jar jar binks asks Ron Howard

While more concerning details have come out of the woodwork in the wake of Lucasfilm firing directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller from the Han Solo spin-off and replacing them with filmmaker Ron Howard, the internet is having a little fun with the situation.

Funny or Die has created a video with an “anonymous” Star Wars fan who thinks that it might be a good idea for Ron Howard to bring Jar Jar Binks back to the Star Wars universe and maybe have him strike up an important relationship with Han Solo. However, despite the silhouette visual and the distorted voice, it’s pretty clear who is making this suggestion. Read More »

Eric Tan Star Wars Prequel Prints

Though there is a substantial amount of Star Wars fans who hate the prequel trilogy, there is still a sect of passionate individuals who will to defend all three movies until they’re red in the face. We’ll let you hash it out in the comments if you want to open that can of worms, but we’re here to talk about Eric Tan‘s gorgeous new trio of posters paying tribute to each of the movies.

Bottleneck Gallery has revealed the Eric Tan Star Wars prequel prints featuring the artist’s stunning take on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The prequels have never looked this good, and you’ll be able to get your hands on the prints this morning as long as you’re quick. Read More »

Star Wars Prequels Posters

You’d be hard-pressed to find a longtime Star Wars fan who has a lot of nice things to say about the prequels that George Lucas returned to direct in the late 1990s and through the early 2000s. The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were undoubtedly huge hits, but they haven’t received much praise from the Star Wars fanbase. But maybe that’s just the opinion of the most vocal fans. Is there a chance that the prequels aren’t as bad some fans think they are?

A new documentary called The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey finds filmmaker Bradley Weatherholt speaking to dozens of Star Wars fans, including the reliably talkative Kevin Smith, as to whether or not the prequels are the absolute disasters that many think they are. Watch The Prequels Strike Back trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Phantom Menace Ben-Hur - Chariot Race vs Podrace

George Lucas has been known to take inspiration for his movies from classic films, TV shows, comics and more. The original Star Wars in 1977 took cues from sci-fi serials like Flash Gordon and masterpieces such as Metropolis. Other influences include the films of Akira Kurosawa and much more, and this is a practice that George Lucas brought with him when he made the Star Wars prequels.

Many cinephiles know that the podracing sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was inspired by the famous chariot race in Ben-Hur. Just to be clear, we’re talking about the classic 1959 film not the remake that just bombed at the box office this past weekend. There’s even one sequence that is mimicked almost shot-for-shot in The Phantom Menace. Now you can see how these sequences compare thanks to a video comparison showing all the similarities.

See The Phantom Menace vs Ben-Hur comparison video after the jump. Read More »

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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week we have some cool new collectibles statues for Jurassic Park, The Legend of Zelda and Space Ghost. Plus, there are new Funko POP Vinyls for Star Trek Beyond, some Star Trek: The Next Generation swimsuits, some upcoming San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusives for Ghostbusters and Masters of the Universe, and much more.

See what’s in The Toy Box this week after the jump. Read More »

Darth Maul Fan Film

Even though Star Wars: The Phantom Menace only gave Darth Maul a total of 15 minutes of screen time and a handful of lines (which were delivered by Guardians of the Galaxy star Peter Serafinowicz instead of on-screen actor Ray Park), he is one of the favorite villains of the entire sci-fi saga. The villain may have met his demise in the movie, but he went on to live with the help of mechanical enhancements in The Clone Wars and has seen several other stories broaden the character’s history.

But a group of fans wanted to do Darth Maul a little more justice by crafting an impressive fan film. In Darth Maul: Apprentice, the Sith trainee must keep his training base a secret by dispatching with any Jedi Knights who happen to stumble upon his secret hideout where he’s learning the ways of the dark side. As you expect, some pretty amazing lightsaber fights ensue.

Watch the impressive Darth Maul fan film after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens Kanjiklub

The now-Oscar-nominated VFX team of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is making the press rounds, and they’ve got a lot of interesting details to share. After the jump:

  • A fan reimagines The Force Awakens as a high school saga.
  • Does the Force Awakens score hint at Rey’s parentage?
  • The Force Awakens crosses $1 billion at the international box office.
  • Was Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?
  • Confirmed: BB-8 was giving Finn a thumbs-up, not flipping him off.
  • Meet Cailey Fleming, who played young Rey in The Force Awakens.
  • Here’s how the Star Wars crew brought BB-8 to life.
  • More Easter eggs have been revealed by the VFX team.
  • Get a detailed description of a deleted scene featuring Maz Kanata.
  • Flip through hi-res stills of Unkar Plutt, Admiral Ackbar, and more.

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star wars: the force awakens

J.J. Abrams and Disney (smartly) pitched Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a throwback to the original trilogy (the movies that most fans of the franchise loved) and a lot of the behind-the-scenes footage focused on the return to practical effects. But anyone who has seen the movie knows The Force Awakens also has its share of CG visual effects. And this morning, Force Awakens was nominated for Best Visual Effects for this year’s Academy Awards.

What might surprise you is that The Force Awakens actually has more visual effects shots than Star Wars: the Phantom Menace. Not only that, while The Phantom Menace had more miniature work than all of the original trilogy films combined, The Force Awakens features not one miniature. But unlike Phantom Menace, a lot of the CG work is invisible. Learn more after the jump.

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Since it was announced that J.J. Abrams was going to direct Episode 7 of the Star Wars saga, he hasn’t talked too deeply about the process of developing the new film. So when I had the opportunity to talk to Abrams at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I was filled with questions about how his vision of the next episode of Star Wars came about.

After the jump you can read my full J.J. Abrams interview. Some of the quotes have been previously features on the site (for instance, the stuff on working with Rian Johnson and The Raid guys and also his belief on the Force being more inclusive than midi-chlorians and bloodlines). But the interview packs a lot more: I ask Abrams about how his vision of the future of the Skywalker saga differed from the treatments that George Lucas turned in for the upcoming sequel trilogy, the lessons he took away from the Star Wars prequels, and more.

And you’ll notice that Abrams uses his Jedi mind tricks to not directly answer some of these questions, but his answers (for instance, his response about what he loved about the original trilogy) are actually very calculated and telling responses.

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Fans Reacting to The Phantom Menace

While we’re obviously more than a little excited for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens next week, it’s important to remember that this movie could be a disappointment. Obviously we are all about Star Wars here at /Film, but we really are trying to keep our expectations in check. Even if The Force Awakens turns out to be good, it’s probably not the best idea to start spouting off about how incredible it is until you’ve had some time to absorb it.

Sadly, fans who saw Star Wars: The Phantom Menace right away back in 1999 didn’t wait before proclaiming the movie was the best thing since blue milk. While many Star Wars fans don’t like the prequels much, you’d be hard pressed to find many who didn’t like the first one in this old news footage of fans reacting to The Phantom Menace. Read More »