Force Friday Recap

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in star wars | 0 comments

If you missed Force Friday last week, don’t worry. That was just the big reveal but there’s still time to get all of the awesome new merchandise.  Last week, Disney unveiled toys from the upcoming film in various store locations around the world to coincide with Force Friday, when consumers can purchase the items. We headed out to our local WalMart where we saw some fun items, including a Darth Vader bigger than my 3-year-old and we also picked up some posters for Droid Tales.  Check out these goodies from LEGO: One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars saga is back, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! Complete… Posted by LEGO on Thursday, September 3, 2015 There’s also some cool stuff from Hot Wheels: #HotWheelsForceFriday gets an early start with the reveal of Kylo Ren’s sleek, ominous race car and the lively & loyal hot rod of BB8. Stay tuned for more to come tomorrow! Posted by Hot Wheels on Thursday, September 3, 2015 And many other brands participating in #ForceFriday. Yes, it’s all about merchandising but the thing is, this can be fun. We know they just want us to buy stuff, especially with the movie coming out soon. But if you like it and that’s what you choose to spend your money on, where’s the harm? If Star wars themed goodies bring you some joy in life, then I say go for...

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The New Star Wars Canon, Explained

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in star wars | 0 comments

When Disney took over LucasFilm and decided to make another Star Wars movie, all of the Expanded Universe works became “un-canon.” They would no longer be recognized in the official Star Wars universe. OuterPlaces has released an infographic that puts all of the canon works in an easy-to-read image. Check it out here, or view the original on OuterPlaces: With all of the books and comics between the Battle of Endor and The Force Awakens, it looks like we’re going to get a very clear picture of what happened after the destruction of the second Death Star before the new movie comes out. It’s also cool to see the two new Star Wars games coming out this year on the infographic as well, suggesting that we might actually learn more about the universe in those games. If you want to get up-to-speed on the Star Wars universe, you’re going to have a lot of reading to do this...

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President of Lucasfilm talks Han Solo Movie

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in star wars | 0 comments

Are you worried about the upcoming Han Solo spinoff that is planned as a standalone film? Many fans are concerned that they will ruin one of the best characters from Star Wars ever. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked a great deal about the spinoff (still untitled) and what we can expect. It’s written by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and scheduled for release May 25, 2018. So we have quite awhile to wait for it but that doesn’t stop people from being interested in it. A big question from the start is in regards to the timeline. How old will Solo be in this film? “He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” Kennedy said to the magazine. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.” That does make sense and we’ll have to wait awhile to know who is playing the role but Kennedy did offer some other info and insight into the upcoming film and what we can all expect. There’s got to be a reason for [the stand-alone film] to be. And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn’t spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don’t want to do that either. We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered. This news alone is enough to calm most fans. I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love. Kennedy goes on to really squelch those fears with this comment. This is what we really want to see from a movie about the character. This is spot on! Then she also tells us about the humor we can expect in the final film. You’re going to see Solo wit and adventure. You can imagine, given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny. Han Solo is the character inside Star Wars that everybody knows has a wit and sense of humor. So that’s what this should...

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Cover Girl Star Wars Campaign

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in star wars | 0 comments

With the upcoming movie, we can expect to see a lot more Star Wars merchandise but one thing you probably don’t think about when you think Star Wars is makeup. Cover Girl is out to change all of that. They have a new, exclusive, limited-edition Star Wars collection that features shiny, metallic lipsticks, deep nail polishes and more. Allure tells us more about the special edition makeup that releases in early September: A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, a movie was made that inspired an epic hairstyle—the Princess Leia. Two trilogies and almost four decades later, we’re still getting beauty inspo from the women of Star Wars. In celebration of the new film The Force Awakens, out this December, CoverGirl is releasing a limited-edition collection of makeup that begs the question: Are you on the light side or the dark side? Check out the whole collection (and don’t miss our behind the scenes lookat the ad campaign), which launches officially on September 4, right here. I do rather like the colors. It’s nice to see something bold you can just pick up at your local store. I do think it would be awesome if the lipstick was applied with a lightsaber wand or something similar (I know I am not the only one to think this) but all in all, it’s a fun campaign with fresh colors and something cute for the Star Wars fan in your life. To celebrate the launch, CoverGirl’s global creative design director, makeup artist Pat McGrath, designed some creative looks from right out of the movies using the items from the collection. McGrath dreamed up six galactic looks using the makeup in the collection—three inspired by the light side, three inspired by the dark side. We got a sneak peek at two of them: the Droid (in gold), and the Stormtrooper (in black and white). So, which side are you...

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Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks in ‘Star Wars’

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in star wars | 0 comments

Michael Jackson wanted to play the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks, however George Lucas denied him the part. His reason for denying the pop star was because he “wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like ‘Thriller’”. Michael Jackson was known as the “King of Pop” and he reportedly told George Lucas that he wanted to play the goofy Gungan Jar Jar Binks, which is one of the most despised characters in film history. The character appeared in the 1999 blockbuster hit, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Ahmed Best voiced and provided the motion capture for Jar Jar Binks’ character, explained the interest that Michael Jackson had during an interview with Vice. “Me, Natalie Portman and George [Lucas]’s kids – we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson’s concert,” Best said. “We were taken backstage, and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as ‘Jar Jar,’ and I was like, ‘That’s kind of weird.’ Michael was like, ‘Oh. OK.’ I thought, ‘What is going on? After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big after-party. I’m having a drink with George, and I said, ‘Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?’ He said, ‘Well, Michael wanted to do the part, but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like Thriller. George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don’t think he wanted that.” In the long run, the casting worked out better for Michael Jackson. Jar Jar was panned by critics after the film’s release and this inspired fan vitriol that still has not died down after 16 years. Best explained to Vice that he has accepted the character’s outcast status and he also understands why Jar Jar’s importance died down during the two subsequent Star Wars films. “At the end of the day, it is the movie business, and if the character doesn’t work for the people who watch the movie, then the character doesn’t work,” he said. “I can’t take that personally. It’s up to the filmmaker to make sure that not only does the film work for the filmmaker but it also works for the audience. So, because he wasn’t a fan favorite, I can understand why he was scaled back. And, narratively, they moved on to something else. There’s really no room in Revenge of the Sith for him; that was a very dark story. There was nothing about it that needed to be comedic, which was Jar Jar’s whole purpose. Jar Jar’s whole purpose was to bring light and levity. By that time, there was none.” Via Rolling...

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