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While we wait in an anticipatory lather for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to open on December 18, our thoughts turn to the last time we got so excited for a new set of "Star Wars" movies.
The year was 1999 and fans camped out for "The Phantom Menace" -- only to have their hopes dashed by the unwelcome comic relief of Jar Jar Binks. The other two prequels were marginally better, but the majority of fans agree, they can't hold a candle to the original trilogy.
What has the cast of the prequels (and their special set of skills) been up to since then? Saving the world, winning an Oscar, and singing their hearts out, for starters. But for young Jake Lloyd, it was a scarring experience that he would rather forget.
- Sharon Knolle
Back in 1999, the world was a more innocent place. Bill Clinton ruled over a peaceful, united nation; kids played with N64s instead of staring at smartphones all day; and no one knew that Star Wars: Episode I was going to be Star Wars: Episode I. No one except Newsweek reporter Seth Stevenson, that is, who, in a piece published before The Phantom Menace's release, tried to warn an excited populace that the movie might actually be bad. Now Stevenson, writing at Slate, remembers how his story earned him an angry letter from Ron Howard, who took issue with the magazine reporting rumors that little Jake Lloyd had been dubbed "Mannequin Skywalker" for his wooden acting. "While your ‘Buzz Wars, Episode One’ piece was generally snide and insipid," Howard wrote, "the pot shot at nine year old Jake Lloyd was down right irresponsible," adding that it was »
- Nate Jones
Luke Skywalker might not be in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer - but Jar Jar Binks now is.
The much-loathed Star Wars character has been superimposed into the new trailer, along with some other Episode I-iii (in)famous faces.
As well as providing us with our new nightmare of Jar Jar's eyes coming out of Darth Vader's skull, the excellent mash-up also sees George Lucas take over Harrison Ford's body and the return of Jake Lloyd's Anakin Skywalker.
The video follows on from an earlier Binks-ified trailer of the original teaser in April.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens zooms into UK cinemas on December 17, before landing in the Us a day later.
Watch the amazing original version of the trailer below: »
As the countdown to Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues (136 days, but who's counting), fans are starting to learn more and more about this highly-anticipated sequel. Earlier today, we got more insight into the Star Wars writing process from "creative consultant" Simon Kinberg. Last week, J.J. Abrams hit the red carpet premiere of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which he produced, where the filmmaker revealed an interesting tidbit of trivia regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As part of a series of "yes or no" question, the filmmaker was asked by MTV if the controversial "midi-chlorians," first mentioned in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, were brought up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director simply said, "No."
Towards the middle of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) tells Anakin Skywalker's (Jake Lloyd) that midi-chlorians are microscopic organisms that live inside all of us. »
Michael Jackson, like most fans, wanted to be in a "Star Wars" movie. The King of Pop campaigned for a role in "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace"; he hoped to play Jar Jar Binks, an unfortunate choice for several reasons, one being that George Lucas didn't want to go in that direction. Mj may have found Lucas's lack of faith disturbing, but -- in hindsight -- *not* playing Jar Jar Binks is something we should all feature on our resumés. So who really won in this deal?
Ahmed Best was the guy who ended up playing the much-derided character and he recently talked to Vice about meeting the late pop star who wanted his job.
In a Reddit interview, you mentioned that Michael Jackson originally wanted to play the role of Jar Jar Binks. Was that a joke?
That's what George told me. Me, Natalie Portman, »
- Gina Carbone
If the "Star Wars" franchise has a nadir, it would have to be Jar Jar Binks. The reviled floppy eared character first appeared in "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace" and quickly came to represent all that is wrong with the prequels. Sidelined in the subsequent two instalments, there's no plans to bring him back for the moment.
The man who voiced the character, actor Ahmed Best, spoke with Vice this month - a full sixteen years after he first voiced the character. Surprisingly, Best revealed that George Lucas had told him that Michael Jackson was originally keen on the part and wanted to do it in prosthetics and make up:
"Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids - we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, »
- Garth Franklin
The odds of successfully surviving Star Wars Bits is approximately 3,720 to 1. Here’s the lowdown on all the Star Wars goodies you can find out about after the jump: Go behind the scenes of Star Wars Rebels second season premiere Is Ben Mendelsohn in Star Wars: Rogue One or not? Ewan McGregor bashes Kylo […]
- Ethan Anderton
'Star Wars' actor Jake Lloyd -- who played Anakin Skywalker -- suffers from schizophrenia, went off his meds and attacked his mother before his latest police run-in... TMZ has learned. We've learned that the Indianapolis Metro Police Department was called on March 26 to report the assault. During her interview with cops, Lloyd's mother, Lisa revealed Jake has schizophrenia and was off his meds. According to the report, Lisa told police Lloyd showed up »
- TMZ Staff
We just got the first video of Jake Lloyd's high speed chase and it's Insane! As we've reported ... cops say Lloyd hit 117 mph in his Nissan as he swerved in and out of traffic -- and this dash cam video shows him going off the highway, passing people on the shoulder, and kicking up huge clouds of dust in the median. How he didn't crash into an innocent driver ... is amazing. The dash cam »
- TMZ Staff
Jake Lloyd, the 26-year-old actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and Arnold Schwarzenegger's son in "Jingle All the Way," has been arrested in South Carolina. The actor was driving in Charleston, when Sheriff's deputies began pursuing him, which quickly escalated into a chase that went on for miles, into another county. Deputies say Lloyd began passing cars on the double yellow line and began driving recklessly, at high speeds. He eventually lost control of his car, running off the road, through a fence and into a wooded area where the car struck several trees. Lloyd was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license. He's currently in custody. »
Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" -- hit speeds of 117 Mph as he swerved in and out of traffic before hitting a bunch of trees. TMZ broke the story ... Lloyd is in custody after the wild chase last week. It started in Charleston, S.C. when cops noticed Lloyd driving a Nissan at around 80 Mph. They began to chase him, and Lloyd's reaction was to speed up, »
- TMZ Staff
Jake Lloyd, the actor best known for playing the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, was arrested over the weekend following a high-speed car chase in Charleston, S.C. Jake Lloyd Arrested When Charleston police attempted to pull over Lloyd, 26, the former child actor attempted to evade them, according to TMZ. Cops […]
- Chelsea Regan
The force was definitely with him — behind the wheel. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace actor Jake Lloyd was arrested recently in Charleston, South Carolina, following a high-speed car chase, TMZ reports. According to the site, police pursued the 26-year-old when he began to recklessly drive and pass cars on the double yellow line. The star refused to pull over, and eventually crashed into some trees. Lloyd was arrested for driving without a license, reckless driving, failure to stop, and resisting arrest. He's still in [...] »
It sounds more like “Smokey and the Bandit,” but a former child actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in a “Star Wars” movie was in jail and facing charges Sunday after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in Walterboro, South Carolina. Jake Lloyd, 26, was charged with reckless driving after hitting speeds over 100 miles an hour before crashing into trees off Interstate 95, Colleton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland told the Associated Press. The incident involving the former actor, who appeared as Skywalker in the 1999 movie “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” occurred Wednesday »
- Todd Cunningham
Jake Lloyd, a former child star best known for his role Of Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, has been arrested after allegedly leading cops in South Carolina on a high-speed chase. The 26-year-old, whose character became Darth Vader, has not commented about the incident. He was arrested on Wednesday and faces charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, failing to stop for a blue light and resisting arrest. He is due in court in July. Lloyd was detained under the name Jake Broadbent and he is listed as such on court records. The Colleton County Sheriff's Office, which released a photo from his driver's license (see below), »
Jake Lloyd, who appeared as a child playing young Anakin Skywalker in 1999’s “Star Wars” prequel “The Phantom Menace,” has been arrested in South Carolina after leading police on a high-speed car chase, Colleton County authorities have confirmed.
Lloyd was driving in Charleston, S.C., when police attempted to pull him over. Lloyd then led authorities on a chase that went on for miles and ended when Lloyd lost control of his vehicle and crashed into trees.
The 26-year-old was arrested under the name Jame Broadbent with charges of failure to stop at a blue light and resisting arrest. He is currently in custody awaiting bond.
In a recent interview, however, Lloyd revealed that he left the film business for good, saying his “Star Wars” fame ruined his childhood and »
- Alex Stedman
Lloyd was allegedly driving in Charleston, South Carolina, when law enforcement officers began pursuing him.
The pursuit took place over a number of miles, with Lloyd driving recklessly at high speed before crashing into woodland.
The actor was then arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a licence.
Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin Skywalker in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, was arrested in Charleston, S.C., TMZ reports. Lloyd, 26, was driving when sheriff's deputies attempted to get him to pull over, with the chase then lasting several miles, according to TMZ. Eventually, Lloyd reportedly lost control of the vehicle, driving off the road and hitting several trees. He was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license and is currently in custody, TMZ reports. In addition to Phantom Menace, Lloyd has had roles in the films Jingle All
- Ryan Gajewski
Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," was arrested, TMZ has learned, after an insane car chase that ended when Jake plowed into some trees. Cops say Lloyd was driving in Charleston, South Carolina, when Sheriff's deputies began pursuing him. The chase was underway and it went on for miles, into another county. Deputies say Jake began passing cars on the double yellow line and began driving recklessly, »
- TMZ Staff
Shortly after Disney bought LucasFilm in October 2012, it was revealed that LucasFilm founder George Lucas had written treatments for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, the studio decided to toss them out and develop their own story instead of using George Lucas' ideas. Until now, it was never known why. The print issue of Vanity Fair reveals that George Lucas' story largely centered on teenagers, which Disney was wary of due to the negative critiques of the prequel trilogy. Here's what producer Kathleen Kennedy had to say in a brief statement.
"We've made some departures...exactly the way you would in any development process."
While there is still much we don't know about the actual story in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's clear that the story centers on a younger group of heroes. Although they are in their 20s and 30s, and not youngsters like Jake Lloyd, »
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