The Star Wars universe is packed with evocative locations, from the desert planets of Tatooine and Jakku in The Force Awakens, to the frozen environs of Hoth, the Cloud City of Bespin, the entrancing lakes of Naboo and the volcanic nightmare of Mustafar.Tatooine's binary suns in A New Hope - Kepler-16b"If there's a bright centre to the universe, you're on the planet that's farthest from," says Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.Actually, it's our solitary Sun that's the odd one out here; astronomers reckon that about 80% of stars are multiple-star systems, which means that worlds with two, three or even seven sunsets are the norm.Multiple star systems are everywhere you look; next time you're outside in clear night skies, look north to find the second star in from the tip of the handle of the Plough/Big Dipper and you'll notice that it's an obvious double star.However, the bigger star Mizar is actually four stars while smaller star Alcor is two, all gravitationally bound.
When they weren't failing to find the droids they were looking for, or challenging Sith Lords publicly about their hokey religion, the Empire must have managed to do something.Just to be entirely clear, we're absolutely not backing any kind of fascist totalitarian state - but they did manage to assemble a few moon sized death stars, overthrow a republic and take out an army of mythically impressive Jedi.Well we don't have Death Star rays that can do it in one fell swoop, but nuclear weapons are definitely the most insidious weapons that we do have on planet Earth.Stand up Prism, the technology that governments brought in under the radar to monitor all of our communications and store it.The Empire would love Prism, and whistleblower Edward Snowden would no doubt be dealing with a squad of Stormtroopers right now if the Grand Moffs weren't far, far away.We all know that R2-D2 would have been far better at flying the X-Wing than his master and his hokey religion and it's pretty clear that Darth Vader wouldn't have been troubled by Han Solo if he wasn't lumbered with incompetent humanoid pilots, so we reckon drones would be high up on the Empire's wishlist.
And, as fans of the movie franchise know, these spoofs are of the affectionate variety, created out of reverence for the films rather than to mock them – most of the time, anyway.You could spend days trawling through the endless parade of spoof videos on YouTube, ranging from Robot Chicken to Family Guy to Community.If there was a prize for completeness of a parody, then without doubt the award would go to the Blue Harvest episode of Family Guy.In the episode the electricity goes out, so Peter retells his family the story of A New Hope, with the show's characters playing the leading roles – Chris is Luke, Peter is Han, Brian is Chewbacca – and Stewie is Vader, of course.Various episodes of The SimpsonsThe Simpsons first hit our screens four years after the release of Return of the Jedi, and by the time The Phantom Menace was released we were reaching the point where the show's decline began Simpsons nerds tend to agree it was around Season 12 .
(As for the rest of us, we find your lack of faith disturbing.)Loving Star Wars can be misunderstood as simplistic: the love of a sci-fi trilogy – of Empire aside – debatable greatness, and a prequel trilogy infamous in its mediocrity.I remember adoring the Knights Of The Old Republic games with their sheer volume of lore: wise-cracking robots, sleek spaceships piloted by brave rogues, traitorous Sith Lords.And it’s being a kid with my friends, our imaginations fired by a galaxy far, far away."Leia was a role model – a strong lady who doesn't take any BS and leads an army to freedom.me interested in SF which is a big passion to this day, and it got me to bond with my father.
Which was obviously $25,000 well sacrificed, considering what Star Wars would go on to achieve.This caused problems for Revenge of the Sith, which was to feature a CGI post-death Cushing – the artists struggled to find full body, full costume shots of Cushing to work from, and a heavily made-up lookalike was used instead.Steven Spielberg makes million from the Star Wars franchise, despite not being a part of productionSteven Spielberg made a bet with George Lucas, saying he d trade 2.5-percent of Star Wars for 2.5-percent of Close Encounters Lucas believing that Close Encounters would be the biggest film of all time .Yoda was originally going to be played by a monkeyNot JUST a monkey, a monkey carrying a cane and wearing a mask.
Which was obviously $25,000 well sacrificed, considering what Star Wars would go on to achieve.This caused problems for Revenge of the Sith, which was to feature a CGI post-death Cushing – the artists struggled to find full body, full costume shots of Cushing to work from, and a heavily made-up lookalike was used instead.Steven Spielberg makes million from the Star Wars franchise, despite not being a part of productionSteven Spielberg made a bet with George Lucas, saying he d trade 2.5-percent of Star Wars for 2.5-percent of Close Encounters Lucas believing that Close Encounters would be the biggest film of all time .Yoda was originally going to be played by a monkeyNot JUST a monkey, a monkey carrying a cane and wearing a mask.
The official Star Wars website made our day, and we have to say thanks.StarWars.com posted an article full of vintage Kenner Star Wars toy commercials, and they re just about the best thing ever.It s easy to forget just how formative these toys were not just for Star Wars fans, but for both the toy industry and movies in general.And these ads were a huge part of many, many people s childhoods.And yet seeing these commercials, it all makes sense.They re no-nonsense, unabashedly cheesy, and some like the Emperor and Boba Fett ones even tease a first look at characters that fans didn t know about yet.
Ghostbusters New TrailerIn case you ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you probably heard that Sony Pictures Entertainment is releasing an all-female Ghostbusters sequel/reboot later this summer.You might have also heard that the internet hasn t been reacting all that well to the news of the movie s existence.DON T MISS: Star Wars: Rogue One heroes, villains and ships revealed in story guideHaving just eclipsed 800,000 dislikes on YouTube, the response to the first trailer could conservatively be called an unmitigated disaster.Admittedly, the trailer didn t really do the movie any favors as Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy admits , but this is clearly more than just a bunch of riled up, classic 80s movies fans.Having not loved the first trailer myself, I think this one might do a better job of showing us exactly what the movie is about while giving the characters a chance to show of their sense of humor:On the other hand, this trailer will almost certainly receive hundreds of thousands of dislikes in the coming weeks.Ghostbusters releases in theaters on July 15th, 2016.
EA Studios EVP Patrick Soderlund has admitted that the publisher and developer EA DICE made a "conscious decision" to sacrifice a single player campaign for Star Wars Battlefront in an effort to ensure that the game was released to coincide with the cinematic release of The Force Awakens late last year.During an investor call held on 17 May via Eurogamer Soderlund said: "We made the choice due to time and being able to launch the game side-by-side with the movie that came out to get the strongest possible impact."Star Wars Battlefront was criticised for a lack of single player content when it was released last November, but there was still enough there to impress us and commercially the game has proven to be a resounding success.Regarding Battlefront's overall success, Soderlund told investors: "I think the team created a really good game based on the premise that we had.I would say the game has done very well for us and reached a very different demographic than a traditional EA game.Are we happy with the 75 Metacritic rating?
Again, we are only reporting what someone told the site, but they ve been very accurate in the past.Here goes: According to the site, at least seven actors in full black costumes were seen on an Irish hillside, along with Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Mark Hamill.Yes, it s the Knights of Ren, lead by Kylo Ren, taking on Rey and Luke.Kylo challenges Rey, still angered at their last encounter, while the rest of the Knights go after Luke.Then he goes after Kylo.How long have we been waiting to see Luke Skywalker, at his full Jedi powers, kicking ass?
Disney Movies VR lets you 'transport yourself into the wonderful world of Disney from your very own living room' DisneyDisney has released a free app for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that aims to bring iconic pop-culture locations from its numerous mega-franchises into the world of VR virtual reality .The app, entitled Disney Movies VR, features characters and places from The Jungle Book, Captain America and also Star Wars.Part of the enduring appeal of virtual reality is the promise of being transported into fantastical worlds, if only for a brief few moments.As for Star Wars, we catch a glimpse of an AT-AT and come face to face with The Force Awakens' violently adorable spherical droid BB-8 on board the Millenium Falcon.It's not a glitch by the way: the trailer just doesn't have soundYouTube/Radio Disney ClubShould be great, right?Sony shocked a lot of fans by revealing that EA and DICE's hugely successful first-person shooter Star Wars: Battlefront was on its way to PlayStation VR.
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Pew pew pew - but only for groupsWhen Star Wars Battlefront launched at the end of 2015, one of the biggest criticisms it faced was the absence of a single-player campaign.Speaking during Battlefront publisher Electronic Arts' latest earnings call, Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president of EA Studios, touched on the reasons why the game was multiplayer-only.Battlefront itself was almost entirely focused on the classic Star Wars trilogy, taking players to iconic locations such as Hoth and Endor.The decision to abandon a solo campaign appears to have been purely a result of needing to get a Star Wars game out on shelves to coincide with the cinematic resurgence of the franchise.Reception to the game has been mostly positive, although it currently holds a Metacritic rating of only 72-75, depending on platform."We got criticised for the depth and breadth of Battlefront ," Söderlund added.
George Marks/Getty ImagesAs you ve no doubt heard, a second trailer arrived today for the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters, a movie more controversial than The Last Temptation of Christ, Kids, A Clockwork Orange, and Lolita 2: Mo Lita combined.They fight the ghosts, sans men, in a movie that puts women protagonists front and center and drops them directly into the action.A few months later, Star Wars: The Force Awakens shocked audiences by focusing largely on Rey, a young woman there s that word again!One film critic so hates the idea of the new Ghostbusters that he s vowed not to watch it—not because he s sexist, but because he s logical: Why would any film writer at a sci-fi-loving, geek-culture-championing, deeply nostalgic site possibly want to watch a movie about ghosts and demons and laser guns that s being spun off from one of the most popular 80s franchises ever?Despite the success of the Avengers films—and the Captain America films, and the Iron Man films, and the Thor films—we still don t have a Black Widow movie in the works a real threat, given that actress Scarlett Johansson is a bigger box-office success than nearly all of her Marvel-movie castmates .Your kids should feel safe knowing they could watch three hit movies a day for an entire month and never once see a lead female character.
Beep, boop, critical error, shutdown, error error error.Everyone knows that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is actually an uplifting story about a little robot named BB-8 overcoming adversity with the help of his human servants.YouTuber Brian Elder took BB-8 and gave him a 2001 makeover, complete with Microsoft s best hits such as critical stop, Windows XP shut down, Clippy and even the classic ImgBurn I ve just made a coaster out of your recordable CD error.Doh, your X-Wing has just been turned into a coaster.Photograph: YouTubeBB-8 is transformed into a critical error machine, and with it our dreams of a peaceful, droid-infused life.Bill Gates would be proud.
Earlier this month, both Hulu and YouTube announced plans within days of each other to launch live-streaming internet TV services in 2017.While this might have seemed an odd move for YouTube, it almost seemed a given for Hulu, given that three of the companies expected to be licensing content to the new service — Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, and Comcast s NBCUniversal — are also co-owners of the streamer.Iger generally seemed positive about all aspects of Hulu s upcoming pay-TV service, saying that it will keep legacy distributors more honest.This doesn t only relate to the deals distributors make with companies like Disney and others, but also keeping their user interfaces up to date and competitive with future offerings from newer competitors.The latter could mean a serious blow for Netflix, which licenses a huge swath series from Disney s Marvel properties, including current series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and future series like Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but also is the exclusive U.S. licensee of future properties in Disney s new Star Wars universe.We don t stop, we don t pause, it doesn t cause us to do anything different, he said, adding that If you re running a company like this, you can t possibly run it with a great focus on quarterly results.
Screen Rant has a good round up of the current evidence behind the rumor circulating from the Best of Marvel twitter account and a comment from Heroic Hollywood , which essentially amounts to the fact that Boyega had previously expressed an interest in playing Black Panther, the fact that he and director Ryan Coogler interacted with each other on The Force Awakens red carpet, and that Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige recently followed the actor on Twitter.Star Wars Episode VIIIOscar Isaac teases testing times ahead for Poe, Rey, Finn, and the rest of the crew—including BB-8:What happens now is the heroes get tested.Coming Soon X-Men: ApocalypseOscar Isaac talks Apocalypse in a new featurette.Arrow/SupergirlNow that Supergirl has officially landed on the CW, Stephen Amell says that a crossover between it, Arrow, and the other CW shows is practically inevitable:Do bears you know what in the woods?I think that it s highly likely that, if you have four DC superhero properties on one network, that that is an opportunity that might not ever exist again, and certainly hasn t ever existed in the history of television.OutcastFox s UK Facebook page has announced that it will stream the premiere of the horror comic adaptation this Friday, May 20th.
See more of Folny s artwork at Artstation.While Disney s Star Wars canon has been spreading itself across all sorts of mediums, it s mainly focused on books, so we don t really know what a lot of these fascinating new characters look like.That makes it all the more interesting when we finally get official looks at some of these book-based heroes.The above image is the first official image released of Ciena Ree, one of the two lead characters in Claudia Gray s brilliant novel Lost Stars, released last Fall in the first wave of The Force Awakens merchandise.Ree was an Imperial Academy graduate who worked her way up the ranks in the Imperial Navy before eventually commanding a Star Destroyer in the Battle of Jakku, the engagement that lead to the sandy planet being covered in the scrap Rey scavenges in The Force Awakens.Revealed by the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, the image was commissioned for use by Fantasy Flight Games, who make several Star Wars table top games like Armada and X-Wing Update: Fantasy Flight have just confirmed that Ree will be part of an expansion for Star Wars: Armada .
Again, we are only reporting what someone told the site, but they ve been very accurate in the past.SPOILER WARNINGHere goes: According to the site, at least seven actors in full black costumes were seen on an Irish hillside, along with Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Mark Hamill.Yes, it s the Knights of Ren, lead by Kylo Ren, taking on Rey and Luke.Kylo challenges Rey, still angered at their last encounter, while the rest of the Knights go after Luke.Then he goes after Kylo.How long have we been waiting to see Luke Skywalker, at his full Jedi powers, kicking ass?
Again, we are only reporting what someone told the site, but they ve been very accurate in the past.SPOILER WARNINGHere goes: According to the site, at least seven actors in full black costumes were seen on an Irish hillside, along with Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Mark Hamill.Yes, it s the Knights of Ren, lead by Kylo Ren, taking on Rey and Luke.Kylo challenges Rey, still angered at their last encounter, while the rest of the Knights go after Luke.Then he goes after Kylo.How long have we been waiting to see Luke Skywalker, at his full Jedi powers, kicking ass?
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