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 »
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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 »
Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted snippets of new footage from the production of Return of the Jedi. Which is odd considering the film turned 30 years old this year.
In 1983, Lucasfilm was promoting a new edit system called EditDroid, which would have used laserdiscs as the storage media in an early digital editing system. To show off the process to the industry, Lucasfilm put 30 minutes of raw footage of one scene from Return of the Jedi on laserdiscs that could be used during demos at a convention in Las Vegas. That was the first and only time this footage was shown publicly.
The disc then resurfaced, was sold on eBay for almost $700, and after a few snippets appeared online (showing some funny outtakes, and even revealing alternate lines) the entire 30-minute video has now been uploaded to YouTube for the world to enjoy. Check it out below. Read More »
Besides Thursday’s really big Star Wars Episode VII news, there are some very interesting bits on that film, the casting call, J.J. Abrams and even a change to the original trilogy in today’s Star Wars Bits. Read about the following after the jump:
- J.J. Abrams discusses fan reactions on the Internet.
- Saoirse Ronan confirms she didn’t get the role in Star Wars Episode VII.
- A single line, omitted from Return of the Jedi, changes the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Producer Gary Kurtz and Darth Vader actor David Prowse discuss the Episode VII open casting call.
- One of the original Jabba The Hutt puppeteers is now a librarian.
- Watch Adam Savage build Han Solo’s blaster.
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Just when you think you’ve seen every little bit of rare Star Wars material, someone digs up a new artifact.
Below is one video featuring bloopers from Star Wars — Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, and Peter Cushing flubbing lines, and a whole lot of stormtroopers falling down — and a set of videos from Return of the Jedi. While the Star Wars footage is great for showing just how difficult the stormtrooper suits were to move in, the Jedi clips are truly surprising. They’re alternate takes of a Dagobah scene, and are seriously rare as they’re sourced from a demo laserdisc used to show off a proprietary Lucasfilm edit system developed in the early ’80s. Read More »
TODAY is the day, Del Rey’s highly anticipated The Making of Return of the Jedi is now in stores. Amazon is still offering 40% off, but I’m not sure how long that price will stay. I own every book in this collection, and every single one of them is worth the price of admission. If you’re a Star Wars fan, buy it! If you know a Star Wars fan, this is the perfect gift! I’ve included some of the photo previews that have been released after the jump, alongside a short video trailer.
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Today’s Star Wars Bits looks back to Return of the Jedi, and forward to Episode VII. After the jump:
- See rare photos from the Jedi set
- Ian McDiarmid has fond memories of playing the Emperor
- J.J. Abrams was afraid of becoming the reboot guy
- ILM eyes a new location in London
- The Clone Wars gets Emmy recognition
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Carrie Fisher doesn’t give a crap. Ask her about returning for Star Wars Episode VII, and she’ll gladly talk all about it. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, read her latest quotes as well as the following:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios is planning very special festivities on May 4th, plus some exclusive art is being released.
- The stars of Return of the Jedi reflect on the production.
- Gallery Nucleus in California does a special Star Wars themed exhibit.
- George Lucas reveals further plans for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
- Comedian and Star Wars fan Patton Oswalt discusses his feelings on the new films.
- Watch Bill Hader‘s impression of a Tauntaun.
- Star Wars characters could be added to Disney Infinity.
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