Tuesday, 1 December 2015


SPOILER ALERT! Having committed his most heinous and violent act yet, Kylo Ren, now in winterised armour, begins his hunt across the snowy landscapes of Starkiller Base, looking for the next prey to fall victim to his unique lightsaber, during an ominous scene captured in poster form, from THE FORCE AWAKENS...

Latest TV trailer featuring Kylo Ren: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS TV Spot #13 (2015) - YouTube


The stakes have never been higher for young Anakin Skywalker, instinctively making a bold move to get in front of his arch rival Sebulba, during the superb and exhilirating original version of the Boonta Eve Pod Race, from EPISODE I.

Podrace Lap One - Animatics & Live Action Tests - The Phantom Menace - YouTube

Monday, 30 November 2015


The small but dedicated model making team at ILM in Van Nuys are hard at work during 1976/77, whilst the completed Rebel Blockade Runner and a miniature of Luke's landspeeder (needed for the arrival into Mos Eisley scene, superimposed over Tunisia-shot footage of what was originally supposed to be Anchorhead) stand ready for filming.

Lucas on 40 years of 'Star Wars,' ILM
The Untold Story of ILM, a Titan That Forever Changed Film | WIRED


In an early script and James Kahn's novelisation for RETURN OF THE JEDI, that gross slug Jabba the Hutt tells Luke Skywalker of its time spent slaying Jedi Knights in days gone by. It was a dialogue line cut from the finished film, but that didn't stop this unknown artist from giving us their exciting idea of what that era of Jedi versus Hutt might have been like, for a card that, due to LUCASFILM's then stringent policy of not treading on the Prequel era being worked out by George Lucas, never ultimately made it to the first STAR WARS GALAXY set series back in 1995. Its interesting that the Jedi shown here wear similar black outfits similar to the ones conceived early on by Doug Chiang on for EPISODE I, whilst the combative Hutt collects lightsabers as trophies the way General Grievous would later do.

Sunday, 29 November 2015


A lovely book that has seemingly not quite gotten the publicity it rightly deserves (not even a mention on the official STARWARS.COM site that I could find!) - presumably due to the merchandise storm build-up that has exploded for other areas linked to THE FORCE AWAKENS - is the newly released in the UK STAR WARS TREASURY, from Egmont Books. A great modern storybook for young readers and Kidults to enjoy, the STAR WARS publishing universe's respected Ryder Windham and the equally celebrated talents of entertainment illustrator Brain Rood have joined forces to present a lovingly crafted adaptation of the first three blockbusting, cinema re-defining STAR WARS movies - From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker - as of their post 1997 Special Edition guises.

Alongside Windham's efficient scene-conveying prose, Rood gets the chances to illustrate the saga's greatest scenes in 120 pieces, adapting/enhancing classic photographic images to artistic form (some of which he improves on), as well as providing his own stunning new works and interpretations of beloved moments in film and pop culture history, the majority of which are used to their best as lavishly-printed full spreads. Standouts for this reviewer are many: STAR WARS (A NEW HOPE) - a lovely shot of Han meeting Jabba and his goons in Docking Bay 94, and the classic chasm swing of Luke and Leia, EMPIRE- Chewbacca's watching out for the Probe Droid on the cold surface of Hoth, the dreaded dinner at Bespin with Vader, and Luke's Falcon rescue, plus JEDI's thrilling speeder bike chase and the Ewoks slugging it out with beleaguered Stormtroopers!

Its a lovely book for fans, especially delightful for younger readers new to the saga who will want to bedtime read catch-up on the heroes of George Lucas's original universe before they see them matured within the all-new galactic action and excitement of THE FORCE AWAKENS. It also makes for a lovely Christmas gift for all ages, currently available online at a good price.

AFICIONADO rating: 3.5 out of 5

Get the book here: Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy: Amazon.co.uk: Brian Rood, Ryder Windham: 9781405280228: Books

Website: The Art of Brian Rood

Saturday, 28 November 2015


As the galaxy goes amok, so too does the once friendship and trust between Jedi Master and former pupil- the fires of Mustafar the perfect setting for a battleground of hatred shown by Anakin Skywalker towards Obi-Wan Kenobi during the closing section of EPISODE III, as represented in this great promotional artwork (which I personally hadn't previously seen) for the Playstation 2005 video game.

If anyone knows who the artist is, please get in touch.

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Poe Dameron and BB-8 fight on!

SPOILERS ALERT: A worldwide Thanksgiving present from LUCASFILM: a new THE FORCE AWAKENS TV teaser: "All the Way".

Star Wars - Star Wars: The Force Awakens "All the Way" TV Spot...

Enjoy these screenshot images.

Kylo Ren watches the destruction of star system Hosnian Prime.
First Order Stormtroopers attack the populace of Jakku.
Resistance X-wings attack Starkiller Base.
Chewbacca makes a stand against First Order forces on Takodana.
First Order troops try to stop Finn and Poe's TIE fighter escape.
Kylo Ren deflects Rey's blaster fire!
Direct hit?
A casualty of war?
Is this the end of the Resistance?

Other THE FORCE AWAKENS related news:

Three Retro 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Posters Remember a Long Time Ago - Spinoff Online - TV, Film, and Entertainment News DailySpinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily
'Star Wars': Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke? - Hollywood Reporter Daisy Ridley and John Boyega of 'Star Wars' on Their Close Friendship - The Hollywood Reporter
How Daisy Ridley went from bit parts to lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Film | The Guardian Legit Track Listing for The Force Awakens Soundtrack Star Wars The Force Awakens' John Boyega hasn't seen the film yet | EW.com
Secrets of BB-8: An EW 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' video | EW.com
Has Mark Hamill just revealed his big Star Wars secret? SPOILERS | GamesRadar
Star Wars 7: “Rey is nothing like Princess Leia” | SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley talks about nerves to Glamour magazine | Daily Mail Online
Why R2D2 is one of Star Wars' most beloved characters (Includes interview)
Carrie Fisher on the Importance of Princess Leia Aging | TIME
J.J. Abrams, Stephen Colbert Talk ‘Star Wars’ at Celebrity Nerd-Off | Variety
Exclusive: Empire reveals names of new Star Wars planets | News | Movies - Empire
Harrison Ford discusses Chewbacca reunion in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Daily Mail Online

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


The new issue, out this week. I think the six limited edition covers speak for themselves, really...

Captain Phasma.

Poe Dameron.
Rey and BB-8.
Kylo Ren.
Threepio and Artoo. A special subscribers cover.

Empire's exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers revealed | News | Movies - Empire
For UK readers: Empire's limited edition Star Wars cover - with Kylo Ren figure | News | Movies - Empire


He'd given Jabba the Hutt an opportunity to release Captain Solo from carbinite, and now knows that Leia's alternate rescue plan has failed. Luke Skywalker has no choice but to enter the lion's den, soon facing incredible dangers. But this film isn't called RETURN OF THE JEDI for nothing!


Having suffered extreme nerves at auditioning for George Lucas- so much so that he was physically sick both times with worry, Hayden Christensen would win over the STAR WARS director with his edgy James Dean-esque looks and star-on-the-rise acting talent to become the new young adult Anakin Skywalker for the final two sequel films of the Prequel Trilogy. The annoucement of his becoming Darth Vader soon made him an international name and placed him squarely on the covers of many worldwide magazines.

Hayden Christensen Star Wars Extra: Trying To Do My Thing - YouTube

“I was so nervous! Arriving at the (Skywalker) Ranch, I sat down and George looked over my resume for almost four minutes and just said nothing. He was just sizing me up and looked at my resume. Then we talked about life, but nothing about acting.”

Hayden Christensen talking to the UK's Film Review Magazine about his first audition, before his second with Natalie Portman - 2002
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