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Watch Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca Talking To Harrison Ford in English While Shooting The Empire Strikes Back

A behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back has surfaced and it features actor Peter Mayhew shooting a scene as Chewbacca with Harrison Ford. What makes this video so cool is the fact that we get to see and hear Mathew speaking to Ford in English in order to give Ford context for the dialogue that he is delivering.

As I’m sure you know by now, Mayhew passed away last month on April 30, 2019 at his home in Texas. I just thought I’d share this as a way to pay tribute to the actor and the work that he did in the film.
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Iconic Darth Vader suit up for auction in Los Angeles

The original Darth Vader costume from the "Star Wars" saga is up for auction, where it is estimated to fetch between $1-$2 million.

It was presented in Los Angeles on Friday.

Bonhams auctioneers opened their doors to the media to showcase the mostly-black battle suit from the classic film "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), reports Efe news.

"Darth Vader is one of the most recognizable and infamous characters in the history of film and we are excited to offer this rare costume in our sale," said Catherine Williamson, the director of entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams.

The attire is comprised of 17 pieces and includes the iconic villain's gloves, boots, and two capes, as well as a codpiece and a battery pack.

"The suit's completeness, remarkable condition, and excellent provenance make it a true rarity in the memorabilia marketplace," Williamson added.

The costume was worn by Bryce "Kermit" Eller,
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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX

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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX
John Williams says that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last movie in the franchise he will score. “We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said on radio station Kusc. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

Williams has scored eight “Star Wars” films to date: “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”
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Spoilers: Rian Johnson on a certain Star Wars: The Last Jedi character using Force powers

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow…

One of the complaints that fans have levelled at Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is General Leia’s use of Force powers in order to save herself during one of the movie’s many space battles. Chatting with EW, Rian Johnson himself took the time to explains his reasoning for including the scene:

“She kept asking, ‘Leia’s a Skywalker, Luke gave her this speech in Jedi and told her basically, ‘You have this potential, too.’ It seemed to me it would be a really emotionally impactful thing to see her use it. I liked the idea it would be an instinctual thing. This would be more like stories you hear about parents of toddlers who get caught under cars and they get Hulk strength and lift the car up. It would be something in these
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11 Moments in The Last Jedi We Have No Idea How to Explain

11 Moments in The Last Jedi We Have No Idea How to Explain
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will probably go down in history as the most divisive Star Wars movie ever made. Some fans love it and others hate it more than words can describe, going as far as to burn their Star Wars merchandise. However, it has been given some of the same criticisms that The Empire Strikes Back received back in the day, and we all know how high that movie is held in regard to the franchise. The Last Jedi will more than likely see the same fate, as it has a lot to digest while taking some giant left turns. That being said, there are still quite a few things that we cannot explain about Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

How did Rey learn the force so quickly?

Okay, so this mystery is still unclear even after The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Rey is a nobody and a loner,
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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Star Wars’

Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series where I discuss movies I can’t wait to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Star Wars.

My Memories:

I know many can point to the exact moment they sat down and saw Star Wars for the first time. They can speak to it as the ultimate religious experience where they transcended their physical forms to become one with the force. For me, I cannot recall the first time I saw Star Wars, or if going in I knew about who Luke’s dad was or if I was ever properly prepared for what I was about to witness. Of course, I watched it,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson and the VFX Team Created the Porgs, Snoke, and More

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson and the VFX Team Created the Porgs, Snoke, and More
For his first time out with the “Star Wars” universe, Rian Johnson populated “The Last Jedi” with a slew of new and old friends and foes, including several creature standouts: the adorable Porgs, the elegant Vulptices, the majestic Falthiers, the sinister Snoke, and the return of Master Yoda.

Read More:‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say

“To the extent that I deal with visual effects, since I don’t have the technical know how, it’s on the design side,” Johnson said. “And I like simplicity of design. You don’t ever want the audience using unnecessary brain power figuring out what they’re looking at. So many of our conversations about the design stuff weren’t about making it look cool, they’re always going to make it look cool [at Industrial Light & Magic]. It was about knowing what we’re looking at.”

The Porgs

While scouting
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Star Wars Fans Petition to Have The Last Jedi Removed from Canon

Star Wars Fans Petition to Have The Last Jedi Removed from Canon
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Disgruntled Star Wars fans are getting angry the only way that they know how to, which is to start a petition to let the world know that they are not happy. The new petition has been started to remove Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi from the official Star Wars canon because it's so different from the original trilogy. Johnson has come under fire for breaking new ground instead of following the path of the Star Wars universe and many fans are quite angry with his decision to try and make something new. Minor Spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead.

The new petition to remove The Last Jedi from the official Star Wars canon comes from Henry Walsh from Atlanta, Georgia, who feels that Rian Johnson has ruined the Star Wars franchise. In his letter stating his case, Walsh is short, but
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Rian Johnson Defends The Use Of Humour In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived in theatres, the inevitable post-mortem has begun. Such is the lot of the Star Wars franchise – each new installment is accompanied by such hype and expectation that anything other than a perfect home run attracts a great deal of analysis as to why that perfection was not achieved for everybody. With The Force Awakens, the criticism was that it was too similar to A New Hope. And with The Last Jedi, apparently some are unhappy that it’s too different.

One of the causes of this upset seems to be the humour in the script, written by director Rian Johnson, who’s been discussing his choice to use humour in the film in a post-release interview with Vanity Fair.

“That was something that was really, really important to me. That’s part of what I enjoy in movies. It’s
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie review: a great disturbance in the Force

MaryAnn’s quick take… Upends expectations, demythologizes the mythos, and takes an iconic series in a bold new direction with a story full of humor, courage, and dazzling imagery. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a huge Star Wars fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke Skywalker says to… well, someone who needs to hear it. Someone whose arrogance is borne of shortsightedness and narrow expectations. And this is also Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s word of warning to the audience. To us. This is the Star Wars movie, after all, from writer-director Rian Johnson, the guy who gave us The Brothers Bloom, a tricksy movie about con artists that knows we go into a movie about con artists with certain assumptions about what we’re about to see.
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Star Wars 9 Working Title Revealed

Star Wars 9 Working Title Revealed
Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters, many fans are already looking forward to Star Wars 9. Jj Abrams pitched his story for Star Wars 9 this week, and now a new report claims to know what the working title may be. While this report has not been confirmed by LucasFilm, and we don't expect it to be, this report claims that the working title for Star Wars 9 is Black Diamond, which will be produced under the new company Carbonado. This report comes from the same source that correctly identified the working titles for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Avco), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Los Alamos), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Space Bear) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (Red Cup). Here's what the site's source had to say about this working title.

"Carbonado, commonly known as the "black diamond", is the toughest form of natural diamond.
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Movie Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017.

Written and Directed by Rian Johnson.

Starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Billie Lourd, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Jimmy Vee, Tim Rose, Warwick Davis, Hermione Corfield, and Veronica Ngo.


Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

In the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker says “This is not going to go the way you think.” That sentence doesn’t just apply to the characters within the movie, but the audience as well. Director Rian Johnson crafts a fine Star Wars film that is full of surprises, character development and heart.
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‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say

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‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” lived up to its very high expectations with a domestic weekend gross of $220 million. Foreign territories (with China not yet opened) added another $450 million to the total so far — a strong number, to state the obvious, at anytime, even more so for the pre-Christmas date.

This is a decided improvement over last year’s franchise sidebar “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which opened to $157 million, and only 15 percent below what “The Force Awakens” did two years ago. The return of the series opened to almost unprecedented interest and demand.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

This number is a terrific performance for a franchise now providing annual entries, with normal attrition usually meaning to lower grosses. “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second of the “Star Wars” series, opened in an
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may be one of the most critically acclaimed entries in the franchise (IndieWire gave it an A- and called it it the most satisfying “Star Wars” film in decades), but it’s passionately dividing fans in a way most “Star Wars” films don’t. Unlike the universally beloved reception to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” isn’t every fan’s up of tea.

Read More: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

“The Last Jedi” currently holds a negative 57 percent Rotten Tomatoes user score after over 83,000 responses, which pales in comparison to the 88 percent “The Force Awakens” ended up with after over 200,000 user scores. But while the Rotten Tomatoes user score indicates a more-negative fan response, the IMDb score is currently at 8.0 (even with “The Force Awakens”) and received an ‘A
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A Letter To Rian Johnson

It feels a little bit like Christmas morning around the house this morning, even though we’ve still got a week and change to go before the actual day, and that’s undoubtedly because all the women here are rousing themselves a bit early to get ready for what amounts to Christmas 2017, Hollywood style. (The cats have been up for some time already, and they too are very excited, but you know, that’s just their way.) You see, in a couple hours we’re all piling into the car and making the pilgrimage up the hill to Universal City to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When it comes to buying advance tickets for a big movie for the whole family to see together my dear wife knows no restraints, and if the movie is prefixed with the words “Star Wars,” then all bets are most assuredly off.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the Porgs, the Force and the future - discuss with spoilers

It gave us new powers, abundant alien creatures and a triumphant last hurrah for Luke Skywalker, but did Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII live up to the hype?

•Warning: this article contains spoilers

Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi review – an explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions

Fan theorists were certain that Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi would be to The Empire Strikes Back what Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens was to the original Star Wars, a movie full of Jedi training sessions on remote planets, rebel backs against the wall and darkling, curveball plot twists. In the end that was only part of the story, for this was a movie that gave us, in the words of Luke Skywalker in one of its earliest trailers, “so much more”. New Force powers, abundant alien creatures like nothing we’ve seen before, and a complex, yet satisfying return for the galaxy’s greatest hero.
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Classic Star Wars Line Wasn't Cut from Last Jedi, So Where Is It?

Classic Star Wars Line Wasn't Cut from Last Jedi, So Where Is It?
Now that fans have had a chance to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi (some more than once), the movie has begun to sink in and new Easter Eggs are being revealed. But one particular Star Wars Easter Egg that has been included throughout the franchise was thought to be cut from this sequel. That's actually not true. It's just kind of hard to find. It has now been confirmed to actually exist by director Rian Johnson. The director had previously confirmed that there was a tribute to Carrie Fisher's dog Gary included in The Last Jedi before the movie even came out, with subtle and not-so-subtle Easter Eggs popping up everywhere throughout the long runtime, revealed thanks to eagle-eyed Star Wars fans. There are Spoilers ahead for The Last Jedi, so read at your own risk.

Speculation about The Last Jedi over the last year has run the gamut,
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Watch Robot Chicken Poke Fun at the Empire From Star Wars

Robot Chicken is a show on Adult Swim that knows no bounds. It makes fun of whatever it wants, whenever it wants, however it wants. That’s why we love it so much. This time they’re poking fun at Star Wars again. The clips are hilarious as always ranging from imperial officers learning to pretend to be Force-choked by Darth Vader to The Empire Strikes Back on ice. The musical numbers in that last one are fantastic by the way. Which of the clips is your favorite?
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30 Things You Missed in The Last Jedi

30 Things You Missed in The Last Jedi
Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens concluded, fans have been dying to see what happens next in the ongoing Star Wars saga. Director Rian Johnson had a lot to accomplish with this latest movie and he certainly managed to cram a lot in there. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a lot going on and, that being the case, there's likely a lot you missed on your first viewing.

One thing that the new Star Wars movies have been very good at is referencing other lore within a galaxy far, far away. Some of that can be from other movies, but often times, these references dig deep into the greater Star Wars mythology. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no different, as it's absolutely jam-packed with references, imagery and Easter eggs that give fans plenty to look out for.

If you've already seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then
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The Last Jedi has lowest Rotten Tomatoes audience score of the entire saga

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The first reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi were full of overwhelmingly positive praise, with some even saying that it was the best film in the franchise since The Empire Strikes Back. Certainly a bold claim, but now that the film has officially been released, it seems that audiences don't quite agree with it. In fact, according to the Rotten Tomatoes audience score, Star Wars: The... Read More...
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