I bet you thought Star Wars Day was May 4, right? That silly pun has gotten most of the attention, but given the significance of the day this year, we’re going to go ahead and celebrate the real Star Wars Day. Forty years ago today, May 25, 1977, was the world premiere of Star Wars (renamedStar Wars Episode 1: A New Hope when it was re-released in 1981), the movie that introduced the world to Jedi and Sith, droids and wookiees, Han Solo and the Force. It also sold a whole lot of theater tickets and toys.
A couple of weeks ago I spent a Monday evening at the world premiere screening of the National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series, Genius, followed by a pretty elaborate cocktail party at which I almost met Ron Howard, Geoffrey Rush and Vincent Kartheiser. But we’ll get to that.
Michael Eury’s new book is HERO-A-GO-GO: CAMPY COMIC BOOKS, CRIMEFIGHTERS & CULTURE OF THE SWINGING SIXTIES, and it’s all about the Camp Craze of the 1960s, when EVERYONE, thanks to Batman and James Bond, was a superhero, a swinging secret agent, or BOTH. Here’s what Michael had to say about the project…
Saturday Night Live and Louis CK gave us an incredibly bizarre and absurd ode to sectionals, and Travis explains why he loved the sketch so much!
Since everybody’s arguing about Iron Fist, it only makes sense that we here at Atomic Junk Shop should jump into the fray. I thought maybe the best thing to do would be to not get all whitesplainy, so instead of sounding off about my opinion of all this, I thought I’d do something sensible. So I looked through my Facebook list for friends who are geeks of Asian descent; we fired up a group chat and started talking.
I got a chance to interview Arrow’s Madison McLaughlin over at GeekDad. And here’s the story behind the story. For the last 15 years or so, I’ve been teaching archery at the world’s oldest field archery range; a few years back, a family showed up; parents and four girls, two of whom were in wheelchairs. The oldest daughter was about 17.
It’s not completely dead, but it’s getting there.
I’m talking about the lost art of cool opening credits for a TV show.