Monday, April 18, 2005

A long time ago on a galaxy far,far away (Star Wars Trivia Part 1)

1. This blockbuster sci-fi series from George Lucas features characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Yoda, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Queen Amidala, and Anakin Skywalker. 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (1977) won six Oscars. 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980) won an Oscar for Best Sound. 'Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi' (1983) won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture. 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace' (1999) won an MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence. 'Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones' (2002) won an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight between Yoda and Christopher Lee. 'Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith' (2005) starred Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman.

2. Carrie Fisher considered losing weight for the role of Princess Leia, but she and George Lucas decided against it.

3. William Katt (star of "The Greatest American Hero" (1981)) auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker.

4. ToshirĂ´ Mifune' , a Japanese actor was the guy Lucas was thinking when he made the Obi-Wan character.

5. At one point, George Lucas had planned the character of Han Solo to be a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and gills.

6. George Lucas had not originally intended to use Anthony Daniels's voice for the voice of C-3PO. He only changed his mind after a suggestion by Stan Freberg, one of the actors considered for Anthony Daniels's replacement. Anthony Daniels's voice was altered in post-production.

7. According to an interview with George Lucas, originally Luke was a girl, Han Solo was an Alien, the wookiees were called Jawas, and R2-D2 and C-3PO were called A-2 and C-3.

8. Chewbacca was modeled after George Lucas's dog, Indiana.

9. The Tatooine scenes were filmed in Tunisia. There is a town in Tunisia called "Tatahouine". Some of the interiors of Luke's house were filmed in a hotel in Tunisia, but the exterior is an actual home in the village of Matmata, where caves and craters have been inhabited for a long time.

10. George Lucas first made Tatooine a jungle planet and was considering Philippines to be the site. Unfortunately, mosquitos changed the plans.

11. Grand Moff Tarkin whole name is Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. He came from the planet Eriadu.

12. Han Solo's blaster was manufactured from a "Broomhandle" Mauser Pistol.

13. The code of the Jedi

There is no emotion, there is peace. There is no ignorance, there is
There is no passion, there is serenity. There is no chaos, there
is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.
—The Jedi Code (Based on
the meditations
of Odan-Urr)

Star Wars Bloopers

  1. SCENE: Artoo Detoo is watching Threepio and Chewie play Holo-Chess on the Falcon. EVENT: The scene cuts to a close up of Artoo's head while the game progresses. Notice the background around him. It's not the interior of the Falcon, as it should be, but instead, it's the red and black computer panels found inside the Death Star's control room, where our heroes end up later on in the movie. Obviously either Lucas didn't have, or wasn't satisfied with the footage shot inside the falcon, and had to substitute with footage shot elsewhere.
  2. Just after Obi Wan kills the two aliens in the Cantina, there are two quick "reaction shots" from both ends of the bar. If you are quick, you can see that they are both shots of the same end of the bar with one shot flipped. You can see the same human with the light blue/dark blue suit on in both shots.
  3. When Darth Vader and Ben are fighting, Darth's chestplate is on backwards.
  4. In the scene where Luke and Leia are about to swing across the canyon inside the Death Star, Leia shoots one last time. She hits the stormtrooper on the left square in the chest. But it's the stormtrooper on the right that drops.
  5. In the scene at the end of the very first battle, where Imperial troops have just taken control of Princess Leia's rebel ship, Darth Vader breaks the neck of the rebel leader and tosses his body to the wall. The "dead" rebel puts up both of his hands to avoid slamming his face into the wall.
  6. In the first shot of the Millennium Falcon, the ship is missing its radar dish.
  7. When Obi Wan de-activates the Death Star's force field, there's a electronic gauge going down and a sign in clear English with the word POWER - as we've seen in shuttles and other places, they don't use English. The studio decided it was better to show "power" and "tractor beam" in English so that the audience would know what Obi-Wan was doing. The lettering we see in Jedi doesn't really affect the plot, so it doesn't need to be English. Still doesn't really fit though. This is fixed on the DVD.
  8. Just before Lord Vader appears the first time (on the boarded consular ship, through the breached door), there is a Stormtrooper checking another trooper lying dead on the floor (he's lifting the dead one's head). Then Vader enters, and the Stormtrooper quickly straightens up, dropping the head. The "dead" Stormtrooper, however, doesn't want to hurt himself any further, so he carefully lowers his head to the floor.
  9. After Luke gets pulled underwater in the trash compactor, he is shown with a piece of garbage on his forehead in one scene. In the next scene his forehead is clean, but in the following scene, the piece of garbage is back again.
  10. Moff Tarkin has fourteen little blocks of color that perhaps indicate rank, seven in two rows. The ones on the top are consistently blue, but at least once the ones on the bottom alternate from orange and red to just orange.

Fly High Pinoy!!!!

1. The first flight over Manila was in 1911 by an American, Bud Mars. The historic event captured on film by Albert Yearsley.

2. Philippine Airlines is Asia's first airline and indeed it is, its maiden voyage taking place on March 15, 1941, from Manila to Baguio in 45 minutes. The aircraft was a small twin-engine Beech 18 and it carried five passengers.

Pinoy Trivia 1

1. Cebu is the first Philippine City.

2. The Philippine Basketball Association is Asia's premier and the world's second oldest professional league.

3. The second oldest philippine printing press next to Manila can be found in Pila Laguna. The first book printed was named Vocabulario Delengua Tagala - the philippines first filipino - spanish dictionary which was printed in 1613, 25 years older than the first book printed in the United States.

4. The symbolic name for the Philippines, Juan dela Cruz, is not a Filipino invention? It was coined by R. McCulloch-Dick, a Scottish-born journalist working for the Manila Times in the early 1900s, after discovering it was the most common name in blotters

5.Alto Broadcasting System (ABS) Channel 3, the first television station in the country, went on the air in 1953.

6. The term Filipino originally referred exclusively to Spaniards and Spanish mestizos born in the Philippines. Espanoles-Filipinos -- children of Espana and Filipinas -- was how they specifically called themselves. Later the native upper class of indios ("uncivilized heathens" and Chinese mestizos, believing that education and wealth gave them the cloak of Spanish culture, also began calling themselves Filipinos.