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  • Star Wars Shocker: Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks

    07/24/2015 12:32:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    E!Online ^ | Today 12:07 PM PDT | McKenna Aiello
    Ahmed Best, the actor who played the first computer generated character in the franchise, revealed that Michael Jackson approached director George Lucas in hopes of taking on the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace role with the help of prosthetics and makeup similar to that of his "Thriller" video. After meeting Jackson backstage at a concert with Lucas and co-star Natalie Portman, Best said, "George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, 'Oh. OK.' I thought, 'What is going on?'" ... Although it's up to speculation whether or not Jackson's...
  • Stars Wars unveils behind-the-scenes sneak peek of The Force Awakens (Great Video)

    07/12/2015 6:54:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07/12/15 | Justin Enriquez
    Fans were sent into a frenzy as a behind-the-scenes clip from Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Force Awakens was released at Comic-Con International on Friday. The three-and-a-half minute video gives loyal followers insight on the making of the highly-anticipated seventh film of the franchise. Classic stars including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels could be seen in the clip as well as newcomers Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Domhnall Gleeson. Director of the flick, JJ Abrams, is shown hyping up the cast and crew as he makes the announcement: 'We are here...
  • Han Solo to Be Focus of ĎStar Warsí Prequel Directed by ĎLego Movieí Duo

    07/07/2015 6:16:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    No casting was announced, although social media speculation immediately centered on Chris Pratt, the ascendant star of ďGuardians of the GalaxyĒ and ďJurassic World.Ē ... Other fans were more ambivalent. ďI really donít know how I feel about this. No one can be Han Solo except Harrison Ford,Ē said Casey Calvert on Twitter. Disney said the movieís story will explore how young Han Solo became the smuggler and thief whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. ďThis is the first film weíve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,Ē...
  • Actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in ĎStar Warsí arrested after high-speed chase

    06/21/2015 4:05:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    A former child actor who starred in one of the ďStar WarsĒ movie prequels faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high-speed chase. Colleton County Sheriffís Sgt. Kyle Strickland said Sunday deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent was Jake Lloyd. He played young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie ďStar Wars: Episode I Ė The Phantom Menace.Ē
  • Star Wars sucks. There, we said it.

    06/21/2015 1:57:43 PM PDT · by OddLane · 30 replies
    Macleans ^ | June 2015 | Jaime Weinman
    One day in the 1970s, George Lucas screened a rough cut of his new movie, Star Wars, for his influential Hollywood friends. And almost none of them liked it. The plot seemed incomprehensible, the made-up fantasy names absurd. Director Brian De Palma, who had just had a big hit with Carrie, made fun of everything about the film, including Princess Leia¬ís hairstyle: ¬ďHey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess¬ís ears?¬Ē Almost 40 years later, De Palma is mostly making low-budget movies, and the most-anticipated Ô¨Ālm of the year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first...
  • Star Wars sucks. There, we said it.

    06/20/2015 11:05:05 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 177 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 19, 2015 | Jaime Weinman
    One day in the 1970s, George Lucas screened a rough cut of his new movie, Star Wars, for his influential Hollywood friends. And almost none of them liked it. The plot seemed incomprehensible, the made-up fantasy names absurd. Director Brian De Palma, who had just had a big hit with Carrie, made fun of everything about the film, including Princess Leia¬ís hairstyle: ¬ďHey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess¬ís ears?¬Ē Almost 40 years later, De Palma is mostly making low-budget movies, and the most-anticipated Ô¨Ālm of the year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first...
  • The Energy of Star Wars: A Google+ Hangout

    06/12/2015 8:55:38 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    US DOE ^ | 6-12-15 | DOE
    Itís #SpaceWeek on Energy.gov. Throughout the week, weíll be exploring energy and science on the cosmic frontier. Tune in on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram. We often talk with experts about how energy works on Earth. But what if they could use their knowledge to discuss how energy works in a galaxy far far away? Star Wars fans, this oneís for you. How much energy would it take to run a Death Star? What type of energy source could power a lightsaber? Experts from the Department of Energyís National Laboratories are here to answer these questions and more about energy...
  • Wicket the Ewok Is Coming Back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Whether You Like It or Not

    06/09/2015 9:38:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    The Mary Sue ^ | June 8, 2015 | Dan Van Winkle
    Lots of Star Wars fans hate marketing-friendly Ewoks from Return of the Jedi with a passion (related: lots of Star Wars fans apparently hate everything that is good in life) and were likely holding out hope that Warwick Davisí return in The Force Awakens didnít necessarily mean that Ewoks would be back. But theyíre about to be disappointed: new promotional materials indicate that Davis will reprise his role of Wicket the Ewok.
  • Lynn man's "Star Wars" stormtrooper costume triggers school lockdown

    06/08/2015 6:19:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies
    Salem (Mass.) News ^ | June 4, 2015 | JULIE MANGANIS
    The man, identified by police as George Cross, 40, of Lynn, was dressed in a white plastic "Star Wars" stormtrooper costume, and the gun was not real. But Lynn Police spokesman Lt. Rick Donnelly said that "the way things are today, you can't have that." The call came from the principal of the Brickett Elementary School on Lewis Street (Route 1A) at around 1:30 p.m., as classes were about to wind up for the day, said Donnelly.
  • 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 Navyís 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 Navyís 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 ĎStar Warsí 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,...
  • ĎStar Warsí 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
    Itís not Adam Driverís acting skills that landed him prime roles in the upcoming ďStar WarsĒ movie or HBO series ďGirls.Ē Itís white privilege. ďItís a little surreal,Ē Driver says of being cast by top Hollywood directors in a new VMan magazine interview. ďI love (Martin) Scorsese and (Steven) Spielberg Ė I probably watch Jaws twice a year. To work with them is a little out of body. Itís obviously extremely flattering, and weird. Iím a straight, white male, and Iíve had more opportunities than other people have, unjustly. And Iíve been lucky on top of that.Ē
  • 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 Warsís 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: ďYoung fool Ö Only now, at the end, do you understand.Ē 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 ďbegan Storming around Australia for the Monash Childrenís Hospital in Melbourne in a full Sandtrooper Star Wars costumeĒ 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) ó 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
  • Itís real and itís spectacular: The new ďStar WarsĒ 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 Warsí First LGBT Character Moff Mors to Appear in ĎRogue Oneí

    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. KempĎs upcoming novel Star Wars: Lords of the Sith next month ó 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 characterís possible screen debut after the jump. The report comes from Cinelinx. Theyíre 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 ó 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 heís recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the filmís 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 leftistsí 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 itís 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 Disneyís 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.
  • ĎStar Warsí 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 companyís theme parks. Main attractions will be based on new sequels and spinoffs ó the first of which, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bows next year ó not the older films in George Lucasí sci-fi franchise, according to Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger. ďThere will be a much larger Star Wars presence in our parks globally,Ē Iger said during a Q&A at Varietyís Dealmakers Breakfast on Wednesday, sponsored by Delta Air Lines and Bank of America. ďBut...
  • 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. Thatís because the official trailer that aired Friday for the next film in the Star Wars sagaóThe Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December 2015óopens on a black man wearing a stormtrooperís 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, itís millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII ó 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 ĎForceí 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 ó 1,900 hectares near San Francisco ó 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
    Itís 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 Ė 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
    ďStar WarsĒ 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 ó from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art ó 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...