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Star Wars at Verizon, Empire on EW cover

Star Wars re-enactors from the Imperial Stormtrooper ranks of the fan group "The 501st Legion" swarmed at Baltimore's showcase theater the Senator for the premiere of a fan film called "Revelations" just a few years ago (left).

Today a handful of 501sters will be patrolling the streets around Verizon Center before the Washington Capitals vs. Atlanta Thrashers hockey game to promote "Star Wars: In Concert." This multimedia extravaganza, featuring a live symphony orchesta playing music from all six "Stars Wars" films synchronized to clips and narration by Anthony Daniels (the voice of C-3PO), plays at Verizon Center July 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Meanwhile, today's Entertainment Weekly features a cover-piece 30th-anniversary celebration of "The Empire Strikes Back" drawn from a forthcoming Lucasfilm and Del Rey book, "Star Wars: The Making of the Empire Strikes Back."

Let's hope the complete book isn't as Lucas-centric as the EW excerpt: many of us feel that "Empire" became the best of the series because of Irvin Kershner's direction. But the EW spread largely ignores Kershner.

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As "Empire" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan told me in 2002, "...a lot of things came together in a good way on the movie. The sensibility of Kersh was so different, with a strain of bleakness to it; it was so peculiarly Kersh, that it was not overwhelmed by George's sensibility. Kersh is a great director and it turned out to be one of Kersh's best movies."

What do other Star Wars (and Kershner) fans think?

(Sun photo by David Hobby)

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