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Watch: 1978 Screen Test For Boba Fett In 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 11:41 AM
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While the crass commercialism for George Lucas, Lucasfilm and the "Star Wars" series in general can be galling at times, it's often easy to forget how much work went into building the franchise into what it is today. From a little sci-fi oddity to a worldwide blockbuster and instant pop culture sensation, ever since the first film dropped in 1977, Lucas was been involved in pretty much every meticulous step along the way. And while Boba Fett initially seemed like a throwaway character that the public latched on to, this perhaps suggests Lucas knew it would catch on.

Marvel Wants To Meet Vin Diesel For Some Reason & Armie Hammer Is Not Ant-Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 10:40 PM
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It seems rumors are flying fast and furious this week for nerd franchises, so let's get a handle on them, and kick off with one that is actually legit, followed by a couple others that are sort of ridiculous...

Neill Blomkamp Says He Wouldn't Be The Right Director For A 'Star Wars' Movie

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 17, 2013 9:40 AM
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“Star Wars” may be in the hands of J.J. Abrams now, but what will happen in the not-so-far-away future? After all, will Abrams direct an entire trilogy? What about the spin-off films that are in the works? Who will direct those ones? Just when you thought the fan speculation had been struck down, it’s become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. One of the most mentioned directors when it comes to “Star Wars” is Neill Blomkamp. IGN recently caught up with him to test the “Star Wars” waters again and he revealed why he would not want to be a part of the legacy.

'Star Wars' Rumor Roundup Plus A Vintage 1977 Burger Chef Promo TV Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 1:21 PM
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A couple "Star Wars" rumors have been floating through the interwebs over the last week, ranging from the absurd to the plausible so let's dive right in....

Joel Edgerton Talks 'Wish You Were Here,' Replacing Ben Affleck On 'Gatsby,' 'Jane Got A Gun' Rumors & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2013 11:04 AM
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Dave Flannery seems to have it all, with a beautiful wife, two young kids, a home with a great view and a business that has managed to ride out the economic crisis. But Dave is also a man desperately trying to keep those very things from slipping away. Recently hitting Cambodia for some R&R with his wife, his wife's sister and her boyfriend, the four of them went, but only three came back. For now, the authorities are being kept in the dark as Dave and everyone else hopes the missing man will return, but it isn't long before dark secrets surface, altering everything they thought they knew about that wild night in Cambodia...

Al Pacino Reveals Why He Turned Down Playing Han Solo In 'Star Wars'; Leonard Nimoy Thinks Spock Can Crossover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 3:12 PM
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While Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher formed the core that would go on to create one of the biggest sci-fi franchise in history with "Star Wars," things could have played out much, much differently. Sissy Spacek or Cindy Williams could have been Princess Leia, while a gallery of tough dudes like Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Walken were all in the running for Han Solo. Another actor in the mix? Al Pacino. Yes really.

Yes, George Lucas Was Already Talking About 'Star Wars' Prequels In 1981

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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Believe it or not, “Return of the Jedi” turns 30 this year. Now before you start to think about how old you are, why not enjoy this interesting little nugget? Author J.W. Rinzler’s book “The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” comes out later this year and The Huffington Post has gotten their hands on a little excerpt that will definitely perk the interest of any "Star Wars" fan.

Damon Lindelof Suggests He Could Be Involved In A Future 'Star Wars' Feature; Gives More Hints About 'Tomorrowland'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 20, 2013 4:05 PM
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Damon Lindelof
Nerds, start your hate-tweets: Damon Lindelof, one of the most celebrated and reviled writers in the geek universe, suggests in an interview with Grantland where he doesn't acknowledge or even try to explain the dozens of gaping plot holes and leaps in logic in "Star Trek Into Darkness" (which he co-wrote), that he will probably be involved in one of Disney's upcoming "Star Wars" projects (the crop that will begin with J.J. Abrams' 2015 film). In basements all across the country, angry blog posts are already being written. Lindelof also gave some more details about "Tomorrowland," his secretive Disney project with Brad Bird, which are pretty exciting for any fan of sci-fi.

Rumor: Jonathan Rhys Meyers In Talks For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Role

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2013 9:25 AM
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Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Now "Star Trek Into Darkness" is in theaters (to somewhat underwhelming grosses), JJ Abrams attention will now move exclusively (well, excluding the dozens of projects in the works at his company Bad Robot -- read about those here) toward "Star Wars Episode VII," his much-anticipated renewal of the OTHER geek-beloved space franchise. And with the film due for release in the summer of 2015, we should start to hear about new casting for the series, beyond what we already know -- e.g. that original central trio of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are returning in some degree.

Watch: J.J. Abrams Gets Notes On 'Star Wars Episode VII' From Billy Dee Williams & William Shatner

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 17, 2013 1:20 PM
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The Star Wars prequels weren’t exactly well-received by fans of the franchise, with many irked by a variety of plot points in those first three episodes. Well Jimmy Kimmel has a great idea for how J.J. Abrams can avoid that problem this time around – take ideas directly from the fans. Now we’d suggest that if he’s going to take fan ideas, Abrams should go look no further than one Patton Oswalt. But sadly with Patton not around, Kimmel instead pointed J.J. in the direction of his studio audience.

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