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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Cool Stuff: 1979 ILM “Night Crew” T-shirt

ilm night crew

If you worked at Industrial Light & Magic in 1979 as part of the night crew, then you probably had this Empire Strikes Back crew t-shirt. As part of the 30th anniversary celebration, LucasFilm has reprduced the tee and is selling it online on in sizes Small to XXL for $23.99.

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Cool Stuff: Star Wars Space Slug Oven Mitt

Space Slug Oven Mitt

It’s very easy to geek up your living room or bedroom, but cool kitchen and bathroom items are definitely harder to find. As part of LucasFilm’s celebration of 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, they have created a Space Slug Oven Mitt. Available exclusively on for $19.99. Ships in August 2010.

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm is planning a yearlong charity campaign that kicks off on May 19th 2010 with a one-night-only digital screening of Empire at the ArcLight Hollywood. And better yet, there will be an on-stage Q&A with Harrison Ford, an actor who notoriously doesn’t usually do Star Wars events and conventions. The information comes from the Hero Complex Blog.

The Good News: The ArcLight screening will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Bad News: Tickets don’t come cheap: $100 or $175 for “premiere seating”, both of which are on sale now at the St. Jude’s website.

If I wasn’t going to be in France at the Cannes Film Festival, I’d love to attend this. I’m sure some of you Los Angeles-based /Film readers have $100 bucks saved up to watch Han Solo with Han Solo, right?


The full length trailer for Family Guy’s Empire Strikes Back parody Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side premieres today on the iTunes store, Apple and YouTube. The trailer is “a nearly exact remake” of the original trailer from the 1980 classic The Empire Strikes Back. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Dagobah Frog Habitat


Someone at LucasFilm had the great idea to turn Yoda’s planet of exile Dagobah into a frog habitat toy for kids. Now, I would have loved this when I was younger. Basically it’s a small tank that is set up to look like the Sluis sector, a world shown in Empire Strikes Back, featuring murky swamps, steaming bayous, and petrified gnarltree forests. ThinkGeek sells the package for $39.99, which gets you the aquarium, hideaway hut, yoda figure, an a mail-in order form for tadpoles/tadpole food, and an instruction/information manual. More photos after the jump.

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Star Wars – Empire Strikes Back Sweded

Sweded Yoda

You must check out this sweded version of Star Wars – Empire Strikes Back. Rob Kenyon. Mark Breeze, Paul Nadin, Jamie Broadrick, and Leonora Whitehouse filmed this 60-second short film over the course of two days using a lot of cardboard and gaffers tape. Everything was created from scratch, from the costumes to the puppets, from the Ships to the droids.

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via: Nerdcore