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The Original Star Wars trilogy hold a special place in the hearts of many. A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, George Lucas gave us something new, creative, incredibly awesome. Star Wars revolutionized the modern day blockbuster. Hell, it even created the term as people lined up around blocks at movie theaters to see the film, literally “busting blocks” in anticipation of the movie.

In the early 90s, computer wizardry finally caught up with George’s original vision of the film. The Bearded One decided to do some edits to the film and include various shots that were technologically impossible when the original films were made. Hence, we got the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy. Some fans liked it, other’s hated it with the vengeance of a thousand burning suns. Such controversial decisions like Greedo shooting first, additional dewbacks, the ice monster on Hoth’s arm cutting reaction, Max Rebo’s band number, and of course the change of the Ewok celebration complete with young Anakin’s ghost made many hardcore fans cringe. Fan have long wanted there to be a Blu-Ray release of the Original Trilogy to be released un-edited. Lucas has always said no as the film with the Special Edition changes are what his vision for Star Wars is.

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Was Jabba The Hutt Really A Bad Guy?

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Throughout the original Star Wars Trilogy, Han Solo had the looming threat of Jabba The Hutt looming over his head. Because he owed money to the intergalactic gangster, he was always one second away from abandoning the Rebellion so that he could remain in hiding. Jabba dispatched bounty hunter Boba Fett after him and when finally caught, Han was captured and frozen in carbonite, needing Luke and the gang to rescue him in Return of the Jedi. When we finally met him, he was a larger than life (and disgusting) space slug that ran his own palace under his iron fist and was finally stopped by Leia. But, was he really a bad guy?

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No doubt many of your are mere hours away from seeing Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, and a very good percentage of you have probably re-watched the the original 3 movies in preparation for this cinematic event. Of course that leaves a great many of us scrambling to find time to get a good solid recap in before the new movie and since Episode VII starts nationwide in just a few hours we don’t really have the time, now do we?

So, rather than blaming our poor time management skills (but seriously, we have to reevaluate how we spend our time,) we can breathe sigh of relief and bang out a full review of the only Star Wars movies that matter in a little more than 20 minutes thanks to the folks over at Bad Lip Reading.  You can relive all the high points of the saga like Old Ben’s endless quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez, Vader’s surprise tear jerking emotional reveal at the end of Empire, and of course the songs… Oh all the songs. (more…)

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Earlier in the week we shared a bit of unused footage from Return of the Jedi which featured Obi-Wan giving more details to Luke about his parentage. That clip comes from the ultra-rare Laserdisc – haha! remember those? – edition of the film, recently discovered by Star Wars fan, Charlie Owen. These clips have been sporadically released by Owen on Facebook, but now the full 30 minutes of never before seen and behind the scenes footage has been uploaded. Let’s watch! (more…)

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It’s one of those questions that come up from time to time. Why the hell didn’t Obi-Wan just tell Luke the WHOLE truth about his father? Hell, he outright lied to the boy! I’ve often thought that screwed up the little bit of training Obi-Wan was able to give Luke, but perhaps Obi-Wan’s hands were tied. Tied by a higher power. Now we’ve got some unused footage that clears the whole thing up. (more…)

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The trend of releasing old teasers and trailers for the original Star Wars movies continues over at the Star Wars YouTube channel. This time around it’s the teaser for George LucasRevenge of the Jedi. You can really see the early evolution of Hollywood trailers when compared to yesterday’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Teaser. (more…)

Will Emperor Palpatine Be Back in ‘Episode VII’?

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The cone of silence is still firmly in place in terms of official info about Star Wars: Episode VII, but the cone of rumor and speculation is still blasting at full power. The latest piece of (mis?) information making the rounds is that Emperor Palpatine, the head of the Empire and the man who corrupted Anakin Skywalker into becoming Darth Vader, will be back in Episode VII, thus necessitating the appearance of his portrayer Ian McDiarmid, at least according to Latino-Review.

But wait, you say, didn’t Palpatine kind of die when at the end of Return of the Jedi when he was thrown down a shaft by Darth Vader and exploded into some kind of energy… Yeah. Anyway, the idea of Palpatine coming back is not unprecedented. In the Expanded Universe comic miniseries Dark Empire, it’s revealed that Palpatine had clones of himself because he was so bad ass with the Dark Side of the Force that his mortal bodies would get all used up and he’d have to jump into a new, younger Palpatine that would eventually become old and wrinkly due to his wicked evilness. According to Latino Review though, the makers of Episode VII are going to go a different way. Some slight potential spoilers ahead:

Palpatine comes back as a Force Ghost..like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.)

Palpatine will not be a clone, not in human form.

Now here is a HUGE tidbit…

Palpatine had a new apprentice before he got killed.

Sounds like good nerd service, but is the whole Episode VII now going to be a bunch of returning characters with hardly anything new? I hope not. A galaxy far, far away isn’t as much fun if we’re following the same dozen people. Still, this is all still theoretical.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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Hard to believe it’s been three decades since the release of Return of the Jedi. Well believe it or not, it is, and the occasion is being marked by a reunion of several of the main actors this weekend in Germany for Star Wars Celebration Europe. Given that so many were there, a class phot was taken and then posted on the official StarWars Twitter page.

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From left to right: Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Warwick Davis (Wicket), Ian McDiarmid (The Emperor), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).

Is it just me, or does Hamill look pissed to be there? Maybe he hates the reminder of how old he’s getting, or maybe he’s wincing in anticipation about all the Episode VII questions he’s about to get. Who knows?

Source: /Film

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Hey, remember the Star Wars prequels? I know you do. Anyway, it’s been a topic discussion amongst fans as to exactly where the prequel films went off the rails, and where they might have possibly been improved?

Even George Lucas might have considered this. He was planning the prequels since the development of the very first Star Wars movie in 1977 after all, and given that 20 years passed between the first film and that first prequel, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, there must have been a lot ideas that were created and then disposed of. Well, it seems that some of those ideas have reached the light of day.

In J.W. Rinzler‘s upcoming book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, shares the details of the a story conference between Lucas, director Richard Marquand, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Howard Kazanjian in the 80s as to how the epic climax of the prequel trilogy would breakdown. Here’s the alternative take:

“Well, anyway, Luke’s father gets subverted by the Emperor. He gets a little weird at home and his wife begins to figure out that things are going wrong and she confides in Ben, who is his mentor. On his missions through the galaxies, Anakin has been going off doing his Jedi thing and a lot of Jedi have been getting killed—and it’s because they turn their back on him and he cuts them down. The president is turning into an Emperor and Luke’s mother suspects that something has happened to her husband. She is pregnant. Anakin gets worse and worse, and finally Ben has to fight him and he throws him down into a volcano and Vader is all beat up.

Now, when he falls into the pit, his other arm goes and his leg and there is hardly anything left of him by the time the Emperor’s troops fish him out of the drink. Then when Ben finds out that Vader has been fished out and is in the hands of the Empire, he is worried about it. He goes back to Vader’s wife and explains that Anakin is the bad guy, the one killing all the Jedi.

When he goes back his wife, Mrs. Skywalker has had the kids, the twins, so she has these two little babies who are six months old or so. So everybody has to go into hiding. The Skywalker line is very strong with the Force, so Ben says, ‘I think we should protect the kids, because they may be able to help us right the wrong that your husband has created in the universe.’ And so Ben takes one and gives him to a couple out there on Tatooine and he gets his little hideout in the hills and he watches him grow. Ben can’t raise Luke himself, because he’s a wanted man. Leia and Luke’s mother go to Alderaan and are taken in by the king there, who is a friend of Ben’s. She dies shortly thereafter and Leia is brought up by her foster parents. She knows that her real mother died.”

Well that’s pretty close to the way Episode III: Revenge of the Sith broke, but it’s a bit more in-line with the continuity established in the original trilogy. It also makes more sense to me that Anakin/Padme relationship was out in the open and not a top secret romance the way Lucas went, but I think in the case of the prequels that’s kind of a nitpick.

But what do you Bastards think? Was that the version of the prequels you wanted to see?

Source: Comic Book Movie

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Over the weekend nerds across the globe celebrated Star Wars Day on May 4th (as well as Free Comic Book Day) and many, I’m sure, marathoned either all six or only the original three of the trilogy. But, did your screening of Return of the Jedi include a special appearance by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill? I’m gonna go with no. Hamill surprised fans attending a special screening of Jedi at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood; the very theatre where the filmed premiered in 1983. Unsurprisingly, when Hamill answered questions from the audience the topic of Episode VII was broached.

Ain’t It Cool News was on hand and they’ve given an excellent rundown of the Q&A. First of all, he doesn’t know any specifics about Episode VII, but he shared he has had one meeting with Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, and they both agreed the new trilogy should have, “a more balanced approach to the effects,” meaning both CGI and practical effects. And apparently, this has also already been discussed with George Lucas.

Part of me is cautious, saying ‘let well enough alone, let everyone keep their nice memories if they have nice memories and don’t try to go back and do it again.’ But the other side of me, the adventerous side, thinks ‘If everyone’s in, how could I miss this?’

I’m one of you, I feel like you’re one of us. I’ll be in there fighting and trying to be as honest as I can be about what I think it is made these movies so special in the first place. It always starts with the script and that’s why I’m so encouraged by Michael Arndt‘s involvement because I respect his writing so much. He’s a big fan of these movies, so hopefully we can make something that doesn’t make everyone want to find us, cut off our heads and throw it right in our faces.

Hamill also confirmed Carrie Fisher is 100% involved, and that he’s heard Harrison Ford has signed on, too, but hasn’t spoken to him personally about it. He hasn’t yet met with J.J. Abrams, so technically, Hamill involvement isn’t set is stone, but I imagine it’s all but guaranteed. Speaking of what he’d like to see his involvement be Hamill said, “I want it to be age appropriate, so heavy on the Jedi mind tricks and lighten up on the lightsaber duels. Let the kids do the heavily lifting!” Which matches what most of us figured we’d get, Hamill filling that Ben Kenobi role.

AICN reports on a lot more, including Hamill discussing how Lucas had originally intended the saga to be 12 films, what he thinks of Jedi – “Really? A second Death Star? Really? That’s the plot?” – and his issues with Boba Fett’s exit from the series. Definitely worth your time checking out.

At this point, I feel confidant we’re going to see all three – Luke, Leia, and Han – appear in the Episode VII in some capacity. If they can manage to tone down the excessive CGI and include more practical effects I believe this trilogy will be the one to mend those wounds opened by the prequels. Though, I’m still leery about their plans for a new Star Wars film every year. What are you guys thinking?

Source: AICN via Geek Tyrant