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Archived News
February 2005
Week 2

Saturday February 12, 2005
Bliss Out Star Wars Style With Idea Nuova

Ever wonder how Star Wars would have been merchandised if it had been released in 1967 rather than 1977? Well wonder no more, because Idea Nuova is giving fans a taste of Star Wars psychedelica with beaded curtains, lava lamps, bean bags, and more!

For their new Revenge of the Sith line, Idea Nuova has plenty to offer fans looking to deck out their pads with some far out Star Wars flair. Motion lamps, glitter night lights, butterfly chairs, and bamboo-style curtains are just the beginning of this ultra-hip line of décor.

Defined by fiery reds and oranges, much of the line is themed out on Vader, making buddy pillows, mini lockers, and slumber sacks more like decorator pieces than household wares. There's even a collapsible hamper that looks more like pop art than a bedroom necessity.

Get into the Star Wars groove this April with these great home furnishing essentials from Idea Nuova! Click here to view some images from the new line of essentials.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Friday February 11, 2005
Prime of the Jedi: Mandalorian Armor

Actor Abel Lasserre did an amazing portrayal of George Lucas in the hit comedy George Lucas: Legend of the Force. Abel is back again wearing the stunning Mandalorian Armor in the second teaser of PRIME OF THE JEDI. You are cordially invited to have a look at the armor as he displays his amazing craftmanship skills.

Besides the helmet and Jango blasters purchased in Hawaii, Abel worked on the armor for 2 ½ months (often 'till 4AM!). Once again witness the outpourring love from Star Wars fans in New Caledonia, South Pacific.

Click here to view the video!

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Friday February 11, 2005

I'm no musician, so I'm certain there are nuances to each performance and recording session that breeze past my amateur ears. Nonetheless, there are feats I suspect would impress me no matter what level of knowledge I possesed. I am continually amazed by the level of skill exhibited by the London Symphony Orchestra, particularly when the players perform a piece for the first time. I don't know what I assumed exactly, but I figured there'd be a more involved rehearsal. That the musicians wouldn't be tasked to play a piece cold, at first look, not having been previously acquainted with the sheet music.

There's no lengthy rehearsal. Upon turning to a new cue, the orchestra plays it once, without a click track, without video playback. Composer John Williams and Scoring Engineer Shawn Murphy listen for trouble spots. Williams revisits any troublesome measures with words of guidance or necessary modifications -- oftentimes, the music sounds different with all 110 musicians assembled within the studio space, necessitating a tweak here and there. And then, a take is recorded.

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Posted by: jadegirl

Friday February 11, 2005
Prime of the Jedi II Fan Film

I just received this in my Inbox. David Guivant, creator of the great Star Wars fanfilm "George Lucas: Legend of the Force," is working on his next film "Prime of the Jedi II" and we are now able to view two trailers for the film.

"From the director of the hit comedy, George Lucas: Legend of the Force,
comes this new stunning movie PRIME OF THE JEDI , a new STAR WARS saga
takes place many years after the Jedi Academy trilogy.

Members of a new secret Empire have discovered the legendary Sith
Inferno, an ancient Sith Weapon capable of destroying the Universe. The fate of the Galaxy will once again be in the hands of the Children of the Force:
Jaina and Jaycen Solo. Join the Jedi Twins in their new extraordinary action
packed adventures. Special guest appearance by BOBA FETT."

You can view teaser #1 for Prime of the Jedi II here.

To view Teaser #2 click here.

Thanks to David Guivant.

Posted by: jadegirl

Thursday February 10, 2005
Republic Commando Goes Gold

LucasArts is excited to announce that the highly anticipated title, Star Wars Republic Commando has officially GONE GOLD on Xbox and PC and is scheduled to ship on Tuesday, March 1, 2005.

Star Wars Republic Commando is a squad-based first-person shooter that lets the player explore the elite world of the Star Wars military. Leading a 3-man squad of Republic Commandos, the missions take each player deep behind enemy lines on more than 14 intense and challenging levels through three different campaigns against more than ten brutal enemies. The player will have more than a dozen deadly weapons at their disposal, but none more lethal than the squad.

Star Wars Republic Commando is published and developed by LucasArts. For more information, please visit the official product website at:

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday February 10, 2005
To All Fan Film Makers

Don't forget that the deadline to enter your film for the Fan Film Awards is March 8. The ceremony will be held Friday evening on April 22.

Click here for more info.

Posted by: jadegirl

Thursday February 10, 2005
Freeze Brings Some Cool to Star Wars Tees

Freeze, who produced a line of Star Wars tees way back in 1997 for the Special Editions, is back with a great new line of Revenge of the Sith and original trilogy apparel soon to be hitting clothes store racks. Naturally, Vader is the personality of choice for this new series, with a few other heroes, villains, and droids thrown in for good measure.

Freeze has characterized their new Sith line with tee features new to Star Wars fashion--chrome foil, super puff, chrystaline (gel with a hint of glitter), glow in the dark, metallic ink, etc. "We feel these processes work well with our Star Wars graphics," says Kim Cauley, VP of Licensing for Freeze. There can be no doubt that Star Wars will be setting the trend with this great new line of apparel from one of the tee industry's coolest customers, Freeze.

To see a preview for the new Star Wars Tees, click here

Posted by: jadegirl

Wednesday February 09, 2005
Final Star Wars Scene Shot At Studio

The last ever scene of the Star Wars saga to be filmed was shot in Elstree Studios last Monday - as director George Lucas completed a vision that began in Borehamwood three decades ago.

Lucas was at Stage Eight on Monday with actor Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker, as they filmed the final footage for Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

Click here to read the full article from This Is Hertfordshire.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday February 09, 2005
Party Star Wars-Style With Hallmark

Hallmark Party Express has a great new line of Revenge of the Sith party-ware coming soon to a birthday near you! Included among the festive array are Darth Vader plates, masks, streamers, and blowouts, or for young Padawans, Yoda cups, napkins, thank you cards, and more!

But why wait for a birthday to have a Star Wars celebration? Invite friends over in April for an episode of Clone Wars' second season--or why not screen that shiny new set of Original Trilogy DVDs you've been waiting to show off? Any excuse to have a Star Wars party is a good one, and Hallmark can theme it out for you Sith-style!

And here's one that can't lose--fill one of Hallmark's new saber-wielding Vader piñatas with Star Wars tchotchkes and candies and let guests go at it with a toy lightsaber. Your party will become Jedi legend, guaranteed.

For a preview of the Sith party supplies coming out in April, click here.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday February 09, 2005

IGN has already written up their 4 page review of the smash-hit Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, which was released on PC only yesterday. Here's an excerpt:
The story picks up five years after the events in the original game. You again start as a slightly amnesiac Jedi who has to puzzle out his past while navigating the complex moral responsibilities presented by the latest threat to the galaxy. I'll omit any summary of the story here since the surprise in discovering what's happening and why is one of the main pleasures of the game. Suffice it to say that you're being hunted down by one group of enemies, while also tracking down a second group who, at least superficially, also seem to be your enemies. A seemingly unimportant incident at the beginning of the game ripples throughout the galaxy and sparks events that could lead to the collapse of the existing political and social order.

Gamers who haven't played the original won't necessarily feel lost here but the new story does build on events and characters from the previous game. Though it's not a requirement by any means, Knights of the Old Republic II will surely mean more to those who have finished the first game, particularly so given the game's frequent mention of the relationship between Revan and Malak. Players of the original game might be disappointed that this game pretty much follows the same structure; the recycling of the "who am I?" angle was a bit of a let down. Given the similarity in the games' openings, I was glad to see there wasn't another surprising revelation waiting for you at the end this time.

Hit the link above to read the full review.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday February 09, 2005
Samuel's 'Weird' Star Wars

Making buddies at work is generally a pretty simple and straight forward thing... you spend endless hours with people and ultimately end up hanging out with some of them.

But life as a Hollywood actor is more taxing in the friend-making sphere... you work on a film for a few months, move on and work somewhere else for a few months etc etc, but for Samuel L Jackson it's been even harder than that.

The Pulp Fiction star has revealed that whilst filming the latest Star Wars, he hardly made any additions to his address book.

"I know Ewan McGregor and a few of the other names," quotes him as saying.

"But there are some guys covered in tentacles and s**t and I still don't know who they are. Filming Star Wars is weird s**t."

Samuel has also revealed that in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith his character, Mace Windu, experiences a spectacular death.

I'm sure you already know, but the film is being released on May 19th 2005.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Monday February 07, 2005
Galactic Conquest Version 5 Released

Galactic Conquest, a Star Wars themed mod for Battlefield 1942 has been updated to version 5. The mod features character classes, weapons, and vehicles from the Star Wars universe, including ATATs, X-Wings, and more.

From the Galactic Conquest site:

Battlefield: Galactic Conquest will put you in the role of an every day soldier in the Star Wars universe. You will be able to choose between the Galactic Civil war and The Clone Wars and fight by either means of Land or Air in many of the Vehicles you can see throughout the Star Wars universe.

The mod's creators have also posted a short teaser trailer at showing off Galactic Conquest's features. For more information on the mod, head over to its official website.

Posted by: Rebel Racer