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'Star Wars 1313' exclusive: Enter the underworld

Earlier today we reported on the newly announced Star Wars 1313, a new game from LucasArts that promises to take gamers into the criminal underworld of the galaxy far far away. In this case, the “criminal underworld” is a literal one: “1313” refers to Level 1313, a subterranean city beneath Coruscant’s glittering spires. EW has obtained an exclusive piece of concept art for the game which takes you right into that underworld. Check out this nifty shot of a portal going down, down, down into Coruscant. Dante-esque, right? (Click on the image for a closer look.) READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars 1313': LucasArts announces 'mature' bounty hunter adventure game

LucasArts announced an intriguing new update to the Star Wars mythos this morning. Star Wars 1313 is a videogame set on Level 1313, a subterranean section of Coruscant that is the home of the criminal underworld — the polar opposite of the glittering skyscrapers on the surface. (So, Space New Jersey.) In a press release, LucasArts said that gamers will play as “a lethal bounty hunter” — which does not quite confirm our own Star Wars expert Christian Blauvelt’s theory that this is a Boba Fett game, but it doesn’t disprove that theory, either. READ FULL STORY

Han-believable! Cast yourself in carbonite during Disney World's 'Star Wars' Weekends

For some, Disney World’s newest souvenir is just another pricey geek trinket, but for others, it’s a lifelong dream made real. As part of its Star Wars Weekends events in the springtime, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (one of four parks that make up Disney World) has announced plans for its new Carbon-Freeze Me experience, which allows Star Wars fans to freeze a likeness of themselves into a 3-D eight-inch figurine a la Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VThe Empire Strikes Back. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars 1313' URL buy-up spurs hopes about Boba Fett movie, but Lucasfilm won't say 'at this time.' What could it be?

Star Wars fans have been abuzz this week about a potentially big new mystery project in the works dealing with that galaxy far, far away.

It all started when tech site Fusible reported that Lucasfilm had registered Internet domains based on permutations of “Star Wars 1313.”  That may not seem revealing in and of itself, but fans first got whiff of a traveling museum exhibit called Star Wars: Identities when Lucasfilm registered that particular domain. Then on May 1, Lucasfilm filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the name “Star Wars 1313″ and declared that it would relate to everything from “online social networking services” to “toy action figures” to “compact discs and DVDs featuring games, films, animation, music, computer game software, and video game software.”

That’s pretty comprehensive, and, well, pretty vague. One thing is certain, though. Lucasfilm isn’t yet ready to reveal what this project is just yet. When asked for comment, a rep for the company said, “We have no announcements at this time.” That hasn’t stopped fans from wildly speculating about what this means for Star Wars‘ future, particularly as it relates to a certain beloved Mandalorian bounty hunter. We share some of our theories about what it could be after the jump: READ FULL STORY

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

We celebrate May Day with five of our favorite May-centric pop culture references

How best to celebrate the arrival of the fifth month, PopWatchers? Lacking a May pole in EW’s office, I decided to turn to pop culture. Though I considered expanding the net to include non-traditional picks like bunkin’ cousin Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development and Ghost‘s Oda Mae Brown (“Molly, you in danger, girl!”), there was plenty of May love to go around without getting Fünke with it. Below, five of my favorite May touchstones. READ FULL STORY

'Kinect Star Wars' features Slave Leia dancing to Christina Aguilera. Awful? Incredible? The end of pop culture?

So Lando Calrissian is throwing one of his famous dance parties in the carbonite sewers of Cloud City, which I guess is the rough equivalent of a rich Manhattan socialite hosting a chicly unchic party in outer Brooklyn. Stormtroopers are dancing. My boy Lobot is spinning the discs. “Cloud City’s always lookin’ for new talent,” says Calrissian, who is a club promoter in his spare time. “You think you have what it takes?” At that point, Han Solo emerges from the carbonite container and starts dancing. And the song he’s dancing to is called “I’m Han Solo,” a reinterpretation of Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo,” which sampled the Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” which sampled an orchestral recording of the Rolling Stones’ “One Last Time.” While Han Solo is dancing — his moves include “The Trash Compactor,” the “Not a Scratch,” and the “Falcon in Flight” — here are the lyrics that fake Derulo (or maybe real Derulo?) sings:

I’m pickin’ up my blaster
Put it on my side,
I’m jumpin’ in my Falcon
Wookiee at my side
I’m Solo, Han Solo
I’m Han Solo
I’m Han Solo, Solo.

And then, just when you think this fever dream cannot possibly become more insane, Lando Calrissian decides to show up Solo by dancing to the same song…while wearing a cape. READ FULL STORY

Yoda, World's Ugliest Dog, Becomes One With the Force, Dies at Age 15


Last June, when Yoda, a 15-year-old, 1.8-pound Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix, won the 23rd Annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest, dog owners everywhere thought to themselves, “When 15-years-old my pooch reaches, look as bad she will not.” The time for such Star Wars-related puns is sadly over because Yoda’s hometown newspaper reports that the mutt died in her sleep Saturday.

When Hanford, Calif., resident Terry Schumacher first saw her pet, abandoned behind an apartment building, she thought the scruffy little dog was a rat. Yoda’s blotchy coat, bald patches, crooked teeth, and raggedy ears, made her look like a swamp creature from Dagobah begging to be voiced by Frank Oz. So she was a shoo-in to win the $1,000 Grand Prize as the World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., last summer. Contest producer Vicki DeArmon says that Yoda will retain the title until a new Ugliest Dog can be crowned this June.

May the Force be with Yoda and her family.

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Take this job and shove it: Former Goldman Sachs exec Greg Smith joins all-time quitters

“I quit!” Are there any two words more fantasized about in the English language? (Wait, don’t answer that.) While most people only daydream about making a dramatic exit at their job, executive Greg Smith made it a headline-grabbing reality when he told his bosses, The New York Times, and the world “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.”

In his unflinching and brutally honest op-ed piece, Smith, who had been with the company for over a decade, explained that “the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it,” and continued: “The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.” Smith, who lamented that “I knew it was time to leave when I realized I could no longer look students in the eye and tell them what a great place this was to work,” also revealed that Goldman Sachs would sometimes refer to some of their clients as “muppets.”

Prepare to get Mauled: Chat live with 'Clone Wars' director Dave Filoni tonight about Darth Maul's return

Heeee’s baaaack! Darth Maul, the horned, tattooed Sith Lord who Obi-Wan Kenobi cut in half at the end of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace returns to that galaxy far, far away in “Brothers,” the first part of The Clone Wars‘ season 4 finale airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on Cartoon Network. But starting a whole half-hour earlier, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni will take your questions about resurrecting Maul, talk about what lies ahead for season 5, and add his running commentary to the episode as it airs live.

Turns out, being cut in half doesn’t have to be a fatal injury if you have the dark side of the Force on your side (see also: Darth Vader’s swan dive into a river of lava). Or if you’re George Lucas and realize with hindsight that killing off the prequel trilogy’s coolest villain at the end of Episode I was a big mistake. (Insert your “That’s no moon, that’s the size of your missed storytelling opportunity!” jokes here.) Filoni even tells EW that “We created Savage Opress in season 3 because of the lack of Darth Maul.” READ FULL STORY

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