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2014-04-29 09:45:32 AM
Billy Dee Williams is conspicuous in his absence.
 
2014-04-29 10:04:08 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: Billy Dee Williams is conspicuous in his absence.


He was at the buffet.
 
2014-04-29 10:21:51 AM
Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies...

I thought he looked kind of German. I suppose the fact that he was flying der Jahrtausëndflugzeüg should have tipped me off...
 
2014-04-29 10:41:24 AM
The entire cast?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-29 10:45:36 AM
Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.
 
2014-04-29 10:50:01 AM
I saw Chewbacca at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect.
 
2014-04-29 10:50:15 AM

cgraves67: Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.


I'm sort of encouraged by that actually.. everything that guy does turns out great.
 
2014-04-29 10:51:32 AM

cgraves67: Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.


Jar-Jar is back.
 
2014-04-29 10:54:09 AM

HoboCop: cgraves67: Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.

I'm sort of encouraged by that actually.. everything that guy does turns out great.


Ehh, he can only do so much.  Sure the character will move great, but who knows what kind of nonsense will come out of his mouth.  JarJar didn't suck because what's his name wore the pingpong ball suit poorly.
 
2014-04-29 10:55:44 AM

Champion of the Sun: HoboCop: cgraves67: Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.

I'm sort of encouraged by that actually.. everything that guy does turns out great.

Ehh, he can only do so much.  Sure the character will move great, but who knows what kind of nonsense will come out of his mouth.  JarJar didn't suck because what's his name wore the pingpong ball suit poorly.


The wikipedia article indicates that Jar Jar was completely animated and not motion capture.
 
2014-04-29 10:58:09 AM

cgraves67: The wikipedia article indicates that Jar Jar was completely animated and not motion capture.


Huh, thought that I'd seen stills of the filming showing him wearing a motion capture suit.  Either way, he was in the scenes as a stand-in and the point still stands.  I'd take a motionless Jabba throwing out great lines over a gollum talking about how irritating sand is.
 
2014-04-29 11:08:42 AM

HoboCop: I'm sort of encouraged by that actually.. everything that guy does turns out great.


Apparently you never saw Burke & Hare.

PU!
 
2014-04-29 11:09:07 AM

Champion of the Sun: cgraves67: The wikipedia article indicates that Jar Jar was completely animated and not motion capture.

Huh, thought that I'd seen stills of the filming showing him wearing a motion capture suit.  Either way, he was in the scenes as a stand-in and the point still stands.  I'd take a motionless Jabba throwing out great lines over a gollum talking about how irritating sand is.


You're not crazy; I saw them too. They used his movements, although maybe not technically in the same way they do with MC suits now. Or maybe they were going to and changed their minds. It was something like that. I don't remember because I've been trying to jettison the series from my brain.

I grew up as a total Star Wars geek, but the prequels really killed my enthusiasm. I'm hopeful that the new movies are good, but I can't understand digging up the same actors and characters when there is such a vast universe of storytelling potential. Revolving the entire universe around like 10 people makes it seem small.

I'd love to see movies about the formation of the Old Republic, the original Jedi, the original Sith, or maybe something generations after the events of episodes 4-6.
 
2014-04-29 11:09:42 AM

SmackLT: Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies...

I thought he looked kind of German. I suppose the fact that he was flying der Jahrtausëndflugzeüg should have tipped me off...


www.originalprop.com
 
2014-04-29 11:12:16 AM

Orgasmatron138: Champion of the Sun: cgraves67: The wikipedia article indicates that Jar Jar was completely animated and not motion capture.

Huh, thought that I'd seen stills of the filming showing him wearing a motion capture suit.  Either way, he was in the scenes as a stand-in and the point still stands.  I'd take a motionless Jabba throwing out great lines over a gollum talking about how irritating sand is.

You're not crazy; I saw them too. They used his movements, although maybe not technically in the same way they do with MC suits now. Or maybe they were going to and changed their minds. It was something like that. I don't remember because I've been trying to jettison the series from my brain.

I grew up as a total Star Wars geek, but the prequels really killed my enthusiasm. I'm hopeful that the new movies are good, but I can't understand digging up the same actors and characters when there is such a vast universe of storytelling potential. Revolving the entire universe around like 10 people makes it seem small.

I'd love to see movies about the formation of the Old Republic, the original Jedi, the original Sith, or maybe something generations after the events of episodes 4-6.


The original descriptions of the final trilogy were that they would take place much later, with R2-D2 and C3PIO as the only two continuing characters.
 
2014-04-29 11:13:01 AM
Hans Solo?  Have you been reading old comic book Star Wars advertisements?
 
2014-04-29 11:14:14 AM

Orgasmatron138: I grew up as a total Star Wars geek, but the prequels really killed my enthusiasm.


Yeah, it was dead to me.  When they announced Disney bought Lucasfilm and were making new pictures I was elated.  It was like a part of me that was dead came back to life.  But then they announced the director and I'm feeling more like 'I hope it's not too bad' rather than hopeful.
 
2014-04-29 11:16:47 AM
 
2014-04-29 11:17:27 AM
Even the cast of Star Wars is subjected to inane "Team Building" exercises.
 
2014-04-29 11:21:24 AM

WelldeadLink: Orgasmatron138: Champion of the Sun: cgraves67: The wikipedia article indicates that Jar Jar was completely animated and not motion capture.

Huh, thought that I'd seen stills of the filming showing him wearing a motion capture suit.  Either way, he was in the scenes as a stand-in and the point still stands.  I'd take a motionless Jabba throwing out great lines over a gollum talking about how irritating sand is.

You're not crazy; I saw them too. They used his movements, although maybe not technically in the same way they do with MC suits now. Or maybe they were going to and changed their minds. It was something like that. I don't remember because I've been trying to jettison the series from my brain.

I grew up as a total Star Wars geek, but the prequels really killed my enthusiasm. I'm hopeful that the new movies are good, but I can't understand digging up the same actors and characters when there is such a vast universe of storytelling potential. Revolving the entire universe around like 10 people makes it seem small.

I'd love to see movies about the formation of the Old Republic, the original Jedi, the original Sith, or maybe something generations after the events of episodes 4-6.

The original descriptions of the final trilogy were that they would take place much later, with R2-D2 and C3PIO as the only two continuing characters.


Then what of the reports of the Rebels massing in London?

Champion of the Sun: Orgasmatron138: I grew up as a total Star Wars geek, but the prequels really killed my enthusiasm.

Yeah, it was dead to me.  When they announced Disney bought Lucasfilm and were making new pictures I was elated.  It was like a part of me that was dead came back to life.  But then they announced the director and I'm feeling more like 'I hope it's not too bad' rather than hopeful.


I don't dislike JJ at all (I really like the new Star Trek movies), but I just think that nothing will ever match the originals because of how well-written they were. Lucas spent years writing and rewriting the treatments and scripts. Characters changed and evolved until they each were clearly defined and identified with classic storytelling tropes. He was able to work directly off of Joseph Campbell's journey of the hero, which is one of the reasons the movie was so culturally universal.

You can't do that again without just remaking what has already been done, so I don't think anything else Star Wars related will be as good.
 
2014-04-29 11:24:33 AM
"Harrison Ford, Chilling in Brentwood ".  I think not,  as that is'nt a UK petrol station because it is selling Gasoline.
 
2014-04-29 11:25:29 AM
Is carrie fisher playing the wookie this time?
 
2014-04-29 11:27:20 AM

Orgasmatron138: I don't dislike JJ at all (I really like the new Star Trek movies), but I just think that nothing will ever match the originals because of how well-written they were. Lucas spent years writing and rewriting the treatments and scripts. Characters changed and evolved until they each were clearly defined and identified with classic storytelling tropes. He was able to work directly off of Joseph Campbell's journey of the hero, which is one of the reasons the movie was so culturally universal.


I think that's over stating Lucas' contribution to the writing.  Sure, he had an outline for V and VI, but the story there isn't what's great, it's the dialogue and the actors.  It was just a perfect storm of casting and having the writers and producers being at the peak of their creative output.  As well as the fact that it had ground breaking sound and effects work.  You can't wow people with special effects for at least the last ten years.

Money and age ruins everything.  I don't see a lot of great art from established people.  Great art is something for the young and hungry.  It's why the Rolling Stones haven't released a good song in almost forty years.
 
2014-04-29 11:32:37 AM

Champion of the Sun: Orgasmatron138: I don't dislike JJ at all (I really like the new Star Trek movies), but I just think that nothing will ever match the originals because of how well-written they were. Lucas spent years writing and rewriting the treatments and scripts. Characters changed and evolved until they each were clearly defined and identified with classic storytelling tropes. He was able to work directly off of Joseph Campbell's journey of the hero, which is one of the reasons the movie was so culturally universal.

I think that's over stating Lucas' contribution to the writing.  Sure, he had an outline for V and VI, but the story there isn't what's great, it's the dialogue and the actors.  It was just a perfect storm of casting and having the writers and producers being at the peak of their creative output.  As well as the fact that it had ground breaking sound and effects work.  You can't wow people with special effects for at least the last ten years.

Money and age ruins everything.  I don't see a lot of great art from established people.  Great art is something for the young and hungry.  It's why the Rolling Stones haven't released a good song in almost forty years.


Weird, I always thought the dialogue and acting were two of the weaker elements of the series. Empire was perfect in about every sense, but the acting and dialogue in ANH was pretty corny, and ROTJ had too many actors just phoning it in.

The writing speaks to deep parts of our brains; everything from the refusal of the call to the descent into the underworld right up to the vision of the father was CLASSIC Campbell. It was even said in the SW documentary that Lucas kept showing Campbell the story as he was working on it, and Campbell apparently referred to Lucas as the best student he ever had.
 
2014-04-29 11:34:54 AM

RobotSpeaksFlowers: "Harrison Ford, Chilling in Brentwood ".  I think not,  as that is'nt a UK petrol station because it is selling Gasoline.


There's a Brentwood in California too.  Ask OJ, he's been there.
 
2014-04-29 11:36:12 AM

Champion of the Sun: cgraves67: The wikipedia article indicates that Jar Jar was completely animated and not motion capture.

Huh, thought that I'd seen stills of the filming showing him wearing a motion capture suit.  Either way, he was in the scenes as a stand-in and the point still stands.  I'd take a motionless Jabba throwing out great lines over a gollum talking about how irritating sand is.


I think what it was is they had the voice actor there so the actors had someone to interact with. Instead of a motion capture suit it was just something that could be quickly digitally removed.
 
2014-04-29 11:37:16 AM

Orgasmatron138: Weird, I always thought the dialogue and acting were two of the weaker elements of the series. Empire was perfect in about every sense, but the acting and dialogue in ANH was pretty corny, and ROTJ had too many actors just phoning it in.


That's why I think Lucas' was over rated in your original statement.  He wrote most of the dialogue for ANH and it was corny.  Kasdan and Kennedy? writing for V and VI gave us our best lines.  And the recent internet groupthink that says Ford was bad in ROTJ is nonsense.  He was great in all three movies.  Not exactly award worthy, but he fit the role so well.  Han Solo isn't a cultural icon because the acting and writing sucked. Guiness phoned it in, but was still awesome just because of who he is, and Fisher being coked out was still pretty decent.
 
2014-04-29 11:46:49 AM

SmackLT: Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies...

I thought he looked kind of German. I suppose the fact that he was flying der Jahrtausëndflugzeüg should have tipped me off...


What in the hell is an "aluminum falcon"?
 
2014-04-29 11:47:20 AM

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Champion of the Sun: cgraves67: The wikipedia article indicates that Jar Jar was completely animated and not motion capture.

Huh, thought that I'd seen stills of the filming showing him wearing a motion capture suit.  Either way, he was in the scenes as a stand-in and the point still stands.  I'd take a motionless Jabba throwing out great lines over a gollum talking about how irritating sand is.

I think what it was is they had the voice actor there so the actors had someone to interact with. Instead of a motion capture suit it was just something that could be quickly digitally removed.


Yeah, he wore this thing.

3.bp.blogspot.com

When Sam Jackson filmed his scenes for Ep. 1 he didn't know anything about the bits he wasn't in, so when someone asked him what it was like on the set before it came out he said "There was a guy walking around with a duck on his head.  I don't know what that was all about."
 
2014-04-29 11:56:15 AM
"and Andy Serkis, whose role is yet to be determined. "

Most likely to play Jib-Jib Binks, son of Jar-Jar.
 
2014-04-29 12:01:48 PM
I'm surprised anyone could see the cast with all that lens flare.

/I kid. Can't wait to see it.
 
2014-04-29 12:10:55 PM
I'm glad to hear about Andy Serkis, but I'm even more excited for John Boyega.
That kid was AWESOME in ATTACK THE BLOCK.

The movie was way better than I expected it to be.
 
2014-04-29 12:17:10 PM

Tom_Slick: Even the cast of Star Wars is subjected to inane "Team Building" exercises.


In all fairness, it may be the first time the classic cast has ever seen a non-stoned Carrie Fisher. It may take some getting used to.
 
2014-04-29 12:25:15 PM

Champion of the Sun: I think that's over stating Lucas' contribution to the writing. Sure, he had an outline for V and VI, but the story there isn't what's great, it's the dialogue and the actors. It was just a perfect storm of casting and having the writers and producers being at the peak of their creative output. As well as the fact that it had ground breaking sound and effects work. You can't wow people with special effects for at least the last ten years.


What made Star Wars (called just plain ol "Star Wars" with no "Episode ___" attached) in 1977 was that you had to understand the lineup of films around that time. All there was out there was 1. CB Trucker movies, 2. Disco movies, 3. Romances with a strong-but-sensitive male lead character and the empowered female lead.

In fact, even 20th Century Fox had no high hopes for Star Wars. They were actually putting bank into a different film titled "Damnation Alley", but due to that movie being behind schedule (the "star" of the film, a vehicle known as the "Landmaster", kept having multiple breakdowns), the studio got desperate and put out SW as it's B-Side since the theaters were already committed to screening  something that Summer for 20th Century Fox.

So, out went this movie made by that guy who made American Graffiti, and it's total lack of redneck truckers, disco dancers, or wussy boyfriends made it a hit with the audiences. And the rest is history.

Had it not been for a tricked-up RV breaking down a lot, Star Wars may never have become a global phenomenon.
 
2014-04-29 12:31:51 PM

HoboCop: cgraves67: Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.

I'm sort of encouraged by that actually.. everything that guy does turns out great.


If Serkis' character in Ep. 7 is half as good as Gollum from the Hobbit, it'll be outstanding.
 
2014-04-29 12:32:21 PM
Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher's bikini body from 1982 was unable to attend.

/ Caveat:  Not too many people EVER looked that hot.
 
2014-04-29 12:34:32 PM

SmackLT: Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies...

I thought he looked kind of German. I suppose the fact that he was flying der Jahrtausëndflugzeüg should have tipped me off...


If he is German, then I am Mickey Mouse!
 
2014-04-29 12:40:54 PM

Ambitwistor: SmackLT: Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies...

I thought he looked kind of German. I suppose the fact that he was flying der Jahrtausëndflugzeüg should have tipped me off...

If he is German, then I am Mickey Mouse!


How Daaare he!
 
2014-04-29 12:43:45 PM

Ambitwistor: SmackLT: Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies...

I thought he looked kind of German. I suppose the fact that he was flying der Jahrtausëndflugzeüg should have tipped me off...

If he is German, then I am Mickey Mouse!


You squeaked?
 
2014-04-29 12:47:13 PM
From www.starwars.com

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
 
2014-04-29 12:57:02 PM
Diner in London restaurant PR lackey sent in advance to draw attention: "Hey look over there, it's the entire cast of Star Wars Episode VII

Probably closer to the truth
 
2014-04-29 01:07:26 PM

cgraves67: Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.


Whoa
 
2014-04-29 01:08:02 PM

Orgasmatron138: I don't dislike JJ at all (I really like the new Star Trek movies), but I just think that nothing will ever match the originals because of how well-written they were. Lucas spent years writing and rewriting the treatments and scripts. Characters changed and evolved until they each were clearly defined and identified with classic storytelling tropes. He was able to work directly off of Joseph Campbell's journey of the hero, which is one of the reasons the movie was so culturally universal.


Lucas was writing the things up until the scenes were actually shot.  Many classic lines weren't made up on the spot (like Solo's "I know" line and the scene between Vader and Luke in the third film "Sister.  You have a twin Sister").  What made the movies work is that Lucas wasn't surrounded by yes men,  his ex-wife was a killer editor, and he didn't actually direct the second and third movies.
 
2014-04-29 01:08:51 PM

browntimmy: cgraves67: Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.

Jar-Jar is back.


Please have him beheaded in the first 5 minutes.
 
2014-04-29 01:09:01 PM
"were made up on the spot"

remember - preview is your friend
 
2014-04-29 01:12:06 PM
That article was filled with so many typos I thought it was from a high school paper.
 
2014-04-29 01:13:39 PM

browntimmy: cgraves67: Andy Serkis? I guess we will be getting an animated mo-cap character.

Jar-Jar is back.


www.donationcoder.com
 
2014-04-29 01:14:40 PM

gingerjet: What made the movies work is that Lucas wasn't surrounded by yes men


I think this may be the single biggest factor in why the prequels were such a disaster.  Constantly, in the DVD extras, you see nothing but yes men....over and over.  Lucas desperately needed people to tell him that an idea didn't work....
 
2014-04-29 01:22:31 PM

TV's Vinnie: What made Star Wars (called just plain ol "Star Wars" with no "Episode ___" attached) in 1977


Lucas' counter claim is that he tried to sell them on the series, even making three films at once (which wasn't a thing which had yet been done) and that once the budget and filming went over schedule, they didn't want to hear about it.  He scheduled the shooting in Algeria first so they couldn't make it away from him later and force him to find a different location.

Of course he played the same game with Indiana Jones, even telling Speilberg that he had three scripts ready before they were shooting.  Once Raiders was the hit it was, Speilberg asked for the next script and Lucas had to admit there wasn't one.  Which is why Temple of Doom is odds and sods from the first movie.
 
2014-04-29 01:29:02 PM

ambassador_ahab: gingerjet: What made the movies work is that Lucas wasn't surrounded by yes men

I think this may be the single biggest factor in why the prequels were such a disaster.  Constantly, in the DVD extras, you see nothing but yes men....over and over.  Lucas desperately needed people to tell him that an idea didn't work....


That's certainly the idea that RedLetterMedia had:
http://redlettermedia.com/plinkett/star-wars/star-wars-episode-1-the -p hantom-menace/
 
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