Jaime King Return of the Jedi

Thirty years ago this Saturday, the Star Wars trilogy came to an end. Return of the Jedi hit theaters May 25, 1983 with the kind of hype and anticipation that’s become almost standard for big movies. In 1983, however, it was not. Fans were rabid to find out the fates of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Darth Vader with most assuming it would be the last time we’d see these characters on screen. The film went on to gross $252 million that summer, making it the number one movie of the year.

So much has changed since then. We’ve seen three new Star Wars movies, we’re on the eve of seeing many more, and the film itself has seen some major changes. (Jedi Rocks, the Ewok song, the addition of Hayden Christensen.) Something that hasn’t changed is our memories of Return of the Jedi.

One of the biggest Star Wars fans in Hollywood, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, put together a short documentary about those memories. It’s called The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting. Featuring interviews with Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Jaime King, Topher Grace, Fall Out Boy, Eli Roth and Jason Mewes, the film originally played at the Entertainment Weekly Capetown Film Festival to raucous applause and, now, it’s finally online.  Read More »

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The Walking Dead ended its third season a couple weeks back, but horror fans looking for their next fix will find that other TV makers are very eager to deliver. Exec producer Eli Roth promises a sexy, gory good time when Hemlock Grove debuts on Netflix next month, while Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore is re-teaming with Syfy for the outbreak thriller Helix. Check out new trailers for both after the jump.

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Disney shutting down Lucasarts is certainly the biggest Star Wars news of the day, but there’s plenty more where that came from. After the jump read about the following:

  • J.J. Abrams talks about the comparisons between his 2009 Star Trek and Star Wars.
  • Read Eli Roth‘s scathing review of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, written in 1999.
  • Lego recalls a potentially offensive Star Wars set.
  • Oscar-winning Star Wars Art director Roger Christian doesn’t plan to return for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Peter Jackson dropped in a little Star Wars April Fools joke into his recent video.
  • So too did Star Trek alum George Takai.

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Cougar Town

It’s gonna be a great spring for TV lovers, with the returns of Game of Thrones and Mad Men just around the corner and Louis CK‘s new standup special waiting in the wings. Watch trailers for all three after the jump. Also:

  • Damian Lewis talks Carrie and Brody’s future
  • Look for cameos and references in Hannibal
  • Seth Green also joins Seth MacFarlane‘s pilot
  • Will Seth Meyers replace Jimmy Fallon?
  • Cougar Town gets renewed for a fifth season
  • TNT sets a return date for Falling Skies
  • Mattel is working on UNO: The Game Show
  • Bryan Cranston‘s Breaking Bad script gets stolen
  • See new images from Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove
  • Watch the first 14 minutes of TNT’s Defiance

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Enlightened

Let’s just dive right in. After the jump:

  • Enlightened gets canned, CSI gets renewed
  • A Once Upon a Time spinoff is in the works
  • Fox is developing an O.J. Simpson series
  • Is Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno?
  • Adam Green‘s Holliston sets a return date
  • American Horror Story gets a subtitle
  • Sam Raimi will direct the Fox pilot Rake
  • Adam Scott could’ve been Jim Halpert
  • David Brent returns in The Office Revisited
  • Game of Thrones gets a new promo and a GRRM cameo
  • Hemlock Grove and Hannibal get twisted new trailers
  • HBO reveals a teaser for Phillip Noyce‘s Mary and Martha

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Now that a director’s been locked in for Episode VII, the big question is who’ll get to star in it. And that’s what today’s Star Wars Bits is all about. After the jump:

  • Disney CEO confirms the original trio is in talks to return
  • Billy Dee Williams has also been asked to come back
  • Warwick Davis is “definitely” looking to do more Star Wars
  • New details revealed for Star Wars: First Assault game
  • Eli Roth, JGL, Mila KunisStanley Tucci and more weigh in

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With so many horror sequels and demon possession films released year after year, a demon possession horror sequel doesn’t sound like the freshest idea. That’s where Eli Roth comes in.

A noted writer and director in his own right (and an actor, too), Roth produced the upcoming The Last Exorcism Part 2, a sequel to the surprise 2010 hit film, with those pitfalls in mind. He’s well aware the film has a mountain to climb. It’s a possession film, and a horror sequel. It has to live up to expectations bolstered by an original movie that made over $40 million and had an ending so memorable, the sequel was all but predetermined. The task then became working off the promise of that ending and avoiding the stigmas of its genre.

After the release of the trailer for The Last Exorcism Part 2 in January, we spoke to Roth about the problems with sequels, how this movie attempts to transcend them as well as a bunch of his upcoming projects: the Netflix show Hemlock Grove, his next movie The Green Inferno and more. Check it out below. Read More »

Stay classy, New York City? Director Adam McKay reveals that Anchorman: The Legend Continues will take the Channel 4 News Team to the Big Apple. Also after the jump:

  • Jason Clarke comments very briefly about his Apes character
  • Rooney Mara “definitely” wants to do the Dragon Tattoo sequel
  • Super Troopers 2 will “hopefully” shoot sometime this year
  • Looks like a second Star Trek Into Darkness trailer is coming soon
  • Producer Eli Roth is “very proud” of The Last Exorcism Part II
  • Speaking of, check out the film’s terrifying beauty shop prank
  • Paranormal Activity 5 might have special ghosts for 3D glasses

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