Two paths. Two possibilities present themselves, each with the promise of immeasurable delights. One path steeped in tradition; one a new and exciting undertaking. Which to choose? Which to choose?
A bit earlier this month, Coffee With Kenobi put forth the inviting temptation to accompany our very own media specialist, Lisa D., to Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the opening showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t hesitate to take CWK up on its very generous offer … but two very important – to me – events stood in the way
You guessed it, it’s time for MORE of my thoughts, musings, and ruminations on the Star Wars films. As I continue my movie-by-movie discussion about what elements keep me coming back, we’ve reached the point in the journey where we talk about Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which is my favorite of the prequel trilogy.
As I’ve stated before, the first Star Wars film I saw was The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. I was about 3½ years old, and I did NOT see it on opening day. That all changed with Return of the Jedi three years later, and after that I have made a point of seeing the very first showing of each Star Wars film upon its release. Except for this one. When Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, I was in Longview, Texas, taking my mother to a doctor’s appointment. I didn’t see it until the next day. Thankfully, none of my friends spoiled it for me, except to say that it was much more enjoyable than the last two films. Since we have already discussed The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, I can say here that they are my least-liked entries into the saga. I do find myself returning to them, but not nearly as often as the other films, and without as much anticipation or enjoyment. My opinion of them is well-documented, so I won’t go into that here, but suffice it to say that I was hoping that Revenge of the Sith ended the saga (as we knew it then) on a high note. And it did not disappoint. This is the prequel that I return to the most, and there are several reasons for that: The opening sequence above (and eventually into) Coruscant, the overriding sense of dread that permeates the film, the final lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, and especially Ian McDiarmid’s performance as Emperor Palpatine. We will explore all of these in some depth next.
Audible connects with Lucasfilm team members Jennifer Heddle, Matt Martin and Star Wars expert Geek Girl Diva to uncover the secrets of The Last Jedi by exploring the audiobooks The Legends of Luke Skywalker, Leia: Princess of Alderaan and Phasma.
December 20, 2017 09:00AM Eastern Standard Time
NEWARK, N.J. – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment, hosted a Twitter discussion on the evening of December 19th, using information from The Legends of Luke Skywalker, Leia: Princess of Alderaan and Phasma to answer some of the most pressing questions fans have after watching The Last Jedi. Excerpts from the conversation below.
As part of the Star Wars: Galactic Nights celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, fans were treated to updates on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during a panel discussion introduced by Warwick Davis, hosted by David Collins, and featuring guests from Disney Imagineering, Scott Trowbridge, Robin Reardon and Chris Beatty, along with Lucasfilm’s Doug Chiang.
The panel revealed recent drone footage of the progress on Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios, details on the world of Batuu and the real-world inspirations for the design and atmosphere, and what Star Wars fans can look forward to when they venture into this immersive world for the first time in 2019.
For all that and more, check out the full panel video below:
***Breaking Star Wars News!***
RIAN JOHNSON, WRITER-DIRECTOR OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, TO CREATE ALL-NEW STAR WARS TRILOGY
Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.
As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
Dan Z is joined by Lattes With Leia and The Arkham Sessions co-host, Dr. Andrea Letamendi, and Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels co-host and CWK blogger, Dennis Keithly. They begin the show by discussing Dan and Tom’s trip to Lucasfilm and Rancho-Obi Wan, as well as a new appreciation for the impact of the story group on Star Wars canon. Nick DiCo brings the latest on Star Wars video games, and Tom brings us up to date on the news. For the Coffee Chat, the CWK book study continues with Phasma, chapters 5-11. This the podcast you’re looking for!
After a successful Rogue One/Nissan Rogue campaign last year, the automaker has once again partnered with Lucasfilm in advance of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi next month. Nissan’s first ad, “Within Reach,” has been released, and you can check it out below:
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Episode VIII!”
Since director Rian Johnson uttered those words, Star Wars fandom has been anticipating and speculating where he will bring the next story. As Mark Hamill said, “It’s a real journey of discovery.” However, before we take the next step into a new larger world, let’s rediscover Rian Johnson and his previous directing achievements.
Do you play Disney Emoji Blitz? If not, you’ll probably want to check it out. For the first time ever, an exciting Star Wars event is coming to the popular mobile game! Find out more below:
For the first time in Disney Emoji Blitz, players will be able visit a galaxy far, far away during a limited-time Star Wars Villain event from Nov. 2 through Nov. 12.