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Returning to 'Jedi': Ewok down memory lane with Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Eli Roth -- VIDEO

EW approached filmmaker Kyle Newman (Fanboys) with a simple proposition: Will you make us a short film that collects famous voices talking about Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi and their feelings about the film as it reaches its 30th anniversary?

After sweet-talking him with promises of no money and too-little time, we mentioned that he was our only hope and, weirdly, that worked. The result is  The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting, which shows elite geeks — among them Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Jaime King, Topher Grace, Fall Out Boy, Eli Roth, and Jason Mewes — revisiting the movie in which tribal Teddy Ruxpins put down an Imperial invasion force with rocks, logs, and other Gilligan’s Island-esque props. Who saw that coming?

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Kurt Russell, Mark Hamill, and more, spill secrets at first annual CapeTown Film Festival -- VIDEO

The first annual CapeTown Film Festival, the brainchild of Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown gamemaster Geoff Boucher, attracted fans of all ages for seven nights of classic superhero and sci-fi movie experiences, beginning with an early screening of Iron Man 3, and including the 30th anniversary celebration of Return of the Jedi. But it wasn’t just the nostalgia that made the festival a splendid success; it was the in-depth conversations with legends like Nimoy, Kurt Russell (Escape From New York), Mark Hamill, and Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys).

Not everyone could get to Los Angeles or in to Egyptian Theatre for the festival — tickets for the most popular panels quickly sold out. But EW.com has an entire library of video from the chats, including Boucher’s Q+A with Marvel godfather Kevin Feige and Tim Stack’s interview with some of the cast from The Goonies.

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Terry Gilliam talks 'Twelve Monkeys,' 'Brazil,' and 'Harry Potter' at the CapeTown Film Fest

Terry Gilliam flew into Los Angeles for the screening of his hallucinogenic time-travel romp Twelve Monkeys at EW’s first-ever CapeTown Film Fest. The director and legendary enfant terrible sat down in front of the crowd with EW’s Geoff Boucher on Sunday evening for a freewheeling hour-long chat which skipped all over Gilliam’s storied career, from Monty Python to Brazil to why Hollywood won’t let him make movies to the time he almost (but not really) got to make Harry Potter. Check out a video of the chat below, and read on for the key lines from the legendary filmmaker. READ FULL STORY

'Goonies' cast members reunite at EW's CapeTown Film Festival

A comic adventure story about a group of children on a wild hunt for buried pirate treasure touched an entire generation of young moviegoers in the 1980s, and many of the most hardcore fans of Richard Donner’s The Goonies were in attendance Sunday for a panel and screening of the film at EW’s first-ever CapeTown Film Festival.

Present at the sell-out event’s panel were two Goonies — Corey Feldman and Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk — and Robert Davi, who played the singing Fratelli brother, Jake. Below are some of the highlights. READ FULL STORY

'Coraline': Neil Gaiman and Travis Knight talk adaptation, scaring kids, and more at EW's CapeTown Film Festival

The penultimate day of EW’s inaugural CapeTown Film Festival featured a Q&A with rock star of fantastical literature Neil Gaiman following a screening of Coraline, the animated adaptation of his 2002 book of the same name.

Gaiman, along with the film’s lead animator, Travis Knight, told the audience at the Egyptian Theatre about the difficulties of finding a studio to back Coraline, the film’s animation methods, and why scaring kids is a good thing. Read on for five things we learned from the discussion led by EW’s Geoff Boucher. READ FULL STORY

Mark Hamill talks the past (and future) of 'Star Wars' at EW's CapeTown Film Fest

This year, EW celebrated May the Fourth with a full day of Return of the Jedi, screening the end of the first (and definitely not last) Star Wars trilogy four times at the Egyptian Theatre. It was the biggest day yet of our first-ever CapeTown Film Fest. Boba Fett and Darth Vader were walking around the foyer. A full-sized Jabba the Hutt held court, accepting photograph requests from admirers.

There were special events throughout the day. After one screening, EW’s Anthony Breznican hosted a Luke Skywalker lookalike competition. From the wings, a new contestant emerged…Mark Hamill, undoubtedly the world’s most talented Luke Skywalker lookalike. The star of the original trilogy stuck around to talk with Breznican about the series’ past…and its future. Below, six important items of conversation from The Once and Future Skywalker. READ FULL STORY

Five things we learned about John Carpenter's horror classic 'The Thing' at EW's CapeTown Film Fest

You know you’re among some true horror fans when below-the-line filmmakers get eager cheers.

At the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival on Thursday, the mention of frequent Carpenter collaborators cinematographer Dean Cundey and special makeup effects designer Rob Bottin got lots of applause and cheers. But a standing ovation was reserved for the man of the hour, horror master John Carpenter. The celebrated director of all things gross and creepy participated in a Q&A moderated by American Cinematheque programmer Grant Moninger before Antarctica-set sci-fi horror flick The Thing screened at the packed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The event marked the third night of EW’s inaugural CapeTown Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

John Carpenter talks 'The Thing' at EW's CapeTown Film Festival -- VIDEO

During a special Q&A at the EW Capetown Film Festival screening of The Thing, director John Carpenter joked, ”I do know in the end who The Thing is, but I cannot tell you.”

”The movie tanked when it came out, by the way,” Carpenter reminded the audience. ”It was hated, hated by fans. I lost a job. People hated me. They thought I was this horrible, violent… and I was. But now here we are 31 years later and here you are filling a theater. It’s really great that you came out for this film.”

Watch a clip from the interview below:

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Edgar Wright and the 'Scott Pilgrim' crew rock EW's CapeTown Film Fest: Five things we learned

Cult filmmaker Edgar Wright did double-duty last night at Entertainment Weekly‘s CapeTown Film Fest, showing off his zombie romcom Shaun of the Dead and his romantic rock-gamer odyssey Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Wright also sharedsome footage for his upcoming projects, including an eye-popping test reel for Ant-Man.) Before the Pilgrim screening, Wright brought some friends onstage: actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, and Satya Bhabha, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Below, the coolest tidbits from their chat: READ FULL STORY

Edgar Wright talks Cornetto Trilogy and 'Scott Pilgrim' at EW's CapeTown Film Fest -- VIDEO

At the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles during EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, writer and director Edgar Wright discussed the origin of the ice cream jokes in his “blood and ice cream” trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming The World’s End) — amongst other things at back-to-back screenings of his films Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Guests were also treated to exclusive footage of some of Wright’s upcoming movies, as well as a panel of Evil Exes, answering questions about the lines they most enjoy having quoted back at them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, better known as her character Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim, said she will never tire of having people tell her they are “in lesbians” with her.

Below, check out some of the best moments from last night’s Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Q&A’s, moderated by EW writers Anthony Breznican and Geoff Boucher. Wright was more than eager to re-visit some of his past projects, as well as teasing the third film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, out later this summer.

Fair warning — some harsh language follows.
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