It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Shoppers lining up and camping out for exclusive merchandise, humming familiar tunes and bathed in the warm glow of red, green and blue lightsabers.
The Tribune Sunday morning, Dan and April Wendt and their two sons were at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, braving wet and windy 30-degree weather to feel the Force at the Star Wars Celebration. By that night, they had joined about 300 other fans of George Lucas' saga in … Continue reading STAR POWER: Fanatics make midnight run for ‘Phantom’ toys
The Star Wars cast and crew are not without their faults. Bloopers are scattered throughout the trilogy, and few were corrected in 1996's Special Edition. Here are a few examples: A stormtrooper in a Death Star hallway in A New Hope may be "a little tall for a stormtrooper;" he bumps his head in a … Continue reading Star Wars bloopers
Special to the State Press Magazine Michael A. Stackpole gets to play in George Lucas' Star Wars universe, and he gets paid to do it. The 41-year-old Scottsdale resident is the author of Bantam Spectra's I, Jedi and five books in the X-wing series, including the just-released Isard's Revenge. He has also written for Dark … Continue reading Scottsdale author lives some fans’ dream, continues Lucas legacy in ‘Star Wars’ novels
'Star Wars' die-hards brave the elements, ridicule to be the first in line for the film's opening -- and to raise a little money for charity, too Special to the State Press Magazine The Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood is famous for the celebrity handprints and footprints in the Forecourt of the Stars outside. But … Continue reading Power of the Force
Special to the State Press Magazine Films that are based on true stories can be such a drag. They're either too preachy, like Saving Private Ryan, or too sentimental, like Apollo 13. Nothing against Tom Hanks, mind you, but those two examples just leaped to mind. The General, opening Friday exclusively at the Harkins Camelview … Continue reading ‘General’ treats modern Ireland justly
Films in sermons help show Christmas' meaning The Tribune December is a time of celebration, family gatherings and a flurry of Christmas movies on television. Amid shopping countdowns and holiday stress, the pastor of Tri-City Alliance Church in Tempe is using Hollywood's holiday staples to stress the true meaning of Christmas to his congregation. Each … Continue reading Pastor goes Hollywood in Advent