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Star Wars: Episode VII Officially Resumes Production In London

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han solo star warsThis isn’t the biggest piece of news, as we all expected it was going to happen, but, as they announced that they would earlier this month, Star Wars: Episode VII has officially resumed filming. Again, this isn’t a particularly stunning reveal, since, especially after the delay, they’re on an even more limited time table if they’re going to make the scheduled December 18, 2015 release, but for those of us who are excited about this movie (though we are, admittedly, wary as well), this isn’t the worst news we’ve ever heard.

EW reports that the cameras have actually started rolling once again at the legendary Pinewood Studios in London. Production was forced to take a hiatus after star Harrison Ford, who you might remember played a little guy named Han Solo, broke his leg in an on-set accident and required surgery. After getting creative, shifting things around, and even spending a few days shooting on the picturesque island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland, there was nothing else that they could do for the time being, and called a break.

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Lego Star Wars Invades France In These Incredible Photos

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Star Wars Lego InvasionFrance is apparently dealing with an invading force of outside aggressors. And this is one conflict that you’re definitely not going to hear about on your local nightly news (probably not anyway), because the enemy is, while a well known nefarious force of evil, also small, made of plastic, and entirely fictional. This invasion is comprised solely of Star Wars Lego pieces, but the pictures that document this incursion are nothing short of spectacular.

Photographer Benoit Lapray, working in conjunction with Lego France, is responsible for staging and delivering this fantastic set of pictures, which he has called “Toys Invasion.” The images show the Galactic Empire taking over an area in Lyon, France. And considering that the Imperial forces, like stormtroopers and Boba Fett are going on about their daily business like it ain’t no thing, you have to assume that their invasion has been a pretty damn successful endeavor thus far.

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Star Wars Behind-The-Scenes Images Dissect The Mos Eisley Cantina Sequence

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Cantina1The original Star Wars is filled with unforgettable scenes, but if you had to pick one that, purely from a visual standpoint, most captured the imagination of those of us who grew up enraptured by George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, I think the Mos Eisley cantina sequence would have to be near the top of the list. It introduced Han Solo as an epic badass who shoots first (latter-day revisionism be damned), but it also gave us a sense of the sheer crazy diversity of Luke Skywalker’s universe, something we hadn’t much up to that point in the film. The inhabitants of that cantina made the Star Wars universe feel huge and strange and wonderfully real, and this amazing batch of behind-the-scenes photos give you a look at what went into populating that wretched hive of scum and villainy.

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Oculus Rift Game Teaches You How To Become A Jedi Knight

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Those of us who fall into a certain age bracket and who were young enough to see the Star Wars movies in the theaters have spent more of our lives wanting to/pretending to be Jedi Knights than we have on anything productive, like planning for the future or learning marketable skills. This may be an over generalization, but I don’t feel like it’s all that far off, or like this is a super outlandish statement. (I’ve definitely spent much more time wielding a pretend lightsaber than, say, learning to do my taxes, change the oil in a car, or finding out what an IRA is.) Leave it to technology to lend us a hand in this regard, as Oculus Rift may have just made it slightly easier for us to achieve our dreams of becoming Jedi Knights.

For those of you not in the know, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality system that uses a headset and earphones to immerse you in an artificial world, kind of like Lawnmower Man. Though it’s not currently commercially available, it’s been used in everything from gaming to architecture to education. And I’m thoroughly shocked that it took this long for someone to make Jedi training program, but that’s exactly what this video shows, and it looks totally rad.

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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.)