When George Lucas made the original Star Wars in 1976, he had the support of a couple of producers at Twentieth Century Fox, but everyone else thought it was stupid and doomed to failure. One might call Lucas a visionary for knowing where the audience was, and what would appeal, and that was proven again when Lucas went on to create Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steven Spielberg four years later. (Of course, Howard the Duck and The Radioland Murders might be a sign that Lucas’ insight is far from universal. And the less said about Episodes 1, 2, and 3… Well, you know.) But now with the oodles of free time he has from selling his company to a massive multimedia conglomerate, Lucas is striking out anew against the studio systems and its lack of risk-taking. (more…)
Now it all makes sense.
In true ‘Revenge Of The Nerds’ fashion, the meek must work hard to make it in a world full of oppressors. In some cases, if you’re ridiculed or treated like a dork throughout your childhood, bitterness and spite will power your determination to make the usurpers pay. It’s all about change for the better. Maybe change your name? Hit the gym relentlessly. Get plastic surgery. Most people just put their best feet forward and force their futures into financially awesome dream lives. And sadly, too many fall by the wayside and let their shortcomings define them forever. Emperor Palpatine’s rise to ruthless dictatorship must have been as unswerving as the abuse he had to have taken growing up. In short, bullies are to blame for the Dark Side’s undaunted reign. All because the future Sith Lord…had a stupid first name. (more…)
Have a not-so-stellar week? Want to blow off steam, but you’re unsure that either Gone Girl or Left Behind is the movie for you? Then strap in, kids, because we’ve got the cure for when you’re down in the dumps with the Dark Side of the Force. Filmmaker Casey Pugh has the cure to pull you out of your Sarlaac pit of despair and put a Jabba-sized smile on your face with The Empire Strikes Back Uncut! (more…)
You might have seen the 8th grade Star Wars math problem above floating around the Internet the last week or so. A proud nerdy dad that goes by Bob S. sent it in to ToplessRobot saying:
My son’s homework was to make an algebraic expression into a word problem…this is the end result with zero input from me.
What Star Wars lovin’ dad wouldn’t be proud of all the Star Wars details put into that math problem. I imagine he teared up like a proud Rancor trainer whose Rancor just feasted on its first victim thrown into the pit by Jabba. It could have ended there, one proud poppa and some amused readers. but as things on the Internet have a tendency to do, this math problem made its way to the one man upon whose shoulders rests the hopes and dreams of Star Wars fans everywhere. That’s right, this Star Wars Word problem made it all the way to J.J. Abrams‘ desk. What did he do with it? (more…)
The one-hour ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion,’ which aired last week on the Disney Channel, picked up 6.5 million viewers. Already considered a success, the series has been renewed for a second season. It should begin its official series run on Disney XD on October 13th. Then the money printing conglomerate has something special in mind a week later. Hoping to build on their good fortune, Disney has scheduled a re-airing of the episode for Sunday, October 26th on ABC. The rerun will feature a classic character from the two trilogies. A little head-scratching, a couple of “hmmms,” and you’ll find that it’s easy to guess who I’m talking about. And it’s awesome. (more…)
Once again the Internet is alive with rumors concerning the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – Revenge of the Ewoks. This time around, if the rumormill is right, this could be a giant event in the Star Wars mythos. Unfortunately, the rumor is also a massive spoiler, so if you don’t want to risk your Episode VII virginity, then you’d probably better go do something else right now. If not, then scroll on and discover the possibly big news about how the new Star Wars flick is going to pan out. (more…)
Star Wars Episode VII: Title TBD is still over a year away, but rumor and innuendo and speculation are speeding by faster than Jabba’s sail barge circling the dune sea. We’ve only been parsed out pieces of information about the continuing story of Luke, Han, and the former Rebel Alliance, which may or may not be pieces of misinformation or misdirection. Badass Digest has released a bit of info concerning Episode VII that, while it may or not be accurate, does give a glimpse out the Millennium Falcon’s porthole what we might expect at the beginning of the film beyond the tradition yellow crawl and John Williams music echoing in the background. (more…)
Perhaps the most controversial of George Lucas‘ many controversial maneuvers in regards to the Star Wars franchise is his constant re-tooling of the first three Star Wars movie. So far as Lucas is concerned, each new platform or anniversary for the trilogy’s release is a new opportunity to change something in them a little more. Offending Star Wars fans, film preservationists, and people who think the new edits and effects add nothing substantive to the movies, there’s been a constant discussion about whether or not Lucas should restore the original versions of the films, but now one of those voices is coming from the inside. One of the cast members of Star Wars Episode VII is questioning the sense of constantly re-editing the films, not in a full-throated People Vs. George Lucas kind of way, but its another scratching nag in the volume of criticism against Lucas. (more…)
From casting rumors to potential locales to the barest hint of plot details, Star Wars Episode VII has been one of the most talked about movies in years, and with good cause. The franchise that the majority of us love so much is finally returning to its roots and will feature the characters that helped us all fall in love with the Wars saga in the first place. In addition to giving fans a new entry in our beloved franchise, Disney has also promised a few stand-alone spinoff films over the next few years and since the announcement, many have been wondering just what these spinoffs would be about. Could we see a young Han Solo in a stand-alone flick? Perhaps we will have the chance to watch a young Boba Fett grow into a bounty hunter that has a penchant for disintegrations. Today, a new rumor has emerged that may give us a real answer. We may have to wait a while to get any sort of hint from the studio but if the folks over at Making Star Wars truly do have a man on the inside, one of those spinoffs will focus on everyone’s favorite hermit, Obi-Wan Kenobi. (more…)
Sometimes people don’t recognize exactly how much a great movie score affects the way you see a flick on a profound level. The best musical compilations are remembered for years even if they’re not necessarily the main thing that audiences are concentrating on while they view a film. In the world of awesome movie scores, John Williams’ name stands high above most of the others. Now imagine if the world we lived in had no John Williams… Imagine Star Wars without the epic music. How would that look? Scroll on to check out just one scene from A New Hope that has been stripped of Williams’ brilliant influence (courtesy of the Auralnauts). (more…)