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Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes – July 31st

News and notes from around the Star Wars galaxy….

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill Day in San Diego

Luke Skywalker returned to his “hometown” on Saturday, honored with street signs.

Instead of some back-alley Aurebesh on Tatooine, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill’s adopted hometown of San Diego feted the thespian.

Street signs commemorating his formative time in the city went up on July 30th.

“I don’t really have a home town, but if I could pick a home town it would certainly be San Diego,” admitted Hamill (in a speech covered by CBS8.com), one of seven children born to a U.S. Navy family who lived in several locations (and a couple of countries) as the would-be Jedi grew up. “I loved living here.”

Ever the joker (pun intended), Hamill wryly noted the “honorary” signs were not yet permanent.

CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8

Gwendolyn Christie Expresses Admiration for Rian Johnson’s Work

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Captain Phasma

On July 29th, Entertainment Weekly teased, “Get ready for more Captain Phasma when The Last Jedi debuts in December.”

EW.com’s Natalie Abrams recently caught up with Gwendolyn Christie (a.k.a. Phasma).

The Last Jedi actress, promoting Top of the Lake: China Girl at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, said:

I was just so delighted to be in The Last Jedi, and for that to be directed by Rian Johnson, who is another director I’ve long admired since I watched Brick, actually; I thought that was a really brilliant piece of work… so when Rian invited me to read the script, have my thoughts and then to come and discuss it with him — as he did all of the cast members — I was really thrilled to have an opportunity of a forum where I could put my ideas forward and have some back and forth about where we felt things were and where we felt they can go.

Like most associated with the film, Christie remained vague about what to expect from Episode VIII. However, it sounds like exciting things remain ahead for the chrome-plated captain as well as the franchise.

“What I can tell you about the next Star Wars film is I think Rian does an exceptional job of going deeper, of going further, and really exploring what these relationships are.”

Read the full article at EW.com.

Emilia Clarke clowns around with Chewie

Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke

EW.com’s Nick Romano also made mention of Emilia Clarke’s recent Instagram post from the set of the upcoming and still untitled young Han Solo film; the social media snippet featured Chewbacca (as played by Joonas Suotamo) clowning for the camera.

Clarke, most famous for her work on Game of Thrones, celebrated her 10-millionth follower on Instagram posted, “Yup. Those dreamboats at @starwars said yes, this furry ball of joy could help me thank you personally.”

ICYMI: Arrested Rebellion

Last week, the folks at Nerdist did us all a favor and pulled together a Ron Howard/Han Solo bit based on the actor-turned-director’s voiceover narration on the widely popular Arrested Development.

Slate explains perfectly:

The mashup […places] Howard’s straight-faced scene-setting descriptors perfectly in line with some of the original Star Wars trilogy’s more confounding elements. (Darth Vader: “I am your father.” Luke: “That’s impossible!” Narrator: “It wasn’t.”)


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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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