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May the 4th be with you! 10 things worth celebrating about that galaxy far, far away on 'Star Wars Day'

After 35 years, Star Wars casts an ever-growing pop-culture shadow. Though the anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars falls on May 25, devotees of that galaxy far, far away have designated May 4, as in “May the 4th Be With You,” as the official day to party like a drunken Ewok. If you’re a diehard Star Wars fanatic, today would be the day to consider what an impact George Lucas’ space opera has had not only on J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, the guys at Pixar, and even Lady Gaga, but also on science, philosophy, and politics.

A lot of you also probably look at Star Wars as an unfulfilled childhood promise, a franchise that didn’t grow up with you and that’s now creatively dried up. You’ll complain about the prequels, shout down the addition of “Nooooo!” to Darth Vader’s climactic dialogue in Return of the Jedi, and bitch about Slave Leia dancing to “Genie in a Bottle” in Star Wars Kinect. Don’t give in to the Dark Side, guys! Star Wars is alive and well. If you’re willing to look beyond the big screen, and dive deep into Lucasfilm Ltd.’s sprawling treasure trove of Expanded Universe novels, comics, videogames, and one particularly satisfying TV show, this is a franchise that’s thriving. It’s time to stop complaining and start checking out these 10 recent additions to the Star Wars canon that prove it’s still a creative Force. You know your inner Boba Fett-lunchbox-carrying 12-year-old wants to. READ FULL STORY

Buzz Aldrin schools Buzz Lightyear in space travel -- VIDEO

In March, a Buzz Lightyear toy that spent almost a year and a half orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station was formally inducted into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. But that’s not the coolest part.

Before Buzz Lightyear the action figure, there was Buzz Aldrin the astronaut, who gave his Toy Story namesake a thorough crash course in preparation for the toy’s 2008 mission to space. In a clip that io9 dug up from 2010 (we call it charmingly vintage), watch Aldrin put Lightyear through a battery of tests, including a fitness assessment that looks remarkably like my own experience on the treadmill: READ FULL STORY

Rejoice! Stephen Hawking's 'Big Bang Theory' cameo has landed -- VIDEO

Anticipation has been building in all of geekdom since The Big Bang Theory producers announced in March that nerd icon Stephen Hawking would make a cameo. Well, geeks and FOGs (friends of geeks), after last week’s heart-fluttering Leonard Nimoy voice cameo, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) stepped it up last night, actually meeting his hero Hawking. It was all going really well, until… Watch below. READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' tourism: See District 12 -- and the Arena -- in the flesh

Nobody in Panem really wants to be in District 12 — not even those unfortunate enough to call it home. From its ramshackle houses to the Little House on the Prairie-style garb its people wear, Katniss Everdeen’s birthplace is bleak, gray, and depressingly old-fashioned. In fact, the only less desirable location in Panem might be the arena where the Hunger Games themselves are held.

Then again, Hunger Games super-fans don’t exactly see things that way. According to People, droves of them are flocking to North Carolina so that they can visit locations seen in the blockbuster film — and imagine themselves as citizens of Panem. READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher secures Steve Wozniak's blessing to play Steve Jobs

Regardless of what the public thinks, Ashton Kutcher has a stamp of approval to portray late Apple founder Steve Jobs from at least one inside source. According to TMZ, Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner in founding the computer dynasty, is A-OK with the casting news.

“The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now,” said Wozniak, “but I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s on board. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.”

The indie biopic, from Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern, goes simply by the name Jobs and will reportedly follow the tech impresario’s transition “from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple.” It’s set to begin filming next month. READ FULL STORY

'Entertainment Geekly': EW's geek podcast tackles 'Game of Thrones,' 'Saga,' and 'The Hunger Games'

On this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly — our new podcast devoted to all things science fiction, fantasy, and generally weird in an awesome way — Jeff Jensen and I tackle a couple of fantasy-themed projects, including the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the debut of Brian K. Vaughan’s new comic series, Saga.

There’s also a brief tangent on the release of the hotly unanticipated remake-sequel Wrath of the Titans, followed by a lengthy conversation about The Hunger Games. Having not read the books, Jeff enjoyed the movie and thinks it could be a game changer for Hollywood. I was a fan of the books — and a wanna-be philosophy major — so I think the film missed the whole point Suzanne Collins was trying to make. Bloodshed ensues. Actually, no, we just talk out our differences. Clearly, Jeff and I both play Paragon in Mass Effect, and if you understand what that means, you’re a total nerd and my soulmate. Listen below! READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory': How do you solve a problem like Raj Koothrappali?

I would love to be spending this time celebrating Leonard Nimoy’s fabulous guest spot on last night’s The Big Bang Theory. With Nimoy retired from on-camera acting, it was an inspired decision to have him play the voice of Sheldon’s Spock action figure, helping his owner through the thorny moral dilemma of whether to play with a vintage Star Trek toy, and what to do after Sheldon (Jim Parsons) does play with it — and it breaks. Placing Spock in various pensive and expressive poses as he guided and scolded Sheldon had me giggling throughout the episode. Better yet, there’s no reason why Spock-as-Sheldon’s-conscience can’t show up again at some point down the road.

Alas, what could have been one of the best Big Bangs of the season was marred by the episode’s other plotline: The increasingly woebegone romantic tribulations of Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' propaganda posters: Panem wants YOU!

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Panem’s Capitol is a futuristic nightmare filled with garish colors, slick death traps, and genetically engineered monsters that sport the hungry eyes of murdered children. (Suzanne Collins certainly knows how to paint a picture.) The rest of the post-apocalyptic Hunger Games world, though, is weirdly retro. District 3 may be devoted to creating electric doodads, but Katniss Everdeen’s home base of District 12 might as well be trapped in the 1930s. Several reviewers even noted that in Gary Ross’s film adaptation, the area looked like it emerged fully formed from a Dorothea Lange photo.

It makes sense, then, that Panem would embrace an old-fashioned aesthetic in its hypothetical propaganda posters. CollegeHumor staffers Caldwell Tanner and Nathan Yaffe — much like this Cafe Press artist — took that idea and ran with it, creating a series of Capitol-approved banners that cheekily promote President Snow’s agenda. Take a look at our three favorites below — then head to College Humor to see the rest of the set.

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Public service announcement: It's time to cram for the 'Jeopardy!' online test

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Want to test your game show know-how? Okay, hotshot. Here’s your first clue: “Taking this 10-minute quiz is the first step toward becoming a Jeopardy! contestant.”

If you answered “What is the Jeopardy! Online Test?” you might just be ready to trade erudite quips with Alex Trebek. But before you can snag a spot in Trebek’s Culver City studio, you’ll have to conquer the test itself — a 50-clue ordeal that’ll assess your knowledge of history, geography, culture, and jabs named after animals. (Rabbit punch! Rabbit punch!)

The quiz, which is administered a few times each year, will next be given tonight at 9pm Eastern Time. Registration is open until 8:30 p.m. ET, though the test makers suggest registering sooner rather than later. Those who garner a high enough score will be invited to an in-person audition in one of nine cities. There they’ll be tasked with charming Jeopardy! producers while playing a mock version of the game with other wanna-be Ken Jenningses. (Full disclosure: I made it to round two in 2008. I didn’t get on the show, but I did get a really nifty Jeopardy! pen.)

So how should you prepare for this potentially life-altering occasion? First, make sure you register for the thing. Then check out our list of suggestions below: READ FULL STORY

'Entertainment Geekly': A fan and a newbie talk about 'The Hunger Games' on EW's new podcast

The Hunger Games is indisputably the first big movie of 2012. Based on the beloved, bleak YA novel by Suzanne Collins — which led into even bleaker, somewhat less beloved sequels — the film has already earned $19.2 million at the midnight box office, a record for a non-sequel. But what, exactly, does the film’s success mean? What is it about Collins’ book that is so captivating in our modern age — and does the movie have the same power?

That’s the main subject of the first episode of our new weekly podcast, Entertainment Geekly, local geek guru Jeff “Doc” Jensen and I will be chatting obsessively about all things geek. Other topics today include tonight’s thrilling episode of Fringe, the much-loathed conclusion to the Mass Effect videogame franchise, and the teaser for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. We hope you enjoy listening! READ FULL STORY

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