May 13, 2005
latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to hear from
Hayden Christensen! When Revenge of the Sith opens in theaters
next week, moviegoers will witness Anakin Skywalker's
transformation from a well-meaning young Jedi Knight to the pillar
of evil, Darth Vader. Actor Hayden Christensen recently commented
on what he considers to be a substantial responsibility --
creating a believable fall for Anakin.
"I was excited to see how George [Lucas] was going to
conceive that, and when I read the script for the first time it
was very obvious that he had gotten it dead-on," says
Christensen. "And then it was a matter of how it would
translate in the execution. Having seen the film for the first
time a few days ago, I really think that he succeeded."
Christensen took Lucas' direction on how to portray Skywalker
seriously in order to do the character justice as Lucas had
written him, even if that makes the character less than likable in
his dark transformation. "Even though you want people to
embrace your work and really like it, I was more concerned about
helping George realize his vision, and feel like he had hired the
right person," says Christensen. "It's never been a
popularity contest with me. I think you can get a sense of that
from the other choices I've made, the other films I've done."
Christensen claims that while he was very much aware of Star Wars
and the character of Vader through his childhood, he did not
become a fan until he watched the Special Editions on the big
screen in 1997.
"My first experiences with Star Wars were of memorabilia and
action figures and my brother's bed sheets," he recalls.
"I don't actually remember seeing the film up until they
re-released it in theaters when I was in high school. I went out
and bought a Boba Fett t-shirt and went and saw [Episodes] V and
VI right afterwards, as soon as they came out."
The actor recalls going to see Episode I within days of its
release, and thinking "Man, I wonder who's going to get to
play that kid in II and III."
It's hard to imagine life not changing dramatically after winning
the role of Anakin Skywalker right out of high school. Christensen
says that the multitude of changes in his life have given him
profound appreciation for those aspects that did not change, like
family, friends, and time spent in his childhood home in Toronto.
While at his home last Halloween the specter of his new public
identity stopped by to haunt him, but also allowed him to have
"I had people come (to the door) as both Anakin and
Darth," Christensen recounts. "They were very excited
when I would occasionally go to the door and give them
Although he claims to take advice rather than give it, Christensen
agreed to share some thoughts for young actors who find themselves
cast in iconic roles.
"Focus on the work. You're an actor -- you're not
Superman," he encourages. "Hopefully you'll be able to
go off and do parts in other films that you find fulfilling and
just focus on the work. If you get too caught up in what you're a
part of, I think you can lose perspective on what you originally
entered in to begin with, which is a craft."
May 12, 2005
Wars, Limited Edition, Signed Prints For Sale
Graham, one of our staff members is selling some of his work.
Graham Art Productions is currently offering Star Wars prints by
professional artist Kevin Graham These Star Wars Prints are highly
detailed and signed by the artist. They are printed on heavy, acid
free stock. The prints are 12x18 and are limited to only 50 at
this size. The print will be shipped in a protective tube. For
current prices and to order please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also offering the same prints on t-shirts.
Special request are welcome.
Original hand drawn designs are also available.
are a couple of Kevin's latest pieces. You can see
more of his work over in the Featured
Artists section. Get them while you can!
May 11, 2005
So, you want to be
a Jedi huh? Well as has been reported, Pepsi's
Call Upon Yoda promotion of Revenge of the Sith offers
fans and Pepsi lovers the chance to win great prizes...and play
some cool interactive games.
I bought a few cases of Pepsi and Mountain Dew to try my
luck...the first go around C3-P0 and R2-D2 popped onto screen to
comicly inform me that my code was not a winner, and R2 of
course bleeped his displeasure- resulting in 3-P0 telling him to, "Oh
switch off...". I meditated through the Force for a
moment before entering my second code, and wouldn't you know it?
The Force was with me! You only when if Yoda answers the call,
and sure enough the little green dude came floating across the
screen. I was quite excited until Master Yoda informed me that my
prize was only a coupon for a free 2 liter Pepsi-Lime. Just goes
to show, as the old Jedi saying goes, "There is no
So, I won a 2 liter, good for me. I headed on over to play Yoda's
Jedi Training which has six interesting little games you can
play, each having various levels of skills. I tried them all and a
few are much more difficult than you would think! By far, my
favorite was Battle Darth Vader- by which you have to watch for
the arrow-key code combination and quickly press the combo to
battle the Dark Lord. One misplaced keystroke and snapp-hiss
thrummm...aaaghghh!, the vile Lord Vader cuts you down with
Another cool one is Defend the Attack in which you are
(presumably) Obi-Wan defending yourself against the missile
attacks of Jango in the asteroid belt-rings of Geonosis. You must
move your mouse quickly to target and shoot your laser to destroy
the missiles. The higher the level of play, the more missiles that
are launched and it becomes quite frantic, but loads of fun!
You can pretend to be young Luke as he trains against those
pesky remotes as we saw in A New Hope. Here you use the
keys A, S, Z, X to move your saber and dodge the mini-laser bolts
from the fluttering remote. I was not impressed...yet I did not do
You can also play Follow the Leader in a Rebel
Snowspeeder. All you have to do is follow the Snowspeeder and keep
it in your sites, easier said than done as I crashed into an
AT-AT, a rock, and a nefarious Imperial Probe Droid on more than
One of the best- all in fun, is the one with R2 where he is
passing through a canyon on Tatooine and those pesky Jawas want
him for spare parts. Use your targeting crosshairs to shoot the
little buggers and delight in their cries, "Umm-cheedeeee!"
I was less enthusiastic about Uncover the Imposter in
which Obi-Wan instructs you to scroll back and forth to match the
outline of a Star Wars character with one in a crowd of people at
the infamous Coruscanti waterring hole, Outlander Club. You don't
need the Force for this game, my young apprentice.
Fun for all ages and if your at the office with a few hours to
kill, try your luck and become the apprentic of Yoda. He will tell
you how well you did with such comments as, "Much have you
to learn...Done well, have you...". You can send a
challenge to friends to try the game and beat your high score, and
you can view the high scores of other players from across the
May 11, 2005
You know sometimes
in life you come across something you wished you would have
thought about before? I have seen several countdown counters on
various webpages for the May 19th release of Revenge of the
Sith, but never thought to utilize the idea myself, until last
night that is, with only a week to go!
SO, I browsed around for some really cool counters, and here is
what I found from clockdown.com;
a countdown to Revenge counter for the desktop, full of goodies!!
It has scrolling news and updates, movie qoutes, plus 24 different
skins you can choose from, or configure to have toggled from every
5 minutes to but once a day! Below are the skins you can choose
from. It is only a week away, but if you haven't gotten yourself a
cool counter, go on over and get yourself one...I won't tell :)
May 10, 2005
or 6 Deleted Scenes on ROTS DVD
has the scoop on some goodies we will see on the Revenge of the
When "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" hits movie
screens this month, fans will finally have the opportunity to
comprehend the saga of Anakin Skywalker in its entirety. Series
mastermind George Lucas said he hopes future generations will
watch the prequels and sequels in numerical order, but reports
that for now fans will have to continue to purchase each DVD
individually if they want the complete set. "At some
point," is all Lucas would offer about plans to release a
six-DVD box set of the "Star Wars" series. "I am
not sure when. First ['Revenge of the Sith'] will probably come
out around Christmas time. Then, later on, there will be a
Before you get ready to storm the gates of Skywalker Ranch,
however, you may find your dark side's rage diminishing as you
hear about some of the "Sith" disc's bonus features.
"There are five or six deleted scenes; they will all be on
the DVD," said Rick McCallum, producer of the prequels.
"They were great scenes, but they just had nothing to do with
getting straight and cutting to the chase of the story. They were
more plot-orientated and more setting up of Coruscant, more
setting up of the war and kind of understanding where all the
politics were." ...
May 10, 2005
Collector's Case Update
has the latest on the Collector's Case problem:
As our collector fans know, Target will offer an exclusive Star
Wars: Episode III Collector's Case 5 pack for 2005. Originally
scheduled for release early May, we are reworking based on initial
collector feedback, making adjustments to ensure every Star Wars:
Episode III 3 3/4 inch action figure fits properly within each
case. We will update fans on availability of this improved value
5-pack version when we have more information.
Thanks for your feedback and we are confident you will enjoy the
final product soon.
May 09, 2005
Wars TV Series Filmed in Australia
got to interview Lucas, and the talk led directly to the new TV
series. George Lucas is bringing the force back to Sydney. The
writer-director of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
confirmed he will bring production of a live-action television
series to Sydney.
"I am looking forward to coming back and working there
some more," Lucas told The Daily Telegraph.
"We're going to do a live action show based on minor
characters in the Star Wars series.
"It's a spin-off, it doesn't involve any of the key
"It's a different world unto itself between episodes three
(Revenge of the Sith) and four (Star Wars: A New Hope)."