Archive for January, 2013

The Innovations of Star Wars and How They Inspire

Albin Johnson | January 31, 2013

There’s a simple rule to most movies: Amputees are bad guys.

Almost without fail, if there’s a guy with a hook for a hand or one who walks with a limp or has a glass eye, then he’s a bad dude. It’s an easy metaphor to slide into movies and it extends past just amputated limbs. A character wears some disfiguring mark or bears the burden of some horrible malady, and you leave the viewer with the idea that there’s a dark past explaining it or some bad moral compass that led to it.

Tattoos and robot limbs make for a strong reputation.

Tattoos and robot limbs make for a strong reputation.


Star Wars Recipe: Super Bowl Ewok Guac

Tessa Braun | January 31, 2013


If you are hosting a party this Super Bowl, don’t forget to show your Star Wars pride. Dip into some Endor flare by cooking up this delicious and playful Ewok Guac! To make the greatest guacamole in the galaxy, all you need is:

  • 5 ripe avocados
  • Bundle of green onions
  • Bushel of cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt
  • Clove of garlic (optional)
  • Brown chips and crackers. (My favorites are Casa Sanchez Totopos tortilla chips and Mary’s Gone Crackers original crackers.)


The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: Scenes at 100%

Casey Pugh | January 31, 2013

Star Wars Uncut Yoda Poem

100%! 100%! 100%! In the wee hours of Sunday morning (1:04 a.m. EST to be exact), we reached an important landmark: we have officially received a submission for every scene in The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. That’s 480 scenes, fuzzballs.


Director J.J. Abrams and His Lifelong Appreciation of Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | January 29, 2013

Photo by Joichi Ito (Creative Commons Attribution Licensed)
Photo published with photographer’s permission.

Director J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars: Episode VII, but he’s been a lifelong fan of the saga. In fact, his common appreciation for Star Wars led him to working with his regular collaborator Damon Lindelof, not to mention the endless homages to the films in his various projects such as Lost and Fringe.

Here’s a selection of quotes from Abrams from previous interviews about the impact Star Wars has had on his life and career.

In the Star Wars Galaxy, Innovation Leaps from Screen to Toy Aisle

Steve Sansweet | January 28, 2013

Just about everyone reading this knows how innovative Lucasfilm has been since its founding in 1971. And much of that innovation was spurred by George Lucas’ desire to do and show things onscreen — specifically in his Star Wars movies — that had never been done before. In fact, he’s long been one of the leaders in cinema’s digital revolution.

But that’s not what I had in mind here. I want to talk about the stuff, the merchandise. Has that same sense of innovation carried through to at least some of the hundreds of thousands of items that have been produced worldwide over more than three decades?

Of course, in the toy businesses innovation means something a lot different than devising ways to film spaceship battles or digital picture and sound editing systems. There are problems of size, pricing, and scale, for example. Trying to take the latest cutting-edge technology developed for military or industrial use and making it “toyetic,” could be hazardous to a company’s health. Adapting proven technology through clever adaptation and design, however, is another matter.



The Force Is Strong with the USO and MCAS Miramar!

Ashley Eckstein | January 25, 2013

In front of an Osprey at MCAS Miramar on our USO Tour!

As a voice on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I’ve recorded several episodes about keeping the peace and fighting for the Republic. I pretend to be a character — a hero — fighting in a war and protecting the innocent from the Sith.

The key word in all of this is “pretend,” because the cast of The Clone Wars recently had the honor and privilege to do a USO tour last week at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, California, where we got to meet real-life heroes who are fighting to keep us safe everyday. The amazing staff for the USO and MCAS Miramar hosted us on-base where we got to stay and tour the facilities. We even got to go inside a real life Osprey!


Star Wars Fansite Seminar Highlights

Austin Blankenship | January 25, 2013


Have you ever wanted to start your own Star Wars fansite? On January 24, a new event took place to gather all of the information that you need to know about taking your first step into the larger world of fansites! The first ever Star Wars Fansite Seminar was a smashing success, as fans from across the globe took to Twitter to join in the fun. The seminar was the perfect opportunity for fansite creators to share advice on how to design and manage a Star Wars fansite, with many readers chiming in as well. There were even appearances from Star Wars authors and other VIPs! Miss out on the seminar? Here are 10 of the most instructive tweets from throughout the day:


Luke’s Death Blow

J.W. Rinzler | January 24, 2013


What I’d like to write about I can’t. Two of the more interesting projects I’m working on still haven’t been announced. One should be announced in May; the other…who knows, but later than May. Stay tuned…

What I can say is that our video/doc crew is starting work on a sizzle piece for Jeffrey Brown’s heart-warming and funny Vader’s Little Princess; the Prequel Trilogy Storyboard book is nearly done — and set for a May release — and looks great; the next book in the Star Wars Art series is approaching final stage and I’ll show the designed pages to George Lucas in a couple of weeks; and the first designed pass of The Making of Return of the Jedi is also due in a couple of weeks. First pass is my favorite stage: images, captions, and text are all together and designed for the first time — but we can still make changes, correct errors, improve.


Star Wars Fansite Seminar

Chris Carey | January 24, 2013


Today, Star Wars fans across the world will come together on Twitter for the first ever Star Wars Fansite Seminar. The idea behind this seminar is simple: Star Wars fans worldwide, with years of experience running Star Wars fan websites, want to share the tips, tricks, and secrets that they’ve learned to help fans that are looking to jump into the world of Star Wars fandom. Whether you are looking for sage advice on how to start a Star Wars website of your own, or would simply like the opportunity to interact with fans and maybe find a new fan website to follow or contribute to, the Star Wars Fansite Seminar provides a great opportunity for passionate fans to learn firsthand how to direct their love of Star Wars into something that could rival the size of the Death Star!

The Star Wars Fansite Seminar is hosted by Fandom Apocalypse, and will be a 24 hour event. Everyone is invited to join us! To participate in this seminar, simply use the hashtag #SWFS in your tweets. You can also search Twitter using that hashtag to find a host of fansites and fansite contributors to direct your questions and comments.

Star Wars in the UK: Farthest From Toy Show

Mark Newbold | January 23, 2013


“If there’s a bright center to the universe you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.”

Any Star Wars fan worth his or her salt knows that Luke Skywalker was talking about his adopted home world of Tatooine, but last month, Farthest From — a retro Star Wars toy show — was right here on planet earth in the UK, in the middle of the New Forest and a small village called Fordingbridge.

For the past three years, event organizer Dave Tree (you may know him as the brains behind Celebration Europe’s massively popular 2007 Palitoy Archive exhibit, a display so incredible it reduced Dengar himself, Simon Pegg, to nostalgic tears of joy) has held events in the town. First he hosted two Fordingbridge Film and TV Festivals, the first of which saw original trilogy and Indiana Jones producer Robert Watts present the UK’s only showing that year of Raiders of the Lost Ark and then bringing Farthest From to the Town Hall in September and now December of 2012.