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The Empire Strikes Back Gets The Last Jedi Trailer Treatment

Unusual Suspects has put together a truly awesome trailer for The Empire Strikes Back featuring the score and the style of the trailer for The Last Jedi.  A lot of people criticized The Force Awakens for drawing too heavily from A New Hope, but I don’t think that criticism is going to be valid for Empire and TLJ (for the record, I think it’s a lazy critique of the first film in the sequel trilogy).  At any rate, this is just a well-done piece of Star Wars candy to get you through your week.  You can click here to see all six prior saga trilogy films get this same sort of treatment with the music and style of The Force Awakens trailer.

Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley

Star Wars Episode VIII Fan Made Poster Gallery

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Star Wars fans have a long history of creating some of the best fan art and fan made posters cinema has ever seen.  Episode VII, especially, and the speculation surrounding it brought out the best in the fan community and, as much as I love the official poster, there are some fan posters that are just as good if not better.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story too had a number of amazing fan posters created that were on par with the official banner.  Where movie posters have become a lost art, Star Wars has always had gorgeous official posters, and-since the advent of the Internet-fans have been able to share their own amazing work with the global fan community.  Episode VIII is next on the radar, and-while it is early-there are already a number of outstanding posters online.  I apologize to the artists for not being able to track down the names for most of them, and it IS early (I think the secrecy behind the plot has a lot of fan artists waiting for the first trailer to show some iconic imagery to work with), but here’s an early gallery of some of the best Episode VIII posters.

What to do about Carrie Fisher? The Episode IX Dilemma.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Han Solo, Princess Leia

It’s a question all Star Wars fans have been asking since the tragic death of Carrie Fisher last month: “How big a deal is this going to be for the finale of the current trilogy?”  Unfortunately, it’s a really big deal. A movie (yes, even a Star Wars movie) next to the life of a person is nothing at all, but Leia is going be the largest part of her acting legacy. I don’t think it’s out of line for fans to be concerned for the future of Leia, for in our concern for the character, we’re also safeguarding Fisher’s decades-long investment in the character.

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Top 5: Princess Leia Moments (Thank you, Carrie)

Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars

Ask any guy who grew up with Star Wars, and we’ll admit it: we were all in love with her at some point.  She blasted Stormtroopers, piloted speeder bikes, commanded armies, and choked out a Hutt in the hottest outfit in film history.  She was the only girl action figure most of us kept around.  She was awesome, and we loved her for it, and part of us always will.  So until we’re all one with the Force, here are my five favorite Leia memories.

1. Aren’t You a Little Short to be a Stormtrooper? (A New Hope)

2. You Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder! (The Empire Strikes Back)

3. I love you.  I know. (The Empire Strikes Back)

4. Slave Leia Chokes a Hutt OUT (Return of the Jedi)

5. I Always Hated Watching You Leave (The Force Awakens)

The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, Star Wars
Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016) *We’ve Lost Our Princess* UPDATED

Carrie Fisher

This was a post I was praying I was not going to have to write, but given the guarded news regarding Carrie Fisher’s condition ever since she suffered a heart attack on an airplane days ago, I think all Star Wars fans were steeling themselves for this news. 2016 has taken from us so many of the greats. It saddens me beyond words to add Fisher-Star Wars’ royalty-to that number. It’s deeply tragic on a number of levels, but to see someone who has fought all her life to keep her demons at bay, seemingly overcome them with a return to the role that made us all fall in love with her last year, only to have a resurgent life and career cut short. There’s a line from Episode VII referencing her character: “To me, she’ll always be royalty.” And to me she always will. I will be pasting below the official obituary from The New York Times, followed by a reworked paragraph I wrote when the news of her cardiac episode first broke speculating on what this means for the series (shallow and trivial as that seems compared to a life). We will get to see her as Princess Leia one last time when Star Wars Episode VIII opens in December 2017.

*UPDATE: I am saddened beyond words to have to add that 24 hours after her daughter’s death, screen legend Debbie Reynolds passed away from a stroke.  I can’t bear to do another post on this tragedy, but just as I’ll always remember Fisher trading quips with Ford on the Falcon, I’ll always remember Reynolds singing in the rain.  2016 cannot end quickly enough.

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