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Star Wars: how secrecy drove a wedge between Darth Vader and Lucasfilm

Ryan Lambie Jan 4, 2018

George Lucas was keen to keep Star Wars' secrets - which caused problems between Lucasfilm and Vader actor David Prowse...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

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It's the autumn of 1978, and Star Wars mania is still riding high. Less than a year after the first film became a pop cultural phenomenon, there's already speculation about what might happen in its sequel - and at a store in California, actor David Prowse stokes the excitement among fans even further.

As a bustling crowd forms to get autographs or take photographs, Prowse, the six-foot-five actor who plays the evil Darth Vader,
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Darth Vader Played a Crucial Role in Helping Christoper Reeve Become Superman

Darth Vader Played a Crucial Role in Helping Christoper Reeve Become Superman
It's a small universe.

When the late Christoper Reeve was auditioning for the role of Superman back in the late 1970s, he had everything the filmmakers were looking for — except his physique. At 6 feet, 5 inches and 170 pounds, he was a beanpole.

Calling Reeve a "skinny little kid" when they met for his audition, director Richard Donner made Reeve promise he would be able to bulk up for the role in time for production to meet the 1978 release date.

To make sure that happened, Donner made a call to none other than Darth Vader, actor David Prowse.

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Star Wars: Meet the Towering Stud Behind Chewbacca in The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Meet the Towering Stud Behind Chewbacca in The Last Jedi
Turns out, Chewbacca is pretty hot underneath all that fur.

The role of the beloved Wookie has long belonged to 7ft 3in actor Peter Mayhew. But now, Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo has stepped into the Star Wars galaxy to wear the iconic costume.

Suotamo, who stands at 7ft tall, has stood in as a body double to Mayhew in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. He will officially take over the role in the upcoming standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“Whenever Chewie is active, that was me,” Suotamo says in People’s
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Darth Vader: biopic of David Prowse on the way

Nick Harley Dec 12, 2017

Strongman will focus on the man inside of Vader's suit, bodybuilder David Prowse.

David Prowse’s connection to the Star Wars universe is impressive. Most impressive. As the man that physically embodied Darth Vader inside of that iconic black getup, Prowse was a part of a team including James Earl Jones, Sebastian Shaw, and Bob Anderson that brought one of cinema’s most famous villains to life in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Yet, Prowse’s “eccentric” behavior led to him being banned by George Lucas himself from attending official Star Wars conventions. Despite the controversy, Prowse will find himself as the subject of the upcoming biopic, Strongman.

Strongman was written by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson and Dalton Leeb (The Well) and earned a spot on this year’s Black List, a Hollywood-curated list that chronicles the best unproduced screenplays of the year.

Chronicling his journey from champion weightlifter
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Darth Vader Confirmed to Return in Han Solo Movie?

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Darth Vader Confirmed to Return in Han Solo Movie?
We have some pretty big news for the still untitled Han Solo movie. It may be exciting to some and groan-worthy for others, but it is still undoubtedly huge. We now have a report that confirms the presence of Darth Vader in the Han Solo movie. It is completely unclear at this point how large of a role the famed Sith Lord will have, but it appears that he is going to be on screen, which brings up a great many questions.

The news comes courtesy of That Hashtag Show, who site "a source close to the production" that has revealed someone was on the set of the Han Solo movie in Darth Vader's armor as recently as two weeks ago. They couldn't confirm who it was in the armor or how much the actor filmed, but he was there. So it appears that once Ron Howard stepped in to
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Public information films from the 70s and 80s

Paul Childs Aug 18, 2017

We take another look back at the public information films put out by the Central Office Of Information...

I’m sat writing this on the balcony of my apartment overlooking the majestic Salford Quays. It’s a lovely afternoon and the sun is beating down as families, all dressed in their finest summer attire, chomp on ice-cream while enjoying a relaxing canal side stroll.

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Down on the other side of the canal basin is a group of boys, maybe thirteen or fourteen years old (plus a few much younger ones), dressed in nothing but swimming trunks. They’re goading each other on to leap from the bridge into the dark waters below. One by one they take the plunge, all the while laughing and whooping.
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Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies

Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies
When it comes to the Star Wars movies, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the iconic roles of heroes like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia. Even the Star Wars prequels most aggressive critics will admit that Ewan McGregor shined as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character fans of the galaxy far, far away first encountered as embodied by the late Sir Alec Guinness. But as with any film, the casting process is, well, a process. And there have been plenty of legendary actors who almost made their way into this galaxy from a long time ago and very far, far away.

Most fans know that Kurt Russell was among the actors considered for the role of everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder, Han Solo. He even screen tested with aspiring Luke Skywalker William Katt, who would later star as television's Greatest American Hero. Karen Allen auditioned for Princess Leia, a
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Video: 5 Best Sword-Fights in Movies

Sword fights. Everyone loves a good sword fight. They combine the best thing about chess – the strategy and fitness of a well-timed and executed move – with the ferocity of a wrestling match. Plus, they’re normally really well scored. They’re like a dance off with more equipment and less impressive footwork. With that in mind, we thought that it’s important to take a couple of minutes to go through five of the best sword fights in movies.

5. Aragorn Vs The Nine Ringwraiths – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

While the Hobbit films were somewhat “less than stellar” there’s no doubt that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were, on the whole, quite good. The Fellowship of the Ring especially. There were a lot of things in that film that worked really well – Saruman’s new orcs, the Balrog, the secret council, but the thing that really sold the film was the battle between Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the Ringwraiths. It may have been short, but it set the tone for the film and it ends with an evil ghost getting a flaming torch to the face. What more does a film need than that?

4. Captain Jack Sparrow Vs Captain Hector Barbosa – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Geoffrey Rush, playing the role of Hector Barbosa, described this fight as an epic battle between two immortals and is it ever. The choreography is pure Flynn-like. It’s over the top and quicker than a ship at full mast. Intercut with this scene is another sword fight: Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) versus the undead crew of the Black Pearl. Plus, bringing back what we said about being really well scored, Hans Zimmer is on point with the theme for both this fight and the entire scene. The series may have gone off the map in later films, but The Curse of the Black Pearl really was treasure.

3. Hector Vs Achilles – Troy (2004)

Okay, so this one is definitely a controversial choice. Classics Students hate this film because it’s not the Illiad; Lord of the Rings fans hate it because Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is a coward in it; and cinema-philes hate it because… Well, its quality is debatable. But, 2004’s Troy is notable because: every single actor seems to be chewing the scenery in every single scene and it has Eric Bana and Brad Pitt fighting with spears. Taking place the day after Hector (Bana) killed Patroclus – Achilles’ cousin-in-this-version-but-lover/protege-in-the-Illiad, it features some of the best choreography in a film that’s pretty much built upon its sword-to-sword choreography and the bankability of Brad Pitt. The fact that most of the fight is actually one that’s between two spear wielders – something which is rare in the medium, for some reason – only makes the whole thing even better. Plus, Pitt’s Achilles really lays on the smack talk. Hard.

2. The Bride Vs The Crazy 88 – Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)

As the titular Bill (David Carradine) says in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uma Thurman’s character wasn’t really fighting eighty-eight bodyguards during this fight. According to the Kill Bill Wiki, there are only forty-four of them. Still, that’s a considerable number of bodyguards for one woman to fight by herself and Thurman does it stylishly. She’s called the world’s deadliest woman throughout the film, but it’s this scene in which the thesis is tested. It’s one of the most stylish scenes Quentin Tarantino ever shot and we’d argue still holds up compared to his later work. There’s so much to say about this fight but we’ll just let the fact that the Bride fought forty-four bodyguards (as well as two bosses) and won speak for itself.

1. Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

There were a lot of options that we could have gone with for our ultimate battle of the blades. Hell, there were a lot of options we could have gone with from the Star Wars franchise. But, after going through all seven films again, we’ve decided that the top of them all has to be what was – for a long time – the final battle in the Star Wars trilogy. While not as technically flashy or quick as some of the fights from the prequel trilogy, the fight between Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) more than makes up for it in terms of both emotional impact, thematic appropriateness, and score. And wow, what a score it is. John Williams is known for his scores but we think this just takes the cake.

Are there any sword-fights you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
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Insane Star Wars Mixtape Video Celebrates 40 Years of Weirdness

Insane Star Wars Mixtape Video Celebrates 40 Years of Weirdness
Cinefamily has been teasing the release of its Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars mixtape for a few weeks now, with a theatrical release for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars happening yesterday. Cinefamily, an art-house theater in Los Angeles, promised a mixtape put together with love and the best found footage around, that could quite possibly be hazardous to your health, but nonetheless will change your life for the better. Cinefamily claims to have searched "through every corner of the galaxy and the darkest part of the internet, to find the most brain frying tributes, rip-offs, cross promotions gone wrong, and more from the last 40 years of Stars Wars." And they have done what they set out to promise, the mixtape is hilarious and utterly bizarre with plenty of Wtf moments.

The mixtape, which you can watch in its entirety through Cinefamily's YouTube channel, starts with a hilarious version
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May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star Wars

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.

Strap yourselves in and make the jump to hyperspace with
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Bringing Star Wars to the Screen: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1977.

Directed by George Lucas.

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness.


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.
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Vintage Superman and Batman Movie Costumes on Auction (Photo Gallery)

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It's time for fans to decide once and for all who tops in the DC superhero world ... by bidding on vintage Batman and Superman movie costumes. Michael Keaton's Batsuit from the 1992 sequel "Batman Returns" and Christopher Reeve's iconic Superman costume from the eponymous 1978 film are both on the auction block. Check out the pics ... there's even an up-close shot of the original tag still intact and labeled for Reeve. The Man of Steel
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What Was It Like Playing Darth Vader in Rogue One?

What Was It Like Playing Darth Vader in Rogue One?
There were a lot of things to love about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but heading into (and out of) the movie, there is almost no question that the biggest reason to be excited about the movie was Darth Vader. We haven't seen true-to-form Darth Vader on screen since Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, if you don't count the quick bit at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Now the actor who played him on screen in the latest live-action Star Wars movie has opened up a bit about taking on the iconic character and how he was brought to life this time around.

British actor Spencer Wilding played Darth Vader in the suit for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but James Earl Jones once again returned to voice the famed Sith Lord. He recently talked about his experience with ITV during a special
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Review: "Elstree 1976" (2015), A Look At The "Star Wars" Phenomenon; Blu-ray Special Director's Edition

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By Bill Duelly

We’ve seen them at sci-fi or collectibles conventions shows; some more so in England than the Us. They man tables with stacks of photos, offering autographs or pictures for a fee. In many cases their faces aren’t familiar, as their characters wore heavy makeup or masks in their appearance in the original “Star Wars” film. Still, even as you approach them face-to-face some of these people still don’t ring a bell. Maybe it’s because their scenes were deleted or they were an extra amongst many. Others, you discover are a familiar masked character and you are happy to chat for a few moments with them, as that movie, and its two sequels (I am only referring to the original trilogy starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher), had such a lasting impact on your childhood.

Elstree 1976” is a recent documentary that follows ten such actors who,
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'Star Wars' Star Daisy Ridley Mourns 'Monumental Loss' of Carrie Fisher

'Star Wars' Star Daisy Ridley Mourns 'Monumental Loss' of Carrie Fisher
Daisy Ridley is mourning the death of Carrie Fisher.

The 24-year-old actress, who starred alongside Fisher in her first feature film role in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, offered heartfelt words after Fisher's death on Tuesday morning.

"Devastated at this monumental loss," Ridley said in a statement to Et. "How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye."

Fisher died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last week, but shared a close bond with Ridley before she died.
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‘Star Wars’ Cast, Creators Remember Carrie Fisher: ‘She Was Our Great and Powerful Princess’

‘Star Wars’ Cast, Creators Remember Carrie Fisher: ‘She Was Our Great and Powerful Princess’
The cast and creators of “Star Wars” paid tribute to Carrie Fisher, who brought the franchise to life as Princess Leia.

Fisher died Tuesday morning after suffering what was described as a massive heart attack on Friday while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

George Lucas, the man behind the galaxy far, far away, issued a statement dedicated to Fisher. “Carrie and I have been friends for most of our adult lives,” he wrote. “She was extremely smart; a talented writer, actress and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In ‘Star Wars,’ she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”


Hollywood Mourns the Loss of Its Princess Leia,
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Mark Hamill Is 'Devastated' Over Carrie Fisher's Death

Mark Hamill Is 'Devastated' Over Carrie Fisher's Death
Mark Hamill is in mourning.

The Star Wars actor took to Twitter on Tuesday to offer a simply heartbreaking tribute to his late friend and co-star, Carrie Fisher.

"No words," he captioned a black-and-white throwback photo of the pair, dressed in character as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, respectively. Hamill ended his tweet with the hashtag "#devastated."

Read: Stars React to Carrie Fisher's Death

Fisher died on Tuesday morning after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles last week.

"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesperson, Simon Halls, said in a statement to Et on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, on Tuesday. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."

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Awkward and Crazy Old-School Star Wars Interviews You've Never Seen

Screen Junkies has released a fantastic video that points out several old-school Star Wars cast interviews from the '70s and '80s that many of you have probably never seen or forgotten about. The interviews highlighted in the video are both awkward and kind of crazy.

Some of the clips featured include Mark Hamill not knowing how to describe the plot of the film and saying how he is sick of talking about Star Wars. Then there's Billy Dee Williams having no idea who the characters in the film were, Peter Cushing trying to figure out what a Grand Moff was, and then there's David Prowse painfully being a little racist as he talks about James Earl Jones' Darth Vader voice. It also fun to hear the cast talk about the franchise and how the story would continue in the future. 

If you've got some time to spare
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Star Wars: Rogue One – in praise of its final third

Rob Leane Dec 19, 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One’s third act is earning a lot of love. Here’s our take on why...

We’ll be discussing major spoilers from Rogue One in this article. A lot.

Rogue One has an awful lot going for it, all the way through, starting with that unsettling opening shot before transitioning into a gritty, handheld war movie unlike anything we’ve seen in a big screen Star Wars film before. It’s a movie, it seems fair to say, that a lot of people love already. I’ve already seen it overtake Return Of The Jedi in some people’s rankings of the franchise on the whole.

But, as much as the entirety of Rogue One has plenty to enjoy, one particular section of Gareth Edwards’ Death Star-centric cinematic spinoff seems to be getting the most praise: the film’s final third. Here
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Star Wars: Rogue One - thoughts, questions, reshoots

Ryan Lambie John Moore Dec 16, 2016

With inevitable spoilers, we share our thoughts and lingering questions left behind by Star Wars: Rogue One...

Nb: Seriously, this article is absolutely full of spoilers. If you haven't seen Star Wars: Rogue One yet, we recommend a trip to the cinema before reading the following. You have been warned.

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Scroll below the spoiler squirrel at your own risk...

Last year, we went on a long road trip down the motorway to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then, on the way back, we talked about what we'd just seen in excitable, meandering terms.

This year, we did the exactly same thing again with Star Wars: Rogue One. Approaching midnight, above the rumble of  road noise,
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