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He is the Star Wars constant: Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all six Star Wars films, and next year he will return in a hugely anticipated seventh. As the voice and body of the faithful and fearful C-3Po, the 68-year-old has embodied this character — a role he initially didn’t even want — across TV shows, radio plays, concert tours, and theme park rides.
Below, Daniels talks about the iconic droid’s next appearance in Disney Xd’s fall animated series Star Wars Rebels, which chronicles the formation of the Rebel Alliance leading up to 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope. »
- James Hibberd
Go behind-the-scenes of Star Trek Into Darkness and learn more about the Klingon weaponry in our exclusive featurette for Star Trek: The Compendium, which debuts in a four-disc Blu-ray set today, September 9. Take a look at some of the massive gun and knife props that were used on director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, including Klingon weapons that were inspired by designs from the original Star Trek TV series.
Director J.J. Abrams' global sensations Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness set a course for the ultimate home entertainment package in Star Trek: The Compendium, arriving September 9, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The set includes four Blu-ray Discs with both films in sparkling high definition and the IMAX version of Star Trek Into Darkness, Digital HD copies of both films, plus previously released bonus material, including the Star Trek Into Darkness director's commentary. Star Trek »
To help ease the long wait until Star Trek 3 hits theaters in a few years, Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing the Star Trek: The Compendium on Blu-ray. This four-disc set features both of director J.J. Abrams' features Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness in one set, along with never-before-seen special features including a gag reel and featurettes.
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Ever since the Disney acquisition of the biggest franchise on the planet, Star Wars has been hot on everyone’s lips. Not that it’s ever been out of our sight in the past near four decades, but with the production of its third trilogy and spin-offs, Star Wars hysteria is starting to bubble once again.
George Lucas’ opus has been a definitive part of contemporary pop culture since its release. Half of today’s filmmakers credit it for their cinematic inspiration and ultimate ambitions. And for the most part they are a magnificent set of films, full of adventure, menace and heart that incite a childhood wonder in every generation.
Every part of their history is legend. From development difficulties to production hell, release phenomenon to the extended universe lore. If any film is chock-full of well documented and entertaining behind the scenes stories and tribulations, it’s the Star Wars films. »
- Jack Moulton
It is a fascinating moment to be a "Star Wars" fan. Right now, there is arguably more energy being expended on all things "Star Wars" than ever before. I remember the feeling in the early days of development on what became "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace," when there were just rumbles of a possible new film or even *Gasp!* a new trilogy of films. Hell, I remember when the Special Editions were just a rumor. I remember when a friend of mine called and said, "They're not a rumor. I have something to show you." He came by my house with a videotape, and on that videotape was the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition," the very first new "Star Wars" footage in what had been fourteen years at that point. It was mind-blowing. It made me reassess »
- Drew McWeeny
Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt will examine side-by-side advances in filmmaking technology and aviation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' four-evening series, "Hollywood Takes to the Air," beginning on Aug. 14. The opening night session, "The Illusions of Flight: Behind the Scenes of Hollywood's Aviation Classics," will include film clips, newly unearthed stunt and crash footage, and vintage sound recordings to show how capturing flight for motion pictures has evolved from open-cockpit camera work to CG techniques. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals
- Carolyn Giardina
Steven Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was one of the very first movies that I ever saw in theaters. It was a magical movie going experience that I'll never forget. It has been 32 years since this movie was released, and there's so much about it that I didn't know until I put together this list of trivia for you to browse through. Here are 15 fun facts about E.T., some of which you might not know about.
Steven Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T. With the exception of Elliot's mom, no adults' faces are shown until the last half of the film.Most of the full-body puppetry was performed by a 2' 10 tall stuntman, but the scenes in the kitchen were done using a 10-year old boy who was born without legs but was an expert on walking on his hands. »
- Joey Paur
It’s hard not to think about Star Wars with all the news and potential spoilers about Episode VII dropping lately. Still, for the purist, the original will remain the greatest of the series, even if there is no high-quality version of the theatrical releases available. With so much Star Wars lately, it only seems appropriate to go back to the beginning and revisit Star Wars before it was ever known as A New Hope. For the DVD release in 2007, a commentary track was added to the film, which has been preserved through the subsequent Blu-ray releases. Recorded separately and cobbled together for relevant points of the film, the commentary includes George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren. While this particular commentary does not offer a modern perspective of the legacy of the prequels or the upcoming films and spin-offs, it does give a look back at the making of a classic. Star Wars »
- Kevin Carr
Today is "Star Wars Day." You know, "May the fourth," because it sounds like "May the force (be with you)." Get It??? There has been plenty of "Star Wars" discussion this week as the people threatening to give us a seventh film in this storied franchise dropped a few casting details on the world. People like Oscar Isaac and Max von Sydow and Adam Driver will be joining old timers Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher for "Star Wars: Episode VII - Whatever Nifty Subtitle They Give It," and we'll probably be hearing about it constantly as the film forges on through production and post-production. To mark today's occasion, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan offered up a video howdy, which you can watch below if these movies are your thing. In case it's not readily evident, they're certainly not my thing, but I can't very well be »
- Kristopher Tapley
In this video the brilliant Star Wars sound design by Ben Burtt has been completely removed and replaced with vocal effects by Hudson Hongo. As kids I'm sure nearly every person on the planet picked up a stick or a lightsaber toy and made their own sound effects, this is the same idea but synced and edited into the original film.
I looked at his youtube page expecting lots of these videos but this is the only one he's done. I'd love to see Hongo do his "Bad Foley" for Jurassic Park, Tron, The Matrix, and Transformers. Thanks Laughing Squid for being the best non-squid based website with squid in it's name.
- Free Reyes
With almost 40 years of history - encompassing films, TV, comic books, video games and novels - there's a wealth of interesting facts and information about the vast universe hatched by George Lucas.
Here are ten fast facts we've discovered from a galaxy far, far away…
1. Inspired by the swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures that began in the '30s, a young George Lucas initially wanted to bring that serial to the big screen, but found the rights to the character difficult to untangle. From there he began to fashion his own space epic - a project that would eventually become the Star Wars we know and love.
However, things could have been a lot different as Lucas's first draft script was »
"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."
It appears as if director J.J. Abrams is planning on revisiting some of the most iconic alien worlds depicted in the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: Episode VII. According to Icelandic website visir, via metro, Abrams is sending a second unit crew to Iceland to shoot landscape "plate shots" for what could be a return to the ice planet of Hoth, which served as a Rebel Alliance base in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back before falling to Darth Vader's At-at assault. And, according to reliable scooper Drew Faraci of BadAssDigest, the first unit crew led by Abrams will begin shooting in Morocco on May 14th, at or near sites that were originally constructed to depict Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. Many of the structures originally created for Episode IV: A New Hope are still standing, though »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Washington, April 2: A new featurette has revealed how the iconic lightsabers were created for the 'Star Wars' franchise.
The 15-minute video, which was first seen as a special feature on the original Star Wars trilogy's DVD boxset in 2004, shows how production staff planned and choreographed the movies' complex fight sequences, the Verge reported.
The video also features lightsabers' inventor George Lucas, who explains and how he was inspired to include hand-to-hand combat by movie swashbuckling and historical Asian swordplay.
- Amith Ostwal
On slate this month for screening events at AMPAS – A trilogy of documentaries tailor-made for fans of the L.A. music scene in the early 80’s and two of the most fascinating characters to come out of the “Kennedy’s Camelot” era in American History.
Penelope Spheeris’ Decline Of Western Civilization films (I, II, and III) are a great walk down memory lane for music fans that came of age during the early 80’s in Los Angeles. 1 and 3 cover the early days of punk rock and 2, “the metal years” is an eye-opening look into the hair-bands that were struggling to make it on the famed Sunset Strip.
Grey Gardens, you just have to see to believe. Funny, sad, hilarious and sometimes shocking, this classic Maysles Brothers film documents a branch of the Kennedy family tree most people don’t know even existed.
- Melissa Thompson
If you were to stop 100 movie geeks on the street and ask them what fictional weapon they’d choose if they could have anything they wanted, we're willing to bet that at least 90 of them would say a lightsaber. The iconic weapon of the Jedi Knights is, as Ben Kenobi put it, “an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” Plus, being able to slice through pretty much anything is just flat-out awesome. A few years back, LucasFilm created a brief documentary on the history of the galaxy’s most revered weapon – a peek behind the curtain to see how George Lucas and his team created movie magic. Now, that documentary has turned up on YouTube -- where you can see it for yourself. Lucas, Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt spend roughly...
- Mike Bracken
A Star Wars featurette about the birth of the lightsaber has popped up online. It includes interviews with George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt as they discuss the concept and creation of the Jedi weapon of choice. The video also includes rare behind-the-scenes footage from the films, including Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. The featurette is 15-minutes long and worth the time for any Star Wars fan.
- Joey Paur
Over the thirty-five years since it flew into cinemas so much has been made about how Star Wars changed the industry. And we’re not going to deny that it had a massive influence, finishing off what Jaws started and setting up the blockbuster as the genre-defying future of cinema. But there was also a smaller, no less potent effect it.
Sci-fi in the seventies had been one-sided predictions; it was either clean distant futures or rough dystopias. What Star Wars did was, ironic for a series set far away and in the past, down to Earth. The world of George Lucas’ space fantasy was lived in, full of advanced science that had been used and showed its age. It was a design shift that without there’d never have been the equally important genre-shaping of Alien or Blade Runner.
A lot of praise tends to go to the visuals, »
- Alex Leadbeater
The official Star Wars youtube channel has debuted the vintage featurette 'The Birth of the Lightsaber'. This informative and entertaining short documentary debuted when the original trilogy first hit DVD way back in 2004, exactly ten years ago. Star Wars creator George Lucas, actor Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt discuss the concept and creation of the lightsaber in this 15 minute look at the Jedi's greatest weapon aside from the Force.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was released May 25th, 1977 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew. The film is directed by George Lucas. »
The announcement that George Lucas had sold his beloved Star Wars franchise to Disney two years ago took the internet by storm, and more than a few by surprise. Star Wars was seemingly done with the big screen, as Lucas’s enthusiasm had been dulled by the hostile reception of the prequel trilogy – and rightly so – and it seemed as if the future of Star Wars was to be confined to the novels of the Expanded Universe, numerous video games, and the comic books.
When it was announced that Disney now owned the franchise, speculation was rampant over what the company would do with their new toy, and although a sequel trilogy was part of the announcement, no one really knew what the next phase of series would cover, who would direct it, or which characters would appear in it. Some wondered if their favourite minor characters »
- Paul Sorrells
With Star Wars VII seemingly lost in a galaxy far, far away, the series' producers are holding fans' interest on what may be the final frontier: Instagram. In the months since Darth Vader posted his first selfie, the galactic franchise's account has been posting a steady mix of iconic portraiture and behind-the-scenes glimpses at how all six of the existing movies were made.
See Rolling Stone's Suggestions for the Upcoming Wave of 'Star Wars' Spinoffs
Among its hundreds of posts, several pictures stood out, such as ones showing »
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