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25 Fun Facts about Ron Howard and George Lucas' Willow and a Cool Behind-The-Scene Featurette

Willow is 30 years old this month! I remember seeing this movie in theaters when I was a kid and I absolutely loved it. It was such a fun and adventurous fantasy film that I will always enjoy. It's just one of those films that always makes me happy when I watch it. 

In celebration of the film's 30th anniversary, I thought I'd put together a list of fun facts about the Ron Howard directed and George Lucas produced film that you may or may not have know thanks to IMdB

You will find 25 fun facts below along with a great vintage behnd-the-scenes featurette for the film that you've got to watch!

George Lucas specifically wrote this film for Warwick Davis after meeting him on the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. He was only 17 years old.As Val Kilmer was getting out of his crow cage between takes,
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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX

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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX
John Williams says that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last movie in the franchise he will score. “We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said on radio station Kusc. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

Williams has scored eight “Star Wars” films to date: “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”
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Warwick Davis Blasts Twitter for Not Removing ‘Midget’ Tweet From His Timeline

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Warwick Davis Blasts Twitter for Not Removing ‘Midget’ Tweet From His Timeline
Warwick Davis, best known for playing the Ewok Wicket in “Return of the Jedi” and starring in “Willow,” blasted Twitter on Sunday night after the social media network didn’t respond to his reports of abuse and not removing an “offensive” tweet from his timeline. The tweet, from a user whose name he redacted, mocked the short-statured actor for having a “full midget family” and included a photo of the actor with his wife and two children. Davis responded angrily, not just to the user. He blamed Twitter for not clamping down on abusive behavior. “Even after reporting twice, and explaining how...
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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Star Wars’

Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series where I discuss movies I can’t wait to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Star Wars.

My Memories:

I know many can point to the exact moment they sat down and saw Star Wars for the first time. They can speak to it as the ultimate religious experience where they transcended their physical forms to become one with the force. For me, I cannot recall the first time I saw Star Wars, or if going in I knew about who Luke’s dad was or if I was ever properly prepared for what I was about to witness. Of course, I watched it,
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You Might Have Missed This Subtle Han Solo Reference in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Warning: light spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below! Although many Star Wars fans are still feeling betrayed and hurt over the death of Han Solo at the hands of his own son, Kylo Ren, in The Force Awakens, satisfying nods to the franchise legend made it into The Last Jedi. In two emotional scenes, we see Luke - and later Leia - with a set of gold dice that hung in the cockpit of Solo's Millennium Falcon. It's a subtle reference (the dice only appear in A New Hope very briefly), but because Luke pulls them from the Falcon, it's an obvious tribute to his fallen friend and brother-in-law. Slightly less subtle, though, are the two mentions of "Rebel scum" - a callback to Return of the Jedi. During the Battle of Endor in Episode VI, Han and Leia are confronted by Imperial Officer Renz, who utters his now semifamous line,
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Major Events Between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi Explained

Major Events Between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi Explained
The $4 billion dollar purchase of Lucasfilm saw Disney reorganizing the expanded universe into Star Wars Legends, with the six theatrical films and The Clone Wars series remaining canon as plans began for all new movies, shows, books, comics, and games. By the time audiences lined up for Episode VIII several story gaps between the events of Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been filled in exciting ways.

Princess Leia marries Han Solo.

As every Star Wars fan knows, about four years after the Battle of Yavin depicted in A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star. The Prophecy of the Chosen One spoken about in Episode I is seemingly fulfilled with the destruction of the Sith. Former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, with the help of his son, kills the Emperor, thereby destroying both Darth Sidious and his own alter ego, Darth Vader.
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Oscars: ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and More Advance in VFX Race

Oscars: ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and More Advance in VFX Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 10 films to move forward in the visual effects category for the 90th Academy Awards.

AMPAS made the announcement on Monday. The list is dominated by big-budget tentpole films such as “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” but also includes South Korean action-fantasy “Okja” and Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War tale “The Shape of Water,” which carries a budget of under $20 million.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049”

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

“Okja”

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

War for the Planet of the Apes

Last year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” nabbed an Academy Awards nomination for the team of John Knoll, [link
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Maybe they shouldn’t have brought back Han, Luke & Leia to Star Wars

Anghus Houvouras on whether Lucasfilm should have kept Han, Luke and Leia out of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy…

There are times where I feel like Star Wars has become my white whale. At some point in my life I marveled at its magnificence, but now I’ve become embittered by its existence which continues to perpetually drive me to fits of frustration. I roll up to my keyboard to write another article and hammer each key like another rusty harpoon being thrust in an effort to pierce its impregnable hide.

I’ve spent the last 72 hours discussing Star Wars: The Last Jedi with other critics, film fans and friends. Most of whom share my opinion that The Last Jedi was disappointing. However, there are those who thought the film was a lot of fun and were clearly not as perplexed by director Rian Johnson’s choices. I worked
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Spoilers: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill discuss Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Warning. Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow…

After making the briefest of appearances in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill returned to the galaxy far, far away this past weekend as fans finally got to catch up with Luke Skywalker post-Return of the Jedi in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And, as we saw from the film, director Rian Johnson delivered a definitive conclusion to the Luke Skywalker story, with the Jedi Master becoming one with the force after manifesting a projection of himself to face Kylo Ren and allow the Resistance to escape the First Order following the Battle of Crait.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnson revealed that he’d had extensive discussions with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm Story Group before committing to the death of Luke Skywalker.

“I had huge hesitance,” said Johnson. “I was terrified.
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Rian Johnson Levels On The Last Jedi’s Most Shocking Cameo

Perhaps more so than any other Star Wars movie before it, The Last Jedi blindsided viewers with a story that was equal parts inventive and bold – surprising, yet remarkably well told.

That’s just my own humble opinion, of course, and if we’ve learned anything over the past few days, it’s that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has split audiences right down the middle. It’s even stooped lower than Justice League on the official Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score. Yikes.

Backlash aside, writer-director Rian Johnson honored tradition with his handling of the sequel’s biggest cameo, which was made possible by some rather astonishing puppetry. And just like all other post-launch breakdowns of The Last Jedi, the following quote from Johnson is riddled with spoilers, so proceed with caution.

That felt really important to me. And, actually, I cut some of that out and Frank Oz said to
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Does Snoke’s Jewellery Contain A Clue About His Backstory In Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Who (or perhaps what?) is Supreme Leader Snoke, exactly?

Andy Serkis’ booming, Force-sensitive baddie was introduced as the chief antagonist of Lucasfilm’s current Star Wars trilogy, and true to his word, it’s fair to say that writer-director Rian Johnson refrained from revealing too much about Snoke in the newly-unveiled Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

But that hasn’t quelled the search for clues – if anything, it’s just encouraged fans to draw up their own weird and wonderful theories about Snoke’s origins. Take Pablo Hidalgo’s visual dictionary as an example. Designed to be a fitting tie-in for The Last Jedi, Hidalgo’s companion piece presents a detailed overview of the porgs, the Praetorian Guards and everything in between. Going one step further, Cbr has even spotted a potentially huge clue about Snoke. Minor spoilers to follow after the jump!

Go Inside The Star Wars: The Last
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Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Discuss The Direction They Took with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi

This weekend fans flocked to movie theaters to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Some people loved the movie, while others did not. Regardless of what side of the fence you landed on, you might want to get a little insight into what director Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill were thinking with the way they approached Luke Skywalker in the story. There will be spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, you probably won't want to read any futher.

Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic movie characters ever and we see him demonstrate some powers of The Force that we've never seen before, which was so cool! That showdown on the mineral planet of Crait betwen Luke and Kylo Ren was so freakin' badass! I love how that final showdown played out like something you'd see in a classic western.

Then there's that great line from Skywalker to Kylo,
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Mark Hamill Was Originally “Terrified” Of His Star Wars: The Last Jedi Arc

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally – finally! – screening across theaters near and far, and it certainly hasn’t taken long for the Lucasfilm sequel to make a huge dent at the global box office.

How big, you ask? Try $450 million, with $220m of that grand total coming from domestic markets – just shy of The Force Awakens, which broke records left, right and center on its journey to $248m in 2015. Nevertheless, it’s fair to say that The Last Jedi is currently the biggest movie in the world and maybe – just maybe – the biggest movie of 2017.

It’ll continue to dominate the box office long into 2018, and with scores of spoiler specials and other reaction pieces already doing the rounds online, the Internet has transformed into a precarious minefield for those Star Wars fans who have yet to take the plunge and see The Last Jedi with their own two eyes.
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Rey's Parents Finally Revealed in The Last Jedi

Rey's Parents Finally Revealed in The Last Jedi
One of the biggest questions about 2015's The Force Awakens was who are Rey's parents? Speculation and fan theories spread through the internet like wildfire. Is she Obi-Wan Kenobi's daughter? Is she Luke Skywalker's kid? Maybe her brother is Kylo Ren, therefore making Han Solo and Leia Organa her parents. The conversations would get heated and turned into bitter arguments as Star Wars fans all over the world wondered about Rey's lineage for 2 full years. But now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has answered that question, crushing all of the popular fan theories and putting the question to rest for the time being. Obviously, Major Spoilers for The Last Jedi are ahead, so you have been warned.

The highly anticipated video game Star Wars: Battlefront 2 recently came out as a way to tie into some history between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, leading players on a campaign as Iden Versio,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie review: a great disturbance in the Force

MaryAnn’s quick take… Upends expectations, demythologizes the mythos, and takes an iconic series in a bold new direction with a story full of humor, courage, and dazzling imagery. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a huge Star Wars fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke Skywalker says to… well, someone who needs to hear it. Someone whose arrogance is borne of shortsightedness and narrow expectations. And this is also Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s word of warning to the audience. To us. This is the Star Wars movie, after all, from writer-director Rian Johnson, the guy who gave us The Brothers Bloom, a tricksy movie about con artists that knows we go into a movie about con artists with certain assumptions about what we’re about to see.
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Four Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t One for the Ages

Four Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t One for the Ages
At the so-thrilling-you-won’t-quite-believe-your-eyes climax of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (I mean that literally: It’s thrilling, and you won’t completely believe what you’re seeing), there’s a lightsaber duel, as there has been so many times before, even in the middle of some very mediocre “Star Wars” films. The duel is darkly balletic and whipsaw furious, and something happens at the height of it that echoes a famous death from the original 1977 “Star Wars.” It’s a “Whoa!” kind of moment — but in “The Last Jedi,” it turns out to be merely the set-up for a much bigger “Whoa!” moment.

That mega super ultra “Whoa!” is designed to blow our minds, and in one sense it does. It leaves the audience with popped eyes and dropped jaws, going “Geez, I didn’t know the Jedi could do that!”

But approximately two seconds after you’ve taken the moment in, it also leaves
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The Last Jedi Ending Explained by Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill

The Last Jedi Ending Explained by Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill
Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson recently sat down for an interview and discussed the dramatic ending of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now that the movie is out in theaters, the director and actor are finally able to talk about all of the secrets that they've expertly kept for 2 years and it seems like a huge relief, especially for Johnson. Early on in the production, Rian Johnson would, in his own way, address fan theories and speculation, quietly giving cryptic messages that he was not going to deliver a Star Wars movie like we had ever seen or expected. One of the big topics of discussion has been the ending of The Last Jedi and now Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson are breaking their silence. Major Spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead, so read at your own risk.

Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson sat down with Entertainment Weekly to
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Snoke Twist Explained by Rian Johnson in The Last Jedi

Snoke Twist Explained by Rian Johnson in The Last Jedi
Disney's The Last Jedi is decimating the box office and fans are in heated debates about whether Rian Johnson ruined Star Wars or elevated it. The discussions are heated and several fans have pointed out that the same people who criticized The Force Awakens for being too familiar are the same fans calling out The Last Jedi for being too different, which truly proves that you can never please all Star Wars fans. One of the more talked about controversies is Supreme Leader Snoke's role in the movie and now Rian Johnson has broken his silence about the decisions that were made for the character. Major Spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead, read on at your own risk.

Before The Last Jedi hit theaters, many fans expected to figure out just exactly who Supreme Leader Snoke is and where he came from, along with a backstory on how the First Order came to power.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson on Directing the Franchise’s Most Emotional Reunion

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson on Directing the Franchise’s Most Emotional Reunion
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Last Jedi” follow.]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begins with the possibility of several touching reunions occurring over the next 152 minutes: Rey and Finn, Finn and Poe, Kylo Ren and Leia, Kylo Ren and Rey. But no reunion carries an emotional wallop quite like the moment Luke and Leia finally reunite for the first time since “Return of the Jedi.”

Read More: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

The scene occurs late in the film during the middle of the climactic battle between the Resistance and the First Order on the mineral planet of Crait. Luke appears inside the Resistance base and has a brief and incredibly touching scene with his sister, made all the more emotional since it represents the first time Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have been on screen together in 34 years and the last time they ever will be.
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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Explains Some First Order Backstory Ahead of ‘The Last Jedi’

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Explains Some First Order Backstory Ahead of ‘The Last Jedi’
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the story campaign of the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” including its newly released chapter, “Resurrection.”) The newly released “Star Wars: Battlefront II” adds a little something new to the ongoing “Star Wars” saga. The game tells a tale set after “Return of the Jedi,” doing a little bit to fill in some gaps between the original “Star Wars” film trilogy and “The Force Awakens” some 30 years later. “Battlefront II” tells a story of an Imperial commando squad that’s dispatched around the galaxy to carry out Emperor Palpatine’s final orders,
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