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Star Wars is Disney’s flagship property of 2015 and very understandably so. Lucasfilm and the Star Wars brand is the company’s biggest acquisition since Marvel and we’re only a few months away from the next chapter in the saga hitting theaters – one that’s almost 40 years in the making. Disney and Lucasfilm, alongside the cast (new and old) stole the show at this year’s Star Wars Celebration, San Diego Comic-Con, and Disney D23 events, among others, to promote Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – in addition to spinoffs, sequels, merchandise and even theme park expansions – while somehow keeping story details close the vest.

And now the new heroes and villains are stealing the cover(s) of Empire Magazine. Let’s take a closer look at The Resistance and The First Order, the new embattled factions in the galaxy 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

Empire shared one of their two variant covers for next Thursday’s issue of the magazine. The exclusive, fold-out covers give readers a choice to make when picking up the issue: the light side or the dark. The first image features the new trio of villains: the crossguard lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the young General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and the mighty chrome Stormtrooper Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).

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Note the location set within the hangar bay of future version of an Imperial Star Destroyer, complete with updated Tie Fighters and Stormtroopers. Released later via Empire’s Twitter account is the second variant cover, featuring – as we suspected – the trio of new heroes. Sorry, no Luke Skywalker official reveal just yet:

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From the left, we have Stormtrooper-turned-lightsaber-wielder Finn (John Boyega), the desert scavenger from Jakku, Rey (Daisy Ridley), and ace X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). New droid BB-8 and the iconic Millennium Falcon make an appearance as well. The imagery and details reveal nothing new but highlight the new characters we’ll follow along throughout the next trilogy of Star Wars movies.

All we need now is a third variant cover (perhaps closer to the film’s December release date?) featuring the original trio of heroes: Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Luke (Mark Hamill) alongside Chewbacca and returning droids C3PO and R2-D2. Empire preview issue hits shelves Thursday 27 August.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars film on May 25, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars standalone film in 2020.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: J.J. Abrams explains what’s in a name

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Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) finally return this holiday to help continue the Star Wars saga more than three decades after they helped eliminate the second Death Star at the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. And they’ll be joined by friends and enemies, new and old, from Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C3PO, to a wealth of fresh faces set to lead the way through the next three episodic installments.

Thanks to Lucasfilm making appearances at events including Star Wars Celebration and Comic-Con International throughout the year, we finally know (officially) who’s playing who in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens when it comes to new cast members, but there’s more to it than that. Each new character name is important, especially knowing how iconic the names of the original trilogy characters became. Some hint at the larger lore of the growing Star Wars universe while others tease mysterious connections to what came before.

In a cover story interview with Star Wars 7 director J.J. Abrams, EW has helped to break down what went into the creation and naming of the new lead characters from a galaxy far, far away.

The Force Awakens Characters Guide

Finn and Rey

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Of all the new characters leading the third trilogy of the Star Wars saga, the two most notable stars of the marketing materials and event appearances thus far don’t yet have their full names revealed. Daisy Ridley is playing Rey and John Boyega is playing Finn. We know the former is a scavenger living on the desert planet Jakku who meets an ex-Stormtrooper named Finn and together they eventually cross paths with Han Solo and Chewbacca. The pair represent the new heroes on this journey.

But there’s more to these two and their involvement in the saga but details remain clouded in typical J.J. Abrams-style mystery. The last names of Finn and Rey are being held back with reason says Abrams, fueling speculation that one or both are connected to characters we already know in the lore. “I will only say about that that it is completely intentional that their last names aren’t public record.”

Poe Dameron

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If Rebel Alliance ace pilot Wedge Antilles was a lead character in the original trilogy, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron would be his replacement in Episodes 7-9. Dameron is one of the three new lead heroes set to be introduced in The Force Awakens but his name isn’t integral to the story or tied to classic characters, and no, it’s also not a nod to Nicolas Cage’s Con-Air protagonist Cameron Poe.

“Poe Dameron” is simply a familiar sounding name to J.J. Abrams and is partly derived from the last name of his assistant, Morgan Dameron. The name Poe Dameron, especially the first name, was at first temporary but it sort of stuck. As it turns out, Poe happens to be the name of Abrams’ daughter’s toy polar bar too.

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BB-8, the lovable gyro droid that fully functions practically and is based on Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars design art, is poised to be the new generation’s R2-D2, dome head and all. Just like fans met R2 after he and C3P0 crash-landed on the desert planet Tatooine, so to will fans meet BB-8 on another desert planet known as Jakku.

As for the BB-8 droid designation, this one was an easy one that just stuck from the beginning for J.J. Abrams. No other names were considered according to the director. “I named him BB-8 because it was almost onomatopoeia. It was sort of how he looked to me, with the 8, obviously, and then the 2 B’s.”

General Hux

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The most mysterious character of the main cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was that of Domhnall Gleeson’s. Is he a hero, a villain, neither or both? Gleeson is actually playing an officer – a young General – in the remnants of the Empire, now known as The First Order. He’s in a position of power but how he got there so young and what he plans to do with his fleet and armies remains a mystery.

His name isn’t a mystery however – it just popped up while Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence “Larry” Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) were talking story ideas. They sometimes did this in cemeteries as well, looking at the last names of the deceased. “Larry and I would walk all over the place when we were breaking the story, and we would record our conversations. We were walking through a cemetery that’s near the Bad Robot offices, and we would often, as we were talking about characters, sort of just be glancing at names to see if any of them stuck. I don’t believe that Hux came from there, but it may have.”

Captain Phasma

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Gwendoline Christie, who plays fan-favorite warrior Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones, suits up in another cool suit of armor for her role in the Star Wars universe – a chrome variant of the iconic Stormtrooper armor. Christie plays the mighty Captain Phasma of The First Order who’s yet to be seen without her helm. She’s a hunter reportedly seeking out Finn for defecting.

Phasma’s name, according to Abrams, comes from the Phantasm horror movie series and was chosen simply because “Phasma sounds really cool.” Abrams shares a connection to Angus Scrimm who plays The Tall Man in all four Phantasm films (and the upcoming fifth installment) from working with him on several episodes of Alias.

Kylo Ren

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The name Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is actually an acquired one in the story, hinting that the villainous character’s real name is important to the larger Star Wars mythos. Cue the Han or Luke offspring theories.

“Ren” is actually a clan name of sorts for a new faction set to be introduced in Star Wars 7 dubbed the Knights of Ren. Who they are and how they fit into the Star Wars saga going forward remains a mystery. If Kylo’s introduction via marketing materials thus far is of any indication though, the Knights of Ren seem to have Sith connections and perhaps are comprised of force-sensitive warriors. Kylo Ren’s unique crossguard lightsaber is something he constructs himself.

Source: ScreenRant and Enterteinment Weekly.

Apparently, Warner Bros. has signed a deal to franchise hell itself, as the studio recently announced it has picked up a feature pitch titled Dante’s Inferno, which would bring Dante Alighieri’s legendary poem Inferno to life on the big screen. Tentatively title Dante’s Inferno, the screenplay is being touted as an epic scale love story that revolves around a man braving the nine circles of hell for his love. The film was pitched by relative newcomer Dwain Worrell, who has previously written only two other features, Operator (2015) and Walking the Dead (2010).

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Inferno is one of the most famous pieces ever written by Dante Alighieri. It is just one part of a three part epic poem titled The Divine Comedy, which is one of the key writings in Italian literature. The entire set of poetry took twelve years to complete, finishing in the year 1320, just a year before Alighieri passed away. Dante’s Inferno is one of those pieces that is often referenced in passing, but few are actually familiar with the scope of its influence on modern religion. The very concept of hell as a physical place where tortures and pain occur, as well as many of the modern ideas about Satan are a literary construct of Inferno, rather than anything found in the Bible.

charonThe original poem, which begins on Easter weekend in the year 1300, is divided in 100 cantos and split into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. Dante himself is the main character who, finding himself lost after the death of his beloved Beatrice, is met in the woods by the long-dead poet Virgil. In Dante’s Inferno, Virgil guides Dante through the nine circles of Hell (Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery), revealing various eternal torments suffered by different kinds of sinners. Although it deals with religious themes, the poem is far from a theological work. Instead, Inferno is a tale about humanity and our moral struggles that simply borrows from various religions and mythology to aid in its literary construct.

According to the outlet, this new version of Dante’s Inferno will see Dante travel “through the nine circles of hell to save the woman he loves.” Although the specifics of this iteration of the tale have not yet been revealed, an attempt to “save” Beatrice is not part of the original poem. In fact, it is Beatrice (in real life, the inspiration for Dante’s “Vita Nuova”) who saves Dante, appearing in the Earthly paradise at the very end of “Purgatorio,” taking over for Virgil and serving as Dante’s guide through “Paradiso.”

The script is in the preliminary stages of development at this point, with no cast or director officially attached. We know that the tale has been pitched as a love story, which will no doubt make the characters and their struggles far more accessible.

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dantes_inferno_cover_artDante’s Inferno is truly an epic piece that has influenced countless other media, including modern comic books like Hellblazer, which was developed into the television show Constantine. In fact, DC Comics actually released a six-issue Dante’s Inferno comic book series in 2009, tying into the EA video game of the same name. If the film goes well and Warner produces all three parts of The Divine Comedy, then we may well be looking at a film series that is as epic in scale as the Lord of the Rings and Hobbitt trilogies. No release date or filming dates, cast or director have been mentioned, since the project is in the preliminary stages.

Various filmic takes on Dante’s Inferno stretch as far back as Giuseppe de Liguoro’s 1911 silent film, L’Inferno (click here to watch on YouTube) and more recently 1998 movie What Dreams May Come took Dante’s text elements to show actor Robin Williams in a descent into hell to save his wife’s soul. This Warner Bros. version has contemporary competition, however, as Universal Pictures has their own plans for a Dante’s Inferno movie. To be directed by Evil Dead‘s Fede Alvarez, the Universal version is based on the Electronic Arts video game of the same name. Although it its set in the early 14th century, the game version reimagines Alighieri as a Templar Knight and also sets Dante on a mission to save Beatrice’s soul.

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PARADISE – CANTO I

His glory, by whose might all things are mov’d,
Pierces the universe, and in one part
Sheds more resplendence, elsewhere less.  In heav’n,
That largeliest of his light partakes, was I,
Witness of things, which to relate again
Surpasseth power of him who comes from thence;
For that, so near approaching its desire
Our intellect is to such depth absorb’d,
That memory cannot follow.  Nathless all,
That in my thoughts I of that sacred realm
Could store, shall now be matter of my song.

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     Benign Apollo! this last labour aid,
And make me such a vessel of thy worth,
As thy own laurel claims of me belov’d.
Thus far hath one of steep Parnassus’ brows
Suffic’d me; henceforth there is need of both
For my remaining enterprise Do thou
Enter into my bosom, and there breathe
So, as when Marsyas by thy hand was dragg’d
Forth from his limbs unsheath’d.  O power divine!
If thou to me of shine impart so much,
That of that happy realm the shadow’d form
Trac’d in my thoughts I may set forth to view,
Thou shalt behold me of thy favour’d tree
Come to the foot, and crown myself with leaves;
For to that honour thou, and my high theme
Will fit me.  If but seldom, mighty Sire!
To grace his triumph gathers thence a wreath
Caesar or bard (more shame for human wills
Deprav’d) joy to the Delphic god must spring
From the Pierian foliage, when one breast
Is with such thirst inspir’d.  From a small spark
Great flame hath risen: after me perchance
Others with better voice may pray, and gain
From the Cirrhaean city answer kind.

     Through diver passages, the world’s bright lamp
Rises to mortals, but through that which joins
Four circles with the threefold cross, in best
Course, and in happiest constellation set
He comes, and to the worldly wax best gives
Its temper and impression.  Morning there,
Here eve was by almost such passage made;
And whiteness had o’erspread that hemisphere,
Blackness the other part; when to the left
I saw Beatrice turn’d, and on the sun
Gazing, as never eagle fix’d his ken.
As from the first a second beam is wont
To issue, and reflected upwards rise,
E’en as a pilgrim bent on his return,
So of her act, that through the eyesight pass’d
Into my fancy, mine was form’d; and straight,
Beyond our mortal wont, I fix’d mine eyes
Upon the sun.  Much is allowed us there,
That here exceeds our pow’r; thanks to the place
Made for the dwelling of the human kind

     I suffer’d it not long, and yet so long
That I beheld it bick’ring sparks around,
As iron that comes boiling from the fire.
And suddenly upon the day appear’d
A day new-ris’n, as he, who hath the power,
Had with another sun bedeck’d the sky.

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     Her eyes fast fix’d on the eternal wheels,
Beatrice stood unmov’d; and I with ken
Fix’d upon her, from upward gaze remov’d
At her aspect, such inwardly became
As Glaucus, when he tasted of the herb,
That made him peer among the ocean gods;
Words may not tell of that transhuman change:
And therefore let the example serve, though weak,
For those whom grace hath better proof in store

     If I were only what thou didst create,
Then newly, Love! by whom the heav’n is rul’d,
Thou know’st, who by thy light didst bear me up.
Whenas the wheel which thou dost ever guide,
Desired Spirit! with its harmony
Temper’d of thee and measur’d, charm’d mine ear,
Then seem’d to me so much of heav’n to blaze
With the sun’s flame, that rain or flood ne’er made
A lake so broad.  The newness of the sound,
And that great light, inflam’d me with desire,
Keener than e’er was felt, to know their cause.

     Whence she who saw me, clearly as myself,
To calm my troubled mind, before I ask’d,
Open’d her lips, and gracious thus began:
“With false imagination thou thyself
Mak’st dull, so that thou seest not the thing,
Which thou hadst seen, had that been shaken off.
Thou art not on the earth as thou believ’st;
For light’ning scap’d from its own proper place
Ne’er ran, as thou hast hither now return’d.”

     Although divested of my first-rais’d doubt,
By those brief words, accompanied with smiles,
Yet in new doubt was I entangled more,
And said: “Already satisfied, I rest
From admiration deep, but now admire
How I above those lighter bodies rise.”

     Whence, after utt’rance of a piteous sigh,
She tow’rds me bent her eyes, with such a look,
As on her frenzied child a mother casts;
Then thus began: “Among themselves all things
Have order; and from hence the form, which makes
The universe resemble God.  In this
The higher creatures see the printed steps
Of that eternal worth, which is the end
Whither the line is drawn.  All natures lean,
In this their order, diversely, some more,
Some less approaching to their primal source.
Thus they to different havens are mov’d on
Through the vast sea of being, and each one
With instinct giv’n, that bears it in its course;
This to the lunar sphere directs the fire,
This prompts the hearts of mortal animals,
This the brute earth together knits, and binds.
Nor only creatures, void of intellect,
Are aim’d at by this bow; but even those,
That have intelligence and love, are pierc’d.
That Providence, who so well orders all,
With her own light makes ever calm the heaven,
In which the substance, that hath greatest speed,
Is turn’d: and thither now, as to our seat
Predestin’d, we are carried by the force
Of that strong cord, that never looses dart,
But at fair aim and glad.  Yet is it true,
That as ofttimes but ill accords the form
To the design of art, through sluggishness
Of unreplying matter, so this course
Is sometimes quitted by the creature, who
Hath power, directed thus, to bend elsewhere;
As from a cloud the fire is seen to fall,
From its original impulse warp’d, to earth,
By vicious fondness.  Thou no more admire
Thy soaring, (if I rightly deem,) than lapse
Of torrent downwards from a mountain’s height.
There would in thee for wonder be more cause,
If, free of hind’rance, thou hadst fix’d thyself
Below, like fire unmoving on the earth.”

     So said, she turn’d toward the heav’n her face.

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Read on-line or download the complete Dante’s The Divine Comedy The Vision of Paradise, Purgatory, and Hell (Project Gutenberg). Source text: Coming Soon  and Screen Rant. Source for Gustave Doré’s illustrations from The vision of Purgatory and Paradise by Dante Alighieri (London and New York: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin [1868?]: The Word of Dante.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (also known as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens) is directed by J. J. Abrams and it is the seventh installment in the episodic Star Wars film series. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker reprising roles from previous films. The story is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983).

The Force Awakens will be the first film in the planned third Star Wars trilogy announced after The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. It is produced by Abrams, his long-time collaborator Bryan Burk, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of the original trilogy films The Empire Strikes Backand Return of the Jedi. Abrams and Kasdan rewrote an initial script by Michael Arndt, who also wrote the story treatment. John Williams returns to compose the score, and Star Wars creator George Lucas serves as creative consultant.

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The Force Awakens is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Second-unit filming began in April 2014 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography taking place between May and November 2014 in Abu Dhabi, Ireland and Pinewood Studios in England. The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015, which will be over ten years after the premiere of the previous live-action Star Wars film, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

“The Force is strong in my family.”

On november 2014, Disney released the first Episode VII teaser (click here to watch). The second teaser-trailer of Episode VII was released by Disney at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, on past month. The new teaser has 1m50s while the first teaser had 80s.

The new trailer debuted with Disney-Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron that opened in theaters in first of May and we can wait to review the core original trilogy characters Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and potentially others as R2-D2 and C-3P0. Two of these old heroes we just got to see (Han and Chewie), while another (Luke) we only can hear his words “The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power, too.”

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This second Episode VII teaser has been confirmed several rumors and fleshing out a few sequences from the earlier teaser. We see more of the Falcon chase sequence, this time extending through a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer, a glimpse at Han Solo and Chewbacca, looking just as cool several decades later, and a pile of new starship and Stormtrooper shots confirming artwork and rumors of redesigns.

Enjoy this gif set reblogged from Best Movie Gifs and clik to listen Star Wars Main Theme. Visit the Episode VII official website. Read more about Episode VII on Wikipedia. Watch Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens 2nd Teaser on YouTube. And may the Force be with you!

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Star Wars Weekend on All That I Love! To celebrate the debut dates of the original Star Wars films, I will make a retrospective of some posts about Episode IV, V and VI already published here.

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope release date May 25, 1977
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back release date May 21, 1980
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi release date May 25, 1983.

Reblogged and edited from SW Weekend: Return of the Jedi 31 years, 31 facts. All gifs cortesy of Best Movie Gifs.

Return of the Jedi 32 years, 32 facts

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This weekend on All That I Love, we are celebrating the Episode IV A New Hope 38th anniversary and the Episode V The Empire Strikes Back 35th anniversary as well the 32th anniversary of Episode VI Return of the Jedi. So here are 32 facts maybe you don’t know about Return of the Jedi.

1. Most Star Wars fans know that the movie was filmed under the title Blue Harvest: Horror Beyond Imagination to avoid publicity, but it’s less-known that the bogus title was a play on Dashiell Hammet’s 1929 novel Red Harvest, which was said to be an influence for Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, which was cited as an influence for Star Wars. See how it all comes together?

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2. Jabba’s sail barge was filmed in Yuma, Arizona. The film crew had problems avoiding the 35,000 dune buggy enthusiasts in the area. To preserve secrecy, the producers claimed to be making a horror film called “Blue Harvest” with the tagline “Horror beyond imagination”, and even had caps and t-shirts made up for the crew. A chain-link fence and a 24-hour security service could not prevent die-hard fans from entering the set and sneaking some photographs.

jabba-shipThe Jabba’s Sail Barge set on location in Yuma, AZ.

3. Despite the credits, Richard Marquand may not have directed all of the movie; George Lucas directed some footage, and Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner once hinted that Marquand’s assistant directed footage credited to Marquand, due to Marquand’s poor relationship with the actors.

4. Speaking of connections to classic movies, Emperor Palpatine, making his first appearance in the flesh — he was just bits and bytes in that hologram in Empire, and was portrayed by a different actor — was at first named after a character in Taxi Driver, but his name was changed to avoid potential legal issues.

Irvin-Kershner-George-Lucas-Richard-MarquandThe directors of the original Star Wars trilogy: Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back), George Lucas (Star Wars ) and Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi).

5. And speaking of Marquand, he wasn’t the first choice for Jedi. Or the second, or even third. Stephen Spielberg, David Cronenberg and David Lynch were ahead of him in line. Just imagine, for a second, Cronenberg or, better, Lynch making a movie with Ewoks.

6. The Ewoks occasionally speak Tagalog, although most of their dialogue is loosely inspired by Kalmuck, a language spoken in Mongolia. One of the Ewok songs once was believed to be in Swedish — with the lyrics translating, wonderfully, as “It smells of cereal in here” — but that, sadly, was based upon people mishearing the gibberish the oversized rodents were singing.

ewoks1Ewoks seize the clapperboard on May 17, 1982, during second unit work near Crescent City.

7. The word “Ewok” is never actually said in Return of The Jedi, and neither were the names of individual Ewoks, although both appear in the end credits.

8. “Ewok” is derived from the Native American tribe the Miwok, indigenous to the Northern California redwood forests in which the Endor scenes were shot.

carrie-fisher-warwick-davisCarrie Fisher with a very young Warwick Davis who played Ewok Wicket Wystri Warrick in Return of the Jedi. Davis was 11-years-old.

9. “Endor” comes from the Bible and is a village visited by King Saul before his final battle with the Philistines. Oddly enough, it also makes an appearance in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings, as the Elvish name for Middle-Earth.

10. Ewoks were a late addition to the Star Wars mythology. Their part in the story was to be played by the Wookiees, but by the time Lucas and partners sat down to write Return of The Jedi, they realized that, because Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, repair the ship and operate pretty much any weapon or machine in the known universe, they’d made the Wookiees too technologically advanced for the plot.

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11. In what is either amazing planning or, more likely, complete coincidence, the one word C-3PO says to the Ewoks is “Naboo,” which was later revealed in The Phantom Menace to be the home world of Luke and Leia’s mother — and Anakin Skywalker’s wife — Queen Amidala.

12. The lyrics to the song the Ewoks perform at the end of the movie — the words everyone heard as “yub nub” — were written by none other than Joseph Williams, son of Star Wars composer John and lead singer with Toto. Someone, somewhere: Please make a mash-up of this song and Toto’s “Africa” as soon as possible.

ian-mcdiarmidIan McDiarmid in his complete Emperor’s makeup, which covered only the front two-thirds of his head. The cowl always covered the back of his head.

13. Both lightsabers used in the movie were re-purposed props from earlier movies. Darth Vader’s lightsaber was a Luke Skywalker saber from The Empire Strikes Back because all of Vader’s had mysteriously disappeared between movies. Luke’s new saber was originally one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s from the original Star Wars movie.

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14. Yoda was to sit this one out, but he was added after consultation with child psychologists made George Lucas decide he needed an independent character to confirm Darth Vader’s claim that he is Luke Skywalker’s father. Now you know why Yoda doesn’t do much for the rest of the movie.

15. In the radio adaptation of the movie, broadcast on NPR in 1996, Yoda was played by John Lithgow. Just think about that for a minute.

phil-tippett-stewart-freebornPhil Tippett and Stewart Freeborn pose before their joint collaboration: a menagerie of wonderful monsters.

16. The reasoning behind the switch from the title Revenge of The Jedi to Return of The Jedi is murky, with various motivations given by various people at various times. One story has it that the switch returned the movie to its original title after Lucas temporarily changed it when Kasdan complained “Return” was “too weak.” Another has it that the change was made to differentiate the movie from the second Star Trek movie, which filmed under the title The Vengeance of Khan (Vengeance later became Wrath because of Revenge of The Jedi, according to those involved with the Star Trek production). The third story, which is my favorite, says Revenge was never the movie’s title at all, but Lucas announced that it was purely to mess with those making counterfeit merchandise.

17. The only cast member to shoot new material for the 1997 re-release was Femi Taylor. Whattya mean you don’t recognize the name? And you call yourself a fan? She played Oola, the slave girl fed to the Rancor in Jabba’s palace. According to rumors, she was recommended to Lucasfilm and ILM for reshoots because she was in better shape than she had been 15 years earlier; her scenes in the Special Edition are a mix of new and original footage.

carrie-fisher-mark-hamillCarrie Fisher and Mark Hamill on location in California’s Buttercup Valley aboard Jabba’s barge, April 1982.

18. Carrie Fisher complained about her costumes in the previous two movies. She said they were so long, you could not tell “she was a woman”. Those complaints led to the skimpy outfit she wore as Jabba’s prisoner. The costume became something of a running joke among the crew, because the metal framework that held the top together meant that the costume didn’t move well with her. Since Fisher didn’t like the industry standard solution of using double-sided tape, it became necessary before each take to have a wardrobe person check to ensure that her breasts were still snug inside the costume top (and several scenes had to be re-shot when “wardrobe malfunctions” occurred).

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19. Adding to the Star Wars movies’ accidental misogyny, the few women flying spacecraft for the Rebellion were edited out of Return for unknown reasons. Surely women are no less capable of bulls-eying womp rats in a T-16…

20. However, Return of The Jedi does hold the dubious honor of being the first Star Wars movie to feature more than one woman who was more than a background extra. Take a bow, Mon Motha. You broke new ground in a way that is genuinely embarrassing to admit. (Seriously, Princess Leia is the only named female character in the first two Star Wars movies.)

mark-hamillMark Hamill is filmed during Luke’s moment of choice: will he commit patricide or become a true Jedi and show compassion for his father?

21. The voice of Boushh, Princess Leia’s bounty hunter disguise in Jabba’s Palace, is provided by Pat Welsh. Welsh’s only other voiceover work is a biggie: She was the voice of E.T. in 1982′s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

22. The shots of Darth Vader’s funeral pyre were shot last minute, long after the end of initial filming, and close to Lucas’ home Skywalker Ranch.

23. David Prowse, the unusually tall actor who played Darth Vader throughout the series, didn’t film any of the lightsaber battle sequences for Return of The Jedi. Instead, he was replaced by stuntman Bob Anderson. Anderson, considerably shorter than Prowse, wore platform boots. Somewhere, Gene Simmons just smiled.

ford-marquand-hamillHarrison Ford relaxes on a plank, with Richard Marquand and Mark Hamill close by.

24. “It’s a trap,” which is arguably the most famous line in the movie, was, incredibly, not in the screenplay. The line was scripted as “Its a trick!” and was later changed post-filming after a test screening because, let’s face it, “it’s a trick” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

25. During the writing of the film, Mark Hamill speculated that the film would include Luke Skywalker’s turn to the Dark Side and eventual redemption, but it’s unclear whether this was wishful thinking on his part or a plot point that was genuinely considered.

26. An early version of the movie was to end with Luke walking off alone, leaving his friends behind in true gunfighter/Samurai fashion. That idea was dropped in favor of a happier ending, reportedly because Lucas feared a downbeat ending would throw a wrench in the printing press from which truckloads of merchandising money flowed.

27. Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo to die in the movie, sacrificing himself to save his friends. George Lucas vetoed that idea even though co-writer Lawrence Kasdan supported it. Kasdan suggested that Solo not survive being thawed, in part to make the audience believe no one was safe in the final film.

ford-lucasHarrison Ford chats with George Lucas between setups.

28. Another idea abandoned early on was having Obi-Wan Kenobi return from the dead. It did, however, make it into an early draft of the script.

29. One more abandoned idea: There were rumors that the final scenes were to mirror the ceremony of Star Wars‘ finale, but instead of Luke, Han and Chewie getting medals, we’d witness the marriage of Han and Leia. Although this never happened, their marriage became part of Star Wars canon and serves as a basis for developments in the comic book and novel spin-offs.

phil-tippettPhil Tippett manipulates the miniature Luke Skywalker on a speeder bike puppet in front of a blue screen.

30. When scenes of post-victory celebrations around the galaxy were added to the 1997 Special Edition re-release, it was less a case of George Lucas tampering and more a case of fixing something that was missing from the original version of the movie. Lucas and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan had wanted to show Coruscant celebrating the end of the Empire originally but, unable to come up with a name for the city, dropped the idea entirely. It was only after Timothy Zahn came up with the name in his Heir to The Empire novel that the Imperial Capital had a name.

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31. Before the Millennium Falcon leaves for the final battle with the Death Star, Han says, “I just got a funny feeling, like I’m not gonna see her again.” This would seem to foreshadow the Falcon’s demise in battle. But it doesn’t. Researchers have looked into the matter from the first scripts of this movie, and have found that in all drafts of the script, Lando and the Falcon survive. All claims that the Falcon would not survive are urban legends, forgeries, or mistaken assumptions.

32. Per “Star Wars” lore, Endor, the planet where the sun sets on the Empire, originally was to be populated by armies of Chewbacca’s towering kind until it proved easier to populate the set with armies of much smaller creatures. According to some fan allegations, the Ewoks were an intentional cash grab — kid-friendly characters “designed purely make money.”

More trivias about Return of the Jedi on IMDb.

Star Wars Weekend on All That I Love! To celebrate the debut dates of the original Star Wars films, I will make a retrospective of some posts about Episode IV, V and VI already published here.

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope release date May 25, 1977
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back release date May 21, 1980
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi release date May 25, 1983.

Reblogged and edited from Star Wars Weekend: Return of the Jedi 30th anniversary and SW Weekend: Revenge of the Jedi 31th Anniversary. All gifs cortesy of Best Movie Gifs.

Return of the Jedi 32th Anniversary

On this Monday, May 25, “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” will turn 32.

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

“Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, with Lucas as executive producer. It is chronologically the sixth film in the Star Wars franchise and the first film to use THX technology. The film is set approximately one year after “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” and was produced by Howard Kazanjian and Lucasfilm Ltd.

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In the plot, the evil Galactic Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor Palpatine, is building a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance. Since Emperor Palpatine plans to personally oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill Palpatine, effectively bringing an end to the Empire. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, a Rebel leader and Jedi Apprentice, struggles to bring Vader, who is his father and himself a fallen Jedi, back from the Dark Side of the Force.

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David Lynch and David Cronenberg were considered to direct the project before Richard Marquand signed on as director. Filming began on January 11, 1982 and lasted through May 20, 1982, a schedule six weeks shorter than “The Empire Strikes Back”, and took place in England, California, and Arizona, with Lucas handling second unit work. Kazanjian’s schedule pushed shooting as early as possible in order to give Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) as much time as possible to work on effects, and left some crew members dubious of their ability to be fully prepared for the shoot.

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Heavy secrecy surrounded production and the film was given the title “Blue Harvest” to prevent price gouging. The original teaser trailer for the film carried the name “Revenge of the Jedi”, but in December 1982 Lucas decided that “Revenge” was not appropriate and returned to his original title. “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” was released in theaters on May 25, 1983. The film it’s turning 32 this Monday.

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This weekend on All That I Love, we are celebrating the Episode IV A New Hope 38th anniversary and the Episode V The Empire Strikes Back 35th anniversary as well the 32th anniversary of Episode VI Revenge of the Jedi. Wait… What?

Two months early the released of Star Wars Episode VI: Revenge of the Jedi in theaters, George Lucas decided to change the title of the movie. He said at the time have taken this decision because a Jedi would not seek revenge, but was a marketing strategy of Lucasfilm, too, because there were a lot of piracy products of Star Wars named “Revenge of the Jedi”,  included some licensed products as the action figures from Kenner which had to remove all those toys named Revenge and change to new Return of the Jedi products…

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Watch the original teaser trailer for Revenge of the Jedi, which appeared in theaters before Star Wars creator George Lucas changed the name of the film to Return of the Jedi. This trailer features the completed Revenge of the Jedi logo, shows Luke wielding a blue lightsaber (in the final film, his Jedi weapon would have a green blade), and features a quick shot of Obi-Wan Kenobi before “spirit” effects were added.

When David Lynch Met George Lucas

George Lucas approached David Lynch, who had been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for “The Elephant Man” in 1980, to helm “Return of the Jedi”, but Lynch declined in order to direct “Dune”. David Cronenberg was also offered the chance to direct the film, but he declined the offer to make “Videodrome” and “The Dead Zone”. Lucas eventually chose Richard Marquand, who directed the 1981 movie “Eye of the Needle”. Some reports have suggested that Lucas was so heavily involved in the shooting of “Return of the Jedi” that he could be considered a second or a co-director.

But what would have happened if David Lynch, the bizarre director of “Blue Velvet,” “Twin Peaks”, “Mulholand Drive” and “Inland Empire” had accepted to direct “Return of the Jedi”? We will never know, but look at this video below where Lynch said in an interview how was the day he met George Lucas. The credits from the video belongs to Sascha Ciezata.

Return of the Jedi 50 Photos Gallery

Enjoy this  gallery and may the Force be with you!