The truth: I was having trouble coming up with a Star Wars Day “May the Fourth” feature that would be just as good or better than what I wrote last year. I had more time then, I do a lot of reviews now, and my brain wasn’t working. Luckily, I ran into my friends Brad and Christine who provided me with an idea. Based on the passion with which they spoke about it, it seemed like something worth talking about, especially since “Hans shot first” is obviously out of the way. The question?
Why doesn’t Darth Vader or Obi-Wan acknowledge C-3PO (or R2-D2), when the former built Threepio as a child and hung around a lot with R2, and the latter spent so much time with them?
Here’s a cool way to celebrate May the 4th, the global party that’s taking place today for that long time ago in that galaxy far, far away. Of course, I am talking about Star Wars, cultural sensation of the cinema and the sci-fi adventure/action genre. A progenitor of so much culture which shaped Hollywood distribution, marketing, merchandising, and direction of story narrative. A film with an an overall embryonic sense of making a certain kind of movie which defined the term “blockbuster,” something which seems to be churned out like an assembly line today, as film after film gets produced with actors donned in non-humanistic costumes and thrust in front of a green screen with all the CGI polish, spit, and grit it can muster in successfully manifesting the final product. It all starts with Star Wars, but unlike a lot of the films it spawned and inspired, Star Wars remains the class act in the deck of cards, the joker of the chess set, the ultimate, all time popcorn classic.
And to help celebrate today, affectionately known by the legend “May the 4th” (as in “May the 4th Be With You”), are some early, rare interviews with two of the films major stars, Academy Award-winning (for the wonderful The Bridge on the River Kwai) Alec Guinness and still at-the-time looking to make his mark in Hollywood, Harrison Ford. Watch the video interviews from 1977 here below.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Peter Cushing forgot their lines, Chewbecca obstructed Alec Guinness‘ view, and other hilarious mishaps happened while on the set of the original Star Wars movie.
A new two and a half minute Star Wars blooper reel has made its way online, and it just gives us a look as to what happens when things don’t go as planned — seeing the Stormtroopers take a few stumbles, Peter Cushing embrace Carrie Fisher when he forgot his lines, and Harrison Ford eat his microphone when he flubbed his lines just shows that even the Force can’t help them remember what is going on. The video also shows how far technology has come. But the costumes and set pieces still remain to be some of the most convincing things about the film, despite how primitive it may look today. Hit the jump to see the full video.
As I have discussed on Disney In Depth recently, the purchase of three key film properties – Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm – that have further realized Disney’s influence in the entertainment industry. Even the 2004 acquisition of The Muppets has forever changed the outlook for Jim Henson’s most adored faces. All of these characters unite the geek community, even those who enjoy Disney. In this edition, I will share some popular YouTube videos that spoof Marvel Studios, Pixar, Muppet, Star Wars and “regular” Disney films by featuring some famous personalities from the whole Disney universe.