Author Jason Fry answers our burning questions about his collaboration with "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" writer-director Rian Johnson — and how it may help you understand Luke.
New concept art shows how the immersive hotel at the "Star Wars": Galaxy's Edge resort will transport you into space.
"Wonder" director Stephen Chbosky explains what it took to bring characters from the galaxy far, far away into the crowd-pleasing family film.
With no action figures to offer, Kenner sold "empty boxes." Here's the strange, true story from the "brilliant" folks behind the scheme.
Oscar-winning filmmaker tells Yahoo exactly what was on the videotape he sent in attempt to land job with George Lucas.
Who knew that Steven Spielberg's little Easter egg would still be one of Hollywood's top inside jokes four decades later?
During the summer of 1977, Star Wars was the only movie anyone wanted to talk about. Blasting into theaters on May 25, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, George Lucas's space opera shot down box-office records left and right during its lengthy run, remaining a fixture on marquees as summer gave way to fall and then winter. But it's worth remembering that Star Wars wasn't the only film that Hollywood released that summer. Here are the other movies that are celebrating their 40th anniversaries during the next three months, from the good, to the bad, to the downright obscure.
A first-hand history of 'Star Wars' toys from one of the Kenner designers there at the beginning, and working on new products 40 years later at Hasbro
Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are interviewed in 1980 about their workouts for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back'
Maybe that’s because May 25 will be the 40th anniversary of the original release of Star Wars in theaters in 1977. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, we’ll be posting Star Wars stories all month, including choice vintage interviews, original videos, and some of our favorite pieces from years past, like this one below, that first ran in 2015. Specifically, we’re remembering those ads for the original Kenner Star Wars action figures and playlets, in which boys with bowl cuts enthusiastically acted out scenes from the films.
During a recent TV appearance, Rosario Dawson again lets it be known that she’s ready for her lightsaber-illuminated close-up.
When it came to critquing Star Wars, Carl Sagan was ahead of his time. During one of the many visits the astrophysicist made to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and ’80s, the host asked his guest to weigh in on the epic sci-fi movie that had swept the nation. In the clip above from 1978 (re-discovered via Reddit), Sagan, a professor of astronomy and space sciences at Cornell University, lamented that Star Wars did not take greater care with the science in its science fiction (while acknowledging “the 11-year-old in me” loved it).
The Empire is expanding, and will soon have outposts established in Orlando and Anaheim. The House of Mouse confirmed this week that the anticipated Star Wars Land expansion — dual 14-acre immersive themed lands at Disneyland and Disney World that will be on the official galactic map — would open in 2019, in time for Episode IX, the closing chapter of the central "Skywalker Saga." The project, announced in 2015, began construction in April 2016. Over the past several months, Disney has been releasing concept art for Star Wars Land, and we've collected it all here to give you the flavor of that galaxy that's suddenly not so far, far away.
'2001: A Space Odyssey' tops POTUS's viewing list of eight favorites in the November issue of Wired magazine, for which he served as guest editor.
Filling in the blanks between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope had been an Olympic-worthy sport for Star Wars fans for years. While some details have recently been sketched in by the animated series Star Wars Rebels, that 30-year period remains fertile ground for storytellers, with the standalone Rogue One and the solo Han Solo movie along with tie-in novels mining that era.
While toy companies today can create hyper-realistic miniature versions of your favorite movie stars, some of the most expensive Star Wars action figures look absolutely nothing like any character you’ve ever seen on the big screen. Back when George Lucas was preparing to make the first Star Wars, movie-inspired toys and licensing were such an afterthought in Hollywood that the filmmaker easily secured the merchandising rights for the blockbuster franchise. “Because of trade embargoes in certain countries, a lot of the stuff was made during the Cold War,” Joseph Yglesias, a leading expert on Star Wars bootleg toys who is writing a book on the subject, tells Yahoo Movies.
Meco Monardo’s disco version of the Star Wars theme song was a smash hit, outselling the original John Williams music and allowing the trombone-playing music producer to carve out his own lucrative niche in the recording industry covering sci-fi movie scores. By 1980, as “disco was dying,” as Meco explains to Yahoo Movies, but he still had Star Wars fever. “I wrote a letter — I think it was nine pages long — to George Lucas,” the producer recounts.
Disney boss Bob Iger delighted and surprised fans at the D23 Expo this year with the announcement that both Disneyland and Disney World would be adding a Star Wars Land. Construction is slated to begin in January for a 2017 opening. To whet fans’ appetites in the meantime, the theme parks have opened Season of the Force, a group of Star Wars-based attractions. Yahoo Movies recently toured Disneyland’s version.
In the original Star Wars, director George Lucas introduced audiences to a wondrous alien hangout called the Mos Eisley Cantina (and got this song stuck in all of our heads forever). Lucas, who envisioned the bustling alien cantina before he’d even come up with a plot for Star Wars, actually shot the scene twice: Once in London, and then the following year in Los Angeles, with a whole new cast of alien creatures.
Sure, BB-8 is getting all the publicity ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but O.G. astromech R2-D2 has had an enduring cultural impact for nearly 40 years. The little droid has not only appeared in every canonical Star Wars movie and TV spinoff, but he also has racked up an impressive list of credits in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Still, if you blinked, you might have missed his lesser-known cameos. So we broke out the Blu-rays and gave the slo-mo button a workout to bring you Artoo’s amazing travels.
You’ve no doubt heard the news: the inquisitive men of Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, are ready to retire after 10-plus years following one last season. What we here at Yahoo Movies will miss most is how the duo challenged some of the most classic tropes in cinema. They’ve examined everything from Star Wars tech to Jaws plausibility to Indiana Jones derring-do. Here are a half-dozen of our favorite Mythbusters movie moments: 1.
John Williams (Photo: Prince Williams/Filmmagic) By Tim Gray John Williams has been named as the 44th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, the first composer to receive the honor. Williams will be honored at a gala tribute on June 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. The event will return for its fourth year with Turner Broadcasting in late June 2016, followed by an encore presentation on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies. “John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, chairman of the AFI board of trustees in a statement.