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For years Star Wars fans could only dream about the events of the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, as first introduced in the original Star Wars trilogy. The power of the dark side that seduced Darth Vader, the legendary piloting skills of Luke's father, it was all only spoken about, until George Lucas announced plans to finally bring Episodes I, II, and III to life, promising to show us the first meeting between Obi-Wan and Anakin and the fateful duel that turned the newly minted Darth Vader into "more machine than man." And George Lucas needed to find perfect actor to play the role. Which wasn't an easy task by any means.
There were hundreds of screen tests before Lucas enlisted young Jake Lloyd to play the future Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. To say the performance wasn't well received is putting »
Now that Ron Howard has taken over the filming of the solo Han Solo movie it’s only fitting that people are trying to dig up any kind of information that links him to the Star Wars films. Five days ago perhaps the best link of them all is a letter that Ron Howard wrote back in 1999 which defends Jake Lloyd and The Phantom Menace. As you know, to this day The Phantom Menace is widely regarded as the worst Star Wars film of all time and largely because the involvement of two characters: a young Anakin Skywalker played by
- Nat Berman
When you have a movie that's reached the levels of popular culture that Star Wars has, it would be all to easy for the stars of the films to be jaded. Having so much attention put on every little action on screen would drive most people a little crazy. Some, like Jake Lloyd, who played the young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, have even gone off the deep end due to the pressure.
Then you have someone like Mark Hamill. This guy understands his place in the Star Wars universe when it comes to fan relations. It's also nice to see him simply enjoying himself. Sometimes you see stars that cooperate in stunts like this and you can tell they clearly aren't enjoying themselves. Mark is having a great time in this video.
Lucasfilm Ltd is teaming with Unicef and the Starlight Foundation to help raise money for those organizations. »
- Tim Jousma
Edward Furlong, once a young rising star known for “Terminator 2” and “American History X,” has been arrested multiple times as an adult on domestic violence charges. Macaulay Culkin, star of the first two “Home Alone” movies, was arrested in Oklahoma City for possession of controlled substances in 2007. Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars Episode I,” was arrested for reckless driving and resisting arrest in 2015. His mother later said that Lloyd had been suffering from schizophrenia. Shia Labeouf, who got his big start as a child actor on the Disney Channel show “Even Stevens,” was charged with »
- Jeremy Fuster
A good villain can redeem even the shittiest of films. Just look at how Darth Maul almost single-handedly rescues The Phantom Menace from Jake Lloyd, or the joy that is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the middling Thor. A bad villain, on the other hand, can hinder an otherwise great film (Guardians Of The Galaxy comes to mind). With its new video, WhatCulture is more interested in the disasters that could’ve been. In “10 Terrible Early Drafts That Almost Ruined Iconic Villains,” a number of effective bad guys are explored in their embryonic states, when they had the potential to veer into absurdity.
The Alien series, it appears, was rife with unfortunate early approaches that included the casting of a dog as the monstrous four-legged Xenomorph in Alien 3 and a design scheme for Alien: Resurrection’s alien-human hybrid to sport a raw-looking, smooshed-together fusion of male and female ...
- Randall Colburn
Let’s kick things off this week with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and although Josh Gad and Judi Dench have been unable to get answers about the mystery behind the title [see them try here and here], Disney’s Bob Iger has shed some light on the subject. After seeing an advanced screening of the movie, Iger said it was “a great chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga”. Now, does this confirm that Rey is in fact Luke’s daughter, or is this a hint that Mark Hamill will be the focus of the film..?
- Luke Owen
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: Mark Hamill sticks up for Jake Lloyd and George Lucas. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be hitting Blu-ray and DVD very soon. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is leaving Netflix. You can now dress like Jyn Erso for $450. Marvel’s new Darth Maul comic miniseries is […]
- Jacob Hall
Though the Star Wars saga is known and beloved throughout the world, there is a near universal dislike for George Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith with most of the criticism levelled at Phantom Menace for its talk of politics, clunky dialogue Jar Jar Binks and Jake Lloyd’s performance as a young Anakin Skywalker.
Many of the original Star Wars cast has remained mum on the Prequel Trilogy in the years since it ended, but Mark Hamill has broken his silence on the reception the films received in an interview with Vulture. The Luke Skywalker actor expressed surprise at how much vitriol Star Wars fans aimed at the films, particularly towards Jake Lloyd.
“I couldn’t believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond ‘I didn’t like it’. I’m »
- Ricky Church
It’s been roughly 18 years since the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but many fans of the franchise still complain about George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. In fairness, it’s easy enough to understand why. After all, while each of the movies certainly had their moments, they didn’t exactly deliver after the stellar original trilogy. Not even close.
Hayden Christensen’s career also didn’t fare too well after two movies as Anakin Skywalker, but before he took over the role, it was the young Jake Lloyd who played the child who would one day become Darth Vader. Fans and critics alike tore into his performance and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace has taken a mauling (no pun intended) in the years since.
One person unhappy about that is Mark Hamill. Talking at the Sundance Film Festival, the Luke Skywalker actor had this to say about »
- Josh Wilding
Many consider George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy as a dark time in the franchise's long history, with everything from Jar Jar Binks to the digitally-created backdrops to the performances by Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen coming under intense scrutiny by fans. Now that the sci-fi series is more popular than ever, thanks to the massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the saga's biggest icons, Mark Hamill, is defending the prequels and its once young star Jake Lloyd. The actor also revealed in a recent interview that he was scared to return as Luke Skywalker, saying that he almost appeared in the 2010 anti-Star Wars documentary The People Vs. George Lucas.
Just because The Force Awakens was met with cheers and not jeers doesn’t mean Mark Hamill wasn’t concerned about the reception. In fact, Hamill tells Vulture that he was “terrified” to reprise the role of Luke Skywalker for Episode VIII, especially after seeing how the prequels were savaged, especially by fans. But Hamill set his trepidation aside to remind those hypercritical devotees that they were pretty shitty for dumping all over Jake Lloyd, who played the young Anakin in The Phantom Menace.
I couldn’t believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond ‘I didn’t like it’. I’m still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. He was only ten years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialogue.
Hamill also called fans to task for »
- Danette Chavez
When it comes to the Star Wars fandom, there's a lot to love. They're passionate, loyal, outspoken, and utterly devout. But when it comes to a certain subset of Star Wars fans, Mark Hamill has a bone to pick with them. See, the man who portrays Luke Skywalker in that galaxy far, far away has a big problem with the way certain fans treated the actor who played his father Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Despite the fact that the film came out nearly 18 years ago, Hamill still sounds quite peeved about the beating fans gave child actor Jake Lloyd, who was only 10 years old when he played Papa Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Here's what Hamill told Vulture:
"I couldn't believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond 'I didn't like it'. I'm still »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
After a 10-year drought of Star Wars movies, fans were finally transported back to that same galaxy far, far away last year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was followed by the spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just last month. Both movies were huge hits at the box office, ushering in a new era of Star Wars fandom that will keep growing and growing. There will be plenty of fans who keep revisiting the original trilogy and the prequels, but instead of a marathon movie session, one enterprising YouTube user has broken down the story told through all eight movies, in one two-minute video.
YouTube user Dylan Trost took it upon himself to cut together footage from the first seven movies, plus a few bits from Rogue One, to succinctly break down these epic movies in two minutes and 17 seconds. While the footage isn't necessarily in chronological order, »
Rogue One has been called a lot of things—“A Star Wars Story,” an anthology film, a stand-alone adventure—many of which are synonyms for “prequel.” Prequels are an inherently bad idea, and they are generally executed in a manner that makes them even worse, retreading imagery from the movies ostensibly “after” them as self-important foreshadowing, and glibly trading in self-aware references in the place of actual jokes.
While Rogue One trades in all of these prequel clichés, it is still much, much better than George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. There is no reason to watch the prequel trilogy in 2017, but if you did, you would remember how much worse a Star Wars prequel can get—its plastic acting, pristine PlayStation 2 set design, groan-worthy humor, and presence of Jake Lloyd have all somehow gotten worse over time. The prequels have been edited and re-edited a billion different ways, removing ...
- Clayton Purdom
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