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October 25, 2013

Weekly Ketchup: J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan to Finish Star Wars 7 Script Opens in new window

This week, the Ketchup brings you ten stories dominated by sequels (Star Wars Episode VII, Avatar 2, Beetlejuice 2, Independence Day 2), a remake (Hellraiser), and a trilogy of movies inspired by websites. There's also new roles for Tom Cruise and Will Smith. More...

June 12, 2013

The 15 Most Quotable Films Opens in new window

Anybody want a peanut? More...

February 8, 2013

Frank Oz Willing to Return for New Star Wars Opens in new window

"He's in my heart, I know Yoda very deeply." More...

November 21, 2012

Weekly Ketchup: Empire Strikes Back Writer Returns to Franchise Opens in new window

This week's Ketchup is coming to you on a Wednesday morning instead of Friday evening because of Thanksgiving Thursday giving pretty much everyone in Hollywood a much, much shorter work week. So, half a week means only half the usual number of stories (five this week, from the standard ten). More...

April 20, 2012

Five Favorite Films with Lawrence Kasdan Opens in new window

As any student of popular American cinema knows, the name Lawrence Kasdan is synonymous with some defining movie experiences among audiences of a certain age. One of Hollywood's hot young screenwriters in the '70s, Kasdan was enlisted by George Lucas to help pen The Empire Strikes Back, the film that -- along with the Kasdan co-written Return of the Jedi -- helped transform Star Wars from blockbuster movie into cultural myth. Soon after, Kasdan's second film as director, The Big Chill, effectively captured -- for better or worse -- the feelings (and musical tastes) of a generation of Baby Boomers entering thirtysomething adult life. And between those films, Kasdan's screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark was turned into another massive hit -- and enduring piece of movie iconography -- by Steven Spielberg. Kasdan returns after a lengthy hiatus with this week's Darling Companion, a comedy starring Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton about the search for a lost dog that brings on some typically Kasdan-esque moments of life assessment. We sat down for a chat with Kasdan earlier this week, in which he talked about his new film, his long collaboration with Kline, and his favorite memory writing on Empire. Read on for that, but first, he talks about his five favorite movies. More...

January 3, 2012

Hollywood's Sword Master Bob Anderson: 1922-2012 Opens in new window

The Olympic fencer who stood in for Darth Vader during the Sith lord's lightsaber duels has passed away at the age of 89. More...

August 3, 2011

A Chat with Boba Fett Opens in new window

Jeremy Bulloch, who originally played the bounty hunter in "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," discusses his time with the character. More...

December 28, 2010

National Film Registry Adds The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, and More Opens in new window

The National Film Registry has added another 25 films, and the latest batch includes a "Star Wars" sequel and a comedy classic. More...

November 29, 2010

Irvin Kershner: 1923-2010 Opens in new window

Irvin Kershner, the director best known for his work on "The Empire Strikes Back," has passed away at the age of 87. More...

November 10, 2010

A Star Wars Spoiler -- From 1978 Opens in new window

The Retroist has unearthed a David Prowse interview from 1978 that revealed the surprise ending of "The Empire Strikes Back" years ahead of time -- and introduced at least one young reader to the concept of spoilers. More...

May 21, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back Turns 30 Opens in new window

Thirty years ago today, "The Empire Strikes Back" arrived in theaters. Where were you? More...

May 20, 2010

Lucasfilm Screens Empire Strikes Back for Charity Opens in new window

Lucasfilm held a one-night-only charity screening of "The Empire Strikes Back," with Harrison Ford on hand for a Q&A -- and Collider was there to watch it all unfold. More...

June 3, 2009

Where Will Star Trek Boldly Go Next? Opens in new window

With Star Trek entering popular culture not just as a franchise reboot but a cinematic moment in sci-fi history, talk has already turned to the sequel(s) and where the next movie will take the fresh new crew. Online calls have gone out to J. J. Abrams and his crew. Slow down the pace. Let us see the story and characters evolve. Easy with the lens flare. And come up with something -- new. Here are our top 10 ideas for possible stories... More...

December 12, 2008

Prepare for Star Wars: A Musical Journey Opens in new window

Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone took every single "Star Wars" movie, turned them into a 90-minute film, and played it in front of an orchestra? So has George Lucas, apparently, because that's exactly what Lucasfilm is planning. More...

July 23, 2008

Lucas Taking Star Wars 3-D? Opens in new window

According to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, George Lucas is prepping 3-D versions of all six episodes in the Star Wars saga. More...

May 12, 2008

Indiana Jonesin': The Best of Harrison Ford Opens in new window

We count down Harrison Ford's best-reviewed films outside of the Indiana Jones franchise and the memorable characters that he played in each celebrated film. More...

February 12, 2008

George Lucas Bringing 3D Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Theaters Opens in new window

George Lucas' 3D CGI continuation of the Star Wars saga isn't just coming to television this fall -- the new series will kick-off this summer with a full-length theatrical release. More...

December 14, 2007

Steve Norrington to Direct Clash of the Titans Remake Opens in new window

In his first directorial effort since 2003's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Steve Norrington has signed on to helm Warner Bros.' Clash of the Titans remake. More...

October 17, 2007

Lucas Talks Star Wars TV Series Opens in new window

Three decades after taking theatrical audiences to a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas is preparing to bring the Star Wars universe to the small screen. More...

May 14, 2007

New "Star Wars" Documentary to Premiere on The History Channel Opens in new window

"Empire of Dreams" is the name of the "Star Wars" documentary that came in that 4-disc original trilogy box set -- and it was pretty much a fanboy's dream. (Let's just say I've watched it more than once.) Now it looks like The History Channel has something to add. More...

April 18, 2007

"Clash" Remake Lands a Titan of a Screenwriter Opens in new window

Even if you know next to nothing about screenwriters, I bet you're a fan of Lawrence Kasdan ... even if you don't know it. The guy's biggest successes include "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and now he's returning to adventure genre to pen the "Clash of the Titans" remake. More...

March 7, 2007

Lucas Update: Portman, "Star Wars," and "Indy 4" Opens in new window

Got a grab-bag of George Lucas news bits for you, including a final denial that Natalie Portman will appear in "Indiana Jones 4," plus a few new items on those long-discussed "Star Wars" TV projects. More...

May 18, 2006

"Limited Edition" Star Wars Covers Opens in new window

Last week it was announced that the original, unedited, and allegedly grungy-looking "Star Wars" trilogy would make its Limited Edition DVD debut. Today we get a look at what the DVD covers will look like, plus we also get the news that the DVDs will not come with anamorphic (16x9) transfers, which isn't great news. More...

May 4, 2006

Lucas Gives In To Demands of the Dark Side -- Er, Rabid Fans Opens in new window

Remember all that geekboy hullabullo a few years back when it was announced that the Original Trilogy ("Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") would be released on DVD ONLY in their new-fangled special edition form? (And I'm not knocking the geekboys, mainly because I was one of the complainers.) Well, it seems that George Lucas has reversed his "lifetime ban" on the uncut OT. The unrejiggered Star Wars trilogy is finally coming to DVD. More...

March 16, 2006

Lucas Talks With Time About "Star Wars" Series Opens in new window

Time Magazine recently had a rather interesting sit-down with mega-successful moviemaker George Lucas, and topics included the next Indiana Jones epic, "day & date" release patterns, 2D vs. 3D, and, of course, the upcoming "Star Wars" TV series. More...

October 25, 2005

Premiere Picks the 25 Most Shocking Movie Moments Opens in new window

Here's another one of those "best of" lists that we movie geeks love to read, dismiss, and then discuss with friends for a few hours. This time it's Premiere Magazine's 25 Most Shocking Movie Moments, which you can read and enjoy right here. But before you do ... think about the topic. Can you pick at least half of Premiere's choices? More...

May 19, 2005

Critical Consensus: ?Star Wars? Prequels Actually Better Reviewed Than Originals Opens in new window

The results are not what one might expect, based on reviews collected during the time of each trilogy?s original release dates. More...

May 18, 2005

Critical Consensus: "Revenge of the Sith" Tomatometer Update Opens in new window

Now that the critical dust has settled, it?s time for a final consensus on "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." After George Lucas? first two "Star Wars" prequels received lukewarm responses from fans, he finally ends the series on a triumphant and satisfying note. More...

May 12, 2005

Early Consensus: "Revenge of the Sith" May Be the Best "Star Wars" Movie Opens in new window

After George Lucas?s first two "Star Wars" prequels received lukewarm responses from fans, it looks like he will end the series on a triumphant and satisfying note with the concluding chapter. Early reviews from the nation?s print, online, and broadcast critics, are gushing praises for "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." More...

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