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Top 5: Princess Leia Moments (Thank you, Carrie)

Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars

Ask any guy who grew up with Star Wars, and we’ll admit it: we were all in love with her at some point.  She blasted Stormtroopers, piloted speeder bikes, commanded armies, and choked out a Hutt in the hottest outfit in film history.  She was the only girl action figure most of us kept around.  She was awesome, and we loved her for it, and part of us always will.  So until we’re all one with the Force, here are my five favorite Leia memories.

1. Aren’t You a Little Short to be a Stormtrooper? (A New Hope)

2. You Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder! (The Empire Strikes Back)

3. I love you.  I know. (The Empire Strikes Back)

4. Slave Leia Chokes a Hutt OUT (Return of the Jedi)

5. I Always Hated Watching You Leave (The Force Awakens)

The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, Star Wars
Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

R.I.P. Kenny Baker (1934 – 2016) *Farwell, R2-D2*

Kenny Baker, Star Wars, R2-D2

Not unexpected, as Kenny Baker was too ill to make the London premiere of Star Wars Episode VII, but still very sad news today that the British actor that brought R2-D2 to life in the first six Star Wars films has passed away after a long illness.  The British actor brought life to the little droid long before he became a completely electronic creation, and also had roles in Flash Gordon, The Elephant Man, and Amadeus (among many others) during his distinguished career.  The Hollywood Reporter’s full obituary is below along with a Tweet from co-star Mark Hamill who may have summed it up best: “He was the droid we were looking for.”  Kenny Baker was 81. Continue reading R.I.P. Kenny Baker (1934 – 2016) *Farwell, R2-D2*

Star Wars Saga Mega-Trailer (Episodes I-VII)

Awhile ago, we did a piece featuring the fantastic trailers YouTube wizard, Tom F., made for Star Wars Episodes I-VI; giving each a modern trailer set to the music composed for the epic The Force Awakens trailer (click here for that compulsory viewing).  He’s back at it; this time creating a trailer to that same piece of music (which I think we can conclusively say works for EVERYTHING) that showcases the entire Star Wars Saga this point from The Phantom Menace to The Force Awakens.  Check it out, because I doubt the Rogue One trailer is coming for a few more months.
Star Wars Episode VII, Rey, Finn, BB-9, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren, Han Solo, General Leia Organa, Stormtroopers, Planet Starkiller, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Maz Kanata

7 Changes George Lucas Made to Star Wars that WERE Good (from IGN)

This is an interesting discussion from IGN that I have actually intended to post for over a year.  It came out around the time of the digital release of the six film set, and it’s a discussion about 7 positive changes made by Lucas during all his tinkering with the films.  Now, I don’t agree with all the things they say are positive.  For example, cutting Jeremy Bulloch out is still a crap move, and who knows if that will hold up if Lawrence Kasdan revamps Boba Fett’s origin like is rumored?  I do think adding Ian McDiarmid to Empire and the Death Star explosions are examples of great changes, and it’s nice to approach the topic from a positive point of view, rather than the general freak out rant that instantly starts when the topic of Lucas’ never ending tinkering does come up.  I generally feel most of the changes are overall unnecessary or detrimental or psychotic (replacing Sebastian Stan at the end of Jedi with Hayden Christensen and the musical number in Jabba’s palace as examples).  But it’s a good jumping off point for conversation and it’s a very good discussion.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

PHENOMENALLY AWESOME Trailers for Star Wars Episodes I-VI Given “The Force Awakens” Treatment!!! MUST! WATCH! NOW!

Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, General Hux, Domnhall Gleeson, The First Order, Starkiller Base

The full trailer for Star Wars Episode VII is one of the best trailers I’ve ever seen.  Not just the pacing and reveals, but the fact that John Williams composed a special musical suite (more of which I wish was in the film) just for the trailer.  YouTube user Tom F. has done an amazing job applying that music and style to each of the preceding six episodes and the results (especially IV and V) make you want to just sit down and watch all the films again (no Gungans in any prequel trailer, points for Tom).  Episode VII will debut on DVD and Blu Ray in just a few weeks on April 5, 2016.  Watch these IMMEDIATELY.  All hail TOM F!

Created by YouTube user Tom F. (except that last one, that’s Lucasfilm and Disney)
BB-8, Star Wars Episode VII, Rey, Daisy Ridley