George Lucas 2010, at the Clone Wars Writers’ Meeting:
The core of the Force–I mean, you got the dark side, the light side, one is selfless, one is selfish, and you wanna keep them in balance. What happens when you go to the dark side is it goes out of balance and you get really selfish and you forget about everybody … because when you get selfish you get stuff, or you want stuff, and when you want stuff and you get stuff then you are afraid somebody is going to take it away from you, whether it’s a person or a thing or a particular pleasure or experience.
Once you become afraid that somebody’s going to take it away from you or you’re gonna lose it, then you start to become angry, especially if you’re losing it, and that anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. Mostly on the part of the person who’s selfish, because you spend all your time being afraid of losing everything you’ve got instead of actually living.
Where joy, by giving to other people you can’t think about yourself, and therefore there’s no pain. But the pleasure factor of greed and of selfishness is a short-lived experience, therefore you’re constantly trying to replenish it, but of course the more you replenish it, the harder it is to, so you have to keep upping the ante. You’re actually afraid of the pain of not having the joy.
So that is ultimately the core of the whole dark side/light side of the Force. And everything flows from that. Obviously the Sith are always unhappy because they never get enough of anything they want. Mostly, their selfishness centers around power and control. And the struggle is always to be able to let go of all that stuff.
And of course that’s the problem with Anakin ultimately. You’re allowed to love people, but you’re not allowed to possess them. And what he did is he fell in love and married her and then became jealous. Then he saw in his visions that she was going to die, and he couldn’t stand losing her. So in order to not lose her, he made a pact with the devil to be able to become all-powerful. When he did that, she didn’t want to have anything to do with him anymore, so he lost her.
Once you are powerful, being able to bring her back from the dead, if I can do that, I can become emperor of the universe. I can get rid of the Emperor. I can make everything the way I want it. Once you do that, you’ll never be satiated. You’re always going to be consumed by this driving desire to have more stuff and be afraid that others are going to take it away from you. And they are. Every time you get two Sith together, you have the master, the apprentice, and the apprentice is always trying to recruit another apprentice to join with him to kill the master. The master knows that basically everybody below him wants his job.
Only way to overcome the dark side is through discipline. The dark side is pleasure, biological and temporary and easy to achieve. The light side is joy, everlasting and difficult to achieve. A great challenge. Must overcome laziness, give up quick pleasures, and overcome fear which leads to hate.
These themes are repeated in this 2012 interview with Bill Bradley. One of the themes that came up again was that the two sides of the Force were about selflessness vs selfishness, about a compassionate person vs a person consumed with self-interest. That we all have good and evil in us, that we all have the compassionate side and the selfish side in us. And the idea is to keep those things in balance.
That the Force is based on the core theme of just about every religious mythology ever–the struggle between good and evil, that both are elements present, but that we strive towards the good, towards love. That we struggle to overcome the temptations towards the dark that are part of us, that we embrace love as best we can.
Fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego bid farewell to showrunner Steven Moffat today, as well as Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, companion Pearl Mackie and Master Michelle Gomez. Mark Gatiss also joined the panel, which was hosted in Hall H as part of BBC America’s presentation.
Moderator Chris Hardwick opened up the panel by showing the first footage from the upcoming Christmas Special. The episode is called “Twice Upon a Time” and features Pearl Mackie, Bill Potts and David Bradley. Bradley is reprising his role as the First Doctor, William Hartnell. The episode will deal with the Doctor’s reluctance to regenerate and will introduce the newly announced Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.
After the footage, Hardwick introduced the panelists and then asked Capaldi what he thought of his time on Doctor Who. Capaldi said, that it was, “Fantastic. Time ran away with me. It’s been fabulous to work with these guys, to realize that the show is so popular and is so beloved around the world. Thank you for all of your affections.”
Hardwick then asked Moffat about the Christmas Special. Moffat said that the “Twelfth Doctor is refusing to regenerate because he wants to stay Scottish, (audience laugh) and the First Doctor is also refusing to regenerate. 12 is saying, ‘you have to or all of this all won’t happen.’ The First Doctor and 12 then go on a crazy adventure with Mark Gatiss and Bill Potts.”
Hardwick then asked Moffat how long ago he started crafting the idea that Bradley would reprise his role as William Hartnell. Moffat said, “It happened at New York Comic Con. He recreated Hartnell with a twinkle, with such grace, he captured what the First Doctor was really like.” Bradley previously played Hartnell in the Gatiss-written docudrama The Adventures of Time and Space during the 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2013.
Hardwick then transitioned to Mackie and asked her about her experience being part of the Doctor Who fandom for the last year. “The response was large,” Mackie said, “but by no means compared to the people sitting in front of you. I don’t think I was prepared for how powerful the Doctor Whofandom is. Thanks for having me.” He then asked if Mackie would come back next season. “No. That’s it. The Christmas Special is the last chance to see Bill.” She did add, “But it’s Doctor Who, never say never.”
Hardwick also asked Mackie what she enjoyed about playing Bill. “Bill was so real. She’s inquisitive and quick-witted. She has a childlike curiosity which I think is great because who wants to grow up? She’s very strong minded and she believes in everything that she does.”
Hardwick then turned to Lucas, who is also concluding his turn on Doctor Who. “Nardole is a triumph,” Lucas said, “Earth is one of my favorite planets (chuckle).” Lucas also said that, “Growing up I was a fan and when I was 13 they stopped making it. It’s a pinch yourself moment when you get asked to be in the show. The Christmas Specials have a slightly different identity than the regular series because they are lighter. I thought I was doing a cameo, what a treat. Across the series, I knew I had to find some nuance and character.”
Hardwick also asked Gomez about her time as the Master. “For Missy, the pull to darkness was too much fun. She could have been two-dimensional, black and white, but to possibly try on good and see how that feels was fun. Capaldi presented me with a challenge, it was hard to act with this man and not want to be your best self. There was a great friendship once there, between the Master and the Doctor.”
Capaldi then weighed in on the announcement of the new Doctor. “Jodie is so full of excitement. It’s thrilling to know it’s in the hands of someone who cares for it so deeply. She’s a great choice. Which led to Moffat interjecting, “Can I just say something as well? There have been all these articles about backlash, there is no backlash. There is 80% approval on social media and yet so many people wanting to make something up that’s not there.”
Hall H then erupted into a standing ovation for Capaldi, which was a profound moment to witness. Capaldi then launched into praise and thanksgiving for each person on the panel with him. He began by telling Moffat, “Every shot there [Capaldi’s tenure video] came through this man’s eyes, mind, and generosity. He’s an incredibly gifted artist. The message of kindness comes from his heart. The creation of a female doctor comes from a female master, so we owe a female Doctor to Steven Moffat.”
Capaldi then continued with Mackie. “Bill has her feet on the ground and heart in the stars, which is where we all want to be. Matt [Lucas] has come along and delivered a fabulous creation – a huge contribution to the show with a generosity of spirit. Mark [Gatiss] is a great lover and supporter of Doctor Who. Mark has written the most fabulous episodes and I’m so thrilled I was able to act with him in the Christmas Special.”
The panel concluded with a few questions from fans. One question was aimed at Moffat, about if he is leaving Doctor Who with anything left undone? Moffat answered, “I’ve written 42 episodes. I’ve done as much as I can think of. I think what got me through the end was having a finish line. It’s time for someone to come in and have much better ideas than me. That’s the way it works. It’s emotional to leave, but the main thing I’ll miss is this.”
The final fan asked Capaldi what the hardest thing he had ever done on the show? Capaldi’s reply? – “Leaving it.”
Capaldi, Mackie, and Moffat’s final episode of Doctor Who will air Christmas Day.
She has a grace and graciousness about her that is singular,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, the C.E.O. of DreamWorks Animation, tells me. “She is remarkably unique. She’s a stunning person. I get a little nervous talking about her because the words are so flowery. But it’s truly how I feel about her.”
Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook chief operating officer, who first met Hobson some five years ago because they were both board members at Eve Ensler’s V-Day organization, which combats violence against women, credits a comment Hobson made with inspiring her to write her best-seller, Lean In. “She said she wanted to be unapologetically black and unapologetically a woman,” Sandberg says, recalling that the comment helped her move past trying to make her gender difference fade into the background. “My life was altered by meeting her, and that’s not something I say lightly,” Sandberg adds. “She is such a big part of my path taken. I think she does that for everyone.”
“What can I say?” says Howard Schultz, the chairman and C.E.O. of Starbucks. “When I think of her, I think of grace. She’s the most unique individual. I love Mellody Hobson.”
Check out the poster (above) and the trailer (below) for Epic Pictures’ The Lodgers. The Irish gothic ghost story will have its world premiere this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Directed by Brian O'Malley (Let Us Prey), The Lodgers stars Charlotte Vega ([REC] 3: Genesis), Bill Milner (X:Men: First Class), David Bradley (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones).
Fighting for the line…
Frank Gardner, Lola T70 SL73/102 #1 entered by Sid Taylor Racing & Vic Elford, Porsche 910 #25 entered by Bill Bradley, tangling on the Norisring in 1968 during the 200 miles of the Norisring. Behind them is Rico Steinemann in another Porsche 910 #29 entered by the Hart Ski Racing Team. He started on 8th position & finished in 4th place.
Gardner started from 4th grid position & Elford stand 12th place.
They didn’t finished, but they were counted in 16th & 17th position. Elford had 3 laps less than Gardner who drove 55 of 82 laps until his gearbox failed. Quick Vic had to give up after this impact with the straw bales. The race was won by David Piper in a own Ferrari 412P.
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Speaking on the controversy surrounding the Oscars’ lack of diversity while at the Sundance Film Festival, the actor said, “It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country.”
DeVito added, “We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racial tendencies which – racist tendencies – so sometimes it’s manifested in things like this and it’s illuminated, but just generally speaking we’re a racist – we’re a bunch of racists.”- Huffington Post