Sorry, May 4, but May 25th is the real Star Wars day. Another anniversary is upon us, with A New Hope (then just Star Wars, of course) coming out on this date 37 years ago. And 31 years ago, we saw the release of Return of the Jedi. Of course the two bookends of the original trilogy would have birthdays regardless, but it’s especially meaningful this year as we know that production on Episode VII is underway..
There was plenty to behold for the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood as part of Entertainment Weekly’s first CapeTown Film Festival. Held on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, the set of four screenings of the no-longer-final installment of the Star Wars saga brought out fans and celebs alike. With Jedi being my favorite Star Wars film, I was stoked to see it again on the big screen – twice! While we’ve already covered the news of Mark Hamill’s appearance after the evening screenings, there’s plenty more to share, including a visit from The Clone Wars cast and more! (Also check out my full photo album on Flickr!)
StarWars.com has announced that there will be a special screening of Return of the Jedi at Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Festival in Hollywood on May 4th. The screening, held at the at the Egyptian Theatre where it premiered in 1983, is to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.
It’s clear that this is the thing that was teased by EW’s Geoff Boucher on Twitter, but I have to wonder what if there’s a big scoop is coming to the magazine itself to coincide with all this? Bigger than a ‘publishing announcement,’ even?
Episodes IV and VI are both celebrating birthdays today; 35 for Star Wars and 29 for Return of the Jedi. Per usual, the Tumblr is locked and loaded and will be flooding your dashboard with plenty of relevant content (mostly pictures, honestly; I’m visual like that.) But the entire internet is getting on the action, so check back here for updates.
I think I just loaded it up on my computer (Dialup plus an overloaded early StarWars.com… Took forever) because even then I couldn’t muster enough interest in the prequels to see Meet Joe Black or that Adam Sandler flick. The more things change…
So the site I like to think of as being full of crazy younger brother types, the Wookieepedia, is turning three years old today. I think in internet years that makes it what? Fifteen? A disturbing age, but we’ll get through it.
When I was in college, I had an Imagemaking class where we had to create a new opening sequence for an existing movie. Inexplicably, I chose Blade Runner, which I’d never seen all the way through beforehand. Although my final project wasn’t any good (it was my first time doing anything with motion graphics – I really should have known better,) I did sit down and watch the movie several times in a matter of weeks. We know very well wasn’t the first to deal in a used future setting, but it certainly perfected it. Really, I ought to pick up that DVD…