Tomorrowland: The Review

Ladies and gentlebeings, we’ve reached the Tomorrowland stop on my Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens 2015 movie tour. You may proceed with this review without any major spoilers. Please feel free to stretch your imaginations, take small children by the hand, and be sure to hang on to any personal belongings.

This is my favorite stop so far.

There’s a clear enthusiasm and momentum behind Tomorrowland. And it’s so many things I hesitate to label it as thrilling or reflective or hope-inducing, because as much as it has those elements within it, it’s a much more intricate piece of filmmaking than a broad label can do justice. I have to wonder if that’s why some critics aren’t liking it; it’s not easy to pin down. (Pun completely intended.)

Tomorrowland is reminiscent, modern, and forward-thinking. There is action, adventure and impressive special effects. Moments of whimsy appear and a few times it runs right up to the line of being too silly, but this movie isn’t shying away from the fact that it has a message for you–a very wordy message, but an interesting and thought-provoking one nonetheless.

I’ll admit the narrative is a bit messy and gets complicated at times but the world Brad Bird created makes it easy enough to suspend disbelief and take it all in stride. Fun references to Disneyland are heaviest in the beginning, there’s a bunch of Star Wars in the middle, and a scene right out of The Rocketeer appears towards the end. . . . → Read More: Tomorrowland: The Review

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class

When the schedule for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim came out, one of the University-track panels I immediately got excited about was “Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class”. When it comes to your favorite TV shows or movies, you probably know who stars in it, you may even know who directed it and often who wrote it too, but fans tend to not recognize producers quite as widely. Tricia, BJ, and I talked briefly about producing when we focused on Kathleen Kennedy in episode three of Hyperspace Theories. In it I admired Kennedy’s ability to get things done–a very useful trait when you’re running a production.

What does it mean to be a “producer,” and what does it mean to produce for Lucasfilm? Athena Portillo, Line Producer for Star Wars Rebels and Liz Marshall, Production Manager for Star Wars Rebels, will dive in to the specific roles of production staff, cover skills and traits needed to do the job, and give tips and insider tricks how to deal with the challenges and the ever–changing landscape -Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class listing

the flowchart of a show at the packed Star Wars Production Class

Held on Saturday afternoon, the Star Wars Production panel was run by Athena Portillo and Liz Marshall who both work in a producing role on Star Wars Rebels. The room was filled to capacity and these women hit the ground running to cover a lot of info in their allotted time. There was no . . . → Read More: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class

Get Your Geek On with Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

Two paragraphs into Sam Maggs’ The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and I was hooked. She starts by clarifying the term “fangirl” and it meant a lot to me because back when Tricia invited me to join FANgirl Blog, I hesitated. I didn’t want to be labeled a fangirl. The connotation I associated the term with was negative. But Tricia convinced me this was an opportunity to redefine the word in my own terms, to contribute to thoughtful fandom discourse, to show that not everyone is a fan of everything in exactly the same way.

I’m not a screaming-her-head-off, jumping-all-over-the-place kind of fan. I may cheer from time to time or applaud really loudly but for the most part the more moved I am by something, the stiller I get, the quieter I get, and sometimes the more teary-eyed I get. If that’s you too, then here’s a high five of solidarity. And if that’s not you? That’s ok too. That’s what Fangirl’s Guide is ultimately about–that there are so many different ways to participate in a fandom and you get to choose what you want to do.

I got to meet Sam Maggs recently and her friendliness translates well to the page. In the book she even makes a point to welcome anyone who wants to read this guide, regardless of gender identity. And while it’s a formidable companion if you’re new to this whole larger world of fandom, Fangirl’s Guide could really be applicable for anyone. Although I . . . → Read More: Get Your Geek On with Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Last year I sat down with the Nerd Lunch crew and Michael May to have a broad conversation about Star Wars. Now the group has reconvened to start drilling into the original trilogy. This episode of the podcast covers Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, or as CT would probably call it “just Star Wars”.

We have a wide smattering of introductions, viewing experiences and history with this movie. Plus since we all re-watched it right before the recording, we bring what we notice now to the table too. There’s even discussion about how much lying takes place. And keep an ear out for my summarization of Han Solo in the detention block.

From how awesome Princess Leia is to our favorite (and least favorite) contributions from the Special Edition, this podcast makes the Kessel Run in about 13 parsecs.

As an added bonus over on their Facebook page Nerd Lunch had a discussion about which Star Wars characters the podcast hosts and frequent guests represent. The discussion ran over onto Twitter as well and somehow according to Facebook I am Padme and according to Twitter I am Leia. Not bad.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would . . . → Read More: Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Princess Leia and Padmé Are Awesome: Fangirl Chat

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On the latest episode of Fangirl Chat, Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado share a behind the scenes look at Celebration Anaheim. Teresa missed the “What Princess Leia Means to Me” panel on Sunday, so Tricia shared some highlights, including men declaring how awesome Leia is and asking for more toys featuring female characters. Then the ladies discuss what Padmé means to them and whether or not Leia should be a Disney Princess.

Here is the Celebration Closing Ceremonies that features a great array of fans, especially lots of fangirls!

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:

Twitter:

Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Email: fangirlsgoingrogue@gmail.com

Facebook: Fangirls Going Rogue

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Disney’s Aristocats Discussion with Disney Vault Talk

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This week I joined Disney Vault Talk to discuss The Aristocats. From the show notes:

Steve and Teresa welcome Tricia Barr from Fangirls Going Rogue and The Fangirl Blog to talk about Disney’s The Aristocats. The final film that Walt Disney had a hand in making, and a film that Steve deems a mash up of Lady and The Tramp and 101 Dalmatians. It’s fun, jazz, and a whole lot of cats on this episode of Disney Vault Talk!

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors on the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature pieces for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.

Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a . . . → Read More: Disney’s Aristocats Discussion with Disney Vault Talk

Lords of the Sith – Reviewed by Kay

In Lords of the Sith Darth Vader and Emperor Sheev Palpatine head to the Twi’lek homeworld of Ryloth to quell rebellion. Cham Syndulla, father of Hera from Rebels, awaits them with a company of dedicated fighters and a trap he hopes will spark a larger rebellion across the galaxy.

But the best way to describe Lords of the Sith is that if I wasn’t reviewing it, I wouldn’t have finished reading it. My Star Wars is about hope and heart. This Star Wars was about anger, and efforts doomed before they even get started, all with a side dish of gore.

The relationship of Free Ryloth leader Cham Syndulla and his contact within the Imperial ranks, Belkor Dray, strikes an interesting parallel with that of the Emperor and Vader. The mask concept had potential, too, before quickly becoming too blatant. Beyond that, though, there’s little to discover as you’re repeatedly hit over the head with way more tell than show and explanations that unfortunately make it seem like the audience can’t be expected to figure out anything themselves.

Again we’re in that period in between movies where we know that certain characters will make it out of this story, but Lords of the Sith is more successful than Heir to the Jedi in ratcheting up the tension. Here it’s more about bracing yourself for the inevitable and probably graphic deaths of certain characters. There’s a challenge in writing an all-seeing, all-knowing, invincible character like Palpatine. So it’s not that . . . → Read More: Lords of the Sith – Reviewed by Kay

Ultimate Star Wars Has Hit The Streets!

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Today is April 28, 2015, and it is also Publication Day for Ultimate Star Wars! Although I have written numerous pieces for Suvudu and Star Wars Insider, this is my first official book for Star Wars.

From the official DK Publishing summary:

Become an expert on the Star Wars galaxy!

Ultimate Star Wars® is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This is a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels™. Ultimate Star Wars will get new and old fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.

I accepted this writing assignment with enthusiasm, and always kept the fans in mind while I dove into the material. There were many others working behind the scenes to make this beautiful book happen.

What an honor to write alongside standout authors like Ryder Windham, Dan Wallace, and Adam Bray. We were joined by legendary Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels, who wrote the foreword, at the book launch party at Celebration Anaheim last week.

In the first week of May, the authors will be touring and appearing for signings. For more information check out the tour web page.

Specifically I will be visiting the following bookstores:

Friday, May 1st

Books-A-Million

2006 58th Ave. Vero Beach, FL 32966

7:00 PM

Saturday, May 2nd

. . . → Read More: Ultimate Star Wars Has Hit The Streets!

RebelForce Radio Reacts to The Force Awakens Teaser 2

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While RebelForce Radio hosts got to talk to a lot of fans as hosts of the Behind the Scenes Stage at Celebration Anaheim, they didn’t get much of a chance to just do their thing, which is talk about the breaking news and give us their insight. They made up for that this week. From the show notes:

Sam Witwer joins Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac for a complete and thorough analysis of the amazing second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From the opening shot of the dunes of Jakku to the closing frame of Han & Chewie welcoming us all home, we rip thru the latest 2 minutes of magic from Lucasfilm. Now that the incredible experience of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is behind us, join RFR as we look forward to December and the release of The Force Awakens with conversation you will not find anywhere else!

Missed out on Celebration Anaheim or just missing the con? Make sure you check out the live show from the RebelForce Radio party at Anaheim and The Force Awakens fan reaction episode.

Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors on the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature pieces . . . → Read More: RebelForce Radio Reacts to The Force Awakens Teaser 2

Fangirls Around the Web: April 25, 2015

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