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 films, feels 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 »
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
If J.J. Abrams really does cast Leonard Nimoy in Star Wars Episode VII, as the Star Trek actor suggests, do you think that’s more likely to heighten or defuse the Wars / Trek rivalry? Also after the jump:
- Al Pacino explains why he said no to Han Solo
- See Episode II in 3D at Star Wars Celebration Europe
- Kyle Newman offers a longer cut The Return of The Return of the Jedi
- Nerdist promotes the Star Wars: Course of the Force charity run
- See an unused poster concept for the original Star Wars
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Until last year, the best way to milk additional theatrical coin out of the Star Wars franchise seemed to be releasing the films in 3D remasters. The process started with the 3D release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which hit theaters in February 2012. That release didn’t do all that well, and with the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII, Disney and LucasFilm are now ready to concentrate only on that film.
So the 3D versions of Episode II and III won’t be released this year as planned. Deadline confirms with LucasFilm reps that LucasFilm now wants to focus on “rebooting the franchise” with the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII, scripted by Michael Arndt. We don’t know if the 3D conversions of the prequels might be released at some point in the future.
After the break, quizzed on his new directing gig, J.J. Abrams surprises no one by avoiding specifics, and others react to the news. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Good news for Star Wars fans hoping to get the original trilogy in theatrical 3D. LucasFilm has just announced the second two prequel films, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, will get theatrical 3D re-releases on September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively. Announced at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL, the question becomes: Can the original trilogy be far behind? Read More »