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Ever since his introduction in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, we've only known the puppet-master villain as Emperor Palpatine, Senator, Chancellor, and his Sith title Darth Sidious. I've never really thought of the guy having a first name because why would an Emperor or Sith need a first name? Well, he does and it was revealed in the upcoming Star Wars novel Tarkin, which was written by James Luceno. That name has now leaked out on a Wookieepedia update on Palpatine stating that the new name is listed on page 93 of Tarkin. They must have got themselves an advance copy.
So I'm sure you're all dying to know what it is! His name is…. Sheev.
Sheev Palpatine?! That's kind of anti-climatic don't you think? There is really nothing menacing about the name Sheev. I guess it's not the most ridiculous name in the Star Wars universe, I was just expecting »
- Joey Paur
Nolan says: "This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience. You would think that's the case with Batman movies but it's not; they're more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen. Interstellar is different. It harkens back to the direct experience films of 2001, where you're not just experiencing it through the characters, you are lost in it."
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- Garth Franklin
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The main villain of the first six Star Wars movies went by a few names. Some know him as Darth Sidious, others simply call him Senator/Emperor Palpatine. Since the character's introduction in 1980's Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, however, one key element of his moniker has long been a mystery: his first name. It's never mentioned in any of the films - either the original trilogy or the prequels - and has never popped up in any other materials either. But now, it seems, that has all changed. A full 34 years after his introduction, Palpatine has a name. You ready? It's Sheev. Sheev Palpatine. Doesn't he actually sort of look like a Sheev? So how did this reveal happen/all come about? According to the fansite Star Wars Underworld, Sheev Palpatine is the name given to the legendary character in the upcoming, in-canon book "Tarkin," written »
Star Wars Episode VII is set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of next year, if not for the decade: the return to a galaxy far, far, away, without the corrupting presence of George Lucas slapping midichlorians all over it, is definitely reason to be excited.
Fans have been clamouring to get a piece of the long-awaited new film ever since it was announced but, in true Jj Abrams fashion, he’s been playing his cards pretty close to his chest. The only glimpses at the set of Episode VII so far have been through cryptic photos the director has tweeted, a handful of candid shots, and those charity videos they’ve been doing. This morning, though, fans hit the motherload.
The Twitter account Superhero Report managed to source a whole cavalcade of concept art from the upcoming film, revealing the first proper look at what Episode VII could feature. »
- Tom Baker
A couple of years ago a bunch of Star Wars fans recreated Episode IV: A New Hope through a crowdsourced collaboration of epic proportions. With every fan providing 15 seconds of footage, the parts were woven into one whole that represented a creative remake of the film that launched a thousand franchises. That original effort drew a lot of attention and eventually lead to the powers that be at Lucasfilm to help bring the next chapter of the Star Wars saga to the small screen. Which brings us to today, the day that we discovered that the officialStar Wars YouTube channel dropped the next installment, dubbed The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, on the unsuspecting masses. Produced through the same model of cooperation as Star Wars Uncut, Empire Uncut blends approaches ranging from animation to models to even people running around pretending to be Tauntauns. All are presented in short bursts, and »
Star Wars is to many fan films as silent movies are to regular films. They’re the genesis, the beginning. Without Star Wars, things like fan films and full YouTube channels and online movements dedicated to paying tribute to any number of pop culture franchises wouldn’t exist. What long time fan has forgotten Troops, a Star Wars fan […]
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- Germain Lussier
Maybe it was naive of me to be surprised that there are so many fan made versions of Star Wars that you could piece them together to make on feature length version. Of course there are! People put so much time, effort, resources, and even finances into showing off how much they love Star Wars in the way of their own fan-made movie. It’s good to know that their efforts are not ignored; these movies are officially backed by Lucasfilm. Below is The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a full »
- Graham McMorrow
It was our pleasure to speak with actor Clive Revill preceding his appearance this weekend at Dallas Comicon Fan Days. You may best remember him as the voice of the Emporer in The Empire Strikes Back but this man has had a career spanning stage, television and screen. I was very happy to speak with him abotu his career.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
By the end of its theatrical run, Jason Reitman's Internet drama "Men, Women & Children" will likely amount to the director's least financially successful picture. No, not every film can click with the zeitgeist like "Juno" and haul in $143.5 million. But when Reitman's Kate Winslet-Josh Brolin drama "Labor Day" tapped out at $13.4 million this past winter, analysts considered it a disappointment. This weekend's specialty box office reports pin "Men, Women & Children" just under $128,500 after its second weekend — something beyond mere disappointment for Reitman and Paramount Pictures. The silver lining: With "Men, Women & Children," Reitman found actors that ignite him and perhaps vice versa. The door for future collaborations appears to remain open, with the first already in motion. As part of his on-going live-read series with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Reitman is set to direct a staged reading of Alan Ball's Academy Award-winning script "American Beauty. »
- Matt Patches
Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman will kick off his annual L.A. Live-Read series with a performance of American Beauty — which he did once before in 2012, starring Bryan Cranston — performed by the cast of his recent film Men, Women & Children. The reading will take place October 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and features Adam Sandler as Lester Burnham, in the role that won Kevin Spacey an Oscar, and Rosemarie DeWitt as his wife Carolyn, originally played by Annette Bening. Reitman also revealed some of the other live readings he plans to perform this year, including The Empire Strikes Back in December, Goodfellas in January, and Dazed and Confused in March. All starring Adam Sandler, we hope. »
- Anna Silman
Jason Reitman’s live read series is about to launch with the cast of his recent drama and a ’90s Oscar winner.
Reitman, who hosts a live read series every year in which actors perform classic scripts, has set his “Men, Women & Children” cast to perform the “American Beauty” screenplay for one night only. The performance will take place Oct. 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Adam Sandler will play Lester Burham, which nabbed Kevin Spacey an Oscar, and Rosemarie DeWitt will play Carolyn, originally portrayed by Annette Bening. Kaitlyn Dever has been cast as the couple’s daughter Jane (played in the film by Thora Birch), Olivia Crocicchia will play Jane’s friend Angela (played in the film by Mena Suvari) and Travis Tope will take Wes Bentley’s role as Ricky.
“I had a such a great experience working with the cast that I was looking »
- Alex Stedman
Lucasfilm is bringing back its “Star Wars Fan Film Awards,” after having retired the contest in 2012.The company will start to accept submissions no longer than five minutes this month through StarWars.com, with the best films screened at a cermoney during the “Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim in April 2015.
The contest originally launched in 2002 as a way for Lucasfilm to officially acknowledge and embrace the fan film genre.
The relaunch this year will enable multiple genres to be judged in seven categories — including Filmmaker Select, Best Animation, Best Non-Fiction, Spirit of Fandom, Best Comedy, Best Visual Effects, and Audience Choice — with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy choosing the winner of the Filmmaker Select prize.
A set of tickets to “Star Wars Celebration” will be awarded to the best films.
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- Marc Graser
If you're not already aware of Star Wars Uncut, allow us to educate you. Star Wars Uncut is a fanmade mash-up remake of the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning with A New Hope. Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web, came up with the idea of crowdsourcing fans to shoot small 15-second clips that would be used to recreate the entirety of the Star Wars films. The first feature-length mash-up was created in 2009 and won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media - Fiction. Now it's time for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Watch! Just so you know what we're talking about, here's a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: And if that's something that pleases you, here's the entire mash-up film (via StarWars.com): In case you need to start from the beginning, here's Star Wars Uncut to crank »
- Ethan Anderton
Star Wars Uncut was an ambitious crowd sourced/sweded film. That film was started in 2009 and took over a year to complete. The Empire Strikes Back Uncut follows the same formula of taking a movie and dividing it into 15 second parts, allowing anyone on the internet to recreate those 15 seconds using whatever they have available. Some people have used crude costumes, stop motioned toys, animation, and even lavish and accurate reproductions. The result is truly unique. On this second effort the team behind the Uncut movies has even gotten the blessing of LucasFilm.
We have the fully sweded The Empire Strikes Back via StarWars.com as well as a trailer that presents a few highlights.
- Free Reyes
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. If this is your first week, this is actually a pretty good week.
This Week: This week for my norm-core geeks. That's right, no super-duper deep spoilers here, but a lot of stuff about the world that the Jedi exist in. Then, Fan Films are back and I'll break down just how much you'd have to spend if you suddenly wanted to own All The Canonical Star Wars.
How to begin this week?
How about with MakingStarWars and their impressionistic descriptions of concept art? Those are still entertaining me, mostly because it’s concept art described and not a studio leak that could get someone in serious trouble. Then again, I guess our major spoiler from Episode VII (that I’m not re-hashing here) also came from one of these concept art descriptions, »
What do you get when you combine action figures, low-budget visual effects, and people dressed up as droids? Easy -- you get the epic fan-made Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, which debuted on StarWars.com on October 10. The film is the sequel to the successful 2010 Star Wars Uncut, which recreated shot-for-shot the 2004 Special Edition of Star Wars EpisodeIV: A New Hope. Developer Casey Pugh created a website which asked fans to pick a scene, recreate it in 15 seconds, and submit it to the site for voting and possible inclusion in the final cut. The film ended up winning the 2010 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. Empire Uncut does the same thing as its predecessor. Directed by Pugh and produced by Jamie Wilkinson, the film uses scenes taken from over 1500 fan submissions, compiling them together to create one amazing, eclectic version of The Empire Strikes Back. »
- Bree Brouwer
While Lucasfilm and the folks behind "Star Wars" can be fiercely, almost bizarrely protective of their brand, that's not to say they don't recognize the value of fandom. Indeed, if the fan base feels that their passion for the series is felt up the official food chain, the more likely they are to be invested wherever the franchise goes next (and with sequels, animated shows and more in the works, there are lots of places to go). And today, the ultimate fan tribute to "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" has arrived. A shot-for-shot remake of the mega-hit sequel, this project kicked off in 2013, with director Casey Pugh—who put it all together—sifting through fan submissions for the movie, which was chopped up into fifteen second segments for them to interpret however they felt best (there was a lot choose from). And the result? Well, it's a mixed bag of styles, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jason Reitman's L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap. Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball's Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, »
- Anthony Breznican
Artist Daniel Norris is the mastermind behind this magnificent set of poster art that was obviously inspired by George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy. One of the things that I like most about these is the gritty, hardened feel. There are also some cool details that have been worked into the art. If you look closely, you might notice a couple of faces that in the posters for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This artist has such a cool, unique style, and The Empire Strikes Back piece is my favorite. I love coming across amazing Star Wars fan art like this.
- Joey Paur
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