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24. September 2014 11:11
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Star Wars Cascos de Coleccion

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As far as I know, this magazine collection is currently only available in Spain. Published every two weeks, each magazine comes with a replica Star Wars helmet 1/5 scale. [More]
Star Wars Cascos de Coleccion
 

1. September 2014 15:32
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Mr. Plinkett’s Review of The Phantom Menace is Awesome

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While some viewers will be offended by the bad language and many more by the pizza roll loving serial killer subplot schtick, there is no denying that Mr. Plinket’s review of what went wrong in The Phantom Menace is right on the money, and brilliantly illustrated with examples from all 6 movies and behind the scenes footage. While I encourage you all to watch it (and his reviews of Episodes II and Episode III which are every bit as good), here are the cliff notes... [More]
Mr. Plinkett’s Review of The Phantom Menace is Awesome
 

19. December 2013 15:16
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Star Wars Connections with C3P0 and R2D2

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This introduction to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition was recorded in April 2002 as part of Fox's 25 years of Star Wars celebration. [More]
Star Wars Connections with C3P0 and R2D2
 

1. October 2013 14:57
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The History of Star Wars videogames Episode III

1. October 2013 14:57 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Last week we followed the ups and downs of Star Wars gaming as it grew out of the 8-bit home computer market and rode the wave of console gaming into the mid-90s. In this final chapter, Dan Whitehead picks up the story as the home PC went from being a fancy-pants calculator and started to make its mark as a games machine, right up to the release of the Star Wars prequel movies... [More]
The History of Star Wars videogames Episode III
 

10. September 2013 03:53
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Star Wars Magazine Espana Issue 05

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The fifth issue of Star Wars Magazine Espana is dated January/February 2002 and with the release of Episode II: El Ataque De Los Clones only a few months away it is no surprise that Attack of the Clones is the main focus of this edition. There is also a nice recap of Episode I: The Phantom Menace to refresh your memory before you see the next movie, and an interview with Sound man, Ben Burtt. The supplement this month was about Kevin Smith, and this time we do have it. [More]
Star Wars Magazine Espana Issue 05
 

6. September 2013 02:42
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Star Wars Magazine Espana Issue 04

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This fourth issue of Star Wars Magazine Espana is dated November/Decemberer 2001 and focuses primarily on Episode II. It looks like it also came with a Raiders of the Lost Ark 20th anniversary supplement, but sadly I don't seem to have that. If it turns up I will post it. [More]
Star Wars Magazine Espana Issue 04
 

4. September 2013 02:16
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Star Wars Magazine Espana Issue 03

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This third issue of Star Wars Magazine Espana is dated September/October 2001 and focuses primarily on the casting of Episode II, but also features an article on the Mos Eisley Cantina and the passing of Sir Alec Guinness (Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi). [More]
Star Wars Magazine Espana Issue 03
 

15. August 2013 11:16
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What if Episode I and II were good?

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Michael Barryte from Belated Media suggests some very simple changes that could have made Episode I the Star Wars Prequel we all hoped it would be. First of all, Lucas should have made Obi Wan the main character, that way, the prequels are about him, and the original trilogy is about Luke, while the over arching story is about Darth Vader. In Barryte's version, Obi Wan yearns for excitement and adventure... [More]
 

24. May 2013 07:29
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Photos of Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Film Set Locations in Tunisia

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New York-based photographer Rä di Martino photographed a number of abandoned Star Wars set locations in Tunisia for her series “Every World’s a Stage” and “No More Stars.” More photos can be viewed at her website. [More]
Photos of Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Film Set Locations in Tunisia
 

16. May 2013 07:31
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Star Wars is Back (Wired Magazine)

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A New New Hope STAR WARS is back! The Saga returns* and this time it's going to be great**
Can Disney restore our all-time favorite franchise to its former glory? Only if they listen to us. Our band of rebels scoured the galaxy to find the 74 things that every great Star Wars movie needs. Featuring stellar ideas from superfans Chris Hardwick, Damon Lindelof, Reggie Watts, Alton Brown, Carlton Cuse. Rian Johnson, and more.

* in only 2 years
** if they listen to us [More]
 

29. April 2013 09:28
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Save 53% on Star Wars The Original Trilogy Blu-ray

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Save 53% on "Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI)" and "Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I-III)" in Amazon.com's Blu-ray Deal of the Week. That's just $32.99 each! This deal ends May 4, 2013.
 
The Star Wars Trilogy | EW Suggests 5 sound Tips for Sequels that won't Suck

The Star Wars Trilogy

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18. November 2012 18:32
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EW Suggests 5 sound Tips for Sequels that won't Suck

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This weeks Entertainment weekly not only has Star Wars on the cover, it also offers 5 sound tips to keep fans happy when making the sequels. As a huge fan of the original trilogy, I have to say that I agree with all 5 points, especially #4:

STAR WARS FANS ARE A PASSIONATE BUNCH WITH DEFINITE IDEAS ABOUT WHAT THEY DO AND DON’T WANT TO SEE IN ANY NEW INSTALLMENTS. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE PRESENT A FIVE-POINT PLAN FOR WHAT LUCASFILM AND DISNEY SHOULD DO TO MAKE SURE THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THE NEW TRILOGY - BY DALTON ROSS.

1. Bring Back Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher as Han, Luke, and Leia— but only as supporting characters.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull serves as exhibit A on the dangers of trying to make an aging action star carry a film. Ford had previously lobbied for Han Solo to perish, so why not give the man his "dying wish" and have Han bite it 20 minutes into Episode VII?That could act as the jumping-off point for the entire film. As for Luke, his role should be running a new Jedi Academy for precocious younglings while dispensing wisdom á la Yoda and original-trilogy Obi-Wan. (And sure, he can pick up a lightsaber in a pinch.) When it comes to Leia, we’re curious to see her new Force abilities in action, but like the other two characters, she would serve the story best in a mentor-type capacity.

2. Look to the novels for new plots.

There are six Star Wars movies from which to draw inspiration when plotting out Episodes VII through IX, but there are also more than 150 expanded-universe novels, many of them filled with stories and characters that could easily make the hyperspace jump to the screen. The books that match up best with how the original actors have aged are the Legacy of the Force novels, which take place 40 years after the events in A New Hope. That series tells an intriguing tale of Han and Leia's children, Jacen and Jaina Solo. After Jacen turns to the dark side, murdering Luke’s Force-sensitive wife, Mara Jade, and becoming Darth Caedus, Jaina must face—and eventually kill— him. Young Solos and Sky walkers abound, and with Jaina, the new films could be built around something fans have accused the other movies of lacking: a strong female protagonist.

And there are other characters from Star Wars novels who have become fan favorites and should definitely be considered for the big leagues. The blue-skinned Imperial alien strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn and the aforementioned Palpatine agent-turned-Jedi Master Mara Jade, both of whom first appeared in Timothy Zahn’s excellent Thrawn trilogy, would be particularly welcome.

3. Ban all Ewoks and Gungans.

Listen, Star Wars doesn't have to go all Christopher Nolan. We don't need another bleak, uncompromising look at a society in complete dedine-that’s never been what this franchise is all about. Even the darkest (and best) of the original films. The Empire Strikes Back, still makes time for scruffy nerf-herder jokes and a scene in which Yoda and R2-D2 play tug-of-war over what appears to be a really cheap-looking lamp.

However—whether in the interest of juicing toy sales or dumbing down the content for younger viewers—the films have also displayed a famously nasty habit of introducing cutesy alien critters who serve no purpose other than to annoy every audience member over the age of 10. This needs to stop. Perhaps that surly barkeep who wouldn't let C-3PO into the Mos Eisley cantina had the right idea after all. If only we could hire him to ban Wicket the Ewok, Jar Jar Binks, and any other characters who exist solely for juvenile comic relief from the new films. They are all hereby banished.

Lucasfilm should look to a movie from another Disney-owned studio, Marvel, for a successful blueprint on how to make a movie that appeals to all ages without alienating older viewers: The Avengers. That film managed to find laughs without a kooky sidekick while also combining light popcorn fare with high-stakes action. The lesson: There’s a way to reel in the tykes without turning off the people who actually pay for the tickets.

4. Go easy on the phony-baloney bluescreen, please.

Planets seen in the Star Wars prequels, like Mustafar, Utapau, and Kamino, were painstakingly created with super-rich detail using the finest computer technology available. Which was exactly the issue. They looked nifty but felt fake-as did many of the interior locales, such as the Geonosian droid factory. That's what happens when so much acting is done in front of giant blue- and green-screens.

We're not bagging completely on CGI. There are certainly times when such technology can expand the scope and scale of environments to an impressive degree. But if those environments don't feel real to begin with, then you have a problem. Here’s hoping the new Star Wars films use CGI as a means, not an end. The unrelenting desert of Tatooine, the desolate frozen plains of Hoth, and the murky swamps of Dagobah all feel like real places instead of overblown computer programs.

5. Pay another visit to the underworld

What fans want most from the new films is for them to be... well, cool. What was the coolest part of Return of the Jedi?

The visit to Jabba’s palace and subsequent sail-barge battle. And who is considered the coolest of all Star Wars characters? Silent but deadly bounty hunter Boba Fett. If Disney wants to reenergize the franchise, the company should focus on the "wretched hive of scum and villainy" known as the criminal underworld. Especially when there is so much more scum and villainy to explore!

Steve Perry's book Shadows of the Empire introduced readers to the nefarious Black Sun organization, led by charismatic criminal mastermind Prince Xizor, who was at one time the third-most-powerful person in the galaxy after the Emperor and Darth Vader. And while purists don’t consider the animated Clone Wars series to be fertile ground for inspiration, toothpick-chewing bounty hunter Cad Bane has managed to transcend the cartoon with a look and feel straight out of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western. (Bane will have aged out by the time of the new films, but his offspring or another one of his Duro species could make for a formidable presence indeed.)

Don't forget, Han Solo was once a smuggler himself. He went on the run after jettisoning Jabba's cargo and failing to repay the Hutt for the losses. Perhaps the underworld will finally catch up to him in Episode VII. Hopefully about 20 minutes in.

Source: Entertainment Weekly #1234 November 23, 2012.

 
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