The Phantom Menace

Emperor Palpatine: Star Wars' most entertaining character

Ryan Lambie Feature
Nov 5, 2015

He’s the most evil man in the galaxy and the most fun. Ryan celebrates Emperor Palpatine and the actor who gave him life, Ian McDiarmid.

Star Wars: a history of lightsaber design

Rob Leane Feature
Sep 11, 2015

As Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces the broadsaber, we chart the lightsaber designs of the Star Wars universe...

Fon Davis interview: greebles, miniatures, Star Wars and more

Ryan Lambie Interview
Aug 14, 2015

Visual effects designer Fon Davis chats to us about his work on the Star Wars movies, Elysium, Starship Troopers and more...

Star Wars: The Complete Saga steelbooks coming on Blu-ray

Ryan Lambie News
Aug 5, 2015

The six pre-JJ Abrams Star Wars movies are coming out on Blu-ray again in a shiny steelbook edition...

Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace

Ryan Lambie News
Jul 24, 2015

The Phantom Menace's Jar Jar Binks could have been played by Michael Jackson in prosthetics, says actor Ahmed Best...

Star Wars on digital HD: trailers and pricing announced

Ryan Lambie News
Apr 7, 2015

Update: all six Star Wars films are out as HD downloads on the 10th April. Prices and trailers have been revealed...

Natalie Portman: after Star Wars "no director wanted to work with me"

Simon Brew News
Dec 18, 2014

After taking on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, "everyone thought I was a horrible actress", says Natalie Portman.

How the Phantom Menace teaser trailer became a cinematic event

Ryan Lambie Feature
Nov 26, 2014

In November 1998, Star Wars fans were queuing up to see The Phantom Menace trailer in cinemas. Ryan looks at how a teaser became an event...

Liam Neeson and the modern masculinity crisis

James Clayton Feature
Sep 19, 2014

Liam Neeson again plays a tough guy with a past in A Walk Among The Tombstones. James looks at the masculine thread in Neeson's films...

Killing Darth Maul: Lucas' big prequel trilogy mistake?

Ryan Lambie Feature
Sep 17, 2014

Darth Maul was one of most exciting new characters in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Ryan argues that George Lucas got rid of him too soon.