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"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
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
From a visual standpoint, arguably the most memorable and iconic character from the Star Wars saga is Darth Vader. The Sith warrior who was once the Jedi Knight known as Anakin Skywalker factored in the central story of both Star Wars trilogies but met his heroic end in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi in a final selfless act to save his son from Emperor Palpatine.
A favorite among cosplayers, toy collectors, merchandisers and memes (thank you Robot Chicken), Vader’s evil ways are outmatched only by the fun and funny our culture had turned him into. Now, the failed protector of the Death Star is the face of the Star Wars social media.
At the time of this writing, the ...
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- Rob Keyes
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
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
• Star Wars: Episode VII auditions held in London and Dublin
• More on Star Wars: Episode VII
So far the only character confirmed 100% to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII is diminutive droid R2D2. But another stalwart of the long-running space saga is reportedly being built at London's Pinewood studios: the Millennium Falcon.
The legendary space freighter, which Harrison Ford's Han Solo adapted himself for extra speed (and which can reputedly make the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs) was last seen on the big screen in 1983's Return of the Jedi. Now Latino Review quotes a source suggesting the ship's interior has already been completed at Pinewood, where director Jj Abrams will shoot Star Wars: Episode VII early next year.
The Millennium Falcon's »
- Ben Child
It's Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and most folks are gathering around with family and preparing to chow down on some traditional grub, including the Hollywood elite, which leaves the news bank rather empty. So, I'm going to use this time to discuss something that has affected most nerds my age: Princess Leia's boobs. Most notably, Princess Leia's boobs in Return Of The Jedi, while adorned in the notorious metal bikini, while a slave to the infamous Jabba the »
- Paul Shirey
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
Many fans have been hoping that the new trilogy of Star Wars movies would finally deliver on the epic movies they have envisioned since Return Of The Jedi. With J.J. Abrams at the helm, you can assuredly expect the film to be reverent towards the Original Trilogy, especially if Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford all return for another round of space opera. But, will the new films harken to the same B-movie inspiration as the prequels did or will we be getting a darker, more »
- Alex Maidy
"Most of my artwork I post here is done in 'portrait' style because I'd really like to draw a Star Wars comic cover one day! But I thought I should try to demonstrate that I can also create 'landscape' scenes too - so I've put together a series of three pictures depicting scenes that 'sort of' happened in the original Star Wars trilogy."
He gives a little commentary on each of the pieces and about the above image he says,
"We all know that Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru were executed in Episode 4 (A New Hope) - and the grizzly revolution was pivotal in convincing Luke to begin his heroic journey. We didn't see actual the event - and we didn't need to (especially in »
- Joey Paur
There may not be a Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII... and I'm fine with that.
No doubt you've heard the news: according to Samuel L. Jackson, J.J. Abrams has not been in contact with Mark Hamill about using him in Episode VII. The fallout was typical. Everybody starts screaming foul and declares the entire production to be an unsalvageable wreck before principal photography has even begun.
You gotta love the internet. When they go scorched earth, they don't leave a single solitary inch of real state unscathed.
J.J. Abrams is such an interesting creative conundrum. Based on his two Star Trek films, there shouldn't be a single solitary surprise coming our way. The man has managed to deliver two extremely entertaining movies that somehow simultaneously gush with fan service and yet seem hell bent »
- Gary Collinson
Yoda — that wise, little green Jedi that captured the hearts of movie fans around the world after making his big screen debut in 1980′s “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” — was almost played by an adorable monkey. Though this not news to the dedicated community of “Star Wars” fans, but it might be to the casual viewer who did not read author J.W. Rinzler’s 2010 book, “The Making Of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” which first unveiled the monkey to the masses. See video: Yoda Dies a Slow Death in Recovered ‘Return of the Jedi’ Footage Photos of the monkey. »
- Greg Gilman
Do you trust Samuel L. Jackson? The actor appeared on David Letterman last night and during the now regular grilling concerning the Star Wars franchise, Jackson revealed that he spoke to Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, who told him that J.J. Abrams was yet to contact him about reprising the role for 2015's hotly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
This is one of many rumours surrounding the return of the original cast, with Hamill said to have been contacted before Abrams was even announced as director (in fact George Lucas reportedly met with both Hamill and Carrie Fisher prior to selling Lucasfilm to Disney).
Should Hamill not return, this may be a result of the recent change in scriptwriting duties with Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) replaced by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Perhaps Skywalker has died in the years following Jedi? »
- Gary Collinson
Casting rumors for the upcoming Star Wars reboot have been as plentiful as they've been completely unconfirmed, with many expecting members of the original trilogy to return for Episode VII. While Han Solo himself won't spill the beans on that front, Lucasfilm finally let one bomb drop: R2-D2 will be rolling back onto the screen and into your hearts. Everyone's favorite astromech droid was seen in a photo posted on the franchise's website today alongside Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the creators of the new and improved Artoo, »
Since first being cancelled back in 2001, Family Guy has gone on to become one of the most popular animations in television history.
With a variety of comic books, video games and even a mock ‘film trilogy’ spawning from the Seth MacFarlane creation, the show’s rocky times now appear to have been put firmly to one side.
Nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards, with four wins, Family Guy is now into a remarkable 12th season, with its unique brand of risqué humour and cut-away gags winning over a legion of fans.
MacFarlane has also entertained his viewers by throwing in a variety of references, homages and parodies to some of cinema’s most famous films, with the Star Wars-centric ‘Blue Harvest’ being one of the best examples.
A variety of other films have also been given the Family Guy treatment and subjected to MacFarlane’s razor-sharp wit down the years, »
- Joseph Dempsey
Update: Variety confirms that R2-D2 will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, and he will be created and controlled by a pair of Star Wars fans -- Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, pictured in the tweeted shot from Bad Robot, who are members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club -- that were hired after impressing Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy this past summer in Germany, and had worked on Star Wars-themed commercials in the U.K.
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Abram's Bad Robot tweeted a picture earlier today, Nov. 15, of the acclaimed director and his crew standing around the iconic R2D2 during pre-production.
Trevor Hogg chats with author J.W. Rinzler about a space opera which established a moviemaking empire for George Lucas....
“Right after finishing the Episode III [Revenge of the Sith] book, somewhere around 2005, I knew that the 30th anniversary was coming up and that there had never been a real making of Star Wars  book,” recalls Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer J.W. Rinzler. “There was almost no advance publicity. The Making of Star Wars got a couple of big reviews early on and people got excited. For me, I was trying to bring to it the feeling I had gotten from reading The Jaws Log when I was a kid; I found it to be an inspiration because the book told the story of production and not just how they did all of the trick shots.” Rinzler notes, “I don’t like it when writers get between the subject and the reader because »
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