The Hollywood Reporter is afraid that the Boba Fett movie might acknowledge Attack of the Clones

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

“The news that James Mangold will co-write and direct a movie based on Star Wars’ cult bounty hunter Boba Fett is something that will likely thrill a significant portion of the franchise’s fanbase, especially given Mangold’s genre pedigree on projects like 3:10 to YumaThe Wolverine and, most especially, Logan. There is just one thing he should bear in mind when working on the story: Pretend the prequels never happened.

Prior to George Lucas returning to Star Wars with 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Boba Fett was a cult character amongst the franchise fandom despite having very little presence in the movies at all.  […]

It was against this backdrop of potentially unearned goodwill towards the character that it emerged that 2002’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones would deal with his backstory, and include an appearance by his father, Jango Fett. Finally, it seemed, audiences would get a movie appearance that treated Boba with the respect he deserved! Except, of course, the reality was nowhere near that. […]

Jango Fett wore Boba Fett’s outfit, except it was different colors. He was a bounty hunter, and he piloted exactly the same spaceship as Boba. It turned out that everything that audiences had loved about the character were, according to the newly created mythology, literally inherited from his father. As if to double down on the idea that nothing about Boba Fett was in any way original, Attack of the Clones also established that Jango Fett wasn’t his father in the traditional sense; Boba was actually a child clone of Jango. Every single thing about the character, according to official Star Wars canon, could be traced back to his father. […]

Mangold cannot, sadly, undo the Jango Fett of it all in his upcoming movie; it’s part of Star Wars canon, which is an immovable beast. He could, however, ignore it entirely and instead concentrate on giving Boba a sense of personality of his own, concentrating on what has always worked about the character — the look, yes, but also his bounty hunter career and the notion of him as the most fearsome bounty hunter in the entire galaxy and what that would mean in the Star Wars galaxy in particular — so that, for the first time ever, Boba Fett actually manages to live up to the hype.”

 

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Syfy Wire: “There’s certainly a lot to like in Attack of the Clones”

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From Syfy Wire:

“The release of this month’s Solo: A Star Wars Story is still a few weeks away, so what better way to celebrate the advent of everyone’s favorite Star Wars holiday, May the 4th (be with you), than by rewatching an episode of the Star Wars saga? I chose Episode II because it’s one of the ones fans are least likely to rewatch, um, ever. […]

So great was my need to never see a bad Star Wars film that I did not see Episodes I or II ’til early 2017, 18 years and 15 years after their respective releases. By then, the saga had been rebooted to mostly great effect, and it was no longer possible to hide in a hole with a VCR and three ’80s-era VHS tapes marked “Star Wars/ Nothing But Star Wars.” (Not that I did that, but you know what I mean.) I watched both much-maligned episodes for the first time a little over a year ago, and, now, Episode II for the second time. Believe it or not, I really love Attack of the Clones. […]

Okay, so, what’s the good news? Well, aside from Anakin’s toxic behavior and the four-ish minutes of Jar Jar Binks screen time, pretty much everything else.

First off, the look of the film is beautiful. From the speeder-chase in a bright yellow sports-speeder on Coruscant to the asteroid belt fight scene against the glowing backdrop of the red planet Geonosis to the “machines making machines” C-3PO factory nightmare sequence, any number of frames of this film could be wall art. Any number of stills look like one-pagers in a comic book. Take, for instance, just a random shot of Amidala surrounded by her captors in the droid factory. It’s like a painting.

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Having not seen the early ‘aughts Star Wars films as many times as the ’70s/’80s films, I forgot (or never realized) how great they look. Even something like Yoda’s fight scene with Count Dooku, which seemed out of place in some way the first time I saw it, didn’t bother me the second time around. The look of this film, from Naboo’s Space Italy to Coruscant’s PG-rated Blade Runner City, was a real visual feast. (Side note: I also really dug all the panoramic views and wall-to-wall carpeting inside the buildings in Coruscant. Coruscant-chic could totally be a thing.)

Secondly, the humor was just right. This film was written by George Lucas and directed by George Lucas, and so it has that very, very exact brand of George Lucas humor one expects in a Star Wars film. […]

For instance, in the following frame, a beheaded C3PO is saying, “I’m beside myself right now.”

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That, my friends, is some good old-fashioned cornball Star Wars humor.

Third (but maybe first): The plot of this one is great. It’s creative, it’s complex, it unfolds organically from a very small story (preventing the assassination of Senator Amidala) into a larger one, and never lags. Every scene feels important, every scene is of interest. Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu really shine. I’d watch a whole film just of Obi-Wan as a space P.I. trying to crack tough space cases. It works. The scene on Kamino in which Obi-Wan bluffs his way through to his inspection of the clones is among the best and most surprising in all the films. The plot of this film turns and twists but never breaks, and rarely shows its hand. It undeniably works as a whole.

Which brings me to a two-minute sequence in the film that I’m sure must be divisive but that I absolutely loved: Dex’s Diner.

I love the Space Diner. I love Dex, I love Dex’s mustache, I love the droid waitress, I love the chrome stools, I love the Jawa juice — I love Dex’s Diner.

I want to listen to a podcast that is just Obi-Wan and Dex chatting on the topics of the week live from Dex’s Diner. (Someone in real life made a lollipop out of Jar Jar Binks’s tongue, so I don’t think wanting this podcast is asking too much.) Oh, you may say, what is an actual 1950s diner doing in space? And to that I say: Multiverse, chaos theory, why should a cantina be a more basic form of human organization, or a Senate, or a nightclub, or a farm, than a 1950s diner? And yes, you might say the chrome stools would truly be a random thing to be replicated on another planet, and to that I’d say, “Look, your worshipfulness, I take orders from just one person: me!”

But, seriously, there is something so bold and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-ish about choosing to have a 1950s-style diner in space. After this rewatch, it’s one of my new favorite two minutes of Star Wars.

Lastly, the origin stories we see in this film are phenomenal. Boba Fett’s childhood (Boba Fett picking up his father’s helmet/head is one of the most affecting shots of the entire film), the origins of the Stormtroopers (in my first viewing it was truly outrageous to see Stormtroopers defending Jedis), and our very first sighting of a rendering of the Death Star are all in this film. There’s certainly a lot to like in Attack of the Clones, especially where the character of Obi-Wan is concerned.

Watch it again I might.”

Trevor Jackson says his rat-tail was inspired by Anakin Skywalker

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From Yahoo:

“Trevor Jackson will not rock a rat-tail in SuperFly, his upcoming remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic, much to the chagrin of the 21-year-old actor-singer.

“I wanted him to have a rat-tail, a long one” Jackson told Yahoo Entertainment at CinemaCon in Las Vegas (watch above). “I wanted it to come down [over my shoulder] and have gold on it. [Director] X was like, ‘No.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, it would be fire!’”

Anyone familiar with Jackson’s work on the popular sitcom Grown-ish,or with his social media presence knows he takes some pride in his rare choice of hairstyle. In fact, it’s not a leap to say he has become the country’s foremost proponent of the look.

“I love it, I love the position I’ve been handed as rat-tail senator. It means a lot to me,” Jackson said. “And to the community. I’ve had many a kid come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I got a rat-tail because of you.’ And it just makes my heart warm. It grows it two times.”

Jackson credits his adoption of the ‘tail to one specific movie character: Anakin Skywalker, as played by Hayden Christensen in the Star Wars prequels, Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005).

“Before I put out my album Rough Drafts, Pt. 1 that just came out, and I was very frustrated musically,” he said. “I watched Star Wars [Episodes I-III] with Anakin, and I was like, ‘I feel like him.’ I felt like I was good, and I could write all my songs and sing better than most guys. … But nobody was giving me a shot, and I couldn’t go, and nobody was believing in my vision.

“I felt like Anakin! Am I good? Am I  bad? And he had a tail, and it kept getting longer the whole time — till he cut it off before he became Darth Vader.”

Jackson stayed true to his inspiration by titling one of those songs on Rough Drafts, Pt. 1 — you guessed it — “Anakin.”


Check out the video at Yahoo.


BuzzFeed: “Padmé Amidala Is The Only Fashion Icon I Care About, And Here’s Why”

From BuzzFeed:

“Padmé Amidala Is The Only Fashion Icon I Care About, And Here’s Why

The purest beauty in the galaxy (besides Obi-Wan Kenobi, of course).

Hi, I’m Allie, and I’m a massive Star Wars fan.

Like most fans, I believe the prequel trilogy left ~something to be desired~ HOWEVER, I cannot completely hate those films, because they gave us one of the absolute BADDEST LADIES to ever grace cinema screens: Padmé Amidala.

Yes, THE Padmé Amidala. The young Queen-turned-Senator of Naboo, best known for her political prowess and for SERVING. LOOKS. EVERY. FRAME. SHE. GRACED.

So, I took the liberty of ranking her top 12 best glams. You’re welcome: […]

3. Her “Did they seriously give that eight-year-old boy a rat-tail” glam, The Phantom Menace 

    

She wore this to a celebration parade, but let’s be real, she WAS the celebration parade in this get-up.

2. Her “I wasn’t planning on Anakin confessing his love for me tonight (but I totally was, so I wore this hot leather number)” glam, Attack of the Clones:

     

Mhm, girl, I see you. Come for his whole life.

1. And, of course, her “You may call me ‘Queen,’ sweetie” glam, The Phantom Menace:

   

“Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique…” That is all.”


Read the whole article at BuzzFeed.

Remasters of the first 6 Star Wars soundtracks coming May 4

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From StarWars.com:

“Disney Music Group announced today that May 4, a.k.a. Star Wars Day, will see the rerelease of John Williams’ original six Star Wars soundtracks on CD — all remastered, complete with new artwork and a collectible mini-poster. This includes A New Hope (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005), which feature some of the Williams’ most memorable compositions, including the Star Wars main theme, “Imperial March,” and “Duel of the Fates.” You can get a first look at the covers below!

The soundtracks were reconstructed from new hi-resolution (24/192) transfers supervised by Shawn Murphy and Skywalker Sound […]”

Tweets celebrating Padmé Amidala’s costumes go viral

 

Syfy Wire says the Star Wars Prequels should have had Oscars nominations for best costume design

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From Syfy Wire:

“This past Sunday marked the 90th annual Academy Awards, which every year honors the greatest accomplishments in the year of cinema. […]

That brings me to the Star Wars prequels.

Now, I’m not arguing that any of the prequels should have been nominated for Best Picture, barring version of the prequels from a bizarro universe where George Lucas retired on the proceeds of his action figure money sometime in the mid-’90s, leaving his franchise in less erratic hands. We’d live in a world devoid of Jar Jar. Imagine.

What I am saying is this: the Star Wars prequels never—not once—got an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design. That is, pardon the coarse phrasing, Bantha poodoo.

Cast your mind back to the successful elements of the prequels—Darth Maul, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, the choice of Jimmy Smits as Leia’s foster-father-to-be Bail Organa—and Trisha Biggar’s costume design is more than likely on the list. Certainly, these are the elements that have emerged from the miasma of suck surrounding the prequels to have some sort of life after Revenge of the Sith left theaters in 2005. Darth Maul lived on in the EU and Star Wars: Rebels. Fans still clamor for Ewan McGregor to star in Disney’s rumored Obi-Wan solo film. Jimmy Smits reprised the role of Bail Organa in Rogue One. And who can’t pull up an instant mental image of Natalie Portman in that famous red gown from The Phantom Menace?

Padmé is the Star Wars’ prequels most obvious fashion doyenne. Over three films, Biggar designed sixty-eight different outfits for her—and those are only the ones that made it on-screen. As Biggar wrote in Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars, many more were initially planned. You have elaborate, ornate gowns and headdresses. Gowns for the Senate. Gowns for frolicking in a field. Gowns for disguising a pregnancy. More low-key outfits for when she’s pretending to be a handmaiden. Jumpsuits for later in the trilogy, when it’s time to stop being polite and start getting real. The, uh, weird dominatrix gown. That was Uncle George’s idea, OK? We can’t blame Trisha for that.

The fact is that Biggar designed literally dozens of outfits for Padmé, most of which were absolutely gorgeous, all of which said something about her character. Padmé’s funeral outfit—a delicately pleated aqua dress covered by a cloak studded with beads and pearls—is honest-to-God one of the most gorgeous outfits in cinema history. Seen in person, it takes your breath away. It’s on-screen for all of 32 seconds. Count ‘em.

And more than that, too. Because Padmé’s wardrobe, iconic and enduring as it is, isn’t the prequels’ only fashion accomplishment. Palpatine’s wardrobe gets more sinister over the course of the trilogy, echoing the character’s grand debutante coming out as a Sith Master. Palpatine in The Phantom Menacedresses like a little bit of a puffed-up goofball, honestly. It’s a brilliant disguise. “I can’t be evil. Look: I’m wearing jodphurs.” By the time Revenge of the Sithrolls around, screw it—he’s breaking out the hooded cloaks and the dark red velvet. In the costuming of Bail Organa and many of the non-Padmé, non-Handmaiden Naboo characters, Biggar crafted a Flash Gordon-esque, retro-futuristic vibe that pays homage to the original trilogy’s inspiration while staying true to the prequels’ overall aesthetic. Be the dignified space disco couture you want to see in the world.

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With her work in the Star Wars prequels, Trisha Biggar pulled off the dual accomplishments of designing clothes that are tremendously impressive on a technical design level while also furthering the storytelling and the worldbuilding of the films it inhabits. And yet the Academy failed to recognize her with so much as a nomination—not just once, but three times. It’s such an egregious oversight that I honestly assumed she had bee nominated until I happened to see a few months back that that wasn’t the case. She should have secured a win for herself with the headdresses alone. ”