Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best says he almost killed himself because of media backlash



Video: “Why Hayden Christensen Played Anakin PERFECTLY – Star Wars Explained”

From Star Wars Theory:

“Hayden gets the most hate in Star Wars because of his role in the prequels (Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith). I think he played him perfectly, and here’s why… He was supposed to be monotone, moody, and confused. He was supposed to be numb and callous. Everything someone who’s depressed, held back, and emotionally beaten coming from a life of slavery should be. I can’t see anyone else playing Anakin now.”

Newsweek said 9-year-old Jake Lloyd “stank”; now the magazine deplores that Star Wars fans are mean with actors


Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran reportedly deleted her Instagram posts because of fan harassment. Many film journalists and bloggers are now loudly supporting her. Tran shouldn’t trust them too much, though. They can be much more insensitive if it’s about a part they don’t like.

In January 1999, Newsweek published an article titled “Buzz Wars, Episode One: The Backlash Menace.” It stated:

“Insiders call 9-year-old Jake Lloyd (who plays Anakin Skywalker) ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ – word is he stinks.”

(Click here for more details).

It was only the beginning of the bashing of Anakin and the very young actor who played him. It could be one of the reasons Lloyd ended up so badly.

Now Newsweek joins the chorus of indignation against Tran’s harassers, without acknowledging that the press fueled the anger of Star Wars fans for many years. But it was aimed at the the prequels, which the film journalists didn’t like, so they didn’t care about any excess.

Check out the previous post about the harassment of Ahmed Best. There’ll be another post about fan harassment today.

Star Wars Celebration is heading to Chicago in 2019


From StarWars.com:

“Remove those restraining bolts and pack your bags. Star Wars Celebration, the one-of-a-kind event that welcomes thousands of fans from around the world, will be hosted in a brand new location for its 20th anniversary in 2019, The Star Wars Show exclusively announced today.

Chicago will be setting the stage for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars at McCormick Place on April 11-15, 2019!  Tickets, including multi-day, single-day, and VIP passes, are scheduled to go on sale June 5 at noon CST at www.starwarscelebration.com.

Star Wars Celebration is a fan experience like no other. Each day of the convention is filled with entertainment, celebrity appearances, stage shows, panels, interactive events, exclusive merchandise, screenings and once-in-a-lifetime glimpses into the future of the epic saga. […]”

Jon Favreau to executive produce and write live-action Star Wars series

From StarWars.com:

“Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.


“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”

Favreau is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”

Disney’s collaborations with Favreau extend back a decade, when he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios. For Disney, he directed and produced the massively successful The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s highly anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.

The untitled Star Wars live-action series does not yet have a release date.”

Fan-film ‘Attack of the Clones Special Edition’ gets a trailer

From Knights of Renesmee:

“The Knights of Renesmee are proud to announce the second instalment in our definitive remake of George Lucas’s beloved Star Wars prequel trilogy, featuring sand, deathsticks and levitating fruit.

We’ve already remade Revenge of the SIth – check the trailer out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Iw8…

No release date yet but filming is mostly completed.”


French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe loves Star Wars, especially The Phantom Menace


From Vanity Fair France, via Corentin Lamy (translation by Naboo News):

“[…] France’s Prime Minister [Édouard Philippe] was caught in a flagrant unspeakable passion: on his cufflinks, Le Journal du dimanche spotted the words “May the Force be with you”, the catchphrase of Star Wars. […]

Of all the episodes, Édouard Philippe nevertheless indicated that his favourite is The Phantom Menace (I), the one where two Jedi investigate a political crisis that disturbs the peaceful planet Naboo.”