Natalie Portman Star Wars prequels

Since starring in the Star Wars prequels, Natalie Portman has given birth to a son who’s now really into Star Wars. You might think that’d make her kid the one Star Wars fan who really digs the prequels — at least he’s pre-disposed to like one of the main characters, which is more than a lot of fans can say — but according to Portman that’s not the case. In fact, she said, she hasn’t allowed her son to even watch them. Find out why below.  Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost upon us and you know what that means… it’s time to revisit the rest of the Star Wars saga for the thousandth time (give or take a few viewings). To get through the final days leading up the biggest movie geek event of the past decade, we’re dedicating each day this week to one of the other six Star Wars movies. It’s time to chat about what we love about each movie and what we don’t love. It’s time to bring up the common nitpicks and the most beloved scenes, the tiny little details we love and the the concepts that don’t get enough attention.

Consider this your invitation to use the comments section below as a catch-all for any kind of Star Wars conversation you desire. This week is for you. The fan. Enjoy it.

Yesterday we took a look back at Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Today’s subject: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

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More Star Wars Bits! This one even goes back to the prequels, and you can read about all these items below:

  • Damon Lindelof would like to write a Lobot movie.
  • George Lucas was scared of the Yoda/Dooku fight in Attack of the Clones.
  • Disneyland has a Han Solo in Carbonite lunch combo.
  • Read Vanity Fair interviews with Kathleen Kennedy, John Williams, Pablo Hidalgo and more.
  • Did you see Craig Drake‘s new Star Wars posters?
  • Why did Dice decide to reboot Star Wars Battlefront instead of sequelize it?
  • Check out a four page preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #3.
  • There might be a big New Hope easter egg in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Learn about a connection between Rey and Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

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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 »

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A special Star Wars screening, some cool rumors and more are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • John Williams has, reportedly, recorded some new music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones will finally screen in 3D.
  • J.J. Abrams‘ assistant director Tommy Gormley talks about The Force Awakens.
  • Dave Filoni talks the use of Darth Bane in The Clone Wars.
  • See possible Star Wars: The Force Awakens film cans.
  • Watch a video about the importance of midicholrians.
  • Marvel Comics: Darth Vader brings together two iconic characters who we’ve never seen together.
  • A beautiful piece of Hoth art by Tim Doyle is revealed.
  • Some more possible concept art from The Force Awakens is described.
  • Read a massive, massive, rumored spoiler from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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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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If ever a popular film was ripe for parody, it’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Regularly heralded as the worst of the Star Wars films, Clones contains some of the most wooden acting, bad writing, and awkward moments ever seen in big budget sci-fi. Even the action, probably the biggest in all of the Star Wars filmsfeels flat because it relies so heavily on CGI. On the other hand, the events of this film set up not only The Clone Wars and Anakin’s path the Dark Side, but the love story that brings Luke and Leia to the world. Narratively, it’s so important, but practically, it’s just so bad.

Enter the Screen Junkies, who’ve given the film the hilarious Honest Trailers treatment. It doesn’t touch the Red Letter Media review of the film, but at 3 and a half minutes instead of 90, it gets the job done. Check out the Attack of the Clones Honest Trailer Read More »

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Some Episode VII speculation, lots of video game news and the ultimate Star Wars champion are all in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Peter Mayhew comments on potentially coming back for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • The creative director of Uncharted is in charge of the a new Star Wars video game.
  • Footage from a cancelled Darth Maul video game is now online.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is the 2014 Star Wars champion.
  • One of the latest rumors is Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan could be in Episode VII.
  • Check out a new poster for Star Wars Rebels, which may reveal new info next month.
  • Watch a blooper reel for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
  • Artist Craig Drake released three amazing new Star Wars posters, available now.

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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 »