The Fangirly Diary of a Geek Girl: On a journey to the past~
Happy 20th Anniversary to the animated movie Anastasia! I was all about that movie in 1997, watching all the behind-the-scenes and listening all the soundtrack. Yep, I’m feeling old. Anyway, EW seized the chance to talk with the composers about the stories behind the film’s most iconic songs. And the most important information I got from it was that the “Journey to the Past” scene was actually ghostwritten by our Space Princess and General Carrie Fisher and her writing helped when trying to get to the psyche of Anya. The original version of the song involved Anya being on a bicycle while singing but it was scrapped. The song managed to get an Oscar nomination for Best Song but ended up losing to Titanic’s “My Heart Will Go On”.
In another EW article, there’s talk about what’s at stake for the our wonder twins Luke and Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and what has become of their relationship.
Star Wars: The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition) book is a thing of beauty, and you can check it out too with this trailer and this preview! The volume, by comics expert Daniel Wallace, features an Rebel case with a two-image projection unit, a fully illustrated 176-page book, and five removable documents.
Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler were at the Vulture Festival LA to talk about their amazing 2018 Disney films Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther.
AD: I’m excited to share a sci-fi vision through the lens of a black woman because so often we’re watching sci-fi films through one specific lens – a predominantly white male lens for decades and decades.
RC: Realizing that we were going to have this film where a father and son talk to each other in this native African language in a superhero movie — it hit me for a moment. It was emotionally moving. That was big one.
EW shared some beautiful Justice League concept art as well as some design secrets, courtesy of production designer Patrick Tatopoulos.
Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman implied the sequel is better than the first, which is false because we are stuck with Johnny Depp instead of Colin Farrell~
The new film has a very different feel than the first. It’s got a thriller quality. And it’s also a story about love and passion and all its forms — paternal, romantic, political. And it’s just a thrilling and very fun adventure. We took all we’ve learned from one and just expanded that and created a richer, deeper and more thrilling film which I’m excited to be a part of.
In what is for me the most interesting of EW’s articles on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Andy Serkis talked more about Supreme Leader Snoke, who had a beef with the Galactic Republic and now with the Resistance. And he’s also one creepy mofo. Just check this description:
Serkis describes a cruel master, a 9-foot-tall alien humanoid who disparages and dominates his two lieutenants: Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson.) He’s a predator who identifies weakness and exploits it, drawing the young and promising to his side with promises of power, then using and discarding his protégés when they are no longer of use.
In casting news, we might have a Mar-Vell, a.k.a. the original Captain Marvel, a.k.a. the mentor of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers as she takes the mantle of Captain Marvel. And it is no other than Jude Law!
Check out the concept art from Thor: Ragnarok that gives us some different looks for Thor, Hulk, Surtur, Valkyrie and Hela!
This one was even shorter than I expected, so there are scenes that aren’t in there. I really hope we get to see a director’s cut, which will give us everything that we shot that didn’t make it in. What I love about his [Snyder’s] director’s cuts is they are long, but he takes his time to tell the story.
BTW, that Zack Snyder’s Director’s Cut petition already has over 140,000 signatures by the time this column was being written.