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Carrie Fisher Could Spend A Long, Long Time Filming Star Wars: Episode VII

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Carrie FisherSince Disney and Lucasfilm first announced that there will be new Star Wars movies, it’s been assumed that the big three from the original trilogy will be back. We’re of course talking about Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, we’ve taken this as a forgone conclusion. What remains to be seen, however, is how big a part they will play. According to the latest Internet scuttlebutt, they could all have substantial roles, and may spend a fair amount of time filming on the London set.

Getting a straight answer out of Fisher about whether or not she’ll be in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII has been like trying to catch a greased weasel. She has indicated that she’ll be there a couple of times, and according to Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, she plans to be on set for almost half a year.

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Star Wars/Trek Video Duel: Mr. And Mrs. Sith Vs. The Worf Of Starfleet

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SithWorfFans have been picking sides on the whole Star Wars/Star Trek divide…well, pretty much as long as the two of them have existed concurrently. We here at GFR side with George Takei in insisting that we should all just get along and enjoy them both, but every once in a while the urge to kick the anthill over becomes too powerful. So today we’ve got two fun fan videos, one each for Wars and Trek. They’re both very different, so this is really like comparing apples and oranges, but screw that, we’re encouraging hot-headed partisan bickering by sticking a poll down at the bottom so you can vote for your favorite. Let the Great Feud continue!

First up is Mr. and Mrs. Smith, featuring the Defcom United Stuntteam from Germany. We’ve seen tons of amateur lightsaber videos over the years, ranging from the briefly infamous to the downright epic. This one isn’t the most impressive lightsaber duel you’ll ever see, but it earns extra points for keeping its sense of humor. I won’t spoil the surprise, but if you ever wondered what passes as foreplay (Forceplay?) among Dark Side users, this should answer your question.

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Yoda Stages A Daring Escape In Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Season Six Preview

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When Star Wars: The Clone Wars was canceled at the beginning of 2013, it was unclear if Disney and Lucasfilm would ever tie up the loose ends from season five. While it was believed that Lucasfilm would release the final season as a special Blu-ray/DVD release, the company surprised its fans when they revealed that the animated series would be premiere on Netflix Instant this week. Now Lucasfilm released a new clip from The Clone Wars that features Master Yoda’s secret mission.

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Star Wars: Episode III.5 Trailer Shows Off Topher Grace’s Prequels Re-edit

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SWThere are plenty of people out there who are not fans of the Star Wars prequels. We’ve all played armchair quarterback and argued about where George Lucas went wrong and, of course, what we would have done differently. One among us decided to take that speculation to the next level: actor Topher Grace infamously merged footage from all three prequels into a single 85-minute cut dubbed Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back. Now Grace has shared the trailer for the project on his website, and it’s not half bad.

Word of Episode III.5 first popped up a couple of years back, when Grace showed off the project to small group that included Collider’s Steve Weintraub. In his story, Weintraub said:

His combined prequel trilogy moves quickly and omits huge [chunks] of story in favor of action and streamlining the narrative events of the prequels. Gone are the politics, General Grievous, Jar Jar Binks (except for one shot), the clone army, and about 99% of the first movie.

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Close But No Cigar: Science Fiction’s Best Picture Nominations — And Losses

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ClockworkA Clockwork Orange (1971)
In 1971, Stanley Kubrick released his follow up to 2001: A Space Odyssey with the violent, dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange. Adapted from Anthony Burgess’ best-selling novel, Kubrick challenged audiences with notions of redemption, crime, sex, and government control.

Considered one of the auteur’s best films, A Clockwork Orange earned Kubrick his third straight Academy Award nomination for Best Director, and his second for Best Picture (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was nominated for the 37th Academy Awards). The film that ended up winning Best Picture during the 44th Academy Awards in 1972 was William Friedkin’s The French Connection, while Friedkin also won for Best Director over the master film director.

Looking back at the films nominated for Best Picture, many argue that A Clockwork Orange was the superior film. Kubrick’s bleak tale pushed audiences to re-consider societal norms and the art of movie-making altogether. Today, A Clockwork Orange would have a slight edge over The French Connection, just in terms of popularity and legacy.

A Clockwork Orange was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing, but lost out to The French Connection in both categories. Stanley Kubrick never won an Academy Award for Best Director, but he was later nominated for his 1975 film Barry Lyndon and, arguably, A Clockwork Orange was his best chance at a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar. As it stands, Stanley Kubrick only earned one Academy Award in his lifetime: Best Visual Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey. – Rudie

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Six Episode Titles And Story Details

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jedi knightIn a few weeks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return, but in an unlikely and unconventional form, airing its final season on Netflix. Starting at the beginning of March, all seasons of The Clone Wars (plus the feature film) will be available on Netflix to cap off the premiere of the sixth and final season of the popular animated series. Now the episode titles for all of season six’s 13 episodes are now available, along with a brief synopsis for each.

While the tail end of season five’s episodes played off of old Alfred Hitchcock movie titles, serving up “Sabotage” and “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much,” season six’s titles aren’t nearly as clever. Check out the episode titles below: