The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Indiana Jones and The Lost Missions

Bryan Young | March 18, 2014

Club Obi Wan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Like most people reading this, I spent a whole Saturday binge-watching the Netflix premiere of the Lost Missions of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We were rewarded for our patience with 13 episodes of a show we loved, which might have been 13 of the best produced. They were action packed, beautifully animated, thrilling, and, at times, heartbreaking.

But for some reason I really, really wanted to watch the Indiana Jones movies after this batch of episodes. It should come as no surprise that the Indiana Jones films might creep their influence into Star Wars projects as they have George Lucas in common, but there were three episodes of The Lost Missions that paid pretty blatant homage to everyone’s favorite archeologist.

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Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, Part 6: Showdown at Naboo

Trade Federation's Droid Control Ship

Welcome to the sixth of 12 articles revealing — for the first time ever — material cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. Each section will be preceded by brief comments discussing why the material wound up on the cutting-room floor.

THEY’RE AFTER OUR CREDITS!

Jason Fry: In Episode I the Trade Federation are the bad guys, but to amass the power they had in the Senate they had to have been a force for good at some point. This piece was an effort to illustrate that, showing the Trade Federation playing a positive and much-needed role in sectors of the Outer Rim that the Republic was too weak and distracted to effectively control. This piece accomplishes that, but it doesn’t accomplish much else – the character speaking isn’t very interesting, and you need a master’s degree in the Expanded Universe to decipher the blizzard of names. This was an easy cut. (So why include it in this Author’s Cut at all? Keep reading.)

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The 501st Legion’s Star Wars Toy Story

Albin Johnson | March 18, 2014

 

Star Wars has a rich legacy of firsts. When it first came out in 1977, A New Hope was wholly different from any science-fiction story ever told and it broke the mold. Not only that, but it recast how the business of movies could be run by revealing the power of merchandising. Nowadays every big kids’ movie has an obligatory toy line, but Star Wars was the first to see its potential. As a corollary to that, the 501st Legion was the first Star Wars fan club (or fan club of any franchise, really) to see itself plugged right into the product line of the very universe it sought to celebrate.

It’s both exciting and humbling to witness. Here is a fictional universe that one man imagined and countless millions have enjoyed. Thousands of artists, authors, and editors have contributed to populate it to George Lucas’ standards. But to imagine the fans themselves being welcomed into the canon is just inspiring.

The story of how the 501st became Star Wars canon is a story for another blog. Since 2004, Lucasfilm has owned the rights to the 501st Legion name and I couldn’t be happier. Every so often I browse a toy store or a convention floor and out of nowhere there’s 501st merchandise for the offering. Wow. So here’s a quick and incomplete list of the cool items I’ve seen come out. If you’ve seen more feel free to contact me and we’ll add it to the list.

Japanese Star Wars clone trooper action figure called Vader's Legion

At some point in late 2005 / early 2006 a blue clone trooper figure appeared in Japan stores featuring the title “Vader’s Legion.” This may seem a coincidence, but the bottom of the package left no room for doubt: amid the Japanese lettering, it read “501″ in the description. I can only guess they had not secured permission from us yet to use our name and found this description a good compromise.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order

StarWars.com Team | March 17, 2014

clone wars logo

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, set between Episode II and III, added to the Star Wars universe like nothing else before it. The beloved animated series took us to strange worlds, explored classic characters, and introduced new heroes and villains. Now that the series is complete and available on Netflix, StarWars.com presents an official chronological order of the show’s 121 episodes, as well as the feature film that started it all. Get ready to have a LONG viewing party…

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Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves Audio Clip – Exclusive

StarWars.com Team | March 14, 2014

Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves

Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey takes readers back to Han Solo as they first knew him — honorable but dangerous, and still figuring out what it means to be part of the Rebellion. StarWars.com is proud to present an exclusive first listen of an audio adaptation of a key scene from Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves.

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Fashion and the Force: Rodarte’s Star Wars Gowns

Laura & Kate Mulleavy | March 14, 2014

Rodarte's Star Wars gowns

In 2005, Laura and Kate Mulleavy founded Rodarte, a luxury brand instantly lauded for its distinct design concepts and intricate textile inventions. A conceptual and innovative brand, Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, California influences, and explorations into other art forms.

Our fall 2014 was inspired by our nostalgia for our childhood, delving into the ephemeral space of our imagination, highlighting our fascination with storytelling and cinema, culminating with the inclusion of artwork from Star Wars in the five couture gowns ending the collection. More than anything, this collection is about the limitless possibilities of youth and how our imagination transformed our backyard into a great adventure.

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Fully Operational Fandom: Join SWAT, Read Star Wars Books, and Get Awesome Rewards

Amy Ratcliffe | March 13, 2014

Del Rey's Star Wars books SWAT

Did anyone else participate in summer reading programs as a kid? Sitting down with an engaging book was enough of a reward then (and still is), but I remember feeling excited and incentivized by earning points for stickers, bookmarks, and the best prize of all — free pizza. Nothing could keep me from burning through stories when there was pizza on the line. Del Rey’s Star Wars Action Team (SWAT) has brought those feelings back with their Fancorps Community. I might not get pizza, but I can earn neat Star Wars loot and connect with fellow fans while I’m racking up points. I call that a win.

SWAT was announced last summer and has been up and running for about eight months; they’ve recruited over 1,500 fans. Programs like this are one of the reasons Star Wars fandom is terrific. Sure, Del Rey gets word-of-mouth advertising from those participating, but it’s also another way to build and reinforce the community. I talked with some fans enrolled in SWAT to get their feelings about the project.

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Why Waiting for Star Wars Is a Good Thing

Darren Hayes | March 13, 2014

Return of the Jedi 30th anniversary screening at the Egyptian Theatre

I had a Star Wars epiphany last year while standing in line for the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Los Angeles. As many fans know, this particular screening of the film featured a surprise cameo by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill — who casually strolled up to the podium to partake in the post screening Q&A. The atmosphere in the room was electric as you can imagine. The mood shifted quickly from stunned silence to an eruption of hysteria as Mark took to the stage.

Mark is the quintessential amazing nice guy and super-talented actor we all know and love. Where any other celebrity might shy away from the intense enthusiasm directed at them, he was incredibly gracious and, let’s face it, wonderfully patient with all the fanboys and girls who attended. It was a room of fans from every generation. From those in their 40’s like me, those older and many new fans; children who stared in silent awe that their hero was in the same room as them.

But as amazing as it was, this was not the highlight for me.

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Dave Filoni on The Lost Missions’ Yoda Arc

Dan Brooks | March 12, 2014

Yoda in Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions

Back when I interviewed Dave Filoni about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we spoke for a long time regarding the series’ themes, its final broadcast season, and its legacy. I included almost everything we discussed in the final three-part piece…except for one brief exchange that had to remain on the cutting room floor: our talk about the Lost Missions’ Yoda arc, which at the time, was a little too spoilery to publish. Now that the episodes are out on Netflix for everyone to enjoy, I’m really happy to share his thoughts on this essential story.

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Who Will Win This Is Madness’ Play-In Matchups?

Chris David | March 12, 2014

This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament 2014 logo

This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament has returned, and all eyes will be on Yoda, who be looking to repeat as champion. Last year, the Grand Master of the Jedi Order defeated Darth Vader in the finale by a 3:2 margin (60%) of votes. The loss for Vader didn’t sit well with a lot of Star Wars fans, and was deemed an upset by many after watching him cruise through the Dark Side conference.

For this year’s tournament, both Yoda and Vader will be squaring off against old foes and some new faces as well. The action started yesterday with Attack of the Play-Ins, in which four Star Wars characters will have to win a spot in the tournament.

Last year, we at VegasInsider.com handicapped the bracket and are back to offer some insight on the opening weekend.

Let the Madness begin!

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