Tag: George Lucas

Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Auction Finds, Movies
Once more from the farthest reaches of the internet, I bring you cool Star Wars stuff. This time, it's a gallery Star Wars masks and helmets used in the original trilogy. Most of these closeup pictures were taken within the last few years or so, so you have to expect some visible wear and tear. Still, they're fascinating documents that went into the magic of the first three films. Up first is a snowtrooper helmet from The Empire Strikes Back. Bet you never knew they had green eyepieces! Also from The Empire Strikes Back, here's an original Ugnaught foam latex mask. You remember the Ugnaughts as the little pig people who worked in Cloud City and helped prep the carbonite machine for Han Solo. Here are three different angles of a regular ol' Stormtrooper helmet, worn during ...
“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...
Facebook and the social contract

Facebook and the social contract

Internet
It's hard for me to get worked up into a nice lather over the most recent renovations to Facebook, aka The Site You Just Can't Quit. For one, my main interaction with it these days is through TweetDeck, which very nicely strips away all the irrelevant layout and advertising to show me just the status updates, ma'am. And for another, ever since I quit playing games like Farmville and Mafia Wars cold turkey -- both more addictive than heroin or crystal meth I'm told -- I really have little reason to go to the site proper anymore. While it's been interesting to observe the backlash against the latest Facelift, I've developed a greater interest in the predictable backlash against the backlash. People who have taken to the internets to complain about Facebook are derided as lacking persp...
Trailer Trash — Red Tails, Johnny English Reborn, and The Ides of March

Trailer Trash — Red Tails, Johnny English Reborn, and The Ides of March

Movies
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. Red Tails Whoa, did that guy just say "negroes"? Is that even allowed in a movie anymore? Well anyway, this looks pretty good even if you have already seen Glory or The Tuskegee Airmen (the latter of which also had Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Johnny English Reborn Ugh. Can't we just get Mike Myers to make another Austin Powers movie or something? I promise to forget that Goldmember ever existed.  Anything to avoid watching Mr. Bean in this travesty. I mean really, groin kicks? The Ides of March Ah yes, it's time for serious Geo
Graphicity: The Star Wars Prequels — What Went Wrong?

Graphicity: The Star Wars Prequels — What Went Wrong?

Funny Stuff, Movies
With much respect and admiration for the fine work of Mr. Plinkett over at Red Letter Media. If you haven't seen his brilliant and scathingly funny takedowns of George Lucas's cinematic abominations, watch them now. Start with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Trust me on this. Related articles YouTube Sensation Mr. Plinkett Branches Out With Weekly Review Show (mtv.com) 'George Lucas Strikes Back' in Hilarious Star Wars Spoof (moviefone.com) All three Star Wars prequels explained by LEGO awesomeness (epicblackcar.wordpress.com)
Retrotisements — Classic PSA edition

Retrotisements — Classic PSA edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
I don't know if the social consciousness of the average American is lower than it was back in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, but it sure seems like it sometimes. I remember seeing a public service announcement (PSA) at least once or twice an hour while watching TV as a kid. These days, not so much. And the ones that are around don't seem to have much heart or soul. They're every bit as cynical and cold as regular ads if you ask me. So if you feel the same way -- or even if you don't -- let's take a look at some of the more memorable PSAs of the past... Johnny Smoke Cigarette advertising on TV in America was everywhere until it was pulled off the air for good by an act of Congress. But in the final years of tobacco ads, there was no shortage of anti-smoking ads meant to counter th...
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...
George Lucas needs to shut up

George Lucas needs to shut up

Movies, Rants
I've read a lot of lukewarm and negative reviews of Spider-Man 3, and most of them raise some very good points. Even though I really enjoyed it I don't expect it will be everyone's cup of tea, and I welcome all informed opinions. But one person whose opinion deserves nothing but scorn is ol' turkey-neck himself, George Lucas. Recently, George chimed in on the latest Spidey installment, and apparently didn't think too highly of it: "It's silly. It's a silly movie," he said. "There just isn't much there. Once you take it all apart, there's not much story, is there?" Well, it's not "Star Wars." "People thought 'Star Wars' was silly, too," he added, with a wink. "But it wasn't." Now, I'm a huge Star Wars nerd -- I've seen the movies, read a bunch of the books, and played many of t...