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In the second of their videos on the upcoming Star Wars attraction, Madame Tussauds are revealing the sculpting process that will, eventually, give us wax likenesses of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa. It all starts with clay and a lot of careful, deliberate modelling.
Judging from Leia’s hairdo in this video, they’re building the Return of the Jedi version from Jabba’s sail barge, the so-called “Slave Leia” look.
There may be any number of Lukes, Leias and Hans in the different displays for this exhibition, but I’m wondering how many overtly alien faces we’ll be seeing. Can you imagine a wax Jar Jar Binks? Some nut would be bound to vandalise that, wouldn’t they? As much as I’d hope nobody would be so stupid, I’ve been around the block enough to be genuinely worried about that.
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- Brendon Connelly
When Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian needed to infiltrate Jabba’s palace in “Return of the Jedi,” they couldn’t just waltz right in. Not with those famous faces. But while Leia opted for full facial absurdity, Lando chose a really strange helmet design. Over twenty years after Lando lost his hat (presumably to the Sarlaac Pit), costume designer Nilo Rodis-Jamero revealed to Star Wars Insider Magazine (Swim) just where the inspiration came from…a baseball glove. Image via Reddit During his interview with Swim, Rodis-Jamero recalled the Eureka moment: "[…] Every Friday afternoon, we used to run off to the ranch and we would play baseball. I remember jokingly putting a baseball glove on engineer Wade Childress’s head, and that was the birth of Lando Calrissian’s disguise." Rodis-Jamero had Childress pose for a few Polaroids and quickly sketched the rest of the design straight onto the photograph. However, »
- Donna Dickens
Princess Leia’s day in the sun has been a long time coming. Between comforting Luke Skywalker — a guy she just met — over the death of an old man he’d known for three days instead of mourning the devastating loss of her home planet, and rescuing Han Solo — which got her captured into ambiguous sexual slavery for her efforts — the last Princess of Alderaan continuously got the short end of the stick when it came to the original trilogy. But no more. Princess Leia #1 begins to explore why Leia might not grieve more openly…and how that makes her look like a cold-blooded witch to some of those around around her. After all, while the breakneck speed of the films doesn’t allow audiences to stop and examine her title, Leia is royalty. Being heir to the Alderaan throne* comes with years of training; a sense of propriety and »
- Donna Dickens
In the world of cinema, filmmakers never know when great inspiration is going to hit. Take, for example, the process that went into creating Lando Calrissian's bounty hunter helmet for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. As it turns out, the design of the garment simply came from a moment when the film's costume designer jokingly put a baseball glove on top of the head of one of his co-workers. This bizarre bit of Star Wars trivia comes from the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, which features quotes from costume designer Nilo Rodis-Jamero. Discussing the look of the strange looking helmet design, the filmmaker revealed the bizarre origins, saying, I remember every Friday afternoon, we used to run off to the ranch and we would play baseball. I remember jokingly putting a baseball glove on engineer Wade Childress's head, and that was the birth of Lando Calrissian's disguise. »
When the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced, one character absent from the list of returnees to the galaxy far, far away was that of Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Recently, Williams – who has reprised the role for an episode of Star Wars Rebels – said that he “has a feeling” he’ll show up in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, and now the British tabloid The Sun is claiming that Williams has been told he’ll have “a fun cameo” in the next movie, which is being directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), and unsurprisingly, he’s “definitely up for it”.
The Sun isn’t exactly renowned for dropping genuine scoops, it must be said, so this is probably little more than speculation based upon Williams’ previous comments. Still, if you »
- Gary Collinson
Sideshow Collectibles “Queen Of The Dead” Premium Format Figure
Sideshow has always been known for their incredible ability to create works of art that capture the wonder and sophistication of some of pop culture’s most endearing characters. From Marvel Comics and Indiana Jones to Kratos, the God of War (one that personally adorns my shelves) and Star Wars, Sideshow always finds the soul of even the most tangential characters and makes them shine.
But what many don’t know, is that Sideshow is also in the business of crafting original creations. One of their most successful in-house projects has been their “Court of the Dead” collection. Conceived by Sideshow’s very own Tom Gilliland, “The Court of the Dead” is an original story and comic book surrounding the character Death and his associates. Many thanks to Sideshow for sending their newest member of “The Court” our way for a preview. »
- The ED-itor
Disney Xd has solidified itself as the destination for all your animated Star Wars needs. First with “Star Wars Rebels” and now this new limited-series event featuring everyone’s favorite droids. The Lego Group and Disney announced late last week that they will be teaming up for a brand-new animated special set in a galaxy far, far away. “Lego Star Wars™: Droid Tales” will be a limited-run of five 22-minutes episodes that retells the entirety of the Star Wars movie saga in chronological order from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3P0. While information about when the limited series will air is not yet available, an overview was released by The Lego Group: Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3Po and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other »
- Donna Dickens
The new limited series (not to be confused with 1985's Star Wars: Droids) will consist of 5 x 22-minute episodes and see C-3Po recounting tales from the iconic droids’ past after the Return Of The Jedi-closing Battle Of Endor. As this reminiscing unfolds, some kidnapping will apparently take the droids on a new adventure, while also squeezing in a retelling of the entire saga from The Phantom Menace through to Return Of The Jedi. »
Warning! Not only will this next story include plenty of Spoilers, it should be noted that ever since director J.J. Abrams gave validity to some of the rumors floating around the internet about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some folks have felt the need to feed more erroneous information to the masses. So while some of this story may be true, it may also contain false details. Either way, we've heard in the past that there will be flashbacks in Star Wars 7. New rumors have come to light that explain exactly what those flashbacks entail, and they do include a young Luke Skywalker. We also have more details about Luke and Rey's quest in the movie, and the rumor of an important addition to the cast. Are you ready to learn more about this epic sci-fi adventure heading our way in December?
All of the following information comes courtesy of Making Star Wars. »
Ahead of the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Disney Xd has announced plans for an animated mini-series entitled "Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales" to air later this year.
The key difference is that events will be seen from the perspective of the droids C-3Po and R2-D2. Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor, an accidental kidnapping leads to the pair re-telling the stories of their adventures.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
‘Les Loups’ is the first great Quebec film of 2015
The dark unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the St. Lawrence river provide the backdrop to Les Loups, a beautifully crafted melodrama. Set in a small island Quebec town during the spring thaw, a stranger arrives during the height of the controversial seal hunts. Vibrant and mysterious, many suspect that Elie, the young woman from Montreal, is not who she says and is likely a reporter or an activist bent on portraying the townsfolk in a bad light… read the full article.
A long time ago…in 1999, the pop culture zeitgeist was caught in a Star Wars maelstrom. Writer-director George Lucas and his crack creative team had gone back to the well that made space opera cinema what it is known and appreciated as today by producing »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: What if they turned The Wolf of Wall Street into a 1980s sitcom and it had the same theme song as Who's the Boss? Here's the answer (via Devour): Combing adorable characters from Disney-distributed movies, here's a t-shirt design crossing My Neighbor Totoro, Big Hero 6 and Guardians of the Galaxy (via Fashionably Geek): Combining two Disney princesses (well, one's technically a queen), here's a t-shirt design crossing Frozen and Return of the Jedi (via Geek Tyrant): Speaking of Frozen, here's a cute re-telling of the movie using emojis (via Oh My Disney): And speaking of Return of the Jedi...
- Christopher Campbell
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Disney Xd will count down to the release of December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a five-part animated series entitled Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, which will retell the events of the Star Wars saga – in brick form – through the eyes of C-3Po and R2-D2.
According to the site, Droid Tales will be “set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, with the droids are regaling the assembled of their adventures that led them to their present situation. An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the re-telling of the saga in the chronological order, starting from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.”
Further details on Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales are expected in the coming months.
- Gary Collinson
Disney Xd has continued the Lego Star Wars adventures on their channel with the Yoda Chronicles, but they're not stopping there as they've announced a new mini-series called Droid Tales that will re-tell the entire Star Wars saga. Come inside to learn more!
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters this December and it will be kicking things off for an all new generation of fans to enjoy. So what better way to get new fans (i.e. younger kids) ready for the upcoming film, than by finding a new way to re-tell the other films. Thus, Disney Xd will be bringing Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales to the small screen sometime later this year. The show will be five, 22-minute episodes that will re-tell the Star Wars saga from the Droids' point of view:
Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales will be shown by Disney Xd in five 22-minute episodes later this year, and will tell the story of the first six movie episodes through the eyes of the ever-watchful and present C-3Po and R2-D2.
See the return of Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels teaser
The series will begin with Return of the Jedi's victory celebration in the Ewok village
Following an accidental kidnapping, the droids are then taken on a new adventure that leads to them telling their story chronologically from Episode I through to VI.
It hasn't been announced yet who will direct and write the episodes, but details of airdates are expected from Lego and Disney Xd soon.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will »
With the first season of Star Wars Rebels coming to a close next week, fans will be left without any new Star Wars content for several months, until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18. Thankfully, Disney Xd is helping to fill the void in Star Wars programming with a new five-episode series entitled Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, which will debut later this year before Star Wars: The Force Awakens' theatrical debut.
The five 22-minute episodes will be an animated take on all six Star Wars movies, with a new twist. The movies are being retold through the eyes of droids C3PO and R2D2 in a brand new story set after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The droids are seen telling their story of how they ended up on Endor, shortly after the Rebel Alliance victory, »
'Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales' will be an animated miniseries retelling the plots of 'The Phantom Menace' through 'Return of the Jedi.'
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- Christopher Campbell
A long time ago…in 1999, the pop culture zeitgeist was caught in a Star Wars maelstrom. Writer-director George Lucas and his crack creative team had gone back to the well that made space opera cinema what it is known and appreciated as today by producing the first Star Wars movie in 16 years. Yes, it was difficult to fathom, but the legion of Star Wars fans the world over had waited over a decade for a new film. Not since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, which concluded what is today commonly known as the ‘Original Trilogy’, had they rejoiced in a new cinematic adventure. This new endeavor was to not to be a sequel, but rather a backstory that would relate how Anakin Skywalker, once a proud Jedi Knight and defender of justice, was encouraged to renounce his altruistic ways, embrace the dark side of the Force, and become Darth Vader, »
- Edgar Chaput
From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...
You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.
Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »
This week Neil Calloway is wary of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film…
When Neill Blomkamp released some of the artwork for his proposed Alien film, I was impressed – concept art for science fiction films is often better than the films themselves – and mentally filed it in my “great unmade films” drawer. It sat there alongside the Gladiator sequel scripted by Nick Cave, in which Russell Crowe’s character is resurrected and fights in various battles throughout history, Return of the Jedi directed by David Lynch (he was offered it, and turned it down because he did not want to helm a science fiction film where he was not in control of the material; ironically his next film would be an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. I cannot imagine what Lynch’s version of Jabba’s Palace would look like) and the unmade Jurassic Park sequel that featured dinosaurs, obviously, »
- Neil Calloway
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