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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 »

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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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May the Fourth

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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How beautiful is that fan-made Star Wars Episode VII poster? It’s by artist Adam Schickling and it’s so cool, we decided to round up a few pieces of Star Wars news just so we could showcase it. After the jump read about the following

  • Return of the Jedi will screen May 4 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood to celebrate its 30th anniversary
  • Star Wars Angry Birds is about to get a Cloud City update
  • The synopsis for The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler has been released.
  • Rumors suggest the future of LucasArts could be in question.
  • Darth Vader invades Tokyo in viral video for Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours upgrade.
  • Check out art of iconic Star Wars scenes reimagined like an Eighties teen movie.
  • A new law could make it legal to be married by a Jedi…in Scotland.

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Jedi may be more comfortable swinging lightsabers than baseball bats, but Mickey-as-Obi-Wan seems to hold his own just fine against the Atlanta Braves in spring training. Check out the photographic evidence after the jump. Also:

  • Harrison Ford is pretty sure he’ll be in Episode VII
  • Rumor has it a Palpatine follower is Episode VII‘s villain
  • Here’s what Brad Bird would change about Episode VI
  • Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job?
  • Dwayne Johnson would “absolutely” do Star Wars
  • Vote for the best character in StarWars.com‘s bracket
  • Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends unveils a new poster
  • Could Disney World get a new Star Wars-themed “land”?
  • See new screencaps from Star Wars: First Assault
  • Clone Wars director Dave Filoni is working with Disney Channel

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Is the government building a Death Star? Probably not, but according to one petition at least 25,000 Americans think they should. Also after the jump:

  • Samuel L. Jackson really wants to come back as Mace Windu
  • Is Peter Jackson interested in directing a Star Wars movie?
  • George Lucas is excited to see a Star Wars movie he didn’t make
  • Read about the female fighter pilots who were cut from Return of the Jedi
  • Check out cool retro-styled prints for Episodes III and VI
  • Watch a video tour of the Rancho Obi-Wan memorabilia museum

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All right, so the sign shown above (via Collider) is just a joke, but the off-the-charts anticipation for Episode VII is very, very real. After the jump:

  • Jon Favreau has Kevin Smith‘s vote for the Star Wars VII directing job
  • Ed Burns is ambivalent on the admittedly slim possibility of getting an offer
  • Peter Serafinowicz and Chris Hemsworth would like to be in Star Wars
  • Watch Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi, way back when
  • Fox announces dates for the 3D re-releases of Episode II and Episode III

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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 »