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Star Wars Beats The Odds At Fashion Week

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Star Wars dressesProject Runway is one of my favorite guilty-pleasure shows. Sure, there’s workroom bickering and, sometimes, full-on freak outs (last season, a ticking time bomb contestant literally fled the competition and eliminated himself), but I’m consistently flabbergasted at seeing the designers create pant-suits and ball gowns from items purchased at a hardware or grocery store. Sometimes, they put elements together that seem incongruous at best and disastrous at worst, but once you see the final outfit on the runway, you have to admit that, somehow, they did indeed make it work. The judges generally encourage fashion risks, such as mixing prints or hand-drawn designs, and I can’t help but wonder what they’d think about Rodarte’s Star Wars-themed outfits.

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Help Make-A-Wish And You Might Get To Meet George Lucas And Mark Hamill

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We love it when our geekly tendencies are exploited in a way that just happens to make the world a better place. Case in point: we think it would be amazing to fly to Skywalker Ranch and hang out with George Lucas (even after the prequels, we can’t help but love that bearded crazy man). We would also love to hang out with Mark Hamill, especially if he promises to swing around a lightsaber while doing the Joker voice. Now you can enter to win a chance to do both of those awesome things, plus benefit a very worthy cause in the form of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Star Wars Infographic Tracks How The Franchise Changed The World

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SWInfoSmallThere’s no question that George LucasStar Wars is one of the most influential bits of pop culture in history. It’s earned billions of dollars, conquered pretty much every medium on the planet, and hooked several generations of fans. With Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and new Star Wars projects in the works across the board, that pervasive influence isn’t going to die out anytime soon. But, aside from purely financial data, how can we measure the ripples Star Wars has made in our world? The folks at Wired set out to answer that question with the massive infographic below. (Click the image up top for a larger version.)

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Tatooine Is About To Be Swallowed By The Sahara

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Mos EspaWhile I didn’t love the Star Wars prequels, I have to admit that the sets were pretty fantastic. George Lucas’s choice to use the Sahara Desert in Tunisia as the filming location for Tatooine proved a particularly good decision. Sandy, barren, and alien, it’s not hard to believe that the Skywalkers grew up there, and that such a harsh environment made Luke into a wimp and Anakin into a dick. Okay, I know the desert supposedly had nothing to do with it, but what’s a little retcon at this point, especially compared to the ridiculousness that is Jar Jar?

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George Lucas’ Original Star Wars Script Gets A Comic Book Adaptation

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With all the new Star Wars projects coming in the next few years—titles like J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII, the animated Star Wars Rebels , and the possible TV series—it isn’t always easy to remember where this franchise began: in the mind of one George Lucas. Now that some of his original ideas are coming to fans in the form of a new comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, we’ll get to see what young Lucas had in mind before honing his vision into the film original trilogy. And thanks to USA Today, we now have a short trailer that gives us a good look at all of the characters we thought we were so familiar with. I don’t think anyone should tell Han Solo that he looks like Swamp Thing’s little brother, he might get really pissed off.

The eight-issue limited series, written by J.W. Rinzler and illustrated by Mike Mayhew, hits shelves and digital comic vendors September 4, and adapts the first draft that Lucas wrote back in May of 1974. The overall arc of the story is similar: the Jedi lead a rebel uprising, and the Gallactic Sith lords want to crush them. Only this time, Luke Skywalker takes on the Obi-Wan Kenobi role, while Anakin Starkiller replaces Luke’s farmboy. Darth Vader is a guy without a mask or a breathing problem. R2D2 can talk. Lightsabers are “laser swords.” The reptilian Solo is a mysterious rebel pirate.

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George Lucas Says Star Wars Stood On The Shoulders Of Star Trek

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George LucasWhile there has always been a friendly rivalry between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans, the two science fiction franchises will become indirect cousins when Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams brings Star Wars: Episode VII to a new generation of eager movie-goers and science fiction fans. In 2009, Abrams made a very Star Wars-like film with his Star Trek reboot, so it seems absolutely fitting that he’d get a chance to sit in the director’s chair for an actual Star Wars film with Episode VII. But his involvement isn’t the first indirect crossover or influence between the two titanic genre franchises.

Aside from both being science fiction and sharing the word “Star” in their titles, Star Wars creator George Lucas feels that both franchises are closely related. As reported in Hero Complex, the documentary Trek Nation, which was released on DVD yesterday, includes George Lucas talking about why Star Wars “stood on the shoulders” of Star Trek when it was first released in 1977. Lucas contends that Star Trek played a very important role in his space opera, and why the film was ultimately successful with general audiences around the world. Lucas says: