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Mark Hamill Finally Got A Star On The Walk Of Fame!

For 55 years, Mark Hamill has been in the entertainment industry. Getting his start on General Hospital back in 1963. Well, he had a very good day yesterday. At long last he was the recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Mark Hamill is Honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 8, 2018 at Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Hollywood, California. Photos courtesy of Alberto E. Rodriguez

In attendance for the event were quite a few notable friends. George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Kelly Marie Tran, Billie Lourd, as well R2-D2. Quite fitting since ol’ R2 and Hamill were seen in many different popular shows in the past, like the 1980 episode of The Muppet Show!

[Via] Elock

Mark Hamill has amassed 308 acting credits in his lifetime. It is certainly true that a lot of those are from animated series and video games. That is an incredibly stunning body of work. Obviously besides his iconic role as Luke Skywalker, it is also his dynamic voice work as the Joker he is most known for.

[Via] The Joker Lady

Now here is the truth of the matter, friends. In my youth, I had one hero that towered over all others. That was of course Luke Skywalker. It wasn’t until my early years as adult that I started to gravitate towards Han Solo more.

Having said that, though, it was Hamill’s magnificent revisit to the character in The Last Jedi, that made him my hero yet again. Now don’t get me wrong. I know that the 2017 film managed to explode Star Wars fandom quicker than a blast from the Death Star. But the truth of the matter is I am old now and Luke managed to get old and worn down alongside me. Yet, he showed he was still very much the hero that the Galaxy needed.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to Digital March 13 and Blu-ray on March 27. I have a feeling that this is merely one of the reasons Mark Hamill received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But here is the thing in my personal opinion; it’s been far, far too long overdue and I for one am glad such a talented actor received this very special recognition!

Would you like to watch Mark Hamill get his star? Thanks to Variety you can watch the entire event!

Fun little tidbit, friends. Did you know that Mark Hamill also happens to be a master impersonator?

[Via] Popcorn with Peter Travers

R.I.P. Ralph McQuarrie (1929 – 2012)

For the man I hold responsible for not only the existence of the original Star Wars trilogy but it’s look and feel, I just don’t think I have the adequate words for how much I’m affected by his passing.

Most everyone knows how George Lucas was finding doors shut in his face by the leading movie studios when trying to secure financing for his space saga. It wasn’t until Lucas hired McQuarrie to produce Production Paintings that would help to convey to the Studio Executives what he had envisioned in his mind’s eye for the film that the necessary funding was obtained, in fact it was the first studio they held a meeting with after the paintings had been completed, 20th Century Fox.

Ralph McQuarrie’s career didn’t obviously stop at Star Wars. He also had a hand in designs for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Cocoon, Nightbreed, and even the Back to the Future Ride that was at Universal Studios beginning in 1991 until it’s closure in 2007.

George Lucas has written a very nice remembrance over on the official Star Wars.Com site.


[Via] Star Wars.Com

THX 1138 on Blu-Ray

A chilling exploration of the future is also a compelling examination of the present in George Lucas’s THX 1138, starring Robert Duvall as a man whose mind and body are controlled by the government. THX makes a harrowing attempt to escape from a world where thoughts are controlled, freedom is an impossibility and love is the ultimate crime.

THX 1138

Back when Star Wars came out I had already seen the Lucas classic American Graffiti. I thought to myself why did it take Lucas so long to make a Sci-Fi film, when he is so obviously good at it. Then I heard he had done a movie before American Graffiti, the cryptically named THX 1138. I was very excited to see it as soon as heard about it. Of course in my kid brain I thought it would be a sort of proto-Star Wars. So when I saw it, I was very disappointed. It wouldn’t be until I hit my early teens and saw it again that I would appreciate it on its own merits.

THX 1138 is not a space opera, but it is classic Sci-Fi, that might be difficult for a kid to “get”, but not for an adult. Today when I watch it, I still do not heavily identify with the story, but I enjoy the performance and the direction is absolutely amazing. Couple that with incredible cinematography and you got a classic film. Which I might add looks pretty darn good in Blu-Ray – since it very visual. This Blu-Ray release is well worth it and has a good amount of extras:

* Commentary by George Lucas and Walter Murch
* Theatre of Noise Experience: isolated sound effects track
* Master Sessions: Docupod gallery showcasing Murch’s pioneering work
* Two documentaries: A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope and Artifact from the Future: The Making of THX-1138
* Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB: Lucas’ original student film
* Vintage production featurette: Bald
* Theatrical trailers

My week of SF movie is drawing to a close and I have been enjoying it thoroughly. One more to go and the next one a true SF classic…

THX 1138 on Blu-Ray [@] Amazon