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Review: “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

The Empire Strikes Back - Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader lightsaber duel in Cloud City

“Star Wars”… sigh, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” is the greatest standalone science-fiction movie of all time. It tells a complete story and you can enjoy it without watching another second of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and company.

But in doing so, you’d deprive yourself of the greatest sci-fi film of all time — “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” — no qualifiers necessary. I’ll probably pack this flashback/review with more hyperbole, but this is a generation-influencing masterpiece the likes of which we’ve rarely seen since. Continue reading Review: “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

George Lucas says the force is with J.J. Abrams for “Star Wars: Episode VII”

George Lucas Star WarsJ.J. Abrams has been getting a lot of love as being the ideal successor to take over the Star Wars franchise starting with “Episode VII” and he’s got another big fan in Star Wars creator George Lucas himself.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Lucas shared his thoughts on the future of the franchise under Abrams’ direction.

“Yeah, [I’m excited]. J.J.’s a great director and we’re friends,” Lucas said. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works.”

For those prequel haters who may be concerned that Lucas will be overly involved, he says he will have very limited involvement if at all.

“If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”

Why I’m out of the #GameofThrones business after tonight’s episode

Robb-Stark-game-of-thrones-20337379-1280-720I’m of the mindset a TV series really starts to show you what it’s about during its third season. The writers can skate by with a decent formula for two seasons, but by the third it’s time to prove if it’s going to be a legitimate classic or one

“Lost” reached its moment of truth after its first six episodes of the third season, but when it resumed from that mini-hiatus, it went on a daring, creative path and the writers never looked back as they constantly kept challenging viewers to not expect status quo. By its third season, “Heroes” revealed that season 2 writer’s strike aside, it was a one season wonder. More recently, “The Walking Dead” had to up the ante after a slow-paced “Search for Sophia” arc that many complained went nowhere and the creators responded with an unpredictable season filled with many memorable and shocking moments.

Tonight’s episode of “Game of Thrones” marked its ninth episode of its third season, which marks my final episode with the series. From here on out, this is going into to Spoiler-Ville folks. Continue reading Why I’m out of the #GameofThrones business after tonight’s episode

J.J. Abrams gives some early thoughts on “Star Wars: Episode VII”

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2011/06/09/ap110608074727_custom-db373f0370bf518ef429bb19e7ed66c05855bcf1-s6-c10.jpgAs he’s beginning the promotional rounds for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” a sequel to one of the better reboots in the last decade, J.J. Abrams is in the unfamiliar territory of people more curious about his next project than the one he’s just completed. Course it’s not every day you get tabbed to take over one of the most revered franchises in movie history.

I’ve said it before, but there was no better choice to handle the next era of Star Wars films than Abrams, a brilliant filmmaker who excels at exceeding audience expectations.

In a recent interview with Playboy (who knew they can still get exclusives these days?) Abrams shared some insight on his direction for what is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated sequels ever. Continue reading J.J. Abrams gives some early thoughts on “Star Wars: Episode VII”

George Lucas says Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher negotiations nearly wrapped

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford from Star WarsTime to end all the speculation. “Star Wars” big three are returning for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” So says “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.

In Bloomberg Businessweek, George Lucas said: “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation.” Continue reading George Lucas says Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher negotiations nearly wrapped

Official press release confirms J.J. Abrams will be directing new Star Wars

When geniuses collaborate. What will George Lucas and J.J. Abrams have in store for "Star Wars: Episode VII?"
When geniuses collaborate. What will George Lucas and J.J. Abrams have in store for “Star Wars: Episode VII?”

Lucasfilm confirmed the excitedly worst-kept secret in the last 24-hours: J.J. Abrams is directing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but also of very intriguing note — Abrams will be consulting with Lawrence Kasdan (writer of the best “Star Wars” film to date – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”) and working with his producing partner Bryan Burk, who’s worked with Abrams on “Cloverfield,” “Alias,” “Lost” and “Fringe” among other projects.

And I am officially ready to geek out and start my countdown for 2015 when we’re getting both “Avengers 2″ and “Episode 7.” Can you say the best movie year of this decade??

Here’s the official release: Continue reading Official press release confirms J.J. Abrams will be directing new Star Wars

Harrison Ford to return to “Star Wars”? And more Episode 7 news

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Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) greets Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in “Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.”

Beyond the joy of election season finally being over and done with today, the other exciting bit of news I found today courtesy of EW.com is that Harrison Ford a.k.a. Han “I shot first” Solo is open to returning to the series that made him a worldwide box office star. Continue reading Harrison Ford to return to “Star Wars”? And more Episode 7 news