The Star Wars universe is jam-packed with content, and while much of the original content is beloved by fans around the world, the sequels and prequels of the original Star Wars movies fell far below expectations, leading many fans to wonder if the Star Wars universe had run its course. The sequels in particular were seen as a wasted potential, considered by many Star Wars fans to be the worst installations in the franchise. According to Inverse, even Mark Hamill has expressed his distaste for the films and certain directions they took. That said, the franchise has since been saved thanks to the efforts of Disney+ and the timely appearance of The Mandalorian.
The Disney+ series The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett have been praised for saving the franchise from total disaster, thanks to creators Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. These series have effectively set a new standard for all Star Wars content in terms of character, plot, and development of long-beloved characters like Boba Fett and Ahsoka. Now, the franchise is set to release more upcoming series on Disney+, from the highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will see Ewan McGregor return to the titular role, and Ahsoka, amongst others. What’s more, it’s reported that Lucasfilm is looking to develop a new trilogy set after The Rise of Skywalker. With Lucasfilm restoring its reputation with its Disney+ series, here’s what future Star Wars movies can learn them.
While the Star Wars franchise began with the original film A New Hope in 1977, the amount of content within the universe reaches far beyond a 90-minute time frame. Thanks to Disney+, it’s been established that the format of a miniseries allows more room for exposition in the Star Wars universe. Without a concrete time constraint, the creators are given more freedom for gradual exposition and allow for smoother character development, as seen in Din Djarin’s character in The Mandalorian when he takes the Child to the First Order, reclaims his Beskar, and decides to take the Child back and take care of him himself. This kind of character development was unfortunately sped up in The Rise of Skywalker to an unrealistic level in which Rey’s character bounces between the Dark and the Light. This expedited depiction of character development may have been prevented if the story had been told more consistently across the entire trilogy. Obviously, the creators at Lucasfilms have taken this on board as the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series was originally meant to be a film, but is now a Disney+ original series.
Boba Fett’s appearance in search of his armor in The Mandalorian led to a whole lot of new content with a beloved character. The introduction to The Book of Boba Fett simply shows Bib Fortuna sitting on Jabba’s throne before Fett promptly shoots him and takes his place as “Daimyo”, ruling over Jabba the Hutt’s old territory. This was an amazing way to introduce Boba’s own spin-off show. This introduction of new and interesting twists is part of what the sequel films lacked. The few twists in The Rise of Skywalker showing Palpatine “alive” and the reveal that Rey is Palpatine’s granddaughter were mediocre at best. Neither of these kept with the original canon — which is now legend — that Ben Solo was meant to be defeated by his twin sister Jaila and Rey was a totally new character. The attempted shocking twists did not have the impact that producers were hoping for due to the fact that Rey’s character had not developed appropriately up to this point. There was also a lack of interest in the fact that Rey is related to Palpatine as she is not exactly a hero worth rooting for.
While fan service is a nice addition to any franchise, the moments must be chosen wisely. The failure of the sequels has a lot to do with fan service, particularly in The Rise of Skywalker. The giant appearance of the Death Star, while making fans happy, didn’t make a whole lot of sense as the Death Star probably shouldn’t have been in as good a condition as it was. On top of this, the star destroyers kept underground by Palpatine were a nice addition for fan service, but again made no sense as those ships must have a crew to function, and yet somehow Palpatine raised thousands of these ships without any assistance. An example of good fan service would be the appearance of Ahsoka in The Mandalorian as it ultimately makes sense plot-wise. Another fan-service moment would be the “Mandalorian” symbol seen throughout the series, which is a throwback to the terrorist organization “Death Watch” as seen in The Clone Wars.
What is Angelyne’s Net Worth?
Ronia Tamar Goldberg, also known as Angelyne, is an actress, singer, and model who was born on October 2, 1950, in Chmielnik, Poland. Her parents were Holocaust survivors who survived the most horrific form of human rights violations while in Skarżysko-Kamienna German Nazi concentration camps. After the liberation by allied forces, they lived in Poland […]
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Is Angelyne’s Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist? Where is He Now?
‘Angelyne‘ is an addictive biographical drama TV series on Peacock. Created by Nancy Oliver, it delves into the intriguing life of Angelyne, a model and media influencer, who became a pop culture icon in Los Angeles during the 80s. Apart from her rise to stardom, the show also captures the perspectives of those who know her up close and how they impact her journey.
One such person is Jeff Glasner, an entertainment journalist, who sets out to find out the secrets Angelyne fiercely protects and drastically changes her life. The realistic portrayal of the character makes the audience wonder whether Jeff is based on a real person. Let’s unravel this mystery together, shall we? SPOILERS AHEAD.
Is Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist?
In ‘Angelyne,’ Jeff Glasner is a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter who writes an explosive article about the sensational celebrity’s childhood and family. For his research, he spends time with her and records interviews, but when she refuses to divulge anything substantial about her life and beginnings, he decides to conduct his own investigation. In reality, Jeff’s character is based on journalist Gary Baum, who works for The Hollywood Reporter.
In 2017, Gary wrote and published an elaborate article that details Angelyne’s humble beginnings, before she became famous as the “Billboard Queen” of Los Angeles. Earlier, he wrote a profile article for her in 2015, but as per him, she dodged any questions about her parents or other topics like religion and her upbringing. In his 2017 article, Gary shared that in the fall of 2016, he was approached by a man who went by the pseudonym, Ed Thompson. He was a federal government employee who undertook paid assignments as a hobby genealogist on the side.
For his personal interest, Ed decided to find out about Angelyne a few years earlier and then contacted Gary, who was researching her. He provided the material he had collected over the years from public databases, including her yearbook pictures, as well as the immigration, marriage, and death records of her parents. All this information helped prove that Angelyne’s original name was Renee Tami Goldberg (earlier known as Ronia Tamar Goldberg). She was born in October 1950 in Poland, to Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors.
Ed’s findings also revealed Angelyne’s tumultuous childhood as well as her brief marriage to Michael Strauss during her high school days. After her divorce in 1969, her original name resurfaced in 2016, when she discreetly petitioned to change it to Angelyne legally. However, in the legal document, she mentioned being a resident of Louiseville, Kentucky, and claimed to have been born in 1962. Since all this data was different than what Ed had shared, Gary tried contacting Angelyne’s friend and assistant Scott Hennig for clarity.
To Gary’s disappointment, both Scott and Angelyne reportedly rubbished the data provided by Ed and discouraged him from pursuing the matter any further. Luckily, when he continued looking for clues, he found an advertisement for a trophy engraving company that matched the residential address which Ed had found earlier. Moreover, Gary managed to track down Angelyne’s former husband Michael Strauss, who then confirmed all of the journalist’s findings and provided a fitting conclusion to his research.
After so many months of hard work, Gary’s article got published in August 2017 and received a massive response from Angelyne’s fans as well as the other public, who till then, were highly curious about her life. His written piece is one of the most accurate feature articles on the media icon’s illustrious life and has provided the base for the show’s narrative.
Where is Gary Baum Now?
Presently, Gary Baum works as a senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter, where he has been working for more than ten glorious years. Priorly, he worked with Angeleno Magazine for almost seven years, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California.
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Gary has written articles on several other relevant topics, such as the clearing of tents for unhoused residents in Los Angeles for film shoots, Jewish studio heads in Hollywood history, and investigative pieces on prominent public and administrative figures. Though he is highly active on the professional front, he seems to be rather private on social media about his life. As far as we can tell, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
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