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New Star Wars: The Clone Wars Trailer Here!

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It’s the first full length trailer for George Lucas’s new animated Star Wars movie. If lightsabers and lasers are your thing, then this is the trailer for you. If lightsabers and lasers aren’t your thing, then what the heck are you doing visiting a science fiction site? Behold the power of the animated Force:

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Movie Poster

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I feel like every time I write about this movie I have to explain it. Yes, it’s Star Wars. No Ewan McGregor isn’t in it. It’s animated Star Wars. Yes it’s a movie. No not a made for TV movie. A real movie. Computer animated. You know, like The Incredibles.

Now this Star Wars movie, whatever it is has a poster. Maybe it’ll make it all a little clearer.

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Book Review: Timothy Zahn’s Allegiance

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star wars allegianceIn 1992, with George Lucas’s Star Wars movies nine years out of the limelight, little known (yet Hugo Award winning) author Timothy Zahn single-handedly reignited the imagination of Jedi fandom and launched Lucas’s universe into an entirely new realm. He did it with the release of “Heir to the Empire”, a book set in the Star Wars universe and taking place after the events of Return of the Jedi. “Heir” was the first of three books, known as the Thrawn trilogy, and with them not only did Zahn keep the fires of Star Wars burning bright during the long years between the original films and the prequels, he launched an all new, multimedia empire of expanded universe novels and merchandise which has since ballooned into dozens and dozens of books and comics by various authors and made George Lucas even richer than rich.

More importantly though, the Thrawn Trilogy was good. Really good. Unlike most of the usual franchise gunk that’s published in paperback form, Zahn’s novels stood on their own as legitimate literary works. They had value beyond the world of easy-to-please fanboys. He didn’t just slap some lightsaber descriptions between two covers. Zahn revolutionized not only Star Wars, but genre series writing in general.

Unfortunately Zahn didn’t have the good sense to leave well enough alone. He followed up the Thrawn Trilogy in 1997 with a sequel called “Specter of the Past” and he’s since released four others, culminating in this latest entry, “Allegiance”. With each release the quality of Zahn’s work has degraded until now, “Allegiance” isn’t just bad it’s almost unreadable. What happened to the Zahn we used to know and love?

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gets A New Trailer

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George Lucas will finally show us the only thing in the prequels any of us wanted to see: The Clone Wars. Unfortunately he’s doing it only in a cartoon. Luckily, it looks like a pretty cool cartoon which will be kicked off with a feature length theatrical release.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has a new trailer. Watch it:

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Lucas Debuts Animated Clone Wars

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starwarsclonewarsshow3.jpgstarwarsclonewarsshow2.jpgstarwarsclonewarsshow2.jpgstarwarsclonewarsshow2.jpgEver since Revenge of the Sith left theatres, we have heard about George Lucas’s next two Star Wars related projects: anstarwarsclonewarsshow.jpgstarwarsclonewarsshow.jpgstarwarsclonewarsshow.jpgstarwarsclonewarsshow.jpg animated tv show set between Episodes II and III and a live action show set after Anakin gets all medieval on his Jedi friends over a girl. Bro’s before ho’s, Anakin, jeez. This week, we officially got word that the animated show, Clone Wars, will debut this Fall on the Cartoon Network.starwarsclonewarsshow2.jpgstarwarsclonewarsshow2.jpg

USA Today reported that the Cartoon Network will give Clone Wars the biggest launch in its network’s history in hopes that it can catch up to the likes of the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. If you remember the Clone Wars shorts from a few years back, you might be confused why Lucas is making another Clone Wars series. Money, you idiots, he likes money. Oh, I mean that Lucas probably wants to enrich the lives of countless fans with more adventures from a galaxy far, far, away. Yeah that’s probably it. Instead of a crappy anime looking version, we’re getting, uh, a version that Lucas himself said was inspired by the 1960s Thunderbirds minus the strings. While the cartoon style doesn’t look that bad, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes when he said he didn’t want it to look like the Incredibles. Yeah, I wouldn’t want it to look FREAKIN’ awesome or nothing. I swear Lucas is insane. Too much flannel or mousse perhaps?

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Giant Freakin Update – Fanboys, Children of Men, Transformers, Halo, And More

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I could be finishing up my review of Timothy Zahn’s latest Star Wars novel, but instead I’m doing this: Giving you loyal GFR stompers a quick recap of all the sci-fi related stories we missed in the last week or so, probably because I was too busy obsessing over the impending return of Battlestar Galactica. Can you blame me? Ron Moore’s show is awesome.

Rapid fire laser blasts:

– Frank Darabont’s attempt to turn Fahrenheit 451 into a movie took a hit this week. Tom Hanks, who had been attached to the project, ditched it. From his comments, Darabont seems to think this has all but killed the project.

Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick is turning Children of Men into a TV series. It’s already been an amazing movie done by Alfonso Cuaron, and now Eick is taking another shot adapting it. It’s hard to imagine he’ll be able to top Cuaron’s film, but I’m dying to see what he comes up with.

Transformers 2 may be stockpiling cars to begin shooting. This site scored pics of trucks loaded with Mustang police cars painted up with Decepticon logos.