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Irvin Kershner Dies: 'The Empire Strikes Back' Director

Faye Dunaway, Eyes of Laura Mars Irvin Kershner, the director of the (in my view) best early Star Wars saga effort, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), has died in Los Angeles “after a long illness” according to Agence France-Presse. Kershner was 87. What made me enjoy The Empire Strikes Back much more than either George Lucas' Star Wars (1977) or Richard Marquand's Return of the Jedi? I'd say it was of combination of various elements: great special effects (which the other two movies also have), combined with Kershner's stylish, well-paced direction, and a more mature screenplay credited to Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett. In other words, The Empire Strikes Back was action-packed mainstream fun, but without being (overly) juvenile. Long […]


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Irvin Kershner Dies: 'The Empire Strikes Back' Director



Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood, Tom Hanks & Quentin Tarantino: Academy Screenings

Seated, left to right: Douglas Trumbull, Tom Hanks and Buzz Aldrin. Standing, left to right: Bruce Logan, Sid Ganis, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and Daniel Richter at Academy's '2001: A Space Odyssey' event. '2001: A Space Odyssey' Academy event: Cast members Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, special effects artist Douglas Trumbull and fan Tom Hanks Tom Hanks, who fell under the spell of 2001: A Space Odyssey way back when, introduced the 40th Anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science-fiction masterpiece this past Friday, April 25, '08. Others in attendance at the event, held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, were the film's two stars, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. In […]


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Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood, Tom Hanks & Quentin Tarantino: Academy Screenings