Archive for December, 2012



DIY Winter Star Wars Sun Jars

Tessa Braun | December 19, 2012

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Still on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift? If you’re on a budget and like getting crafty, look no further! A wintry Star Wars sun jar is a festive and fun project that makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. The jar stores sunlight during the day and then glows in the dark, adding some brightness to these long winter nights. (Kids, please get your parents to help you with this!)

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A Special Message for Star Wars Fans from Conan O’Brien

Conan O'Brien | December 19, 2012

Editor’s note: Rumors abound over who will direct the next Star Wars film. Thanks to the comedic genius of Conan O’Brien we now have a glimpse at what some of the biggest names in Hollywood may submit as entries. Check out the videos below:

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Things To Do On Hoth

Katie Cook | December 18, 2012

Things to do on Hoth

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Bryan Young | December 17, 2012

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Western films have long served as inspiration in the course of film history. Orson Welles reportedly watched John Ford’s film Stagecoach repeatedly while preparing and editing Citizen Kane. Akira Kurosawa was said to have worshiped the work of John Ford and applied the Japanese sensibilities of samurai to a uniquely western genre of storytelling. Kurosawa made epic western-like films like Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and Sanjuro.

One of his films in particular, Yojimbo, inspired one of the most influential directors of westerns, Sergio Leone. Leone turned Yojimbo, a samurai film inspired by westerns, into an Italian-made “spaghetti western” called A Fistful of Dollars. Seriously, it’s a direct remake with many of the same shots and lines directly paying homage.

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StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: December 14, 2012

StarWars.com Team | December 14, 2012

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Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed this week!

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Loving The Hobbit, Building The Clone Wars

Dave Filoni | December 14, 2012

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I will never forget the bookshelf my parents kept in our living room when I was growing up. My parents are avid readers, so they collected books on world cultures, art, architecture, opera, natural history, and world history. From this vast selection of topics, there was a series of three books packaged together in a special box that always drew my attention. When I pulled one out I found a strange red eye looking at me, surrounded by a field of black with bizarre red writing around the edge of the circle. At the top was what appeared to be four flames licking upward towards an inverted ring. The binding read, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.

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The Saga Continues…

Albin Johnson | December 13, 2012

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Someone pinch me. I need a confirmation that I’m awake, because recently I read that new Star Wars films are in the works. I don’t remember finding an old lamp and rubbing it, and I don’t think my prayers from when I was 12 years old count, so I’m not sure how exactly my wish got granted for an extension on the single greatest saga ever. But here it is!

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Star Wars and History

J.W. Rinzler | December 12, 2012

coverBack in 2007, George Lucas sent me a copy via his assistant of Star Wars and Philosophy. He then called and said he wanted to do something in that vein — starting with Star Wars and History. This month, five years later, that book was published by Wiley. We even have an essay written by the editor of that book, Kevin S. Decker.

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How to Make a Wampa Cave Shadow Box

Jennifer Landa | December 11, 2012

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‘Tis the season of keeping warm inside a tauntaun! When the temperature drops, I am reminded of the icy planet of Hoth. Nothing says wintertime quite like snowtroopers, smelly tauntauns, and a one-warmed wampa. One of my favorite things about the “Hothidays” is putting up twinkly lights and decorations. However, you won’t find me building a miniature Dickens village. Instead, I try to deck the halls with dioramas, Yoda lights, and some of my favorite Star Wars action figures. This year, I turned a wampa cave into a holiday shadow box decoration! Whether you have these action figures or not, this craft will help you celebrate the Hothidays…Star Wars style!

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Black Milk Star Wars: Fan Fashion

James Lillis | December 11, 2012

Han Solo Dress 2I grew up in the ’80s. I’ll never forget when I was a kid, going down to the store with my loose change to get the latest bubble gum cards from my favorite movie — Return of the Jedi. I would spend hours pouring over all the classic cards in my collection, looking at all my favorite characters. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “Han Solo.”

As it turned out, when I grew up I didn’t become a galactic smuggler — I became a fashion designer.

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