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Catch Fanboys This February

Bonnie Burton | January 16, 2009

Grab your popcorn and lightsaber, and head out to see the long-anticipated Fanboys as it hits theaters on February 6 in select cities (see below). Check your local listings for participating theaters and showtimes.

Fanboys Opening Weekend Cities: Feb. 6, 2009

  • Austin TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA

See the trailer and get more info here:
Fanboys Official Movie Site

TFU Gets WGA Writing Nods; QFT, BRB, BBQ.

StarWars.com Team | January 13, 2009

When people think of video games, they usually think of button-mashy, time-draining bits of visual flair. Usually, the writing does not live up the fun of the game. I mean, really, stomping turtles isn’t exactly a brilliant metaphor for world suffering or the trials of a hard life. It’s just stomping turtles, Freud.

But some video games can have those deep undertones. Gamers sat up and took notice with Bioshock in 2007, amazed at the story within the game. They weren’t alone. The Writers Guild of America were so moved that in 2008 they created an award for Best Writing within a Video Game. Dead Head Fred won for the 2007 span of releases – deservedly so, in my humble opinion. For the 2008 year, things hit a bit closer to home.

LucasArts is quite proud to have received praise from the Writer’s Guild. Regardless of what the critics said about The Force Unleashed, they all agreed the story is brilliant. And why not? Expanding the storyline of our beloved mythology, blazing ahead into previously unexplored dark times – who wouldn’t love that – gamers were hooked by the story as well as the brilliantly-crafted voicework and well-directed cinematics.

So, we extend congratulations to our friends Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford, and Cameron Suey. Give them some love – they worked incredibly hard on the game and deserve every bit of honor they are given.

Chewbacca the Pug Saves the Day

Bonnie Burton | January 5, 2009

Just as Chewbacca showed his bravery throughout the Star Wars, a pet pug with the same name saved his family from a dangerous fire this holiday season.

The fire started in the basement at about 8 a.m. Christmas morning and thanks to Chewbacca, a 10-week old Pug everyone was able to get out of the house unharmed.

Read the full story here:
Puppy a hero in Christmas fire

Star Wars: Live on Stage!

StarWars.com Team | December 19, 2008

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away…an epic space drama unfolded to the delight of children of all ages. This December, Dark Room Productions proudly fold it back up to present, for eight performances only in San Francisco, STAR WARS: Live on Stage!

A deliciously evil empire. A heroic rebel alliance. Cool laser battles! Lightsaber duels! Awesome zero-gravity dogfights! And a $100 special effects budget! It’s everyone’s favorite, classic blockbuster performed with a very small block.

Starwars.com chats with STAR WARS: Live on Stage! Director Jim Fourniadis who also happens to be the Creative Director of the Dark Room Theater and adoptive father to Maggie “the cute French Bulldog, our mascot, who is still mad at me for making her wear a little Princess Leia costume on opening night.”

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Justin Timberlake and C-3PO Together At Last

Bonnie Burton | December 3, 2008


(Who do you trust more to bring sexy back?)

The droids and celebs come out for a night to celebrate Samuel L. Jackson receiving the 2008 American Cinematheque Award. Artoo, accompanied by his counterpart, translator, and traveling companion C-3PO, was nice enough to send along a few snapshots of his star-studded night to Starwars.com. The ceremony airs on AMC December 9th with special appearances by the maker himself, George Lucas.

Read the full article with more photos here:
Droid Report from Beverly Hills (Starwars.com)

Cancer-fighting Lightsabers?

StarWars.com Team | December 3, 2008

Looks like a lightsaber is now more than just “an elegant weapon for a more civilized time.” Professor Kishan Dholakia and Dr. Frank Gunn-Moore from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have recently developed a “lightsaber-like” tool which can be used to fight cancer cells in the body.

The device — which is only a couple of millimetres square — fires a laser beam so accurately that it can puncture a hole in an individual cell, allowing drugs to enter and do their work much more effectively.

Dr Gunn-Moore says, “You could think of these as tiny lightsabres like they had in Star Wars inside your body. We can use lasers to punch tiny holes exactly where we want them. We can produce a rod of light — sometimes described as a sword — that can even go around objects. It really does sound like science fiction.”

Read the full article here:
Star Wars-style “lightsabre” to fight cancer cells developed
(via Entertainment and Showbiz)

The Week That Was (Nov. 24-29)

StarWars.com Team | December 1, 2008

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It was a short week, what with the Thanksgiving holiday, but there was still enough content to cover your plate. A look back at what you may have missed on StarWars.com last week when you weren’t either bargain-hunting or in a food coma.

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Oola Makes Fave Green Gal List

Bonnie Burton | December 1, 2008

Green women have a habit of popping up as characters in some of the most beloved sci-fi franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, Flash Gordon, and Lost in Space, among others. io9.com takes a look at their favorite jade-hued ladies of sci-fi. We couldn’t be prouder of Oola.

Oola (Star Wars): Unlike the Orion women, Oola is a bona fide slave, a Twi’lek tragically tricked into becoming a dancer for Jabba the Hutt. There, she was starved, forced to service Jabba, and beaten for any disobedience. Just before she believed she would be rescued by Luke Skywalker, Oola performed one final dance for her master, but when Jabba pulled on the chain around her neck, beckoning him to her, she defied him, pulling back until Jabba tugged her over a trapdoor and dropped her into the chamber of his hungry rancor.

Read the full article here:
The Emerald-Skinned Women Who Make the Universe a Greener Place (io9.com)

The Week That Was (Nov. 17 – 23)

StarWars.com Team | November 23, 2008

Has the world gone topsy-turvy? The primary focus of StarWars.com this week revolved around two subjects: Jar Jar Binks and The Star Wars Holiday Special. Rivers of uber-serious fanboy tears were undoubtedly shed, but for those capable of relaxing and enjoying the entire superburrito that is Star Wars had a tasty meal of content to savor this week on StarWars.com, with an extra heaping helping of cheese. Let’s take a look back at the week that was, okiday?

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As an aside, this spellchecker I’m using takes issue with topsy-turvy, but gives superburrito a pass. Huh.

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The Week That Was (Nov. 10 – 16)

StarWars.com Team | November 16, 2008

A good week for those with HD TVs — The Clone Wars animated feature arrives on Blu-Ray, the first Star Wars movie to do so. Meanwhile, on television, The Clone Wars continues with another solid installment, especially those with an unabashed R2-D2 hero worship thing going on, and Seth, Matt and the folks at Stoopid Monkey / Adult Swim bring Star Wars back to Robot Chicken. Here’s a recap of the content on StarWars.com this past week:

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