It wasn’t a long time ago or a galaxy far, far away. (It was 2012. In Orlando.) That was the site of the sixth Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm’s semiannual convention for all things Jedi. The 2012 edition of the four-day nerdstravaganza included autograph signings, photo ops, Star Wars speed dating, droid races, and something called the “Super-Secret Star Wars Panel with Todd, Seth, and Matt.” “Todd” was animator and director Todd Grimes; “Matt” was Matthew Senreich and “Seth” was Seth Green, the co-creators of the stop-motion animated sketch show Robot Chicken. Their secret: The announcement of a Star Wars television series set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope called Star Wars: Detours.
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As much as TV folk like us dread being pulled into the galaxy’s worth of Star Wars coverage at every turn, still looming is the possibility of a live-action TV series to complement the films. George Lucas once upon a time sought to bring us a Star Wars: Underworld series as well, but might the new Lucasfilm bosses revisit the scripts the bearded one supposedly developed?
Over the weekend it was revealed that Star Wars creator George Lucas had finally seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, according to new Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas “really liked it.” That was nice to hear (I guess?), but it didn’t come directly from the man himself, and obviously Kennedy wouldn’t pass along anything that wasn’t positive. Now George Lucas is speaking for himself and, while still saying positive things, it definitely sounds like he may not have loved it as much as Lucasfilm may have wanted him to.
Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace opened in theaters in May of 1999. Despite what you might think about that movie now, when it opened the reception wasn’t completely negative. Roger Ebert gave it 3½ stars saying it was “an astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking.” The public consensus remained mostly enthusiastic at first as fans tried desperately to talk themselves into the fact that The Phantom Menace was a good movie. As the months ticked on though, and as the internet began to blossom, most Star Wars fans could no longer convince themselves, or others, that it wasn’t a good movie. More over, that it was actually a pretty terrible movie. And that’s when George Lucas decided to get the f— off the internet for good.
George Lucas originally didn’t want to direct the prequel ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and asked some famous friends for help.
George Lucas recently commented about why he walked away from Star Wars and it’s all your fault. In a new video interview for Vanity Fair, the Star Wars creator voiced some of his frustrations with the past of the franchise and his hopes for the future, yielding some uncharacteristically candid soundbites.
Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams agreed to a little recorded Q&A session with a variety of celebrity inquisitors including a certain founder of Lucasfilm and ‘Star Wars’ creator.
Most Star Wars references in other movies and TV shows are pretty obvious and therefore pretty boring. The staff here at ScreenCrush prefer the ones that fall under the umbrella of Easter eggs; hidden, subliminal, or extremely subtle hat-tips to the franchise, often as background gags or co-opted lines of dialogue. As we gear up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (now less than three months away!), it seemed like the perfect time to collect 25 of the most clever Star Wars Easter eggs from other movies (and TV shows!) and put them together into one gallery, which you’ll find above.
Fans of Star Wars have long held something of a grudge against director George Lucas for altering the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy with additional CGI for the DVD and Blu-ray releases, making the unaltered versions unavailable to own. But that may be about to change, as director John Landis says that Lucas is preparing to release the unaltered versions sometime soon.
Jurassic World recently set the record for the biggest opening weekend at the box office with $209 million. But, did you know that Return of the Jedi once held that record in 1983 with just $23 million. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which looks at the finale of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi!