Wednesday, January 6, 2016

1983 TimeOut issue

1983 TimeOut review has some pristine quotes --

"One reason all the old folks may be dying out is that Luke (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) have become old folks themselves."

Or --

"By Episode VII, Luke may look more like the late Ben Kenobi (Alec Guiness).

Fans of 'Star Wars' who want a lot more of the exact same formula will not be disappointed..."

That's for a review of Return of the Jedi, done in 1983....

The same TimeOut issue had a 3 page article on SW, mostly based on Dale Pollocks' Lucas' approved book.

The last thing I wanted to share with you from this TimeOut issue was an ad for Anthony Daniels appearance as C-3PO. There are a couple of interesting points about this ad page.

One, C-3PO appearance was at Forbidden Planet, a venue run by some friends of mine, Mike Lake, Nick Landau, and Mike Luckman. Don't know if the last Mike was still part of FP in 83. They had a falling out and parting of ways. This was the start of Titan publishing, who have now become giants in genre publishing. They have the exclusive book rights to things like ALIEN.

Two, look at the ad for Dial-A-video. Talk about ancient. No one even has a video player anymore. Tape business are all kaput. Gone. A thing of the past. Everything is on the net and digital.

Three, in the full page ad, you can see what I mean about the kinds of movies you used to be able to see at theaters -- Peter Greenaway's The Draughtman's Contract - an indie. Four films by Woody Allen, Goddard's Passion and another indie, The Missionary. Whoops, so indie I never even heard of it, and I'm pretty up on indies. And a Brazilian film festival. Looking at this page of movie ads makes me really nostalgic for the days when there were more than blockbusters on the menu.

This page, in a nutshell, really represents history.


  1. Mr. Lippincott: As usual, you're posting pure gold here, even beyond C-3PO. I'm wondering: would you be willing to permit me to interview you for a new biography I'm writing on Lucas? I can keep it short, I promise.

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