This year Yoda’s News very own, Alexander Rybak, will be attending the Florida SuperCon in Miami, FL and providing extensive coverage.
Excerpt from Official Press Release:
About Florida Supercon Now in its tenth year, Florida Supercon is South Florida’s largest convention for comic books, anime, animation, video game, fantasy, Sci-Fi and pop culture genres. This 4-day event features celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume and cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming, children’s events and more for the whole family. The convention has continued to grow from its first event held in November 2006 with 1,500 attendees to over 43,000 in 2014. For more information, please visit http://floridasupercon.com. All photos courtesy of Florida Supercon.
This year, Florida SuperCon has a huge hosts of amazing guests including several that hail from a galaxy far, far away. Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) will both be in attendance. Florida SuperCon kicks off this June from the 25-28th so make sure to check out their official website to get your tickets now. We look forward to seeing you there!
May 21 marked the 35th anniversary of the second “Star Wars” movie, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Perpetually curious about the series, The Huffington Post reached out to actor Jeremy Bulloch for stories. Notably, Bulloch played ruthless bounty-hunter Boba Fett and made his iconic debut in this installment of Lucas’ original trilogy.
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Can you call it a spoiler if someone reveals the plot to a movie that won’t be made for another 30 years?
Thirty-five years ago today, The Empire Strikes Back made its debut in theaters. Before its release, Star Wars fans had no idea that Darth Vader was Luke’s father, and were totally in the dark about the big bad Sith Lord’s backstory… unless they happened to catch a 1980 TV interview with Mark Hamill (which you can watch above).
“Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask,” Hamill says, casually explaining the climax of Revenge of the Sith, a film that would come out more than three decades after this interview aired.
He adds that “there’s an 8-year-old Luke running around, playing in the background” of that still-theoretical prequel. That obviously didn’t happen, and for good reason; if Luke was that old when Anakin went fully to the Dark Side, the young Jedi would probably not have been so surprised when Vader broke the paternity news to him all those years later.
There has long been a debate about just how much backstory Star Wars creator George Lucas had plotted out in the franchise’s early days; in 1980, he told the sci-fi-focused Prevue magazine that he had plotted out 12 movies, which he later whittled down to nine. That included three prequels to Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, though it’s always been fuzzy regarding when Lucas finalized the saga’s major details: In this transcript of a conversation he had with Empire co-writer Lawrence Kasdan reveals that he had by then decided that Anakin was the father of Luke and Leia.
One interesting note from that transcript: Lucas says that anyone can be a Jedi, whereas later on, usage of The Force is dependent on Midichlorian count.
The video above also briefly reveals some early plan for the third trilogy, Episodes VII-IX. Harrison Ford tells the interviewer that he didn’t think that Han Solo would be in those films, which would instead follow a new cast of characters. As we know now, Lucas gave Disney his plans for the next trilogy when he sold Lucasfilm to the Mouse House in 2012, but director J.J. Abrams decided to mostly construct a new story from scratch — one that includes Han Solo.
The arrival of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ushered in a new era. Fans were transported into the past to view not only the fall of Anakin Skywalker, but the descent of the Republic and the Jedi Order. We saw how the Emperor took control and how the Galactic Empire began. It was a bleak time for the galaxy — a time made worse by the dark side clouding the Force and blinding those who had the potential to change the course.
Because the 16th anniversary of the release of The Phantom Menace and the 10th anniversary of the release Revenge of the Sith just passed (both films hit theaters on May 19), there’s no better time to celebrate the prequel trilogy. Experiencing this era again will also better prepare you for the arrival of Darth Vader in Season Two of Star Wars Rebels.
Here are six other reasons why you should sit down and indulge in a marathon of Episodes I-III.
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As Walt Disney Co. executives prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, they hinted at what new attractions are coming to the Anaheim park and what won’t be making an appearance.
In an interview, Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs said Disney is considering plans to introduce characters from the blockbuster “Star Wars” films into the park in “large and small ways.”
He declined to offer details but said he does not plan to remove any favorite features to make room for new “Star Wars” attractions.
“We will look at ‘Star Wars’ to be a plus while not taking away from things that people love,” he said.
Since Walt Disney Co. purchased Lucasfilm from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas in 2012, Disney fans have speculated about how Disneyland would incorporate the “Star Wars” films and characters into the park. Executives for the company have not denied that there are plans to bring more “Star Wars” characters and storylines to the park, although they have yet to offer specifics.
But the future of Disneyland will apparently not include MagicBands, a wristband that uses microchip technology to let guests use the bands in place of theme park tickets, hotel room keys and even credit cards. The wristbands debuted at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in 2013.
Disneyland does not plan to offer the wristbands at the park anytime soon, said Mary Niven, vice president for Disneyland Park.
She said the wristband won’t work with Disneyland’s guest demographics. Many visitors are local residents who do not stay for long periods at the nearby hotels, where the bands would be used heavily.
“We are constantly looking at what is next on the horizon,” she added.
Film composer John Williams has been nominated for an astonishing 49 Academy Awards. He’s won five. His second was for Jaws and his third was for the original Star Wars—and bingo! Right there you have arguably the two most recognizable scores in Hollywood history. Williams has since written the music for all the Star Wars sequels and prequels, along with nearly all of Steven Spielberg’s films, the first three Harry Potter pictures, and—a few more titles chosen not quite at random—Superman, The Witches of Eastwick, Home Alone, JFK, and The Book Thief.
I recently spoke to Williams about his in-progress work on his seventh Star Wars score, for the upcoming The Force Awakens—and also about a song he once co-wrote for Frank Sinatra. Click here to read the June Vanity Fair cover story on The Force Awakens and to see Annie Leibovitz’s exclusive portraits of the cast. Below are outtakes from my conversation with Williams.
Bruce Handy: Now that you’re scoring your seventh Star Wars movie, do you find that you approach the series differently in terms of your creative process compared with other films or series you’ve worked on?
John Williams: Very much so. It’s all a continuation of an initial set of ideas. It’s a bit like adding paragraphs to a letter that’s been going on for a number of years. Starting with a completely new film, a story that I don’t know, characters that I haven’t met, my whole approach to writing music is completely different—trying to find an identity, trying to find melodic identifications if that’s needed for the characters, and so on. Which I do here, but here it’s an extension of something that’s been really organic and continually growing. It’s a very, very different process. That’s really the best analogy I can come up with at the moment so I’ll repeat it: it’s like adding paragraphs to a letter rather than beginning the letter again.
That musical backstory, your previous Star Wars scores, is that something you can tap into pretty easily? Or do you, for instance, maybe sit down and re-listen to all the old scores to immerse yourself in that world before you start writing a new one?
I haven’t done that, though I might have been helped by doing that. But I know the material–I think I do. I have my take on it, so to speak; I have my feelings about it. So I haven’t had to consult the old scores. It’s really been a comfortable transition in each case. I’ve used this analogy too, a thousand times: it’s a bit like riding a bike that you haven’t been on since you were ten years old. You do remember. And I’ve had the experience before with the Raiders series and Superman, the Harry Potter series, although the music is somewhat dissimilar. I hope it’s dissimilar. I hope they’re at least, in part, unique to the projects. But going from one to another is not a difficult adjustment, at least not for me.
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