Thursday, 31 July 2014

DELETED SCENE: A WORK IN PROGRESS!


Padme's work in plating the "naked" Threepio continues in the Lars Homestead Garage, in this deleted scene image, with Anthony Daniels as his puppeteer operator, from EPISODE II. In the finished film, Threepio was to be seen completely in his skin prior to the arrival of our heroes on Tatooine - a result of heavy editing/plot re-structuring/re-shoots initiated by Lucas.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: BAD FEELING NUMBER TWO!


Inside the unusual environs of their Asteroid "Cave" hideout, Han and Leia, surveying the Falcon, soon detect that something isn't right, in this classic moment from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: MODEL REALITY!


Then still a vital part of the special effects process (and hopefully reawakened for the upcoming EPISODE VII), the art of model making would reach its booming zenith for EPISODE I, as an ILM tehncician/cameramen prepares to shoot on the expansive Boonta Eve Stadium creation.

Monday, 28 July 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: MIXING WITH ICONS...


UK script continuity supervisor Ann Skinner hangs around with a certain beloved Wookiee during filming of STAR WARS finale medal ceremony sequence, packed with around 200 extras playing Rebels at Shepperton Studios during May 1976.

Miss Skinner's all-important, note-filled continuity script is going to be showcased as part of a special rarity museum exhibit at the London BFI later this year, celebrating over three months a rich and very diverse season (though mostly British) of British created film and TV sci-fi- SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER. More info here: The BFI takes a giant leap into Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder | BFI

Sunday, 27 July 2014

CLASSIC ART: HAPPILY LOWERING THE TONE!


As we await the next iconic MAD parody with EPISODE VII in 2015, here's a flashback to the hilarious tribute they did for the first four movies back in August 1999, when STAR WARS mania returned with THE PHANTOM MENACE.

Image via The NY Comic Shop

Saturday, 26 July 2014

ROGUES, REBELS AND ROBOTS. 'STAR WARS REBELS' BREAKS OUT!

A building hope against the Empire. STAR WARS REBELS - coming soon! Image: DISNEY XD.

Any kind of publicity for EPISODE VII may have been deliberately lacking at this year's mega-busting San Diego COMIC CON, but STAR WARS fans were worthily compensated- treated to some special looks at the upcoming animated STAR WARS REBELS, including a sneak-peek at the full action-packed one-hour opener.

Here's the latest compilaton of clips and trailers that have been on the internet these past few days, as the DISNEY XD October transmission date draws near...

Star Wars Rebels: A Look Ahead | Star Wars Rebels | StarWars.com
▶ Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip -- "We're Even" - YouTube
▶ Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip - "Kanan vs. The Inquisitor" - YouTube
SDCC 2014: Thoughts on the First Episode of Star Wars Rebels - IGN
'Star Wars Rebels' fight scene: The Inquisitor has a tricky lightsaber | Inside TV | EW.com
SDCC 2014: "The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels" Panel - Liveblog | StarWars.com
Star Wars Master the Force | Official Disney UK



Don't forget, the new DORLING KINDERSLEY Visual Guide to the series is out now. Get it here: Star Wars Rebels the Visual Guide: Amazon.co.uk: Adam Bray: Books





Friday, 25 July 2014

CLASSIC ART: THE NEW JEDI ORDER...


Another classic Chris Trevas image, showing us Luke at the head of his New Republic-era Jedi, based within the Massassi Temples of the Fourth Moon of Yavin, as begun in the fateful events of Kevin J. Anderson's JEDI ACADEMY trilogy, and further cemented in other Expanded Universe books later down the line.

Whether Luke did indeed gather a new assemblage of Jedi outside the unofficial Expanded Universe, within the timeline of official events after EPISODE VI, and before the likely tumoultous 35 years after events of EPISODE VII, is unknown. Will young rising stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega be the proper start of the next generation of Jedi from 2015?


Attending MARVEL's UK premiere of sci-fi comedy GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Mark Hamill was interviewed by the BBC about EPISODE VII, and the contractually-obligated growing of his Alec Guinness-inspired beard: BBC News - Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, on Star Wars: Episode VII


CLASSIC IMAGE: FAMILY VALUES!


Within a superb recreation of the Rebel Blockade Runner interior, Gary the Stormtrooper, with obnoxious daughter Jessica, faces an unusual reaction from his Dark Lord boss, Darth Vader, during the classic Take Your Daughter to Work Day sketch from ROBOT CHICKEN.

▶ Take Your Daughter to Work Day | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim - YouTube

Thursday, 24 July 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: BIKER SCOUT SKIRMISH!


With no time to enjoy the spacious beauty of the wild Endor forest, Princess Leia soon has a rough ride fighting Imperial Biker Scouts. Fortunately, she'll soon have a "little" help, in this scene from RETURN OF THE JEDI.

BEHIND THE SCENES: JUST RESTING MY EYES!


In between action rehearsals for EPISODE III at the FOX STUDIOS, Australia in 2003, Ewan McGregor enjoys some forty winks time whilst his trusty stunt double Nash Edgerton goes through some upcoming moves with Nick Gillard, for Obi-Wan's Boga-riding chase against General Grievous.

With thanks to Ian Trussler for the image.


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