Star Wars re-enactors from the Imperial Stormtrooper ranks of the fan group "The 501st Legion" swarmed at Baltimore's showcase theater the Senator for the premiere of a fan film called "Revelations" just a few years ago (left).
Today a handful of 501sters will be patrolling the streets around Verizon Center before the Washington Capitals vs. Atlanta Thrashers hockey game to promote "Star Wars: In Concert." This multimedia extravaganza, featuring a live symphony orchesta playing music from all six "Stars Wars" films synchronized to clips and narration by Anthony Daniels (the voice of C-3PO), plays at Verizon Center July 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, today's Entertainment Weekly features a cover-piece 30th-anniversary celebration of "The Empire Strikes Back" drawn from a forthcoming Lucasfilm and Del Rey book, "Star Wars: The Making of the Empire Strikes Back."
Let's hope the complete book isn't as Lucas-centric as the EW excerpt: many of us feel that "Empire" became the best of the series because of Irvin Kershner's direction. But the EW spread largely ignores Kershner.
As "Empire" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan told me in 2002, "...a lot of things came together in a good way on the movie. The sensibility of Kersh was so different, with a strain of bleakness to it; it was so peculiarly Kersh, that it was not overwhelmed by George's sensibility. Kersh is a great director and it turned out to be one of Kersh's best movies."
What do other Star Wars (and Kershner) fans think?
(Sun photo by David Hobby)