Original Empire Strikes Back trailer showed only McQuarrie's art

Last week, Lucasfilm rereleased the original Star Wars teaser trailer, and this week, they're sharing the original teaser for The Empire Strikes Back, which included no film footage, but instead featured concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's paintings. » 10/19/13 11:00am 10/19/13 11:00am

Behold handwritten pages from the Empire Strikes Back script

Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan wrote his first script draft for The Empire Strikes Back (though his was certainly not the first draft) by hand, and recently donated those handwritten pages to the Writers Guild Foundation Archive. Slashfilm got a peek at a few of those pages, and how they differ from the final version of… » 5/04/13 1:00pm 5/04/13 1:00pm

They mocked her "science fantasy." Then she wrote Empire Strikes Back.

May the Fourth! Tomorrow's the day we celebrate all things Star Wars — which makes it the perfect day to recognize one of the great unsung contributors to the galaxy far, far away: Leigh Brackett wrote the first script draft of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and her contributions helped make the saga epic. » 5/03/13 2:38pm 5/03/13 2:38pm

Donkey Kong heads to Westeros, Hoth, and the Land of Ooo

Artist BazNet takes Donkey Kong's classic ladders and levels and adapts them for all geeky occasions. Head to the arcade version of Westeros where a Mario-sized Ned and Robert dodge Rhaegar Targaryen's dragonfire. Pop in while Indiana Jones navigates around the pixellated ghosts of the Ark or while Ice King Kong pushes … » 2/23/13 4:00pm 2/23/13 4:00pm

The Lost Sword-And-Sorcery Classic From the Art Director of Star Wars

If you saw Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the theater in Europe or Australia, you may also have seen a short film called Black Angel. This ground-breaking 20 minute sword-and-sorcery film was directed by Star Wars art director Roger Christian, and it influenced the look and feel of 1980s fantasy films like » 12/29/12 5:00pm 12/29/12 5:00pm

6 Nerdy Parties Throughout History We Would've Loved To Attend

Since the dawn of humanity, our species has been assiduously researching ways to party hard. And every now and then, this impulse to rage like banshees unchained intersects seamlessly with our geekier proclivities. Behold six wonderful nerd soirées that were almost stranger than fiction. » 9/19/12 11:05am 9/19/12 11:05am

The Wampug Strikes Back stars the most vacant-eyed, dog-breathed…

If you've already had a cute aneurysm over the Wampa costume for StarWarsChick01's Pug Chubbs, then brace yourself for the adorableness of her latest video, in which Chubbs acts out the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back with the help of a Luke Skywalker doll and what I can only assume is loads of peanut butter. » 3/10/12 7:20am 3/10/12 7:20am

10 things you didn't know about The Empire Strikes Back

Here's a slightly different version of the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader at the end of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It's just one of many revelations in a new making-of book. More rare concept art below. » 10/12/10 8:30am 10/12/10 8:30am

15 Science Fiction Movie Sequels That Don't Utterly Suck

Transformers 2 suffered from a terrible case of sequel-itis, raising our fears that upcoming Star Trek and Iron Man sequels will contract this deadly ailment. But it doesn't have to be that way: Here are 15 sequels that didn't suck. » 7/06/09 12:47pm 7/06/09 12:47pm