Star Wars Producer Gary Kurtz, known for his work on the original 1977 movie and 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, passed away Sunday at age 78.Kurtz's family issued a Monday statement announcing that he died from cancer, according to Star Wars news website Fantha Tracks, and the official Star Wars website posted an announcement Monday as well."Well-known for his work as the producer of American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Dark Crystal, Gary was passionate about telling stories that shared the humanity of characters in entertaining ways for audiences around the world," reads the family statement.Original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew posted a remembrance to Kurtz on Monday, saying that "without him, there would have been no 'force'."Lucasfilm noted in their statement that Kurtz would be missed both for his contributions to Star Wars and to other movies he worked on."A key figure in the history of Star Wars and Lucasfilm, Kurtz's gifts for storytelling can be felt … [Read more...] about Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz dead at 78
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has many breathtaking moments from the space saga, and this Lego set revealed Tuesday puts four of them together.The Betrayal at Cloud City set weighs in at 2,812 pieces and costs $350 and £300 (roughly AU$475 converted), but with that builders get the opportunity to recreate scenes like Han Solo being frozen in carbonite, Boba Fett's Slave I ship and the balcony duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. For context pricewise, by the way, last year's 7,500-piece Millennium Falcon set cost $800.The four different sections include a landing platform with Boba Fett's ship that includes a space to store Han Solo frozen in carbonite, a dining room that includes a promenade space along with a garbage processing room, a balcony scene for lightsaber battles that also includes a carbon freeze chamber and a section that leads into an interrogation chamber with space for a Twin-Pod Cloud Car.Eighteen minifigures and two droids are also included in order … [Read more...] about Lego’s Star Wars Cloud City depicts Empire Strikes Back moments
Lego's BrickHeadz line will roll out some of the most iconic "Star Wars" characters ever this summer, and we've got a sneak peek for you here. The new Lego sets will be available in August and will feature none other than Luke Skywalker, Jedi master Yoda, Princess Leia Organa and everyone's favorite Mandalorian bounty hunter, Boba Fett. (Boba Fett, where?!) The four characters star in three different sets (Luke and Yoda are a pair) as a Lego homage of sorts to "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back." [Lego's Millennium Falcon Evolution: A Photo Timeline] Here's more about the new sets: Luke Skywalker & Yoda "The Empire Strikes Back" is a pivotal film for Luke Skywalker. It's there that he heads to Dagobah to train with the diminutive (and green) Jedi master Yoda and learn the ways of the Force. The Lego BrickHeadz version will feature Luke (still with both hands) and his first lightsaber, while Yoda sports green, pointy ears and a cane. The set comes with … [Read more...] about The Empire Strikes Brick with Lego’s Luke, Leia, Boba Fett BrickHeadz!
Hollywood screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan says the iconic Star Wars character Lando Calrissian is a pansexual, meaning the suave smuggler is sexually attracted to men, women, and anything else in George Lucas’ Disney-owned galaxy far, far away. “I would say yes,” Jonathan Kasdan said when asked about the sexual fluidity of Calrissian, who’s being played by acclaimed actor Donald Glover in the standalone Star Wars saga, Solo: A Star Wars Story. “There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” Kasdan told the Huffington Post. “I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of.” “He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun,” … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ Writer: Lando a Sexually Fluid ‘Pansexual’
Three months before "Star Wars: A New Hope" opened in 1977, Patrick Read Johnson, then a teenager from Illinois, got to see a working print at Lucasfilm effects house Industrial Light and Magic. Technically, he's the world's first Star Wars fan.Johnson's semi-autobiographical film "5-25-77," a loving homage to Star Wars and other '70s sci-fi films, opens for a limited US release on May 25, 2017, the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. The movie, about teen filmmaker Pat Johnson, played by John Francis Daley of "Freaks and Geeks," delighted audiences at early screenings. But it's the story behind its 13-year making that might be even more epic. Now Playing: Watch this: '5-25-77' movie trailer pays homage to Star Wars 2:55 Episode IV: A new pitchJohnson, a lifelong film fan who put together homemade remakes as a kid, went on to direct "Spaced Invaders," "Baby's Day Out" and "Angus," and co-write the story for "DragonHeart." Though he achieved some success in Hollywood, he took a … [Read more...] about The first fan to see ‘Star Wars’ made a new film about it