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In an episode of The Big Bang Theory (a sitcom lampooning modern “geek” culture with varying degrees of success), physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper refuses to watch the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series before the Clone Wars movie. He explains, “I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” Though likely unintentional, this offhanded remark reveals the central dilemma of the Star Wars fandom. Does the franchise “belong” to Lucas or does it “belong” to the public, as an artifact of cultural history? With the 2011 release of the 6-part Star Wars saga on Blu-ray came the announcement that the version of the trilogy available in the set would not be from the original theatrical prints, but the 1997 “Special Edition” versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which include additional scenes and updated technology. Many fans of the franchise see »
- Mallory Andrews
The rumor mill keeps churning away on J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, but if our latest news about the blockbuster turns out to be true, it appears that the notoriously secretive director’s tight ship has sprung a bit of a leak. Some new plot details have surfaced online, courtesy of Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, a typically trustworthy site about big scoops like this, teasing the opening of Star Wars: Episode VII.
If Faraci’s scoop is true, which I’d imagine is the case, the long-anticipated film certainly starts things off on a familiar note, echoing both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back with its set-up of the new trilogy. As per Faraci:
Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. With one week left to participate in the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative -- a campaign launched by Disney, Lucasfilm »
- Pietro Filipponi
J.J. Abrams isn’t going to like this, as it appears that his mystery box has sprung a bit of a leak. You may not like it either if you want to remain unspoiled on Star Wars: Episode VII news in general, because details regarding the film’s general plot have hit the net. If these are true, it actually seems kind of a cool story to me. But there are those that don’t want to know anything and I totally get it. All I’ll say above the jump is that I hope Disney and Lucasfilm really make the best of the two week hiatus coming up in August to rework the film’s shooting schedule. Because they’re going to need Harrison Ford. And his leg. Hit the jump for Star Wars Episode 7 story details. And, in case you didn’t get the message in the first paragraph, »
- Evan Dickson
I don’t always get out to see movies these days and I’ve missed some this summer that I wanted to see. My Mary and I had a chance to sneak in a film this week and we chose to catch How To Train Your Dragon 2 before it disappeared from the movie theaters. We had seen the first one and I had been impressed: good story, good animation, and a sense of things having consequences.
I liked the sequel even more.
I should note that sequels can be notoriously difficult to pull off well. You’ve already told your story. What else do you have and, if it’s any good, why didn’t you tell it first? Mind you, there are notable exceptions to the rule. Godfather II is not only better than the first film, it’s often described as one of the best films of all time. »
- John Ostrander
After overcoming the odds and successfully rebooting the Planet of the Apes franchise with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Fox had set high expectations for the sequel. As one of the most anticipated releases of this year, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes not only impressed critics (read our review) – it impressed the general moviegoing public, as well. In many people’s eyes, Matt Reeves has crafted the latest great cinematic sequel, with the film drawing comparisons to classics such as The Empire Strikes Back and The Dark Knight.
The studio staked ...
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- Chris Agar
If you’re a hard-core Star Wars nerd, then you’re already well aware that The Empire Strikes Back was set to feature a lot more action in the battle-of-Hoth sequence. Some of those cut sequences took place inside the rebel base and involved Wampas – the giant abominable snowman-esque creatures like the one who nearly finished off Luke in that icy cave. As the lore goes, the rebels actually had some Wampas on the base, which they kept locked away for safety purposes. There’s even a video featuring C-3Po removing a sign to the Wampa containment area as the base is under attack with the hopes Imperial stormtroopers will open the door and get more than they bargained for. However, this is the first time we've actually seen a photo of the Wampas in...
- Mike Bracken
How to Train Your Dragon 2, 2014.
Directed by Dean DeBlois.
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
My brain needed a night’s sleep to make the connection and allow me to figure out what HTTYD2 reminded me of. But this morning it clicked.
That’s a rather lofty comparison I’m aware, but whilst this DreamWorks sequel doesn’t hit those heights it does a great job in the same way Empire did. Not only does it give us more of Hiccup and Toothless in an entertaining way, but it »
- Chris Cooper
Classic Star Wars
This is a photo from the set of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It gives us a rare look at a deleted scene from the film in which a small group of rebels are being attacked by Wampas. I would have loved to see how this scene played out.
I also included a video of another deleted scene involving a Wampa, and it includes C-3Po tearing off the warning sign to a room where the rebels keep Wampas, hoping the troops will mistake it for just another room… and they do. It's actually quite amusing.
- Joey Paur
There's been a lot of big comic book news today with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters crossover, Marvel's new Thor. Now we have one more to add to the list. Marvel has also announced Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus.
This is the first Star Wars comic publication Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012. It will represent issues #1-44 and Annual #1 of the original 1977 Marvel Comics series, and it's set to be released early next year. Above is the first piece of cover art and below you'll find the full press release with details about the comic and story:
The opening volume begins with the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, »
- Joey Paur
In 1977 a phenomenon dawned. Marvel Comics published the very first Star Wars comic-book series. Now, the House of Ideas is re-presenting those original adventures in its over-sized Omnibus format - Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years collecting Star Wars (1977) #1-44 and Annual #1.
It's the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils - from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one "t"). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! Revisit all your old favorites and discover some new ones!
There's no doubt, the Force is strong with this collection! »
It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! Revisit all your old favorites and discover some new ones! There’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this collection! "With Star Wars poised to return to its comic book home, what better time to revisit the first adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3Po, R2-D2 and, of course, Darth Vader?" says Marvel Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso. »
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Are you ready for San Diego Comic-Con?! The event is closing in on us really fast, and it's going to be so great to be in San Diego among hundreds of thousands of other like-minded geeky individuals. Every year I attend Comic-Con it's like coming home. It's my most anticipated event of the year. Comic-Con International has released the full event and panel schedule for Friday, July 25th that you can see in its entirety here. But I've provided a few of the most notable panels that will be taking place that day below. It's a big day for TV as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels will both be held in Hall H.
- Joey Paur
There’s a lot at stake with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: human supremacy on a post-apocalyptic Earth, the well-being of a 45-year-old franchise property… the summer box office.
With ticket sales down across the board, Dawn finds itself in the once unlikely position of summer savior. The 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which starred James Franco and Andy Serkis as the motion-capture Prometheus ape, Caesar, was a solid critical and popular hit, grossing $176.7 million.
Expectation are much higher for Dawn, which is set 10 years after the events of Rise. Humanity has been devastated by the simian flu, »
- Jeff Labrecque
While we have to wait another year before getting a new Star Wars movie, fans still have something to look forward to when Star Wars Rebels lands on televisions this Fall (as in just a few months). As such, Disney/Lucasfilm are pushing the new animated series hard at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and have released a slew of information over the last couple days. Come inside to see a new video introducing David Oyelowo as an Imperial villain, the full Sdcc Panel schedule for the show, and a swanky Rebels poster.
While the wait for Star Wars: Episode VII seems insufferable (at least to some of us), we can take comfort in the knowledge that new Star Wars stories will be coming our way soon in the form of the Rebels TV series. With the show set to debut in a few months, Disney is pushing their marketing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
One could argue the significance of the events that take place in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s widely considered the finest Star Wars film made to date but an argument could be made as to whether anything actually happens in the film. Yes, there is one major revelation that goes without saying, but isn’t the film merely just a stepping-stone to the next chapter? The film essentially is one long Saturday morning serial entry that practically ends with a voice-over announcing, “stay tuned next week Jedi; same Star time… same Star channel.” That feeling of seeing only the first part in a larger story can be said for the recent entry in the Apes reboot series. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes leaves a lasting impression based on the impressive special effects, rich visual landscapes, and moving character interactions (kind of like the other entry in the »
- Michael Haffner
Starring Andy Serkis as “Caesar,” the movie opens later tonight at theaters nationwide and the highly-anticipated sequel already represents more than 70% of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales.
According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 “Apes” ticket-buyers, 81% of them are Serkis fans and 74% contend that the Apes and Hobbit star should be considered for an Oscar for his motion capture performances.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes concluded with the apes breaking free from their human captors – just as a deadly human-created virus spread globally. Caesar, the benevolent ape leader, »
- Michelle McCue
The PC, as a gaming platform, has had something of a tumultuous history. Despite struggling somewhat in the early 00′s thanks to console competition, the popularity of digital downloads and online multiplayer has thrust PC gaming back into the spotlight in recent years.
By far the most dynamic gaming platform available, the PC has the advantage of being totally open in comparison to the consoles. This has not only allowed indie developers to more easily release their games on PC, but it’s also given players the opportunity to release mods – labours of love that can change the original game significantly.
In this list, we’ve put together the greatest games ever released on PC, from early 90′s classics to modern hits. There’s a lot of choice when it comes to the three decades or so of PC gaming history, and we’ve had cut some of our favourites, »
- Tom Butler
"He stands up and he's looking at someone and takes a draw of a cigarette, all done in slow motion, and that's how I felt Boba Fett should be: all done in slow motion. He has time, he's never rushing around. His movement it's very literal and that's what he does. He does his job very well and then moves on."
When asked why fans love Boba Fett so much, »
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced their official Star Wars plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2014! As always, there's a lot of great Star Wars stuff going on. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like anything is happening for Star Wars: Epsiode VII. The only thing that attendees can hope for is that they pull something huge out as a surprise during the Disney panel that will take place in Hall H. Even if they don't, there's still a ton of activities that will keep fans busy and happy. You can check out all of the details below:
Thursday, July 24The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf
The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con. »
- Joey Paur
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