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  • Star Wars Episode VII: Daniel Craig will be a Stormtrooper

    05/15/2015 11:33:57 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | 5-15-2015 | MSN
    aniel Craig will be a Stormtrooper It looks as though Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be even more exciting as it's been revealed that Daniel Craig will be a Stormtrooper in the upcoming movie. It wasn't exactly supposed to be revealed just yet but actor Simon Pegg accidentally let it slip to The Sun newspaper. We knew that both were linked to the film but their roles were top secret...until now.
  • May the Fourth be with you! (Star Wars Day)

    05/04/2015 8:14:13 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 6 replies
    Cracked ^ | May 4, 2015 | Garyx Wormuloid
    A couple of funny videos from Cracked. See below. Also, like to Vanity Fair article about upcoming Star Wars movie with photos by Annie Leibovitz.
  • 228 Days until Star Wars VII opens (I'm just saying...)

    Star Wars 7 - Coming December 18th.
  • AT LAST .. acceptable Saturday morning animation !

    04/25/2015 2:48:59 AM PDT · by knarf · 9 replies
    FreeRangeStudios ^ | April 25, 2015 | knarf
    Opened my e-mail this morning and just flat out enjoyed this short
  • Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens

    04/21/2015 10:05:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Sims
    J.J. Abrams, the director tasked with bringing Star Wars back to the top of the crowded franchise heap, has always been happy to borrow. When he set out to make a new Star Trek and drag that moribund cinematic franchise back into blockbuster territory, he cheerfully swapped in some very familiar visual language to help it over the hill. Early on in the film, James Kirk (Chris Pine), nursing a desire to transcend his farmboy life, rides a motorcycle to see the U.S.S. Enterprise being built at a shipyard, and gazes up at it longingly. Star Wars fans would connect...
  • Could 'Star Wars' Open at $500 Million? The Force Is Strong

    04/21/2015 9:56:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    As one executive puts it, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't score the biggest debut ever when it hits theaters Dec. 18, he'll "run up and down Sunset Boulevard naked." So how high could J.J. Abrams' reboot fly? The top U.S. opening is The Avengers, which launched to $207.4 million in May 2012 from 4,349 theaters. Disney's sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), could become the new champ, but many believe Force Awakens has every chance of outrunning them both, even with the distraction of Christmas. Globally it could rake in nearly $540 million, topping the three-day record...
  • The Bridge Of The HMS Prince Of Wales Is Straight Out Of Star Wars

    04/21/2015 5:57:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/20/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    BAE Systems Maritime rolled out the bridge module of the Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class carrier, the HMS Prince Of Wales yesterday, and it looks more like it should be orbiting a planet in the Outer Rim and launching Tie Fighters than sailing the high seas. The 70,000 displacement ton carrier will be commissioned in 2020, and like her sister, the Queen Elizabeth, she will carry around 40 aircraft. The mainstay of which will be the Royal Navy’s F-35Bs, along with pretty much every helicopter asset in service with UK forces, including Merlins, Apaches, Lynx Wildcats and Chinooks. Top...
  • Tunisian town once ‘Star Wars’ backdrop now a stop for ISIL

    03/25/2015 5:47:07 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    The town that inspired the name of Luke Skywalker's home planet in the movie "Star Wars" has become a backdrop in Tunisia's struggle to prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from gaining a foothold there, CNN reported March 24. This struggling town on the fringes of the Sahara still draws a few fans of the movie but now finds itself part of a real conflict, as a way-station for jihadists crossing the Libyan border 60 miles to the east, according to the report. Earlier this month, before the gun attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis,...
  • ‘Star Wars’ actor credits his success to white privilege

    03/06/2015 9:47:47 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 38 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 3/6/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    It’s not Adam Driver’s acting skills that landed him prime roles in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie or HBO series “Girls.” It’s white privilege. “It’s a little surreal,” Driver says of being cast by top Hollywood directors in a new VMan magazine interview. “I love (Martin) Scorsese and (Steven) Spielberg – I probably watch Jaws twice a year. To work with them is a little out of body. It’s obviously extremely flattering, and weird. I’m a straight, white male, and I’ve had more opportunities than other people have, unjustly. And I’ve been lucky on top of that.”
  • Republicans strike back: FCC member invokes Star Wars in net neutrality fight

    02/27/2015 1:29:35 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 02-27-2015 | Staff
    Republicans invoked Star Wars’s evil galactic emperor in their attacks on new broadband regulations on Friday, warning that the public and Silicon Valley were in for an unpleasant surprise. Quoting Emperor Palpatine, Republican Ajit Pai, a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said: “Young fool … Only now, at the end, do you understand.” Meme wars between the two sides of the debate continued through the day, as internet advocates Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Free Press flew an airplane towing a 2,000 square foot banner over the towering corporate headquarters of the cable giant Comcast, in...
  • Radical railgun revealed: US Navy's 'Star Wars' weapon that can fire shells at mach 6 [truncated]

    02/06/2015 6:22:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    A radical new weapon that can fire a shell at seven times the speed of sound has been shown off in public for the first time. Described as 'Star Wars technology' by researchers, the railgun can fire shells at seven times speed of sound, and penetrate concrete 100 miles away. The weapon was on display to the public for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Man credits Star Wars costume with saving his life

    01/18/2015 10:27:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Loxley, who says he “began Storming around Australia for the Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in a full Sandtrooper Star Wars costume” two years back, is crediting the armour for saving his life. ... He said the suit is often criticized by Star Wars fans as ineffective against attacks ranging from laser blasts to rocks thrown by Ewoks. "So all those people that rag on the old stormtrooper because you know, the armor doesn't do this, it doesn't do that ... it stopped a snake bite and probably saved my life today," he said. Loxley said the snake appeared to...
  • George Lucas Planning Payback With Massive Affordable Housing Project On His Marin County Land

    04/16/2015 2:03:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 60 replies
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | 4/15/15 | Phil Matier
    NOVATO (CBS SF) — After George Lucas ran into a buzzsaw of opposition from his wealthy Marin County neighbors when he tried to expand his Skywalker Ranch studio, the filmmaker might be getting some payback with plans for one of the largest affordable housing projects in the Bay Area.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

    04/16/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 16, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngElkyQ6Rhs
  • It’s real and it’s spectacular: The new “Star Wars” trailer is out (2nd Teaser Trailer)

    04/16/2015 1:12:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 16, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Voiceover by Luke Skywalker? Cameo by gray-haired Han Solo? Another cameo by the black Stormtrooper? Not gonna lie. I plotzed.
  • Rumor: Star Wars’ First LGBT Character Moff Mors to Appear in ‘Rogue One’

    04/02/2015 10:24:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    Slash Film ^ | 3-27-2015 | Angie Han
    Earlier this month we reported the official Star Wars canon would get its first LGBT character in the form of Moff Mors. She makes her debut in Paul S. Kemp‘s upcoming novel Star Wars: Lords of the Sith next month — but it seems her presence might ultimately stretch beyond the books. According to a new rumor, Moff Mors will make the leap to the big screen in one of the spinoffs, and might even appear in a live-action series. More on the LGBT Star Wars character’s possible screen debut after the jump. The report comes from Cinelinx. They’re the same...
  • 'Star Wars' locations in Tunisia reportedly now danger spots because of ISIS threat

    03/29/2015 8:10:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Ethan Sacks /
    The Tunisian desert region used as a location for the original "Star Wars" and as a tourist destination for fans of the film franchise is now reportedly crawling with a threat more insidious than marauding Sand People — ISIS terrorists. Particularly hard hit has been Tataouine, the Tunisian town that inspired George Lucas to name Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, and now a pit stop for wannabe jihadists headed to join ISIS in nearby Libya, CNN reported. Three men were arrested nearby the town that's just 60 miles from the Libyan border and arms caches were confiscated nearby, one of...
  • Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

    03/23/2015 9:38:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    CNet ^ | 3/22/15 | Michelle Starr
    A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design -- named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc" -- uses energy to deflect potential damage.
  • John Williams to Record Star Wars: The Force Awakens Score in Los Angeles

    03/21/2015 6:44:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    Force Awakens Score in Los Angeles John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. For the recording of the score, Williams will work with members of the superb freelance orchestra with which he’s recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the film’s editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast. While previous films in the saga were scored at Abbey Road with the celebrated London Symphony Orchestra, this will be the...
  • Democrats: Palpatine Was Right to Dissolve the Senate

    03/14/2015 9:09:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 12, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    A while back I observed the contrast between the modern leftists’ self-image and the actual political reality of the policies they support. [T]he media and Hollywood types have always convinced themselves, as George Lucas did, that their villains were metaphors for George W. Bush or a cautionary tale about the evils of the right. But here we are, the Old Republic is being dissolved, and it’s their hero who is doing it. They find themselves on the side of the Empire. In effect, they have become the Party of Palpatine. You never thought that a fictional dictator, such as the...
  • Star Wars VIII gets a May 2017 release date as spinoff Star Wars: Rogue One begins shooting [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:20:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Heidi Parker
    Two pieces of Star Wars news were confirmed on Thursday during Disney’s shareholder meeting in San Francisco. Star Wars VIII will be released on May 26, 2017, and will be written and directed by Rian Johnson of Looper fame. The film continues the saga after the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Disney's Bob Iger also revealed the spinoff movie Star Wars: Rogue One will start shooting this summer.
  • ‘Star Wars’ to Introduce First Gay Character

    03/11/2015 6:11:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | March 11, 2015 | by Kipp Jones
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Star Wars franchise quieted critics of its primarily white casts in November after the trailer for The Force Awakens revealed John Boyega as the first black stormtrooper, but now the series is growing more diverse and will reportedly feature its first lesbian character. Del Rey Books editor Shelly Shapiro has revealed that the upcoming Star Wars novel Lords Of The Sith, written by Paul S. Kemp, will introduce the first canonical LGBT character in the world of the science fiction juggernaut. Sci-fi website Big Shiny Robot reports the upcoming novel will feature a character named Moff Mors, who is...
  • Millennium Falcon drone is the coolest hunk of junk in our galaxy

    03/02/2015 1:27:51 PM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 2/4/15 | Anthony Domanico
    Pretty much everyone who has ever seen "Star Wars" would love to be able to fly the Millennium Falcon around the galaxies. One crafty individual going by the social-media moniker Olivier C is living that dream, and released a YouTube video of himself piloting a custom Millennium Falcon radio-controlled quadcopter drone he built himself.
  • Star Wars VS Star Trek Epic Trailer [Trailer For The Fans]

    02/07/2015 10:00:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/5/15
    Ever wanted to see what happens when Star Wars and Star Trek clash? Well in this epic trailer you will see. It is time for Star Wars VS Star Trek!
  • 'They didn't use any of my ideas': George Lucas says new Star Wars film is not how he envisioned it

    01/21/2015 12:57:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 21, 2015 | Shyam Dodge
    George Lucas had already been planning to make a seventh Star Wars film before he sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney. When the auteur handed over his iconic franchise he also gave the studio his plotline for Star Wars: Episode 7. Disney, however, did not use any of the 70-year-old filmmakers ideas for the new installment.
  • 'Star Wars' Theme Park Attractions to Be Based on New Films

    12/11/2014 7:52:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Variety ^ | December 10, 2014 | Staff
    Two years after buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, Disney is starting to reveal just how Star Wars will be integrated into the company’s theme parks. Main attractions will be based on new sequels and spinoffs — the first of which, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bows next year — not the older films in George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise, according to Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger. “There will be a much larger Star Wars presence in our parks globally,” Iger said during a Q&A at Variety’s Dealmakers Breakfast on Wednesday, sponsored by Delta Air Lines and Bank of America. “But...
  • George Lucas May Be the Last Person on Earth Who Hasn't Seen The New Star Wars Trailer

    12/08/2014 1:54:44 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    moviefone ^ | 12-8-2014 | Katie Roberts
    Lucas, who created the "Star Wars" universe with the launch of the first film in 1977, has been relatively hands-off with the upcoming Episode VII, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by fans upon viewing the flick's first teaser, which features more practical effects than CGI. And it turns out, that non-involvement stretches to even watching the trailer itself.
  • How 'Star Wars' ruined sci-fi (updated)

    11/30/2014 3:13:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | November 29, 2014 | Lewis Beale
    Now that the trailer for the seventh "Star Wars" movie is out, you can imagine the anticipation among the millions of fans of the film franchise. And why not? The six "Star Wars" films have been enormous successes: they have grossed over $2 billion domestically at the box office, spawned scores of books, comic books and merchandise (how many kids have their own light saber?) and made household names of characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. They've also been the worst thing ever for the science fiction genre.
  • Of Course There Are Black Stormtroopers in Star Wars

    11/29/2014 7:28:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 28, 2014 | Kriston Capps
    Earlier today, it seemed like #BlackStormtrooper might actually eclipse #BlackFriday as a trending topic. That’s because the official trailer that aired Friday for the next film in the Star Wars saga—The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December 2015—opens on a black man wearing a stormtrooper’s uniform. The man, who is played by John Boyega (of Attack the Block), pops into view perspiring and panting hard. He is surrounded by desert: in all likelihood the rolling dunes of Tatooine, the homeworld of both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. And he appears to be in trouble.
  • 'There has been... an awakening': Explosive Star Wars Episode VII teaser reveals new cast-members

    11/28/2014 7:56:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Chester
    It is maddeningly short, but the first official glimpse of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens serves as a fitting reminder that a galaxy far, far away is actually much closer than we thought. While returning cast-members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are absent from the 88-second montage, fans are given a first look at the younger generation of cast-members to feature in this, the first of three planned sequels. Opening some 30-years after Return of the Jedi, the teaser kicks off with British actor John Boyega racing across a desert landscape dressed in full Storm trooper...
  • Ten Hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC [satire of Shoshana Roberts video]

    11/11/2014 5:29:19 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DCDYSJwwE4
  • 24 Alternate Titles for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    11/06/2014 2:36:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    eonline.com ^ | Jenna Mullins
    That great disturbance in the force you felt this morning? It was just Disney announcing the official title of Star Wars: Episode VII. What? You think they were just going to stick with the roman numerals? ... Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cool, right? Or do you hate the title so much that you immediately went to www.nooooooooooooooo.com to press the button? Either way, we came up with a big list of alternate titles, just in case J.J. & Co. change their minds. You're welcome, Disney! Star Wars: The Force Awakens (And It's Really Cranky From Its Nap) Star Wars:...
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has a title: 'The Force Awakens'

    11/06/2014 9:19:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | November 6, 2014 | Anthony Breznican
    If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)
  • Real space battles would be more 'Asteroids' than 'Star Wars'

    09/29/2014 11:44:33 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 70 replies
    engadget.com ^ | Sep 28 2014 | Jon Fingas
    You're probably aware that most sci-fi space battles aren't realistic. The original Star Wars' Death Star scene was based on a World War II movie, for example. But have you wondered what it would really be like to duke it out in the void? PBS is more than happy to explain in its latest It's Okay To Be Smart video. -break- ...even close-up combat might not happen. Given the sheer distances and the limits of the speed of light, it might look more like classic naval warfare...
  • DARPA testing planes with a 'Star Wars'-style laser cannon

    09/16/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    C/NET ^ | 16 Sep 2014 | Eric Mack
    We don't have X-wing fighters just yet, but we may soon have their laser weapons. DARPA is working on a system that's downright Lucasian. Prepare yourself for a future filled with real-life pew pew! The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with Lockheed Martin to test "a new beam control turret... to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons operating on military aircraft." In other words, it stuck a primitive (by rebel standards) "Star Wars"-style laser cannon on a fighter jet and flew it over Michigan eight times. "These initial flight tests validate the performance of our ABC turret...
  • The ‘Force’ of George Lucas is everywhere at Skywalker Ranch

    08/06/2014 11:18:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 6, 2014
    George Lucas, the man behind the mega-successful interplanetary saga Star Wars, may well have retired, but his spirit looms large at the famous Skywalker Ranch. The creator of Luke, Leia, Indiana Jones and Darth Vader bought the property in 1978 with proceeds from his first blockbuster hit, Star Wars to realise his dream of creating a haven for filmmaking outside Hollywood, at a cost of around $100 million (Dh367 million), according to the Wall Street Journal. Rare visitors allowed into the huge complex — 1,900 hectares near San Francisco — must first weave around hills, orchards, and pastures occupied by...
  • J.J. Abrams Reveals New X-Wing for "Star Wars: Episode VII"

    07/21/2014 7:17:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 | Brett Malec
    In an on-set video promoting Omaze's Star Wars: Force for Change campaign to raise money for UNICEF innovation labs and programs, "Star Wars: Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams reveals the brand new X-Wing starfighter ship that will appear in the upcoming film. In the clip, Abrams stands in front of the war-torn ship while talking about their fundraising efforts. "We cannot tell you how grateful we are for your support," he says. "People from over 119 countries have already participated and that's incredible and we're so grateful. But we're still going, we have one week left. So for this final...
  • This Is the Worst Star Wars Exhibition Ever

    07/06/2014 3:51:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Sunday 6 Jul 2014
    It’s all wrong from the word go. Princess Leia lying awkwardly on the floor like a drunk belly dancer, dirty clothes and manky old wigs. Those visiting the Stars Wars exhibition in Wolfsburg, Germany, would have been forgiven for mistaking it for the set of a budget porn film. The force was definitely not strong in this awful display of creepy mannequins, terrible lighting and all-round lameness. Take Chewie for example – obviously just a wig glued to a doll head.
  • Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!

    07/06/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 20 replies
    Youutbe ^ | 7/2/2014 | Frank Wunderlich
    Video Linky Here
  • Nine Ways That Chicago Is Like 'Star Wars'

    06/27/2014 3:49:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mark Jacob
    George Lucas, creator of "Star Wars," announced this week that he had chosen Chicago as the home of his new museum. Here's how the city and the movie series are remarkably alike: 1. An invisible power influences events, sometimes with negative results. In "Star Wars," it's The Force. In Chicago, it's The Clout. 2. Robots engage in predictable, often inane dialogue. In "Star Wars," there are R2-D2 and C-3PO. In Chicago, there are TV news anchors. 3. Story of a father and a son has great significance. In "Star Wars," it's Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. In Chicago, it's the...
  • Chicago wins George Lucas museum

    06/25/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-25-14 | Melissa Harris
    “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. The museum's board Wednesday is expected to vote on a name change — from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — and destination. Pending approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas' institution would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in...
  • Harrison Ford Injured on the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Set

    06/12/2014 1:17:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 11:35 AM PDT 6/12/2014 | by Rebecca Ford
    Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor injured his ankle on Thursday, and was taken to a local hospital. "Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates," said a statement from Disney. A source tells THR that the actor, who reprises his role as Han Solo from the original franchise, was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft that his character...
  • Lupita Nyong'o joins 'Star Wars' cast

    06/04/2014 5:57:19 PM PDT · by equalator · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-3-2014 | Lisa Respers France
    It continues to be the year of Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscar-winning actress has joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII," it was announced on Monday. Following the announcement Nyong'o tweeted "I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away!" along with an Instagram picture of the "Star Wars" logo.
  • Lakefront campus site proposed in bid for George Lucas museum

    05/20/2014 7:50:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 20, 2014 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Chicago’s lakefront museum campus is the recommended spot to house a project with blockbuster box office potential: an interactive museum spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas to house his formidable collection of artwork and film-making memorabilia. While a mayoral taskforce has suggested the site, Lucas — the Star Wars mastermind — has not made a final decision about whether Chicago will be home to the museum. Lucas’ hometown of San Francisco remains in the running — even after a federal panel rejected the picturesque Presidio site that was the filmaker’s top choice.
  • New Star Wars films ‘would have bored me’, says Scots actor Denis Lawson [Wedge Antilles]

    05/13/2014 9:28:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    The [U.K.] Courier ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kirsty Topping
    Hollywood actor Denis Lawson has turned down the chance to appear in the new Star Wars films because they would have “bored him”. The Crieff-born star said he had been approached by Disney, which bought Lucasfilm in 2012, but turned them down. The 66-year-old played X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original trilogy. In 2001, he provided the voiceover for the character’s appearance in a Nintendo computer game. Lawson made the revelation at a screening of his most recent film, The Machine, at Strathearn Artspace in his home town. When asked if the next new Denis...
  • Phantom Menace: How unproven, widely-mocked technology scared the Soviets into ending the Cold War

    05/12/2014 2:59:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 11, 2014 | Ken Adelman, Fmr. US Arms Ctrl. Dir.
    For decades, Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)—an ambitious ground- and space-based “shield” to protect the United States from nuclear ballistic missiles—has been mocked and criticized. First proposed by the president in 1983, it was immediately dubbed “Star Wars” by the mainstream media and dismissed as unscientific, infeasible and even counter-productive. The Union of Concerned Scientists, 100,000 members strong, was fierce in its opposition. The Arms Control Association declared that SDI would end arms control, while some Soviets felt SDI would end the world. Domestic critics became furious, and the Kremlin went ballistic. But while Reagan’s critics might not have...
  • How 'Star Wars' ruined sci-fi

    05/04/2014 2:13:54 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 194 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/2/2014 | CNN
    Now that the cast of the seventh "Star Wars" movie has been announced, you can imagine the anticipation among the millions of fans of the film franchise. And why not? The six "Star Wars" films have been enormous successes: they have grossed over $2 billion domestically at the box office, spawned scores of books, comic books and merchandise (how many kids have their own light saber?) and made household names of characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
  • Physics students devise concept for Star Wars-style deflector shields

    05/02/2014 10:46:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 01, 2014 | Staff & Provided by University of Leicester
    If you have often imagined yourself piloting your X-Wing fighter on an attack run on the Death Star, you'll be reassured that University of Leicester students have demonstrated that your shields could take whatever the Imperial fleet can throw at you. The only drawback is that you won't be able to see a thing outside of your starfighter. In anticipation of Star Wars Day on 4 May, three fourth-year Physics students at the University have proven that shields, such as those seen protecting spaceships in the Star Wars film series, would not only be scientifically feasible, they have also shown...
  • Meet the unknown British actress set to become Star Wars' new leading lady

    05/01/2014 3:13:54 PM PDT · by equalator · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-30-2014 | Shayam Dodge
    The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Announced

    04/29/2014 10:24:04 AM PDT · by notsofastmyfriend · 275 replies
    Yahoo Movies ^ | April 29, 2014 | Matt McDaniel
    Luke. Leia. Han. Chewie. Artoo. Threepio. All present and accounted for as StarWars.com unveiled the official cast of "Star War: Episode VII" Tuesday. Here's the full release: The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars:...