Dig the Beastie Boys soundtrack for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If only.

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Watch George Lucas and Star Wars characters in 1987 Japanese Panasonic TV commercials

Every Sith Lord has his price.

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RIP, R2D2: Star Wars actor Kenny Baker has died

Kenny Baker starred in the first six Star Wars films, from 1977 to 2005. Photograph: Rory Gilder/Rex Shutterstock

The British actor who played R2-D2 in the classic Star Wars films died today, age 81, after a long illness.

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Watch: Darth Vader returns in new Star Wars 'Rogue One' trailer

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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' finally has a new trailer, and the Gareth Edwards-directed feature stars Darth Vader himself. This trailer is the first we've seen of him since Revenge of the Sith (2005).

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Shredding Wookiee

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From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool: SuppaDuppa 666's You can't imagine how fun is summer for a Wookie.

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Making a real Star Wars Speeder Bike

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Vintage Works built this fantastic motorcycle that is exactly like a Star Wars Speeder Bike. Only it doesn't fly. Sadly.

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How to hack that nutty electronic Chewbacca mask

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Remember that video showing the overwhelming glee of the woman enjoying her new Chewbacca mask? Our hyper talented maker pal John Park recorded this instructional video on hacking the Chewbacca Electronic Mask so you can upload any sounds you want, including the crazed laughter of the woman in that wonderful video!

You can still find the mask for sale but, predictably, the third party sellers on Amazon have bumped up the price: Star Wars The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Mask

And here are John's instructions for the hack: Happy Chewbacca Mask (Adafruit Industries)

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Star Wars Rebels season three trailer

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I did not want this trailer to be over!

The characters appear to have aged a few years. No sign of Ahsoka but we'll evidently get to see a young Wedge Antilles! Hard core fans of the novels will be thrilled to see Grand Admiral Thrawn reenter the Star Wars canon universe.

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Watch the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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In celebration of Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm released this thrilling teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in theaters December 16.

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8-bit geometric watercolor paintings: Star Wars, rap stars, icons and classics

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Adam writes, "I'm an artist working in Beacon, New York. I make 8-bit inspired geometric paintings based on iconic images and I'd like to share a new series of paintings with you." Read the rest

Darth Vader's perspective on A New Hope and his need for vengeance

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Vader: Star Wars Darth Vader Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen (author) and Salvador Larocca (illustrator) Marvel 2015, 160 pages, 6.8 x 10.2 x 0.2 inches (softcover) $15 Buy a copy on Amazon

The graphic novel Vader is the first installment of the series, Star Wars Darth Vader. Published by Marvel, this book collects into one volume the first six issues of Darth Vader. It begins with Vader’s perspective on events of A New Hope. They reflect his need for vengeance because he is in a world of trouble after a really disastrous day at the office. The death star has been destroyed meaning the rule of law is in danger. Sith Lord Darth Vader has failed his master, the emperor, with all that entails for his own personal safety as well as the fact he must seek retribution.

To do that, first he journeys to meet with Jabba the Hutt. Darth Vader wants to work a deal with Jabba and will use force to get it one way or another. Having been a survivor of one of the worst military disasters in the history of the empire and having laid a trap that backfired, Darth Vader has a lot to be responsible for according to the Emperor. Darth Vader wants to find those who escaped on the Millennium Falcon, especially one person in particular, and to destroy any and all who helped them in the past or now.

He is doing all of that while being placed in a subordinate role having been demoted by the Emperor for his failure. Read the rest

Mixed-reality demo displays C-3PO and R2-D2 in any room

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Magic Leap continues to roll out tantalizing demos of their mixed reality technology, this time imposing the "lost droids" scene into a typical room. Read the rest

John Williams to score Ready Player One (and next Star Wars, hopefully)

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Celebrated film composer John Williams, 84, who scored Star Wars, the Indiana Jones films, E.T., and so many more, says that he will be writing the music for Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One," based on the marvelous 2011 novel by Ernest Cline. After that, it'll be time to return to a galaxy far, far away to score the next Star Wars film.

“If I can do it, I certainly will. I told (producer) Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley,” he told Variety.

Last night, Williams received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, the first given to a film composer in the award's 44 years.

Here's classic video of John Williams conducting the Boston Pops performing the Star Wars Main Theme:

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They Might be Giants meets Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Wyomingnot's wonderful fan video for They Might Be Giants' "Fingertips" suite of 21 songs in less than five minutes, from the duo's 1992 album Apollo 18.

Here's what TMBG's John Linnell once said about "Fingertips":

The project was to write a bunch of choruses and nothing else. In other words, I had to restrain myself from writing any other parts of the songs. I wanted a collection of choruses that's something like what you see on TV late at night, like that old K-Tel commercials. I was thinking about how you know a lot of songs from these ads, but the only part you know is maybe one line, which is half the chorus. And yet they stick in your head in the way a whole song would. in a way, these tiny chips of songs seem complete, because you don't know the rest of the song.

The Force is strong with John and John.

(Thanks UPSO!)

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Anakin Skywalker in middle age

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Redditor Isaac_2 didn't just morph actors Hayden Christiansen (Young Anakin) and Sebastian Shaw (Elderly Anakin/Vader), but carefully photomanipulated the result for anatomical credibility and Star Warsyness. Some people see David Bowie; others see a more athletic George Lucas. See the working process at the Star Wars subreddit. Read the rest

Star Wars: Episode IV, the massive infographic

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Zurich-based Illustrator and graphic novelist Martin Panchaud created a massive infographic adaptation of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. If printed, the document would be more than 400 feet long. You might think of it as a visual Star Wars Torah scroll. SWANH.NET

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The overwhelming glee of a woman enjoying her new Chewbacca mask

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Candace Payne, your joy is infectious.

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