Tune In to the ‘Star Wars’ Halloween Special… On ESPN2?

- 10-30-14Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Some of us have experienced the horror that is the 1978 Star Wars Christmas Special. Steeped in the idea that no one but small children and people with mental disabilities watched Star Wars, Lucas and Co. created a Rifftrax-worthy piece of rubbish that featured everything from new age music to Wookies in aprons making “Christmas” dinner. Suffice to say, it’s painful to watch whether you’re a fan of the franchise or otherwise. Now, we’re getting a Halloween Special. And this one will be… sports themed. (more…)

The Rumor Council Has Declared A 2014 Teaser/Trailer For ‘Star Wars: Episode 7.’

- 10-28-14Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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Did anybody watch ‘Star Wars Rebels’ the other night on ABC, where Darth Vader ordered an Inquisitor to murder children? And how about that Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff that’s been in the news recently? There’s been a whole lot of Star Wars buzz going around, but not much about Episode 7 until today. Thank goodness someone is working on better SW movies to take the bad taste of the recent trilogy out of our mouths. But if the rumors are true, there will definitely be some elements involved that I wholly disapprove of. But I’ll be there right first in line anyway, because I’m a long-time fan. And as far as I’m concerned, the trailer for the first entry in a brand new trilogy can’t come fast enough. (more…)

George Lucas Takes Swipe at Major Studio Thinking Without Irony

- 10-21-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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When George Lucas made the original Star Wars in 1976, he had the support of a couple of producers at Twentieth Century Fox, but everyone else thought it was stupid and doomed to failure. One might call Lucas a visionary for knowing where the audience was, and what would appeal, and that was proven again when Lucas went on to create Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steven Spielberg four years later. (Of course, Howard the Duck and The Radioland Murders might be a sign that Lucas’ insight is far from universal. And the less said about Episodes 1, 2, and 3 Well, you know.) But now with the oodles of free time he has from selling his company to a massive multimedia conglomerate, Lucas is striking out anew against the studio systems and its lack of risk-taking. (more…)

Emperor Palpatine’s First Name Has Been Released. And…BWAHAHAHAHAHHA!!

- 10-17-14Books, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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Now it all makes sense.

In true ‘Revenge Of The Nerds’ fashion, the meek must work hard to make it in a world full of oppressors. In some cases, if you’re ridiculed or treated like a dork throughout your childhood, bitterness and spite will power your determination to make the usurpers pay. It’s all about change for the better. Maybe change your name? Hit the gym relentlessly. Get plastic surgery. Most people just put their best feet forward and force their futures into financially awesome dream lives. And sadly, too many fall by the wayside and let their shortcomings define them forever. Emperor Palpatine’s rise to ruthless dictatorship must have been as unswerving as the abuse he had to have taken growing up. In short, bullies are to blame for the Dark Side’s undaunted reign. All because the future Sith Lord…had a stupid first name. (more…)

‘THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK UNCUT’ Will Make You Feel Like You’re On Cloud City

- 10-10-14Film, Funny Videos Posted by Jed Harris-Keith

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Have a not-so-stellar week? Want to blow off steam, but you’re unsure that either Gone Girl or Left Behind is the movie for you? Then strap in, kids, because we’ve got the cure for when you’re down in the dumps with the Dark Side of the Force. Filmmaker Casey Pugh has the cure to pull you out of your Sarlaac pit of despair and put a Jabba-sized smile on your face with The Empire Strikes Back Uncut! (more…)

J.J. Abrams Steps in to Solve That 8th Grade Star Wars Math Problem

- 10-10-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Mark Poynter

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You might have seen the 8th grade Star Wars math problem above floating around the Internet the last week or so. A proud nerdy dad that goes by Bob S. sent it in to ToplessRobot saying:

My son’s homework was to make an algebraic expression into a word problem…this is the end result with zero input from me.

What Star Wars lovin’ dad wouldn’t be proud of all the Star Wars details put into that math problem. I imagine he teared up like a proud Rancor trainer whose Rancor just feasted on its first victim thrown into the pit by Jabba. It could have ended there, one proud poppa and some amused readers. but as things on the Internet have a tendency to do, this math problem made its way to the one man upon whose shoulders rests the hopes and dreams of Star Wars fans everywhere. That’s right, this Star Wars Word problem made it all the way to J.J. Abrams‘ desk. What did he do with it? (more…)

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Lands Prime Time Telecast Featuring A Familiar Villain!

- 10-09-14Cartoons Posted by Aspry Jones

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The one-hour ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion,’ which aired last week on the Disney Channel, picked up 6.5 million viewers. Already considered a success, the series has been renewed for a second season. It should begin its official series run on Disney XD on October 13th. Then the money printing conglomerate has something special in mind a week later. Hoping to build on their good fortune, Disney has scheduled a re-airing of the episode for Sunday, October 26th on ABC. The rerun will feature a classic character from the two trilogies. A little head-scratching, a couple of “hmmms,” and you’ll find that it’s easy to guess who I’m talking about. And it’s awesome. (more…)

Internet People Claim to Know MASSIVE ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Spoiler

- 10-02-14Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Once again the Internet is alive with rumors concerning the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – Revenge of the Ewoks. This time around, if the rumormill is right, this could be a giant event in the Star Wars mythos. Unfortunately, the rumor is also a massive spoiler, so if you don’t want to risk your Episode VII virginity, then you’d probably better go do something else right now. If not, then scroll on and discover the possibly big news about how the new Star Wars flick is going to pan out. (more…)

An Incoherent Cyborg and a Lumberjack Luke Skywalker in ‘Episode VII’?

- 10-02-14Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Star Wars Episode VII: Title TBD is still over a year away, but rumor and innuendo and speculation are  speeding by faster than Jabba’s sail barge circling the dune sea. We’ve only been parsed out pieces of  information about the continuing story of Luke, Han, and the former Rebel Alliance, which may or may  not be pieces of misinformation or misdirection. Badass Digest  has released a bit of  info concerning Episode VII that, while it may or not be accurate, does give a glimpse out the Millennium  Falcon’s porthole what we might expect at the beginning of the film beyond the tradition yellow crawl  and John Williams music echoing in the background. (more…)

Oscar Isaac Says “Nooooooooooooo” to ‘Star Wars’ Special Edition Changes

- 09-29-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Perhaps the most controversial of George Lucas‘ many controversial maneuvers in regards to the Star Wars franchise is his constant re-tooling of the first three Star Wars movie. So far as Lucas is concerned, each new platform or anniversary for the trilogy’s release is a new opportunity to change something in them a little more. Offending Star Wars fans, film preservationists, and people who think the new edits and effects add nothing substantive to the movies, there’s been a constant discussion about whether or not Lucas should restore the original versions of the films, but now one of those voices is coming from the inside. One of the cast members of Star Wars Episode VII is questioning the sense of constantly re-editing the films, not in a full-throated People Vs. George Lucas kind of way, but its another scratching nag in the volume of criticism against Lucas. (more…)