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Update: On the heels of the news that Spider-Man director Marc Webb has cut Shailene Woodley from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, THR reports that it "is likely that Woodley will not return and that the part will be recast." It's suggested that Divergent might keep Woodley too busy to return to Spider-Man's world. Or maybe Webb just wants someone different for the sure-to-be-expanded role? More on this as the story develops. Earlier: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be The Empire Strikes Back of Spidey movies. Why? In its cover story on the upcoming adaptation of Divergent, EW.com spoke with star Shailene Woodley and learned that the actress.s role of Mary Jane Watson for Marc Webb.s Spider-Man sequel is going to be pushed back to part three, which recently secured a release date of June 10, 2016. Says Woodley (according to ComicBookMovie): "Of course I'm bummed. »
Robb Ghag reviews Star Wars #6....
"When he and Chewbacca are cornered by Imperials, Han Solo resorts to an improvised plan with the most dangerous results imaginable! Meanwhile, half a galaxy away, Princess Leia and Wedge Antilles prepare for certain death, unaware that Luke Skywalker has an improvisation of his own. And Darth Vader is watching..."
Brian Wood is still taking these iconic characters through new adventures, during that 5 year period after the battle of Yavin. We never actually got to see Leia’s leadership or skills as a pilot, not to mention her tactical strengths, but Wood has created a whole new persona for the Princess throughout this series. Maybe Leia inherited more fighter pilot knowledge from her father than we ever knew? »
- Flickering Myth
During Joss Whedon's umpteenth interview about Much Ado About Nothing, the filmmaker was casually asked about The Avengers 2 and precisely whether it will be following the trite sequel theme of going of darker, like Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. "No, Nolan has this thing and of it he is the master; I do not have Nolan’s thing," Whedon told Metro.co.uk, describing himself as "Tony Stark desperately trying to be Steve Rogers." He continued, "I can’t stop making jokes. In my vernacular there are two gold standards for sequels: The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back. They are darker films but they are not suddenly pretentious and losing the mission. The joy of the thing is important: the exaltation, the nobility, the humour and the humanity. But you do need to bleed with these people a little bit or you won’t want »
by Brett White
I'll start this bad boy off with a massive Spoiler warning, as I'm going to be diving into "Man of Steel" and, yeah, "Marvel's the Avengers" pretty heavily in this post. But everything before the jump will be spoiler-free, so feel free to stick around a little while longer. And spoiler avoiders, you should really bookmark Alex Zalben's article at MTV Geek to read later before you dash away. It's a great read after you've seen "Man of Steel," and it touches on about a million points I whole-heartedly agree with.
So now, let's jump into spoilers as I discuss the very eye-grabbing headline I saddled this op-ed piece with.
"Marvel's the Avengers" is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. I've yet to do the side-by-side comparison with "The Empire Strikes Back" to determine the real champ of my heart, but believe me, it's up there. »
- Splash Page Team
George Lucas likes to plan ahead. Way ahead. In fact, he was barely done putting "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" together when he was already planning for life after his famed Star Wars trilogy -- putting together what would become known as the prequel films. In a story conference held in 1981, Lucas sat down with writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian to discuss the background of all the favorite characters in the franchise, most specifically the boy who would become Darth Vader. A lot of what Lucas said would actually come to pass, according to the new book from J.W. Rinzler, "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." But there were some changes as well. The first major change? The Force. There were no midi-chlorians in »
The third-season finale of "Game of Thrones" arrived the day after a horse named Palace Malice won the third race in the Triple Crown. But nothing does Palace Malice like "Game of Thrones" -- so now's the time to place some odds on the show's bloody field as we see it now. (The horse, by the way, faced 13:1 odds -- much better odds than some of the key players in the war in Westeros.) Also read: 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding: The Empire Strikes Back As Queen Regent Cersei Lannister noted »
- Tim Molloy
Fame is a fleeting fox that outruns most. Sometimes, notoriety outshines its own spotlight. Whether through the casting couch or blood, sweat and tears, the occasional performer will squeak through to the other side and achieve a modicum of accolades. Some are worthwhile, while others are unbearable. We all have that irritating nitpick of an actor who occasional, and suddenly, pops up in a movie just when the getting is good, and it swerves the car completely off the road. "Who invited this guy?" we ask ourselves, hoping s/he gets killed off before we have to get up out of our seat and ask for our money back.
It's a mild irritation, all things considered.
And then there's that very special group of actors who simply don't belong in movies at all. Yet there they are, begging us to watch them, vying for our attention before they are quickly »
"Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin joined Conan O'Broen to discuss the show's bloody "Red Wedding" episode -- and reveal who he would kill off on "Conan." Also read: 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding: The Empire Strikes Back If there were to be a revolt against House O'Brien, Martin said, Andy Richter would be its likely leader. And the weapon of choice, he said, would likely be crossbows. King Conan didn't sound too worried -- especially about any revolt by his band. "Trust me," he said. "They're in a state where they can't »
- Tony Maglio
The blood flowed thicker than usual on Sunday night's "Game of Thrones," but a jump in carnage apparently doesn't necessarily lead to a corresponding surge in ratings. Sunday's episode pulled in 5.22 million total viewers with its initial airing -- a number that bested nearly all of the primetime offerings from the major broadcast networks that night, save for "60 Minutes," which drew 8.4 million total viewers. Also read: 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding: The Empire Strikes Back The now-infamous "red wedding" episode of "Game of Thrones" performed, as expected, quite well for »
- Tim Kenneally
Anybody who watched HBO's "Game of Thrones" last night, or made the unfortunate mistake of logging onto any social network, knows some serious drama went down. Robb Stark (Richard Madden), also known as the King of the North, was cruelly eliminated from the race to rule over the seven kingdoms of Westeros from the Iron Throne. And fans were distraught. Like, really, really distraught. Also read: 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding: The Empire Strikes Back Twitter lit up with cries of woe for the son of Ned Stark (a character unjustly beheaded in the »
- Greg Gilman
(Spoiler warning: Don't proceeed if you don't want to know what happened on Sunday's "Game of Thrones.) You've seen the shocked reactions to Sunday's "Game of Thrones," but no one seems more stunned than Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the show. Also read: 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding: The Empire Strikes Back In a video posted on Vine, the 16-year-old British actress momentarily adopted an American Southern accent to express the depths of her despair. You can watch it here. Arya's mother and brother perished in a wedding feast ambush, but Arya »
- Tim Molloy
(Spoiler warning: Don't read this if you don't want to know what happened on Sunday's "Game of Thrones") Remember when you first saw "The Empire Strikes Back" and Han Solo took everyone to meet his old friend Lando Calrissian, who seemed a little… off? A little too… forward? And then it turned out he had turned his city over to the Empire to trap Han and his friends? Sunday's "Game of Thrones" was like that times a thousand. Also read: Game of Thrones': So Joffrey Hates Gays, On Top of Everything Else "Empire" »
- Tim Molloy
Some franchises add numbers to their sequel titles. Think Spider-Man 2 or Iron Man 3 or Final Destination 5. Other franchises opt for more eccentric, colonized sequel-subtitles, like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End or Thor: The Dark World or the inadvertently flipped The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Sometimes franchises get particularly fanciful with how they incorporate the original film’s title: Die Hard beget Die Hard With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, and A Good Day to Die Hard, titles which are uniformly better than their movies. But if a franchise is especially cool, they »
- Darren Franich
In May 1977, 20th Century Fox released George Lucas’s Star Wars and Hollywood would never be the same. Combining amazing characters, thrilling action, and a creative screenplay, Star Wars went on to become the most successful film of all-time. Grossing $307.2 million domestically and earning 10 Oscar nominations (including prestige categories like Best Picture and Best Director… yes, there was a time when George Lucas was considered to be the Best Director), it quickly became a classic film. Spawning two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the Star Wars trilogy went on to become the defining cinematic event for an entire generation.
For over three decades, Star Wars has endured and is still as immensely popular as it was when it was originally released. While the disappointing prequels may have hurt the brand during the 2000s, it’s a testament to the original trilogy’s strength that the »
- Chris Agar
Everyone knows there's a certain amount of animosity between Star Wars and Star Trek fans. The rivalry was even touched on in 2009's Fanboys, which served as a love letter to George Lucas and his space saga. Many people on both sides of the science fiction fence were surprised when they heard J.J. Abrams was taking the reins of both franchises.
However, he's not the first person to tackle both the Star Wars and Star Trek Universes simultaneously. Author Alan Dean Foster walked that thin ice decades before Abrams did. Not only did Foster ghost write the original Star Wars novelization and help George Lucas flesh out that galaxy, but he also penned the story for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Some would argue he was instrumental in kick starting Star Wars and reviving Star Trek almost simultaneously.
A little known fact that most people except the devout enthusiasts of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
The original Star Wars was created as a homage to the Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s, mixing in influences from numerous different cultures to create a fresh, and ultimately groundbreaking, film. Even though the general story wasn’t anything new, it influenced an entire generation of cinema, creating a used world that sci-fi to this day lives in and fully reaffirming the blockbuster as the future of film.
The Empire Strikes Back was even more influential, but by the time Return Of The Jedi came around, things were getting a little derivative. Either existing surely for marketing purposes or to invoke the success of the previous films (the Ewoks and the second Death Star respectively), ideas were becoming less inspired. But that’s nothing next to the prequels. So many of the sequences and subplots from Episodes I, II and III are directly lifted from other works, to the »
- Alex Leadbeater
This year marks the 33rd Anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Thanks to the success of Star Wars, George Lucas went on to make five sequels to the movie and create one of the greatest space sagas ever. However, what if Star Wars hadn't been as successful as it ended up being?
What if the film now referred to as Episode IV: A New Hope only found a niche crowd of sci-fi devotees? One thing I can assure you is Lucas wasn't ready to just hang up his dreams of exploring a galaxy far, far away. It would have just been on a much smaller budget with a simpler story.
Science Fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was hired by Lucas to ghost write a novelization of his Star Wars movie to release before the film hit theaters in 1977. What many people don't know is that Foster was »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
"No, there is another." This one line spoken by Yoda during "The Empire Strikes Back" set off three years of speculation before it was revealed in "Return of the Jedi" that Leia was Luke Skywalker's twin sister and, therefore, the "other" hope to defeat the Dark Side. Yet there was no Internet to post every hare-brained theory like there is today, so where did self-respecting nerds go for their dose of rumors? There's where the great "Starlog" magazine came in.
J.W. Rinzler's wonderful "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" (to be released Oct. 1) recounts a disagreement between George Lucas and his collaborators over Luke Skywalker's new lightsaber -- basically, "how did he get it?" In the end, Lucas shrugged off the need an explanation, pointing out that the worst that could happen is that someone would write a letter to "Starlog."
Back in December, I went »
- Mike Ryan
33 years ago today, the first audiences for The Empire Strikes Back stumbled out of theaters with their mouths wide open in shock over what they had just witnessed. Could Darth Vader really be Luke Skywalker’s father? Will Han Solo ever be freed from his Carbonite prison?
Star Wars certainly kicked off the greatest space saga ever. However, its sequel officially ushered in enough dysfunctional family issues to fill up four more films, a few television shows and movies, and countless comic books and novels.
The story picks up three years after Star Wars, with the Rebel Alliance hiding out from the Empire on the frozen planet Hoth. After Darth Vader and his armada of Star Destroyers discover the whereabouts of the Rebels, he attacks them and sends them scrambling in different directions. Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 fly off to train under a Jedi Master named Yoda. Han Solo, Chewbacca, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, Ok, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the movie's cuddly-but-ferocious Ewoks would soon spawn a cottage industry of spinoffs, or that we'd be getting a trilogy of "Star Wars" prequels in another 16 years, and "Jedi" sequels another 15 years after that ("Episode VII" is due in 2014). Nor did we know, at the time, how close "Jedi" came to being an art-house film (judging by the directors whom "Star Wars" guru George Lucas initially asked to take the helm), or how close we came to losing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), or many of the other secrets of "jedi," which you can read below. 1. David Lynch »
- Gary Susman
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