monks more vulnerable that ever, of which, despite their best intentions, they are now truly committed to travelling the road to their own self-destruction, soon enough cemented by the vengeance of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and the manipulations of Darth Sidious.


AFICIONADO RATING. A very creditable adaptation from the well-selected for the task Miss Golden, further developing Ventress and her complex relationship with Vos, whose dark romance is a strong showcase for the author's talents but those of the series original writers (Katle Lucas, Matt Michnovetz and Dave Filoni ). With the success and overall acclaim for this novel endeavour, let's hope that we get more adaptations of unseen episodes of THE CLONE WARS Seasons Sevens and Eight for the future. We deserve them. 4 out of 5.

Get hold of STAR WARS: DARK DISCIPLE here: Star Wars: Dark Disciple: Amazon.co.uk: Katie Lucas, Christie Golden: 9780345511539: Books

Thursday, 20 August 2015

THE CLONE WARS: THE TRUTH REVEALED!


The truth behind the mystery of the late Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas and the creation of the Clone Army, as well as the identity of Tyranus, is finally, shockingly revealed to Anakin and Obi-Wan in a classic scene from THE CLONE WARS: The Lost Missions episode, The Lost One.

The final thirteen episode batch of the series will receive its exclusive UK digital TV premiere on SKY MOVIES this weekend (22nd August), as part of their epic STAR WARS screening season.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: HELLO UP THERE!


Breaking the often monotony of blue screen filming, Jake Lloyd and Ahmed Best were known on the EPISODE I set for keeping the mood light and boisterous, separately or together. We're not sure if this is a casual behind the scenes image or part of a deleted scene, but its great nonetheless.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO sends out the happiest of Birthday Greetings to Ahmed Best today!
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