Not My Emperor

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Legendary Phoenix getting in on the timely political commentary. Darth Sidious hasn't been seen in public since the election. Coincidence? Read the rest

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the final pre-release trailer

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Co-starring the digital resurrection of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin?

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MECO's disco Star Wars

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In my head the lyrics are as sung by Bill Murray. Read the rest

Beyond Bad Lip Reading: the Auralnauts' astounding Star Wars remixes

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The Auralnauts' wildly successful Star Wars remixes have gone from strength to strength, combining bad lip reading, South Park-ish raunchy humor, and massive dance-parties accompanied by some seriously rockin' tunes. Read the rest

Bad Lip Reading Empire Strikes Back: the funky seagull mix

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Yoda's never been so funky as he is in this amazing 4-minute music video for "SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)," a masterpiece from the Bad Lip Reading project, whose virtuosity is so great that "lip reading" a puppet doesn't even seem like a cheat. (via Waxy) Read the rest

Han Solo and Princess Leia had an affair, for real

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In Carrie Fisher's new memoir The Princess Diarist, she writes that she had an affair with Harrison Ford while they were filming Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). From CNN:

"It was so intense," Fisher told People magazine. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend..."

Fisher was 19 when she landed the breakthrough role of Princess Leia for the 1976 filming. Ford, then 33, was married to Mary Marquardt, with whom he had two children.

Fisher writes that she and Ford spent their first night together after a birthday party for director George Lucas.

"I looked over at Harrison. A hero's face -- a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow," she wrote. "How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?"

"I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him," she added. "He was kind."

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Amazon) Read the rest

Betrayal and intrigue build a Death Star in "Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel"

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Catalyst, a new Star Wars novel by James Luceno, is a must read before you see Rogue One.

Catalyst is the story of how the Death Star gets built, and feeds directly into the movie. You'll meet the two men most responsible for development of the Empire's super weapon, one cunning and conniving while the other is an altruistic scientist. Their friendship makes this super weapon possible.

Regardless the depth of your Star Wars knowledge, this book goes into detail everyone will appreciate. Key characters for the new film are introduced, and their stories are told incredibly well. Orson Krennic, a key political architect of the Death Star, realizes his friend, pacifist Dr. Galen Erso holds the key to really being able to destroy things. This story of politics, manipulation and betrayal shed a lot of light on the days between Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope.

Read this before seeing the movie!

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New 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' tv trailer

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Can not wait. Read the rest

The Millennium Falcon makes a great quadcopter

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The Millennium Falcon is pretty well shaped to fly as an RC quadcopter!

I'm a huge fan of Air Hogs RC toys, and have been destroying their boats in salt water for years and years. I was thrilled to see someone flying this giant 27" Millennium Falcon XL around the beach this weekend, and even happier to find out there is a smaller, 10" version that don't cost an arm and a leg.

The fine person flying the XL model on the beach said the big guy a little rough to control, however the smaller unit is a great indoor flyer. It doesn't surprise me, the XL model is pretty ambitious.

I know which nephew of mine is getting the smaller one for Hanukkah!

Air Hogs - Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon XL Flying Drone 2.4GHz 4-Channel with Gyro via Amazon

Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon Quad via Amazon (10" model)

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2016 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

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This years Star Wars Advent Calendar does not end on Wookie Life Day, but I like the minifigs.

LEGO Star Wars 75146 Advent Calendar Building Kit (282 Piece) via Amazon Read the rest

'Star Wars: Ahsoka' is finally here

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The long awaited Star Wars: Ahsoka offers a glimpse into the time between the fall of the Republic and the beginning of the rebellion against the Empire.

Ashoka Tano, dedicated padawan Jedi and apprentice to Anakin Skywalker, was tossed from the Jedi order on trumped up charges. After clearing herself, the Togrutan force user declined to rejoin the order and disappeared, conveniently allowing her to survive 'Order 66.' We know that in time Ahsoka will aid the budding rebellion and face off against her dreaded former master, but what happened in between?

Star Wars: Ahsoka not only picks up with the story of WHAT HAPPENED??!? after the Jedi fell, it shares a few excellent tidbits about her past well, like where those white lightsabers come from! Ashoka is aided by old friends, and new, as well as enemies. See the Inquisitors begin to rise, and the Jedi light fades from the galaxy.

I'm a huge Ahsoka fan, and this one of the best pieces of Star Wars fiction I've read in a long while!

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

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Artoo-Deco, an art deco droid from author/maker Kurt Zimmerman

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Kids' author/droid builder Kurt Zimmerman created "Artoo Deco," an Art Deco take on R2-D2, capable of movement under radio control, and with an in-built sound-system that makes cool, droidish noises. Read the rest

Rogue One: a bunch of character posters

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The new Star Wars film, Rogue One has released a bunch of new character posters today. You can download them here.

Brand new character posters from ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY are here!

Featuring Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), with Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) and Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), these posters are now available to share with your readers.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is in U.S. theaters December 16 in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D!

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San Francisco's competitive lightsaber academy opens this week

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LudoSport is an international network for "sporting lightsaber combat" and they've just landed their first US location in San Francisco.

Via the SF Chron:

Light saber fighting is really a thing and has been for some time. In the past, light saber classes allowed wanna-be Jedis to learn the basics of saber handling. But thanks to LudoSport, one can now actually sign up for light saber tournaments and compete locally, nationally, and internationally.

Founded in Italy 10 years ago, LudoSport’s light saber academies and tournaments have swept Europe. Really. The whole concept is a bit complicated, although for “Star Wars” fans who wish to compete in international light saber duels, the detailed (and we mean DETAILED) rules, logistics, and philosophy behind the “sport” might be right up their alley.

There are seven forms of lights saber combat and ten rules. Much like karate belt colors, light saber athletes must wear the correct uniform for their level of light saber skill. Players are rated on experience, fighting skills, and technical quality (presumably by someone who fancies himself a present-day Obi-Wan Kenobi.) Points are earned by attending classes and meeting up with fellow light saber athletes in the LudoSport network for actual duels. The results must be deposited online after every battle.

LudoSport takes the whole thing very seriously. This isn’t “Star Wars” camp. LudoSport is making the leap to the United States by opening an academy right here in San Francisco. Classes begin October 15th at Studiomix on Van Ness.

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This is the Rogue One trailer you're looking for

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"Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction." Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.

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How haunters remember their own among 2016's deaths

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Dan Howland from the dearly departed Journal of Ride Theory snapped these all-the-feels tombstones at this year's Davis Graveyard (previously) haunt. Read the rest

R2-D2 French press pot

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Thinkgeek's $40 R2D2 French press coffee-pot starts shipping in early November, in time for Xmas delivery. Holds 32oz, BPA-free, and the carafe is dishwasher safe. Read the rest

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