All right, I shouldn’t have tell any of you what today is... it’s Towel Day!
And also, of course, the 40th anniversary of a little film called Star Wars. Not Episode IV. Not A New Hope. Star Wars.
To recognize the occasion, we’ve got a couple things for you here at The Bits today.
First up, our very own Michael Coate has updated and expanded his excellent History, Legacy & Showmanship retrospective column, A Force to Be Reckoned With: Remembering “Star Wars” on its 40th Anniversary. He’s combed newspaper archives all across North America to produce a definitive history of the film’s debut theatrical release back in 1977-1978. Every theater that showed the film, the day it opened in that theater, all of it. Trust me, I’ve learned from personal experience that one’s memory of seeing the film back in 1977 is not as accurate as Michael’s exhaustive research – he’s sent me the vintage microfilmed newspaper clippings to prove it. [Read on here…]
- Bluray Disc
- Bill Hunt
- The Digital Bits
- My Two Cents
- Star Wars 40th Anniversary
- Michael Coate
- George Lucas
- A Force to Remember: Celebrating Star Wars on its 40th Anniversary
- Charles de Lauzirika
- Kevin Rubio
- Patrick Read Johnson
- Marcus Hearn
- Generation X
- May 25 1977
- Towel Day
- Douglas Adams
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
This being the start of the long Memorial Day weekend here in the States, today is about as slow (release news-wise) as they get. BUT…
…we do have couple of cool things for you this afternoon!
First, today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom into theaters, so our very own Michael Coate has chosen to mark the occasion with a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column on the subject. Don’t miss it! [Read on here…]