We Remember Gary Kurtz, Star Wars Producer – Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

October 3, 2018

We are all standing on the shoulders of giants. And Gary Kurtz was a giant. He worked with George Lucas on American Graffiti, one of the greatest films ever made. And then he worked on Star Wars - one of the other greatest films ever made.

He helped to define the Force, he helped to manage the deals that meant George got to do business the way he wanted to.

We remember his wonderful legacy on this podcast. And yes, the Wheelers from Walter Murch's Return to Oz get a mention. 

Elsewhere, we catch on on Solo now it's seen it's home video release, and we've had a few weeks to get in some further viewings.

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The Empire Strikes Back You Didn’t See - The Leigh Brackett First Draft - Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

September 19, 2018

Back in 1978, when The Empire Strikes Back was simply called 'Star Wars II', sci-fi author Leigh Brackett handed George Lucas a first draft of the script that was very different to the movie we'd see on screen. Many of the main story beats remain in her first take on the film, but character, motivation and parental revelations are quite different.

We take a look at the Star Wars sequel that could have been and honour the work of the late Leigh Brackett. 

Luke and James also catch up on Marvel's excellent current run of Darth Vader comics with a look at #21, and anticipate the upcoming Star Wars: Resistance in its primary-coloured glory.

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You can also read the Leigh Brackett first draft of The Empire Strikes Back over at StarWarz.com.

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Solo Theories and Comics Roundup – Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

July 17, 2018

We grab some of the latest Star Wars comics off the shelf to let you know what's going on the the world of Marvel licenced content. We look at the landmark (relatively speaking) Star Wars #50 and what an illustrated Donald Glover looks like in Lando: Double or Nothing.

Luke also reviews some listener feedback from...his brother! It is on some very fun theories on Solo though, so that's fun. Can the five people who saw it get in touch with their thoughts please? 

Brace yourselves, this is a big one. 1985 called. They want their news back. 

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Han Solo is Prometheus, Obviously - Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

July 5, 2018

We take a big step back from the flying shrapnel of the fandom fallout and reaffirm our love of a good old fashioned story. James rips from the pages of Joseph Campbell to give his take on Han's journey from the latest origin movie, to the guy we know in the classic trilogy.

Yeah, we cover THAT Ahmed Best tweet too, but mostly we look back at what we love about this crazy, stupid space movie.

MTFBY!

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Solo Reactions: What We Thought of the Movie - Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

June 5, 2018

Looks like a whole lot is being said about why this movie isn't making the cash, but what do two other white males who self-publish online think?

Taking advantage to the internet's built-in functionality to distribute unchecked and unsubstantiated information throughout the world instantly; we reflect on what we liked, what we think didn't work and, perhaps most importantly, wonder why that chicken is in the pot anyway.

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Bumper Solo Preview Show - Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

May 23, 2018

We've put together all we've learned from the trailers, TV spots and promo videos. Luke has a review of the 'Last Shot' tie-in Han and Lando novel, and we also look at a very interesting behind the scenes article from Variety - which touches on how the production transitioned between Lord-Miller and Howard.

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New Star Wars TV Show and Luke’s Solo Theory - Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

May 2, 2018

A couple of weeks is a long time in Star Wars land. Now we have a new Star Wars animated show on the way pretty soon, along with a whole new move in three weeks. Luke goes back in time to 1979 to see what Lucas may have been thinking about the Han Solo character, which might propel the new Ron Howard film. We also talk 'Star Wars: Resistance', because that's a thing now. 

Thanks to the following sources of news this week:

Lucasfilm Congratulates ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Opening Weekend Success

Screen grab from Luke's copy of Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (1998)

StarWars.com: New animated show in Autumn

New official Solo featurette 

Yahoo Finance: John Boyega's minor Episode IX spoiler

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Solo Denny’s Ad and What Makes a Star War – Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

April 4, 2018

What makes a Star War? We chat the big questions as Mark Hamill politely suggests the creative potential of the Star Wars standalone pictures. 

Luke and James also take a look at the new Denny's ad promoting Solo: A Star Wars Story which features a beautifully shot cantina and sabacc game.

Thanks to the following sources of news this week:

Mark Hamill speaks to CinemaBlend on Solo coming out too early

i09 reports on the Solo Denny's commercial

The HasLab Jabba's Sail Barge

Slashfilm quotes John Boyega on Episode IX

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Last Jedi Novelisation Secrets Revealed - Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

March 21, 2018

Luke returns from rainy Spain having visited an Episode II filming location, and James hosts the show from much sunnier Australia, where he perfects his Jango Fett impression (for some reason).

As well as new Forces of Destiny, we also roll up our sleeves and look at some of the deepest, darkest secrets revealed in The Last Jedi novelisation by Jason Fry. 

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Rebels Series Finale - Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast

March 6, 2018

After four years, lots of highs and some (arguable) 'filler', Star Wars Rebels draws to a tremendous conclusion. Who lived? Who died? Who sang a song? We chat about the legacy of the show and just what might happen next.

James also regales us with his designer's insight as to what might have happened with those Solo posters that allegedly look a lot like some French record covers.

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