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On August 30,, a web site for WPLG 10 in South Florida (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach) posted a slideshow of photos from Celebration VI with mocking captions like “here are thousands of men without a date." Several cosplayers and fans standing in line to see Mark Hamill were the most common targets (not to mention Hamill and Jake Lloyd). Not all of the captions were bad per se, but many were definitely beyond gentle humor and were quite insulting and mean. For some reason it took a few days for people to notice but when they did, hoo boy. Condemnations flew from all quarters of fandom, including from the 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, The, and Ashley Eckstein. Just to give you a taste, Geek Mom on has captured for posterity one of the captions: took down the post, reinstated it, then took it down again, reinstated it, then took it down again. When I saw it, there was no byline on the piece and no comment section. Gee, you think this might upset some people? The worst thing about it was a disclaimer of sorts at the end claiming the “author” (whoever that may be) was really a fan too. Somehow, I doubt that. They tried to respond as well with kind of a faux sorry-if-you're-offended apology but that was taken down too. Local 10 started scrubbing its Facebook page, then shut it down.

I’ll get straight to the point here. Local 10 owes an apology. There’s no way in hell Local 10 or any other so-called mainstream media site would have covered a gay pride event with mocking photos of participants. Anyone who had done the same thing on a slideshow of the Special Olympics would have been strung from the nearest tree. It doesn’t occur to anyone to post mocking photos of fans going to see a football, basketball, or baseball game. Yet fans like you and me remain targets.

Local 10 isn’t some fandom or media or geek culture blog where I’m not at all surprised some loser wants to show how cool he is by trashing other fans. It’s supposed to be a professional outfit where there’s supposed to be professional standards. Was there an editor home? Why laugh at attendees instead of focusing on the gal with the gorgeous meadow picnic gown she made herself or the cute kids in Ewok costumes?

The San Diego Union-Tribune and the local t.v. channels do not make fun of Comic Con attendees. EVER. They all know those wacky kids and crazy geeks dump craploads of money on our town every year. From what I've seen of the Orlando media coverage of Celebration, it was respectful.

Whoever went from Local 10 to Celebration IV did a lousy job representing the credibility of his news organization and said organization’s poor reaction to complaints doesn’t reflect on it very well either. Lucasfilm and Reed MUST get involved. The PR departments need to get on the horn with WPLG's management and insist on a full apology immediately. Local 10 violated what fans consider a safe space in order to expose people to ridicule. This was a hit job, not reporting the news or covering an event. If WPLG management does not apologize, then I think that Lucasfilm and Reed should deny them access to future events and interviews.

I found this meme on Facebook:

lazypadawan: (Default)
One of the great things about being on fandom's fringes is that I don't owe anybody anything and I can speak my mind.

After deciding to friend the Forcecast on Facebook, they debuted a new t-shirt design. The shirt looks nice enough but then later on they decided to post a couple of shots of the shirts being modeled.

Cut for big pix )
lazypadawan: (fail)
The full preview night-Sunday Comic Con schedules have been uncorked and there is nothing on the Blu-Rays or TPM's 3D re-release. That's right. Nada. Zilch. Bupkis. NOTHING.

All of the Star Wars panels revolve around books, comics, video games, licensing, crafts, and Clone Wars. (If you want to see Mark Hamill, he's on the Batman Arkham Asylum and "Sushi Girl" panels. Sam Witwer is on the "Being Human" panel. Ashley Eckstein is doing her second annual Her Universe panel on Thursday.) Clone Wars is of course way important. But I find it shocking, unbelievable, and outrageous Lucasfilm is just blowing off the two biggest SW events of the next several months!

I wouldn't be so nonplussed if there was a Celebration in four weeks where they could promote the hell out of those things but there isn't. If there's nothing at Comic Con, there won't be anything at Wizard World Chicago, DragonCon, or New York Comic Con either. Heck, there probably won't even be a mention at Star Wars Fan Days. I guess they just expect to sell the Blu-Rays only to the diehards and they plan to just poop out TPM 3D and hope somebody notices. Or maybe not.

Someone noted on my Facebook that most of Lucasfilm's Comic Con presentations are full of sound and fury and signify nothing anyway. It's true the last couple of Hall H presentations were kind of lackluster. But I also remember the amazing presentation they did in 2004 to promote primarily the first three flicks on DVD and ROTS. People were on their cell phones as soon as they left the room.

I'm not saying we needed another unspectacular Spectacular in Hall H. I'm actually kind of relieved I don't have to spend 3 hours in line to sit inside for another 3 hours in the vain hopes they start on time. I'm convinced that the journey to Hell for the damned begins trying to get into Hall H. But I also remember Steve Sansweet touring the nation's conventions during the summer of 1996 to promote the Star Wars Special Editions, showing us first-time ever-seen footage of the spruced-up scenes (stuff not even seen during trailers shown with "Independence Day"). That sort of thing generates buzz. It generates excitement. It makes people who were on the fence or uninterested as rarin' to go as a hardcore fan like me. It worked in 1996. It worked in 2004. It worked when Charles Lippincott dropped in at a much smaller Comic Con in 1976 to pitch ANH. Why wouldn't it work now, unless they've given up and they just don't care?
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I admit, I like Lucky magazine. That and People Style Watch. Why? They're the only fashion mags that aren't staffed by a bunch of Wellesley grads who believe they have to "educate" you on "serious" topics along with makeup tips, runway photos, and dopey sex advice. Just show me the damn clothes and shoes.

But while perusing through the May issue there was one thing that jumped out at me and made me very annoyed. For years, one of the things that made me laugh about Lucky was its "Lucky Girl" or whatever column starring some 21-year-old Manhattanite with a crummy job who can somehow afford a $900 Balenciaga bag. But it wasn't just the Lucky Girl this time. It was every single person featured in the magazine, with the exception of 30-something celebrity cover girl Fergie. Not a single woman was over 29.

Worst of all was a feature about what women at a particular office are wearing to work. The company was publisher Alfred Knopf and all of the women in the piece are in their 20s. I'm sure that the ladies at Knopf who are in their 30s, 40s, 50s + must have felt like crap after being slighted like that. This sort of thing reinforces the idea that no matter how much you've accomplished or experienced, you have nothing to offer once you hit the high side of 30.

Ageism in the media is nothing new. But 30, 40, 50, and 60 aren't what they used to be and it's not just because of Botox. Would it have killed them at Lucky to sprinkle in some stylish Knopf employees who are 32 or 46? Do they think only 20 somethings read their mag?

Bazaar's clothes might cost as much as a car down payment but at least they regularly feature what looks good on someone 20-70+.
lazypadawan: (bashers)
Earlier, I checked out e-tailer ThinkGeek and ran a search for "Star Wars" and noticed at the top of the page a graphic that said, "Han's equation: Ep 4-6 > Ep I-III."

I've never bought anything from ThinkGeek and I won't be buying anything from them any time soon. But I will be sending them a lovely complaint e-mail.
lazypadawan: (madaotcani)
Remember that amazing Snowbunny Padmé bust I saw at Comic Con and at Celebration last summer? To make a long story short, I signed up for GG's Premiere Guild in September (since it's exclusive to members) and then the last time I logged in, I couldn't find any evidence that I was a Premiere Guild member. So, I figured I must have messed something up and signed up a second time.

I admit, I had no idea how this whole holiday exclusive bust thing worked. I thought they would contact members to see which one they wanted sometime during the fall. I got no notice and couldn't find the mini bust on the site.

So I check Rebelscum's boards. According to the thread on this particular mini bust, you were supposed to be able to select it when you joined...LAST SUMMER. I never saw a prompt either time to select the mini bust. I was offered something else.

In a nutshell, I JOINED FOR NO FREAKIN' REASON. By the time I saw the mini-bust during the conventions, it was essentially all gone.

Gentle Giant ripped me off. I sent them a nasty gram and told them like hell I'm renewing next time and this is likely the last time I purchase anything from them.
lazypadawan: (ahsoka please)
The Emmy nominations have come out and The Clone Wars got hosed! Not a single nomination.

What's the matter with these people? They eliminated two animated categories and combined them into one category, and most the noms are for has-beeners like "The Simpsons" or stuff nobody watched. No nominations for the score, the writing, or the voice work and even most of the voice nominees are for known celebrities slumming on a single episode of whatever. Absolutely disgusting. This is better than just about everything else on t.v., but I guess as long as you're not swaying voters with coke and whores, or if you're not pushing an agenda, or if you don't have the media behind you, you're screwed.

I have half a mind to pay Kanye West to crash the award ceremony, heh heh.
lazypadawan: (boogie yoda)
After raising heck yesterday on Twitter and on SWPAS about's Twitter re-tweet of a PT-bashing cartoon, deleted the retweet and today there seems to be a curious uptick in PT-related tweets.

Just a coincidence, right ;)?

I'll have more posted on SWPAS later but thanks to any and all who helped score this victory for fair-minded, saga-lovin' fans everywhere!

Power to the people!
lazypadawan: (devil)
They have no respect for the PT or for prequel fans at Un-freakin-believable. Read the whole sordid tale here:
lazypadawan: (headdesk)
Spread on the internet today was a rumor that they're going to make a third SW trilogy (all new) in glorious 3D.


Yours truly has been on the SW fandom bus for 32 years. Unlike the troglodyte knuckleheads who were all born 1980 something and whose knowledge about SW has been based on distorted rumors, assumptions, tropes, and urban legends, I actually have read just about every major interview and article about the topic. Lucas mentioned nine movies only once or twice, waaay back when. As time marched on, he never mentioned anything about a story post-ROTJ. Why? He had never really planned on it. If he ever talked about future Star Wars films, he only mentioned doing movies that took place prior to ANH. Why do you think they let those Timothy Zahn books and that "Dark Empire" comics series take place post-ROTJ? Because there have never been plans to make movies in that time period, while the prequel era was off-limits until there were actual films.

Use common sense here. Right now, Lucas is involved with Clone Wars and with getting the live action show off of the ground (which is about two or three years away), as well as producing the upcoming "Red Tails." He doesn't have time to bug with a whole new trilogy and even if he woke up tomorrow with an idea, it would be several years before anything would hit the screen. Lucas didn't start writing TPM until 1994 or 1995, even though he knew by about 1992 or 1993 that he was finally able to make the movies. Then came about two or three years of pre-production work, principal photography, and then about two years of post-production work. All told, 5-7 years, at least. And what would they be about anyway? The six part series is about Anakin's rise, fall, and redemption. Any new movies without Anakin/Vader would really be their own cycle, not true sequels to ROTJ.

Besides, I'm not really sure why the same people who hated every second of the prequels and spend every breathing moment of their lives complaining about them want to see more movies. What makes them think things will be different this time? No amount of wishful thinking is going to get whoever's flavor of the moment to magically sweep in and turn SW into whatever some jerk fanboy thinks it ought to be.

Now we all know that Lucas eventually would like to convert all 6 SW films into a 3D format but that little project is years away, if it ever happens. We don't know if in a year or two, 3D turns out to be yet another incarnation of a 1950s cinematic fad that keeps making comebacks.

People, we're more likely to see a Beatles reunion tour with all of the original members than to see an Episode VII show up in theaters. Just get it through your heads.
lazypadawan: (evil!ani)
Kanye West crowned himself King of the Douchebags with his "performance" on the VMAs last night (which I didn't watch). He's entitled to think Beyoncé should have won and maybe he was right. Beats me. But to run up there and grab the mike from Taylor Swift like that to mouth off was the equivalent of dumping pig's blood on Carrie at the prom. He'd better be glad that Miss Swift doesn't have deadly telekinetic powers. But with West, it's always been about me, me, me. Beyoncé did the classy thing by trying to make it up to Swift later on, while professional jerk Russell Brand had the nerve to defend West. Can you see why I really have no use for these people?

Serena Williams's behavior at the U.S. Open was appalling. Not even John McEnroe pulled that kind of nonsense in his day.

Meanwhile, Michael Bay and Megan Fox are teaming up for Transformers 3: Battle Of The Egos. It all got started when the not-so-bright Fox gnawed off the feeding hand by saying Bay is kind of like Adolf Hitler on the set of his films. Then three crew members wrote anonymously on Bay's OWN website a long piece defending the director and portraying Fox as a dumb, untalented, harridan (but that's not the word they used). Fire up the Jiffy Pop and sit back for some entertaining reading on Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood. Not only is the letter from the crew members entertaining, so are the replies. People are accusing Bay of writing the letter himself while other comments accuse Fox's defenders of being part of her PR posse. Other comments dish on the horrors of working with the both them:

Fox shouldn't say anything not written for her in advance and Bay shouldn't have plastered the missive on his website, as funny as it is. Can you imagine something like that getting posted on

Finally, we return to the realm of SW with another what-were-they-thinking moment. I won't link to it, but there's a video at featuring stormtroopers looking back at the destruction of the Death Star, i.e. where they were and their "theories" on what happened. My problem? It's called "Stormtrooper 9/11" and it's posted right around the eighth anniversary of that date's atrocities. Worse yet, the blog cheerfully linked to it and I saw a lot of Twits on Twitter laughing about it.

As some level-headed soul posted on the blog, the 3000 people who died were real. I recall a skit on Saturday Night Live that aired in the '80s about Buckwheat's assassination. It was funny not because it made a joke of murder but because all of the satire was about media coverage of tragic events. A few years ago, I posted a list of "Death Star conspiracy theories" because it didn't make fun of 3000 people getting killed, it made fun of conspiracy theorists.

But this just left a really bad taste in my mouth and really, shouldn't the people at know better?
lazypadawan: (CW A/P)
A lot of you are going tonight to see CW at midnight--for those lucky enough to live in a town with midnight showings--or tomorrow or sometime this weekend. I'm going to see it again tomorrow morning. Keep an open mind and remember a few things:

1. This is part of an ongoing TELEVISION series.

2. It's family-friendly entertainment like most of the SW movies are. You'll get your "grownup" entertainment with the live action show in a year or two. And look on the bright side: the battle scenes are full of carnage.

3. While very true to what SW is at its core, this isn't Pixar's The Empire Strikes Back. CW has its own rhythm and feel to it.

All of the above seems to have been lost on most of the film critics. Even though I was not expecting them to fall all over themselves praising it either, I cannot think of the last time the critics pool had it so utterly and completely wrong. I figure many of them walked in expecting something different, but I also suspect that a lot of these guys are just venting whatever spleen they have against SW and against Lucas. The vibe I get is that they view Clone Wars as a cynical money grab. The recent "controversy" over AICN's pulled reviews probably ticked them off even more.

What I have noticed is how the majority of SW fans who saw it within the past week have a 180 view from the pros and semi-pros. Here's a sampling from a variety of fan sites, blogs, and message boards:

What the fans think )
lazypadawan: (nerfherder)
I don't like Cinematical. It's about as pro-Lucas as the Daily Kos is pro-Bush. (Teh hate for Hayden Christensen is high there as well.) But both TFN and the Stop Darth Weinstein site linked to a post on Cinematical about Fanboys just blew my mind. I thought removing an important plot point about Fanboys just turned it into a film about selfish get-a-lifers. This was bad enough. But it gets worse. The original director had been replaced with another guy (Steven Brill) who made stuff like Little Nicky and Without A Paddle. According to the Cinematical spy who saw the re-vamped version of Fanboys made by the new director, there's now dirty humor, f-bombs, and nudity. The spy says there were plants put in the test audience of the re-cut version to up its score; Stop Darth Weinstein says the audience was packed with teenage boys. The funny part is despite those efforts, the re-cut scored only two points higher than the original cut.

But it gets even worse than that!

Brill e-mailed Stop Darth Weinstein with an unbelievable missive that could only be written by a stereotypical, egotistical Hollywood butthead. I'm not sure which is worse, Brill's condescending attitude ("your precious Star Wars homage movie") or his gratuitous swipe at conservatives/Christians ("You honestly remind me of the religious right condemning movies and books they haven't seen or read"). He may or may not be right about the removed plot point being too trivialized, but I think the issue was necessary to making the characters sympathetic, not merely pa-thetic.

Read the whole unholy mess here:

Fans were excited about Fanboys ever since the treatment mentioned on TFN back in 1999 or so. This was supposed to be a love letter to our humble little fandom. I'm not saying it needed to be as family-friendly as the SW films themselves were, but I resent that they turned it into yet another low-brow, t&a fest that will likely get rated R if it's ever released. We deserve better than that.

It's a textbook example of why George Lucas figured out how to play the game his own way. Otherwise you just get screwed.

And no, I don't care who wins in the Oscars tomorrow.
lazypadawan: (staredown)
Convention passes were mailed out late and it seems attendees started getting them on Friday or Saturday, with more arriving today. Of course it was no dice in my mailbox. Grrr. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to who got passes already. Fans on the East Coast (GenCon LLP is based in Seattle) and fans who bought their passes recently have already received them. Someone on TFN suggested they were mailed out alphabetically but that got shot down by fans whose last names begin with the latter part of the alphabet receiving theirs today.

Worse yet, several fan club members are reporting their package did not come with lanyards or the family/friends passes. Something similar happened to me five years ago for Celebration II, meaning I had to waste time picking up a lanyard at the convention. The story is GenCon got an outdated fan club membership list from Lucasfilm and has requested an updated one.

I bought my pass a few minutes after they went on sale in October and I'm renewed through June 2008; my renewal automatically kicked in back in February. What's the holdup?

I got an e-mail last week to contact GenCon if my pass and lanyard don't arrive by next Monday. If the Emperor is less forgiving than Vader then I make Palpatine look like a bleeding heart. I am not going to be cheated out of the fan club day by spending it in a @#$@#$ will call line when they're taking money from me.
lazypadawan: (nerfherder)
Tragic Love (*waves*) posted on her blog about yet another dig at Papa George and the saga by in its list of top 25 sci-fi t.v./movies from the past 25 years. The only SW to make the list was the Clone Wars animated series.

Now you know I love CW. But this is just nauseating:

The most painful thing about confining this list to the last 25 years was that we couldn't include either Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back, both of which were too old. And that left Return of the Jedi and the prequel trilogy — which no one in our Brain Trust could work up any enthusiasm for.

Who was in that "brain trust?" Mark Altman and Chris Gore?

There's an abundance of style and storytelling economy here that was, sadly, absent from the George Lucas-directed prequels. Sometimes, if you let the talented kids into the sandbox without telling them exactly how to play, the results can be surprising.

Storytelling economy? Weren't critics accusing the PT of being too rushed? How can you compare the spare storytelling necessitated by 5 minute segments with two-hour or so movies? Didn't they know Lucas still was involved with the series and these guys had to adhere to guidelines? *Headdesk.*

It's bad enough they included the CRAP film "Starship Troopers" and the HUGELY overrated total cheat of a film "Children of Men." But not only did they crown "The Matrix" in the top spot, this is what they had to say:

Heading into 1999, there was one movie that was supposed to be the second coming. The culmination of an extended sci-fi moment that had helped hardwire the culture for mythic, stargazing escapism. By all rights, it should be sitting atop this list. But Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace turned out to be a case study in empty pop idolatry. Fortunately, there was a movie released the same year that was able to play that part, a film as unexpected, groundbreaking, and capture-the-imagination entertaining as the first Star Wars: The Matrix.


It also spawned two sequels that sucked. Nonetheless, The Matrix's accomplishment remains undiminished.

Unlike with SW, whereas they didn't think the SpEds would be successful and that spawned a campaign of hatred lasting to this day.

If I see anyone from EWwww hanging around Celebration, I'm personally tossing him/her out.
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I admit to being the only Hayden fangirl who's not dying to see "Factory Girl," his new indie flick now playing in selected few arthouses. I was dying to see it, now I'm not. In fact, I've sort of lost some of my enthusiasm for the lad, though I'll continue to stick up for what he's done in SW. My fangirlism for Anakin lives on, don't worry. The whys? Well, readeth between the lines in my post if you will.

It is however, undeniable that he is hot and those puppy dog intense blue eyes are indeed a hard habit to break. So I continue on autopilot to the Desiring Hayden site on a frequent basis, where today they've posted an article from a defunct Canadian magazine that just put out its final issue. A nice bit of karma, despite the admittedly hot pictures, because the article really ticked me off. It's long been a bone of contention that too many interviews with SW alumni, especially in recent years, put everything in a negative light. If the stars can't be cajoled into trashing the films that made them famous and rich, the journo will do it for them.

(Plugola: My editorial on the history of handbiting SW-style will be posted tomorrow.)

Yes, Hayden is shown as a down-to-earth sweetie (didn't know he bought his family a farm in Ontario), which is pretty much what we've heard all along about him. But the article is really down on his work in SW and on Lucas. The highlights of what burned my biscuits:

*"Some may have been skeptical that Christensen--or his acting career--would ever return from that black plastic prison...Critics and fans were hard on the Star Wars prequels, and especially hard on Christensen's performance."

SOME of them were, not everyone. Unfortunately, nobody listens to the silent majority.

*From Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper: "(Hayden) shines more when he's working with a director who appreciates actors and not, you know, giant space machines"

Sure, a director who shows his appreciation for his actors by having them do softcore sex scenes and being coy about the rumor that they were real just to boost Factory Girl's curiosity factor. Swell. If I'd been inclined at all to see FG before, that inclination is 100% gone. I'm a SW fan first and this moron will never be fit to pour Lucas's coffee.

*"It's the perfect example, Christensen tells me, of why (Doug) Linman is no Lucas."

I really hope Hayden did NOT put it that way in his actual conversation. But I'm starting to worry he's the sort who's super loyal to the guy right in front of him but that loyalty goes buh-bye as soon as he moves on. Please tell me I'm wrong.

Then there's a couple of times where it beats up on the whole A/P thing, which cheesed me off as much as the Hickenlooper quote did. Maybe I ought to just stick with SW Insider and Lucky.
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I've started reading this book about SW and popular culture--yes, the same time as I'm reading "Allegiance"--and already it's driving me batty. God help me, I'm going to have to write my own book. Maybe it's because the first couple of essays are "Allnutting"* at their very best. I'm sorely tempted to prove you can spin any sort of political/social viewpoint in SW through a piece on why the worst thing to ever happen to the GFFA isn't the Sith, it's big government ;).

You know what else drove me batty? The interview with comedian/VH1 resident snarkster Hal Sparks in the most recent installment of's "Star Wars Rocks." If you don't know anything about it, this feature has interviews with actors, celebrities, and especially musicians about their love for SW. It's always great to read about people whose work you admire outing themselves as fellow geeks. But Sparks's interview highlighted a quibble I've always had with the series. Sparks pretty much logged in the usual fanboy verbiage on what's kewl in the OT and tossed in his digs at the PT because he hates Vader and CGI. (According to the interview, his current gf has an Amidala tattoo on her leg, so they probably argue a lot.) Sparks is of course entitled to his opinions. But this is typical for these interviews. They're usually with 39 year old indie rockers whose love for the saga stops with TESB. If they ever bring up the PT at all, it's often to say they a) didn't like it b) didn't like it as much as the OT or c) thought ROTS "was the best one." Again, they're entitled to their views. So what's the problem? This is, the Official Voice of Star Wars Fandom, right from The Horse's Mouth. Maybe from one perspective it's nice Lucasfilm's folks have a big tent attitude toward people's opinions on the saga, but I also think it's self-defeating--and a bit troubling--for Lucasfilm to actively drive the idea that half the saga--its own movies--is something less than worthwhile. I've written before that I think there's no advocate of the PT among this crew. It isn't to say nobody there likes it, but I'm not convinced anyone working there loves it in their hearts of hearts and brains of brains the way I'm sure all of them do the OT. There are plenty of people who do, and not all of them are 20 years old either. I'm 37 and I love the PT as much as I love the OT. I'm no celebrity or indie rocker, but I know I'm not alone either.

*"Allnut"--n., v.., lazypadawan slang 1) noun The last name of author Frank Allnut, who wrote the first book to analyze Star Wars, the "Force of Star Wars," in 1978 from a very conservative evangelical Christian perspective. 2) verb The act of twisting Star Wars to fit and/or promote an author's social/political/religious/personal agenda.

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