George Lucas feels the force of angry fans
All six “Star Wars” 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 “The Phantom Menace” is replaced by a sleeker digital version. Fine.
But fans are exploding like a Death Star over rumors that in this “Return of the Jedi,” Darth Vader now screams “Noooooo” – twice! – when the Emperor is zapping Luke Skywalker. It supposedly mirrors young Vader’s much-mocked cry at the end of “Revenge of the Sith.”
In happier “Star Wars” news, our own Kansas City Symphony will play John Williams’ beloved themes, as well as music from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and other films, at a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday – Labor Day – at Shawnee Mission Park.
As Po the panda would say, pure awesomeness! With a new worldwide tally of $637.6 million (and counting), “Kung Fu Panda 2″ is the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman. That would be Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who was head of story on the first “Panda” 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.