Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News 10.28.17

Trying to distill a week’s worth of Star Wars news into a blog post is like trying to bullseye wamp rats in my T-16 back… aww skip it. It’s hard, and harder still when the real world intrudes. But we persist.

First, the bad news…

‘Star Wars’ Costume Designer, John Mollo, Dead at 86

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The man who refined many of George Lucas and Ralph McQuarrie’s ideas into ground-breaking real world costumes, John Mollo, has passed away.

The Hollywood Reporter notes:

With McQuarrie’s sketches and a meager budget of $1,173 for one costume, the London-born Mollo began shaping and fine-tuning Darth Vader’s image through his knowledge of World War 1 trench armour and Nazi helmets, ultimately creating the look of one cinema’s most memorable villains. His military influence is also visible in the regalia worn by the crew of the Death Star…Star Wars went on to become the highest-grossing film of 1977 and received 10 Oscar nominations (and a Special Achievement award). Mollo won for best costume design.”

For his part, and as he recieved his Oscar in costume design for Star Wars, Mollo explained: “the costumes from Star Wars are really not so much costumes as a bit of plumbing and general automobile engineering.”

Mollo was 86.

Hockey’s Boston Bruins bring Star Wars-themed laughter to Children’s Hospital

The NHL’s Boston Bruins, one of my, er, alma maters, recently brought a galaxy far, far away to children at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

In a must-read sports/Star Wars crossover, CBSsports.com’s Pete Blackburn has the play-by-play:

Oh goodness. We’ve got a lot to discuss here. It’s time for a way-too-serious breakdown of this abysmal display. Let’s get to it.

The Bruins also tweeted their team picture:

https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/923248761874378752

It seems like one of the players needs some lightsaber training…

Filoni says Rebels season four magnifies everything

Dave Filoni
Dave Filoni

Our good friend Germain Lussier remains on the Star Wars beat. Recently, he sat down with Star Wars Rebels Executing Producer Dave Filoni, who outlined his hopes for the future of the show and the Saga overall.

Filoni told Lussier, “You have to look at the whole season and say, ‘This is all the space I have to tell this story of how this all goes.’ So you can’t waste anything. Especially knowing where the galaxy’s at by the end of it. We have a pretty good idea based on the films what we’re dealing with. So those are the challenges. But I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how it all worked out in the end.”

But Filoni also told Lussier that — if it’s up to him — this isn’t the end for him in Star Wars.

I also want to keep pushing myself into areas that are challenging and new. I’ve had a lot of experience now interacting with live-action directors like Rian Johnson who’s been really wonderful to me and showing me what their production is like…I want to celebrate stories, and it doesn’t matter what medium it’s in. I don’t care — big screen, small screen — I just need space to tell a story. And do it as best I can. That’s my goal in the end. So we’ll have to see what form that takes in the future…But let’s just put it this way. I learned from the best.”

It’s an excellent read. Have at Lussier’s work and, while you’re at it, Filoni’s Twitter feed.

Thor Ragnarok Director Waititi Talks Star Wars

A friend of MSW, Paul Moore, recently sat down with Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi and asked the Marvel director about Star Wars and entering “the devil’s anus.”

“I’d love to. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested,” said Waititi of directing a Star Wars film.

However, the director also admits that by the time he might be offered anything in the Saga, it might be “Episode 42.”

ICYMI…

There are two more videos, both from NYCC, which I wanted to add to the mix. The first being Lucasfilm Publishing Presents Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away!

Also from New York, is From a Certain Point of View: A Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration:

Well, the in-box is now clean. Thanks for everyone’s patience as I mitigate vocational work to the delay of my avocational work. JB

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John Bishop

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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