James Earl Jones has enjoyed an acting career that’s spanned TV, stage and film for six decades and counting. Ironically, Jones’ difficult upbringing was plagued by a severely debilitating stutter; now he’s most recognizable for his rich, resonating voice. (In case you’ve forgotten: “This is CNN.”) To see his best work, check out these four movies starring James Earl Jones that have been included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
“Jaws,” “Batman,” “Star Wars”….Some of the best over-the-top blockbuster flicks are routinely released when the weather’s at its hottest. Here are 10 summer blockbuster releases, all of them found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” that should be on your home-viewing list no matter what time of year it is.
Two weeks ago, we here at Sundance asked you to pick two contenders — one from the light side of the Force, one from the dark side — for the ultimate battle of Star Wars good and evil. The results are in for our two finalists, and they carry what may come as a surprise final contender. But before we make that reveal, let’s go through the rounds and the brackets and cover each battle.
The year was 1983. The Police and Michael Jackson ruled the music charts. On the small screen, we said goodbye to M*A*S*H and hello to Fraggle Rock. And at the cineplex, we got to see some of the best movies of our time. In honor of a crazy year with even crazier movies, here’s a list of some of our favorites 1983 films for you to remember.
On the fourth of May, fans of the "Star Wars" universe employ a questionable pun ("May the fourth be with you!") as an excuse engage in a celebration of droids, darths and deep geekery of their favorite science fiction movies, books and shows. Hence, we give you these tournaments for you to choose the ultimate evil (think Darth Vader, Storm Troopers or Jabba the Hutt) or good (Yoda, Chewbacca or Luke) characters.
Sometimes the most inspiring characters are the ones who change the most, improving themselves through hard work, training and sheer determination. They end up heroes, but they didn’t start out that way. Here are our very favorite outcast transformations from the small and big screens — inlcuding Peggy Olson on “Mad Men” and Neville Longbottom on “Harry Potter.”
What is it about bad boys that makes them so appealing? It’s that irresistibly alluring combination of devil-may-care attitude, meditative demeanor–and, of course, their smoldering good looks. From Hans Solo in “Star Wars” to Troy Dyer in “Reality Bites,” here are 10 cinematic bad boys we can’t help but love.
Even today, female film characters often get the short end of the stick, stereotyped, robbed of agency or shunted to supporting roles. There are, of course, women who break the mold… and then there are the ladies who shatter that old thing pieces on their way to get stuff done. Healers or killers, historically based or entirely made-up, the women in these 10 films have one thing in common: a cause worth fighting for.
The cute Volkswagen “mini-Vader” commercial which aired during this year’s Super Bowl gained a lot of buzz leading up to, during, and after the game. The nation did a collective “awww” when Max Page, 6, the child actor behind the Vader mask was revealed. The Internet was also quick to point out Max’s mini-resemblance to…
One of my favorite all time films is Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. The original STAR WARS trilogy is up there too, which is why I’m loving Josh Millard’s parody of the famous speech given by Alec Baldwin: VADER: A.B.C. A, always; B, be; C, choking. Always be choking. Always be choking! [Via]
This mom made Darth Vader and Boba Fett-Clone Trooper paper snowflakes for her son. Note that the center is also the Galactic Empire’s logo. The geekier corners of the Internet proclaimed “BEST MOM EVER.” Get instructions on folding and cutting your own here. [Via]
It took me a minute of looking at this old picture of George Lucas talking with Greedo (the bounty hunter in Star Wars) before the “WHOA!” moment struck me.
Before Ewan McGregor took over Alec Guinness’ role as Obi-wan, before the four ‘prequels’ were made in the last decade and before it was announced that the three original STAR WARS films, Episodes 4, 5 and 6 would soon be released theatrically in 3D, George Lucas and his team at Industrial Light and Magic were working through the particulars of the then cutting-edge special effects of STAR WARS: EPISODE V, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). Celebrating its 30th anniversary, EPISODE V is a STAR WARS fan favorite, as well as the 12th highest grossing film in history. There’s the epic snow-covered battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, the fight scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, the Millenium Falcon’s narrow escape through the asteroid field, Han Solo’s carbonite freezing and the introduction of Yoda into the series.
When not stepping up and serving it up to the rebels, storm troopers save the last dance. Watch this trio of funky storm troopers dance to a futuristic version of Singing in the Rain (actually a remix by Mint Royale). Chewbacca thinks this video is RAWWRRRRsome.
Who says you cannot be a Star Wars geek and a serious art collector? This Saturday, The Vader Project is coming to Freeman’s Auctions. The exhibit features reimagined Darth Vader helmets “by some of today’s hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and designers.” Included is my pal, LA-based Kii Arens. With some estimated to…
Before James Earl Jones famously provided his formidable voice as Darth Vader and became a figure of worship for geeks everywhere, a 6′ 7” tall and physically imposing Welsh actor and former bodybuilder David Prowse suited up in Darth Vader’s black suit. What was lacking, however, was a certain tone to his voice. Though no…
Kottke shared this recent video that made me chuckle of David Lynch recounting his visit with George Lucas who was trying to pitch the director responsibility of RETURN OF THE JEDI. Quite a funny tale that includes a slowly developing migraine, untold millions of dollars left on the table, and a Ferrari.
The Internet has been freaking out the past few days over this old photo from a 1978 Sears catalog of some of the core cast members from the original STAR WARS sans mask and in decidedly contempo casual wear. From left to right we have: Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and…
photo by Bonnie Burton Currently showing through May 3rd at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Vader Project is a collection of replica Darth Vader helmets that were given to 100 of “today’s hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and designers” as a blank slate for them to “paint, design, mash up and…