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The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars’ Holiday Special Explained, ‘Peanuts’ Goes ‘Riverdale’ & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars’ Holiday Special Explained, ‘Peanuts’ Goes ‘Riverdale’ & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, the infamously terrible Star Wars Holiday Special gets […]

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This Mini Doc Does A Deep Dive Into The Star Wars Christmas Special You Have To See

We all know the Star Wars holiday special is bad, but unless you really jump into it, you really can't appreciate just how bad it was. Vox did a deep dive into the property and really laid out as to how that happened. Ultimately, it was a good thing as it led to the canon Holocron which led to some of the best expanded Star Wars tales we now pretend don't exist today. 

Check out the doc below, and try to find a copy of the special online to binge this holiday season.
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The Week in Star Wars – The Last Jedi trailer (but Rian Johnson says don’t watch it), Battlefront 2 first thoughts and more

The Week in Star Wars returns with a bumper issue that is stocked with The Last Jedi updates. We’ve got trailers, posters, IMAX displays and thoughts from director Rian Johnson. As well as Star Wars Rebels, Battlefront 2 thoughts, comics, toys and more…

Let’s kick this edition of The Week in Star Wars off with the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The trailer was announced to air during Monday Night Football with a sneak peak, and you can watch it in full here. As expected there was a lot to talk about from it, and you can read the thoughts of the Flickering Myth writing staff here, and the reaction of Kylo Ren here. And if that’s not enough, here’s the first TV spot…

…But before you do click those links, you may want to listen to the advice of director Rian Johnson, who
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The Star Wars Holiday Special Boba Fett collectible figure available to pre-order from Sideshow

Sideshow and Hot Toys have revealed the upcoming sixth scale Television Masterpiece Series Boba Fett (Animation Version) figure which is based on the likeness of the bounty hunter from his debut appearance in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. The collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $235 and is set to ship April-June 2108; take a look at the official promo images here…

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Firstly introduced in an animated short in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special television film, Boba Fett made his debut as a fearsome bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy!

Sideshow and Hot Toys are delighted to officially present the sixth scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) collectible figure as a Hot Toys Exclusive item firstly available during the exciting New York Comic Con event! Featuring Boba Fett’s classic look from the Star Wars Holiday Special animation, the highly accurate sixth scale
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Hot Shots!: the last great spoofs

Robb Sheppard Oct 13, 2017

The Hot Shots! movies were the peak of spoof cinema in the 1990s. We take a look back...

Spoof. Say it aloud. Feels like a dirty word doesn’t it?

Aside from even sounding slightly smutty, the spoof movie genre has, of late, been sullied by (five!) Scary Movies, Meet The Spartans and - oh, the irony - Disaster Movie. Transitory, devoid of wit and with the lowest common denominator in their crosshairs, these movies aimed for the tittering teenager, the cheap thrill-seeker and the perpetually stoned.

Perhaps the above seems like a sweeping generalisation, but it’s with good cause. Where these movies and even the term spoof itself have since been eschewed, there remains a series of films which occupy a place of fondness in the heart of - including yours truly, obvs - many a film fan: the Zaz movies.

The writing, directing and producing partnership of David Zucker,
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Hot Toys Reveals Their Version of Boba Fett From The Animated Star Wars Holiday Special

Hot Toys has released a series of photos from their latest Boba Fett collectible action figure! What makes this figure so awesome is the fact that the design is based on the animated version of the character from the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special! As bad as that Holiday Special is, I always loved the character design of Boba Fett in it! I would absolutely love to own this!

Firstly introduced in an animation short in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special television film, Boba Fett made his debut as a fearsome bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy! With Hot Toys joining the much-anticipated New York Comic Con happening in NYC this October, we are delighted to officially present the 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) collectible figure as a Hot Toys Exclusive item firstly available for preorder during the exciting Nycc event period! Featuring Boba Fett’s classic look from
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The Essential Harrison Ford

In the build up to the release of Blade Runner 2049 [read our review here], Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential films of the key cast, starting with Harrison Ford

A long, varied and fine career has seen Ford become iconic in two franchises in particular (and indeed the upcoming reprise of Rick Deckard could well make that another).

Throughout the 80’s he became firmly established as the ultimate blockbuster icon. No one has quite hit such iconic and consistent status as Harrison Ford. We’re talking Han Solo and Indiana Jones. One beloved franchise character is something every star dreams of, but to get two, on top of all the other great roles he’s had? That’s astonishing.

So in celebration of Ford, and in no particular order, here are the five films that need to be watched to best appreciate the man’s gifts and star power.

Witness

Ford is well-considered
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Star Wars Han Solo Film: New Set Photo Reveals…Chewie & Wife?

Not too long ago, the upcoming standalone Han Solo film was facing a lot of scrutiny. And understandably so. This was a film that only had a few weeks left of production left, and it was in that time that Lucasfilm thought it best to pull helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the director’s chair. It was an odd move, to say the least, and given the precious subject matter (Han Solo), it didn’t make the already-questionable concept of the film sit well with fans. Was Star Wars officially in trouble?

Perhaps not. Each film in the past had faced its own set of problems — only this one was far more public. In Lord and Miller’s place was veteran director Ron Howard, a steady figure that would help shepherd this flick to the finish line and execute a vision in line with what Lucasfilm wants. In the time since then,
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Is ‘The Ewok Adventure’ the ‘Star Wars’ Movie They Don’t Want You to See? A New Video Says Yes — Watch

Is ‘The Ewok Adventure’ the ‘Star Wars’ Movie They Don’t Want You to See? A New Video Says Yes — Watch
If you aren’t into “Star Wars” conspiracy theories, turn back now. If you are, watch below for a 14-minute video about the two movies that some dude on YouTube insists “they’ (read: Lucasfilm) don’t want you to see. Those would be “The Ewok Adventure” and “Ewoks: The Battle for Endor,” two made-for-television films released in 1984 and 1985, respectively, whose reputations are about as prestigious as that of “The Star Wars Holiday Special.”

Read More: Memes Are Helping People Learn to Love the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels

The Ewok Adventure” was even nominated for two Emmys and released in international theaters as “Caravan of Courage,” making its forgotten-to-time status especially strange. That surely has to do with how little the kid-friendly endeavor has been promoted in the three decades since it was first broadcast, but even as a joke among “Star Wars” obsessives it rarely seems to be mentioned.

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Ralph McQuarrie's Alternate Empire Strikes Back Logos Revealed

Ralph McQuarrie's Alternate Empire Strikes Back Logos Revealed
Heads up, Star Wars fans, because this is pretty cool. While we wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit theaters on December 15, which simply can't come soon enough at this point, we can take a look at these alternative logos that were done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. And they are quite a bit different than what we ultimately ended up with.

The art made its way online courtesy of Star Wars fan Gus Lopez, who posted the artwork to his Instagram page. The image features several concept sketches done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back before settling on a logo design. There are several different options here and they all vary quite a bit from what ended up being used for the marketing materials. Though, the two at the top left look like they could
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May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star Wars

May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsMay the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsKurt Anthony5/25/2017 9:30:00 Am

A long time ago in a decade far, far away…

Star Wars blasted into theatres! Later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, George Lucas’s epic space opera was released on May 25, 1977 and has since become one of the most successful media franchises in the galaxy.

Originally set to a budget of $8M (later increased to $11M), Star Wars was met with lightspeed success. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, the film’s groundbreaking, out-of-this-world special effects and production design helped to make the sci-fi fantasy a universal phenomenon. A New Hope has since earned over $775M worldwide, proving the Force is still strong with this one.

Strap yourselves in and make the jump to hyperspace with
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Bringing Star Wars to the Screen: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1977.

Directed by George Lucas.

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness.

Synopsis:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… young farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in a civil war between the heroic Rebellion and evil Galactic Empire. Setting off from his home-world, Luke must rescue a captured princess and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi if he is to aid the Rebellion in destroying the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.

During the production of his debut movie Thx-1138 (1971), young director George Lucas had expressed considerable interested in adapting the adventures of Flash Gordon for the big screen but, after being unable to acquire the rights to the character, Lucas soon set about developing his own space adventure reminiscent of the science-fiction movie serials he had watched as a child.
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Watch the Weirdest Star Wars Videos Ever Unearthed

Watch the Weirdest Star Wars Videos Ever Unearthed
Star Wars isn't just a movie. It's a way of life. Hell, J.J. Abrams even called it a religion. And anything that sacred is ripe for parody, rip-offs and all sorts of bizarre offshoots, just like all the more legitimate, and not so legitimate religions before it. This means there is an awful lot of Star Wars related video swimming around our own universe. Some of it is sanctioned by LucasFilm, a lot of it is not. But now, it is all being compiled into one brain-breaking mixtape called Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars.

This Mixtape does have a trailer, which shows off some of the best it has to offer. This lovely video tribute comes direct from Cinefamily. And we have it embedded below for your prying eyes to witness. All thanks to Youtube. Says Cinefamily about this truly unique and itchy experience.

"On May 25th, 1977, a film
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Rogue One Director Tried to Hide a Secret from George Lucas

With Disney and LucasFilm's highly-successful Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming home on Digital HD March 24, and on Blu-ray and DVD April 4, fans have been waiting with bated breath to enjoy this sci-fi adventure from the comfort of their home, while enjoying all of the supplemental material. Director Gareth Edwards decided to promote this home video release by hosting a Reddit Ama, where he shared a surprising secret that he kept from Star Wars creator George Lucas, when Lucas visited the set. Here's what Gareth Edwards had to say.

"He came to visit Pinewood before we started filming.... to take the pressure off us, I had posters in my room of the previous 'Star Wars spinoffs,' Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and the Star Wars Holiday Special... my main goal when he came in was to try and stop him seeing these... my
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‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ Just Took a Big Step Toward Becoming Canon

‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ Just Took a Big Step Toward Becoming Canon
I haven’t read the new book Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End, but the internet has done a fine job of picking its bones clean over the past few days, discovering every Easter egg and tiny reference it has to offer. The third and final novel in author Chuck Wendig‘s Aftermath trilogy is mostly about […]

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Chewbacca's Son in the Star Wars Holiday Special Is Officially Canon

Chewbacca's Son in the Star Wars Holiday Special Is Officially Canon
There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, not just because there is a new movie hitting theaters every year, but because there are also numerous novels and comic books being released that are part of the official canon. A new book entitled Aftermath: Empire's End was released today, which, as we previously reported, addresses the fate of the much-maligned Jar Jar Binks. But it also includes another intriguing revelation as well. This book confirms that Chewbacca's son, seen only during the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, is now, in fact part of the official Star Wars cinematic canon.

Screen Rant reports that there are sections of this novel which offer numerous interludes, providing "snapshots" of the goings-on in several different parts of the galaxy. One of these interludes is set on Kashyyyk, following a Wookiee named Lumpawaroo, a.k.a. "Waroo." This Wookie is trying
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Chewbacca Actor Slams Shatner in Hilarious Star Trek Vs. Star Wars Tweet

Chewbacca Actor Slams Shatner in Hilarious Star Trek Vs. Star Wars Tweet
There has always been a perceived divide in fandoms between Star Wars and Star Trek. Which is better? Well, that may ultimately come down to which franchise has had the worse moment, and William Shatner recently took a shot at Star Wars and the lowest of the low moments in a galaxy far far away. Yes, Captain Kirk decided to throw some shade at the much-maligned Star Wars Holiday Special.

Even George Lucas has done everything he can to erase the legacy of the Star Wars Holiday Special from the face of the planet. Somewhat unsuccessfully. It is considered to be truly awful and makes The Phantom Menace look like a masterpiece. The special recently celebrated its 38th anniversary, and William Shatner decided to take to his Twitter account to commemorate the event, by taking a shot at Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew.

"Happy Anniversary of Life Day!
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Making Of The Star Wars Holiday Special! Stage Play Coming to St. Louis

“Would you look at Lumpy! He’s sure grown, huh? And I think his voice is changing!”

George Lucas and his intergalactic entourage don’t stand a chance when St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre takes them on in December. The uber-talented Smoking Monkeys adapt a cult film (or TV show) into an onstage farce once a year. Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Glen Or Glenda, The Star Wars Trilogy, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Stupefy!: The 90-minute Harry Potter, and last year’s Mad Max – Live! have all been the victims of sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody courtesy of The Smoking Monkeys. This time these lunatic thespians are calling their show The Making Of The Star Wars Holiday Special! – A Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre 20th Anniversary Special!

And rumor has it that Charles Bronson will be making an appearance hawking Mandom Cologne!!! It doesn’t get any better than that!
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Has Jj Abrams ruined plans to expand the Star Wars universe?

Is it any wonder Rogue One lacks The Force Awakens hype when Abrams recently confirmed franchise isn’t the same without Skywalker and Solo clans?

You might think the worst Star Wars movie of all time has to be The Phantom Menace, the film that introduced Jar Jar Binks, midichloreans and the tedious galactic senate. But you’d be wrong, for there are far worse episodes of the long-running space saga lurking in the more fetid corners of a galaxy far, far away.

First up is the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, featuring an obviously wasted Carrie Fisher, what seems like hours of wookie grunting, and a deeply weird segue in which Chewbacca’s freaky-looking dad, Lumpy, has a private sexual moment with his brand-new virtual reality machine. But rivalling it for sheer, brazen awfulness, if only because the holiday special has something of that “so bad it’s good” vibe,
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Watch: The Walking Dead Spoofs The Star Wars Holiday Special for Red Nose Day

“Don’t you just wish you could do something… lighter?” Andrew Lincoln asks Norman Reedus during a a little downtime on The Walking Dead set. In a new NBC video celebrating Red Nose Day (which took place on May 26th), the duo imagine what it would be like if The Walking Dead spoofed the opening of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.

Featuring Jeff Goldblum and Yvette Nicole Brown as Daryl’s family, Steven Yeun with a ventriloquist dummy named Edmund Rottington III, David Morrissey dressed up as Elvis, Dax Shepard and Chris Hardwick as Han Solo, Melissa McBride ready to do a 16-minute drum solo, and Merle’s hand as, well… Merle’s hand, the intro to The Walking Dead Red Nose Day Special teases quite possibly one of the most entertaining projects that will never get made. But you can still watch the hilarious intro below and think,
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