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  • Black Milk Star Wars: Fan Fashion

    I grew up in the ’80s. I’ll never forget when I was a kid, going down to the store with my loose change to get the latest bubble gum cards from my favorite movie — Return of the Jedi. I would spend hours pouring over all the classic cards in my collection, looking at all my favorite characters. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “Han Solo.” As it turned out, when I grew up I didn’t become a galactic smuggler — I became a fashion designer.

  • Speculation Season Starts: Let the Sequel Trilogy Rumors Begin!

    Did you hear? They’re going to do a digital model of Bea Arthur from the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special and make her a bartender in Episode VII! Did you know? The next Star Wars trilogy was actually fully plotted out in 1966 before George Lucas even graduated from the University of Southern California! Do you believe it? In Episode IX, Princess Leia and Han Solo finally get married after previous multiple marriages to other beings, and the combined families of 27 children and 36 grandchildren live with them in a crowded tree house on Endor! Ahem. What do Star […]

  • Star Wars Thanksgiving Weekend Deals and Coupon Codes

    For those hoping to save on Star Wars merchandise this Black Friday, Thanksgiving weekend, and Cyber Monday, you’re in luck. There will be sales and savings on almost everything Star Wars-related, from comics to toys, and has compiled a guide to some of the best discounts available. Check out the list below and consider your search over: These are the deals you’re looking for.

  • Star Wars Meets Ink Master

    Watching the Star Wars trilogy was one of the defining moments in my childhood. Up until that point, I had been raised in a strict, religious household: no TV, no secular friends. I identified with Luke — no control over his life, wanting to escape, trying to make a difference in the world (or universe). With Star Wars, I became caught up in the music, the imagery, in the possibility of other worlds and space! I fell in love with all the characters and their struggle against the Empire, and even when all hope seemed lost, they kept going and […]

  • A Padawan’s Journey…All Roads Lead Back To Disney!

    One could say that I “grew up Disney.” My Dad started working for Disney when I was two years old and my earliest childhood memories revolve around Disney. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, with a parent that was a Disney “cast member” definitely had its perks. I got to go to the Disney parks all the time for free, I got in to advance screenings for Disney movies, my summer camps were at the Disney resorts, and I had special opportunities like going to live tapings of The Mickey Mouse Club. I bring this up because Disney was and always […]

  • The Cinema Behind Star Wars : Notorious

    Back in Season Two of The Clone Wars, there was a fantastic episode named “Senate Spy.” It told a story of intrigue among Senators when the Jedi Council asks Padmé to spy on a fellow senator (and former lover) who is working with the Separatists. To spy on him, she’ll need to rekindle their relationship. And they assign Anakin as her liaison. If the story sounds familiar, it’s because it shares the same rough story as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 masterpiece, Notorious, starring Cary Grant (as Devlin, the liaison) and Ingrid Bergman (as Alicia, the reluctant spy). While this movie might […]

  • How Star Wars  Inspires Real Scientists and Engineers

    Let me give you a little bit of a background on myself: My name is Holly Griffith and I’m from southern Louisiana. For seven-and-a-half years I was a flight controller for the Space Shuttle’s Electrical Power System. Once Shuttle ended I transferred over to work on the International Space Station doing maintenance and mechanisms. I recently did a panel at Celebration VI with Dennis Bonilla from NASA HQ and Eric Geller of Two other JSC colleagues were there as well and we had a packed house! The panel was Science and Science Fiction and how the two influence each […]

  • World Space Week: When Star Wars Meets Reality

    (Photo credit:official WSW website) Last Thursday, scientists and space geeks all over our little blue-and-green speck began observing World Space Week, “an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.” The Star Wars saga opened our imaginations to the possibility of life on exotic and fascinating planets and galactic conflicts utilizing incredible technologies. Since 1977, many of humanity’s accomplishments in space have been measured against the galaxy far, far away. While we still don’t have hyperspace travel, lightsabers, or proton torpedoes, we have been learning more and more about the universe we […]

  • Happy World Space Week: Life Imitates Star Wars

    I felt like I was sitting in the Imperial Senate. Kofi Annan stepped up to the podium at the United Nations with a planetary orbits logo behind him surrounded by the U.N. Olive Branches and addressed the national delegations about the importance of space exploration. The delegations sat behind their country’s nameplates, in traditional dress, some with headphones offering translations into other languages.

  • The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Hidden Fortress

    As someone who has made films and written stories, it’s almost impossible for me to completely contain the influences of the cinematic art I consume. Some might shy away of such influence and homage, worried too much about words like “originality,” but others have embraced those influences and created truly breathtaking works of art. When I was young, I always thought Star Wars was created in a vacuum. Something so impressive had to be completely new, fresh, and original, right? I had no idea about the long history of films that helped shape it into what it became as it […]

  • How sweet it is! Being in the right place at the right time can sometimes pay BIG dividends!

    There are a bunch of people who assume that I’ve built my collection over the years through the generosity of Lucasfilm or licensees. “You mean they don’t automatically send you one of everything?” Nope. I go out hunting at retail or online and pay full price for nearly everything. Oh, now and then over the years a licensee that I’ve built a strong relationship with or helped with some project will be very kind and send me product or give me a healthy discount. I appreciate that a lot, because being a collector who likes nearly everything produced worldwide doesn’t […]

  • Facing Off in the Star Wars Cantina

    I have been a fan of Star Wars since the beginning, so this challenge was very exciting for me for numerous reasons. First and foremost, it was a Star Wars challenge! It was also the first challenge of the competition. As we were standing there as a group I remember thinking to myself “Not only did I make it on Face Off, but our first spotlight challenge is creating a Star Wars inspired alien? Wow! How many people would love to be in my place right now?” What made it the most exciting for me though, was that in some […]

  • Creating a Star Wars Creature on Face Off

    When Roy and I were asked to write a guest blog to be featured on, we were given the option to write it together or on our own. We decided to write something up on our own, then e-mail it to each other and see what we could come up with together. Well, Roy just e-mailed me his draft, and it cracked me up because we both basically said the same thing about our experience working with each other. It’s that synchronicity that worked so well for us as a team.

  • Private: Star Wars Shoutout in “California Dorks”

    Katy Perry may have a hit song called “California Gurls,” but it’s Skyway Flyer’s parody “California Dorks” that we can’t help singing along to with full geek cred. Check out this awesome video singing the praises of West Coast geek guys everywhere complete with references to Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, Disney, Lost and more. WATCH VIDEO: “California Dorks” by Skyway Flyer (Parody of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”) Read the lyrics below…

  • Private: Will Your Next Doctor be a Robot?

    When you’re injured in Star Wars there’s always a medical droid not to far away to help. Now it looks like medical robots could be a reality for our planet’s hospitals! Meet InTouch Health’s telemedicine robot RP-7! RP-7 recently caught the eyes of visitors at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham. It was part of the Robot Rumble event Saturday. In real medical life, the RP-7 is already helping bring expert neurological advice to three small community hospitals in North Carolina. Neurologist Dr. Charles Tegeler operates the robots from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in […]

  • Private: Father/Son Lightsaber Battle in Heavy Rain?

    It’s always interesting to see Star Wars references pop up in different video games, so when we found out about this lightsaber bonding moment between a father and son in the game Heavy Rain we couldn’t help but smile. reports: Your reaction to the opening hour of psycho-thriller Heavy Rain will put you firmly in one of two camps: it was either poignant and sentimental, or an onerous slog that couldn’t end soon enough. The only sure way we know to remedy such divisiveness is comedy. Case in point, the adding of lightsaber sound effects to an otherwise schmaltzy […]

  • Private: New York Mag Calls Vader Toaster Low Brow AND Brilliant

    I’ve been an avid reader of New York magazine for years. It’s part of my Sunday morning ritual to grab a cup of tea and read New York magazine from cover to cover. The magazine features entertaining profiles of characters who could have sauntered into anything from a Woody Allen film to a ripped-from-the-headlines Law & Order episode. (Remember the tourist who got lost on the New York subways for like 3 days before she was found?!) I like to pretend I understand all the Park Slope inside jokes. I laugh at the food critic’s reviews of restaurants that charge […]

  • Private: Lucasfilm Artifact: Defenders of Dynatron City

    We’re now just a few short days away from the triumphant return of the The Clone Wars to television as Season Two launches this Friday on the Cartoon Network. But let’s turn the calendar back about 15 years and look at an animated venture that didn’t have the legs to last. We’re not talking Droids or Ewoks, which enjoyed a fair amount of success in the mid-1980s. We’re talking about an artifact largely forgotten from Lucas-lore: a tongue-in-cheek superhero show called The Defenders of Dynatron City.

  • Private: Jabba in Top 10 Hermaphrodite List

    A loathsome slug of a gangster, Jabba the Hutt was the preeminent kingpin of crime in the Outer Rim Territories. But did you also know he’s a hermaphrodite? In Star Wars, fictional alien race The Hutts are a hermaphrodite species. The most famous of the Hutts, is of course, Jabba who captures and enslaves Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi. Read the full article here: Top 10 hermaphrodite facts and famous hermaphrodites (via The Mirror)

  • Private: Kid Cudi Influenced by Star Wars

    For his new album — Man on the Moon: The End of the Day — hit rapper Kid Cudi commissioned sci-fi influenced art for his album cover. Entertainment Weekly reports: “I was thinking Star Wars, Blade Runner and Tron. The album is like a dream; I’m on a whole other world by myself.”

  • Private: Celebs’ Kids Show Off Star Wars Pride

    (Reese Witherspoon’s son has Star Wars fashion sense) Kids are kids no matter how famous their parents might be. We’ve reported before about Heroes star Adrian Pasdar’s son who wore a Star Wars shirt at the Star Trek movie premiere. Now it looks actress Reese Witherspoon’s son Deacon is happily showing off his love for LEGO Star Wars game by wearing this fun t-shirt.

  • Private: Megan Fox: Star Wars Fan Wallpaper

    Wearing a Star Wars T-shirt is always in fashion, but when one of Hollywood’s hottest stars shows off her geek cred by wearing a Star Wars shirt, that’s even better. This image of Transformers star Megan Fox made the rounds already, but one fan decided to make it into a wallpaper image worthy of any computer screen. Check out these Megan Fox: Star Wars Fan wallpapers here: (via 1024×760 1280×1024 1600×1200 1280×800 1152×864 1440×900

  • Private: Real Soldiers Love Their Robot Brethren

    Looks like the Jedi and clone troopers aren’t the only ones who bond their robot sidekicks. Real soldiers show attachment towards their metal buddies who help them out of tough situations and who often save their lives, just like R2-D2 did for Anakin and Luke Skywalker. According to Peter Singer, a leading defense analyst at the Brookings Institution and author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century: “One of the psychologically interesting things is that these systems aren’t designed to promote intimacy, and yet we’re seeing these bonds being built with them.” Singer discovered […]

  • Private: I Wanna Be Your Sith Lord? Sci-Fi Disco!

    What is it about sci-fi and disco/techno that make them go so well together? In this 1981 video to “I Wanna Be Your Lover (Discoring)” by Italian disco sensation La Bionda — brothers Carmelo and Michelangelo play dueling keyboards while wearing matching glowy white outfits. However, the real gem of this video is the animated film playing in the background featuring the brothers battling flying space cats and a certain villian who looks like a giant robotic Darth Vader wielding a lightsaber — all so they can catch the eye of a ghostly lady in white. Plus, the song is […]

  • Private: Archaeologists Evaluate Indiana Jones DVD

    We already know Indiana Jones is fiction, but that doesn’t stop scientists, historians, and archaeologists from reminding us how much of it indeed is outside of the bounds of reality and how much of the plot is based on historical elements. Times Online gathers a panel of archaeologists and other experts — many of whom chose their profession after seeing the Indiana Jones films as children — to watch the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull DVD to comment on all the fictional elements just in case some of us “believe.” EXCERPT: 21:19 min The Russians accuse […]

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