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Sunday, 16 December 2018

ROGUE ONE: IN A TIME TOWARDS 'HOPE'!

Art by Julian Totino Todesco.

The Rebel Alliance needs the best and most dedicated front line operatives and soldiers they can get to fight back under the radar against the Imperial war machine. Good job then that they have the talented and die-hard veteran Captain Cassian Andor on their side, along with the re-programmed droid compatriot K-2SO at his (sometimes unwilling) side.

The recent news that Diego Luna will be reprising the fascinating and emotionally complex character of Andor for a new live-action series for Disney couldn't be a better tie-in with the film's UK release second anniversary today. Let's also hope that Alan Tudyk will also return for vocal duties as the equally successful K-2!

https://www.starwars.com/news/cassian-andor-live-action-series-announced

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/1628899/how-jyn-erso-can-return-to-star-wars-according-to-felicity-jones

https://dorksideoftheforce.com/2018/11/26/rogue-one-second-anniversary/

Saturday, 15 December 2018

EPISODE IX: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE...


The ultimate Resistance and Rebellion leader of courage, strength and resilience in the face of great danger and emotional crisis, across six films of the franchise legacy, STAR WARS AFICIONADO can't wait to see the onscreen return of Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa for the upcoming IX. Great promotional art for EPISODE VIII by Steve Anderson.

More info:

https://www.comicbookmovie.com/sci-fi/star_wars/the-late-carrie-fisher-may-end-up-having-a-bigger-role-in-star-wars-episode-ix-than-we-thought-a162673

https://uk.ign.com/articles/2018/11/20/star-wars-oscar-isaac-says-episode-ix-shares-carrie-fishers-legacy-in-a-really-beautiful-way

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2018/08/28/star-wars-oscar-isaac-says-carrie-fishers-still-us-filming-episode-ix/1098291002/

Friday, 14 December 2018

EPISODE VIII: SHIFTING FORCES!


The precarious shifting of the Force via the emergent powers of Rey and Kylo Ren are the focal point for this gorgeous art for The Last Jedi, by Chris Christodoulou, which also makes for a fine celebration of the film's First Anniversary release in the UK.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

EPISODE VII: A DAY IN THE LIFE...


Jakku may be a sand covered ball but there's plenty to uniquely plunder from across the wrecked battlefield of Rebel and Imperial ships littering its wastelands, as young Rey begins another day of salvage for food searching, in this scene from The Force Awakens.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

DELETED SCENE: ESCAPE DESCENT!


Having been cornered by General Grievous and unable to stop his brutal slaying of Jedi Master Shaak Ti, our heroes Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi now escape to another level of the Invisible Hand- an unexpected move during a deleted scene from EPISODE III that eventually made it to 2005 DVD release.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE!


With his Master's recent arrival on the second Death Star, no one, not even a fellow senior Imperial officer, will stand in the way of Lord Darth Vader in seeing the Emperor, during a classic deleted scene moment from Return of the Jedi, and one of the rare scenes shot for it by David Prowse as Vader.


This previously unseen image is part of an incredible compilation of rare materials (photos/documents/conceptual art) to be savoured within Taschen Book's eagerly awaited and supremely lavish all-new 600+ page hardcover The Star Wars Archives: 1977- 1983, available next month, that gloriously focuses on the making of the beloved Classic Trilogy of A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, collated and written by Paul Duncan.

Check out our original preview of the book:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.com/2018/05/coming-soon-star-wars-archives.html

Get the book here:
https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/film/all/01170/facts.the_star_wars_archives_19771983.htm?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1bbpk8jW3gIVSrDtCh0z6wi3EAAYASAAEgLewvD_BwE

Monday, 10 December 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: DOOKU'S CHALLENGER!


Proving he's anything but a 'slow learner', Anakin prepares to go on a double lightsaber offensive against the skilled renegade Jedi-turned-Sith Count Dooku, within a secret hangar on Geonosis, for a moment ultimately not seen in the finished duel of EPISODE II.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

CLASSIC INDY: JUST MARRIED!


Our anniversary coverage of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull concludes with the wedding of Indy and Marion, at long last! I love the reaction on Ford/Indy's face here- obviously the onscreen kiss came quicker than expected!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

THE CLONE WARS: SURROUNDED!


Down but not out from his conflicts with former master Count Dooku and the agile warrior Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress must escape to lick his wounds and fight another day. But first there's the additional firepower of varying Trade Federation battle droids to tackle, in a scene from The Clone Wars Season Three episode Witches of the Mist.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

'DESIGNING AN EMPIRE - THE JOHN MOLLO ARCHIVE' - THE UK BONHAMS AUCTION

A blending of Arthurian wizard and Samurai warrior takes shape with John Mollo's memorable costume design for Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - Star Wars 1977.

Despite hard work and best intentions, one of the key traps that a lot of science fiction/fantasy movies and TV series filmmakers would fall into, especially during the sixties and seventies, would be the way that the futuristic clothing worn by their storytelling artists rapidly looked dated and more indicative of the time they were made than they did in reflecting their advanced period status. Not so with the ever enduring Star Wars saga, however, as writer/creator George Lucas immediately saw this inherent problem and was determined it wouldn't happen inside his own cinematic fantasy adventure, cleverly making the costumes of his galaxy far, far away look simple yet subtly sophisticated and inspiring, whilst also devising a clear-cut and relatable visual path for audiences of all ages to identify its near-archetypal heroes and villains transplanted to a new realm.

John Mollo (kneeling) works on an early fitting for Luke Skywalker's costume (with Patrick Ginter) - early 1976. Image: Kurtz/Joiner Archive.

Whilst Ralph McQuarrie was one of the key conceptual artists involved with the look of the characters (from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader) and their costumes, the ultimate journey in bringing those designs to practical, adapted life on screen fell to the expert hands of the original Star Wars (and its first sequel) Costume Designer: John Mollo. Already an established advisory figure on epic historical productions within the British movie industry by the mid-seventies, coming from a prestigious family which had a long interest and passion for military uniform history, Mollo soon proved the perfect man for the epic vision of Lucas, especially when dealing with the bulk costumes needed for the saga's Rebellion and Empire. Rising above the film's relatively low budget, the resourceful talent was also blessed with a keen eye for what worked on screen and what didn't, quickly establishing a trusting relationship (and easy creative shorthand) with the understated American director and the brash young cast whom he'd costume during the long hot Summer of 1976.

Darth Vader and his assembled military forces, as seen in Mollo's work for The Empire Strikes Back in 1979/80.

One of the many meticulous and colourful Mollo costume design page pieces for Star Wars, under the hammer at Bonhams this month. Image: via BONHAMS.

Mollo sadly passed away during the saga's Fortieth Anniversary in 2017, but the treasure trove legacy of his work- the many stunning and meticulously detailed costume design books, sketches and production notes of his incredible career (not just his Oscar-winning Star Wars work, but other hit films like FOX's subsequent sci-fi horror Alien, the prestigious Richard Attenborough production of Gandhi, and Stanley Kubrick's lush Barry Lyndon), as well as as many military history related gems - are to be auctioned off at the prestigious Bonhams of London on December 11th, 2018, for what will surely be a very exciting event.

Good luck to all the bidders!


More on the Bonhams event - Designing an Empire - The John Mollo Archive:

Official event details and special preview times:
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25245/

Official video for the auction:
https://www.bonhams.com/video/27092/

One of Mollo's stunning pre-production sketches for Princess Leia, also on auction at Bonhams.

Online articles:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6451789/Sketchbooks-belonging-Star-Wars-costume-designer-hammer-300-000.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/arts/design/star-wars-john-mollo-sketches-auction.html

AFICIONADO was in attendance at the London press launch. Image: Bonhams via Instagram.

6/12/18 UPDATE: BONHAMS Press Launch:
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/star-wars-costumes-sketchbooks-seen-fetching-large-sums-at-auction/ar-BBQAA2G