Since 1989 the National Film Registry has preserved films in the Library of Congress that are determined to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This year’s crop of additions has been announced and it’s a pretty varied group that seems to recognize lasting value of ‘new’ classics (The Exorcist, Grey Gardens, All the Presidents Men) and some of the achievements of people who passed this year (Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Pink Panther). Read the full list after the break. Read More »

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Earlier today, we posted an Olly Moss poster that you can’t buy. Little did we know that mere hours later, he’d reveal three that you can at least attempt to buy. And they are exquisite.

The minimalist man behind some gorgeous Lost and Rolling Roadshow posters is the next artist in the Mondo Star Wars series and he’s not only created one, he’s created three 24 x 36 inch beauties for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Each print has a pretty big edition size, 400 each, and cost $50 each. They’ll go on sale on Mondo’s site Monday December 20 at a random time. Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the announcement. After the jump, look at the three images in all their glory. Read More »

George Lucas Remembers Irvin Kershner

This morning it was reported that Irvin Kershner, who directed the best of the Star Wars feature films, The Empire Strikes Back, had died in Los Angeles. Star Wars creator/producer/director George Lucas has issued a statement in memory of Kershner.

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Irvin Kershner, who directed the first (and best) sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, has died in Los Angeles. The AFP reports that he had been suffering from a long illness, citing his goddaughter, but does not otherwise report a specific cause of death. Read More »

Though people today constantly complains about spoilers, they regularly take for granted that they’re available at all. Today, someone can do a simple Google search and find out almost any secret they want to in regards to a movies or television. That’s pretty incredible, especially when you think it wasn’t so long ago the only way movies got spoiled was in the occasional magazine article, printed review or if someone blurted it out while you were in line for the next show.

In 1978, David Prowse – the actor who wore the Darth Vader suit in the original Star Wars Trilogy – did a personal appearance in Berkeley, California which was covered by a local newspaper. At the event, Prowse answered questions about “Star Wars II” and “Star Wars III” and also just happened to mention the greatest spoiler in movie history – that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father. In 1978. Two years before The Empire Strikes Back was released. We’ve got the original article after the jump. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Lego Han Solo in Carbonite

Han Solo in Carbonite is my favorite piece of movie memorabilia ever. There, I said it. In the Nineties, a company made a small number of authorized prop replicas of it and I believe they cost $3,000 each. Though I was probably 13 at the time, to this day I regret not buying it. Just think of all the non-at-all-awkward conversations I could have had bringing girls to my place. “Yeah, I’m a bounty hunter…and you’re my bounty.” Or maybe, “Behave or I’ll put you on the wall too.” You know, things like that. So, when I saw this amazing full size Lego recreation of Han Solo in Carbonite, I knew I had to share it….after wiping the drool from the side of my mouth. Check out the full photo and more the jump. Read More »

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Yes, you read that right. You are reading a post about a trailer for a book. But not just any book. This is a goosebump-inducing trailer for Del Ray Books The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by J.W. Rinzler. He’s the guy behind the amazing books The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films and The Making of Star Wars The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film. Now, he’s tackling the undisputed best film in the Star Wars universe, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It’ll be released on October 12.

Hit the jump to view the trailer which features an incredible look inside the Lucasfilm Archives, never before seen photos and concept art from Ralph McQuarrie, an interview with George Lucas and much more. Read More »

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There’s nothing quite like a bit of conflict between former creative partners to make a film’s backstory more interesting. George Lucas and Gary Kurtz famously split many years ago after The Empire Strikes Back, when the direction of the Star Wars movies took a turn that Kurtz didn’t like.

Some stories have been told of the split, and of what Kurtz saw as flaws of the Star Wars series. But now, in honor (might use that word lightly) of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration V, Kurtz has said quite a lot about what he thinks of the Star Wars saga. Read More »

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