Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Is a "brand new" character from The Force Awakens secretly in Phantom Menace?
Jan 8, 2016

The Force Awakens has a lot returning characters, and a lot of new characters. But then there's this other character who is ... neither? Both?

Ron Howard on why he's never directed a superhero movie and passed on Star Wars
Nov 25, 2015

That time Ron Howard was offered (and declined) to direct Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace.

Funny, snarky video finds Phantom Menace 3D re-release disturbing
Jul 4, 2015

The 3D rerelease of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace means many things: more money for the folks at Lucasfilm, a new chance for first timers to see the flick theatrically and, of course, an opportunity to make fun of the often maligned prequel all over again.

Wesa likes Jar Jar Binks' invasion of 8 famous movie posters
Jul 4, 2015

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace supporting character Jar Jar Binks has appeared in toys, comic books, books, episodes of The Clone Wars and posters. But what if he appeared in posters where he didn't actually belong? That's a question that's finally been asked ... and answered.

Anakin actor says Phantom Menace made his life a 'living hell'
Jul 4, 2015

There are plenty of Star Wars fans out there that'd argue the prequel trilogy—especially the mediocre Phantom Menace—ruined their love of the classic film series. But, for the child star who played young Anakin Skywalker, The Phantom Menace apparently did a lot more damage than that.

Russian Phantom Menace poster proves that puppet Yoda is kaput
Jul 4, 2015

One of the best characters in the Star Wars saga is the grammar-challenged locus of all things Lightside, Yoda ... which is remarkable considering he's a puppet. And in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, he was a creepy puppet.

Bizarre Star Wars 3D promotional blitz is targeting our stomachs
Jul 4, 2015

Fox and Lucasfilm are kicking their Phantom Menace-in-3D ad campaign into gear and, perhaps thinking they can't appeal to geeks' hearts or minds any more, they're heading right for the gut with a pair of puzzling food-related gimmicks.

10 posters that (almost) trick us into thinking Phantom Menace is good
Jul 4, 2015

As every fan and critic knows, with its eons-long podrace and questionable racial caricatures, The Phantom Menace was the weakest out of all of George Lucas' Star Wars movies. But die-hard fans find what joy they can. And one of those fans happens to be an artist.

Best, weirdest 70-minute review of The Phantom Menace ever
Jul 4, 2015

Some guy in Milwaukee, Wisc., has posted a hilariously apt 70-minute screed against the first Star Wars prequel.

Jar Jar Binks and 15 more "Kick-Ass" sci-fi movie controversies
Jul 4, 2015

Kick-Ass, condemned in some quarters due to its violence and a ten-year-old girl who curses like a sailor and leaves a trail of dead bodies, is far from the only sci-fi or fantasy film to have created controversy.