Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes – May 3, 2018
Bottom line: Yesterday’s episode of “The Star Wars Show” — which included an informative interview with Solo: A Star Wars Story Director Ron Howard, an Arrested Development narration of A New Hope by Howard, and a skit featuring Chewbacca building the new LEGO Millennium Falcon — was easily the best edition yet:
If you simply want to watch the Arrested Development narration by Howard:
I wasn’t alone in my positive assessment of this week’s “The Star Wars Show”:
- Polygon posted: It turns out that making a stand-alone Han Solo movie was a good idea after all, because now we have the above video of Ron Howard, director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, narrating Episode IV: A New Hope, Arrested Development-style.
- Hollywood Reporter posted: Now, fans are getting the best of both worlds with a video posted to the official Star Wars YouTube channel in which the Oscar-winning director does his narrating shtick for the original trilogy with some of the prequels peppered in.
- EW.com posted: With the “on the next Star Wars” ending line, we’re hoping Howard agreed to narrate all the Star Wars movies.
And this wasn’t the first time for a Star Wars/Arrested Development – themed mashup. Back in July, Nerdist tried their hand at comicly narrating the Saga:
Speaking of narration, the official Star Wars channels are asking fans to give their own narration; this time of the Shyriiwook variety:
Star Wars’ Chewbacca challenges you to #RoarForChange. Show us your best Wookiee roar! For each public post, like, or share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that includes #RoarForChange between May 3 – 25, 2018, Star Wars: Force for Change U.S. will donate $1 to UNICEF USA, up to $1 million. Funds will be used to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.
The fun continues tonight when fans attending Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite gather for an epic celebration worthy of Kashyyyk for park-wide Wookiee roars. On May the 4th, guests at the Disney store in San Francisco can meet Chewbacca in the fur and roar alongside the legend himself. And stop in anytime May 4 – 6 and roar in a Disney store nationwide to receive 10% off your Star Wars purchase after posting on social media using #RoarForChange.
Learn more at ForceForChange.com.
Solo May Surprise!
Did you happen to see this headline from Deadline?
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Soars On Tracking To Potential $170M+ Four-Day Weekend
Anthony D’Alessandro wrote:
Sources tell Deadline that Solo‘s tracking is “pretty strong” with an unaided score of 28 that’s higher than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($155M, 23 score) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5M, 23).
And our usual suspect, Forbes’ Scott Mendelson, added (with the caveat that “guestimates are not an exact science”):
If you want to adjust for inflation, a $170 million+ Fri-Mon launch would be the fifth-biggest Memorial Day weekend debut behind Pirates 3 ($156m in 2007/$204m adjusted), The Lost World ($92m in 1997/$180m adjusted) and X-Men: The Last Stand ($122m in 2006/$172m adjusted).
As Scott alluded, there are many variables (of course), but what a change from the stories about turmoil and tribulation behind the scenes!
Meanwhile, in New Zealand…
I found this fun piece by Stuff’s Dani McDonald, entitled: “The love story between New Zealand and the Star Wars saga.”
McDonald wrote, “For Star Wars fans around the world, May The 4th is day for love. That’s certainly true of New Zealand.
“Riffing on the mega franchise’s most famous line – ‘May the force be with you’ – fans use the date to share memes, dress up and acknowledge the cultural impact of George Lucas and Disney’s long-running space opera.
In New Zealand, the force of our love for the saga is strong… Stuff spoke to three different households about how they celebrate May the 4th and they shared their stories of love, loss and commitment from a galaxy far, far away.”
What followed was an illustrated piece with stops at a Star Wars-themed wedding, a hospital, and an engagement in Lake Como, Italy, and a memorabilia room in a New Zealand home.
The piece is definitely worth a look, just for the smile factor alone.