Booting Up: Best ‘Star Wars’ movie tie-in gadgets

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George Lucas finally watches new ‘Star Wars’ film ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘really likes it’.

HARRISON Ford has joined an exclusive group of people who have viewed an advanced screening of hyped feature film Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead of its mid-December release — but he may have just given away a shocking plot twist to fanatics around the globe.Kennedy added to The Hollywood Reporter that “watching this go on without his direct involvement” was “tough” for Lucas. “At the same time, he really wanted to step away,” she continued. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned about George is it’s that he’s never, ever held back. The 73-year-old Hollywood actor who plays Han Solo in the film was taking part in a Twitter Q&A session with fans on Friday when he was asked about his favourite action scene in the seventh instalment of the series.

Having him 100 percent on board is up to him and he can’t do that unless he’s running everything,” Kennedy said. “I call it like a divorce,” Lucas said. “There is no such thing as working over someone’s shoulder. Star Wars fanatics were quick to note that the scene Ford referred to was not featured in the trailer or TV spots, sending them into a frenzy given that Rey (Daisy Ridley) hasn’t been seen with a lightsaber. The flourishing series launched in January, and the first issue sold more than a million copies. (It became the first comic to do so since the early 1990s.) “My day-to-day job is really surreal,” Aaron says. “I’d been doing comics for almost 10 years when I got the Star Wars gig. Some picked up on Ford’s misspelling of ‘Kylo Ren” and speculated he could have made another mistake and had intended to write “Finn” (John Boyega) instead of “Rey,” as her ally has been seen using a lightsaber. By the end of the first arc we also introduced a mysterious woman who claims to be the ex-wife of Han Solo, which caused quite a stir at first.” Aaron says everything he writes (and all the art by John Cassaday and Stuart Immonen) must be approved by the Lucasfilm story group.

He’s worked closely with their team from day one when he and key Marvel staffers flew to the production company’s offices in San Francisco. “We went through the archives and got to see shelves piled high with lightsabers and Yodas and Han Solo frozen in carbonite tucked under a shelf in the back corner,” he says. “There’s one room that’s filled with all the costumes. The film is being kept so under wraps that three Star Wars spin-off directors — Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Colin Trevorrow — have said they haven’t seen the film yet. Back then Carrie Fisher must have been a very tiny gal.” The 42-year-old recalls watching “The Empire Strikes Back” in the theater before any of the other films — an experience that was marred by bringing along a friend who had already seen it and kept spoiling the surprises. But this coveted ability to mold fictional icons for his own purposes is always tempered by how his vision fits within George Lucas’ extended universe. “There have been things I wanted to do but couldn’t for various reasons,” Aaron says. “There are a lot of moving parts involved with Star Wars now.

The prequels were so confusing, so bad, so missing all that ‘true Star Wars element.’ People would watch 4, 5 and 6 and pretend the prequels didn’t exist.” Rather than concocting another fan edit — a la the one in which the annoying CGI creature Jar Jar Binks is excised entirely — Giovagnoli sought a fresh approach. The Kansas City native and longtime creative director in the advertising industry considered rewriting all the dialog then dubbing it with soundalike actors.

Giovagnoli tracked down a Chinese bootleg version of the prequels. (The films were reportedly banned in China because its government believed the Trade Federation subplot made fun of the nation.) This version was dubbed in Mandarin but featured English subtitles. You couldn’t watch those movies and get to the thematic bigness of it because Jar Jar was doing his best Jerry Lewis impression.” An example of how he changed not just the words but the impact comes during a scene in which Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) asks the Gungan humanoid Jar Jar why he got banished from his underwater city. Holmes holds high-ranking memberships in all four major costuming groups: the Rebel Legion (“the good guys,” he describes), 501st Legion (Stormtroopers), Mandalorian Mercs (Boba Fett-style bounty hunters) and Dark Empire (the bad boys of the Force). In fact, the membership statement of the 501st emphasizes the organization strives for “contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.” “In a world that’s pretty stale and dogmatic, it’s nice to bring a little magic to things,” says Holmes, who is the worldwide Legion Commanding Officer for the Rebel group. “All the work we put into these screen-quality costumes — the hours, the labor, the thousands of dollars of money — help bring a smile to a kid’s face.” “To not only have it look convincing, but to have it functional is the hard part,” he says of the distinctive black-and-white plastic uniforms. “In those original Star Wars movies, some of the Stormtrooper armor is held together with duct tape or gaffer’s tape. But she particularly enjoys donning the bug-eyed helmet and dusty beige cloak of the Tusken Raiders — aka the Sand People. “Occasionally, I scare kids,” she confesses. “We do a lot at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

But ultimately, this is cool,” she says. “I was a squad leader of the 70th Explorers last year, which also gave me an insight into leadership — something I never knew I had in me. So she dug up a worn copy on VHS. “I absolutely hated it,” she remembers. “I went back to this co-worker who said, ‘Then you have to watch “Empire Strikes Back!”’ Once I did that, everything changed.” While she’s somewhat new to the costuming scene, she’s been collecting Star Wars memorabilia for more than 20 years.

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