Empire Strikes Back Hoth

No, we haven’t time-travelled back to 1980 but yes, The Empire Strikes Back is back in the box office top ten in the United Kingdom. The reason? Secret Cinema kicked off their latest event, centered on the classic Star Wars sequel, earlier this week. With a Thursday to Sunday gross of $470,000, the Irvin Kershner-directed film came in #8 at the UK box office. Read more about The Empire Strikes Back box office return. Read More »


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secret cinema Empire Strikes Back Hoth

As if Star Wars fans weren’t having a good enough year, things just got better. We’re already getting a new movie, and all the awesomeness that goes along with that (trailers, toys, discussion, etc.). There’s a convention, a great new TV show, multiple comic book series’ and so much more. Now, almost like a cherry on top, an ultimate screening of the best Star Wars film ever has been announced.

Secret Cinema has announced that their next film is The Empire Strikes Back and screenings will take place from June 4 until August 2 in London, England. Why is this a big deal? Beacuse this isn’t just a screening. The Secret Cinema crew recreates the movie for you to experience, wrapped around actually watching the movie. Get more info about the Secret Cinema Empire Strikes Back screening below. Read More »

Muppets Empire Strikes Back

Since 1977, fans have dreamt of visiting the world of Star Wars, of setting foot on the sands of Tatooine, the snow of Hoth or swamps of Dagobah. 99.9% of fans never get that chance, as production on the movies is so secretive. But a select few get to visit the set during filming. And for the shoot of The Empire Strikes Back, The Muppets made the trip. We know this because photos were taken. Photos that recently were posted on the Internet, finally becoming accessible to the entire world.

You get a hint above, but see the rest of the Muppets Empire Strikes Back photos below. Read More »

Willrow Hood

Last week /Film reader Alex D sent me a link to this Star Wars Minute video which profiles a character named Willrow Hood. You might be wondering, who the hell is Willrow Hood? He’s one of the more popular original trilogy Star Wars characters that you’ve never heard of. That might be because Willrow appears on screen in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back for only a a brief second of two. Find out Willrow’s  expanded universe story and see the art, toys and cosplay the character has inspired.

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The things fans love about The Empire Strikes Back are not things present in a live read: John Williams unbelievable score, the breathtaking action set pieces, and locations like Hoth, Dagobah and Cloud City. At a live read, it’s just the actors, the script, a few images and the audience. As a massive Star Wars fan that was my big concern going into the latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented by Film Independent. Would The Empire Strikes Back hold up without so much of what makes it great?

The answer, as you’d expect, isn’t that straightforward.

Below, read all about The Empire Strikes Back Live Read which not only featured Ellen Page as Han Solo and Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, but also Mark Hamill in a special appearance reading the Emperor, Boba Fett and Obi-wan Kenobi roles. Read More »

Empire Strikes Back live read

Thursday night is Jason Reitman‘s biggest live read yet. Literally. He and his cast will read Irvin Kershner‘s landmark sci-fi sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the venue has been changed from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Ace Hotel Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this week, several members of the main cast were revealed. Aaron Paul will be reading the role of Luke Skywalker, and J.K Simmons the role of Darth Vader. But two of the main characters had yet to be revealed: Han Solo and Princess Leia.

The actors for those roles have now been revealed, and they’re pretty surprising. Han Solo will be read by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page and Princess Leia will be read by Jessica Alba. We’ll have a full report from the event Friday. For now, read more about the Empire Strikes Back live read below. 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 »

empire strikes back modern trailer

With the world waiting for a new Star Wars trailer, it’s fun to look back at the trailers of old. Fans have taken to looking at the release patterns and revelations of some of the first six films to try and figure out when and what we might see in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What they’ve found is most of the earliest Star Wars trailers show a good amount of tantalizing footage, but don’t really reveal much. That’s decidedly against what modern Hollywood does.

These days, Hollywood shows everything they’ve got in their biggest trailer, hoping to coax people into the theater. Trailers sell something epic and incredible and very rarely do they deliver. But what would have happened if you were sitting in a theater in 1979 and saw a 2014-style trailer to the sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back? It would have spoiled a lot, but also lived up to expectations.

One YouTube user cut an Empire Strikes Back modern trailer, and it’s pretty great. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Empire Uncut

Star Wars is to many fan films as silent movies are to regular films. They’re the genesis, the beginning. Without Star Wars, things like fan films and full YouTube channels and online movements dedicated to paying tribute to any number of pop culture franchises wouldn’t exist. What long time fan has forgotten Troops, a Star Wars fan film that launched in 1997? I remember downloading it overnight while still in high school and being blown away someone could make something so excellent out of pure passion.

Decades have now passed and fan films are pretty normal these days. But Star Wars was always the start and it’s one of the few franchises which could bring together an amazing event like the “Uncut” series. These are fan films comprised of several hundred fan directors each directing 15 seconds from the movie. The original, Star Wars Uncut, was released in 2012 and The Empire Strikes Back version, Empire Uncut, is now out. Below, watch Empire Uncut, a full version of The Empire Strikes Back made by 480 different fans. Read More »