Star Wars

The Campy Joys of Watching ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,’ 15 Years Later

We knew from the start that The Phantom Menace was not a Great Movie. It wasn’t even a good one, arguably; when it hit theaters 15 years ago today, the prequel was greeted with such ringing praise as “certainly adequate” and “has a lot of stuff.” The movie made tons of money, but then again, the only way it wouldn’t have raked in the cash is if George Lucas had produced two hours of nothing but scrolling, bright-yellow-scripted exposition (or even more bone-dry Galactic Senate scenes, á la a brilliant Simpsons parody that is unfortunately nowhere to be found on YouTube). But the consensus seemed to be that thanks to its eye-popping special effects, Phantom Menace was a wash: bad acting, worse writing, OHMYGOD POD RACING! … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Storyboards From the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

Star Wars fans, rejoice — today is the big day that Lucasfilm opens up the archives and bestows upon you Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, a hardbound, coffee-table-style book collecting the complete storyboards for the first three films (in order of release, anyway) of George Lucas’ iconic space opera. And since we love seeing classic movies in their ink-and-paper form, the folks at Lucasfilm and Abrams Books were kind enough to share a few of the ‘boards with us (including a handful that are exclusive to this site). Check ‘em all out after the jump: … Read More

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If ‘Star Wars’ was a Tarantino Film

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Meet Your New ‘Star Wars’ Cast

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10 Amazing Abandoned Sets from Film and Television

Nobody ever said growing up is easy, but anyone who came of age in the ‘90s with the occasional eye on Nickelodeon got a gulp-inducing whiff of their own mortality recently, when pictures and video surfaced of the show’s long-forgotten Arizona ranch set. It’s still there, sort of, its abandoned buildings and trashed-out interiors a freestanding reminder that, yes, a television show was here once. But Hey Dude isn’t the only bit of pop culture that left its skeleton in place once shooting wrapped. … Read More

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Clever Movie Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Biting the heads off chocolate bunnies and determining the flavor of questionably colored jellybeans is fun and all that, but cinephiles know the best way to celebrate Easter is by geeking out over movie easter eggs. Yes, we’re talking about those inside jokes, hidden messages, and clever visual puns that filmmakers sneak into their movies so that obsessive fans and eagle-eyed viewers can win bragging rights. We revisited 10 clever movie easter eggs that you might have missed. Feel free to add your favorites, below. … Read More

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Haim Played a Darth Vader Prank on Each Other on April Fool’s Day

In addition to mentioning that they’re already writing their next record on the road, the sisters of Haim told the … Read More

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No, Superfans, Michael Bay’s New ‘Ninja Turtles’ Isn’t “Raping Your Childhood”

It feels like we’ve been hearing about the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot for a decade now, but, inexplicably, it still hasn’t been released — and that big day may have been delayed yet again. Geeks of Doom is reporting that the movie’s been pushed back from its August release to a holiday slot, with roughly one-third of the film being “completely reshot” under the personal supervision of producer Bay. (That should put everyone’s mind at ease.) The culprit? Presumably last week’s release of the film’s first full trailer, which made the iconic story of pizza-chomping, mask-wearing ninja turtles look way stupid. Fans took to the forum and Twitter, furious at how Bay and his evil henchmen were ruining their beloved franchise, seemingly unaware that said franchise was always stupid. … Read More

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