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The Best Star Wars Gifts in the Galaxy Can Be Found on eBay

Aaron Sagers Dec 4, 2019

From rare posters to action figures and autographed memorabilia, Star Wars fans can find a bounty on eBay.

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It was a big Return of the Jedi Christmas for me in 1983 and ’84. My unwrapping extravaganza involved the Ewok Village action playset, the “Rancor Monster Figure,” Jabba’s action playset, Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band figure set, and – amongst my favorites – Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise figure.

Fast forward more than three decades, and Star Wars collectibles remain some of my favorite gifts. Whether it’s a Jedi Robe Snuggie, a Darth Vader Hallmark ornament, or countless pieces of artwork and toys, the Force is definitely strong with the goodies I acquire during the holidays.

The connection between Star Wars and the holiday gift-giving season is a prominent one for many kids going for nearly three generations, and
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Script Leak Details Revealed

John Saavedra Dec 2, 2019

Disney barely avoided a story leak crisis after John Boyega's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker script found its way onto eBay.

Much has been written about how a story leak from The Empire Strikes Back led to a falling out between Lucasfilm and Darth Vader actor David Prowse, and if Star Wars Sequel Trilogy star John Boyega isn't careful, he might be next. Finn himself revealed during an interview on Good Morning America that he accidentally lost his The Rise of Skywalker script, which then found its way to eBay, where it almost sold for a whopping...65 British pounds (almost $84).

"What happened was, it was actually from my apartment," Boyega explained. "I was moving apartments and I left the script under my bed. I was just like, you know what, I’m going to leave it under my bed. When I wake up in the morning,
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Star Wars Sc 38 Reimagined (2019) Short Scene: Obi Wan vs. Darth Vader Duel From Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars Sc 38 Reimagined Short Scene and Reaction Video FXitinPost and Christopher Clements‘ Star Wars Sc 38 Reimagined (2019) short scene from Star Wars: A New Hope stars Alec Guinness and David Prowse. Plot Synopsis Star Wars Sc 38 Reimagined‘s plot synopsis: Obi Wan has shut down the tractor beam on the Death Star but his old [...]

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Exclusive Photo: In Memoriam, Peter Mayhew of ‘Star Wars’

Chicago – Most likely Peter Mayhew stepped into movie history because he could fit into a costume. The seven-foot-three actor was the perfect size for a new character in a little film called “Star Wars,” and so he became the once and future persona of Chewbacca. Mayhew died in Texas on April 30th, 2019. He was 74.

Peter William Mayhew was born in England, and was working as a hospital orderly when he got his first role as a minotaur in 1977’s “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (the producers were looking for someone who had big feet). During the initial casting of the Wookiee Chewbacca of “Star Wars,” the actor set to portray him, David Prowse, decided he’d rather be Darth Vader. When Mayhew auditioned in to re-cast the role, he got the part just by standing up to greet director George Lucas.

Peter Mayhew in 2012, Exclusive Photo by Joe
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Scream Factory’s August Releases Include Vice Squad Collector’s Edition, Horror Of Frankenstein, and Steelbooks of Forbidden World and Galaxy Of Terror

Back in April, Scream Factory heated up their summer release schedule with a bunch of new Blu-ray announcements for July, and now they're adding even more must-see scares to the calendar with a new wave of August Blu-ray announcements, including Horror of Frankenstein, Fear in the Night, The Leech Woman, Isle of the Dead, a Collector's Edition of Vice Squad, and Steelbook releases of Forbidden World and Galaxy of Terror.

Vice Squad Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Hollywood, cops, hookers and killer pimps! Director Gary Sherman’s 1982 “neon-slime” cult classic Vice Squad is finally coming to Blu-ray this Summer!. We’re so excited! And if you’re a fan of movies like Savage Streets, 10 to Midnight or Class of 1984, this is a must have. Here’s the early details we have a current time to share.

• Blu-ray debut!

• National street date for North America (Region A) is August 13th.

• This
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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Dies at 74

Alec Bojalad May 3, 2019

Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed Chewbacca through nearly all of the Star Wars franchise, has died.

Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for portraying Chewbacca through most of the Star Wars saga, has died at age 74. Mayhew's family made the announcement that the actor passed away on April 30 in his North Texas home.

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u

— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019

Mayhew was the first actor to embody the beloved 200-year-old Wookiee, Chewbacca, in Star Wars. He continued to appear as Chewie in every installment of the original trilogy, along with prequel Revenge of the Sith and the first episode of the new trilogy.

Though he
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Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in Star Wars, Dies at 74

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in Star Wars, Dies at 74
Actor Peter Mayhew has passed away. He was 74-years old. Mayhew is best-known for playing the world famous Wookiee Chewbacca from the Star Wars franchise from the original trilogy, all the way to 2015's The Force Awakens, which was not easy for him to pull off. Mayhew died April 30th in his North Texas home with family by his side, according to his official Twitter account, who shared the news today. The actor had undergone spinal surgery in July to improve his mobility.

Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005), and The Force Awakens (2015). Mayhew also served as a consultant on The Last Jedi to help new Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo. Mayhew was a fixture on the convention scene over the years and was always more than happy to take a picture with Star Wars fans who could
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Harrison Ford leads tributes to Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew

Harrison Ford leads tributes to Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew
’We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him.’

Harrison Ford has paid tribute to Peter Mayhew, the British-born actor who famously played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, and who died on April 30 at his home in north Texas. He was 74.

Mayhew played the hirsute, outsized Wookiee sidekick to Ford’s Han Solo in the original trilogy, and reprised his role in Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith in 2005, and finally ten years later in The Force Awakens, which remains the highest grossing film of all time in North America on $936.7m.
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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew From ‘Star Wars’ Dies at 74

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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew From ‘Star Wars’ Dies at 74
“Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, died on Tuesday, his family announced on his Twitter. He was 74.

He died at his North Texas home surrounded by his family, read the Twitter statement.

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He l… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—

Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 02, 2019

Though he spoke entirely in growls, snarls, and the occasional roar, Chewbacca’s unwavering loyalty to Han Solo made him one of the most beloved characters in the franchise. Much more than just the hairy co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Chewie’s dependability and trustworthiness helped the iconic Wookiee function as the series’ ultimate “wing man.”

He was discovered by producer Charles H. Schneer while working as a hospital attendant in London, and cast in Ray Harryhausen’s “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.
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Rare Star Wars Photo Of Darth Vader Without His Cape Reveals Something Interesting

It’s difficult to think of any character in cinema more iconic than Darth Vader from the Star Wars franchise. Everything about him kicks ass, from his evil space samurai skull-faced helmet, to his booming voice, to that amazing breathing sound to the way he dominates pretty much every scene he’s in.

One element that the character is never without is his menacing black cape, which manages to make him look even more inhuman than he already does. I actually can’t think of many examples across Star Wars media that have him capeless. He’s even wearing it the very moment he awakens in Revenge of the Sith.

But now, a behind the scenes photo from a rehearsal take gives us a rare look at a capeless Vader, as well as revealing a little bit of movie magic about how the costume works.

Rare Star Wars Photo Of
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Mark Hamill Shares Sweet Birthday Message For Darth Vader Actor

James Earl Jones turned 88 on January 17th and as one of the most highly regarded actors working today, he received a torrent of warm wishes from his friends and co-stars in the industry. But perhaps the most touching was Mark Hamill’s.

After all, while the pair have never actually shared a cinema screen in person, their Star Wars performances as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, respectively, are intertwined as some of the most iconic in movie history. And so, describing Jones as “one of the world’s greatest actors,” Hamill posted this tweet containing four interesting pictures:

"I have never traveled to anyone else's drumbeat. Some people have called me a rebel" James Earl Jones/Shout-out to 1 of the world's greatest actors!


2-Ditto for me

3-Backstage @"Fences" 2nd Tony after"Great White Hope"

4-Lifetime Achievement Tony-his 3rd #ToDadVader-Luke pic.twitter.com/kcssCo1i9K

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January
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10 of the Most Unforgettable Plot Twists In Film

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We examine ten of the most unforgettable plot twists in the history of cinema, and what makes them so effective.

You’re watching a movie, getting engaged with the fluid plot and getting familiar with interesting characters. You cheer the protagonist on through their struggles, and feel upset with the antagonist and their seemingly selfish ways. As the film builds up to a climax you are figuratively/literally pushed to the edge of your seat. The tension ramps up, and the music becomes more intense. The theater is silent in anticipation. The person sitting next to you is holding their breath. You want to know how it ends. You have a commitment to see it through.

But the climax happens, and suddenly everything changes. It’s a juxtaposition in perspective, and you’re seeing the same story from another angle. The twist throws everything on its head, and what you
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The Most Memorable Voice Performances in Sci-Fi History

Paul Bradshaw Nov 23, 2018

We take a look at the off-screen actors who helped define their corner of the genre.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

So much visual design goes into good sci-fi that it’s sometimes easy to overlook the sounds. World-building doesn't happen in silence though, and the voice actors who record their lines off-set and out of costume have helped shaped the genre into what it is – providing chilling, mellifluous, gravelly, or downright otherworldly vocal performances to some of the most iconic characters in film and TV.

These, then, are the most memorable voices in sci-fi – the growling, lisping, singing, monologuing heroes and villains who made pop-culture history from a lonely sound booth.

Douglas Rain as Hal (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Douglas Rain sadly passed away recently, aged 90, leaving behind a long and illustrious stage career. His most memorable performance though came in 1968 when he
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Mark Hamill Still Can't Sit Through the Star Wars Holiday Special

This week, the Star Wars: Holiday Special officially turns 40 years old. The program was initially made for television, premiering on CBS back in 1978. Immediately upon its release, the special was heavily lambasted, and as a result, it was never aired on television again. The consensus seems to be that the special is so bad it's not even watchable, despite featuring the main cast of the original film. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so much, even Luke Skywalker himself hasn't been able to finish it, as actor Mark Hamill revealed on Twitter. When asked by a fan straight up if he's seen the special, Hamill replied, "Not all the way through."

Not all the way through. https://t.co/h9D1VJJbcd

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 18, 2018

Back in 1977, George Lucas would launch one of the most popular movie franchises of all time with his first Star Wars movie. Its success would quickly put a sequel into works,
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Exclusive Interview – Mark “Rhino” Smith talks Idris Elba’s Yardie and the relationship between bodybuilding and acting

Red Stewart chats with Mark “Rhino” Smith…

Mark “Rhino” Smith is an English bodybuilder turned actor who has been working in the television and film industries since the late-90s. He is best known for his roles in Gladiators, Renford Rejects, and The Last Ship. His latest work was for the upcoming British crime drama movie Yardie, which was helmed by Idris Elba in his directorial debut.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to interview him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

I’ve noticed a lot of bodybuilders over the decades have transitioned into the film industry, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lou Ferrigno to David Prowse. Is there something about the craft that makes acting a natural development in your career, or is it simply a case of having the right height/weight for the role, as I recall Liam Neeson saying in an interview with Peter Travers?
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Rogue One Scribe Reveals Original Plan For Darth Vader, And It Sounds Epic

If there’s one scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which drew near-unanimous praise, it’s Darth Vader boarding the Rebel command ship.

From the moment Vader’s blood-red lightsaber cuts through the smoke and the sparks, we know shit’s about to go down, and sure enough, the next three to four minutes is filled with the screams of hapless Rebel Alliance soldiers struggling to contain the galaxy’s greatest threat. Because if Darth Vader was relatively subdued throughout the Original Trilogy – a combination of dated suit mechanics and CGI no doubt limited James Earl Jones and David Prowse’s performance – then this was Vader unleashed.

But it seems things almost panned out differently for the corrupted Jedi. Over on Twitter (h/t Cinema Blend), screenwriter Gary Whitta shared his original pitch for Vader’s entrance, and it sounds every bit as epic.

The version I pitched
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Star Wars: 10 Powers Fans Didn’t Know Darth Vader Has (And 10 Weaknesses)

Darth Vader is one of the most imposing figures in the history of cinema. The reason why Vader was so intimidating was due to the combination of the awesome suit black suit wrapped around the gigantic David Prowse, topped off with the commanding voice of James Earl Jones.

When Darth Vader entered the scene, you knew bad things were going to go down.

The Star Wars prequel movies, as well as the new movies, have turned the Jedi Knights and the Sith Lords into super-athletic video game characters.

It's hard to imagine someone as clunky and slow as Darth Vader from the original trilogy keeping up with the likes of Darth Maul or Yoda in battle.

The lore of Star Wars has rectified the power creep of Force-users by giving Darth Vader a wide-range of powers that he can call upon to destroy his enemies.

This is to say nothing
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Star Wars: how secrecy drove a wedge between Darth Vader and Lucasfilm

Ryan Lambie Jan 4, 2018

George Lucas was keen to keep Star Wars' secrets - which caused problems between Lucasfilm and Vader actor David Prowse...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

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It's the autumn of 1978, and Star Wars mania is still riding high. Less than a year after the first film became a pop cultural phenomenon, there's already speculation about what might happen in its sequel - and at a store in California, actor David Prowse stokes the excitement among fans even further.

As a bustling crowd forms to get autographs or take photographs, Prowse, the six-foot-five actor who plays the evil Darth Vader,
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Star Wars: Meet the Towering Stud Behind Chewbacca in The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Meet the Towering Stud Behind Chewbacca in The Last Jedi
Turns out, Chewbacca is pretty hot underneath all that fur.

The role of the beloved Wookie has long belonged to 7ft 3in actor Peter Mayhew. But now, Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo has stepped into the Star Wars galaxy to wear the iconic costume.

Suotamo, who stands at 7ft tall, has stood in as a body double to Mayhew in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. He will officially take over the role in the upcoming standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“Whenever Chewie is active, that was me,” Suotamo says in People’s
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Darth Vader: biopic of David Prowse on the way

Nick Harley Dec 12, 2017

Strongman will focus on the man inside of Vader's suit, bodybuilder David Prowse.

David Prowse’s connection to the Star Wars universe is impressive. Most impressive. As the man that physically embodied Darth Vader inside of that iconic black getup, Prowse was a part of a team including James Earl Jones, Sebastian Shaw, and Bob Anderson that brought one of cinema’s most famous villains to life in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Yet, Prowse’s “eccentric” behavior led to him being banned by George Lucas himself from attending official Star Wars conventions. Despite the controversy, Prowse will find himself as the subject of the upcoming biopic, Strongman.

Strongman was written by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson and Dalton Leeb (The Well) and earned a spot on this year’s Black List, a Hollywood-curated list that chronicles the best unproduced screenplays of the year.

Chronicling his journey from champion weightlifter
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