ARRIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS, FROM 30/9/17. BOOK NOW FOR THE ULTIMATE 'STAR WARS' EXHIBITION

Saturday, 24 February 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: INTRUDER IN THE SNOW!


The snowy, freezing plains of Hoth are deadly enough, now a new foe has entered the environment: the all-seeing, all-searching Imperial Probe Droid on its silent and creepy surveillance mission, as seen in the Norway-filmed opening to The Empire Strikes Back.


CLASSIC INDY: UNFRIENDLY E.T.s!


The latest 'Mcguffin' created by George Lucas for the most recent (so far) Indiana Jones adventure, which saw our older hero's timeline shift to the late 1950's and a return to an unsolved mystery from a decade earlier- one that soon sees him incredibly experiencing beings from beyond our world - the emergence of the Crystal Skull, as seen in this spooky teaser poster/merchandise art mixing science fiction and primitive etchings, for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

Friday, 23 February 2018

BEHIND THE SCENES: IN TWI'LEK COMPANY


In the corridor outside the Supreme Chancellor's office set at the Fox Studios, Australia, Matt Rowan as Senator Orn Free Ta enjoys the company of some of his fellow Twi-lek companions, in a fun moment shot by the EPISODE II documentary team during filming in 2000.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

'SOLO': INTRODUCING THE OLD/NEW 'FALCON'!


Back in the old days of the original Expanded Universe, acclaimed author James Luceno wrote a great backstory scene for his legacy tie-in novel Millennium Falcon where a young Han Solo discovered the Millennium Falcon for the first time, and knew that he had to have her - that his destiny lie with the magnificent yet beaten-up ship. With the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, let's hope we get to see an on-screen moment that's both similar and subtly emotional.


Paying tribute once again to Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston's 1975 evolving designs for the ship. the original version of the Falcon, owned by Lando Calrissian, looks more gleamy and new than we've seen before, alongside a back history that will surely be interestingly revealed.


More on the design here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZAryCaRE3k&index=3&list=PL148kCvXk8pBjG-JOhlIU6rWzLyA2O2an&t=0s

The design history of the Falcon:

https://kitbashed.com/blog/a-complete-history-of-the-millennium-falcon

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

EPISODE VIII: COMING TO BLU-RAY, DIGITAL AND DVD - MARCH/APRIL 2018!



It's almost here- The Last Jedi's arrival in the US market, on enough viewing formats 'to fill a space cruiser'!

More details and various exclusives artwork: 
http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-the-last-jedi-comes-home

Let's hope the combined extras are better here than the all-too-short batch created for the Rogue One Blu-ray release- which only came to a miserly hour and a bit, and no sign on the horizon whatsoever of the kind of 'Special Edition' release treatment it so thoroughly deserved!

UK cover art -Resistance sleeve- for The Last Jedi on Blu-ray.

They may have openly and positively declared the spectacular London premiere of The Last Jedi their best event staging yet, and box office receipts were certainly huge, but when it comes to releasing the film in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD, Lucasfilm/Disney are either lacking in interest or certainly short-changing the territory and its dedicated buyers with its longer release date of April 9th. The kind of lavish promotion and publicity will once more be minimal, with little innovation or thought to great exclusives for fans- so far, the best we can hope for is the 'Resistance'/'First Order' style alternate covers for online purchasers, and, perhaps, the odd exclusive cover for HMV and its affiliates. A pretty poor showing...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: COMES THE DAWN...


Padme looks to the awoken dawn of Tatooine, as young Anakin and Artoo prepare to make the final adjustments to his pod racer for the day's upcoming race- a deleted scene moment from EPISODE I that appeared in only partial form on the eventual DVD release.


Monday, 19 February 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: UNFRIENDLY GESTURES!


He said things 'could get a little rough', and Ben wasn't kidding, as Luke finds out during an unfortunate incident with wanted criminals 'Ugly Human' (aka Doctor Evazan) and 'Walrus Man' (aka Ponda Baba), in an intriguing Cantina scene angle not seen in the finished Star Wars.

Alfie Curtis's original UK UGLY agency showcase advert from the seventies.

I was sad to hear of the recent passing of Alfie Curtis, who played Evazan, at the end of last year:

https://www.fanthatracks.com/news/film-music-tv/alfie-curtis-dr-evazan-passed-away/

A look at the human characters of the Cantina: http://www.starwars.com/news/meet-the-humans-from-the-mos-eisley-cantina

EP VIII: ROUNDY'S RETURN!



From breaking out jailed heroes to saving human buddy Poe Dameron, then formidably controlling an AT-ST Walker into battle, ever-lovable, ever-cute BB-8's scene-stealing talents continued to an even greater degree during events of  The Last Jedi. 'Roundy' even got to utter a now classic STAR WARS line:

comicbook.com/starwars/2017/12/16/star-wars-the-last-jedi-bb8-i-have-a-bad-feeling-about-this/

He's now a unique culinary cover star, too - for an all-new family breakfast cookbook linked to the heroes of the new sequel trilogy, part of Chronicle Books' continuing SW themed series:


Out now, here's the info:

Awaken your inner Force with 29 intergalactic breakfast recipes. Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more! These easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs featuring Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humour.
Recipes include: 
C-3PO at Pancakes
Parfait de Resistance
Maz Kanata Frittata
Luggabeast of a Quiche
Reysin Bread
Breakfast Poe’Boy
Kanjiklub Sandwiches
Breakfast Tako-danas

Get The Star Wars Cookbook here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Cookbook-BB-Ate-Breakfast/dp/1452162980/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519042742&sr=8-1&keywords=star+wars+cookbook 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

SKULL-DUGGERY! 'INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL' AT TEN!

European teaser poster.

As top secret pre-production gears up for the next installment of the Indiana Jones series, STAR WARS AFICIONADO celebrates on and off through 2018 the Tenth Anniversary of Indy's prior globe-trotting box-office success adventure, which sent him on a quest to find a missing friend, get reunited with an old flame, and discover the joys of parenthood! Yes, it's time to go back to the fifties, and wearily tread the misty jungles leading to The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

THE CLONE WARS: AN UNLIKELY LEADER, INDEED...


The Clone Troopers are getting used to their new 'leader' in Jar Jar Binks, as their mission to negotiate and release the captured Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan from pirates continues, during the memorable The Clone Wars episode, The Gungan General.