On this day in 1977, Star Wars opened in a handful of theatres across North America. Walking in, the first people paying to see it hoped to see a good space adventure movie, but when they walked out a couple of hours later, they were the first prophets of a cultural phenomenon. Four decades later, it’s hard to find anyone that hasn’t been touched in some way by Star Wars. Even if they haven’t seen it, they know about it, they’ve seen glimpses of it, or they know someone absolutely ravenous in the love for a galaxy far, far away. This piece is dedicated to all those people, the lovers and those that want to understand the love. Why do we love Star Wars? Why have we poured our hopes, dreams, and happiness into a fictional galaxy of the distant past? (more…)
Vanity Fair has just released four new covers celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars giving us a good look at many of the characters we’ll see in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Annie Leibovitz took the cover photos which also features the first time Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) has shown her face. Check out all four below. (more…)
Like peanut butter and bacon or Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on the radio while you’re stuck in traffic, there are things in the universe that you don’t know are awesome until you randomly come across them. Palette-Swap Ninja‘s “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans.” This is one of those things.
Welcome to your new ear worm because the duo behind Palette-Swap Ninja ( & on twitter) has combined two classics, that is the epic
Bee Gees Beatles* album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and little known indie/art film Star Wars** into one master stroke of musical mash-up genius! Check the full album out in this easy to use YouTube playlist: (more…)
“The $20 billion toy industry is getting drunk on movies.” That’s the opening line from a New York Post article about how there are so many blockbusters coming out now that they’re having a negative effect on the all-important toy sales. Nobody can enjoy the toys they buy, because before you know it, you have to buy a whole new bunch of new toys. The toy industrial complex represents $20 billion a year in sales, but with 30 big movies coming out this year, each with their own accompanying toy lines, the question must be asked: is the industry hurting itself with an abundance of plenty? (more…)
The Original Star Wars trilogy hold a special place in the hearts of many. A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, George Lucas gave us something new, creative, incredibly awesome. Star Wars revolutionized the modern day blockbuster. Hell, it even created the term as people lined up around blocks at movie theaters to see the film, literally “busting blocks” in anticipation of the movie.
In the early 90s, computer wizardry finally caught up with George’s original vision of the film. The Bearded One decided to do some edits to the film and include various shots that were technologically impossible when the original films were made. Hence, we got the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy. Some fans liked it, other’s hated it with the vengeance of a thousand burning suns. Such controversial decisions like Greedo shooting first, additional dewbacks, the ice monster on Hoth’s arm cutting reaction, Max Rebo’s band number, and of course the change of the Ewok celebration complete with young Anakin’s ghost made many hardcore fans cringe. Fan have long wanted there to be a Blu-Ray release of the Original Trilogy to be released un-edited. Lucas has always said no as the film with the Special Edition changes are what his vision for Star Wars is.
Thanks to this year’s Star Wars Celebration, fans have become inundated with tons of Stars Wars news! And it’s all been great. Some of that news even included more information regarding the so-called Star Wars Land that is scheduled to open in both United States Disney resorts in 2019. Also making news at this year’s celebration was the possibility of a Star Wars themed luxury hotel that could be located within the newly built Star Wars Land. For more information and a look at some concept art then keep reading after the jump.
For the longest, Star Wars movies have been within the “Skywalker Saga.” This means that they have centered on a member of the Skywalker family as they deal with the forces of good versus evil, the Jedi versus the Sith and other variables. Originally, there was supposed to be 9 films, The Prequel Trilogy, The Original Trilogy, and the trilogy that happened afterward. The saga was shortened to just the Prequel and Original Trilogy under George Lucas’ vision. However, the Bearded One sold Lucasfilm to Disney, and the House of Mouse commissioned to create a brand new trilogy to tell of events after the OT.
There’s more than just a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming out of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. You might have missed this little gem, the deleted animated scene from Clone Wars that explained how Boba Fett’s helmet got that distinctive golf ball sized dent. Wait some of you are saying, Darth Vader dented Fett’s helmet in Enemy of the Empire. Well as you know that is all now considered Star Wars Legends and not canon. This new clip that you can see below was to be the new official version. Check it out below. (more…)
The Star Wars Celebration taking place this weekend has a hell of a lot to cram into just a few short days. On top of its existing legacy spanning decades of fierce fandom, the new movies released in recent years have brought droves of new fans to the franchise. That is now compounded with Disney’s plans to release even more films expanding the Star Wars universe perhaps indefinitely – with fans eager to hear more about the future movies that will build on the new characters they’ve come to love and introduce even more heroes to follow in their adventures in a galaxy far, far away. (more…)
There’s going to be a lot of Star Wars news the next couple of days, and this is one of the first items to come out of this four-day long Star Wars news orgy called Celebration. The event got underway in Orlando this morning, and although the news everyone wants to get is the long-awaited release of the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there’s going to be a lot of smaller news too. To wit, a series of 16 shorts called Star Wars: Forces For Destiny which will give the spotlight to many of the franchise’s female heroes. (more…)