Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

“A Great Artistic Endeavor”

Friday, December 18th, 2015

What’s a great artistic endeavor? Why that would be The Star Wars Holiday Special! Or at least the artistic challenge of same, in the eyes of one of the writers, namely the difficulty on writing for wookies to seal-honk inscrutably to each other for 20 minutes.

Also: Suspicions confirmed!

All right, so at this point, I’m going to quote The Onion’s A.V. Club, who wrote about the show — this is a quote — “I’m not convinced the special wasn’t ultimately written and directed by a sentient bag of cocaine.”

Is that what was going on with that scene?

Bruce Vilanch: Well, there was a lot of that. Absolutely, yeah. I mean, it was 1977! I think after 40 years, probably the statute of limitations has run out, as well as the cocaine.

Also this:

“I know it’s one of the worst television shows of all time. And I’ve written… Listen, I wrote “Wayne Newton at Sea World.” So I know whereof I speak.”

(More on The Star Wars Holiday Special.)

MST3K Kickstarter Update: Seinfeld, Hader, Harris, Jack Black

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The MST3K Kickstarter is going to have a cavalcade of guest comedians appearing on the show.

Here are a few performers who are interested in appearing on MST3K next season:

  • JACK BLACK, the brilliant comic actor and musician, star of everything from the Kung Fu Panda films to the wonderful School of Rock… though to some people, of course, he’s better known as one-half of Tenacious D. So, I don’t wanna tell you anything about what I’m planning for his character… but I think it would be a lot of fun to have him perform a song.

  • JOEL MCHALE, who I first knew as the hilariously dry host of The Soup, and who has been expanding his acting career into television (as the star of Community) and film (the Ted movies). I met Joel at a friend’s wedding last year, and we became fast friends. He’s a really nice guy, so even though he’s in demand for big-time revivals like The X-Files, he says he’s up for joining us too!
  • BILL HADER, the incredible changeling/actor/impressionist who has appeared in everything from SNL to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to Trainwreck. I’ve always been amazed by Bill’s talents, and was finally introduced to him backstage at SNL by a mutual friend.
  • NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is a true renaissance man whose career spans film, TV, the broadway stage and the internet, where he appeared opposite our own Felicia Day in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Funny enough, though, I actually met Neil through mutual friends at the Los Angeles Magic History Conference, where we geeked out on magic together. Also, I’m honored to point out that Neil has always been a MSTie. In fact, he was included in first MST documentary – This is MST3K – all the way back in his Doogie Howser days!
  • JERRY SEINFELD, my long time friend, and of course, one of our most brilliant stand-up comedians. Jerry was also the co-creator of Seinfeld, and the creator and host of my favorite concept for a talk show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. You know, I’ve known this guy for over thirty years. I actually remember him from when he only had one car.

Plus Mark Hamill. And (from yesterday’s email) the guys behind the designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Adventure Time.

A lot of those guys have extremely popular and active fanbases, so this could very well put them over the $5.5 million/12 episode mark.

I declare that this is officially A Thing.

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Drops

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Not seeing it on YouTube just yet…

The Force Awakens Trailer…In LEGO

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I assume you’ve already seen the teaser trailer for next year’s Star Wars movie.

Well, here’s the LEGO remake. I’m super-impressed with how quickly they put it together, and how amazingly close to the original it is.

2015 To Be Filled With Blockbuster Franchise Sequels

Monday, May 5th, 2014

There’s lots of news about staggeringly successful, critically acclaimed movie franchise having new installments out in 2015.

  • Star Wars Episode VII will come out December 18, 2015.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015.
  • Sharknado 3
  • What, you’re saying the words “staggeringly successful,” “critically acclaimed” and “franchise” don’t apply to Sharknado?

    All I have to say about that is: I had a great deal more fun watching Sharknado than I did Attack of the Clones.

    In other Sharknado-related news, The Asylum is crowd-funding a scene in Sharknado 2: The Second One. Personally, I think $50,000 for a single scene is more than a bit high. Give The Asylum’s previous track record, with that much money I would expect them to make an entire film…

    Dinsey Buys LucasFilms for $4.05 Billion, Plans Star Wars VII in 2015

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

    “Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind Star Wars, from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It’s also making a seventh movie in the Star Wars series.”

    Well, at least it will keep Lucas from tinkering with the original one for the rest of his life. Or, worse still, going back and “rebooting” it.

    How good will a seventh film be? Depends on whether Brad Bird or Michael Bay directs, doesn’t it?

    I do hope this means they’ll finally put out pristine Blu-rays of the unfarked with first three films….

    The Empire’s Suboptimal Weapons Acquisition Programs

    Sunday, October 9th, 2011

    Evidently bureaucracy is the same wherever you go, even a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:

    To be sure, the Death Star is primarily a weapon of intimidation rather than something to be used all willy-nilly. Even the Evil Empire didn’t want to demolish more than a handful of planets. So the fact that the Death Star only ever fired one shot may not be that big of a deal. However, the fact that the stations kept getting blown up is a big deal indeed. It’s hard to be intimidating if you’re a smoking cloud of debris.

    One might wonder how such an ostensibly powerful weapon could have such a consistently poor track record and such a gaping weakness. Despite the opinion of certain critics, these shortcomings are not a cheap plot device by a lazy writer. In fact, the Death Star’s combination o inadequacy and vulnerability may be the second-most realistic aspect of the entire saga.

    From a design perspective, a system as enormously complex as a Death Star is more than any program manager or senior architect can handle, no matter how high their midi-chlorian count is. There is bound to be an overlooked exhaust vent or two that leads directly to the reactor core. That is just the sort of vulnerability an asymmetric opponent can exploit….

    The truth is, Death Stars are about as practical as a metal bikini. Sure, they look cool, but they aren’t very sensible. Specifically, Death Stars can’t possibly be built on time or on bud-get, require pathological leadership styles and, as we’ve noted,keep getting blown up. Also, nobody can build enough of them to make a real difference in the field.

    (Hat tip: Ace of Spades.)

    “Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says”

    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

    This is pretty much pitch-perfect. For the cherry on top, page through the hundreds of comments…

    (Hat tip: Instapundit. )

    Attention German TV: Star Trek Forces Were Not Involved in the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

    “Yesterday a German news station had a major image fail. While covering the US Navy SEALs operation to kill Osama bin Laden they mistook a Star Trek fan-made emblem for the Maquis for the actual SEAL Team Six emblem.”

    Evidently the Klingon skull and bat’leth blades simply weren’t a sufficient giveaway…

    Vaguely related: Star Wars Propaganda posters.

    (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

    My Locus Piece for April 1 is Up

    Friday, April 1st, 2011

    This time it was Peter Watts and Paolo Bacigalupi’s turn in the barrel. Link Updated

    My many previous April 1 offerings include:

  • Neil Gaiman One Step Closer to Sainthood
  • Doctorow and Stross to write authorized sequel to Atlas Shrugged
  • Greg Egan, Kelly Link Collaborate on Novel
  • 12 Killed in SFWA Flamewar
  • Lucasfilms announces “Adult” Star Wars Novel Line