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Star Wars The Force Awakens WGA Q & A

The following is the transcript from a recent Writer’s Guild of America Q & A with the team behind Star Wars The Force Awakens – director J.J. Abrams, and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, moderated by Anthony Breznican. Spoilers below I feel like this year we had like an extra holiday. We had Thanksgiving, […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Empire Strikes Back

In which C3PO is a bad-ass In The Empire Strikes Back, a whole sub-plot about Wampas (the type of monster that attacks Luke out on patrol on his Tauntaun) infiltrating the rebel base on the ice planet of Hoth was mooted, even filmed, but the scenes didn’t make the final cut. If they had, maybe […]

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Garrick Hagon Remembers Batman

Did you know that the harassed tourist father at the beginning of Tim Burton’s Batman is Garrick Hagon, AKA Luke Skywalker’s Tattooine best bud, Biggs? We only discovered this recently. Attempts to contact Mr Hagon for our #89Batweek celebrations were unsuccessful, but fortunately Batmanonline interviewed him back in 2009. You can read the full (short) interview […]

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Rogue One And The Star Wars Saga Shot Comparisons

We’ve heard a lot about how the visual style of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One was intentionally more visceral at times, more hand-held and gritty than the classical structure of George Lucas’ original saga. Lucasfilm encouraged Edwards to bring the semi-improvisational, as it happens type sensibility from his low-budget debut Monsters to Rogue One – an approach […]

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Exclusive “Interview” with Harry Shearer

I’m heavily involved in the originaltrilogy.com forums, famous for spawning Jamie Benning and Adywan, among other things. There are usually very interesting discussions about the making of the original films going on there. I noticed a new thread about the voice dubbing done on A New Hope, one of which surprised me: The Death Star […]

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Unsung Heroes: Gerald Home, Return Of The Jedi’s Man Beneath the Masks

This month’s Unsung Hero played not one, but two alien background characters in Return Of The Jedi, yet is probably even more well known to the general public for an iconic advertising role, which we’ll get to later. I’m talking about Gerald Home. Belfast born Gerald Home moved to Australia at age 16, later attending […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Supercut Trailer

Did you enjoy the latest International trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens? Lots of lovely new footage, and cut in a story telling style, as opposed to a “greatest hits” anthology of the other trailers, some said. Well, it didn’t take long for someone (stuffedy)to incorporate it, as well as all the others, into […]

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Tarkin Care Of Business: Rogue One’s Digital Peter Cushing And Princess Leia

One of the most exciting, groundbreaking and controversial elements of Rogue One A Star Wars Story, is the inclusion of a character, Grand Moff Tarkin, played in the original Star Wars by the now deceased Peter Cushing. Controversial, because the method used was a CG scan of his face over a physically similar actor (Holby […]

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Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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Intermission Talk To Filmumentary Creator Jamie Benning

We’re pleased to share with you a new interview with our friend Jamie Benning, via a great new site, Intermission (you can also follow them on Twitter). Jamie as you should now by now, creates “Filmumentaries” unique takes on some of our favourite films, like the original Star Wars saga, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and […]

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