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Get your hands on Princess Leia's sexy gold bikini, you will not. That's because the iconic "slave Leia" costume sold at auction last Friday for a hefty $96,000. Donned by Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, the unforgettable bikini made its first and only appearance in the Star Wars franchise when Princess Leia was captured by Jabba the Hutt and forced to ditch her staple robe for the skin-baring getup. And granted the sexy ensemble—complete with chain collar—didn't get as much screen time as, say, Princess' Leia's double buns hairstyle, the costume is still one of the most famous outfits from all six (and soon to be seven!) »
What would Star Wars: The Force Awakens' inevitable home video release look like if it appeared during the heyday of 80's VHS? Likely something similar to what you see here, courtesy of The Playback Collective, a design group dedicated to all things retro and awesome.
Head to Quiet Earth to see the stills.
Recommended Release: Star Wars Blu-ray Collection
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As well as her celebrated Return of the Jedi costume, a miniature of Leia’s spaceship fetches $450,000
The gold bikini worn by Carrie Fisher in 1983 Star Wars sequel The Return of the Jedi has sold for $96,000 (£63,000) at auction, reports CNN. The auction also included a miniature model of Leia’s “Blockade Runner”, the first spaceship seen in 1977’s Star Wars, which sold for $450,000 (£300,000) – more than twice its $200,000 opening bid.
The “slave” costume, which also included a collar and several chain links, was worn by Fisher in a scene at Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the desert planet of Tatooine. A letter of authenticity from designer Richard Miller, of the Star Wars creator George Lucas’s special effects firm Industrial Light and Magic, was included in the sale to an anonymous bidder by the Hollywood auctioneer Profiles in History on 2 October.
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- Ben Child
This week, Neil Calloway suggests some films that would work well as TV shows…
With the new series of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now underway, the Limitless TV show having just debuted in the Us, and talk of a Game of Thrones movie being made (later denied). There’s even a TV show (the second, following a short-lived 1990 show) of the John Hughes/John Candy classic Uncle Buck coming soon. Add in the Minority Report TV show, and the just announced Lethal Weapon series and we have truly entered the age of the TV and film crossover.
The line between TV and film is growing smaller. The “small screen” is no longer seen as a step down from the cinema, largely because our TVs are no longer small, and people are watching what awful people call “content” in the same way – streaming it to their TV, laptop or tablet. Martin Scorsese, »
- Neil Calloway
As that special time of the year grows ever nearer, adults and children alike continue to merrily cross the days off their calendars with their eyes on that huge date in December. No, not Christmas: that’s only the second most important day in December 2015, thanks to one of the biggest events in modern cinematic history.
On December 17 millions of us will be heading to a galaxy far, far away in the hope that it’ll be worth the damn effort this time around. Despite some bridges being burned with the last three movies, the prequels seem to have been put to the back of most fan’s minds, hopeful that they won’t have to make room in there for another trilogy’s worth of crap.
What are the odds of this happening? Well, quite low, in my opinion, but as Star Wars fans we would be »
- Phil Archbold
Kicking things off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the movie’s themes and how the Skywalker family play into everything. It had been rumoured that this new trilogy would focus on the offspring of Luke and Leia (not together you weirdos!), but we still don’t know the full story despite being less than 3 months away from the release of the movie. But we do know that the lineage will play a role. “The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga,” Kennedy said. “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story… »
- Luke Owen
The item was sold on Friday (October 2) as part of Hollywood memorabilia auction house Profiles in History, which included a number of Star Wars items.
It was reported last month that the item was up for sale, earmarked between $80,000 and $120,000, and bidding for it opened on Thursday (October 1), according to CNN.
The bikini was worn by Leia when she was imprisoned as a slave by Jabba the Hutt in the film, and a few alterations were made for the look due to Fisher's weight loss during production.
The winning bidder has not been named, but will also take home six stills boasting the film's original name, "Revenge of the Jedi", with the lot.
Despite its popularity, Leia's slave bikini was not biggest seller at the auction.
A miniature of Leia's Blockade Runner, »
Did someone just buy a very expensive Halloween costume? A “slave bikini” worn by Carrie Fisher in “Return of the Jedi” commanded a staggering $96,000 at auction on Friday, CNN reports. The winning bidder for the outfit, which was part of the online auction “Profiles in History,” was not identified. Also Read: Disney Promises Angry Consumers Princess Leia 'Star Wars' Toys for Girls Are Coming The auction for the costume, which began Thursday, had an opening bid of $80,000. In the “Star Wars” films, Fisher’s character, Princess Leia, was usually dressed in robes, but when she was captured by Jabba the Hutt she was. »
- Tim Kenneally
Latino Review broke the story which says that she's actually already auditioned for the film, and joins a shortlist that includes Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin") and Olivia Cooke ("Ouija").
There's a twist though. The site says these actresses are all being considered for not one but two major roles in the film, meaning maybe two of those names might be scoring one hell of a new screen credit in the near future.
Some filming on "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has already taken place, but the majority of the shoot is expected to happen early next year ahead of a May 2017 release. »
- Garth Franklin
Admiral Ackbar, who was first introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, has become one of the more popular side characters over the years despite only one movie appearance to date. He helped win the raid on the second Death Star. And he's notorious for saying 'It's a trap!' A line of dialogue that has been uttered by others in the franchise, but never with such gusto. It's no secret that director J.J. Abrams is bringing the character back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what many may not know yet is that the same actor will be reprising this high ranking Mon Calamari rebel. And certain aspects of the production just don't sit right with the longtime puppeteer.
At this time, there are still very few plot details that we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And an official synopsis has yet to be released. »
Star Wars fever is running at an all-time high, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters this Christmas. And while average, everyday fans have to settle for action figures and branded soda cans to celebrate their love for the franchise, the rich actually get to own a piece of Star Wars history. One such lucky fan with a very well-endowed wallet snatched up a piece of memorabilia that may be the most coveted keepsake in the whole galaxy.
Yes, Princess Leia's iconic slave bikini costume from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi went on the auction block this week, and it fetched a pretty penny. Worn by Carrie Fisher in the 1983 trilogy ending sequel, the skimpy metal and clothe bathing suit went for $96,000. It is the same outfit the actress can be seen wearing during the opening Jabba the Hutt barge escape scene, where Leia chocks Jabba to death. »
Marvel continues the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens this coming Wednesday with the release of Shattered Empire #2, and you can check out a preview of the issue here; click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (Punisher, Wolverine, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (Avengers World, Punisher) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #2 is out on October 7th, priced $3.99.
- Gary Collinson
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 phenomenal Friday? Big Hero 6 gets an alternate ending, Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell portrays the first black person in a Nancy Meyers movie and everything wrong with Interstellar, featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson. But first, just in time for Halloween, we have a 10-foot tall Hulkbuster costume from Avengers: Age of Ultron and every Jean-Claude Van Damme kill ever! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Every Jean-Claude Van Damme Kill
Youtuber Benjamin Combes has taken it upon himself to comb through Jean-Claude Van Damme's extensive filmography and find every single kill scene for one epic 30-minute video. Can you guess how many movie kills his characters have been »
Could this be. a trap? J.J. Abrams brought the "Big Three" back for his Star Wars: The Force Awakens, finding room for Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. But now we are hearing of another Original Trilogy icon who.s expected to return. That.s right, Admiral Ackbar will have a role in the first Star Wars movie in years. Tim Rose originally portrayed Ackbar in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He was speaking with The Australian about the upcoming The Force Awakens, and revealed that he will have a role in Abrams. sequel. However, when asked about details, he admitted . as you might expect . that he couldn.t say anything. and that basically pisses him off. Rose vented: I'm very frustrated by that. Out of the need to be secret, we're not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as »
As of right now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still very much a movie shrouded in secrecy. Disney and Lucasfilm have kept a lot of character names and plot details under wraps, with the surnames of Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) among the biggest mysteries. Is one of them a Skywalker? Is Kylo Ren? Whatever the answer, the focus of this new trilogy will most definitely remain on the Skywalker clan.
“The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six film. ‘The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return Of The Jedi’ and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and »
- Josh Wilding
We’re getting quite excited now. A new Star Wars movie will arrive in cinemas in just over two months time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will kick off a new trilogy in the saga, and we’re also promised three spin-off films, the first of which will arrive in just over a year’s time with Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars story.
Speaking with Costco Connection, Kennedy, who is president of Lucasfilm, had this to say.
“The saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” she said. “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. ‘The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return of the Jedi’ and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, »
- Paul Heath
While conducting what looked to be a fairly routine interview with Costco Connection, executive producer and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy seemed to confirm something fans have heavily speculated about. While distinguishing between the episodic 'Saga' movies and the upcoming 'Anthology' films, she stated, "The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films…The Force Awakens follows Return Of The Jedi and continues that generational story.” It's easy enough to read between the lines here and come to the conclusion that she's in fact claiming that the next generation of Skywalkers will feature in The Force Awakens. Many fans had already come to this conclusion as soon as the movie was announced, but it's the first official word we've heard about it. I know there are some spoilery details out there to be found about which character is secretly a Skywalker, »
With three months left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, we've seen two trailers, with a new trailer coming sometime this fall. Disney and LucasFilm are finally starting to shed new light on the story, but there is still so much we don't know, especially since the studios haven't released an official synopsis yet. Producer Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke with Costco Connection, the official newsletter for Costco, where she dropped some interesting details, confirming that Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, will all focus on Luke Skywalker's family.
"The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and »
It seems fairly obvious, but Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the bridge that connects all of the “Star Wars” saga films, and it has some interesting implications for director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “The saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” Kennedy said on Costo Connection (via Coming Soon). “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. ‘The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return of the Jedi’ and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.” The Lucasfilm plan is to release a “Star Wars” saga film every two years with a “Star Wars” story (formerly anthology) film between saga entries. Now, again, it seems self-evident to say that it is the Skywalker family that is at the center of the saga films, »
- Roth Cornet
This year’s Oscar race for best visual effects is, as ever, loaded with summer blockbuster fare, prestige pics with eye-popping visuals and layered theatrical experiences that beg for a slowing of the inevitable march to a standard of home viewing. Coming out of the hot months, where a number of these contenders tend to plant their flag, it seems as good a place as any to begin our weekly dissection of the Academy’s 10 below-the-line categories.
At the top of the list would have to be Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” which made waves last weekend after a New York Film Festival debut. Working with supervisor Kevin Baillie (“Flight”) and with effects house Atomic Fiction leading the charge, it could be a threat to win the prize at the end of the day. Even if the tone of the film’s first two acts didn’t work for a great many, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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