October 30, 2012. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm is announced.
George Lucas: “The future Star Wars films, Kathy and I have been working on future Star Wars films. The main reason I brought Kathy on, rather than quit, I wanted to move it forward but I needed somebody I trusted who could take that franchise and make it work the way I intended it to. So once Kathy came onboard we started working with writers, we started working on the whole processes of doing the films. We’ve got a plan for Seven, Eight and Nine which is the end of the trilogy and other films also. We’ve a large group of ideas, and characters and books and all kinds of things. We could go on making Star Wars for the next hundred years.”
Yes, the second volume of The Animated Voice series is now available for purchase. Pulp Hero Press editor/publisher Bob McLain writes:
Bob Miller’s new series, The Animated Voice is both a primer for aspiring animated voice actors and a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into this little-known industry for fans.
In this volume:
MEL BLANC discusses his start in animation, his earliest cartoons, the one time he worked for Walt Disney, and other milestones in the career of “The Man of a Thousand Voices.”
JUNE FORAY discusses her many voices, from Witch Hazel and Rocket J. Squirrel, to Spider-Man’s Aunt May, Cindy Lou Who, and Talky Tina, the eerie doll from The Twilight Zone, as well as how she became “The First Lady of Animation.”
A DRAGON BALL Z “symposium” featuring many of the leading voice actors from that series, including Vic Mignogna, Seán Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Sonny Strait, Monica Rial, and others.
Plus: Carlos Saldanha, Mamoru Hosoda, Lucille Bliss, Jeff Bergman, and Mari Iijima, with rare photos and commentary, and an extensive foreword by Kathleen Helppie-Shipley!
United States. Continental Congress. Proclamation of a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer. October 26, 1781.
Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God, the supreme Disposer of all Events father of mercies, remarkably to assist and support the United States of America in their important struggle for liberty,against the long continued efforts of a powerful nation: it is the duty of all ranks to observe and thankfully acknowledge the interpositions of his Providence in their behalf. Through the whole of the contest, from its first rise to this time, the influence of divine Providence may be clearly perceived in many signal instances, of which we mention but a few.
In revealing the councils of our enemies, when the discoveries were seasonable and important, and the means seemingly inadequate or fortuitous; in preserving and even improving the union of the several states, on the breach of which our enemies placed their greatest dependence; in increasing the number, and adding to the zeal and attachment of the friends of Liberty; in granting remarkable deliverances, and blessing us with the most signal success, when affairs seemed to have the most discouraging appearance; in raising up for us a powerful and generous ally, in one of the first of the European powers; in confounding the councils of our enemies, and suffering them to pursue such measures as have most directly contributed to frustrate their own desires and expectations; above all, in making their extreme cruelty of their officers and soldiers to the inhabitants of these states, when in their power, and their savage devastation of property, the very means of cementing our union, and adding vigor to every effort in opposition to them.
And as we cannot help leading the good people of these states to a retrospect on the events which have taken place since the beginning of the war, so we beg recommend in a particular manner that they may observe and acknowledge to their observation, the goodness of God in the year now drawing to a conclusion: in which a mutiny in the American Army was not only happily appeased but became in its issue a pleasing and undeniable proof of the unalterable attachment of the people in general to the cause of liberty since great and real grievances only made them tumultuously seek redress while the abhorred the thoughts of going over to the enemy, in which the Confederation of the United States has been completed by the accession of all without exception in which there have been so many instances of prowess and success in our armies; particularly in the southern states, where, notwithstanding the difficulties with which they had to struggle, they have recovered the whole country which the enemy had overrun, leaving them only a post or two upon on or near the sea: in which we have been so powerfully and effectually assisted by our allies, while in all the conjunct operations the most perfect union and harmony has subsisted in the allied army: in which there has been so plentiful a harvest, and so great abundance of the fruits of the earth of every kind, as not only enables us easily to supply the wants of the army, but gives comfort and happiness to the whole people: and in which, after the success of our allies by sea, a General of the first Rank, with his whole army, has been captured by the allied forces under the direction of our illustrious Commander in Chief.
It is therefore recommended to the several states to set apart the 13th day of December next, to be religiously observed as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer; that all the people may assemble on that day, with grateful hearts, to celebrate the praises of our gracious Benefactor; to confess our manifold sins; to offer up our most fervent supplications to the God of all grace, that it may please Him to pardon our offences, and incline our hearts for the future to keep all his laws; to comfort and relieve all our brethren who are in distress or captivity; to prosper our husbandmen, and give success to all engaged in lawful commerce; to impart wisdom and integrity to our counsellors, judgment and fortitude to our officers and soldiers; to protect and prosper our illustrious ally, and favor our united exertions for the speedy establishment of a safe, honorable and lasting peace; to bless all seminaries of learning; and cause the knowledge of God to cover the earth, as the waters cover the seas.
From Vanity Fair, posted October 21, 2019, Lisa Henson and director Louis Leterrier discuss how the carriage chase was done for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance:
United States. Continental Congress. Proclamation of a day of Thanksgiving. October 18, 1783.
Whereas it hath pleased the Supreme Ruler of all human events to dispose the hearts of the late belligerent powers to put a period to the effusion of human blood, by proclaiming a cessation of all hostilities by sea and land, and these United States are not only happily rescued from the dangers and calamities to which they have been so long exposed, but their freedom, sovereignty and independence ultimately acknowledged. And whereas, in the progress of a contest on which the most essential rights of human nature depended, the interposition of Divine Providence in our favour hath been most abundantly and most graciously manifested, and the citizens of these United States have every reason for praise and gratitude to the God of their salvation. Impressed, therefore, with an exalted sense of the blessings by which we are surrounded, and of our entire dependence on that Almighty Being from whose goodness and bounty they are derived, the United States in Congress assembled, do recommend it to the several States to set apart the second Thursday in December next, as a day of Public Thanksgiving, that all the people may then assemble to celebrate with grateful hearts and united voices the praises of their Supreme and All bountiful Benefactor, for his numberless favors and mercies. That he hath been pleased to conduct us in safety through all the perils and vicissitudes of the war; that he hath given us unanimity and resolution to adhere to our just rights ; that he hath raised up a powerful ally to assist us in supporting them, and hath so far crowned our united efforts with success, that in the course of the present year hostilities have ceased, and we are left in the undisputed possession of our liberty and independence, and of the fruits of our land, and in the free participation of the treasures of the sea; that he hath prospered the labour of our husbandmen with plentiful harvests ; and above all, that he hath been pleased to continue to us the light of the blessed gospel, and secured to us in the fullest extent the rights of conscience in faith and worship.
And while our hearts overflow with gratitude, and our lips set forth the praises of our great Creator, that we also offer up fervent supplications, that it may please him to pardon all our offences, to give wisdom and unanimity to our public councils, to cement all our citizens in the bonds of affection, and to inspire them with an earnest regard for the national honor and interest, to enable them to improve the days of prosperity by every good work, and to be lovers of peace and tranquility; that he may be pleased to bless us in our husbandry, our commerce and navigation; to smile upon our Seminaries and means of education, to cause pure religion and virtue to flourish, to give peace to all nations, and to fill the world with his glory.
Done by the United States in Congress assembled. Witness His Excellency, Elias Boudinot, our President, this eighteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eightythree, and of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America the eighth.
Want to learn more about The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook? On Wednesday, September 3, 2019, Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank interviewed me on Rebel Force Radio, the premiere podcast for all things Star Wars. They perform a valuable service to Star Wars fandom, preserving views and interviews covering the world’s greatest science fantasy franchise. For Volume One of the Sourcebook, they allowed me to quote marketing director and publicist Charles Lippincott. They provided the opportunity for me to publicly thank Craig Miller, Steve Sansweet, Jo Donaldson and Gary Kurtz for their generous help on the project. It was an honor to be on Rebel Force Radio.
Here’s what they say about the episode posted today, September 6, 2019, “From Modesto to The Mandalorian: STAR WARS Past & Future”:
We go back to the future this week on RFR! In our post-D23 review, we review THE MANDALORIAN trailer shot-by-shot and speculate about plot points and character motivation. We have interview highlights from the convention with the show’s bad guy Moff Gideon, Giancarlo Espositio. Plus, more production updates from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER via comments from director J.J. Abrams and composer John Williams teases the end of Episode IX. Historian W.R. Miller joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about his book THE STAR WARS HISTORICAL SOURCEBOOK, the first of a multi-volume collection preserving the history of Star Wars via an incredible collection of interview excerpts spanning the years in books, newspapers and magazines. Volume One is available now! Also this week, we take a sound effect from RETURN OF THE JEDI into the RFR Soundlab and compare it to audio heard in the TROS “Sizzle Reel” footage with surprising results. And, we have the latest “Mr. Iger” voicemail and it’s packed with exclusive info not revealed at D23.
Tap into their website for the latest and previous podcasts: http://www.rebelforceradio.com/
This past weekend, August 2-4, Comic Con Honolulu 2019 featured the main cast of The Dragon Prince in various panels and autograph sessions. For those who didn’t make it, here are some videos:
Comic Con Honolulu 2019 – Dragon Prince – Jack De Sena, Jason Simpson, Jesse Inocalla, Racquel Belmo, August 3:
Streamed live August 3, 2019.
Dragon Prince Panel (w/ Will Friedle) || Comic Con Honolulu 2019
Uploaded August 4, 2019.
Comic Con Honolulu 2019 – Jack De Sena, Paula Burrows, Jason Simpson, Sasha Rojen
Streamed live August 4, 2019.
Comic Con Honolulu 2019 – Jesse Inocalla, Adrian Petriw, Racquel Belmonte
Streamed live August 4, 2019.
First, the teaser trailer from Focus Features:
Uploaded December 14, 2018
Then the official trailer:
Uploaded May 21, 2019
With more revelations in the UK trailer:
Uploaded by Universal Pictures UK, May 21, 2019
Downton Abbey: The Movie!
Coming our way September 2019!
We won’t have to wait much longer.
Director: Michael Engler
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Producers: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, Julian Fellowes
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton
Here’s a fun opening title sequence from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. “Ask DNA” by Yoko Kanno, as played by her jazz band, Seatbelts, featuring Raj Ramayya. Enjoy!
Uploaded by duetues, June 18, 2008.