Have you ever thought that the Production Team of Star Wars was once worried that the movie would bomb at the Box Office? Yup, you heard it right, and we have the whole story in full.
The year was 1976, and Alan Dean Foster was hired for two jobs. The first job was nothing abnormal: he was asked to ghostwrite a novel for the Star Wars. The second job, however, was breathtaking: writing a low-budget successor to “Star Wars: A New Hope” provided the film bombed at the Box Office.
Though Alan wrote the novel – it was released under the name “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” in 1978, it was never turned into a movie, with the success of A New Hope playing a huge part. The novel was released between the releases of New Hope and its successor, the Empire Strikes back.
Despite the fact that it was never turned into a movie, the Novel went on to become one of the first pieces in what was to become the Star Wars Universe. Hence, if you always wonder at “what could have been”, the novel’s story would take you right there.
Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind
Thanks to the Good Guys at Mr. Sunday Movies, we’ve been given the chance to look at the proposed sequel to the first Star Wars’ movie ever made.
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It is important to note that Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Princess Leia, and R2-D2 were all central characters in this novel. However, both Chewbacca and Han Solo didn’t make an appearance. After a gap of nearly two decades, the book was turned into a Graphic Novel – it was published by Dark Horse Comics in the year 1996.
Talking about the story, it revolves around a MacGuffin, known as “Mind’s Eye”. In the novel, it was named as Kaiburr Crystal, an ancient relic which could increase the sensitive power of the force by one thousand times, whereas its shards acted as lightsaber crystal.
For avid Star Wars fans interested in reading this sequel, the novel is available on Amazon whereas its graphic version is available digitally.
It has been 14years since Ellen Pompeo became Meredith Gray in Grey’s Anatomy, a hit drama series of ABC. While the popularity of the show has risen on one end, the vocal criticism of Pompeo on the lack of gender equality has also risen, on the other.
This, and much more is revealed in a new Interview which the Hollywood Reporter has carried out with the veteran actor. From her on-set drama to annual salary and ideas on the concept of gender equality in the Industry – and Harvey Weinstein, Pompeo has dished on everything in this interview.
To say that Pompeo was candid in the interview would be an understatement. For, she was ferociously blunt – willing to discuss anything and everything the interviewer asked her. Take, for instance, her reaction when Grey’s Anatomy became an instant hit: (I knew I was f**ked), or when she first read the script of the drama series (“Are you out of your f**king mind?”).
And when the topic of Harvey Weinstein came up, Pompeo had an interesting anecdote to share. “He didn’t try anything on me”, she said recalling the time she met the disgraced Producer. When the interviewer asked her what would she have done had Weinstein had shown his true colors, Pompeo was unequivocal in her stance: (I’d have picked up a vase and cracked him over the f**king head).
The best part of this interview lied in the great negotiating advice which Pompeo received from her mentor, Shonda Rhimes. Shonda told her to decide in her head what she think she was worth, before asking for exactly that. Pompeo was of the opinion that every woman should act upon this advice to carve up space for them.
This advice changed Pompeo’s life for the good, as she was able to land a $20million contract for Grey’s Anatomy – which roughly translates to around $600,000 per episode, in addition to getting a place for her Production House in the Disney Lot.
In a controversial claim, Pompeo noted that after the departure of Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy in 2015, the show’s ratings, instead of going down as its makers feared, spiked. Pompeo said that she shared a nice chuckle afterward.
Finally, she finished the show with a discussion of gender equality in the Hollywood. Pompeo was of the opinion that to achieve gender equality in the Industry, “more of us women” should be in power, and not on the sets of Shonda Rhimes’ alone.
As if not enough damage had already been done to the image of The Donald, the bestselling Fire and Fury book – which exposes life inside Trump’s White House, would be converted into a TV series.
By his own admissions, Donald Trump is a very stable genius: for he doesn’t need intelligence reports from his top officials, and won’t read books because of his ever-expanding knowledge. There is, however, one book which has attracted his attention – for the worse – and that book now aims at inflicting more damage to his already tenuous Presidency.
Variety reports that by purchasing the TV rights to Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump’s White House, Endeavor Content has purchased the movie. Put simply, the book paints Donald Trump as unfit for the job (as if we didn’t know that already) and highlights his short attention span, and that he eats his meals in his bed.
Taking the crescendo to a whole new level, the book has featured quotes from the former Breitbart Executive Chairman and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The main focus of the conversation is a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr; with Mr. Bannon labeling it as “treasonous”.
Looking back at the proposed movie, Variety reports that no movie studio is attached to the project, yet. The write of the book, Michael Wolff, will serve as the Executive Producer of the movie, alongside the ex BBC Executive Michael Jackson.
As expected, Trump has not remained silent after the contents of the book were made public. In a statement issued on January 10, he proposed to “take a strong look” at the libel laws of the United States, giving a thinly veiled threat that the film is lawsuit material.
Though the proposed movie would get more publicity – for obvious reasons – Television studios are already running multiple projects on the Donald, and his presidency. For instance, “President Show” is currently aired on Comedy Central, whereas Stephen Colbert is planning to release “Our Cartoon President”, an animated series on Showtime.
Though the movie has experienced a number of delays in the past – particularly due to the firing of its original directors, “Star Wars” has now released the release date as well as the plot of the movie.
In a sign that a trailer is all but due in the coming weeks, ‘Star Wars’ has released the details of a Han Solo movie due to hit cinemas later this year. The teaser has come after the production of the movie was shrouded in mystery for months.
Made under the direction of Ron Howard, the film looks forward to following the life and adventures of a teenaged Han Solo, after which he meets Luke Skywalker in a curious location in Star Wars: A New Hope.
“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the plot release reads.
“Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”
The synopsis of the movie has come at a time when ‘Star Wars’ fans were losing hope regarding its release. For instance, during the making of the movie, Lucasfilm fired the directing duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, before appointing the renowned filmmaker Ron Howard in their place.
In addition to featuring Alden Ehrenreich as a space smuggler famed by Harrison Ford, the cast of Solo includes Emilia Clarke (Khaleesi) from the Game of Thrones, Donald Glover, Michael Kenneth Williams and Woody Harrelson.
Solo is the second anthology movie made by the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. It follows the 2016 Rogue One and is set to be succeeded by its sequel in 2020. In the meantime, the 9th Episode of the ‘Star Wars series will come in 2019, in which J.J. Abrams will serve as the director in place of the departing Colin Trevorrow.
These personalities have left a big mark in our history, and for this, we look to them with admiration and respect. However, once we set aside that lens of reverence, cracks began to appear in their personas.
Want to know more about such personalities? This article will help.
Ask Black Americans, and you’d hear what they think about Woodrow Wilson, the American President at the time of World War 1. While the rest of world sees him as the champion of democracy, human rights, and liberal International Institutions, the Black Americans remember Wilson as a bigot, racist, and chauvinist.
It was during his tenure that the Ku Klux Klan was re-born, segregation policy of the Government reached its epitome, and Black Americans were disenfranchised – both in and outside the White House.
Such diverging views about Woodrow Wilson prove the veracity of one point: some historical figures, despite all their achievements in public life, weren’t good human beings. And unlike that scoundrel in your neighborhood whose bad actions cannot cause much damage at a large scale, the actions of such personalities damaged generations.
Revered as the “Mahatma” by more than 1 billion Indians, Gandhi continues to divide opinions outside subcontinent to this day. One area where the life of Gandhi is still scrutinized is the divergence between his words and actions when it comes to sex.
Throughout his life, Gandhi preached asceticism – he even advised the newlywed couples to stay celibate for the entirety of their lives so that they can purify their souls. In his own life, however, it becomes apparent that as far as this topic was concerned, Gandhi was not a man of his words.
For instance, at the time when his father was dying, Gandhi left him to have sex with his wife. During that time, his father died. What’s more, according to his biographer Jad Adams, the Mahatma also had an inclination of sleeping right next to naked girls, with the biographer calling him “Sex Mad”.
In today’s world, it has become borderline illegal to harangue Mother Teresa. News articles want us to believe that when it comes to helping the poor, no one did more than her. So much is the pull of her achievements that the Catholic Church calls him “Saint Teresa”.
In India, however – the country where he “served” the most, the true motives of Mother Teresa have started to become appear. As reported by Times of India, the true purpose of her charitable behavior was not piety. Rather, what she wanted was to boost the number of Christians inside India.
What’s more, in a study published in Journal of Studies in Religion, it has been noted that she didn’t make full use of the charitable donations that were at her disposal.
Just like Woodrow Wilson, most people remember Winston Churchill as a war-hero. Some with a knack for history also take delight in his oratory skills. Still, there is one dark side of the former English Prime Minister which hasn’t been explored sufficiently to this date.
For example, according to a book titled Churchill’s Empire, Churchill during her youth took part in “expeditions” against the Africans. Later on, when he became a member of the Parliament, Churchill urged it to wage a war against the minorities.
These actions of his weren’t limited to Great Britain as his tenure saw the zenith of British Empire, Churchill. Regarding the Kurds, who were under British dominion at that time and wanted independence, Churchill advocated for the use of “poisoned gas” to spread a “lively terror”.
Don’t tell the children, but Walt Disney couldn’t have been farther from the comic characters due to which he became famous, and wealthy at the same time.
According to one of her associates, Ward Kimball, Walt didn’t trust cats or “women”. In one letter – which she sent to a woman who wanted to work for the Disney Corp as an animator, Disney rejected her out rightly. And the reason for her rejection? In his own words, Disney stated that women “cannot do creative work”.
In a statement issued by her publicist, the Irish musician died on Monday, at the Park Lane Hotel, in London, adding that she was in London for one of her recording sessions.
Dolores O’Riordan, the leading singer of the multi-platinum band “The Cranberries”, has died at the age of 46. Although the news of her death was issued by her publicist, no cause of death has come out as of yet. The Met Police confirmed that they were treating the death as “unexplained”.
The Irish Times reports that back in 2017, the Cranberries were forced to cancel their tour due to the ill-health of O’Riordan. The band further states that she had medical problems relating to her back, adding that she was diagnosed as a bi-polar in the year 2014.
It was in 1989 that O’Riordan became a part of the Cranberries band after seeing an advertisement in the local newspaper. Within years of her joining, O’Riordan led it to International success – by giving hit singles like “Linger” and “Zombie”. Due to her overwhelming success, the band sold more than 40 million copies internationally.
In addition to working as part of the band, O’Riordan released a couple of solo records in her career. She released “Are You Listening?” In 2007 and “No Baggage” in 2009. Her last performance came a month before her untimely death. In November 2017, she recorded the title song for Angela’s Christmas – a short movie released by an Irish television network last month.
“To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians, and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss”. Irish President, Michael D Higgins.
In early 2017, the Cranberries took to Twitter to explain that O’Riordan was feeling it tough to recover from a recurring back problem. As a result of her bad health, most of the European tours of the Cranberries canceled out last year.
Paying his tribute to the deceased singer, Ireland President Michael Higgins opined that learning the news gave him “great sadness”. He further added that to all those who support and follow Irish music, the death of O’Riordan will be a “big loss”.
Tribute has also come from her fellow musicians, with Hozier, the Irish songwriter, claiming he was “shocked and saddened”. Pop Singer Maggie Rogers credited Dolores’ voice to “help me understand” her place in the world.
According to a statement issued by the UK retailer, it will be removing plastic on all of its label products within five years, replacing it with recyclable paper bags, and pulp and paper trays.
In a step that would put pressure on other supermarkets to follow suit, Iceland has committed that it would eliminate plastic packaging on all its brand products by the end of year 2023. The supermarket says that this decision would go a long way in ending the “scourge of plastic pollution.
Giving us an insight on how it would move forward with this decision, Iceland says it plans to replace plastic with pulp and paper trays, as well as paper bags. All these materials are environment-friendly as they can be recycled either through in-store recycling facilities and domestic waste collections.
Although the decision would be implemented by the end of 2023, its ramifications will start becoming visible in the coming months. For, Plastic disposable straws have already been replaced from Iceland’s label range whereas plastic food trays will be replaced by their paper-based counterparts in the next few months.
Apart from being on good terms with the Government, this decision by Iceland has come at a time when there is overwhelming public support for phasing out plastic. A survey carried out by the supermarket found 80% of 5,000 people polled suggesting that they would endorse the supermarket’s decision of phasing out plastic.
This is not the first time that Iceland has decided to embark on environment-friendly initiatives. In the past, Iceland joined the Co-op chain to support UK Government’s initiative of Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).
The DRS requires the consumers to pay a little extra amount on each plastic bottle they are going to buy. This price is refundable, and the consumers can get it back once the vacant bottle is returned. The decision was taken to prevent damage to eco systems, as UK alone discards 16 million plastic bottles every single day.
The move of the company has come at a time when China has announced that it would no longer take the plastic waste of the UK for recycling. In other words, the big businesses will now have to clean up their own act.
Got free time to kill? Want to spend these rare moments indoors with a TV Show? Don’t know where to begin? Well, now that you’re nodding your head in affirmation, here’s your TV-show cheat sheet.
Picking the best television had to offer was relatively easy back in the day. There were a few major networks and some cable channels dominated the attention of the nation. These days, however – thanks to the likes of Netflix and Hulu – the decision has got a whole lot difficult.
And speaking of 2018, both the new shows, as well as new seasons of the old preferences, will be gracing our television screens. David Letterman is back – and we’ll also be getting more of Jessica Jones, Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld.
Don’t know where to tune in? Worry not, we’ve got you covered.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (Netflix)
After taking a three-year sabbatical from The Late Show, the veteran TV host is back – albeit on Netflix, and welcoming guests of the ilk of Tina Fey, Barrack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Jaz-Z, George Clooney and Howard Stern. The first season of his new show will consist of six episodes – each of which will be released monthly and will follow an open-ended format to get the most out of David’s talents.
Ever wanted to follow one character’s story in a TV series to the end? Even if you haven’t, that’s the main idea behind the $20 million project, Mosaic, which is to be aired on HBO from January, 20th. HBO has also launched the TV Series’ app for Apple TV and iOS which gives the viewers of Mosaic the option to decide its viewing order.
GOT fans may not like it but Cersei and Daenerys aren’t the sole HBO queens anymore. For, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson – both of whom are best pals, HBO has decided to convert their WNYC Podcast into a filmed version. This show was taped in front of live audience and its major selling point lies in its frank discussions on romance, race, city living, and whatever else is on the “Queens’” minds at that time.
Good Girls (NBC)
Ever wondered what three tired, worn out and bored mothers could do? They could rob a bank! At least that’s what the Good Girls wants us to believe. In Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks and Retta, we’re going to get three suburbanites whose plan of robbing a bank goes horribly out of control. Hence, if you have ever imagined about Housewife-version of breaking bad, you need to watch this show.
Hamilton, How I Met Your Mother, and Parenthood fans, be alert: TV veteran Jason Katims has teamed up with Broadway creator Jeffrey Sellers for a drama in which seven, Rust-belt, small-town kids get a chance to open up to the world via theater. What’s more, you can also say Josh Radnor, who will be playing the role of an overly-concerned Teacher.
The highly-rare viper shark was caught near Taiwan in the Pacific Ocean this week, and it is one of the very few viper sharks that have been ensnared since the early 80s.
Dazzling the scientists, a rare shark was caught in the Pacific Ocean which – like the monster from the “Alien” sci-fi film – can take its jaws beyond its mouth. The shark belongs to the category of rare viper sharks which are on the verge of distinction.
The viper shark – which earns the name because of its fear-inducing fangs – was caught by a group of researchers near Taiwan. The shark catches its target via its extending jaws, which are so huge that a large fish can be swallowed with a single bite.
What’s more, if the rapidly extending jaws weren’t enough for this shark to attract everybody’s attention, it has another unique feature: that of glowing in the dark. It was this feature that led the researchers near it earlier this week.
According to Taiwan Fishers Research Institute, they picked up five such creatures during a routine survey which took them near the Donghe Township. Describing the shark, the Institute said that it recognized them from their needle-shaped teeth which look like snake-like fangs.
Since they are rarely come into view because of their minute size, viper sharks aren’t very famous. That said, the scientists believe that these sharks could swim from depths ranging 400m deep during daylight. At night, they swim above and remain 150m below the sea level.
Scientists further believe that this shark could grow to 21’’ in length, and is the oceans surrounding Taiwan, China, and Hawaii. The scientific name of the shark, given to it by Japanese researchers, is Trigonognathus kabeyai.
The latest catch, trapped at a depth of around 350feet, contained five viper sharks. Four were dead at the time of their catch whereas the fifth –despite being covered in a cool sweater, only survived one more day.
Who said that everybody was gushing in praise of Oprah after her landmark speech at the Golden Globes? There have been some dissenting voices, and musician Seal is the latest to call her out.
Just days after her speech at the Golden Globe Awards – which many believed turned Oprah into a 2020 Presidential candidate, musician Seal has slammed Oprah Winfrey on Instagram. In a stinging rebuke, the 54 year old called Oprah as part of the problem and hypocrite in unequivocal terms.
Seal showed her displeasure with Oprah on an Instagram post, Wednesday, by posting a couple of photos of Winfrey with the Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein. One of the photos which he shared showed Oprah kissing the disgraced producer’s cheek.
If that wasn’t enough, Seal added a couple of comments on both photographs which suggested that far from being an angel, Oprah knew all along that the movie director was mistreating women.
“Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad,” Seal wrote.
Though it is hard to believe, Seal isn’t the first celebrity to call out Oprah over her speech. A couple of days ago, James Wood – who is one of the most conservative actors in Hollywood, posted the same images with equally vitriolic comments on her Twitter page.
In addition to these two celebrities, the creator of “Family Guy”, Seth MacFarlane, has also come out in opposition to Oprah. He has cautioned that when compared with public service, Oprah’s Celebrity power doesn’t quality her as a Presidential Candidate.
In the light of all these comments, it would be difficult to believe that Oprah HAS NOT, even hinted, in any way that she is thinking to run for the office in 2020. Yes, some Twitter trend have urged her to do the same, but she has been silent after her speech.