Monday, 30 May 2022
EPISODE IX: A DYAD IN THE FORCE!
No longer enemies but friends in the Force, the unique Jedi Dyad of Rey and Ben Solo hold firm against the evil resurrected Palpatine on Exegol, in this memorable image and moment from The Rise of Skywalker.
Sunday, 29 May 2022
'INDY V' - THE FIRST TEASER POSTER REVEALED!
|Harrison Ford celebrates John Williams on his 90th Birthday!|
|Ford addresses the wild crowd.|
|Ford with James Mangold.|
Friday, 27 May 2022
'OBI-WAN KENOBI' - NOW STREAMING ON DISNEY+
|Newly released official second poster for the series.|
The reviews are coming in for the opening two episodes, and they're near-enough universally positive...
Beware potential spoilers!
'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Review: Assured, Entertaining Show Proves There's Life in Star Wars - CNET
Obi-Wan Kenobi' review: Ewan McGregor aces his 'Star Wars' return
Obi-Wan Kenobi review: The Star Wars series is a dark treat - BBC Culture
Obi-Wan Kenobi review – Ewan McGregor’s fight scenes are genuinely thrilling | Television | The Guardian
How the Obi-Wan Kenobi premiere introduces young Leia | EW.com
Obi-Wan Kenobi Review | Movie - Empire
Obi-Wan Kenobi Review: Ewan McGregor Rules In Star Wars Return
Obi-Wan Kenobi surprise cameo is more important than you realise
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Inside Fan Screening at Star Wars Celebration – The Hollywood Reporter
Obi-Wan Kenobi Director Deborah Chow: "There is no Obi-Wan Kenobi without Ewan" - SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
|On the Celebration stage.|
|On the fan stage.|
|Hayden: "Here's where the fun begins!"|
|Cast and crew gather to promote the series at Celebration.|
Obi-Wan Kenobi Review: An Unnecessary Star Wars Prequel Story Manages To Feel Incredibly Vital And Thrilling
Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 1 review: "A mature, beautifully realized slice of Star Wars" | GamesRadar+
Obi-Wan Kenobi Both Delights and Devastates Star Wars Fans
In Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reunite | EW.com
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
HAPPY 45TH BIRTHDAY TO THE ORIGINAL 'STAR WARS'!
|Classic character and vehicles art linked to the film's original Japanese release, by Noriyoshi Ohrai.|
"You take two hours out of your life to see Star Wars. But you become a kid again for two hours. You have two hours of adventure and romance, the world is terrific, and you come out of the movie theater feeling great. I think what the movie shows is that people are looking for hope. That's what this picture is about. The good wins out. Life can be just wonderful."
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
'OBI-WAN KENOBI' - MEDIA ROUND-UP (3)
Three days to go until the Disney+ exclusive double episodes, and here's some more recent news/clips in the media build-up:
Obi-Wan Kenobi director compares the new series to Joker and Logan | GamesRadar+
Kumail Nanjiani shares details of Obi-Wan Kenobi character | EW.com
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reveal their favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi memories | GamesRadar+
Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reveal how Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship has changed in the show | GamesRadar+
Obi-Wan Kenobi Will Feature The Jedi Master Unable To Use The Force
Monday, 23 May 2022
'THE CLONE WARS' - SALUTING JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR - 'THE OTHER' OBI-WAN KENOBI!
|Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts his new look for the opening season of The Clone Wars animated series.|
Seventeen years on from his last onscreen performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith, Ewan McGregor returns to the iconic prequel era-launched role in the eagerly awaited titular series this Friday, 27th May on Disney+. This new six-episode adventure will obviously be spectacular and ultimately have a special place in fans' hearts worldwide. But let's not forget and applaud that other actor who has splendidly played/voiced the Jedi role in the realms of numerous Star Wars animation series and media spin-offs for the creatively inspired period in between McGregor's on screen portrayals: the consistently excellent actor James Arnold Taylor, who brought further nobility, heroism, drama, humour and pathos to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi especially during The Clone Wars animated series' acclaimed era.
'SOLO': BLASTERS AWAY!
Heroes-in-the-making, smugglers and shady mercenaries lock weapons against anyone who stands in their way in this great Japanese territory related art for Solo: A Star Wars Story from 2018.
Saturday, 21 May 2022
'OBI-WAN KENOBI': ARRIVAL OF THE INQUISITORS!
Now arrived on Tatooine, the ruthless Grand Inquisitor and his acolytes in lightsaber-wielding terror are hunting for an outlaw Jedi. But is it Obi-Wan Kenobi whom they are ultimately seeking?
Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer Secretly Teased Another Jedi Hiding On Tatooine
|Conflicts of interest for the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang) and the Reva - Third Sister (Moses Ingram)?|
Friday, 20 May 2022
EPISODE VIII: SMALL TALK!
There's always time for gossip, whatever shape and sized the intergalactic life form you may be in the Star Wars galaxy, as demonstrated by three of the ever-adorable Porgs of Ahch-To, huddling for communication in this lovely shot of the lively creatures from The Last Jedi.
Thursday, 19 May 2022
'OBI-WAN KENOBI': MAN OF JUSTICE, MAN/MACHINE OF HATE!
Ewan McGregor Says The Star Wars Prequels Were 'Very Difficult' Because Technology Got In The Way
Ewan McGregor Debunks 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Fan Theories, Says Reactions Are "Quite Funny To Watch" | Geek Culture
Ewan McGregor Wants to Do More Star Wars Projects After Obi-Wan Kenobi
Star Wars: Ewan McGregor Wanted to Do Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Because of Trainspotting 2
Obi-Wan Kenobi - Exclusive Official Behind the Scenes Clip (2022) Ewan McGregor - YouTube
5 Highlights from the Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer | StarWars.com
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
OUT NOW - 'VANITY FAIR' INVESTIGATES THE 'STAR WARS' TV EMPIRE....
Vanity Fair magazine's always extensive, gorgeous photo-packed coverage of the live-action Star Wars universe is back with a bang via their July 2022 TV issue, celebrating and revealing the exciting secrets of the universe-building realms of the saga's hugely successful TV empire vis Disney+. Iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz returns to deliver some spectacular new pictures covering the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka, The Mandalorian, and Andor event series.
|The main trio characters of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a superb first proper look at the Vader costume.|
|Gathering for the cover.|
|Ewan and Hayden - back in duelling action rehearsal.|
|Grogul and Jon Favreau.|
|Custodians of the former Lucas empire.|
|And more TV Star Wars to come...|
OUT NOW - 'STAR WARS - BROTHERHOOD'
2022 is shaping up to be an incredible year for fans of the the epic prequel universe created by George Lucas, what with the expansive Twentieth Anniversary celebrations worldwide for Attack of the Clones and the upcoming, eagerly awaited return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in the Disney+ exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi mini-series, airing from 27th May, 2022 onwards. And in between all that Force-packed excitement, we also have an acclaimed, all-new original adventure to savour for our Jedi hero icons Obi-Wan Kenobi (aka 'The Negotiator') and Anakin Skywalker ('The Hero Without Fear') - Brotherhood - as they embark on a dangerous, complex and emotionally challenging mission that takes them to the unusual bridge world civilisation of Cato Neimoidia and its creepy, duplicitous race of Neimoidians (beings who often cite their so-called conflict neutrality!), in an intriguing timeline set within the start of the infamous Clone Wars, and a situation that will ultimately be referenced early on by our Master and Knight during Coruscant affairs taking place during EPISODE III. Chen has the very rare privilege of penning one of the first officially approved tales starting off the Clone Wars, especially introducing Kenobi and Skywalker to the mysterious aura and lethal lightsaber fighting skills of Asajj Ventress!
After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic is blamed and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order's most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to draw the planet into their conspiracy-and senses the sinister hand of Asajj Ventress in the mists that cloak the planet.
Once a Padawan to Obi-Wan, Anakin now finds himself on equal-but uncertain-footing with the man who raised him. The lingering friction between them increases the danger for everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way to work together-and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war. To overcome the threat they face they must grow beyond master and apprentice. They must stand together as brothers.
Monday, 16 May 2022
ROGUE ONE: THE CRIMINAL HEROINE!
HAPPY TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY - 'ATTACK OF THE CLONES'!
Happy Twentieth Anniversary to Attack of the Clones, the film that many fans would go on to consider the weakest of the Prequel Trilogy but one which would importantly introduce so many popular legacy characters and action moments with the arrival of the film's closing Clone Wars initiation. Also of note, the benchmark setting adventure would see in new ways of making movies and give us the launching pad to hugely successful spin-off series like The Clone Wars Animated Series and The Book of Boba Fett.
It's taken a long time to happen, but all three Prequel films are now much more appreciated today than they ever used to be - the mark of George Lucas's much-missed storytelling instincts and his enduring creative vision...
Sunday, 15 May 2022
EPISODE VII: THE TORTURED HERO!
Captured on Jakku by the First Order, it's not long before Resistance hero pilot Poe Dameron is ominously brought to the infamous and truly evil Kylo Ren for a brutal interrogation over the location of the missing Luke Skywalker, in an early scene from The Force Awakens.
|Storybook art by Brian Rood.|
Saturday, 14 May 2022
HAPPY 78TH BIRTHDAY, GEORGE LUCAS!
There are people who make great movies, and there are people who make great and ground-breaking movies, and George Lucas's superb film-making instincts are purely in the latter camp, particularly with his creative and artistic first success with American Graffiti, from which the seeds of an incredible space fantasy would soon be sown...
STAR WARS AFICIONADO sends the very best to George Lucas on his Birthday! Once again, thank you for creating such an enduring and beloved universe!
Friday, 13 May 2022
'OBI-WAN KENOBI' - THE PUBLICITY MACHINE BEGINS...
|The series press tour kicks off in Berlin.|
Prior to what will be a surely sensational appearance at the new Celebration event in Los Angeles later this month, the main cast of Obi-Wan Kenobi, alongside fan-acclaimed director Deborah Chow, have begun lively international publicity for the series, starting in Berlin, followed by London. The eagerly-awaited series begins with a double-episode showing exclusively on Disney+ from May 27th, 2022.
Ewan McGregor Nearly Adopted A Camel From The Obi-Wan Kenobi Shoot | TV Series | Empire
|Arrived in London on 12/05/2022.|
|Best of friends off screen, worst of enemies on. Image: Misan Harriman for British GQ.|
Thursday, 12 May 2022
CLASSIC IMAGE: THE BETRAYER BETRAYED!
He's been the perfect apprentice to his master in the supremely powerful force for evil in Darth Sidious, now the evil and duplicitous Count Dooku, having fallen to the aggressive lightsaber duelling skills of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, is in for shock from the Dark Side, in this great moment from EPISODE III.
Tuesday, 10 May 2022
CLASSIC IMAGE: THE END OF A CRIME LORD'S ERA
Wrecked by its own rear laser cannons, with a little help from a now freed Leia Organa at the targeting controls, Jabba the Hutt's legendary Sail Barge vehicle, now evacuated by many of the late slug's underworld criminal associates, is about to destroy itself next to the Great Pit of Carkoon. Another memorable image from Return of the Jedi, from the successful climax to the exciting battle in liberating Han Solo.
Sunday, 8 May 2022
'ATTACK' AT 20: THE PADAWAN TURNED JEDI KNIGHT - OBI-WAN KENOBI
EWAN MCGREGOR - PREMIERE - JUNE 2002
“There’s more action for me. It was a nice step to not be the apprentice, and now be the master. To have scenes with Sam Jackson and Yoda and the leaders of the Jedi Order, and then be in charge of Anakin. And I get to f==k off on a Dick Barton detective story in the middle, in a fantastic spaceship that I’ve waited all my life to fly.”
EWAN MCGREGOR - EMPIRE MAGAZINE - JUNE 2002
“George thinks it looks more heroic (Ewan’s shaggy beard) because George wears a trimmed beard. So it’s getting closer and closer to looking like George.”
EWAN MCGREGOR - EMPIRE MAGZINE - JUNE 2002
Friday, 6 May 2022
MARK'S MUPPET MINGLING! REMEMBERING 'THE MUPPET SHOW' (1980)
|It's Pigs in Space for Luke Skywalker and Mark Hamill with the infamous Miss Piggy as the new Princess Leia! Images: ITC.|
As both his earthbound self and his intergalactic relation in the slightly wacky version of Luke Skywalker, who'd memorably charge through the Muppet back stage area, blaster-in-hand shouting, "Down with the Empire!" and "Remember Alderaan!", Mark Hamill proved a classic guest star on The Muppet Show in the lead-up to the 1980 release of The Empire Strikes Back, the actor once more enjoying the company of Frank Oz, this time in his unique performance as the hero-smitten Miss Piggy. This hilarious preview of sorts for Empire (Season Four, Episode 17, airing February 29th, 1980) also showed us Luke's new rebel hero costume.
Thursday, 5 May 2022
EPISODE I: IMPORTANT INTRODUCTIONS...
|Disney storybook art by Brian Rood.|