eldritchhobbit: (Star Wars/What You Bring With You)
Here's another call for papers that may be of interest: Harry Potter and the Other: Race, Diversity, and Difference in the Wizarding Worlds.

On to the topic of Star Wars documentaries...

While awaiting my copy of the new documentary Elstree 1976 (2015), I got to thinking about other documentaries related to Star Wars -- above and beyond those "making of" documentaries available with various versions of the DVDs, my favorite of which is Empire of Dreams from 2004, or channel-specific televised specials, such as ESPN's recent Star Wars: Evolution of a Lightsaber Duel from 2015, which my students loved -- that I find enjoyable/useful.

Here are a few of the ones I think are best:
* Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (2014)
* The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
* A Galaxy Far, Far Away (2001)

I know this isn't a comprehensive list, but I just want to focus on the well-done, "must see" documentaries. Are there other good ones out there that I should add to the list? Thanks for any recommendations!

eldritchhobbit: (DS9/Science Fiction)
I'm very excited about heading off shortly to a convention that never fails to be great fun, ConCarolinas.

This year's planned events look great!

I intend to post updates from the con on my Twitter feed.

Here is the schedule of my events at the con:

3pm: "Star Wars Literature: New Canon and Legends" (I'm moderating this panel.)
5:30pm: "Star Trek and Diversity" (I'm moderating this panel.)

12:30pm: "Fifty Years of Star Trek"
2:00pm: "Where's Rey?"
6:30pm: "We Are SHERLOCKed!" (I'm moderating this panel.)

1pm: "Disney-Era Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One" (I'm moderating this panel.)
eldritchhobbit: (TFA/BB-8)
Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

It is a brilliant time to be a Star Wars fan, my friends.

And thanks to my fantastic mother, the handmade gang is all here with me:

While I'm giving grateful shout outs, my wonderful sister created this pattern for BB-8. (The pattern and the finished droid are available at her Etsy shop here.)

I hope your day is a great one!
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/John and tea)
I'm very excited about heading off shortly to a truly fantastic convention, RavenCon. This year's schedule looks terrific! I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there.

I plan to post updates from the con on my Twitter feed.

Here is the schedule of my events at the con:

5pm: "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction" (This is my solo presentation.)
7pm: Opening Ceremonies

11am: "Star Wars Literature: New Canon and Legends" (I'm moderating this panel.)
2pm: "Going Where No Man Has Gone Before: Roddenberry's Star Trek vs. Abrams' Star Trek" (I'm moderating this panel.)
5pm: "Podcasting"
eldritchhobbit: (LearnLiberty avatar)
The Institute for Humane Studies launched Learn Liberty exactly five years ago, inspiring students and professors to engage with the ideas of freedom – anytime, anywhere. Five years, 400 videos, more than 26 million views. And they’re just getting started. You can find all of my Learn Liberty videos here.

Here's one of my recent "behind the scenes" videos...

Do you have a favorite Learn Liberty video? Let them know on LearnLiberty.org, Facebook, and Twitter. Happy #LLcakeday!
eldritchhobbit: (Star Wars/binary suns)
I was invited to share my interpretations of and opinions on The Force Awakens -- including my five-point rebuttal to the "derivative" objection -- in an extended interview on MuggleNet Academia with hosts Keith Hawk and the Hogwarts Professor himself, John Granger, as well as my fellow Potterphiles Emily Strand and Shannen Michaels.

Check out MuggleNet Academia Lesson #41: "Lightsabers and Wands"! If you listen, I hope you enjoy.

I should mention that some of my comments on "Rey's Theme" from John Williams's score for The Force Awakens were inspired by the insights of the brilliant David W. Collins on Rebel Force Radio's "Oxygen Vol. 25: The Music of The Force Awakens, Part 1." Highly recommended!

Note: I'm still recovering from my recent illness, so I've fallen behind in my replies to comments. I'll be catching up soon!
eldritchhobbit: (Qui-Gon/What U Cannot Do)
Blech, I'm sick. Please, antibiotics, kick in ASAP.

In other news...

* I've been invited to be a guest on NPR's "On Point" (11am-noon Eastern) on Friday. We'll be talking -- what else? -- Star Wars. I'm looking forward to it.

* My most recent "Looking Back on Genre History" segment is up here on Episode 415 of StarShipSofa. It's the second of a two-part look into the science fictional and historical inspirations behind the Jedi of Star Wars. (Part 1 is here.) If you listen, I hope you enjoy!
eldritchhobbit: (Dracula/Gorey)
On this day 100 years ago, Peter Cushing was born. He would go on to become an actor and a gentleman, portraying roles from Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy to Edgar Rice Burroughs's Dr. Abney Perry, a repeated Victor Frankenstein and Van Helsing, and a staple of Hammer Horror films. He became a very human Doctor Who, and he offered, over a number of years, one of cinema's finest interpretations of Sherlock Holmes (one of my "top three" favorite incarnations of the Great Detective). Last but certainly not least, Cushing became Grand Moff Tarkin himself, wielder of the Death Star, destroyer of Alderaan, and holder of Darth Vader's leash.

peter cushing tarkin photo: Grand Moff Tarkin tarkin.jpg

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Peter Cushing in ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' (1959)


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