Vader in ‘Rogue One’?

July 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Movies, Rumor, Star Wars | Leave a comment

vaderAccording to Birth.Movies.Death., none other than the dark lord himself will be in the first Star Wars anthology film.

I ran into a good source this past weekend and, over drinks, was told a nugget that should make people pretty intrigued: Darth Vader will be in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. He will not be the main antagonist but he will be working behind the scenes, pulling strings and will appear onscreen. Literally, I’m told – he’ll be showing up via viewscreen or holo projection or something.

While this rumor is a bit thin and light on details, we’ll soon know if it holds water as San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching.

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Lucasfilm Announces Han Solo Anthology Movie

July 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Lucasfilm, Movies, News, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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It’s good news for Star Wars fans because the next-up film in the Anthology series is the as yet untitled Han Solo back story.

The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.

Set to direct the movie is the duo of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, known for The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of MeatBalls.  But the best news is probably that the screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasden and his son, Jon.  The elder Kasden is best known for Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

LFL is understandably enthusiastic about the project, and Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about it.

“It’s not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I’m excited to say we’ve found the perfect team to handle the task. Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han’s story.”

The Han Solo movie is scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release.

Reported by Geralyn

Book Review: The Clone Army Attacketh

July 7, 2015 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars | Leave a comment

clonearmyLike the four Star Wars/Shakespearean hybrids that have come before it, The Clone Army Attacketh is a fun, illuminating, and interesting retelling of the Star Wars Saga. Written by Ian Doescher, this Shakespearean adaptation of Episode II plays like Romeo and Juliet with a touch of Macbeth, though the latter will surely be more prevalent in the final chapter due out in a few months.

What I enjoy most about these Shakespearean retellings – with The Clone Army Attacketh even more so than some others in the series – is the use of dialogue to convey action, something Shakespeare was renowned for. The Prequel trilogy has faced much criticism from critics and fans alike over the years, and one of the most persistent complaints was the weak dialogue. The Shakespearean adaptations exist, I feel, as a good reaction to that criticism, as it allows the characters to speak in a way that they could not in the film. Even Jar Jar Binks, who is humorously listed as a “Gungan Clown” in the book’s Dramatis Personae, has a monologue that sheds some interesting depth on the character and his motives. It was also quite interesting to read dialogue from the Arena beasts trio – the Acklay, Nexu, and Reek – as if they were speaking.

The prose and iambic pentameter is also superb for a Star Wars adaptation, and overall the book proved to be a fun read. With the Anakin and Padme romance came the feel of Romeo and Juliet, while Anakin and Palpatine’s dark intentions bubbling to the surface seeped hints of Macbeth into the novel. These themes, already prevalent in the movie, were prominent in this book considering the Shakespeare connection. All in all, it is worth a read, and I am looking forward to the last entry in Ian Doescher’s Star Wars Shakespearean adaptation due out in September, that is, until The Force Awakens.

5 out of 5 metal bikinis

Reviewed by Ryan for Roqoo Depot

Star Wars The Force Awakens – No New Trailer at SDCC

July 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Conventions, News, SDCC, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The Force AwakensAccording to Entertainment Weekly, one of the things you won’t be seeing at SDCC is a new trailer or any new clips from The Force Awakens.  Reportedly, what you will be seeing are some cast members that haven’t already talked about their Star Wars roles — so basically anyone who isn’t called Luke, Leia, Poe, Rey or Finn.  Also, there will be a behind-the-scenes look at the movie.

Ahead of the presentation panel on Friday afternoon, there will be two publishing panels; one about upcoming Star Wars books, and another with Chuck Wendig about his much anticipated filling-in-the-gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens novel, Star Wars: Aftermath.

Reported by Geralyn

Book Review: Dark Disciple

July 7, 2015 at 11:00 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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DarkDisciple_PosterDark Disciple by Christie Golden is the latest addition to the new official Star Wars canon.  Adapted from a script by Katie Lucas, Dave Filoni and Matt Michnovetz for the cancelled TV show, Star Wars The Clone wars, the novel tells the story of the Jedi mission to assassinate Count Dooku.  Fair warning, spoilers ahead.

After nearly three years of war and countless atrocities by Dooku, the Jedi Council has reached a point of desperation, and decides on the grim course of assassinating the Sith lord.  Chosen for the assignment is Jedi Master Quinlan Vos, and he’s charged with making an ally out of the one person who could conceivable be his means of success — Asajj Ventress.  The Jedi Council’s logic is sound.  The unconventional Vos, with his loner ways, and undercover missions seems to be the best choice of Jedi, and while Asajj has no love for the Jedi, she hates Dooku with her whole being.  Vos and Ventress can’t succeed alone, but they could very well be strong enough to succeed together.  Quinlan and Asajj become allies and lovers, lovers who are truly in love, who freely decide to have a future together. Ventress undertakes to groom Vos for their dangerous undertaking, and Dathomir plays a part in that grooming.  She knows Quinlan will need to understand and command the dark side as she does — walking on the knife edge without falling into total darkness — but the training is cut short when their chance to eliminate Dooku comes too soon.  Ventress embarks on the mission with Vos with grave misgivings, and she’s right.  Quinlan Vos is not ready, and as a result, Ventress loses him to Dooku.  Determined to save him and their future together, Ventress returns to confront the dark lord again. Continue Reading Book Review: Dark Disciple…

New Release: ‘Dark Disciple’ by Christie Golden

July 7, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy.
The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

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New Release: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh’ by Ian Doescher

July 7, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh by Ian Doescher is out today from Quirk Books.

In time so long ago begins our play,
In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.

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