Archive for 2009

Hipster Han & Leia Costumes Team | October 29, 2009

Still looking for a the perfect Star Wars costume for Halloween? Why not make your own using clothing best worn by hipsters and win some dough at the same time?

Between October 14, 2009 and November 6, 2009, American Apparel is asking their customers to submit photos of themselves in costume. The catch is this: the outfit should feature at least one American Apparel product, and it must be reasonably prominent. They have to be able to see it, so undies won’t count unless they’re worn on the outside, superhero-style.

Here’s an entry from Bert & Shelly from California.

Han is wearing an Interlock Running Short in navy/red and the sheer rib 3/4 sleeve v-neck in white.
Leia is wearing a modified Baby Rib Bikini Bra in brown.
Gun, vest and loincloth are homemade.

Read more about the contest and see more entries here:
Hallowe’en Costume Contest
(via American Apparel)

Director Richard Kelly Visits Skywalker Team | October 29, 2009

The week director Richard Kelly visited Skywalker, as well as the Lucasfilm-ILM San Francisco campus, to screen his latest film The Box, as well as indulge staff as they asked uber-geeky questions about his new movie, his breakout hit Donnie Darko and about filmmaking in general.

Richard blogged about his visit on the MTV Movies Blog:

The good people of Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic hosted a screening of The Box an invited me to stay at the legendary Lucas ranch for the night and tour the facilities.

The property itself is everything a fanboy could dream and more – as an alumni of USC and an acolyte in the church of Lucas – I was speechless when I was granted access to the Sergei Eisenstein apartment, a spacious lodge with a vaulted ceiling and fireplace.

It was then on to visit the wonderful folks at ILM in San Francisco. We did a post-screening discussion on The Box (opening November 6th!) which was moderated by Kate Shaw – Director of Training and Education – who asked a series of insightful and thoughtful questions about the film.

It was an honor to be among fellow artists and technicians who appreciate the art of science-fiction and open to exploring the themes of the film. I have to say it was probably my favorite Q+A that I have ever done.

Read the full blog entry here:
Richard Kelly’s Latest Guest Blog Takes Us To Skywalker Ranch! (via MTV Movie Blog)

Be sure to follow Richard Kelly on Twitter.

Crafty Star Wars Costume Ideas

Bonnie Burton | October 29, 2009

In honor of Halloween this week, our friends over at the awesome scifi pop culture site asked me to guest blog for them about my favorite crafty Star Wars costume projects made by our talented fans.

If you’re a regular here on the Official Star Wars Blog and at, you might recognize a few of the projects like the adorkable Yoda costume for toddlers and the epic dog costumes of an Ewok, Darth Vader and Princess Leia.

I also posted Amidala makeup tips and pointers on how to give your Boba Fett costume that special weathered look. There’s also links to masks you can print out and wear right now.

Read more:
DIY Star Wars Costumes (via io9)

Darth Vader Paper Lantern Craft

Bonnie Burton | October 29, 2009

Star Wars artist and crafty gal Cynthia Narcisi made this awesome Darth Vader Paper Lantern to help make your Halloween extra-spooky.

IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTION!!! Please ONLY use a candle votive inside a glass jar so that glass prevents the candle from getting too close to the paper! Or better yet, a glow stick instead! Vader would be most displeased if you didn’t!

Full Craft Tutorial Here:
Darth Vader Paper Lantern Craft

Carving Yoda for Halloween

Bonnie Burton | October 29, 2009

Texan artist Scott Cummins celebrates Halloween by creating amazingly intricate 3-D versions of famous faces — including Yoda — on pumpkins.

Using photographs as a reference he then transforms each squash with tools ranging from craft knives to spoons and potato peelers. The finished product is then illuminated with a 30 watt bulb, instead of the traditional candle, to reveal the sculpture in all its glory.

Star Wars‘ Yoda, Tubaka and a stormtrooper are just a few of the film characters in Mr Cummins’ expansive collection.

“As one might expect, there is also a lot of appeal with the Star Wars-inspired carvings. I did Star Wars because it is so popular with so many people like me who had grown up watching the movie.”

Read the full article here:
Artist carves famous faces into pumpkins for Halloween

Yoga and Star Wars Team | October 29, 2009

If you ever wanted the Force explained to you by a Yoga instructor who wears her hair like Princess Leia, you’re in luck.

VIDEO: Yoga and the Force (via Yoga Today)

More on Star Wars & Yoga here.

Taylor Swift the Wookiee? Team | October 28, 2009

While some girls would rather kiss a Wookiee, others would prefer to BE a one. Country-pop singer Taylor Swift says her favorite Halloween costume was dressing up as Chewbacca.

Taylor shared, “I think my most memorable Halloween costume was last year’s Halloween costume. My best friend Abigail and I have always been sort of anti-teeny-tiny, little costumes and so last year, Abigail and I dressed up as twin Chewbaccas, which was an actual Halloween costume.”

Taylor explained her choice in the out-there costume, saying, “It was really, really wonderful. I just am never going to forget it. There was lots of Chewbacca noises being made.

Read the full article here:
Taylor Swift: I Was Chewbacca For Halloween!
(via Just Jared Jr.)

Celebs Tweet Star Wars Team | October 27, 2009

If you haven’t gotten sucked into Twitter yet to micro-blog in 140 characters or less about your hopes, dreams, fears and favorite Youtube links, then you should at least check out what fellow fans — especially celebs are saying about Star Wars.

Here’s a selection of recent Twitter comments from celebrities Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko & The Box director), Peter Serafinowicz (Darth Maul voice actor), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction).

Richard Kelly:


Lucasfilm/ILM Halloween 2009 Party! Team | October 26, 2009

Lucasfilm, LucasArts and ILM not only work hard, we play hard as well — while wearing fabulous costumes!

On Oct. 24, employees dressed as zombies, robots, sushi, devils, superheroes, werewolves, vampires and the house from the movie Up, descended on the Galleria in San Francisco for the annual Lucasfilm Halloween Party!

Some of the more impressive costumes included groups dressed as Spinal Tap, the cast & house of Up, classic ’50s sci-fi monsters & robots, a family of sushi, Transformers kitchen appliances, and a gaggle of garden gnomes!

There were also the usual selection of small children looking adorkable as ninjas, superheroes, pirates, fairies and princesses as well as a few baby Yodas. Plus one little girl dressed as a Mac Pro Box! Bonus geek points!

There was an employee dressed as George Lucas, and George Lucas dressed as…himself!

Here’s some of the highlights from the party:

The adorable and yummy Sushi Family!

You have to be brave to dress like a pinata.

Can you name this monster?

Zoolander represents!


Star Wars Easter Eggs in Clone Wars Team | October 23, 2009

Watch The Clone Wars carefully and you might catch quite a few shout-outs to the Star Wars films in various allusions and Easter eggs.

Wired’s GeekDad Blog points out a few:

  • In a gambit later used by Han Solo and Luke Skywalker aboard the first dreaded Death Star, Cad Bane disguises himself in trooper armor to escape notice and slip past security.
  • When Admiral Yularen says “No! Lock them all down, hurry!” it is a reference to C-3PO’s line in A New Hope, as he frantically admonishes R2-D2 to shut down the trash compactors aboard the Death Star.
  • The holographic mobile hovering over the Gungan toddler’s crib includes a colo clawfish, an opee sea killer and a sando aqua monster, the three massive underwater beasts that attack Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon’s submarine in The Phantom Menace.

Read the full list here:
Ten Star Wars Allusions and Easter Eggs in Clone Wars (via Wired)