star wars

Auto Added by WPeMatico

Steven Spielberg explained why ‘Ready Player One’ only references the original ‘Star Wars’

TwitterFacebook

As an unabashed homage to geek culture and 80s nostalgia smorgasboard, you probably assumed Ready Player One would be dripping with Star Wars references.

You’d be wrong.

While the marketing for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie showed zero restraint when it came to pop culture references, the director said he was actually careful about name-dropping Star Wars. Or rather, which Star Wars movies he included from the ever-expanding movie franchise.

“We didn’t want to use the main cultural icons from any of the Disney Star Wars films, because those are ongoing. That’s really part of our contemporary world right now. And even though it began in the ’80s, it is so much a part of our real life today in the 21st century. So we asked for some of the smaller items, and Disney gave us everything we asked for,” Spielberg said at a SXSW interview with Fandango. Read more…

More about Entertainment, Star Wars, Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One, and Entertainment

Cyborg strums ‘Star Wars’ theme song with bionic hand

TwitterFacebook

Jason Barnes has used robotic prosthetics before, but this is the first time he has been able to move each finger independently and even play the piano again. 

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology developed the unique robotic arm using ultrasound sensors that allow amputees to control each prosthetic finger using muscles in their residual limbs. Read more…

More about Music, Piano, Star Wars, Research, and Real Time Video

Rian Johnson says Adam Driver had no problem with shirtless ‘Last Jedi’ scene, duh

TwitterFacebook

Slight spoiler alert for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Adam Driver agrees with you that he’s looking good in The Last Jedi – at least, according to Rian Johnson.

People caught up with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director to ask how the much-buzzed-about beefcake moment came about.

“Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes,” Johnson told the magazine. “I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.'”

Rian: I like the way you think.  Read more…

More about Kylo Ren, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Adam Driver, Entertainment, and Star Wars

Dark vs. Light: ‘Star Wars’ fans storm social media with dueling ‘Last Jedi’ opinions

TwitterFacebook

Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Film, Culture, and Star Wars

‘The Last Jedi’ gave us the perfect answer to the question of Rey’s parents

TwitterFacebook

Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As promised, Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives us a definitive answer to the question of who Rey’s parents are.

And with apologies to every fan who’s spun an elaborate theory about why she’s definitely a Kenobi, or a Skywalker, or a Solo, or a Palpatine, or what have you, she’s none of the above.

After a movie and a half’s worth of wondering about and pining after her missing family, Rey finally comes to terms with the truth in The Last Jedi: her parents were just a couple of random deadbeats who, as Kylo sneers, probably sold her off for drinking money, and are now in a pauper’s grave. Read more…

More about Movies, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Entertainment, Star Wars, and Movies Tv Shows

‘The Last Jedi’ first premiere reactions are here and – you guessed it – the Force is strong

TwitterFacebook

Star Wars: The Last Jedi held its star-studded world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and the credits had barely finished rolling before attendees hit Twitter to share their first reactions to Rian Johnson’s take on the Skywalker saga.

While spoilers and plot details are under strict embargo until Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. PT, that didn’t stop fans from weighing in on the tone of the movie, which has drawn inevitable comparisons to the second (and most critically acclaimed) film in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back.

More about Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode 8, Reactions, and Star Wars The Last Jedi

‘Star Wars’ gym gear will take your workout over to the Dark Side

TwitterFacebook

Finally, your home gym equipment collection can be complete.

Fitness company Onnit has produced a line of Star Wars themed gear, including yoga mats, kettlebells, and medicine balls.

All the gear is black, so naturally it stands to reason that only stuff from the dark side is featured. 

All the baddies.

All the baddies.

Image: onnit

The medicine ball is the Death Star; the kettlebells are in the shape of Darth Vader, his Stormtroopers, and Boba Fett; and the yoga mat is poor Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

A post shared by @onnit on Read more…

More about Fitness, Star Wars, Working Out, Darth Vader, and Gym

Powered by WPeMatico

That 'Star Wars' Disney attraction that's going to take all your money has an official name now

TwitterFacebook

Well, we can stop calling it “Star Wars Land” now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that’s coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

Yeah, I’m probably still gonna refer to it as “Star Wars Land.”

In addition, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, served up a host of new details about what parkgoers can expect from Star Wars Land Star Wars: Galaxy’s EdgeNot that we needed convincing – but hey, we’re not about to complain.  Read more…

More about Theme Parks, D23, D23 Expo, Entertainment, and Star Wars

Powered by WPeMatico

Fans adequately recreate Darth Vader's 'Rogue One' scene at Star Wars Celebration

TwitterFacebook

If you’re going to re-enact Darth Vader’s big Rogue One moment, you won’t find a more appreciative audience than the one at Star Wars Celebration.

Spoilers, I guess?

There’s a big scene at the end of Rogue One where a datachip containing the Death Star plans are ferried by Rebel forces to Princess Leia’s ship, the same one she’s aboard at the start of A New Hope. As the datachip passes from soldier to soldier in an extended sequence, we see Darth Vader wrecking everyone with his lightsaber… and drawing ever-closer.

This fan version nails the vibe of that scene. It even corrects Rogue One most horrifying misstep: it doesn’t end with a CG Carrie Fisher. Read more…

More about Darth Vader, Star Wars, Star Wars Celebration, Rogue One, and Film

Powered by WPeMatico

Crunch Report | ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer…Woooah

The Last Jedi Star Wars trailer is released, Facebook runs ads in French newspapers educating people on fake news and Apple gets permission from the DMV to start testing self-driving cars. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Powered by WPeMatico

Rogue None: Why the Force isn't with Star Wars at the Oscars

TwitterFacebook

As Yoda might put it: awards make not one great. 

That’s about the only consolation for the Rogue One crew in the wake of the 2017 Academy Awards. The movie was nominated in two categories, visual effects and sound mixing. It lost in both — continuing a 33-year streak in which no Star Wars movie has won a single Oscar. 

If you’re a farm boy just in from Tatooine, you might look at the list of winners and conclude that Suicide Squad was a greater success than Rogue One — a billion-dollar international box office hit that has garnered more critical acclaim than almost any other in the Star Wars franchise.  Read more…

More about Star Wars, Oscars, Rogue One, Entertainment, and Film

Powered by WPeMatico

Rogue None: Why the Force isn't with Star Wars at the Oscars

TwitterFacebook

As Yoda might put it: awards make not one great. 

That’s about the only consolation for the Rogue One crew in the wake of the 2017 Academy Awards. The movie was nominated in two categories, visual effects and sound mixing. It lost in both — continuing a 33-year streak in which no Star Wars movie has won a single Oscar. 

If you’re a farm boy just in from Tatooine, you might look at the list of winners and conclude that Suicide Squad was a greater success than Rogue One — a billion-dollar international box office hit that has garnered more critical acclaim than almost any other in the Star Wars franchise.  Read more…

More about Star Wars, Oscars, Rogue One, Entertainment, and Film

Powered by WPeMatico

This risky fireworks battle is straight out of a Harry Potter scene

Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f368285%2f8ad4aec7-c274-4f38-94a9-55ae847926ab

Feed-twFeed-fb

Don’t try this at home. Seriously.

This intense battle between two guys in China shooting fireworks at each other is going viral.

The official People’s Daily outlet tweeted the dangerous “duel” between the two men, where they blasted fireworks on sticks at each other. Needless to say, we don’t recommend doing this. Ever.

The scene looks a lot like the showdown between Harry Potter and Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2.

The event took place over Chinese New Year, which is usually celebrated with fireworks in China.

What you usually mean when you say fireworks

What you usually mean when you say fireworks

Image: PILIPEY/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Read more…

More about Star Wars, Harry Potter, Fireworks, China, and Watercooler

Powered by WPeMatico

Tina Fey crashes Felicity Jones' 'SNL' monologue to beg for a 'Star Wars' gig

Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fstory%2fthumbnail%2f33666%2f48b11df0-5cad-4ae2-b9f9-d712e7e2da5b

Feed-twFeed-fb

Hologram Tina Fey stopped by Saturday Night Live to give Felicity Jones some tips on hosting the show (“If Steven Seagal can do it, so can you”) and tell her to disregard whatever tweet storm from the president-elect that follows. 

But more importantly, Fey pleaded with Jones to relay the message that she is “technically available to act in films” to J.J. Abrams. 

Help us, Felicity Jones, you’re our only hope. 

More about Star Wars, Tv, Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones, and Felicity Jones

Powered by WPeMatico

That's no moon…

NASA claims this image taken by the Cassini probe depicts Saturn’s moon Mimas with the distinctive Herschel Crater, but we know better. From NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute:

Named after the icy moon’s discoverer, astronomer William Herschel, the crater stretches 86 miles (139 kilometers) wide — almost one-third of the diameter of Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers) itself…

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Mimas. North on Mimas is up and rotated 21 degrees to the left. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 22, 2016 using a combination of spectral filters which preferentially admits wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers.

Powered by WPeMatico

Laser-cut, wall-mounted Millennium Falcon clock

The $38 Millennium Falcon wall clock is handmade to order from plywood, birch and MDF by Hamstercheeks in Nottingham, UK, who uses a laser-cutter to turn orders around in 2-5 business days (the clock itself is an AA-powered quartz sweep movement). (via Geekymerch)
(more…)

Powered by WPeMatico