13 items from 2008
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there began a perilous adventure involving Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Han Solo…and Bea Arthur and Bruce Vilanch? That's right, this year is the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special, the notorious television event in which Chewbacca's family celebrated Life Day, Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia serenaded her Wookiee friends, and the future Golden Girl Arthur entertained the cantankerous cantina crowd. Even Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were on hand, if perhaps not entirely willingly. Star Wars creator George Lucas, it's been said, is not a big fan. (He reportedly called it a "travesty," and the special, broadcast on CBS »
Mark Hamill reprises his vocal work as The Joker for Eidos and Warner Bros’ video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The actor, of course, had a memorable turn as the Clown Prince of Crime on Batman: The Animated Series back in the 1990s. He’ll once more be working opposite Kevin Conroy, who also returns.
HBO’s second season of True Blood will introduce Anna Camp (Equus) as the wife of Fellowship of the Sun president Steve Newlin, played by Michael McMillain. As outlined by Alan Ball, Jason Stackhouse will get caught up with the anti-vampire church for much of the season, which debuts next summer.
Casting notes describe Sarah as “an example of the new ‘hip’ evangelical movement, hates vampires with a passion, deeply believes in her mission, her marriage, her country and her church. very feminine, but down-to-earth, also with a healthy appetite for life’s many pleasures… »
- Robert Greenberger
Mark Hamill has signed on to voice The Joker in Eidos and Warner Bros’ video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, provided the voice to the sadistic clown in the 1990’s Batman and Superman animated television shows, and more recently in Justice League. Fanboy favorite Kevin Conroy has also returned to voice the caped crusader. I’ll take Conroy’s Batman voice over Bale’s Clint Eastwood imitation any-day.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Video Game »
- Peter Sciretta
When we first heard about the (non-movie related) Batman game Arkham Asylum, the game's writer Paul Dini (of Batman: The Animated Series) promised that the voice talent would be in line with creating the "ultimate Batman experience." Fans of that outstanding animated show will be in heaven: the game will feature actors Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight, and Mark Hamill as his lunatic nemesis the Joker. The cinematic game is due next year, and lets players "be the Bat" as »
- Dave Davis
I saw the other day that lightsabers were on sale at Wal-Mart for $50 during the holidays. The "official replicas" had digitally recorded sound from one of the six films. It's a major step up from the light sabers when I was kid - plastic tubes stuck on the end of other plastic tubes, both of which would crack if you left the saber outside overnight, rendering the toy both more dangerous and more useless.
Maybe because of my experience with the hollow plastic weapon, I couldn't believe it when I read this story sent to me by Rick, one of our most loyal readers. Turns out, even the fancy new light sabers aren't good enough for one fan, who spent $240,000 on the lightsaber Mark Hamill used in Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. What economy?
I don't know if the guy thought it really worked or what, but that's a little outrageous, »
- Colin Boyd
A lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies has sold for more than £130,000 at auction. The prop, which was sold by Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, was snapped up by a fan at an auction of Hollywood props and memorabilia in Los Angeles. Actor Mark Hamill used the lightsaber, which is made from an old photography (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Some of the best commercials going right now are for video games. They work effectively as movie trailers, and they really stand out against a lot of the other ads on TV. Part of the reason is they treat the big video games as blockbusters they way movie studios do their films. And with good reason: Gaming is, what, a $15 billion industry in America these days?
Here's a new trailer for the upcoming Batman video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Not only does the gameplay look stout, but the trailer has a lot of originality that I admire. It could've gotten by without as much style, but Rocksteady Studios went the extra mile. So, hell yeah...
- Colin Boyd
I can't believe it's been almost four years since I first reported on Conan: Red Nails. It was back before I broke into the internet game and was writing a freelance column for a local indie rag that shall remain nameless. As a Conan fan, the decision to adapt Robert E. Howard's first ever Conan story using an allstar cast of voices (Ron Perelman, Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill) sounded exciting and, even though I knew it would eventually wind up in the straight to DVD dungeon, it still peaked the interest of the dark fantasy loving kid in me. The plan was initially to have Red Nails released the next summer and everything seemed to be on track. A website was launched where artwork was being revealed in a blog that was updated regularly (if perhaps a little slowly), and then nadda. Nothing more was heard about the project »
I was not in attendance at this year's San Diego Comic Con, an oversight I thought I had rectified in the months leading up to the event, but learned the hard way that I had not. As hard as it might be to believe, though, I actually do have friends, and one of them was out at Comic Con, and he fills us in on a few things and even let us post some of his photos, which was very generous.
The first Iron Man suit
The lovely Olivia Munn from G4's Attack of the Show
I'd guess based on the reactions I've read online that Watchmen and Terminator Salvation were the biggest hit at the event, and some people weren't exactly doing backflips for The Spirit. Good thing for us, our intrepid reporter, Hotchy Kiene, was particularly interested in Watchmen. Here's his report on what he »
- Colin Boyd
Samuel L. Jackson is just full of good news this week. The star of the upcoming graphic novel adaptation The Spirit is attending Comic Con in support of that flick (due out at Christmas), and there's news about another Afro Samurai project as well as a Nick Fury/Avengers update.
Ace Showbiz says that Jackson aims for us to see more of Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in all the upcoming Marvel movies, culminating in "the big one," as he calls it, 2011's The Avengers.
"Yeah, I'm looking forward to making that character a bit more integral, in terms of the other stories that are happening," says Jackson, who'll be in his early 60s by the time The Avengers gets here. "Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor, and hopefully the big one that's coming in 2011, when they put everybody together."
Apparently, Jackson's dying to start crankin' out the cameos, »
- Colin Boyd
Spike TV sent us this hilarious promo clip for their upcoming televised release of “Star Wars” by director George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher which they’ll be airing throughout the summer. If a guy looks dangerous, he probably is. Film Synopsis: Set far in the past in a distant galaxy, the movie tells the story of a plot by a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance to destroy the flagship space station/weapon of an oppressive Galactic Empire. The plot follows the tale of farm boy Luke Skywalker who is suddenly thrust into the role of hero when he inadvertently acquires the robots carrying the schematic plans of the station. He must accompany [...] »
- Brian Corder
- Last September Tobey Maguire announced that he was developing a live-action film based on the 80’s anime classic Robotech through his Maguire Pictures and Warner Bros. Since then there’s been no details to speak of other than some unknown writer named Craig Zahler was working on the script. Well apparently he wasn’t delivering the goods because Lawrence Kasdan has been hired to take over writing duties on the film. To the uninitiated, Robotech premiered on Us televisions in 1985 through distributor Harmony Gold. The series is a frankenstein space opera in that it is actually three different series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross, Genesis Climber Mospeada) combined to achieve the minimum 65-episode series length required for TV syndication in the 80’s. As a result, the story has three distinct arches – I smell trilogy. Beginning in the decidedly un-futuristic 1999, an alien super-fortress crashes on a »
Hamill played lead character Luke Skywalker in the hit film series and Fisher is convinced the actor was sure the role would lead to a long, prosperous stint in the movie industry.
But Hamill subsequently failed to score any more high profile films, while Ford went on to become an A-list star.
And Fisher admits Hamill was always disappointed he didn't achieve the same.
She says, "(There was) some jealousy. Harrison had this huge film career by the second or third film, that was tough for Mark.
"He was like, 'This wasn't supposed to happen - it's the adventures of Luke Skywalker.'" »
13 items from 2008
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