Phantom Menace behind the scenes photos

Fifteen years ago, this was it. This was everything I wanted from the Internet. Access behind the scenes of the new Star Wars movie. Today, not much has changed. We’d all kill for even a glimpse at what was going on on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars The Force Awakens. But we’ll have to wait, just like we did in 1999 when George Lucas released Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Maybe in fifteen years, and probably sooner, we’ll see what happened on the set of The Force Awakens. Today, we’ll have to settle for 150 photos from the production of another highly anticipated Lucasfilm blockbuster. Below, see 150 behind the scenes photos from George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Read More »

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Force Awakens trailer parodies disney

Lego, George Lucas and lens flairs were only the beginning. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer has only been out for three full days and already the parodies and reactions are impossible to keep up with. As you read this, someone is creating something new – and likely funny – about the trailer. Case in point, multiple new parodies have hit the web. There’s one poking fun at the fact it’s the first Disney film, two taking The Phantom Menace and retrofitting it to this style, a Spaceballs version as well as The Empire Strikes Back. Watch a bunch of new Force Awakens trailer parodies below. Read More »

Daisy Ridley Speeder Star Wars Force Awakens header

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 »

Star Wars Prequels Miniatures

We’re all getting excited about the practical effects we’ve seen from the set of Star Wars Episode 7. Many people complain about the abundance of computer-generated effects in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, but what they don’t realize is more practical miniature models were created for any one of the Star Wars prequel films than were made for the entire combined original trilogy. I thought that bit of Star Wars prequels miniatures trivia might surprise many of you.

While I don’t dislike the films as much as most, I’m in no way a prequel apologist — the movies are what they are. That said, there are some things to admire in the prequel trilogy. So take a trip with me back in time to look at some of the amazing handcrafted artistry that went into the most despised trilogy of films in movie history. You will be shocked at what parts and at just how much of it was created practically by the visual effects magicians at Industrial Light and Magic.

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Phantom Menace

In 1999, anticipation was so high for George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, many of us initially overlooked the film’s obvious problems. The awe and spectacle of seeing a new Star Wars film on the big screen outweighed the plot holes, terrible dialogue and awful characters. Years have passed, and now many viewers agree the movie is deeply flawed. But maybe, just maybe, it could have been fixed with a few quick changes. Enter the How It Should Have Ended team, which has created a funny new video centered around the film. Check it out below. Read More »

Jar Jar Binks BBQ

Almost 15 years have passed and we just can’t get over Jar Jar Binks. The kid-friendly addition to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was a technological marvel when he first appeared in 1999, but his voice, antics and incredibly annoying luck quickly made him the most hated character in the Star Wars universe. Even though George Lucas himself cut the character back in the subsequent films (even going so far as blaming the entire creation of the Empire on him), fans still act like Jar Jar Binks was the only problem with the prequels.

Jokes about killing Jar Jar are about as old as the Internet itself but, this latest one is probably the best yet. A fan re-edited a deleted scene from The Phantom Menace in such a way that Jar Jar meets his untimely demise. Yousa check it out belowsa, okeeday? Read More »

Darth Maul

Enough of this Batman crap, let’s get back to what’s really important in 2015: Star Wars! Here’s the latest from a galaxy far far away.

  • Check out three covers and more from The Star Wars comic books.
  • Read about how Samuel L. Jackson tried to ask J.J. Abrams about possibly being in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • EA wants to reinvent Star Wars video games to make “people’s jaws drop.”
  • A minor update on the rumored December 2015 release date.
  • Carrie Fisher now refuses to comment about Episode VII.
  • There’s a Kickstarter to make a documentary about Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew.
  • Star Wars: Force Collection, a card-based mobile game, will be out September 4.
  • Listen to the voice of Darth Maul, Peter Serafinowicz, talk about his hilarious experiences making Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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attackoftheclones

Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the sky is the limit in terms of Star Wars films. We know there’s a sequel trilogy on the way. We know there are spin-off movies in the works and we know they’re hoping to release a new Star Wars movie every single year for the foreseeable future. That’s a lot of Star Wars.

A few months back, I wrote a little editorial suggesting these developments might allow Lucasfilm to remake the prequels. I even offered some ideas of how to do that story wise. Turns out, I wasn’t the only person to have some version of that idea. Back in early 2012, Belated Media on YouTube released a video called “What If Star Wars Episode I Were Good” and, this week, they released the sequel, “What If Star Wars Episode II Was Good?” It’s 16 minute pitch dissecting the film’s problems and offering solutions.

Belated Media is decidedly less vicious than Red Letter Media, but just as insightful, if not more so. We’ve embedded both videos below. They’re well worth watching. Read More »

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