Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

The White House promised to respond to any petition that gets 30k signatures and the “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” met that mark. See the response below.

Official White House Response toSecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.                        

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

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CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Will Be Set After The Avengers
So begs the question… how is Coulson alive? Not that we’d argue with whatever excuse he comes up with.

ComicBookMovie – Joss Whedon Updates On THE  AVENGERS Sequel, S.H.I.E.L.D. And Oversight Of PHASE TWO

Newsarama – Court Rules In Favor of WB in SUPERMAN Case, WB Responds

ComicBookMovie – ARROW To Explore The Dark Archer’s Origins
Which I think counts as the first time any other character than the Queen’s get any kind of real back story other than a few throwaway lines.

BleedingCool – Star Wars Live Action TV Series May Be Headed To ABC, Fresh Details Arrive
As the article points out… if S.H.I.E.L.D. works out then doing Star Wars would be a no-brainer to ABC.

ComicBookMovie – Jennifer Lawrence On THE HUNGER  GAMES: CATCHING FIRE & X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

ComicBookMovie – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY To Shoot  This Summer At Shepperton Studios

io9 – The Avengers FX reel will blow you away!

io9 – Eye-Popping New Concept Art from Avengers, Green Lantern and X-Men: First Class!

CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3, Man Of Steel And The Wolverine Deliver New Stills

Entertainment Weekly First Look

Entertainment Weekly First Look

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CinemaBlend – Call Of Duty Movie Won’t Happen Due To Fear Of Disappointing Fans
Basically, because there has been no good Video Game Movie, they won’t let any of their product become movies. This is interesting though, if we can gave great Comic Book Movies, why not VBM’s? They work essentially the same.

ComicBookMovie – Jaimie Alexander Offers Advice  For Making WONDER WOMAN Work
HINT: get rid of the spandex and boobage for a starter

SuperHeroHype – Exclusive: Famke Janssen on X-Men: Days of Future Past
They apparently haven’t asked her for DOFP yet, which now puts the rumors of her in The Wolverine as suspect, but I suppose it could still work.

Nathan Sawaya’s Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite LEGO Build

Nathan Sawaya’s Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite LEGO Build

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Who said the lead character in Star Wars Episode VII is going to be a male star? 🙂

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 3, 2013

Luke was originally a girl in the early drafts of ANH so this is nothing new, really. SW has always been lacking in the gender equality, both sets having a single strong female character who kinda tanked in the third movie, so having the main lead of the new set be a strong female who manages to carry that out through all three sequels would be quite a feat.

However, are they doing this because they want to be seen as gender-sensitive or because they are capitalizing on the recent success of films like Hunger Games? Either don’t sound appealing to me at all. If they can make it work organically then I’d love to see a female lead but I’d rather they had a male character that works with the storyline than shoehorn in a female lead that doesn’t.

Lastly, I  don’t mind if it’s Jaina, just as long as it’s not Goddess!Jaina who seriously needed a slap or two. Romance is good, worked in SW, but it was understated and not dragged out nor did you see Leia emo-ing over it all. If these sequels turn into some psuedo-Twilight love triangle crap it will seriously damage my calm.

Thanks to clubjade.net for the heads up.

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CinemaBlend – Captain America Sequel Definitely Won’t Include Hayley Atwell
which makes sense, even if they want to bring Peggy back as an old lady (though I think she’s passed on, not positive) then it would smarter and easier to bring in an older actress instead of Hayley in old age makeup

CinemaBlend – Joseph Gordon-Levitt Up For Guardians Of The Galaxy Lead Role
still a rumor but an interesting one…

ComicBookMovie – THE AVENGERS Voted Most  Overrated Movie Of 2012 In LA Times Poll

ComicBookMovie – STAR WARS Travel Posters Offer You The Chance To Visit Endor, Hoth And More see one below:

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Slow news day…

CinemaBlend – Will Loki be back for Avengers 2? Probably not, which is cool, he’s a great character but A2 needs to step it up. At least this means he’s not dead at the end of Thor 2!

CinemaBlend – The Dark Knight Rises Trailer is most watched movie trailer YouTube video of 2012, Avengers doesn’t make Top Ten
How does that happen?!

ComicBookMovie – Behind-The-Scenes Deadpool/Weapon XI Make-Up FX For X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

ComicBookMovie – Star Wars Comics go back to Marvel – yeah, no one saw this one coming… at all…

and this, from Marvel…

Iron Man 3 promo photo from Marvel

Iron Man 3 promo photo from Marvel

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ComicBookMovie posted that Ewan McGregor was asked if he would reprise the role of Obi-Wan in Star Wars: Episode VII, to which he said ‘if I’m needed’.

Ewan, you are needed. You were one of the best things about the prequels… even if you couldn’t look Jar Jar in the eye. Your storyline in Clones was the only salvageable part of that film. Granted, you tanked at the end of Revenge but that was mostly the script’s fault, not yours.

You’d only have a small role, cameo as a Force Ghost like Guinness did in the original trilogy, but that’s okay. Five minutes of you on screen in old-man makeup talking to an old Luke Skywalker… or maybe one of the younger Jedi, giving them a ‘yeah, been there, done that, chopped someone’s legs off’ speech would be a nice hallmark moment.

I wish McGregor as Kenobi was in Star Wars Episode VII.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Okay, so I’m going to start something called the Star Wars Episode 7 Wish List. Every time I see a rumor or something comes up that I think “yes, they should totally do this in SW EP7”, I will post it.

And first up, Tom Hiddleston, aka Loki, should be in there, somewhere. As a bad guy, be it a new Sith, a remnant of the Empire or some New Republican politician, he’d rock the house. But as a good guy, this could very interesting indeed, he can play emotional roles ranging from hapless to heroic so… yeah…

I wish that Tom Hiddleston was cast in Star Wars Episode VII.

Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads up on this one.

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As CinemaBlend put it, emphasis on rumor.

This would make more sense if Episode VII was scheduled for a 2014 release as he’d want to get started right away, or at least during the time he’d be filming Days of Future Past… but then Days of Future Past won’t start filming till next year which is when he’ll want to get started on the massive load of pre-production which would mean he’d need at least the back-end of 2013 clear and all of 2014 to work on what is quite possibly the most anticipated movie since… Episode I.

I think Vaughn would be a great choice to helm Episode VII, but at the moment, I’m taking all rumors with a big ol’ grain of non-iodized salt.

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