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#1244372
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The making of The Empire Strikes Back (Michel Parbot)
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LexX said:

May I ask what are the origins for this? Is it from someone who had worked on the document? I thought there were no copies made.

Would it possible to use some of the better footage edited into this?

Origins are from a PAL VHS someone got in France from an online auction many years ago and the person copied it to his pc using a usb device that only recorded in ntsc. thats all the info i know.

Also this doesn’t seem to be from the same source as the one StarWarsArchives has, so there is more than one source floating around and not just the one as originally though

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#1244369
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The making of The Empire Strikes Back (Michel Parbot)
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Yes, i now have it. The quality, as i said, isn’t great. Not as clear as the clips that were posted by starwarsarchives but, as far as i can tell, it is the full documentary. I got it as an NTSC DVD VIDEO_TS folder and is only around 2.5gb in total. The original disc will be uploaded in the next few days. I have only skimmed through it at the moment so i’ll do a test burn to see if the DVD authoring has been done right and fix any problems with that first





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#1242999
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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shadow_freddy_1983 said:

It looks like that assbag created another account

https://www.reddit.com/user/The_Real_Adywan

Well he made the mistake of claiming he knows my address and that he would be coming to murder me. Doesn’t matter if the guy is in the USA or not, he threatened to kill a UK citizen. When this happens, it becomes a police matter. Several accounts using the same IP address have already been identified and they have been logged. The videos being posted and the fake adywan accounts, are all by the same guy, and so are most of the people commenting on his videos. So it’s up to me now whether i want to take this further legally or not.

shadow_freddie_1983, all i’m going to say is “i know”. You will know what that means. It’s time to stop

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#1242741
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R.I.P. Gary Kurtz
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Gary Kurtz
1940 - 2018
Star Wars Producer

Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer passed away on Sunday the 23rd of September at 4.47pm after living with Cancer for the last year.

In the 70s and 80s Gary Kurtz was a young film maker that revolutionized the Hollywood film industry at its core with his films like Star Wars, American Graffiti and The Empire Strikes Back. The agreements he closed altered the balance of power from the film studio to the directors and producers so they could, for the first time, make the films how they wanted to make them and control the process of the art of filmmaking.

In the mid 1960s Gary Kurtz was assistant director on a Monte Hellman western, Ride in the Whirlwind, starring Jack Nicholson, and went on to work on Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet with Basil Rathbone and Queen of Blood, with John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, and Dennis Hopper, and then on to another Monte Hellman western, The Shooting, starring Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson, and finally wore multiple hats as production manager, assistant director, and editor on the Harry Dean Stanton film The Hostage.
Then in 1966 Gary Kurtz joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served his country in Vietnam. This led him toexperiences in his life that would later directly influence his film making skills and story telling ethos.

After leaving military service, Gary Kurtz moved into studio pictures, and became associate producer on Chandler and Two-Lane Blacktop with Monte Hellman for Universal Pictures, both in 1971. Kurtz’s well-rounded skills in directing, editing, producing and storytelling made him the perfect partner for the young upcoming George Lucas when they first met through Francis Ford Coppola in 1971. This meeting led to a collaboration of these two film makers that lasted over a decade.

Gary Kurtz studied religion extensively in his early years. In the early stages of development on “Star Wars” he suggested to Lucas that he might give the film a sufficiently universal religion to help to give it more depth. That led to Kurtz working on the "Star Wars” screenplay and developing “The Force” which would go on to influence generations of fans. Lucasfilm was born under their banner, and went on to make some of Hollywood’s most successful films of all time.

Gary Kurtz developed a good relationship with Universal Pictures off the back of Two-Lane Blacktop in 1971. Following that, George Lucas and Gary Kurtz brought a two-film deal to Universal for American Graffiti and a sci-fi film that was to be Star Wars. American Graffiti was a low budget movie and cost only $777K which was less than Kurtz’s last movie Two-Lane Blacktop at $850K, but American Graffiti went on to take $140 Million world wide which made it the lowest cost to highest profit ratio film of all time and that record held until The Blair Witch Project in 1999. Kurtz now 33 years old went into re-negotiations with Universal Pictures to make the the second of the two film deal which was to be the Star Wars film. In the end Universal passed on the project because the script was not fully developed.

Gary Kurtz later closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to make Star Wars for $11 million, and off the back of this Kurtz and Lucas set up the Star Wars Corporation. Gary Kurtz became Vice President of the corporation looking after the development of the film and also the film’s other assets such as merchandising rights and products. Star Wars was to become a troublesome production which was complicated to finish. It pushed special effects technology and the art of filmmaking to the limit.

In order to finish the film on time, Kurtz set up a second unit and directed many pick up shots, most of the cockpit dog fighting scenes, and most of the Star Wars opening scene interior fight sequences on Princess Leia’s ship. He then went back to the US to work on the special effects miniature unit at ILM as they were struggling to complete many of the shots that were promised in England. At this point, George Lucas was not confident that they had a film to release, but in the end Star Wars was finally finished and unleashed to the world on May 25, 1977 and became one of the biggest films of all time bringing in over 1.1 Billion Dollars.

Kurtz and Lucas carried on their partnership but they both started to have desires to make different sequels to the successful films they had already released. So, it was decided that Gary Kurtz would make the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and that Lucas would make the sequel to American Graffiti, More American Graffiti. Gary Kurtz would join up with long time friend Irvin Kershner to direct Empire, the film again pushed all limitations in filmmaking technology. The film had twice the number of sets that the first Star Wars film did and a budget match of $18,000,000.

Gary chose to film in icy Norway where he had served out his basic training in the U.S. Marine Corps. They filmed there during Norway’s coldest weather in over 25 years. The production then came back to its UK home in Elstree Studios, but disaster struck when the the large sound stage there caught fire during Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Gary Kurtz again just got on with what was needed to make the film happen and negotiated with the studio to have a new soundstage built using Lucasfilm funding. The agreement allowed them to use the stage rent free and once the filming of Empire was completed the new soundstage was to be sold back to the studio. This saved on the production budget and only pushed the filming back by a few days. In the end, the film, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released on June 20th 1980.
At this time Gary Kurtz started to feel that Lucasfilm had become too corporate as he often said there were too many suits in the production office that was supposed to be full of artistic people. That started to damage the strength of the Lucas / Kurtz partnership. Gary Kurtz was asked to produce Revenge of the Jedi (Return of The Jedi) and turned it down as he felt the script was too limited and that most of what was in the script had already been seen in the first two films (i.e. Another Death Star and the sand planet). He had worked on the Star Wars films for many years now and wanted to continue with changing the direction of filmmaking.

Kurtz was living in the UK at this point and had made several interesting filmmaking friends there. He had been talking to Jim Henson about a big film featuring only puppets. This felt like a real challenge to him, which is exactly what he was searching for, so he joined up with Jim Henson to produce and second unit direct The Dark Crystal, a technical filmmaking masterpiece.

Gary Kurtz’s next big film was again not going to be easy. A long time friend, Walter Murch, had written the screenplay and was to Direct Return to Oz. Gary Kurtz Executive Produced it and it was critically acclaimed for its technical achievements with the room of mirrors. It was a very dark twist on the world of Oz and was released June 21st of 1985.

Gary Kurtz went on to produce more films such as Slipstream (1989) with Mark Hamill, The Steal (1995), 5-25-77 (2007) and stayed working in the industry developing projects around the world including the far east and China up until his death, at the age of 78.

Gary Kurtz was considered by many as a pioneer in the film industry and a master of the art of filmmaking. He found any opportunity to share his expansive knowledge of the film industry with budding filmmakers and those seeking knowledge. He was a real humanitarian and a gentleman; some have said that he is one of the gentlest souls in the film profession, modest and humble, and a very unique man.

Gary Kurtz’s art left lasting impressions on generations of adults and children across the world. We have him to thank for these wonderful memories that he made for us all. Gary Kurtz helped to create the force and it is with us always.

Gary Kurtz left behind Clare Gabriel,Tiffany Kurtz, Melissa Kurtz, and Dylan Kurtz. Our thoughts are with his family.

The Kurtz/Joiner Archive

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#1239726
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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I see the f**ker has made another account using my bloody real name this time. Suck a sad little person who can only get attention by impersonating someone else.

EDIT: The user TheRealAdywan, that just posted there, is actually me this time. I created an account solely to confront this guy, but it’s highly doubtful that i will be contributing much.

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#1238563
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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Snaketibe said:

adywan said:

Darth Hade said:

Please keep the scene where Boba is flirting with the girl in Jabba’s palace.

It is the only good addition to the Return of the Jedi Special Edition.

Sorry, all of the “Special Edition” additions to that scene will be going. They’re so awful.

Agreed, they are awful (CGI Sy Snootles, the new band members, the 3 dancing girls, etc.). However, I thought the new scenes they filmed with Femi Taylor reprising her role as Oola were actually pretty good. She looked exactly the same as she did 15 years earlier and I’ve always liked her extra scenes in the rancor pit.

Will you be keeping Oola’s extra scenes or will your edit return her involvement closer to the original version?

Oola in the pit is likely to go.

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#1237970
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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The NTSC DVD-5 “Barebones Edition” of ESB:R is now available. Links can be found via the latest post on the facebook revisited page.

For those wanting the Blu-Ray edition, then i’m afraid you are not going to be happy. You are going to have to wait a lot longer…

Creating the disc structure, all the special features etc takes a lot of time. So i have decided to go about it a different way. Instead of spending time that could be spent on working on ANH:R & ROTJ:R, i will now be creating and releasing all 3 Blu-Ray versions of the films AFTER i have completed the saga.

This way i can have a 3 disc saga and then just one special Features disc that will feature a longer behind the scenes feature on all 3 films in the Revisited saga, plus all the extra special features that go along with it.

Therefore i can have each disc concentrating on the film only, which will maximise the video bitrate that would otherwise be taken up by the extras, resulting in higher quality BD-25.

I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear, but it is the most sensible way of going around this.

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#1236857
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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Collipso said:

hello ady. i seem to recall you mentioning that once you were done with ANH:R HD’s color grading you’d move on to grading ROTJ:R. and since you posted a preview of reel 6 a couple of weeks ago i figured it’d be almost ok to ask, but i can’t contain myself: have you started grading ROTJ yet? i’m really interesting in what your RotJ is going to look like.

Check out the Episode IV thread 😉

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#1236855
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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The colour grading for ANH:RHD is now complete. All that’s left to do now is to render it out, watch it and then make any adjustments necessary. Now i can move onto the colour grading stage for ROTJ.

Here are a few sample comparisons…















A 1080p 25GB mkv version of the colour graded version will be uploaded soon for anyone that wants it.

(And, please, if you quote this post, make sure you remove the urls for the pictures so it’s easier for people to scroll down the page)

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#1236777
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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Darth Hade said:

Please keep the scene where Boba is flirting with the girl in Jabba’s palace.

It is the only good addition to the Return of the Jedi Special Edition.

Sorry, all of the “Special Edition” additions to that scene will be going. They’re so awful.

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#1235037
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Star Wars - The Lost Cut is not exactly what you think it is....
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Where are you getting your information about the lost cut from? Sorry, but it’s completely wrong. There was no sound mix done for the Lost cut. It was mainly on set audio but also silent in a lot of places. The cut was put together with what footage was available at the time (1976). There were only a handful of FX shots in the cut, with the ones that were being mostly unfinished or rough versions. They hadn’t even finished shooting the live action stuff, so many shots were just slates where a shot needed to be inserted later. The opening scene had NO laser fire or flashes added until the final shot where it was hit. Footage from the B&W lost cut has been released ( The cantina scene and a section of the opening battle, Luke & the Treadwell scene that’s in B&W) including the whole Tantive IV chase), so we know exactly what the opening of the lost cut looked like.

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#1234972
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Is <em>Revenge of the Sith</em> the Best or Worst Prequel?
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pittrek said:

The Phantom Menace is just boredom. The only reason why to watch it is the John Williams score and that it’s the best looking Star Wars prequel.
I actually LIKE AOTC (yes, I’m the one person who likes it). But still, the only thing I really like are the action scenes, because those are the only scenes in the whole prequel trilogy where I feel something and care about anything what’s going on.
Which means that ROTS is definitely the worst for me. It’s not even watchable. I honestly can’t say anything positive about the movie, except for John Williams’s score is brilliant as always. It LOOKS like a computer game, the story makes no sense, the acting is horrible, the actors stopped caring a long time ago, the dialogue is like it was written by a 8 years old… Well at least it’s funny if you’re drunk enough.

You’re not the only one. AOTC is the only prequel i can actually sit though. It’s still a bad film, but it has it’s moments. TPM , for me , was depressing when i first saw it, and that feeling is something i have never been able to shake off.

ROTS is just garbage. The dialogue alone is the worse in the entire saga. It’s also the film that has the most cringe worth moment in the entire saga too; the balcony scene. It was on TV the other day and i decided to give it another go. God, i wish i hadn’t. It’s actually worse than i remembered. On looks alone, it is the worse. Everything looks like a video game cut scene. Ian’s performance, from the moment he begins to battle Mace Windbag is horrendous and laughable. The god damn face pulling he does ( and the same during the Yoda fight). I’ve seen Pantomime villains less cheesy than him in this. And that god awful make up. erghhhh.

Then we have Chewie, who also looks like crap, suddenly fighting alongside Yoda and the Jedi. People seem to complain about fanservice to berate the New films, but my god, this one just throws stuff in for the hell of it, and does it badly. Padme is supposed to be this strong character that they set up in TPM, but with each film following, she becomes a pathetic shadow of that persona. By the end of this film , she is completely unlikeable. In fact, she becomes a selfish a**hole. She knew Anakin was a bad one, he admitted to slaughtering a whole tribe of Tuskens , including the women and the children, but she shrugged it off. Now she knows he killed the “Younglings” (yuk, that description is ridiculous) and she is pregnant. So what does she do? Gets all teary and depressed because Anakin has turned then loses the will to live. Erm, she’s about to give birth to her children. Surely she should be more concerned about her own god damn children than some moaning, evil piece of crap, who she knew years previous he was screwed up. But , no, she doesn’t give a crap about what happens to her children and dies in the most pathetic manner. ( and please don;t even mention that stupid fan theory that the Emperor drained her life to save Anakin).

Then you get to the end. This seemed nothing more than George sitting down and going “oh shit, i need to include this stuff and also include these explanations, but i spent too much time on other stuff. Oh, well,. i’ll just cram it all in at the end. Where’s my checklist…”.

There is just one moment in that whole film that is watchable. And that is the scene with Anakin and Padme , in separate parts of Coruscant, when Mace heads off to confront Palpatine. And that whole scene is done with visuals and no dialogue. Williams’ music also boosts that scene. But the rest, it’s just sooooo bad.

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#1234226
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Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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oojason said:

That’s sad, infuriating and troubling to hear, ady. Have people really lost the ability to isolate things they may like - or not - without the need to inform the world of their points of view in such a hateful and threatening manner? It seems increasingly so. As you say, it’s seemingly becoming the norm - worryingly so.

Hope your Mrs is okay after that, and also those 3 twats think again as to just why they were laughed at.

Dre is spot on - respect; it seems to be missing for some of these pricks.
 

I saw Chris’ response to a post re the ‘far left political propaganda film’ on your facebook page - I think he nailed it.

 

Yeh, it does seem to be the norm now, sadly. It’s almost as if there is something missing in their lives , or just plain ego, that if they hate something, the world must too.

I kept that one comment on the page because it wasn’t one of the bad ones, plus it showed what a bunch of numpties this lot are.

SilverWook said:

Don’t those idiots know some female pilots were actually filmed for ROTJ?

Talking shit online is one thing, harassing someone for wearing a TLJ shirt in person? These morons don’t even deserve to be called Star Wars fans.

Can’t people who make threatening remarks on facebook be reported?

Try telling them about the female pilots and the response is almost always " they were deleted for a reason so your argument is invalid"

I reported every post and message that was threatening. Facebook doesn’t care. They claim it doesn’t go against their policies. Yet they are quick enough to act if you post something copyrighted or give you a temp ban for the most ridiculous reasons ( someone i know called his neighbours white trash and they kicked him off facebook for 30 days). They allow racist crap, threats etc all the time. Makes you wonder the types that are policing that site. This is the same reply i got off them to every one i reported:

So threatening someone with some real sick shit and saying i would get a bullet doesn’t go against their code of conduct. Right, got it facebook.

I don;t even bother to engage with them any more. Just delete and block/ ban. They want the retaliation and hate it when you ignore them. They demand to be heard 😉

SilverWook said:

I wonder if it’s going to come down to the man himself, George Lucas, to tell these fans to knock it off or get lost. Gene Roddenberry once had to tell some misguided Trekkers back in the 1970’s to lay off protesting Star Wars or so the story goes.

Sadly, George is kind of responsible for the start of the Anti-Disney brigade. The moment he did the interview and called Disney “white slavers” and started acting like a child because Disney threw out his ideas, the ball started rolling. Those that see themselves as loyal to george, are now some of the most aggressive “we hate TLJ , Disney & Kennedy” commenters. They see Disney Star Wars as going against George. Even when George said he liked TLJ, it’s too late. They now claim anyone in the film industry, and others, who say TLJ is good, are being paid by Disney. They even go after Mark Hamill when he said he was wrong to be worried about Luke and realised as soon as he was filming. But they use edited interviews to say he is lying and conveniently ignore the ones he made a year before TLJ was out where he said it was down to him not like being taken out of his comfort zone. And then you have the off the cuff remarks, where people don;t seem to get Marks humour most of the time.

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#1234104
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Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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oojason said:

Great to see this smash past it’s kickstarter goal too…

WHY WE FIGHT: A Star Wars story’ - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/christopherrowe/why-we-fight-a-star-wars-story

‘WHY WE FIGHT: a Star Wars fan film about the insidiousness of fascism and what drives people to rebel against overwhelming odds’
 

Am intrigued to see what they come up with - as well as adywan’s superb quality work - and am looking forward to seeing more updates on there 😃

 

Within minutes of me posting the link on my Revisited Facebook page, it was inundated with negative comments. Ridiculous ones about how it is playing up to Kennedy’s female agenda, how they refuse to support both this project, and now my own Revisited project, because i’m supporting this fan film that is supposedly a far left propaganda film, how i’m lucky i don’t live in America because i would likely get a bullet. Then you had the comments about how i can stick my project up my ass if i’m supporting the SJW and the forced diversity Disney crap , and the same if i dare to add female pilots into ROTJ (ha ha, they’re really going to hate me then when they see who the pilots are) , along with a few direct threats for the same reasons, then they started posting how Trump is the best president ever and if i don’t like him i can “f***ing move to another country” (bloody idiots , i don;t even live in the USA), even though nowhere was Trump even mentioned in anything. And finally you had the blatant racist/ misogynistic remarks. I felt like i spend the next week just deleting posts.

To top it all, Sunday i was in Telford with my wife. I was wearing my Last Jedi T-shirt and, while we were waiting in a queue , three twenty-something year old guys approached and asked me how i could possibly wear that “thing” . The second i said it’s because i liked the film, the abuse started. Apparently my wife must be a lesbian because i was a “dickless w**ker” if i liked any of the disney crap that’s “just for women and gays”. They were lucky there was CCTV in the shop and that my wife was with me (plus i had only just got over a nasty bout of heat stroke), because i was about to lose it. Funny how they really didn’t like it when i said that at least i had a relationship and how the only way they would get sex with anything close to a female is by putting lipstick on their right hand. Not so brave all of a sudden when most of the shop started laughing at them. They left quickly when the security guard finally approached, but not before shouting some vile shit at us both when they were safely at a distance. Screw them. I will like what i want.

But, it’s the type of thing i am having to deal with on an almost daily basis on the net. And it’s only getting worse.

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#1226720
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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toastedzen said:

Pardon me if I missed this discussion (I haven’t had time to read the entire thread yet) but for the cargo shuttle replacement is Ady using the Zeta-class cargo shuttle from Rogue One or the Sentinel-class shuttle from A New Hope Special edition? Just curious. Overly curious. But I can wait.

It will be a cross between the Tydirium and the Zeta class.

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#1225127
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Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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Jay said:
I think he’s subtly trolling. He’s too clever to come at people directly.

The Lucasfilm employee who posted a selfie while drinking from a mug that says “fanboy tears” on it is trolling, though.

Except that Andi wasn’t trolling anything. It was a picture that was posted just after TFA was released, now the anti-TLJ/ Disney brigade got hold of it, erased the date on the original tweet and claimed it was a recent pic of her trolling the anti-TLJ crowd. The fanboy tears thing was all about the death of Han Solo, nothing more.