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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Until last night, my Star Wars fandom rank merited no title. I’d never shared an impassioned connection with Lucasfilm’s phantasmic universe. Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker were mere fantasy characters and nothing more to me. Until last night, I’d never left any Star Wars film projecting outward enthusiasm or wishes for an immediate return to Jakku, Kashyyyk, Hoth etc. – then Star Wars: The Last Jedi happened.

Rian Johnson lightspeeds into his first franchise entry with more energy than a supernova explosion; an astounding exemplification of what moviegoers will forever consider “epic.” Each frame bursts with complexity and detail without ever sacrificing a majority stake in keeping us delighted by the most richly ridiculous space oddities. You’ll get your “Chewie and the Porgs” lightness while also bearing the brunt of darkness that weighs upon conflicted warriors who’ve yet to choose their destinies. Whether navigating a duplicitous story
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Own The Nine-Film Mel Brooks Collection For $20

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Today on Amazon, $20 gets you nine popular Mel Brooks films on Blu-ray, including Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and Spaceballs, plus a ton of special features. That’s an all-time low, and the first time it’s been under $30 in months. Needless to say, it would make a great gift for the comedy buff in your…

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Slideshow, Audio: Bill Pullman Red Carpet at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextBill Pullman at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.

Chicago – Bill Pullman is one of Hollywood’s treasures. The rogue-ish and handsome actor has been plying his trade for over 30 years, in such classics as “Spaceballs,” “A League of Their Own,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “Independence Day,” “Lost Highway” and the recent “Battle of the Sexes.” His latest film, which he previewed at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival with director Jared Moshe, is a western called “The Ballad of Lefty Brown.”

Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, and began his career as an acting instructor at Montana State University, where his students encouraged him to start a film career. He made his debut in “Ruthless People” (1986) and began his long and successful career. He has also done Broadway stage (“The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”) and TV (“1600 Penn”), and will appear in the film “Lbj,
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Batman, Indiana Jones and Other Big Movie Props Go Up for Auction

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Batman, Indiana Jones and Other Big Movie Props Go Up for Auction
600 iconic movie props including Jack Nicholson's Joker costume form the 1989 Batman, Conan's sword, the infamous Indiana Jones bullwhip, and an egg from Aliens are all about to go up for sale. This is a huge collection with too many awesome pieces to list. Earlier this summer, some pretty amazing pieces of Star Wars memorabilia went up for auction, which included an R2-D2 droid used in multiple movies, that sold for a whopping $2.76 million dollars. Rick Moranis' Dark Helmet and a miniature Winnebago from Spaceballs also recently sold for some impressive cash through a different auction site.

Wired reports that the 600 items are being auctioned off through the Prop Store in London, England. They reached out to Brandon Alinger, a movie prop expert at the Prop Store, to find out where all of the pieces came from. He had this to say.

"The pieces have been sourced from a variety of different places,
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The Orville: Seth MacFarlane Explains Why His New Show Isn't Just a Comedy

The Orville: Seth MacFarlane Explains Why His New Show Isn't Just a Comedy
So you’re expecting Seth MacFarlane’s new Fox series The Orville to be a Star Trek parody filled with crude jokes? Well, you’d better reset your coordinates.

RelatedCharlize Theron to Guest-Star on Fox’s Sci-Fi Spoof The Orville, Reuniting With Seth MacFarlane

The sci-fi series — premiering Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8/7c — is not just a Family-Guy-in-space collection of punchlines; it has a dramatic side as well, with earnest metaphorical explorations of current societal issues. (An early episode tackles the thorny question of gender identity, for example.) And that’s exactly the way MacFarlane, who created the show and
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Honey I Shrunk the Kids

It’s been almost thirty years since we got to see one of Rick Moranis’s best roles in cinema, next to Spaceballs and Ghostbusters of course, and there are still things a lot of people don’t know. This movie was kind of odd and even ridiculed a bit when it came out and certainly laughed at when it produced its sequels, which bombed horribly. But the original idea was so innovative and new that people actually flocked to see it and were amazed in some part and made to laugh in others. Honestly though it was probably one of Rick Moranis’s

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Honey I Shrunk the Kids
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Chris Hardwick on the End of ‘@midnight’: ‘It’s Time to Do Something Different’ (Exclusive)

Chris Hardwick on the End of ‘@midnight’: ‘It’s Time to Do Something Different’ (Exclusive)
When Comedy Central’s “@midnight” premiered in 2013, it was revolutionary – a new take on game shows that combined the improv sensibilities of classics like “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” with today’s internet jargon (#HashtagWars!) that allowed some of the best comics in the business to riff on what could be found in the deepest, most bizarre parts of the internet. Comedian Chris Hardwick, who had already enjoyed gigs on MTV’s “Singled Out” and G4’s “Attack of the Show,” was the ideal host, given that he’d already made a name for himself in the online community thanks to his popular social media feed and his geek-themed website, Nerdist. Hardwick is also profiled in this week’s Variety, celebrating his 25 years in comedy.

But four years is an eon in the internet age, and it was announced late yesterday that Comedy Central would be ending “@midnight” next month with its 600th episode. But
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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction

Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction
Earlier this month, we reported that the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber used in A New Hope was being put up for auction, along with a complete, "film-used R2-D2" prop and Darth Vader's helmet. The auction took place earlier this week in Calabasas, California, and while the Luke Skywalker lightsaber was expected to be one of the big ticket items, the R2-D2 unite was the talk of the auction, selling for a whopping $2.76 million. While the buyer's identity was not revealed, it was the most expensive item sold off.

The Daily Mail reports that the other Star Wars items sold for a pretty penny as well. The original Luke Skywalker lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope sold for $450,000, while the Darth Vader helmet sold for $96,000, both of which were far above expectations. The Profiles in Hollywood auction revealed in their press release issued earlier this month that
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Bill Pullman hadn’t seen Star Wars when he made Spaceballs

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Spaceballs, Bill Pullman spoke to THR about Mel Brooks’ classic spoof and revealed that he hadn’t seen Star Wars prior to making the film, nor did he watch it to prepare for the Han Solo parody role of Lone Starr.

The actor stated “I missed it the first time around. I just needed Mel to tell me what was going on. I didn’t need to see Star Wars to know what the whole thing was.”

Pullman also discussed how back in the day, filmmakers thought that blue screen could damage the eyes, saying: “They had a belief back in those days that the blue screen was bad for your eyes. I can’t remember if it was Mel or the assistant directors who heard this, but they would call cut and everyone would put on their sunglasses.”

It is known that Mel Brooks
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Newswire: Bill Pullman had never seen Star Wars when he starred in Spaceballs

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ beloved mixed bag of a Star Wars spoof. To commemorate the occasion, The Hollywood Reporter had a conversation with star Bill Pullman about the film’s technical details, his own nerves about taking on what was only his second major film role, and comedic conflicts between Brooks and stars John Candy and Rick Moranis.

Rick really pushed the envelope more than Mel would,” Pullman said in the interview. “I think it was a part of him being younger and edgier. Mel’s style was more ‘let’s refine the line,’ but he would let Rick riff. Rick and John had more of a conceptual style. Sometimes it would be tense. No one wants to say ‘that’s not funny’ when you’re working.”

Brooks also occasionally expressed doubts about the film’s lead, Han Solo/Luke Skywalker
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Spaceballs 30th Anniversary Secrets Revealed by Bill Pullman

Spaceballs 30th Anniversary Secrets Revealed by Bill Pullman
Spaceballs is now officially 30 years old and Bill Pullman, aka Captain Lone Starr, is taking a trip down memory lane. Spaceballs was director Mel Brooks' first movie in 6 years and wasn't exactly going to be a Star Wars parody at first. Rumor has it that the idea for the movie came from an annoyed Brooks when somebody asked what the name of his next movie was going to be. When asked, Mel Brooks yelled out "Planet Moron!" in an annoyed tone, which then ignited the idea to start working on a space adventure.

Bill Pullman recently talked with the Hollywood Reporter about working with Mel Brooks, blue screen blindness, and the comedic brilliance of Rick Moranis, as well as the late John Candy. Pullman admits that he never saw the original Star Wars trilogy before taking the role of Captain Lonestarr, who is based off of Han Solo. He explains.

"I missed it the first time around, I just needed Mel to tell me what was going on. I didn't need to see Star Wars to know what the whole thing was."

Pullman said that Brooks had a hard time with the Lone Starr character because there was no obvious "shtick" or something that was easy to pull from, so they collaborated on the character together. Pullman also mentions that Mel Brooks is the master of the 5-minute power nap and that the director was always fool of energy after said nap.

Bill Pullman recalls that everybody on set had to wear sunglasses in between takes to supposedly protect their eyes from the blue screen. It was 1987 and apparently there was a "belief that the blue screen was bad for your eyes," so the actor remembers everybody on set wearing the sunglasses for a time, but ditching them midway through the production because "it was so hard to work the comedy in between takes when everybody was wearing sunglasses."

Spaceballs also starred Rick Moranis, John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, and Joan Rivers. Pullman remembers the comedic timing and patience of John Candy (Barf) who had to wear animatronic ears and an animatronic tail. Candy was forced to adapt his style of acting to his costume. Pullman had this to say.

"He wanted to play it a certain way, Mel wanted it a different way and then he had to deal with the mechanical issues of the ears and tail. John's sense of comedy was so ephemeral, it was these shy, short moments and there was real difficulty delivering that while trusting the ears and wanting more control over the tail."

Pullman also spoke about Rick Moranis who portrayed Dark Helmet and his ability to improvise his lines and how Brooks and Moranis worked together.

"Rick really pushed the envelope more than Mel would. I think it was a part of him being younger and edgier. Mel's style was more "let's refine the line," but he would let Rick riff. Rick and John had a more conceptual style. Sometimes it would be tense. No one wants to say "that's not funny" when you're working."

Mel Brooks originally wanted Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks to play the role of Captain Lone Starr, but in the end he went with Bill Pullman who had only been in one movie up until that point and was relatively unknown. The choice worked well for both Pullman and Brooks as the movie has become a cult classic and regarded as one of Brooks' best movies. 30 years later and the demand is still there for a sequel, which Brooks is reportedly talking about doing, but no other information has been given at this time of writing. Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money? The Schwartz Awakens? Hopefully we find out sooner than later.
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'Spaceballs' at 30: Bill Pullman Says Crew Worried Blue Screen Would Make Them Go Blind

'Spaceballs' at 30: Bill Pullman Says Crew Worried Blue Screen Would Make Them Go Blind
Of all the fond memories Bill Pullman has of working on Spaceballs, explaining how the crew feared that working with a special effects blue screen could make them pass out or go blind is the tale which makes him laugh the hardest recounting.

Now a household name, the then 32-year-old actor was an unknown with only one film credit under his belt (Ruthless People) when Mel Brooks discovered him in a play called Barabbas at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. It was at that point — after Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks both turned down the lead role in his sci-fi parody — the...
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‘The Goldbergs’ Faces Boycott by Trump Supporters After Creator Criticizes President From ‘Spaceballs’

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‘The Goldbergs’ Faces Boycott by Trump Supporters After Creator Criticizes President From ‘Spaceballs’
Some Donald Trump supporters have threatened to boycott ABC’s “The Goldbergs” after creator Adam F. Goldberg tweeted that “the president is completely and utterly broken.” While some Twitter users interpreted the tweet as a swipe at Trump, they clearly weren’t reading the tweet in its entirety: “My God, the President is completely and utterly broken! I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. This isn’t fixable, is it? #Skroob,” he wrote That’s right, Goldberg’s tweet about “the president” was actually referencing Mel Brooks’ iconic character President Skroob from “Spaceballs.” He even included a photo
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'The Goldbergs' Creator Under Fire for Criticizing the President ... From 'Spaceballs'

'The Goldbergs' Creator Under Fire for Criticizing the President ... From 'Spaceballs'
Tweeting about the president is a sure-fire way to drum up controversy, as Adam F. Goldberg has learned firsthand after sharing his thoughts on "the most clueless and ineffective" president of all time.

The creator of ABC's The Goldbergs took to Twitter on Sunday to blast President Skroob, the sleazy and corrupt president played by Mel Brooks in the director's 1987 classic Spaceballs. Less than a day later, Goldberg is down more than 1,000 followers and...
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Newswire: Rick Moranis’ Spaceballs helmet is up for auction

We write about movie memorabilia auctions quite a bit around here, from Michael Keaton’s original Batsuit, to the jacket Patrick Swayze wore in Dirty Dancing. But few of these offerings have ever managed to fill us with the clawing, insatiable need to get in there and Buy That Thing that’s currently brewing in our hearts, courtesy of a new sale written up by The Hollywood Reporter. What’s causing our sudden case of avarice? A couple of items from Mel Brooks’ classic Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, including the Dark Helmet helmet worn by Rick Moranis in the 1987 film.

The massive plastic helmet—which, according to a 2015 interview with the ever-charming Moranis, was actually pretty light—is currently going for $12,000, with several weeks left to drive bidding up. Meanwhile, auction site Invaluable is also selling one of the miniature flying Winnebagos used in filming, complete ...
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Spaceballs Winnebago and Rick Moranis' Helmet Go Up for Auction

Spaceballs Winnebago and Rick Moranis' Helmet Go Up for Auction
You can own a few very important pieces of Spaceballs history if you happen to have an extra $30,000 stuffed in your mattress. While Mel Brooks is trying to get Spaceballs 2 into production you can head over to Invaluable to bid on Dark Helmet's headpiece that actor Rick Moranis actually wore in the movie and a miniature replica of Lone Starr's flying Eagle 5 Winnebago that was also used in the movie. This is important and needs to be treated as such; pool together some cash with your friends and family and make this happen.

Moranis was asked about the whereabouts of his iconic helmet that he wore in Spaceballs and he said that he didn't know, then joked that it was probably in the Smithsonian. The Canadian comedian was wrong, the 20" round by 14" tall plastic helmet is currently residing in Calabasas and it's up for auction through Invaluable. The helmet was
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