Prepare for THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer with the First Trailers for All 6 STAR WARS Films

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There’s a palpable degree of anticipation in the air, and it’s not for great Black Friday deals on vacuum cleaners.  No, tomorrow marks a different holiday of sorts, as Disney and Lucasfilm will unveil the very first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Episode VII in the sci-fi saga marks the first new Star Wars film in nine years and the first entry in the franchise without George Lucas’ official involvement as a director, writer, or producer.  Indeed, The Force Awakens is the beginning of a new era kicked off by director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and a stellar cast led by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.  In preparation for our introduction to the film tomorrow, now feels like an opportune time to look back at how all of the previous Star Wars films were introduced with their first trailers.

After the jump, watch the very first Star Wars trailers for all previous six entries in the franchise, and be sure to check back here early tomorrow to watch the debut teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Read the STAR WARS Original Opening Crawl Before It Was Finessed by Brian De Palma

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You can’t have Star Wars without the opening crawl, and I admit I’ll be excited on December 18, 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears on screen followed by the first new crawl text in ten years.  Like all other aspects of almost any other production, Star Wars: A New Hope went through plenty of tweaks, and the opening crawl was among them.  The original screenplays for the trilogy are fascinating (Star Wars: The Annotated Scripts is a great read), and a page from a 1976 draft recently found its way online.  The opening crawl presented in this draft isn’t drastically different from what’s in the final film—the gist is the same—but George Lucas, with the help of friend Brian De Palma, were able to finesse the language and make it read better.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars original opening crawl and a comparison to what ended up in the final film.

Andy Fairhurst Unveils Three Excellent STAR WARS Prints

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Star Wars is one of the most recognizable brands in all of pop-culture, and as a result, a multitude of Star Wars-inspired artwork exists.  It’s tough to come across something that truly stands out, but artist Andy Fairhurst has crafted three fantastic prints for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi that capture the tone of each film in a unique way.  The posters follow a similar structure, with a vehicle at the top, silhouette in the middle, and title at the bottom on each, but the execution of the idea is fantastic, making for a trio of excellent items to add to your collection.

Hit the jump to check out the posters in full and to find out where you can purchase them.

Confessions of a STAR WARS Virgin: Allison Watches EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE for the First Time

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Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Star Wars movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here.

First of all, I can see why A New Hope was a surprise hit.  Though there’s a great amount of world-building that could leave room for prequels, and a satisfying, but still open ending that could pave the way (and obviously did) for sequels, the core story is both compelling and entertaining, and introduces a cast of instantly likable characters.  There’s something strange too about how even the non-human elements (the droids) and alien forms (the Jawas) are kinda, well, cute with their bleeps and blips and bloops.  There’s a little something in A New Hope for everyone, and I found it to be a pleasant surprise (admittedly I came to it with haughty reservations).  Hit the jump to explore a slight disturbance in the force.

Fox Still Owns Rights to STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE; Box Set Releases Could Be Tricky

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I woke up this morning to find that yesterday’s massive Star Wars: Episode VII news was, in fact, not a dream.  In a massive deal, George Lucas sold his LucasFilm studio to Disney, paving the way for a new Star Wars film set to hit theaters in 2015.  Though further entries in the beloved franchise were a major part of the news, many were quick to realize that with Disney now in control of the LucasFilm empire, fans may finally get a home video release of the original Star Wars trilogy sans Lucas’ tinkering.

Well, it turns out that further Star Wars home video releases are tied up in a tricky bit of legal shambles, as 20th Century Fox still owns Episode IV: A New Hope.  Hit the jump for more.

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