This video of a little kid learning who Luke Skywalker's father is will…

Star Wars fans have been a cynical lot as of late, given the rather dubious changes to the films' Blu-ray release. But this video of YouTube user BashTheMonkey's four-year-old son reacting to Darth Vader's paternity reveal should brighten your Monday morning. Unless you're George Lucas, of course — you're already… » 10/03/11 7:40am 10/03/11 7:40am

Wampa attacks, blue milk, and incestuous make-out sessions = the Star…

With the advent of the Star Wars Blu-ray collection, we finally get to see those weird scenes George Lucas left at the editing bay. These nixed sequences featured Wampa attacks, Darth Vader using his brain as a telepathic CB radio, and blue milk. » 9/17/11 4:30pm 9/17/11 4:30pm

Endearingly weird 1970s Empire Strikes Back promo took you to Luke's…

In this bizarre footage from the defunct wish-granting program Jim'll Fix It, a lucky eight-year-old named Daniel scores a picnic with Luke Skywalker on Dagobah. They then watch a clip from The Empire Strikes Back and Chewbacca admits he eats little girls. » 9/06/11 5:25pm 9/06/11 5:25pm

And now, the original Star Wars trilogy playing all at the same time

I have no idea what's to be gleaned from watching all three movies at once, but I definitely heard Bossk whisper "Paul is dead." » 9/04/11 2:00pm 9/04/11 2:00pm

A collection of the worst reviews of the best movies of all time

"Dumb As A Blog" collects scathing reviews of the world's most beloved films. The New York Times calls Empire Strikes Back "a lot of hot air" and disses Bill Murray's Ghostbusters performance, while the New Yorker destroys Indiana Jones. » 1/25/11 7:30am 1/25/11 7:30am

Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner dies in LA at 87

Irvin Kershner, director of the best Star Wars film, has died at 87 in LA. Kershner also directed such genre hits as the Bond flick Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2, and the cult favorite TV series Seaquest DSV. » 11/29/10 5:10am 11/29/10 5:10am

In 1978, Darth Vader's actor spoiled the Empire Strikes Back's ending…

In 1978, David Prowse, better known as Darth Vader's body, spoiled The Empire Strikes Back to a cheering crowd in Berkeley, California...two years before Empire came out. But did Prowse actually know the ending, or was this sheer coincidence? » 11/08/10 4:30pm 11/08/10 4:30pm

Yoda was originally played by a monkey in a mask, and other secrets of…

Before Yoda was a Muppet, the makers of Empire Strikes Back considered casting a monkey as the movie's spiritual center. Plus the lost Wampa raid on the rebel base, and the original portrayer of Palpatine finally revealed after thirty years! » 10/10/10 10:30am 10/10/10 10:30am

Empire Strikes Back almost didn't get made: Inside secrets of Star…

The book trailer for J.W. Rinzler's The Making of The Empire Strikes Back is a must-watch, full of juicy secrets. Glimpse the original script by Leigh Bracket, check out concept art, and find out how ESB almost fell through. » 9/15/10 2:47pm 9/15/10 2:47pm

Original Star Wars producer explains what went wrong after Empire…

Gary Kurtz was George Lucas' partner in making the first two Star Wars films, but they had a huge falling-out after Empire Strikes Back. Now, for the first time, he's explained what went wrong with Star Wars. » 8/12/10 1:30pm 8/12/10 1:30pm

And now, a slew of The Empire Strikes Back playsets

To cap off this month's 30th anniversary of Empire, here are bunch of toys that are worth more than your house. Or at least they would be...if you didn't open them. Goddamn it, childhood pursuit of fun. [John Rozum] » 5/30/10 4:00pm 5/30/10 4:00pm

12 awesome science fiction lunch boxes

Now that you're old enough to pack your own lunch, don't you know that brown-bagging is déclassé? Save a tree and tote your vittles around in these vintage food cubes. When Lee Majors adorns your thermos, nothing can stop you. » 5/26/10 9:00am 5/26/10 9:00am

The Periodic Table of The Empire Strikes Back

It seems like periodic tables are the genre charts de jour, but this one — breaking down the various and sundry building blocks of Episode V — is pretty neat, especially the "strangled by Vader" subset. [Scifi Wire] » 5/24/10 8:30am 5/24/10 8:30am

AP News can't differentiate between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian

Everyone was at the Empire Strikes Back party for St. Jude Children's Hospital in LA, from Ewan McGregor to Peter Mayhew. AP's video recap of the event is all kinds of greatness, even if they got their space pirates switched. » 5/22/10 6:17pm 5/22/10 6:17pm

The Empire Strikes Back: The film that introduced a generation to…

Thirty years ago, George Lucas sprung his Star Wars sequel upon a young moviegoing public that was simply unprepared for what they'd see: An unrelenting operatic downer, filled with pain, sacrifice, revelation, and loss. Good times. » 5/20/10 2:00pm 5/20/10 2:00pm

What Did The Original Script For The Empire Strikes Back Look Like?

Word is the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back has been making the rounds on the web...without Lucasfilm's OK. What didn't make the final cut? A cloned Lando, Luke Skywalker's twin sister Nellith, and a war with the Wampas. » 5/15/10 3:00pm 5/15/10 3:00pm

40 Unseen Moments From Your Favorite Movies

Just as you finish up your t(of)urkey leftovers, we thought we should share some movie leftovers with you. Say, 40 deleted scenes from movies like Star Wars, The Dark Knight and Star Trek? Click through for excised joy. » 11/29/09 12:00pm 11/29/09 12:00pm

Five Major Flaws in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (And How to Fix…

Few sacred cows of classic science fiction remain, largely because science-fiction fans love sacred hamburgers, but also because we are surly lot, possessed of a discerning critical eye and the highest of standards.

One such metaphorical bovine, however, has gone unsavaged by the community for nearly 30 years. That… » 11/16/08 1:00pm 11/16/08 1:00pm

Fans Vote For Best SF Movie, Have No Taste

More proof that today's generation of whippersnappers either have very bad memories or are easily confused by Keanu Reeves comes in the form of Rankopedia's democratically-created list of the Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time. I have no problem with The Empire Strikes Back trumping Star Wars, or the surprise placement of… » 3/04/08 8:00am 3/04/08 8:00am