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Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Production Images from Star Wars

Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Production Images from Star Wars

Movies
I love behind the scenes movie stuff, particularly anything to do with the classic Star Wars trilogy. So imagine my joy when I stumbled upon this great crop of images taken during the filming of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Most of these images are instantly identifiable, while a few will test your love of a galaxy far, far away. Click on any image for the full-size version.
Fantastic Coca-Cola Star Wars/Burger Chef Posters (1977)

Fantastic Coca-Cola Star Wars/Burger Chef Posters (1977)

Ephemera
Growing up I was intimately familiar with the great sets of Star Wars drinking glasses sold at Burger King, with the Empire Strikes Back collection being my favorite. If you need a reminder, here's an ad for the 1977 edition: But what I didn't know about until very recently was the series of beautiful posters from which the design on those glasses was borrowed. Although these are listed as being produced for Burger Chef rather than Burger King. The artwork on these four beauties is credited to Del Nichols, and boy did he do one hell of a job. Let's look: Del Nichols These are all so very gorgeous, but if I had to pick a favorite I'd go with the Darth Vader poster, featuring Grand Moff Tokin. As great as the original movie posters are, I'd hang these bad b...
These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

Funny Stuff, Internet
Sometimes, my friends, fate smiles upon you. Such was the case for me recently when I stumbled upon a series of 1980s Star Trek illustrations in chalk pastel, some of which I will now share with you. Credit for these goes to artist Doug Little, who apparently produced these for commemorative posters around the time of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Enough chit chat, let's boldly go. By the way, I've saved the best for last. Awww. Posing for the sweetest prom photo I've ever seen are Dr. McCoy and the salt creature from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap." Yes, this is Khan and Gonzo. And Gonzo is holding a yo-yo that actually says, "Khan Is a Yo-Yo." Let that seep for a few minutes. Of course! All we had to do to figure out what was on the mi...
“New Orleans Saints Bounty Hunters? We Don’t Need Their Scum!”

“New Orleans Saints Bounty Hunters? We Don’t Need Their Scum!”

Funny Stuff, Sports
I'll let professional and amateur sportswriters vent their spleens over the whole New Orleans Saints bounty brouhaha. I just want to use Photoshop to make funny images. It's not my best Photoshop job but you get the idea. That's Jonathan Vilma standing to Bossk's left, by the way. I sure hope Han Solo doesn't play quaterback. Click on the image for a full-size version. And no, that's not Gregg Williams in the Darth Vader outfit. Although with as much as George Lucas screws with these movies, I wouldn't put it past him. Related articles Jonathan Vilma Offered $10,000 To Whoever Took Out Brett Favre [Video] (deadspin.com) Daily Madden: Saints Facing Harsh Penalties For Bounty System (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) Rams DC Williams met with NFL to discuss 'bounty' system (nfl.c...
Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Music, Sunday Jazz
For most of my life I assumed that when it came to other musicians offering their take on John Williams' timeless scores for the Star Wars trilogy, the be all and end all was Meco's Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. Who hasn't gotten down to the stone cold disco groove of "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" at least once in their life? But it turns out there is actually more sweet Star Wars tuneage from that era. Take, for example, this week's Sunday Jazz entry. It's five tracks of the swingin' space jazz courtesy of legendary bassist Ron Carter -- Empire Jazz. And dig that cover art! It was released in 1980 on the RSO Records label. RSO (home of the Bee Gees) also distributed the official soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back, so this release seems like a natural progression. OK, maybe no...
Commercials I Hate – Tibet (Groupon)

Commercials I Hate – Tibet (Groupon)

Advertising
This one is pretty obvious. While most “controversial” Super Bowl ads of the past have feebly attempted to cross some sort of imaginary line of sexual innuendo à la Go Daddy (another series of ads I hate), Groupon decided to cross a very real line of good taste. The idea seems to come straight out of a Saturday Night Live skit, and that’s the problem. And not just because SNL is a horribly unfunny show at this time, but because that kind of humor makes no sense in a commercial. In the context of a comedy sketch show, the parody is obvious. In the context of the Super Bowl, however, the joke seems very different. Instead of poking a little fun at their own expense, Groupon appears to be making light of the very serious subject of Tibetan suffering. Timothy Hutton’s smug presence d
Commercials I love: The Force (Volkswagen)

Commercials I love: The Force (Volkswagen)

Advertising
Another year, another batch of uninspired Super Bowl commercials behind us.  But wait!  There were some worthy ones this year, not the least is this awesome one from Volkswagen called "The Force": This Passat ad already won me over for the Darth Vader costume and awesome John Williams "Imperial March" Star Wars score.  But as the parent of a 10-month-old, I couldn't help but get a little misty at the kid's reaction to the car starting up.  And if you thought this ad was hokey and sentimental, well you're right.  Except that it's awesome at the same time. There does seem to be some debate as to whether or not that's a little boy or girl in the Vader outfit.  The YouTube description says it's a boy, which means he's in his sister's room trying to Force choke her doll or something. 
Where’s C-3PO?

Where’s C-3PO?

Funny Stuff
Disney goes to great lengths to ensure that the employees who wear those giant costumes at the park are never seen with them off by the public.  I can imagine it would be traumatic for a kid to see Goofy out by the dumpster smoking a Kool.  So even though I'm well into adulthood it's pretty weird to see this photo of the cast of Star Wars, circa 1977/78, hanging together in civvies.  I'm sure once George Lucas gets his hands on this he'll photoshop Hayden Christensen in it. I'm sure you recognize Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).  You can probably figure out which ones are R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).  The last one (next to Han) is Darth Vader himself, David Prowse.  Sorry Anthony Daniels, you weren't invit
6 great (and random) moments in Star Wars history

6 great (and random) moments in Star Wars history

Listcruft
We're just 10 days away from the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, and I'd be remiss if I didn't do something to commemorate the event. Many other sites are already going overboard in the celebration, but I'm going to keep it simple. This list of six applies to anything in the Star Wars universe, and is not just exclusive to the movies. Why six instead of ten? Because that's what my heart says is a good number. Also I couldn't think of anything else, so feel free to add to the list! Timothy Zahn publishes the Thrawn trilogy: Nine years after the release of what we thought was the last movie, Return of the Jedi, the franchise was reinvigorated with the release of these three books. They introduced a slew of fascinating characters, but the coolest of all was Grand Admiral Thra...