May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsMay the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsKurt Anthony5/25/2017 9:30:00 Am
A long time ago in a decade far, far away…
Star Wars blasted into theatres! Later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, George Lucas’s epic space opera was released on May 25, 1977 and has since become one of the most successful media franchises in the galaxy.
Originally set to a budget of $8M (later increased to $11M), Star Wars was met with lightspeed success. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, the film’s groundbreaking, out-of-this-world special effects and production design helped to make the sci-fi fantasy a universal phenomenon. A New Hope has since earned over $775M worldwide, proving the Force is still strong with this one.
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- Kurt Anthony
Either as a writer, director, or producer, George Lucas has been integral to the production of many movies we consider classics. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises are notable for their worldwide success, but that was never an ambition for the USC film grad.
“I've never thought of myself as a commercial filmmaker. It just happened. It happened in spite of myself,” Lucas told Et in 1993. In fact, Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first time people heard one of his ideas and thought it had potential to be a hit. “Everything up until that point, everyone said, ‘What are you talking about? I don't get it.’"
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He added, “I think I've done Ok, because I like making movies and I've always made what I want to make, regardless.”
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One of Episode VII’s most important scenes comes towards the end of the picture when Kylo Ren murders his father Han Solo on Starkiller Base with Rey and Finn watching from afar. It was a tragic moment to be sure, and a pretty grim way to say goodbye to Harrison Ford’s much beloved and iconic character.
Well it turns out that Mark Hamill, whose own legendary character, Luke, was revealed in the film’s final moments, thought he had a better idea for Han’s death. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hamill explains in detail what he wanted to occur, with Luke and Leia to be present at the scene of the crime.
“Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me,” Hamill explains. “So I thought, Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me. »
- Samuel Brace
Directed by George Lucas.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… young farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in a civil war between the heroic Rebellion and evil Galactic Empire. Setting off from his home-world, Luke must rescue a captured princess and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi if he is to aid the Rebellion in destroying the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
During the production of his debut movie Thx-1138 (1971), young director George Lucas had expressed considerable interested in adapting the adventures of Flash Gordon for the big screen but, after being unable to acquire the rights to the character, Lucas soon set about developing his own space adventure reminiscent of the science-fiction movie serials he had watched as a child. »
Although most of us Star Wars fans have been referring to the historic lightsaber as Anakin’s / Luke’s even when in Rey’s possession in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm is now officially giving full ownership of the weapon to the Sequel Trilogy’s heroine. The change begins with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as the lightsaber will presumably become Rey’s go-to weapon.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo stated: “Either way, the blade is no longer considered Anakin’s lightsaber by the Lucasfilm marketing department. It has now been officially dubbed ‘Rey’s’.”
- Robert Kojder
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the role that Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher, who tragically passed away this past December) would have not just in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but also Star Wars: Episode IX, assuming that the character would survive that far.
Well, it seems that Carrie Fisher was originally going to play a rather larger part in the final chapter of the Sequel Trilogy, as Kathleen Kennedy revealed to Vanity Fair that: “The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”
- Robert Kojder
The Last Jedi, The First Images
The title of the movie might be Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but we’ve now got our first official look at the cast via Vanity Fair. Included in the images are our first look at Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo and Benicio Del Toro’s ‘shady character’, who is apparently unnamed in the film but referred to on set as ‘DJ’, with director Rian Johnson teasing: “You’ll see—there’s a reason why we call him DJ.” There’s also contain some heart-breaking images of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, as well as the late Leia Organa posing with her daughter Billy Lourd. Get the tissues ready, and read more here.
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- Luke Owen
Sitting down in a crowded theater to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be somewhat of a bittersweet experience knowing that it will be the final time that the late Carrie Fisher will bring General Leia to life. Vanity Fair has a great spread dealing with the upcoming Rian Johnson film, some of which we've covered already, and while those interviewed obviously couldn't spill... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
In a recent sit-down interview with Vanity Fair, stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and director Rian Johnson open up about the impact Fisher had on their lives and on the genre-defining series.
For Hamill, whose 40-year friendship with Fisher began when they appeared alongside each other in the original Star Wars film, released in 1977, the reality of Fisher's death is too much for him to comprehend.
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"I can't say that phrase… Carrie’s name and then the d-word," he says. "Because I think of her in the present tense."
"Maybe it’s a form of denial, but she’s so vibrant in my mind, and so vital »
Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars production line is a well-oiled machine, with the studio looking more than capable of fulfilling its ambition of releasing a new instalment in the franchise annually. So, it’s with no great surprise that production of Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX is firmly underway behind (very) closed doors at Disney, with filming reported to be commencing as soon as January 2018 with a targeted release date of May 24th, 2019.
If Trevorrow has been given as much freedom as Rian Johnson was to develop the characters and franchise, then the fates of Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo and the galaxy at large rest largely in his hands. Naturally, we know very little as to what’s going to happen in Episode IX right now, with the script probably not even out of the drafting stage yet. Sadly, we do know what’s not going to »
- David James
The Annie Leibovitz-shot stills show Fisher in costume as General Leia Organa with Lourd, who plays Lieutenant Kaydel Connix.
Laura Dern is also pictured with bubblegum-pink hair as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, another newcomer to the series.
An action shot of Daisy Ridley as Rey shows her leaping across rocks while grasping a blue lightsaber, likely while on the remote island where she discovered the missing Luke Skywalker at the end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
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Several other released photos spotlight the creators behind the film rather than the stars, including shots of costume designer Michael Kaplan surrounded by some of his creations, and creative supervisor Neal Scanlan, »
- Erin Nyren
Carrie Fisher’s death has made #TheLastJedi more poignant—a film farewell to both the actress and the character https://t.co/XR6a0IeR4J pic.twitter.com/1gmDKLybJU
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The cast of Star Wars is remembering their fallen princess-turned-general.
In a new cover story for Vanity Fair, the stars of the saga’s latest installment, The Last Jedi, share their fond memories of Carrie Fisher on set — along with the wise advice she gave them. As the saga’s latest female lead, Daisy Ridley recalls how the actress behind the iconic hair buns helped her »
- Ale Russian
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian, and more make our daily movie newsStar Wars: The Last Jedi, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian, and more make our daily movie newsZachary Dent5/24/2017 3:31:00 Pm
In today's daily movie news we have some much anticipated set pictures, a few trailers, and a couple fresh posters!
New Star Wars: The Last Jedi set photos dropped today! We get a few glimpses of our favourite characters from The Force Awakens like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and of course Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). In this installment Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga. This is one of the most anticipated movie releases of the year and we can't wait!
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- Zachary Dent
Vanity Fair’s excellent Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover story has delivered a ton of new information about the film, but one of the more poignant bits is the revelation that Episode IX was set to feature Carrie Fisher in a central role, similar to how crucial Harrison Ford’s Han Solo was to The Force Awakens. Kathleen Kennedy explains that the moment they finished shooting The Last Jedi, Fisher grabbed her and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ “She thought IX would be her movie, says Kennedy. “And it would have been.”
Judging from this piece, Fishers untimely death cast a pallor over the production, with Lucasfilm in a quandary about how best to proceed. At one point, they considered attempting to resurrect her through CGI (having just done so in Rogue One), but announced they’d decided against it on grounds of taste rather than technology. »
- David James
Yesterday brought us some really new shots from The Last Jedi, via four rather gorgeous Vanity Fair covers (courtesy of photographer Annie Leibovitz). Now, even more images (including a heartbreaking shot of Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd) have come our way, as well as more details of what Rian Johnson has in store for us. The big take aways are our first looks at the new characters, specifically Benicio Del Toro as the shady DJ and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a prominent member of the Resistance. Johnson has also revealed some of the new planets and cities he will be playing in, namely Anch-To, the planet Luke has been living alone on for all these years, and Canto Bight, a glittering casino city Finn and other newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) find themselves in as the story progresses. Skellig Michael is famously subbing for Anch-To, »
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You wait ages for some information about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then a torrent comes all at once. That’s courtesy of today’s Vanity Fair cover story, in which a load of delicious morsels about the next Star Wars film were revealed. Each of these news nuggets fills in some blanks about the upcoming blockbuster, and we’re hungry for as many as we can get. One of the more tantalizing, though, was the reveal of who Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro will be playing.
Rian Johnson reveals that Del Toro is portraying a shady character simply called DJ. Judging from the character photo, DJ’s a pretty sleazy guy, even by Star Wars standards, looking like he’s spent the night in a Mos Eisley »
- David James
When the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer arrived last month, fans were quick to analyze it for clues about the movie’s storyline. One thing that seemed obvious from the off is that a bulk of the film will see Rey trained by Luke in the ways of the Jedi. Just as Luke himself was trained by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.
When speaking with Vanity Fair, however, director Rian Johnson made it clear that he doesn’t think there’s a “one-to-one correlation” between the two movies.
“There’s a training element to it, but it’s not exactly what you would expect.”
Due to the tight-lipped nature of Star Wars movie making, that’s all the director would reveal. Still, it’s a loaded sentence that should give us lots to chew on. In what way exactly is it not going to be what we expect? »
- Christian Bone
Star Wars 9 will officially begin shooting in January 2018 under the direction of Colin Trevorrow. As of right now, the working title is Episode IX, but there are plenty of bits of Star Wars 9 news swirling around the interwebs today. Episode IX is currently in pre-production as we start to get a better look at The Last Jedi through some new behind-the-scenes videos, along with information on new characters, thanks to the incredibly informative Vanity Fair article that is just hitting the news stands.
Vanity Fair is the first to officially report that Episode IX will begin shooting in January 2018 to get ready for its official May 24, 2019 release date. This will be the first Star Wars episodic movie to open in May since Return of the Jedi in May of 1983. Whether this is a nod to both movies being the third installment of their respective trilogies is anybody's guess, but the »
If you've spent the last few months salivating over every new detail surrounding the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, brace yourself for an info dump of epic proportions. Vanity Fair's David Kamp sat down with the cast and crew of the next installment of the galactic franchise for its June issue and eked out spoiler-y details to go along with the magazine's four separate, commemorative covers shot by Annie Leibovitz, which feature Bb-8, Finn (John Boyega), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). RelatedLaura Dern Has Joined the Cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII! See Who Else Is Confirmed 1. We Find Out What Luke's Been Up to All These Years Remember the scene at the end of The Force Awakens when »
- Quinn Keaney
Tomorrow is the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars. And what better way to celebrate than to see Twins Luke and Leia reunite on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Vanity Fair has unleashed their massive Star Wars 8 preview, and with it comes a first look at Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill together one last time in a beautiful new portrait by Annie Leibovitz.
Carrie Fisher sadly passed away last December shortly after finishing all of her scenes from The Last Jedi. And this special Vanity Fair shoot came in the midst of production. So we get to see Luke and Leia interacting on set here for the first time. It is widely known that one of the key scenes in the movie has Luke and Leia finally reuniting after more than thirty years in space. Now, we get to see what that looks like.
The issue offers some »
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