In the summer of 1971, film scholar and media theorist Gene Youngblood sat down in the grass under the Hollywood sign with some 27 year old kid named George Lucas for a local public access show on young filmmakers. What came out of it is an endlessly fascinating conversation between two forward thinking and brilliant minds. Lucas shares his frustration at the studio system, says how he thinks of himself as a toy maker and mentions he’s just then getting into making movies that have a story. It’s a wild ride and all the pieces that eventually lead to the creation of STAR WARS are there! Join us as we discuss all deep the topics and look at this amazing portrait of the artist as a young man!
So get your video CASS-ettes, listen today and celebrate the love!
In honor of the 44th anniversary of the original George Lucas masterpiece, STAR WARS, this week we are talking all about the fascinating 2004 DVD commentary that featured Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt & Dennis Muren! Lucas talks about influences and parsecs, we’re missing Carrie and Ben Burtt is just being Ben Burtt. Along the way are minds are blown thinking about Luke and Leia (that’s right) and we wonder how it all could have been like Leonard Part 6. Plus, of course, Beru is brought up. It’s an informative and “romantic” episode you won’t want to miss!!
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There has been a wild Lucas spotting … have you felt it? A recently discovered video features the great Mellody Hobson and her husband in a call to an elementary school in New York. Things start normal enough with Mellody answering kids’ excellent questions but once GL drifts in things take some interesting twists. There is GL talking about the end of the world, Anakin’s fall to the dark side, the Whills and his secret name his sisters gave him… and we’re covering it all. It’s hilarious, it’s thoughtful, it’s topical, it’s weird and it’s all very charming. So, hurry up, move to another solar system and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS! watch the amazing interview here : https://youtu.be/V7LhwO0EGi4
In this final week of Ewok Movie Month, we’re taking back to where it all began with Return of the Jedi and the creation of the Ewoks. With just about everyone telling George Lucas that little teddy bear creatures saving the Rebel Alliance was a bad idea, he never backed down and he DARED TO BE CUTE. But why does cute feel so at home in Star Wars? Like the Ewoks, is there a deeper meaning for the addition of the cute? What would ROTJ be like without Ewoks and why did everyone, including toy makers think they would ruin Star Wars? It’s an Ewok Month / Saga Year crossover event and it’s the epic conclusion to a great month of Ewok madness! So, join that teddy bear picnic, dare to be cute and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
NEW BONUS EPISODE! in 1993, audiences across Japan got to see a (super) live stage show tribute to the cinema of George Lucas. Willow, Tucker, Indiana Jones, American Graffiti and Star Wars all live featuring singing, dancing and a live tiger. Now, thanks to the magic of the internet YOU TOO can watch this bizarre and beautiful moment in history. Join us for a live commentary of the only known camcorder footage of the entire historic show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hand jive. Watch along with us today!
You wanted the Best, you’ve got the Best! It’s the Ahmed Best AOTC On Location videos!! Long thought lost, these videos showed up online last year (thanks to listener Matthew after hearing our Jar Jar episode) and suddenly all was right in the galaxy again! Listen along as we go over all 30 of the amazing videos with Ahmed talking to legends like George Lucas, John Knoll, Hayden Christensen drinking juice, RICK MCCALLUM and more!! It’s all sunshine and autographs! So listen today and celebrate the love of the Star Wars super cult phenomenon !
It’s month six of Phantom Menace Year and what would a year long tribute to Episode 1 be without an episode all about our favorite Gungan, the one and only mister Jar Jar Binks. Jar Jar & TPM are forever connected and as the film has begun to be looked at in a whole new way, so has Jar Jar finally. Tune is as we take an epic look at our personal journey with Jar Jar, his design history, inspiration, his time on screen in films & Clone Wars, and his current very welcome renaissance. AND listeners share their Jar Jar stories with emails and voice messages. Jar Jar poetry? Oke-day! So crash into your boss’ heyblibber and celebrate the love with Blast Points!
In January 2002, Carrie Fisher met with George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch for her TV interview show Conversations From The Edge. The result is the single greatest George Lucas interview ever made. This week Jason & Gabe are guiding you through this amazing moment in history as we examine every gripping topic Carrie brings up. What’s Lucas’ flirting technique? What bands did he see in the 60’s? What high school sports did he play? And has he ever been to a make out party? Carrie wanted to know and so do we. Tune in & find out!PLUS: Untitled Star Wars movies have release dates!? What’s happening with that? Did the cover to The Art of The Rise of Skywalker almost kill us? YES! Are we still alive to talk about it? Maybe!Celebrate the silly kind of love & listen today!
This week, Jason and Gabe welcome you to the first meeting of The Sunny Day in the Void Appreciation Society! Join us as we take a look back at George Lucas’ favorite episode of Clone Wars! How does this odd tale of a tiny frog man and some droids actually contain the essential DNA and thoughts of not only the Star Wars saga, but THX-1138 and just about all of Lucas’ work? Want to understand the saga on a different level? Feel, don’t think, trust your instincts and be ready to adapt just like Colonel Gascon! It’s a look back at one of Clone Wars’ most misunderstood episodes that’ll have you watching it again in a whole new way.
PLUS: Star Wars Celebration Chicago is heating up with guests and we are so not ready! Will Canady be there? Would Rick “Dude” McCallum show up?
So escape the prison of your mind and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!
It’s episode 138 so that can only mean this week Jason and Gabe are talking all about George Lucas’ first feature film, the fantastic THX-1138! How did the film even happen and what are it’s themes and visual cues that are present in Star Wars’ past & present? How did the basic DNA of THX-1138 show up in Clone Wars? The Last Jedi? Tune in as Blast Points goes into the void prison and discovers there is even more THX-1138 in the galaxy, far, far away then we first thought!
PLUS: We catch up on the news with Episode 9 casting! Resistance! The live action TV show! Jean Claude Van Damme! and more!
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