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Watch: Vintage 1-Hour PBS Documentary 'From Star Wars To Jedi: The Making Of A Saga' Narrated By Mark Hamill

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 5:00 PM
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Star Wars: Episode 6 — Return Of The Jedi George Lucas
As rumors continue to swirl around "Star Wars: Episode 7," and whether or not it'll make its planned December 2015 release, let's take a trip back to a simpler time, one where the only thing you had to worry about was how much waiting in line you'd have to do for the next entry in the George Lucas-created saga. And for those who grew up in the late '70s and early '80s, where seeing a movie like "Star Wars" was imperative especially since the home video release could be a long, long time away, this one-hour documentary is a good example that speaks to the appetite for the series long after final chapter (at the time) had played out in cinemas.

Watch: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' & Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Get Trailer Mashup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 12:39 PM
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Star Wars Guardians Of The Galaxy
Will "Guardians Of The Galaxy" be "Star Wars" for the Marvel crowd? That will be determined in about a month or so, but certainly James Gunn's film is carrying that vibe. With wacky creatures, cheeky humor, and yes, plenty of big galaxy action, the thumbprint of George Lucas can be felt even from the trailers. But this mashup video takes things to the next level.

Watch: All The Words From 'Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope' In Alphabetical Order In 45 Minutes

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 4, 2014 11:05 AM
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Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
There are things in life you didn't know you needed until you have them, and then suddenly you can't live without them. A 40-minute YouTube video of very word spoken in “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” rearranged alphabetically... is not one of those things. But the internet is one of those things (not that you remember a time before it, probably, you whippersnapper), and it is the thing that brings us things we don't need at all but turn out to be really great. Like, say, a 40-minute Youtube video of very word spoken in “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” rearranged alphabetically. Which is amazing.

Watch: 2-Hour Annotated 'Star Wars' Video Explores The Myriad Influences That Shaped A Classic

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • May 30, 2014 10:26 AM
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Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope George Lucas
Let's talk about the influences that shaped "Star Wars" for a moment—everyone name checks Joseph Campbell's "The Heroes With A Thousand Faces," Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Forteress" and countless "Flash Gordon" serials. Those are certainly among the key touchstones that George Lucas re-imagined into the most influential franchise in movie history, but there are countless other points of reference that shaped the fertile mind of a young auteur.

'Star Wars' Trivia: 'Splinter Of The Mind's Eye' Was The Alternate Low Budget Sequel To 'A New Hope'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2014 5:34 PM
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Splinter Of The Mind's Eye
Unveiled today was the official casting news for "Star Wars: Episode 7," and as you might guess, the internet collectively flipped. But a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the entire saga could've taken a different turn. Before "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope" was a blockbuster smash, it was unknown entity, and George Lucas had alternate plans for his sci-fi series if it didn't become a behemoth.

William Friedkin Says He Passed On Producing 'Star Wars,' Warns Fans Not To Buy 'Sorcerer' DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 10:22 AM
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"Star Wars" lore goes that when George Lucas was putting his film together, no one could have guessed just how big it would become. Indeed, the space fantasy turned into a pop culture phenomenon, that even decades on, has rarely been matched. When Disney paid $4 billion just for the rights to the franchise, it spoke to the ongoing appeal and longevity of Lucas' creation, which makes it all the sobering to realize that Lucas initially had trouble finding a home for the project. And even his filmmaking friends Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin turned him down.

Harrison Ford Weighs In On “Greedo Shooting First” Controversy, Still Interested In ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 10:22 AM
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Harrison Ford, Blade Runner, Greedo
"Han shot first!" is what any "Star Wars" fan will rightly insist really happened in the original release release of "Star Wars." In case you somehow missed out, when George Lucas first released "Star Wars" in 1977, Han Solo found himself face-to-face with Greedo in Mos Eisley's cantina, with the alien looking to collect a debt Han owed to Jabba The Hut, and threatening the pilot's life with a blaster. But Han quickly dispatched Greedo, shooting him with a gun he kept hidden under the table. It was pretty cool. But for the 1997 theatrical release, George Lucas altered the scene, adding in footage that now had Greedo shooting first and missing, before Han fires back, killing him. Naturally, fans were incensed and to date, this is the only version of the scene available on DVD, and of the many tweaks Lucas made to his original trilogy after the fact, this is one of the most controversial. And now, Ford himself has weighed in.

U.K. Stage Actress Rumored For 'Star Wars 7' Plus Watch Mark Hamill & Harrison Ford Talk Trilogy On 'Today' In 1980

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 10, 2014 9:00 AM
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Just this week we learned from Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn that “Star Wars: Episode VII” has already begun filming and that casting is nearly complete, which means the search for the locked cast has only intensified. Aside from Adam Driver as the closest to a confirmed new role, a torrent of contenders including John Boyega, Ed Speelers, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, and Jesse Plemons have lingered still — so why not add a new potential frontrunner to the crowd?

Watch: 15-Minute 'Birth Of The Lightsaber' Mini-Doc Plus The 'Star Wars' Prequels Recapped In 10 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 11:29 AM
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Star Wars: Episode 3 — Revenge Of The Sith
As we await Disney to serve out the next morsel of information about "Star Wars: Episode 7," now is a good time to catch up on the series thus far in preparation for whatever J.J. Abrams and co. have in store. And today are two ways you can take a look back at the franchise.

Watch: George Lucas Talks Writing ‘Star Wars’ Prequels, Reaction To Original Trilogy In Vintage Interview

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 10, 2014 12:41 PM
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George Lucas Star Wars
After some major deals and a dose of new blood, the “Star Wars” franchise has finally reached the point where scores of new developments can be tracked with nary a mention of George Lucas within. Instead, J.J. Abrams continues to meet with every massive name around for potential roles in “Star Wars: Episode 7," but it wasn’t too long ago when a hint to the direction of the franchise came from one man alone, and today we’ve got a look back at that quaint time.

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