EW approached filmmaker Kyle Newman (Fanboys) with a simple proposition: Will you make us a short film that collects famous voices talking about Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi and their feelings about the film as it reaches its 30th anniversary?
After sweet-talking him with promises of no money and too-little time, we mentioned that he was our only hope and, weirdly, that worked. The result is The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting, which shows elite geeks — among them Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Jaime King, Topher Grace, Fall Out Boy, Eli Roth, and Jason Mewes — revisiting the movie in which tribal Teddy Ruxpins put down an Imperial invasion force with rocks, logs, and other Gilligan’s Island-esque props. Who saw that coming?
Without further ado, The Return of Return of the Jedi, which you should share with friends and strangers and do so early and often — we can only post it here though Monday.
We screened The Return of Return of the Jedi on the May the Fourth at the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles as part of a week-long celebration of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, animation, and super-hero cinema. The festival (a collaboration with the American Cinematheque) brought more than 7,200 fans to the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
The busiest day was the Star Wars Saturday with four sold-out screenings of the finale film from the original trilogy. Mark Hamill was a surprise on-stage guest after two of the screenings (where he was interviewed by EW’s Anthony Breznican).
Lucasfilm made a highlight film of the fans and fanfare of that Star Wars Saturday and, if you check out the video below you’ll see that the ugly rumors of Ewok-tossing at the festival are unsubstantiated or at the very least exaggerated…
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