By Kelly Burns
Star Wars speeder bikes a reality
A company called Aerofex has developed functional Star Wars-inspired speeder bikes! The bikes work just like the ones you see in the movies. They hover above the ground and are quite easy to use according to Aerofex founder Mark De Roche. Although they’re not yet available for retail sale, the company is presenting the technology to the military. Does anyone else all of a sudden feel the urge to apply to the army?
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Air Guitar Championships
The 17th annual Air Guitar Championships were held Aug. 24 in Northern Finland, and an American took the top spot. Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard, from Chicago, won this year’s event, followed by second place winner Matt Burns from New York, and third place winner Theun De Jong from Holland. If air guitar doesn’t sound entertaing enough for you, there were also contests for cellphone throwing and wife carrying. This would be way more interesting to watch then American Idol.. Just saying.
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I’ve come to the conclusion that anything popular will somehow spurn a Star Wars parody. It’s basically like the porn industry but safe for work.
Since Justin Bieber still reigns supreme and we can’t go a day without talking about the well-coiffed superstar, here’s the latest Star Wars parody, a new spin on “Boyfriend.” “Droidfriend” stars C3-Bieb-O, a lonely droid who wants to be your friend.
The original Bieber would have to admit that this droid has some swag: C3-Bieb-O has a spiffy haircut, has the falsetto down and is dancing with all the hot lifeforms. Just make sure to watch it all to catch the heartbreaking end.
For the Star Wars lovers, here’s a budgie that sounds EXACTLY like R2D2. We don’t know exactly what he’s saying but I’m pretty sure every bird owner should play it for their budgie so they can strive to be as awesome as him.
Just when you thought this song was out of your head, yet another cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ comes out! In the most labour-intensive version to date, here’s a cover of the Star Wars cast singing along to that damned catchy song.
Is the force strong with this version?
I would think so. Not even Obama’s rendition can beat the amount of editing that went into this!
There were a number of novelty items I wished for during my childhood. Putting the pony dreams aside, I also hoped for a bunk bed and a car bed. I got the bunk bed out of necessity, but not the car bed.
I obviously wasn’t dreaming big enough because this dad built his son a AT-AT loft bed! Of all the Star Wars things out there (AT-AT dog costume), I’m a bit surprised no one has thought about doing this before.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take the top spot for best nerd interior decorating. That honour goes to the Star Trek apartment (R.I.P.). The loft bed does come close, though, as it is incredibly badass.
File this one under, “parenting: you’re doing it right.”
The force is definitely strong with this one.
Facing two dogs in a wild battle, this cat unleashes its light sabers and inevitably destroys the opponents.
If you’ve ever walked up to the doors at your local grocery store and waved your hand or if you’ve ever stared across the room at your remote control and whistled the Star Wars theme, than you can definitely related to ‘Lazy Jedi’.
In this video, Master Dave uses his telekinesis to avoid even the most average of early morning manual labour. You know what they say, with great power comes great laziness….
Nerds rejoice! Star Wars is joining forces with “Glee” this coming season.
US Magazine writes the special holiday episode of the hit show “Glee” will air next Tuesday.
Matthew Morrison recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and said George Lucas gave permission to fly Chewbacca in for a taping of the show.
“It’s a throwback and a tribute to the Star Wars holiday special and the Judy Garland Christmas special,” Matthew explains the upcoming episode.
The Glee stars didn’t let an opportunity for a photo-op with Chewie pass by. Chris Colfer who plays Kurt is posing with the furry wookie in the photo above.
Harry Potter keeps breaking records, and now it has taken the top spot of the most important box office record. Harry Potter has officially overtaken Star Wars as the top grossing franchise in domestic box office history.
Harry Potter has grossed $2.223 Billion throughout the entire franchise, compared to Star Wars’ $2.217 Billion, reports EW. These are the only two movie franchises in history to surpass $2 Billion.
However, Star Wars continues to be the most viewed movie franchise in history, which has sold twice as many tickets at the box office. Because of inflation, Harry Potter earned the top spot for ticket sales.
Valentines Day 2012 won’t be a lonely one for Star Wars fans. Fox and Lucasfilm have confirmed the saga’s first 3D-converted instalment will be released on February 10, 2012. And it will all start with the adventures of Jar Jar Binks…
Following the re-release of ‘Star Wars I – The Phantom Menace’ in 2012, the other five parts will be annually released in numerical order. By avoiding release during the summer blockbuster season, Lucas and friends will definitely take the opportunity to reprise the merchandising franchise of Star Wars memorabilia. Fingers crossed for a re-release of the aluminum lunch pails.
There has been an unsurprising whiplash of criticism over the 3D conversions and the studio said in a statement that the films were “supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for source material and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.”
According to the L.A. Times, there will be a string of 3D re-releases in 2012. Those include James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ that will sail into theatres in April.
Earlier this week on OWN’s the Gayle King Show, golden-voiced legend James Earl Jones (of Star Wars and CNN) recited the lyrics of Justin Bieber’s “Baby”.
It didn’t take long for Lucas-heads to developed a video to go with it.
This soon-to-be Bieber classic was given such raw emotion by Jones, that it immediately brings to mind other recent renditions of modern classics. Remember when Josh Groban sung Kanye West’s tweets in his flawless tenor? Or how about Christopher Walken bedazzled the world with his reading of Lady Gaga’s beloved “Poker Face”?
Shatner… the ball is in your court now.
Of course this guy is disgusting, but do we expect anything better from a drunken “Star Wars” fan? Over the weekend, former “America’s Next Top Model” Adrianne C claims she was molested outside a “Star Wars” convention in Orlando.
TMZ reports the incident happened at 3:00am on Sunday morning outside a hotel where the convention was taking place. Adrianne claims a drunken man reached up her skirt and “molested” her. Cops apparently took more than hour to respond to the call.
The police report indicates that the officer “came in contact with the male as he lay in the bushes at the entrance to the hotel.”
Curry later Tweeted, “cops are here..molesting pervert drunk in the back of their car…going to bed … i cannot believe last night happened….love starwars…but ready to leave.”
Christensen, who of course was in “Star Wars,” claims in 2005 he approached USA, along with his older brother, for a comedic drama about a “concierge” doctor who makes house calls to the rich and famous, reports Fox News.
The brothers claim that the network’s “Royal Pains” is a copy of their concept.
George Lucas, the mastermind behind all things Star Wars, is at it again. Lucas has announced plans to spin off an animated comedy television series that will, in the words of Lucas’ company Lucasfilm, ”look at the saga’s characters with a playful and irreverent tone,” reports E! Online.
Recruited to the project (which is currently still untitled) is Seth Green, who has earned Emmy nominations for spoofing the Star Wars crew in Robot Chicken.
LucasArts annouced yesterday the release of a new single-player level for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The new level, available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network, features “The Secret Apprentice” in a new mission set in the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant. The Secret Apprentice goes to the Jedi Temple to learn from his father, and searches through the rubble of the destoryed temple to face his inner demons.
It’s the return of ‘Star Wars’ — sort of.
George Lucas is bringing his sci-fi saga back to the big screen this summer in the form of a new animated movie called “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
The 100-minute film picks up between the events of “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” and will feature a host of familiar faces including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala.
The film will serve as the launching pad for an upcoming Star Wars animation series, to air on the Cartoon Network and then TNT. The show will air as a series of half-hour mini-movies.
Lucas is overseeing production on both the film and the television series. “I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell,” he said in a statement. “I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward.”
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will open on August 15.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away Lucas Arts released their most beloved Star Wars game to date: Star Wars Battlefront. This week I decided to rent the much-anticipated sequel. Star Wars games have always been great. My favourite used to be Jedi Knight II but this one is clearly the champ. Heck, even if you?re one of those people who dislike Star Wars ? well, you don?t realise it but you?re actually the nerd ? you?re sure to like this game.
This is just one of those titles that?s so good it?s hard to believe it exists. I?m not the biggest Star Wars geek out there but I still know the difference between a Tie-fighter and an X-wing. The concept is so impressive that it has to be good; a Star Wars game in which you can use virtually any character or any ship in an all out war.
If you didn?t play BF2?s predecessor I?ll give you the skinny: it?s third-person action and you choose your Star Wars faction, e.g., dark side, light side, gungans, trade federation, to begin a conquest that spans the galaxies. In levels, you typically have an infantry of more than a hundred at your disposal. Depending on the level there are often vehicles such as speeders and weapons such as turrets you can take advantage of. For the most part all you have to worry about is defending and taking over territories. In the main one player mode, you need credits, which are awarded when you are victorious, to make progresss and so that you can unlock new soldiers and upgrades.
For the most part they actually didn?t change the game all that much. There are some serious differences, such as the fact that the battles are not always on the ground. In the one player mode I found I often had to defend a fleet of my ships from an attack of another fleet! This meant hopping in a an X-wing, making it across a m?l?e of enemy fighters and missiles, infiltrating the master ship and then taking it apart from the inside out.
Another new feature that most people who were excited about this sequel are sure to be pleased with is the new playable characters. In the original, characters such as Darth Vader and Luke, would be there with you on the field fighting by your side but you couldn?t control them, no you?d be stuck with the regular soldiers of the infantry ? not anymore. Now you can use credits to buy a special character for a level. I found that using these characters could turn the tide on what might have been an unsuccessful battle. And let?s just face it, frying enemies with force lightning thanks to Darth Sidious is always a treat.
I played the Xbox version but I know this title?s also available for PS2 and even PSP. I should mention that whenever I have a choice of playing a game on PS2 or Xbox I usually go with PS2 version simply because I prefer the controller. Yet, clearly Xbox?s games always boast the smoothest graphics. The lush forests, the detailed planets and stars, the vast mountainous terrains, all were beautifully rendered. It had me thinking about what we are really in for with 360.
I don?t have a membership to Xbox Live but this game was just screaming for it. I was able to play two-player co-op and the human element in a game like this really made a difference. Mind you, the A.I. won?t disappoint in the one player mode.
If you?re a Star Wars fan and if you haven?t tried this one, then you are actually not much of a Star Wars fan ? so maybe you have a chance of having a love life. Seriously now, this title is a good investment: it will last you a long time, it?s easy for people to learn so it makes for good multiplayer sessions and it?s got the always important fun-factor.
Your husband walks in and tells you to sit down for a moment. “Hunnie, I made a little $200,600 investment today,” he tells you. Beads of sweat trickle down your face. “WHAT the #@&%?!” you scream.
This may had been the reaction of one anonymous bidder?s spouse after hearing he/she won the light saber used by Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original “Star Wars”), during an auction on Friday.
The light saber sold for $200,600 U.S. plus an 18 per cent fee from the auction house.
The movie props and costumes auction, which was held by Profiles in History, included 75 pieces from the producer of the first two ?Star Wars?- Gary Kurtz?s private collection.
The auction items were to help raise money for a public film archive.
Other ?Stars Wars? memorabilia sold for over one hundred thousand dollars; such as the light saber used by the character Darth Vader.
Props like a leather jacket worn by Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and a leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Terminator? also sold for over $40,000.
Identities of the buyers were undisclosed.
To nobody’s surprise, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith was North America’s top grossing movie of the week. The most impressive thing about it was just how well it did.
Through the weekend, the latest Star Wars movie took in $158.5 million.
The movie now holds the record for the highest 3-day and 4-day box office earnings.
In the first three days (Thursday at midnight until Saturday), it earned $124.7 million. That’s about $10 million more than Spider-Man in 2002.
It also holds the highest single-day record, earning a whopping $50 million on Thursday.
Its highest 4-day opening beats 2003′s The Matrix Reloaded.
George Lucas can also brag about his $144.7 million made overseas this weekend. Add it all up and Star Wars brought in more that $300 million.
Monster-in-Law with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez was oh so close, with $14.4 million this weekend. If only it made $100 million more and we would have had a close race.
Kicking & Screaming, Will Ferrell’s filler between blockbusters, finished in third.
Despite tough competition next week with The Longest Yard and Madagascar, Fox is hoping its Star Wars release will end up on top again.
1. Star Wars: Episode III ? Revenge of the Sith, $108.5-million
2. Monster-in-Law, $14.4-million
3. Kicking & Screaming, $10.5-million
4. Crash, $5.5 million
5. Unleashed, $3.8-million
6. Kingdom of Heaven, $3.4-million
7. House of Wax, $3.2-million
8. The Interpreter, $2.8-million
9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, $2-million
10. Mindhunters, $909,049