November 05, 2004
Wars on Jeopardy!
you know everything about a galaxy far, far away? Fans can test
their Jedi knowledge on Nov. 8, when the popular game show
"Jeopardy!" unveils a special Star Wars category on the
board for contestants to celebrate the release of the Star Wars
Trilogy DVD set.
Lucasfilm approached the "Jeopardy!"
producers and suggested the show use some of the actors and
characters to do "celebrity clues." In past segments,
the show has featured similar celebrity clues with former
Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
and many others.
The decision on whether "Jeopardy!"
should showcase a Star Wars category on the board to test the
contestants was an easy one.
"We were, of course, thrilled at the
opportunity to have lovable robots 'beeping' our clues,"
"Jeopardy!" Head Writer Gary Johnson says. "Star
Wars was an almost one-of-a-kind phenomenon. The average person
probably knows more facts about the films than they do about their
own family histories."
Featuring a single movie as a category isn't a new
concept for "Jeopardy!" On rare occasions, the game show
featured categories on individual films such as Gone With the
Wind,The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca.
"But we don't do them often, because they
have to be films of such immense popularity and stature that we
can be fairly certain that our contestants will be familiar with
them," Johnson explains.
Fans tuning in to play along may find the
questions challenging. The questions, all written by the
"Jeopardy!" staff, will encompass both behind-the-scenes
trivia and film content.
"Without giving too much away, I think our
viewers -- especially the avid Star Wars fans -- will love seeing
some of their favorite characters giving interesting 'inside'
information about the films (including the characters who don't
For those fans who consider themselves anything
but experts, the show will prove to be just as interesting.
"Even our regular viewers who might not
consider themselves rabid fans of the films will enjoy this
category," Johnson admits. "Star Wars has become part of
American folklore, and the characters have become icons."
Be sure to tune in to "Jeopardy!" on
Nov. 8. Check your local TV listings for times. For more
information about "Jeopardy!" visit the official
November 04, 2004
III Trailer Breakdown
is that time and the Episode III trailer has arrived!!! Read on to
get a synopsis of what is shown.
Highlight to read:
20th Century Fox
Lucasfilm is LTD
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...
It begins with the
voice of Alec Guinness (Old Ben Kenobi).
Luke is walking toward the twin suns on Tatooine.
OBI-WAN: Over a thousand generations of Jedi Knights (Picture of
Obi-Wan speaking from ANH.) were the guardians of peace and
justice (picture of Qui-Gon from TPM) of the Old Republic, before
the dark times. (picture from AotC of clone troopers walking into
a Republic Crusier.) Before the Empire. (Picture of clone troopers
standing next to each other from AotC)
(Picture of Anakin and Palpatine)
A young Jedi named Darth Vader who was a pupil of mine (Picture of
Anakin from AotC when Shmi dies) before he turned to evil, helped
the Empire (Picture of Anakin on his swoop from AotC) hunt down
and destroy the Jedi Knights. (Picture of Obi-wan talking form ANH)
Vader was seduced by the dark side of the force.
Anakin turns around with eyes similar to Darth Maul.
A scene of Mustafar with volcanoes exploding and crab-spiderish
SIDIOUS: Lord Vader.
VADER: Yes Master?
SIDIOUS: Riiiiiise! (Sounds absolutely evil. Best part of the
Scene of Vader on a mechanical table rising.
Scene of Obi-Wan looking up.
Scene of Palpatine looking at the camera (senator like, not evil)
Another scene of Vader continuing to rise.
Scene of Artoo beeping and C-3PO on a blockade runner.
Scene of Padmé looking sadly at Obi-Wan.
Scene of Mace Windu raising his lightsaber (Preparing to strike
Sidious in his office)
Another Vader rising scene.
Scene of Chewbacca and another warrior, one of them growls.
Scene of Yoda pulling back his cloak.
Another scene of Vader rising. But this the the table is fully
Scene of a space battle above Coruscant and a clone trooper ship
flying past the camera.
Scene of Anakin and Padmé kissing.
Scene of Yoda igniting his lightsaber.
Scene of Anakin's Jedi Starfighter flying in a trench making a TIE
Scene of Mace swinging around with his lightsaber.
Scene of several hundred Wookiees running towards the camera,
several vehicles (new Juggernaughts) are in the distance.
Scene of Obi-Wan and a Tion Meddon (SP?).
Scene of the crashing ship on Coruscant while Republic fire ships
are battling the flames.
Scene of Anakin raising his lightsaber to strike (I think this is
from the Anakin vs. Obi-wan duel).
Scene of Artoo.
Scene of Anakin and Padmé hugging.
Scene of a ship leaving Mustafar.
Scene of Anakin and Obi-Wan's lightsabers clashing on Mustafar.
Scene of a Republic Command ship exchanging fire with a Separatist
ship at point blank range. (Remember Return of the Jedi?)
Scene of Anakin hitting Obi-Wan's lightsaber out of his hand,
Obi-Wan makes a funny expression.
Scene of a ARC Clonefighter, aka the precursor to X-Wing, with
three wings on each side. flying past the camera.
Scene of Anakin and Obi-Wan struggling with one lightsaber. Anakin
is trying to kill Obi-wan with his own saber.
Scene of a hanger door closing.
Scene of a evil, horrible looking Sidious swinging his lightsaber.
(Yoda and Sidious go at it)
Scene of a Separatist ship exploding.
Revenge of the Sith
*Imperial march plays*
MAY 19 2005
All I can say is wow!!! Absolutely brilliant!! You
will not be disappointed with Episode III.
November 04, 2004
Commando: Designer's Diary
has a new designer's diary for Star Wars Republic Commando,
which was written by Director Tim Longo:
Currently scheduled for release in February next year, Star Wars
Republic Commando is a first-person shooter that will see you
assuming the role of an elite clone trooper in command of a crack
squad tasked with carrying out special missions for the Galactic
Republic. Locales in the game will include the Episode II planet
Geonosis, a large Republic ship, and the wookiee home planet of
Kashyyyk, and as you progress through the game you can expect to
encounter a number of characters that will feature prominently in
the upcoming Episode III movie. The focus of Republic Commando,
though--as explained by the game's director Tim Longo in today's
designer diary--is on the military forces that so often only have
supporting roles in the Star Wars movies and games.
November 04, 2004
Trailer Now Available
has revealed the teaser trailer for George Lucas'
highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith to
subscribers of Hyperspace and AOL.
The clip will also air on Access Hollywood today
and play in theaters before The Incredibles tomorrow before coming
online to everyone on Monday.
Hyperspace members can click
here and AOL members here
to watch the trailer.
November 04, 2004
to Lightspeed: GameSpot Review
has posted a review of SW Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed:
If you're familiar with
Star Wars Galaxies, you'll know that the preexpansion game boasted
some 30 different character professions, many of which (although
not horribly out of place in the Star Wars universe) have very
little in common with the movies on which the game is based. There
have always been plenty of combat-based professions in the game,
but if you've played during the past 15 months, the chances are
that--at some point--you might have contemplated a career as an
architect, dancer, musician, tailor, doctor, or chef. If you have
scout skills, you might have even spent some time milking wild
animals before killing them for their hides, bones, or meat. Jump
to Lightspeed adds four new professions to Star Wars Galaxies:
shipwright, freelance pilot, Alliance starfighter pilot, and
Imperial Navy pilot. The shipwright profession works in much the
same way as the existing artisan professions, and, as such, it
requires you to spend a number of your character's 250 skill
points if you wish to pursue it. The pilot professions, on the
other hand, are free of charge (as far as points are concerned),
although for obvious reasons you'll only be able to pursue one of
them at a time.
You'll have to decide
which of the three pilot professions you're interested in the
first time you play Jump to Lightspeed, and, although it is
possible to change your mind at a later date, doing so will cost
you all of your hard-earned pilot experience points. Furthermore,
since each of the 21 starships in the game can be used by only one
faction, any ships that you own will no longer be of any use to
you--with the exception of the Sorosuub luxury yacht that you'll
be given as a veteran reward if you've been playing Star Wars
Galaxies for at least 180 days when you log in with Jump to
Hit the link above to read the full review, and click
here to see GameSpot's 195+ Jump to Lightspeed
November 02, 2004
DVD: ROTJ Examination
posted a very cool and in depth article which examines the changes
that have been made to Return of the Jedi since it's
Welcome to the third and
final piece in my series of articles focusing on the alterations
to the Star Wars trilogy. Although many believe Return of the Jedi
to be the weakest of the original trilogy, mostly owing to the
cuddly Ewoks, I’ve always enjoyed the film’s blend of action,
drama and laughs. Return of the Jedi is similar to A New Hope in
that it has received a number of more obvious alterations (unlike
Empire, which had a larger number of minor alterations). Once
again I will first be examining any major alterations to existing
scenes, followed by a look at new footage and any obvious audio
changes. So, let’s crack on with it.
He then goes on to show many different
comparision shots along with descriptions. Very good article, click
here or on the link above to read the full article. Also,
you'll probably want to check out his examination of A New Hope by
and Empire Strikes Back here.
November 02, 2004
to Lightspeed: IGN Review
has posted their reasonably optimistic first impression of the new
Galaxies expansion pack:
Once you've got your starter ship, you're free to take missions
from your recruiter. They can also offer training in the first
skill rank for each pilot class. Though there will be some
specific missions early on (patrol this, kill that), your trainers
will also allow you to go out on lengthy space hunts to build up
enough experience and money to move on to the next tier of
This is great if you
want to focus on the space content because you won't have to run
back and forth from your starport to your trainer every time you
finish a mission. These space hunts go on as long as you want them
to, so you can really dig in and play the action game as much as
The rewards for going
into space are compelling. For one thing, you'll eventually get a
ship capable of hyperspacing you across the Galaxy. Think of the
money you save on travel expenses! You won't necessarily have that
capability on your starter ship, but once you upgrade, it's like
getting a car on your sixteenth birthday.
Hit the link above to read this review, especially
if you're considering buying Jump to Lightspeed.
November 01, 2004
Magazine has posted an article about Star Wars -
There’s a lot of
dissent about the state of Star Wars these days. “The new movies
suck,” many cry. “George Lucas is ruining my childhood
memories,” others complain. To the whiners, I say this: Just
play Battlefront already.
In the 22-year history
of Star Wars games, none has ever so closely depicted the all-out
sense of epic battle presented in Battlefront. Inspired by—heck,
in some ways downright copying—the gameplay established by
EA’s megapopular Battlefield 1942 PC title, this
online-compatible game replaces Allies with Rebels, panzers with
AT-ATs, and world war with galactic strife.
Click the link above to read the full article.
Unfortunatley, it costs one dollar to read the full story right
now, but it will be available for free in 29 days.