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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:55 PM »
I can't say that I'm surprised by this news.  JJ already had an Executive Producer title on the production and didn't have any current directing projects in the pipeline, so we knew he was likely to be available.

I know there have been some criticisms of THE FORCE AWAKENS, many of which seem to revolve around how it strikes some similar notes to A NEW HOPE.  But I think that given how Lucas was such a student of Joseph Campbell and the concept of the hero's journey, I think that establishing a new hero in TFA would be likely to hit some of the same story points as ANH.  Episode 7 was a place setter that initiated a number of questions.  Now we have to see how Episode 8 answers some of those questions, and continues a journey towards Episode 9.

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I've seen some reports of this set turning up at TRU stores.  Anybody spot this one in person yet?

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The Last Jedi / Re: Target TLJ 3.75" Era of the Force 8-Pack
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:18 AM »
And here the term "cake toppers" came to mind for me.

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The Last Jedi / Re: Target TLJ 3.75" Return of the Jedi 3-Pack
« on: September 9, 2017, 07:59 PM »
I think the Royal Guard may have been initially shown on a poster for REBELS figures, but has not been released until now.  I don't know if the Luke is new.  But the Emporer certainly is, and he's the draw in this set for me.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: September 8, 2017, 08:26 AM »
They snuck the pilot in there, I see! 

I wonder if the Tank legitimately has that many interlocking parts?  Because that's a lot that's going on there.  I'm also glad to see the kyber crystal cargo pods. 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 7, 2017, 08:47 PM »
I think a shift in the production schedule is a near certainty.  It was really ambitious when it was announced, and we've had significant changes occur since that initial Bob Iger statement that there would be a Star Wars movie every year.  And in light of all of the director changes we might start to see a little more space between Star Wars films.

There are other factors that I think are coming into play, too.  It seems like the merchandising schedule has been thrown off a bit by the aggressive film release schedule.  It might not seem that relevant to film production, but those royalties that all of the licensees pay to Disney are nothing to sneeze at.  Giving a merchandise line like that of TLJ more time at retail before it gets cleared out benefits the licensee AND Disney before they have to retool for the next product line.

The Han Solo movie has had significant issues.  There's an Obi-Wan movie in development, too.  And now we know that E9 has script issues, a change in director and there might be merchandising considerations.  I can totally see Episode 9 sliding back to a December release.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: TRU 6" Rey with Crait Base
« on: September 7, 2017, 08:39 PM »
Pretty cool!  Although I couldn't help but notice how Hasbro avoided showing the front of the packaging like they did with Luke and Kylo Ren.

I'm also wondering if the new facial portrait technique that Hasbro showed at SDCC on Resistance Rey will be employed here.  Because the face likeness is pretty remarkable.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: September 7, 2017, 08:15 PM »
Ah!  I was wondering when Rose was going to turn up in this line.  I'm probably going to pass on this version of Snoke, but it's good to know that the basic version is available for those who can't or don't want to buy the exclusive version.

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This set looks a bit better than the 6" basic version of Kylo Ren.  To the point where I may skip that one and get this instead.

I definitely hope that this base links up with the throne that comes with the GameStop exclusive version of Snoke.  Because it would make both sets very interesting.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 7, 2017, 06:28 PM »
TLJ is no doubt really deep into post production.  Which means they probably have a final cut of the film, but they're still working on refining effects shots and animation, along with working on the sound mix and music.  The studio execs from both Lucasfilm and Disney have probably screened this rough cut and have a very good idea about how the movie is going to play.  And that will probably inform the decision making process if they want to offer Episode 9 to Rian Johnson.

As for Gareth Edwards?  I keep seeing a lot about how Lucasfilm brought in Tony Gilroy to handle the ROGUE ONE reshoots, which were reportedly quite extensive.  IIRC, that may have been the point in production where the decision was made that the principles of the Scarif strike team DID escape with the Death Star plans (remember those trailer shots of Jyn Erso and Cassian running on the beach dodging fire from AT-ACT's?).  But that's another tangential discussion entirely.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football
« on: September 7, 2017, 11:11 AM »
I'm a little puzzled by what Yahoo might be doing with the Tampa Bay and Miami teams/players in terms of statistics.  Their game has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma, and will probably be rescheduled for their bye week (both teams had the same bye week).  But TB and MIA players are being listed for the week with 0 points, as if they game has already been played.  That's kind of messed up for anyone who was planning on starting players from either team.

I was curious how this was going to work on all the sites.  Might need the commish to do some adjustments.  Hopefully people get those players out of their lineups before anything gets locked down.

Yeah.  I only noticed because I looked at the matchup view and saw that Brent had 1 Bucs player and 1 Dolphins player who were caught up in this particular kerfuffle.  I like to win a fantasy matchup as much as anybody else, but not because two roster slots on my opponents team yield 0 points because a hurricane is causing the game to be cancelled.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football
« on: September 7, 2017, 09:24 AM »
I'm a little puzzled by what Yahoo might be doing with the Tampa Bay and Miami teams/players in terms of statistics.  Their game has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma, and will probably be rescheduled for their bye week (both teams had the same bye week).  But TB and MIA players are being listed for the week with 0 points, as if they game has already been played.  That's kind of messed up for anyone who was planning on starting players from either team.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 6, 2017, 08:16 PM »
I think it has to do with vision (we've heard it several times now) and maybe the reality these directors face vs. what was offered to them. At the outset, a lot was made of we want to make creative, boundary stretching SW films (mainly in the anthology series). A lot of new, hot directors got soaked up into the hype and the machine and then they started making these movies, and some found out, uh oh, there's shareholders. There's box office goals. There's a type of film that's expected as opposed to what was possible, and perhaps - who knows - that has led to some friction at all levels.

It's not just Star Wars, Marvel has had their share of lost directors too.  Edgar Wright got booted from Ant-Man, Whedon left Avengers Infinity War, Patti Jenkins left Thor, etc.  Film insiders were saying the same kind of things about Marvel's Kevin Feige that they are saying about KKennedy now.

Here was another good article from EW this summer about how the producers are the becoming the driving artistic forces for these Disney franchises and if directors can't work within those systems, they won't last long there.

That does seem to be an appropriate comparison.  And considering that both Lucasfilm and Marvel are under the Disney banner?  I can see Bob Iger and Alan Horn of Disney supporting that kind of producer first business model.  I appreciate that Kathleen Kennedy has wanted to pursue some developing talent on the director front.  But there's also something to be said for going with a proven performer.

So who is reasonably in contention to take on this project?  There are a number of people that come to mind.  George had pursued both Ron Howard and Stephen Spielberg for the PT, but they both passed.  Now Ron Howard is deep in post-production for the Han Solo movie.  And Spielberg is booked up for the next few years with at least 3 or 4 directing gigs for greenlit projects.

There are some other people with links to K Kennedy, like her husband Frank Marshall who has a solid history with Lucasfilm, but mostly as a producer.  Joe Johnston's name was brought up when we were having this discussion about the Han Solo movie.  Gareth Edwards?  While ROGUE ONE was generally well received, info that came to light following the release seems to indicate that he may have been in over his head.

The most far-fetched theory I've seen is that George would come back to do E9.  I just can't see it happening.  I think he wanted a clean break from things, despite having shown up for set visits and at Celebration Orlando.  I got the sense that a big part of why he sold the company was that he was tired of being second-guessed by fans who fancied themselves as armchair critics/screenwriters/producers, and got very vocal about everything that they felt George had done wrong with THEIR favorite film franchise.  You know, the one that he created himself.  Why would he want to put himself through that again?

The safe money appears to be on either JJ Abrams coming back, or Rian Johnson.  Just today there was an article in the NY Times about how 'The Last Jedi' is very much Johnson's movie, and that he has the confidence of people at Disney/Lucasfilm as both writer and director.  And JJ isn't booked for any directing gigs right now. 

I'm thinking that Kathleen Kennedy will tap either JJ or Rian Johnson for E9.  While the new movies have had phenomenal box office grosses, the drama surrounding directors on multiple projects can't be reflecting on her well with Disney.  And I think the safer bet might be the move to watch for.

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This afternoon I picked up one each of Luke and Rose, and 2 each of the Praetorian Guard and Executioner Stormtrooper.

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I just picked up this wave.  Checkout was predictably difficult, but eventually I was able to purchase Luke, Rose, the Praetorian Guard and Executioner Trooper.

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