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Return Of The Jedi - In a final battle for the freedom of the galaxy, Luke must come face to face with the dark side in order to turn and save Darth Vader while Han, Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca lead an alliance of rebels and ewoks. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was directed by Richard Marquand, from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas. The cast included: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Anthony Daniels as C-3Po, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca,David Prowse as Darth Vader, Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine, Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, Sebastian Shaw as Anakin Skywalker, and Frank Oz performing Yoda. »
After the original teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was released by LucasFilm last week, we have even more footage from the 1983 sequel, thanks to an enterprising fan known as Rotjeditdroid. This fan shelled out $699 for a rare Laserdisc on eBay, which contains special features that haven't been included in the previous Blu-ray and DVD releases. The first video pulled from the LaserDisc features alternate takes and behind-the-scenes lost footage from Yoda's death scene. In addition, we also have blooper reels from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and the prequels Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
We reported last week that there may be a big announcement for Star Wars: Episode VII on Wednesday, October 30, the one-year anniversary of Disney's »
YouTube user Neil Bowyer dropped a bombshell on the Internet yesterday in the form of two minutes and 36 seconds of never-before-seen Star Wars bloopers. The upload includes 10 outtakes ranging in length from seven seconds (a protective covering falls off Luke Skywalker's landspeeder) to 45 seconds (Stormtroopers struggle to break into Detention Block AA-23). Every moment comes from Episode IV: A New Hope, and various clapperboards reval they were captured between May 7th and June 18th, 1976 (George Lucas and Co. released the film, which won six Oscars, on May 25, 1977).
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Synopsis - Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was written and directed by George Lucas. The cast included: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, David Prowse as Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones), Anthony Daniels as C-3Po, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. »
Over the past two weeks, LucasFilm has re-released the original trailers for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Why have they done this? If a recent report is to be believed, the studio is planning on making a major announcement regarding Star Wars: Episode VII soon, and these videos may be whetting the fans' collective appetite for all things Star Wars. Today, we have the original teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, which bears the original title Star Wars: Episode VI - Revenge of the Jedi, before it was changed by George Lucas. The teaser shows Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) wielding a blue lightsaber, which was later changed to green in the final film. We also see Alec Guinness as Obi Wan Kenobi before his "spirit" effects were added. Take a »
Last week, LucasFilm dug into its archives and re-released the original teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, shortly after a report that a major announcement is coming regarding Star Wars: Episode VII in the form of a trailer. Today, one week later, the studio has released the original Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back trailer, which, oddly enough, did not show any actual footage from the movie, a tactic that director J.J. Abrams would surely love to employ in the years leading up to Episode VII's 2015 release. The trailer does include concept illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie depicting the Rebel base on Hoth, Cloud City and Luke Skywalker's final duel with Darth Vader.
After two weeks in a row of nostalgic and, frankly, laughable footage from the late 1970s, what does this all mean? It stands to reason that the original Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi »
In a humorous slip of the tongue at Nycc this weekend, Anthony Daniels- after first claiming he would reveal Nothing about Star Wars: Episode VII- let it slip that he will, indeed, be reprising C-3Po in the next film.
“Walls have ears. And we know what they look like. They’re very big ears…” was how he began things, when initially questioned about Episode VII. But then later, in an unguarded moment, answering a question about how he was the only actor to appear in all six, “maybe seven,” films Anthony responded with, “Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven because I feel -” then caught himself. “Six! Whatever” he added, before eluding back to his “big ears” comment from earlier. Oops!
In all honesty, though, this is hardly an earth shattering admission. George Lucas has long maintained that C-3Po and R »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Disney and Lucasfilm are toying with your emotions. There is no doubt about that. Yesterday, it leaked that the first Star Wars: Episode VII teaser trailer was about to debut, featuring new footage of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and serving as a casting announcement. It hasn't been revealed yet, but Lucasfilm did release a trailer for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In fact, its the very first teaser trailer, and footage, ever released in the history of the franchise, arriving in 1976 with some laughable narration, knowing what we know now of this sprawling saga. The trailer was released last night on the official Star Wars Youtube channel. Watch as the world is first introduced to Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca, C3PO and R2D2, Obi Wan Kenobi, The Stormtroopers and Darth Vader, in anticipation of the Star Wars: Episode VII teaser that could very will »
October can mean only one thing in the Dallas, TX area for thousands of comic book, movie, and TV fans. It's time for the annual Dallas Fan Days event at the Irving Convention Center. Every year the geek gathering continues to grow with an ever-increasing variety of comic book writers and artists and media celebrities. 2013 looks to top all the past years and raise the bar for local conventions across all genres.
Dallas Fan Days once catered strictly to Star Wars and Star Trek fans. However, it continues to broaden its horizons by featuring guests this year from movies and TV shows like Arrow, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Friday the 13th, The Walking Dead, and Napoleon Dynamite to name a few. It's a guarantee that there's someone for any enthusiast of every genre to meet or see.
There are way too many guests to go into detail for each of them. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
By Ryan Rigley
With the rumored return of Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the highly-anticipated "Star Wars VII," it would seem a fairly safe bet to make that the smuggler's famed Wookie compatriot, Chewbacca, will also be returning in the new trilogy. Last week, Den of Geek found a casting call put out by Walt Disney Pictures that describes attributes similar to that of a Wookie: "Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus."
Although early rumors of original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew being replaced in the new trilogy due to a serious illness have been popping up recently, Mayhew himself has now squashed those rumors stating "I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII." That said, what other notable Wookies might »
- MTV Movies Team
Coming up in the first weekend of October, the 4th -6th, is the return of Fan Days, presented by Dallas Comic Con! The guest line-up covers the whole gamut of popular sci-fi/fantasy genre, featuring Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, Torchwood and Arrow’s John Barrowman, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton, Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Defiance’s Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas, Star Wars’ Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Tom Kane, Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Charles Baker, Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, Green ranger Jason David Frank, comic legend Neal Adams, legendary artist Simon Bisley, horror artist icon Bernie Wrightson, 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles, FaceOff artist Rj Haddy, and so many more!
Make sure you can get in to see your fave stars, artists, and creators and buy your tickets online by Monday, September 30, 2013 to guarantee pre-registration for your admission tickets. »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Your daily bulletin bringing you all the latest film news on 26 September
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Hooray for Samuel L Jackson, who once again proves himself the quotey-est man in town after sharing his thoughts on Barack Obama. In a compelling interview with Playboy magazine the actor took the President to task over his tendency to drop his Gs when talking to voters.
"Stop trying to 'relate'," Jackson said. "Be a leader. Be fucking presidential."
The Django Unchained star - who also shared his thoughts on who he expects to be "fucking presidential" once Obama's second term is over ("If Hillary Clinton decides to run, she's going to kick their fucking asses") - took issue with the commander in chief shifting his identity to suit his audience.
"Look, I grew up in a society where I could say "It ain't" or "What it be" to my friends," he said. "But when »
- Henry Barnes
• Star Wars VII casting call suggests return of the wookie
Peter Mayhew's announcement came after a casting call from the film's studio, Disney, and Abrams' production company for a seven-foot tall actor sparked suggestions that wookiees would play a part in the new film. Mayhew, who stood 2.13m (7ft 3 in) tall in his youth, says he is the man for the job. "I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII," he told Bleedingcool.com, via a message from film-maker W Ryan Ziegler, »
- Ben Child
Since Disney made its shock acquisition of Lucasfilm and announced a new Star Wars trilogy, we've heard plenty of speculation about Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and even the likes of Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) returning to a galaxy far, far away for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII.
Well it seems we can now throw another beloved character into the mix, with UK casting agency Spotlight putting out a call which seems to indicate that everyone's favourite Wookie Chewbacca will be back in the new trilogy. According to the casting call, Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot for a "male, 7ft to 7.3ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out of too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus."
Now there is »
- Gary Collinson
Your daily movie bulletin bringing you the lowdown on 24 September
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Jj Abrams' Star Wars will include a wookie, if you read slightly too much into a new casting call for Episode VII. Lucasfilm and Bad Robot (Abrams' production company) Wltm a man, "7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus".
The height requirement has prompted a few sites to get excited about the idea of a new giant hairball shedding all over Abrams' take on the Star Wars universe. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films, was 7 foot, 2 inches, so there's reason for fans of fur to get excited. Still the role's requirements are a tall order ...
Leona Lewis will be doing some acting in Holiday!, a love triangle rom-com about sun, »
- Henry Barnes
A casting call for seven-foot actors from the studios behind the new Star Wars films has fueled speculation that wookiees could be making a return to the long-running space saga.
Disney, Lucasfilm and production company Bad Robot, owned by director Jj Abrams, issued the call via a British casting and auction service, Spotlight. Star War: Episode VII is being filmed in London early next year for a 2015 release date.
The call, for a movie cited only as "untitled studio feature" is for a "male 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus." The wookie-like requirements were first picked up by Den of Geek. »
- Ben Child
Chewbacca -- or one of his relatives -- could be making an appearance in "Star Wars: Episode VII," if a casting rumor out of the U.K. is to be believed.
The news comes from Den of Geek, which reports that a recent notice on a casting service called Spotlight posted the following ad for an "Untitled Studio Feature" from Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm/Bad Robot:
Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus.
Den of Geek points out that those measurements fit actor Peter Mayhew -- the 7-foot-3 actor who portrayed Chewbacca in the original trilogy -- perfectly, leading the site to speculate that Disney is looking for another wookiee to join the "Star Wars" universe. SlashFilm brings up the horrifying possibility that those »
- Katie Roberts
Since we haven't heard any official word about casting for Star Wars: Episode VII, rumors are the best we can give you right now. Today, we have word that the production has sent out a casting call that could mean everyone's favorite Wookie, Chewbacca, is set to return. While the casting call doesn't specifically say the role is Chewbacca, take a look at the type of actor Disney and LucasFilm are looking for.
"Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus."
Of course, since we know very little about the story, it is possible that this casting call is for a completely different, yet very tall character. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, »
Cool. So we ain’t the only ones on the planet putting out Episode VII scoops. We were starting to feel lonely in a galaxy far, far away. Anyway, the folks at Den Of Geek seemed to have scored themselves a casting call that has been put out by “Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm/Bad Robot” for what seems like a Wookie or maybe a Gungan. They scooped it on an audition series called Spotlight.
The casting call for “Untitled Studio Feature” specifically says:
“Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too ‘thick set’ especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus”.
Den Of Geek also says:
- El Mayimbe
We've been so caught up in wondering about the actors who might be in Star Wars: Episode VII that we've completely overlooked the multitude of alien races that might be in the film. One of the more appealing aspects of Star Wars is that the heroes aren't all human, and perhaps Episode VII will continue that tradition. Den of Geek has reportedly found a casting call put out by "Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm/Bad Robot" for a: "Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus". Den of Geek believes that because Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew is 7' 3" tall, the production could be looking to cast an actor to play a wookie. Of course, assuming this casting call is even legit, we don't know if it's »
- Matt Goldberg
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