We’re giving you gossip from all over the damn galaxy. Star Wars has its own Instagram account now, and on it, Darth Vader posted a “selfie” (above). It’s pretty cute. Sarah Jessica Parker also just got on Instagram, so I’d say it’s your move, Bradshaw. Your move.
I wonder if they found their new Han Solo yet. Or whatever this ad is for.
Do you think this kind of marketing is funny and cute or ridiculous and insulting to the series?
December 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
It’s a Cinderella story: the new Star Wars film, now with a release date, is doing open casting. Provided you’re 17-23 years-old, and in the UK, you could land a role! Here’s the casting notice, via Variety:
The notice calls for a “beautiful, smart and athletic” young woman to play Rachel, a 17-18 year old, and a “handsome, smart and athletic” man to play Thomas, 19-23 years old.
Video submissions can be entered through the casting website. In addition to the U.K. open auditions, auditions are being held in cities including Chicago, Austin, Nashville and Troy, Mich.
STAR WARS POST!
November 12, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Lucasfilm announced Thursday that the next Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode VII, will open in theaters Dec. 18, 2015. The movie, the first to be released following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, will feature J.J. Abrams in the director’s chair.
Episode VII “will not only anchor the popular holiday film-going season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement.
Okay, chill out there, Alan “Try-Hard” Horn. It’s Star Wars, it sells itself. We STILL don’t know for SURE if Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, or Carrie Fisher is coming back. We know that Mark Hamill is down, as is Ms. Fisher, probably. It’s all about Harrison “Big Money” Ford here.
ARE YOU EXCITED? ARE YOU GOING TO SEE IT?
November 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
The Hollywood Reporter explains his gaffe,
Addressing reporters about the so-called budget sequestration that would gut government spending at midnight, Obama said that he could not force congress to pass a bill to prevent the cuts’ implementation. He is a president, he said, not a dictator, and can’t use a “Jedi mind meld” to force Republicans’ hands.
His flub was combining a “Jedi mind trick” (from Star Wars) with a “Vulcan mind meld” (from Star Trek.) It’s almost a “malapropism” in which, one replaces “an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound.” (Thanks, wikipedia.) Mind trick, mind meld, preeeeettty close. Twitter freaked out, but I’m pretty sure 90% of it was in good fun. Man I hope it was in good fun.
Obama is a Star Trek fan, apparently. He invited old school Star Trek cast member Nichelle Nichols to the White House in 2012, and they posed in a photo doing the Vulcan salute.
Live long and may the force be with you, Obama.
March 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
NERDS, GET IN HERE, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT STAR WARS IN HERE. Mark Hamill AKA Luke Skywalker of the Star Wars trilogy, is in talks about possibly returning to the franchise. “Who cares about Mark Hamill?” you ask. I CARE. A LOT OF US CARE. THERE ARE 4 – 8 PEOPLE READING THIS WHO CARE ABOUT MARK HAMILL.
Via Hollywood Reporter:
They’re talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts; they would write us out. I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.
Omg, Mark Hamill, you adorable national treasure. “They’re more busy than I am.” That is some beautiful honesty right there.
In January it was announced that J.J. Abrams is directing the first sequel, Episode VII. Then, there was discussion that Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Han Solo, but reports conflict as to whether or not it’s official just yet. Rolling Stone says it is, but check out their source.
From Rolling Stone:
Harrison Ford will return as the original space cowboy, Han Solo, in the new installments of the Star Wars franchise, according to Fox News Latino columnist Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez. The reporter said he “triple checked” his “legitimate sources”…
Oh cool, well we all know how legit that Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez is.
Hamill goes onto speculate,
I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister – I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.’
February 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
So you obviously heard about George Lucas selling the next three ‘Star Wars’ movies (plus some other marketing stuff) to Disney for a cool $4.5 billion dollars, right? If not, well, he did, and the *latest* story now is that he’s donating all of the money he received to education. Yes, to charity, more or less. Not to his grandchildren, and not to some obscure ‘Star Wars’ foundation or whatever. A spokesperson for Lucasfilm says:
“George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”
George himself also said yesterday:
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”
I guess for all you folks out there who say that George Lucas did what he did with Episodes I, II, and III sold out and did it for the money, well. I think that George has a little bit more in his head and his heart than lining his pocket. You know. Obviously.
Oh hey! Here’s an idea! Maybe Lindsay Lohan could follow suit and donate all of her hard-earned ‘Liz & Dick’ money (you know, all $300k of it) to the Meth Dealers of America, because Lord knows that they’re probably hurting with Michael Lohan, Master Interventionalist at large.
The wheels are always turning, here, guys. The hamster might be asleep occasionally, but the wheel goes on.