The Muppets Visited The Empire Strikes Back Set, And It Was Wonderful

Star Wars and The Muppets have long been linked, thanks to Frank Oz's work bringing the likes of Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and of course Yoda, to life. But the worlds mix a little more closely in this gallery of recently uncovered photos, showing Kermit and Miss Piggy paying the set of The Empire Strikes Back a visit. » 1/30/15 4:29pm 1/30/15 4:29pm

Ellen Page Nails Han Solo's Most Important Line At Star Wars Live Read

Last night, a cast of Hollywood actors performed a live reading of The Empire Strikes Back, with Ellen Page reading the role of Han Solo opposite Jessica Alba's Princess Leia. And when it got to the moment when Leia confesses her love to Han, the audience got to hear Han deliver his famous response. Update: Sadly,… » 12/19/14 9:20am 12/19/14 9:20am

A Shot-For-Shot Remake Of Empire Strikes Back, Made By Hundreds Of Fans

What happens when you ask hundreds of Star Wars fans to remake short segments of Episode V—with toys, animation, and amateur actors—and cut them together into a single film? You get The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a sometimes silly, sometimes remarkable feature-length tribute to the film. » 10/10/14 12:36pm 10/10/14 12:36pm

The Painstaking Work That Went Into Empire Strikes Back's AT-AT Scenes

The legendary Joe Johnston just revealed this classic behind-the-scenes video of the making of one — one of the shots from Empire Strikes Back featuring the AT-ATs as they lumber across Hoth. It's amazing how slow and low-tech this process was, but also how fantastically the special effects still hold up. » 6/24/14 11:36am 6/24/14 11:36am

Classic Empire Strikes Back doc reveals the march of the AT-ATs

We all know the classic AT-AT attack in The Empire Strikes Back was created using stop-motion, but this old behind-the-scenes footage of the visual effects team actually creating the footage is pretty great. » 12/13/13 9:40am 12/13/13 9:40am

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

Here's why Joss Whedon doesn't like Empire Strikes Back

Joss Whedon has a big problem with The Empire Strikes Back. It's a problem he's had since he first saw it back in 1980. Honestly, once I heard it, I wasn't sure whether I should laugh or cry. » 8/22/13 12:30pm 8/22/13 12:30pm

Watch the 1978 screen test for Boba Fett's original white costume

Ralph McQuarrie Joe Johnston's original concept art for Boba Fett put the bounty hunter in an all-white costume. Although Fett eventually got a multicolored look, an early screen test showed him in the white outfit. » 6/29/13 2:00pm 6/29/13 2:00pm

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

First Teaser for Empire Uncut, the Star Wars Movie YOU Made

Star Wars Uncut was one of the coolest things to happen to Star Wars in ages — the classic space adventure "Sweded" in bite-size installments. And now, here's your first look at Empire Strikes Back Uncut. It is your destiny! » 4/18/13 2:01pm 4/18/13 2:01pm

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… » 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

Star Wars: Clone Wars and DC Nation return this week, plus a Lego …

This week in the world of cartoons, EVERYTHING comes back! Star Wars:The Clone Wars (now on Saturday mornings), Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and Young Justice: Invasion return this week, putting the DC vs. Marvel cartoon wars into full effect. » 9/29/12 7:00am 9/29/12 7:00am

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

Science Proves Luke Skywalker Should Have Died In The Tauntaun's Belly

It is one of the weirdest, wildest moments in Star Wars history. Han Solo picks up Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and slices open the belly of his dead tauntaun and stuffs Luke in to to warm him up and save his life. » 8/07/12 8:00am 8/07/12 8:00am

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

It's a trap! All six Star Wars movies getting 3-D theatrical re-release

First Lucasfilm announces a Star Wars box set on Blu-ray, and now they're planning to re-release them theatrically in 3-D. But are you willing to sit through the prequels to see Empire in 3D? You may have to. » 9/29/10 6:30am 9/29/10 6:30am

25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch

Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 25 must-watch science fiction films. » 8/25/10 12:00pm 8/25/10 12:00pm