The latest entry by our very own Dan Z is now posted over on the Official Star Wars Blog!
This new installment of ‘Studying Skywalkers’ features a Q&A with the founders of Star Wars in the Classroom, a network of educators – aka the Rogues – who seek to integrate the Saga into their curriculum.
Call my name! Bastian, please! Save us!
All right, I’ll do it. I’ll save you. I will do what I dream!
He climbs up to the window and opens it. He leans out into the storm and calls out the name he had chosen for her.
The Neverending Story, 1984
What’s in a name?
Is there true power in a name – one word – that shapes and defines a person’s life and destiny? In the case of Fantasia, the name Bastian chose for the Empress had the power to save a world…
It looks like Disney is getting their money’s worth since their acquisition of Star Wars in 2012, but probably not in the way they expected. Action figures and apparel aside, lightsabers have emerged as the top seller, with 10 million sold during the course of just one year.
Last week we posted a remembrance of Ralph McQuarrie on what would have been his 85th birthday. Touched upon briefly was the Kickstarter campaign for The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES that is now up and running. While this volume will not include any of Mr. McQuarrie’s Star Wars-related artwork, there is no doubt that fans of those designs will fully appreciate the other facets of his vast body of work (which encompasses technical illustrations, book covers, movie posters, conceptual art, commercial illustrations, and personal artwork).
Here are some of the project details:
Today would have been the 85th birthday of the legendary conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie. The overall look and feel of the Star Wars Saga we have all grown to love over the years was shaped in large part by the vision and exceptional talent of this fine artist. Without a doubt, Star Wars fans owe him a debt of gratitude. Mr. McQuarrie’s concepts for key characters and locations in that galaxy far, far away were instrumental in convincing studio executives, cast, and crew that Star Wars had the potential to be something truly special.
In today’s show we talk with Full of Sith’s Bobby Roberts to discuss the methodology of rumors in Star Wars and Popular Culture. Bobby is no stranger to Star Wars or Podcasting, and this is a conversation you will definitely enjoy. We also discuss official news concerning the Star Wars standalone films and directors, casting news, and how you can be in Episode VII, while making a significant contribution to UNICEF. We will also discuss how you can get in shape with Star Wars, as well as the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio”. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!
Harrison Ford, Han Solo’s alter ego, was injured on the set of Star Wars Episode VII today. Exactly what happened is not known at this time, but some reports indicate that a door fell on him, possibly fracturing his ankle. Unconfirmed reports say he was shooting a scene on the Millennium Falcon, but stunts were not involved.
Disney issued the following statement: