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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There is no news about Star Wars Episode VII in this post. I’m sorry, but it’s true. However if you’re a Star Wars fan like me, ready to eat up any and all content related to J.J. Abrams and his highly anticipated movie, you’ll enjoy this.
Below is a short video featuring Abrams discussing the franchise, and his fandom, with fellow Star Wars nerd Simon Pegg. Pegg, of course, has worked with Abrams on several films including this month’s Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s also a massive Star Wars fan who was truly hurt when the prequels came out.
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Today’s Star Wars Bits looks back to Return of the Jedi, and forward to Episode VII. After the jump:
- See rare photos from the Jedi set
- Ian McDiarmid has fond memories of playing the Emperor
- J.J. Abrams was afraid of becoming the reboot guy
- ILM eyes a new location in London
- The Clone Wars gets Emmy recognition
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A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to sit down with Marvel head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black.
We’ve run some of the answers over the last week as stand-alone posts, but you can read the whole interview transcript after the jump, including collecting Back to the Future memorabilia, Iron Man at Disneyland, transforming a superhero movie into a detective story, Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars/Marvel crossover rant, if it was weird for Black to direct Jon Favreau in an Iron Man movie, how Iron Man 3 sets-up future Marvel films, Tony Stark’s unexpected team-up with a child, how Marvel deals with leaks, misinformation and the rumors of the age of the internet.
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If you’ve noticed an increase in the amount of Star Wars talk in the past few days, don’t blame J.J. Abrams. Well, actually, the fact that he’s promoting that *other* franchise right now does have something to do with it. Mainly, though, the Force has been strong because May 4th is fast approaching.
Unofficially, May 4 is known as Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You”) making it the perfect time for all kinds of places to plan Star Wars related events. Disney is doing a bunch of things, 30th anniversary screenings of Return of the Jedi are on deck, and one southern California art gallery is joining in the fun.
Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra is hosting an exhibit called A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away. It features the work of several dozen artists in all mediums making art based on Star Wars. After the jump, check out a small selection from the show and find out how to see more. Read More »
Every great hero needs a signature mode of transportation. A huge muscle car, a distinctive motorcycle, or maybe a spaceship that looks like a hamburger. Whatever their pleasure, the latest art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery has got it covered. The show is called Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them and it will open May 3 in Los Angeles, CA.
Artists have made posters and paintings based on the “righteous rides” in films such as Flight of the Navigator, Akira, Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Skyfall, Bullitt, Up, Spaceballs, District 9, Easy Rider, the Dukes of Hazzard and so much more. Check out a small sample of the show below. Read More »
Producer/director J.J. Abrams and film composer Michael Giacchino have often worked together over the years, but for Abrams’ next film it looks like he’ll be working with another influential composer. After the promotion period for Star Trek Into Darkness ends, Abrams will begin work on Star Wars: Episode VII in earnest, and at this point it would be odd for a Star Wars film to be scored by anyone other than John Williams.
And while having a new composer tackle the new Star Wars chapter would be another good way to push the series in a new direction, Abrams said recently that he expects to work with Williams on the film. Read More »
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Carrie Fisher doesn’t give a crap. Ask her about returning for Star Wars Episode VII, and she’ll gladly talk all about it. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, read her latest quotes as well as the following:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios is planning very special festivities on May 4th, plus some exclusive art is being released.
- The stars of Return of the Jedi reflect on the production.
- Gallery Nucleus in California does a special Star Wars themed exhibit.
- George Lucas reveals further plans for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
- Comedian and Star Wars fan Patton Oswalt discusses his feelings on the new films.
- Watch Bill Hader‘s impression of a Tauntaun.
- Star Wars characters could be added to Disney Infinity.
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