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May 28, 2015

Supreme Leader Snoke quotes from The Force Awakens


Played by Andy Serkis as a motion capture character, Snoke is the evil player in The Force Awakens that's pulling all the strings. He is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.

He has a strong hold over Kylo Ren and appears to be using him as a means to his own ends. As Supreme Leader of the First Order, he also commands General Hux.





Quotes by Snoke:

"We will crush the Resistance, once and for all"

"There has been an awakening, have you felt it? The dark side and the light."

Supreme Leader Snoke: The droid you seek is aboard the Millennium Falcon in the hands of your father, Han... Solo.
Kylo Ren: He means nothing to me.
Supreme Leader Snoke: Even the Knights of Ren have never faced such a test.
Kylo Ren: By the grace of your training I will not be seduced.
Supreme Leader Snoke: We shall see, Kylo Ren. We shall see.

Supreme Leader Snoke: A scavenger resisted you?
Kylo Ren: The Force is strong in her!


May 21, 2015

The crazy tale of how JJ and MR came to meet SS and KK


There’s a tale from Vanity Fair magazine that has been told before but I’m not that it’s ever been recalled so succinctly before by Kathleen Kennedy.

It’s the tale of how Steven Spielberg’s long lost home movies came to be found which lead to one of the greatest leg ups in film history – how Spielberg and Kennedy helped foster the film making careers of Matt Reeves and JJ Abrams.

Here’s the tale from VF:

Interviewer Bruce Handy: I understand you and J.J. go way back, almost thirty years. Tell me about how you first met him.

Kathleen Kennedy: It was funny. I was working with Steven, and I got a phone call one day. And this man was living in a house up on Lookout Mountain [in Arizona]. He’d been down in his basement, and he found this box covered in dust. And he said to me, “These are all home movies, and I think they belong to Steven Spielberg.” Now, my first cynical thought, unfortunately, was, you know, this is just somebody trying to get money.

And so I’m going to not act overly excited about this. I just said, “Well, you know, great. If you don’t mind, we’re on the Universal lot. Maybe you could just swing by and drop the box off, and we’ll take a look and see if in fact they belong to Steven.” So I hang up the phone. The first thing I say to Steven is, “Did you ever live on Lookout Mountain?”

He goes, “Yes, I did.” Now I’m thinking, Okay, this guy’s not making this up. So I said, “Well, somebody thinks they found your home movies.” He goes, “Oh, my God, you’re kidding!” And he had just assumed all these early Super 8 films he had made when he was 15, 16 years old were long gone. He’d lost them; he didn’t know where they were.

 So this man arrives. Here’s the box. He couldn’t have been sweeter, couldn’t have been nicer. Drops off this box. Sure enough, Steven’s beside himself because here are all his old movies that he made. So ironically, I had picked up the L.A. Times that morning and read about these two kids who had won this film award, and their movies were being shown at the Nuart Theatre [in Los Angeles]. And I said to Steven, “You know what would be really great? Why don’t you hire these two kids who just won this film award, who would probably give anything to meet you, and they could clean up your movies and transfer them to tape so that we never run the risk of these movies disappearing again?” 

And those two kids were J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves, who just did Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
And they came in. They were 15, 16 years old. And they ended up doing exactly that, cleaning up the Super 8 movies, and we’ve all stayed great friends ever since. All our kids went to the same elementary school. We followed J.J.’s career, so when he committed to Star Wars, it was this kind of fantastic coincidence of fate, I guess—preordained destiny or something.’

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We love how things came full circle – eventually Speilberg produced JJ’s Super 8 film! 

Thirteen Lucky ways to celebrate May the Fourth Star Wars Day (and Revenge of the 5ith if you’re really keen)


Thirteen lucky ways to celebrate May the Fourth Star Wars Day (and Revenge of the 5ith if you’re really keen)!

May the 4th has become a popular day to celebrate the fun and wholesomeness that is Star Wars - here's some ideas you might want to try. 
  1. Get a tattoo.
  2. Host a Star Wars film night.
  3. Read or re-read a Star Wars novel. Canon or non-canon, doesn’t matter!
  4. Dress up as your favourite character but please do better than this...
  5. Teach your child the ways of the Force.
  6. Read the Star Wars Ring Theory website.
  7. Finally start that re-watch of The Clone Wars.
  8. Watch the Harmy de-specialised versions of the Original Trilogy.
  9. Watch something George Lucas made that isn’t Star Wars related. Indiana Jones, Willow or American Graffiti!
  10. Spend your day slipping in Yoda quotes into yourconversations. Finish every line with “hee hee hee”.
  11. Watch a 'making of" Star Wars documentary.
  12. And of course, you can simply watch the movies!
  13. Make a beer clone, make it with a nice hops tea and start a war over how well you made your beer?
  14. Or even watch them with the commentary turned on!

May 19, 2015

So what happened when Kasdan took over VII's writing duties?


Star Wars fans who have been following the development of The Force Awakens will know that its gestation has taken a long time. And while good things come to those who wait, it was Micheal Ardnt who was announced very on in the piece as being the one to carry the baby – i.e. write the script. 

Last year a big change was announced that director JJ Abrams and Jedi/Empire writerLawrence Kasdan were formally taking over writing duties for the seventh Star Wars film.

There was a fair bit of scuttlebutt about what the deal was there. Was Ardnt’s script terrible? Were there creative differences and what were they?

The Vanity Fair interviews continue to prove golden with intel about the film’s production and Kasdan has spoken about the scripting process:

“With pre-production chores already well under way in London, where much of the film would be shot at Pinewood Studios, Abrams and Kasdan took over the screenwriting process, starting more or less from scratch. “We said, Blank page. Page one. What do we desperately want to see?” Abrams told me. 

Though Abrams said both men had pet ideas from the development process they wanted to incorporate, and did, Kasdan made the process sound like more of a teardown: “We didn’t have anything,” Kasdan said. “There were a thousand people waiting for answers on things, and you couldn’t tell them anything except ‘Yeah, that guy’s in it.’ That was about it. That was really all we knew.”

So what of Ardnt's work? Turns out there wasn't a massive failure on his part but he had run out of puff:

"Michael Arndt was having difficulty finishing a script within the necessary time frame. “There was a ton of ideas and outlines, a lot of cards on the wall, a lot of writing on whiteboards,” Abrams said, but no screenplay. "
Kasdan and Abrams spent the next 6 months writing the script. Product was able to continue as they were able to say to the crew – this character is in it, this ship is in it, this thing will happen here etc. 

This means that Lucas's treatments and ideas were ultimately not used. Kathleen Kennedy politely described that as being departures from ideas as “exactly the way you would in any development process.”

May 18, 2015

Kasdan suggests a certain fellow from Cloudy City is not yet done with Star Wars...

Kasdan on the set of Empir,e checking shit works
The man who has three Star Wars film writing credits to his name, Lawrence Kasdan has also done an interview with Vanity Fair magazine which follows the one JJ did. There were some very interesting things he shared with interviewer Bruce Handy. Here’s the key take-aways we err… took away.

On taking up the writing duties of The Empire Strikes Back following the death of Leigh Bracket:

“She was an amazing person. She has a credit on The Big Sleep, and she was one of the first female science-fiction pulp people. She was a big writer, important writer. [Her other screenplay credits include Howard Hawks’s Rio Bravo and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.] I don’t know all the things that happened [with Brackett’s draft of The Empire Strikes Back], but when George got it, it was nothing like what he wanted. It’s very hard to get into his head; I turned out to be able to get into his head a lot.

On Darth Vader being Luke’s Father after being asked if Luke’s father was originally a different character:

“I do not know. I’ve heard that. But what I know is when I came in to Empire and when I actually started to work, George said, “You know, Darth is Luke’s father.” And I said, “No shit?” So it was a total surprise to me and I thought wonderful. That to me was when the whole thing got really interesting and I thought, This thing’s going to be so much more complicated than I thought.”

It’s a matter of record that Luke’s Father and Vader where different characters. Obi Wan said so in ANH ;)

And finally, what of Lando Calrissian?

“Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.”


I would read that as Lando is a lock for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi!

May 17, 2015

K-250 quotes by Alan Tudyk from Star Wars: Rogue One

K-250 Rogue One
K-250
K-250 quotes by Alan Tudyk from the Star Wars: Rogue One movie

The robot serves as part of the Jyn Erso's rogue group that aims to get their hands on the Death Stars 'plan's - the ones used by the Rebels to identify and exploit the weakness found as per the events of A New Hope.

K-250 delivers part 'robot awesomeness' and part comedy relief in a similar vein to BB-8 or the two other famous robots that turn up in Star Wars movies.

Alan Tudyk plays the Enforce Droid, K-250 in Rogue One. He's apparently 8 foot tall.

Tudyk's persona fits this need quite well have demonstrated his comedy bona fides in his roles in Firefly, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Death at a Funeral. He's also done a fair bit of prior voice over work, his roles as Mickey in Halo 3: ODST and Zootopia.






The look of K-250 is a 'classic' robot look with dark metal, bright eyes suggestive of The Iron Giant. He wouldn't look out of place serving in Jabba's Palace.

K-250 quotes:


Chirrut Imwe quotes by Donnie Yen from Star Wars: Rogue One

Chirrut Imwe quotes by Donnie Ye


Chirrut Imwe quotes by Donnie Yen from Star Wars: Rogue One



Kathleen Kennedy, the producer of Rogue One described Chirrut's character as falling into the category of being a warrior monk,” & “He very much still believes in everything the Jedi were about.”

Along with Baze, he is a Guardian of the Whills. The Wills being the temple of which the Empire had been mining for Kyber Crystal. We understand this temple follows the teachings of the Church of the Force.

Many fans of Donnie Yen were very pleased about his being cast in Rogue One because of his role in the 'Ip Man' series of films that followed the story of Yip Man, the man who taught movie legend Bruce Lee.

Yen's athletic performance in those movies has been heralded as the 'best of the best' so it was no surprise that with his deft movies and zen like heroic moment at the end, that he stole the movie.

Chirrut's quotes from Rogue One


"I fear nothing. All this, as the Force wills it."

"Take hold of this moment. The force is strong."
"Are you kidding me? I'm blind"

"May the force of others be with you."

"The Force is with me and I am one with the Force"

Extra Chirrut facts

It was Donnie Yen who suggested early on his character be blind but as yet no reason has been given for his blindness. We expect it will come out in a extended universe story.

A lot of people seem to question how Chirrut was able to fight so well if he is blind. He is NOT a JEDI but is in tune with the Force. It can be perhaps likened to young Anakin being a great pod racer. He is not using the Force but the Force is a part of him.

Baze Malbus quotes by Jiang Wen from Star Wars: Rogue One


Baze Malbus quotes by Jiang Wen from Rogue One


Jyn Erso: If my father built this thing, we need to find him.
Baze Malbus: All right, how many do we need?

"They destroyed our home!"

Galen Erso quotes from Rogue One as played by Mads Mikkelsen

Galen Erso quotes from Star Wars: Rogue One as played by Mads Mikkelsen 

So Hannibal Lecter himself gets a chance to have a crack at a Star War character. Mads Mikkelsen best known for his role as the 'hungry doctor that ate his patients' and as the bad guy in Casino Royal plays Galen Erso, the father of Jyn Erso.

Galen is a scientist working for the Empire, helping them build the original Death Star. Clearly this job doesn't fit the needs of the Rebels and so he gets entangled in their (and his daughter's) efforts to steal the secret Death Star plans. 

Quotes:

To his daughter "Jyn, whatever I do, I do it to protect you. So you understand?"

She replies she understands.

We were this close to providing peace and security for the galaxy,” Krennic says. “You’re confusing peace with terror,”  replies Galen.




Captain Cassian Andor quotes from Rogue One by Diego Luna

Captain Cassian Andor quotes from Rogue One

Captain Cassian Andor quotes from Rogue One by played by actor Diego Luna

Cassian Andor is the foil to Jyn Erso in Rogue One. He's there to keep her on trh straight and narrow.

Described as an accomplished Rebel Alliance Intelligence Officer with actual combat field experience, Captain Andor commands respect from his Rebel troops with his ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.

We think he looks pretty darn serious.

Well, you would be when you've been put in charge of stealing the plans to the Death Star!

Andor is  also ostensibly responsible for the management of the robot K-2SO, but as we know, that robot has a mind of his own...

Andor's quotes from Rogue One

 To Jyn - "If you're really doing this, I want to help"

"I've been recruiting for the Rebellion for a long time!"

"Make 10 men feel like 100!"

"Rogue One, Punch It!"

Jyn Erso: This is our chance to make a real difference. Are you with me?
Captain Cassian Andor: All the way

K-2SO: There is a 97.6% chance of failure.
Captain Cassian Andor: He means well.

Want more quotes from the Rogue One movie? Check out what Alan Tyduk's K-2SO robot had to say and the evil Director Orson Krennic's quotes.

Director Orson Krennic quotes by Ben Mendelsohn from Rogue One

Krennic flanked by his Death Squad
Krennic flanked by his Death Squad goons
Director Orson Krennic quotes by Ben Mendelsohn from Rogue One


Director Krennic is a very senior player in the Imperial Army.

This is by way of the fact he's in charge of making super weapons for the Empire. His home base is the planet Scarif, a remote weapons development facility.

In Rogue One, his mission is to defend the Empire from the band of merry rebels who are trying (and then do) steal the plans to the almighty Death Star. Krennic's Stormtrooper Death Squad serves him to meet those ends. 

Orson Krennic is played by Australian actor Ben Mendelssohn who has quietly carved out a strong list of acting credits.

His most notable roles include The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly.





He's quite the quotable bad guy. 

Director Krennic quotes


To Galen after he has just found him "The work has stalled. I need you to come back"

They continue to banter:

We were this close to providing peace and security for the galaxy,” Krennic says. “You’re confusing peace with terror,”  replies Galen.

And so quips the bad guy dryly: "Well, you have to start somewhere."


To Darth Vader: "The power we are dealing with here is immeasurable." - This line while in the trailer, was cut from the movie - and so was the whole scene with Vader on the ship.

"I will not fail".





May 13, 2015

Star Wars: Rogue One movie quotes


This first Star Wars anthology film covers the events leading to the start of A New Hope. Given it involves the capture of the plans to the Death Star and considering the opening scenes of ANH,  we will see the return of Darth Vader - which will be great as he's always good for a movie quote - you could say it his... Destiny!

Mon Mothma to Jyn:

On your own from the age of fifteen. Reckless. Aggressive and undisciplined. 

We’ve a mission for you. A major weapons test is imminent and we need to know what it is and how to destroy it.

Jyn to Mon Mothma:

"This is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel!"

Saw Gerrera:

"What will you do when they catch you? 
What will you if they break you! 
If you continue to fight, what will you become?"


K-2S0 quotes

To Jyn: 'The Captain says you are a friend. I will not killl you.'
Jyn relies 'Thanks!'

To the crew he is flying with 'There is a 97.6 percent chance of failure' - sounds like he's been having out with C3PO a bit much!


Krennic to Vader: 

I will not fail!

May 10, 2015

Who is Solo Gardner and what is he doing in The Force Awakens?

 

The Force Awakens has a pretty cool character reference from ANH. Our band of heroes eventually find their way to Maz Katina’s castle. There, they come across an assortment of Maz’s pirate friends – including an elderly gentleman played by Solo Gardner. Eagle eyed Star Wars fans will spot that Gardener appeared in the Chalmun's Catina scene of the original movie as a character known as Trinto Duago.

Above  is a somewhat aged Gardener with a new motley crew. He is just to the left of the giant yellow fellow.

Trinto, as found in ANH
Gardner's orginal character was originally referred to on set as 'Terminal Man' but it was was the mid 1990s when he was given his formal name.

His mask was not originally designed for A New Hope but was rather made by Rick Baker (who became fairly famous in his own right) as a idea of a Frankenstein.

Salo Gardener, a veteran of the British film industry. He's made quite the career for himself doing smallish parts in big films. This included Superman II, Shaun of the Dead and Harry Potter.

There is however some speculation here that Salo did not play the original character. 

None the less, Gardner  appears for a second time in a Star Wars movie

A good old google search suggests that this fellow's character was also recycled through for an appearance in the now infamous Star Wars Holiday Special:




May 4, 2015

Maz Kanata quotes from the 'The Force Awakens'.

 Maz Kanata quotes from the 'The Force Awakens'.


Maz Kanata quotes from the 'The Force Awakens'.

Played by actress Lupita Nyong’o', Maz Kanata is a support character to the main players of the film. The role however is pivotal in that her knowledge is able to bring the characters together, in a sense Maz is the Yoda of the film. She's apparently over 1000 years old, thinks Chewbacca is her boyfriend and appears to have a strong connection / understand of the Force.






Quotes

On Chewbacca:

Maz Kanata: Han Solo! Where's my boyfriend?

Han Solo: Chewie's working on the ship.

Maz Kanata: I like that Wookiee.

On the Force:

On Rey:

"The Force, it’s calling to you. Just let it in"

"Dear child! The longing you seek is not behind you, it is in front of you"

On Finn:

"I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I have seen your eyes, I know your eyes!"

"Hope is not lost today. It is found."

"You must face them, fight them."


Maz concept artwork?

May 1, 2015

Jessika Pava - quotes from Blue Three in The Force Awakens

Jessika Pava is a hot shot pilot that will feature as a X-wing pilot in The Force Awakens. Her call sign is Blue Three, and she's from Blue Squad. 

The character is played by Jessica Henwick, an actress more recently known for her work on the Game of Thrones television series.

Here's some of her quotes from the movie.

"I'm on it" - in response to Poe Dameron's orders as they commence their attack at Maz Kanata's Castle on Takodano.