The Original Star Warstrilogy 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.
Aside from being the son of a well-known film director, and for being an accomplished Academy Award-nominated filmmaker in his own right, Jason Reitman is perhaps most famous for his live stage readings of well-known screenplays at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Reitman has staged Ghostbusters and The Big Lebowski, in the past, but this month’s entry is truly ambitious: The Empire Strikes Back. As much as casting is tricky whenever one of these readings is mounted, it must be no easy task to fill the mythic shoes of Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz. Reitman recently revealed who will play some of the key roles in his Empire reading, and in an interview he highlighted the reasons why he’s chosen the chosen ones. (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…)
No, I’m afraid Black Angel is NOT a lost chapter in the Star Wars saga itself. Rather, it was a companion short and directorial debut of Star Wars art director Roger Christian shown only in select areas back in 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back first opened. It was only screened in Europe and Australia, and after disappearing without a trace, was long believed to be an urban legend by many Star Wars fans until it resurfaced in 2011.
Hit the jump for more info, and two clips from the legendary film. (more…)
Thanks to the miracle of You Tube, videos once thought lost on the VHS garbage pile of history find new life digitized and posted to the video-sharing site. And in another example of any Star Wars news is news to this site (haha!), we’ve found the below embedded little number.
The half-hour film was made by French journalist Michael Parbot with some remarkable access to the Behind the Scenes making of the film The Empire Strikes Back, as well as key players like director Irvin Kershner, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. (And be sure to enjoy producer Gary Kurtz rocking the full Abe Lincoln facial hair.) There’s amazing stuff in here, and what’s all the more interesting is that NO journalist would have ANY chance of getting it in this day and age, even on Star Warriors let alone Star Wars.
I know, I know. It’s almost unimaginable that a young man in America could have reached the age of 23 without ever seeing The Empire Strikes Back or at least having the climactic revelation spoiled for them through one of a hundred parodies in pop culture. Honestly, I wonder if this guy was raised as a hermit, or maybe Amish. Seriously, how does one not know Darth Vader is Luke’s father!
Oops, should I have included a spoiler warning?
Watch below as this guy gives you his honest reaction to, “I am your father!” and stay through to the end for what he’d of done if he were Luke.
Earlier this week, the Director’s Guild of America hosted a sold out screening of The Avengers, which also featured a Q&A with none other than the film’s writer and director Joss Whedon. Naturally, nothing even remotely newsworthy came out of the discussion.
While being grilled by Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine, Whedon let slip some subtle info about the team’s next challenge in The Avengers 2, and how The Wasp almost made the cut. As for the former, Whedon’s references about the future of the franchise began with a discussion of its past. Whedon says that he originally had more than one villain in mind for the film saying that he felt that the team needed more than Loki to justify their teaming up.
“But it took me a long time to accept that because I was like, ‘they need someone to hit,’” Whedon said. When pressed to say who that villain would be, Whedon said, “I’m not gonna tell you that because that person might crop up another time.”
As for his attempts to get in another one of the founding members of The Avengers into the script, it seemed that the director’s attempts to recruit The Wasp might have cost the film Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow. “[I wrote a] very Wasp-y draft,” said Whedon but, “it was way too Wasp-y. Cause I was like, ‘She’s adorable!’ I’m just gonna write her!’”
Another piece of interesting quotable that came out of the Q&A was Whedon’s response to which Star Wars is better: A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back? “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars,” said Whedon. “Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite. That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
And on the subject of franchising films, let’s just say that the filmmaker isn’t a fan of using one movie to tee up a series. “I rail against those movies,” he said. “Let’s just take a moment of honesty here and say Jumper.”
Irvin Kershner, who directed the first sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, died in Los Angeles. AFP reports that he had been suffering from a long illness, citing a quote from his goddaughter, but otherwise no info on the cause of death, which I am going on a limb and citing possible death of old age. I’m sure in the coming days we will hear more.
Born in Philadelphia in 1923, television being his major focus of the 50’s and so forth (the pilot for Peyton Place) and made several successful films in the ’60s and early ’70s. He was of late age in the early 1980 when he directed arguably the most well received Star Wars film of the saga (I say arguably because I will argue that A New Hope is the best film). We speak his name today, with respect. He was 87.
Yesterday, there was a rumor going around the net that was making folks talk, as the rumor was about how the Indiana Jones franchise will be receiving the same 3D treatment the Star Wars films were getting. Fans expressed mixed feelings about the rumor as most wouldn’t mind seeing the older films in theater but no interest in the 3D part.
Well, the folks over at Movie Line talked to their studio source over at Lucasfilm about the story and the source had this to say:
“This is completely false. Right now, we are totally focused on bringing Star Wars to 3-D, and we have no plans to do an Indiana Jones conversion.”
While I’m sure some of you will be happy to hear about the rumor being false, this also just means that there are no current plans to convert the Indiana Jones film into 3D. Who isn’t to say that they will change their mind later if the 3D Star Wars films bring in the money for them.
What do y’all think? You think the rumor is just a rumor and nothing will happen or do you think Lucafilm will get greedy and want the money? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment after the break.