Wednesday, 26 January 2022
|A unique friendship beyond the stars continues in The Mandalorian. Gorgeous, specially commissioned official cover art by Doug Chiang.|
Achieving what many thought impossible, making George Lucas's encompassing Star Wars saga into a magnificent, broad-in-scope, character-rich action continuing TV mini-series adventure made through the mixing of old school special effects with pioneering effects technologies that go beyond anything else on the small(ish) screen, going on to rival (and in some cases excel over) the saga's very own big screen sequel entries, Season Two of the critically-acclaimed The Mandalorian was a triumph for Lucasfilm and Disney+, realised by Writers/Producers/Directing talents Jon Favreau and modern franchise legend Dave Filoni, working tirelessly with an equally dedicated team of artists and other behind the scenes talents wonderfully bringing the evolving adventures and destinies of the titular Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and his lovable mystery green frog friend, vulnerable former Jedi Knight, Grogul (aka 'The Child'), to onscreen reality. This time out in the 8 episode season, the remarkable and beloved duo navigate life beyond the pursuant remnants of the Empire whilst also attracting the attentions of legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, back from the dead with new colleague, part-android Fennec Shand, in tow; meet the dedicated former Jedi Ahsoka Tano as she emerges to begin her own perilous quest linked to her coming soon spotlight series, and ultimately engage in a conflict with the ambitious Darksaber-wielding Imperial Moff Gideon, resultantly seeing our evil-battling heroes encounter no less that the timeline's mighty Jedi of building legend, Luke Skywalker - the crowd-pleasing, emotional return of Mark Hamill to his iconic role for the show's barnstorming, emotional season finale - a delightful surprise not just for the viewers, but a top secret reveal that also caught many of the behind the scenes team unawares!
Many of the finest conceptual art and production paintings for Season Two's key sequences, from the likes of alumni Doug Chiang (providing another inspirational foreword to the Art of range) to Christian Alzmann, Amy Beth Christensen, Erik Tiemen and other notables, have been once again compiled, with key behind the scenes filming notes and interview quotes, by veteran SW author and modern franchise historian/imagineer Phil Szostak for Book Two of the continuing, gorgeous coffee table book series that is The Art of Star Wars - The Mandalorian, out next month from Abrams Books.
Behind the scenes of the exciting new title with Phil Szostak, featuring in-depth art showcasing:
Honouring the past but also embracing the future, here's the publicity blurb for the new artistic release (available 15th February, 2022):
(Season Two) takes fans behind the scenes of the second season of the Emmy Award–winning Disney+ live-actiontelevision seriesFilled with concept art, character, vehicle, weapon, and creature designs, and interviews with key crew and creatives, including executive producer/showrunner/writer Jon Favreau and executive producer/director Dave Filoni, (Season Two) will provide readers with an exclusive look at the stunning art and design work that helped bring new and returning characters and locations to life.
Season two of tracks the continuing adventures of Din Djarin and The Child as they explore the far reaches of the Galaxy, alongside returning allies from the first season. Along the way, they encounter a gallery of exciting new cast members including Rosario Dawson (, ) as Ahsoka Tano, Timothy Olyphant (, ) as Cobb Vanth, Katee Sackhoff (, ) as Bo Katan, and Temuera Morrison (Episode II: ) as the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Monday, 24 January 2022
French Star Wars (aka La Guerre des Etoiles) saga fans are in for a high-definition treat with a special exclusive territory release of the (Special Editions) Original, Prequel and Sequel trilogies in all-new release packaging (with accompanying, likely meagre amounts of bonus extras that we've already had before). The brand new cover characters art for each set looks pretty nice considering we now live in a land of cut and paste actor/publicist-approved photo imagery.
No news on any new kind of combined release for Rogue One or Solo in France, but if anyone has more info on any of these upcoming titles, please get in touch...
Sunday, 23 January 2022
As focused and determined as ever, a double lightsaber armed Ahsoka Tano enters the well-guarded city of Calodan, on a mission to free its people and retrieve important info from its formidable leader, Imperial Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth, in a memorable scene from The Mandalorian Season Two episode, The Jedi.
It was great to see fan-beloved Ahsoka Tano make her (inevitable) live-action reality, well played by film actress Rosario Dawson in the character's mature years after the Prequels, and whom we all look forward to seeing again in action very soon with the promising Dave Filoni written/directed series, Ahsoka.
News on the upcoming Disney+ series:
Saturday, 22 January 2022
A superb launch film whose cultural impact and critical glory was never quite recaptured with subsequent films VIII and IX, the new sequel era Star Wars saga heroes and villains of The Force Awakens are immortalized in this lovely fan art. If anyone knows the artist's name, please get in touch.
Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Amidst a hive of activity on the Australian FOX Studios floor below, Ewan McGregor continues having fun on the EPISODE III set, via his cave wall upper view. A great behind the scenes image from 2003.
Sunday, 16 January 2022
The final movie of the Classic Trilogy boasted many superb original sets created by UK production designer Norman Reynolds, but the atmospheric and dripping with technologically evil Throne Room on the Death Star II was one of the finest, so vast in scope. Built on two levels, with an additional third underlayer that would lead into the space station's core, the setting proved perfect for the later intense lightsaber duelling between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Thursday, 13 January 2022
Intrigue, mystery, a building manipulative conspiracy from a dark force, the beginnings of an ultimately tragic and disturbing relationship between a former Queen and a young Jedi all too ready to bend the rules to his own advantage, all fused with the detonation of a universe shattering war, are the key elements to the important second film in George Lucas's prequel opus, Attack of the Clones, whose main characters are featured in this super art for the Japanese edition of R. A. Salvatore's novelisation from 2002, and a piece that was ultimately far better than anything released for the book covers of the US and Europe versions.
The Twentieth Anniversary celebrations of this sequel adventure begin on STAR WARS AFICIONADO...
Monday, 10 January 2022
They're the best of friends, despite their constant squabbling- cinema and science fiction's friendliest onscreen robots, C-3PO and R2-D2 return for The Empire Strikes Back.
In the film's post production phase, George Lucas takes the first eight minutes of the film and apparently cuts out half the film's early footage, of which Artoo and Threepio’s bickering scene from the Rebel base corridor into the main hangar would be one of the first trimming casualties. When Anthony Daniels asks editor Paul Hirsch why it was trimmed, having been happy with the performance, Hirsch replies: “It’s the first time we see you in the movie. That angry-where do you go from there?”
Saturday, 8 January 2022
Great scene-setting work from UK artist Steve McGary for the Sunday People magazine supplement of April 18th, 1999, who, recognising potentially strong sales, devoted a whole issue to EPISODE I, previewing an eagerly-awaited film and its story/characters that wouldn't be released in the territory until July of that year.