In a suprise move, a "bombshell" even, Disney and Lucasfilms have announced that Rian Johnson will write and direct the next two films in the Star Wars franchise
, Episodes VIII and IX, taking the reins from JJ Abrams after Episode VII
. Copious previously
Johnson has previously directed Brick
, and three episodes of Breaking Bad
. Johnson responded thusly
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the movie's release, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
chronicles the complete tale—from pre-release to blockbuster success — of what’s become the fan favorite of the Star Wars series. Vanity Fair presents an excerpt from the book: rarely seen photographs from the Empire Strikes Back set, annotated with behind-the-scenes details
. They also have interviews with the book’s author, J. W. Rinzler
, and the man behind Boba Fett’s mask, actor Jeremy Bulloch
." On a lighter note, how about a Wampa Throw Rug
, new from the folks at ThinkGeek?
"George Lucas made "Star Wars"; but it was the fans who turned it into a seemingly undying worldwide phenomenon
. So I thought it appropriate to give them a prominent voice in the documentary
." The People vs. George Lucas premiered
at this year's SXSW
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Watch The Skies!
Directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron discuss the science fiction movies of the 1950s that influenced them. 1
:: 1 hour.
Hoth Hell Freezes Over.
The madness of King George subsides.
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A Chinese review of 'Revenge of the Sith
For those of you who don't know, George Lucas' latest oeuvre has bombed in mainland China's box-offices
- $38.5M there, vs. the $312 it has earned domestically. A cultural difference, an error in Jos. Campbell's theory
, or just something else, altogether?
In any case, the film and it's apparent failure
over there have made for some interesting reviews (last one via)
"All democracies turn into dictatorships -- but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it's Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea... It isn't that the Empire conquered the Republic, it's that the Empire is
the Republic." George Lucas talks about the politics of his new Star Wars films
Lucas: Powerful reteller of myth - or galactic gasbag?
Salon has a scathing review of Lucas' claim that the basis of the Star Wars saga is in "man's oldest stories" and that he was guided by Joseph Campbell.
"With 'Star Wars' I consciously set about to re-create myths and the classic mythological motifs," Lucas says. "I wanted to use those motifs to deal with issues that exist today."
Hogwash, says author Steven Hart. Star Wars is based not on "The Odyssey" or the "Upanishads", but on Asimov, Heinlen, Herbert and other 20th century S.F.
Let the disappointment begin!
Lucasfilm posted the teaser trailer to the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones today.