Harry Potter Visual Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Warner Bros. Pictures reveals the impressive digital effects used to create some of the sets, creatures, and spells of the Harry Potter franchise. Plus, quick-draw world champion Nicole “Fastdraw” Franks rates the realism of gunslinging scenes in movies and TV shows like Django Unchained and Westworld. And finally, find out how to make Kumandra Soup from Raya and the Last Dragon.
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1980 Star Wars Toys

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a vintage report on the Star Wars toy craze in 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back unleashed a bunch of new merchandise. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the brilliant use of sound (and the lack of it) in the acclaimed drama Sound of Metal. And finally, watch a featurette that takes a look at the dance moves of the surprisingly fantastic sequel Magic Mike XXL. Read More »

Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary

Lucasfilm is making one final push to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with a series of videos looking back at the making of the Star Wars sequel that changed everything. Earlier this week, a batch of outtakes and unused footage from the film arrived online, and now a new featurette has the filmmakers from The Mandalorian and other upcoming Star Wars TV shows reminiscing about the legacy of the sequel, from favorite moments to the most influential scenes. Read More »

the empire strikes back outtakes

It’s been 40 years since the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and it’s still a stone-cold classic, one that feels more miraculous the further we get away from it. And it felt miraculous during the making-of, per newly released The Empire Strikes Back outtakes, which feature never-before-seen footage of the cast and crew goofing around on set of the 1980 Star Wars film.

Featuring both familiar and rare footage, the newly released Empire Strikes Back outtakes showcase musings from the stars as they look back on the making of the film, and even after the success of Star Wars, they didn’t anticipate the impact that the sequel would have. Watch the Empire Strikes Back outtakes below.

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From a Certain Point of View The Empire Strikes Back

From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back hits bookshelves this November, marking the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars sequel. And ahead of the anthology book’s release, StarWars.com is teasing new details of Episode V‘s From a Certain Point of View, including a brand-new excerpt from the book and the cast of the audiobook.

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Secret Star Wars show - Doctor Aphra

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Disney+ Calls in the Troops with Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  • Empire at 40: 15 Factoids About The Empire Strikes Back
  • Alden Ehrenreich Talks Star Wars and Solo Sequel Potential
  • Doctor Aphra Encounters Maz Kanata in Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original
  • Amy Ratcliffe’s The Jedi Mind Explores Mindfulness in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • And More!

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the empire strikes back box office

The force of the pandemic box office is with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, which found itself at the top of the box office charts again, 23 years after the release of the Star Wars special editions also took the number one spot. It’s a fitting achievement for the 40th anniversary re-release of the acclaimed Star Wars sequel, even if it’s just the latest reissue of a beloved feature film to lead the box office charts amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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empire strikes back 4k re-release

Disney is rolling back plans to release a 4K edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in U.K. theaters. The company announced three weeks ago that it would re-release the remastered 4K edition of the acclaimed Star Wars film to help boost attendance at U.K. theaters. But amid delays of major releases and theaters pushing back their reopening plans, Disney has scrapped those plans. Read More »

star wars poster series

ACME Archives is celebrating the original Star Wars trilogy with a series of three new posters created by artist Devin Schoeffler. The three posters, designed in homage to Star Wars: A New HopeStar Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, are available to purchase individually or as a set in a timed release.

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Animated Empire Strikes Back

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures has delivered a stylized, animated version of The Empire Strikes Back in just five minutes. Plus, watch The Simpsons famous steamed hams scene recreate in LEGO form, and The Hollywood Reporter brings in some of the TV drama showrunners, such as Damon Lindelof (Watchmen) and Liz Tigelaar (Little Fires Everywhere), who might be in contention for Emmys when the time comes later this year. Read More »