Here’s some unfortunate news for fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It looks like Lucasfilm has plans to wind down the animated series after five successful seasons. No new episodes will be produced for Cartoon Network, but some story arcs are being developed and will be available elsewhere as bonus material. Another animated series – Seth Green’s Star Wars: Detours – won’t even get off the ground as the execs have decided to postpone the comedy, which was planned before the new film trilogy was announced. Hit the jump for the full press release as well as a new clip from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
In the wake of Disney’s recent $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm, it looks like Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be the first casualty. Don’t worry, fans, the show itself will remain on the air, but its home will most likely be changing. Having aired on Turner Entertainment’s Cartoon Network for its five-year run, the licensing rights were previously renewed with Lucasfilm each year; those rights run out at the end of the current 2012-2013 season. Reps from both sides say they have yet to reach a decision on where the show will land at the end of the current season. Hit the jump for more on the fate of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
This week on Blu-ray, the revisionist Abraham Lincoln story comes to Blu, Blade Runner gets a 30th Anniversary edition upgrade, and Steven Soderbergh’s seriously great “male stripper movie” comes to home video. Briefly:
Hit the jump for all the details
While the prequels have a poor reputation among many Star Wars fans, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has proven that there are worthy stories to be told within that time period. The cartoon show has introduced new characters and shown many more die. While it certainly follows Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the side characters are put in constant mortal peril and it creates a thrilling journey. Darth Maul has been revived in the series despite missing half of his torso (he’s a little stir-crazy when we first meet him), and the panel talked quite a bit about the upcoming season while also explaining the tremendous Umbara story arc that was one of the highlights of Season Four.
Instead of having the voice cast twiddle their thumbs as they rarely make creative decisions, last Saturday’s panel featured the talents of supervising director David Filoni and head writer Matt Michnovetz moderated by Star Wars author Pablo Hidalgo. Hit the jump for the full recap of one of the most lively and interesting panels at Comic-Con this year.
by Jason Barr Posted: February 11th, 2012 at 11:50 am
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I can’t help but think that Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s The Vow is Hollywood’s way of saying, “We know you suck at planning romantic Valentine’s dates, so why not pay us to take care of that for you?”. And you know what? They’re right. I’ve already reserved a couple of tix for the pic and, just like that, I’m basically a romance deity (Note: “Romance deity” may be a slight exaggeration”).
All romantic escapades aside, this week’s “Top 5″ brings you all of our John Carter set visit coverage, a plethora of Star Wars items, a new trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, the first trailer and poster from Jeremy Renner‘s The Bourne Legacy, and all of Super Bowl XLVI’s movie ads in one place. You can find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
With the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D this weekend, Twentieth Century Fox recently hosted a press junket at Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilm. In an effort to promote the experience for the next generation, my seven year-old daughter, Cyan, interviewed four people who helped bring George Lucas’ vision to life. Her final interview was with Joel Aron, CG Supervisor for Star Wars: The Clone Wars the animated series. They discussed how Darth Maul could come back if he’d been cut in half, the most rewarding part of working on Star Wars, who his favorite character is, his Sith name, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 20th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
Tonight we’re bringing you three different bits of Star Wars news in one conveniently tidy package. First up, we now know that the Star Wars Blu-ray collections (whose pre-orders we told you about a few weeks ago) will be released later this year on September 27th. For those you of who held out on pre-ordering your copy until a firm release date was announced, you can finally push that excuse aside. If you’re interested, you can pre-order Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray via this link to Amazon. In case you only want to partake in either the Original Blu-ray Trilogy or the Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy, you can click here or here respectively.
Next, the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will return from nine months of renovations on May 20th of this year. Referred to as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Disney Parks Blog confirms that the 3D attraction will feature “new droids, a new Starspeeder, and a new pilot” in the form of C-3PO. With all of this in the bag, hit the jump to learn about Liam Neeson’s reprised role as Qui-Gon Jinn in Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
How do you take a cult-character who unexpectedly found love among fans despite his minor role and then stick it to all those fans? Well, in the case of Boba Fett from Star Wars, you remove all the mystique of the character turn him from a perceived bad-ass into a sullen child with daddy issues. Now kids who enjoy Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network will get to enjoy the character as a sullen teenager. USA Today reports that “A teenage version of Fett will appear next month in the popular Cartoon Network show The Clone Wars, bridging the generational gap between fans of the original trilogy and kids reared largely on the prequels.” I suppose “ruining” constitutes some kind of bridge…
The article goes in depth about what makes Boba Fett such a popular character but this is the standout quote from Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni: “What makes Boba Fett interesting is the mystery.”
Hit the jump for more details about how they’re planning to get rid of that.
With director Chris Columbus’ Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief opening this Friday, I was able to talk with screenwriter Craig Titley (Scooby-Doo, Cheaper by the Dozen) about his involvement in the project yesterday afternoon. During the interview, we talked about writing Percy Jackson, his involvement in Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon (he’s written two episodes), and what’s up with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And just to clarify the 20,000 Leagues story, two competing projects were going at the same time last year, one was at Disney with McG helming, and one was being developed at New Line with Sam Raimi’s company. Titley wrote the New Line one. During the interview he talks about his take on the material and what it’s about.
Watch the interview after the jump: