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Star Wars miscellany and Site O' the Week.

I keep finding little tidbits lately, so I figured I should share..

- Arizona residents of the Tempe variety should be proud to host the state's largest movie theater, which will be kicking off it's grand opening with a fund-raiser featuring a special screening of Star Wars. A Cine Capri spokeswoman explains why Star Wars holds sentimental value for the company.

- This week's Star Wars Site O' the Week goes out to the UK periodical Empire Magazine's online locale for Star Wars: http://www.empireonline.com/starwars/

Empire has been covering Star Wars since the very beginning, and now with CE on it's way, they are getting particularly amped up with contests and 30th anniversary features. I have been drooling over the 30 Star Wars covers for awhile now. So if you're headed to London in the next couple of weeks, check out empireonline for all things Star Wars, even custom trooper helmets!

- Thought you were alone in relating everything in life to Star Wars? You've got more company than you think!

- The new sci-fi: A very interesting discussion about the state of sci-fi today from The Guardian Unlimited UK. Not Star Wars specific here, but it still gets mention (of course). New Battlestar Galactica heavy, however, with a dash of Heroes and Lost, a daub of Doctor Who, and a sprinkle of Firefly, Buffy, and X-Files. There's a slight Star Trek aftertaste.

- This last bit is a couple of months old now, but it still deserves mention me thinks, especially since the honor was made official last weekend:

The VES (Visual Effects Society) distinguished what they revere as the top 50 most influential visual effects films of all time, of which Star Wars made it to the very top (grats George and ILM!), and speaking of Blade Runner lately, well they got the second spot! Here's the top 10, and click here for the starwars.com article (and the full list):
1. Star Wars (1977, ILM)
2. Blade Runner (1982)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)*
3. The Matrix (1999)*
5. Jurassic Park (1993, ILM)
6. Tron (1982)
7. King Kong (1933)
8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
9. Alien (1979)
10. The Abyss (1989, ILM)

Just for the fun of it, and something visual, here's an original Star Wars trailer :D

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RJ said...

That original Cine Capri in Arizona is where I saw Star Wars as a little boy. I don't remember it, but that's where my Star Wars obsession began as a pre-schooler. I saw that same article and was going to post something about it later today. Good catch!

nob01 said...

I love Empire magazine - nothing is written as wittily as that tome.

When I heard about their 30 covers I laughed like a drain, especially when I heard they only printed FOUR Jar Jar covers - finally making him a sought after collectors' item :-)

My lovely 'sad old fart in kind' Geoff Geoff Banks told me on the phone that he managed to find me the Greedo cover - he's a good boy :-)

jkthunder said...

that's totally cool rj! i knew there were some arizona peeps around that might be affected. are you in AZ now? will you attend the fundraiser? it would be great to hear a report!

tsk. only 4 jar jars? LOL!

i had been looking for the special issues of empire for awhile now. we get the mag at my bookstore, but i thought i missed it! no sooner did i post this blog last night - then today we had about 10 copies of it! not a lot of covers to choose from. i did pick up luke in his x-wing suit though. tough choice between that and han. may have to pick up the han cover tomorrow, but if i do that, when does it end? it is thre same magazine inside after all. hmmmm

amidalooine said...

I've actually been to that theater in Arizona, too, jk.

Love the article about people getting together over films. OF COURSE that's important!!

I can't get the sw trailer to play for some reason...not sure why. Annoying!

ANd I'm not sure if my post went through about the Wii on your other entry, but I really, REALLY want one!!! :D