Podcasts in Review

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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

30 Minutes of Diabolical: Vol 3 | Session 6 is fully devoted to Boba Fett. They covering everything from a full ordinance rundown to elements of old Expanded Universe history. They talk about his first appearance in a parade, his deeds at Jabba’s palace, his fate in the sarlacc, and they steer clear of the prequels. I had two big gripes with the episode. First up, during the weapons segment, they had some really loud background music which made it hard to hear the two male hosts. My second gripe is that one of the hosts said “brother” a lot. And I mean a lot. Seriously, one out of three sentences included “brother”. Now I’m not sure if it was a gimmick or not, but I did try out another episode and the host did not say “brother” once, so if it was a gimmick, it did not work at all. If you’re a hardcore Fett fan, though, you might want to check this one out.

30 Minutes of Diabolical: Vol 2 | Session 29 focuses on the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Note this episode took play in December prior to The Force Awakens‘ release. They talk about the First Order 6″ Black Series figure, the Fargo TV series, then head in the EU. They cover Exar Kun, HK-47, Jaxxon, Thrawn, Mara Jade, the low points of the EU, and a lot of Shadows of the Empire. Kind of a fun trip down memory lane with the SWEU. This episode was a lot more enjoyable than the Boba Fett episode. The podcast doesn’t focus on Star Wars, so you’ll have to search for more Star Wars episodes, but it might be worth checking out.

Assembly of Geeks: Batman vs. Superman Round Table features a really nice round table discussion with guests Dan Z. (Coffee With Kenobi), Jeremiah (Bombad Radio), and Matt Moore (Comic Book Noob, Comics With Kenobi). They join Scott, Jeff and Amy as they talk about the movie, what they liked, didn’t like, and hope to see in the future. Excellent discussion and a close contender for pick of the week. If you’ve seen the movie, be sure to check this one out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

IGN Interviews Kasdan and Kinberg

February 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Episode VII, Interview, Movies, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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IGN interviewed Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, consultants on Star Wars Episode VII and writers for the Star Wars spinoff films. While they didn’t reveal any details on any of the projects, they did share their love of films.

Speaking of these worlds, can you tell us, how surprised were you when they said, “Hey, we’re doing more Star Wars, and we’d like you to come back and become involved in this?”

Kasdan: I was pleased that there would be new ones, that there was a chance to capture some of the spirit of the original trilogy that I’d worked on. I thought there’s an audience out there — my grandchildren, lots of original Star Wars people — and there always will be. It’s only good that we try to do some more great ones.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Star Wars Spinoff Films Confirmed

February 6, 2013 at 5:38 am | Posted in Disney, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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StarWars.com has confirmed that there will be spinoff films beyond Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII, and IX.

One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes BackRaiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed.

In a call to investors, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed while the original focus was on the highly-anticipated sequel trilogy, the idea of spinoff films was bandied about early and the additional films are now becoming a reality. “We are in development of a few standalone films,” he said, “that are not part of the Star Wars saga…there are now creative entities working on developing scripts for what would be those standalone films.”

No word yet on whether the two spinoff character films by Kasdan and Kinberg will be the rumored Yoda and Jabba the Hutt movies.

UPDATE: Bob Iger spoke a little more about the spinoffs with CNBC.

“There has been speculation about some stand-alone films that have been in development and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films. Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga so we still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8 and 9 roughly over a six year period of time starting in 2005 but they are going to be a few other films release in that period of time too.” -Bob Iger

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It’s Official: J.J. Abrams will Direct Star Wars Episode VII

January 26, 2013 at 7:55 am | Posted in Entertainment, Episode VII, Lucasfilm, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has officially announced that J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars Episode VII.


“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.” -Kathleen Kennedy

“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.” -George Lucas

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.” -J.J. Abrams

Of course we also know Michael Arndt will be writing the screenplay, Kathleen Kennedy will be executive producer, and George Lucas will be a creative consultant. StarWars.com also mentioned that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will be “consulting on the project.” Kasdan was a screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (Note it was previously rumored that Kasdan and Kinberg would be writers for Episodes VIII and IX)

No word yet on whether J.J. Abrams will only be doing Episode VII or whether he’ll be doing all three.

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Writers for Episodes VIII and IX

November 21, 2012 at 9:08 am | Posted in Episode IX, Episode VIII, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Last Stand, Jumper, Sherlock Holmes) will be writing either Star Wars Episode VIII or IX, “their exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined.” They will also be producing the films, thus joining Kathleen Kennedy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, we will see official confirmation later on StarWars.com.

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