Enough of the Star Wars hate. Let’s try and forget about all of this, this and this for now. Remember back to when the original Star Wars trilogy was pure. A time when there was no Internet and the mystery of the coming movies was solved only by going to the theater on opening day. That’s how many fans experienced not only Star Wars but The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well. Lack of detailed information about the films prior to opening gave them an intangible, surprising quality that’s all but extinct today.
The availability of information has changed over the past thirty years, but our appetite for it is not new. In the wake of the success of Star Wars, people were clamoring for information on Empire and Jedi; they just didn’t have any easy way to get it.
After the jump is a set of spy photos taken by fans who went above and beyond in search of answers. They traveled into the desert to watch the filming of a movie called Blue Harvest. That, of course, was the code name for Return of the Jedi. These people stumbled upon the set for Jabba’s Barge on Tatooine, filled as it was with new characters, vehicles and more. After the jump, check out their photos as well as a just-revealed deleted scene from the Empire Strikes Back. Read More »
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I love unconventional interviews, recorded conversations between actors, actresses, directors and screenwriters about the filmmaking process. It might be that the relationships that have already been established on set translate to a more honest interesting and entertaining interview. That is one of the many reasons I LOVED Jon Favreau‘s old television talk show Dinner For Five. Favreau has attempted to capture the same experience with a series of cast interviews he conducted for The Huffington Post to promote Cowboys & Aliens. The first interview is with his film’s co-star Harrison Ford. Ford is notoriously a dry/bad interview: I’ve heard many horror stories from my colleagues — he loves to work but seems to hate talking/promoting his films. But Favreau was able to get Ford’s A-game and get him to open up about his work over the years. You can watch the video interview clips embedded after the jump.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 20 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Last week we posted a photo of a Jabba The Hutt snow man found in Spokane, WA. Today Reddit user jabo27 has posted a photo of a Star Wats-inspired snow fort, in the shape of a crashed AT-AT. Here is a few words from the creator:
“I know I know the scale is incorrect, but I wanted to be able to climb inside the head and I would have needed heavy machinery to get enough snow to get the body tall enough. I actually measured out my son’s big toy AT-AT to get the different parts to the right ratio, but then that all went out the window when I actually started building it in the yard. At least you can crawl into the head (from the back side), through the neck and up a deck on the body. and then slide down it’s ass.”
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The east coast blizzard has a lot of residents comparing the landscape to Star Wars’ snow and ice planet Hoth. As an extension of that idea, Williamsburg, Brooklyn resident Henry Hargreaves decided to edit Star Wars characters into photos of his snow covered neighborhood.
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A snowman version of Jabba the Hutt was spotted last week in Spokane, WA by FETTS.
Another week, another amazing Star Wars print by Mondo. Or should we say “prints?” This time, Mondo will be releasing a set of three 8-10 color, 12 x 36 screenprints featuring some of your favorite secondary bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back. Artist Ken Taylor has immortalized Bossk, IG-88 and Zuckuss in painstakingly beautiful detail and you’ll be able to buy them all on Tuesday September 21. Plus, if you pick these up, a second series will coming soon after and those who own this set will get the first crack at them. Hit the jump to check out the full versions of Bounty Hunters Wave One and find out the best way to grab one of the 425 sets that will be made. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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