Discussion in 'Mid West Regional Discussion' started by JediJeff13, Aug 26, 2002.
Well, we can't all be like you, Dave....
My sister just saw the new trailer online (I didn't listen or look) and her only comment was,
"I'm just glad I know that the Emperor dies."
Aaaaah! Spoilers! *chuckle*
Commenting that "the Force is stronger than the Nasdaq," USA Today observes that while the Nasdaq has dropped 2 percent since 1998, the price of a 1978 Darth Vader action figure in its original packaging is now worth $600 versus $205 dollars seven years ago, a jump of 193 percent. A 1978 Luke Skywalker action figure in original packaging can now be sold for $800, twice what it was worth in 1998. The action figures originally sold for about $5.00.
Farked Teaser Poster:
Farked Movie Poster:
This just in from my darling baby sister:
Darth Vader: LUKE SKYWALKER, I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING FOR CHRISTMAS.
Luke: How do you know?
Darth Vader: I FELT YOUR PRESENTS.
Haha, that's actually pretty good.
From Netscape News:
Lucas Glad to Leave Star Wars Behind
By DAVID GERMAIN
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - A wilted monolith of establishment politics. An entrenched ruling class fearful of change. And one man who stealthily rebels from within, turning the system on its head and bending it to his will.
George Lucas' story is the benign reverse image of the palace coup engineered by the foul emperor of his ``Star Wars'' epic.
The emperor perverted a tired republic into a fascist state bearing the imprint of his boot heel, standard ``Richard III'' stuff for which history buff Lucas had many role models to study from ancient to modern times.
Lucas' accomplishments marked a one-of-a-kind revolution. He sneaked into a Hollywood that no longer had the verve or nerve to make the weird, giddy, goofy Saturday matinees of his youth. He found a lone patron among fainthearted studio executives willing to pony up cash for what was essentially an Arthurian sword-in-the-stone fantasy in space.
Then he went off and made the most rip-roaring blast of cinematic fun audiences had ever seen as 1977's ``Star Wars'' became the biggest box-office sensation of its time.
Where dollar signs twinkle, studios follow, and Hollywood has been lumbering behind Lucas ever since.
Science fiction and special effects suddenly were back in vogue, and over the ensuing 28 years, Lucas and his visual wizards have led filmmaking into a new age of virtual reality that made possible such effects extravaganzas as ``Jurassic Park,'' ``Titanic'' and ``The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy.
In the '70s, there was a ``technological ceiling'' over fantasy and science fiction films, even epics and period pieces, Lucas told The Associated Press in an interview at his sprawling Skywalker Ranch. ``The tools weren't there,'' he said.
As television chipped away at theater business in the 1950s and '60s, studios folded up shop on the effects departments that helped create splashy historical adventures and otherworldly tales.
``It's like trying to paint pictures without brushes,'' Lucas said. ``Hey, I brought the brush back and said, `You know, there's a lot of things you can do with this thing. I think there's real power here.' And by bringing that back, I think that was the biggest effect.
``Because it allowed people to do all kinds of movies that were sort of restricted because they were too expensive. That's not to say special-effects movies aren't expensive, but they're much less expensive than if you tried to do it in the old-fashioned way and have 10,000 people out in the middle of the desert with catering cars and all the things you'd have to have.''
Lucas - who turns 61 Saturday, just days before the May 19 debut of ``Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith,'' the final chapter in his six-film saga - never set out to be a Hollywood pioneer, a sci-fi maven or even a populist filmmaker.
A star pupil at the University of Southern California film school in the 1960s, Lucas adapted a short student flick he made into his feature debut with 1971's ``THX 1138,'' the first film from buddy Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope outfit, a failed experiment meant to give young industry lions the freedom to make movies their way.
Starring Robert Duvall in a dark satire on consumerism and dehumanization, ``THX 1138'' baffled distributor Warner Bros., which dumped the abstract sci-fi drama into theaters. The film has gained cult status over the decades, largely because of Lucas' subsequent fame, but at the time, hardly anyone saw it.
Coppola challenged Lucas to try something light, so he followed with a comic drama based on his car-cruising days in the '50s and '60s.
With its ensemble cast and episodic story structure, ``American Graffiti'' was another puzzler for Hollywood. Yet its killer soundtrack, nostalgia factor and the appeal of such young stars as Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard caught the fancy of moviegoers, who turned it into a box-office smash.
Always figuring he would specialize in documentaries and strange art films, Luc
Also from Netscape News:
Mark Hamill Reminisces on 'Star Wars'
By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) - Though the new ``Star Wars'' movie ends with Luke Skywalker as a baby, the Jedi knight grew up a long time ago.
Since immortalizing Skywalker, actor Mark Hamill, now 53, has spent most of his time working on Broadway (``Amadeus,'' ``The Elephant Man,'' ``Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks'') and doing cartoon voice-overs.
Last week, the DVD was released for 1980's ``The Big Red One,'' the critically lauded Samuel Fuller war film Hamill co-starred in with Lee Marvin. Hamill directed his own movie in 2004, the fictional documentary ``Comic Book: The Movie.''
Later this year, Hamill hopes to begin production on ``The Black Pearl,'' an adaptation of the comic book he created. He is currently setting up an animated series about a city apartment building, seen through the eyes of pets.
While in New York searching for animators for the show, Hamill took a moment to reflect on that galaxy far, far away.
AP: While you're in New York, will you visit the fans camping outside the Ziegfeld Theater?
Hamill: I don't know. I don't want to upset them. I've always been sort of fascinated with that. I'll tell you, the very first time I ever experienced the phenomenon, the day (``Star Wars'') opened in 1977, a car came to pick me up and take me to see the 35-millimeter version. ... I said to the driver, 'Can you go by Grauman's Chinese Theater, because I want to see what the marquee looks like.' I could not believe my eyes - there were lines around the block. I thought it would be a hit, but I thought it would be by word of mouth. I didn't expect it on the first day.
AP: What were your expectations? They couldn't have been for it to turn out like it has.
Hamill: No, of course not. But I was one of the optimist bunch and I'm on record predicting, 'This thing is going to make more money than ``Planet of the Apes.``' I was looking at it from the standpoint of whether our options would be picked up to do parts II and III. And I said, 'There's no way this will fail' - because it's got a sense of humor. It's the key element that most science fiction films don't have, which is a sort of arch sense of humor. Now, we're playing it completely straight, but it's inherently absurd. I mean, I can't tell you how much we laughed on the set to have Alec Guinness in a scene with a big, furry dog that's flying a space ship.
AP: What are your feelings about the movies finally ending?
Hamill: I've learned that the movies will never finally end. It just goes on and on and on and on. I mean, it's going to be in 3D, then it's going to be smellivision, then it's going to be a ride in an amusement park, then they'll come to your house and perform it with puppets on your lawn ... it'll never end! I accepted that a long time ago.
AP: Have you found it confining to be known primarily as Luke Skywalker?
Hamill: Jackie Gleason had ``The Honeymooners'' - there are other parallels to people that do things that sort of transcend everything else they've ever done. And you can either get frustrated and focus on the negative aspect of that or you can just let it roll of your back like water off a duck's back, laugh and move on. Because if I didn't believe that the most interesting challenges were ahead of me, I probably would retire. I've invested well, I'm not hurting for money. To me, 'Harrigan 'n Hart' (a musical Hamill starred in for its brief 1985 run) is one of the biggest triumphs of my career, and yet it was not considered a commercial success. But for someone like me who had never done a musical before to hold my own among people that had done 30 musicals, that really felt like an accomplishment to me. The Drama Desk nomination for best actor in a musical was just icing on the cake. Yea, I would have loved to have it run and maybe it would have changed my career because I love theater so much. I think theater has given me the opportunity to show what a character actor I can be.
AP: But when it's all said and done, do you have some p
These guys emailed CF today and suggested our members fill out this: Star Wars Survey from Pioneer Press. Your comments may be published.
"Put all the good stuff in here, apparently the n00bs don't look in here."
At last, my true feelings revealed.
Save The Repbulic
as per Bosh's post above..
Mark Hamill and I are the same age...
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Except for the fact that I refuse to click any banner ad so as not to justify their existence (especially at TFN) I'm way tempted to click the current marijuana banner ad. NICE!
Just curious but why "especially at TFN?"
Ask me over a beer sometime.
that's always how it begins..."ask him over a beer"...next thing you know, you're tied up in his basement drinking motor oil and begging for mercy.
I don't have a basement stoopit!
"Go frag yourself!"
Deal......and I will be careful.
"You'll be DEAD!"
FREE PIZZA N' BEER!
If anyone's bored this Sunday, I have to paint my upstairs apartment to get it ready to rent. If anyone wants to come by and help I'll buy you your favorite beer (or soda) and whatever you want on your pizza. I live at 35th & Damen.
Let me know,
yes, he'll buy whatever you want on your pizza...but not the pizza itself. so unless you fancy a jar of anchovies or some raw mushrooms for dinner, bring a few bucks.
by "favorite beer," he actually means "whatever rotgut swill is cheapest at the quik-e-mart."