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Here's a really cool video breakdown of the classic asteroid chase scene from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This is a vintage featurette for the film that was released by StarWars.com. The video features the full scene overlayed with the original storyboards used to help bring it to life. Everything used in the storyboards looks almost exactly like how it ended up in the final movie. I love seeing stuff like this, and I hope you enjoy it!
- Joey Paur
"Star Wars" fans looking to own an iconic prop from the original trilogy are going to need more than the Force on their side -- namely, a pretty big bank account.
A prop gun used by Han Solo in scenes from "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" is going up for auction, and the estimated asking price range is $200,000-$300,000. The blaster in question is a lighter one than the blaster used by Han in fight sequences, but was made from the same mold and used in several key shots.
"Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han's hand in 'Empire,' and in 'Jedi' when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels' encounter with Imperial forces on Endor," explains the official auction listing.
This blaster was »
- Katie Roberts
Just ask Han Solo -- or any other intergalactic smuggler you know -- "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side" ... and now you can own the one Harrison Ford used a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.Profiles in History, the auction company from the SyFy show "Hollywood Treasure" ... is putting Han's piece on the auction block -- it's the one he used in »
- TMZ Staff
Lucasfilm has launched the official Star Wars Instagram account, which in the coming months and years ahead leading up to the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, will be used to share photos from deep inside the production. From props, to wardrobe, to the SFX team, to the actors on set, Star Wars Instagram promises to deliver front door service. But first, since pre-production is still starting up and director J.J. Abrams is just now finding his sea legs in bringing the next thrilling chapter in this sci-fi saga to the big screen, we get Darth Vader sharing his first ever Selfie as he storms Tantive IV in search of stolen Death Star plans. Other photos so far include a behind-the-scenes shot from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and David Prowse as Darth Vader during their epic light saber battle. »
If you have an extra few hundred thousand dollars lying around, you could could be the proud owner of Han Solo's original blaster that Harrison Ford used in the Star Wars films! It doesn't really look like much now, but it's a piece of cinematic history, and as Indiana Jones would say... "It belongs in a museum!"
Here are the details:
Estimated Price: $200,000 - $300,000
379. Harrison Ford "Han Solo" non-firing Dl-44 Blaster from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (Tcf, 1980, 1983) Harrison Ford's charismatic smuggler, Han Solo, is arguably the most popular character in the original Star Wars trilogy. The space-scoundrel-turned hero's persona is irrevocably tied to his blaster pistol. Solo was modeled after the rogue gunslingers of the westerns that influenced creator George Lucas. This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi. »
- Joey Paur
Last week, the titular statue from The Maltese Falcon sold for over $4 million. It seems like a high price tag until you consider that the Maltese Falcon is the stuff dreams are made of. If you're wealthy and still in the movie memorabilia market, you may want to turn your attention to a galaxy far, far away because Han Solo's blaster is up for auction. It's the blaster from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, so it's not the one used to kill Greedo. It's also not the live-fire version used for close-ups. But it was used in Cloud City and the Battle of Endor, so it's clearly still got some value. However, if you want it in your collection, you're going to have to have serious change. The starting bid is $200,000 and it's estimated to go as high as $300,000. Hit the jump to check out close-ups of the blaster. »
- Matt Goldberg
They both allowed that there was more than a passing similarity to 2002′s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” Both films were based on J.R.R. Tolkien novels and both were the middle films of a trilogy.
“I got a very similar feeling from watching this tonight as I did back then with ‘The Two Towers,’” Emmerich admittted. “There was a lot of action with a cliffhanger ending. It also reminded me a lot of ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ which was also a second film in a trilogy.”
During the after-party, Jackson confessed that he was somewhat relieved.
“This was the first time that I’d seen it with an audience, so it was great that the audience reacted the way they did, »
- Dave McNary
Darth Vader has officially crossed over to the dark side: the sinister Sith lord helped usher the Star Wars franchise onto Instagram yesterday with a menacing, spine-shivering and slightly adorable selfie along with the message, "Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom."
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Movie prop auctions are not a rare thing, but it is not often that an item as iconic as the blaster of the galaxy's best smuggler comes on the auction block.
Starting on December 21, you'll be able to bit on Han Solo's Dl-44 blaster over at Invaluable.com. The lighter version of the famous weapon will not come cheap, unfortunately. With a starting bid of $200,000, you might have to sell off all of your possessions in order to shoot first with the real deal.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
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Based on the German Mauser C96 handgun, Solo's modified "Dl-44" blaster was used in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi. It will be auctioned on 21 December via invaluable.com.
"This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi," reads the lot description. "It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the force to »
- Ben Child
Disney’s announcement last fall that they had acquired Lucasfilm and all of its intellectual properties was coupled with the exciting revelation that the Star Wars saga would continue in summer 2015 with Star Wars: Episode VII. J.J. Abrams was tapped to direct the project which was since been slightly delayed to December 18th, 2015.
Abrams is currently re-working the Episode 7 script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) with the help of Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) while also hosting auditions for any and every actor you can think of. No official casting confirmations on the talent front have been made by Lucasilm or its parent company, but multiple reports put the big three (Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill) ...
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- Rob Keyes
With fan anticipation for Star Wars: Episode VII at lofty heights, as audiences await casting news, story information and a final title, Disney may be planning on releasing the remaining Star Wars prequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, in 3D sometime next year. When the mouse house acquired Lucasfilm, they shelved the release of Episodes II and III due to the underwhelming box office for the 3D release of The Phantom Menace. Now it looks like they may be having a change of heart.
Before you start complaining, it’s important that you take this news with a grain of salt, as Disney has not yet confirmed any details or dates with this re-release. The rumour comes from an email sent to Star Wars fan website Jedi News. The mailer, Patrick K., found Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith on a 2014 calendar for Pathé, »
- Jordan Adler
In a recent interview with MTV, Abrams said Disney's self-imposed deadline just wasn't realistic for the film, and he was happy that the switch allowed the creative team more time to perfect the project.
"Before I even came onto the project, they were talking about 2015, and they made this announcement very early on, which I understand. ... [B]ut it didn't necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively," Abrams told MTV. "So I think that it's a hugely important thing, that that [creative process] come first. And a release date's great, but you have to release something great."
That version of events jibes with recent reports that the production was concerned that it wouldn't finish the film in time. And it also gives »
- Katie Roberts
Star Wars movies are traditionally cloaked in secrecy prior to their release, though one has to wonder if George Lucas would’ve been able to keep a lid on Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back‘s legendary twist had the film been made in the age of the Internet. That aside: director J.J. Abrams has certainly done a good job of keeping details on Star Wars: Episode VII under lock and key, with just over a month left to go until 2013 reaches its conclusion.
Production on Episode VII begins overseas in London in Spring 2014, so casting announcements will be arriving sooner, rather than later at this point. A ...
- Sandy Schaefer
News Glen Chapman 26 Nov 2013 - 06:50
Lawrence Kasdan is a great filmmaker in his own right, but still is perhaps best known for being the screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back. He is, of course, working with Jj Abrams on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and having the writer of the finest entry in the Star Wars series is a very good sign indeed.
Abrams has recently been chatting about working with Kasdan to Total Film of late, and he told them that "working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer".
High praise indeed. Abrams went on to »
Every second movie in a franchise -- the one that ends with a cliffhanger, the one meant to sustain you until the epic finale, the thankless connective tissue -- that movie always wants to be The Empire Strikes Back. And almost none of them are. It's hard enough just to sustain momentum in the middle film, much less achieve the rare feat of improving on the first chapter. But Catching Fire is as close to that Empire quality as any franchise sequel in memory. It accomplishes its goals by striking a nervy balance of intelligence and suspense, darkness and depth, blinding white teeth, emetic cocktails and extreme super wigs. It begins right where the last film ended. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), having survived the Hunger Games, are inducted into...
- Dave White
Directed by Francis Lawrence
“What the shit? They made a Battle Royale for kids? I give up” I believe that right there, was my exact quote after seeing the trailer for The Hunger Games. But despite my obvious disdain, I went and saw the movie and walked away…ambivalent. It was better than I thought it was going to be, but yet still wasn’t impressed. A month later, during a trip to Seattle, I really wanted to go see a movie at the Cinerama (and if you live in Seattle, then you know how awesome that place is). Guess what was playing? That’s right, The Hunger Games. Knowing that my options could be a lot worse and my desire to see a movie at the Cinerama greatly outweighing my ambivalence, I »
- Craig Dietz
Directed by Francis Lawrence
With I Am Legend and Constantine in his filmography, two not entirely successful features but both ones with impressive sequences here and there, director Francis Lawrence would seem an adequate fit for a populist sci-fi or fantasy franchise instalment. Established fans of either Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels or Gary Ross’ first film adaptation can rest easy regarding Lawrence being given the keys to the remaining films in the series, à la David Yates with the Harry Potter franchise: Catching Fire is a very strong blockbuster, an improvement on its predecessor, and Lawrence’s most consistently effective effort to date.
Part of that improvement comes through Lawrence’s better credentials with action sequences and stylisation, Gary Ross having received a lot of flak from many (though not all) for the »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Last spring, "The Hunger Games," based on the first book in a series of insanely popular young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, came out and pretty much dominated the pop-culture landscape for months on end. The tale of a futuristic game (wherein participants are chosen at random and forced to compete in a series of tournaments that leaves their fellow participants dead), it was hooky and edgy, the kind of socially conscious science fiction that is all but missing these days.
The film, directed by Gary Ross and starring a then lesser-known Jennifer Lawrence, was also really good. But, of course, things change, and Ross has been swapped for Francis Lawrence, a talented music video and film director who previously helmed "Constantine" and "I Am Legend." For "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," based on Collins's second novel, the stakes are raised considerably and everything seems bigger, more complicated, and on the verge of chaos. »
- Drew Taylor
Photos have been released of the original plan for the character of Yoda: a monkey in a mask
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As ill-judged Star Wars ideas go, it's up there with the purple lightsaber – though might have some way to go before it can compete with Jar Jar Binks. Photographs have emerged for the first time of the monkey in a mask which George Lucas et al once hoped might play diminutive Jedi master Yoda.
The story of how the unnamed simian was screen-tested for the role of the galaxy's greatest backwards-talking warrior - he was even taught to hold Yoda's cane - has long been part of Star Wars mythos. It was documented in Jw Rinzler's 2010 book The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. But it is believed the shots of the monkey on set have »
- Ben Child
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