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Twilight Zone, Doctor Who, And More Are Delightfully Square In Pop Culture Art Show

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TwilightZoneWe’re big fans of the Los Angeles-based Gallery 1988 here at GFR. The gallery is dedicated to celebrating pop culture in all its forms, and over the years they’ve hosted exhibits honoring Ghostbusters’ 30th anniversary and Joey Spiotto’s awesome “Golden Books” twists on beloved movies such as Back to the Future and Alien. Now they’ve got a new show highlighting another talented artist with a love for some of our favorite stuff. If you’re in LA looking for a good time, consider hitting up Gallery 1988’s “Squares 4 Squares” show, featuring Philadelphia artist Dave Perillo’s delightful takes on things like Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, as seen in the above piece, dubbed “Your Next Stop.”

Perillo’s solo show at Gallery 1988 is already quite the success, with Blurppy.com reporting that a bunch of his original artwork sold out almost immediately. The show itself kicked off on August 22 and runs through September 20, so you’ve still got plenty of time to check it out. Just resist the urge to grab Perillo’s “Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey” print off the wall and take off running. They’ll catch you, it’s just a matter of time.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast And Crew Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you’ve been anywhere near social media in the past few weeks, you’ve almost certainly seen at least one of the so-called “ice bucket challenge” videos. Give or take a thousand. The idea is that the challenged has 24 hours to either donate $100 to ALS research or to record and post video of them dumping a bucket of ice water over their head (and then still donating some smaller amount as well). We’ve seen damn near every celebrity and pseudo-celebrity on the planet participate at this point, so it was really just a matter of time before the challenge reached J.J. Abrams and the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Appropriately enough, Abrams was the first to stare into the icy face of charity, accepting a challenge from Steven Spielberg. The challenge was also somewhat close to home for Abrams, as his grandfather suffered from ALS. (He also challenged Stephen King, whose ice bucket video you can see right here.)

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George Lucas Originally Wanted No Part Of Frank Oz’s Yoda Voice

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A genius, George Lucas isn’t always. Star Wars is one of the world’s most popular film franchises ever, but in the years since the first film’s release, the man behind the movies has repeatedly proven that the series became a massive hit often in spite of his wishes, rather than because of them. While this may not be the most super-secret declaration we’ve ever talked about on GFR, it’s worth discussing that Lucas originally rejected Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda, which is arguably one of the most iconic aspects of the franchise. It takes a bit of talent to pull off a Christopher Walken impression, but everybody knows how to sound like Yoda. Listen to Oz describe Lucas’ hesitance in the clip below.

As Oz puts it, Lucas wasn’t a fan of his vocal interpretation of the character in the beginning, and we might never have known the character’s throaty voice had Lucas stuck to his guns. (Or blasters in this case.) After initially rejecting Oz’s audition tape, Lucas went on and interviewed other voice actors for the part while The Empire Strikes Back was in post-production. Thinking he had no shot at the film, Oz was presumably surprised when Lucas contacted while on vacation and asked if he’d go out to the Empire set in Hawaii and record the vocal tracks.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Rumor Has An Iconic Villain Making His Return

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Star WarsRumors about Star Wars: Episode VII have been flying fast and furious, ranging from plot details to how the new canon is going to take shape in the long run and everything in between. Lately there has been a lot of attention paid to who the villains may be. There is an old familiar face in the mix, as well as some new-jack upstarts, but now yet another report has surfaced about a surprising evildoer who could return to action.

There are potential major SPOIILERS beyond this point, that fact should be obvious.

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Star Wars Plans To Redefine Longform Storytelling Moving Forward

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Star WarsDespite being 16 months away, and still in the middle of production, Star Wars: Episode VII is always going to be a hot topic of conversation. The very fact that they’re making new movies is cause for excitement, though our enthusiasm is cautious at this point, we’ve been burned too many times. We hope that J.J. Abrams and the crew at the Disney-owned Lucasfilm will not only make a good movie, but also reinvigorate the franchise, and some new information floating around indicates that they have a plan for the canon moving forward that aims to do just that.

Though many of us have a deep love of Star Wars, that love has been tested. Between George Lucas going back and tweaking the original films (and not for the better) and the prequels, not to mention the rampant over merchandising, it’s not always as easy as it used to be to unequivocally love Star Wars. Like many things, as we get older, the situation gets much more complex. You can say, “I love Star Wars,” and mean it, but then there are a bunch of caveats. In an article over at Badass Digest, Devin Farci (a guy roughly my age, with a similar history with the franchise), wrote a nice essay about this topic, but at the same time, he also reveals some information he’s gathered from sources that should give you hope and get you stoked about that far, far away galaxy once again.

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Star Wars Rebels Drops Three New TV Spots And A Zeb Character Short

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In reality, we’re not all that far away from seeing a new addition to the Star Wars universe. It’s not J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, which is what we’re most excited about, but the animated series Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere this October, and from what we’ve seen, it’s looking better and better all the time. We know that the show is going to have a huge impact on larger expanded universe, and to give you a taste of that, Disney and Lucasfilm have released three new TV spots and another new character short.

This first video gives you the basic set up for the series. Set in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels shows the Galactic Empire tightening its grip over the various worlds of the galaxy. When the Empire comes to the planet Lothal, crushing the spirit of the locals, some dare to fight back, and the seeds of what will eventually become the Rebel Alliance are sown.

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