Who’s ready to have their mind blown this Sunday morn?
While sticking to the vaguest of vagaries that ever done vagued (I definitely made one of those words up), Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest claims to have an EXCLUSIVE (WORLD STAR!) plot outline of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Purposefully keeping it hazy as hell (the spoilerphobes thank you, Mr. Faraci), Devin described the basic set-up while still leaving much to the potential viewer’s imagination. (more…)
And you thought the announcement of the cast for Star Wars Episode VII would end the rumor mongering. Silly reader, if anything it’s more intense than ever, and as we inch closer to the beginning of principal photography, expect rumor collecting to go up, not down. So in that spirit, we’ve got some new rumors to discuss today, including some refining on just who Adam Driver might be playing in the film, and the details of the movie’s first big location shoot in Abu Dhabi. (more…)
As Biggie once rapped: “I’m going, going, back, back to Tati, Tati…”
OK, so that joke didn’t entirely work (or work at all), but new rumors swirling about JJ Abrams’ choices for location shooting on the new Star Wars suggest that we might be headed back to the home world of Luke Skywalker.
It’s hard to believe that there’s still a standing set from the original Star Wars film shoot in 1976, but if you go out into the Tunisian desert you’ll find it: the Lars homestead; home of Luke Syywalker before Imperial Stormtroopers killed Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru and ransacked the place while he was out.
To this day, you can still head out to the corner of the middle and nowhere and see the still standing Lars homestead. Just like Mark Cox, a 35-year-old insurance worker from southeast England, did in 2010 when he married his wife Sarah there. But while the couple was in Tunisia, they noticed that the old Lars homestead was, what you might call, a fixer-upper, and they decided they would. Fixer-up that is.
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Mark Cox. “But it was so humbling that people had trusted us with the money to do the work, and that they so wanted to help us.”
That money was the some $11,700 from 400 donors that Mark and Sarah raised through a Facebook page for two years. Their original plan was to go to Tunisia with a crew of six to repair and restore the old set last year, but their plans were postponed a year because of Arab Spring unrest in the country. The homesteaders were finally able to make the trip earlier this year and they got down to business.
“It’s just captivating – there’s nothing there,” Cox said. “It really feels like you are actually there in the film, and when you watch the sun set it is amazing.”
If any of this sounds intriguing, Cox says that their efforts were filmed for a possible documentary, and he himself is also thinking about penning a book about his experience. Profits from both endeavours will be fed back into the ongoing efforts to preserve the Star Wars set.
“Now that we’ve done the work, we hope people will be able to go there and have those memories again,” Cox said. “It’s been my moment of fame, and I’ve had so many messages of thanks since I got back.”
Star Tours is reopening soon at both Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and we’ve learned of the dazzling locations offered. Already known were Tatooine, where you could take in a podrace, as well as the hub of the galaxy, Coruscant. Disney has announced four more locations: Naboo, Kashyyyk, Geonosis and Hoth.
There will be a surprise visit to the Death Star from time to time; apparently it’s orbiting Geonosis. In addition to the new locales, passengers will be departing from a new fancy Spaceport made just for the new Star Tours. There are 50 different adventures where your voyage could take you, so what’s stopping you from booking your Disney vacation?!
It’s been a long, hard winter and a trip to the happiest place on Earth in a galaxy far, far away sounds amazing.
Mos Eisley Cantina Bartender
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Wuher is a Tatooine native who spent most of his time trying to concoct the perfect drink that would please Jabba and bring him wealth and fame. (For a complete description, check out his Wookieepedia page)
But what happened to Wuher after Jabba’s demise? What’s a man to do when he’s stuck in a dead-end job, dreams shattered? Rumor (that I made up just now) has it, immediately following Jabba’s death, Wuher attempted to sell his potion to the Desilijics, Jabba’s Hutt clan. He was unsuccessful in his plight, and they captured and humiliated the bartender. After being enslaved for several months, and forced to clean Hutt restrooms and mop the floors of Hutt strip club Champagne rooms, Wuher was finally able to escape. Chalmun, the Wookiee who owned the Cantina, was unsympathetic of Wuher’s fate and due to his affiliations with the Hutts was determined to recapture him to stay in their good graces. After a few near misses with Chalmun on his tail, Wuher decided to leave Tatooine for good, and hitched a ride to Coruscant. After working some odd jobs for the Imperial Security Bureau, Wuher had saved up enough cash to buy some camera equipment, and recruited different races for his new entrepreneurial enterprise: inter-species pornography. As it turns out, most people are repulsed by the thought of Ewoks and Gamorreans having intercourse, but it gained enough of a following for a website with weekly live webcam shows. It supplied enough money for Wuher to stop working for the Empire and work full-time from home. He’s popular now in the underground fetish scene, and his Twitter page has about 12,000 followers.
Have you ever thought about the two sunned planet Tatooine, when not watching Star Wars? Me neither. But I have come to the conclusion that no matter what happens, living a normal suburban life just isn’t possible. And the urban living? Great Odin’s Raven!! I’ve never seen a more wretched hive of scum and villainy…Makes the South Central projects look like Disneyworld…Or so Menace 2 Society would leave me to believe.
So what if? What if you have a smokin’ hot Padme’, or a Twi’Lek with Tig old Biddies in a mesh top wanting a romantic picnic on the Dune Sea? Well you would need to be prepared like a boy scout. Just from what I’ve seen on film, I’ve compiled a small list of necessary necessities not necessarily needed but not unneeded, nonetheless. (more…)