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TIE fighter wars short film

TiefighterThis has been all over the internet already but in case you missed it, here is the much discussed TIE fighter wars short film by Paul Johnson. Basically, the premise is to show a Star Wars space battle from the point of view of the Empire and TIE fighter pilots, done in the style of 80s anime. It is superbly animated.

To be honest I am not a 100% keen on the music but given it’s harking back to a Gundam-esque style of animation, I guess it fits.Anyway, who cares. This is great. Go TIE fighters! Go Empire!

 

JJ Abrams shows Millennium Falcon

I previously wrote about the JJ Abrams and Zach Snyder Star Wars/ Superman vs Batman crossover shenanigans here. Essentially they are having fun inserting bits of each other’s franchise into pictures from their own. They are also coincidentally publicising their work knowing that nerds will salivate over every shot and will share it all over social media like the sad Star Wars / Superman / Batman obsessed fools we all know and love (and probably are).

Well, JJ Abrams has recently released a steady cam shot of the new Millennium Falcon. There is a Batmobile camouflaged on the bottom but after viewing the real life Falcon model in all its glory I had forgotten that it was supposed to be a Snyder crossover thingy. It’s an impressive hunk of junk. The Snyder fun is fine but can now stop. It has achieved what it set out to do which was to use websites like Scifiward to promote their franchise for free and – ahh, whatever.  Just show me more Star Wars! Anything!

 

 

Batman vs Superman vs Star Wars mashup

On twitter there has been an amusing exchange between the Bad Robot studios (JJ Abrahms’ lot doing Star Wars), and Zack Snyder who is currently making Batman vs Superman. Here is a tweet from Zack Snyder where he has actually staged the pic near the Batmobile and features a Gotham police car:

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 5.43.17 pmNot to be outdone, the people at Bad Robot have been tweeting things like this:

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 5.42.34 pmLong may this battle continue! Talented nerds doing crossovers are a joy.

 

Star Wars: Rebels

 Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels

For a brief second I was a bit shocked by the news that Disney had bought Star Wars but then I remembered that they had been responsible for all the recent Marvel movies. They also made Tron: Legacy which wasn’t very good (and I have forgotten everything that happens in it already) but it looked and sounded great. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was fun and – I don’t care what you say – I even enjoyed John Carter of Mars (the books were pretty daft but enjoyable too, in case you are bored).

So why not let them do Star Wars? It’s not like Lucas was going to steer the series to a dark and brooding universe. I have more faith in someone involved with The Avengers than I do with someone involved with Ewoks or Jarjar or Darth crying ‘Noooooooooo!’ I know they are kids films but if you are old enough to have watched the original trilogy (not including bastard Ewoks) you will understand how disappointing the new trilogy was. Not to mention the constant tinkering / ruining of the originals. Han shot first! If you saw the newer films first then you are approaching the series from a different mindset and are probably wrong about everything relating to Star Wars.

This mild, heavily edited rant brings me nicely to Star Wars: Rebels. It is animated, you know, for kids. Or Young Adults – whatever they are. It teeters dangerously close to being a bit too childlike  and cutesy but it could be fun and might help fill in the time until Star Wars VII comes out. On the other hand it might make you feel sick and anxious about the direction it is all taking. A feeling I got the first time I watched an Ewok defeat a helmeted soldier of a galaxy-conquering army by dropping some rocks on his/her head.

Alright, I’ll lighten up. This is for the kids out there. Here is the trailer:

George Lucas In Love

George Lucas in Love

George Lucas in Love

I have never posted ‘George Lucas in Love’ before as I assumed everyone in the world must have seen it by now (It’s almost 15 years old). I have worked freelance for the Syfy channel for five years and they play this clip several times a night on all their channels (Syfy Poland/France/Russia/Uk etc). Consequently I have seen it almost as much as Star Wars itself and assumed everyone else was the same.

In case you haven’t seen it, here is ‘George Lucas in Love’. It’s quite short, quite funny and fun. It only really needs one viewing though. Enjoy.

(You will have to close the pop up or you will have an annoying red box throughout.)

Be In Star Wars!

star wars 7If you are annoyingly young, love Star Wars, hate Jar Jar Binks, and want to be in the new Star Wars Episode 7 movie you now bloody well can! (Ok the Jar Jar hatred is just a recommendation by me, but I think you’ll find it is pretty sound.)

Annoyingly I just missed the minimum age by about 20 years but there will be more places to fill. Because Star Wars needs people and is holding an open casting. Don’t despair if you aren’t in the participating cities either – you can do it over the interweb. So guys, don your finest Han Solo vest and ladies grab your buffed bronze dancing girl outfits because now is your chance. Here is what they currently need:

Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).

RACHEL:

Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.

Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.

THOMAS:

Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.

Here is the web address: http://www.opencastingcall2013.com/

They have Facebook and Twitter pages for the UK, so they seem pretty open.

I’m hoping Star Wars VII will need lots more people. Male, six foot one, 41-but-can-pass-for-31-probably-at-a-distance type people. I will keep an eye out. May the force be strong with anyone who is not competing with me for a future role. Good luck.

Star Wars Original Trailer

Istar-wars-poster saw this the other day on IO9 and thought I would share in case you missed it. This is the original Star Wars trailer that people back in the 70s would have seen in the cinema. It is massively different from what I suspect would be made today. I have never seen this before, although I did see all the Star Wars films in a cinema. Even the first one. Because I am old and full of the Force.

Surprisingly they didn’t even use John William’s brilliant score. Instead they chose to go a bit creepy and ominous. It is almost strange too think that the first people to see this would have no idea what the hell they viewing. Star Wars must have seemed damned odd. Here is the original Star Wars: A New Hope trailer: