TDQ Investigates: Too Little, Too Late, George Lucas

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Extra Footage

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi extra footage, brought to light 30 years after the fact, conveniently fills a major Lucas plot hole.

If you read the right websites (like we do), or even if you read the wrong websites (like we do), then you’ve come across the latest exciting “Star Wars” news involving some long-lost “footage” of Yoda exonerating Obi-Wan Kenobi of not telling Luke the truth about his parentage.

The Facebook page Return of the Jedi Long Lost Edit Droid Laserdisc Discovered has been posting snippets with this “footage,” a short clip at a time, and in doing so, has put on the web a cut scene where Yoda is yammering on and on while on his death… area in his hut/cave thing. And he supposedly tells Luke that Obi-Wan would have spilled the beans about Vader SPOILER ALERT being Luke’s deadbeat Force-choking father long before now if Yoda had only let him.

The footage also is supposed to prove that George Lucas had addressed the whole issue of why Obi-Wan was so lousy at providing details that were shown in the “prequel” trilogy.

But we have to call BS, George. Nice try, but do you really think that we Fan Boys are going to forget how miserably you’ve treated us the past 20 years and how you’ve sullied your reputation and alienated your fan base with your re-releases and bonuses and Hayden Christensen insertions? Nope.

And no “newly discovered revelations” about how you had filled one of perhaps the LARGEST PLOT HOLES IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA is going to repair the damage you’ve done.
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“The Written Word Is The Greatest Thing In The World (Next To Disneyland):” A TDQ Q&A With Author Ray Ellingsen, Part 2

Yoda just told Ray to choose between Disneyland and reading a good book. Tough call.

Yoda just told Ray to choose between Disneyland and reading a good book. Tough call.

TDQ: What made you want to be a writer? 

Ellingsen: I’m a voracious reader. While I’ve done a lot of other things in my life, job-wise, I’ve always come back to writing. The written word is the greatest thing in the world (next to Disneyland).

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? 

Ellingsen: “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try” – Yoda (obviously, he didn’t give me that advice personally, but it was inspirational, nonetheless).

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten? 

Ellingsen: “If your writing thing doesn’t pan out in five years, consider another career” (I won’t say who gave me that advice, because they’re probably going to read this).

TDQ: Who are your influences? 

Ellingsen: Theodore Roosevelt is probably my biggest influence. He was a sickly, asthmatic child who nobody thought would amount to much. He went on to become a boxer, a cowboy, a noted explorer, a decorated soldier, a writer, a conservationist, the police commissioner of New York city, the 33rd Governor of New York state, and, of course, the 26th President of the United States. On a side note, the teddy bear got its name from him. Needless to say, he was a pretty busy guy, as well as incredibly inspirational.  Continue reading

Yoda And Chewie’s Makeup Artist, Stuart Freeborn, Passes Away

Stuart Freeborn

Amazingly enough Stuart Freeborn did his own makeup for his open casket wake.

London—Stuart Freeborn, the movie makeup artist famous for designing Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, died. He was 98.

“Star Wars” director/franchise destroyer George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was “already a makeup legend” when Lucas convinced him to work on “Star Wars.” Shortly after releasing a statement about Freeborn, Lucas amended the statement adding Hayden Christensen for no apparent reason.

Michelle Freeborn, Freeborn’s granddaughter, confirmed his death Tuesday in London from natural causes.

Freeborn began his career in the 1930s, and served in the Royal Air Force service during World War II.

After the war, he returned to work in the British cinema and gained a name for himself thanks to his makeup work on “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “Oliver Twist,” before going on to work with Stanley Kubrik turning Peter Sellers into multiple characters for “Doctor Strangelove.” He again worked with Kubrik on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” where he designed the ape costumes at the beginning of the film.
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TDQ Investigates: Who Would Win, Yoda Or Dumbledore?

Yoda Vs Dumbledore

Dumbledore, all powerful wizard (left), squares off against Yoda, Jedi Master (right) in what would surely be worth $30 to $50 on Pay-Per-View

We know what you’re thinking: You idiots, one of them died a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and the other died in June 1997.  We know, we know. But just bear with us as we debate this notion that we totally stole from our buddy, Justin Camputaro, who posed this very question recently on Twitter.

Now, for our purposes we’re using Dumbledore as a representative of wizards as a whole. The argument could also have been made using any famous wizard, be it Merlin or Gandalf or Kwame Brown. And we’re using Yoda to represent all Jedi Masters, though arguably he’s the most powerful Jedi Knight. The argument for who would win, Darth Vader or Voldemort, is for another day.
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Long Lost Photo From Behind-The-Scenes On The Set Of “Jurassic Park” Going Up For Auction

Jurassic Park Deleted Scene

This still from a Jurassic Park deleted scene looks terrifying.

Los Angeles—The find of a lifetime by a science fiction film buff will be going up for auction next month, and the current owner is hoping the piece will fund his retirement.

Marty Kasserman found a rare behind-the-scenes still photograph from the set of the Steven Spielberg mega-hit, “Jurassic Park.” Kasserman, who found the photo at a local garage sale, said the photo isn’t dated, and it seems the “character” in the picture didn’t find his way into the finished product.

“I don’t want to guess too, too much about the scene they were filming,” Kasserman said. “But you can see that the dinosaur is mauling and preparing to devour that little girl. I bet it was terribly exciting. It’s a shame this scene ended up on the cutting room floor.”
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