April 29, 2005
by Timothy Zhan
My favorite Star
Wars author, Timothy Zhan is keeping busy with the ever Expanding
Star Wars Universe. As reported before he will be introducing a
new novel called Outbound. What I have come across thus
far, is that Obi-Wan and Anakin will bein the first half of the
story, as this is slated to take place just prior to the start of
the Clone Wars. Mostly it will entail a young Thrawn who is
plotting to destroy the ill-fated Outbound Flight Project. ALSO
in the works for Timothy Zhan is a novel that is currently and
not-entirely-officialy title Allegiances, which is to take
place just after A New Hope and star our classic heroes, as well
as Darth Vader- but the main character shall be Mara Jade who is
at the height of her power as the Emperor's Hand.
In 1991 Timothy Zahn had written the Heir to the Empire trilogy
which in my and many others' opinion truly sparked the phenomenon
of the Expanded universe through such great novels by such
talented authors. In these three novels he created Mara Jade and
Thrawn which have become so loved by fans like no other EU created
April 29, 2005
Force is With Gordon
For a second time, NASCAR
hero Jeff Gordon #24, (of course that is debatable!) will
have the Force with him on the track of the Talledaga May 1st as
his car will be sporting a Yoda and Pepsi design as part of a
Pepsi promotion for Episode 3. Gordie had went to the Dark
Side several years before with a Darth Maul Design. There are
three other cars slated to have Star Wars EP3 designs as well.
The Pepsi promo, Call Upon Yoda, has been in-effect for
several weeks now. Buy the Pepsi products with Star Wars logos and
recieve a code that you can place on line for great Star Wars
prizes (including an intergalactic translator) and cash prizes!
Head over to STARWARS.COM
for the Pepsi promo rules, website and prize pictures and may the
Force be with you!
April 29, 2005
Interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer
Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer is looking to interview
several Star Wars fans.
"I am writing a story about passionate Star Wars fans.
I hoped you might poll your members and ask if any were willing to
chat on the phone with me for five minutes this week about what
the films have meant to them."
If you are interested in speaking with David, be sure to
contact him via the information listed below.
400 N Broad Street
Phila., PA 19130
(voice) 215 854 4875
(fax) 215 854 2531
April 29, 2005
Star Wars Countdown
Week's Spotlight Feature: Submit your own questions to George
Lucas and Hayden Christiansen about "Star Wars: Episode
III." -- Have a question for George Lucas or Hayden
Christiansen about the final chapter of the Star Wars franchise, "Revenge
of the Sith"? Well, why not ask them. In the latest
episode of Moviefone.com's Unscripted series, Lucas and
Christiansen will interview each other using questions submitted
by Moviefone users. Submit your
April 28, 2005
latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to talk about
Celebration III. The biggest Star Wars party ever held drew to a
close on April 24th. For four days, Indianapolis became a vergence
in the Force, as Star Wars fans from around the world joined to
participate in Celebration III. starwars.com was there, with
roving reporters, photographers and a webcam or two, trying to
capture a hint of the scale of activities available for fans. You
couldn't do it all, but here are some of the highlights you may
the Maker: George Lucas
The hands-down highlight of the event was George Lucas' first
convention appearance since 1987. The Star Wars creator sat down
with host Jay Laga'aia and producer Rick McCallum to discuss the
future of Star Wars, and fielded questions from inquisitive fans.
He had much to say about the future of the Force on television,
and other potential projects from Lucasfilm.
McCallum's Spectacular Spectacular
Producer McCallum brought with him over 10 minutes of footage --
finished images and behind-the-scenes pieces -- from Episode III,
and played them throughout the weekend in crisp digital clarity
and booming sound. At his earlier sessions, he also answered
questions from fans, which you can read here.
Rumblings: Matthew Wood
It's time to meet the man behind the voice of General Grievous.
Supervising Sound Editor Matthew Wood brought with him examples of
his work on Episode III, including an amazing clip of Grievous in
action. Hear how a pleasant speaking voice was transformed into a
snarling villain in this story, complete with audio clip.
the Art of Revenge
Episode III is the most visually dynamic film in the Star Wars
saga, and the artists behind the visuals were there for a series
of panels throughout the weekend. In addition to group panels,
Concept Design Supervisor Ryan Church started off the convention
with a solo
panel detailing his art.
Deconstruction with Roger Guyett
On May 19th, Episode III will hit the screens with over 2,100
visual effects shots. One of Sith's effects masters, VFX
Supervisor Roger Guyett, took fans through the layered effects
process with a guided tour of his key effects sequences.
Secrets from John Knoll
Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll revealed secrets of not only
the Star Wars movies he worked on, but the original trilogy
classics that he has extensively researched for his upcoming book.
Learn what's behind some of the classic magic and latest digital
innovations in his presentation.
from Italy: Hayden Christensen
The star of Episode III, Hayden Christensen, could not make it to
Celebration III, but had such a blast at the last convention that
he wanted to participate even though he was half-a-world away.
From on-location of his latest movie, Christensen phoned the stage
at Indianapolis for a question-and-answer session.
Before the final visual effects fill out the frames of Revenge of
the Sith, Dan Gregoire and his team of animatics artists flesh out
the visuals with their computer-generated moving storyboards. His
presentation included versions of the popular Episode III
television spots cut with animatics footage instead of final
effects for an eye-opening example of his work.
of a New Era: Legacy of the Force
The mantra of Celebration III was "Star Wars is
Forever," and fans of Star Wars literature know that best.
For decades, they've been reading the ongoing adventures of the
Star Wars heroes, and a panel of novelists and editors unveiled
plans for the future of the Expanded Universe. The Legacy era
of Thrawn in Outbound Flight
Timothy Zahn, the author that jumpstarted the Star Wars novel
publishing program in 1991 is back with some of his most enduring
characters. Read about the return of Thrawn, this time in the
prequel era, with the much anticipated novel, Outbound Flight.
Also, get the first news about Allegiance, Zahn's proposed novel
set right after the events of A New Hope that will feature Mara
And that's just a handful of the presentations and events. Click
here for an index of starwars.com coverage, including a
picture-packed viewer and webcam archive.
April 27, 2005
April 28th, five different TV Guide collectible lenticular
covers featuring scenes or characters from Revenge of the Sith
The animated covers feature:
- Episode III Anakin Skywalker holding his lightsaber changes
to the hooded Anakin then to Darth Vader.
- Padmé Amidala that changes to her daughter Princess Leia.
- Animated Wookiee Battle on their home planet of Kashyyyk.
- Chancellor Palpatine transforming into to the shrouded
- The epic duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin on Mustafar.
While these collectible covers can be found where TV Guide
is sold, the non-animated cover will be mailed to subscribers
In addition to learning more about the collectible issues of TV
Guide, be sure to visit the official
TV Guide site to find more information about Revenge
of the Sith, complete coverage of the Clone Wars
cartoon series, a personality quiz to see which side of the Force
you fall on, trivia games, and a special gallery of all your
favorite Star Wars characters who graced the cover of TV
Guide over the years.
April 26, 2005
Wars TV Series
the Boba Fett blues now that George Lucas has wrapped his final
Star Wars movie installment?
Fret not, Force faithful, there is a new hope.
Jedi master George turned up over the weekend at Celebration
III, a mega-gathering of 30,000 Star Wars geeks in Indianapolis,
where he announced plans to move his space opera to the small
For his first appearance at a Star Wars convention in 17 years,
Lucas made a big splash. During a Q&A session, he announced
that he is going to produce a 3-D animated action series expanding
on the Cartoon Network's Emmy-winning Clone Wars. Then he dropped
a bigger bomb, confirming a live-action Star Wars spinoff series
is in the works.
Does that mean we'll get to see Darth Vader duking it out with
the Donald on the next Apprentice?
According to Lucas, both shows will take place during the
period between the end of Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the
Sith and the original Star Wars (aka Episode IV--A New Hope), when
the Emperor became all-powerful and started hunting the Jedi down.
Lucas said the live-action series is the more ambitious
undertaking, attempting to translate the magic of the Star Wars
universe to the small screen via supporting characters that fans
have only briefly come to know from the movies. The filmmaker
added that the show will also be similar in tone to the Young
Indiana Jones Chronicles, the TV adventures inspired by his other
"We're probably not going to start that for about a
year," Lucas said. "Like on The Young Indiana Jones
Chronicles, we want to write all the stories for the entire first
season all at once. I'm going to get it started and hire the
showrunners and all of that, then I'll probably step away."
It is not known whether the two TV projects were the basis of a
highly publicized Internet rumor a few months back speculating on
future Star Wars adventures.
Lucasfilm has yet to make an official announcement on the new
shows. The company doesn't even have a deal in place with a
network to air either series because it's been marshalling all its
minions for the hugely anticipated May 19 release of Revenge of
the Sith, the final prequel.
This isn't the first occasion Lucas has packaged Star Wars for
the boob tube. First, there was the infamous Star Wars Holiday
Special in 1978, which Lucas has disowned. Then, after 1983's
Return of the Jedi, he hatched two made-for-TV spinoffs, 1984's
The Ewok Adventure and 1985's Ewoks: Battle for Endor, both of
which were largely derided by Star Wars fans for focusing on the
relatively tame deeds of the furry critters at the expense of
action-packed escapades of cooler characters.
Lucas' infatuation with Ewoks continued with the Ewoks cartoon
series, which was paired with another kiddie-themed 'toon, Droids,
focusing on the mishaps of R2-D2 and C-3PO. Those shows ran from
1985 to '87.
It's expected that the new standalone animated series will
showcase the same kind of epic battles as seen in the more
action-oriented Clone Wars series of shorts--with the added
benefit of adding potential new Star Wars enthusiasts and giving
merchandisers the chance to sell even more action figures.
In some related Star Wars news, premiere fan site TheForce.net
quotes Lucas telling people backstage at last weekend's confab
that he's prepping yet another box set--this one will include all
six films, plus a possible seventh disc featuring deleted scenes
from the original trilogy. He says he doesn't expect to make any
more tweaks to the films as he did with the last box set.
And lest you think you've seen the last of Darth and the gang
on the big screen, think again. Lucas appeared at last month's
ShoWest exhibitors convention in Las Vegas and announced that,
starting in 2007, he'll rerelease all six episodes, beginning with
the original Star Wars, in IMAX digital 3-D.
Meanwhile, the typically media-shy filmmaker is gearing up to
make his own splash on the small screen. He's scheduled to guest
star as himself on the May 12 episode of Fox's The O.C.. The plot:
Lucas becomes interested in a graphic novel written by Seth (Adam
Brody) and invites him to dinner to offer some sage advice. Seth
is forced to choose between taking Summer to the prom or hanging
Let's hope the Force will be with him.
April 26, 2005
Exclusive - Super-Articulated Clone Trooper
has announced a new special edition clone trooper figure that
comes with a blaster rifle and features an amazing 14 points of
articulation with exclusive markings. It’s so poseable, you can
reenact any scene you like from Revenge of the Sith, and it
won’t even look like he’s doing a silly dance. Change can be
April 26, 2005
of the Sith Collector Cases
has announced that you can now protect your Star Wars collection
from the elements with this five-pack of collector cases that
perfectly encapsulate your Revenge of the Sith 3 ¾ action
figures. Each of these durable containers is specially made for
displaying your collection on shelves, stands or even your walls.
Available only at Target.
April 26, 2005
Star Wars Countdown
Week's Spotlight Feature: From Page to Screen --
Check out exclusive concept art and behind-the-scenes photos from
two new books, "The Art of Episode III" and "The
Making of Episode III." You can click
here to see these great images!