Ian Anderson 2:30 p.m., Nov. 19
No icky girls in George Lucas's Star Wars
Not that I have ever spent time contemplating George Lucas's on-screen treatment of women, but now that you mention it, Marty and John Woo are Jane Campion by comparison. Hell, the Three Stooges offered dames more diversity (and screen time).
Fan sites are abuzz over the discovery of three female A-Wing fighter pilots, two of whom were resurrected from the cutting room floor and given their day on one of the Star Wars Blu-ray bonus discs.
According to Star Wars Aficionado Magazine (I subscribe), "Though women fighter pilots were seen amongst the crowd within the Rebel Cruiser briefing room earlier in Return of the Jedi, it was believed that none were seen in the actual final battle above Endor."
The magazine goes on to speculate "an accident made during the Post Production dialogue re-dubbing phase in the US" was probably the reason one of the actresses' lines had to be overdubbed by a man.
Lucas was the one who insisted that the title be changed from Revenge of the Jedi to the more PC Return of the Jedi. As much as I'd like to point fingers and scream misogyny, my guess is the actresses in question were all cut because even though all girls are icky in Lucas's universe, he was afraid that killing one might hurt the box office.
And speaking of the long-term effects of the Star Wars saga, have you seen Carrie Fisher lately? As Jane Lynch noted on The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne, "Carrie [Fisher] is here to put Roseanne's weight and drug problems into perspective."
Enough! Why am I wasting time pondering Smurfs, Star Wars, and Debbie Reynolds' daughter? Man, quick. The Tylenol! Read it for yourself here.