Yesterday brought the sad news that legendary Star Wars performer Peter Mayhew, the man who brought the Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca to life, had passed away earlier this week. While fans are mourning the loss of one of the sweetest giants Hollywood has ever know, those who knew him best expressed kind words to honor their late friend. Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson, J.J. Abrams and more all chimed in with their own Peter Mayhew tributes. Read More »
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has been working on building a new museum in Los Angeles, and it’s set to open later this year. Information on how much it will cost to gain entry hasn’t been revealed yet, but thanks to a new “transformative grant” from the George Lucas Family Foundation, all children 17 years old and younger will get in for free – forever. Read More »
The last big panel at Star Wars Celebration was a 20th anniversary retrospective of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The maligned prequel that kicked off a new era of Star Wars after a 16-year hiatus from the big screen hasn’t ever been considered a bright spot in the saga’s history. But 20 years later, fans who grew up on Episode I seem to have a special place in their heart for the movie.
The crowd at Star Wars Celebration gave The Phantom Menace anniversary panel a warm reception. It probably didn’t hurt that Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and Darth Maul (Ray Park) were in attendance, not to mention some of the key crew members who have made the modern era of Star Wars what it is today. But George Lucas also sent in a personal message talking about his love for The Phantom Menace, and doubling down on his love for Jar Jar Binks. Plus, some interesting cameos you might not have known about were revealed and much more. Read More »
Game of Thrones is back, but even those who are watching closely may have missed a couple of high-profile cameos in last night’s season premiere. Did you catch Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Party Down, Freaks and Geeks) and Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) in small roles? Did you know Star Wars creator George Lucas visited the set during the filming of “Winterfell”? See all of that and more in a great new behind-the-scenes video, head inside the episode to get more insights from the showrunners, and re-watch that brand new title sequence below.
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When the Star Wars Episode 9 teaser trailer premiered this morning revealing the title of the film to be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, many fans began to speculate who it referenced or what it meant. Director JJ Abrams gave an interview following the reveal and assures fans that it’s “the right title for this movie” and vaguely hints at why. He also mentions that he met with George Lucas before filming began and seems to (if you read between the lines) provide an explanation for Emperor Palpatine’s return. Find out why, after the jump.
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Boba Fett may have been a cool character in the novels, comics, video games, and other properties that made up the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now known as Star Wars Legends). But in the original Star Wars trilogy? The guy sucks. Sure, Fett has a nice design, a jet pack, and a sleek helmet, and those things can go a long way. But he doesn’t really do much in the movies themselves, and his infamous end in the sarlacc pit is one of the most undignified ways to go out for anyone in the entire Star Wars saga.
As it turns out, actor Mark Hamill had a wild idea that could have made the character considerably more interesting: Hamill wanted Boba Fett as Luke Skywalker’s mother. Read his explanation below.
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George Lucas decided to stop by The Mandalorian set and bring the show’s producer and writer, Jon Favreau, some semi-expensive wine for his birthday, because he’s a mensch. The result: a new Mandalorian set photo, which reveals a cantina where one can relax and drink George Lucas-approved wine. See the image below.
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Oscar Isaac, great actor and all-around handsome fellow, is out there promoting Operation Finale. But if you thought he’d get through this press tour without answering some Star Wars: Episode 9 questions, think again. While the actor doesn’t offer any concrete details on the next Star Wars movie, he does have some interesting thoughts on the Resistance and their methods.
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Before George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company for billions of dollars, the creator of Star Wars was slowly developing what would have been a sequel trilogy to follow the events of Return of the Jedi. However, once Lucasfilm came under the Disney banner, they chose not to move forward with any of the ideas he put forth, and instead The Force Awakens began the new story arc for the Star Wars saga, albeit with some elements borrowed from George Lucas’ original plans.
For fans who are still wondering what a George Lucas Star Wars sequel trilogy would have looked like, we now have some insight into what the filmmaker had planned. Speaking with James Cameron as part of a companion book for the AMC series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, George Lucas offered up some details on where he intended to take the Star Wars saga next. However, unless you were a fan of the introduction of midi-chlorians in the Star Wars prequels, you’ll probably be disappointed. Read More »
Ron Howard is out there promoting Solo: A Star Wars Story, but he’s also thinking about another potential special effects-filled blockbuster: Willow 2. After 30 years, Howard says a Willow sequel is now being discussed.
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