Obit: Fisher of boys and men

It’s 12.18am in Ho Chi Minh. We’re holed up in a dingy motel, stunned by the news of Carrie Fisher’s death. 


We’d read of her heart attack on her travels. We’d prayed and hoped our favourite princess would pull through. On Dec 25, we got news she was out of the ICU. It was a Christmas miracle! Then the unfortunate news of George Michael passing hit. Death always gets his way. 

This time Death got greedy – and cruel. After toying with our feelings, he claimed Fisher this morning. 


We would spend the next two hours in the dark, silently scrolling through the many accolades, memoriams, past interviews, quotes and tributes from celebrities that came streaming into our social feeds. Yet it did nothing to soothe our void. Our princess was no more. 


Even now, we’re struggling with this piece. After all, we didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Fisher. All we knew of her were in her Star Wars movies, her interviews and YouTube clips. There are many more fitting tributes to her majesty. Yet we knew her in our own way. 

Growing up with Star Wars, we were impressed with how she stood up to Vader, the most imposing villain of the time. She had the gall to rescue her rescuers on the Death Star. She made fun of our heroes. Instead of falling for the hero in white, she chose the scruffy-looking nerfherder. 



Faced with the gross Jabba, she held her own. Even The Hutt had to admit she was “his kind of scum; fearless and inventive”. The princess would later be taken captive and forced into slave gear, a wardrobe that haunted Fisher as she admitted later in interviews. But the Princess got the last word. She killed the Hutt when no one else could. 

Carrie Fisher taught us princesses are not demure damsels waiting to be rescued. They are a Force of power. They can take destiny in their own hands and be the hero we all need. 

Fisher was a real life hero too. In her public admission of her problem with addiction and her mental issues. She gave strength and courage to people who felt the same way. She was never a quitter. Never suicidal, she said at interviews. She dealt with her problems with wit and humour. 


A new generation got to know our princess as General Leia with Episode VII. Scant comfort but we are assured she would be in VIII too. This was a more cool and collected Leia from the feisty one in the 70s-80s. A more assured and confident one. She was the foil to Han Solo’s emotional wreckage. She was the decisive heir to Mon Mothma. We would fall in love with her all over again. 

During her promotional tours for The Force Awakens, Fisher said in a Vanity Fair interview that she’d would like it reported that she “drowned in the moonlight and was strangled by her bra” in her obituary. Our princess had left us. Witty to the end, but always on her own terms. 

May the Force be with you, Carrie Fisher. 

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When is too much, too much?

About a week ago, we were alerted to a new Star Wars Digital Release Commemorative Collection from Hasbro by @greybear on Instagram (follow us here). The collection, which carries four 3.75-inch figurines each, features six box sets spanning across all the episodes in the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Digital Release collection. Photo: starwars.hasbro.com

The four key figurines are crucial in advancing the plot so Episode I: The Phantom Menace focused on Padme Amidala, R2D2, a battle droid (with bells and whistles) and Darth Maul. While we’re glad Jar Jar wasn’t included, it’s hard not to shed a tear for the fallen Gungans in the Battle of Naboo.

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I’M BAACCKK (sorta)

I’m sorry for the very long silence but you know how it is, the extremely backed-up mill is making the daily grind a lot more hectic these days. No excuse but there it is.

 

i know how dirty a Jawa feels after a long day of scavenging

The Star Wars Celebration is only two weeks away and I’m beyond excited. Not only does it fall over my birthday, it will debut a new Force Awakens trailer. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Anaheim Celebrations but I am praying to score an invite to the local bacchanalia.

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[Recap] Star Wars: The Force Awakens leaks

It’s mid-January. The start of a glorious Star Wars imbued year. Since the release of The Force Awakens trailer on Nov 28, 2014 — a lifetime away, it’d seem — many blogs, websites, fansites have unleashed a torrent of leaks. As people who are way too into Star Wars (as our spouses would espouse), we’ve scoured the interwebs for the latest, and the coolest leaks.

Alert: This post may not be for the faint-of-heart or people who want to avoid spoilers. Luckily for us, we have the memory of goldfish.

So, where were we? It’s mid-January. The start of a glorious Star Wars imbued year. Indeed.

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George Lucas originally planned to shoot Ep VII: Report

Unknown file photo of Director, Writer, Producer George Lucas.

Unknown file photo of Director, Writer, Producer George Lucas.

The auteur told newspaper USA Today he had already started to develop the next Star Wars trilogy but understood it came with a decade-long commitment. Lucas said he originally wanted to finish Episode VII, release it in May 2015 and then sell the company afterward, said the report.

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Rebel’s Simon Kinberg to take over Star Wars Spin-off: Reports

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Star Wars spin-off writer Gary Whitta has left the project, a rumour has sprouted to suggest Disney’s Star Wars Rebels Co-creator and Executive Producer Simon Kinberg will fill the spot.

Screengrab of Simon Kinberg's interview for Disney's Star Wars Rebels

Screengrab of Simon Kinberg’s interview for Disney’s Star Wars Rebels

According to movie blog, SlashFilm, the writer/producer is next-in-line to script the 2016 release. They were, however, unable to get confirmation from Lucasfilm or Kinberg’s representatives, said IGN.

The movie is reportedly about a band of bounty hunters who steal the plans for the Death Star. The plans eventually fall into the hands of one Princess Leia whose ship was boarded by Darth Vader in Episode IV. Even though Disney has maintained that the film will feature the Millennium Falcon but not Han Solo, rumours are that Aaron Paul will play a younger version of the charming smuggler. Speculations also include origins story for Boba Fett or one revolving around the Falcon’s original owner, Lando Calrissian.

Disney has announced three spin-off movies which will not be part of the Star Wars canon. This has left pundits debating the merits of creating origin stories versus brand new plotlines. The three movies are planned to be released in 2016, 2018 and 2020 between Episodes VII, VIII, IX.

Kinberg has worked on screenplays for X-Men: Last Stand, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes, Mr & Mrs Smith and produced many more notable films. He had been pipped to write another of the spin-off series and it is unclear if the 2016 film will replace his other commitment or add on to it, reported movienewsguide.com.

 

 

Return of the smuggler

Who's that playing Sabacc with Zeb?

Who’s that playing Sabacc with Zeb? Screengrabs courtesy of Tim Veekhoven (@sompeetalay) and Blue Leader (@blue__leader)

Nope. This time, we’re not talking about Han. We’re talking about the other lovable smuggler, Lando Calrissian. It seems Disney’s Star Wars Rebels animated series has some kind of tractor beam that pulls celebrity names (some out of retirement) into voicing their original Star Wars characters. Besides Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels and Frank Oz have made their appearances as Darth Vader, C3PO and Yoda respectively.

The return of General Calrissian... well, before he was a General — and probably still pals with Han.

The return of General Calrissian… well, before he was a General — and probably still pals with Han. Screengrabs courtesy of Tim Veekhoven (@sompeetalay) and Blue Leader (@blue__leader)

So why are we more excited about Billy Dee Williams? Well, if you grew up in the 80s, you’d know Billy Dee Williams wasn’t just a two-hit wonder in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. He had also made notable appearances in long running TV soap Dynasty and as Two-Face in Michael Keaton’s Batman. (He was also in Night Hawks with Sylvester Stallone but let’s not bring that up.)

Williams is the only actor on Star Wars who has actively kept his character alive, with productions such as Robot Chicken’s Star Wars II and III, and in the awesome-st Lego movie. The episode, titled Idiot’s Array, will air in the U.S on Jan 19.

There has yet been no word on the Lando’s return in Episode VII: The Force Awakens – but we can hope.

We think the resemblance is uncanny! Can you tell the real and the CG apart? That hair!

We think the resemblance is uncanny! Can you tell the real and the CG apart? That hair! Images: Screengrab courtesy of Tim Veekhoven (@sompeetalay) and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Rebels takes place in a timeline between Episodes III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. This is a time when the Galactic Empire is unfurling its iron grip throughout the galaxy and the ragtag crew of the starship Ghost, which includes Force-strong teen Ezra and Jedi Knight-in-hiding Kanan, makes guerilla strikes on Imperial Forces.