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Prepare to get Mauled: Chat live with 'Clone Wars' director Dave Filoni tonight about Darth Maul's return

Heeee’s baaaack! Darth Maul, the horned, tattooed Sith Lord who Obi-Wan Kenobi cut in half at the end of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace returns to that galaxy far, far away in “Brothers,” the first part of The Clone Wars‘ season 4 finale airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on Cartoon Network. But starting a whole half-hour earlier, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni will take your questions about resurrecting Maul, talk about what lies ahead for season 5, and add his running commentary to the episode as it airs live.

Turns out, being cut in half doesn’t have to be a fatal injury if you have the dark side of the Force on your side (see also: Darth Vader’s swan dive into a river of lava). Or if you’re George Lucas and realize with hindsight that killing off the prequel trilogy’s coolest villain at the end of Episode I was a big mistake. (Insert your “That’s no moon, that’s the size of your missed storytelling opportunity!” jokes here.) Filoni even tells EW that “We created Savage Opress in season 3 because of the lack of Darth Maul.” READ FULL STORY

'Clone Wars': Chat live with Boba Fett (a.k.a. Daniel Logan) tonight starting at 7:40 p.m. ET

Tonight starting at 7:40 p.m. ET/4:40 p.m. PT, actor Daniel Logan will be joining EW.com for a live chat. The actor otherwise known as Boba Fett will be adding his commentary to tonight’s epic Clone Wars installment, “Bounty,” and taking your questions. He has been advised that no disintegrations will be tolerated. READ FULL STORY

Join Oscar-nominee Matthew Wood (a.k.a. General Grievous) for 'Clone Wars' live-chat

Hang on tight, because Star Wars: The Clone Wars is making the jump to lightspeed.

Tonight’s episode, “Massacre,” kicks off a four-part season finale that will feature an interstellar rogues gallery of fan-favorite villains: Asajj Ventress, the Nightsisters, Boba Fett, Savage Opress, Darth Maul, and General Grievous. And tonight, Grievous’s voice actor, Matthew Wood, will be joining us for a live chat starting at 7:40 p.m. ET. Wood will be taking your questions and adding his running commentary to the episode. READ FULL STORY

'Phantom Menace' will eclipse 'Dark Knight' grosses -- Is Top 10 quality going down like the 'Titanic'?

News broke today that Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, thanks to its recent 3-D re-release, is on track to surpass 2008’s The Dark Knight in box office grosses. This infusion of money will make Phantom Menace the 10th highest-grossing film of all time. Many would argue that Christopher Nolan’s twisty Batman Begins sequel is far superior to George Lucas’ uncontrollable exercise in CGI, and it got us thinking: Are the newest crop of movies to join the top 10 (six since Avatar kick-started a box office frenzy in 2009) demonstrably worse than their chart-mates? Well… yes and no. See the new top 10 list below. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Rewind Strikes Back: Is 'The Phantom Menace' really as bad as we remember? Yes, absolutely, yes.

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Darren Franich: I figured that the years would have been kind to The Phantom Menace. I tend to enjoy bad movies more as they grow older, if only because they start to provide an interesting look at faded cultural norms, like the notion that anyone should have a rat-tail haircut. Also, my memory of the movie has been clouded by years of feeling disappointed and betrayed. But that’s all silly, really. Phantom Menace is not an emotionally-distant parent who never showed up to my baseball games. It’s just a movie — surely, it couldn’t possibly justify the decade of culture-wide scorn that followed.

Keith Staskiewicz: Burning George Lucas in effigy is a yearly tradition at the Staskiewicz household. READ FULL STORY

How 'Star Wars' changed my life: George Lucas taught me to love pop culture. He also taught me to be skeptical.

Today, audiences can head to theaters to see the re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3-D. Regardless of how you feel about the much-maligned prequel, there’s no denying the Star Wars franchise made more than an impression on millions of moviegoers who experienced the magic of the first three films in theaters or on their TV screens. This week, EW‘s writers will be celebrating their complicated relationship with George Lucas’ beloved, yet contested, franchise with a series we call “How Star Wars changed my life.” And for those of you headed to the theaters this Friday… may the force be with you.

I can’t talk about Star Wars without admitting my age, because I am a member of that curious geek generation that grew up in the era between the two Star Wars trilogies. Return of the Jedi hit theaters on May 25, 1983. In a Time magazine cover story published that same month, George Lucas expressed a desire to take a long, maybe-permanent break from the franchise. “The book is finished,” he said, sounding exhausted. “I have put it on the shelf.” I was born two years later, and I do not remember a time when I was not constantly watching VHS copies of the Star Wars trilogy. READ FULL STORY

Did 'Phantom Menace' kill 'The Matrix'?

Nobody saw The Matrix coming. Everyone saw The Phantom Menace coming. In 1999, the Wachowski Brothers appeared out of nowhere — their only previous film was the lesbian noir thriller Bound — and created what seemed at the time like the next great cinematic myth. That same year, George Lucas finally released a movie he had been promising, in one way or another, for almost two decades. By the end of the year, it was generally agreed by film fans that The Matrix had officially stolen Phantom Menace‘s thunder. But with the first episode of the Star Wars franchise being rereleased this weekend, I spent this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly looking back on the legacy of those two films… and the curious ways in which Hollywood has evolved in their wake. Check out the new episode below: READ FULL STORY

How 'The Phantom Menace' influenced blockbuster special effects, despite everyone pretending not to notice

When Star Wars hit theaters in 1977, it was a jaw-dropping spectacle of game-changing visuals, and when it hit my family’s VCR in 1992, it was still exactly that. Some films’ technical achievements endure through the ages and I have a feeling that, even without George Lucas’ digital face-lifts, the original trilogy’s effects would still look impressive today. Other FX milestones, like say the work of Ray Harryhausen, may not be quite so protected against the kitchification of time, but are still awarded their due reverence in the history of the field.

The Phantom Menace, however, is an interesting case. It’s one of the few films whose impressive technical achievements were in service of a story so bland and characters so one-dimensional (forget 3-D) that the annals of cinema history are unable to separate one from the other. This is unfortunate because, by all rights, the prequel not only boasted some of the most impressive digital effects to date, but also ended up influencing, for better or for worse, how Hollywood has made blockbusters ever since. READ FULL STORY

How 'Star Wars' changed my life: George Lucas turned me into a know-it-all who can't believe in movie magic. Oh, and an entertainment journalist.

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Tomorrow, audiences can head to theaters to see the rerelease of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3-D. Regardless of how you feel about the much-maligned prequel, there’s no denying the Star Wars franchise made more than an impression on millions of moviegoers who experienced the magic of the first three films in theaters or on their TV screens. This week, EW‘s writers will be celebrating their complicated relationship with George Lucas’ beloved, yet contested, franchise with a series we call “How Star Wars changed my life.” And for those of you headed to the theaters this Friday… may the Force be with you.

There are those who are content to be merely delighted and dazzled by an entertaining magic trick, and there are those who become obsessed with needing to know how they were so persuasively, thrillingly fooled.  When it comes to the sort of magic that we routinely see on movie screens, I have long been the second kind of fan, and the film that got me hooked on such enchantment – and put the “How did they do that?!” bug into me – was Star Wars. Like a lot of people my age, George Lucas’ hyperkinetic space opera was a cultural event that seized my imagination and seeded a desire for transporting escapism that has never left me; in some ways, I think my interest in the movies is all about chasing after the same ecstatic WOW! that I felt when I first saw Star Wars at the grand (and now demolished) UA 150 in downtown Seattle in the summer of ’77, and then over and over and over again when it reached the more modest (and still in business) neighborhood movie palace, the Admiral Twin. It wasn’t enough to have the memory of that far-out yarn running on a constant loop in my mind, or to reenact the story each night with my brother for our parents, or to recall and recite (sometimes with peculiar competitive intensity) favorite scenes and memorable lines with my Star Wars-loving friends during recess. And during class. And during the dawdling walk home… READ FULL STORY

How 'Star Wars' changed my life: It helped me channel my inner gay geek

In just two days, audiences can head to theaters to see the re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3-D. Regardless of how you feel about the much-maligned prequel, there’s no denying the Star Wars franchise made more than an impression on millions of moviegoers who experienced the magic of the first three films in theaters or on their TV screens. This week, EW‘s writers will be celebrating their complicated relationship with George Lucas’ beloved, yet contested, franchise with a series we call “How Star Wars changed my life.” And for those of you headed to the theaters this Friday… may the force be with you.

My first year of high school, my school’s homecoming theme was movies. When the freshman class voted to do Star Wars, I was in ecstasy. I immediately signed up for the float and cheer committees. (I was that kid.) I served as the Star Wars consultant as the float committee re-created Luke and R2-D2’s crash landing in the Dagobah system from The Empire Strikes Back. Even though our float was incredible — a chicken wire and papier-maché R2, dry ice for the fog, lots and lots of dirt, and even frozen fish sticks for Yoda’s dinner — the judges were biased toward the apathetic seniors and their lame Indiana Jones boulder made out of garbage and rubber bands. We did, however, win the cheer contest because its brilliance was undeniable: “Yoda, WHAT? Yoda, WHAT? Yo da losin’ team! We’re gonna get the Jabba done and take you to extremes!” READ FULL STORY

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