Last week, the titular statue from The Maltese Falcon sold for over $4 million. It seems like a high price tag until you consider that the Maltese Falcon is the stuff dreams are made of. If you’re wealthy and still in the movie memorabilia market, you may want to turn your attention to a galaxy far, far away because Han Solo’s blaster is up for auction. It’s the blaster from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, so it’s not the one used to kill Greedo. It’s also not the live-fire version used for close-ups. But it was used in Cloud City and the Battle of Endor, so it’s clearly still got some value. However, if you want it in your collection, you’re going to have to have serious change. The starting bid is $200,000 and it’s estimated to go as high as $300,000.
Hit the jump to check out close-ups of the blaster.
Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Star Wars movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her Star Wars review.
Empire Strikes Back is probably one of the densest genre movies I have ever seen. Because it embraces its role as sequel fully, the story dives right in and doesn’t need to spend more time on character development. Even when it adds new characters (like Yoda, more on him in a minute) there’s not a ton of backstory, and yet, they seem to fit perfectly well into the world for their own purpose. Besides, Empire seems to know now with gusto that there will be a follow-up, and the layers don’t all have to fit into a single feature. Hit the jump for my take on Empire.
Last Christmas I landed one of my dream interviews: I got to sit down with director David Fincher for over forty-five minutes and we talked about The Social Network, how he makes movies, why he wanted to direct The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, The Game Blu-ray, and so much more. If you’re a fan of Fincher’s and missed it, click here. I promise you’ll learn a lot about the way he makes movies.
However, while we covered a lot of subjects, there were many things I just didn’t have time to ask. So when I sat down with him the other day in New York City for another exclusive interview for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I decided to bring up some of the questions I never asked. While the full interview will run in the coming days, I’ll tease you with a few things: I asked Fincher if he prefers Star Wars or Star Trek, which is his favorite Star Wars movie, and if he ever alter or edit a previous movie as George Lucas has with Star Wars. Hit the jump for his answers.
There have been plenty of complaints about George Lucas’ continued tinkering with the original Star Wars trilogy (interesting side note: aside from the CGI Yoda in The Phantom Menace, Lucas hasn’t touched the prequels), but there’s more than just defiled movies on the upcoming Blu-ray box set. The set contains previously unreleased deleted scenes and one of those scenes has gone online. The clip shows an extended bickering/flirting between Han and Leia on Hoth. Their conversation is more sexually overt that what made the final cut and I’m glad it was left on the cutting room floor. It’s too much too soon in the development of their relationship and it doesn’t really fit with the overall tone of The Empire Strikes Back.
Click over to EW to see the clip. The only way to see the deleted scenes and all of the new special features is to buy the entire Star Wars: The Complete Saga and pay extra for the prequels you don’t want. The Complete Saga set, along with the prequel trilogy and original trilogy sets, goes on sale September 16th.
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.
Every year, the United States National Film Preservation Board chooses a selection of films for preservation in the National Film Registry. Up to 25 films that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” are chosen, and said films are then preserved and stored in the Library of Congress. The list of films that were chosen this year include The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, All the President’s Men, The Exorcist, Malcolm X and much, much more.
Not surprisingly, a dominant number of films from the 1970’s were selected. Often hailed as one of the most prolific and significant decades in film history, the 1970’s are ripe with films that are today treasured as classics. Films from directors such as Robert Altman, John Huston, Black Edwards, George Lucas, Spike Lee and Elia Kazan were chosen for the registry this year. Films selected do not have to be feature length (Lucas’ student short film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB was also selected this year), and must meet no criteria other than being significant to American culture. Hit the jump for more, as well as to check out the full list of films that the National Film Preservation Board selected.
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.
Mondo has a new Star Wars poster coming out tomorrow and I think it’s their best one yet. Illustrated by Frank Stockton, the 24″ x 36″ screenprint depicts one of the most memorable moments in the original trilogy. These Mondo Star Wars posters have been selling out in less than ten minutes and even though this edition will have 360 posters, I’m betting they’ll be all gone in less than half that time.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. For those who don’t know, Mondo is the art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse. Be sure to follow @MondoNews for an announcement of when the poster is going on sale. You can check out their previous Star Wars posters here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Artist Andy Helms has drawn up a set of stunning Star Wars prints based on the original trilogy. I really dig the symmetry across the three prints and the minimalist approach. Unfortunately, the prints are sold out, but he says he’s looking into a limited run of some offset prints made of all three of them together. Fingers crossed he goes ahead with it.
Hit the jump to check out the prints.
In a fascinating interview, Gary Kurtz, who produced Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, spoke bluntly on a variety Star Wars-related topics. Kurtz talked about the original plot for Return of the Jedi and how selling toys twisted it into something else, his thoughts on the prequel, and what was his relationship with George Lucas was like before Star Wars changed everything.
Kurtz has so many great things to say, especially if you’re like me and love hearing about movies that never were or how they were originally set up to be. Hit the jump for quotes that are a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Star Wars.
I’m not like most Family Guy fans. I don’t mind saying the series sucks when it sucks. So when the 150th episode just aired and I was devastated at how dreadful it was, it was hard to hear every one of my friends trying to defend it. But as much of a roller coaster as the past 2 seasons have been, Family Guy remains a TV show filled with wit and sometimes even charm.
When Blue Harvest, the first of the Star Wars parodies, aired in 2007 it impressed audiences, and even received an Emmy nomination. Now, we have Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, which aired May 23rd and is now out on DVD. Hit the jump for my review.
When Harrison Ford is the guest of honor, you can expect a lot of big names to follow in his presence. At The Empire Gives Back charity screening of The Empire Strikes Back (read our recap of the event here), Ford spoke about his Star Wars experiences. Jon Favreau, who will be directing Ford in the sci-fi western Cowboys and Aliens, came by just to see the show, but he was also willing to chat for a few minutes about that film after the theater cleared out.
During the Q&A, Ford complimented Favreau as one of the new great directors, so Favreau basked in the glory of Han Solo/Indiana Jones/Rick Deckard singing his praises. For those who don’t know, the film—which co-stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Sam Rockwell—is about humans fighting off aliens in the Old West. Favreau had some big news about the picture he released on Twitter two days ago, and what we can expect from Ford in the film.
About a month ago we reported Lucasfilm would be doing a special one-night-only charity screening of The Empire Strikes Back at the Arclight in Hollywood with Harrison Ford doing a very rare on-stage Q&A! The screening would benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and tickets were $100 each. Well, tonight was the screening and while I was curious how the event would play out, I’ll admit as a lifelong Star Wars fan, getting to see Ford talk for 30 minutes about playing Han Solo was very cool.
Since the theater only held about 400 people, I decided to take notes on the Q&A and also write about the entire night. For a full recap, hit the jump:
Ivan Guerrero has done something very cool. He’s taken loads of classic sci-fi movie clips and spliced them together to make a 50s-style movie trailer for The Empire Strikes Back. Guerrero has more of these “Premakes”, but this one is a must-see. I just can’t help but marvel at how he was able to find the right old clips to make a reasonable comparison to the iconic imagery of Star Wars. But he did and it’s damn impressive.
Hit the jump to check it out along with a list of all the films he used to put it together.
While I ridicule George Lucas and Lucasfilm for the way they’ve murdered something I truly loved my entire life (the Star Wars movies), I can’t be anything but positive over the announcement that Lucasfilm is doing a special one-night-only charity screening of The Empire Strikes Back on May 19 at the Arclight in Hollywood with Harrison Ford doing an on-stage Q&A! The Arclight screening will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
While many actors in the Star Wars universe have talked about their experiences making the films countless times at conventions and to the press, Harrison Ford is not one of them. In fact, the guy doesn’t do much press to begin with, so to hear him reminisce about one of my favorite movies, let’s just say I hope I get a ticket! Hit the jump for more: