George Lucas feels the force of angry fans
All six â€œStar Warsâ€ movies, plus extras, are coming out in a nine-disc Blu-ray set Sept. 16, and once again George Lucas has been tinkering. The puppet Yoda in â€œThe Phantom Menaceâ€ is replaced by a sleeker digital version. Fine.
But fans are exploding like a Death Star over rumors that in this â€œReturn of the Jedi,â€ Darth Vader now screams â€œNooooooâ€ â€” twice! â€” when the Emperor is zapping Luke Skywalker. It supposedly mirrors young Vaderâ€™s much-mocked cry at the end of â€œRevenge of the Sith.â€
In happier â€œStar Warsâ€ news, our own Kansas City Symphony will play John Williamsâ€™ beloved themes, as well as music from â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€ and other films, at a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday â€” Labor Day â€” at Shawnee Mission Park.
As Po the panda would say, pure awesomeness! With a new worldwide tally of $637.6 million (and counting), â€œKung Fu Panda 2â€ is the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman. That would be Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who was head of story on the first â€œPandaâ€ and marked her directing debut with the sequel. The film did well domestically, grossing $164.3 million, but has kung-fu kicked overseas, especially in China.