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Heavens GateMichael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter follow-up, Heaven’s Gate, faced all sorts of obstacles during its making, and is famous in filmmaking circles for plenty of other reasons besides the movie itself, including its low box office take and over 200 minute running time. Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has apparently been obsessed with the movie since it was announced, and he’s actually re-edited the entire film and put it online. Called “Heaven’s Gate: The Butcher’s Cut,” this new version comes in at under 2 hours, cutting out a significant amount of the film. Check it out below. More »

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Homemade Star WarsSometimes creating something memorable or interesting isn’t about having powerful cameras, fancy sets, or A-list actors. Sometimes you just need a little creativity, some spray paint, and a bit of cardboard. Homemade Movies, a weekly show on the Cinefix YouTube channel, recreates famous scenes from some of the biggest films, but with a decidedly lower budget. This week they tackled the trench run scene from the original Star Wars film, and it is simply delightful. Check out the video and their process below, as well as a side-by-side comparison with both the original and the remake playing together. More »

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While Hollywood is attempting to dive back into a franchise whose best movies were arguably over 30 years ago, the approach taken by The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner can apply not just to future Star Wars films, but to anyone making anything that requires a suspension of disbelief. A French journalist named Michael Parbot had virtually limitless access to the production, and it’s only now that we have a more complete version of the documentary he produced in 1980. There are some fantastic and candid moments from some of the cast as well as the crew, and even if you are not a Star Wars fan, there are plenty of tidbits about storytelling and filmmaking that apply just as equally today. More »

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I meant to post this months ago when it first came out, but Ted Hope mentioning on his Vimeo panel that he thought Star Wars Uncut was the “film of the year” motivated me to post it belatedly. So in case you haven’t already seen it, here is the crowdsourced, fan-made version of the entire first (ah, fourth) episode of Star Wars. More »