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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Will Star Wars: The Force Awakens be overrun with references to Episodes I-VI?

It may not have escaped your attention that Hollywood has a track record of doing the exact opposite of what makes sense to people with half a brain. Their latest fetish is overstuffing sequels — that are turkeys so the stuffing makes perfect sense (just saying...) — with references to everything that came before them. Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will hit theaters on December 18, destined to suffer the same fate? Hoping this we are not. Are you?

You would think our friendly movie makers have had a bit too much of that mind-melting Californian sunshine. Why else would they have developed this special gift for ruining our cultural legacy, not to mention the fact that they are not nearly as ashamed to show off their special magic as you would expect them to be? Well, there's a reason why this happens: it's called movies by committee. A perfectly skilled director and a top-notch script are simply no match for the dark force of top-down nonsensical committee decisions that threaten to overshadow any sequel you've been so looking forward to.

Committees ruin everything.They consist of the same type of people from the planet Bozo who prefer money over creativity and their fix of power over humility. The worst kind of committee fetishists are completely blind to their own inability to fully understand (dare I say, fathom) what the original movie — or in this case trilogy — was all about. Yet they truly believe they know better than us, the fans, what would be good for a franchise and are ready to cast a spell on anyone who disagrees with their boundless wisdom.

Take Bob Orci, co-screenwriter of Star Trek Into Darkness (yes, the sequel to the reboot), who lashed out at anyone who dared to even question the intelligent creative decisions he had made, saying, 'there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.' It didn't take long for mighty Bob to go ape nuts on a straying fan and tell him to 'fuck off.' That's a quote.

I'll just say one thing, Star Wars Committee And The Powers That Be: one mention of Jar Jar and I'm so gonna want my money back.

All of it. 

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Pickleope is Master Yodel... the reboot!

142 comments:

  1. My only hope is that since Lucas isn't directing or writing, it has a chance. Committee or not!

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    1. I know what you mean, Alex. Yesterday I decided to watch Star Wars 2, but the dialogues and effects were so horrible, I just had to switch it off.

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    2. From coast to coast!
      Don't mean to boast!

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    3. Or a wino
      On a rhino
      Or a bear
      In a chair

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    4. Or a frog
      On a log
      Or a wookie
      Talking nookie
      Playing hooky

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    5. Did you give the later a looky?
      Into wookies having nookie?

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    6. I know, it sounds a bit spooky
      When you're a nookie rookie

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    7. I'll stay a rookie
      Over seeing that nookie

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    8. Smart thinking
      As we're shrinking!

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  2. Committees ruin everything....yes most of the time, this is true. Lets see how the movie turns out.

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  3. My goodness - add pigtails to Dezzy and we'd be twins! Only in Star Trek, eh?

    I hate committees :)

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    1. Maybe I should shave my head and become a Jabba-nun?

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    2. Holy smoke - I actually wrote, 'Star Trek,' not Star Wars. Neither one of us caught it.

      I might need to be Jar-Jarred a bit... No, wait! Not that!

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    3. By Yodel, you did! May the blue force beam you up, Captain Dixie!

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  4. You forgot to say that STAR WARS also has two or three spin-offs coming up too each year one STAR WARS movie :) ROGUE ONE comes in 2016 after FORCE AWAKENS although me is sure it will ASLEEPENS moi :)

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    1. PS why is me the boring C3PO? I wanna be R2D2 :) but I think Theresa will be happy with her role and costume :)

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    2. I didn't forget to say it. I didn't want to say it :p

      There. Now you are a rebooted C3PO. Better?

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    3. Not to mention the cast in all of them upcoming ones is positively horrendous! They seem to hire them based on their absence of starisma :) Just the mention of their names makes me wanna go into deep slumber.

      Hope you're wearing undies under that black cape, Dart Bluedar!

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    4. Horrendous doesn't even begin to cover that which we all fear, my young apprentice. Now, be a good boy and give Dart Bluedar a compliment.

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    5. that shiny helmet makes your blue eyes look ever bigger like the bluest of Tatooine skies! :)

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  5. Too many sequels. Too many superhero movies. We need a movie about an old-ish lady who lives in a little house in Florida with her dogs. Her husband left her, but she found out she's happier without him. She's a blogger. She edits books. She has a nice boyfriend who looks just like Ryan Gosling. Sometimes she's funny. She laughs at her own jokes and keeps herself amused. Great movie.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. That movie sounds vaguely familiar... You know I'd watch it at least twice.

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  6. Hi Blue, How are you?

    What's impressive is the artwork...always masterfully created...well, I don't know about the movie but, I wouldn't mind exploring a galaxy far far away.

    Well perhaps, that committees spell needs to be broken...so their limited senses can expand into the horizon.

    I sense something a presence I have not felt before..since... - (since when Darth Vadar)

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    1. I sense a presence too and it's... Jar Jar.... The Reboot!

      And then I woke up in a sweat. You know what that's like. No Jar Jar.... good. But I'm sure the committee will have plenty of smart in-jokes in store that'll make me run to the nearest john. To puke, of course.

      I'm doing fine, True. Too much work but at least I've got a job.

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    2. Did you know there were reports that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar? Why would they bring back a character that didn't work ? Just pondering.

      Glad you are doing fine Blue...

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    3. I know. And why didn't those reports surprise me...

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    4. Jacko wanted to be Jar Jar? Sweet Bejesus.... He couldn't even act normal, how could he act on film?

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    5. Well, that would've made him perfect for Star Wars I.

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    6. but they must keep lil Evoxes away from him....

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    7. We will never know, Dezz. You should hear the things they say about me and Eva. Don't believe the hype.

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    8. I heard them spicy rumours about the two of you.... but I always believe spicy rumours...

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    9. I'm shit outta luck. How's that for the truth?

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    10. what did we say about the SH word?

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    11. True Snootles??? Should I be worried about that??? haha - at least I am in a band...too funny Blue...and look at those lips..better to kiss you my dear...pucker up...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tBuj5uPqOo

      and for added pleasure

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiDRgDmXGi4

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    12. It's got that special ring to it.... True Snootles. No? Haha! No need to be worried. It's just acting and singing and dancing and looking um.... different. I love that added pleasure.

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    13. Well, I am different something from outta this world...now you made me all alien like...haha...

      have a great day from one blue to another blue hue...

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    14. Well, at least you've got a sense of humor I can relate to, so maybe I'm an alien too. Have a great day, True Blue.

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  7. Solo works for me
    Go on a Indiana Jones spree
    No Lucas is a big big plus
    Might actually be good for us
    But the committee is always in
    With no matter what movie takes a spin
    Although I can see their point to some extent
    It is their dough they are put up, every cent
    So unless whiny director A or script writer a can make a money dent
    The committee will always tell them to get bent
    When all they need to do
    Is stop paying whiny, pathetic, "cough" Will Smith "cough" actors millions upon millions at their zoo
    Boom, budget slashed
    Creativity may not get bashed
    It will be good I think
    But the committee will be brought to the brink
    They except it to get a great big haul with dough
    And it won't happen at their show
    Sure, like Avengers 2 which was called a failure, it will make over a billion bucks
    But more is wanted by the Schmucks
    If it is not the biggest ever
    It is a failed endeavor
    When how big can you get anyway?
    Eventually, unless you raise ticket prices more and ignore inflation, will top out at ones bay

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  8. I had hoped Jar Jar would have died in Epsiode III

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    1. you and the rest of the galaxy!

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    2. the only jar jar me likes is the jar jar of pickles!

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    3. I know. I can hear you go nom nom.

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    4. Impossible.... there are no man nipples in here...

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    5. be happy that I've never mentioned a mangina here before :)

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  9. Fans and movie-goers seek enjoyment
    They go with hopes of good entertainment
    Being a sequel they have some inklings
    of what's likely coming on the screen
    But the consideration of the committee
    Is plainly to ensure they make money
    The story-line may then go through
    sequences away from what the fans knew
    Expectations of both do not jive
    Fans' enjoyment will take a dive

    Hank

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    1. Hank! Good day to you, sir! Money makes planet Hollywood go round and round.

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  10. That's a shitty attitude, Bob! I thought you're supposed to make people LiKe you???

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    1. You mean like... thumb up? Well, I guess Bob was just being himself this time.

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  11. Hey, I know those 'actors' in that last photo! lol
    And here's to hoping the movie turns out great (crossing fingers and toes!).

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    1. Gues what... I even had to reboot that drawing by popular demand. Fingers crossed and toes as well!

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  12. Aww come on! I thought I was a shoe-in for a Yoda drawing!
    This is one of those rare occasions where I am compelled to completely agree with you. I'm shocked by that writer's statement. The unfathomable arrogance to think he's somehow blessed with a talent to write rebooted material is myopic and misguided...much like the last Star Trek movie, so go figure. Damn, now I'm nervous for the new Star Wars movie because J.J. is not known for partnering with good writers, re: Lost, the last 15 minutes of Super 8, the last Star Trek movie, I can go on.

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    1. Well, scroll down, my green padawan and smile. I can't believe you're compelled to actually agree with me. I need to take a screen shot of your comment and put it in a picture frame.

      Don't go on. That list is long enough and I'm all too familiar with it, too.

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    2. YES! I now consider my inclusion part of canon.

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    3. Well, that one picture totally makes up for the prequels. That much I do know...

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  13. Impressive art work. Who's the babe in the pole dancing outfit? Is it Theresa? I like her boots.
    I'm not much of a Trekkie but one can find them in the most unexpected places. (I'm more the "Flash Gordon" type. Years ago, I belonged to a spinning group and everyone spoke "Trekkie Speak." I listened because I had no choice. You just can't take your spinning wheel and go home. LOL

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    1. Yes, that's Theresa. Today she's wearing special space boots. Spared no expense. Poor you... trekkie speak? Say it ain't so at your show.

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  14. I'm not holding my breath. Lucas out of the picture is the only upside so far

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  15. Seeing that huge flood of comments makes me cringe. Hard. I thought the number one rule of writing was not to argue with your readers, because it just makes you look like a whiny little something-er-other.

    I never really cared for any of the Star Wars movies (awful dialogue, cheesy effects - I know, I know, it was cool for the time, but in 2015 it's not), so this isn't really a blow to my childhood if this movie, well, blows.

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    1. So no Beer For The Jedi: The Reboot for you?

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    2. Maybe if they drank a beer here or there they wouldn't be so wooden/uptight. I can't think of a single Jedi that makes me say, "Yeah, I'd knock a few back with that guy."

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    3. Good point. The reboot needs jedi drinking beer. It will improve their dialogues, I'm sure. But um... I wouldn't limit myself to drinking beer with Jedi's.... CLICK!

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  16. Oh, My! I am showing a lot of skin there! I hope I get paid well for starring in this flick!

    You know, I have never seen any of the Star Wars movies? Well, I may have caught some of what my parents watched when I was about 5, but who really remembers what they watched at that age? I'm just shocked at all the people who are about to piss their pants waiting to see the new release. They better hope it's as good as all the hype or there's probably going to be a lot of backlash from some angry fans!

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    1. Well, they'd better pay you heaploads of cash, Theresa. So you've never seen the original trilogy? You do know why you're showing a lot of skin in this picture, right? CLICK!

      Maybe this is a way to get rich real quick: let's sell Star Wars Diapers for fans who are about to piss their pants waiting to see the new release. Diapers that go with... The Dark Side! Hahaha! Yes?

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    2. I'm shocked too! Six horrid movies and they still think the seventh will be a bliss from heaven? Yeah, right...

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    3. It'll gross over a billion and be mixed up with brilliance. No?

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    4. of course, how can it not be? We live in a world in which Sam Smith is singing James Bond theme..... Wait what? Who's Sam Smith? I've no idea.... but I hear whiny voices and dull music......

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    5. that question mark means you're such a lucky person!

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    6. Ohhh! That picture scared me!

      Dezzy doesn't like Sam Smith? I always thought he would for some reason. Probably because Dez likes a lot of those pop singers, I thought Sam would be in the mix of Dezzy approved. *Hey Dezzy! Jason agrees with you. He despises Sam Smith also and changes the station every time he comes on.

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    7. He doesn't disgust me as much as that Sheeran does with his absence of melodies and any real song writing talent :) but I do consider Sam to be almost as much mediocre. And that voice of his is just silly.... I mean as if somebody is squeezing his... two round lil' Smiths :)

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  17. Wait. Are you saying you didn't like Jar Jar? How rude! hahahaha

    don't tell Devin but I got him one of those rolley balley orange and white things and got him and the boys a flying space ship of some kind. I have no idea what these things are. I just know they are sold out now so that means they are cool. I guess. I'm not even sure who is who in these damn movies.

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    1. How rude... Good quote.

      I won't tell a soul. My lips are sealed and may the force be with you.

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  18. The only one I ever saw was The Empire Strikes Back. In the theatre, cuz that's how old I am. I never bothered to see another one, if that tells you anything!

    But yes, I also hate when book sequels do the same thing. Don't waste my time!

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    1. That's how old you are. That's how old I am too. Thanks for reminding me ;)

      Do you reckon book sequels will be rebooted too?

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  19. I don't like prequels, I don't like remakes...A Nightmare On Elm Street...anyone? That remake was so bad..I just can even. I don't liek Star Wars so don't even get me started on al the movies, the prequels and such..good grief. Hollywood needs to think outside the box, stop making remakes and prequels and get an original idea. A New Monster, maybe? When was the last time we had a new monster? C'mon Hollywood, get it together.

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    1. I guess it's hard to think outside the box, Mary. Somehow movie monsters never scare me when I see them.

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  20. Hi Blue!
    The originals were the best...
    Never liked the "newer" ones....
    I am in charge of music? Really? Music?
    What do you want to hear?
    Bee Gees?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Of course. You're a positive tune in my life. That's not a joke. But you're in charge of the stunts.... Now, why is that you think?

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    2. Because I am so fit for an old bag?
      Hahaha!
      Because I am double jointed?
      Hahaha!
      You tell me, Blue!

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    3. Because you're so brave, not to mention flexible to boot. Ha! Lots of flip-flop stunts in the Star Wars desert by the way.

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  21. Crikey, you get lots of comments, oh - so - popular - one! Thanks for your kind message on my blog, Blue.

    May the force be with you :)

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    1. Dezzy makes it seem that way, Wendy. He is my very own Yoda with a twist... Twisted? What do you mean haha...

      Well, it's true, so I had to tell you, is all. I hope you're doing fine. Don't feel rejected by the book industry, Wendy. Don't give them that power, you hear?

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    2. Yes, I sometimes write comments here just so that he would have them 100 per each post.... He is spoilt like that and we like to pamper him.... Wait, Wendy is amongst the living?

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    3. Because I get a new Ted Baker suit every time the counter hits 100... Right?

      Of course she is among the living.

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    4. be welcome, always a pleasure to be your hundredth! :) Because I'm slutty like that....

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    5. Feel free to join us, Wendy. Together we can rule the universe of madness. Tell her, Dezzmeister.

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    6. Tell her what? That you are a universe of madness :PPP

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    7. A universe of wookie wisdom. So, yeah, madness.

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  22. Hi Blue,

    I am not following that remake and series, sorry ~ I am still stuck in the original series as its my favorite movies ~ The remakes were so dull and uninspiring, I am not going to watch anymore ~

    Hey, have a good week ~

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    1. Well, there were three prequels that should be remade... if anything... and I have yet to meet the person who loved the prequels more than the original trilogy.

      Hey, have a good week too :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. "Committees ruin everything." Truer words were never spoken!

    LMAO at the Yodel.

    I dislike it when they overstuff sequels...but they will have to have some references to previous movies, so we'll see.

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    1. Pickleope insisted on being Yoda. I had no choice but to give in to his plea. The force is strong in him that way. So now he's Yodel. It makes perfect sense, right?

      Down with committees.

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  24. With this 5-star cast, it would be impossible to miss this movie! A round of Windex cocktails for everyone!

    Julie

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    1. Did anyone say... cocktails? Great idea. Thanks for stopping by, Julie.

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  25. Love your Blogging Pictures. You are so creative.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. So kind of you to say that.

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    2. she might ask you to do a cover for her next book! Something about mutants, mocha cafe and love....

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    3. You are well-informed. Why am I even surprised?

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    4. well her new book is out today!

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    5. well it's like her 50th book or something, right Sandra? so it ain't unusual :)

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    6. I'm oblivious to the power of infinity.

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    7. and to the very ends of galaxy :)

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    8. You could never stuff me into his tight golden armour....

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    9. Ever heard of special effects? :p

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    10. you mean you can special effect me into a tummyless hunk?

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    11. Of course I can. You will experience the power of the blue side of the force.

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    12. will it hurt like liposuction?

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    13. so it might tickle a bit twice?

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  26. oh please no JarJar...PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Say it a bit louder, Lynda. He may have big ears but he's as deaf as a bat on a break.

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  27. New here, but I'm more new to star wars (

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    1. Well, given the horrible prequels, I'd say you didn't miss much. ;) Thanks for stopping by. So, who is our mutual friend?

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  28. It's not Hollywood rebooting Star Wars yet again... it's Disney this time.

    They bought Lucas Films, and Pixar....
    Disney Doesn't Approve of Amy Schumer's Sexy 'Star Wars' Shoot

    Great Star Wars Illustrations, Blue!

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    1. Disney... Hollywood... Hollywood... Disney... What I know for a fact is that JJ the director is a member of the Hollywood Committee who turned Star Trek into a flashy, superficial echo of the original franchise with a Spock and a Kirk who themselves don't believe they're Spock and Kirk. Keeping my toes crossed.

      Good to hear from you again. I thought you had disappeared to the other side of the galaxy.

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    2. I'm with Blue, I also thought Farrow has gone somewhere FARROOOOOW :)

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  29. You really Crack me up. I giggle through the entire thing. I see a new motion picture in the near future with your name alllll over it, Blue!

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    1. The blue side of the force? Galaxy forbid!

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  30. I think I'm one of the few people on the planet who decided to take a pass on the "first" three Star Wars movies. I just didn't want anything to ruin the Actual Three. So, chances are good I'll take a pass on this one, too.

    As for committees... I'm pretty sure that's why most of our TV programming looks pretty much the same. Anything new and different doesn't last very long (with a few exceptions, but not enough). How many police procedurals can we endure? I'm pretty sure those who rule by committee say, "There cannot be too many." I disagree.

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    1. How many more police procedurals can we endure? Good questions. I'd say more than we'd like to admit, but hopefully just one or two. Committees make me sick. I wouldn't even know where to start. Has a committee ever written beautiful lierature? No. Has a committee ever produced a work of art? I don't think so. How about mediocrity? Plenty of that.

      So you never saw the mechanical, soulless monstrosities slash atrocities that Lucas had the nerve to call prequels, turning Darth Vader in a whining, horny sicko? Good for you.

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