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Parenting in the Saga – SWBTF #22

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Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

Kelly Adams joins Nathan and Mark this week as they focus on parenting in the saga far far away.
How did some of our more prominent character handle raising their brood?
Nathan ponders back in the day with black and white TV, Nick at Nite and how Star Wars fits into the equation.
Did many of the kids raised by the characters focused in this episode grow up “normally”?
The hosts start with the Skywalkers and look deeper at the relationships there in.

Kelly brings up Padme’s WILL TO LIVE, and how it is ESSENTIAL to parenting. No will to live. No parent. Not very in-character of Padme.

Shmi the virgin Mary of our beloved saga was explored as well. The single mother struggling to provide for a very special boy.
The hosts have a lot of fun this week, exploring as well as poking fun of some situations the saga has provided.
Imagine a galaxy where Shmi struggled with Anakin’s being born with no father….

Maybe using the saga as examples of good parenting isn’t such a good idea……
Moving a long the hosts break down the Skywalker line by generation.
The Solos it would appear average 1 out of 3… No wonder Han said never quote him the odds.
In fact the Solos could be some of the worst examples of parenting in the EU. Or a good example of what not to do.
But is this the fault of the books? A lot of the kids early lives were offscreen. Perhaps this is something a crafty author could go back and correct?
Duty over honor- is this the descision that hurt the Solo kids? That the parents were too focused on the government and the galaxy and less on parenting?
Should the Solos have taken more time off? They certainly seem to be better grandparents than they were parents to their own three kids.

Mark STILL wants more fleshing out of the gaps in the timeline. More Solo kid adventures and so forth.

At least we’re seeing character growth in the next gen characters in the last few 9 book series (Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi).
The hosts even focus on some of the EU exclusive characters as well, and how their style of child rearing worked out.
Who was the best? And who was the worst?
One thing seems certain- kids in the EU will work in the profession of their parents more often than not.
Kelly mentions Chewie’s family as represented by the Holiday Special.
Like the balance to the Force the hosts discuss the balancing of Shmi Skywalker and the anti-Shmi, Jango Fett.

Also, quick show of hands, who wants us to cover the Mandalorian culture sometime in an episode?
Lastly they touch on adopted and foster parents.
The moral of this week’s episode: Don’t use Star Wars as an example of parenting!

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The Force – TWL #18

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In their latest episode Karl and Jason sit down to discuss the greatest mystery in all of Star Wars: the Force.  They talk about what exactly the Force is as revealed to us throughout the films, what are the different aspects of the Force, and how it is used by both the Jedi and Sith. Sit back and put your thinking caps on as they delve deep into the most spiritual aspect of Star Wars! And don’t miss their exciting reveal of their brand new cover art brought to you by the great Joe Hogan! Oh and Karl briefly discusses the Star Wars Identities exhibit he attended while in Montreal. This is a good one, so enjoy with us!

“Hughes the Force” Available for FREE Download On-line Today!

“Hughes the Force” available for FREE download on-line TODAY! MAY 25th!

NOW available at:
http://www.hughestheforce.com/

We appreciate your support and thank Hughes for helping us spread the news!

In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, we’re teaming up with filmmaker Kevin Smith to release the film via his new YouTube Channel: SModcast Internet Television (S.I.T.) will also release its short film worldwide for download at the Hughes the Force website.

The film will be freely available to all for download in a number of digital formats for both PC and Mac, as well as mobile versions for Android and iPhone. Also available will be Blu-ray and DVD files complete with menus and bonus content for burning to your own discs.

A galactic number of bonus features, including:

· The Making of Hughes the Force featurette – behind-the-scenes footage from the set and interview clips with the Director J.C. Reifenberg, Producer Ruark Dreher and actor, James Arnold Taylor.

· Commentary Tracks – multiple tracks featuring the lead actors and the production staff covering a range of topics including the writing, cinematography, production work, and acting.

· Pop-Up Video Track – behind-the-scenes trivia throughout the film.

About “Hughes the Force”

Hughes the Force is a 35-minute short film tribute to Star Wars and John Hughes. People from around the world grew up with or can identify with the characters and stories of John Hughes’ movies (The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller, etc.). Similarly, Star Wars is more than a mere film franchise, it has become an integral part of our culture for the past 30+ years.

Simon and Henry, two teens tortured by jocks and rejected by girls, are invited to the epic end of the year high school party, but there’s a catch. In order to get in, they need to bring just one hot girl. Unable to attract any female attention, they decide to take matters into their own hands and create the perfect woman from Simon’s prized Slave Leia action figure. Armed with a fully operational lightsaber and blaster, the two set out with their self-appointed mentor to do what they have never done before: fit in. On their journey, they encounter stormtroopers, aliens, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme, a Dark Lord of the Sith, and even Director Kevin Smith in the most unlikely of places. But even with the Force as their ally, some things are not meant to be…

Celebrity Cameo Appearances in the film include:

· Director Kevin Smith, who plays himself in a hilarious cameo crucial to the plot of the film.

· James Arnold Taylor and Catherine Taber, the voices of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala, on the hit animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who play cameo roles as their Clone Wars characters on-screen in-costume for the first time.

· And the voice talents of Tom Kane (Yoda and others on Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Matt Sloan (Darth Vader for LucasArts, Chad Vader), and Jimmy McInerney (co-host of the ForceCast).

Producer/Writer/Director J.C. Reifenberg – mega Star Wars Fan and John Hughes hometown Alumnus, Producer Ruark Dreher, and Producer/Writer Steven Koistinen assembled a team of passionate, professional filmmakers and actors to bring the story to life. Additional information can be found at www.hughestheforce.com, Facebook.com/HughesTheForce, and on Twitter, @HughesTheForce.

All Media inquiries regarding the film should be directed to Parker Publicity info@parkerpublicity.com

Disclaimer: Hughes the Force is a not-for-profit project for private use and is in no way associated with Lucasfilm or any other company. Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.

Special thanks to Kevin Smith and SModCo for their continued support of this project

Star Wars Celebs to Appear at Wizard World Philadelphia

If you are a Star Wars fan the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the place to be from May 31st to June 3rd for Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.  Star Wars celebrities will be in attendance including Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Nick Gillard (stunt coordinator for the Prequels), and Sam Witwer (voice of Darth Maul in The Clone Wars).

 

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On Friday, June 1st there will be a Star Wars Q&A featuring Mayhew, Bulloch, and Gillard at 3pm.  Sam Witwer will have his own Q&A at 6pm on the same day.  Nick Gillard will also be doing a “Jedi Lightsaber Master Class” at various times throughout the convention.

There are a number of other guests who will be of interest to pop culture fans including Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) and Stan Lee (creator of Spiderman, Hulk, X-men…).  Star Trek fans will be excited to see 5 Trek Captains together in one place.  William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula will appear together (for the first time ever!) for Q&A’s on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information check out the Wizard World Philadelphia website.  See the official press release below.

-Aaron Goins

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Chris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™,Patrick Stewart Top Stellar 2012 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Lineup

Five ‘Star Trek’ Captains Together For The First Time; Paul Wesley, Bruce Campbell, ScottBakula, 60 Other Celebrities, Dozens of Top Creators Set For Pennsylvania Convention CenterMay 31 – June 3

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, May 2012 – For more than a decade, Wizard WorldPhiladelphia Comic Con has brought standout celebrities, comics creators and more to thePennsylvania Convention Center as one of the highlights of the city’s pop culture scene. Butthe 2012 lineup, set for Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3, featuring mega-starsChris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™, PatrickStewart and more than 60 others, may be the best and most diverse ever.

Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”) will appear on Saturday and Sunday, while Hemsworth(The Avengers, Thor), Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “X-Men”) and WWE®Superstar CM Punk™ will be on site on Saturday, and comics legend Lee (“Spider-Man,” “XMen”)on Friday through Sunday.

The event also marks the first gathering of all five “Star Trek” captains from the five TV seriesin the iconic franchise: Shatner (“Captain Kirk” in “Star Trek”), Stewart (“Captain Jean-LucPicard” in “The Next Generation”), Avery Brooks (“Captain Sisko” in “Deep Space Nine”),Kate Mulgrew (“Captain Janeway” in “Voyager”) and Bakula (“Captain Archer” in “Enterprise”).

Other hugely popular stars scheduled to attend include Scott Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,”“Quantum Leap”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek:Voyager,” Remo Williams), James Marsters (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”),Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead), Sam Witwer (“Smallville,” “Being Human”),Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina, the TeenageWitch,” “Melissa and Joey”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,”“90210”), James Hong (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda), Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes,” BringIt On), Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” Tombstone), Kristy Swanson (Buffy theVampire Slayer; Dude, Where’s My Car?) and Juliet Landau (“Angel,” Ed Wood).

VIP tickets are available now for fans who want to secure their opportunity to meet many of thestars at the event. Fans can visit http://www.wizardworld.com/philadelphia.html for links to VIPpackages for Hemsworth, Lee, Campbell, Ryan, Panettiere, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™,Bakula, Wesley, Shatner, Marsters and group experiences with Boondock Saints, “Buffy: TheVampire Slayer,” “Spartacus/Legend of the Seeker” and “Star Trek” Captains.

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bringtogether thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies,graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles,contests and more.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain,superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.Event-goers may also try their hand at interactive product exhibits and shop for collectiblecomics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con will also feature special children’s programming onSunday, June 3, with face painting, art projects, workshops, costume contest and other youthactivities. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with adult paid admission (up to two childrenper adult).

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, including hours, celebrities,creators, vendors, programming schedules, evening entertainment, autographs, sponsorshipand volunteer information and more, visit http://www.wizardworld/home-pa.html

About Wizard World: Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America thatcelebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and socialnetworking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, andevents such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

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Fate of the EU… Uh, Jedi – SWBTF #21

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Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

EDITORS NOTE: Ahead there be spoilers…. consider this your warning!
This week Mark and Nathan are joined by Intrepid Bothan Reporter and Lightsaber Rattling Jedi, Peter Morrison, to discuss the Fate of the Jedi series as a whole.

Mark ponders the excerpt at the start and end of the series and it’s possible ramifications.

The guys hit the plot in a nut shell to set the tone of the episode and then break down the series from there.
The series has an odyssey feel to it, while also telling a multitude of stories all enterweaved to make up a bigger overall story.
Jacen’s past was explored. Or was it? Was Abeloth TOO POWERFUL? Did Luke need an enemy more powerful than even him?

Nathan takes a moment to show his brotherly side. Did FotJ suffer an identity crisis?
Mortis makes its way into the series and the guys ponder how much Lucas knew of the plot. How much of this was made up on the spot? Nathan brings up the recent Insider interviews with the FOTJ authors.
He also ponders if the publishing group has changed the game plan and shifted to a looser planning style?
Did this allow for a more interchangable author feel to the series? Did that play into the success of Christie Golden stepping into Karen Traviss’s slot? Had Abeloth been Lucas approved would she have been the”Mother” in all respects? Instead of some being trying to be like them? Did Jacen’s story get resolved?
Peter proposes that the series might have done better had Abeloth been left out and the Lost Tribe been the main villian. Perhaps give her a stand alone book?
Mark ponders (or possibly rants) that Abeloth had to have hedged her bets and had a spare possessed body out there hidden away.
The guys focus on the pacing of the series. It almost made each book read like a stand alone. Was this a mistake? Should longer series be set to release closer together vs being spread out?
The Krayt factor: Was it or was it not Darth Krayt at the end of the story who came to Luke’s aide? Seems Denning doesn’t even know and he wrote the scene….
SPOILER WARNING: So in the end they stop Abeloth (for now) but in doing so have put back on the throne the dark man whom Jacen stopped which kicked everything off in the first place. Kind of crazy huh? But didn’t Jacen’s destroying Centerpoint Station cause her to get free? Wait, but wasn’t that ordered by Luke?
So did this give us closure? Or an open plot thread awaiting a crafty author later?
What? Nathan gets political with his satire? But it was necessary to understand the plot of FOTJ.
FotJ makes Dark Nest more meaningful to the SWEU.

Celestial, the Ones, and so much left open…. was this a good thing?? Bad thing? Or a GREAT Thing?
Random Mark ponder: Will Shelter be used to keep Beyond Shadows and the Mind Walker plots going?
They discuss Beyond Shadows, the Font of Power as well as the Lake of Apparitions, as well as Sith Spirits, Force Ghosts, Force Apparitions, Force Entities, and so forth.
This leads to pondering the “next generation” of Jedi. And how the Big 3′s story has overshadowed the newer Jedi’s individual stories.
Should the Jedi have destroyed the Font of Power? Is this something that should have been taken out? A weapon of Jedi Destruction….
Nathan touches on Ben and Vestara’s love plot. But not in a Tahiri touching kind of way…. …which leads to Vestara’s character growth throughout the series, dispite her Sithly Father’s pressures during the series.
Will this make Ves drop out of the saga? Or will the One Sith make an appearance BEFORE Legacy? (Even though it would happen after Legacy was published.)
Jaina Solo’s character grew a lot by the series end.  Even Tahiri had her character go through a lot of changes. Especially in light of past series directions with her character. We almost had our Imperial Knights!

The personal relationships were well executed. All the hosts agree that was a very strong point for the series.
Anakin Skywalker CAUSED the imbalance?! Wait… say again? So does that mean Luke and Ben are the Chosen Ones per Lucas before Mortis? This leads the hosts to discuss Balance and what that means for a bit.

Nathan had a very interesting outlook on it. Or at least gives EU Fans OPTIONS. Or was this addition to the FotJ plot a huge mistake? Or one to come?

Mark takes a minute to have a fan crush moment about the Horn family

Were the Barabels the ‘sleeper agents’ of the whole series?
Allana’s back in the open. They developed her up to own her own portion of the next generation of characters. She and Ben could have been 3rd generation, but ended up growing into the 2nd.
Does judging children characters age vary from person to person?
The hosts also judge the series, and give it a 1-10 ranking and a one word description.
And sit back after the credits for a Marvel treat… erm.. we mean bloopers!

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