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Star Wars Toys Are Awesome, But What About Star Wars Cars?

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Star Wars has a long history of badass toys, beginning with the amazing Kenner line my generation played with and blew up and dropped down into the Great Pit of Carkoon (my parents’ garbage disposal). That line had so many amazing toy vehicles, from Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon to the towering AT-AT walkers. One thing you never really associate with Star Wars, however, is cars. I don’t mean flying cars or cloud cars. I mean actual, on-the-ground-with-wheels cars cars. But if the Star Wars universe did have some normal old cars puttering around, they might have looked like this.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Filmed An Entire Action Scene In IMAX, Here’s Why

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star warsStar Wars: Episode VII is going to be big in just about everyway a movie can be. It’s going to kick off the expansion of the revamped Star Wars universe with a big, sprawling story that may or may not contain some big surprises. And it’s going to be quite a big deal, not to mention one hell of a big force at the box office. In addition to all of that, it’s going to big movie that plays on big screens. While director J.J. Abrams is shooting the movie on actual 35mm film in order to capture the feel of the original, he’s also using IMAX from time to time. While it doesn’t sound like this will come into play all that much, at least one key action scene has been photographed in this big format.

IMAX cameras are known for being rather large, cumbersome, and heavy, not to mention the fact that they’re pricey and reportedly loud as all hell. In short, they’re a pain in the ass to shoot with, which is why most movies don’t use them, and why there aren’t many movies shot entirely in the format, despite how cool it looks. The fact that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar contains a full hour of IMAX footage is impressive, but you have to imagine that this is primarily epic space shots, not the close in family drama.

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Gadzooks, We’re Getting Shakespeare’s Version Of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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PhantomMenaceShakesWhen it released in 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace caused a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of fans cried out…and then kept crying out, turning the Internet into a collective therapy session where we bemoaned the besmirching of our fond childhood memories. Over the years there have been several attempts to re-edit the movie into a “good parts only” edition, but maybe what The Phantom Menace really needs is a touch of the Bard.

Author Ian Doescher first got our attention last year with the publication of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Cashing in on the literary mash-up trend that began with books such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars re-imagined George Lucas’ classic space opera as if written by Willy Shakes himself. And yea verily, we quite enjoyed the results, so we were tickled pink when Doescher soon followed his original book up with William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, both published this year. Now, continuing to follow in Lucas’ footsteps, Doescher will go the prequel route with William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace, due out on April 15, 2015.

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Alien, Inception, And More Reimagined As Traditional Ottoman Paintings

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It never fails to amaze me just how many out-of-left-field ways creative fans come up with to remix and riff on their favorite movies. We’ve seen animated gifs designed to look like custom neon art. We’ve seen Lucasfilm and ILM employees take sidewalk art to the next level. And now? Now we can see what classic science fiction films such as Alien, Inception, and A Clockwork Orange would look like if adapted into traditional Ottoman-style paintings. See if you can guess which one this is.

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Here’s When You Can Play The Next Star Wars: Battlefront Game

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With J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII looming just beyond the horizon, Star Wars mania is ramping up all over the entertainment spectrum. One of the franchise’s most popular offshoots, the Star Wars: Battlefront video games, is finally coming back to fans for new generation systems, and here’s when you’ll be able to get your hands on the third console edition.


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Star Wars Will Be Taking Over This TV Show Tonight

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sports nationIf anybody ever told you the worlds of science fiction and sports were mutually exclusive, that person must have had trouble talking with his or her head so far up his or her upside-down sarlacc pit. To celebrate…something…ESPN2’s fan-friendly series SportsNation will be dedicating an episode entirely to the Star Wars universe. Ready for some football, you are.

The costume-filled episode is actually pre-Halloween and will be airing tonight, Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET, just before the Major League Soccer playoffs. (Soccer is so Star Wars.) The half-hour episode won’t just feature a few new graphics and a bunch of cheap lightsaber toys. They’re going the whole nine parsecs with this one.

For one, the entire SportsNation set is being redesigned to look like the inside of the Millennium Falcon, which is awesome. According to THR, the majority of the most beloved Star Wars characters will make an appearance, including Han Solo, Yoda, Boba Fett, R2-D2, and C-3PO. Host Max Kellerman will be dressing up as Boba Fett, while Marcesslus Wiley will presumably be donning a pair of wrinkly ears for his Yoda costume.