J.J. Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’: Kickstarting a new age with DYNAMITE peppered with TNT

As readers here know, I am a tremendous Star Wars fan.  For my thoughts on Star Wars and the future implication of that vast mythological story, CLICK HERE.  It goes without saying that the below press release I just received from Lucasfilm is news that I think is very valuable.  I hold mythology as being far more important than politics, and considering how much time I spend on politics, that should emphasize my thoughts accurately.  In my family, we relish mythology above and beyond all other transitory values, because the temperament of politics rolls in and out like the tide of an ocean, but mythology shapes society contextually and deserves a long view commitment.  I have great hope for the future of Star Wars and the impact it will have on young people everywhere.  So I am very, VERY proud that J.J. Abrams will be the next director of Star Wars: Episode 7.  He was my deepest wish for this project, and I am happy to present the following press release as it was sent to me:

Star Wars Is Being Kick-Started with Dynamite”

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

Abrams is the director of one of my favorite monster movies of all time, Cloverfield.  So I’m going to go get in line for Star Wars Episode 7 right now.

Because I think it’s going to be epic………………………………….it will be what you get when you mix dynamite with a side dish of TNT. What you get is……………THUNDERSTRUCK. And soon the magic of J.J. Abrams will strike us all.

Rich Hoffman

www.tailofthedragonbook.com

Party at The White House: Why being “uncool” is a compliment to me………….give me “Coolidge”

I am not the kind of person that any president would ever invite to a White House party.  I do not play a subservient role well; I don’t give a rat’s ass about autographs or taking pictures next to celebrities.  I don’t drink, smoke, or even enjoy small talk of any kind.  But more than any other factor I do not dance…………period.

Dancing is a collective undertaking and I find the practice repulsive.  I always have—as far back as when I grew up in the 80’s when movies like Flashdance and Footloose were popular, there has always been something “eerie” about dancing.  When I was younger I did it a little, because girls liked it.  I even became pretty good at it.  But over time thankfully because I was able to be married early—and gain perspective, I was able to eliminate dancing as an inferior practice that I could cast away from my life completely.  And I don’t miss it in even the slightest degree.  I see dancing as surrendering individual thought to the impulses of music—which means that it is the music that is in control, not the mind.  So I NEVER dance.  I do not surrender my mind to the impulses of music.  I do not surrender my mind to intoxication.  I do not surrender my mind to anything for that matter.  In short I never, ever, ever—ever participate in activity that could be considered mental “evasion.”

So it is only natural that I would find the Inauguration Party hosted by The Obama White House to be a despicable affair.  The celebrities who attended like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga would not like my company, especially since their definition of “coolness” is in the First Lady leading the festivities with dance offs and proclamations of “let’s party” throughout the night.  I find the excesses consumed at such parties to be deplorable, and even under a Republican administration, I would not have attended.  If Ronald Reagan had invited me to the White House for a similar party, I would have turned it down.  But Reagan did not have parties at the White House like Obama has, and the excesses on display by the politicians involved during this latest inauguration event are in my view disgusting.

It is no wonder all the people present were progressives, because like the music they dance to, they allow their thoughts to be moved by the rhythms of political current instead of the logic of their minds.  The White House party goers are not in command of their thoughts but rather the collective consciousness of the party itself becomes the “thinking entity.”  This is why people—especially celebrities think the Obamas’ are so cool.  Katy Perry and her other young party hounds find the knowledge that the highest office in America enjoys surrendering logic to musical rhythm refreshing–because they all have that tendency in common.  “Partiers” find such yielding to be of the highest possible human endeavors.  This basic understanding of social gatherings is the basic premise behind all forms of collectivism.

To me, “partying” especially at The White House, is a low-level activity intended for collectivists.  Individuals with firm beliefs in their personal freedom, and dedication to the fruits of their minds do not feel compelled to “lose” themselves to music.  While it is true that those who don’t participate in such public displays of collectivism are called, “stiffs,” “corny,” “old-fashioned,” “narcs,” “overly conservative,” and so on—(believe me, I’ve heard it all)—the fact remains the same.  Collectivism is a weak form or human endeavor that cannot overtake the mental product of a single strong-willed individual no matter what the mental mass behind the effort dictates.  In a democracy, 1 million fools cannot invalidate the truth of one hard-core rugged individualist with firm beliefs.  It was a roomful of such strong-willed individuals who founded America.  But such minds are nearly extinct these days.  We don’t make them anymore, and when they are discovered, they are exiled socially as “narcs.” This is often good for the individualist, because they don’t need the masses.  But the masses need the individualist and their unbending leadership to hold their lives together.  The current political looters dancing the night away in The White House are not even mentally on the same aptitude level as the Founding Fathers and that is what disgusts me over every single White House party I have ever heard of, especially this most recent one in January of 2013.

I’m not mad that Obama didn’t invite me to the White House to party away the night with all his celebrity friends, because I would not have gone even if I liked him.  But what I am mad at is that with nearly $17 trillion dollars in debt, he took my tax money to help pay for his little shin dig, and he expects me to pay more in taxes so he can have more of the same kind of parties, which I don’t agree with in the first place.  It’s one thing to argue that taxes should be paid to fund roads, schools, police, or firefighters—but it is way over crossing the line to expect me to pay for the party antics of a bunch of slack-jawed collectivists who further wish to deface the image of the once noble White House.  I personally prefer the company of Presidents like Calvin Coolidge who would have most likely spent such inauguration nights reading in an upstairs bedroom instead of staring at the missile tits of Katy Perry or machine gun ta-ta’s of Lady Gaga.  When I consider the kinds of things that collectivists see as valuable the only term that comes to mind is that I was born sane in a crazy world, a world that thinks its “cool” to be a drooling despot “high on life” instead of a studious scholar with a hawk-eye on fiscal responsibility.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2013/01/inauguration_2013_how_much_did_it_cost_and_who_paid_for_it.html

It’s hard to believe that we actually had presidents like Calvin Coolidge who occupied the same White House as Barack Obama.

Coolidge said in 1914: Do the day’s work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but don’t be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don’t be a demagogue. Don’t hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don’t hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don’t hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation.

Michelle Obama said in 2013:  “It is now my pleasure to introduce the fabulous Katy Perry!”

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Rich Hoffman

“If they attack first………..blast em’!”

www.tailofthedragonbook.com