New Millennium Falcon Toy

We’ve already covered the rumors of Harrison Ford’s injury potentially delaying Star Wars Episode VII, but that’s far from the only thing going on in the world of Star Wars. You can read more at that link and, below, you can read about the following:

  • Two well-known Star Wars “groups” could appear in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Domhnall Gleeson expertly avoids talking Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch Super 8 animation test footage from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Matt Reeves says J.J. Abrams is doing something “exciting” with Episode VII.
  • Could Jango Fett himself, Temuera Morrison, play Boba Fett in a spinoff film?
  • Think you’re a big Star Wars fan? You haven’t seen these superfans.
  • See images of a brand new Millennium Falcon toy release.
  • Rumored details of Gwendoline Christie‘s Episode VII role have been released.
  • Anthony Daniels confirms Simon Pegg‘s visit to the Star Wars Episode VII set.

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As a geek, it’s hard to watch anything snow based and not think of the Hoth battle in The Empire Strikes Back. So with the Winter Olympics currently in full swing, one of our own took that juxtaposition and created a super-funny video. It’s quick and blends Star Wars with sports. What could be better? Read More »

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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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The Empire Strikes Back

After the original Star Wars became a monster hit in 1977, Lucasfilm and Fox didn’t really have to do much to advertise the first sequel. The toys and other merchandise were doing that job quite well; by the time it was close to release, everyone knew that another Star Wars film was about to hit theaters.

Still, an early teaser was cut for The Empire Strikes Back, and the Star Wars YouTube channel just gave it an official online release.

This teaser is interesting because it features no actual footage from Empire. Rather, it offers up quite a range of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for the film, showing locations on Hoth and Bespin, and showing a bit of the planned battle between Luke and Vader. The only actual actor likenesses come in the form of a set of promo stills at the end, which should be recognizable to anyone who was watching out for the film at the time. Those shots were everywhere.

Watch the teaser below.

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Joss Whedon and Scarlett Johansson

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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Some of you may have seen scraps of the screen debut of Boba Fett, the bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back who became one of the most popular Star Wars characters, despite originally having very little screen time. But for those who haven’t caught it, this is a great glimpse into the development of the character.

The video below, from 1978, shows editor Duwayne Dunham dressed in a pale prototype of the armor (designed by Joe Johnson), with sound designer Ben Burtt narrating an overview of the character.

For casual Star Wars fans, the most interesting bit of the video below won’t be the character’s look, but one intent behind his design. There was a point where Boba Fett was considered as a character who could make personal appearances — dress anyone up in the costume, with that slightly altered radio voice, and they could be Boba Fett. Like a slightly less evil-looking companion to Darth Vader, and a potential Star Wars mascot. Things worked out a bit differently, but not in a bad way for the bounty hunter, at least until he got to Tatooine. 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 »

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