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It doesn’t happen often and when it does the reasons for it vary, almost to never be repeated again. Despite motives for returning to familiar ground a lot of excitement seems to build around directors who remake their own films.
Very few directors out there are lucky enough to have such iconic credits under their belts that they have been made household names in their own right. These properties were typically original pieces produced when they were much younger and propelled them into the A List of Hollywood talent. One thing we know for sure about H-wood is that if something worked once they are sure to try it again. Thus every once and awhile under a strange moon directors will be hired to helm the remake, sequel, or prequel of a property that once made them famous.
Putting any and all mixed feelings for »
- Michael Thompson
What's not to love about the original poster for Star Wars? It has become one of the most iconic and parodied designs in movie history, and for good reason. The poster features extremely sexed up versions of Luke and Leia, a looming Darth Vader, and a giant fleet of X-Wing fighters going up against the "ultimate power in the universe!"
Sure, a Luke that buff and that bare chested only exists in overly muscular Star Wars action figures from the '90s. And yes, Leia didn't show anything close to that amount of skin until Return of the Jedi, seven years after the release of A New Hope in 1977. But it got people excited for wars that happened a long time ago, and stars in a galaxy far, far away…. and milk, blue milk. Ok maybe not the milk.
Here's an unused poster concept for Star Wars that features some rather curious advertising angles. »
- Eli Reyes
Few films are as highly anticipated even before production is underway but then again, few films bring the excitement of a story told in a galaxy far, far away!
With Disney now in charge of the franchise we’re promised Star Wars sequels and spin-offs every year from the summer of 2015. First up will be director J.J. Abrams’ trek to the other side of the stars with a follow-up to 1983s Return Of The Jedi. We’ll be hoping for a whole lot better than what George Lucas’ convoluted and joyless prequels ‘entertained’ us with.
With rumours of Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ casting along with the expected return of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, new plot and character details have now appeared certainly backing up some of those reports. Abrams and Walt Disney recently confirmed the epic sci-fi sequel will shoot at the beginning of 2014 in the UK.
Storyline: Two 17 year old twins, »
- Craig Hunter
This piece will be the first in what I hope will be a regular series on What Culture. I aim to have one of these out every two weeks or so. The goal of these articles will be to provide a strong starting point for those unfamiliar with the work of an actor, a film series, comics etc. Given the content of what I usually write about, I can think of nowhere better to start with than the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
We now all know that there will be a new Star Wars movie every year after 2015, and rumours of spin-off films covering almost every aspect of the Star Wars Universe, from Darth Malak to Darth Bane, have many wondering who these guys are. There are still many people who have never engaged with the universe outside of Luke and Anakin and who may have never heard of a »
- Darragh O'Connor
Thirty years ago, "Trading Places," John Landis' classic comedy, premiered to critical and commercial success. Not only was it the 4th highest grossing film of 1983 (making over $90 million, behind "Flashdance," "Terms of Endearment," and "Return of the Jedi"), but the film also received praise from the likes of Roger Ebert ("This is good comedy") and Rex Reed ("Trading Places is an updated Frank Capra with four-letter words, and I can think of no higher praise than that"). The film is about two beyond-wealthy yet bored brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) who swap out a well-to-do finance guy in their employ (Dan Aykroyd) with a homeless conman (Eddie Murphy) just to watch the world burn, oh no, we mean to test the good old "nature vs. nurture" debate. Decades later, "Trading Places" is still hilarious, with its cutting commentary on class and race in America (regrettably still topical), legendary »
- Diana Drumm
Luke Owen counts down his personal Top 5 Fictional Deaths that he never quite got over....
Perhaps it’s the power of the writing, perhaps it’s the strength of the performance, but sometimes a fictional character's death in movies can affect us deep down inside to provoke an emotional response. Despite these people not being real, we still feel the need to shed some tears as the animators decide to stop drawing them or the actor walks off set to go and work on another movie.
What started today as a trending topic on Twitter got me thinking about my own Top 5 Fictional Deaths That I Never Quite Got Over. Looking through the feed you saw a lot of likely entries like the dog from Marley and Me, Mufasa from Lion King and Littlefoot’s Mum from Land Before Time etc etc. However none of these affected me in the way that the below did. »
Tumblr user Cinecat unearthed the pic, which shows Neeson, who played Qui-Gon Jinn in the "Star Wars" prequel, enjoying a bit of downtime on the film's Tunisian set. Of note: Neeson's shades, umbrella and water bottle. Props also to Lucas for his "Return of the Jedi" hat.
— Richard Dowdy (@B1g_R3d) June 4, 2013
- Christopher Rosen
By Ryan Rigley
As if one movie franchise wasn't enough, last week, Daniel Radcliffe threw his proverbial sorting hat into the ring for the new "Star Wars" trilogy. "Franchise mustn’t become a dirty word," the former "Harry Potter" star proclaimed. "If directors like J. J. Abrams and Joss Whedon keep doing what they’re doing, it won’t be. I’d love to be part of one again. Maybe not leading it: a nice supporting role. In Star Wars? Yeah, that’d be awesome."
You know what else would be awesome? J. J. Abrams sticking some of those memorable minor characters from the original "Star Wars" trilogy into "Episode VII." Take Wicket Warrick for instance, who played an instrumental part of the Alliance's efforts during the Battle of Endor at the end of "Return of the Jedi."
Born and raised in the Bright Tree Village on the forest moon of Endor, »
- MTV Movies Team
Here's an upbeat music video called Rhianna (80's Chase Video) which follows Jon Marco as he chases down his dream girl through all of our favorite classic 1980s movies such as Back to the Future, E.T., Return of the Jedi, Tron and more. I also loved the outtakes that play throughout the end credits.
There is a creepy charm to the video as the guy is chasing down a girl that obviously has no interest whatsoever in being with him. He's pretty much just scaring her away even more.
- Joey Paur
After successfully raising over $100,000 from over 400 runners for the Make-a-Wish Foundation last year, Course of the Force is ready to run its second Star Wars-themed relay race to San Diego’s Comic-Con International this summer.
As is the case with most sequels, this year’s Course of the Force is bigger.
Lucasfilm is back to support the event, which involves more days, runners (more than 700), and a new starting line, located this year at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, just outside San Francisco.
Organizers wanted to begin at Star Wars’ homebase last year, but the potential logistical nightmare of producing the event for the first time had them start off smaller from the Santa Monica Pier. »
- Marc Graser
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find The Return of Return of the Jedi; Ellen interviewing Steve Carell as Gru from Despicable Me 2; a ghetto version of Mean Girls; How to Say “May the Force Be with You” in Dothraki; and some Tetris bookshelves. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com to be featured on a future post!
The Return of Return of the Jedi: Special Edition
- Justin Vactor
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
Some of the funniest entertainment geeks including Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Sam Witwer, Chris Hardwick, Jaime King, Topher Grace, Fall Out Boy, Eli Roth, and Jason Mewes have gathered together for a short documentary, entitled The Return of the Return of the Jedi, on their personal views/experiences with Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by filmmaker Kyle Newman (Fanboys). Check out the teaser trailers below.
Teaser Trailer: The Return of the Return of the Jedi – Sarlaac
Teaser Trailer: The Return of the Return of the Jedi – Dagobah
Teaser Trailer: The Return of the Return of the Jedi – Ewoks
You can go check out the movie at EW for a limited time (so run, don’t walk) and after you’re done with that and after you’ve gotten all nostalgic for and old school Star Wars rewatch, check out this book trailer for The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J. »
- Jess Orso
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
Now that's a movie poster.
Entertainment Weekly asked Kyle Newman (director of Fanboys, a comedy road movie about a group of friends trying to see Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace) to make a short film, collecting a few famous faces to offer their thoughts on Jedi. He managed to get Kevin Smith (Clerks), Seth Green (Family Guy), Jaime King (Sin City), Topher Grace (Spider-Man III), Eli Roth (Hostel), Jason Mewes (Clerks II) and band Fall Out Boy. Pretty impressive.
You can watch all ten minutes of The Return of Return of the Jedi here (EW's video doesn't allow embeds), but you can also watch its Dagobah-themed trailer below:
- Chris Villeneuve
This is Dave Perillo's full set of Star Wars trilogy poster art. Throughout the year, he created posters for A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, but now he's completed the series with the addition of Return of the Jedi -- just in time for the 30th anniversary! They were created for Acme Archives, and if you are interested in buying The Return of the Jedi print, it comes out at a random time on Friday May 31st, and will cost you $50. Follow @AcmeArchives for the release information.
Source: Via: /Film (http://www.slashfilm.com/cool-stuff-dave-perillos-return-of-the-jedi-poster-from-acme-archives-completes-the-trilogy/) »
- Joey Paur
Last month, for an episode of Parks and Recreation, Patton Oswalt ad libbed a seven-minute vision of what Star Wars VII ought to be, complete with the Avengers and several Greek gods. Now his rant has been animated by YouTube user Izac Less:
Click here to view the embedded video.
Oh, and here’s the original:
Click here to view the embedded video.
And consider yourself lucky. If we really wanted to do Saturday morning cartoons to commemorate Return Of The Jedi, we would have gone with this:
Click here to view the embedded video.
Yubnub yourself, buddy.
- Glenn Hauman
Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Game of Thrones fans got a treat. Jimmy Fallon and his crew debuted an epic sketch called, “Game of Desks,” that placed their show under a hilarious, Westeros-inspired lens: Amanda Bynes’s neighbors are starting to weigh in on the troubled starlet’s erratic behavior. According to them, she “just stares at people…her eyes look really messed up,” and she’s known to stumble often when she walks. [People] Tom Hiddleston is going to be returning to his roots this winter when he takes on the lead role in a production of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse. Hiddleston had his breakout role in a production of Othello at the Donmar six years ago. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
• Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi'. Celebrate by learning all about the Ewoks. [MTV Movies Blog]
• Speaking of Ewoks, here's the great debate: are they awesome or useless? [Film.com]
• The faction symbols from 'Divergent,' the popular Ya novel being turned into a movie, have been released. [Hypable]
• Here's why 'Before Midnight' is the beautifully honest relationship film that you need to see. [ScreenCrush]
• What if 'Arrested Development' characters were kinds of pizza? Totally normal question. [Videogum]
• This Vin Diesel fan art is just plain interesting. [Buzzfeed]
• We won't be hearing about the hottest spots anymore, since Bill Hader says that a Stefon movie won't happen. [CinemaBlend]
• And while we're talking about 'The Hangover, »
- NextMovie Staff
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)
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