Found this cool article over at ComicBookMovies and wanted to share..
We have seen the teaser with dogs barking the Imperial March, now check out the full commercial. It doesn’t seem to be Star Wars related at first, but keep watching..
I despise a good 99% of all product commercials but when they are funny/cool it lessens my ire a bit. These Volkswagen ones have tied into Star Wars in some pretty awesome ways so they get a pass. Anyway, we have seen the little boy Vader, and the teaser featuring dogs barking the Imperial March. Now check out the full Super Bowl spot which once again features a pooch – and then veers off into Star Wars territory in a pretty strange but very funny way..
The guys over at GeekTyrant posted a very cool documentary called “The Mythology of Star Wars” that’s full of super geeky star wars information. If your looking to get deeper into the mind of Lucas regarding what drove him to create the Star Wars universe than this is definitely something for you to check out.
Bill Moyers joined George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch in northern California to talk about the ancient myths and personal values that have synthesized into Star Wars. The epic themes in Lucas’ cinematic stories are a springboard for a candid conversation about family, fatherhood, spiritual beliefs, and the importance of moral tales for every generation. Intercut with movie footage from the original trilogy as well as the prequel, The Mythology of Star Wars with George Lucas and Bill Moyers provides a revealing journey in the company of the filmmaker through some of the most famous scenes of the Star Wars saga.
I spent twocolumns railing against sequels that weren’t just bad, I try to pretend like they never happened. What really irritates me about bad sequels is that it’s entirely possible to craft a great sequel.A good sequel isn’t just more of the same and hoping it works like the first time. It’s being able to continue the story in a direction that’s credible, deeper, and worth investigating. The best universes take the world established in the original and give us something more, something new, and at their best, they give us a better movie than the original.
Today I’m going to talk about six of those sequels.
In case you forgot or simply don’t care, George Lucas is here to remind you that the 3D release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is still coming out, and now we have this new poster. Check it out…
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Despite some controversial changes to the movies, the Blu-Ray collection of all six Star Wars movies has become a best-seller, setting all new records for blu-ray sales! Hit the jump for details…
According to Variety, Star Wars: The Complete Saga has sold more than one million copies across the world since it was first released, breaking records for the high-definition Blu-Ray format. Making $84 million from worldwide sales, and $38 million from the US alone, it’s been a huge success for Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Seems like those changes made by George Lucas didn’t bother that many fans after all!
“Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrate ‘Stars Wars’ continues to amaze us,” Kayleen Walters, senior director, marketing at Lucasfilm told the site. “Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would.”
“Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago,” added Mary Daily, executive VP of marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Vincent Marcais, senior VP of international marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the saga in the best possible quality.”
Did you buy the Blu-Ray set? What did you think of it? Be sure to share your thoughts in the usual place!
Check out these six vids that hope to amp up your excitement enough to purchase the Blu-ray release of the Star Wars saga after the news of George Lucas’s scene meddling. They are pretty cool though..
Well are you sold? Me, I’ll be renting them. Maybe. But those glimpses of previously unseen footage did grab my attention I must admit. Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released in the US this Friday and is currently available in the UK and Ireland on Blu-ray and DVD.
There’s something to be said with leaving good enough alone but George Lucas has never really followed that line of thinking. Every time he releases a new version of Star Wars he does his best to replace a part of our child hood with a lifeless cgi character and the upcoming blu-ray releases is no difference. According to multiple reports around the internet today Lucas is allegedly going to replace the puppet Yoda from Episode 1 with a cgi version based on the models used in episode 2 and 3. I imagine Lucas wanted to use cgi all alone but the technology probably wasn’t up to par in the late 90′s to make it happen.
While I could really care less about Episode I it does bother me to to see this happen on a regular basis despite the backlash against it. He obviously doesn’t care what the fans of his work think about what he’s done to his movies over the past few years and will never listen until we stop buying the reissues which will never happen so get used to CGI characters replacing puppets.
If you’re a Star Wars fan than do I have a treat for you. We’ve been looking forward to getting our hands on the Blu-Ray version of Star Wars since the day the media was introduced and it will soon be here. Here is a rundown of what you can expect when you pick this up on September 16, 2011
The Oscar-winning “Star Wars” designer has died, aged 67, at his home in Hidden Hills.
“Oscar-winning “Star Wars” visual-effects designer Grant McCune, who created scenes with models and miniature films for more than three decades, has died of pancreatic cancer, his production company said on Wednesday. He was 67.
McCune, who died Monday at his home in Hidden Hills, 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, won his Oscar for 1977′s “Star Wars,” the original installment in George Lucas’ six-film sci-fi franchise. He shared the honor with John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Robert Blalack.”
I’m here today to talk about Christmas… or “X-Mas” as its known in the darkest circles of Mall Advertising Planners. Now everyone has certain shows, or movies that they LOVE to watch to help get them in the mood for when the Pie-Baking-Season rolls around, but…
What to watch, hmmm? A Christmas Story? Rankin/Bass stop-motion specials? It’s A Wonderful Life perhaps? No Sir! Not me!
Because I’m all broken and messed-up inside, my holly jolly favorites are of a slightly… different variety. Join me, won’t you, as we take a load of tinsel in the face from a jolly, fat man that we can only hope is Saint Nick…
#10 – The Ref (1994)
This delightfully pessimistic film is about a man who holds a screwed-up, bickering family hostage when his planned robbery goes all NUTTY, and they’re on a colission course with wackyness! It’s nice to see Denis Leary when he was funny, still fresh from dry-humping jokes out of Bill Hicks’ corpse. This is the most normal Christmas Comedy I’ll admit to watching, as most other movies that can be described as a “Christmas Comedy” make me want to tear my own eyes out, and fill the empty sockets with broken ornaments.
‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ director Irvin Kershner has died in Los Angeles at age 87, the Agence France-Presse reports. Goddaughter Adriana Santini said Kershner had faced an illness for some time.
In addition to directing what many regard as the pinnacle of the ‘Star Wars’ saga, Kershner helmed ‘Never Say Never Again’ and ‘Robocop 2.’
The onetime George Lucas collaborator taught courses in film and photography at the University of Southern California. In an interview later in his life, Kershner spoke of teaching Lucas in the 1960s. “Even then, I could see that he was a very special student,” Kershner said. “Not that he had a great eye, but he had vision.”
Kershner was born in Philadelphia in 1923; he was a musician and photographer before delving into documentary and eventually feature filmmaking.
Reflecting on the 30-year legacy of ‘Empire Strikes Back’ in October, Kershner told Vanity Fair: “I think the critics felt that they were going to see an extension of ‘Star Wars.’ In other words, they wanted another ‘Star Wars.’ I decided that the potential was much greater than a rerun of ‘Star Wars.’ When I finally accepted the assignment, I knew that it was going to be a dark film, with more depth to the characters than in the first film. It took a few years for the critics to catch up with the film and to see it as a fairy tale rather than a comic book.”
Kershner also famously turned down ‘Return of the Jedi,’ telling VF, “After working for two years and nine months doing ‘Empire,’ and having it take so much out of my life and having given me so much, I felt that it was a complete experience and it was time to move on.”
One specific legacy of Kershner’s, embedded within ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ is Han Solo’s legendary “I know” response to Princess Leia’s “I love you.” The script called for Harrison Ford to reply with a simple “I love you, too,” but Kershner’s gut said otherwise.
“I shot the line and it just didn’t seem right for the character of Han Solo. We were into the lunch break and I said to Harrison try it again and just do whatever comes to mind. That is when Harrison said the line, ‘I know.’ After the take, I said to my assistant director, David Tomblin, ‘It’s a wrap,’” Kershner told Vanity Fair. “George [Lucas] saw the first cut and said, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute. That’s not the line in the script.’ I said, ‘I love you, too was not Han Solo.’ Han Solo was a rebel. George felt that the audience would laugh. And I said, ‘That’s wonderful, he is probably going to his death for all they know.’”
Despite Lucas’ initial dismay at Kershner’s interpretation, audience tests proved the line a hit, and Kershner ultimately admits, “George was the best producer I ever worked with.”
See a clip of Kershner speaking about George Lucas:
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Cartoon Network are inviting fans to limited theatrical screenings and a big screen sneak peek at an all-new Clone Wars villain – the monstrous Savage Opress!
For the first time ever, Sith training will be explored – and with it, truths about the very nature of the dark side itself!
A warrior forged by a dark sorcery as mystical and powerful as the Force, Opress will uncover shocking revelations about the galaxy’s tenuous balance of power, including secrets about one of the Sith’s most infamous villains — Episode I’s Darth Maul! From his origins to his fate, Maul’s mysteries will at long last be uncovered…
For a list of cities where these screenings will occur, and to RSVP, go to www.starwars.com/darthmaulsecrets. These screenings are FREE, but attendees are asked to bring a new/unwrapped toy to benefit children in need this
The big rumor over the past couple of days is ISEB.net’s report that George Lucas was planning a sequel trilogy for release after the 3D versions of the originals wrap up in 2017. Today, Lucasfilm spokesman Josh Kushins debunked the rumor.
Kushins tells Wired.com, “This is, of course, completely false. George Lucas has plenty of projects to keep him busy right now