Archived News-June 2005
June 11, 2005
Wars: Return of The Sith
Out of all the Star Wars animations I've seen the the
internet...this one has to take the cake. Its called Return of The
Sith and was made before the movie came out, but was delayed to it
was published on Newgrounds.com a bit after the flick came out.
One of my favorite parts in the movie is:
Mace Windu: There already is a war being fought, where have you
Obi-Wan: Actually I spent the last few years hiding in that closet
(shot of a closet with a sing over it reading:"No-one in
But ya. This is a really good Star Wars Tribute...you have to
Wars: Return of The Sith
June 10, 2005
Star Wars Site has provided information about upcoming comics.
This galaxy is undergoing momentous changes and Dark Horse Comics
is there, chronicling the ongoing saga in their monthly Star
Wars titles. Here's a look ahead at what late summer brings.
Devotion to duty has put Imperial Lieutenant Janek Sunber once
more on the front lines. First as part of an intense ground
battle, where the last of a planet's freedom fighters are
desperately holding on, then as a glorified prison guard at an
Imperial base where captives are put to work for the benefit of
It's not the career Sunber imagined he'd have in the Imperial
infantry, but a Rebel surprise attack on the base may give Sunber
another chance to distinguish himself -- or die trying!
Star Wars: Empire #36 is due out on August 3rd, and
features the work of Welles Hartley, Davidé Fabbri, Christian
Dalla Vecchia, and David Michael Beck.
The monthly Star Wars: Republic comic series continues
exploring the dark times after Revenge of the Sith.
Palpatine calls a meeting of his bravest, wisest, and most
influential military officers in order to introduce them to his
new right-hand man, Darth Vader. The new Emperor lays out his
plans for his Empire, and those who have other ideas are dealt a
swift lesson by Vader's blade. But one captain wants nothing to do
with the new government, and plans his defection. But what do you
do when the Dark Lord of the Sith is determined to stop you?
This issue marks Vader's first appearance in Star Wars
continuity since his "introduction" in Revenge of the
Sith! And, long-time readers of Republic will see a
plot come full circle in a most unexpected manner!
Star Wars: Republic #80 is by John Ostrander, Luke Ross
(guest artist, from Samurai: Heaven and Earth), and Jason
Keith. It is scheduled for release on August 31.
Looking past August into September, there are four more tales
of hyperkinetic Clone Wars action on the horizon! As the Clone
Wars burn across the galaxy and the true intentions of the Sith
are revealed, the true heroes of the conflict emerge. Chewbacca
leads the Wookiees against the Republic invaders on Kashyyyk,
R2-D2 and C-3PO uncover a plot to assassinate Padmé, an orphaned
refugee witnesses the rough life of a clone trooper firsthand, and
Anakin Skywalker fights alongside a young Jedi who will play a
part in his descent into the dark side.
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 4 Trade
Paperback features the work of Haden Blackman, Ryan Kaufman,
Justin Lambros, Rick Lacy and the Fillback Brothers. It is
scheduled for release on September 28.
June 10, 2005
The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to hear from
Rick McCallum. For the last 15 years, Rick McCallum's professional
life has been absorbed by George Lucas' productions, including the
multi-Emmy Award winning Young Indiana Jones television series,
the Star Wars: Special Editions, and of each of the three
prequels. His first introduction to the galaxy of Star Wars,
however, was far less deliberate, and happened almost completely
McCallum, who was working his first job in the film industry
before college, was headed home from Paramount one Friday night
when he saw what he thought was a traffic jam caused by an
accident, or by a fire at the APCO station on Wilshire Boulevard
in Los Angeles, California. As his car inched along, McCallum saw
thousands of people in a line that started at the neighborhood
"The only time I had seen crowds like that was for
Jaws," says McCallum. "But this time they went all the
way around the block. Nothing like that had ever happened."
McCallum had not heard of Star Wars, the film that was causing the
long lines, but that night a friend called and convinced him to
attend the 12 o'clock show the next day. McCallum and his friend,
who was a second assistant director at the time, could not get in
to the 12 o'clock show. They waited for the 2 o'clock and finally
were able to get tickets for McCallum's first viewing of Star
"It was just startling," says McCallum, who claims to
have never been a sci-fi fan. "I never thought I'd be able to
produce my first film until I was like 40. That's just the way the
system was then. And to see somebody who was only 14 years older
produce a film - that was pretty remarkable."
On top of professional admiration for young George Lucas, McCallum
recalls being blown away by the special effects and the theatrical
presentation. Not only had he never seen effects like those in
Star Wars, he recalls never having heard a film in stereo before.
"We had just no concept of how he (Lucas) actually made the
movie. It was just unthinkable," says McCallum as he recalls
the pioneering effects and camera work. "And then for
somebody to have done it at that age... was just phenomenal."
McCallum has witnessed many more phenomenal Star Wars moments
since coming to produce movies and television for Lucas in 1990.
He remembers one particularly moving day in Sydney, Australia
while filming Revenge of the Sith. Hayden Christensen, who
portrays Anakin Skywalker, came on to the set for the first time
in his Darth Vader costume.
"Every single person at the studio, all of our suppliers, had
gotten on to the lot and they were waiting outside," says
McCallum. "We opened up the stage doors and we let about 600
people in. There were about 1500 people there."
"It was this classic, seminal moment," he recalls.
"It was the first time anyone had seen him. They just went
As Star Wars has been central to McCallum's career for fifteen
years, what is it like for the producer to know that the end of
the big screen chapter of the saga is here?
"I feel past relief, and also incredible," he says.
"It's like when you write an article and you spend months on
it and you research... and you go take that weekend off and you
just collapse. And normally that's what happens when you finish a
movie - it's so intense. But we've never had that opportunity
because this has been going on for 12 years. The minute we
finished Episode II, the next day we started prep on Episode III.
But this one I can feel... May 20... beach... fantastic!
Brilliant! Actually I'll be in Cannes. So I'll take a boat out
somewhere and jump off."
June 09, 2005
Voyage Is Finally Back
Well, we are finally back! Sorry for the down time. I went away
last weekend on vacation, and when I got back this week I realized
the site was down. I spent a couple of days of trying to find out
from my host what the problem was. They finally informed me that I
was shut off due to excess use of resources, even though they were
unlimited and I didn't have any problems before. Maybe it was the
10,000,000 hits I got last month due to the release of Episode
III. It wouldn't have been as bad if my last host would have just
sent me an e-mail to inform me of what was going on. Now I have a
new host with more restrictions, but I think it will work out
okay. If you see any broken links, missing pages, or images please
let me know. Sorry again for the inconvenience and it is good to