Theme & Score for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Disqualified from Oscar Consideration

Though “#Solo: A #StarWars Story” did not do well at the box office earlier this year, many fans had hoped that it could get some recognition from the #AcademyAwards. Unfortunately, that is not going to be case.

The Academy’s deadline for submissions to be considered for Best Original Song and Best Original Score was November 15, 2018; and there was no submission for “Solo” for either of these categories was received before the deadline.

Variety described the disqualification as follows:

Solo: A Star Wars Story,” composed by John Powell with themes by John Williams, was nixed by the board as having been entered too late for the competition (deadline was Nov. 15).



Up For Auction: Lightsaber Used by Mark Hamill in Original “Star Wars” Movie

If you’ve got a few hundred thousand dollars you don’t know what to do with, the lightsaber prop used by Mark Hamill in the original 1977 #StarWars movie is being auctioned.

The prop that taught millions of kids to make “zjoom zjoom” noises is being sold for an estimated value of $150,000 – $200,000 by Hollywood auction house “Profiles in History” as part of a “Blockbuster Hollywood Treasures” auction that includes not only items from the “Star Wars” franchise, but other classic films as well.

Other items up for auction include the following:

  • C-3PO’s hands from “Return of the Jedi,” at an estimated value of $40,000 – $60,000.
  • Imperial Scout Trooper helmet from “Jedi,” estimated at between $100,000 – $150,000.
  • An original “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Stormtrooper helmet signed by Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Hamill, Daisy Ridley and other cast, available for an estimated $80,000 – $120,000.
  • The green tunic worn by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk in the show’s third season of the original “Star Trek” TV series, estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000
  • The leather Jacket, pants and custom Reebok high-top sneakers, plus the Pulse Rifle and Flamethrower props worn by Sigourney Weaver in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” at an estimated sale price of $300,000 – $500,000.
  • Other props being auctioned are from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Terminator 3,” and the “James Bond” film “You Only Live Twice,” among many others.

The auction is being held from Dec. 11-13, 2018 in Los Angeles.


40th Anniversary of the Infamous “Star Wars Holiday Special”

Way back in 1978, the only “Star Wars” movie that anyone had ever seen was “Star Wars IV: A New Hope”, which had been released in 1977. But the public hungered for more and, at the time, the release of the next movie installment (“Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”) was still 2 years away.

According to an article that was published in the Sept.-Oct. 1980 issue #42 of the magazine “Mediascene Preview”, George Lucas and Charles Lippencott (the then head of marketing at the now defunct “Star Wars Corporation”) were approached by CBS Television about doing a “Star Wars” TV special (though there is some dispute about this).

Nonetheless, George Lucas had imagined an un-subtitled “film just about Wookiees, nothing else,” around a family of Wookiees and their celebration of Life Day, when he was outlining “Star Wars”. This concept became the basis for the “Holiday Special” and the man hired to write the special was writer Bruce Vilanch, whose prior experience was predominantly with writing variety TV shows, including the “Donny and Marie” show, “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour”, “The Barry Manilow Special”, “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special” and “The Bette Midler Show” (a TV special).

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Sept-Oct 1980 Issue #42 of “Mediascene Prevue”

This above list is rather important in connecting some dots:

  • Among the episodes of “Donny and Marie” that Bruce Vilanch wrote for was the first episode of season 3, which aired on Sept. 23, 1977.
  • Ep. 1 of season 3 of “Donny and Marie” was the episode that was essentially a series of “Star Wars” variety show musical skits strung together as a single story.
  • The episode featured Kris Kristofferson (as Han Solo), Redd Foxx, Paul Lynde (as an Imperial Officer), Anthony Daniels (as C-3PO) and Peter Mayhew (as Chewbacca) as the guests. Thurl Ravenscroft voiced Darth Vader in the skits and acted as the narrator.

Bruce Vilanch wasn’t the only writer brought in for the “Star Wars Holiday Special”. Four other writers were also involved:

What about actors who appeared in the “Holiday Special”? First, all of them had extensive experience acting on various shows that appeared on CBS Television.

  • Harvey Korman was a regular on the “The Carol Burnett Show”. Thus, he had worked with both Pat Proft and Mitzie Welch.
  • Art Carney had previously appeared twice on “The Carol Burnett Show”.
  • Diahann Carroll had also previously appeared twice on “The Carol Burnett Show”. She had worked with Miztie Welch on the second appearance.
  • Bea Arthur‘s long-running sitcom “Maude” had ended earlier that year in 1978. She had also had a lot of previous experience on other variety comedy TV shows.

Now, for anyone who hasn’t seen the “Star Wars Holiday Special”, it can best be described as the un-subtitled Wookie story as originally envisioned by George Lucas combined with various variety-show-esque musical skits.

The “Star Wars Holiday Special” was ever only aired once on Nov. 17, 1978 and the reviews and fan response were very bad. In fact, it’s current rating on IMDb is 2.3 out of 10 stars. Consequently, it was never been released on disk and George Lucas (who isn’t in the credits) prefers to not discuss it. Copies only exist in bootleg form.

As poorly received as it was (and most people who watch it don’t like it), a few things that were introduced in the “Holiday Special” have become part of “Star Wars” canon:

  • Boba Fett (though he was only shown in animated form), who appeared in the next 2 movies (“Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi”).
  • The Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk and its architecture. (This wouldn’t be seen again until “Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith”).

Thus, even though the “Holiday Special” is mostly despised, parts of it live on in the “Star War” canon.


Disney Announces Another New Live-Action “Star Wars” Series

Earlier today, #Disney Chairman & CEO Bob Iger announced that #LucasFilm will begin development of a 2nd live-action series for its direct-to-customer streaming service. The series will be based on the #RogueOne rebel Cassian Andor before the events of that movie, and actor Diego Luna will be reprising the roll.

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Diego Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”


The announcement was also released on #YouTube:



Kathleen Kennedy Confirms no Standalone Boba Fett “Star Wars” Movie

Any hopes that #StarWars fans may have continued to have that a long-awaited #BobaFett movie would be filmed have been crushed. During an encounter between reporter Erick Weber and #LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy at a special screening of “Black Panther”, she reportedly told Erick that the “Boba Fett movie is 100% dead”.

While it had been announced one day before the “Solo: A Star Wars Story” movie opened in theaters that James Mangold would write and direct the Boba Fett movie, its poor box office receipts caused LucasFilm to put all of the one-off standalone movies on hold.

The reason that Kathleen Kennedy gave for killing the Boba Fett movie is the upcoming live action series “The Mandalorian”.



Police Investigating Theft on Set of “Star Wars” Series “The Mandalorian”

Police are investigating a theft that occurred on the set of the upcoming live-action #StarWars series #TheMandalorian on Oct. 24, 2018. #Lucasfilm is scrambling to ensure that no major secrets to the show have been compromised.

The theft includes a lot of expensive equipment from the camera department that may also contain a memory card storing sensitive information about the upcoming series.

Both Lucasfilm and the Manhattan Beach Police Department have launched investigations to try and locate the missing equipment. Crewmen responsible for the cameras have been questioned.


George Lucas Visits Set of the Live-Action “Star Wars” Series “The Mandalorian”

#StarWars creator George Lucas paid the set of the upcoming live-action streamed series #TheMandalorian a surprise visit where he met with writer & producer Jon Favreau, as well as Dave Filoni, who produced the animated “Star Wars” series #TheCloneWars and #Rebels. Dave Filoni will direct the first episode of “The Mandalorian”, which follows the lone bounty hunter “in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

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