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Dinner and a Movie: 10 Pairings if You’re Snowed in

Dinner and a Movie: 10 Pairings if You’re Snowed in

What do you eat with movies like “Edward Scissorhands,” “Fargo” and “The Artist”?

Hateful Eight: 8 Movie Characters Who “Broke Bad”

Hateful Eight: 8 Movie Characters Who “Broke Bad”

From Cady Heron in “Mean Girls” to Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver,” these cinematic nemeses are so bad they’re great.

From Jedi to Superhero: Samuel L. Jackson’s 10 Biggest Hits

From Jedi to Superhero: Samuel L. Jackson’s 10 Biggest Hits

Samuel L. Jackson is probably best known for two things in Hollywood: his authoritative charisma on-screen and his ability to take on any role at all. His prolific approach has helped make Jackson an iconic cultural figure… but never mind all that, this guy’s the highest-grossing film star of all time! Here are the actor’s ten most successful projects, from “Star Wars” to “Pulp Fiction.”

Harrison Ford Movies: Decade by Decade

Harrison Ford Movies: Decade by Decade

Counting down from his recent “Star Wars: A New Hope”… which decade is his best?

Guess Who’s Stuck in the Friend Zone? Princess Leia, Duckie and Mrs. McFly

Guess Who’s Stuck in the Friend Zone? Princess Leia, Duckie and Mrs. McFly

We love characters who are stuck in the “friend zone” because they remind us how difficult love can be—and that’s what makes love worth chasing. Our list of 10 reasons you might be stuck in the “friend zone” has it all—spies, light-sabers, pregnancy, cartoons and, of course, Molly Ringwald.

10 Stylish Screen Sirens

10 Stylish Screen Sirens

We always admire a strong female character, but sometimes it’s not just the personality of that character that’s inspiring—it’s the wardrobe, too. Here is our list of 10 of the most fashionable characters in movies, including Carrie Fischer in “Star Wars” and Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.”

Bullet Holes Before Gunshots? That’s Just the Beginning in This List of Movie Gaffes

Bullet Holes Before Gunshots? That’s Just the Beginning in This List of Movie Gaffes

Movie fandom in the age of pause buttons has given us so much: the ability to repeat snippets of scenes, to enjoy unlimited bathroom breaks, and most especially, to discover tiny editing gaffes and other moviemaking mistakes that you usually don’t catch the first time around. Take a closer look at “Pulp Fiction,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and more.

Beyond the Legendary Voice: 4 Must-See James Earl Jones Movies

Beyond the Legendary Voice: 4 Must-See James Earl Jones Movies

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.

10 Summer Blockbusters You Must See Before You Die

10 Summer Blockbusters 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.

The Ultimate “Star Wars” Face-Off

The Ultimate “Star Wars” Face-Off

It’s all about Princess Leia versus Darth Vader.

Blast From the Past: Top 10 Movies of 1983

Blast From the Past: Top 10 Movies of 1983

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.

Use the Force: Determine the Ultimate "Star Wars" Character

Use the Force: Determine the Ultimate "Star Wars" Character

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.

Rising to the Top: 8 Best TV and Film Character Transformations

Rising to the Top: 8 Best TV and Film Character Transformations

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.”

Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You? 10 Bad Boys We Love

Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You? 10 Bad Boys We Love

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.

Top 10 Women With a Cause in the Movies

Top 10 Women With a Cause in the Movies

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.

Boy behind the Darth Vader mask

Boy behind the Darth Vader mask

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…

Glengarry Glen Sith

Glengarry Glen Sith

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]

Mom makes best paper snowflakes ever

Mom makes best paper snowflakes ever

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]

Do you see it?

Do you see it?

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.

The 30th anniversary of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

The 30th anniversary of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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.

Storm Troopers break dance to "Singing in the Rain"

Storm Troopers break dance to "Singing in the Rain"

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.

The Vader Project

The Vader Project

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…

Darth Vader pre-James Earl Jones

Darth Vader pre-James Earl Jones

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…

"He showed me these things called Wookiees."

"He showed me these things called Wookiees."

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.

Old photo of Star Wars cast

Old photo of Star Wars cast

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…