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1:35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Force Awakens, Teaser Trailer #2
posted by Lucinda on Apr 16, 2015 - 499 comments

Samuel Delaney reviews Star Wars

Samuel R. Delany's 1977 review of Star Wars.
posted by escabeche on Apr 11, 2015 - 96 comments

Rated SC for self control

Time for a Sesame Street parody: Star S'Mores (Star Wars), with Cookie Monster and Grover as guest stars. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Mar 27, 2015 - 11 comments

Star Wars space battles the way they should have been, 1980s style

This really amazing 7-minute Star Wars animated short, in the style of 1980s anime like Macross, shows a space battle where the Empire are the good guys taking on a squadron of dasterdly rebels. Enjoy missile trails, awesome sudden close-ups, totally radical explosions, split screens of attractive TIE fighter pilots, and a vaguely annoying anime-inspired soundtrack. This PDF shows how it was all made and introduces you to the characters, along with some neat concept sketches.
posted by blahblahblah on Mar 24, 2015 - 65 comments

Does Star Wars ask: whose worldview and style of life will triumph? Yes

John Powers (of Star Wars: A New Heap) writes The Future of Art: Rosalind Krauss is a Jedi - "If Krauss is Leia, Le Corbusier is a pretty great candidate for General Tarkin."
Star Wars Semiotics - "At HiLobrow we’re wary of structuralist heuristic devices. But we do enjoy tinkering with them — and we’ve noticed that the logical expansion of binary oppositions does help stimulate the imagination. However… does Powers’ square function properly?"
A Crisis in Criticism: Star Wars is not Literature, it is an Object. - "Glenn's post is good natured and whip smart - but he's dead wrong. While he is no doubt the superior semiotician ... and I can't hope to outsmart the guy, mine is the better diagram."
Star Wars Highbrow: Thesis Antithesis Synthesis - "In addition to describing the square above Glenn's original post also discussed his choices for the cardinal points at some length in terms of a "highbrow-lowbrow-middlebrow-nobrow-hilobrow schema." It is a scheme he has charted elsewhere, admitting that "aesthetic and lifestyle choices aren't entirely independent of social class."" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 17, 2015 - 6 comments

A New Hope For Radio

The extended NPR produced adaptation of 'A New Hope' for your listening pleasure. [more inside]
posted by bq on Mar 9, 2015 - 13 comments

Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth

Life Inside Jabba the Hutt: "After interviewing puppeteer Toby Philpott at great length over Skype I decided to go a step further and create a mini documentary about his work on Jabba the Hutt for Return of the Jedi. This led me down many paths. Here is the result." (via tested.com)
posted by bondcliff on Feb 11, 2015 - 12 comments

Star Wars feat. The Joker and Bane

The Emperor Voiced by Mark Hamill's Joker * Darth Vader with Bane's Voice - Luke vs Vader * Mark Hamill's Emperor takes down Jar-Jar Binks
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 10, 2015 - 9 comments

Darth Vaders, a Storm Woopers and a People!

A different Star Wars Kid watches the opening to Episode IV A New Hope for the first time. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jan 8, 2015 - 47 comments

You know what you can't screw up, though.

Red Letter Media drunkenly reviews the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special as part of their Best of the Worst series. [more inside]
posted by clarknova on Dec 25, 2014 - 35 comments

The Merry Is Strong With This One

There are holiday displays, and then there's Tom BetGeorge's holiday display. Mr. BetGeorge, of Newark, California, has created a 100,000 light extravaganza celebrating Christmas and his favorite music from Star Wars. It has to be seen to be believed.
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 23, 2014 - 27 comments

"I'm not the only one who could be blackmailed for this album"

The Star Wars Christmas TV special is well known around these parts. But last week the CBC posted the first ever oral history of Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album featuring interviews with producer Tony Bongiovi, composer Maury Yeston and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.
posted by salishsea on Dec 15, 2014 - 17 comments

How to make a hacked LED Pez Menorah

How to make a hacked LED Pez Menorah "I've been making these for a few years now, and since people occasionally ask me how to make them I decided to document the process..." [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 29, 2014 - 7 comments

Look, It's Only One More Season...

The first teaser trailer for the Episode VII—Star Wars: The Force Awakens is live. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Nov 28, 2014 - 586 comments

[Chewie pauses by a pier-glass to slick down his hair]

In 1978, the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back was penned by a writer named Leigh Brackett. She passed away shortly thereafter and the script underwent a number of changes, first by George Lucas, before Lawrence Kasdan developed the final and more well-known screenplay. Brackett's initial draft is available for download here. The blog at starwarz.com highlights some of the more notable changes, such as Darth Vader not being Luke's father (though Luke's father appears as a character as a ghost Jedi on Dagoba), and a distinct lack of Boba Fett and carbon freezing. (Empire recently on the Blue) [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Nov 21, 2014 - 25 comments

The best catwoman cosplay ever

Superheroes and other pop culture icons photographed in the style of Flemish paintings, by Sacha Goldberger (previously known for his true superhero grandmother Mamika, who is also featured in the superhero series).
posted by elgilito on Nov 18, 2014 - 16 comments

The Emperor Told me Don't Worry About the Size

Nerdist Presents: "All About That Base: No Rebels" Star Wars Parody, starring Team Unicorn! Also, scantily clad Vaders and Astromechs.
posted by quin on Nov 6, 2014 - 44 comments

Guide to the Races of Star Wars

georgelucasfan1 here. I was a little boy in 1979 when Episode 3 The New Home came out. These films and shows have been a big part of my life. And I would like to share with you my Star Warms knowledge. So step into my Millionaire Falcon, as we take a...... 'warp tour'... of these alien races that lived in this galaxy far, far ago.
Neil Cicierega's Guide to the Races of Star Wars
posted by rorgy on Oct 30, 2014 - 36 comments

Star Wars in Real Life

"A glimpse back into my mind at eight years old — a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away …"
posted by chunking express on Oct 27, 2014 - 14 comments

The Force Is Strong With This Dad

When a seven-year-old girl wants to be Han Solo for Halloween, what's her father to do? Dress as Princess Leia, of course.
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Oct 25, 2014 - 128 comments

What The Hell Is All This Mess?

The most epic nerf war in history. RackaRacka are wannabe film-makers on a rampage. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Oct 18, 2014 - 14 comments

Vrooooom!

There Is No Better Use For Drones Than Star Wars Reenactments.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 17, 2014 - 12 comments

It was for the best, every time.

Fictional Characters Whose Lives Would Have Been Vastly Improved By An Abortion (SLToast)
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Oct 16, 2014 - 207 comments

You came here in that Great Sun Bear? You're braver than I thought.

In his Alliance Rebellion series, artist Scott Erikson combines two distinctive visual styles to striking effect.
posted by gottabefunky on Oct 16, 2014 - 23 comments

"The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" is a remake made up of fan-made films

"The evil lord Cat Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote minivan probes into the far reaches of the swimming pool... Ahem... Space."
In 2009, Casey Pugh asked Internet users to remake Star Wars into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. In a few months time, thousands of fans responded with extraordinary creativity from around the world. Five years later, Star Wars Uncut (previously) was released. It was was such a success that in 2012 he solicited more fan-made films to create the next installment. A panel of 20 judges culled through over 1500 submission and more than 480 were chosen to create the shot-for-shot remake of the newest release, The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.

posted by Room 641-A on Oct 11, 2014 - 13 comments

Storm Troopers, TIE Fighters, Star Destroyers, OH MY!

Tonight on Disney channels around the world, Star Wars returns to the small screen with the premier of Rebels! Set only a few years before a protocol droid and R2 unit entered the lives of a moisture farmer, Luke Skywalker, the show follows the adventures of a nascent band of rebels in a galaxy heavily influenced by acclaimed Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie and a production intent on recreating the original Star Wars experience. Previously. [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Oct 3, 2014 - 80 comments

On the (Anti-) Matter of Planet Destruction

So you want to make a Death Star? You want to destroy a planet like Alderan? There are several theories. But the latest hinges on a simple matter of "neutral antimatter."
posted by cross_impact on Sep 19, 2014 - 32 comments

Where have you gone John Williams? A nation turns its lonely ears to you

The medal ceremony scene from Star Wars, sans music.
posted by Atom Eyes on Sep 12, 2014 - 125 comments

i want the regina dress now

Geeky women's clothing company Her Universe teamed up with Hot Topic and Nerdist to present a fandom couture competition and fashion show. Here are some highlights. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 4, 2014 - 34 comments

Next: Lasersabers

Remember the floating training remote in Star Wars? Some people have done DIY versions of the remote that can levitate on your desktop. However, leave it to NASA to create the real thing and call it SPHERES: Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites: robotic bowling balls (OK, 18-sided polyhedron satellites) with autonomous propulsion, power, avionics, software, communications, and metrology subsystems, that fly freely in the ISS. First tested in 2006, they have been upgraded with Android smartphones, which makes them (for now) the less terrifying item in Google's growing robotic arsenal.
posted by elgilito on Aug 3, 2014 - 3 comments

Now you can make the Kessel Run in less than 12...hours

YouTube user crysisknife007 has apparently spent the last several weeks compiling 12 hour clips of various ambient (and some transient) sounds. Hits include 12 hours of keyboard typing, a hair dryer, and various alarm sounds, each lasting for 12 hours. But the real draw here is his collection of Extended Ambient Space Sounds. Many of your favorite spaceship sounds are here, from both the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, as well as Alien and 2001. Also notable: Jabba The Hutt laughing for 12 hours.
posted by ShutterBun on Jul 30, 2014 - 11 comments

Star Wars Elevator Prank

SLYT of some guys exploiting causal perception in order to do something funny.
posted by Jonathan Livengood on Jul 28, 2014 - 37 comments

Leia ambivalence

Reelgirl: Slut-shaming Princess Leia or protecting childhood from adult sexuality?
HitFix: The Terrible Unspoken Implications Of Star Wars' Slave Leia [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 25, 2014 - 100 comments

OK: Now explain midichlorians.

With growing fascination for the large land vertebratomorphs that are so startlingly diverse on Tatooine, I secured Imperial funding for an expedition to Tatooine, to survey the exotic megafauna and search for fossils of Tyrannodraconis that might further illuminate their evolution. My ensuing report summarizes my trilogy of investigations and discoveries from this “holiday in the suns." [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Jul 22, 2014 - 5 comments

A People's History of Tatooine

"What if Mos Eisley wasn’t really that wretched and it was just Obi Wan being racist again?"
posted by gauche on Jul 17, 2014 - 39 comments

Look, R2, it's our large yellow bird friend!

What's the intersection between Star Wars and the Muppets? Chances are you'll think of Yoda. Maybe you knew that Jim Henson & his creature-makers had nothing to do with the original Star Wars movie. And sure, you probably knew that some of the Star Wars cast were featured on the Muppet Show (watch on YouTube). But wait, there's more. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jul 16, 2014 - 24 comments

What an incredible smell you've discovered.

Are you in Leipzig with €10 burning a hole in your pocket? You probably shouldn't spend it on this hilariously crappy Star Wars exhibition. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 7, 2014 - 35 comments

"I saw my first shadow play & he watched his first DVD of 'Star Wars.'"

Star Wars as a shadow play (article + video) Character creator Tintoy Chuo collaborates with tok dalang (master puppeteer) Pak Dain to bring Star Wars: A New Hope to the literal screen of the wayang kulit (shadow play). Follow the journey of young Perantau Langit (One Who Walks the Sky) as he meets Puteri Leia (Princess Leia) and faces off Sangkala Vedeh (Powerful General Vedeh) in this Peperangan Bintang (War of the Stars). A preview video. Tintoy Chuo at TedxKL. It was a match made in Facebook, so quite rightly, here is their FB page.
posted by cendawanita on Jul 4, 2014 - 9 comments

Rian Johnson to Write and Direct Episodes VIII and IX

In a suprise move, a "bombshell" even, Disney and Lucasfilms have announced that Rian Johnson will write and direct the next two films in the Star Wars franchise, Episodes VIII and IX, taking the reins from JJ Abrams after Episode VII. Copious previously. Johnson has previously directed Brick, Looper, and three episodes of Breaking Bad. Johnson responded thusly on Twitter.
posted by dry white toast on Jun 20, 2014 - 138 comments

Alderaan Gambit or Mothma Opening?

The complete animations for Star Wars Chess on Sega CD: Rebel Alliance and The Empire.
posted by griphus on Jun 19, 2014 - 25 comments

There are those who said this day would never come...

A year ago, Microsoft was crucified in the press for the PR fiasco of the Xbox One, with rival Sony winning thunderous applause for its PS4 by simply maintaining the status quo. But after doing a 360 180 on its hated policies, Redmond is attempting to close the gap with the most valuable package deal since The Orange Box. A remarkable feat of engineering, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will feature on a single disc the complete HD-remastered campaigns of Halos 1-4 alongside Ridley Scott's Nightfall, the Halo 5 beta, and the holy grail of Xbox gaming: every last one of the series' 100+ multiplayer maps in a single unified matchmaking system incorporating the original engines, gameplay mechanics, and idiosyncrasies of each. Ten years after Halo 2 (and four years after MS shut the taps), IGN suspects a plan by 343 to rekindle (and data-mine) Bungie's magic for an uncertain Halo 5, while Eurogamer welcomes the return of what it calls online FPS's peak. [More reaction: NeoGAF - Ars Technica - Reddit] Bungie, meanwhile, stood with Sony to showcase its upcoming Destiny, the vaunted space epic that will beta this summer before facing its revamped forerunners later this year. More E3 coverage: Microsoft (5min) - Sony (5min) - Nintendo (airing noon EST) - SW: Battlefront - AC: Unity - MGS5: The Phantom Pain - Evolve - No Man's Sky - The Order: 1886 - Sunset Overdrive - Grim Fandango - Bloodborne - Arkham Knight - Scalebound - Mortal Kombat X - The Division - LittleBigPlanet 3 - Inside - Uncharted 4 - Crackdown
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 10, 2014 - 176 comments

"Already stoked and nothing is happnSHIP LASERS"

19 year old blogger Some Wonderful Kind of Noise watches the original Star Wars movies for the first time and writes about it. Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi. [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo on Jun 9, 2014 - 153 comments

That's no oomn!

ARST ARSW (LSTY)
posted by tss on Jun 2, 2014 - 36 comments

Chinese Lianhuanhua: A Century of Pirated Movies

Before bootleg DVDs, western movies were adapted into Lianhuanhua: linked picture books that could be bought or rented. While many stories were told, and many movies were "pirated" in this way, one of particular interest is Star Wars. [more inside]
posted by nubs on May 27, 2014 - 26 comments

"It's Unlike Anything in this Galaxy."

If David Lynch directed "Return of the Jedi", it may have looked like this.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 20, 2014 - 43 comments

The Rise, fall, and legacy of the Office of Technology Assessment

On October 13, 1972, the Technology Assessment Act was put into law as a bipartisan effort to promote scientific understanding for Congress members. The act created the nonpartisan Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), which released over 750 studies in its 24 years of operation. The OTA was defunded in 1995, part of Newt Gingrich's efforts to "dismantle Congressional institutions that employed people with the knowledge, training and experience to know a harebrained idea when they saw it." (Bruce Bartlett, NYT Economix blog). It was seen by some as "Reagan's Revenge" (Google books preview) for OTA's critical reports (Gbp) in 1985 (PDF) and 1988 (PDF) of the potential for Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, aka "Star Wars"). Chris Mooney looked back on OTA in Requiem for an office (PDF), and both the Federation of American Scientists and Princeton University have OTA report archives online. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 13, 2014 - 26 comments

There are no humans in Star Wars.

Every Human in Star Wars is Really a Humanoid Bee by Max Gladstone. [via]
posted by quin on May 11, 2014 - 30 comments

Ewok Anthropology

In honor of May the Fourth, I present to you more information about Ewoks than you ever cared to know: The Return of the Subaltern (Part One and Part Two)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 4, 2014 - 9 comments

The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

"The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII." [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 29, 2014 - 415 comments

It's Madness, I Tell Yah! Madness!

Bored with basketball but want some Tournament action in your March-to-Early April? MentalFloss.com has collected* a list of (More Than) 11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments, covering books, music, TV, webcomics, various flavors of sci-fi and fantasy, plus bunny slippers, hot dog toppings, the (previously here) WORST Company in America and MORE! [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Mar 19, 2014 - 35 comments

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