Have you heard of Arcade 1Up? They’re a video game company which specializes in bringing classic video gamee arcade cabinets into your home in a much more affordable way. They manufacture 3/4 scale video game cabinets that have the nostalgic feel of playing classic games like Galaga, Pac-Man, Centipede, and more, but you get to assemble them yourself in an easy step-by-step process that is no more difficult than putting together a desk. And they recently announced an exciting new wave of arcade cabinets.
Arcade 1Up will soon have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marvel Super Heroes and Star Wars arcade cabinets available, each with a collection of several arcade games that will be available to play just like when you were popping in quarters left and right. See the new Star Wars, Marvel and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game cabinets below. Read More »
(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The classic war film 12 O’Clock High.)
1949’s 12 O’Clock High is a seminal war film. Made in the late ’40s while the wounds of World War II were still fresh, it tells the story of a beleaguered American bomber wing suffering from morale and leadership issues. Gregory Peck plays General Frank Savage, a man sent in to reform the bomber wing and make them a force feared by the Germans who they seek to bomb into oblivion. The film was notable for the empathy at which it approached the subject matter of pilots dealing with trauma. For a film made in the ‘40s, that alone made it a radical concept.
It’s a remarkable film that gets into the head of the bombers and the leadership skills needed to motivate a group of people to fly, day after day, out to their deaths.
In the lead-up to The Last Jedi, this was a chief influence commonly cited by Rian Johnson. This was one of the films he screened for his cast and crew during pre-production and production, and it’s easy to see how it would have influenced the eighth episode of the Skywalker saga. It would be easy to point to it as an influence for A New Hope as well.
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Michelle Rejwan began her career as an assistant and worked her way up through the ranks to become a producer on this year’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Now her ascent has reached an even higher peak: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has hired Rejwan as the Senior Vice President of Live Action Production and Development at the company.
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When /Film’s Peter Sciretta returned from his first visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and told us that the most expensive thing guests can purchase in the park costs $25,000, I was floored. How many diehard Star Wars fans would really drop that much money on a custom droid from a theme park? But in only the first week of Galaxy’s Edge being open to the public, multiple people had already purchased their own full-size droid. Looks like I underestimated the power and passion of the fandom. Read More »
Disney has loaded Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with a ton of prop replicas that only hardcore Star Wars fans might recognize and buy. We take a look at the ten most ridiculous and obscure items sold at Galaxy’s Edge. Hit the jump to watch a video showcasing the ten most ridiculous Galaxy’s Edge merchandise purchases available in Disneyland’s Star Wars Land.
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In the grand scheme of cinema, digital visual effects are still a relatively new endeavor. As technology has advanced over the years, so have visual effects. But sometimes it’s fun to look back at now-dated used of computer generated imagery (CGI) of the past, and there’s no one better to do it that a group of expert visual effects artists.
The YouTube channel Corridor Crew has gotten a big reaction from movie fans for their recent run of videos breaking down some of the best and worst visual effects in movies over the years. Their most recent edition takes a more focused look at the Star Wars prequels visual effects, which include some pretty egregious and laughable uses of CGI. Watch below! Read More »
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- New information has come to light about how J.J. Abrams plans to utilize footage of Carrie Fisher in The Rise of Skywalker
- Mark Hamill talks about riding Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Check out a teaser for the Vader Immortal VR experience
- John Williams had “unfinished business” with Star Wars
- And more!
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A long time ago in a galaxy very, very close, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was hired to direct Star Wars: Episode 9. That was back in 2015, and though he’d developed a pitch for the film that moved star Daisy Ridley to tears, he eventually left the project. Most reports indicate that Trevorrow’s vision for the movie didn’t align with that of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and since she has the final say on all things Star Wars, they parted ways.
Still, working on Episode 9 – even for a limited time – had its perks. One of them included getting to help design a spaceship for his planed version of the movie that would end up in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and in a new interview, Trevorrow confirmed that even though his vision for the film turned to dust when he left Lucasfilm, at least one element of it will remain in the theme park for the foreseeable future.
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Star Wars Celebration, the world’s biggest Star Wars convention, has zeroed in on its next dates. After the last three events took Celebration to London, Orlando, and Chicago, the convention will return to Anaheim, California, and now the official dates for the 2020 convention have been revealed. Get those newly-unveiled dates below, and find out when you can purchase tickets and when hotel room blocks go on sale, too. Read More »
With J.J. Abrams back behind the camera for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, details on the final installment of the Skywalker saga are scarce. We still don’t have many details about the movie beyond the first teaser trailer and the recent influx of details from the extensive Vanity Fair cover story. But now we know that the film has taken J.J. Abrams out of his comfort zone a little bit by doing something he’s not accustomed to on the film’s set.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon recently revealed that she was cutting part of the movie on set while it was still being shot. This is something Abrams has never done before, but this time it was almost required due to the post-production time crunch caused by the film’s shooting schedule. Read More »