April 14, 2005
latest issue of the Homing Beacon has arrived and in this issue
Palpatine Speaks! Due to his demanding performance schedule,
actor Ian McDiarmid was not able to make the trip to Indianapolis
for Celebration III, the Star Wars party of a
lifetime. Still, McDiarmid did want to share his insights with the
fans in attendance. During the Episode III scoring sessions in
London, he sat down for an exclusive interview with starwars.com
Hyperspace and spoke candidly and at length about his role as
Palpatine throughout the Star Wars saga.
This interview will appear on video during Celebration III
and online for members of starwars.com Hyperspace. Here's a
"When we were doing Return of the Jedi there was a
rumor that George Lucas had nine films in his head, and he'd
clearly just completed three of them," recalls McDiarmid.
"Someone said that, 'Oh, I think what he might do next is go
back in time, and show how Vader came to be.' It never occurred to
me in a million years that I would be involved in that, because I
thought, 'oh well, then he'll get a much younger actor.' That
would be obvious."
McDiarmid carried on with his stage career after the success of
Jedi. His connection to the saga was kept from being overly
publicized due to his being obscured under heavy makeup for the
role of Emperor Palpatine. Years would pass before Star Wars
entered his life again.
"I heard that George was indeed going to make those
prequels, and that he was coming to London and he wanted to see
me. I had no idea, I suppose, that the Emperor in some form would
be in it." After a brief meeting with Lucas (10 minutes in
length, McDiarmid recalls) it became clear that Palpatine was not
only returning, but that he would be central to the events in this
"I was sort of reeling," McDiarmid says. "Then
he explained to me, not in great detail, about the trajectory of
the three movies, and my character in relation to that. But he
talked about two people. He talked about this perfectly
ordinary, rather charming, politician who one day became Emperor.
And that story would be seen in films 1 and 2, and in film 3 he
would move closer to the center as he got closer to power."
Unlike the face-obscuring role of the Emperor, this time
McDiarmid would keep his own features for the role of Palpatine.
"This only happened because I was the right age," says
McDiarmid. "I was the right age, ironically, for the first
prequel when it was made. I wouldn't have been if he'd started
with [Episode I]. So I was in the very strange and rather
wonderful paradox of playing myself when young at my own age,
having played myself previously when 100-and-I-don't-know-what. So
that was, of course, extremely interesting and a challenge, and it
was wonderful to think that I'd be part of the continuing saga.
And of course I went home and refused to believe it. But bit by
bit it became a reality."
For the complete interview, catch the 5 p.m. screening on
Thursday April 21st at the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention
Center during Celebration III. You can also find it online
as part of the extensive starwars.com coverage of the event. It
will be exclusive to Hyperspace members.
April 13, 2005
Hello Star Wars
fans! By the Force, we have just over a month to go until the
release of Episode III! I don't know about the rest of you,
but I have been a member of Hyperspace
for over a year now and just LOVE all the Making Of movie-ettes
and the KnollVision! Really has my midi-chlorians in an uproar!
Speaking of the Making Of, Number-16 is up for
viewing...but unfortunatly the links aren't working, for me
anyway. It is titled "Going to the Darkside".
I'll post a comment on it whenever I am able to watch it!
Now then, for those
of you, like me, who enjoy the Expanded Universe, His Greatness
Timothy Zahn has a new novel comming out October 25th of 2005. It
is titled Outbound and yehp, you guessed it...it is
the story of the ill-fated Outbound Project that was briefly
mentioned in Heir to the Empire and more elaborated in
Zahn's other novel, Survivor Quest which starred Mara Jade
Skywalker and Luke Skywalker. The cover and a little bit more
about the new book can be found on the Official Star Wars Site here
For those of you
not up on this tid-bit of Expanded Universe, the Outbound Project
was a collection of Dreadnaughts connected by a central ring and
living/storeage container. It comprised something like 6 Jedi
Master, 12 Jedi Knights and some 50,000 men, women and children
who were to travel through the unknown Regions to colonize and
search out a new Galaxy. However, the Emperor and the young
Chiss, Thrawn had other ideas :(
Also comming for
you EU book lovers is a brand new trilogy starring Luke and
the gang, and may proove to add more insite into the Chiss. The
first of the three novels, DARK NEST: The Joiner King
is due out August 25th, 2005 and will be followed by the next two
chapters of the series, The Unseen Queen and The Swarm Warm.
From what I have read on StarWars.Com
is that it is basicly another alien invasion...of sorts.
Apparantly a mysterious alien hive-species is edging toward Chiss
space and while our daring heroes go forth to thwart yet again
another danger to peace and prosperity to the galaxy, the Chiss
view their meddling in Chiss space as a potential for war....And
for those of you who like to take a look into the inner workings
of the Prequels, a new book due out this Fall: Dressing a
Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars, showcases the out-of-this-world
designs of Star Wars Costume Designer Trisha Biggar- that boasts
over 300 photographs and illustrations!
MAY THE FORCE BE
WITH YOU ALL!
April 13, 2005
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April 13, 2005
Star Wars Countdown!
Angelo from Moviefone.com
sends in word of some cool Star Wars features at their site.
countdown is on! Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith hits
theaters in 37 days, but in the meantime, Moviefone.com helps pass
the time with a number of exclusive Star Wars videos, galleries
and features. Each week until the release of Episode III, the
Moviefone Star Wars Countdown will showcase a new exclusive
feature guaranteed to whet the appetite of Star Wars fans around
the globe for the final installment on May 19.
This Week's Spotlight Feature
Page to Screen: Revenge of the Sith novel introduction and
interview with author, Matthew Stover -- Author Matthew Stover
talks about the honor and challenge of turning Revenge of the Sith
into a novel. Read the exclusive interview with Matthew and his
full introduction to the novel -- plus check out Matthew's blog
updates from the road of his national book tour.
Webisodes: If you haven't been following Moviefone's series of
exclusive webisodes detailing the making of Episode III, now's the
time to check out our 13-part series. In the latest episode, Ewan
MacGregor talks about following in the footsteps of Sir Alec
Guiness one more time to portray Obi-wan Kenobi.
Wars Toy Guide: Check out new upcoming toys from Episode III
as well as the classics from the original trilogy.
to the Star Wars Episode III Premiere: Want to see Episode III
before everyone else? Buy tickets or bid on VIP Packages to see
the premiere, a week before it arrives in theaters, in select
Wars Video Games: Preview upcoming Sith games with videos and
Artwork: View production paintings and more from the original
Star Wars trilogy.
Guide: Get ready for Episode III by reacquainting yourself
with all the key characters throughout the films.
III Trailer: Watch the full-length Revenge of the Sith trailer
Trilogy Video Vault: Check out a series of exclusive
behind-the-scenes featurettes about the making of the original
Star Wars trilogy featuring interviews with the cast and crew.
April 12, 2005
I have loaded a great Fan Film called "Contract
of Evil" and Lou Klien has been gracious enough to
allow us to host it in the Movies
years, the Sith were thought to be extinct - but on a remote
desolate planet, vengeful spirits of chaos have decreed a battle
for power, for only through a trial of pain can the hidden Sith
masters find one worthy of the title Dark Lord.
Two brothers, Wroth
and Anarcis, have boasted of their ability to pass the trials -
but someone else has also answered the challenge...
I would really
recommend downloading this one because it is one of the best films
on the Internet!
April 11, 2005
Perri, the Senior Online Editor for PremierMag.com
has informed me that there is now a portion of the article on
their website for Star Wars fans to read.
long time ago, in a country not so far away, I was eight years
old, doing my best Darth Vader imitation,” says Hayden
Christensen, sitting in Hugo’s on Santa Monica Boulevard in
Los Angeles, where he’s enjoying a breakfast of eggs Benedict.
Although the 24-year-old Canadian actor doesn’t remember when
he first saw the original Star Wars movie, the
pop-culture phenomenon permeated his consciousness enough to
provide an excellent means of scaring his little sister during
trips to New York City. “It doesn’t seem like much has
changed,” he says.
more on this article, be sure to read
about it here!