With the world waiting for a new Star Wars trailer, it’s fun to look back at the trailers of old. Fans have taken to looking at the release patterns and revelations of some of the first six films to try and figure out when and what we might see in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What they’ve found is most of the earliest Star Wars trailers show a good amount of tantalizing footage, but don’t really reveal much. That’s decidedly against what modern Hollywood does.
These days, Hollywood shows everything they’ve got in their biggest trailer, hoping to coax people into the theater. Trailers sell something epic and incredible and very rarely do they deliver. But what would have happened if you were sitting in a theater in 1979 and saw a 2014-style trailer to the sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back? It would have spoiled a lot, but also lived up to expectations.
One YouTube user cut an Empire Strikes Back modern trailer, and it’s pretty great. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Star Wars is to many fan films as silent movies are to regular films. They’re the genesis, the beginning. Without Star Wars, things like fan films and full YouTube channels and online movements dedicated to paying tribute to any number of pop culture franchises wouldn’t exist. What long time fan has forgotten Troops, a Star Wars fan film that launched in 1997? I remember downloading it overnight while still in high school and being blown away someone could make something so excellent out of pure passion.
Decades have now passed and fan films are pretty normal these days. But Star Wars was always the start and it’s one of the few franchises which could bring together an amazing event like the “Uncut” series. These are fan films comprised of several hundred fan directors each directing 15 seconds from the movie. The original, Star Wars Uncut, was released in 2012 and The Empire Strikes Back version, Empire Uncut, is now out. Below, watch Empire Uncut, a full version of The Empire Strikes Back made by 480 different fans. Read More »
Figuratively and literally, the Hoth location in The Empire Strikes Back is cool. It’s only in the film for a few minutes, but the ice battle on Hoth has created some of our most enduring images from the entire Star Wars saga. In fact, it’s so important, rumor has it J.J. Abrams is doing something similar in Star Wars Episode VII.
So if you like Hoth, how do you tell the world? Well, artist Ian Glaubinger has a suggestion. Dark Ink Art will release his latest print, Hoth: Protect Our Wildlife, at 11 a.m. PST September 26. We’re happy to not only debut the piece, but show you a bunch of behind the scenes images and let Glaubinger himself explain how the poster came to be. It’s a fascinating look into the creation of a seemingly simple work like this and a must read for art fans. Check out the Ian Glaubinger Hoth poster below. Read More »
These three Star Wars posters are so beautiful, we figured they needed to be featured twice.
Eric Tan is one of our favorite artists here at /Film but, unlike others, he doesn’t release a lot of prints. That’s because his day job is a designer at Disney. That’s cool on its own, but in the past few years, it means he gets to play in the coolest sandbox of all: Star Wars. Over the past few months, Disney has been sporadically releasing Tan’s posters for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and this week, he revealed Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Unfortunately, Disney chose to only release these Eric Tan Star Wars posters framed and that makes them quite expensive. But you should check them out below and read more about the beautiful posters. Read More »
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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 »
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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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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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 »
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 »