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Watch: Honest Trailer For Cold, Lifeless And Boring 'Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2014 2:19 PM
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Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones
While J.J. Abrams has been tasked with the monumental job of directing "Star Wars: Episode 7," he has a pretty low bar to clear. As long as it isn't as terrible as the prequels, everyone will be happy. And if you need a reminder of just how clunky George Lucas' return to the franchise was, Screen Junkies is here to help.

Watch: 'Star Wars' Day Greeting From J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2014 2:27 PM
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May the fourth be with you! As you know, Star Wars Day is here, and while fans were hoping for casting announcements....those broke earlier this week. So what's left? Well, if you're a fan of the extended universe, the first full trailer for the animated series "Star Wars Rebels" dropped (see below) giving fans a storyline that takes place between 'Episode III' and 'Episode IV.' But if you really want to know more about the movie, you're gonna have to wait.

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Official Cast Explored

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 30, 2014 2:27 PM
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Just when we think we're out, they pull us back in. With many of us here a little jaded about the prospect, not so much of the film itself, but of the months of speculation and debate and wringing wild meaning from the tiddiest of bits that lie between us and the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode VII" in December 2015, we were adopting a firm wait-and-see attitude toward casting rumors, and toward what those rumors might mean for the story. Well, we waited and saw, and yesterday's casting confirmation kind of had the effect of vaudeville-yanking us off the stage of our indifference: it's an intriguing, and we have to say, not obvious, lineup.

'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.

Watch: R2-D2 Goes To Outer Space In Special 'Star Wars' Day Message From NASA

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Rumors have been circulating that this Sunday, May 4th—aka Star Wars Day—will feature some kind of formal announcement about "Star Wars: Episode 7." Maybe it'll happen, maybe it won't, but here's something to hold you over until then. Read More »

Watch: 6-Minute Featurette Explores 'The Star Wars Expanded Universe: Past, Present, And Future'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2014 2:23 PM
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Even though it's always been sort of obvious right from the start, and reiterated a few times in the past, the upcoming "Star Wars" movies (just like their predecessors) will not be tangling or using anything from the expanded universe in books, comics, video games and more. Disney and Lucasfilm even issued a press release today to double confirm what we already know. That being said, that expanded universe has legions of fans and it's an important money train for Disney, so no surprise, they are more than happy to celebrate it.
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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.

Budget For 'Star Wars' Sequels Likely Around $200 Million, George Lucas Still Consulting On The Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 12:22 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
So, with "Star Wars: Episode 7" coming in just over 18 months, Disney is still playing their cards close to the vest. But honcho Alan Horn has been letting little morsels out of the bag, and today comes a few more minor but intriguing details about the size and scale of the films, as well as as where the production is at right now.

'Star Wars' Sequels Will Stick With Cinematic Canon, Won't Include Elements From Expanded Universe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 2:47 PM
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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Yeah, we know. If you're a diehard "Star Wars" fan, this is not really news at all, but confirmation of what you already know. But for the more casual viewer, or those who were perhaps hoping that the upcoming sequels would roll the dice with the established worlds and timelines laid out in George Lucas' six "Star Wars" movies, this bit of info is probably worth knowing.

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.

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