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Here's some cool behind the scenes Star Wars information that you might want to know! Back in 1981, George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Richard Marquand, and Howard Kazanjian mapped out the Star Wars prequel story and the fall of Anakin Skywalker during a story conference for what was then titled Revenge of the Jedi.
Return of the Jedi turns 30 years old soon, and a transcript from that meeting was posted on the Huffington Post, which is an excerpt from J.W. Rinzler's upcoming book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
There's a lot of great little details here. There's stuff we saw brought to life in the prequels and other things that ended up being changed. For example, Lucas goes through and breaks down the relationship between the Emperor and Vader, which is essentially beat-for-beat from what we saw in the prequels.
He also explains how Yoda is not »
- Joey Paur
A new book, "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" by J.W. Rinzler, is hitting shelves just in time for the 30th anniversary of "Episode VI," and in the lead-up to the book's release, the Huffington Post has posted a fascinating excerpt.
The passage comes from a transcript taken from a 1981 story meeting held by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian. During the conversation, Lucas fills in the backstory of Darth Vader in order to help the rest of the team craft an appropriate ending for the fallen Jedi.
What's so interesting about the conversation is how closely it matches the story from the prequel films, decades before they reached theaters, and how Lucas' explanation differs in other respect. For example, Lucas breaks down the relationship between the Emperor and Vader, essentially beat-for-beat from the prequels, but he explains how Yoda »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
This Saturday, "Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi," the capstone of George Lucas' original trilogy, turns 30. Not only does this mean you're old, it means it's time to consider precisely 30 things Lucas and his wildly successful franchise introduced into the world. Some (incest kiss) aren't too popular; others are downright magical. But they're all here thanks to one man and his crazy, mad expensive, dream. Time to scroll, like those revolutionary opening credits.
1. Crowd pleasing science-fiction. Big budget sci-fi movies before "Star Wars” tended to be apocalyptic, along the lines of "Planet of the Apes," or "Soylent Green". Lucas didn't eradicate that genre entirely, but he made room for a new one. In a matter of a few years after "Star Wars," we got not only "Alien" and "Blade Runner," but the significantly kinder world of “E.T.”
2. A "used future." Film scholars credit George Lucas for pioneering the »
- The Huffington Post
On May 25, the third film in the original Star Wars trilogy, "Return of the Jedi," will turn 30 years old. To celebrate, HuffPost Entertainment is publishing this exclusive excerpt from J.W. Rinzler's excellent "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," due to be released on October 1.
Die-hard "Star Wars" fans should appreciate this transcript of a July 1981 story conference for the franchise's third installment, then titled "Revenge of the Jedi." In attendance were series creator George Lucas, writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian.
To give the others a better idea of who Darth Vader is, George Lucas maps out the character's pre-Dark Side life as Anakin Skywalker. Lucas' words here, in 1981, offer a startlingly accurate preview of what would eventually become the "Star Wars" prequels, released between 1999 and 2005. And yet there are notable exceptions, as well. For instance, Lucas compares The Force to »
- The Huffington Post
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
"Return of the Jedi," the third film in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, was released on May 25, 1983. Lucasfilm, the production company founded by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, is celebrating the film's 30th anniversary with a new book documenting the making of "Jedi." ("Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back" already have books of their own.) "The Making of Return of the Jedi" won't come out until Oct. 1, but HuffPost Entertainment will have an exclusive excerpt later this week in time for the official anniversary on Saturday.
In the meantime, we present the very first look at the book's trailer, above, as well as an interview with the book's author, J.W. Rinzler. Ahead, Rinzler's best quotes on topics ranging from Harrison Ford's Han Solo death wish to the rumors of rampant, behind-closed-doors Ewok sex.
On sex among the actors who played Ewoks:
I don't know how much »
- The Huffington Post
If you recognized numerous familiar faces and names from the original Star Wars trilogy scattered throughout Lucasfilm's animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you haven't seen anything yet. The time will be coming for the Rebellion to assemble and fight back against the Empire on the small screen.
Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the next animated Star Wars series will be titled Star Wars Rebels. As the name implies, it will be set between the events of Revenge of the Sith that saw the Empire and Darth Vader come to be, and A New Hope in which Luke Skywalker began his heroic journey from farm boy to savior of the Galaxy. This is a time period that has not yet been explored in the Star Wars mythos on the big or small screen, one in which Darth Vader leads the Empire to rule the Galaxy with an iron »
Well, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is familiar with Roman numerals... The Irish actor, who cut his dastardly teeth playing King Henry VIII on The Tudors, is reportedly at the top of J.J. Abrams' wish list of new faces for Star Wars Episode VII, currently in the early stages of production at Disney. A new face, that is, as in he wouldn't be one of the franchise-familiar faces of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher or Mark Hamill, all of whom are said to be involved with the next installment of the franchise, which will pick up after the events in The Return of the Jedi. There's no word yet on what Episode VII will be about, much less word on what role Rhys Meyers would »
If you thought there were many familiar faces and names from the original Star Wars trilogy that popped up in Lucasfilm's animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you haven't seen anything yet. The time will be coming for the Rebellion to assemble and fight back.
Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the next animated Star Wars series will be titled Star Wars Rebels, and as the name implies, it will be set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This is a time period that has not yet been explored in the Star Wars mythos, one in which Darth Vader leads the Empire to rule the Galaxy with an iron fist and hunts down the last remaining Jedi who survived the Emperor's purge via Order 66.
That’s the word from Latino-Review, who says that “The Tudors” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who is also starring in NBC’s upcoming “Dracula”) is up for the lead in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars” movie (which would be Episode 7, assuming he doesn’t continue on through 8 and 9, which I suspect is probably what Disney is hoping he’ll do). Or as the site puts it, “sounds like [Meyers] already has it”, with “it” being the undisclosed role, that is. Meyers and Abrams have previously worked together in 2006′s “Mission Impossible 3″, and he’s certainly a young and talented fellow. Meyers also has the Ya adaptation “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” in the pipeline, but never you mind that one. As per usual with an Abrams movie, not much is known about “Star Wars: Episode 7″, only that it is being scripted by Michael Arndt and will pick up where “Return of the Jedi” left off. »
After the swarm of rumors that circulated about who might be behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode VII, before J.J. Abrams was officially announced as director, it sounds like the casting rumors are heating up again. We've already heard plenty of talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles from the original sci-fi saga, but now we have a rumor on a new young cast member for this sequel that will follow Return of the Jedi. Latino Review reports that Abrams' Mission: Impossible III star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is currently in talks for an unknown role in the anticipated sequel. More below! Considering Rhys Meyers already has a working relationship with Abrams, that's a decent enough indicator. And while it's likely that the actor might have been contacted about a potential role, it seems like it's a little too early to have him being eyed »
- Ethan Anderton
By Ryan Rigley
Seems like we here at MTV News aren't the only ones speculating about what to expect from the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy. Last Wednesday, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, "Star Wars" fans were given the opportunity to give the "Star Trek Into Darkness" director (J. J. Abrams) a few suggestions of their own. Amongst these fans were Lando Calrissian himself (Billy Dee Williams) and the slightly misplaced, but ever-lovable Captain Kirk (William Shatner).
Sadly, most of the "Star Wars" suggestions given to Mr. Abrams were to make Princess Leia hook up with Chewbacca. While this might be...interesting... to see play out on the silver screen, we can't help but think that revisiting some of those memorable minor characters from the original trilogy would make "Star Wars VII" a masterpiece. Take Malakili for example, the heavy-set rancor keeper in the first act of "Return of the Jedi."
- MTV Movies Team
The actor is in line to reunite with the Mission: Impossible 3 director in the highly-anticipated sequel, according to Latino Review.
Little is known about the follow-up to 1983's Return of the Jedi so far.
Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled to arrive in 2015.
'Star Wars' actors - then and now - photo gallery: »
Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
Disney is working to produce a film that will continue the story of where 1983′s Episode VI: Return of the Jedi left off. Production on the seventh film in the series will start next year in the UK. Episode VII is expected to hit theaters in 2015.
My right hand man El Mayimbe recently heard that a young man who has only been in one major franchise movie (in a co-starring role) was in talks to star in the new Star Wars film.
Now, my source has told me more information…
This is a name that has been thrown around a lot, especially since he has a relationship with J.J. Abrams. He appeared in Mission Impossible: III, directed by Abrams.
Sounds like he already has it. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Age of Ultron #8
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist/Cover: Brandon Peterson
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Unlike the previous two issues, which struck a nearly perfect balance between action, plot, and characters by focusing on Wolverine and Sue Richards, this issue introduces a whole host of new characters on this alternate earth as well as a new villain for the series. At the end of the last issue, Sue and Wolverine arrive on an alternate earth that is either better or worse than their own Ultron controlled reality. There are some answers in this issue, but even more questions and last minute plot developments.
Does not appear in this comic
One thing that Age of Ultron as a miniseries has done as whole is have a constant source of conflict from the Ultron’s robot goons and supervillains at the beginning to the internal conflict between Wolverine and the other »
- Logan Dalton
Here's part of a great Star Wars clothing collection created by Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe. These designs are so cool. She will debut the series at Disney's Star Wars Weekends 2013 at Walt Disney World. The event takes place from May 17th to June 9th and Ashley will be there meeting fans and signing autographs.
Here's what Eckstein had to say in a statement:
As a lifelong Disney fan, it’s a dream come true for me to return to Disney’s Star Wars Weekends and debut my new Her Universe merchandise,” said Eckstein. “It’s been an honor to work with Disney to create designs for this event. We have an assortment of new items for female fans of all ages, including our new exclusive Return of the Jedi necklace in honor of the 30th Anniversary!
What do you think of this collection?
Here's the press release with some »
- Joey Paur
Feature Simon Brew 16 May 2013 - 07:02
Does the Hollywood system want spoilers to be protected, or have they become part of the marketing fabric?
Please note: there are no spoilers in this article. Please do not leave any in the comments below!
Early in the production of Star Trek Into Darkness, a series of stills were leaked of a fight involving Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison. Believe the stories, and those behind the scenes - not least Jj Abrams - were extremely unhappy about the leak. Abrams is, after all, someone who works hard to protect surprises. Just look at the sudden trailer reveal for Super 8 a few years back, or the whole Cloverfield build up. He's one of the few directors who usually has the power to reveal what he wants only when he's ready to reveal it.
Most of Star Trek Into Darkness was shot on sound stages, »
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
Not since Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park has the an amusement park been made the center of a thriller so perfectly. The return (and re-threatening) of a classic villain, a heck of a guest cast and a script by Neil Gaiman. Seems like a dream, but mix it all together and it’s a…
Nightmare In Silver
by Neil Gaiman
Directed by Stephen Woolfenden
After last week’s last-minute extortion, Clara’s charges Angie and Artie are granted a trip on the Tardis to Hedgewick’s World, the greatest amusement park ever. But hidden beneath it is a dangerous secret – A vast sleeping army of Cybermen, under repair and improvement for a thousand years…and they are ready to return.
Guest Star Report
- Vinnie Bartilucci
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