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Star Wars A New Hope Style A Movie Poster Sculpture
Do you want to capture the buzz and excitement of Hollywood in your own home or office? This three-dimensional statue captures the original Star Wars movie poster and turns it into a must-have collectible! It is hand-painted, measures 8 1/2-inches x 11-inches, and is made of high-quality cold-cast resin! Each limited edition cast is showcased within an artistic frame-like edge!
EDITOR'S NOTE: THESPING AND DWEEBING TOGETHER. HEAVEN!
Star Wars: Musical Edition on Stage at Celebration III
Saga Stage, Hall GIndiana Convention Center
Times to be announced, and location may change. Please check starwars.com and starwarscelebration.com for updates closer to the show.
Singing droids, tap-dancing stormtroopers, scene-stealing Wookiees, the Imperial March burlesque . . . the Star Wars: Musical Edition at Celebration III will be like a little bit of Broadway got mixed up with the galaxy far, far away, then traveled to the Saga Stage at the Indiana Convention Center. EDITOR'S NOTE: WOW. FOR THE THEATER DWEEBS IN THE READING AUDIENCE THIS IS AS CLOSE TO DWEEBNIRVANA AS IT CAN GET, HUH?! (NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT, I ALWAYS DID KIND THINK OF ODDBOB AS A DANCING/SINGING EWOK).
Written by Kris "Rogue" Shindler and Jeff Suess, and arranged by Steve Peters, the lively parody was first produced through the MIT Musical Theater Guild in 2003. Fans at Celebration III can enjoy shows planned daily for the Saga Stage in Hall G.
"Jeff and Steve and I always dreamed of performing the show for a broad Star Wars audience" says Shindler. "It was great to perform in Boston, but Celebration III means a lot more Star Wars fans in one place."
Audiences can look forward to hearing a whole different sound from their favorite Star Wars characters. There will be songs, and maybe dances, everywhere from the Mos Eisley Cantina to the bridge of the Millennium Falcon.
Shindler and Suess wrote the songs for the production, and a script that was loosely-based on the Star Wars films. Over the course of about five years they had fun writing, not thinking that someday they might produce their work. At one point, says Shindler, they realized that they had completed enough material for at least half a show, and decided to finish the script. They brought in Peters, who proved a perfect fit with his understanding of both Star Wars and musical scores.
Shindler, Suess, and Peters will be heading up the Celebration III production, with the help of producer Jacquelyn Kirtley and technical director Mark Rousculp. The company -- 40 members strong -- is looking forward to sharing their unique performance with audiences of like-minded fans.
"The production parodies Star Wars, and parodies musical theater," concludes Shindler. "It's a combination that lets us combine our inner Star Wars geek and theater geek." EDITOR'S NOTE: GEEK/DWEEB...WHATEVER. SURE WISH I COULD SEE THIS SHOW. DRAT.
'Revenge of the Sith' eBooks
Del Rey Books to Publish Illustrated Screenplay for Star Wars:® Episode III Revenge Of The Sith As Exclusive E-BookNew York, New York (March 9, 2005) –
Del Rey Books, in conjunction with LucasBooks, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., announced today that they will publish the illustrated screenplay to the highly anticipated final installment in the Star Wars® saga, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, as an exclusive eBook.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Illustrated Screenplay by George Lucas will go onsale nationwide on April 2nd.
The eBook screenplay will be available in all major eBook formats, including Microsoft® Reader, eReader Pro (formerly Palm eReader), Adobe® Reader® and Mobipocket, and will be priced at a low $4.99 through the release of the film on May 19th, when the price will go up to $7.99.
As a special bonus, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Illustrated Screenplay will be bundled with a free digital copy of The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – The Final Chapter by Lucasfilm insider J.W. Rinzler.
This eBook is a companion piece to the Del Rey title The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by the same author, which hits bookstores across the country onApril 2nd.
The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – The Final Chapter will also be available for free download on Moviefone/AOL, StarWars.com, and Del Rey’s own ReadStarWars.com.“We’re really excited to be using cutting-edge publishing technology to bring books to our readers that could never have been published before in this pre-movie timeframe,” said Amy Gary, Director of Publishing for Lucasfilm Licensing.
New Art Books From Chronicle Books
By year's end, Star Wars bibliophiles can add two lavish tomes to their bookshelves or coffee tables as Chronicle Books continues its tradition of producing high-end books celebrating the artistry of Star Wars.
For the first time, more than 300 of the most evocative, memory-laden, and impactful posters created to promote the Star Wars saga are gathered in one book, a heavily illustrated history of Star Wars poster art.
Here, you'll find not only the treasured classics of the original trilogy and bold new pieces for the prequel trilogy, but also rare variant, foreign, and some unusual international posters that have rarely seen print before.
The Star Wars Poster Book, by Stephen J. Sansweet and Peter Vilmur, is the ultimate gallery tour of this favorite collectible art form.
The undisputed giant of Star Wars books is the Star Wars Chronicles published in 1997. This immense, oversized book featured more than 300 pages of full color photos, delving into the Lucasfilm Archives to present never before seen images of props, costumes, models, and all the detail found in the classic films of the original trilogy.
With Revenge of the Sith completing the saga this year, the time is right for Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels, the follow-up book of similar scale and depth. Film frames, production stills, early sketches, computer renderings, outtakes, fold-out vehicle scale diagrams, and more explain and deconstruct the richly layered back-story and fully realized universe of Episodes I, II and III. The book features insightful text that details both the fictional Star Wars universe and the behind-the-scene filmmaking process.
Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels is by Stephen J. Sansweet and Pablo Hidalgo.
Keep checking starwars.com for more information about these upcoming titles. They are scheduled for release in December, 2005. EDITOR'S NOTE: THE FIRST CHRONICLES BOOK WAS ONE OF MY SPECIAL (WHILESTILLGAINFULLYEMPLOYED) SPLURGES. IT IS A GORGEOUS BOOK. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Star Wars Magnetic Personalities
Give your fridge some Star Wars flair with a great new set of sculpted character magnets available exclusively in the U.S. through StarWarsShop.com.
Previously available only in Japan, each magnet features a highly accurate 3-dimensional likeness of seven different Star Wars characters from the artisans at Kotobukiya, sculptors of the ever-popular line of Star Wars vinyl statues.
Magnets measure about two inches tall and include Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, TIE Fighter Pilot, Tusken Raider, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Jawa. Collectors will receive eight magnets -- seven different characters with the possibility of an eighth "secret" chase character -- each packaged individually within the original merchandising case sent to Japanese retailers. EDITOR'S NOTE: A MORE AFFORDABLE SPLURGE, PERCHANCE?
Head on over to StarWarsShop.com and get your set of magnetic Star Wars personalities today!
EDITOR'S NOTE: AND ONE LAST MISC. SW ITEM FOR THE WEEK. (I AM GIDDY AND A-DROOL. CAN MAY 19TH COME SOON ENOUGH???!!!)
Classic Berkey Art Available at StarWarsShop.com
The artwork that graced the cover of the 1977 Star Wars novelization served to introduce many fans to that galaxy far, far away.
The menacing dark figure of Vader, who looms large over the heroes clearly defined in white, undoubtedly intrigued many who had not yet seen the film.
Artist John Berkey, whose illustrations in the science fiction genre have been winning him acclaim since the '70s, produced several works of art for the fledgling Star Wars production, including one that landed the cover of the best-selling 1977 Star Wars novelization. The formal composition of heroes, villains, and droids against a backdrop of dog-fighting starships was the perfect image to convey the spirit of the story and film.
For nearly 30 years, Berkey's original artwork has resided quietly within the walls of Lucasfilm, seen only by a relative few.
For the first time, "Force of Life, Power of Death" is being made available to fans as a limited edition giclée on paper or deluxe oversize print on canvas, with edition sizes of 500 and 50 respectively. Both are available framed or unframed.
This is a rare opportunity to own one of the most significant images from the earliest days of the Star Wars phenomenon, presented for the first time without titles or credits printed over the artwork. StarWarsShop.com has a limited number of these to offer, so make this your chance to own a truly stunning piece of Star Wars artwork.
Framed Classic Art by John Berkey
Our Price: $495.00
Art by John Berkey originally featured on the 1977 Star Wars novelization Edition size of 500 worldwide Approx. 23" x 32" framed Gicleé on Paper