Star Wars Uncut

We have lots of Star Wars-related odds and ends for you after the jump, including:

  • J.J. Abrams says Star Wars and Star Trek are “very different”
  • Michael Arndt gets writer’s block, just like the rest of us
  • Michael Giacchino wants John Williams to do Episode VII
  • Watch a teaser for the fan-made movie Star Wars: Uncut
  • Billy Dee Williams really, really, really wants to return
  • Another, possibly final, round of layoffs hits Lucasfilm
  • Darth Vader choking victim Richard LeParmentier has died

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Filming starts on one sequel, you can help with another and much more in today’s Sequel Bits:

  • Choose a scene to film, which could become part of The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.
  • Scary Movie 5starring Ashley Tisdale, starts shooting in Atlanta, GA Tuesday.
  • Hayley Atwell is likely in Captain America: The Winter Solider, but won’t say for sure.
  • Jim Carrey has now been confirmed for Kick-Ass 2.
  • A major spoiler for the final battle of Iron Man 3 has been revealed.
  • Dwayne Johnson stopped a robbery on the set of Fast and Furious 6.

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VOTD: ‘Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut’

Let’s take a break from the flood of Sundance news and all the Oscar talk to look at one of the weirder indie projects out there: the crowd-assembled Star Wars remake. Star Wars Uncut is a project that started over two years ago when Casey Pugh invited Star Wars fans to do their own recreations of specific scenes from the 1977 film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Fifteen seconds at a time, fans made their own version of the ’77 film, the most special of all editions.

You might have seen the first assembled release of Star Wars Uncut, but the entirety of the film has been re-edited into a more seamless whole, and it is the sort of weird, unpredictable ride that only the internet can provide. This movie is the internet, really, or at many of the internet’s most common obsessions, all filtered through Star Wars. (Itself an internet obsession, of course.)

Despite the fact that fragments of scenes were created one bit at a time, in a wide variety of styles and with technique that ranges from ‘inspired’ (Darth Vader’s breathing represented by a bottle of Johnny Walker Black that fills and drains) to the ‘cute but clueless,’ (quite a lot of it) there is a surprising uniformity here, and the assembled whole is more watchable than you’d expect.  this one is a slightly more artfully assembled version that flows much better. Check it out below. Read More »

VOTD: Star Wars Uncut

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You may recall that we’ve previously written about an interactive art project called Star Wars Unut. The idea was to recreate Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope using 472 15 second fan recreated scenes. Fans that participated recreated a 15 second segment of the film any way they wanted to. Some filmmakers submitted their own Be King Rewind-style Sweded video reproductions, while others recreated scenes using various forms of animation and photography. The project was launched in early 2009, and the movie has finally been completed and is available to watch for free online. Watch it right now after the jump.

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