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In the decades leading up to the release of George Lucas’s 1977 masterpiece, "Star Wars," movie merchandising was not very common — and not very lucrative.
With the release of the latest round of Star Wars merchandise set for this year’s so-called “ Rogue Friday” (riffing on last year’s Force Friday) on Sept. 30, Yahoo Movies is looking back at movie merchandise through the years . In today’s fourth installment, writer Ethan Alter looks back on movie-related goods gone awry. __________________________ Ever since George Lucas’s foundational blockbuster Star Wars proved that the Force is strong with tie-in movie merchandise, audiences have been able to follow their favorite big-budget spectacles directly from the multiplex to the toy store. But not all blockbusters ? nor toy lines ? are created equal. While action figures modeled after such citizens of that far, far away galaxy as Han Solo, Amidala, Kylo Ren, and Jyn Erso are always guaranteed to fly off the shelves, some toys are destined to sit there gathering dust. Maybe the movies they were based on played to empty theaters, while everyone saw The Force Awakens for the gazillionth time. Or maybe, just maybe, the toys themselves desperately needed more time in the plastic incubator from whence they emerged. With spiffy new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys arriving this week, we look back at some of the biggest merchandising misfires in contemporary movie history. And as you’ll see, even a mighty brand name like Star Wars can take a major toy-related tumble now and then.
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.
The thought of Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States is enough to scare the hair right off of some people. And the Photoshop aces on DesignCrowd have taken that Trump fear factor a few steps further — churning out over 100 images of the gaudy real estate mogul in scenes from iconic horror movies. Inspired by a photo of Trump terrorizing a knife-wielding Shelley Duvall in a meme from The Shining that went viral a few weeks ago, the Australian design firm crowd-sourced 124 similarly themed designs in an online contest. The winner, from a designer named Omee, was simple but inspired, adding Trump’s reflection to a glass door opposite a horrified Drew Barrymore in the first Scream.
Nearly 26 years ago, moviegoers got their first glimpse of Jaws 19 — the waterlogged sequel that Marty McFly spots on a theater marquee while visiting future-set Hill Valley future in 1989’s Back to the Future II. Now, in a cheeky bit of faux-marketing, Universal has unleashed the first teaser trailer for the film, which promises that this time, it’s really personal. According to the teaser, which is embedded above, the highly anticipated sequel will feature a whole family of sharks, presumably related to the original super-predator from Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic.
Go ahead: Blame Steven Spielberg’s Jaws for the launch of the summer blockbuster and giving us everything from Shark Week to Sharknado 2-3 to Left Shark. There were endless shark books and magazines (Jaws of Death, Maneater, Killer Shark!), dozens of TV specials, and rush-released films like Orca and Piranha. “It started with what everyone does: with the T-shirts,” producer Richard Zanuck recalled.
Within weeks of its June 20, 1975 release, Jaws became a record-devouring monster, rewriting summer-movie marketing, and setting Steven Spielberg on the way to become Hollywood’s most bankable director. As Jaws made chum of the box-office competition, executives at Universal Studios scrambled to cash in. Aside from an unprecedented merchandising blitz that saw Universal slap the iconic Jaws logo on everything from T-shirts to toilet seats, the studio had a bold idea: make Jaws real.
Gloat all you want about how you know everything about 'Jaws.' But after reading our collection of behind-the-scenes tidbits, you're gonna need a bigger gloat.
While pics taken during the productions of films like "Star Wars," "Jaws" and "Psycho" may not have gone "viral" (because there was no such thing back then), the internet has, in recent years, unearthed a whole cache of splendid snaps captured behind the scenes. Here are 20 of the very coolest we've seen.
An animal expert fills us in on what we can expect from our most terrifying on-screen animal invaders.
Godzilla had the second biggest opening of the year, with $93.2 million. That’s a pretty impressive showing by the title monster considering his name isn’t uttered until 45 minutes in, and by the time audiences actually catch a glimpse of his ferocious maw, the movie is nearly half over.
Two by two, a mass of animal species march onto the big screen — and into the pop culture canon — with this weekend’s “Noah.” Darren Aronofsky’s retelling of the Bible’s ultimate account of seagoing survival stars Russell Crowe as Noah himself. And (spoiler alert!) Noah’s double rainbow of animals, so to speak, proves unsinkable.