Space Opera

Early look at '77

'77 also know as 5-25-77 is an independent movie about the adventures of young Pat Johnson, a budding filmmaker fighting against the odds to spread the word of the original Star Wars film on its opening day - May 25th, 1977.  Watch the video below.

I’m can’t wait to watch '77.  From the trailer it looks like a coming of age tale for SF fans.  I love the geeky references.  For the record the Enterprise’s shields could not withstand a shot from the Deathstar but it could easily out dodge the shot.

When will '77 hit theaters?

There is no release date yet but Patrick Read Johnson gives us an idea of what to expect in an interview.

There won't be any release plan until we make our final domestic deal in November. I know it frustrates a lot of outside observers that we can't give them a hard release date, but the truth is, it's really a very freeing thing to be able to make your film, the way you really want it made, without having to live in fear of an impending date you absolutely have to hit. If we'd made this film through a studio and completed it in, you know 9 months or something... there are a number of wonderful things that might never have made it into the film. Though no one wants to see '77 in theaters more than me, my fellow filmmakers and I are also keenly aware that making a GOOD independent film as ambitious as our for as little money as we've had to spend almost always results in a long gestation process. And frankly, on a film this important to me, I'm really very lucky to have had the luxury of all this time.

For a lucky few '77 premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival where it received great reviews and received the Heineken Red Star Award but it does not have a national nor international release yet.

For more visit the official site

(via Starlog)

Star Wars AT-AT Cake

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That is one amazing looking AT-AT cake.  It's not entirely edible since the legs and base are wood covered in gum paste but the head and body are edible.  That said I don't know if any edible material would be strong enough to support the body and especially the head.  The details on this AT-AT cake is amazing!  Great job Jennifer Luxmore of Sin Desserts in Providence, RI.

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Hunter Prey teaser trailer

The teaser is out for Hunter Prey watch it above.  The movie is about a team of special forces commandos who must recapture an escaped alien prisoner after the military transport ship carrying it crashes on a desolate and hostile planet.

I love the look of the commandos... they really give me a Star Wars bounty hunter kind of feel.  This is enhanced with the retro-70's style that the film is going for.

Sandy Collora directs the independent Sci-Fi film.  She used a more streamlined approach to the movie keeping the budget down.  First she used an 18 day shooting schedule and she used the Red camera system.  The RED camera system which could revolutionize the filming process because it promises to give the same quality but costs as much to buy as it is to rent the camera systems used for movies today.

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Star Wars: Clone Intelligence Report on Lok Durd

via Wookieepedia We have received some intelligence on a Neimoidian Separatist General known as Lok Durd.  Like most Separatist’s he’s power-crazed and as crazy as the droids he commands.  We suspect he is also in possession of a new weapon. The new weapon is an large scale explosive device that will only destroy living matter.  It’s not good news if it is true because that means it will destroy Clone Troopers and Jedi but will leave a field full of operational clankers behind.

Unfortunately we are not sure where he is currently located but he was last spotted on the outer rim near the planet Maridun.

Star Wars: Clone Wars to add George Takei

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This Fridays Star Wars: Clone Wars Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Star Wars: The Clone Wars will feature the voice of George Takei in episode # 14 Defenders of Peace.  He will voice the villain Lok Durd.

George Takei gives us an idea of what Lok Durd looks like and remarks on the quality of the animation.

“Then when I saw the finished product I couldn’t help but realize it was amazingly well done. He’s just extremely flabby and loose he is. It made me wonder why I do all the sit ups, push ups and other exercises I really do when they think of that kind of character for my voice. I mean when Lok Durd moves, you can see his stomach, arms and legs, all his flesh, just jiggle. The animation is just amazing! Oh, the vanity of an actor!”

Watch the episode preview here and watch the last few episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars streaming online here.

Synopsis for Defenders of Peace:

While the Jedi combat a new Separatist weapon, the pacifist Lurmen must decide whether they will lay down to the oppressive Separatists or fight with Anakin, Ahsoka and Jedi General Aayla Secura.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - A Galaxy Divided Out on DVD

clone-wars-ambushStar Wars: The Clone Wars - A Galaxy Divided (TV Series) is now available for preorder and will be released on March 24th!  This collection will cover four exciting episodes including my most favorite episode Ambush!

  • Ambush:  A ton of Yoda plus Asajj Ventress need I say more!
  • Rising Malevolence: The Clankers get a new weapon and it doesn’t look good for the Clone army.
  • Shadow of Malevolence:  Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi lead a mission to find and destroy a massive warship that is under the command of General Grievous.
  • Destroy Malevolence: The trap is sprung and Grievous is in trouble.

I’m glad that they have dropped the initial list price from $19.99 to $13.99.  As for me I subscribed through iTunes Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Star Wars: The Clone Wars and am waiting for the season box release that should be out latter in 2009.

Read more on Free streaming Star Wars: The Clone Wars here

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Knights of the Old Republic #37 Sneak Peak

star-wars-kotor-36Sneak peak is up for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic issue #37.  There are nine pages in total and it looks awesome!  Only warning is that there are some spoilers in it. Get your copy of issue #36 here

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Grilling with X-Wings

Many Many Summers AgoIn a backyard far far away…

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I love this picture of a x-wing hotdog roaster for your grill.  No longer will the imperial grills allow your rebel dogs to slip between the grill falling to it’s demise, at least until the hamburgers strike back.

I’m glad they chose the x-wing, I don’t know if I possess the Jedi patience to roast with a y-wing.

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Lucas Takes Clone Troopers To Convention

20080317_2_sm You got to love the irony of George Lucas showing up at a convention with a unit of clone troopers. His past love / hate relationship with conventions makes it easy to see him as an imperial governor with all of those clone troopers surrounding him, lol. That being said, I really wished I could have been there for ShowWest 2008. George Lucas spoke about the next generation of Star Wars Fans and answered some questions on the up and coming Clone Wars TV Series project.

He said that the majority of The Clone Wars would be rated at the "sort of high end of PG" with moments that would flip over into PG-13. This is relieving, I feel we really need media content to allow the public to address troops in a war time situation but so many of the other movie projects on this topic go for the R ratting and become so grotesque that they distract from really looking at the true issues.

The Clone Wars series is episodic but not so knit together that a viewer would get lost if they didn't watch from the beginning.

This is an old-fashioned episodic show. We looked at it on the big screen and it looked so beautiful and great that we said, "Gee, we can make a feature just like this." So we did and got all the people, got all the stuff and said, "Let's make a feature." So we did.

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Stardate 2009.5.8

trek_newlogo_lg It is official, Paramount has confirmed that Star Trek XI will not be coming out this Christmas, but instead on May 8, 2009. This has two major implications for the flick

  1. The script will be rewritten.
  2. They will be forced make the film more of an Effects/Action film than before.

It can only be good news for the film that we will not be stuck with the early draft script that was being shot. No story is ever perfect on the first draft.

The May release date is a bit more troubling... Star Trek has never been a huge box office draw:

Look at these worldwide grosses for the previous films, then realize that they are budgeting $130 - $150 million (estimated) for Star Trek XI. That means that this film with have to do better than the top grossing Trek film to date. How likely is that?

In order to justify the budget (which I think is way too high), the film will have to appeal to the lowest common denominator. There will be no moral dilemma in the film to distract the masses from the pretty lights and explosions, and the number of those pretty lights will be increased to draw more people in. What will be left of Star Trek? The character names...

I fear that this move and the over the top budget will do more harm to a franchise that has been in trouble since the death of Gene Roddenberry and the end of Deep Space Nine.

This is a time for the fans to speak out, and hope that their voices will be heard in the creation of this new film. It is possible for this to be the best of the films so far, as long as they remember what Star Trek is really all about. The dream of a better tomorrow.

Babylon 5: Over Here/Over There

President Sheridan returns to Babylon 5 with the worse of all enemieswith him, a reporter. The reference to G'kar being beyond the rim almost made me cry.

After Galen shows Sheridan yet another glimpse of the destruction of earth, sets him out change the course of history.

Dr Franklin went with G'kar beyond the rim... close to tears again.

The theme of the origin of good and evil as well as our duty to combat it continued in the second episode. It is amazing to see another story about how the choices we make effect everything.