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February 2005
Week 3

Thursday February 17, 2005
Homing Beacon #129

The latest issue of the Homing Beacon has arrived and in this issue we get to talk about the planets of Episode III! Revenge of the Sith showcases more planets than any Star Wars film that has come previously, more planets than all the previous Star Wars films combined. The scale of the Star Wars finale is so enormous that it stretches from the heart of the Republic to the wispiest stretches of the Outer Rim. To better orient yourself in galaxy far, far away, here's a brief introduction to some of the planets to be found in Episode III. Note: Contains mild spoilers.

Alderaan. A center of art and beauty in the galaxy, Alderaan is an unspoiled world that exemplifies pacifist ideals. Representing Alderaan in the Senate is Bail Organa, played by Jimmy Smits, the eventual adoptive father to Princess Leia. Alderaan is seen briefly in the film, with stunning photography gathered in the Swiss Alps, augmented by a gleaming palace added digitally.

The Episode III Art Department developed the look of Alderaanian culture as extremely advanced and sleek, with tight jumpsuits and streamlined headsets being the norm aboard Alderaanian starships. Present in the film are several prominent natives of Alderaan, including Captain Antilles of the Tantive IV played by Rohan Nichol and Queen Breha Organa, played by Rebecca Jackson Mendoza.

Cato Neimoidia. A key "purseworld" of the Trade Federation, Cato Neimoidia is home to many treasure troves belonging to the greedy Neimoidians. In the early development of Episode III, Cato Neimoidia was to be a gas giant ringed by a flat, disc-like space station - reminiscent of the donut-like shape of the Trade Federation battleships seen in Episode I. The opulent interiors of Cato Neimoidia were to be stocked with riches, gleaming precious metals, and other gaudy examples of excess.

In the finished film, Cato Neimoidia is marked with skyscraper-filled cities lining bowed bridges that span enormous gaps - its two-word definition during development was "bridge world." Episode III dialogue referring obliquely to a sticky situation involving Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Commander Cody on Cato Neimoidia was expanded to become the opening chapters of the novel Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno.

Coruscant. The capital of the Republic, and eventual birthplace of the Galactic Empire, the city planet of Coruscant figures prominently in Episode III as it has the entire prequel trilogy. Returning locales include Padmé's apartment, which has been expanded to include a spacious verandah; the Jedi Temple, which includes such new chambers as a high tech computer room, military briefing room, and gunship hangar; and the Senate building, which includes the Chancellor's holding office from which extends his commanding podium.

A prominent new location is the Galaxies Opera House, where Supreme Chancellor Palpatine maintains a private viewing box. In the film, he is witness to a zero-gravity Mon Calamari aquatic ballet.

Felucia. A stronghold belonging to the Commerce Guild, Felucia is the site of a Republic mission led by the Twi'lek Jedi, Aayla Secura. Early in the development of Episode III, George Lucas planned on depicting the fall of the Separatist home-worlds in the Clone Wars, and each Separatist faction and species was given a distinct planet of their own. Felucia was to be home of Shu Mai and her Gossam people. The early artwork described it as a "kelp planet" and a "fungus planet."

For the film, the look of Felucia was locked through a detailed concept model built at Industrial Light & Magic. The planet is a dense mixture of yellow, blue and green hues, expressed through exotic vegetation and fungi, including enormous bottle-like pitcher plants that color the sunlight like a stained-glass window. Native creatures include large grub-like beetles used as mounts and translucent life forms, like gossamer-winged birds with flesh like gummy candy.

See Felucia in action in "Reversal of Fortune," a daily online webstrip by Paul Ens and Thomas Hodges, available only to members of Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday February 17, 2005
George Lucas Cameo In Episode III

'Star Wars' director George Lucas will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming final film in the sci-fi series.

Lucas is set to follow in the footsteps of 'Lord Of The Rings' film-maker Peter Jackson by briefly appearing before cameras in 'Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of The Sith,' playing Baron Papanoida in an opera house scene.

Very cool news! I'm glad that Lucas will finally make an appearance in one of his films. He sticks out like a sore thumb; I'm sure we'll have no difficulty spotting him! :D

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday February 17, 2005
More Episode III pictures has just added two new ROTS pictures. Click the links to view. Padme in sleeveless outfit Obiwan and Padme

Posted by: jadegirl

Thursday February 17, 2005
Episode III possible dialog: SPOILER has posted possible ROTS dialog and facts.
SPOILER Highlight to read:

Desiring Hayden.Net is not claiming responsibilty for any of the spoilers displayed.All spoilers were taken from the net, some may be false,some true.Read at your own risk.

More Revenge of the Sith Facts From Millennium Falcon.Com
"Fool! Do you think the fear you feel is mine?" Darth Sidious, Revenge of the Sith.
After Vader (formerly Anakin Skywalker) destroys the Jedi Temple, he heads to the apartment of his wife, Padme.
Vader clearly states that he has put down a Jedi Rebellion and that Mace Windu and other Masters tried to assassinate Palpatine. He admits that he considers Obi-Wan dead.
He tries to convince Padme that the Jedi are traitors and have to be "dealt with." However, Vader tells Padme that she is safe as long as she keeps away from the rebellious Senators.
Padme asks how she is safe.
Vader reveals that she is safe because she is with him. He discussed it with Palpatine who has granted her protection as long as she stays out of the Delegation of Two Thousand.
Padme is surprised that Palpatine knows of the marriage.
Vader reveals that Palpatine has always known. He was able to find out through friends in Theed's clergy.
Vader states "I need to go to Mustafar to finally end this war."
His last goodbye is "I love you, wait for me..."
It's all overwhelming for Padme but her love for him blinds her judgement...
More Revenge of the Sith Facts
In the main Senate hallway,obscured by a pillar, Padmé Amidala shares a tender moment with her secret husband,Anakin Skywalker.
Anakin Skywalker wakes up in a cold sweat after a terrible nightmare he has about his pregnant wife, Padmé Amidala.
[Anakin] converts from Jedi to Sith without knowing it or even wanting it and becomes enmeshed in a trap by the Emperor.
Anakin and Obi-Wan say their goodbyes in Scene 72, which takes place on a Clone Landing Platform.The background is filled out with a massive staging area and an immense Republic Star Destroyer.
In one scene, Obi-Wan and Yoda discover the devastation brought about by Darth Vader, the newest Dark Lord of the Sith.
Anakin and Obi-Wan make their way across a narrow steam pipe overlooking a roiling cauldron of lava.
A cowled Anakin receives instruction and words of dark wisdom from his new mentor. "The Council's first move will be against the Senate," Anakin says. He listens to a few more words from Sidious. "I understand, Master."
In the fiery chaos of Mustafar, Anakin runs along a length of crumbing architecture, balancing and running uphill as the floor drops from beneath him, culminating in a foolhardy leap when he reaches the peak of the incline.
By the time Obi-Wan returns to Coruscant, the Republic has fallen, and his worst fear is realized - his former Padawan Anakin Skywalker has turned to the dark side and become Darth Vader, a Dark Lord of the Sith. Now, Obi-Wan must confront - and destroy - his former apprentice. On the volcanic lava planet of Mustafar, old friends turned fierce enemies face off in the ultimate lightsaber battle that will forever change the destiny of a galaxy.
While continuing to conceal his marriage to Padmé Amidala, Anakin worries that his nightmares of Padmé dying in childbirth may be prophetic, and the young Jedi is determined to find a way to save her.
Seduced by promises of unlimited power and the hope of stopping death, Anakin plunges down the path to the dark side that has been carefully laid before him. Betraying the Jedi and those closest to him, Anakin Skywalker transforms into the most terrifying incarnation of evil - the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Anakin does not use Force lightning in the film.
After the meeting of Senators in Amidala's Apartment, Padme has a guest visit. It is Master Kenobi. Master Kenobi reveals to Padme that he knows about the relationship between Anakin and Padme; and also of their child. It is at this point that Amidala knows that he can trust Obi-Wan with the information about the Delegation of Two Thousand and the Rebellion growing in the Senate.
More Confirmed Dialogue
In the bedroom of Padme's Coruscant Apartment, Anakin and Padme share a tender moment, embracing and sharing a kiss.
Padme takes Anakin's flesh hand and presses it against her belly.
"He keeps kicking," says Padme.
"He?" Anakin says suprised. "I thought you'd ordered your medical droid not to spoil the surprise."
"Oh, I didn't get this from Emdee. It's my..." Padme smiles, "...motherly intuition."
Anakin feels another kick and laughs.
"Motherly intuition, huh?" he questions. "With a kick that hard? Definitely a girl.
Anakin: I want it to be over it just like when my mother died and now I don't want to lose Padme.
WHATS THIS: Anakin telling Palpatine about his haunting dreams of Padme's death.
General Grievous: Make your peace peace with the force Jedi, for this your demise.
WHATS THIS: GG taunting Obi-wan before their last battle.
Darth Sidious: Master Windu, what a surprising visit!
WHATS THIS: Sidious welcoming Mace into his private quarters along with the other Jedi ( before fight )
WHATS THIS: Anakin shouting at Obi-wan during the Duel!
From Anakin and his Angel/The Force.Net
Confirmed Dialogue
ANAKIN grabs MACE's arm.
ANAKIN (cont)
Don't kill just can't kill him Master.
Yes I can, I have to.
ANAKIN You came to arrest him. He has to stand trial.
A trial would be a joke. He controls the courts. He controls the Senate.
So are you going to kill all of them too? Like he said you would?
MACE yanks his arm free.
He's too dangerous to be left alive. If you could have taken Dooku alive, would you have?
ANAKIN shows no emotion.
That was different.
You can explain the difference after he's dead.
After Padme arrives on Mustafar in her sleek, silver Naboo skiff, she quickly exits the ramp and runs to Anakin. She begins to relay to Anakin Obi-Wan?s accusations about the massacre in the Jedi Temple. However, instead of refuting the accusations, Anakin replies, "Obi-Wan's alive?" Padme starts to worry that Obi-Wan will track Anakin down and kill him. Anakin questions Padme to find out if she told Obi-Wan where he was. She replies that she didn't tell him. Satisfied with her response, Anakin begins to lure Padme into a more deadly plan, his plan,to rid the galaxy of Palpatine. He tries to convince Padme to let Palpatine declare himself Emperor. He states that the Republic needed to be destroyed; the Jedi, the Separatists... Once Palpatine unites everyone under his Empire, he will kill him, then Anakin and Padme can rule the galaxy together.Padme is not happy with this, and just as she begins to tell him to stop, Anakin spots Obi-Wan exiting the ship. "You?" growls Anakin, in a dark voice, his eyes turning non-human.Padme turns around to see Obi-Wan walking towards them. Padme, move away from him,says Obi-Wan calmly. "Obi-Wan? No!,exclaims Padme. She turns back to her husband only to find him looking at her with intense anger. brought him here?!? says Anakin dumbfounded. Suddenly, Padme begins to gasp...Anakin uses the Force to choke her. Anakin tells her how much he loved her as Padme desperately tries to breathe.Let her go,? pleads Obi-Wan. You're not going to take her away from me,adds Anakin. Anakin, in turn, blames Obi-Wan for turning her against him. Anakin looks at Obi-Wan and replies,Never! And with that, Padme faints.Obi-Wan races over and checks Padme's pulse. Anakin offers Obi-Wan a chance to leave,for old time's sake.? But Obi-Wan is on a mission to destroy the Sith. As Threepio and Artoo drag Padme's body up to the ship, The Duel to destory Vader begins.
To read more click here.

Posted by: jadegirl

Thursday February 17, 2005
Episode III pics
has a couple of new Episode III pics. There are of Padme and Anakin. The size of the pictures is pretty decent.

Anakin and Padme 1
Anakin and Padme 2
Promo pic of Padme with the Leia buns
Padme and Anakin's hug has posted this new Anakin pics

Anakin still
Revenge of the Sith Anakin promo pic
ROTS Obiwan and Anakin promo pic
ROTS Anakin and Obiwan promo pic
ROTS Obiwan and Anakin still

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 16, 2005
Episode III Gallery at Star Wars Hyperspace

Each week, Hyperspace members have enjoyed access to premiere images and artwork through two of most popular features on the site: Before the Helmet and Art of Revenge. Every issue of the Star Wars Insider and other official fan magazines also deliver unique images of Episode III. As Episode III nears release, its reach begins to extend beyond the world of devoted fans. The growing buzz for Revenge of the Sith is starting to spread around the globe. Soon, more pictures will be found in newsstands in countries around the world as more and more magazines begin to direct their attentions to the climactic cinematic conclusion of the Star Wars saga. For Hyperspace members, here's a collection of some of that imagery that has already started to appear. Click here to sign in to Hyperspace.

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 16, 2005
Code 3 AT-ST Walks into

When the scout walker, or AT-ST, appeared briefly during the Hoth snow battle sequence in The Empire Strikes Back, its offbeat design instantly captivated fans of Star Wars hardware. A groundswell of interest grew with its late release as an action figure-based vehicle and ultimately, a Return of the Jedi plastic model kit. Code 3, who continues to impress collectors with their line of high quality Star Wars die-cast replicas, delivers the AT-ST that fans have been waiting for. This highly-detailed 12" tall die-cast replica, which recreates the scout walker seen in Return of the Jedi, sports rotating cannons and a swiveling head, as well as viewports that open and close. The right side panel and top hatch are removable, allowing the cockpit and two AT-ST pilots to be revealed in amazing detail. Each AT-ST die-cast replica has a hand-painted weathered look, which artisans were able to capture by examining original models and reference materials from the Lucasfilm Archives. Included is a custom felt covered wood base with pewter plate along with Certificate of Authenticity. This has an edition size of only 1500, so make sure to stop by and reserve your AT-ST replica today.

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 16, 2005
Star Wars #55: Wookiee Who's Talking

This month, Star Wars Magazine #55, the official magazine of the UK Star Wars Fan Club, features a special interview with the original Wookiee and a new face behind the furry mask, plus the latest news on Episode III Revenge of the Sith with exclusive interviews and photos. Issue #55 take a special look at two of the gentle giants hidden inside the Wookiee suits of Episode III as they tell us about their experiences. Peter Mayhew returns as Chewbacca, while newcomer Axel Dench brings a new Wookiee character, Merumeru, to life. Catch up on the latest exclusive news and photos from the making of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, including a report from producer Rick McCallum as he offers an insight into the final production stages of the film. Star Wars creator George Lucas takes time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Star Wars Magazine and discuss the progress on Episode III, the digital cinema revolution, his own cinematic history and the future of film. Plus the legendary Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie talks about his experiences of working with George Lucas on the epic Return of the Jedi in the final installment of Star Wars Magazine's in-depth interview. And don't miss the Star Wars short story "Death in the Catacombs," a fantastic Return of the Jedi poster, and a special Yoda contest! Star Wars Magazine #55 has already shipped to subscribers and starts shipping to newsstands on Feb. 17. To view magazine cover, click here.

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 16, 2005
Episode III picture has posted a very spoilerific picture of Episode III. If you are picky about what you consider a spoiler, in other words you view some but not others, I recommend that you do not view this picture.
To view the new spoilerific picture of padme click here.

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 16, 2005
Classic Berkey Art Available at

The artwork that graced the cover of the 1977 Star Wars novelization served to introduce many fans to that galaxy far, far away. The menacing dark figure of Vader, who looms large over the heroes clearly defined in white, undoubtedly intrigued many who had not yet seen the film. Artist John Berkey, whose illustrations in the science fiction genre have been winning him acclaim since the '70s, produced several works of art for the fledgling Star Wars production, including one that landed the cover of the best-selling 1977 Star Wars novelization. The formal composition of heroes, villains, and droids against a backdrop of dog-fighting starships was the perfect image to convey the spirit of the story and film. For nearly 30 years, Berkey's original artwork has resided quietly within the walls of Lucasfilm, seen only by a relative few. For the first time, "Force of Life, Power of Death" is being made available to fans as a limited edition giclée on paper or deluxe oversize print on canvas, with edition sizes of 500 and 50 respectively. Both are available framed or unframed. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the most significant images from the earliest days of the Star Wars phenomenon, presented for the first time without titles or credits printed over the artwork. has a limited number of these to offer , so make this your chance to own a truly stunning piece of Star Wars artwork.

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 16, 2005
Star Wars Magnetic Personalities

Give your fridge some Star Wars flair with a great new set of sculpted character magnets available exclusively in the U.S. through

Previously available only in Japan, each magnet features a highly accurate 3-dimensional likeness of seven different Star Wars characters from the artisans at Kotobukiya, sculptors of the ever-popular line of Star Wars vinyl statues. Magnets measure about two inches tall and include Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, TIE Fighter Pilot, Tusken Raider, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Jawa. Collectors will receive eight magnets -- seven different characters with the possibility of an eighth "secret" chase character -- each packaged individually within the original merchandising case sent to Japanese retailers.

Head on over to and get your set of magnetic Star Wars personalities today!

To view magnet and box click here.

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 16, 2005
First Look: The Joiner King

Luke Skywalker is worried: A handful of Jedi Knights, including his nephew and niece, Jaina and Jacen Solo, have disappeared into the Unknown Regions in response to a strange cry for help that only they could hear. The isolationist Chiss have angrily lodged a formal complaint, accusing the missing Jedi of meddling in a border dispute between the Chiss and an unidentified aggressor. Luke has no choice but to head to the Unknown Regions in an attempt to stem the growing tensions before they spill out of control. Han and Leia follow, intent on protecting their children from what could be grave danger. But none of them are prepared for what they find when they reach their destination. A colony of mysterious aliens is expanding toward the edge of Chiss space. The leader of the alien nest is resolute. Adept in the Force, he is drawing old friends to his side, compelling them to join the colony and meld their Force-abilities with his, even if it leads to all-out war.... Thus begins the Dark Nest trilogy by author Troy Denning. Here's a first look at the cover art by Cliff Nielsen. Dark Nest I: The Joiner King is slated for paperback release from Del Rey Books on July 26, 2005. And included as a special bonus: the short story Ylesia by Walter Jon Williams, previously only available in ebook format.

Posted by: jadegirl

Tuesday February 15, 2005
Lucas Warns About 'Dark and Brutal' Star Wars Finale

Christine Sams, of the Australian news site SMH, posted an article concerning the violence level of the final Star Wars release.
Director George Lucas has warned that young children might not be allowed to watch the third and final instalment of his Star Wars prequel films because of the increased level of violence in it.

Lucas revealed his concerns about audience expectations and the likelihood of a stronger rating for the film in a magazine interview.

"I think children, young children especially, should be warned that this is not your average Star Wars," he told Vanity Fair.

"It's a lot darker, there's a lot more scary stuff in it," Lucas said. "It's brutal in places and they should be aware of that."

Click the link above to read the entire article.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Tuesday February 15, 2005
Fan Club Members' Checklist to Star Wars Celebration III has posted a checklist for Fan Club Members to use for maximum fun at Star Wars Celebration III. To view the checklist including a map with the location of the entrance for Fan Club Members click here.

Also, if you haven't registered for Celebration III and you want to go, remember that the deadline for pre-registration is March 4th. To register for Star Wars Celebration III click here.

Posted by: jadegirl

Tuesday February 15, 2005
A Closer Look at Star Wars: Visionaries

They're responsible for some of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring visuals to appear on the silver screen and now, the concept artists behind Revenge of the Sith bring their considerable talents to comics.

The gifted minds of the Episode III Art Department and Industrial Light & Magic come together to tell their own Star Wars tales in a new compilation of short stories: Star Wars: Visionaries. Given free reign to explore any and every aspect of the Star Wars universe, each artists offers a new twist or a deeper view into that galaxy far, far away...

Nowhere else will you find a more pure or different look at the Star Wars galaxy than in these 10 exciting tales from the artists who helped create Revenge of the Sith. Featuring the talents of Robert E. Barnes, Ryan Church, Warren Fu, Alex Jaeger, Sang Jun Lee, Stephan Martiniére, Aaron McBride, Mike Murnane, Derek Thompson, Erik Tiemens, and Feng Zhu.

Edited by Jeremy Barlow with an introduction by Lucasfilm senior editor J. W. Rinzler, this trade paperback is scheduled for release on April 2 from Dark Horse Comics.

Click here to view pictures of Star Wars: Visionaries.

Posted by: jadegirl

Monday February 14, 2005
Star Wars at Wondercon This Weekend

Star Wars fans in the San Francisco Bay area should be sure to check out Wondercon this weekend, February 18-20, 2005, at the Moscone Center downtown. Produced by the same organization that runs San Diego Comic-Con International, Wondercon is a comic and pop culture festival presented in a more intimate setting.

Steve Sansweet, head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm, will kick off his 2005 convention season tour of appearances with a look inside the making of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Joining Sansweet on stage for an interview will be Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrays the mighty Chewbacca in Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars trilogy. Sansweet will touch on a year of Star Wars events leading up to the film release, plus show a special preview for the upcoming Clone Wars: Volume 2 season, set to start in March on the Cartoon Network. Bring your questions on all things Star Wars, and stay for a Q&A with Sansweet.

Other Lucasfilm Events at Wondercon:

Do you have what it takes to create art for the Star Wars galaxy? Troy Alders, Art Director at Lucas Licensing, will conduct portfolio reviews, provide critiques, and offer tips for aspiring artists. Saturday, Noon -- 1:30 PM. Room 112

Wondercon introduced a Masquerade this year, and Lucasfilm will commemorate the event by offering a prize for the best Star Wars Costume of the competition. The prize, pulled from the Lucas Licensing Archives, is a treasure particularly appropriate in this year of the Sith. Saturday, 7:30 PM. Room 130-131

See the best Star Wars Fan Films. Lucasfilm will present the 2004 winners of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, plus the Top Ten Star Wars Fan Films of all time, based on their number of viewings at Saturday, 9:30 PM. Room 130-131

More for Star Wars Fans at Wondercon:

Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca, original trilogy and Revenge of the Sith), Ray Park (Darth Maul, The Phantom Menace), and Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett, Attack of the Clones) will be signing autographs at Wondercon. In the exhibit hall look for Bay area Star Wars fan groups, including the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Imperial costuming club, and the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Monday February 14, 2005

TVG, or Total Video Games, posted a review of the new Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, which was released to PC only a few days ago.
The Sith Lords is set five years after the events of KOTORI, the Jedi Civil War and the death of Darth Malak. The Jedi Order has been reduced to the less than impressive member of one, namely you, while the Sith have spread throughout the galaxy in what has become one of the first, but certainly not the last, Jedi purges. Of course the question remains, do you join them or fight to save the noble Jedi Order?

Click here to read the full article. Click here to buy it from LucasArts, or search for the lowest price on Price Grabber.

Posted by: Rebel Racer