One of the greatest special effects accomplishments in Star Wars: A New Hope was the final Death Star run. For the shooting, sectional pieces of the Death Star were created to be shot from above, creating the stunning images of the space station’s bumpy, menacing exterior as the heroes closed in.
One weird part about the aging of the Star Wars franchise is the datedness of the franchise’s action scenes. Don’t get me wrong, the old movies still have good fights, but they feel of a decidedly different tenor than the new ones. Fight choreography, like all manners of special effects work, has changed significantly…
With all of the hype and anticipation around next week’s release of The Last Jedi, this past summer’s 40th anniversary of A New Hope is starting to feel like an afterthought. But not once you look at this poster.
Rushed out the door to meet the tremendous and unexpected demand for Star Wars toys, Kenner’s original R2-D2 action figure, which bore only a passing resemblance to the droid, looks downright archaic by today’s toy standards. But that’s also made it incredibly popular among collectors, and to capitalize on all that…
From a Certain Point of View, the new Star Wars anthology novel released to celebrate 40 years of the beloved franchise, is unlike any other book we’ve seen so far in Disney’s Star Wars canon. It’s all about the little details rather than the major events of the movies—but that doesn’t there aren’t a few interesting…
The very first Star Wars movie turns 40 in 2017—as are, practically, the toys that have long been intertwined with the franchise. To celebrate 40 years in the galaxy far, far away, Hasbro are breaking out the weaponized nostalgia with an homage to the classic Kenner era of Star Wars toys.
The phrase “Special Editions” is one of the scariest things in all of Star Wars. No one can forget the way, 20 years ago this month, George Lucas updated his iconic films with new effects, sounds, scenes, then basically tried to erase the original versions from existence.
Prepare to get excited and then probably set up for disappointment: an official 4K restoration of A New Hope exists... at least at Lucasfilm, according to Rogue One director Gareth Edwards. The real question, however: is it the fabled original theatrical cut fans have longed to see restored in full HD?
Mark this day in your calendars, because today is the day you start demanding more from your bulk copy paper than just a bright white finish.
Since Star Wars first premiered back in 1977, there have been approximately half a million different R2-D2 toys produced. That’s fine if you’re a fan of Artoo, but those with more discerning tastes will be happy to learn we’re finally getting a toy version of the Mouse Droid that briefly made an appearance in A New…
Move aside, Law & Order reruns. A deal made today with Disney and 20th Century Fox ensures that TNT and TBS will have exclusive cable rights to air every single Star Wars movie, including the prequels and three films not yet released—including Rogue One, which has an airdate planned for 2019.
Got room in your vinyl crate for yet another re-issue of John Williams’ Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack? Of course you do. Because this time around the Imperial March and other memorable tracks are available on a pair of double-sided picture disc-pressed vinyl records.
You probably can’t get away with watching movies at your desk all day at work. But since most websites are still totally acceptable, warm up your scrolling finger, and go to town on this incredible fan tribute that sees the entire original Star Wars: A New Hope turned into one long scrollable schematic.
Obi-Wan Kenobi being struck down—and becoming more powerful than we could possibly imagine—is a defining moment in the Star Wars saga. It informs so much of Luke’s journey from farmhand to Jedi Knight. It’s a chapter in the tragic tale of Anakin Skywalker. But in the initial script, it wasn’t going to happen.
There’s something undeniably awesome about that first Force Awakens trailer that lends itself really well to remixes. Youtube user Tom F has gone an recut the trailers for the Original Trilogy in the style of the new trailers, and the result is awesome.
The stormtrooper is one of the iconic images of the Star Wars film saga, and this gif takes you through the three major variations between the prequel, original and sequel trilogies.
Have you been waiting in line for days to see the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens? Of course you haven’t. You bought your tickets online like a normal person. But there once was a time when buying tickets online wasn’t even possible. Below we have pictures of those poor chumps from the Olden Times™ who had to…
The Star Wars prequels were all about answering questions. Questions like, how did Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader? What were the Clone Wars? The problem is, that’s exactly the opposite of what made the original film so great. Welcome back to our Star Wars movie rewatch!
We’re mere weeks from a new Star Wars movie, and excitement is in the air. Although it’s easy to romanticize the humble origins of one of the most iconic movie franchises in history, what people thinking in the run up to the original Star Wars film? Well, reading this recently discovered Fox studio memo might help you…
It’s a factoid years old that when Luke emerges from his X-Wing after the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope, the over-excited Mark Hamill accidentally cries “Carrie!” rather than “Leia!” when Carrie Fisher’s Princess comes running into his arms. But did he really? Not according to Luke Skywalker himself.