|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
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
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
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.
|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
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
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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.
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
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.
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
Padme is surprised that Palpatine knows of the marriage.
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
His last goodbye is "I love you, wait for me..."
overwhelming for Padme but her love for him blinds her
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
[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
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
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
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
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
"He keeps kicking," says Padme.
"He?" Anakin says suprised. "I
thought you'd ordered your medical droid not to spoil the surprise."
didn't get this from Emdee. It's my..." Padme smiles, "...motherly
Anakin feels another kick and laughs.
huh?" he questions. "With a kick that hard? Definitely a
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
WHATS THIS: Sidious welcoming Mace into his private
quarters along with the other Jedi ( before fight )
Anakin: YOU ALWAYS WERE
JEALOUS!!! OBI-WAN, YOU KNEW I WAS BETTER THAN YOU!!
WHATS THIS: Anakin
shouting at Obi-wan during the Duel!
From Anakin and his Angel/The
ANAKIN grabs MACE's
Don't kill him...you just can't kill him
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.
dangerous to be left alive. If you could have taken Dooku alive, would you
ANAKIN shows no emotion.
You can explain the difference after he's
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. You...you 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.
Gallery at Star Wars Hyperspace
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.
|Code 3 AT-ST
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Code 3, who continues to impress collectors with their line of high quality Star
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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
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|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.
Natalieportman.com 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
To view the new spoilerific picture of padme click
Art Available at StarWarsShop.com
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
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Give your fridge
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available only in Japan, each magnet features a highly accurate 3-dimensional
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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
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|First Look: The
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. www.starwars.com
|Tuesday February 15,
|Lucas Warns About 'Dark and Brutal' Star Wars
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
|Tuesday February 15,
|Fan Club Members'
Checklist to Star Wars Celebration III
Starwars.com 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
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.
|Tuesday February 15,
|A Closer Look at
Star Wars: Visionaries
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
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.
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.
|Monday February 14,
|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
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
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 atomfilms.com. 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
|Monday February 14,
|KOTOR II: Review By TVG
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?
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