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?
Maybe that’s because this Thursday, May 25, will be the 40th anniversary of the original release of Star Wars in theaters. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, we’ve been posting Star Wars stories this month, including choice vintage interviews, original videos, some of our favorite pieces from years past, and, like today, exclusive news. Yahoo Movies has the first look at the anniversary toys and collectibles that will be available at Disney Stores on Thursday, including deluxe action Han and Luke figures and cuddly Tsum Tsums, as well as limited-edition lithographs, pins, ornaments, and figurine.
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.
One of the most memorable deaths in Star Wars is Yoda’s. As you may recall, he informs Luke that there’s “another Skywalker” before fading away in Return of the Jedi. After all, Jedi can become force ghosts — Yoda appeared as one in Return of the Jedi. Frank Oz has played Yoda since The Empire Strikes Back.
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.
Mark Hamill returned to The Nerdist podcast and chatted about that Star Wars role of his, Luke Skywalker. Hamill and its host, Chris Hardwick, talked specifically about his audition process for the part, and Hamill busted out a great Harrison Ford impression. Mark Hamill’s Harrison Ford impression is pretty good.
“I got in character and I never got out again — and really, I’ve tried everything.” — Carrie Fisher on ‘Good Morning America,’ 2015
A trip through her on-screen legacy, from 'Shampoo' at 17, to 'The Blues Brothers,' 'When Harry Met Sally,' 'Postcards from the Edge,' and full circle roles in the 'Star Wars' saga
Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade is a fan film by actor-filmmaker Jamie Costa, who gained recognition for his impressions of Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones, and Han Solo.
'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.
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.
Scene from ‘Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales’ “Gambit on Geonosis” that would make Michael Bay proud (Lego/Disney) The decade between Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith and the can’t-get-here-fast-enough The Force Awakens has been anything but a wasteland for fans wanting to see more adventures featuring their favorite characters. The popular CGI series The Clone Wars and Rebels have expanded the universe. Ewoks have stormtroopers on the run in “Gambit on Geonosis” (Lego/Disney) And the twisted mastermind behind all those shows is Michael Price, an Emmy-winning Simpsons writer, who also co-wrote the never-aired Star Wars: Detours animated series. The latest installment is Droid Tales, which retells the six live-action movies from the skewed perspective of C-3PO and R2-D2, all within a framing story of Artoo being abducted by a mysterious figure.
All the excitement over the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys (including the app-controlled BB8 robot, the cannon-equipped Millennium Falcon, and these awesome Dark Side toys) is taking us back to our childhoods. 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. High-quality commercials from the ‘70s and ‘80s can be hard to find (those VHS tracking lines are merciless), but lucky for us, a YouTube user named 12BACK has posted remastered versions of over 100 vintage commercials for toys based on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.
Back in the early '80s, everyone had an Atari 2600 jacked into their TV sets, launching a feeding frenzy among game developers, who looked to Hollywood for source material.
See sketches, concept art, and prototype sculpts illustrating how classic screen characters become video-game characters.