Interview with Michael Sheard
(Original posting: January 1, 2004)

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Michael Sheard is a veteran actor who has appeared in hundreds of films including Force 10 From Navarone (with Harrison Ford), Escape to Athena, two Indiana Jones films and of course The Empire Strikes Back. He’s also known in the UK as the bow tied teacher Mr. Bronson from the TV show Grange Hill. He’s had countless roles on all kinds of TV shows ranging from Dr. Who to The Avengers. He has four books under his belt and promises more to come. Above all, however, Michael is a gentleman and a fun person to talk to. He took a little time out to answer some questions about his life and career.  (Original posting: January 1, 2004)

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Interview with Jon Bradley Snyder
(Original posting: February 09, 2001)

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Jon Bradley Snyder grew up in Spokane, Washington. He attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in the late 80’s where he was very involved in the music scene. “I did some intern work the music labels K Records and Sub-Pop before I returned to Spokane and was a PA on the MGM movie Benny and Joon, which filmed there on location in 1992,” he stated. He moved to San Francisco in late 1992 to work in publishing and helped form co-op small press imprint called “High Drive Publications” which was the imprint under which his first Star Wars publication Report from the Star Wars Generation was published. During this time he worked at a variety of jobs including BBDO advertising agency, Maverick Magazine Consulting, and wrote for various magazines including Rocktober, The Stranger, and Topps’ Batman Forever movie magazine. He also edited the first issues of Megan Kelso’s Girl Hero comic book. In 1995, he created the imprint Dodecaphonic Books for the express purpose of publishing a collection of Nickelodeon cartoonist Sam Henderson’s work entitled Humor Can Be Funny. In 1996 he moved to Denver, Colorado to work full time for Fantastic Media after working for them offsite for two years. “In May of that year I went to Tunisia with David West Reynolds on a Star Wars location trip that was the grand prize of the first Decipher Star Wars CCG tournament. I launched Star Wars Kids magazine for Scholastic in 1998. I then co-produced the Star Wars Celebration in 1999, and I almost forgot to mention that I was a contributing editor for Sci Fi Universe for 5 years,” said Snyder. Currently, he’s is working off-site for Fantastic Media in North Carolina where his partner, Heidi, is teaching art. They live with their 15-month-old son named Jackson. Jon took some time out to chat with old T-bone about life before and after The Insider.
(Original posting: February 09, 2001)

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Classic LucasArts Games Go Digital

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http://www.gog.com/news/lucasfilm_on_gogcom_wave_ii_starts_nowI count myself lucky enough to have been around at the dawn of home (and arcade) video gaming. From set-top pong variations right up until the Xbox/Playstation generation, I’ve seen and played them all. When home PCs started to become “a thing,” I was there also. Some of my fondest gaming memories are playing the early Star Wars titles on my old custom-built Pentium 90. I spent many an hour working through games like Rebel Assault, X-Wing and Dark Forces, not to mention non-Star Wars titles like The Dig and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Read More

Star Wars and Indy Make Mania’s List of Films That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

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Mania.com recently posted a list of six films that, in their opinion, did not live up to their hype. Of course, The Phantom Menace made the list and even the most die hard fans would agree that the film was accompanied by a certain hype, the like we still have not seen again.

There was no way that film could have ever lived up to the hype but it fared well at the box office regardless and set the tone for what most feel is a lackluster trilogy, compared to the original three. I personally enjoyed the prequels but admit that they haven’t aged well with me, Episode III being the best of the bunch. In retrospect, I do feel Lucas went a little too far back and there probably was no need to show Anakin at 9 doing all those things he did. I don’t make the movies, however, and I digress.

The list also contains the last Indiana Jones flick which I enjoyed but thought had a less “organic” feel to it, for lack of a better term. I’m pretty much in agreement with the rest of their choices as well.

I did notice that they implied that “Episode IV” was part of the opening scroll in 1977.  Of course, this is not true and a common journalistic error.

Check out the full article at Mania.com.