Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker himself will appear at Celebration V in Florida. Lucasfilm has confirmed that Mark Hamill will be on hand to sign autographs. The gathering. will be Hamill's first appearance at US-based conventions.

Tickets are still available, so go to the website to get yours.

Insert Zac Efron reference here

Zac Efron has signed on to play Anakin Skywalker in Robot Chicken's third Star Wars spoof. The “Robot Chicken” series has previously spoofed the Star Wars movies in 2007 and 2008 and the next Star Wars spoof special will air on December 12th on Adult Swim.

The past Robot Chicken spoofs have included a Yoda/Obi-Wan song-and-dance routine, a skit depicting Palpatine's worst day ever, and a segment of every geek's fantasy.

Only you would be so bold ...

These guys here are pretty much my heroes.

The comedy group Improv Everywhere faithfully recreated a scene from Star Wars: A New Hope in a New York CIty subway.

Of the skit, they said: "The white walls and sliding doors on the train reminded us of the rebel ship from the movie, and we thought it would be fun to see how people would react to a surprise appearance by the iconic characters."

Watch the scene on YouTube here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

She's got it where it counts.

I know I run the risk of venturing into the realm of the insensitive here, but this is almost worth catching a life-threatening disease.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation gave this gigantic Millennium Falcon fort thing. It took 14 people, including a group of well-built firefighters, to lift it. It even has solar-powered interior lighting.

I know way too much.

I stumbled across this wonderful chart the other day. It’s called “19 Things You Didn’t Know About Star Wars.”

I pride myself in knowing stuff nobody else knows about Star Wars. Let’s see how many of these I know …

The movie title? Yes, I did know that one.
The number of actors who portrayed Darth Vader: Yes.
Toy line: No.
ILM: Yes.
Frank Oz: Yes.
Mark Hamill: No.
Scuba regulator: No.
Puppeteers: Yes.
Hypertension: No.
Francis Ford Coppola: No.
George’s birthday: No.
Greatest film score: Naturally.
Sissy Spacek: Who?
Other Han Solos: Yes.
Chewbacca: Yes.
Ewok: I’ve actually heard that it was “Wookiee” backwards.
Hamburger: Yes.
R2-D2: Yes.
Airplanes and pantyhose: No.

I’d say I did pretty well.

This weapon is your life, part 2.

Remember the lightsaber-like laser pointer from a few weeks ago? It seems George Lucas has filed a “cease and desist” order against Wicked Lasers, who released what thy called “the most powerful hand-held laser ever available to the public.”

Wicked Lasers never called their product a lightsaber, but I was far from the only one who thought it looked like one. I guess George is very protective of his beloved laser swords.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Rise, my friend ...

Remember that awesome desk I shared last time? I looked around on the website of the artist and found the perfect chair for it.

This chair, modeled after the Emperor' throne aboard the second Death Star, costs a hefty $5500. At that price, it had better give me Force powers.

Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold.

My dream house will include an office wherein I will display all my Star Wars memorabilia. In this office, my computer and Wookiee mug will sit upon a desk. This desk, of course, will be a thing of beauty.

This desk was created by Tom Spina studios, which makes custom art and furniture for people with unusual tastes and large wallets.

Check out more of their stuff here.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A few months ago, we celebrated May the Fourth, as in May the Fourth Be With You. In a few days, we celebrate another important Fourth holiday — Independence Day. Photojournalist Stephen Hayford created these funny snapshots to celebrate America’s liberation from the Galactic Empire … er, whatever.

Aye, may the force be w' ye

One of my dreams as a child was to play the bagpipes. Like many other of my dreams — like getting into a bar fight and hijacking a Schwan’s truck — this dream has all but fallen to the wayside, but this videos have kindled anew my desire to play Scotland’s favorite instrument.

These guys are playing the Star Wars theme on the bagpipes, which makes the music exponentially cool.