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May 31, 2014

Carrie Fisher posing seductively in Leia's slave bikini from Jedi

Let's be frank, the internet runs on sex appeal, so here's Carrie Fisher turning up the sex to 11 in her slave bikini from Return of the Jedi.

princess leia's golden bikini from Return of the Jedi

Is this the most famous bikini in the history of film?

Every one talks about Ursula Andress in James Bond's Doctor No...



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Ms Honey Rider
But if you didn't think Ms Andress's bikini hit the mark, take a step back to Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC:

raquel welch wearing a bikini sexy

May 30, 2014

11 Facts about Count Dooku, the Jedi who became a Sith called Darth Tyranus


count dooku attack of the clones

Facts and trivia about Count Dooku 


Every Star Wars film needs a bad guy and Attack of the Clones saw the introduction of Sith Lord Count Dooku. Played the the legendary actor Christopher Lee, Dooku was a key player in the Clone Wars.

Here's some facts and trivia about the character's place and effect on the Star Wars universe.





  • Although Count Dooku is the main villain and is mentioned in the opening crawl of Attack of the Clones he does not actually make his first appearance until 76 minutes into the film.
  • Before Anakin beheaded Dooku in the opening act of Revenge of the Sith, he cut off his arms, making him the 5th person to lose an arm in the franchise. This is in terms of order of the films coming out. If you go chronological order he was the third after Zam Wessel and Anakin. It was a nice revenge for Anakin too.
  • Christopher Lee played Dracula opposite A New Hope's Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing in a few movies. 
  • While Count Dooku had take his vow of being a Sith Lord and was so named Darth Tyranus, the novel of the film sheds some light on the plan he and Darth Sidious had been running. The two of them had intended to turn Anakin to the Dark Side to get and get him to lead a Sith Army. However, when Anakin had over powered him and was urged to kill him by Sidious, Tyranus realised Palpatine had never truly intended for him to be his apprentice but had merely been using him as a means to engineer the war and as a placeholder for his true intended apprentice, Anakin
    Count Dooku killed by Anakin
    You got played bro!
  • When he was a Jedi, Dooku's first padawan was The Phantom Menace's Qui Gon Jinn.
  • Actor Christopher Lee said of his character: "He's very aloof, very self-contained, obviously completely fearless. He is extremely intelligent, perhaps more so than almost anyone else. He's obviously a man of immense power. I don't suppose that the question of moral values enter into his head. He's not immoral -- he's amoral. Morality is a word that doesn't figure in his vocabulary at all. It's power. Which is something that exists very much in our world today."
  • Dooku was at one time in scripting considered to be a female sith. The rejected concepts for this idea where eventually channeled into the development of Asajj Ventress, who appeared regularly in the animated Clone Wars show.
  • Count Dooku only speaks a total of four lines in Revenge of the Sith! Word on the street is a line was cut from the film where Dooku admitted to Anakin that Tusken Raiders who kidnapped Anakin's mother, Shmi Skywalker were paid to do so by Count Dooku. Dooku had done this on orders from his master, Darth Sidious. The idea was to stir up Anakin's emotional state. Clearly that worked.
  • Due to Lee's age when filming his role, Kyle Rowling portrayed Dooku during most of the character's lightsaber sequences, Rowling's head was digitally replaced with Lee's during post-production work.
  • Christopher Lee appears in the Clone Wars film, doing the voice of his character. 
  • In the Attack of the Clones scene where Count Dooku visits his prisoner Obi-Wan Kenobi and tries in vain to recruit him to his side was not in the original shooting script. This scene was filmed during reshoots and was designed to deceive the film viewer into thinking that Dooku may not be an evil character after all. Other scenes had been filmed that showed a trial for our captured heroes where Dooku's allegiances were firmly established.

May 21, 2014

Is this guy a H'drachi?

You've probably seen JJ interact with the above guy by now. Is he male H'drachi?

May 18, 2014

So said Irvin about Golden Rod in Empire

c3po empire strikes back


"We had an electronic head and arm for Threepio, and I manipulated the mechanism with a joystick. But it wasn't working. The propman said, 'Give me fifteen minutes.' We all went to get coffee, and when we came back, Threepio's head turned perfectly and his arm moved naturally. I looked up and realized that the prop man had a fishing pole with a fine nylon string attached to Threepio's arm. He had rigged another string around the head, which Chewbacca was holding. As Chewie moved his hands, Threepio's head turned!"






So said, Irvin Kershner, the director of a truly great film, The Empire Strikes Back.

May 17, 2014

Luke Skywalker quotes from The Force Awakens

So Luke Skywalker gets to take part in another rodeo some thirty years after Return of the Jedi. And boy, what a rodeo it was!

Here's Skywalker's quotes from The Force Awakens.

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There are no quotes from Luke in this movie. He has a wordless 30 second cameo right at the end.

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From the second trailer Luke did sat this:

The Force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it, my sister has it and you have that power too.

Does really Anakin Skywalker fulfill the so called Prophecy and so restore balance to the Force? Or does Luke do that?

Anakin's shadow of Darth Vader
The Chosen One
I believe it was The Phantom Menace which introduced the concept of there being a chosen one who would bring balance to the Force.

Anakin was considered to be the Chosen One as he was considered by Qui Gon Gin as a 'vergence' in the Force - his midicholrian count was higher ever measured before.

Perhaps grudgingly, Anakin was accepted to a a Jedi in training  by the Jedi Council - on the promise that he was indeed the Chosen One.






But was he? He left things pretty badly at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He betrayed the Jedi, killed a few more of them, massacred some Younglings at the Jedi Temple, force choked the woman he loved and he engaged Obi Wan in the most awesome light sabee duel Star Wars has ever witnessed.

He became wretched and obi wan lamented that Anakin was supposed  to be the chosen one but clearly his behaviour to that point suggested other wise.

How could such a betrayal mean Anakin was the Chosen One?

So does this mean Vader's son, Luke Skywalker was the Chosen One?

After all, he saved the day in a Return of the Jedi?

Right?

You better back the horses up Billy - let's a think about what happened in Jedi. Luke beat his father in the duel, mortally wounding him as he did so.

This lead to the Emperor Palpatine reigning force lightning down upon Luke - to which Vader then betrayed his master by throwing him down the pit killing, the Emperor.

This act is considered the moment when Vader brings balance to the Force.

So even though Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader and killed all those people including his friend Obi Wan Kenobi,  he actually was the chosen one who fulfilled the Prophecy.

It just came about in an extremely round about way - it showed the cleverness of the prequels - taking the existing ending of ROTJ and fashioning a grand story around Vader.

It really was good writing by Lucas and Hales.

Don't believe me?

George Lucas has stated unequivocally Anakin was the chosen one:
 

However if you want to run a cheeky argument that Anakin didn't fulfill the prophecy you could argue that when he became Darth Vader Anakin ceased to exist (as Obi Wan put it in Jedi). Thus Vader was the chosen one.

But you could then argue the moment Vader decided to kill the Emperor he was again Anakin so it's a moot point really... and consider this - when Vader throws Emperor Palpatine down the pit, listen carefully - the Jedi motif is briefly played - signalling that yes, Vader is now Anakin.

At the end of the day you could argue that Luke helps Vader bring balance to the Force - it was his belief in his Father that drove him after all...

Want to read some more sweet things about Darth Vader? 

Try this 'click bait' on for size:

Return of the Jedi promotional poster from Japan

Here's a sweet Return of the Jedi promotional poster from Japan:

Return of the Jedi Poster for Japan


It's a pretty basic design but it gets to the point - it's all about the power of the light saber. It's imagery evokes King Arthur and the Excalibur sword. One wonders whose hands are wrapped around the hilt of the saber? Vader's or Luke's?

May 11, 2014

Alden Ehrenreich's quotes as young Han Solo in the Spin Off

Alden Ehrenreich's quotes as young Han Solo from the Star Wars Anthology movie


Alden Ehrenreich's quotes as young Han Solo from the Star Wars Anthology movie
Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the young Han Solo for the prequel movie spin off.

Set before A New Hope, this new stand alone anthology movie takes us through the 'formative period of Han Solo' which leads to him becoming the 'shoot first' scruffy nerf herder we eventually meet. '

Alden Ehrenreich was no novice before being cast in his Star Wars film - he's had notable roles in Blue Jasmine and he proved pretty quotable in the Coen brother's film, Hail, Caesar!

Han Solo quotes from the Han Solo anthology movie.


This page will be updated with quotes from the movie when the movie is out, it's just currently a place holder. 

How does the new Star Wars canon work?

What is the official Star Wars canon?

What is the official Star Wars canon? 


With strong roots in the Roman Catholic Church, canon is considered 'the law', 'the way things are' and 'the facts'.

Canon in terms of movies and comics and the like is these concepts laid out in a road map of sorts. For instance, it's canon that Superman comes from the planet Krypton. That's just the fact of the matter.

An alternative universe story that suggests he was born on Earth and lived in Russia might be a cool story but it is not considered canon.






There has been a lot of talk about what is now considered canon in the Star Wars universe. Maybe too much talk.

The Comic Book guy types are up in arms because they think their favourite blue faced villain suddenly doesn't exist any more.

Get over, it was just a book! Just a book....

But seriously, the powers that be at Disney and Lucasfilm have decreed the new trilogy serves an opportune time to revisit the Star Wars canon:

This is the new canon:
  • The 6 movies
  • The entire Clone Wars series
  • The entire Rebels series
  • Any new novels
  • The new movies
  • Any new comics
This is to say that any thing mentioned in those realms is canon. A character may have had a brief moment in one of those components but if their back story was explained in a novel somewhere, that story no longer is official canon.

All the prior expanded universe novels will have there place under the sun known under the 'Legends' banner - they will still be able to be brought and read over and over again.

Obviously, if the makers of the new official canon want to add elements from these works into the new Star Wars works, there is nothing to stop them from doing so.

So good news in that sense for those Thrawn fans, he is now official canon having debuted in Season Three of the Star Wars Rebels show.

So yes, you still could see Mara Jade one day....

May 7, 2014

Things I learned reading the novel of Revenge of the Sith

I happened to come across a copy of the novelisation of Revenge of the Sith for 2 bucks. Given it's a favorite Star Wars movie of mine, I bought it and read on the bus to work.

And so it was that I learnt a few things.

Anakin only has eyes for SidiusRevenge refers to not only the long history of the Sith, it refers to Anakin's revenge - for being a slave and for his mother as when you think about it, he is a Sith.

Dooku had big plans to reform things for the greater good but didn't realise he was only the pretend apprentice to Darth Sidious til the very end.

Oops.

C3PO's memory was ordered to be wiped as he suggested in front of Bail Organa he would tell Padme's children about their parents one day. This was not in the film as far as I recall - so it kind of explains why the action was taken - however it doesn't explain why R2D2 didn't really say much about his experiences to Luke!

I had thought the duel between Sidous and Yoda ended in a bit of a draw with Sidious taking the moral victory.  The novel reveals during the fight Yoda realised he had lost the fight before he had even been born.

Which is kind of amusing as Mace Windu actually beat Siduous and had him till Anakin stepped in. Unless Sidious was foxing but the book didn't suggest that.  

The novel confirmed Obi Wan was indeed a bad ass. But we all knew that any way.

In  the A New Hope film, Obi Wan discusses Vader's being seduced by the dark side. In ROTS, the seduction is played as an obvious slow build. My take on on the novel is Anakin is more tricked by a promise of saving Padme's life. One can argue the toss but the book really gets into Anakin's emotions earlier on than the namesake film, meaning his seduction is more believable.

Of course one must take these things with a grain of salt as Star Wars canon is the films themselves (and anything else official since the release of The Force Awakens), any thing else is expanded universe stuff which at the end of the day is 'nice to know' things and adventure but it doesn't cut it as stuff that's an immutable law of the franchise.

Generally speaking the novel was pretty faithful to the film, as you would expect. It gave some great insights into how the Jedi's perceived the Force as they went into battle and the like.

May 6, 2014

Princess Leia storyboard from A New Hope

princess leia story board image
Freeze, sucker!
Here’s a story board picture of Princess Leia from "Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy," a new release from Jonathan Rinzler. Rinzler is a walking encyclopaedia of Star Wars knowledge and has produced several Star Wars works in including, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

This story board was done by Alex Tavoularis. He’s quoted in the book as saying "My inspiration for Leia's look, if I remember correctly, was Alex Raymond's women in his 'Flash Gordon' comic book strip."

And as we all know, Flash Gordon had a major impact on the development of Star Wars.

We actually see a Pam Grier quality to it all....

Order Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy from Amazon.

Kirsten Dunst wearing the Death Star as a dress

Actress was Kirsten Dunst was spied wearing a pretty sweet Death Star dress on the red carpet some where.

She looks good eh?

Kirsten Dunst wearing Death Star dress

May 4, 2014

How many "High-Altitude Windak Pressure Suits" are there in Star Wars?

This is one of the coolest bits of Star Wars trivia to come across out desk in a while. Bossk was a non -peaking bounty hunter that was briefly spied in Empire Strikes Back and even more briefly in Revenge of the Jedi (On Jabba’s sail barge which I guess means he’d dead now…).

bossk suit doctor who star wars RAF

Legend has it the Bossk costume was actually a space suit recycled from the 1996 BBC production Doctor Who episode called The 10th Planet.

How does this come about you might ask?

Star Wars was largely made in England so you can image the costume designers rummaged through a whole lot past costumes and props for their production and given it’ ‘space suit’ qualities, it was used.





OR there might be other reasons as to why the suit ended up in Empire!

The suit has actually been identified as a ‘High-Altitude Windak Pressure Suit’ which was used by English RAF pilots in the 1960s.

So the suit on Bossk was not necessarily from the good Doctor’s production but is arguably of the same vintage.  

Eagle eyed trainspotters might have spied the suit in the Cantina scene in A New Hope as well and possibly on some A – Wing pilots found skulking in the back ground of briefing missions.

Heck, Luke Skywalker even wore one… so the question is how many High-Altitude Windak Pressure Suits are there in Star Wars then?