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 »

George Lucaschanges to the Star Wars Blu-ray set have drawn some ire as of late, but let’s be real — these things are still gonna sell like hotcakes. While Lucas’ alterations really will turn off some of his fans, it’s probably a safe bet that many more will shell out for them anyway, even if they’re grumbling as they do so. With that in mind, here are six ads for the Blu-ray that try to put you in a more positive state of mind about the updated releases.

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Enough of the Star Wars hate. Let’s try and forget about all of this, this and this for now. Remember back to when the original Star Wars trilogy was pure. A time when there was no Internet and the mystery of the coming movies was solved only by going to the theater on opening day. That’s how many fans experienced not only Star Wars but The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well. Lack of detailed information about the films prior to opening gave them an intangible, surprising quality that’s all but extinct today.

The availability of information has changed over the past thirty years, but our appetite for it is not new. In the wake of the success of Star Wars, people were clamoring for information on Empire and Jedi; they just didn’t have any easy way to get it.

After the jump is a set of spy photos taken by fans who went above and beyond in search of answers. They traveled into the desert to watch the filming of a movie called Blue Harvest. That, of course, was the code name for Return of the Jedi. These people stumbled upon the set for Jabba’s Barge on Tatooine, filled as it was with new characters, vehicles and more. After the jump, check out their photos as well as a just-revealed deleted scene from the Empire Strikes Back. Read More »

Update: Cover art for the three sets have been added.

Lucasfilm’s impressive streak of disappointment continues today as they’ve officially announced the special features for the September 12 Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga. The nine-disc set, which features all six movies in the series, actually has a number of reportedly brand new features including individual archive discs dedicated to each trilogy and several new feature length documentaries. Sounds great, right? Well, the set also contains a lot of material from previous releases and is missing several great features from those same releases. Finally – not that we were expecting anything else, but dare to dream – the upcoming box contains strictly the special editions of the original trilogy. Read the full press release and list of special features after the jump. Read More »


/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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