New game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be set shortly after Revenge of the Sith

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From StarWars.com:

“Today at EA Play, Electronic Arts and developer Respawn Entertainment revealed some major new details about their previously announced Star Wars game, including its name and release date: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, set to arrive during the 2019 holiday season. Respawn’s Vince Zampella disclosed the new information during an audience interview at today’s press conference, and also relayed that the game will be a single-player, action-adventure title that tells a new story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Zampella confirmed that Respawn is collaborating very closely with Lucasfilm on the project.”


From EA:

“From Respawn Entertainment comes a brand-new action adventure game which tells an original Star Wars™ story around a surviving Padawan set shortly after the events of Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™. The game will be releasing Holiday 2019. “

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Syfy Wire: “5 Times Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the Prequels matter”

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From Syfy Wire:

“As with any film set in the Star Wars universe, it’s impossible to avoid the lore and iconography of the prequels—and why would you even want to avoid it? Solo: A Star Wars Story is no exception, and we rounded up the five biggest nods to an era of Star Wars we love.

**Spoiler Warning: Obviously, there are spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story below**

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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

 

Rian Johnson confirms The Last Jedi echoes a shot of Anakin attacking the Jedi Temple

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi audio commentary, director Rian Johnson confirms that Kylo Ren’s entrance in the Resistance base echoes a shot from Revenge of the Sith:

“So here comes Kylo. This is very consciously echoing a shot from Episode III of Anakin coming in that I always loved. Just a beautiful graphic shot that George [Lucas] did that we wanted to do a callback to.”

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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. ”