Archive for 2010

Mondo “Palace” Star Wars Print Team | October 21, 2010

“Palace” by Tom Whalen

Collectors and fans who’d like to add something a little different to their Star Wars art collection should check out this new series of art prints from Mondo.

Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and Universal Monsters.

These prints are VERY limited in run and are snatched up by collectors quickly, selling out in mere minutes. So if you want to know which prints are on sale and when, follow MondoNews on Twitter!

Here’s the most recent print “Palace” by artist Tom Whalen. It’s a 17.5″x 26″ screen print, hand numbered, and a edition of 260. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

Available 10/22/2010 at a random time here on the site..

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Han Solo’s Other Ride?

Bonnie Burton | October 21, 2010

Who says vans get to have all the cool Star Wars airbrush art? Here’s a truck that shows off pride for the Falcon AND the American flag!

Thanks for the tip, Justin LaSalata.

1977 Star Wars Scrapbook Team | October 20, 2010

Many of us created scrapbooks of our favorite things as kids, but Star Wars fan and NASA contractor Michael Grabois’s Star Wars scrapbook from 1977 is downright Force-tastic. Michael scanned his scrapbook for all to see. It might be rough around the edges but it’s full of charm. chats with Michael about his scrapbook and how his love for Star Wars seeps into his work at NASA in unexpected ways.

Before we start chatting Star Wars, what do you do at NASA?

I currently work for a NASA contractor at the Johnson Space Center in Houston where I train astronauts and flight controllers how to operate the Space Shuttle. It’s the second coolest job in the world, behind actually being an astronaut.

What are your first memories of seeing Star Wars?

I grew up in Edison, NJ. My dad got transferred to Houston the summer when I was between 9th and 10th grade. I saw Star Wars and Empire in Edison (in a 2-screen theater that has long since been torn down) and Jedi in Houston.

What made you want to start a Star Wars scrapbook when you were a kid?

My best friend when I was a kid was Mark Bernard, and we were always in competition to see who had the best or the most of something at any given time. I was 3 months shy of my 11th birthday when Star Wars came out (Mark was 2 months younger than me). We were both nuts about Star Wars and we tried to one-up the other with how many times we saw the movie, or who had the most stuff related to the movie, things like that. In order to manage our collections, we each started a scrapbook.

My version mostly consisted of me cutting out movie theater ads, newspaper articles, trading card wrappers, merchandise ads, etc. Mark had more of the toys than I did, but we ended up blowing most of them up with firecrackers (I know, why did I blow them up when we could have saved them mint on the card?). Mark’s favorite character was Han Solo. I liked Han too, but Mark had called it first, and since we couldn’t both have Han as favorite, I chose Luke to be my next favorite. (It made sense at the time!)


Simon Pegg Talks Star Wars & His New Book! Team | October 19, 2010

Actor, comedian and Star Wars fan Simon Pegg, best known for his Brit slacker role in Spaced as well as a reluctant zombie killer in Shaun of the Dead and a younger Scotty in the Star Trek reboot, recently published his autobiography Nerd Do Well.

In his book, Pegg talks about his childhood, teenage years, family life, the happenstance meeting of his wife and his friendships with actor Nick Frost, director Edgar Wright and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. Anyone who reads interviews with Pegg, follows him on Twitter and reads his blog knows how much Star Wars inspires/angers/entertains him on a regular basis. So it’s no shocker that his autobiography is scattered with Star Wars memories.

Tom Lamont from The Guardian interviews Pegg about his new book:

Star Wars has been the most consistent supplement and tonic, Pegg an impressionable eight-year-old when George Lucas’ epic arrived in his local cinema in 1977. “I was the exact demographic for that film,” he says. “I was a **** 1m-high target, and it got me right through the eyes. I can mark out my life from that point in terms of my relationship with that film.”

No exaggeration. A game of Jedi re-enactment in Gloucester’s woodlands helped a youthful Pegg and his peers get over the death of a friend in a car accident. A socio-historical interpretation of the film with Ewoks as Vietnamese militia was his thesis subject as a film student at Bristol University. On one occasion, in hospital after an operation, Pegg awoke from his anaesthetically induced coma an hour too early, confounding doctors until it was realized he must have overheard a fellow patient on the ward watching Star Wars on VHS, jealously aroused by the sound of R2-D2′s clicks and beeps.

Read the full article here:
Simon Pegg: “I measure my life in terms of my relationship with Star Wars

Be sure to check out Simon Pegg along with Nick Frost in the new sci-fi comedy Paul.

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Jabba and Leia Bots?

Bonnie Burton | October 19, 2010

Jenny and Tony Bot transform polymer clay, glass beads and wire to make crafty tributes to cinematic icons including Star Wars characters Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt.

In our final semester in college, Jennifer and I had the opportunity to create an entire class around our robots. The class known as “A Robot’s Life for Me”, was part of our Cinema Studies minor and cumulated in a book that portrayed some of cinemas finest moments in a more metallic form. Needless to say, the class was a blast and allowed us to explore our robots in a way that we never thought possible. Overall, it was hard work resulting in 60 plus robots, lots of mini props, many many photographs, and lots of patience.

We knew that it would have been ludicrous for us to bypass recreating a Star Wars film for a book based on American cinema. And while we didn’t initially know what scene we wanted to replicate what we did know is we wanted it to be as big of a challenge and as absurd as possible. Therefore, what better scene to tackle then the one you see above. In the end, we were very pleased by the results and it still makes us laugh every time we look at the photo. I mean it isn’t everyday that you get to make a robot into a virtual massive blob and then create a bot that is undeniably one of the nerdiest sex symbols known to man.

Check out all the photos here:

DIY Crocheted Yoda Hat

Bonnie Burton | October 19, 2010

Here’s a great fan-made craft of a Yoda hat for those of you who know how to crochet!

My four-year-old son decided that he wanted to be Yoda for Halloween. I took about two days to whip up this hat for him. He really wanted the eyes on there. I was just going to do the ears and hair, but he begged me for the eyes! It was fairly easy to do and I think it turned out well. Though I now want to keep going and make it a full Yoda face…though the poor kid couldn’t see then. Maybe after Halloween, I’ll add the rest of the face!

Check out how you can make your own version of this hat here:
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Give Up Your Bus Seat to Yoda! Team | October 19, 2010

While riding the bus you should always give up your seat to pregnant women, moms with babies, the elderly and Yoda.

Thanks for the tip, Brian Huberd!

SOURCE: Failblog

Mark Hamill to Attend Return of the Jedi Screening for State Parks Team | October 13, 2010

The California State Parks Foundation is hosting their second annual Film Series the first weekend in November and will include a screening of Return of the Jedi and post-screening audience Q&A with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and David Barclay, Yoda puppeteer.

Held at Paramount Studios, the Jedi screening is just one of several attractions being staged for the “California State Parks Starring in Hollywood Films” event, which will also include a public hike at nearby Malibu Creek State Park (the historic site where TV’s “M*A*S*H” was shot).

For a full list of screenings, related events, and tickets, check out the official site here.

Making Darth Fairy!

Bonnie Burton | October 11, 2010

Inspired by the pretty in Pink Princess Vader costume, this fan took it a step further to create a purple Darth Vader costume for her youngling!

With last year’s fairy costume in hand I set out to make her dreams come true. We had an old Darth Vader mask that I primed and spray painted lavender. Princess Fierce brought me a broken toy crown that I took apart, painted green, added purple glitter sparkles and mounted to the mask.

I redesigned the straps to the mask to be purple and green ribbon from the sides and one piece with loops across the top. Allowing me to tie a bow through the loop and basically make a net that sat on her head. She was ecstatic. The mask wasn’t too tight but yet did not slip. She wore it comfortably for most of 8 hours.

With mask done I moved on to what every good fairy needs…a wand. I found some adorable lavender flowers for half price at Hobby Lobby. Score! I spray painted a styrofoam ball, with thumb pressed dimple. I added on Death Star detail with a green sharpie then glued it into the flower’s center. Add some green and lavender ribbon to the flower stem and we have the Death Star Flower Wand.

The final touch was Vader’s control panel. Using a picture of Vader for a guide I cut out pieces of purple and green felt and glued them down to a purple panel. Stitched the panel on to the fairy costume and Darth Fairy was born.

Read more about this awesome here:
Making Darth Fairy

1978 Star Wars Ballet

Pete Vilmur | October 8, 2010

This video of a Star Wars ballet was making the rounds a few days ago, posted first at Cinematical and described, surprisingly, rather positively:

When it comes to things that don’t seem to go together, Star Wars and ballet would be pretty high up on my list. Sure, lightsaber duels have a certain choreography to them, but full on ballet?

That’s what viewers are treated to in this old clip featuring performers Galina and Valeri Panov dancing an elaborate tribute to Star Wars accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra — conducted by none other than John Williams. I’m not sure when this event happened, exactly, but you know it was in the distant past because once the segment ends they toss it to George Burns.

Thanks to our resident Star Wars bibliographer Bob Miller (who never fails to amaze us with his extensive collection of Star Wars media mentions dating back over 30 years), we were able to determine the Star Wars ballet was part of a two-hour special on ABC, “The Stars Salute Israel at 30,” which was broadcast on May 8, 1978 at 9:00 p.m. PST. It was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A., taped on May 7.

So there you have it. Check out Cinematical’s original post to watch the video.