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With Star Wars: The Last Jedi rolling out on Digital HD this week, Lucasfilm released a new episode of The Star Wars Show a day ahead of its usual Wednesday slot, reporting back from Mark Hamill's Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony that took place last week. The crew sits down for a few words with Hamill, alongside George Lucas and Harrison Ford, and delves into the world of cinematic puppeteering with Brian Herring aka "the guy in the green suit behind BB-8." There's some cool knowledge dropped regarding the process of bringing a character like Rogue One's Admiral Raddus to life, along with the caretakers from The Last Jedi and of course, the famed Astromech ball droid. Check it out below!
This summer, the INDIANA JONES series is coming back to theaters for a special run at Marcus Theatres from August 6-30, 2017. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will screen each screen for one-week each on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday - with tickets just five bucks! This is the perfect way to introduce a new generation to the adventures of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) prior to the next chapter in the series, currently set for release in 2020 via Disney/Lucasfilm.
There's not a lot of information to report just yet, but when Toy Fair New York takes place next month, one new product line set to make its debut is coming from NECA, set in the world of Blade Runner 2049. NECA revealed today that that have acquired the license to Warner Bros. Pictures' hotly anticipated sequel to the legendary 1982 sci-fi movie. The company promises a full range of action figures, diecast vehicles, replicas, games and more in 2017. Since there's no artwork to share just yet, here's a quick look at the upcoming film...
When the original STAR WARS Saga (aka "The Old Trilogy") first rolled out between 1977 and 1983, it was a great time to be a kid, though one that seems archaic by modern standards. Back then, viewing STAR WARS was an experience that was reserved as a cinema-only event... unless you were among a very select few that were lucky enough to have an RCA SelectaVision player (video disks that were encased in a square plastic cartridge), or one of the early VHS machines. Even then, you couldn't watch 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE at home until the latter half of 1982. For our family, it was when HBO scored the rights to STAR WARS in 1983 that we'd get to see it at home on the small, square, screen. In fact, I distinctly remember eating Aurelio's Pizza while watching the film, the brightly-colored wicker paper plate holders still fresh in my mind. For us, the STAR WARS adventures were brought to life and continued daily through Kenner's STAR WARS collection of action figures, playsets and vehicles, with the films essentially recalled from memory. Being there the first time around, it's astounding to think that families in 2016 were able to enjoy J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS at home... a mere four months after its theatrical debut. But like their parents before them, our girls are creating their own STAR WARS adventures daily with Hasbro's extensive collection of STAR WARS toys, and to celebrate the in-home release of THE FORCE AWAKENS earlier this month, our friends at Hasbro sent a box of goodies so we could have a slightly belated premiere party right here at Rock Father HQ. And we did it with pizza... just like back in '83!
This news JUST hit my inbox here at Rock Father HQ: Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.
With the long-awaited release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, we've entered a new realm of having a STAR WARS film for a new generation that's been created by fans of the Original Trilogy. While filmmaker J.J. Abrams may be the most famous STAR WARS fan to play in the live-action sandbox, as Yoda once said, "there is another..." Actor John Boyega (Finn aka FN-2187) wasn't even born until March 17, 1992 - the very day that NO DOUBT released their debut album, and WHITE ZOMBIE would release their landmark LA SEXORCISTO: DEVIL MUSIC, Vol. 1 - the record that spawned the still in-rotation "Thunderkiss '65." When it comes to STAR WARS, it was an era known to myself as "The Dark Times" - nearly a decade past RETURN OF THE JEDI, and five years prior to the 20th Anniversary Special Editions. Boyega was just five years old when STAR WARS came back to the big screen in 1997 - and he missed it, his family opting for 1998's Disney•Pixar collaboration A BUG'S LIFE for his first big screen experience. For Boyega, his "first step into a larger world" that is STAR WARS came with George Lucas' Prequel Trilogy...