On Wednesday of this week, entertainment blogger David Poland threw up a rather perfunctory account of the Publicist's Guild luncheon: "I kinda like this particular high-school event. There is no pressure on me to report. I am comfortable knowing that this is a group that will never nominate me for their journalistic award." But pressure or no, he did report one item of interest, two days late. Yesterday afternoon, Poland tossed in an update on the lunch that he forgot to dole out originally: "George Lucas, giving the award to Sid Ganis, who was the in-house publicist on Star Wars: Episode Five - The Empire Strikes Back, said, 'Sid is the reason why The Empire Strikes Back is always written about as the best of the films, when it actually was the worst one.'"

Wow. Is there anyone besides Lucas who actually believes this? I think that even if you have a personal animosity against the Yoda character or you think the original film should have spun its sequels in a completely different direction, you have to accept that Empire has superior writing and plotting, not only in comparison to those damn prequels, but probably in comparison to New Hope and Jedi too.