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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spider-Man Joins the Marvel Movie Universe
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:02 PM »
Wow.  This is definitely big news for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  No doubt Sony is trying to right their own ship in the wake of the hacking scandal. Part of what came out in that affair was a good amount of bashing of Andrew Garfield's performance in the Spider-Man reboot films by Sony executives . Seeing how his name wasn't mentioned in that press release you have to figure that the role is being recast.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:50 PM »
Rebels really managed to nail Tarkin. And the voice actor was great, too. I hope the series can continue to feature Tarkin for some time to come. He makes the Empire far more sinister than we've seen so far. And the bumbling keystone cop-like Imperials getting dispatched by the Inquisitor upped the ante. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney Star Wars Theme Park?
« on: February 7, 2015, 01:44 PM »
A Star Wars theme SECTION of a theme park would be pretty awesome.  And if anything, I think Disney would probably use something like 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios as a template.  Make a significant Star Wars themed section in Disney/MGM Studios along the lines of that Harry Potter attraction at Universal.  I think the potential is definitely there in terms of individual attractions, rides and eateries.  I mean, who here would want to get a drink at a Mos Eisley Cantina restaurant?

As for rides?
-Pod race in Beggars canyon
-Endor speeder bike ride
-Hoth asteroid field space chase
-Space battle ride (pick one!)

-Mos Eisley cantina
-Jabba's palace dinner/entertainment
_Dex's diner

...and that's not including what could be coming from the new movies which could feature prominently here.  Oh, and the GIFT SHOPS.  ::)

Well, the Clone Sergeant seems to be lingering a little bit.  At least on Walgreens store pegs.  I picked up Yoda and the TIE Pilot 2 weeks ago and decided to hold off on the more abundant Clone Sergeant.  Sure enough, when I returned to the same store there were PLENTY of Clone Sergeants left.

I'm sorry if I mispronounced the name of the Rancor Keeper now.

The one who was one of the worst pegwarmers of the POTF2 era?  And got remade back around 2009/2010?  No.  Nobody takes issue with that at all.


Saga Legends / Re: Saga Legends "Mission Series" Figure 2-Packs
« on: February 7, 2015, 10:56 AM »
Thanks, Scott.  Just ordered the Sabine and Wookiee sets.  Vizago?  Meh.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:40 PM »
I would expect that after spending $4 billion to buy the franchise Bob Iger will be cheerleading all the way.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:23 PM »
Here's more on the timeline of future Star Wars releases from Disney CEO Bob Iger.  He also mentions a little bit about one of the standalone Star Wars projects:

As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.

Some bullet points, courtesy of Slashfilm:

1.Iger has seen most of the footage from The Force Awakens.
2.He believes it’s “worth the wait.”
3.He mentions the 2016 standalone movie.
4.He hints the 2016 standalone movie is about “these characters,” potentially meaning characters from the new movies.
5.Star Wars Episode VIII will be out in 2017.
6.There is no mention of a second standalone movie, directed by Josh Trank, hypothetically in 2018.
7.Star Wars Episode IX will be out in 2019.
8.He refers to that film as the end of “this trilogy.” That makes it sound like there will be more.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:11 AM »
I think it's been pretty well established that Hollywood likes a proven story.  Especially when they're going to put a lot of money into a project.  Is that a completely failsafe sort of formula?  Not necessarily.  Look at the run of Biblical epics.  Lots of those films have done very well.  But then there was Ridley Scott's recent effort, Exodus - Gods and Kings.  Solid director.  Solid star.  And a story that's a known quantity.  But it really didn't perform that well.

As for rebooting Indiana Jones?  I think I would prefer to just leave the franchise alone.  Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not a good way to end things.  If it had ended with The Last Crusade?  THAT would have been an exercise in going out on a high note.  It was a solid Indy movie.  But these film franchises are big money, and Disney wants to get their money's worth.  So?  It's reboot time.

I saw something about the Chris Pratt rumor a few weeks back.  And I had seen something about Bradley Cooper being considered, too.  I think they could both fill the role reasonably well.  And I think from a story standpoint it would be interesting to take the timeline a little bit further back than Raiders and Temple of Doom.  How about starting off with Indy in the 1920's?  How about some of that backstory of him and Abner Ravenwood?

The key though?  A good script.  Time and time again we've seen plenty of movies that had good casts and great filmmakers.  But give them a crap story, like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?  Guess what?  You're going to end up with a dogshit movie.  Sometimes you wind up with a writer/director/producer who has so much clout that nobody will speak truth to power... like George Lucas.  And maybe they've gotten lazy or unfocused and their script needs some re-writing or punching up.

And that phenomenon isn't exclusive to Indy 4, but to lots of movies in this CGI era of movie making.  Go in with a ****** story and 9 times out of 10 you're going to have a ****** movie.  Part of the problem is screenwriters and directors who write around things to specifically shoehorn in special effects.  Everyone seems to want the same level of attention for their effects that something like the bullet dodge in The Matrix got.  Get over it.  Write a solid screenplay and let the special effects serve that story, not the other way around.

It's seems pretty likely that whomever Jayson was communicating with does not read/speak/write English as their first language.  And THAT was the root of the issue.  Let's just acknowledge that and move on happy in the knowledge that Bossk has an articulated jaw.

Based on the images released on eBay, I contacted the sell and he said that the jaw for Bossk is no longer articulated.  :(

LOL, JTA is calling that guy a liar now.  :D

From the pics they just posted, the jaw is clearly articulated. Hoping this is not just a funky variant...

Ah, the JTA drama queen always working hard to incite nerd rage.  ::)

Dude needs a hobby other than trying to stir up ****

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:36 PM »
One of my cool independent spots actually had a great CW/SOTDS find today:  a Mandalorian Assault Shuttle!  It was $29.99, but it's cool to have a second one of these now.

Picked up the 6" TIE Pilot and Yoda today.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:22 PM »
The NDA has likely been a common practice at UK Toy Fair for some time.  Still, with the giveaway bag?  And the timing of the release of the line for THE FORCE AWAKENS?  I'm betting that something has been shown.  But almost certainly the public reveal for the TFA line is going to be at Celebration in Anaheim or SDCC.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:28 PM »
JEDI NEWS IS REPORTING that representatives for major retailers came out of closed meetings with Hasbro at the UK Toy Fair holding bags emblazoned with THE FORCE AWAKENS logo.  Despite the reports from Hasbro's PR firm it does seem that Hasbro is showing some of the offerings for THE FORCE AWAKENS to retail buyers, while holding back that product for a later reveal to the media.  Jedi News also mentioned that they had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to check out the Hasbro offerings.

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