Anakin Skywalker

Anakin SkywalkerHere is the man who will become Darth Vader in the final instalment of the Star Wars film series.

George Lucas’s sci-fi epic promises all manner of surprises as horrific circumstances ensure that Anakin Skywalker turns into the tortured Darth Vader. And, as this first picture shows, director Lucas has his designers on track to neatly jigsaw 2003′s Jedi Knight with 1977′s evil leader of the Death Star. The new, as yet untitled film, due for release in 2005, is actually Episode III in Lucas’s series, which began in 1977 with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Hence, Anakin Skywalker’s mane is showing a decidedly ’70s style. There’s no sign of a repeat of Princess Leia’s coffee scroll hair-do yet.

Slim Dusty dies

Slim Dusty died today. In 1958, Slim received Australia’s first Gold Record for a song called A Pub With No Beer, which he recorded in 1957. He was the first Australian to have an international hit record and the first singer in the world to have his voice beamed to earth from space.

Thirty-three years later he released his 50th record, The Golden Anniversary Album, which went multi-platinum in Australia.

In June this year, Dusty was recording his 106th album and at the time his management denied he was battling cancer.