Now that you’ve gotten over your initial excitement after hearing about the new Star Wars movie coming in 2015, it’s time to settle in for an exciting year of online rumormongering, as every piece of Star Wars-related gossip overheard on the streets of Los Angeles gains volume via the great Internet echo chamber. Collider got things off to a running start yesterday with a surprising claim: Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men: First Class, is currently in talks to helm Star Wars: Episode VII. As far as rumors go, this one vibes with semi-possibility. Vaughn just departed the next X-Men prequel-sequel after over a year of development; maybe he knew the Star Wars deal was on the horizon. And although Vaughn has directed a couple successful movies, at this point, he’s a geek-friendly journeyman: Leading a storied franchise into a new generation could turn him into a directing megastar. (See also: Whedon, Abrams, Nolan.) READ FULL STORY
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In what surely amounts to the most important piece of Star Wars-related news you’ll read this news cycle, Rovio will release a Jedi-powered iteration of its ferocious fowl franchise, Angry Birds Star Wars, this Thursday — thereby completing the plan George Lucas wrote down on a cocktail napkin in 1975, which clearly read: “Three trilogies and a game about Finnish birds with upset eyebrows.”
The final trailer for ABSW promises a raft of new skills for the lovable birds, including the ability to shoot lasers, the ability to make fun sound effects, and the ability to reduce everything you once loved about the Star Wars trilogy into a few in-jokes. Watch the trailer, and May the Birds Be With You, which is something people say, apparently. READ FULL STORY
The Star Wars universe has been in a state of rapid expansion ever since Luke Skywalker walked into the Mos Eisley Cantina and found himself surrounded by a few dozen aliens, each with their own elaborate anatomy and signature drink. The first Star Wars movie is, in hindsight, a relatively minimalist affair when it comes to settings: one desert planet, one space station, and one gas giant-orbiting moon. But the scenes in Mos Eisley served as an ace bit of galaxy-building. Since then, Star Wars has evolved across every cultural medium for four decades; after acquiring Lucasfilm yesterday, Disney CEO Robert Iger noted that the universe has “more than seventeen thousand characters inhabiting several thousand planets and spanning twenty thousand years.” READ FULL STORY
“I’ve always looked at George Lucas as a modern-day Walt Disney,” says Tom Hodges, a freelance artist who’s worked for Lucasfilm on various projects over the years, including The Clone Wars web comic for starwars.com. Two years ago, with Star Wars Celebration V set for Orlando, Hodges took the logical step of creating a Star Wars Universe Dream Park Park Map based off an old 1966 Disneyland Map. It was purely hypothetical; who wouldn’t want to visit Mos Eisley Station or tackle the Death Star Trench Run ride?
The map was a huge hit with attendees of the Celebration, and Hodges’ accompanying attraction posters quickly became collectibles. “We handed out 250 of each and that was nuts,” Hodges says. “There was a line around the block for them.”
And then came Tuesday’s huge announcement that Disney was taking over the Star Wars business. Along with a new trilogy, it seems like only a matter of time before the galaxy far, far away gets it own amusement park. “I always thought this was something that should’ve been done a long time ago,” Hodges says. “But I found out when I was doing the map that Disney had a contract with Lucasfilm that they could not put a Star Wars theme park in a country that has a Disney park. But now that Disney owns LucasFilm, the sky is the limit.”
Click on the above image for a more detailed map of this happiest place on Earth and click below for four amazing attraction posters. I’m kind of partial to grabbing lunch at Jabba’s Palace Grill. I hear their Tatooine Frog dish is delicious.
Breathe, Star Wars fans, breathe. Maybe lie down a minute.
Following Tuesday’s nerd-shattering announcement that the Walt Disney Company is buying Lucasfilm, and the plan includes Star Wars: Episode VII, in early development and hoping for a 2015 release, the speculative race is on for who should direct.
Should it be Christopher Nolan, who exploded open the Batman franchise? Or Star Trek reboot master J.J. Abrams? Or Joss Whedon, riding the superhero tidal wave of this year’s The Avengers? Lucasfilm founder George Lucas, who wrote and directed the 1977 Star Wars original and the later prequels, will work as a creative consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII, so love him or hate him, he won’t be returning to helm the next film.
Here are our potential picks:
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Had enough of “Gangnam Style” and all its viral-video parodies? Well, it’s over. Funny or Die has officially killed it, with “another classical topical sketch.” Once you’ve combined PSY’s pounding beat with Star Wars‘ most hated character, the game is over.
But this clip is more than just a straight-forward parody. Video whiz Nick Wiger can’t help but look upon what he has created (or destroyed?) and wonder how he allowed himself to waste his life away on such childish things. “The Wiges” spirals into suicidal depression, and then… whatev, start from the beginning again. Jar-Jar rocks it. Yoosa should watch below, okeeday? READ FULL STORY
Taken 2 certainly had a great second weekend, but is it good enough to join the ranks of sequels that prove that sometimes, the second time truly is the charm? From Frankenstein’s betrothed to the Caped Crusader of Gotham City, here are 15 motion pictures that definitely make the cut: READ FULL STORY
Just when you thought you had conquered your Angry Birds addiction, the game is getting a Star Wars makeover.
Launching worldwide on Nov. 8, the new Angry Birds mobile game will adopt the stories and settings (including the deserts of Tatooine and the depths of the Death Star) of the legendary film.
“This is the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done,” Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio Entertainment, which has partnered with LucasFilm for the project, said in a statement. “It’s the best parts of Angry Birds with all new cutting-edge gameplay set in in a galaxy far, far away. As a big Star Wars fan myself, I’m really excited about this new universe. The Force is definitely strong with this one.”
The game will be available on iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Hasbro will launch an Angry Bird Star Wars line of merchandise ranging from Halloween costumes to collectible plush toys on Oct. 28.
We don’t know yet what scenes from the saga will be incorporated into the game, but we certainly hope the five moments below are included in some capacity.
1. The defining moment of the series: Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker “Luke, I am your father” in Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.
2. The gold bikini: Princess Leia being held captive in Jabba’s court, sporting the most iconic two-piece in movie-nerd history in Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.
3. The killer opening: The opening crawl of “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in Episode IV — A New Hope.
4. The ultimate race against the clock: Wedge, Biggs, and Porkins joining Luke to take on the Death Star in Episode IV — A New Hope.
5. Han Solo offing Greedo at the Cantina: Let the Who shot first? debate continue on a whole new platform.
What Star Wars worlds and iconic scenes are you hoping to rediscover in Angry Birds?
Watch the trailer below:
The first trailer for Seth Green’s new animated comedy Star Wars: Detours hit the web today.
According to the description, Detours “focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.” Watch it below.
Newsflash: Girls can be geeks, too! Clare Grant aka Team Unicorn, and Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book, took me to the Comic-Con floor to help find the glittery girl things amidst the sea of shoot-em-ups, superheros, and wizards. First stop: My Little Pony, where we met some serious Bronies (whom we now have a crush on), then it was on to find geek shirts for girls from HerUniverse, and a real hover board, just like Marty McFly’s from Back to the Future II. Check out the video below for more fun stuff that girls geek out over at Comic-Con, plus catch rock legend-turned video bomber Gene Simmons join the tour.
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