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The Force is with 'The Empire Strikes Back Uncut,' a new fan remake -- VIDEO

Not so long ago, on an Internet not too far away — in fact, it’s right there, in front of your face — a 20-something computer programmer named Casey Pugh stitched together a Star Wars remake created entirely by fans. He divided the movie into 473 15-second segments, then asked volunteer filmmakers to reshoot any three segments. As EW wrote in 2011, the resulting film is “a giddy mosaic of crude — and some not-so-crude — animation, dads dressed as aluminum-foil droids, family dogs standing in for Chewbacca, and one Michael Bay-style orgy of explosions starring a badass C-3PO driving a stick-shift muscle car.”

And now Pugh’s working on the inevitable sequel: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a film that promises to incorporate “kid actors…animated Dagobahs…[and] some of the most inventive props we’ve seen.” Though you’ll find a teaser trailer for the follow-up below, the movie isn’t quite done yet; you can still claim a piece of the puzzle by visiting Uncut‘s website before May 1. (What, May the Fourth seemed too on-the-nose?) May the Force be with you, young Lucas wannabes!

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'Star Wars' meets 'Faster, Pussycat!' in revamped action figures commissioned by Patton Oswalt

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Ah, so this is why neologists invented the word “geekgasm.” Action figure customizer Jamie Follis — known online as “Sillof” — has won legions of fans for his creative reimaginings of toys, which have cast the Avengers as Victorian-era heroes and the Justice League as steampunk creations.

Among those fans is comedian/geek hero Patton Oswalt, who partially based his character in Young Adult on Follis. After years of admiring his work, Oswalt recently gave Follis a new challenge: Transform the denizens of Star Wars into characters inspired by the works of pulp-master Russ Meyer, the director behind buxom ’60s campfests like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! There was just one additional catch — since Meyer’s films were nearly all female-centric, Oswalt wanted the characters to be gender-flipped as well.

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At least Craigslist's 'Game of Thrones' fetishist didn't pay $30K for an Iron Throne replica

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a fervent Song of Ice and Fire fan who yearns to fulfill an elaborate sexual fantasy based around your Iron Throne replica. Well, at least until you post a public Craigslist ad saying as much.

The Seven Kingdoms were abuzz yesterday when a sexually-charged, Game of Thrones-referencing personal ad began circulating around the Internet. The listing, originally posted on New Orleans’s Casual Encounters Craigslist board, was supposedly written by a 25-year-old woman who’s looking for a “Stark in the streets but a wildling in the sheets” to get bizzay in costume with her. It’s such a poetic masterpiece that you might as well just read the entire thing:

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'Star Trek' phaser sells for $231,000 at auction

Never underestimate the power of geeks with high credit limits.

CNN reports that a phaser rifle used by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek sold for a whopping $231,000 at this year’s Hollywood Legends auction — and that’s in modern-day currency, not inflated future dollars. The one-of-a-kind fake weapon was designed for Star Trek‘s second pilot. Auctioneers expected it to go for about $50,000. Instead, somebody forked over enough money to buy a three-story, four-bedroom house in Pittsburgh for the toy.

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Geeky tearjerker story of the day, courtesy of Wil Wheaton

If there was any doubt that the toolish Wil Wheaton character on The Big Bang Theory is a very fictionalized version of  the real Wil Wheaton, well, read on, and that doubt won’t last much longer than anyone caught in the path of a phaser set to kill.

On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper ranks Wil Wheaton as his sixth all-time enemy — his contempt for the Star Trek: The Next Generation actor dates back to a 1995 convention that Sheldon traveled to via 10-hour bus ride to meet his childhood hero, only to discover upon arrival that Wil Wheaton hadn’t shown up.

The real-life Wheaton wrote a post on his Facebook page Tuesday about a full weekend of meeting fans that was decidedly different from Sheldon’s no-show story. The post starts out as a rather familiar and typical story about the joy a life-long geek-turned-famous finds in paying it forward at conventions, meeting fans who stand in line for hours to get his autograph and to share their appreciation for his work, much as he did at conventions growing up. Wheaton explains that last weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla., he met “dozens of people who told me that they were scientists, engineers, doctors, or programmers because they were inspired by Wesley Crusher.”

But his story turns worthy of a PopWatch post with the word “tearjerker” in the headline when Wheaton begins to recount one meeting with a fan “that stands out, that moved me so much, I’ve been struggling to find the right words to recount it.” He ends the post — about meeting a fan who recovered from illness and years later was well enough to come to his signing– by saying “I’m still overwhelmed when I think about what that means, and how I was part of it.” PopWatchers, grab a box of tissues and read an excerpt from his story below, then click over to Wheaton’s Facebook page for the full recounting: READ FULL STORY

Ian McKellen to officiate Patrick Stewart's wedding

Fanfic writers, your dreams are coming true: Magneto is marrying Professor X.

Okay, not exactly. But the actors who play the iconic X-Men characters do have some wedding plans lined up: Sir Ian McKellen will officiate at the upcoming wedding of Sir Patrick Stewart and his fiancée, 35-year-old jazz singer Sunny Ozell.

When the topic of X-Men: Days of Future Past came up during McKellen’s appearance on U.K. program The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend, the English actor announced, “I’m going to marry Patrick,” provoking some fits of laughter from the audience before he clarified, “How else do you put that? I’m going to officiate at his wedding.” READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' poster project tackles runaway asteroids, Cold War anxiety, T-shirts -- EXCLUSIVE

Artist Juan Ortiz continues to produce compelling reasons for the most ardent Star Trek fans to convert their basements or garages into home art galleries: His ongoing project to create movie posters — done in a style that evokes mid-century sci-fi novels and vintage geek pulp — for every single episode of Star Trek: The Original Series continues.

This week, CBS Studios and Quantum Mechanix are releasing four more prints, including Ortiz’s take on an episode with a title that’s just marvelous mouthful: “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.” READ FULL STORY

Even President Obama is no match for the amazing Spider-Man -- PHOTO

Need more proof that Barack Obama is America’s Cool Dad? Look no further than this photograph, which pictures the Commander-in-Chief getting caught in an imaginary web tossed by a pint-sized Spider-Man — a.k.a. a White House staffer’s son. There’s a lot of good stuff in Time‘s Person of the Year package about Obama, but this photo is probably the piece that will get shared the most — it’s already been liked 13,000 times on Facebook and tweeted nearly 3,000 times. You win again, Spider-Man!

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'The Big Bang Theory' react: The gang plays Christmas-themed Dungeons & Dragons

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On the twelfth day before Christmas, the universe sent to me a Rajtastic episode of The Big Bang Theory.

After a string of storylines centered around the BBT lovebirds in which Raj was reduced to the role of cast jester, our favorite astrophysicist returned with a bang tonight. While the boys played up the geek stereotype while simultaneously playing Dungeons & Dragons, Koothrappali joined the gals, who were reaffirming some stereotypes of their own by sporting scant apparel, for a girls night out. Southern California — where women can dress down all four seasons of the year. This Christmas-themed episode was no “Bath Item Gift Hypothesis,” but it was hilarious and heartfelt, nonetheless. READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory' react: Sheldon and Amy get kinky

On the heels of last week’s nude fest, tonight’s episode of The Big Bang Theory was pretty kinky.

We opened with an insightful conversation about Spider-Man‘s theme song, begging the question, can Spider-Man really do whatever a spider can? The boys part ways before Raj’s film festival on movies that kill their franchises. Howard goes to Bernadette’s parents’ house for dinner and Sheldon heads to Amy’s apartment to accompany her to a colleague’s memorial service. READ FULL STORY

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