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George Lucas now editing his posters in addition to his movies

George Lucas now editing his posters in addition to his movies (photo)

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The changes George Lucas has made over the years to his “Star Wars” franchise are well-documented. Given that he just tweaked the films again for the new Blu-ray box set, I thought we wouldn’t be getting any more changes, at least for a little while. But the just released poster for the upcoming 3D version of “Episode I – The Phantom Menace” paints such a drastically incomplete picture of what and who the film is about, it’s got us wondering if maybe Lucas has secretly reedited the film yet again for its upcoming return to theaters. For your consideration, here is the original (and quite lovely) “Phantom Menace” poster by the great Drew Struzan:


And now here’s the poster for the 3D rerelease. See any differences?


The new poster has no little Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), no Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and no Jar-Jar Binks. It also adds a digital version of Yoda, who didn’t appear on Struzan’s poster at all. It’s like every time you look at it Obi-Wan Kenobi stands over your shoulder and whispers in your ear “Those aren’t the characters you’re looking for… move along…” A reasonable person with the unreasonable qualification of having never heard of or seen anything about “Star Wars” would take one look at that poster and assume the movie is about the weird-looking dude with the horns and facepaint. “Star Wars: Episode I – The Darth Maul Story,” coming soon to a theater near you!

Given the way young Anakin and especially Jar-Jar are so universally disliked, I wonder if fans would actually reverse their long-standing hatred of Lucas’ alterations to “Star Wars” if they involved getting rid or minimizing those characters. But, of course, that’s just pointless conjecture because it would never happen.

Wait, would it never happen? This is George Lucas we’re talking about.

“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” opens in 3D on February 10, 2012. Will you go see it? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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