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It's news to nobody that the original Star Wars trilogy is impossible to (legally) get hold of right now. Whilst there have been rumours that Disney is looking to put the original theatrical cuts of Star Wars out on Blu-ray, we've seen nothing substantive on that, and the rumours have quietened down in recent times.
Currently, the versions of the Star Wars movies that are available on Blu-ray are further digitally altered versions of the Special Editions that first surfaced in the 1990s. But they've undergone a few additional changes ever since then.
Have you ever wondered exactly how many changes Lucasfilm made to the original “Star Wars” trilogy during the special editions? Marcelo Zuniga has. From the big changes like Han shooting first and Jabba’s palace turning into a music video to tiny changes you probably didn’t even register, Zuniga has created a compilation of Every change to the original trilogy from 1977 to 2011. Some scenes have changed multiple times over the years. Sequences that were cut altogether are added back in or stitched together to create a hybrid. Extra shots are added. Exposition is changed. Backgrounds are extended, CGI added, characters revived from the cutting room floor or regulated to the waste bin of yesteryear. It’s all here. If you’ve got an hour — or 15 minutes here and there — take a journey through the years below! “Star Wars: A New Hope” Part One - Opening credits to Jabba threatens Han. »
- Donna Dickens
Not that long ago, films were constructed as one-and-done stories, and TV was similarly episodic. Old TV shows couldn't rely on audiences seeing every episode (because there wasn't any way to watch programs you missed live), so instead they made it easy for them to pick up the story as it went along. Films were similar, if for different reasons. No preexisting knowledge was needed when walking into a movie because it was understood to be a standalone story. With a few key exceptions (like "Return of the Jedi"), most movies were meant to be introduced, absorbed and understood in two hours or less, just like TV was to be viewed in 30 or 60 minute disposable chunks. Read More: Review: 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' — A Fun But Overcooked Attempt to Recreate the Past Now, as TV pushes the bounds of serialized content further and further, »
We’ve got some new concept art and leaked images from The Force Awakens, a possible new villain for Episode VIII and The King of Pop as the most annoying character in the saga in this week’s edition of The Week in Star Wars…
Kicking things off with news from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and some new concept art found its way online which showed off a new character that we’ve not seen yet. The character goes by the name of Bullhead and is an X-Wing pilot, most likely from Jakku. The source of the images claimed that Bullhead would be not be a CGI character and would instead be a man in make-up, and those rumours were confirmed when this image of him on set leaked online…
…They may have shown a behind-the-scenes video at San Diego Comic-Con, but perhaps Disney and Lucasfilm can show »
- Luke Owen
Yes, Patrick Stewart is confirmed to have arrived on the Montreal set of X-Men: Apocalypse this weekend. But don't get too excited. It doesn't look like he'll be appearing as Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) in any capacity. Instead, it simply looks like he is visiting his old director Bryan Singer. And it sounds like the pair are joining director Jason Reitman for one of his legendary live script reads. No, it's not a rendition of 2000's X-Men. The trio will be enjoying a live reading of the Coen Brothers' classic The Big Lebowski.
Back in January, Patrick Stewart confirmed that neither he nor Ian McKellen would be reprising their roles as Professor X and Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. The entirety of the film takes place in 1983, the same weekend Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi opened in theaters. There is no reason for the older versions »
Over at EW an excerpt hit last week from Star Wars: Aftermath offering Star Wars fans their first look at the post-Return of the Jedi galaxy in the new official Star Wars canon. Aftermath is written by Chuck Wendig, who in the past did a guest post here at Boomtron on genre.
As you can see by the extensive comments at EW, the excerpt was met with mixed reviews mostly based on the writing style and specifically the tense used by Wendig, and a lot of silly people who think the Empire consisted of the by comparison paltry forces present at the Battle of Endor, while the Rebels brought most of their fleet. Guys, the Empire was Gigantic.
When I first saw the excerpt I wrote about it, drawn to it because the overflow of opinion was flashing on my twitter and because Star Wars novels have been »
- Jay Tomio
For years, Star Wars fans were left in limbo; the original trilogy of movies starting in 1977 were listed as the fourth, fifth and sixth episodes in the series. Quickly, they became a cultural phenomenon, and the fan-base clamoured for more; people desperately wanted to see what happened in episodes one, two and three. Which beloved characters would we see in their youth? How did the Empire riiiiiiise to power? And just how did Darth Vader fall from grace?
Cue 1999’s The Phantom Menace. Alarm bells were ringing as the iconic on-screen scrolling text started telling a story about trade federations and political unrest; not exactly setting the scene for a swashbuckling lightsaber adventure. What followed was widely derided by the most ardent fans of the original trilogy. And it’s not tough to see why. Anakin Skywalker is an annoying brat. Terrible CGI infects basically every scene. Darth Maul, Aka »
- John Cal McCormick
2015 has already bestowed upon us some kick ass films. We’ve finally had the long awaited sequel to the Jurassic Park franchise; Jurassic World. The exhilarating and explosively entertaining Avengers’ Age Of Ultron. And that’s not to mention unexpected delights such as Mad Max: Fury Road, and Fever Pitch 2.
There are still many releases to come before the year bows out however, and two in particular are sure to make massive waves in the box office ratings. These are of course the final instalment of the hugely successful Hunger Games series; Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, and what could quite frankly be one of the most highly anticipated, most stupendously exciting releases of recent years; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Dan Powell
I’m not too into looking at excerpts though sometimes I make exceptions mostly because I get enough galleys/Arc’s to fulfill any desire – that I don’t even really have anyway – of checking out things that I want early to really even keep up with excerpt releases, much less read them.
It was the reaction to the world’s first look at Star Wars: Aftermath that made me check it, though I’m not sure why because I’ve given up on honest or at least fruitful immediate reaction, especially when it concerns writing.
People who don’t write think they can with time, and many people who do have the time and write, still can’t. Typically people who have the time to respond several times over the course of an Entertainment Weekly piece about writing, where an excerpt from Star Wars: Aftermath made its way online, »
- Jay Tomio
Last week, a news story on Fox News broke out about a parent who was upset about Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Figure series toy of Princess Leia from Return of the Jedi in her “Slave Leia” outfit. The story was picked up on several news outlets, which has now prompted Leia herself Carrie Fisher to giver her thoughts on the matter.
Taking to Twitter, Fisher didn’t understand why the outfit has caused controversy now when it didn’t “40 years ago” and that while she did have a chain round her neck, she used it to kill the creature than enslaved her.
You can check out Fisher’s badly worded tweets below:
SlaveLeiaDollsR causingOUTRAGE 4Sum parents onFox TV& Im thinking-if folksR outraged Now, shouldnt I have beenOUTRAGED40yrs ago?Maybe I Was!
— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) July 15, 2015
That chain only”enslaved”me until I could use the frabjous thing to »
- Luke Owen
2015 has already been a good year for DVD/Bluray releases from the gang at Scream Factory, with many new and old titles being released quite regularly. Everything from Tobe Hooper’s Invaders From Mars to the upcoming special feature-heavy Bluray of Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs, Sf have given genre fans exactly what they’ve asked for. While those fan favorites are awesome and are most definitely worth picking up, the films I’m excited for the most, are the somewhat forgotten gems that Scream Factory are set to unleash, like the Pierce Brosnan-led Nomads and the subject of this announcement, the 1978 Sam Elliot film The Legacy. The film, which also stars Katherine Ross and The Who’s Roger Daltrey in supporting roles, and was directed by Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand is hitting Bluray on September 15th, complete with new special features as well. »
- Jerry Smith
The boy king delivered some almost pyramid-sized results for Spike last night in its big return to scripted television. With 1.7 million tuning in for the first night of Tut, the cable network hit its biggest Sunday night primetime audience since May 25, 2008. That was when an airing of the 1983 pic Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi drew an audience of 2.2 million in the 9 -11 Pm slot. Co-starring Sir Ben Kingsley, the 9 – 10:54 Pm show Sunday of the 3-night Muse… »
Each year, pop culture fans from around the world make their way to San Diego Comic-Con to bask in the glow of the largest convention of its kind, a singular experience that brings well over 100,000 people together to celebrate comics, film, TV, gaming, and much more. Most attendees differ in their primary interests, but one doesn’t make the trek to Sdcc without being a fan of something, and that shared enthusiasm is a big part of what brings people back again and again. This year, SoS’s Elizabeth Rico and Whitney McIntosh joined TV Editor Kate Kulzick at the Con.
Kate Kulzick: Another Sdcc has come and gone and finally, a week after it ended, I’ve recovered. It was an exhausting experience for me this year, and this was my fourth year attending—how was it for you guys? This was your first times, right?
Elizabeth Rico: Oh good, »
- Kate Kulzick
I don't know what possesses people to spend what must be countless hours doing something like this, but one video editor has taken it upon themselves to mashup Mad Max: Fury Road with several scenes from Star Wars, several of which coming from Star Wars: Episoe VII - The Force Awakens and what appears to be Return of the Jedi. It's an impressive bit of work, give it a watch below. yt id="Tj1P1eEZRtY" width="515" »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this manic Monday? Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets a brilliant trailer mashup with Mad Max: Fury Road, we have an Easter Egg breakdown for Ant-Man and modern-day superheroes "promote" Hostess products. Plus, Daniel Radcliffe becomes a horrible receptionist and Paul Rudd pulls a familiar prank on Conan. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Ant-Man Easter Eggs and End Credit Scenes Breakdown
Marvel's Ant-Man hit theaters over the weekend, and, like all of the McU movies before it, this adventure features several references to the comics and upcoming superhero movies. To break it all down, Mr. Sunday Movies has put together a comprehensive seven-minute video pointing out all of the Ant-Man Easter Eggs, »
The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic spaceships in movie history. It is a legendary sci-fi object of desire that has long attracted children and adult fans alike, with many Star Wars toys based on its likeness over the years. But there has never been anything like this! Hot Toys is planning to release the most accurate, detailed collectable Based on Han Solo and Chewbacca's beloved home. And it's going to be huge! Though, you might not get the full sense of its scale from the teaser photos released.
Hot Toys showed off the 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon cockpit diorama two weeks ago at Comic-Con, where it was met with much envy from fans who wanted to own it right then. The company isn't stopping at just the cockpit, though! They have a full ship coming that measures 18-feet long and 12-feet wide. And people visiting this week's »
Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Random House’s Little Golden Books is set to revisit the Star Wars saga in the kid-friendly format, with July set to see the release of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” said Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide in a release. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”
The six books will be released on July 28th, with a box set arriving on September 1st.
- Gary Collinson
Following the rather large hoopla of news coming out of San Diego Comic Con, it’s been a very quiet week for Star Wars news – so this one will be rather short…
Kicking things off from the world of The Force Awakens, and some images have leaked of the Lego sets for Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter and the Millennium Falcon. The Falcon set contains figures for Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, Rey and Bb-8 and two never before seen characters. The first of which is an anonymous Kanjiklub gang member, and the other is a character named Tasu Leech (which is speculated to be played by The Raid: Redemption actor Yayan Ruhian). The X-Wing set contains Poe, a female Resistance X-Wing Pilot, Bb-8 and a member of the Resistance Ground Crew…
- Luke Owen
Say, what happened to the Emperor's forces at the end of Return of the Jedi? In the old Expanded Universe canon, the Empire collapsed quickly after the downfall of its central government, with the Imperial remnant scattering about under dozens of petty warlords. But with the coming of the new trilogy, all that history's been wiped clean, and sci-fi novelist Chuck Wendig has been brought aboard to create a trilogy of books filling in the three-decade gap between Jedi and The Force Awakens. EW has an exclusive excerpt from the first book, Aftermath, and as it turns out, in this version, the Imperial forces don't go down without a fight. It's an ending that has much more in common with our post–Iraq War sensibilities, while also syncing up perfectly with the need for entertainment franchises to have continuous stories with no concrete endings.For instance, here's the new canon's »
- Nate Jones
With the release of her first big screen role in Judd Apatow.s comedy Trainwreck, which she also wrote the script for, Amy Schumer has been all over the place recently, including the cover of GQ. Decked out in Princess Leia.s iconic Return of the Jedi bikini, a theme that continues inside the issue, this made quite a splash, but not necessarily in a good way. Star Wars apparently isn.t happy with what they call the "inappropriate" use of their characters. @CPThrio @icecoldpenguin Lucasfilm & Disney didn't approve, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner . Star Wars (@starwars) July 16, 2015 The star of Comedy Central.s hit variety show Inside Amy Schumer, the 34-year-old comedian has been red hot lately, but her blunt, often explicit style is also rather divisive. Because of this, just about anything she does becomes a lightning rod for criticism, »
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