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Week in Geek | Farewell to The Man Who Made Star Wars Possible

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What We’re Looking At

Star Wars Celebration is back, and maybe we’re giving this poster more love than it deserves. Understandable, though.

What We’re Talking About

Visionary producer Alan Ladd Jr. – an early champion of Star Wars has passed away aged 84. George Lucas paid tribute to him, saying: “Without Laddie there would be no Star Wars.”

Pro-Kremlin disinformation peddlers are using a behind-the-scenes clip of fleeing bystanders from 2019 sci-fi film Invasion Planet Earth to ‘prove’ that dramatic footage is being staged in Ukraine. This is the regime that previously shared cutscenes from a videogame and pretended it showed Russians kicking ass in Syria…

Maybe it’s because there’s nothing worth watching rn. Disney, Sony, and Warner Bros have all chosen to postpone their movie releases in Russia, including The Batman and Mobius.

Amazon’s MGM acquisition – and fans’ hopes of a new Stargate series – have slowed with reports that the Federal Trade Commission is contemplating a legal challenge over fears the tech giant is gobbling up too much of the market.

Alienis going back to its roots as The Evil Dead (2013) and Don’t Breathe (2016) director Fede Álvarez has signed up to write and direct a standalone movie for Hulu.

What We’re Watching

Something a little different: French Star Wars fan Guido Mariano is remaking 2002’s Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast for VR. Check out his Patreon to follow the project.

What We’re Buying*

*These aren’t sponsored, we don’t get a cut, and nobody sends us freebies. It’s just some cool stuff we’re lusting over hard.

The anime proportions and energy of Star Wars Visions have been duplicated in detail for Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Karre action figure.

The lowest-priced pre-orders we found are GBP£61.95 and USD$62.82.

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