Tuesday, 22 April 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: SURPRISE!


George Lucas' day on the RETURN OF THE JEDI Sail Barge interior set gets off to a great start with the arrival of Carrie Fisher in her metal bikini.

It's a tough job being Executive Producer, but hey, somebody's gotta do it!

Image: via STAR WARS Archives

Monday, 21 April 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: WISDOM IN WARFARE!


In his seat on the Jedi Council on Coruscant, Master Yoda prepares for the worst, as The Clone Wars now erupt across the galaxy, amidst the finale to ATTACK OF THE CLONES.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: A PRODUCER's HELPING HAND...


Inside the Rebel evacuated hangar bay set at Elstree, Gary Kurtz offers some technical information to one of the Imperial Snowtroopers manning the giant laser cannon, as the films stunt co-ordinator, Peter Diamond, takes his helmet off for a breather.

A rare shot from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

EPISODE I AT FIFTEEN: THE NEXT GENERATION!


The brand new heroes of STAR WARS circa 1999 officially gather for publicity: Natalie Portman as the defiant young Queen Amidala, Jake Lloyd as gifted Dark Sider to be, Anakin Skywalker, Liam Neeson as the spirited maverick Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn, and rising star Ewan McGregor, with the most promising and audience expectant role of all, as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi. A new saga for a new and old audience, soon to enjoy a further mixture of additional new and old characters that will help fuse two histories together...

Now, in 2014, we're hopefully a few weeks away from knowing who the next stars of tomorrow, for EPISODE VII and beyond, will be...

Friday, 18 April 2014

HAPPY ISSUE 400, 'STARBURST' MAGAZINE!


STAR WARS AFICIONADO sends out its congratulations to one of the first and best British magazines covering the sci-fi, fantasy, and comics genre: STARBURST, which reaches its milestone 400th issue this month, and features a stunning reinterpretation of their original Issue One cover, by Brian Lewis, from way back in 1978. Funny, how things go around and come around...

The original Issue One art.

Out Now: Issue 400 Released

Thursday, 17 April 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: BEYOND THE MOVIE! BEYOND THE GALAXY!


Trapped on a world that law forgot, our intrepid smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, having been robbed of their Rebel loot by the galactic pirate Crimson Jack, are now caught up in a strange new conflict on Aduba-3.

With the continuing plethora of new books, games, animation and graphic novels, no one born in the noughties has ever had a drought of STAR WARS adventures. But back when I was growing up in the UK in early 1978, before the eventual arrival of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in 1980, STAR WARS fans didn't have much to savour past our imaginations, action figures, one novel, and seeing the original movie another enjoyable time at our local cinemas. The incoming MARVEL comics (both the UK STAR WARS WEEKLY and, when you could get them, the full-colour US monthlies), going beyond the original six-issue movie adaptation to provide all-new adventures, soon proved a joy- treading a satisfying line between George Lucas created characters and realms fused with the kind of energy, colour and excitement provided by Stan Lee's MARVEL empire. This first adventure from writer/editor Roy Thomas was particularly quirky and a fitting tribute to Akira Kurosawa's THE SEVEN SAMURAI, in much the same way that Lucas's STAR WARS had been to that Japanese film-maker's other influential classic, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS.

Next year, as MARVEL take back the STAR WARS comics publishing mantle from DARK HORSE (who did such a great job creatively and successfully with the franchise since the early 90's), it's going to be interesting to see which directions and writers/artists they select to continue our beloved Star Warriors epic journeys. Will they be bringing us the kind of lead-in adventures to EPISODE VII that IDW did with J.J. Abrams TREK films? Will they be focused on timeframes in and out of the Classic Trilogy history? Or set before and after the new films arrival?

Whatever happens, lets hope that the new series goes beyond issue 107 this time out!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: SHEDDING HIS JEDI SKIN...


Now consumed with Dark Side fury, ambition and a grim determination to save his wife from death, Anakin Skywalker, soon forever known as Darth Vader, thinks on his prior act of terror on Mustafar, in a game-changing scene from EPISODE III.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

THE CLONE WARS: COURAGE UNDER FIRE!


With determined Clone Troopers at his side, Jedi Master Plo Koon prepares for the next enemy confrontation, as seen in THE CLONE WARS Season Four episode Nomad Droids.

Monday, 14 April 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: CLIMATE OF CHAOS!


As the Ewoks break cover and attack their Imperial captors, Han and his Rebel squad make the most of the chaos in this terrific image from RETURN OF THE JEDI.

'TEMPLE OF DOOM' AT 30: MOLA's MADNESS!


All good baddies like to tell their story, and Indiana Jones, now captured, beaten and chained, has to endure Mola Ram's mad ramblings for power, in this dark and mysterious scenes from INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM.
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