Willow Sequel

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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(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Willow turns 30 and we take a look back.)

Every summer, my great Aunt Nancy would come to visit my family all the way from Hoboken, New Jersey. She would smell of tub roses, wear long sleeved cardigans in 80 degree weather, and refused to sit in the driver’s seat of a car. She seemed out of a children’s book novel – as perfectly perfect as any woman could be. Yet somehow around the mid-90s, she became even more grand, after admitting a secret: “Willow is my favorite movie.”

And if you were a nerdy kid of such a VHS driven time, this was delightful news to your ears.

With the click of the remote control, Nancy (and a six-year-old me) were transported into this high fantasy world created by George Lucas and director Ron Howard. Lush forests, intimidating mountains, and a rich color palette took over our sight. The cries of an infant, and a powerful musical score, filled our ears – we were fully invested in this cinematic adventure.

With the 30th anniversary of Willow here this week (it was released in theaters on May 20, 1988), I decided it was time to take a trip back to Tir Asleen and see if everything looked the same. What lessons can the film teach moviegoers 30 years later? Does it retain that same flawless childhood magic? And is it too weird to say I still have a crush on Madmartigan?

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Dead Friends - Morning Watch

(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 an animated short about a zombie and his dog living in a post-apocalyptic world. Plus, check out a remix of The Goonies from Eclectic Method, as well as a video essay focusing on the odd trend in cinema of having characters sliding down mountains, water slides, and mud slides in the 1980s and 1990s, and a hypothesis about why it was a phenomenon at the time. Read More »

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Are you a massive Willow fan? Then today’s your lucky day, because director Ron Howard didn’t totally brush off the idea of doing a sequel to the film. It’s been almost 30 years since the fantasy picture, starring Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short) and Val Kilmer (Top Secret!), was released, but it’s a world Howard wouldn’t mind returning to.

Read the In the Heart of the Sea‘s director’s comments after the jump.

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When you think Lucasfilm, you probably think of two things: Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Both creations of filmmaker George Lucas, those two franchises put Lucasfilm on the map and made the company what is today: an entity that cost Disney $4 billion. But Lucasfilm isn’t only Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Proof of that hit theaters this past weekend as they released Strange Magic, an animated fairy tale Lucas himself conceived and produced.

That got us thinking, what else has Lucasfilm done? What are they without their two big superstars? The answer is “a lot” and “something pretty special.” Below, read our ranking of the 10 best Lucasfilm movies, minus Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Read More »

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Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters

Rick Moranis isn’t locked in for Ghostbusters 3 yet, but if you’re curious where he thinks his character Louis Tully would’ve ended up, he has some ideas. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Jackson discusses the extended cut An Unexpected Journey
  • … and you can check out new behind-the-scenes pic from Desolation of Smaug
  • Jack Horner says the most recent Jurassic Park 4 plot “didn’t pass muster”
  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been in touch with actors about Red 3
  • Aussie electronic duo Empire of the Sun will score Dumb and Dumber To
  • Benjamin Bratt talks about replacing Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2
  • Doug Jones is still holding out hope for a third Hellboy
  • Val Kilmer‘s Heat sequel idea involves being married to Natalie Portman
  • See a poster for Warwick Davis‘ (fake) proposed Willow sequel

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Today’s Sequel Bits is stuffed to the brim with images, quotes, tweets, and more. After the jump:

  • Would Bryan Singer ever direct a Star Trek movie?
  • Damon Lindelof explains all the secrecy about the villain
  • Seth Grahame-Smith gets cracking on Beetlejuice 2
  • Steven Seagal‘s out, Jackie Chan‘s in for Expendables 3
  • Willow and Roger Rabbit sequels offer non-updates
  • Anchorman 2 will feature Champ Kind, restauranteur
  • The Happy Madison boys goof off in Grown Ups 2 posters
  • Storm Shadow looks especially badass in new G.I. Joe pics
  • Kick-Ass 2 reveals six new high-res images and a poster

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Cool Stuff: Willow 2 T-Shirt

Last week we featured the Cotton Factory’s awesome “Jaws in Space” t-shirt. This week we want to feature another faux movie sequel, Willow 2 – Lost in New York. It sounds like the type of movie that could have easily been made in the 1980’s. Alas, George Lucas had other ideas and went on to produce The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles instead. What a missed oppurtunity. Printed on an Olive t-shirt sized small to XXL for $15.99.

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