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Popular Science Gives The Force its Due

Brooks Brown | November 10, 2008

One of my favorite newsstand mags to browse is Popular Science, leading the way for some of the better and more fascinating subjects you can read and digest in a short period of time. Every year they name their favorite new things we can spend our paychecks on – and the list is, quite often, a geeks dream.

This year is no different, with things from OLED Televisions to sub-woofers for your seat gracing the pages. A personal pick is the new Onkyo Receiver. The ability to adjust color and brightness before the video signal hits your television is any videophiles fantasy.

Not to be left out, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, thanks to the brilliant physics and AI engine within (DMM and Euphoria respectively), made this year’s list. As the award exclaims, videogame players finally get a tactile sensation they are effecting physical objects, and actually hurting Stormtroopers. We’re flattered for the award, and our thanks goes out to PopSci.

The Week That Was (Nov 3 – 9)

StarWars.com Team | November 8, 2008

A historic week in some quarters, and a busy week too on StarWars.com as Clone Wars returns to the air after taking the previous Friday off to trick or treat. Is this now a regular running weekly recap of content? We’ll see. But without further ado, here’s what the last week on the site looked like.

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New Fanboys Poster and Trailer

StarWars.com Team | November 3, 2008

With the new movie poster and trailer for hitting the web, fans are that much closer to seeing the final edit of the film everyone’s been talking about — Fanboys. Take a look at the trailer and get ready to laugh it up, fuzzball!

WATCH VIDEO: Fanboys trailer (via Trailer Addict )

Star Trek Movie Influenced by Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | October 4, 2008

Speaking with Wired.com, Star Trek scriptwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman swap thoughts about their personal obsession with the Trek canon, the premise that put J.J. Abrams in the director’s chair and the brainstorm sessions with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof that brought some Star Wars mojo to the Star Trek mythology.

Excerpt:

Wired.com: J.J. Abrams makes no secret that he’s more of a Star Wars guy and not so much into Star Trek, but you two were full-tilt fans.

Orci: In terms of fandom, yeah, and Damon too is a fanatic – we’re not going to drop the ball out of ignorance. Nobody can say that we don’t know Star Trek. There might be some things we do that people could question, where they go, “I hate them for some other reasons,” but they can’t say, “They didn’t know their stuff.”

Orci: And it’s controversial to even mention Star Wars and Star Trek in the same sentence, but Alex said, “We have to bring more Star Wars into Star Trek.”

Kurtzman: (joke-coughing) Original Star Wars.

Orci: Original Star Wars. I want to feel the space, I want to feel speed and I want to feel all the things that can become a little bit lost when Star Trek becomes very stately — which I love about it , but….

Kurtzman: Star Trek is often the space equivalent of sub battles, which is what makes it unique and different from Star Wars, so you can’t blow that away, either.

Orci: It’s somewhere between that the truth lies.

Read the full interview here:
Star Trek Writers Brace for Impact (Wired.com)

Read about J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof’s love for Star Wars here: Mission: “Lost” in Star Wars — J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof (Starwars.com)

Robot Chicken Star Wars Invades UK

StarWars.com Team | September 8, 2008

Now that Robot Chicken Star Wars DVD is available in the UK, fans can finally discover, “What the heck is an Almunium Falcon?!” Check out the Adult Swim UK DVD site here video clips, image gallery and wallpapers/screensavers.

Also be sure to check out Adult Swim DVD on Facebook for news and more!

Clone Wars Opening Weekend Events

StarWars.com Team | August 14, 2008


(Photo by Pablo Hidalgo)

If you’re planning on catching the release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in theaters this weekend, you might end up seeing a few Clone troopers in the area. Check the list below to see if your local 501st Legion garrison or outpost — as well as characters from the Rebel Legion — will be waiting for you.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – In theaters August 15, 2008

StarWars.com Team | August 2, 2008

Grab the official Star Wars: The Clone Wars Widget for your own site, or favorite social networking profile. Only a few more days until Star Wars hits the theaters once again!

Star Wars takes on a dazzling new look in the first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm Animation – Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace. More and more systems are falling prey to the forces of the dark side as the Galactic Republic slips further and further under the sway of the Separatists and their never-ending droid army.

Click here for more….

Obi-Wan Sculpture to Appear in Manhattan Exhibit

StarWars.com Team | July 2, 2008

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Artist Lawrence Noble, who sculpted the stunning Obi-Wan bust before convention-goers at Celebration IV last summer, has been selected for membership in the prestigious National Sculpture Society and will have a selection of his works showcased in the Society’s headquarters in Manhattan starting July 14.

Here’s their official site’s description of the exhibit:

The Elected Members Invitational showcases the sculpture of some of National Sculpture Society’s finest artists. The open-theme exhibition alternates annually with NSS’s Fellows Invitational and the works on display reflect a level of excellence in figurative sculpture which has become the benchmark of the 115-year old institution. Elected Members from as far away as Ecuador, England, Mexico and Africa submitted work as diverse in subject, style and discipline as their home countries. Highlights include bronze portraits of familiar and fictitious individuals; whimsical characters made of marble, terra cotta and wood; and creatures, both real and imagined, in unexpected settings.

For more information about the exhibit, check out the official National Sculpture Society website here, and also Noble’s official website here.

George Lucas Wants You to Vote

Bonnie Burton | July 1, 2008

Hip hop stars Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Ciara, Egypt, Doug E. Fresh, Flo Rida, Russell Simmons, oh and filmmaker George Lucas, think you should register and vote in 2008.

VIDEO: George Lucas in Vote For It ‘08

More on the “Vote For It ‘08″ PSA:

VFI08 is a joint initiative between the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), and online ad network and marketing company, CPX Interactive. The overarching purpose of the joint initiative is to serve as a call-to-action to America’s youth vote, emphasizing the importance of connectivity to the growing national political spirit and the necessity of empowering one’s self thru the exercise of the most basic responsibility…that is the right to vote.

Get more info here:
VoteForIt08.org

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SOURCE: TheForce.net

Remembering Special Effects Master Stan Winston

StarWars.com Team | June 19, 2008

This week we lost an iconic special effects innovator and make-up artist Stan Winston, who’s best known for his work in the Terminator films, Jurassic Park, Aliens, Predator, Edward Scissorhands and most recently Iron Man, passed away at age 62 on June 15, 2008. He leaves behind a legacy of innovative work that not only earned him four Academy Awards, but legions of fans who many have become movie make-up artists and creature creators themselves.

Revenge of the Sith Creature Shop Supervisor Dave Elsey talks to us about his own admiration for Stan Winston and why his talents on the big screen will be missed.

When did you first discover the work of Stan Winston?
I was probably about 15 when I discovered Stan Winston’s work. I had a book called Making A monster by Al Taylor and Sue Roy, and I was really obsessed by the stuff he did, even back then, before he started doing all the really iconic stuff. I really loved his collaborative old age makeup on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman.

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