These Four “Rules” Will Not Make STAR WARS Great Again

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A couple weeks ago, a humble open letter found its way onto the Internet, and not just any open letter. This one was accompanied by top-notch animation, an exclusive interview on io9, its own launch party, and an a cappella soundtrack. It’s title: “4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again”

That isn’t actually what it is; that’s just what it’s called. It would have been more accurate to title the video: 4 Pieces of Lame Conventional Wisdom and 1 Really Obvious Marketing Ploy.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: STAR WARS, 2013 Oscar Previews, GIRL MEETS WORLD, Sundance 2013, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

by     Posted 1 year, 320 days ago

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You may have noticed a lack of Top 5 around these parts last weekend. Given the holiday weekend with friends and family, a slow news week in general, and my own recovery from Black Friday shopping at a local Wal-Mart (Note to past self: the kid next to you in line is going to unexpectedly throw-up so…just be prepared for that), it seemed like the logical time to take a week off. In spite of the holiday, though, a few cool things did happen the week before last so you’ll have to excuse the fact that some of this week’s items date back to two weeks ago.

Disclaimer aside, this week’s return includes Allison’s Confessions of a Star Wars Virgin series and more Star Wars news, Adam’s 2013 Oscar Previews, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel returning for the Boy Meets World sequel series, Girl Meets World, the first programming announcement and an abundance of first images from Sundance 2013, and the synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness finally sees the light of day. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 26 – The Past, Present, and Future of STAR WARS (Special Guest: Allison Keene)

by     Posted 1 year, 325 days ago

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This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking with special guest (the show’s first!) Allison Keene (@keeneTV) about losing her Star Wars virginity, the series’ lasting influence, the interaction of the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, and where the sequel trilogy will go.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Twilight Legacy and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Confessions of a STAR WARS Virgin: Allison Watches EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI for the First Time

by     Posted 1 year, 330 days ago

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Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Star Wars movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her reviews of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.

Before the scroll started (and by the way, what a great thing that scroll is — such a simple way to convey backstory exposition, yet you never see it used elsewhere) there should have been a line that said “… and now for something completely different!”

I want to say upfront that I really enjoyed Return of the Jedi, even though for the first time it felt like a movie in a clearly family-oriented franchise, and not one just for the fanboys (and girls).  It had a more direct story trajectory than Empire Strikes Back, but still found time for side-bar narratives, like bringing back Lando in a redemptive arc and introducing Ewoks (which I loved, series infantilization aside). It also had a number of great small victories that all lead up to that final standoff between Luke and Darth Vader.  Hit the jump for more of my take on Jedi and its turn to the Dark Side (family franchise here we come!).

Rewind: Watch Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan Talk RETURN OF THE JEDI in 1983 and Steven Spielberg Defend the Ending of A.I.

by     Posted 1 year, 330 days ago

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As people are busy readying for uncomfortable family interactions Thanksgiving, there’s not exactly a plethora of breaking movie news today.  As such, a couple of old videos have surfaced online that we thought readers might find interesting.  The first video is quite relevant, as it features screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi in a television interview in 1983.  Just yesterday we learned that Kasdan will be returning to the Star Wars franchise to pen episodes 8 and 9 alongside Simon Kinberg.

The video is a tad spotty as the interview was recorded on VHS (remember those?), but it’s a fun watch if only to see fans discussing what they hope to learn in the original trilogy closer before the film had opened.  In the interview, Kasdan discusses what it’s like to craft a film that ultimately serves George Lucas’ vision.  Hit the jump to watch the video, which also includes a strapping Harrison Ford, algonside another video of Steven Spielberg defending the ending to A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Artist Wayne Dorrington Tells the Original STAR WARS Trilogy in Iconoscope Form

by     Posted 2 years, 236 days ago

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Fans of Star Wars have managed to parody and re-tell the saga in countless ways, and it’s getting to the point where it’s become redundant and predictable.  Artist Wayne Dorrington has broken the mold by going through every scene in the Original Trilogy, and breaking down to its barest form.  No dialogue, no motion, just basic pictures and symbols.  Dorrington told us that he thinks this is how IKEA would tell the Star Wars movies.  I would agree except that Dorrington’s illustrations makes me laugh whereas IKEA’s instructions make me want to murder every Swedish person in the world.

Hit the jump to check out Star Wars: A New Hope done in “iconograph” form.

Editorial: It’s Time to Make Peace with STAR WARS

by     Posted 2 years, 250 days ago

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Why do people still get outraged about Star Wars?  What’s the point?  People get upset at the Blu-rays.  They get upset when George Lucas opens his mouth.  They get upset when the prequels are even acknowledged.  They lose their freaking minds if you say “Greedo Shot First”.  We’ve been having these discussions since 1997 when the special editions arrived.  Now whenever the opportunity arises, we keep dredging up old controversies.  It’s time to let them go.

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 3 years, 12 days ago

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the release of Star Wars on Blu-ray, and we’ve all said our share of “NOOOOOO”s over the whole “NOOOOOO!!!” unpleasantness. Once again, fans lamented the further erosion of their beloved franchise thanks to an owner/creator who now seems to view it all less as a cinematic classic and more as an extended game of chicken between him and the audience. The nine-disc Blu-ray set continues that grand tradition… and once again, after swearing that they would stand firm, the fan base caved. The set appeared to record sales, and complaints about the new changes were quickly drowned out by the sound of cash registers.

With that in mind, the question now becomes whether the fans have bought a bill of goods: whether the Blu-ray set delivers nothing but another box to sit on the shelf and gnaw at the souls of true believers. I’m happy to report that – unwelcome tweaks notwithstanding – Lucasfilm delivers a magnificent set that does justice to the iconic saga. Hit the jump for the full review.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA, MAN OF STEEL, THE AVENGERS, Don Cheadle as CAPTAIN PLANET, Jonathan Levine 50/50 Interview

by     Posted 3 years, 45 days ago

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I love this time of year. The opening week of college football is upon us and we’re in the middle of a three-day Labor Day weekend. To make matters even more enticing, the 100 degree heat of the Midwest is slowly but surely becoming a distant memory. All in all, life is good. Now, for those of you who look forward to our weekly “Top 5″ installment, things are only getting better.

In this week’s edition, we’re bringing you our coverage of Star Wars: The Complete Saga (blinking Ewoks and all), a new batch of set photos from Man of Steel and The Avengers, Don Cheadle’s hilarious albeit disturbing take on Captain Planet, and an exclusive interview with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

More Changes to STAR WARS Include Blinking Ewoks and Different Cut of Greedo Shooting First

by     Posted 3 years, 47 days ago

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Just the other day, we reported the sad and not at all surprising news that George Lucas has once again tinkered with his Star Wars films for their upcoming Blu-ray debut. One of the more striking edits in Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the inclusion of the universally panned “NOOOO!!!!” cry from Darth Vader into Return of the Jedi. That report was confirmed, and now we have two more clips of Lucas’ “improvements” to the ever-changing franchise. Apparently Ewoks will now blink, because of the fan outcry that the creatures were just too damn unrealistic, and in A New Hope Greedo still shoots first, but the cut is a bit tighter. If that wasn’t enough, we also have a clip of the CGI Yoda that we previously learned will be replacing puppet Yoda in The Phantom Menace. Hit the jump to watch Lucas’ handiwork.

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: A Look Back at the Saga

by     Posted 3 years, 50 days ago

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As the high-definition format of Blu-ray looks forward to the franchise of Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) hitting its catalogue, it’s time for fans to look back at the historical saga of Star Wars. With the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, the dawn of the 21st century and now the teens of it, Star Wars has existed in five decades and counting, but how pure was that first one. How glorious was that second, how rejuvenating was that third, how sweet that fourth and the fifth has just started. Before Star Wars is in high-definition, this is Star Wars in retrospect. You’ll need a home theater seat by September 16, but you don’t need a theater seat to experience this now. No, this is your seat on the Millennium Falcon and hyperspeed is after the jump.

Special Features Announced for STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA Blu-ray – UPDATED With Cover Art

by     Posted 3 years, 167 days ago

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If the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray set included the original theatrical editions of the original trilogy, I would care what special features are on the Blu-ray.  Unfortunately, we’re being stuck with the special editions, complete with Han shooting first, awful Jabba the Hutt special effect, and cringeworthy musical number in Jabba’s palace.  For some people, these added flaws won’t detract from the promise of seeing the beloved trilogy in high-definition.

Lucasfilm has now announced the full list of special features that will be included in the 9-disc set.  While you can buy the original trilogy separate from the prequel trilogy, you’ll have to buy all six films in the “Complete Saga” box-set to get the three additional discs of bonus material.  So if you want the sweet new special features, you’ll have to suffer the indignity of buying the prequels.  Hit the jump for the list of special features and decide if it’s worth it.  Star Wars: The Complete Saga hits stores on September 16th for an SRP of $139.99.  If you’re interested, you can pre-order Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray via this link to Amazon.  In case you only want to partake in either the Original Blu-ray Trilogy or the Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy, you can click here or here respectively.  [Disclaimer: we get a small percentage of from the sale of items purchased through our Amazon links, but if you were going to buy it anyway, why not throw a few credits our way?]

UPDATED: With cover art

Funny “Alternate Ending” to RETURN OF THE JEDI

by     Posted 3 years, 280 days ago

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Return of the Jedi could have been a much darker movie.  No, I’m not talking about killing off Han Solo or Luke walking off alone like a wandering samurai.  I’m saying it’s a good thing the rebels calculated the blast radius of destroying the second Death Star.  Otherwise, teddy bear celebration would have been replaced with awkward-yet-glorious silence.

Hit the jump to check out an “alternate ending” to Return of the Jedi.

Tyler Stout Delivers the Final Mondo STAR WARS Posters

by     Posted 3 years, 293 days ago

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Mondo will be finishing up their Mondo Star Wars series with work from Tyler Stout.  Stout has designed a poster and a variant for each of the original series.  So if you’re still smarting that you didn’t nab one of Olly Moss’ amazing prints for the original trilogy, you now have a second chance at an awesome Star Wars poster set.  You’ll also have a much better chance this time around as this will be Mondo’s widest release to date: 850 posters of the standard edition and 275 of the gold-and-silver variants.  The posters measure 24″x36″ each and will go on sale at Mondotees.com on December 31st at a random time.  As always, be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Jaw-Dropping Mondo STAR WARS Posters by Olly Moss

by     Posted 3 years, 305 days ago

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Mondo’s Star Wars poster series continues with arguably their best work to date: posters for each of the original films by artist Olly Moss.  Not to diminish the incredible work of the other artists who have contributed to this series, but Moss’ pieces are astounding.  It’s an ingenious combination of character and setting silhouettes and I predict that these posters will sell out faster than any of the ones that have come before.  If you manage to nab all three, you’re a very lucky guy/gal (who likely has a speedy internet connection).

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  Each of the posters measures 24″x36″, is limited to an edition of 400, and costs $50.  The posters go on sale Monday at a random time so be sure you’re following @MondoNews on Twitter for the announcement.

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