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You Almost Had More Captain Eo in Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 23, 2015

While we don't normally post movie-related dirt here, this blurb has been going around and was just too good to not share.   Michael Jackson has had his eye on a lot of things, one of which was apparently the role of Jar Jar Binks.   (So says Ahmed Best.)  This video on Vice has a bit about it, and apparently - assuming this is not an elaborate joke - the singer wanted to do it as practical effects.   It certainly sounds like it's trying to troll fans, but there were so many bizarre stories, true or otherwise, out of the prequels that it's certainly worth contemplating the possibility.

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2018 - Star Wars Han Solo Movie

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In what feels like an increasingly implausible thing to say, another Star Wars movie was announced today!  This one has no final title yet, but will be released May 25, 2018.  According to StarWars.com the new film will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller - scribes of The LEGO Movie and the spectacular Fox TV series, The Last Man on Earth.   The writing will be done by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.  And the focus of this new Star Wars anthology film?  A young Han Solo.

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You Won't Believe Who Just Quit Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 3, 2015

Someone you don't know exited a movie you don't know anything about.  According to a report on StarWars.com, director Josh Trank is no longer associated with the upcoming Star Wars side-movie.   Josh Trank is also associated with this year's Fantastic Four movie.  Coincidence?

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Goodbye, Fanfare - Digital Versions Lose 20th Century Fox Intros

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, April 9, 2015

The 20th Century Fox fanfare by one Alfred Newman is an identifiable part of the Star Wars experience.  Much like the lightsaber, the Force, and the big floaty yellow space words this quick clip of music opened the entire saga over the course of the previous three decades and change as both a throwback and as a signal to the future that something really exciting was coming.  But history movies forward, legends change, and corporations must make decisions between being good stewards of our culture and the needs of a good branding opportunity.

Digital Star Wars Saga - Downloads April 10 with New, Old Features

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, April 6, 2015

StarWars.com updated today with The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Coming April 10.  While no pricing was listed, Amazon is asking $99.99 when I started writing this, but dropped it to $89.99 a few minutes later.   iTunes has theirs for $19.99 per movie with no visible bundle at press time.

Also, new and legacy (old) special features will be included in this digital HD format.  It's also notable that, like albums, "digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer" meaning you will need to see which version you need to buy, or your friend needs to buy, or gets uploaded to YouTube for 30 seconds so you can scope it out there.

Star Wars: Rogue One Is a New Movie Title

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Gareth Edwards stand-alone movie has a title: Star Wars: Rogue One.   What's it about?  Well, it's probably about two hours long and it should be in theaters for December 16, 2016.  As your attorney, I advise you to start making room for the new toys one new movie per year are sure to bring you.

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Strange Magic - New Lucasfilm Movie Trailer

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, November 21, 2014

While erronneously reported as a sequel to Frozen, Strange Magic is a new fantasy musical from George Lucas and Disney.   Due out in January, the CG-animated movie boasts quite an impressive voice cast as well as animation from some of the Rango people.  And now we've got a look at the trailer for a movie that could also probably be called Shrek Minus Shrek.  It's worth checking out, so do so after the break.

Star Wars Standalone Movie Director, Writer Confirmed

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reported everywhere including the official site, Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) will direct the 2016 Star Wars movie.  What is about?  Well, nobody knows.  But we do know Gary Whitta will write it, and he has worked on The Book of Eli as well as The Walking Dead video games.

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Total Film: J.J. Abrams Apologizes for Lens Flare Overkill

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I really don't need to say much more than paste in the headline.   Total Film posted J.J. Abrams apologises for over-using lens flare, which, well, yeah. There you go.  The future Star Wars director received gentle ribbing and total ripping over his love of the camera effect,

Lost Lucas-Financed 1980 Short You've Never Heard Of Getting Screened

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A screening of Black Angel, a George Lucas-funded short 25-minute film tied to The Empire Strikes Back in some overseas markets, is getting a screening next month after being lost since 1980.  It's an Arthurian legend-inspired piece and Ars Technica has a 3-page story on this Lucasfilm-adjacent project.

EP7: DP Named, Shot on 35mm Film - Not Digital

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, August 22, 2013

While the director is all about a film's vision, the Director of Photography is a role that helps provide the film's personality.  Cameras, film stock, angles, and a keen eye do wonders for the look of a movie and for our next Star Wars film, for Episode VII Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams have selected...

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Better Late Than Never: 1977's Star Wars to be Dubbed in Navajo

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Why yes, the original Star Wars will be making an appearance on the big screen this year! In case you missed it: the original 1977 movie is getting dubbed into the Navajo language!   From one of the articles: "The movie, "Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope," will be the first major motion picture to be translated into the Navajo language, and actors lined up to read the roles of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in the American Indian language."

There's more!

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Variety Dates Episodes VII and Beyond

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, April 17, 2013

At CinemaCon, according to Variety, release dates for the next three Star Wars flicks were listed.  Oh joyous day!   Chief of Disney Studios Alan Horn was talking about the upcoming Disney slate which is jam-packed full of sequels, movies with Johnny Depp, and other "safe" blockbusters the likes of which will astound modern man that this is the same company that put out Wall-E in just a few years.  But where was I?  Right, dates.

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Star Wars Spin-Off Films Officially Announced

By Mike — Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In another paradigm shift that signals Star Wars as we know it is drastically headed into a bold and exciting direction, Lucasfilm announces that new spinoff films will be released sometime after Episode VII that will expand the Saga and focus on a specific character.

Episode II and III 3D: Nevermind! Says Star Wars.com

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, January 28, 2013
Star Wars.com posted a story indicating episodes II and III in 3D are postponed, which probably (but not definitely) may mean the same can be said for the original trilogy whose release dates were never given.  They say: