Irvin Kirshner Passes Away

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On the heels of Leslie Nielsen's death comes another sad passing in the Hollywood community. Irvin Kershner, director The Empire Strikes Back, has died.

He was 87. The director was in his 50s when he was tapped to head the Star Wars sequel. Kershner was a teacher at USC; George Lucas was a student.

The 1980 film was by far the best of the entire series, paving the way for Return of the Jedi and decades later, an entire prequel trilogy that Lucas ruined.

R.I.P. Irvin Kirshner (1923-2010).

While the critically acclaimed, massively successful Empire Strikes Back is certainly the film for which Kershner is best remembered, his credits don't stop there.

He's also known for helming 1983's James Bond film Never Say Never Again, which saw Sean Connery return to the role of 007, Robocop II and other movies.

He did some acting in his day as well, beginning with Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. He was actively working in photography until his death.

May he rest in peace.

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Rest in peace, Mr. Kirshner. Now, with due respect to his life and great work throughout it, the prequel movies are bar far the best Star War movies in the entire franchise. The original ones were boring and lame. Episode 1 through 3 are some of the best sci-fi in cinematography history, which is clearly loved by every new Star War fan. It's obvious that the original geeks, fans of the old series, hated the modern Star War movies because they wanted the old movies to be the new ones. But make no mistake; the original ones suck hairy perineum, Mr/Ms Free Britney.

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