Posts tagged Star Wars
It’d be great news if the buzz about 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o being cast in the upcoming Star Wars sequel is true. That’s because Lupita Nyong’o is great, and it would be wonderful to see her get high-profile roles.
Casting someone whose breakout role explicitly and thoughtfully engaged with the African-American experience may also, hopefully, kick off a discussion about race in Star Wars and in sci-fi more generally. The franchise has often been criticized for its clueless, tone-deaf use of caricature, especially the nods to blackface minstrelsy in Jar Jar Binks. More importantly, Star Wars encapsulates a pop-culture tradition of space operas that can easily invent spaceships and robots and aliens, but that helplessly acquiesce to old, stereotypical treatments of gender and race. Why does that matter? Sci-fi is at least in part a dream of a different world and a different future. When that future unthinkingly reproduces current inequities, it seems like both a missed opportunity and a failure of imagination.
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George Lucas Re-Edits Star Wars Opening Text
This is a very old, very weird CollegeHumor video I worked on. I cannot stress how weird it is. I also cannot stress how much I just laughed watching it again.
I’m really loving this New York Times interview with James Earl Jones. Such a chill dude.
Fun fact about Star Wars toys you probably didn’t know! The first four official figures were Luke, Leia, Chewie, and R2. Darth Vader wasn’t in the original set!
It’s hard to find a new angle on Star Wars, but I think the documentary Plastic Galaxy might have done have it. It’s the story of the action figures which, separately from the movies, had their own impact that forever changed both toys and film.
How did the masterminds at Kenner do it? This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Plastic Galaxy director Brian Stillman stops by to answer that very question. We also argue about Avatar. Listen on iTunes or JeffRubinJeffRubinShow.com.
Plastic Galaxy comes out 9/14 at PlasticGalaxyMovie.com
Too early to call this the best episode of the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show of 2014? Probably not!
Artoo is pleased to announce the launch of our official Tumblr! We promise there won’t be any cat videos… except maybe a nexu or two.
I can’t believe I missed this last week. Welcome to Tumblr, Star Wars!