Sunday was the red-carpet premiere of the new Star Wars animated “movie,” Clone Wars (I put movie in quotes because it was not originally intended to be released as a film – it’s essentially the three-part opening of the animated TV series with some patching to serve as a feature). Much of the cast and production personnel were on hand (including the Great One himself (no, not Ben Burtt)! I’ll be posting a review in the next few days (hint: I liked it more than the prequels), but, in the meantime, feel free to peruse my cavalcade of exclusive photos…
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Inside the courtyard of the Egyptian Theater, vultures the press get ready to ask everyone the same questions over and over again. I guarantee you not one of them will ask George if he’s looking forward to the Phantom Edit of Episode III!
Here’s the view from the other side of the courtyard, if you were lucky enough to have a ticket that got you past the velvet ropes. Proceeds from the $45 admission went to charity (although I don’t believe any of the funds made it to Prequel Recovery Anonymous).
Out on the sidewalk just outside the theater, Matt Lanter (voice of Anakin Skywalker) signs autographs for fans who have been waiting for hours. No, I don’t know why either.
Matt autographs a few more copies of the one-sheet, although he politely refused to sign the guy on the left’s head.
Delighted to be in a galaxy far, far away from the folks in the previous picture, Matt talks to the press. [Ok, I don’t know for sure he was happy to get away from the fans, but just look at that smile!]
Catherine Taber (voice of Amidala) figures that if Matt signed for the fans, she might as well too.
Catherine hesitates as she begins to realize she’s signing contract addendums that have been snuck into the pile of photos.
Catherine talks to press but is thinking about blueberries.
Dee Bradley Baker (voice of all Clone Troopers) explains to the press that through the use of digital technology, he didn’t actually have to be cloned in order to voice scenes containing multiple Troopers.
James Arnold Taylor (voice of Ben Kenobi) thanks a reporter for the neat idea, but he probably won’t ditch his middle name and go on tour.
Tom Kane (voice of Yoda) has yet to stop looking like Yoda every time he speaks.
Matthew Wood (supervising sound editor and voice of General Grevious) gives back the autograph pen after fans learn that Grevious isn’t actually in the movie.
Defying all expectations and truly showing their commitment to its roster of artists, Lucasfilm let the writers in too (from left, Henry Gilroy, Steve “Grand Moff” Melching and Scott Murphy).
Troops from the 501st were on hand to serve & protect & show off their very large cod pieces.
One Clone Trooper wonders if it was worth $50 to be in costume all day and not get a chance to eat the free hot dogs and ice cream.
Trying really hard to prove that Clone Troopers are almost as cool as Stormtroopers.
His royal worshipfullness reveals that his shirt choices make great monitor calibration patterns.
George wonders if the camera is true hi-def, or only 720p.
Lucas does his best Brando impression for reporters. They are impressed.
George explains how glad he is that the 501st Legion exists – having a worldwide network of fans with their own Stormtrooper costumes has been incredibly useful. All he has to do is pick up the phone and, within hours, he can have characters from his movies populate parades, movie openings, press junkets and all manner of official Lucasfilm events.
Lucas expresses his disdain for unofficial merchandise and explains how he’s doing everything he can to put the people who make fan-bought Stormtrooper costumes out of business.
Ever want to know what it’s like to kiss George Lucas? Click on the above image, press your lips against the screen and find out! Careful, his mouth is open!
CLICK HERE to read the Darth Mojo review of Clone Wars!