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MONDAY MUSING

By @hmsbeefnuts

It happened a few weeks ago now, and which seems like ages. Millions of words have been written and spoken about it. Bitching, cheering, fear, hope, all seems to be in the mix when discussing the biggest news to hit the Geek community for, well, maybe ever. I am of course referring to Disney’s acquisition of George Lucas’ company, Lucasarts. It was about time that someone here at All Geek To Me wrote some thoughts on this huge story, so I elected myself to write it.

I don’t have a problem with Disney, in fact, I kind of love it, I think they do a great job with the franchises they control, from ones they created themselves, to the ones they have bought, such as The Muppets and of course Marvel Comics. They seem to show a great deal of respect for all of their individual fans and one just needs to look at The Avengers to see how Disney can treat a massive franchise, beloved of fans world wide, with a hands off attitude. Disney are obviously in the business of making loads of cash, and they don’t want to fuck up huge franchises like Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, in fact, a trip around Disneyland will reassure you that Disney is the exact place for these specific franchises. Star Tours and the Indiana Jones rides are some of my favourite attractions in Disney, you can tell they care about and realise the importance of these films and characters.

I’m sure that we can look forward to a Star Wars Land, or even a whole Star Wars Theme Park in the future, and I for one can’t wait. As for the movies, I look forward to Episodes VII, VIII, IX and all the future movies have the potential to be excellent. Of course, they ould be awful, but then without the direction of Lucas, Star Wars gets a chance to breathe. I don’t happen to hate the prequels, I think that Revenge of the Sith is the best Star Wars movie, but I don’t think you can deny that Lucas can not direct actors. He is however a great ideas man. Give new Star Wars movies to the likes of Brad Bird, Del Toro, Spielberg or Peter Jackson, and I can’t wait to see the results.

All in all this is a very exciting time for fans of Star Wars, and I’m sure we can look forward to more and more epic announcements from Disney in the coming months and years, I have but one request, no fucking Jar-Jar.

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

I found that when I was young I only ever wanted to watch movies made by two guys. The first I told you about some week ago and the other is the subject matter of today. Mr George Lucas, along with Mr Steven Spielberg I thought they made some of the best movies ever. I am not saying I don’t still like there work because i do but I have since grown to find other directors that make my mind race. Here are some bits of trivia about the man who bought us Star Wars.

He has created the image of always being on the cutting edge of technology. However, when he writes, he does it in longhand in a loose leaf binder rather than on a word processor.

Shortly before graduating high school, he was involved in a high speed car accident that left him hospitalized and near death

His name backwards is Egroeg Sacul. This name is also used in the Disney theme park ride Star Tours.

Sold Lucasfilm’s Computer Graphics Division to Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs, and it later became Pixar Animation Studio.

He was so impressed with relatively unknown stage actor James Wheaton that he cast him over studio objections in the voiceover role of “OMM” in THX 1138 (1971). The studio wanted Orson Welles to play the role.

Rewrote the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) to tighten it up due to the fact that the scene would have been too busy. It originally ended with the mine-car chase that was later added to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).

Conceived Indiana Jones while on vacation with his friend Steven Spielberg in Hawaii. Lucas decided to produce while Spielberg would direct.

Refuses to put “critics quotes” on his movie posters. Something that infuriates many critic societies.

Disowned Howard: A New Breed of Hero (1986) after the film’s release.

Had a dog named ‘Indiana’ which not only inspired the Indiana Jones character, but Chewbacca from Star Wars was also modelled around the way the dog looked.

We have yet again come to the end of another week of trvia, but what will i have for you next week is the big question. So why not pop back and see.

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