I told you we’d be back to a galaxy far, far away. Time to catch up with the third (or sixth) movie in the series, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
This week’s episode is dedicated to our idol, Alex Trebek. Alex was a fixture in our homes for over three decades and he will be sorely missed. If you’re anything like us, you grew up on Jeopardy! and found your love of trivia there.
If you’re feeling like doing something in Alex’s honor, please donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Network (PanCAN). They do great work for people fighting the disease as well as support their families. This disease is deadly and often incurable.
We love you Alex and we’ll miss you. Thank you for everything!
The new vision for Star Wars is a new era, set 200 years before The Phantom Menace. Not quite as old as the (now non-canon) Old Republic era, but at a point when the Republic and the Jedi are at their height. Sounds promising.
The latest film installment of Disney’s new Star Wars hit theaters this past weekend. The film had some production hiccups and has not performed at the box office as well as Disney intended. I figure now is as good a time as any to give my thoughts on the film. Continue reading →
Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and the recent sequel, The Force Awakens, has passed away. She suffered a heart attack on December 23, while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.
In addition to acting, Fisher was a prolific Hollywood writer, known for her sharp wit and quick tongue. She was touring the nation, promoting her new book, The Princess Diarist, which was made up of her journal entries during the filming of Star Wars.
She was open about her struggles with her weight during Star Wars and her later addictions with drugs and alcohol. Her book (and screenplay) Postcards from the Edge, are a semi-autobiographical look into her life.
Fisher’s take on Leia created a whole new archetype of a tough woman in Science Fiction. Not quite the damsel in distress, she was a strong leader that gave a generation of geek women someone to look up to (and geek men to admire).
She is now one with the Force, but we will never forget her.
[Update] Sadly, a day after Fisher’s death, her mother, Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds has also passed away. She suffered a stroke while at her son Todd Fisher’s home while planning Carrie’s funeral. She was 84 years old.
Reynolds was a fixture of Hollywood musicals in the 50’s and 60’s and starred alongside Gene Kelley in the classic Singin’ in the Rain. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Molly Brown in the film version of the musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fisher family.