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10 Small Details You Only Notice Rewatching Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back, the perennial episode in George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy, is generally considered the best of the films in the Star Wars Saga. For most Star Wars fans, it has the perfect blend of complex storytelling, compelling dialogue, and fantastic visual effects. Lucas convinced industry veteran Irvin Kershner to direct, and Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett to pen the script, who had written '40s noir classics like The Big Sleep, resulting in a darker contribution to the Star Wars Universe.

The Rebels begin by being overpowered by the brutal might of Imperial forces and narrowly escape. Luke Skywalker journeys to a distant planet to search for the Jedi Master that can begin his Jedi training. The film culminates in a battle on Cloud City between the forces of good and evil, featuring some of the most electrifying scenes in cinematic history. Here are 10 things
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Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Shares A Hilarious Story About Carrie Fisher

If every fandom community had a Mark Hamill, perhaps the world’s great questions would finally be answered.

It’s almost every day that the Star Wars icon gives his Twitter followers, and subsequently the planet, another behind-the-scenes story from the beloved franchise. On Wednesday, he explained a photo from The Empire Strikes Back of its director Irvin Kershner, and Yoda creator Stuart Freeborn. And he struck again (very early) this morning, this time detailing a touching, funny tale from his time working with the late Carrie Fisher on Return of the Jedi.

She Loved I was willing to look ridiculous! I squeezed into her white #Esb snow jumpsuit & she paraded me around the studio-Didn't want to wear the robe but isolated in the desert she said"No one will see you!"This is the exact moment she saw a photographer on a long-angle lens

— Mark
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Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Explains That Famous Empire Strikes Back Bts Photo

Mark Hamill’s always displayed a more-than-commendable level of patience and kindness towards the Star Wars community.

Most days, you can find the man behind Luke Skywalker engaging with fans on social media, especially Twitter, answering questions, correcting rumors, and cracking the occasional dad joke.

Most recently, a behind-the-scenes photo of Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner and Stuart Freeborn, the creator of Yoda, popped up on Hamill’s feed. “Mark, @HamillHimself,” inquired a fan, “can you explain this picture?”

And as usual, the iconic actor answered with another witty display of insight on one of film’s most treasured franchises.

#EmpireStrikesBack director Irvin Kershner "touches up" make-up wizard Stuart Freeborn-sitting next to his famous puppet creation Yoda (who I think he resembles) Stuart kindly let me visit him whenever I wanted & even let me pour the foam into 1 of the Yoda head molds! #TrueStory
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RoboCop Returns Director Neill Blomkamp Confirms the Classic Suit

Joseph Baxter Jul 1, 2019

Director Neill Blomkamp’s developing RoboCop sequel is confirmed to feature the title character’s original robotic suit.

RoboCop Returns will be, as its title implies, a return to the sci-fi action franchise in classic form, as the latest news on the developing sequel now reveals. Not only will the film pick up from the continuity of director Paul Verhoeven’s iconic original 1987 RoboCop, but its director, Neill Blomkamp, has stated that his sequel will sport the original – never-topped – RoboCop armored exoskeleton suit!

Blomkamp, in a revelatory tweeted reply to a fan's question, proved that RoboCop Returns will live up to its billing in a big way, with his confirmation of the title character’s classic suit, which might just be donned by original star Peter Weller.

1 million% original

— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) June 29, 2019

This, of course, is a big deal, since moviegoers’ minds
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Check Out This Awesome Rare 1980 Documentary For The Empire Strikes Back!

There are a lot of old documentaries and behind-the-scenes “making of” videos from the 70s and 80s that have been made for George Lucas’ Star Wars films. Most hardcore fans have seen many of them, but today we have a rare one to share with you that has said to have been lost and you don’t want to miss it!

The hour-long 1980 documentary puts the focus on the making of The Empire Strikes Back and it’s packed full of all kinds of awesome behind-the-scenes footage! It’s so cool to get a new in depth look at the development of the Star Wars film that so many fans love.

The doc also features some wonderful interviews with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. George Lucas isn’t around much, but listening to director Irvin Kershner and Gary Kurtz talk about the film is so cool. It’s
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Gary Kurtz, Star Wars Producer, Dies at 78

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Gary Kurtz, Star Wars Producer, Dies at 78
Gary Kurtz, producer of the original Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, has died at the age of 78. The news was confirmed by his family. Kurtz passed away after losing his battle to cancer. His family had this to say in a statement.

"With deep love and respect, the family of Gary Kurtz is sad to share that he has passed away. He died from cancer on September 23rd 2018, in North London, England. Gary was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and mentor, whose work and talent spanned filmmaking, photography, music, and cinema history. He was a Marine, a world traveller, an outdoorsman, and a kind, compassionate human being. His life's work was to share the wonder of audio-visual storytelling through the art of film. Well-known for his work as the producer of American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Dark Crystal, Gary was passionate
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Gary Kurtz Dies: ‘Star Wars’ & ‘American Graffiti’ Producer Was 78

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Gary Kurtz Dies: ‘Star Wars’ & ‘American Graffiti’ Producer Was 78
Veteran U.S film producer Gary Kurtz, producer of movies including Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and America Graffiti, has died in London aged 78.

Kurtz passed away yesterday, Sunday September 23, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Starting as an assistant director on Montel Hellman’s western Ride in the Whirlwind, starring Jack Nicholson, he also worked on Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet and Dennis Hopper’s Queen of Blood. After military service, he was an associate picture on Chandler and Two-Lane Backdrop before meeting George Lucas in 1971. He co-produced American Graffiti, before making a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce Star Wars; he set up the second unit and directed many pick ups, including most of the cockpit dog fight scenes, as well as the special effects.

The UK-based Kurtz then worked on Empire Strikes Back, his last collaboration with Lucas. He helped to direct alongside Irvin Kershner.
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‘Star Wars’ Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

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‘Star Wars’ Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78
“Star Wars” producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78.

In addition to helping bring the Skywalker stories to the big screen, Kurtz produced “American Graffiti” and “The Dark Crystal.” His career was closely aligned with that of George Lucas, but the two parted ways after the troubled production of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Kurtz had championed “Star Wars” through multiple drafts and helped Lucas navigate 20th Century Fox’s lack of enthusiasm for a movie they dismissed as a B-picture. After “Star Wars” stunned everyone by turning into a massive hit, Lucas and Kurtz sat about crafting a sequel. Lucas handed the reins over to director Irvin Kershner, but production went over schedule and Lucas was forced to dip into his own pocket to complete the movie. Kurtz stepped in to direct second-unit work on the film. When it came time
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Death in Small Doses

This ’50s drug epic is not about hopheads on dope, but working folk frying their brains on amphetamines. Peter Graves’ undercover narc seeks the source of deadly pills that are wreaking havoc in the trucking industry; the film’s wild card is an unhinged Chuck Connors — yes, that Chuck Connors — as a deranged pill-popper running amuck on the highways. Seat belts recommended.

Death in Small Doses


The Warner Archive Collection

1957 / B&W / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 79 min. / Street Date January 8, 2013 / available through the WBshop / 17.99

Starring: Peter Graves, Mala Powers, Chuck Connors, Merry Anders, Roy, Roy Engel, Robert Williams, Harry Lauter, Claire Carleton, John Dierkes, Robert Shayne.

Cinematography: Carl Guthrie

Film Editor: William Austin

Original Music: Robert Wiley Miller, Emil Newman

Written by John McGreevy, from an article by Arthur L. Davis

Produced by Richard V. Heermance

Directed by Joseph M. Newman

The picture that crosses the forbidden territory… of Thrill Pills!
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James Bond 25 Gets True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga, Release Date Delayed

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Cary Fukunaga is officially directing James Bond 25, with Daniel Craig set to reprise his 007 role, reportedly for the last time. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, and Daniel Craig made the announcement this morning, while adding that production has been pushed back to March of 2019 for a worldwide release date of February 14th, 2020. The film was previously set to go into production in December of this year, with a release date slated for October 25th, 2019.

Director Danny Boyle exited James Bond 25 back in August, throwing the production into disarray. It has been reported that the director left the project due to creative differences, leaving fans of the iconic franchise to speculate about who would be taking over to helm the 25th installment. Cary Fukunaga's involvement with James Bond 25 marks the first time that an American director has helmed a 007 film in the 55-year history of Eon producing the franchise, though Irvin Kershner
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10 Big Trouble in Little China Facts You Never Knew

All aboard Jack Burton's Pork Chop Express! In a behind-the-scenes special back in the day, John Carpenter described his eleventh film as an, "action adventure comedy kung fu ghost story monster movie" and we couldn't have put it better. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Big Trouble in Little China.


Jack Burton carries his belongings in a saddle and wears those crazy boots, which makes sense, considering the character began in the Old West. Instead of looking for the Pork Chop Express, Jack would have been searching for his favorite horse. Big Trouble in Little China was first conceived as a Western, set in 1899 San Francisco. Burton brought meat to the Chinese workers who were building the railroad. The original writers described the tone as Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone.

48 Hours director Walter Hill passed on the script, which then went to Buckaroo Banzai director W.D. Richter.
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District 9’s Neill Blomkamp Will Direct RoboCop Returns For MGM

Proving that Halloween isn’t the only film franchise capable of returning to its roots by seemingly disregarding reboots, MGM is ready to go ahead with RoboCop Returns. And much like Michael Myers’ next cinematic outing, we’ll soon see one of Detroit’s greatest protectors showcased in a flick serving as a sequel to the original. It’s confusing to moviegoers at large, sure, but I’ll take it.

In fact, this is something we first heard of months ago, so it’s nice seeing the studio hasn’t wasted much time when it comes to getting this bad boy off the ground. From what we understand, Neill Blomkamp (District 9) has been hired to direct, with original screenwriters Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner producing and executive producing, respectively.

Interestingly enough, this could’ve been the RoboCop 2 we got in theaters decades ago, but it simply wasn’t meant to be because,
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The Filmmakers Podcast #59: Interview with actor Timothy Spall – Pt.2

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Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Dirty Harry

The odd conglomeration of names involved in the inception of what became Clint Eastwood’s signature movie include John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Irvin Kershner, Terence Malick and John Milius. The first two, along with Robert Mitchum and Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, turned down the role while the others were among the writers of numerous drafts, many set in New York rather than San Francisco. Bouncing from studio to studio, it almost ended up a tv movie for ABC! When Eastwood was approached he insisted on returning to the first draft and hiring Don Siegel to direct, as they had enjoyed working together on the offbeat flop The Beguiled.

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Happy 92nd Birthday Roger Corman! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy 92nd Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:

Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the series of Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations because of the absence of Vincent Price
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The Last Jedi Is The “Most Sophisticated” Star Wars Movie Since Empire, According To Mark Hamill

Few movie sequels hold a candle to The Empire Strikes Back, but Mark Hamill believes Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes pretty damn close.

While appearing alongside Rian Johnson at the ongoing SXSW film festival, the franchise veteran went so far as to suggest that The Last Jedi is the “most sophisticated” Star Wars movie since Irvin Kershner’s classic of 1980. Of course, this is by no means the first time that Episode VIII has been talked about in the same breath as Empire – nor is it likely to be the last – considering they were both conceived as the middle chapters in their respective trilogies.

However, Hamill has now gone one step further to claim that Johnson’s follow-up belongs in the Star Wars pantheon:

…probably the most sophisticated Star Wars movie since Empire…I just think it’s a stunning film — it’s challenging, it’s surprising, it has humor.
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How Last Jedi's Rose Tico Connects to Empire Strikes Back

With The Last Jedi arriving on Digital HD in a few weeks, and on Blu-ray and DVD a few weeks later, fans will be able to pore over the movie again and again, finding as many Easter Eggs as possible. It seems one may have been uncovered ahead of the home video release. IGN reporter Scott Collura tracked down a rare copy of the 1980 book Once upon a galaxy: A journal of the making of Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back by Alan Arnold, which features an interview with Empire Strikes Back director Irving Kirshner. His quote about the difference between the Empire and the Rebels is almost exactly recreated for a line by Kelly Marie Tran's Rose at the end of The Last Jedi. Here's the excerpt from Irving Kirshner's interview below.

"They will not sacrifice lives. They do not descend to the level of the enemy. That's
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Rose’s Dialogue In Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is A Callback To Empire

Leading up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it became easy to compare Rian Johnson’s sequel with Empire Strikes Back.

After all, both films were angled as the middle chapter in their respective trilogies, while also revolving around a hopeful student (Rey/Luke Skywalker) seeking the wisdom and training of a Jedi Master (Luke Skywalker/Yoda). The parallels don’t end there, of course, as IGN’s Scott Collura has dug a little deeper beneath the surface to uncover some connective tissue linking The Last Jedi‘s Rose Tico with Empire Strikes Back – and, more specifically, its director Irvin Kershner.

It all stems from Rose’s line to Finn, after the Resistance mechanic tells Fn-2187 that they can still win the war “not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.” Well, it seems Kershner was quoted as saying something similar all those years ago.

Disney Drops
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Does Solo: A Star Wars Story Include A Nod To Empire Strikes Back?

Ask any Star Wars enthusiast to name their favorite movie and they’ll likely point you in the direction of Empire Strikes Back.

Irvin Kershner’s sci-fi masterstroke took the fledgling franchise to new heights in 1980, all the while raising the bar for movie sequels across the industry. It also delivered one of the most devastating and far-reaching cliffhangers in the history of cinema, as Luke Skywalker learned the horrible truth: Darth Vader, prince of darkness and masked ruler of the Galactic Empire, really was his father, after all. Talk about pulling the rug out from under us all.

Fast forward to 2018, though, and it appears the spirit of Empire Strikes Back is alive and well, as it’s seemingly informed the final moments of Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s teaser trailer. Once the first-look preview introduces Alden Ehrenreich’s loveable scoundrel, we see the Millennium Falcon whizzing through a dense space storm.
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RoboCop: looking ahead to its planned "direct sequel"

Ryan Lambie Jan 24, 2018

Writer Ed Neumeier's working on a "direct sequel" to RoboCop. So what can we expect? We take a look at the possibilities..

"Don't worry Lewis," a RoboCop told his injured partner back in 1987, "They'll fix you. They fix everything."

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It's another quotable line in a movie full of them, which is partly why director Paul Verhoeven's violent, subversive sci-fi film's still regarded as a classic more than three decades later. But the line also has a poignant edge, particularly in Robo actor Peter Weller's reading of it: science brought the fatally wounded officer Alex Murphy back from the dead, but only as another of Ocp's consumer products. RoboCop's therefore as much about Murphy reclaiming his humanity as it is about quotable lines and shooting bad guys.

In the wake of RoboCop's success, there was something else
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