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Lucas told us Han Solo was married to a Wookiee

An Oral History of "The Star Wars Holiday Special" [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Dec 27, 2015 - 73 comments

"Folks at NPR thought, 'Oh good grief, we're selling out to Hollywood.'"

In 1981, NPR affiliate station KUSC hatched a bold plan to adapt George Lucas’ Star Wars for radio. Easily the most visual film of the last decade, Star Wars as a listening experience seemed like an unlikely idea, but Lucas sold them the rights to adapt the hit movie for one dollar, and opened the Lucasfilm vaults to the show’s producers: Star Wars sound effects would be available to them in their raw form, along with every note of John Williams’ music. The cast was a mixture of original Star Wars cast members, Hollywood veterans, and future TV and movie stars still in the early stages of their careers. Novelist Brian Daley and Director John Madden then turned the first three films into "movies to watch with your eyes closed." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 20, 2015 - 46 comments

“If money is all that you love, then that's what you'll receive.”

A Darth Vader waffle maker? You really shouldn’t have…by David Mitchell [The Guardian]
“Star Wars, it turns out, is the most ambitious, enterprising and impressive exercise in the marketing of crap ever conceived by man. Crap, that is, apart from the toys. I have to make an exception for the toys because, as a child, I was an enthusiastic collector of Star Wars figures and spaceships. [...] But, toys aside, it really is crap. Anyone who enjoys their Stormtrooper single duvet cover set more than watching The Empire Strikes Back is a very odd person indeed – and unlikely ever to be in the market for a Stormtrooper double duvet cover set. These are all things that you either don’t need at all or you’d be slightly better off with a non-Star Wars version. And I say that as someone whose wife once gave him an R2-D2 eggcup as a present. Because if you love eggs, and you love Star Wars… you’ll still, in general, find yourself using a normal egg cup.”
posted by Fizz on Dec 20, 2015 - 115 comments

Flower?!! NOOOoooooo!!

Joining in on the frenzy of Star Wars Week, the folks at Bad Lip Reading have teamed up with Jack Black, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph to punch up the dry, boring dialogue of the original trilogy: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi.
posted by dgaicun on Dec 19, 2015 - 14 comments

Star Wars: The Pencil Game

"When I was a kid, my uncle taught me this pencil and paper game he called Star Wars." "I have no idea who originally invented it." "Basically you draw two bases on opposite ends of the paper. Each base gets a mothership and two flanking defensive (immobile) turrets. Players wage war on each other by launching fighters from their motherships, then attempt to blast away their opponent's base. [...] To launch fighters, move, and fire weapons, players place their pencil tip on the selected unit's cannon. Then they must hold the pencil in position with a single index finger pressing down on the end of the pencil. Finally a player fires by pushing down on the pencil forcing the tip to draw a line outward. " [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Dec 18, 2015 - 44 comments

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away

A long time ago in a TV studio not so far away, the stars of the original Star Wars film came to the BBC to promote their then-unknown movie Star Wars at the BBC (Iplayer) (Youtube) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 17, 2015 - 13 comments

A reasonably long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away...

Star Wars minus Star Wars is a video collage that tells the story of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in twenty minutes, without using any sounds or images from Star Wars itself.
posted by arto on Dec 16, 2015 - 22 comments

Probably not Disney sponsored

When you're all out of whisky (previously), and you're still looking to boost your hygge (previously) while also preparing for a cinematic event that's currently in progress, may I suggest settling in with a few hours worth of the Darth Vader Yule Log? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 15, 2015 - 31 comments

Wretched hive of scum and villainy, or jury of his peers?

The Legal Geeks discuss Han's legal justification for shooting Greedo first, via a link from The Mary Sue.
posted by bile and syntax on Dec 14, 2015 - 37 comments

Wanted: Star Wars Celica, last seen 1977 (or maybe 1990s?)

We've all seen weird merchandising attached to blockbuster (or would-be blockbuster) movies, but that sort of thing used to be much rarer before George Lucas famously haggled the merchandising rights for Star Wars away from 20th Century Fox in exchange for a lower director's fee and made gazillions. Forty years later, "Star Wars" has been slapped on virtually anything you can think of, including a 1977 Toyota Celica that was the prize in a nationwide sweepstakes held after the movie had become a huge hit. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 10, 2015 - 31 comments

Book the death star for your holiday!

Airbnb comes to a galaxy far, far away.
posted by pombe on Dec 9, 2015 - 5 comments

“MAKE THE GALAXY GREAT AGAIN!”

Darth Trump [YouTube] [Auralnauts]
posted by Fizz on Dec 9, 2015 - 19 comments

Hamill, Fisher, Ford, Kasdan, Abrams, Boyega, Driver, Ridley

'Star Wars' Strikes Back: Behind the Scenes of the Biggest Movie of the Year
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 8, 2015 - 114 comments

Classic Art with a Modern Twist

2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the famous Rinpa School painting of the Wind God and Thunder God (Fujin-Raijin-zu). This has led a modern painter of the Rinpa School to add his own twists on the iconic painting, first in a collaboration with Nintendo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. and, shortly thereafter, to celebrate the new Star Wars movie's release. In addition to these, the artist, Yamamoto Taro, has quite a history of producing traditionally-styled Japanese paintings with a modern sensibility and a touch of humor.
posted by DoctorFedora on Dec 7, 2015 - 4 comments

Life after Death Star

What happens when you mix a legendary sci-fi series with one of the greatest rappers of all-time? We decided to find out.
posted by General Malaise on Dec 7, 2015 - 13 comments

“This station is now the ultimate power in the universe!”

It’s a Trap: Emperor Palpatine’s Poison Pill by Zachary Feinstein [.PDF]
In this paper we study the financial repercussions of the destruction of two fully armed and operational moon-sized battle stations (“Death Stars”) in a 4-year period and the dissolution of the galactic government in Star Wars. The emphasis of this work is to calibrate and simulate a model of the banking and financial systems within the galaxy. Along these lines, we measure the level of systemic risk that may have been generated by the death of Emperor Palpatine and the destruction of the second Death Star. We conclude by finding the economic resources the Rebel Alliance would need to have in reserve in order to prevent a financial crisis from gripping the galaxy through an optimally allocated banking bailout.
via: Popular Science [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 2, 2015 - 38 comments

The Daily Life of Darth Vader

Born on Tatooine. Recently got into photography.
posted by ladyriffraff on Nov 29, 2015 - 13 comments

The three witnesses to Lord Vader's skiing mishap were never seen again.

"Two years ago, Finnish illustrator and designer Vesa Lehtimäki put out a 38-page hardcover book of photos of Lego-built scenes showing imagined scenarios on the snow planet Hoth. It was a delightful collection of pictures full of levity, depicting AT-AT Walkers kicking through fresh powder, snowtroopers on skis, and Chewbacca covered in snow. Today, Lehtimäki is back with an expanded collection of Lego Star Wars photography, titled Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy." [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Nov 24, 2015 - 5 comments

"A more civilized age" indeed.

The knighthood of Star Wars is neither Galactic nor an Order. "In the Star Wars films, the Jedi Order and their Galactic Republic are an undemocratic, ineffective government maintained by a combination of religious awe and martial force. Nobody elected their Council - they noisily resent any outside input at all - yet each member of their entire order is a roving diplomat plenipotentiary, general, judge, and executioner. Their members are spirited away as toddlers, promised that they are chosen by a higher, ineffable power, and trained to act without emotion while training them in personal combat and the ability to telepathically manipulate "the weak-minded". They are trusted despite the fact that this power can corrupt - not only in the traditional way, but in a metaphysical one, transforming these unemotional, unaccountable warlord-judges into monstrous super-powered spree killers. "
posted by Sebmojo on Nov 22, 2015 - 97 comments

The [Star Wars] universe never ends, really. It ebbs and flows....

The Star Wars galaxy is vast, and it's universe will expand for decades to come. In fact, it is quite likely that you won't live to see the final Star Wars movie - a Wired article on the ever-growing paracosms of the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic universes, and accolades for Chris Carter's expansive X-Files universe.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 17, 2015 - 85 comments

vrrrrrrr

Fencing Senior World Championships Moscow 2015
Star Wars Duel on Fencing Senior World Championships Moscow 2015
FIXED Star Wars Duel on Fencing Senior World Championships Moscow 2015
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Nov 14, 2015 - 15 comments

Disney To Retire All Slave Leia Merch

Disney To Retire All Slave Leia Merchandise Word has it from "informed sources" at Disney that they company will stop releasing or authorizing any merchandise featuring the famed Slave Leia version of the original trilogy heroine sometime in 2016. Even a fan movement to re-christen the look as "Slayer Leia" (because she kills Jabba with the chain in the pleasure barge fight scene) is not really in the cards for official use.
posted by briank on Nov 5, 2015 - 146 comments

Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user

Here I will seek to establish that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumbling idiot he portrays himself as, is in fact a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control. Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine-- rather, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning, and it's entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Binks throughout both trilogies. And finally, given the above, I will conclude with an argument as to why I believe it is not only possible, but plausible that Jar Jar will make a profound impact on the upcoming movies, and what his role may be.
posted by josher71 on Nov 1, 2015 - 107 comments

“Impressive. Most impressive.”

Lenin Statue in Ukraine Turned Into Darth Vader [The New York Times]
A statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine, has been refashioned into Darth Vader. A Ukrainian artist, Alexander Milov, whose work appeared at Burning Man this year, transformed the statue in response to recent decommunization laws, which require the removal of Communist symbols in Ukraine. Lenin’s face has been covered by Darth Vader’s mask, and his coat has been turned into a cape. The helmet also reportedly serves as a Wi-Fi hot spot.
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posted by Fizz on Oct 26, 2015 - 19 comments

'The Empire Strikes Back' and So Does George Lucas

An interview from 1980 where Rolling Stone talks with George Lucas about his views on movie making, the difficulty working with studios, and the possible and tenuous future of the franchise. (context: previously) [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 22, 2015 - 70 comments

Things are sillier when they're done with LEGOs (sorry, no dino DNA)

TT Games has made a number of LEGO-based games, often LEGO versions of other franchises. These include cutscenes that recreate some version of movie scenes, which initially didn't include dialog, as seen in these collections of cutscenes from Lego Star Wars : The Complete Saga and Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. That changed with LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, but things really got fun with LEGO Jurassic World (with all Jurassic Park movies). "So, you two, um, dig up dinosaurs?"
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 21, 2015 - 18 comments

Just let it in.

The first and final full trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, first sequel to the Star Wars trilogy has been posted. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Oct 19, 2015 - 568 comments

Charleston Cantina.

Charleston to 'Cantina Band' Last night's episode of Strictly Come Dancing, the UK version of Dancing With Stars was a Hollywood special which included this two minutes of joy in which Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton danced the charleston dressed at Luke and Leia. With lightsabers. Other films included Pulp Fiction, Pretty Woman and Ghost. [alt link for Star Wars dance]
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 11, 2015 - 10 comments

If it ain't broke...

Filmmaker Pablo Fernandez Eyre recently made a discovery: Director Alfred Hitchcock and editor George Tomasini judged that a sequence which worked once would work twice, such as these two famous scenes from Psycho and The Birds. If you liked that, Eyre is fond of the side-by-side comparisons, such as these similar videos of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and the Star Wars saga.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 30, 2015 - 7 comments

Ewoks and Feminist Criticism

If you like Return Of The Jedi but hate the Ewoks, you understand feminist criticism - (slavc) An article by Caroline Siede at the A.V. Club. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Sep 15, 2015 - 48 comments

Modal Nodes

The Tracks Go Off In This Direction - a 30 minute Star Wars audio visual mix by DJ Food/Strictly Kev.
posted by Artw on Sep 11, 2015 - 5 comments

A fabulously gay Nyan Cat meteor

Chuck Wendig, author of the new Star Wars novel Aftermath, has told fans who have objected to his inclusion of a gay character that “You’re not the good guys ... You’re the shitty, oppressive, totalitarian Empire.” [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Sep 11, 2015 - 66 comments

"And that's why you always hit your dot!"

During halftime on Saturday, the Kansas State Marching Band was supposed to make a formation showing the Enterprise spaceship ramming the University of Kansas Jayhawk. Things did not go as planned. [more inside]
posted by damayanti on Sep 9, 2015 - 58 comments

C-3PO 4 Life

Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels on the new film and his life as C-3PO. Happy Force Friday.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 4, 2015 - 28 comments

Jedi Backup Dancers

Darth Punk - The Funk Awakens (SLYT) One day Vader and Fett will recruit for the the dark side, disguised as an electronic music duo... they will be arresting ears and administering intergalactic rhythm and beats. The Rebels won't stand a chance. This is their music video, featuring 'Dj Gonk'. Courtesy of The Mary Sue
posted by CrystalDave on Aug 26, 2015 - 11 comments

Rebel Alliance Vs Empire United

Star Wars, as directed by Ken Loach
posted by Artw on Aug 21, 2015 - 17 comments

A forum game of secrets and treachery

You may have heard of Mafia, a psychological party game where players try to weed out the killers in their midst.

You may not have stumbled across NeoGAF's ongoing forum-based mafia games, though. Each season, games are hosted with media "flavors," chock-full of back-stabbing, mind games, and more twists and turns than a double helix. This season you can follow the madcap, Cthulhu-esqe adventures of tourists stranded on a island with insane cultists. Or perhaps you'd rather go back to Despair Academy with a psychotic teddy bear, or observe as ISIS agents try to catch those KGB bastards. [more inside]
posted by anthy on Aug 19, 2015 - 22 comments

"the biggest clue yet about the future of the Disney metaverse"

The Verge presents: THE ABRIDGED HISTORY OF DISNEY, 2015–2040 AD
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Aug 17, 2015 - 36 comments

Han shot ... well, you know

But still, I couldn’t shake the question: Am I a Star Wars fraud for having never seen them?
posted by octothorpe on Aug 14, 2015 - 75 comments

Auralnauts Star Wars: The Saga Continuums

Episode 1: Jedi Party. Episode 2: The Friend Zone. Episode 3: Revenge of Middle Management. And now, Episode 4: Laser Moon Awakens. See also: The smoking and youth biology PSAs. And, of course, this (previously).
posted by BiggerJ on Aug 1, 2015 - 7 comments

Star Max

Road Wars: The Imperator Strikes Back (SLYT)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 20, 2015 - 18 comments

Star Wars: Wilco Edition

Wilco have released a new album called "Star Wars", featuring 11 new original songs, free for a limited time on their website.
posted by anazgnos on Jul 16, 2015 - 37 comments

Star Wars: The Ring Theory

Mike Klimo offers a thorough analysis of Star Wars as chiasmus. [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Jul 16, 2015 - 39 comments

An epic history of the movie trailer

"The spirit of the 60s lives in these trailers, leaning hard on mood and music, not plot. The same is true for the Godfather trailer, as Coppola gives audiences a peak into the Corleone family.

However, the closer Hollywood gets to the age of the blockbuster, the more the modern trailer starts to reveal itself, and it all starts with Jaws -- the film phenomenon of the summer of 1975. [ ... ] It introduced something new to trailers: relying almost entirely on the narrative of the film to advertise it. In 3 minutes and 21 seconds, the entire story arc of the film, save for the ending, is given away. There’s a shark terrorizing the beach on the 4th of July, it’s up to a local sheriff to take care of it, and he teams with a scientist and a fisherman to get the job done.
"
-- An epic history of the movie trailer, by Matthew Schimkowitz
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 22, 2015 - 16 comments

StarWarsStarWarsStarWars StarWarsStarWarsStarWars

All 6 Star Wars films at once. Has an amazing art-house-like quality. More watchable than the prequels.
posted by schmod on Jun 18, 2015 - 34 comments

Green Leader

Green Leader, a comic by Daniel Warren Johnson (Single Link Star Wars)
posted by EatTheWeak on Jun 10, 2015 - 27 comments

Han lied first.

In-Canon Star Wars Comic Just Did Something Completely Insane [Comic Book Resources] [spoilers]
Back in "Star Wars" #4, writer Jason Aaron introduced a figure wearing a cloak and mask who had arrived at Mos Eisley in search of Han Solo. The mystery person took out the knees of a group of Rodian ruffians using a voice-activated blaster mounted under a table, evoking a certain scene from 1977's "Star Wars." In today's "Star Wars" #6, artist John Cassaday finally got the opportunity to take off that character's disguise and reveal their identity.
Spoilers lie ahead for those of you that aren't caught up with the series, so look away now. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jun 4, 2015 - 113 comments

Star Wars: Clone Wars

Looking for something to watch this weekend? Why not try the Star Wars: Clone Wars microseries-compiled-into-a-movie from 2003.
posted by curious nu on May 29, 2015 - 30 comments

George Lucas x Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Nobody Puts R2 in the Corner [more inside]
posted by alby on May 6, 2015 - 8 comments

It is time we demonstrated the full power of this styling station.

The LEGO Friends series has received a lot of criticism (previously) since it was released over three years ago, but as any fan of LEGO will tell you: Parts is Parts. And it's what you do with them that makes the difference. To Wit: The LEGO Friends Death Star. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 5, 2015 - 20 comments

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