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May the 4th Be With You — Happy Star Wars Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Star Wars Day (“May the 4th Be With You”) by checking out the Star Wars Instagram photos. One of the highlights is Darth Vader’s selfie.

Critics Write About Our First Encounters with Star Wars

posted by Nell Minow

The latest Criticwire survey asks for our first encounters with “Star Wars.” I had a lot of fun writing about mine: A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away, or at least that’s how it seems now, my […]

Trailer — Star Wars: The Force Awakens

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 2015! Here’s What’s Coming to Theaters This Year

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 2015! Some of the most highly anticipated films we expect this year are sequels. We’re going to get the rebooted “Star Wars” called “The Force Awakens,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, as well as […]

Trailer: Star Wars — The Force Awakens

posted by Nell Minow

This is AWESOME!

Lupita Nyong’o Joins the Cast of the New “Star Wars”

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast of the new “Star Wars” film. Very exciting news!

May the 4th Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day!

posted by Nell Minow

And catch the Cantina Band auditions, featuring Chris Daughtry, Ben Folds, Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick Springfield, Weird Al, Lisa Loeb, and mc chris.

The Cast of the New “Star Wars” Movie Includes Oscar Isaac

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to hear that Oscar Isaac, whose performance as the title character in “Inside Llewyn Davis” was my favorite of 2013, will play a lead role in the new “Star Wars” movie.  Also announced for the cast: the legendary […]

Long-lost George Lucas “Star Wars” Film

posted by Nell Minow

Esquire has a fascinating story about a short film called “Black Angel,”  “created to accompany The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars‘ pioneering set decorator Roger Christian and a special request by the big man himself, […]

“Girls'” Adam Driver May Be the Next “Star Wars” Villain

posted by Nell Minow

Adam Driver of “Girls” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” is likely to be the bad guy in the rebooted “Star Wars,” now in pre-production. Rolling Stone’s engaging profile describes Driver as an oddity, with an elongated face that has the striking […]

Chewbacca’s Private Pictures

posted by Nell Minow

The actor who played Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy has been tweeting his utterly charming backstage photos of everything from a birthday celebration for Alec Guinness to, yes, Carrie Fisher and her stand-in wearing the harem outfit.  Be […]

Did Obi-Wan Try to Tell Luke the Truth? Deleted “Star Wars” Scene

posted by Nell Minow

Moviefone has a long-lost deleted scene from “Return of the Jedi” that would have changed the way we look at the Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.  “Obi-Wan would have told you long ago had I let him.”  Why do […]

Mark Your Calendars for the Next Star Wars Chapter

posted by Nell Minow

December 18, 2015 — just a little more than two years away!  Stay tuned for updates on casting and more.

The Next Star Wars Films: Locations

posted by Nell Minow

Director J.J. Abrams is getting ready to begin filming of the next cycle of “Star Wars” movies.  And every studio and location in the world — literally — wants to host them.  Variety quotes Albuquerque Studios president Gary Arnold: “Every […]

J.J. Abrams to Direct the new Star Wars

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted with the news that J.J. Abrams will direct the new Disney-produced “Star Wars” movie.  The man behind the “Lost,” “Fringe,” “Felicity,” and “Alias” television series has shown himself to be adept at being true to established franchises […]

“Star Wars” Rumor #1 Is a Great One!

posted by Nell Minow

The first rumor following the Disney purchase of Lucasfilms is that the screenplay for the new “Star Wars” movie scheduled for 2015 could be written by Michael Arndt, who wrote “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3.”  He would be […]

Disney Buys Lucasfilm and Announces a New Star Wars Trilogy

posted by Nell Minow

The Force is going to be a whole new generation.  Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion and has announced that it will produce a new Star Wars trilogy, with the first one coming out in 2015.  As all true fans […]

For Dad: Darth Vader and Son

posted by Nell Minow

If Dad’s a big Star Wars fan, he’ll appreciate the very cute Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown. What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if “Luke, I am your father” was just a […]

Happy Anniversary, “Star Wars!”

posted by Nell Minow

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, my mom gave me a preview ticket for a movie and I went knowing nothing about it except that it was made by the director of “American Graffiti” and co-starred Alec […]

Shatner vs. Fisher on ‘Star Trek’ vs. ‘Star Wars’

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert reports that “Star Trek” captain William Shatner and “Star Wars” princess Carrie Fisher are engaged in a battle bigger than anything involving Klingons or The Empire — the relative merits of their two franchises.  Check out the warring […]

It’s Not Your Daddy’s ‘Star Wars’

posted by Nell Minow

Just last week, I decided to watch the original 1977 “Star Wars” again and enjoyed it very much.  I’ve lost count of how many times I have seen it, but I can tell you that when my then-fiance and I […]

New ‘Star Wars’ Blu-Ray Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

George Lucas can’t stop fiddling with “Star Wars.” This week’s highly anticipated Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga films has 40 hours of extra material, which will make the fan-boys happy, but it also tinkers with the original […]

Darth Vader Loves Volkswagen

posted by Nell Minow

I love this commercial! Thanks to my friend Sammie Young for sharing this with me.

Fanboys

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for pervasive crude and sexual material, language and drug content
Movie Release Date:February 20, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for pervasive crude and sexual material, language and drug content
Movie Release Date: February 20, 2009

“Fanboys” has less of a sense of humor about its subjects than they do about themselves. It is so afraid of offending the demographic that it cannot decide if it is making fun of passionate fans of popular culture or […]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking.
Movie Release Date:August 13, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 11, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking.
Movie Release Date: August 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008

Oh, George Lucas. Please stop diluting the franchise. This latest all-animated iteration of “Star Wars” has a relationship to the original somewhere along the lines of the relationship of a homeopathic ingredient to the ultimate concoction. It has been diluted […]

Star Wars

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1977
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1977

In what is now Episode 4 but what was the first episode filmed, the story starts right in the middle of the action, with a battle on a spaceship. Two robots or “droids” escape, the elegant C-3PO and his counterpart, […]

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