LEGO® Star WarsTM: The Force Awakens – The Empire Strikes Back Character Pack Vignette
Consumers who pre-order the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition will receive early access to The Empire Strikes Back Character Pack at launch on June 28, 2016. Our new vignette showcases this exciting content in full LEGO form with signature LEGO humour, including: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia in cold weather gear; the cybernetic Lobot and the Ugnaughts of Cloud City; and deadly bounty hunters Bossk, Dengar and Boba Fett (with Boba Fett’s original white armor).
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on June 28, 2016 and marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, immersing fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring all of the storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also include exclusive playable content exploring New Adventures set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing further insight about the new movie and its characters.
Additionally, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will showcase original dialogue from key members of the theatrical cast, providing the most authentic Star Wars for experience for players, including: John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and other top stars from the film. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Steam (Windows PC).
To pre-order the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition please go to http://buy.wb-interactive-entertainment.com/lego-star-wars/
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a knock off of New Hope, and now it seems Episode VIII will stick with the pattern – similar to Empire Strikes Back – as it’s learned the next new Star Wars film will be darker.
Vogue caught up with John Boyega, who plays Finn.
We should say “spoiler alert” before this question, but is it a relief to finally be able to talk more openly about Star Wars: The Force Awakens – you’ve had months of interviews where you’ve had to be very secretive? Did you even tell your friends and family what happens?
“Yes, at last! Han Solo dies, OK? He dies. Phew. It feels good. But now, we just starting work on Star Wars VIII, the next film, so I’m back to keeping secrets again.”
Your co-star Daisy Ridley has already praised how good the script is.
“It’s great. Much darker, but we’re very excited.”
Star Wars: Episode VIII has a May 26, 2017 release directed by Rian Johnson.
It seems just about everyone missed this one as Kevin Feige has let it be known he included the same Star Wars Easter Egg in each of the Marvel Phase 2 movies.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Feige said he is a big Star Wars fan and offered:
So is this a spoiler for Ant-Man… not really. I’m obsessed with Star Wars. Who’s not? I’m 40 years old. I’m in the movie business. I went to USC. So I’m obsessed with Star Wars – and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional, including that beat that you referenced. It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, ‘Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one.
Regarding the Easter Eggs:
Iron Man 3 featured Guy Pearce’s character, Aldrich Killian, getting his arm cut off by Tony Stark when he heats up Iron Man’s suit and the end of the movie.
Thor 2 features Thor getting his arm “cut off” by Loki.
Captain America 2 features a flashback where Bucky had his own arm cut off when he fell from the train in Captain America: The First Avenger.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy also had a similar Star Wars Easter Egg with Gamora cutting Groot’s arm off (this might be the enigmatic Easter Egg Gunn keeps referring to that he says everyone missed).
Those are the Star Wars Easter Eggs known to date as The Avengers 2 is yet to be released – so be on the look out for someone getting their arm cut off just like Luke Skywalker from Empire Strikes Back.
Video has surfaced online from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back featuring sound designer Ben Burtt explaining the creation of the sound effects for the Millennium Falcon. It’s a cool inside look at the special effects of yesterday and shows just how far we have come along.
While we wait for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer to be debut, check out the first three that started it all with trailers for Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars debuted in theaters May 25, 1977:
Empire Strikes Back premiered June 20, 1980:
Return of the Jedi hit on May 25, 1983:
Check out one fan’s interpretation of a modern day trailer for Empire Strikes Back.
For some reason it’s without the John Williams music score, but it’s still pretty good.
It should also probably be pointed out that this isn’t the official Mark Hamill Facebook page, but just a fan page.
Apparently some web sites are erroneously reporting it as the real thing.
Joss Whedon, who just may be giving us the “Empire Strikes Back” version for his The Avengers 2, comments about what he actually didn’t like about the Star Wars movie considered by most to be the best of the franchise.
That’s not all as Whedon also makes his thoughts known on the insanely popular Twilight movies as well as the Vampire Diaries TV series.
Regarding Empire Strikes Back, what Whedon didn’t like about Episode V is the ending – in that in didn’t have one.
Whedon told EW:
Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending. Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea.
Well, it’s not an ending. It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.
And regarding Twilight and Vampire Diaries, Whedon says he did it first as well as better.
A small part of you is like: ‘Well, you know, I did that first. I liked that band before they were popular. The thing about Buffy for me is–on a show-by-show basis–are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative? The Twilight thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taking on the oeuvre of Buffy, is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there — except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.
Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hits ABC on Tuesday September 24th; The Avengers 2 strikes back May 1, 2015.
Video has hit the net from 1978 of Boba Fett in an all-white prototype armor.
Initially, Boba Fett was mean to be some sort of “super trooper,” but of course was eventually turned into the popular character everyone knows today.
Empire Strikes Back editor Duwayne Dunham can be seen in the white Boba Fett suit, which was created by Joe Johnston, with sound designer Ben Burtt narrating.
Following the video you can also check out the cool art for the 1/6th scale Boba Fett Prototype Armor figure from Sideshow.
Below you can check out a large number of photos that feature a behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back.
The pic of Boba Fett’s gear is pretty cool.
We also see that Han shoots last.
Check out a bunch more:
Dark Horse Comics and writer Brian Wood have teamed up to return comic book readers to the timeframe of the original Star Wars Trilogy with Star Wars #1. This debut issue picks up where the end of “A New Hope” leaves off and finds Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, and Leia Organa searching for a new base of operations for the rebellion. The situation turns dire, and a dark mystery might threaten the stability of the alliance.
The story of this first issue is very surprising. It’s not a huge, grandiose space opera tale, but a small story about Luke and Leia trying to determine where their lives are going. Luke wants to honor those who have fallen, while Leia needs to keep moving forward to provide stability for the rebellion. On the other side of the force, the imperials are trying to rebuild after the destruction of the Death Star.
The writing of this issue was really on target with the original Star Wars universe. It was the first time I’ve read something new from the franchise and actually felt like a kid again, watching Star Wars on VHS over and over. The characterizations of Luke, Leia, Wedge, Han, and of course Chewbacca are all faithful to the source material, but have Wood’s own take wrapped around them.
The artwork by Carols D’Anda was really strong for the most of the story. I liked his cartooning style on the X-Wing starfighters and each rendition of popular characters was inspired by the actors, but not completely dependent on them. The only design problem that I could pick out was with Darth Vader. There were a few panels where he was a bit too bulky or muscle bound, and his helmet was portrayed a little too aggressive. It sounds redundant for a character like Darth Vader, but for me it just wasn’t working all the time. But I still enjoyed the issue as a whole and I think that D’Anda and Wood make a good team.
Star Wars has been getting a lot of press since Disney acquired the rights and claimed they were going ahead with another film. I hope that they take a few notes from Wood’s playbook and stick to smaller stories about the characters, rather than overpowering battles with Jedi and robots.
This comic is worth a buy for any fan of Star Wars or any fan of Wood’s. Dark Horse published a comic titled Star Wars #1 and was able to rise to the occasion. The last panel has me intrigued enough to buy another issue, and this could be the start to a seminal run.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4714:]]Disney is moving forward with the sequel to Tron: Legacy as a script is already in the works from Jesse Wigutow, Garrett Hedlund is set to reprise as Sam Flynn, and director Joseph Kosinski will return as well.
Kosinksi says the movie is going to be awesome, and that they only way he told Disney he would be back if it would be his “Empire Strikes Back.”
“I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that. But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie. like this and it’s a multi-year project. So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.”
No story ideas were mentioned, but Kosinksi offered that some time has passed since Tron: Legacy and that it’s not going to be a rehash of that movie.
I think time has passed. It feels like we’re kind of real-time in step. So however much time has passed sinceLegacy came out would also have transpired in the real world. So it will still be contemporary. So let’s say if the Tron sequel comes out in 2015, then four or five years have passed since the last movie.”
“I don’t want to say too much about it but the goal would not be to simply re-use. We’re not going to re-use the assets from Legacy, that’s no fun. If we’re going to do to it we’re going to reinvent all over again and it’s going to be a whole new generation for reasons that are very story-driven. That’s all I can say.”
Kosinksi says a lot more, which you can read about via the link above, including that they will be taking their time on the script for “Tron 3,” and he goes on to say how he is really excited for the movie.
The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it.
Will The Avengers 2 Be Like Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back? “Not The Happy Ending” Says Joss Whedon
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3004:]]We previously heard from Joss Whedon about his thoughts on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and director James Gunn, and now coming out of the Toronto Film Festival, the billion-dollar-plus director comments on The Avengers 2.
Whedon’s The Avengers movie has already amassed $1.6 billion – and climbing – as audiences saw the Assemblers come together for the first time with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye assembling against the likes of Loki and his alien army.
So with The Avengers 2, where will Joss Whedon be taking his Avengers? The director offers a few comments on the upcoming sequel, which almost sounds as if Part 2 will not be getting the happy ending audiences saw with the first — perhaps reminiscent of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.
Joss Whedon notes that as audiences saw with the first movie – a happy ending with the creation of the Avengers – that doesn’t mean that’s going to continue with the The Avengers 2, as that’s only the start.
“The creation of the team is not the happy ending,” Whedon said, reports Vancouver’s 24H. “It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult.”
Joss Whedon goes on stating he is going to further explore the characters in The Avengers 2, but says that in doing so he’s going to “twist the knife.”
“Now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me,” Whedon said.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3005:]]As Star Wars fans will note, Luke “saved the day” at the end of Episode 4 by firing the shot that destroyed the Death Star, but Empire Strikes Back saw – just as the title implies – Luke defeated at the hands of Darth Vader, his father, as well as Han Solo captured and encased in carbonite by the likes of Jabba the Hut.
The Star Wars comparison to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers would be Tony Stark “firing the shot” that sealed the portal, so what will Whedon’s “Empire Strikes Back” look like?
Will one of the Avengers meet their doom or will the Avengers find themselves disassembled?
The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014.
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