November 21, 2012
Weekly Ketchup: Empire Strikes Back Writer Returns to Franchise
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).
April 20, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Lawrence Kasdan
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.
August 3, 2011
A Chat with Boba Fett
Jeremy Bulloch, who originally played the bounty hunter in "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," discusses his time with the character.
November 29, 2010
Irvin Kershner: 1923-2010
Irvin Kershner, the director best known for his work on "The Empire Strikes Back," has passed away at the age of 87.
November 10, 2010
A Star Wars Spoiler -- From 1978
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.
June 3, 2009
Where Will Star Trek Boldly Go Next?
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...
December 12, 2008
Prepare for Star Wars: A Musical Journey
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.
July 23, 2008
Lucas Taking Star Wars 3-D?
According to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, George Lucas is prepping 3-D versions of all six episodes in the Star Wars saga.
October 17, 2007
Lucas Talks Star Wars TV Series
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.
May 14, 2007
New "Star Wars" Documentary to Premiere on The History Channel
"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.
April 18, 2007
"Clash" Remake Lands a Titan of a Screenwriter
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.
May 18, 2006
"Limited Edition" Star Wars Covers
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.
May 4, 2006
Lucas Gives In To Demands of the Dark Side -- Er, Rabid Fans
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.
March 16, 2006
Lucas Talks With Time About "Star Wars" Series
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.
October 25, 2005
Premiere Picks the 25 Most Shocking Movie Moments
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?
May 18, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Revenge of the Sith" Tomatometer Update
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.
May 12, 2005
Early Consensus: "Revenge of the Sith" May Be the Best "Star Wars" Movie
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."