Monday, January 22, 2018

The Musings of Palpatine


Palpatine meditates on the critics of The Last Jedi. We all know only Sith deal in absolutes.

Listen as Empire Podcast Interviews Director Rian Johnson


"Chris Hewitt chats with The Last Jedi's writer/director, Rian Johnson, who was in great form as he expounded on some of the film's most shocking revelations, as well as shedding more light on his love of Adrian Edmondson. Which is, perhaps, the most shocking revelation of them all."

Listen to the podcast after the jump.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Holocron Toy Store Opens in Ft. Worth, TX on Jan. 20th!


Do you love Star Wars??

Holocron Toy Store was built by 2 Star Wars fans who met by chance while one was looking to add to his collection and the other having a collection to sell. After much deliberation, they decided to give Fort Worth their first vintage toy store! If that couldn’t be enough, it’s ALL STAR WARS!! We offer something for EVERY fan: from the high-end collector seeking fine graded vintage to the parent wanting to bring the Star Wars universe to their child. We have things for ages 2 to 100+. Although we have mostly toys, we do offer a variety of non-toy items. May the Force be with you always!

Thank the maker! Finally a toy store devoted to Star Wars! Holocron has something for everybody - young and old, Sith and Jedi!

Let's Analyze This One More Time...


Star Wars fans really are their own worst enemies.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Leland Chee Sheds Light on EU Reset


"A recent SyFy interview with Leland Chee, longtime Lucasfilm employee and keeper of the 'Holocron,' the official Star Wars story database, revealed that Chee views the death of Chewbacca (in the Star Wars expanded universe) as the catalyst that sparked the full reset of the entire canon.

Chee later clarified his statement on Twitter to stress that this is not Disney's official explanation for the canon reset, but his personal take on the creative decision. But the Chewbacca anecdote highlights the difficulties Disney faced with the acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, summarizing the problem with the expanded universe in a nutshell."

Read more at Forbes.

The Cantina Theme Played on a Rubik's Cube?!?!


Witness The Cubician play The Cantina Theme on his Rubik's Cube while solving it.

Check it out after the jump.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fort Worth, TX Police Recruit Chewbacca [VIDEO]


We know things have been tough for Chewbacca lately.

We hoped that we could find a place for him within our Department.

Did it go well? You decide.

Check out the video after the jump.

Official Logo and Synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story


OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS FOR SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY REVEALED

PREPARE TO MAKE THE JUMP FOR AN ADVENTURE STARRING THE GALAXY'S GREATEST SCOUNDREL.

Here’s where the fun begins.

The official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story was revealed today, offering some new details on the upcoming film. Read it below:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

While not much else is known about the film, director Ron Howard has documented his experience making Solo: A Star Wars Story on Twitter and Instagram throughout production — with everything from set photos to shots of his morning coffee. StarWars.com has compiled all of his updates in one post, which you can view here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25, 2018.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Every Lightsaber Strike is a Michael Jackson Sound


Nothing else really needs to be said.

Check out the video after the jump.

Exclusive Convention Captain Rex Comes to the Black Series Retail Market


Star Wars The Black Series Captain Rex 6-Inch Action Figure:

- The Black Series Wave action figures are ready for The Force Awakens!
- It's your chance to get your favorite characters as exquisitely detailed 6-inch tall action figures!
- Rex comes with blasters, helmet, and exciting accessories!

Add some awesome to your collection! Bring the next big thing in Star Wars home with the Star Wars The Force Awakens The Black Series Clone Captain Rex 6-Inch Action Figure. This out-of-this-world 6-inch scale action figure was developed in conjunction with Lucasfilm, Hasbro, and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Collect them all, and start your collection right here! Ages 8 and up.

Star Wars The Black Series Captain Rex 6-Inch Action Figure will be available May 18th,2018.

For more information, go here.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bruce Lee in "Sabers of Fury?"


YouTube user Patrick Nan posted this video with the following caption:

"So I saw an image of Bruce Lee with Lightsabers and decided to create a scene recreation of 'Fist of Fury' (1972) with Lightsabers."

Check it out after the jump.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How Did Rian Johnson Keep "The Last Jedi" Script from Leaking Online?


"The writer/director of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on top-secret screenplays, killing time between takes and the eerie similarities between Rome and a galaxy far, far away.

'I typed Episode VIII out on a MacBook Air. For security it was 'air-gapped'—never connected to the internet. I carried it around and used it for nothing except writing the script. I kept it in a safe at Pinewood Studios. I think my producer was constantly horrified I would leave it in a coffee shop.'"

You can read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Can You See What I See?


I'm sure you can see it if you're a "Star Wars" fan.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Get a Rathtar Cheaper Than What Han Solo Was Charging


Thanks to the folks at Hasbro, you can get your own Rathtar dirt cheap!

If you've ever wanted to recreate that epic scene from The Force Awakens between the members of Kanjiklub and a hungry Rathtar aboard Han Solo's cargo ship, now's your chance. Amazon is offering the Rathtar and Bala-Tik two pack right now for under $5 - a huge discount from the original $20 retail price. Prices on Amazon fluctuate quickly, so jump on it quick!

You can order the Rathtar with Bala-Tik from Amazon by clicking right here.



John Williams Planning to Score "Episode IX"


"John Williams, who has provided iconic music for every 'Star Wars' film (save 'Rogue One,' which nonetheless used his themes), is all but confirmed to score 'Star Wars: Episode 9.' You know this, I know this, Williams knows this. A new interview with the master composer has Williams confirming that he would very much like to finish out the new trilogy, and that he made this known to director J.J. Abrams. It’s not a firm confirmation, but we can just go ahead and assume that John Williams will provide the 'Episode 9' score.

While Williams is not officially signed on yet, the composer told Variety that he told 'Episode IX' director J.J. Abrams that he will score the film next year. 'I would very much like to complete that,' Williams says.

You can read more right here.

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan Does Not Have The Force


"The Force just wasn’t with the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian when he tried to inject 'Star Wars' references into a memo setting up the Defense Department’s multibillion-dollar cloud computing initiative.

In a memo issued Jan. 4 and rescinded about an hour later, Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan announced a new 'Central Cloud Computing Program Office' -- or 'C3PO' -- to 'acquire the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud.'”

You can read more at Bloomberg.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

IDW Publishing Brings "Forces of Destiny" to the Comic Book World


"When 'Star Wars: Forces of Destiny' debuted last year, the animated micro-series put the galaxy’s heroines in the spotlight to show the big impact of small acts of bravery and kindness.

Now a new five-issue series from IDW Publishing is connecting directly to these small screen animated tales in a whole new media, giving Leia, Rey, and the rest a starring role in their own comic book written and illustrated by a rotating cast of talented creators.

Artist Elsa Charretier and her co-writer Pierrick Colinet e-mailed with StarWars.com about putting a personal touch on her worshipfulness Princess Leia, finding inspiration in 'The Empire Strikes Back,' and constantly dreaming about Hoth’s snow lizards."

You can read more at StarWars.com.

UK Navy's Weapons / Robots Look Like They're from A Galaxy Far, Far Away


"SCIENCE-fiction is becoming a reality as the Navy creates super hi-tech weaponry that will transform warfare.

Franchises such as 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' were thought of as fantastical when they were first released, but now things such as lasers and robots will be a staple of militaries.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) began sponsoring research in the 1950s that helped develop the first lasers.

'Lasers' are an acronym for 'light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.'

The ONR is working on high-energy solid-state laser weapons and a prototype system was fitted on a Navy ship in 2014 which shot down unmanned aerial vehicles.?

Read more at the Express.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mark Hamill Reveals Secret Role He Played in "The Last Jedi"


"Mark Hamill's role as Luke Skywalker was pretty brief in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' In fact, it was so small that Mark Hamill apparently found something else to help keep him busy as he actually has an additional uncredited role in the film. Eagle-eyed viewers of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' will have seen Mark Hamill's name in the credits twice. Recently, the actor was asked about his second role as an alien creature, and he talked about his love for the work of motion capture artists like Andy Serkis, and the fact that 'The Last Jedi' wasn't the first time he had done it."

You can read more at Cinema Blend.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Check Out What It Would Be Like if Black Sabbath Scored "Star Wars" Movies [VIDEO]


Ever wonder what it would be like if Black Sabbath scored the "Star Wars" movies? Yeah, me neither. Thanks to YouTube user vordeel, we now have a pretty good idea. Check out duels from the "Star Wars" movies set to Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" after the jump.

Film-Music Scholar Frank Lehman Explores the Musical Leitmotifs of “Star Wars”


"The film-music scholar Frank Lehman, an assistant professor at Tufts University, works fast: within a day of the opening of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' he had updated his 'Complete Catalogue of the Motivic Material in Star Wars, Episodes I-VIII,' which can be found online. The catalogue now includes fifty-five distinct leitmotifs—thematic ideas that point toward characters, objects, ideas, and relationships—and forty-three so-called incidental motifs, which, Lehman says, 'do not meet criteria for proper leitmotifs' but nonetheless possess dramatic significance."

Read more at The New Yorker.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

John Williams Composing New Theme for "Solo: A Star Wars Story"


"In a recent interview with the legendary composer, John Williams revealed that he will be composing a theme for the Han Solo movie while John Powell will handle the rest of the score.

'The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly. His assignment is something I’m very happy about. What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear,' stated Williams."

Read more at /Film.

Mount "Star Wars?"


Friday, December 29, 2017

Ridley Scott Thinks He's Too Dangerous to Make "Star Wars" Movie


"Don't count on Sir Ridley Scott making 'Unkar Plutt: A Star Wars Story' or any other movie set in the galaxy far, far away either.

it's his vast experience that Sir Ridley says would actually make him a disastrous fit within Lucasfilm, since its executives tend to exert creative control over all of their movies (occasionally at the expense of directors).

'I'm too dangerous for ['Star Wars'],' Sir Ridley has told Vulture. "I know what I'm doing. I think they like to be in control, and I like to be in control myself.'"

Read more at Digital Spy.

What If Darth Vader VS. Obi-Wan Lightsaber Duel Was Shot Today? [VIDEO]


"The lightsaber fight between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi was likely a rush for fans when 'Star Wars: A New Hope' opened in 1977, but compared to the lightning-speed choreographed duels of the prequels and latest films, the moment seems to drag a bit.

Enter a well-done fan-made video.

Posted a few days ago, YouTube user FXitinPost re-imagined what the Vader-Kenobi fight would look like if it was filmed in modern day."

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Check the video out after the jump.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Low Battery


Thanks to Ryan Selvy for this cool comic strip.

"Star Wars," "Star Trek," More from Hollywood Pay Tribute to Carrie Fisher


"One year after iconic Star Wars actress and writer Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60, Hollywood paid tribute on the anniversary of her death on social media Wednesday. Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, William Shatner and others also remembered the late 'Star Wars' actress and writer.

'No one's ever really gone… #AlwaysWithUs #CarrieOnForever,' 'Star Wars' co-star Mark Hamill wrote on Twitter.

Actress Laura Dern, Fisher's co-star on 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' wrote her own tribute on Instagram beside a split photo of Fisher in 'Star Wars: A New Hope' and 'The Last Jedi.' 'To a goddess, an icon, and a truth-teller. The deepest kind of inspiration. Thinking today of the privilege of knowing you.'

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Original "Star Wars" Dr. Evazan Actor Alfie Curtis Passes Away at 87


"Alfie Curtis, the actor who famously intimidated Luke Skywalker as Dr. Evazan at the Mos Eisley cantina in 'Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,' has died at age 87, Comicbook.com reports. The cause of death was not revealed."

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Mark Hamill Regrets Criticizing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi's" Luke Skywalker


"Mark Hamill on Tuesday said he regretted voicing his criticism of how Luke Skywalker was written for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'

The actor wrote that he should have kept his thoughts on the matter out of the public and that writer-director Rian Johnson made a great film.

'I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public. Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private. All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that- Rian Johnson made an all-time GREAT one!' Hamill stated via his Twitter.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

A Health Message From a Galaxy Far, Far Away...


Even former Jedi Knights need to maintain a healthy diet.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Ben Solo Is At It Again


Some people just never grow up, do they?

Creature Concept Designer Jake Lunt Davies Talks BB-9E


"Creature Concept Designer Jake Lunt Davies discusses BB-9E, the devious counterpart to Poe Dameron's droid pal BB-8, and reveals a very special Easter egg.

'This is not wholly my design, but a combination of some of my design and Luke Fisher’s, who did K-2SO. Both Luke and I were drawing ideas for BB-9E, the evil [First Order] droid. I think we both went, 'It’s got to be black, hasn’t it?' [Laughs] So both of our droids were pretty black. Mine were much more shiny and had this gloss, which carried over to the final design," stated Davies.

Read more at StarWars.com.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Artist Malcolm Tween Talks 2017 Royal Mail "Star Wars" Stamps


"In an homage to a legacy of richly illustrated movie posters, the 2017 Royal Mail 'Star Wars' stamps are tiny works of art filled with hidden treasures and intricate details.

Yet when artist Malcolm Tween started the top secret project digitally painting the postage-stamp portraits of eight characters, including a few from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' more than a year ago, he knew very little about some of the new characters. 'So when the porg turned up, that was quite a surprise,' he says."

Read more at StarWars.com.

UPDATED! ROT5 Presents "Star Wars: A Wookiee Holiday"


UPDATE: I just realized I spelled "Wookiee" wrong. So sue me! Everything except the title card has been corrected.

In 1978, CBS teamed with George Lucas to keep his space saga fresh on everyone's minds by creating a television special that would preserve fan excitement and market new toys. "The Star Wars Holiday Special" premiered on November 17, 1978 to the groans of viewers across the nation. What was meant to entertain quickly spiraled into schlock variety show territory as familiar heroes like Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia were surrounded by performances from Jefferson Starship, Bea Arthur, and Diahann Carroll as well as comedy sketches performed by Harvey Korman and Art Carney. Needless to say, the special was far from what creator George Lucas envisioned it to be.

Check Out 40 Years of "Star Wars" Holiday Cards!


"In December 1977, after 'Star Wars' had spent six months taking audiences to a brand-new galaxy far, far away, Lucasfilm began a holiday tradition of sending cards to friends and corporate partners that still continues today."

Read and see more at StarWars.com.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Find Out How the Caretakers Were Brought to Life for "The Last Jedi"


"StarWars.com spoke to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' creature concept designer Jake Lunt Davies for a special three-part series. [The] installment focuses on one new element from the film that the artist designed, complete with Davies’ concept art, which can also be found in 'The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' We discuss the Caretakers — the keepers of the island Ahch-To, site of the first Jedi Temple."

Read and see more at StarWars.com.

The 12 Days of a "Star Wars" Christmas



Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Another Look at "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" [Spoilers]


I've seen "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" twice now. I grew up on "Star Wars." It's the first film that truly had an impact on me as a child. I was there in 1977 when it hit theaters and completely captured my imagination. So this review of the eighth episode of the Skywalker saga is coming from a longtime fan.

Friday, December 15, 2017

"The Last Jedi" Lives Long and Prosper


"Life gloriously imitated art Thursday when actor Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation') wore a 'Star Trek' costume to a screening of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'

Wheaton shared what he thought of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" via his Twitter:

'I loved #TheLastJedi! It hit all the right notes for me, and seeing it in the Chinese Theater, surrounded by my fellow nerds was glorious. The Force was with us.'

In a 2015 episode of the hit sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory,' he watched a 'Star Wars' movie in 'Star Trek' garb, attracting boos from the audience."

You can read more at Huffington Post.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lando Will Not Appear in 'The Last Jedi'


Sorry, folks: Lando Calrissian won't be appearing in The Last Jedi.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Billy Dee Williams won't be reprising the character in the film.

“No, and I don’t want fans to get their hopes up,” writer-director Rian Johnson tells EW. “He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story.”

Williams' manager says he is open to returning to the franchise in the future, so keep your fingers crossed for an Episode IX appearance!

H/T: Making Star Wars

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Force is with the International Space Station Astronauts


"'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' hits cinemas around the world this week, but it’ll also be showing in one extremely appropriate venue off-planet: the International Space Station.

Astronauts will be able to watch the new 'Star Wars' in orbit a few hundred miles above the surface of the Earth using one of the laptops or projector onboard the space station.

Space reporter Robin Seemangal tweeted the news last night, with a spokesperson for NASA confirming the plans to Inverse.

'[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit,' NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told Inverse. 'Don’t have a definitive timeline yet. They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard.'"

Read more at The Verge.

It's Take Your Porg To Work Day!


Today is Take Your Porg to Work Day TODAY! Just try to keep them from messing up your workspace and office. They can be a little mischievous at times.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Spoiler-Free Movie Review: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"


After Thursday, I'll be opening the floodgates on "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." There will be no holding back and spoilers will be unleashed on the readers. If you don't want them, then don't read it. Here we go with the abridged pre-review for anyone who is possibly on the fence as to whether they should go see "The Last Jedi."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Find Out Where to Watch "The Last Jedi" Red Carpet Premiere Tonight!


Don't miss the red carpet premiere for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" from Los Angeles tonight LIVE presented by Verizon. Simply tune into StarWars.com beginning at 5:00PM Pacific Time / 7:00PM Central / 8:00PM Eastern. Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni from "The Star Wars Show" will be hosting the event. Expect all sorts of exciting things to happen as the cast and crew of "The Last Jedi" make their way into the first screening of the most anticipated film of the year. We're hoping to see the Master himself, George Lucas, in attendance.


Friday, December 8, 2017

New "The Last Jedi" Teaser Reveals New Shocking Footage [VIDEO]


"A new 30-second teaser could change everything fans think they know about 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' In the clip, Rey can be seen training with Luke, played by Mark Hamill. But we also see Rey take Kylo's red lightsaber at the end in what appears to be a combat situation."

You can read more at ABC News.

Check out the video after the jump.

That's No Moon, It's a... Gingerbread Death Star?!?!


No one said it better than Darth Vader:


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Now Here's a Musical I Can Get Behind...


Carrie Fisher's Therapy Dog, Gary, Cameos in "The Last Jedi"


"Carrie Fisher's therapy dog, Gary, is in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' As you can see in the left side of the image above, a brown alien creature can be spotted looking directly into the camera. Director Rian Johnson has confirmed this little creature is indeed Gary, who has been touched up with CGI to look like an alien pet."

Read more at IGN.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Neighbor Porg?


I'm not a big fan of anime, but can appreciate this tribute to "My Neighbor Totoro" for what it is. I'm sure fans of anime and "Star Wars" will love it.

First Look at Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo Found on a Cup?


"Harkins Theatres apparently has pulled the 2018 Loyalty Cup featuring artwork inspired by the upcoming movie 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

The reusable plastic soda cups, which get theater patrons discounted sodas, made waves earlier this month for featuring an image that appeared to be a first look at actor Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. But they are no longer available."

You can read more at Phoenix New Times.