There will be a Star Wars Marathon Event featuring all eight Episodes on December 14

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From StarWars.com:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives December 15, continuing the epic story of Rey, Kylo Ren, and the struggle between the Resistance and the First Order. StarWars.com is thrilled to announce a galaxy of ticket offers, special events, and giveaways in celebration of the highly-anticipated film’s release:

Opening Night Events

Star Wars fans will have multiple ways to celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. On Thursday, December 14, ahead of its official opening on December 15, fans can be among the first to see the film by attending one of three events: An Opening Night Fan Event. A Star Wars: The Force Awakens andStar Wars: The Last Jedi Double Feature. Or, a Star Wars Marathon featuring all eight movies in one epic journey. These premium events will include exclusive content, Star Wars collectible cards, and a special concession offer. Plus, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will start at 6 p.m. local time, one hour earlier than regular public show times. […]”

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George Lucas reportedly wanted Han Solo to die in Episode VII

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From GQ:

“[Harrison] Ford’s least expected late-career reprise was his return to the world of Star Wars. “I was surprised,” he concedes. The first call came from George Lucas. “It was proposed that I might make another appearance as Han Solo. And I think it was mentioned, even in the first call, that he would not survive. That’s something I’d been arguing for for some period of time”—Ford had unsuccessfully lobbied for Solo to die in Return of the Jedi in 1983—“so I said okay.”

Was that a necessity for you to be involved?

“Not necessarily. But it was, you know, an interesting development of the character.”
This year Ford attended his first Star Wars “Celebration” fan event, in commemoration of the first film’s 40th anniversary. “I was asked to make an appearance and I did,” he says, as though only the want of an invitation has kept him away until now. He appeared on a panel with Lucas, and I was surprised to watch Ford bring up his famous criticism of the director’s clunky dialogue right to his face: “You can type this shit, but you can’t say it.”

Lucas doesn’t get offended by that?

Ford laughs, as if this has never really crossed his mind. “I don’t think so. He sold the company for, you know, $4 billion. He doesn’t give a shit what I think.” Ford reminisces about the first time he shared this opinion on the Star Wars set. “George usually sits near a monitor, far removed, so I had to convey my impression…or my feelings…about the dialogue across a great space. So I did shout it. ‘George! You can type this shit, but you sure can’t say it! Move your mouth when you’re typing!’ But it was a joke, at the time. A stress-relieving joke.”


Reminder: Lucas wrote a treatment for Episode VII before leaving Lucasfilm, but only a few ideas remained.

George Lucas still offers some advice to Kathleen Kennedy on the Star Wars universe

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From Entertainment Weekly:

“Despite his retirement, the godfather of Star Wars still weighs in occasionally about the new films.

And George Lucas has one main area of interest: the Jedi.

Since The Last Jedi will take fans on a journey to the primitive first temple of the Force-wielding order, it seems like a good time to revisit a comment Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made to EW at this year’s Star Wars Celebration.

Kennedy, who has known and worked with Lucas since their Raiders of the Lost Ark days, was asked if he still offers input into the films and stories being developed.

“Not really,” she said. “But he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.” […]

Lucas, who sold his company to Disney in a $4 billion deal in 2012, has occasionally visited the sets of the films, but Rogue One director Gareth Edwards said his suggestions were limited to jokes and encouragement to not “screw up.” 

Although his original story treatments for where the saga might go have gone largely unused, Kennedy said some of the broader ideas are still providing the foundation, like handing off the heroism to a new group of characters.

“I think he’s starting to settle into this and just be a fan,” she said. “It’s taken a while. It’s hard to let go, after 40 years. That’s a lot of expectation and things he thought a lot about. Suddenly that next generation, that whole thematic idea he came up with, is in process.””

 

Lucasfilm still doesn’t intend to release The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Michael Siglain is creative director at Lucasfilm Publishing.


J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was initially scheduled for release in October 2016, but Lucasfilm eventually canceled it. The book was to reveal some of George Lucas’ original ideas for the sequel trilogy.

The Hollywood Reporter relays a pro-Prequels video

“You know what the new Star Wars trilogy could use a dose of? The prequels.

At least, that’s the sure-to-be controversial argument Heat Vision contributor Chris Hartwell makes in a recent video essay he created for Schmoes Know.

At the crux of Hartwell’s essay is a deep dive on the podracing scene from Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace — which does put the sequence in a new light. Though some might declare its buildup dull, Hartwell points out it all builds to quite a crescendo, with real stakes — and it’s all testament to George Lucas’ directing prowess.

The video was was created before Star Wars Celebration and the revelation of Last Jedi teaser trailer. So would Hartwell change his argument now that the trailer has dropped? Not exactly.

“Nearly every castmember made it a point, at The Last Jedi’s Star Wars Celebration panel, to mention the brilliance of Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII script.  Even before that though, I knew that we had nothing to worry about when it came to the filmmaker’s screenwriting abilities,” says Hartwell. “His previous films — BrickThe Brothers Bloom and Looper — all have proven that he knows how to construct a compelling narrative and strong dialogue.  With that said however, none of films have required Johnson to construct a large-scale action set piece like those found in a Star Wars film.  As such, I hope that the director was wise enough to learn from a master of action sequences: George Lucas — yes, even his work on the prequels.”

Check out his essay below:”

 

Source : The Hollywood Reporter.