Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Actor Mark Jones (far left, looking towards the technician at console) gets ready to film a scene in the bridge technical pit of the Imperial Star Destroyer Avenger, for a classic moment from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. After filming of the Classic Trilogy, some of the larger consoles seen here were either sold or rented out to the BBC for use on the sci-fi series DOCTOR WHO, during the mid-eighties.
He's agreed to help the older Clone trio self-exiles on the dusty world of Seelos in their quest to capture an elusive Joopa beast, but has Jedi wannabe Ezra Bridger ultimately bitten off more than he can chew? A scene from the pleasing STAR WARS REBELS episode, The Lost Commanders, an early part of Season Two, which is now out in its entirety on stunning Blu-ray and standard DVD, from Lucasfilm/Disney.
Get it here: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray
Look out for the AFICIONADO review shortly...
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
A final international trailer is surely due soon, as will the opening of the worldwide advance box office. The Rebellion grows strong again...
Official site subpage opened: Rogue One | StarWars.com
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Character Posters Revealed - Complete Gallery | StarWars.com
New 'Rogue One' Themed Duracell and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Commercial | The Star Wars Underworld
Star Wars: Rogue One said to be 133 minutes long | Den of Geek
Felicity Jones talks 'Inferno,' 'Rogue One' and keeping secrets - CNET
'Force Awakens' Star Daisy Ridley Praises 'Rogue One' Actress Felicity Jones - ABC News
Forest Whittaker Talks About the Evolution of Saw Gerrera from 'The Clone Wars' to 'Rogue One' | The Star Wars Underworld
Rogue One: Mads Mikkelsen Calls Galen Erso ‘Most Guilty Man in the World’
Star Wars: The State of the Empire and the Jedi in Rogue One - IGN
Rogue One Bits: Running Time Revealed? 'Catalyst' Excerpt, Weirdest Interview & More - /Film
Watching Anakin hard at work on his pod racer, Qui-Gon Jinn and Shmi Skywalker discuss the boy's unique past, and his potential future, in this unexpected revelation scene from EPISODE I that has certainly caused no end of fandom debate from 1999 onwards.
Monday, 24 October 2016
|Do filmmakers dream of electric sheep? Harrison Ford with Ryan Gosling, Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve for the first press release image for BLADE RUNNER 2049. Images: SONY.|
Its due next October, and we're slightly concerned that its presence might taint the brilliance of the original 1982 masterpiece from which it spawned, but if Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott are on board then AFICIONADO will certainly give Sony's upcoming BLADE RUNNER 2049 a try, what with the return of former Blade Runner "retirement" cop in Ford's Rick Deckard, involved with an all-star cast including Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Lennie James and Dave Bautista. How the story continues on from the original one-off tale of Replicants and future tense excitement , I don't know, though I certainly wish director Denis Villeneuve the best of success here- he really has got a lot to live up to.
|Movie concept art by Victor Martinez.|
As far as favourite scenes from the original STAR WARS go, the Trash Compactor with the one-eyed Dianoga creature, and its fascination with Luke Skywalker, must surely rank high-up on many fans lists. Originally, however, this sequence was to have been far more ambitious- our heroes wandering through a disused Death Star sub hallway/corridor and entering a murky,water submerged service tunnel, where the originally called "Dia Nogu" creature would surprise attack them (notably scaring the lovable Chewbacca in the process!). Fully realised by UK practical effects man John Stears and the UK prop makers, the transparent Jellyfish/Octopus-like alien was ultimately too big and bulky for the small contained set and not deemed good enough for filming, with a hastily made tentacle and a later ILM stop-motion insert of the creature's eye popping out of the water having to suffice within an adjusted script/environment. Anthony Daniels would recall the original prop's ultimate fate: being unceremoniously dumped on the Elstree Studios backlot and joking that canines would likely come along and urinate on it!
|Two technicians in diving suits adjust the tentacle around Mark Hamill.|
|The Dianoga tentacle prior being prepared at Elstree.|
|The waterless Trash Compactor set with abandoned tentacle.|
Here are the original script pages for the scene from the 1st January 1976 script, as posted by Peter Mayhew on his TWITTER feed recently...
Resistance hero Poe Dameron rushes to his X-wing, ready to arm himself and help Lor San Tekka's people and village on Jakku against the invading troops of the First Order, in this great image from the opening to THE FORCE AWAKENS.
The 3D Collector's Edition of EPISODE VII arrives on Blu-ray in the UK from October 31st, 2016, via Lucasfilm/Disney, loaded with additional all-new special features material.
Get it here: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Region Free: Amazon.co.uk: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, J.J. Abrams: DVD & Blu-ray
Sunday, 23 October 2016
The ideas of peace and justice with the Galactic Republic are swept away with the tide of the Clone Wars, as the struggle between good and evil enters a decisive new point in the Force, as seen with key characters old and new for the 2003 Clone Wars Micro-Series - one of the genuine highlights of the Prequel era of STAR WARS storytelling.
|The newly released TOPPS character/autograph card.|
If Bail Organa of Alderaan was the bold father of what would eventually become known as the Rebel Alliance against the corrupt and merciless Galactic Empire, then Mon Mothma of Chandrilla must surely be its strongly beating, compassionate and vital mother heart, known for her calm, rational thinking and strong moral intellectualism ever since she was a respected leader within the troubled Republic Senate at the time of the Clone Wars, the tumultuous three years of battle and tragedy of which she now knows she and the thousands of senators she worked with for peace were being manipulated and betrayed by the man they thought they knew and trusted: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, whose new order has wrought such hardships, terror and destructive force against the galaxy, and especially towards non-humanoid species.
|A genuine baptism of fire for Mon Mothma and the Rebel Alliance in ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.|
|Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) and General Draven (Alistair Petrie) with an important new ally.|
As the Empire grows more powerful, and the testing of a deadly new weapon is imminent, the small resistance cells scattered across the galaxy must finally unite and pull their resources like never before, under the leadership of Mon Mothma.
|Mon Mothma, as seen in publicity materials for EPISODE III.|
With her scenes for EPISODE III sadly removed from the original theatrical release (though available on DVD), Genevieve O'Reilly's presence in the first ROGUE ONE trailer as Mon Mothma, with a visage and clothing that matched Caroline Blakiston's character/look from RETURN OF THE JEDI, was a welcome and truly satisfying sight, fusing the Prequel and Classic Trilogy saga's together even more strongly.
More on ROGUE ONE's General Draven: Rogue One director obliterates popular fan theory about Rebel leader | EW.com
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Used to alien creatures of all kinds on Jakku, Rey is clearly enjoying meeting and experiencing the new variety of people's inside Maz Kanata's unique castle on Takodana, in this moment that didn't appear in the final cut, though could possibly appear in the upcoming 3D Blu-ray Collector's Edition set for THE FORCE AWAKENS, which includes new deleted scenes, available in the UK from October 31st, 2016, via Lucasfilm/Disney.
New Deleted Scene From 'The Force Awakens' Released | The Star Wars Underworld
JJ Abrams Talks Rey and Finn in New Clip From 'The Force Awakens' 3D Blu-ray Commentary | The Star Wars Underworld
JJ Abrams Reveals 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay's Influence on the Final Duel in 'The Force Awakens' | The Star Wars Underworld
Get the set here: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Region Free: Amazon.co.uk: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, J.J. Abrams: DVD & Blu-ray