March 13, 2013
Five Favorite Films with Warwick Davis
Since his acting debut at age 13, playing an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, Warwick Davis has gone on to be a part of some of the biggest and best-loved movies of the past 30 years -- including roles in the Harry Potter franchise, the Star Wars prequels and, of course, the mighty Leprechaun saga. He even had his own TV series created for him by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, HBO's Life's Too Short. This week, Davis marks the 25th anniversary of his inaugural leading role, in the George Lucas-produced, Ron Howard-directed fantasy adventure Willow, which arrives on Blu-ray for the first time. We had a chance to chat with Davis recently, where he talked about five of his favorite movies.
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.
May 19, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Stuntman Vic Armstrong
His name may not be instantly familiar, but his work most certainly is: over a prolific career, Vic Armstrong has been a stunt man, stunt coordinator and second unit director on some of the biggest and best-loved action movies of the past four decades. He's stunt-doubled for successive James Bonds from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan, worn the cape and tights on Richard Donner's Superman, and famously done stunt work for Harrison Ford on, among many of the actor's other roles, the original three Indiana Jones films. Then there's his work with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone and Angelina Jolie, to name a handful. With the release of his book, The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman, we spoke to Armstrong about his career, filming action on Marvel's Thor and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man, and his Five Favorite Films.
March 22, 2011
The Original Boba Fett Speaks
What's it like being Boba Fett? Moviefone found out in this interview with Jeremy Bulloch, who played the popular intergalactic bounty hunter in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
September 8, 2010
ESPN Debuts Admiral Ackbar Commercial
Paying tribute to the Ole Miss students who tried to make Admiral Ackbar the school's new mascot, ESPN is airing a new commercial starring the beloved "Return of the Jedi" starfighter.
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.
April 15, 2008
Chewbacca Was Not the Original Wingman
You don't even have to be a dork to know that Chewbacca was Han Solo's co-pilot, not his wingman, although maybe you do have to be a dork to point out that the trilogy's most prominent wingman was Luke's fellow X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles.
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.
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."