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Family Guy: It’s a Trap!
Directed by Peter Shin.
Return of the Jedi gets the Family Guy treatment as Han Solo (Peter), Chewbacca (Brian), Princess Leia (Lois) and Luke Skywalker (Chris) continue their battle against Darth Vader (Stewie) and the Evil Empire.
Back in 2007 Seth MacFarlane and his Family Guy team earned rave reviews (not to mention an Emmy Award nomination) for Blue Harvest, their hilarious parody of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope that saw characters from the hit animated show recast into roles from a galaxy far, far away. Two years later it was the turn of The Empire Strikes Back with the sequel Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, and now the circle is complete with this latest offering, It’s a Trap! »
To cap off Mondo’s recent Star Wars celebratory poster series, artist Tyler Stout has created six stunning final posters of George Lucas’ much loved space opera trilogy. The original trilogy, of course.
The posters are for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (plus variants of all three) and they will go on sale this Friday, New Year’s Eve, at a random time so you need to follow twitter closely to make sure you don’t miss out on these limited editions posters.
The really cool thing about this batch (including the variants) is Tyler has had the foresight to appreciate the large demand and has ordered a sizeable print run – 850 copies of the regular are available and 275 of the variants, the largest single run Mondo has ever done. The regulars will cost you $50 each, the variants double that but personally I’m always »
- Matt Holmes
Though we haven't featured them here, Mondo has been releasing various Star Wars poster prints left and right as part of an ongoing series commemorating the holy trilogy. However, the series comes to and end on New Year's Eve this Friday, and it seems only fitting that this final set of posters commemorates the original Star Wars trilogy and that the art for these prints comes from Tyler Stout, one of the artists who help make Mondo the king of collectible movie artwork. Today Ugo debuted the three beautiful new prints for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and you can check out each stunning piece just below. Here are Tyler Stout's posters for the Star Wars trilogy (click for larger versions): We've featured some of Tyler Stout's work a couple times previously, but this gorgeous poster set takes the cake. Also, if you're »
- Ethan Anderton
Mondo’s Star Wars poster series has come to an end. Artist Tyler Stout has completed his series of six posters of the original trilogy. Ugo exclusively revealed his posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plus variants of all three (including a Revenge of the Jedi), which will be on sale New Year’s Eve at a random time. Thanks to /Film once again.
Take a look at the beautiful artwork below.
Mondo's  Star Wars poster series has come to an end with a finale fitting of George Lucas's epic trilogy. Tyler Stout, the man whose work put movie prints and Mondo on the map, has done a series of six posters immortalizing the original trilogy in a way that only Stout can : big, bold and boisterous. Ugo  exclusively revealed his posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plus variants of all three (including a Revenge of the Jedi!), which will be on sale New Year's Eve at a random time. Check out the posters and more after the jump. Thanks to Ugo  who got the exclusive reveal of these posters. Head over there to read a long, fascinating interview with Mondo main man Justin Ishmael as he discusses the Stout Star Wars posters  as well as Stout's posters in general. It's a very »
- Germain Lussier
Jedi, goofy flight attendants, a possessed young girl, and two journalists on the brink of discovery are among the characters to be honored for film preservation. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named 25 motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Among the films to be preserved are George Lucas' "Return of the Jedi," "Airplane," William Friedkin's "The Exorcist," and Alan J. Pakula's "All The President's Men." This year.s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 550.
Each year, the Librarian of Congress, under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. In other words, these films are certainly not the "best" (but we can argue that each movie truly represented high quality) but they are works of art »
Family Guy: It’S A Trap
Another year, another Family Guy Star Wars spoof, and as Stewie says at the beginning of the episode: “We’re about to do Jedi, aren’t we?” Yes it’s the last (hopefully) of the animated parody’s of George Lucas’ sci-fi classics, taking on what many see as the lesser of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. So does this make for a lesser spoof? Well frankly yes.
The plot follows Jedi pretty closely, with Luke Skywalker (Chris) and Princess Leia (Lois) attempting to free Han Solo (Peter) by infiltrating the palace of Jabba the Hutt (Joe) before teaming up with the Ewoks to take out the Imperial base on Endor, whilst the Emperor (Carter Pewterschmidt) and »
Completing their lampooning rampage across the pop culture cornucopia of George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy Family Guy: It’s A Trap! is Seth MacFarlane’s take on Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The DVD and Blu-ray of the three special episodes has all the ribald non sequiturs the show is famous for as well as the obligatory celebrity cameos with Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn from Star Trek and Carrie Fisher gamely jumping into the ring with the Family Guy team for this special.
Here’s an exclusive clip from the DVD extras in which the creators talk about setting up the scene on Jabba’s barge. The Blu-ray and DVD set is out on the 27th of December and we hope to have our review of the set up on HeyUGuys shortly.
And as a special Christmas treat here are some stills to wow friends and amuse grandparents. »
- Jon Lyus
It’s tough to make a parody out of what was probably the least loved Star Wars movie (before the prequels came along, of course). While I enjoyed Return of the Jedi, I didn’t find it as enjoyable as A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back. But Family Guy had already remade the two previous Star Wars movies in their own image and so it’s not surprising that they tackled the last one.
Here’s the thing about It’s a Trap!: it’s amusing. It’s amusing because most of Family Guy is amusing. Yes, there are fart jokes and they usually draw some jokes out (like yet another random appearance by Conway Twitty that doesn’t make sense), but I never hate Family Guy because I can always find things to laugh at in any episode. So yes, there are amusing things about It’s a Trap! »
Chicago – The opening crawl of “Family Guy: It’s a Trap!” jokingly suggests that the viewer should lower his expectations since the writers had totally run out of steam by this point and were pressured by Fox into doing a spoof of “Return of the Jedi” to close out their “Star Wars” trilogy, now released in one Blu-ray set known as “Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy.” The warning is somewhat accurate (although that’s largely because “Jedi” is the least-interesting film to spoof) but there’s still some damn funny stuff in here and fans of either Lucas or MacFarlane don’t want to miss it.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
It started when the “Family Guy” team turned their knowledge of the Lucas trilogy (something chronicled in a half-hour featurette on “It’s a Trap” in which several of the major players merely play “Star Wars Trivial Pursuit »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Imperial stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise proved yet again the poor intelligence of the Empire when they turned up in London's Waterloo South Bank yesterday to do battle with Family Guy's Stewie Griffin, promoting the release of the Sw-related Family Guy Presents: It’s A Trap! on Blu-ray. Not only was the operation too underfunded to provide those great flying bikes from 1983's Return Of The Jedi (it was strictly 'pedal-power' for this offensive) but not one stormtrooper showed up in the snow-issue battle-kit familiar to Star Wars fans from The Empire Strikes Back (1980)...
The terrible thing is that you just know it's the commanders who are going to get it in the neck...
Family Guy closes out its successful series of Star Wars parodies today with the DVD & Blu-Ray release of It’s A Trap! – a Return of the Jedi send-up that once again transforms the cartoon’s cast into the iconic characters from George Lucas’ legendary trilogy.
Last month we got a look at two trailers for It’s A Trap! – the first appeared to be a somewhat faithful recreation of Jedi‘s original trailer and the second was more focused on Family Guy‘s familiar (and often polarizing) sense of humor. What I took away from those sneak peeks was that if you enjoyed Blue Harvest and Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, then you were probably going to enjoy this latest installment.
If you’re still on the fence about It’s A Trap!, ...
- Chris Schrader
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Next (Swedish: Luftslottet som sprängdes), 2009.
Directed by Daniel Alfredson.
Awaiting trial for attemped murder, Lisbeth Salander races to prove her innocence with the aid of Millennium reporter Mikael Blomkvist.
As far as film trilogies go, the Millenium films have been one of the most tautly paced and superbly executed series in a long, long time. The Bourne trilogy is perhaps its only credible contender, but even Jason Bourne’s gritty spy thrills can’t begin to approach Lisbeth Salander’s stark world of merciless mind games and bitter conspiracies.
Now the UK finally gets its grubby paws on the final instalment, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, we can see that director Daniel Alfredson has lost none of his flare for spinning a tricky plot into a marvellously watchable tale. Followers of the »
Okay, this one might be a little obvious, given that Harrison Ford is pushing 70, and action heroes of such vintage are thin on the ground. But the plan with the in-the-works fifth Indiana Jones movie is for it to be Ford’s last (although last we heard, all concerned were still trying to nail the story).
Further than that, though, Showbiz Spy is reporting that Harrison Ford is keen for the character to be killed off in the fifth film. And what's more, that idea apparently isn’t being met with massive objections from Steven Spielberg at least, although George Lucas isn’t keen
It cites a source who says that “Harrison thinks it would be good for Indy to die and pass on his hat to »
On Tuesday, the final Family Guy Star Wars parody will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. Chances are it will air on Fox at a later date (perhaps as the season finale?), although no official date has been announced yet. The success of the two previous Star Wars parodies - the second of which aired this past Sunday on Fox - guaranteed that Seth MacFarlane and company were going to parody Return of the Jedi.
Scenes from "It's a Trap!" were first shown at Comic Con in July. I was in the audience and thought the special episode looked hilarious, as most of the other Family Guy Star Wars spoofs have been. In mid-November we posted a lengthy promo featuring a variety of scenes from the parody.
Now MTV has two videos featuring sneak peeks of multiple scenes from the episode. You can view them below. Make sure to pick »
The two clips (first seen at MTV's Movies Blog) below from "It's a Trap!" -- the show's take on "Return of the Jedi" -- show the first four minutes of the movie, plus a collection of other scenes from Tatooine, Endor and the semi-completed new Death Star. You'll see Peter/Han Solo unfreeze from his carbonite prison, Chris/Luke Skywalker face Joe/Jabba the Hutt and, because it's "Family Guy," a little bit of Ted Knight.
"It's a Trap!" is available on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday (as does a box set of all three "Star Wars" parodies). It will presumably air on Fox sometime in the future, but a date hasn't been set yet. Here are the previews:
Movie Trailers - Movies Blog »
Although the bulk of the next installment of Indiana Jones has not been planned out yet, a few rumors have been circulating.
An early one was that Harrison Ford was not being considered to star in the main role. Instead, the hat quite literally, would be passed down to Shia Lebeaouf who played Indiana Jones' son in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Now Showbizspy is reporting that Harrison Ford thinks that it would be a great idea if Indiana Jones was to die in the next and final installment. Creator and producer George Lucas is reportedly very against this, while director Steven Spielberg is actually considering it. You may recall that Ford wanted a similar death sentence for Han Solo in the Return of the Jedi prompting most of the world to question just what is up with Harrison Ford's fascination with death?!
I'm all for dying heroically »
- Andre Dumas
Tossing zingers at "Star Wars" is old hat for "Family Guy" and its creator Seth MacFarlane. The edgy Fox series has already poked fun at the first two installments in George Lucas' original sci-fi trilogy with "A New Hope" and "Empire Strikes Back" parodies titled "Blue Harvest" (a reference to the original working title of the first "Star Wars" film) and "Something, Something, Something, Darkside" (a reference to, well, nothing), respectively.
Both spoofs have been gargantuan hits, both on TV and DVD -- so it doesn't take a Jedi with an off-the-charts metachlorian count to see why MacFarlane and co. have decided to round out their very own trilogy with the "Return of the Jedi" parody "It's a Trap!" (which, by the by, derives its named from the famous line uttered by General Ackbar in the film).
The one-hour long movie hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, December 21, but »
- Tom DiChiara
If you always thought that Return of the Jedi would benefit from toilet humor, good news: Seth MacFarlane has reimagined the Richard Marquand classic to do just so in Family Guy's third and final Star Wars parody: It's a Trap! The feature, which will be released on DVD tomorrow, includes Han Solo flatulence jokes, Paraplegic Joe as Jabba the Hut and a cameo from Pee-wee Herman. If that isn't enticing enough, allow MacFarlane to sell you on the latest George Lucas homage: "It's more of exactly the same kind of jokes you've seen in the other two. So if you like those, this is the same and you'll enjoy it just as much." Take your first look ahead. »
'It's definitely the most visually stunning of all of the ones we've done,' creator Seth MacFarlane tells MTV News.
By Eric Ditzian
Brian, Peter and Lois Griffin in "Family Guy: It's A Trap!"
Back at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane showed off a first-look at "It's a Trap!," the final installment in the animated series' parodies of the "Star Wars" franchise. But unless you were lucky enough to be sitting in those hallowed, geek-filled halls, you've barely seen anything from the hour-long episode, which tweaks "Return of the Jedi" to hilarious effect.
That's why MTV News is happy to present nine minutes from "It's a Trap," which hits DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday. "It's more of exactly the same kind of jokes you've seen in the other two," MacFarlane deadpanned in a Comic-Con chat with us. "So if you like those, this »
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