Archive for January, 2012



Maul-icious Posters

Pete Vilmur | January 20, 2012

1999: Darth Maul transit poster from Hong Kong

With our Darth Maul-themed week of content giving way to “Droids” on Monday, we wanted to squeeze in one last bit of retro Maul material before the week closes out. To that end, we’ve dug up eight poster images featuring Episode I’s enduringly vogue villain, from the 1999 international campaign to Koto’s ukiyo-e style Maul of 2011:

1999: Unisource Papers used a Maul visage which now appears hopelessly outdated by today’s CGI standards, but no less intimidating

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Red Tails Red Carpet Premiere Recap

StarWars.com Team | January 18, 2012


Red Tails at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC

Underdogs fighting evil against all odds! Heroes overcoming adversity to save the day! Sound familiar? The hero’s journey isn’t just part of Star Wars, it’s part of American history thanks to George Lucas’ new WWII film about the Tuskegee Airmen — Red Tails!

Red Tails comes out in theaters on January 20, but StarWars.com attended the Red Tails NYC premiere with cast, crew and special guests including executive producer George Lucas.

Red Tails actors Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds, Elijah Kelley, Leslie Odom Jr., Method Man, Lee Tergesen, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, Marcus T. Paulk, Michael B. Jordan, Andre Royo, Kevin Phillips came to the premiere, as well as executive producer George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, producer Charles Floyd Johnson, director Anthony Hemingway, film composer Terence Blanchard, and screenwriters Aaron McGruder and John Ridley.

Special guests James Earl Jones, Spike Lee, Francis Ford Coppola, Kimberly Locke, Al Roker, and more attended to show their support for Red Tails..

Here’s a glimpse of our Red Tails red carpet premiere with George Lucas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terence Howard, and the cast, as well as the heroic Tuskegee Airmen!

George Lucas poses with the cast of Red Tails and the original Tuskegee Airmen.

“It’s a great story about young people who overcome a lot of adversity. I thought this was a perfect subject, especially for young people, to understand part of their history.” – George Lucas on why he made Red Tails.

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Star Wars: Essential Reader’s Companion Cover Reveal

| January 18, 2012

Random House shares the cover of Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion today, a new guide written by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo coming to bookstores later this year! The cover artwork was designed by Scott Biel and painted by Paul Youll (can you spot the various Star Wars books in the illustration?). Here’s the description from Random House:

Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion is the first Essential Guide devoted entirely to published Star Wars fiction, from the original movie novelization, to young reader’s books, short stories, eBook novellas, and the most recent adult novels. This book will cover all the fiction that has built the Star Wars Expanded Universe over the last thirty-five years. Written by Pablo Hidalgo and featuring more than one hundred color illustrations by popular Star Wars artists Chris Trevas and Jeff Carlisle, this book will be an invaluable source for Star Wars readers and fans.

Look for it on bookstore shelves August 21, 2012. Read more here!

Week 2: Exclusive Darth Maul Tee Now Available

StarWars.com Team | January 18, 2012

StarWars.com’s 5-week Episode I 3D campaign continues — Week 2: Darth Maul

The ramp-up to Episode I 3D’s release on February 10 continues this week with a bunch of cool Darth Maul content on the official site, including the uber-cool “Darth Maul Me” feature (which transforms your own face into a red-and-black-tattooed monstrosity!) and an all-new exclusive Darth Maul t-shirt designed by Reece Ward, available through this Sunday only at welovefine.com!

So be sure and visit StarWars.com’s Maul-themed page for free activities and downloadables, then head to welovefine.com for the exclusive Maul tee, which is also available as a women’s fitted tee and hoodie. Stay tuned next week for Week 3 of special Episode I 3D content and exclusives: Jedi!

Exclusive Podracer T-shirt: Less Than 3 Days Left!

StarWars.com Team | January 13, 2012

This week, StarWars.com launched a special Episode I 3D hub page giving fans a one-stop destination for all the latest news and activities surrounding Star Wars: Episode I 3D’s release next month! Among the links for trailers, a new free game (Star Wars: Racer Rush), a Podrace soundboard, a drawing tutorial and more is one very cool Podracing t-shirt available exclusively from the Mighty Fine website until 11:59pm PST on Sunday — that’s less than 3 days!

The exclusive Podracer tee is the first of five — yes five — exclusive t-shirts that will be available for one week only over the next month as we lead up to the opening of Episode I 3D. In addition, the Episode I 3D page will update every Monday with an all-new Episode I theme, which the weekly exclusive t-shirt will reflect! Here’s the schedule:

  • Jan 9 – 15: Podracing
  • Jan 16 – 22: Darth Maul
  • Jan 23 – 29: Droids
  • Jan 30 – Feb 5: Jedi
  • Feb 6 – 12: Queen Amidala

So if you’ve got a soft spot for Darth Maul — or droids, Jedi, and Amidala — be sure to mark your calendars to check back for the exclusive t-shirt that will be available for one week only, along with themed-out videos, games, downloads and activities!

But if Podracing’s is your favorite thing about Episode I, you’d better head over to www.welovefine.com now and grab the exclusive Podracing tee that’s available for less than three more days!

Lost Tribe of the Sith Cover Reveals

StarWars.com Team | January 12, 2012

Today Random House reveals two covers from its Lost Tribe of the Sith series: Secrets, which is the eighth and final episode in the epic Lost Tribe of Sith free eBook series, and Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, which will come out in paperback on July 31. Here are the synopses from the publisher:

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets by John Jackson Miller

In Sith teachings, nothing is more important than the individual: the glorious center of the universe, around which all other lives pale in importance. But the planetary home of the Lost Tribe of the Sith is not the center of the universe, but a backwater — and the tribe’s legendary founders were little more than slaves themselves!

When the Lost Tribe suddenly rediscovers its forgotten origins, frustration and anger threaten to finish the society once and for all. But the past holds more secrets still — knowledge that, in the right hands, could place the evil rulers of Kesh on a path toward a greater destiny in the stars…

The free eBook will be available in all eFormats on March 5, 2012 and will feature an excerpt from Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, the final installment in the epic Fate of the Jedi series.

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller

At last, collected in one volume and available in print for the first time, the eight original installments of the epic Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series… along with the explosive, never-before-published finale, Pandemonium—more than one hundred pages of new material!

Five thousand years ago. After a Jedi ambush, the Sith mining ship Omen lies wrecked on a remote, unknown planet. Its commander, Yaru Korsin, battles the bloodshed of a mutinous faction led by his own brother. Marooned and facing death, the Sith crew have no choice but to venture into their desolate surroundings. They face any number of brutal challenges—vicious predators, lethal plagues, tribal people who worship vengeful gods—and like true Sith warriors, counter them with the dark side of the Force.

The struggles are just beginning for the proud, uncompromising Sith, driven as they are to rule at all costs. They will vanquish the primitive natives, and they will find their way back to their true destiny as rulers of the galaxy. But as their legacy grows over thousands of years, the Sith ultimately find themselves tested by the most dangerous threat of all: the enemy within.

As the description mentions, this paperback edition will feature an all new novella length story also written by John Jackson Miller and will be available on July 31, 2012. More info here!

George Lucas Appears on The Daily Show

Bonnie Burton | January 10, 2012

George Lucas appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart last night to talk up Red Tails, the new action-adventure movie about the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Lucas shared the process of making the film, why he felt compelled to bring the Tuskegee Airmen’s story to the screen, and his hopes for a Red Tails sequel (and prequel!). Stewart, a self-confessed Star Wars fan, couldn’t help making comparisons to his favorite film saga – an idea Lucas seemed receptive to:

“I’m just talking about a bunch of guys, kids, who are 19-20 years old, flying the fastest prop-plane ever built, and going up against the new-fangled jets,” explained Lucas. “It’s a combat movie. Honestly…this is as close as you’ll ever get to Episode VII.”

View the George Lucas interview segment here. Red Tails will be released in US theaters on January 20, 2012. Check out the official Red Tails site here and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Lucas Remembers Star Wars Sword Master Bob Anderson

Pete Vilmur | January 9, 2012

The world lost a key contributor to the Star Wars saga last week in sword master Bob Anderson, who coordinated the lightsaber duels of Episode IV: A New Hope, and even donned Darth Vader’s armor for the high-intensity dueling with Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

The man who established how “an elegant weapon for a more civilized age” should be wielded in the Star Wars universe passed away on January 1 in West Sussex, England. He was 89.

“Bob Anderson was essential in defining what a lightsaber duel would look like,” says George Lucas. “He was the Jedi Master of the original trilogy, training the actors to duel with a new kind of weapon. In Empire and Jedi, Bob donned Darth Vader’s cape and helmet to battle Luke Skywalker in all of the amazing lightsaber battles. It was pure movie magic that Bob became Vader.”

Fortunately for Star Wars fans, Bob Anderson’s legacy will forever survive through the signature fighting styles of Jedi and Sith alike. He will be deeply missed.

Darth Plagueis Exclusive Excerpt

StarWars.com Team | January 9, 2012

In anticipation of tomorrow’s (January 10) release of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, we are posting this exclusive excerpt of an exchange between Dooku (still a Jedi Knight) and Palpatine. The scene resonates as a prelude to Episode II and The Clone Wars


Behind each of the Rotunda’s hover platform docking stations extended wedge-shaped office complexes more than half a kilometer in length, where Senators met with one another, entertained guests, and, on rare occasions, carried out the work they had been elected or appointed to perform. Some of the offices were sealed environments, in which the atmospheres of member worlds were replicated; others, especially those belonging to hive species, were staffed by hundreds of beings who performed their duties in cubicles that resembled nectarcomb cells. By comparison, Naboo’s was rather prosaic in design and adornment, and yet unrivaled in terms of the number of high-profile visitors it received.

“I’m giving thought to leaving the Order,” Master Dooku told Palpatine in the windowless room that was the Senator’s private study. “I can no longer abide the decisions of the Council, and I have to be free to speak my mind about the wretched state of the Republic.”

Palpatine didn’t reply, but thought: Finally.
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