May 2007: Wretched Hives of Scum and Villainy Coming to LA

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/05/starwarsrocks-thumb.jpgMetroblogging Mos Eisley eat your heart out! The Los Angeles Convention Center will host Star Wars Celebration IV from May 24th to May 28th, 2007, corresponding with the 30th Anniversary of the original release of Star Wars. Short of a landspeeder roadtrip to Skywalker Ranch, this event will be a mecca for the legions of Jedi wannabe all over the galaxy:

Lucasfilm is also working on other Star Wars-related events in the Los Angeles area just prior to Celebration IV, “so we’re expecting Southern California to become ‘Destination: Star Wars’ from the weekend before through Memorial Day weekend,” (LucasFilm spokesman Steve) Sansweet said… The Celebration IV announcement is being made a year in advance to give fans worldwide a chance to plan for a week-long “Destination: Star Wars” blow-out in Los Angeles.

This means one year to decarbonate forgive Lucas for Episodes I and III.

According to the press release the convention will be made up of:

…live entertainment, celebrities from all six movies, special film and video presentations, an exhibit of movie props and costumes, exclusive merchandise sold at a 24-hour-a-day store, pop culture tributes, immersive events, costume contests, and scores of additional activities.

No word yet if Ewok bowling or womp rat target practice will be available.

(picture grabbed from Larkeferd’s Flickr page)

4 Replies to “May 2007: Wretched Hives of Scum and Villainy Coming to LA”

  1. Um, should you not have said “forgive Lucas for Episodes I through III”?

    Or is Episode II okay by you because of [???] and is therefore exempt from censure?

    Me, I’m still struggling to forgive Lucas for those painfully fake computer dewbacks from the Special Editions.

  2. I knew my exemption of Episode would draw some flack…

    I didn’t mind the fake dewbacks so much as Greedo shooting first and the added Jabba scene. However, they do plan rerelease the original trilogy as originally presented later this year… although in pan and scan and with only two channel sound…

  3. You had me scared for a second with that pan and scan and two channel sound reference.

    Be assured that the original theatrical editions in September will be anamorphic widescreen and THX 5.1 channel sound (with 2-channel as well).

    Also, it wasn’t exactly flack you were drawing from me, just curiosity. From my point of view, I can’t see how Episode II distinguishes itself from the others, since it was very much made using the same bewildering editorial and directorial practices of the other two.

    As for me, I just want to know if the Celebration will have high-stakes Pazaak tournaments.

  4. As David has pointed out to me, it now turns out that “anamorphic widescreen” and “THX 5.1” only apply to the 2004 versions of the movies, appearing on disc one of the September release. The original theatrical versions, as a “bonus” on disc two, are letterboxed (non-anamorphic) versions taken directly from the 90s laserdiscs, with no restoration or technical upgrading.

    Yippee. George sure knows how to treat his fans good.

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