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Thursday brought some very interesting, official news on the Star Wars front, but it’s far from all that’s out there. In this edition of Star Wars Bits we’ve got even more official information – mostly about books –  and some cool non-official stuff too. After the jump, read about the following.

  • A new article details script issues that happened on The Empire Strikes Back similar to what’s now happening on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Learn about the eBook enhanced versions of J.W. Rinzler‘s Making of Star Wars books.
  • Watch trailers for Star Wars: Frames and Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s Code.
  • Check out the latest Return of the Jedi poster by Acme Archives.
  • A 7 foot Star Wars fans fights for a chance to audition for Episode VII.

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Before you assume that everyone’s favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back, talk to Joss Whedon. The writer/director has long been on the record as saying that, while he likes and respects Empire, he thinks A New Hope is the superior film. “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars, Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite,” Whedon said in the past. “That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director explained a bit more of his disappointment in what most people agree is the best Star Wars movie. Read More »

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This week I talked to the great people at the Writers Guild Foundation Archive about giving us access to something unprecedented from Star Wars history. Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan donated his original handwritten first draft of The Empire Strikes Back. The WGA West archive has the only copy in existence, other than the original, in addition to later drafts with notes by Kasdan himself. After the jump you’ll see a series of pages that the WGA West has given us exclusive access to premiere in celebration of the “May the Fourth” celebration. So enjoy, and may the fourth be with you!

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Bounty hunters, giant worms and the biggest reveal in movie history. Artist Dave Perillo strikes back with his second Star Wars poster. Back in February, the artist released an awesome poster for Star Wars and now he’s completed the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. Acme Archives is releasing the 12 x 36 inch silkscreen in an edition of 250 on April 19. It’s comprised of all your favorite scenes from what’s widely considered the best of the six Star Wars films. Check it out, exclusively, below. Read More »

Carrie Fisher gets ready to star in another Star Wars movie, while George Lucas considers the exciting world of museum curating. Also after the jump:

  • Billy Dee Williams wants in on Episode VII
  • … as does Darth Vader voice James Earl Jones
  • Obama doesn’t know Star Wars from Star Trek
  • Disney delays the Star Wars 1313 video game
  • See a trailer for the Boba Fett pinball table
  • Watch part of a doc about Empire Strikes Back
  • What if Michael Haneke directed Star Wars?

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You always remember the first moment you fall in love with an artist’s work. The first time you watch a movie or listen to an album and realize, “I’m going to follow this person for years to come.” That moment happened for me with artist Andrew DeGraff on July 9, 2010 at the opening of Gallery 1988′s fourth Crazy 4 Cult show.

In that show, DeGraff had a huge series of pieces featuring the distinctive outfits of each member of The Goonies, all framed around what appeared to be a treasure map. However, the more you looked at the map, you realized this wasn’t just a map. It was the movie. The work featured all the film’s locations linked by dotted lines of how each character weaved their way through the film. It was (and remains) amazing. Since then, the illustrator has done similar work at the gallery for Shaun of the Dead, North by Northwest and now, he’s created some new maps for his upcoming two person show with fellow artist Bennett Slater.

Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater’s gallery show opens Saturday January 5th at Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles and we’re proud to debut DeGraff’s maps for the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check them out, as well as some beautiful paintings by Slater, after the jump. Read More »

Even the most devout Star Wars fan might not know that filmmaker and journalist Michel Parbot was once given unprecedented access to the set, stars and filmmakers behind The Empire Strikes Back. The resulting work, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, has apparently never been commercially released. And while Parbot did work on a documentary about the film called SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back, this is not that doc.

One site has unearthed 15 minutes from this piece of Star Wars history via an old Dutch TV documentary, which features never before seen interviews with the cast and crew. It’s crude, it’s subtitled, but it is also a rare and fascinating behind the scenes look at one of the best and most liked films of all time. What’s better than that? Read More »

We’re reached a point in the evolution of film criticism where a shift is occurring. Critics who’ve been in the game for decades and decades are slowly beginning to give way to a younger, more vocal audience, many of whom are online. The beautiful thing about that is, though they all share a love of cinema, everyone has their own opinions of how and why we got there. And the best way to show that is with a top ten list.

The online contingent prides themselves upon being the new guard and, to that end, our friends at Film School Rejects polled 37 online critics and four young filmmakers for their lists of the ten greatest films of all time. They then gave those lists a point value and came up with a top ten that’s simultaneously familiar and controversial as it certainly caters to a younger demographic. Check it out and leave your thoughts below. Read More »

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