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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!

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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.

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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?

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Star Wars Q and A - Hamill

MidAmeriCon II featuring 1976 Star Wars Q and A!

Friends, you might have noticed the other day when the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story debuted. It sounded very much like the ripping of the fabric of the universe. At least judging by the comments from some of those in the fanbase. But that is certainly not why I am writing this post. Not in the least. This is about the discovery of the MidAmeriCon II panel with Mark Hamill, Gary Kurtz as well as Charles Lippincott. An amazing Star Wars Q and A from September 4th, 1976!

Charles Lippincott is the gentleman in yellow Star Wars t-shirt. He was responsible for drumming up interest in the first film at various conventions. Like at the 34th WorldCon in Kansas City, Missouri.
Star Wars Q and A - Charles Lippincott

Gary Kurtz of course was the producer for the first two Star Wars films. Although he also produced 1973’s American Graffiti as well as co-producing 1982’s The Dark Crystal.
Star Wars Q and A - Gary Kurtz

I don’t believe I need to point out the merits of Mark Hamill, right? This Star Wars Q and A is nearly and hour long. It also is incredibly fascinating how the audience members react. It might shock you but most are quite angry towards the then upcoming film.

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Not everyone is dismissive of Hamill, Kurtz, and Lippincott of course. The trio also make a point of handling the questions and aggression good-naturedly. Hamill in particular reveals early on his humorous nature. You will also hear some answers to questions that don’t quite mesh with what the finished product turned out to be.

So grab your favorite beverage and snack and enjoy this 1976 Star Wars Q and A!

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Okay. So you’ve had a chance to watch the Star Wars Q and A. So why not check out that Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer too?

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Batman and Robin

“Lost” Episode Of The Adventures Of Batman And Robin?

Calling 1995’s The Adventures of Batman and Robin Sega CD a lost episode isn’t an outright fib. However the full truth is that what fans of the Warner Bros. Batman animated franchise have dubbed as “lost”. Is in fact the 16 minutes of animated footage used as the cutscenes during the gameplay.
Batman and Robin

Granted that does not mean the animation when joined together constructs an actual story. At least not one of the quality we fans became accustom to with the 1992 to 1995 show. Which without a doubt raised the bar for animated television!

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In the case of the Sega CD’s The Adventures of Batman and Robin however there are strong ties to the classic animated series. Not only did Kevin Conroy return to voice Batman for the cutscenes. He was joined by series regulars like Ron Perlman (Clayface), Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon), John Glover (The Riddler), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), Mark Hamill (The Joker), and Adrienne Barbeau (Catwoman) to name a few.
Batman and Robin

Furthermore the story for the game was handled by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The screenplay was written by Dini with the animated sequences directed by Timm.

On the negative side the animation isn’t up to the same standards as what was seen in the television series. On the positive side since it was designed for a game it didn’t have to follow the same rules in terms of violence. Which is why you will witness some rather more intense fight sequences.

Case in point when Batman goes after Poison Ivy’s plant creature with an axe!

Now sit back and enjoy the “lost” episode of The Adventures of Batman and Robin!

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If you perhaps have a little more time on your hands, you can in fact watch the entire game. Thanks to John Brain’s YouTube channel you can see the game from start to finish. Provided you have about an hour to spend viewing the walkthrough!

Buster Crabbe Appears At Science Fiction Film Awards

It is common knowledge that Star Wars was influenced by the Flash Gordon serials of the 1940s. So how cool was it that Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon in the serials) appeared on stage with Mark Hamill during the Science Fiction Film Awards telecast? It aired in 1978 to recognize achievement in science fiction film for the year 1977.

Hamill shows up at 3:46 of Part II to introduce him. The entire show is worth watching from the beginning, especially to see the opening song and dance number.

I’m just posting Part I and II just to show the flow leading to the Crabbe and Hamill appearance. The special itself is split into 10 parts on YouTube. Rather than blow up the blog with 10 embedded videos just search for “Science Fiction Film Awards 1978” on YouTube if you’d like to watch the entire special. This was the fifth annual but first televised broadcast of the ceremony.

Here is the entire award show in 10 parts:

or if you want to jump straight to Buster…here is part 2.

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