What does it take to preempt Wonder Woman AND The Incredible Hulk?
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Art Carney spends 10 minutes selling space tooth-brushes. Bea Arthur sings with the Mos Eisley Cantina Band. Harvey Korman... is Harvey Korman... And there's Wookie porn. What more could you want from a Holiday Special?
In 1977, STAR WARS was released and went on to become one of the most popular film franchises of all time. Before The Empire Strikes Back, though, our favorite rebels took a side trip to the small screen. In 1978, Luke, Lea, R2, C-3PO, and Han came together to help their friend Chewey get home for Life Day (which may as well be called "Wookie Christmas").
The year was 1978. A few things had happened in the few short years after principal photography wrapped on STAR WARS. Mark Hammel was in a nasty auto accident, leaving scars on his previously untouched baby face. Carrie Fisher fell into a cocaine habit, one she wouldn't shake for a number of years. Also, STAR WARS was released, and just about everyone not hidden behind a mask or a uniform became a big star. The world waned more STAR WARS, but one year wasn't enough time to roll out a sequel. CBS somehow talked George Lucas into a comedy-variety TV special. Imagine Donny and Marie, The Carol Burnett Show or The Muppet Show with STAR WARS characters; or, imagine a STAR WARS story with musical numbers and random characters that didn't quite fit… but not Return of the Jedi: Special Edition. The special aired only once on network TV. It then found it's way into obscurity. Since 1978, most people have only seen it through bootleg copies found at conventions or disorganized clips over the internet.
This week, 35 years after it aired on CBS, Fiilmbar Phoenix will be screening this colossal train wreck in a manner fitting of it: projected on a movie screen before an audience of buzzed 30-to-50-year-olds.
The film is screening as a part of FilmBar's "Nerd Nite Toy Drive," a holiday charity event to benefit Toys for Tots AZ.
This event is sold out, but keep your eyes here, because I will likely tell you all about it later in the week.
Until then, Happy Life Day… and May the Force be With You!
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