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Rare Empire Strikes Back Interviews Reveal a Very Different Star Wars Universe

5 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

An 8 year-old Luke in Episode 3? Harrison Ford discusses episodes 7-9? In a classic Empire Strikes Back special NBC 5 legend Bobbie Wygant interviewed the actors of our favorite trilogy  to talk about the future of the Star Wars universe. It’s interesting to see what the plans were then, and where we ended up. Check it out below.

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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21st, 1980 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. The film was directed by Irvin Kershner. »

- Brandon Johnston

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Films To Watch Before You Die #16 - A Clockwork Orange (1971)

4 December 2011 11:48 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

A Clockwork Orange, 1971.

Written and Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Michael Tarn, James Marcus, Warren Clarke and David Prowse.

A Clockwork Orange is Stanley Kubrick’s highly stylised and controversial adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel. The film depicts a dystopian Britain plagued with youth gangs, crime, rape and ultra violence.

The story follows Alex (McDowell) a charming, but unhinged leader of a small youth gang who spend their time robbing, raping and generally committing crimes. Alex leads his little gang on a crime spree that sees them rape a woman and cripple her husband in their own home. The spree continues, but with his droogs unhappy with Alex’s leadership they set him up to get caught and imprisoned. The government then attempts to rehabilitate Alex using controversial psychological conditioning, »

- flickeringmyth

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Rare 'Empire Strikes Back' Interviews: Prequels, Sequels and the 'Controversial' Ending

1 December 2011 5:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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If you enjoyed our Billy Dee Williams/Harrison Ford photo from earlier this week, then you're going to love this. The Official Star Wars Blog recently posted a press video from 1980, which features rare interviews with the cast and crew of 'Empire Strikes Back.' Some of the highlights include Harrison Ford discussing the possibility of 'Star Wars' sequels (Episodes 7, 8, and 9); director Irvin Kershner defending what was then considered 'Empire''s controversial cliffhanger ending; and David Prowse, who played Darth Vader, not knowing about the end of the movie since George Lucas purposefully gave him a fake script (Mark Hamill was the only cast member who knew what was going to happen).

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- Alex Suskind

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Dubbed: the actors who lost their voices

14 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wuthering Heights star James Howson had his voice overdubbed in the film, it has emerged. He joins a surprisingly well-known group of actors...

All things considered, Wuthering Heights has been good for James Howson, the unschooled, unemployed Leeds local who stars as Heathcliff. Andrea Arnold's drama has provided him with a pay cheque, a launchpad and a prospective ticket to an acting career. It now transpires that it provided him with a voice as well.

On first seeing the film, Howson noted with dismay that his performance had been dubbed. "I felt really hurt," he said this week. "All the things I had to do in the film – the cold mornings, the difficult scenes – and then they use someone else's voice."

It's hard not to feel some sympathy for Howson, plucked against the odds from open call auditions and pouring his heart and soul into playing brooding, vengeful Heathcliff. »

- Xan Brooks

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The Academy celebrates Smith, Jones and Winfrey at third annual Governors Awards

12 November 2011 10:37 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Thanks to the miracle of Twitter and about 10 minutes of down time on vacation in Miami, I can pretty much cyber-report on tonight's Governors Awards ceremony. You ready? Alright, so… As guests took their seats, John Williams' "Star Wars" score struck on the sound system and the room was flooded with Storm Troopers. Darth Vader took to the stage. Obviously, it was a tip of the hat to one of this year's Honorary Oscar recipients, James Earl Jones. Anyway, Vader hit the podium, removed his masked to reveal -- wait, it wasn't David Prowse at all. It was Academy president »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Newly Revealed Return Of The Jedi Set Photos Feature Luke, Leia & Boba Fett

8 November 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Though filming took place almost 30 years ago, these photos have yet to circulate around the net. Take a behind the scenes look at Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and other cast/crew filming scenes on Jabba the Hutt's pleasure barge. In the final episode of the Star Wars saga, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) emerges intact from the carbonite casing in which he'd been sealed in The Empire Strikes Back. The bad news is that Solo, together with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), is prisoner to the grotesque Jabba the Hutt. But with the help of the charismatic Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), our heroes and our heroine manage to escape. The next task is to rid the galaxy of Darth Vader (body by David Prowse, voice by James Earl Jones) and the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid), »

- Pietro Filipponi

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How To Fix The Star Wars Prequels?

22 September 2011 6:07 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Okay, so, time and again we’ve heard people complaining about the Star Wars prequels, whether it’s passionate blog posts on this very site, RedLetterMedia’s incredible film-by-film breakdowns or just someone weeping in their local HMV because of what Lucas has done to their beloved saga.

But, what were people expecting? What could have made the Star Wars prequels great and worthy of the original trilogy? You’ve all had time to soak in the hundreds of hours of extra features on the Blu-rays and compare and contrast the old with the new. (Provided you didn’t kick your foot through your television in anger at all of Lucas’ pointless CG revisions.)

Personally I think the story of Anakin Skywalker was a story not worth telling, it’s basically like having a six hour flashback sequence that would occur once Luke realises Darth Vader is his father. Imagine »

- Owain Paciuszko

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World’s Largest Lightsaber Ignited To Celebrate Star Wars Blu-ray Release

19 September 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

This past Thursday, a star-studded crowd gathered at London’s BT Tower to celebrate the launch of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, but this was no ordinary launch party. Actor Anthony Daniels (C-3Po) sporting a shiny golden tie was on hand to ignite the world’s largest lightsaber.

The BT Tower itself was fashioned with appropriately placed lights to create the hilt of the saber, and over sixty, four foot tall, 270 pound, 4,500 watt bulbs shot a beam of light over 650 feet into the air from atop the 620 foot tall tower, creating the world’s largest version of the elegant weapon, from a more civilized age.

Check out the video and images from the event below!

Star Wars Blu-ray | World’s Largest Lightsaber

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Images via Star Wars UK

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- Jason Moore

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New At-at Featurette from Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray

13 September 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Later this week, the entire Star Wars saga hits high-definition Blu-ray for the first time. Even though Lucas has made some tweaks to the original trilogy (again), most true fans are going to pick up a copy because it’s high-def and there’s a small galaxy worth of never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and deleted scenes from all six films.

One very cool thing that is included is a look behind the scenes at the origin and creation of the At-ATs for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, which you can see some of in the clips below!

Featurette: Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray

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Featurette: Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray

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See larger image Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-vi) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) Director: George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, »

- Jason Moore

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52 Reasons Why Star Wars Might Just Be The Greatest Film of All Time

12 September 2011 6:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas created what is rightly considered one of the greatest films ever, launching a phenomenon that still shows no sign of waning, even despite those who might suggest that the director has spent the past ten or so years undoing his creation’s own heritage. Regardless of that, the Star Wars franchise is a behemoth that won’t be stopped any time soon, and as long as there are new formats, there will be new versions of the six original films, as well as a multitude of spin-offs.

Today the most anticipated of home video releases lands on shelves, as Lucas’ entire franchise – his sci-fi opera if you want to label it in such terms – gets the high definition treatment, and is packaged with a veritable treasure trove of special features that will have even the most cynical of »

- Simon Gallagher

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Video Vault – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

9 September 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

A long time ago, in a living room far, far away (well, Elgin), I remember sitting down to watch Star Wars for the very first time. Now, twenty-odd years, a full franchise and hundreds of pounds worth of merchandise later, I am sitting down to watch it again in anticipation of the saga’s encroaching release on Blu-ray.

The problem with Star Wars, however – and there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type – is that it doesn’t feel like a movie. It feels like so much more than that. A childhood spent mimicking the sound of a Yt-1300 light freighter (not) making the jump to lightspeed; the rush of endorphins that dutifully follows the recitation of the series’ theme music, a deep conviction that Han Solo shot first, and a general aversion to any religion which doesn’t grant you Force powers and a complimentary lightsaber. It »

- Steven Neish

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Deleted Scene from The Empire Strikes Back Features Han and Leia Bickering

7 September 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Next week the entire Star Wars saga hits high-definition Blu-ray for the first time. While some people (myself included) aren’t real happy about some of the tweaks that Señor Lucas has made (again) to original trilogy, what almost everyone is truly excited about are the never-before-seen deleted scenes from the saga.

One such scene (among many) is the one below from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back featuring a bickering Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in the tunnels of the rebel base on Hoth. Check it out!

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Trailer: Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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Trailer: Star Wars: The Complete Saga – Deleted Scenes

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga On Blu-Ray is available for pre order now, and hits store shelves on September 16th, »

- Jason Moore

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Darth Vader turns agony aunt in Ask Vader, plus Star Wars Moments Visualiser

6 September 2011 4:18 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

In The run-up to the September 12 release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, two new online features have been unveiled.

Need advice on your love life or on dealing with your tyrannical boss or unbearable co-workers? Or maybe you want tips on a new career or some insight into your real purpose in life? 

Then look no further, as Star Wars baddie Darth Vader will (im)patiently listen to your questions (typed into a text input field) before dishing out his dark wisdom with the power of the Force.

You can find Ask Vader at this weblink.

Other features at the site include unlockable Special Moments with Vader - hidden surprises recounting some of the villain's most treasured memories from the sci-fi saga. In addition, Dave Prowse, the man who played the character, this month publishes his autobiography.

Also available is the Star Wars Moments Visualiser allowing »

- David Bentley

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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Deleted Scene Video

6 September 2011 3:13 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Empire Strikes Back Deleted Scene Video. The Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) deleted scene video from the Irvin Kershner directed film stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. The scene features deleted scenes from the sequence when Han Solo (Harrison Ford) decides to leave Planet Hoth and has an argument with Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in a frozen hallway. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back‘s plot synopsis: “While Luke takes advanced Jedi training from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.”

Remember the original scene:

“I’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee”/”I can arrange that… You could use a good kiss!”

This scene needed to be deleted from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, its bad. The scene in the film is much better. This deleted Star Wars »

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With Henry Cavill Revealed as Superman, We Ask: Who Best Embodies the Character to Date?

6 September 2011 1:23 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros' first promotional still from Man of Steel.

Everyone has their own opinion about who best embodied Superman on the screen over the decades. Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, etc. have all donned the red, blue and yellow tights. Who you prefer is often largely a part of the era in which you grew up.

For anyone born between the late ’50s and and mid-’70s, Christopher Reeve is probably the Superman with whom they most closely identify.

But the now-classic 1978 Richard Donner film was also a milestone for other reasons. It was the first big-budget, blockbuster superhero film—the one that opened the door for such fare on the silver screen. And it redefined Superman in important ways, changing our perception of the character. Credit Donner with that. He treated the Man of Steel seriously, but new how to insert humor that felt organic. »

- Robert Falconer

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Who Is the Greatest 'Star Wars' Character of All Time?

2 September 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Ever since "Star Wars" first hit theaters in 1977 and became an instant international phenomenon, fans have been arguing over who the coolest character is. And considering its been over 30 years now, we figure it's about time to settle it once and for all. So who will get to pass final judgment on the most important pop culture debate of our time?

You.

Yes, to celebrate the September 16 release of the entire series on Blu-ray, it's the ultimate "Star Wars" poll, where you get to decide who the most awesome "Star Wars" character of all time is. Love yourself some Luke Skywalker? Can't resist the cosplay possibilities of slave Leia? Still besotted with the greatest action figure of all time, Boba Fett? Cast your vote -- and may the Force be with your favorite.

Luke Skywalker

Actor: Mark Hamill

Notable Moment: Saving the universe would usually top the list, but having »

- Scott Harris

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Darth Vader star Dave Prowse to share life story in new book

2 September 2011 7:17 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Dave Prowse, the man behind the menacing mask of Star Wars baddie Darth Vader, is to share his story in a new autobiography published later this month.

Straight From The Force's Mouth, which hits shelves on September 17, promises to take readers behind the scenes of the sci-fi saga and reveal how the 6ft 7ins bodybuilder helped create one of the most iconic villains in cinema history.

In this book of memoirs, Dave spills the beans on his journey from disadvantaged child and poor student to champion weightlifter and international film star.

Prowse said: "I have had a great career and have worked with some incredible people and look forward to sharing my story with the fans."

Apex Publishing's Chris Cowlin said: "The Dave Prowse story is one of determination and hard work and in this honest account he explains how he overcame the many setbacks in his life to achieve success and global recognition. »

- David Bentley

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New Trailer for Star Wars: The Complete Saga On Blu-Ray

17 August 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Last month, Lucasfilm‘s 35th appearance at San Diego’s Comic-Con included a presentation of a montage featuring some of the deleted scenes included in Star Wars: The Complete Saga that will be released on a nine-disc Blu-ray set on September 12th in international markets and September 16th throughout North America.

Now, Lucasfilm has released the official full trailer for Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray. Check it out below, along with the deleted scenes trailer (in case you missed it last time).

Trailer: Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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Trailer: Star Wars: The Complete Saga – Deleted Scenes

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga On Blu-Ray is available for pre order now, and hits store shelves on September 16th, 2011.

See larger image Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-vi) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) Director: George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, »

- Jason Moore

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Sdcc 2011: First Look at Star Wars Blu-ray Deleted Scenes

22 July 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Back in May, we brought you details of  Star Wars: The Complete Saga that will be released on a nine-disc Blu-ray set on September 12th in international markets and September 16th throughout North America. Lucasfilm, which is celebrating its 35th appearance at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, introduced fans to a montage of some of the deleted scenes included in the set. Check it out below!

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Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released on May 25th, 1977 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew. The film was directed by George Lucas.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21st, 1980 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. The film was directed by Irvin Kershner. »

- Jason Moore

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30 Greatest Summer Movie Quotes of All Time

4 July 2011 10:18 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

From "Men in Black's" "You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good" to "Top Gun's" "I feel the need... the need for speed!" -- movies released in the summertime months lend themselves to some great quotable movie lines! Read through 30 of the best ever!

30 Best Summer Movie Quotes"Independence Day" (1996)

“Y’know, this was supposed to be my weekend off, but noooo. You got me out here draggin »

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