Blog and Site update!
Another quickie but a lot of news! Work is stretching me a bit for other updates to the blog. Thanks for stopping by!
Obba Babatundé (voice of Lando Calrissian - Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike; Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds) will reprise his role as Billy Flynn in the Musical Chicago starting on April 19, 2006 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City (Broadway). Babatundé created the role in the National touring company of the production in 1997. For more info go to chicagothemusical.com.
Ed Begley Jr. (Boba Fett - ROTJ Radio Drama) will reprise his role in a production of Romance at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He plays the attorney in the play that is put on by LA Theatre Works which was the production company that made the Star Wars radio dramas. The play starts on April 5, 2006.
Richard Bonehill (Various characters - OT) came in 6th at the National (Fencing) Championships in Men's Sabre, 25th in Men's Foil, 24th in Men's Epee and 3rd at Men's Champion at Arms.
Mark Capri (Warrant Officer M'Kae - ESB) is voicing a character for a TV program/series with Loni Anderson and Tori Spelling called, Notorious. He will voice the father of Tori Spelling.
The show is about Tori, in a way, it is based on her life except with more unusual twists - it's a comedy. Capri voices Tori's father, in a sort of "Charlie's Angels" Charlie sort of way, so you'll only hear him but never see him.
Also, here's a review of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure in which Capri currently stars as Sherlock Holmes.
Diahann Carroll (Holographic Wow in SWHS) will be a keynote speaker at the Regards to Broadway luncheon at the Breakers in Palm Beach, FL, sponsored by the JFK Medical Center Foundation on Tuesday April 4, 2006.
Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble - PT) was cast as the lead in the stage production Larkin With Women at the Orange Tree Theatre in London (Richmond), UK. Davies played the famous post-war writer, Philip Larkin. The play is about the writer, Larkin, and the three women who dominated his life for 30 years.
The play opened on March 29, 2006 for a single performance.
Here's a review.
Nash Edgerton (double for Obi-Wan/Ewan McGregor - PT) is featured in the March/April issue of RES Magazine as a creator (film) to watch this year and in years to come.
Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars - PT) Kinky Boots, one of Edgerton's latest films, just received the audience choice award at the Bermuda International Film Festival on Saturday March 25, 2006.
Note: for Serenity fans...Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays The Operative in Serenity, stars as a drag queen in Kinky Boots...talk about a departure!! wow.
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia - OT) An AskMen.com poll put Carrie Fisher (as The Mystery Woman in The Blues Brothers, 1980) as the 9th deadliest screen vixen with the line, "For me, for my mother, my grandfather, my father, my uncle and for the common good, I must now kill you, and your brother"
Peter Michael Goetz (General Madine - ROTJ radio drama) is currently starring as Polonius in Hamlet at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.
Here's a review
Harrison Ford (Han Solo - OT) received the Tower Award from the Russian Nights Festival (in Los Angeles) this week for his contribution to world culture.
Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu - PT) will be narrating a spoof on the Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins called Farce of the Penguins the film is set for a late summer release.
Dennis Lawson (Wedge - OT) has been nominated for a BAFTA (British Oscar) for Best Actor as John Jarndyce in BBC's Bleak House which played last year (2005) to much acclaim. Note: X-Files fans will be glad to hear that Gillian Anderson garnered a nomination for Best Actress for this series as well.
Christopher Lee (Count Dooku - PT) Has voiced the character Diz in the Kingdom Hearts II video game.
Bai Ling (Senator Bana Breamu (deleted scenes) - ROTS) is going to write a book on her experiences as a soldier and performer in the People's Liberation Army in Tibet. No release date has been given for the publication.
Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine - OT/PT). Remember, only three weeks until McDiarmid's appearance as Burghley on HBO's Elizabeth I on April 22!
Pip Miller (Star Destroyer Captain #1 -Captain (hologram on left) who's Star Destroyer gets hit by an asteroid - ROTJ) is starring in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Seymour Centre in Sydney Australia. This play opens on Wednesday April 5, 2006.The play was highly controversial when it was initially released in 2002 in New York for it's very taboo content.
Ethan Phillips (voices several characters in KOTOR, Galactic Battlegrounds and Force Commander) has joined the cast of Transformers: The Movie. Steven Spielberg is producing this film and Michael Bay is directing. No other cast has been announced but the film is scheduled for release in 2007.
Kevin Pollak (voice characterizations in Ewoks TV series) received a career achievement award from the Method Fest Film Festival 2006 this week, the festival is held in Calabasas, CA each year.
Natalie Portman (Padmé Amidala - PT) her film Free Zone is being released (wide) this month, April 2006. Previously the film was in limited released in mid December of last year and made it's debut at the Chicago International Film Festival last October. Good timing with V for Vendetta out.
Updates to existing actors in the STAR WARS ACTORS DATABASE
Obba Babatundé (update - Theatre)
Ed Begley, Jr. (update - Theatre)
Mark Capri (update - TV)
Diahann Carroll (update - Live Performances)
Nash Edgerton (update - Miscellany)
Harrison Ford (update - Awards: Russian Nights Festival)
Peter House (update - bio pic) (Thanks to Convention-Guests!)
Dennis Lawson (update - Awards: BAFTA nom)
Christopher Lee (update - Video Games)
Jason Marsden (update - Film; TV; Video Games)
Ethan Phillips (update - Film; TV)
Kevin Pollack (update - Awards: Method Fest)
Dave Bowers (Mas Amedda AOTC/ROTS) - Wattographs is holding a private signing for Dave Bowers until April 7, 2006. You can have personal items signed or get one of the photographs of him as Mas Amedda signed. Deadline for items received is April 7! CLICK HERE!
~~Newly added actors:
Phil Harvey (Thanks to Convention-Guests!)
STAR WARS ACTOR CONNECTIONS
None this week!
Death Gate Novel: The Seventh Gate
Goosebumps: Choose Your Own Adventure: Zapped in Space
Shortpacked (Thanks to John at Obroa-Skai!) 3/24 - 3/27
Thanks to John at Obroa-Skai for the following:
Penny Arcade 3/29/06
Life - Computers/Software: Sudoku Susser (Thanks to John at Obroa-Skai!)
Distraction #3, #4 (Thanks to John at Obroa-Skai!)