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Artist Eric Tan has created this super cool set of Star Wars trilogy art featuring prints for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and his most recent addition, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Each one features Luke Skywalker facing the epic journey that he has ahead of him in that particular story.
If you like the art, they are available for purchase at the Disney Store for $400 a piece. They’re each limited to 100 worldwide and come in a custom frame. To purchase, click on the following links: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Here's a note from the artist:
"The circle is now complete! Like so many kids in the early 80's, #starwars completely ruled my childhood. It not only created endless hours of entertainment but launched so many kids' creativity into hyperspace. »
- Joey Paur
We've featured the work of artist Eric Tan before, and he's frequently featured by Mondo and more. But he also gets commissioned to do a lot of official artwork for Disney. And now that Star Wars is under the House of Mouse, he was commissioned to create three pieces commemorating the original Star Wars trilogy. All three of the original episodes, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, all get their own cool print in Tan's signature style, and they look absolutely stunning. The only downside is they are extremely limited editions, and you'll have to spend a pretty penny to get all of them. Here's all three of Eric Tan's Star Wars trilogy prints from The Disney Store (via Instagram): On his official blog (where you can see more of his artwork), Eric Tan said: "The circle is now complete! Like so many kids in the early 80’s, »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Last week we had a look at easter eggs hidden in the Star Wars. Today we’re turning our gaze to the original films. And boy are there some doozies in there.
The original Star Wars films (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi) themselves are over thirty years old, but they still fresh today. And we’re not talking about relentless updates either; the films boast incredible designs and an incredible sense of world building. And, of course, an abundance of easter eggs.
In the pre-cgi days hiding things in film was a lot harder. Nowadays all it takes is five minutes of a programmers time, but when everything was models each hidden in-joke had to be flawlessly executed. This would make you think that the original trilogy would be much lighter on easter eggs than the more recent films. And while a »
- Alex Leadbeater
It is imperative that the threat of failure loom over a cinematic protagonist’s head; without it there’s no drama. Do you remember how riveting the subway fight was between Agent Smith and Neo at the end of the first Matrix film? How about Luke Skywalker’s face off with with his estranged father at the end of The Empire Strikes Back? Of course you do.
Cinema is littered with examples of battles like these, where the protagonist (or protagonists) is not just evenly matched with the antagonist, but seriously outgunned. Sometimes though cinematic match-up can be so skewed to the villain’s favor that the only way a hero ends up winning is through luck, an amazing coincidence, or a deus ex machina moment.
This outcome can sometimes be to the detriment of a film, but other times it can make a particular character, scene or film more memorable. »
- Adam Mohrbacher
“What’s the matter, Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?”
Exciting news for both movie lovers and gastronomes! After a brief hiatus, Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by the talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails from Eclipse Mixologist Seth Wahlman) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 5:30 for the pre-show which includes live music and an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!
The hot new locale is The Loop – specifically the main dining room at Eclipse, on the ground floor of the Moonrise Hotel in the University City Loop (6177 Delmar Boulevard, St Louis, Mo 63112). Chef Liz Schuster will begin the newest incarnation of the series with a screening of the »
- Tom Stockman
It’s easy to complain about how mainstream cinema is dominated by sequels, but at least they tend to be good (or are trying to be). In days gone by sequels were desperate cash-ins made on the cheap that never purported to have any worth. The conventional trajectory for a series was always downhill (see the Christopher Reeve Superman), which is the reason films like The Godfather: Part II and The Empire Strikes Back were such a big deal; sequels had never been this impressive before.
One area where the old idea that sequels mark a decrease in quality still holds is in animated movies. While this year has seen a eighth Planet Of The Apes, seventh X-Men and tenth Marvel that are not only awesome movies, but box office hits, to find an animated sequel that actually betters the first is hard to come by.
Due to »
- Alex Leadbeater
If you feel like your walls are sorely lacking when it comes to quality Star Wars posters, Bottleneck Gallery and artist Matt Ferguson have you covered. Ferguson has created prints for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and they each do a good job of capturing the atmosphere of the locale they represent (Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor, respectively). These posters will be on sale from Thursday, September 4th at 12pm Est to Sunday, September 7th at 11:59pm Est. Each print costs $35 or $100 for the set. Each print will be numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Ferguson. The number of the edition will be determined after the sale on Sunday. Or you could also just try to win a set from us. Hit the jump for more details on these posters and to find out how you can enter to win a set. »
- Matt Goldberg
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Pulp Empire is a fan-edit of The Empire Strikes Back but done in the style of Quentin Tarantino. Brilliantly edited and sound mixed by Njvc, Pulp Empire is an amazing labor of love. He is really channeling Tarantino's style and has really compressed the storyline for the whole movie.
Fan-edits still sit in a fair-use legal grey area, so please only watch these if you have legal copies of all six Star Wars movies and copies of every Tarantino movie soundtrack. Odds are these will get pulled at some point so watch them while you can.
The whole movie is about 89 minutes long. I recommend watching the trailer first to give you a sense of the style.
- Free Reyes
The editorial staff of the official "Star Wars" website, StarWars.com, have decided to rank the top ten one-on-one fights in the first six "Star Wars" movies. Each of the lightsaber battles was ranked on "inventiveness, choreography and emotional impact".
What will surprise people will be the top choice. The Darth Maul fight in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" is about the only sequence from that film commonly lauded, and it came in at number one. That it beat out the more iconic battle between Luke and Darth Vader in "The Empire Strikes Back" in second place will certainly ruffle some feathers.
Meanwhile the final battle between Luke and Vader in "Return of the Jedi" came in fifth, with the two battles at the end of "Revenge of the Sith" (Obi-Wan vs. Anakin, Yoda vs. Palpatine) coming in third and fourth.
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- Garth Franklin
The year is 1980. The Empire Strikes Back is in theaters and Star Wars fever is running wild. Recently rising to popularity is a brand of underwear called Underoos which operate under a simple premise. License as many characters as you can and make underwear for kids based on those licenses. Somewhere along the way someone at Underoos, perhaps a quiet loner people found unsettling, decided the best way to market this product was to show kids wearing it...and singing...and dancing. No one stopped him and what follows is one of the results. Chilling. One final note. After we've just witnessed Star Wars characters and children in underwear doing this... This... And »
Celebrities, politicians and everyday folk (including myself) have taken part in raising awareness for Als research. Yesterday we saw Henry Cavill and Amy Adams as Superman and Lois Lane complete the Ice Bucket Challenge for Als and now we have Homer Simpson completing the challenge.
Less impressive when a cartoon does it, but at least there’s a few cameos in there including Olaf from Frozen and the Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back…
Now the longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. Homer (Dan Castellaneta) works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant; Marge (Julie Kavner) tries to keep the peace in her family; Bart (Nancy Cartwright) is the mischievous 10-year-old hellion; eight-year-old Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is the intelligent, saxophone-playing, vegetarian member of the family; and baby Maggie conveys emotions via pacifier sucks.
The post Homer Simpson completes the »
- Luke Owen
From lightsabers to Darth Vader's mask to quotable lines ("Use the Force!"), few movies are as hugely iconic as the original Star Wars trilogy. But new video has just revealed that one of the most memorably elements of the sci-fi fantasy was nearly cut from the films completely, that'd be the voice of Yoda. Giant Freakin Robot has tipped us to an interview with legendary puppeteer and moviemaker Frank Oz, in which he confesses that George Lucas fought hard to get anyone but Oz to voice the pint-sized Jedi master in 1980's Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Oz recalls: "George didn't want my voice in the beginning. I gave him a (demo) tape. He said, 'No thank you.' And in post-production for about a year I heard that he was auditioning voices for Yoda. He had no intention of using me for the voice. Then »
At the beginning of 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV . A New Hope, Darth Vader was introduced as the man in charge of the Galactic Empire, or at least, it seemed that way. With his intimidating visage, his booming voice, and his Force choking abilities, Vader went down in history as a badass for the Dark Side. At least, that was until he softened up a bit in Star Wars: Episode V . The Empire Strikes Back. Part of that softening was, assumably, because he learned about the existence of his long lost son. The other part was definitely because we got to see the man behind the man . Emperor Palpatine. As time went on, fans learned that if you were going to fear any one thing in the Star Wars universe, it had better be The Emperor. If the latest rumors from Latino Review turn out to be true, »
(Is Bringing Back Another Classic Villain?)
We've heard this rumor before. That Ian McDiarmid will be reprising his role as Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) in Star Wars: Episode VII. But now Latino Review is confirming from two different sources that the character will indeed return, though he may not be played by Ian McDiarmid, who took over the role in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and returned to play him in all three prequels, beginning with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999, and continuing in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
Major Spoilers to follow...
Only earlier this week there was a rumor circulating that claimed Disney was intending to release unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Quickly debunked, the rumor did however spark interest in the many different versions of the original trilogy and how desperately fans want an official, unaltered release.
The home media releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi have seen more alternate versions and updated releases than almost any other film series. There are, of course, the glaringly obvious changes made with 1997′s Special Editions – Greedo firing first, a full bodied wampa, a musical scene in Jabba’s Palace – but all subsequent releases have seen continued tweaking and editing to the films’ audio and visual effects.
The reason for all the alterations lies with George Lucas’ insistence that when ...
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- Sarah Moran
I love Matt Ferguson's style. The artist created this beautiful piece of Star Wars tribute art for The Empire Strikes Back called "Hoth." Empire is my favorite of all the Star Wars movies. I don't know why but when I was a kid, out of all the planets I saw in Star Wars, the one I wanted to visit most was Hoth. Looking back, I'm not sure why I thought that, but I'm guessing it's because I wanted to fly one of the Snowspeeders.
- Joey Paur
Want to make a Star Wars fan happy? You tell them that an unaltered cut of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray is on the way. It is something that every fan has dreamed up since George Lucas lost his mind and tinkered with perfection by adding a bunch of bells and whistles that did the opposite of the intended enhancement of them. A few days ago, Star Wars fans began to salivate as comicbook.com posted an "exclusive" story claiming that two sources had confirmed that an original cut of them was going to be released by Disney on Blu-ray in the near future. There's one small problem as Badass Digest points out, Disney doesn't own the distribution rights of the original trilogy - 20th Century Fox does. Disney doesn't own Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. Fox does. They also own the distribution rights to the Prequels. »
Rumours suggest that original cuts of Star Wars are heading to Blu-ray. But how likely is that? Ryan weighs up the possibilities...
For many Star Wars fanatics, the special edition release of the Original Trilogy back in 1997 was a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it offered us the chance to see George Lucas's space opera films in their natural habitat: on a huge cinema screen.
Then there's the restoration to consider: Lucasfilm took the original Star Wars negatives from its archives and cleaned them up, removing years of dirt and scratches, and restoring the colours to their original balance. Thanks to the efforts of people like effects supervisor Dave Carson and his team, Darth Vader's outfit was once again black and imposing, not an embarrassing shade of faded blue.
During this process, however, George Lucas decided to make a number of small yet significant alterations: the insertion of new effects shots, »
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