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  • 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
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  • 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 · 181 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:...
  • Lucasfilm Jettisons The Star Wars Expanded Universe (Games Included)

    04/25/2014 5:45:25 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    The Game Informer ^ | April 25, 2014 | Joe Juba
    Which stories are included in the official Star Wars canon has been a source of debate for years, but in light of the new upcoming films, Lucasfilm has made a statement regarding what it considers to be the true timeline. In short, all of the Expanded Universe – including video games, comics, and novels – didn't really happen.
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has already begun filming, says Disney's Alan Horn -- VIDEO

    04/06/2014 11:27:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    insidemovies.ew.com ^ | Apr 6, 2014 at 1:20PM | By Amber Ray on
    The announcements about Star Wars: Episode VII were made by Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn during a panel at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles on April 2. He also acknowledged that there had been problems with the script, but he’s confident in the version director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan have worked on, which is based on a previous draft written by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt. “It’s all about the screenplay,” Horn said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.”
  • Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side

    03/31/2014 5:05:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Gaurdian ^ | 3-31-2014 | Agence France-Presse
    Sith lord runs for president as candidate of Ukrainian Internet party, vowing to 'make an empire out of a republic' As Ukraine battles to stave off dark forces of its own, the Star Wars villain Darth Vader announced at the weekend he was running for president in a bid to restore glory to the downtrodden nation. The Sith lord, or at least an unnamed costumed protester often seen on Kiev's Independence Square flanked by his loyal stormtroopers during the winter protests, has been chosen as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet party (UIP) which has become known for its...
  • New 'Star Wars' film to be set 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'

    03/18/2014 1:22:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 118 replies
    Rueters ^ | Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:57pm EDT | Lisa Richwine
    The highly anticipated next installment of the "Star Wars" franchise will be set 30 years after "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive officer Bob Iger said on Tuesday at the company's annual shareholders meeting. Disney purchased "Star Wars" production company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in 2012 and announced it would release three new films in the popular sci-fi series. Fans have been avidly awaiting details of the next film, "Star Wars: Episode VII."
  • Are You A ‘Yoda,’ ‘Luke Skywalker,’...Take The ‘Star Wars’ Personality Test

    01/18/2014 10:52:44 AM PST · by Twotone · 67 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 18, 2014 | Mike Opelka
    Full title: Are You A ‘Yoda,’ ‘Luke Skywalker,’ Or Maybe A ‘Princess Leia?’ Take The ‘Star Wars’ Personality Test Let’s push the “pause” button on the hard news for a few minutes and have a little fun. The crew at Zimbio.com has posted an entertaining personality profile test that asks 14 questions and, based on your answers, tells you which Star Wars character most matches up with you.
  • On The Tyranny of Relativism as Seen in a Darth Vader Commercial

    11/30/2013 4:59:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/29/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There was a powerful description given by Pope Emeritus Benedict to describe the modern stance of a world that has abandoned any notion of objective truth to which it is accountable. The phrase was “The tyranny of relativism.”In effect the expression describes what happens when there is no standard outside ourselves to which reasonable people can and should appeal in order to square their views or opinions. In such a setting, appeals to reason and agreed upon standards cannot hold the day and resolve disputes.Thus who “wins”? Whose view prevails? The sad answer is that those with the most money,...
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition (tis time to go viral)

    12/08/2013 8:19:23 AM PST · by Kolath · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/04/2013 | UAT Digital Video
    Press "CC" in the player for the lyrics! Based on "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and STAR WARS created by George Lucas. Performed by the Star Wars cosplayers of the Arizona geek community! Produced by the Students and Faculty of the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona
  • The Death of Star Wars

    12/02/2013 3:34:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | November 25, 2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    It must be said: In October 2012, Star Wars fans felt a great disturbance in the Force. Disney — no need to explain why this is gobsmackingly horrible — announced that it was going to insult the collective intelligence, sensibility, and good taste of everyone in America and the English-speaking world by welcoming George Lucas to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and making another Star Wars trilogy. So obviously I tried out for it.
  • Darth Vader: If you like your planet, you can keep it

    11/18/2013 7:41:03 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 33 replies
  • He Didn’t Lie, It’s Just That The Words He Used In The Order He Used Them Didn’t Tell A Truth Per Se

    11/04/2013 7:24:45 PM PST · by absentee · 18 replies
    RedState ^ | 11/4/2013 | Caleb Howe
    Ahh, doesn't that feel better? It wasn't a lie, it was a poor choice of words, and besides it is Republicans who are really mucking everything up, what with their questions and their directly quoting people all the time. The article goes into detail about why we're all better off being misspoken to anyway. Indeed, in all the furor, people forget how terrible many of the soon-to-be-abandoned policies were. Some had deductibles as high as $10,000 or $25,000 and required large co-pays after that, and some didn’t cover hospital care. It's a furor! You silly Americans with your furors. You...
  • Russia Nuke Attack Drill As China Selects U.S. Targets

    11/02/2013 6:27:05 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 2, 2013 | IND EDITORIALS
    Global Power: Moscow launches four ICBMs in a large-scale nuclear drill as Chinese state media, brandishing detailed maps, show how Beijing's nuclear submarines can attack U.S. cities. We press "reset," they press "launch." In March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red "reset button" to symbolize improved ties. The era of confrontation when American presidents demanded the tearing down of walls was over. From now on, we would make nice. Fast-forward to 2012, when President Obama met with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's then-president and now prime minister, at the Nuclear Security Summit in...
  • Why Sell Your Giant AT-ST Walker? Because Your Girlfriend Is Sick of It

    09/29/2013 4:50:48 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 56 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 28SEP2013 | Eric Limer
    Last Saturday, we told you about how there's a gigantic AT-ST Walker for sale on Ebay right now. It's still there, but why sell such a masterpiece in the first place? Because your girlfriend is freakin' sick of having it around. The AT-ST's owner, Martin Fillery, explained the situation to the Daily Mail: "I think my girlfriend is starting to get a bit worried about me. I've always been a bit mad, and I love sci-fi stuff, but my spending on props is going through the roof. ...The Scout Walker is amazing, but I realised pretty quickly that it was...
  • To Make Star Wars Great Again Bring Back Black Markets and Oppressive Government

    09/28/2013 11:23:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 27, 2013 | John Sexton
    If you haven't seen it, a design company in Portland has created a video called 4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again. They've also set up a website and a petition which they are hoping 1 million people will sign.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)I like the video. It's very well produced and I'm sure the creators will get a lot of traffic. That said, I think you can boil all of these rules down to one underlying concept. The Star Wars universe was driven by a realistic sense of capitalist enterprise, specifically the idea of secondary and black markets that exist outside the...
  • Star Wars droid R2D2 spotted in Star Trek Into Darkness

    09/10/2013 2:01:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    Guardian ^ | Ben Child
    It could be the last straw for hardcore fans angry at the long-running sci-fi saga's shift into space opera territory: R2D2, the diminutive robot star of the Star Wars films, has been spotted in a second Star Trek movie. C-3PO's canny little friend was first seen briefly in 2009's Star Trek, which saw director JJ Abrams deliver strong reviews and impressive box office by rebooting the series with an all-action approach plus an entirely new cast as the crew of the USS Enterprise. Now the website io9 has pointed out that the droid can be seen being sucked into space...
  • The Star Wars - Mayhew Imagining Lucas, pt. 1

    07/14/2013 6:20:48 PM PDT · by Thorliveshere · 17 replies
    Bleeding Cool ^ | July 13, 2013 | Dan Wickline
    The Star Wars is a new project coming from Dark Horse Comics and can be ordered from retailers now. What makes it unique from any of the previous series is that its taken directly from George Lucas‘ first draft for the movie. Back when it was called The Star Wars, when the heroes were Kane Starkiller and his twin sons Annakin and Deak and they are going to General Skywalker for help. This series is a chance to see how Lucas first envisioned the movie and compare it to what we have today. Mayhew will be working with writer J.W....
  • STAR WARS "1313" demo (Staring a young Bobba Fett)

    07/03/2013 8:02:09 PM PDT · by Kolath · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5/2/13 | Tommy Alvarez
    WOW!!!! The graphics and realism are amazing!!! The story takes place between episodes 3 and 4. The younger character displayed in the video is not the final version. Sources say it will be a young Bobba Fett and will be quite recognizable in the final cut. Sit back...relax...and enjoy!!! May the force be with you!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh820gAO7e8
  • 19 Obvious Reasons Why 'Star Wars' Is Better Than 'Star Trek'

    05/18/2013 3:47:25 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 131 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/17/2013 | Chris C Anderson
    Even counting the newer "Star Wars" installments, the franchise is still better than the "Star Trek" universe. Fightin' words.
  • Death Star Destroys Enterprise (Special Edition)

    05/17/2013 10:33:52 PM PDT · by Altariel · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 16, 2013 | IGN
    t's Star Trek vs. Star Wars in the skies over San Francisco! Which would win in a battle, the Death Star or the Enterprise? Let us know in the comments! After Star Trek IV, the crew of the Enterprise needed more whales, so they came back to San Francisco again, except this time it's an alternate universe where Reagan's Star Wars defense initiative from the 80's is coming to fruition as the Death Star nears completion (superlaser already fully operational). Star Wars is our military
  • Iowahawk: May the Cinco be With You

    05/06/2013 8:45:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Iowahawk | May 5, 2013 | David Burge
    May the Cinco be With You Happy 4th & 5th of May! (with apologies to Marty RobbinsThe Ballad of Han CholoOut in the Tatooine town of Mos EisleyI fell in love with an Alderaan girlNighttime would find me in Chalmun's CantinaMusic would play and then Leia would whirlContinued
  • Harrison Ford Flips Out After Audience Member Asks a ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Question

    04/18/2013 9:19:09 PM PDT · by Altariel · 28 replies
    ScreenCrush.com ^ | April 18, 2013 | Mike Sampson
    Harrison Ford Flips Out After Audience Member Asks a ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Question by Mike Sampson April 18, 2013 9:41 AM Harrison Ford was a guest on last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!‘ to promote his movie ‘42‘ and naturally the discussion came around to ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ and the future of the franchise. Ford tried to stay mum and say he couldn’t talk about anything ‘Star Wars,’ but when he agreed to some questions from the audience, things got heated and Ford walked off the set. Watch video of the incident below.
  • Actor who played choked Death Star commander dies

    04/17/2013 8:56:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2013 12:04 AM EDT
    Character actor Richard LeParmentier, who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect, died Tuesday. He was 66. … As Admiral Motti in 1977’s Star Wars, LeParmentier's character mocks Vader’s “sad devotion to that ancient (Jedi) religion.” Vader responds with a demonstration, using the force to choke the young commander, but allowing him to live. …
  • Richard LeParmentier, famous for 'Star Wars' Darth Vader scene, dies at 66

    04/16/2013 7:40:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | April 16, 2013, 1:56 PM EST
    Actor Richard LeParmentier has died at the age of 66. The star passed away at his home in Austin, Texas, on Monday. Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., to British and Irish parents, LeParmentier moved to the U.K. in 1974, and made his acting debut in David Essex film "Stardust." Bing: More on Richard LeParmentier He went on to score small roles in more than 50 TV shows and movies, including "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and the James Bond thriller "Octopussy," alongside Roger Moore as secret agent 007. He co-starred with his former wife, British actress Sarah Douglas, in films such as...
  • Another Missile Defense Sellout — This Time To China

    04/15/2013 4:34:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: Our secretary of state tells the Chinese we'll restrain missile defense activities in Asia in exchange for their help in reducing the threat of a nuclear North Korea. Isn't this where we came in? In a news conference after meetings with China's top leaders on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would reduce its missile defenses in Asia if North Korea abandoned its nuclear weapons program. Well, at least he didn't bow. In response to North Korea's threat to fire some of its latest missiles, including the road-mobile Musudan, amidst news that it can...
  • Kerry in ‘86: Missile Defense System is a ‘Cancer on Our Nation’s Defense’

    04/05/2013 8:48:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 5, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    In the 1980s, when now-Secretary of State John Kerry was a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts, he criticized the Reagan administration’s plan for a missile defense system—known as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)—calling it a “cancer on our nation’s defense.” … One year earlier in June 1985, AP reported that Kerry was advocating the same position of limiting funding to SDI, calling it, “a dream based on an illusion.” “We must also recognize that we could never test a Star Wars system under realistic conditions until the moment of an all-out nuclear attack,” Kerry said. …
  • Lego to pull 'anti-Islamic' Star Wars toy set following Muslim furor

    04/02/2013 8:55:49 AM PDT · by BCW · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 01 APR 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    As TheBlaze reported back in January, Austrian Muslims became outraged when they saw that Lego, a popular children’s toy company, created something they viewed as anti-Islamic in nature. Following months of intense angst and debate, Lego has reportedly agreed to stop making one of its Star Wars toy sets in an effort to temper the storm. ...He also smokes a water pipe and keeps Princess Leia in chains for use as his personal slave. Furious Muslim critics complained that the Lego set’s Asian and oriental figures were “deceitful and criminal” characters such as gun-runners, slave masters and terrorists.
  • The Real Phantom Menace: Manufactured Outrage

    04/01/2013 4:40:00 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-01-13 | Wordsmith
    The collector investment resell value of this Lego set just skyrocketed thanks to the cultural and racial hypersensitivity of those looking to be offended by anything and everything in the world. Why? Back in January, a Turkish cultural group in Austria became outraged over a Lego set: Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars toy allegedly depicting a mosque. The critics claim that the Jabba's Palace model, part of Lego's Star Wars range, offends Muslims as it resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul - one of the world's most renowned mosques. Members...
  • On Missiles and Missed Opportunities - the Verdict is In

    03/23/2013 8:28:53 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 23, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech that horrified the liberal establishment of the time: his call for a Strategic Defense Initiative. Ronald Reagan was not your typical politician. The only president born and raised in Illinois (yes, Lincoln, Grant, and Obama moved to Illinois as adults, but only Ronald Reagan grew up there), he came to politics with a heartland sensibility: do what makes sense, do what’s right; don’t worry about what the elites from the Ivy League or Foggy Bottom insist upon. Reagan came to party activism late in life, running for public office for...
  • (Beam Me Up!) - IRS Calls 'Star Trek' Parody Video a Mistake

    03/23/2013 8:24:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 22, 2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Nobody's going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland.</p> <p>Instead, the IRS got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars.</p>
  • Star Wars: Episode VII gets some major plot point rumors

    03/22/2013 3:06:03 PM PDT · by TheRhinelander · 21 replies
    MoviePilot.com ^ | 3/22/2013 | Staff
    When Star Wars: Episode VII was first announced, it seemed like the entire world had exploded, Alderanian-like with excitement. Star Wars themed news was spewing out of every orifice of movie information, most of which turned out to be nothing more than pure speculation and the delayed fantasies of fan-boys the world over. Since then we’ve all calmed down a bit. The clean up after our Star Wars themed binge party has begun and now we’re actually getting some solid details. J.J. Abrams will direct, Toy Story 3‘s Michael Arndt will scribe, and it looks like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill...
  • Obama Says Defense He Fought Can Stop North Korea

    03/11/2013 11:09:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 11, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Missile Defense: As Pyongyang threatens a nuclear strike, the administration says our missile defenses can handle anything they can throw against us or our allies. If so it's not because of anything the president did. 'I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday after North Korea's raging runt, Kim Jong-un, said Pyongyang was scrapping the 1953 armistice deal that ended the Korean War. He threatened a "preemptive" nuclear strike against the U.S. Carney added that "our recent success in returning...
  • George Lucas Says Original 'Star Wars' Trio Returning for New Film (Disney's Episode VII)

    03/08/2013 9:07:50 AM PST · by drewh · 41 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollwood ^ | 7 Mar 2013 | By JAKE COYLE
    George Lucas Says Original 'Star Wars' Trio Returning for New Film It appears the Force is still strong with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. In an interview posted online Thursday, George Lucas said the trio from the original "Star Wars" trilogy will reprise their iconic roles of Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the new "Star Wars" film. Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek that all three were signed for the new "Episode VII" film in advance of Lucasfilm's $4 billion purchase by Disney. "We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison _ or were pretty much...
  • Who of today's stars or upcoming actors would you cast as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa?

    03/07/2013 5:53:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    vanity | March 7, 2013 | BenLurkin
    Many Freepers have been commenting on the most recent Star Wars casting rumors http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2994628/posts. But one comment gives inspiration for an inquiry. The gist of it was that Lucas HAS to use the original actors. But suppose you didn't want to engage in heavy make-up or CGI trickery to present Hammil, Fisher and Ford as youthful characters in their beloved roles. You are asked to pick some of today's performers to step into their shoes. So...IF you were to cast Episode VII as though it was picking up where Return of the Jedi left off: Who would you cast ast...
  • George Lucas Says 'Star Wars' Returns for Hamill, Ford and Fisher Almost Finalized

    03/07/2013 4:57:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 9:22 AM PST 3/7/2013 by | Jordan Zakarin
    Another day, another Star Wars rumor -- though this one is more trustworthy than most. In a new profile in Bloomberg Businessweek, George Lucas and Disney executives discuss the long road that led to the purchase of Lucasfilm in October. Of particular interest for fans of the movies is the fact that Lucas confirms that he had begun talks with original Star Wars stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to have them return to the franchise for its new films -- before he had even begun the process of the corporate offloading. "We had already signed Mark and...
  • .J. Abrams, please get John Williams for Star Wars: Episode VII

    02/23/2013 7:13:20 AM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    J.J. Abrams, I hope you’re reading this. I know you love to collaborate with Michael Giacchino. He’s done some great works including the Medal of Honor theme, Up, Star Trek and Ratatouille. With Star Trek, it was okay that you went with Giacchino, since the Star Trek franchise has had many different composers over the years. Star Wars music, however, is synonymous with John Williams. He already struck out when it came to who was going to compose the Man of Steel movie. The winner went to Hans Zimmer, the same guy who took over Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy from...
  • William Shatner Says J.J. Abrams Is Being A Pig [VIDEO]

    02/11/2013 6:24:43 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Trek News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Brian Wilkins
    William Shatner is a man who has never been shy about expressing his opinion of Star Trek Into Darkness (and future Star Wars: Episode VII) director J.J. Abrams. During a recent press junket to promote Escape From Planet Earth, the original Captain Kirk had a few words for Abrams. During the interview, Shatner discussed Abrams along with his thoughts regarding the possible homogenization of the science-fiction film genre.
  • Star Wars make-up artist Stuart Freeborn dies aged 98

    02/06/2013 2:32:12 PM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 6, 2013
    Stuart Freeborn, the British make-up artist renowned for his contributions to 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 98. Largely self-taught, his six-decade career saw him create make-up and prosthetics for such cinematic legends as Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.