Star Wars: Shattered Empire

What happened in the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?  In March, Disney announced they would release a series of books called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which would fill in that gap through a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories (all considered official Star Wars canon).

One of the 20 books which will hit store shelves in December 2015 is a prequel comic book called Star Wars: Shattered Empire. We now have our first official synopsis for Star Wars: Shattered Empire which gives us our first peek at the events which happened after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and before JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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Real Fake History Battle of Endor

Some film franchises and television shows have a large enough mythology and universe that entire encyclopedias (or more commonly Wikis today) have been written in an attempt to chronicle every facet of the world that some of our favorite stories unfold. Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Lost and more all have expansive and rich histories.

Now a new web series from Machinima is diving into some of the milestone moments of our favorite films and TV shows with Real Fake History. Created in the style of a History Channel show or Ken Burns documentary, these documentary shorts examine the fictional wars, events and stories of films and television. The first episode has just gone live taking a look at the pivotal Battle of Endor, the fight which brought down the Empire, in Return of the Jedi.

Watch Real Fake History’s Battle of Endor after the jump!

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Jabba's Rancor Pit action figure

It’s hard to believe, but San Diego Comic-Con is already less than two weeks away, and all of us here at SlashFilm will be running ourselves ragged to bring you all the latest news straight out of the convention center housing the biggest pop culture gathering in the country.

And along with the big news coming out of Comic-Con also comes cool goodies that will only be available for purhcase at the convention, and then eventually eBay for those who weren’t lucky enough to be in San Diego. And for all you Star Wars fans, Toys R Us just unveiled a new Black Series action figure set that Return of the Jedi fans will love.

Check out the Jabba’s Rancor Pit action figure set after the jump! Read More »

Special Effects in the 80s

Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital effects. But even the world of special effects wasn’t so technologically advanced. And much like extensive practical set building, the use of less-sophisticated but still impressive special effects is something that seems to be missing from today’s movies.

So if you need to escape the present day for awhile, check out this vintage one-hour NOVA special that takes a look at the magic of special effects in the 80s, focusing on films such as Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch the NOVA segment on special effects below! Read More »

Star Wars Force Awakens Prequel comic header

Among the 20 titles that will consist of the newly announced Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one that stood out was a prequel comic book. It would reportedly be told from the perspective of C-3PO and take place immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi. Well, that comic now has a title, release window and first image. The comic is called Star Wars: Shattered Empire and it’ll be out in September. See the full cover of the Force Awakens prequel comic below. Read More »

Return of the Jedi star wars Matte Painting

With the invention of computers, it’s almost comical to think about filmmakers using paintings to fill in the backgrounds of their movies. These days, you slap a green screen in back of the action and fill it in digitally. But for the majority of the history of filmmaking, that obviously wasn’t the practice. Massive matte paintings were originally used and as special effects and refined miniature techniques started to become more prevalent, smaller paintings could be made with live action inserted into them using multiple exposures.

Some of your favorite movies of all time used this tactic. In a video recently unearthed from 1985, you can watch the practice used to create films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Read More »

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Slave Leia video

One of the most obvious moments you’ve reached adulthood is when you start talking about kids. Whether someone has kids, they’re thinking about kids, or whatever else, that’s the moment. The thought opens up a huge pandora’s box of other issues too, least important of which is how do you show your kids the Star Wars Saga. The order in which you choose to show you kids the Star Wars movies is a debate regularly had amongst film fans but we always forget one thing. We never consider how the kids feel. It’s just a foregone conclusion that they’re going to like them.

A new video has surface that’s proof positive they do like them, but maybe have a few questions. One father recorded the conversation he had with his five-year-old daughter about Princess Leia’s Slave outfit in Return of the Jedi and the results are priceless, especially when animated. Check out the father daughter Slave Leia video below. Read More »

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Much like Thanksgiving, the Star Wars teaser trailer has a long and hearty history. Even before fans knew what “Star Wars” was, Lucasfilm was making trailers to tantalize moviegoers with just enough information and visuals to get them excited. The process continued after Star Wars became massive, reached new heights with the prequels, and continues in 2014 as fans everywhere freak out over seven brief glimpses into the seventh Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

If you’ve already watched the trailer a hundred times but still want more, why not check out the teaser trailer for all seven Star Wars films? Read More »

Eric Tan Star Wars Trilogy

These three Star Wars posters are so beautiful, we figured they needed to be featured twice.

Eric Tan is one of our favorite artists here at /Film but, unlike others, he doesn’t release a lot of prints. That’s because his day job is a designer at Disney. That’s cool on its own, but in the past few years, it means he gets to play in the coolest sandbox of all: Star Wars. Over the past few months, Disney has been sporadically releasing Tan’s posters for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and this week, he revealed Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Unfortunately, Disney chose to only release these Eric Tan Star Wars posters framed and that makes them quite expensive. But you should check them out below and read more about the beautiful posters. Read More »