Star Wars: Episode VII will be released December 18, 2015.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," announced Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn over at StarWars.com.
JJ Abrams is of course directing and also writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.) Importantly, John Williams will score the new film!
Photo: David Swift Photography
Shared by BB reader David Swift in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool: This wonderful photograph of Grauman's (Mann's) Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California, 1977, shot on 35mm film.
Q4nobody on B3ta has come up with the maship I'm looking for: Father Ted meets Star Wars, AKA "Father Jedi."
# "For the last time Dougal, the droids out there are far, far away"
project accepts any line of dialog from Star Wars, locates the correct frames in the movie, and generates an animated GIF of that scenes, with subtitles. This will be useful.
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Electronics fixer and modder Picotek melded a vintage Millennium Falcon toy with a Technics 1200 turntable. I hope the first vinyl he spun was some of Meco's Galactic Fun like the fine track below! "Millennium 1200"
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Unexpectedly hilarious! Sound kicks in at 0:45s. [Video link]
Black Angel is a 25-minute Arthurian film from 1979 directed by Roger Christian, the Oscar-winning set decorator on Star Wars. George Lucas blessed Black Angel as the opening film to play before The Empire Strikes Back in Europe. For years, it's been thought that the original prints were lost. But an archivist at Universal Pictures found a print that has now been restored. It re-premiered this week at the Mill Valley Film Festival. According to the L.A. Times, Christian plans to release it on Netflix and iTunes early next year. Above is a clip! "Short film meant to accompany 'Empire Strikes Back' makes a comeback" (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)
Etsy seller CarvedCrayons (AKA Hoang Tran) makes amazing, miniature pop-culture carvings out of the ends of crayons. $25-$35.
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Ben sez, "My 9 year old wanted to make a lightsaber for his monthly science project and Hallowe'en costume so I designed a quick project at his level. I documented the project on my website, and I think it turned out really well. The lightsabers are less than $15 each in parts and only take about an hour or two to assemble."
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First released several years ago, Star Wars: Frames was a lavish $3,000 limited-edition box set of books compiling George Lucas's favorite 1,400 images from all six Star Wars films. This month sees Star Wars: Frames reprinted in a much more affordable but still impressive package of two hardcover books, one for each of the two trilogies. The list price is $150 but you can pre-order from Amazon for $90. Star Wars: Frames
Stephanie sent this pic of a tiny pink Stormtrooper cosplayer to Fashionably Geek. They say it was a little girl in there, but that seems to be citing facts not in evidence. In any event, this kid is hella cute.
Little Girl Proves Stormtroopers Look Good In Pink [Cosplay] [Amy Ratcliffe/Fashionably Geek]
(via Wil Wheaton)
Road Wars is a Star Wars/Road Warrior action-figure mashup. (Thanks, Matthew!)
Meco's space disco "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" on Dutch TV music program TopPop, November 5, 1977 (?).
New York Magazine reports on two recent incidents where a police cruiser was heard (and seen) blaring the Star Wars "Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" as it cruised down the street. "The cops were laughing like stoned high-school kids as they drove by," said witness Tyler Sargent.