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).

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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.

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RIP Stan Lee

#RIP: we are deeply saddened to report that #MarvelComics legend Stan Lee has died. He was 95. His credits include the co-creation of:

  • #BlackPanther
  • #SpiderMan
  • #XMen
  • #Thor (The Mighty Thor)
  • #IronMan
  • #FantasticFour
  • #IncredibleHulk
  • #Daredevil
  • #AntMan
  • #DoctorStrange
  • And many more.

His huge impact on the worlds of science fiction, fantasy & comic books will never be forgotten. He will be deeply missed.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues & fans.

Stan Lee (1922-2018)

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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”.

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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.

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“Indiana Jones” Hat Worn by Harrison Ford Sells for Record-Breaking $521,000

Quite possibly the most famous hat in cinematic history, the fedora hat worn by Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in #RaidersOfTheLostArk sold for a record breaking £393,600 ($521,362) during a Prop Store auction in London on September 20, 2018.

The hat was originally designed by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman and made by the Herbert Johnson Hat Company. It was then treated with dust and bleach to give it a slightly battered, weathered and well-travelled appearance.

Because of its unique markings, it could be screen-matched with many of the film’s most famous moments.

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When Science Meets Science Fiction: Planet Found Orbiting 40 Eridani A

The home to one of science fiction’s most iconic characters is a planet named Vulcan supposedly orbiting the star “40 Eridani A”, which astronomers refer to as HD 26965.

That character, Spock (from the #StarTrek franchise created by the late Gene Roddenberry), may have an actual home world after all as astronomers from the University of Florida (UF) and Tennessee State University (TSU) have discovered a super-Earth #exoplanet in orbit around 40 Eridani A.

Lead astronomer Jian Ge from UF described the planet and it’s host star as follows:

“The new planet is a ‘super-Earth’ orbiting the star HD 26965, which is only 16 light years from Earth, making it the closest super-Earth orbiting another Sun-like star.”

Ge also said,

“The planet is roughly twice the size of Earth and orbits its star with a 42-day period just inside the star’s optimal habitable zone.”

Astronomer Gregory Henry from TSU said,

“Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A.”

Henry said further,

“Vulcan was connected to 40 Eridani A in the publications ‘Star Trek 2’ by James Blish (Bantam, 1968) and ‘Star Trek Maps’ by Jeff Maynard (Bantam, 1980).”

In a letter published in the “Sky and Telescope” periodical in July 1991, Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek) along with Sallie Baliunas, Robert Donahue, and George Nassiopoulos of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics confirmed the identification of 40 Eridani A as Vulcan’s host star. The 40 Eridani star system is composed of three stars with Vulcan orbiting the primary star. The two companion stars “would gleam brilliantly in the Vulcan sky,” they wrote in their 1991 letter.

Artist’s Conception of Vulcan

The 40 Eridani Star System

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