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  • Name This Toon

    02/11/2016 1:42:14 PM PST · by RavenLooneyToon · 31 replies
    Vanity | self
    Any ideas to name this Toon would be greatly appreciated. Thanks FRiends!
  • Why the Biggest Star Wars Movie Ever Isn’t Enough to Boost Disney

    02/09/2016 4:42:01 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    time.com ^ | 2-9-2016 | Victor Luckerson
    Disney just posted the best quarterly earnings in the company's history. So why was its stock down more than 4% in after-hours trading? Four letters: ESPN. The Burbank, Calif. entertainment giant on Tuesday posted earnings of $1.63 per share, or $2.9 billion in total, for the quarter ending Jan. 2, beating analysts' expectations of $1.45 per share. The massive haul came in large part thanks to The Force Awakens, which has now grossed more than $2 billion globally, not to mention massive amounts of merchandising and licensing revenue. Disney's movie studio division made $1 billion in profit all by itself,...
  • Jesse Jackson: ‘Star Wars’ Record-Breaking Box Office Success Due to Racially Diverse Cast

    02/01/2016 2:30:47 PM PST · by drewh · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | feb 1 2016 | Kipp Jones
    Rev. Jesse Jackson partially credits the casting of black British actor John Boyega for the financial success of Star Wars: the Force Awakens in an op-ed piece about “Hollywood apartheid.” “For the second year in a row, no actor or actress of color has been nominated for an Academy Award. That is a shameful streak,” Jackson wrote in USA TODAY on Monday. “But the growing outcry over the whitewashing of the prestigious golden statue and the industry it celebrates is a sign of at least some progress.” Jackson wrote that minority performers are the future of the industry. “By midcentury,...
  • Sacrilegious “Mass” Scheduled in Brooklyn Diocese (Catholic Caucus)

    01/28/2016 8:04:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    lepantoinstitute.org ^ | January 28, 2015 | Michael Hichborn
    We wish this was just a joke. It is not. It is pure sacrilege taking place in a parish in Brooklyn, New York. Not only does the Diocese of Brooklyn know about this abomination … it actually helped advertise it on facebook! The statement from the Diocese of Brooklyn says: “On Sunday, Jan. 31, head down to St. Bernard’s Parish in Mill Basin for a very special treat: a #StarWars themes Mass! Kids come dressed as their favorite character and there will be snacks in the auditorium after the Mass. Be sure to be there at 11:30 AM and May...
  • PBS Contributor: Star Wars Could Use a "Muslim Jedi named Mohammed"

    01/24/2016 12:40:14 PM PST · by rightistight · 80 replies
    iOTW Report ^ | 1/14/16 | Aurelius
    Despite the fact that there are no Christians, Jews, Hindus, or Buddhists in the Star Wars universe, Haroon Moghul appeared on the PBS NewsHour and lobbied for the inclusion of a Muslim Jedi in Episode VIII or IX. In a "NewsHour essay," Moghul explained, "With tensions between Muslims and our neighbors worse than I had ever known, I asked Abrams to add a positive Muslim character to one of these franchises." Maybe "a Jedi named Mohammed," he suggested. There are Jewish names in Star Wars, Moghul continued, as well as Christian ones. "We can accept a Ben Kenobi, though Ben's...
  • THE LORD'S COMPETITION IS OUR DESIRE[Charismatic Caucus]

    01/07/2016 10:47:55 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Bible,Holy Spirit, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 1-7-16 | Bible, Holy Spirit
    My competition is your desire to do my will for I am ready to oblige The Father actively moving through You in Spirit and in Truth , for these "ARE" The True Worshippers on fire with The ZEAL to follow after Me in greater ways than ever before ! John 14:12-13 Praying in Jesus’ Name 12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it...
  • May the Constitution Be with You

    01/04/2016 6:31:04 PM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015 | Joel Gilbert
    Star Wars video satire, The Constitution Strikes Back: The three-minute video features Ted Cruz as a Jedi warrior whose mission is to unite Republicans and reclaim the Constitution of the United States. The video opens with the following text crawl...
  • Cruz raves about Star Wars

    01/01/2016 3:26:58 PM PST · by Isara · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/1/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off the new year by gushing about the new Star Wars movie and his favorite super-hero comic books. "Ever since I was a little kid, I would read comic books and grew up on sci-fi," Cruz said an interview set to air Saturday with "Geek Tank Radio," a show broadcast on a local Memphis radio station. The hosts of the show promised not to ask him any questions about politics, pledging instead to stick to "geek topics." "I'm very much an original Star Trek guy rather than a Next Generation guy," Cruz said, later admitting his...
  • 'Star Wars' and Slavery: A Quandary Awakens

    01/01/2016 5:55:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    If you're opposed to slavery, is it OK to still like "Star Wars"? It's a question I've been wrestling with ever since Jonathan Last, a friend and writer at the Weekly Standard, pointed out to me that the "droids" in the "Star Wars" movies are slaves. Unlike a lot of the ridiculous "Star Wars" revisionism in recent years -- much of it ushered in by Last himself when he argued that Darth Vader & Co. are in fact the good guys -- Last's case that droids are slaves strikes me as nearly incontrovertible. I'd hoped to be persuaded otherwise when...
  • George Lucas Says He Sold ‘Star Wars’ to ‘White Slavers’

    12/30/2015 6:50:21 PM PST · by Blue Turtle · 95 replies
    In an interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas spoke about everything from his and Disney’s branching vision to the deal itself. Lucas, who has always been protective of his series and even refers to them as his “kids,” hasn’t been looking back well on the deal with Disney (via Collider). “I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…,”
  • Trump mocks Obama on Instagram for watching 'Star Wars' while 'we are in a serious war'

    12/30/2015 6:39:38 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 19 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 30, 2015 | By Nikki Schwab,
    Trump mocks Obama on Instagram for watching 'Star Wars' while 'we are in a serious war' While Donald Trump positions himself as the new hope for the country, he slammed President Obama for watching Star Wars The president held a Star Wars: The Force Awakens screening the day before he left for his two-week vacation in Hawaii 'We are in a serious war,' Trump's ad blasted. 'Time for a leader with real priorities,' it said Before jetting out of town for a two-week vacation in Hawaii, President Obama held a Stars Wars: The Force Awakens screening joking that it was...
  • Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is A Social Justice Propaganda Film (Spoilers Alert!)

    The Force Awakens is spectacularly replete with the handiwork of the avowed Social Justice Warrior JJ Abrams. So where can I possibly start in my criticisms? From the casting, which puts minorities and women incessantly and ridiculously in your face to make a political point (not tell a story), to the laziest of all space battles, the problems with the Episode 7 are more than numerous. Let us make no mistake: Abrams is a capable filmmaker, when he wants to be. Parts with General Hux, especially his speech and the destruction of the Hosnian system, are glorious. The visuals, not...
  • Did you know that the Millennium Falcon's cockpit was inspired by the WWII B-29 Superfortress bomber

    12/27/2015 6:48:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 15, 2015 | David Cenciotti
    Did you know that the Millennium Falcon's cockpit was inspired by the WWII B-29 Superfortress bomber? Did you know that the Star Wars saga most famous spacecraft featured a cockpit clearly inspired to a World War II heavy bomber? Well, the iconic greenhouse-style window of the Millennium Falcon was designed with the style of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a strategic bomber flying 30 years before Han Solo and Chewbacca first appeared driving the iconic spacecraft into the hyperspace, in mind.
  • Disneyland to close some attractions to build 'Star Wars' land

    12/26/2015 12:46:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/26/2015 | hugo martin
    To build the new 14-acre "Star Wars" area, the park will permanently close Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, starting Jan. 10. (Disneyland officials say the animals in the petting zoo have been adopted by a Southern California family that has worked with Disney animals in the past.) Nearby attractions on the Rivers of America — mainly Fantasmic, the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia, the Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, the Disneyland Railroad and the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes - will close temporarily. ......
  • Ok all I have two questions:

    12/25/2015 10:53:23 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 63 replies
    25 Dec 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Merry Christmas EVERYONE! 1. Is Windows 10 worth the download and OS Change? AND 2. Should I Take my Bride to see the new Star Wars Movie tomorrow?
  • The score awakens: Why music is key to the 'Star Wars' universe

    12/24/2015 5:16:49 PM PST · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    When I finally see the new "Star Wars" film, I will be keeping my ears open. Although the initial trilogy was justly celebrated for its use of groundbreaking visual effects, for me, the sound of the films has always been more significant. Even in the woeful prequel trilogy (1999-2005), Ben Burtt's distinctive sound design -- which encompasses the hum of lightsabers, the screech of laser blasts, and the electronic language of R2-D2 -- helped offset the deluge of CGI and dodgy dialogue. It rooted the drama firmly in the soundworld of the first trilogy (1977-1983).
  • Mark Hamill Skips Star Wars Appearance to Visit Sick Kids

    12/24/2015 9:21:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    ktla ^ | 12/24/2015 | cnn wire
    At the time, the other cast members of the new Star Wars flick were taping an appearance on "The Graham Norton Show," Hamill told The Independent newspaper. "Star Wars movies are meant to be a couple of hours of diversion from reality, and we need that," the newspaper quoted him as saying. "They are optimistic and hopeful stories." But, he said, such things are "very trivial," compared with bringing comfort to ailing kids. The hospital's staff thanked Hamill in a tweet: "Thanks so much for coming to visit our patients Mark - everyone absolutely loved it :)" As could be...
  • Vatican Paper Slams ‘Star Wars’ Calling It ‘Confused And Hazy’

    12/24/2015 6:29:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    variety.com ^ | Nick Vivarelli
    The newspaper owned by the Holy See also wrote that the latest installment in the franchise is not a proper sequel but more of a reboot. "Not a classy reboot however, like Nolan's Batman, but a twisted update which fits today's tastes and a public more accustomed to sitting in front of a computer than in a cinema," the anonymous reviewer said, adding the film seems to draw from the "sloppiest current action films derived from the world of videogames." The L'Osservatore Romano review also laments too many close-ups, and even faults the "much-publicized" return to in-camera effects, saying they...
  • 11 Serious Problems With The New Star Wars Movie (Spoiler Alert)

    12/23/2015 3:13:34 PM PST · by Perdogg · 102 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:20 PM 12/23/2015
    Bedford’s Editor Note: This is pretty on-point, and will spoil “The Force Awakens” a lot if you haven’t seen it, and even a bit if you have. So thanks for that, Blake. After years of staggering hype, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened to nearly-unanimous positive reviews and the biggest opening of any film ever. Dozens of laudatory reviews are praising it as a worthy successor to the Original Trilogy.
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Star Wars

    12/23/2015 2:58:12 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    American Irony ^ | 12-23-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • Some Good News

    12/23/2015 11:43:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    As we gather around our holiday tables this year, it's hard not to notice that something feels different. While the news is always an uninvited guest at family functions, this year the uninvited guest is suffocating us and will not leave. You can feel it as you catch up with old friends and visit with family. There's fear and anxiety over terrorism here and overseas. There's sadness that so many will celebrate Christmas without a loved one, victims of an endless stream of violence in some of our nation's big cities. There's disbelief that someone could mow down more than...
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens--The Dark Side Review (Spoilers)

    12/22/2015 2:57:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Last
    This review deals largely in spoilers concerning The Force Awakens. Normally, I don't think spoilers actually spoil much, but for this case the viewing experience is greatly enhanced by coming to the movie cold. So I'd suggest you really not read this until after you've seen it. Unless you're not going to see it and are just curious. In which case, go ahead and read. You filthy commie.
  • Harrison Ford's 'Star Wars 7' Salary Was Just Announced — And It's Out of This Galaxy

    12/22/2015 6:52:50 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 70 replies
    Mic ^ | 12-21-2015 | Claire Lampen
    Star Wars veteran Harrison Ford pulled in an astronomical paycheck for his reprisal role in The Force Awakens, which opened globally Friday. Fortune reported that Ford stands to make more than $34 million for his return as Han Solo. Disney reportedly wanted him back so badly that they offered him a base salary of nearly $25 million, plus 0.5% of the film's gross profit, according to the Guardian. "Harrison is the key to making this movie work," an unnamed source from Disney said, according to the Guardian. "He's the link between the old generation and the new. Mark Hamill and...
  • Man jailed after student threatened over "Star Wars" spoiler

    12/22/2015 11:11:26 AM PST · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/22/2015 | Staff
    <p>HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana man is charged with threatening to shoot a boy for sharing information about a subplot of the new "Star Wars" movie during an online conversation.</p> <p>Arthur Charles Roy, of Helena, was charged with felony assault with a weapon Monday during an appearance in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. He remains jailed with his bail set at $10,000.</p>
  • Planned Parenthood Exploits Star Wars to Push Agenda With Image of Condoms Holding Lightsabers

    12/22/2015 10:33:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | December 22, 2015 | Katie Yoder
    Is Star Wars pro-abortion? Planned Parenthood would like you to think so. Capitalizing on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening weekend, abortion giant Planned Parenthood promoted its cause with a series of light-hearted tweets using phrases and images from the beloved series to push for something serious: its agenda. Taking to Twitter, Planned Parenthood used Star Wars Pez characters holding up a #StandwithPP sign to prove that “the force” was with it: Planned Parenthood also combined Rosie the Riveter with Princess Leia to push for a pro-abortion provider “alliance”: But that wasn’t explicit enough so the organization then reimagined...
  • AMC Theaters Blamed for Depriving Spanish-Only Moviegoers of 'Star Wars'

    12/21/2015 3:12:27 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 48 replies
    s a big one in movieland, but according to one shuttered theater operator in Houston, it could have been even bigger. "Today, the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in wide release in the United States," reported Viva Cinema to a federal judge on Friday. "The opening is widely expected to break every attendance record in history. But if you are one of over 200,000 Houstonians who understand Spanish but not English, you will be out of luck. You won’t be able to see Star Wars in Houston in Spanish — either dubbed or with subtitles — and there...
  • The ‘secret weapon’ behind Star Wars

    12/21/2015 2:09:24 PM PST · by Flick Lives · 8 replies
    News.com.au ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Frank Chung
    GEORGE Lucas may have been the brains behind Star Wars, but it was his ex-wife Marcia Lucas who gave the film its heart. Today, she has largely been erased from the history books. Marcia, who won the 1977 Academy Award for Film Editing along with Richard Chew and Paul Hirsch for her work on Star Wars, was instrumental in shaping the film's iconic moments that would propel it to the status of cultural phenomenon. In his 2008 book,The Secret History of Star Wars, journalist Michael Kaminski dedicates an entire chapter to Marcia Lucas, nee Griffin, who was once described by...
  • Violinist plays awesome ‘Star Wars’ medley with a lightsaber bow

    12/21/2015 10:51:19 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | December 18, 2015 | Lisa Granshaw
    From piano medleys to a capella songs, there have been a number of musical Star Wars tributes released over the last few weeks in honor of the highly anticipated arrival of The Force Awakens. Many of these have impressed us not just with their musical stylings, but with the props and costumes, and the newest music release just might be the best one yet. In violinist Taylor Davis' latest video, she plays a fun medley of Star Wars music while dressed for the light side and the dark side. She goes all out not just with her clothes, but with...
  • We Are Now Entering The "Discovery" Phase Of Financial Collapse

    12/21/2015 9:36:56 AM PST · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 21, 2015 | James H. Kunstler
    Theory du jour: the new Star Wars movie is sucking in whatever meager disposable lucre remains among the economically-flayed mid-to-lower orders of America. In fact, I propose a new index showing an inverse relationship between Star Wars box office receipts and soundness of the financial commonweal. In other words, Star Wars is all that remains of the US economy outside of the obscure workings of Wall Street — and that heretofore magical realm is not looking too rosy either in this season of the Great Rate Hike after puking up 623 points of the DJIA last Thursday and Friday. Here...
  • Column: Please, stop trying to sell me on 'Star Wars'

    12/21/2015 8:41:06 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/21/2015 | S. E. Cupp
    If you’re a human American over the age of 2, I’m betting I know what you’re doing this weekend: You’re going to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”The seventh film in the Star Wars series, it had a banner opening night, raking in as much as $60 million. Rentrak projects it will end up earning more than $3 billion.Which is all to say, the empire surely will not miss my $20. That’s right — I’m not seeing “Star Wars.” So, fans, you don’t have to worry — there won’t be any spoilers in this column. I’ve gone 36 years without...
  • Church doubles attendance with ‘Star Wars’-themed service

    The force is strong in Berlin. A church in the German capital invited “Star Wars” fans to attend a special service Sunday themed on the sci-fi blockbuster in an attempt to attract more young people into the pews. About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying light saber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion Church on a Sunday. “We were very happy to see so many people in the church today,” said Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig said after the service. “It’s great that there...
  • Star Wars: 5 Political Lessons

    12/21/2015 5:30:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Star Wars offers five priceless political lessons that the newest movie, The Force Awakens, reminds us to exercise. Grab your lightsaber and fear not: I'll steer clear of spoilers as I explain how we can take back our American Dreams. In Star Wars, as in politics, there is a "Force"—or power—that can be wielded for good or for evil. Jedis trained to use the Force for noble purposes, whereas the Sith exploited the Force for evil. Here's how we can train ourselves—and our politicians—to use political power for good. 1.) True Jedis Never Train Under The Emperor Jedi Master Yoda...
  • ‘Force Awakens’ Rises On Saturday Night; Opening Weekend Record Now At $238M-$244M –

    12/20/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Deadline ^ | December 20, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Anita Busch
    Tonight is coming in better than anticipated with industry analysts putting Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Saturday between $65.5M-$68.7M. That’s a -43% to -46% decline from Friday’s opening day record of $120.5M, which includes $57M in Thursday previews. While Force Awakens’ Saturday doesn’t beat Jurassic World‘s record, it jumps the opening weekend estimates for Episode VII back up to $238M-$244M.
  • Ted Cruz praises (and nearly spoils) new ‘Star Wars’

    12/20/2015 2:51:44 PM PST · by Isara · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 20, 2015 | David Weigel
    TRUSSVILLE, Ala. - Before a rally here, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) made a confession. He could not really answer a question about Hillary Clinton's performance in the ABC News-sponsored Democratic debate on Saturday night - because he did not watch it."I actually went and watched the opening of 'Star Wars,'" Cruz said, "which, frankly, was a reality far more realistic than whatever was said at the Democratic debate."..."'Star Wars' was awesome," Cruz said, "although I have to say, there's an image - and I'm not going to be a spoiler - but as someone who grew up, as someone who...
  • The New Star Wars Isn't Political (But It Should Be)

    12/20/2015 12:44:06 PM PST · by Benny Huang · 9 replies
    Wounded American Warrior ^ | December 20, 2015 | Benny Huang
    The Force Awakens opened this Friday to packed theaters across America. I haven’t seen it for a number of reasons, among which is an unwillingness to tent out for days just to buy tickets. The film will nonetheless make oodles of money, I’m sure, as Star Wars has replaced the Bible as Western civilization’s primary cultural commonality, both relevant and accessible to people across the societal spectrum. This seventh chapter of the epic space opera may be the first to steer clear of political themes. According to film critic Matt Singer, “The Force Awakens is — arguably to its detriment...
  • Reading Too Much Into Star Wars

    12/20/2015 5:34:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    America is obsessed with Star Wars. I'm not making a value judgment, just a statement of fact. It's everywhere, even in car commercials on radio. What the movie franchise has to do with cars is a mystery, but it's probably working because why else would they do it? It certainly worked on me. I watched "The Force Awakens" Thursday at 11 p.m., Friday at 9:40 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m. Like I said, it's not a value judgment because I'd be judging myself. No value judgment is being made, but there are judgments to be made in regards to...
  • The Force is an Over-hyped Farce (One star)

    12/19/2015 11:17:17 PM PST · by Perdogg · 83 replies
    12.20.2015 | Perdogg
    My review is below the fold - no spoilers. I saw the movie in Imax-3D format. Next Review: The Hatefull Eight (70 mm) on December 31, 2015.
  • ‘Star Wars’ Black Character Controversy: African-American Sci-Fi Fans Battle Racial Stereotypes

    12/19/2015 7:42:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 58 replies
    IBT ^ | December 17, 2015 | AARON MORRISON
    The “Star Wars” universe was a fixture in Patten Anthony’s childhood: He read the books, played the video games and caught the original movie trilogy when it aired on TV. Now at 29 years old, he’s especially excited that this week’s release of Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” prominently features Nigerian-British actor John Boyega, whose appearance in the movie's trailers suggests he’ll play a pivotal role in the story. “When I saw a black man with a light saber, I got a little hyped,” said Anthony, an African-American resident of Atlanta who works in information technology. “At first I...
  • Stop Selling Me on 'Star Wars'

    12/19/2015 6:54:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 148 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    If you're a human American over the age of 2, I'm betting I know what you're doing this weekend: you're going to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The seventh film in the Star Wars series, it had a banner opening night, raking in as much as $60 million. Rentrak projects it will end up earning more than $3 billion. Which is all to say, the empire surely will not miss my $20. That's right -- I'm not seeing "Star Wars." So, fans, you don't have to worry -- there won't be any spoilers in this column. I've gone 36...
  • Even Obama has caught Star Wars fever!

    12/18/2015 4:54:51 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    American Irony ^ | 12-18-15 | The Looking Spoon
    A couple of Photoshops from years past...
  • US Marine Creates Amazing Combat Scenes With Star Wars Action Figures

    12/18/2015 5:39:30 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 11 replies
    Taskandpurpose ^ | 12-15-15
    With the combat perspective of a Marine infantryman, Matthew Callahan presents Star Wars as you’ve never seen it before. Marine Sgt. Matthew Callahan, a combat correspondent and former infantryman, has created a photo essay using small Star Wars action figures to portray intense combat scenes and breath life into the grunts of of the Star Wars universe.
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    12/18/2015 5:03:24 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 83 replies
    Come over to the Merry side... Q: Which program do Jedi use to open PDF files?A: Adobe Wan Kenobi~Q: What do you call 5 siths heaped on top of a lightsaber?A: A Sith-Kabob!~Q: Why does Princess Leia keep her hair tied up in buns?A: So it doesn’t Hang Solow!~Q: Which website did Chewbacca get arrested for creating?A: Wookieleaks~Q: Why did Anakin Skywalker cross the road?A: To get to the Dark Side.~Q: Why is Yoda such a good gardener?A: Because he has a green thumb.~Q: And why can’t you count on Yoda to pick up the tab?A: Because he’s always...
  • {snip} Should you take the kids to see The Force Awakens? {How desensitized are your kids?}

    12/17/2015 3:46:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    EW.com ^ | Anthony Breznican
    Here's a guide that may help you decide. It's mostly spoiler free, so no specific plot points will be revealed, but it does describe some of the incidents in general terms. You can read this and still not know where the story is going. ... 3.) NO MEANINGLESS DEATH In 1977's original Star Wars, the entire planet of Alderaan was obliterated, but the only human agony we witnessed played out on Princess Leia's face as she watched her homeworld turn into an asteroid field. In The Force Awakens, The First Order has a weapon similar to the Death Star -...
  • VIDEO: Star Wars Parody - "Social Justice Wars". NSFW, or liberals...

    12/17/2015 2:51:02 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 42 replies
    www.LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 12/17/2015 | Steven Crowder
    Pretty simple, a very politically incorrect parody. Is there a way to embed on here?
  • How The Star Wars Franchise Started As A Commentary On American Imperialism

    12/17/2015 12:43:33 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 57 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | December 16, 2015 | Angry Staff Officer
    George Lucas’ original intent was that his original trilogy be remembered as a striking blow against American imperialism. In the run up to the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the latest addition to the franchise, there has been a flurry of blog activity making comparisons between current national security issues and a “galaxy far, far away.” Star Wars is a fruitful topic for writers everywhere, as it has a broad appeal and is general knowledge for most people because of its status in popular culture. What many people may not know, however, is that Star Wars creator George Lucas had...
  • What the Critics Are Saying About Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    12/17/2015 7:52:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    vulture.com ^ | Devon Ivie
    Critics screened the film earlier this week, and with the reviews rolling in, we've compiled a roundup of what they're saying, and in an effort to be as spoiler-free as possible, we only included parts that don't specifically talk about the plot. "Reinvigorating the franchise with a welcome surge of energy, warmth and excitement after the misbegotten cycle of prequels released between 1999 and 2005, incoming writer-director J.J. Abrams seems to have had the original three films firmly in mind when he embarked on this monumental new undertaking, structured as a series of clever if sometimes wobbly callbacks to a...
  • Mail critic gets first glimpse of new Star Wars blockbuster and says it's the best one [tr]

    12/16/2015 6:21:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2015 | Brian Viner
    Boy, has the Force awoken. In truth, it has been stirring for months, with expectations for this seventh Star Wars instalment reaching levels somewhere between over-excited and histrionic. The merchandising alone, extending even to Darth Vader showerheads, is expected to pour $5billion into the Disney coffers. At times, it's been easy to forget that there is actually a film at the heart of all the crazy razzmatazz. But here it is, ten years after the last outing, 2005's disappointing Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and happily, ten times better.
  • Critics hail The Force Awakens for connecting with its 'long-missing past' after CGI-heavy [tr]

    12/16/2015 6:24:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Critics across the world have roundly praised the new Star Wars film, celebrating its 'nostalgic homage' to the original trilogy after a series of disappointing CGI-heavy prequels. The first reviews in newspapers and websites will make happy reading for fans of the space saga, with Episode VII: The Force Awakens coming ten years after the last offering. The Daily Mail's film critic Brian Viner offered four stars, saying: 'Devotees can now lather up with their Yoda-shaped soap under that Darth Vader shower content that in the hands of director and co-writer JJ Abrams, the empire has struck back. 'The Force...
  • Star Wars and the Ancient Religion

    12/16/2015 1:37:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/16/15 | Peter Jones
    The appearance of a new episode of the Star Wars film series is an important moment for Christian witness. To be sure, we can shrug our shoulders, since Star Wars is old news. Or we can enthusiastically introduce our grandchildren to what we might think is a beloved, harmless yarn. Or we can—and should—discover in the series an occasion to sharpen our presentation of the gospel message and help our children and grandchildren, and anyone else who might be interested, to understand the culture in which they live.In this famous and creative saga, which we must respect for its artistic...
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – initial verdicts suggest 'overwhelming experience'

    12/15/2015 4:53:50 PM PST · by presidio9 · 154 replies
    Guardian ^ | December 15, 2015
    There were “smiling faces” from the crowds exiting the Los Angeles premiere of The Force Awakens on Monday night. Amongst these, presumably, were Disney executives ecstatic that the $4bn they paid George Lucas for franchise rights looks to have been a sound investment. Initial reactions from all three screening rooms where the film was shown for the first time – as well as from social media – suggest that JJ Abrams has the chops to please both critics and fans, and that The Force Awakens may well recoup at least half the $4bn by itself. A journalist for the Hollywood...