Friday, 27 March 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO!


Above the treacherous Sarlaac Pit, Luke Skywalker flexes his Jedi muscles in combat against Jabba's lethal alien henchmen, as the battle to liberate his friends gathers momentum, during Return of the Jedi.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: WAR WOUNDS!


Taken out by the dark and powerful forces of the now Sith converted Count Dooku, the injured forms of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi can now only watch as Master Yoda confronts their new enemy, in this dark scene from EPISODE II.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 35: DON'T MESS WITH A PRINCESS!


She's lost her man, and boy is she angry! An at-her-best Princess Leia blasts a Stormtrooper as she and her hero friends make their way to the Falcon, for intended pursuit of Boba Fett and the Carbon-frozen Han Solo, in this classic moment of drama and action from The Empire Strikes Back.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: JAR JAR MEETS THE DROIDS!


As the damage alarms sound on the Naboo Royal Cruiser- the vessel hit by Trade Federation blockade laser fire - the curious Jar Jar Binks (here played in human form by Ahmed Best) encounters Artoo Detoo and other worker Astro Droids, in this scene from EPISODE I.

Monday, 23 March 2015

BEHIND THE SCENES: OUT OF THE TRASH COMPACTOR!


Having narrowly avoided a life-threatening tight-squeeze inside one of the Death Star's Trash Compactors, and now in an adjacent and dusty, seldom used sub-corridor/hallway, our Star Warriors Han Solo and Luke Skywalker abandon their stormtrooper disguises and get another taste of Princess Leia's fiery attitude, in a classic scene from the original STAR WARS.

Image:Ann Skinner/BFI.
Image: Ann Skinner/BFI.

Ann Skinner's continuity Polaroids for this scene show Princess Leia near the abandoned trooper costume frames, whilst another shows her with Luke changed back to his farmboy duds and putting on a stormtrooper equipment belt- we're not sure if its a behind the scenes moment or a deleted one (likely the former, though Carol Titelman's script translation for THE ART OF STAR WARS does describes our heroes changing their clothes and strapping on their blaster belts- the end of their changing seen in the movie). Two other B/W Polaroids Skinner taken, sadly not included in last year's BFI exhibition but within their Special Collection, show the barely seen in the movie distance end of the set leading from the open hatch into the Trash Compactor- not the actual original studio set itself but a background fake perspective recreation set-dressed with lots of foreground junk pieces (pipes, grabage and assembled crushed-together items). Originally, from the 19th April 1976 script, the Dia Noga creature was to have reared a tentacle out from the garbage and bang a searching tentacle against the hatch, but in the final movie a sound effect of the creature exemplified its displeasure instead.

With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI Special Collections.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF THE 'CLONE WARS' MICRO-SERIES - SEASON TWO


Now disappointingly ignored from the official STAR WARS canon timeline by the LUCASFILM Story Group (despite its being sanctioned by George Lucas, who specifically asked for it to reflect the main title crawl of the then upcoming EPISODE III), the second season of the 2-D animated CLONE WARS micro-series, award-winningly brought to life by Genndy Tartakovsky via Cartoon Network, was just as ambitious and action-packed as its earlier, short-bits 2003 run, bringing further new elements of excitement and cool-ness to the STAR WARS universe, and genuinely filling in the story/character gaps leading to the final Prequel movie's stunning opening space battle above Coruscant. Genuine and striking highlights would be the resolution to the previous season's cliffhanger introducing the psychotic General Grievous, and the Clone Arc Troopers exhilirating rescue of the near dead Jedi fighting it, led by Ki-Adi Mundi, plus the stunning Separatist invasion of the Republic's central world, as Yoda, once more on his trusty Kybuck steed, and a purple lightsaber-wielding Mace Windu lead the epic defence. All this, whilst Shaak Ti and friends try to protect their Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from abduction by Grievous and his magna-guards, during a sprawling, expansive action sequence that takes them above, across and below the city streets.

Terrific stuff!

▶ Star Wars - Clone Wars - Bridging the Saga - YouTube

Saturday, 21 March 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: FISH OUT OF WATER!


Bold tactician and fiery leader Admiral Ackbar gives the orders, as Mon Calamari aides monitor the battle over Endor, in this early image showcasing the character and his race (originally to have emanated from the planet Dac) in a 1982 issue of the Bantha Tracks newsletter.


CLASSIC INDY: WATERY ESCAPADES!


Back in 1983, I'm sure that Harrison Ford would gamely have gone down a water-propelled ravine, within a yellow life raft, in order to bring believability to his adventures as Indiana Jones. But a more practical and less dangerous way was ultimately achieved to handle his close-ups, as seen in this fun behind the scenes image from Temple of Doom.

Friday, 20 March 2015

DELETED SCENE: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT!


'STAR WARS' FOURTH REVISED DRAFT: 19th April 1976

Scene 117. INT. DEATH STAR- MAIN FORWARD BAY- STARSHIP

Threepio looks around at the troops milling about the starship entry ramp.

THREEPIO: Where could they be?... Oh, oh!

Threepio ducks out of sight as a trooper looks over towards him. When the robot ventures another peek, he spots Han and Chewbacca in a tunnel on the other side of the starship.

Ann Skinner's original filming continuity script (now in the preserving hands of the BFI), alongside a linked/numbered colour polaroid showing the containers that Threepio hides behind in the scene, indicate that this moment was indeed filmed. The above publicity still is also further proof, and shows the containers.

With thanks to the BFI SPECIAL COLLECTIONS for their help and assistance.

'RED TAILS' ON UK TV THIS WEEKEND...

Earning their wings, the Tuskegee airmen of RED TAILS. Images: LUCASFILM. 

A long time in the making, George Lucas and Anthony Hemingway's flawed but good intentioned movie biography of those brave and dedicated Tuskegee airmen- RED TAILS- gets its first terrestrial screening in the UK, on BBC 2 this Sunday 22nd at 10.30pm, where it should look pretty great in HD, especially when showcasing ILM's genuinely spectacular and adrenaline-charged effects work...

In the thick of battle: STAR WARS REBELS David Oyelowo as Joe "Lightning' Little. 

▶ Red Tails (2012) HD Movie Trailer - Lucasfilm Official Trailer - YouTube
▶ Red Tails - George Lucas - Behind The Scenes - HD Movie - YouTube

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: RED TAILS
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