Alderaan shot first, and other changes to the “Star Wars” films

Thursday, 6 August, 2015

Much has been said about the changes George Lucas has made to the original trilogy “Star Wars” films since they were first released, and here Marcelo Zuniga presents scenes from these films, and compares them with those that were altered later on. While one or two of the changes are for the better, I think many are unnecessary.

Changes to what is now “A New Hope” can be seen here, and here, while the alterations to “Return of the Jedi” are here.

At least I know now why Han Solo refers to Jubba the Hutt as a wonderful human being, rather than a wonderful Hutt…

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“Star Wars” style word wars opening crawl brings you news of wars

Tuesday, 28 July, 2015

I’m not quite sure what to make of Word Wars, by Julien Deswaef, that takes news items published by the New York Times, that feature the word war, and renders the headline into a short video based on the opening text crawl from the “Star Wars” films… I half expect one of the movies to begin after the scroll fades.

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Han Solo’s written a lot of special screenplays about himself

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

Clearly there’s going to be far more than just three “Star Wars” sequel films, the first of which, Episode VII – The Force Awakens, is released on 18 December.

We already know that a stand alone film, Rogue One, that tells the story of the rebel group that went about stealing the plans to the Death Star, that the Empire’s agents were desperately trying to recover in A New Hope, is in the works, and that Darth Vader is said to be making an appearance.

Then last week it was announced that Han Solo will be the subject of another stand alone, or anthology series film, that is due for release in May 2018. I could easily see a number of features about Solo though, he’d be someone with a few stories to tell after all.

Chewbacca, Solo’s companion, is also worthy of a film or two if you ask me, especially if there’s any substance to this theory.

On the topic of “The Force Awakens” though, does anyone happen to know how minutes there are between now and 18 December?

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“The Force Awakens”, to be the third highest grossing film of all time?

Monday, 6 July, 2015

We’re still the best part of six months ahead of the – highly anticipated – release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and already it is being estimated its take at the box office will see the title become the third highest grossing film of all time, behind Avatar, and Titanic.

The new report, from Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne and released to industry website Deadline, suggests that the new Star Wars movie will take in $US1.95 billion ($2.52 billion) worldwide. That total, which is based on expectations of higher international box office returns than for the previous three Star Wars films, would make The Force Awakens the third highest-grossing film of all time.

I hope it lives up to the hype. I hope it lives up to the hype. I hope it lives up to the hype.

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So, which is better, Star Trek, or Star Wars?

Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

The truth is they’re both pretty lousy, but together they’re better than all the others… with apologies to Keith Richards. Presenting The Carbonite Maneuver, a fan made trailer that blends elements of both realms. Non-canonical, obviously.

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The destruction of a LEGO model of a Star Wars command ship

Friday, 15 May, 2015

The battle scenes from The Return of the Jedi, both on the forest moon of Endor, and in the space overhead, were a tad over the top in my opinion, even for a science fiction story.

A legion of trained, and heavily armed, Stormtroopers brought down by… teddy bear like creatures? The Imperial fleet put to the sword by a rag tag collection of rebel ships? Still it was good to see the good guys prevail, even if they weren’t really all that well organised.

The scene where Darth Vader’s super massive command ship was (somehow) taken out, is one of more memorable for me, surely it alone would have destroyed the Death Star as it sliced through it, but never mind.

Here though is the command ship, built with many, many, LEGO bricks, meeting its demise in slow motion… try telling me a blow like that would have been water off a duck’s back, as it were, for the Death Star…

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Don’t wait to buy new Star Wars BB-8 action figure, make one now

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015

The world’s favourite droid, R2D2, of “Star Wars” fame, may find himself competing for the attention of film-goers, with the arrival of BB-8, a roller ball droid, who makes an entrance to the sci-fi saga in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this December.

I get the feeling BB-8 is going to prove quite popular, so fans will be happy to know they could build their own version of the droid with a Sphero and some magnets, as Christian Poulsen has.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the second teaser/trailer

Monday, 20 April, 2015

Behold, the second teaser for the new “Star Wars” film, The Force Awakens. I’d say it’s aimed more at fans of the original movies, with its nostalgic overtones, the Mark Hamill voice over, and a brief appearance by Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Feel like weighing into the discussion as to what Luke Skywalker means when he says his father has the force, rather than had it? Hmm.

I suspect the arrival of the first trailer, as opposed to the two teasers we’ve seen so far, is going to be quite the event, whenever that happens.

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A list of the best books of the twentieth century

Monday, 30 March, 2015

This has to be helpful for someone, a list of fiction and non-fiction best selling books for each year of the entire twentieth century, together with titles that were either critically acclaimed or historically significant.

The novelisation of The Phantom Menace, being episode one of the “Star Wars” film saga, comes in at number four on the fiction best selling list for 1999. Could that be down to “Star Wars” fans who were trying to find a little more… meaning to the film?

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30 Ari, a star system twice as good as Tatooine’s binary star

Thursday, 12 March, 2015

I always thought Tatooine, being Luke Skywalker’s home planet, from the “Star Wars” sci-fi saga, was pretty cool, for being in orbit around a binary star, but 30 Ari, or 30 Arietis, goes two better than that… it is a quadruple star, made up, that’s right, of four stars, and better still, is located just 136 light years from Earth.

30 Ari however has made the news recently following the discovery of an exoplanet within the system, a gaseous body with ten times the mass of Jupiter.

The whole 4-star family is collectively known as 30 Ari, located some 136 light-years from Earth – in our interstellar backyard. The exoplanet orbits the primary star of the system once every 335 days. The primary star has a new-found binary partner (which the exoplanet does not orbit) and this pair are locked in an orbital dance with a secondary binary, separated by a distance of 1,670 astronomical unit (AU), where 1 AU is the average distance between the Earth and sun.

Obviously we wouldn’t be able to settle on this particular planet, but possibly it hosts a habitable forest moon, that a colony could be established on?

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