Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My heart is fluttering!

My dear mother texted me earlier today that Disney has just bought out Lucasfilm for four billion dollars. Star Wars: Episode 7 is on the drawing board.


For more information, check out TheForce.net's up to the minute coverage here.
Here are some excerpts from the press release:

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future."

I must admit, at first I felt a wave of dread at this news. As much as I love Disney, I have never associated the original spirit of Star Wars with this company. However, Marvel and Pixar have been able to survive and thrive without losing their personalities and visions. Perhaps Star Wars might even flourish and regain its former glory under Disney. I don't have positive feelings for how Lucas handled the new trilogy, and I can only hope that Star Wars will be directed onto a more mature route that will have a greater appeal for older fans.

That brings my thoughts over to Episode VII. Of course, the first thing on my mind is THRAWN. Will they bring Timothy Zahn's novels to life? Will they recast Luke, Han, and Leia or begin a new story? Will Pellaeon be cast as a swooningly hot hunk?

I'm concerned, since I don't think Episode VII could operate like Episodes I, II, and III. You can't go from Return of the Jedi to Jar Jar and the Fart and Punch Crew. Lucas introduced too much slapstick and sass, as well as degenerated the Jedi Order. He pandered to cheap children, and it made him a lot of money. I'm afraid that Episode VII will continue those trends.

Articles like this one suggest that the stories behind Episodes VII, VIII, and IX have already been brainstormed by Lucas years and years ago. It may be that Zahn's novels might be uncanonized overnight.

But, what if they DO adopt Zahn's novels with the tendencies of Episodes I, II, and III? What a shame!

However, this will certainly breathe new life into the SW fandom. It's exciting for me, since I have recently reentered the fandom as an adult and I'm ready to have a good time! I can experience the thrill of new releases, new toys, and maybe even a new theme park as a person who grew up with this world as a child and still retains a child-like love for it as an adult. The next decade will certainly be interesting...

Move over Cinderella! Make some room!

I'm afraid to go on Tumblr right now...

Waxination, the great king of YouTube poopers, sums up the feelings of many in his newest:

Gaskell Ball - October 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Another fantastic, wondrous Gaskell Ball! The October Ball is always one of most exciting, and for good reason! It's a "Fancy Dress" ball, which references the Victorian practice of dressing up in fanciful, historic, and Shakespearean costumes. So, we spend the night dressing up as Victorians dressing up...

The ceiling...
Duke and I originally planned in going in Indian dress, but we still need more accessories before we can really do those outfits justice, so we wore our Lolita outfits. I wore my favorite Peach Dress, cream tights, character shoes (brand new!), and lace socks, while Duke wore his minty Nehru jacket, trousers, and expansive bow. I wore Victorian-style side curls with flower and rose clips. I had nice curls when I left the house, but sitting quietly in the car was enough to straighten them. I still can't get my curls to set!
We arrived right as the Grand March started, but I had to dress and apply makeup in the ladies lounge, so we started dancing halfway through the first set, starting with a Congress of Vienna (our favorite dance). It's a unique feeling to know a choreographed social dance like the Congress. I'm usually looking at my beau, but every so often I take a glance at the floor and the other dancers. To see a crowd of beautifully costumed dancers partaking in such a romantic tradition gives me a sense of security and satisfaction. Ah, everything might turn out all right. Civility, gentleness, and elegance still exists in the souls of these good people. With every step and gesture, we keep these practices alive.


Here's a video of the Galop from that night! There is usually only one Galop per night, and boy, that's enough! It's a fast, frightening, fun, slightly dangerous dance that is usually described as "Victorian Bumper-cars". You hold your partner close and charge  into the crowd, trying your best not to slam into anyone, but casual bumps are normal and fun. It's even better to charge at your friends! Some people try to cross the brass disk set into the center of the floor as many times as they can. You are at the will of your leader, and there is always lots of joyful yelps and woohoos. You can see Duke and I come into the center of the video at 0:04.

Turning into a puddingpuff in the lobby.

After singing our praises to the Queen (yes, we sing "God Save the Queen" after every ball), we headed off to Afters in Berkeley, where I had an apple torte, vegetable chili, and hot chocolate! Can't wait until next the next ball in December!

Barre en Pointe Video!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Took the beginner/mixed level class en pointe last week. Still struggling with a stiff neck and back. :(

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