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.
There 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.
A 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
In 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:
Return of the Jedi celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and considering that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII is a direct sequel to the 1983 film, it’s a perfect time to look back at where it left off as the franchise moves into the future. So settle in for a seven-minute documentary from 1983, hosted by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy.
The making-of documentary above was part of Nickelodeon’s Standby: Lights! Camera! Action!, a show that gave young viewers some insight into how movies are made. It’s strange to see Leonard Nimoy jumping universes to talk about Star Wars, but I guess he needed something to do in between The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. So why not host a behind-the-scenes featurette for Return of the Jedi?
It’s been almost a year since Disney and Lucasfilm canceled Star Wars: The Clone Wars in early 2013. After Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October 2012, the Mouse House canceled many existing Star Wars projects such as the video game Star Wars: 1313 and the animated Clone Wars series on the Cartoon Network. With the announcement of a new animated series in the works (Star Wars: Rebels), it was unclear if the storylines featured in The Clone Wars would get a proper conclusion, including Ahsoka’s exit from the Jedi Order, the looming showdown with the Sith, and Order 66 leading into Revenge of the Sith. Then Netflix stepped in.