Disney Cancels Low Occupancy Star Wars-Themed Voyages
If you’re ever planning to book a stay in this cabin in Disney World, you’d better try the other hotels. In an interesting turn of events, the company has been canceling reservations made to their Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a recently-opened cabin where fans and enthusiasts could experience what it could be like living inside a spaceship.This move by the corporation is not surprising though, as the accommodation is known for how expensive it is. People who wish to get the experience of being immersed in the sci-fi world were treated to a three-day, two-night adventure on a fictitious cruise ship, called The Halcyon, as they become part of the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. For a whopping $5000 per cabin, guests were treated to an excursion to Batuu, themed meals, and live entertainment, including a climactic battle for the galaxy. It was still expensive for the price, though, as the demand for the themed experience fell significantly. Some of the voyages included in the Starcruiser were operating at only 25% capacity. Image credit: Disney via WDW News Today#Disney #WaltDisneyWorld #themeparks #hotels #accomodations #StarWars
Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Dough
Appropriately, it’s called “Pan Solo” because “pan” is the Spanish and Japanese word for bread.Hanalee and Catherine Pervan, a mother and daughter duo, own the One House Bakery in Benicia, California. The Associated Press reports that, for several weeks, after they closed the bakery each night, they worked on this magnificent project. It’s made of two types of yeast-free dough and mounted on a wooden frame.The Pervans will enter it in the Downtown Benicia Main Street Scarecrow Contest. It’s quite scary, given that it freezes in time that horrible moment when Han Solo was locked mid-scream into a block of carbonite at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.#StarWars #bread #HanSolo
AI Recreates James Earl Jones' Darth Vader Voice so the Actor Can Retire
Even if Darth Vader’s actor has to retire from his work, the world can still hear his voice in upcoming projects for the Star Wars franchise!Lucasfilm hired Ukrainian startup company Reespeecher to recreate the iconic voice behind the memorable antagonist in the fictional series. This was done after the original voice actor, James Earl Jones stepped back from reprising his role. The media reported that after giving life to Darth Vader for 40 years, Jones has signed off his archived voice recordings to Lucasfilm. These were then utilized by Reespeecher to create new dialogues with artificial intelligence. You can actually find the new synthesized voice lines of the character that was made by Reespeecher in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Jones also made sure that the startup got his character right as he guided the team during the creation of the new Darth Vader dialogues. This is not Reespeecher’s first rodeo with the Star Wars franchise, as they have recreated the voice of young Luke Skywalker for another Disney+ series, The Book of Bobba Fett. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons #starwars #AI #voiceacting #JamesEarlJones #voiceactor #Lucasfilm #Reespeecher
15 Things You Didn't Know About the Making of Rogue One
Now that the new Star Wars series Andor is streaming on Disney+, it's whetted our appetites for the movie that spawned it, Rogue One: A Star wars Story. The 2016 movie was an immediate prequel to Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and told the story of how Princess Leia came into possession of the Death Star schematics. Rogue One veered from the standard Star Wars formula, in that it involved members of the Rebellion that were not Jedi, Sith, royalty, or politicians. They were just rebels willing to die to save the galaxy. It was a dark, tragic, and altogether satisfying chapter in the story. But how much do you know about what went into the movie? There are always more fun facts to learn. For example, the droid K-2SO was played by Alan Tudyk in a motion capture suit.Said Diego Luna: “The first month, we just couldn’t look at him because he did look ridiculous. It was the tightest pajamas ever, and on stilts, you were always the height of his balls, here (gestures to face). It was quite intimidating!”
Andor May Be the Best Star Wars Series Yet
Media critics were treated to a preview of the first four episodes of Andor, the new Star Wars series about the early days of the Rebellion. It stars Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, and is a prequel to the movie Rogue One. It has no Jedi, no Sith, no lightsabers, and no comic relief. It is therefore a more mature and serious story, and sets up the war in the original trilogy. Andor is the story of the Rebellion from the bottom, featuring everyday people who risk their lives for a better tomorrow. Media critics were treated to a preview of the first four episodes of Andor, and they unanimously praise the series as a different type of Star Wars, one that was made for adults. It's been compared to an HBO drama. All in all, these reviewers can't wait to see the rest of it.
The Reasoning Behind Princess Leia's Bikini in Return of the Jedi
If you were an adult when the original Star Wars trilogy was new, you understood thematically why Leia was in a bikini at the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Jabba the Hutt commanded it to humiliate and dominate her- to drive home the fact that she was his slave. That costume made it all the more satisfying when she killed him (at least for the adult audience). Carrie Fisher was all for it, after wearing a baggy gown in the first movie and pants in the second film.
Princess Leia's Wedding Dress
Between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, thirty years went by that were pretty eventful for Han Solo and Leia Organa, but we didn't get to see it. They married, had a son named Ben, and eventually separated. While we weren't invited to that wedding, we get to read about it in the new novel Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel. It's exactly what we need in this contentious world- a Star Wars romance novel.
Darth Maul at Olive Garden
Cosplayer and TikTokker DarthCaul took a break from menacing people at San Diego Comic Con for dinner at Olive Garden. Swinging a double-bladed light saber must work up an appetite! I see they relaxed their dress code for the weekend of the convention. Would you want to tell this guy to put on a shirt? While we can laugh at the juxtaposition of a sinister Sith Lord from a galaxy far, far away shoveling pasta and bread sticks, he does seem to be enjoying himself. The makeup looks like he is dribbling sauce down his chin, while we can tell he is being careful about not dribbling sauce down his chin.
Model of X-Wing Fighter Used in the Star Wars Movie Sold for $2.4 Million
For avid Star Wars fans, flying in X-Wing is probably one of the greatest experiences one can ever dream of. The next best thing is, of course, owning one. That is what one unidentified collector has accomplished. A model of Red Leader’s X-Wing Fighter used in A New Hope during the final battle sequence has sold for $2.4 million at Prop Store Auction. The price tag shattered previous estimation that the model would auction in the ballpark of $500,000 to $1,000,000.Birthed from the mind of George Lucas himself, the prop was custom-made from scratch just for the movie. Many were created for the extensive shooting but most were destroyed by the pyrotechnics used during the iconic battle scene. This particular miniature in question is the “only intact, fully-finished” piece from production that is known to still exist.Images: Prop Store Auction#StarWars #XWing #movieprop
Disney's New Cruise Ship Offers a $5,000 Cocktail
Disney is launching a new cruise ship called the Disney Wish. It's a fantasy experience in every way. The Disney Wish has a couple of themed restaurants called Avengers: Quantum Encounter and Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge. In the Star Wars lounge, one cocktail called the Kaiburr Crystal will cost $5,000! No, it's not served by George Lucas or even Harrison Ford. But it does come with a splashy presentation.
An Honest Trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi
Disney+ just finished airing the miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, but if you plan on watching it in its entirety at a later time, you might want to avoid this Honest Trailer. The plot isn't given away, but there are plenty of details you might want to wait for. It's the story of some of the events that occurred in the years that Luke was growing up on Tatooine, when the original Star Wars trilogy painted him as a completely random character who rose to greatness, but the prequels set him up as crucial. Of course, Screen Junkie's mission in the Honest Trailer series is to point out all the bad things about a movie or TV series. In this one, they have plenty of plot holes to point out, which is pretty much par for the course when you are trying to bridge the existing movies in the story. There are also tropes that have been overdone and gaps in logic in a few places. But altogether, I think they liked Obi-Wan Kenobi.#starwars #ObiWanKenobi #HonestTrailer
LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation Trailer
If you like your Star Wars with a bit of humor, get ready for the new LEGO Star Wars special, streaming August 5th on Disney+. In a bizarre turn of events, Finn, Rose, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Palpatine, and other Star Wars characters all end up at the same beach resort for fun in the sun.“LEGO® Star Wars Summer Vacation,” which is set shortly after the events of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” features the voices of “Weird Al” Yankovic, Yvette Nicole Brown, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and returning cast members from previous “LEGO Star Wars” specials, and includes “Weird Al’s” new original song, Scarif Beach Party.No, it doesn't make any sense. Half the characters are dead at the end of The Rise of Skywalker, but only some of them are ghosts in this special. But since when did Star Wars make sense, anyway? We'll take any excuse to hear new music from Weird Al! Read about some of the easter eggs in this trailer at the Star Wars site. -via Boing Boing#starwars @LEGO #LEGOstarwars #summervacation #trailer
Star Wars Ghost Force Costumes
Force ghosts first appeared in The Empire Strikes Backwhen Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was slain at the end of the first Star Wars movie, appears to Luke Skywalker in order to counsel him.Canonically, these Force ghosts, both Jedi and Sith, have appeared throughout the Star Wars franchise. This clever cosplay photographed by Twitter user @dodgeroo shows Qui-Gon Jinn in The Last Jedi. The unknown cosplayer appears to be covered with a fine blue netting that simulates the astral projection.Here’s another photo of the same cosplayer along with other ghostly apparitions of Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi.-via Super Punch#StarWars #Cosplay
Dance Battle: Obi-Wan vs. Anakin
That brutal final fight between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar from the movie Revenge of the Sith gets the disco treatment in the hands of Auralnauts. What are they fighting about now? It's a rivalry over the affections of the visibly pregnant Padme, which might make sense until you hear the dialog (which, in my opinion, is the best part of this video). The kaleidoscopic dance sequence take a bit of the sting out of Anakin being chopped up into little little pieces and burned by lava. That doesn't usually happen when rivals decide a winner by who's got the best dance moves. Mace Windu, Yoda, and even the Emperor get into the act in this weird mashup.#StarWars #Auralnauts #Anakin #ObiWanKenobi #dance
Iconic Movie Props Going Up for Auction Next Month
The Propstore in Los Angeles (also called the Prop Store) is holding their Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction June 21st through the 24th. There will be more than 1800 lots up for grabs, including a bunch of really rare and authenticated movie props that people will spend tons of money to procure. The catalog of items lists props from movies in alphabetical order, so we first see that you can buy a set of tableware from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, followed by a slew of props from the Alien franchise. But you can search by entering your favorite film. From Star Wars, you can bid on several different lightsabers used by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu, or the Red Leader X-wing model miniature used in the 1977 film Star Wars (although that may fetch up to a million dollars). Or a hundred or so other Star Wars items.There are also props used in the Indiana Jones movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A nightmare on Elm Street, the various Star Trek TV series, Marvel movies, and James Bond films. And that's just scratching the surface! Check out your chance to own a piece of movie history this summer. -via Mental Floss #movieprop #Propstore #memorabilia #auction #prop #starwars
I Dream of Leia Cosplay
The genie Jeannie, played by the adorable Barbara Eden onI Dream of Jeannie, was a character of great interest to me when I was a young boy. It took me quite some time to understand precisely why I enjoyed that show. Eventually, I knew: it was the plot.Leia, in her slave outfit in The Empire Strikes Back, was a bit more assertive than Jeannie, but likewise inspirational to a generation.Here is cosplayer @Margo mixing those two iconic outfits together during a recent photo shoot at The Peachy Collective. Major Nelson and Captain Solo will no doubt be attentive.#Cosplay #MashupCosplay #StarWars #SlaveLeia #IDreamOfJeannie
Darth Vader Onigiri
Lando Calrissian made a deal that will keep the Empire out of Cloud City forever. The dinner party with Darth Vader sealed the deal when Lando no doubt served these onigiri by food artist and cookbook author Noriko Araki.Onigiri is a Japanese food that consists of sticky white rice and wrapped in a nori seaweed sheet. I’m uncertain how Araki shaped it into the image of Darth Vader’s helmet. Although there are Vader helmet food molds available, I wouldn’t be surprised if she did the work by hand.
X-Wing, a Star Wars Fan Film
The New Republic, in the form of Wraith Squadron's X-wing pilots, launches an assault on the forces of the Galactic Empire over Coruscant, in a vertigo-inducing urban dogfight, displayed in one continuous shot. Honestly, this action sequence can make you dizzy. Casual Star Wars fans will find it exciting and well-made. Hardcore fans familiar with the expanded universe will notice characters, ships, and tactics from Star Wars novels, comics, and games. Special effects like this would cost millions back when Star Wars first came about, but now a guy on a computer can do it all by himself. To be honest, he worked on it for four years. Christopher Parks tells us what software he used at the YouTube page. -via Digg#StarWars #StarWarsFanFilm #FanFilm
Flashback: Star Wars Interview 1977
TV was different 45 years ago. Talk shows were different, and movies were about to take a great leap into the future. In the summer of 1977, The Mike Douglas Show welcomed three little-known actors, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrisons Ford, on to talk about their new movie Star Wars. The other guest is Richard Thomas, who was starring in The Waltons at the time. What was strange is that they talked about Star Wars a little, but the majority of the banter was about other things. Douglas talked to Fisher about her family, and Hamill was asked about his previous roles. Ford was hardly given any time at all! Just a few years after this show, any one of the three could have carried an entire hour. -via Metafilter#starwars #retroTV #theMikeDouglasShow #1977
Kathleen Kennedy Says Star Wars Will No Longer Recast Classic Characters
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that Disney will no longer cast younger actors to play existing characters in Star Wars stories set in an earlier time period. She cited the lukewarm reception of the 2018 movie Solo: A Star Wars Story and the success of the TV series The Mandalorian as factors in the decision. Solo was an origin story of sorts for the character Han Solo, with Alden Ehrenreich playing the title character and Donald Glover playing Lando Calrission as younger men. Kennedy says that the future of the Star Wars franchise means expanding the known universe to focus on new characters. She's right about that. We had nine films that relied way too much on genetic relationships and too much on one forsaken planet at the outer rim of the galaxy (Tatooine). They also relied too much on nostalgia, with the prequels shoehorning in characters like C3PO and Chewbacca who had no business being there, and the sequels were so reliant on legacy characters that Carrie Fisher's death forced a rewrite of The Rise of Skywalker.However, Kennedy only said that younger actors will not be cast for these roles. That doesn't mean that legacy characters will not show up occasionally. Luke Skywalker was in The Mandalorian. Carrie Fisher was digitally recreated for a flashback scene in The Rise of Skywalker. Could Kennedy's announcement mean that Disney will still use legacy characters, but only with cheaper digital recreations?The upcoming miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi uses a grandfathered actor in Ewan McGregor, who portrayed Obi-Wan way more than Alec Guinness ever did. But how will this affect the long planned TV series about Lando Calrissian? Not much has been said about the show, although Donald Glover seems to be on board with playing the character again. Like McGregor, this might not count, as Glover has already played the character. Only time will tell. -via reddit #StarWars #StarWarscasting
Creepio Sings "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"
Auralnauts made a new music video to celebrate Star Wars Day. In their alternate universe, C3PO is "Creepio," which fits the video perfectly. He sings Kylie Minogue's 2001 hit song "Can't Get You Out of My Head," while gazing longingly toward Padme, or maybe Anakin, because who knows which is truly the object of his obsession. The droid was in every Star Wars movie, so there was a lot of footage to select from for this video. They managed to highlight only the creepiest shots to give him the aura of a perennially sad, frustrated incel loser, the kind that might explode into horrific violence at any moment. And that's how Auralnauts chose to celebrate the holiday. May the fourth be with you!#StarWars #C3PO #Auralnauts
3 New LEGO Star Wars Trilogy Dioramas
Experience once again the iconic moments in the original Star Wars trilogy with the LEGO diorama models collection! The said collection features Luke Skywalker's Jedi training in Dagobah with Yoda, the deadly trash compactor, and Luke's trench run as he attempts to destroy the Death Star.Aside from the recreation of the locations, the diorama models also have an iconic line in the scene written upfront. Prices range from $59.99 to - 89.99, depending on the diorama model you want to buy.Star Wars fans would surely love these!(Images: LEGO)#StarWars #LEGO #Recreation
Star Wars Landspeeder Desk
Uncle Owen’s battered X-34 Landspeeder was the perfect vehicle for the hot, dusty, and flat environments of the Tatooine desert where Luke Skywalker grew up. It became iconic after the 1977 release of Star Wars because it reminded so many members of the audience of the old sports and muscle cars that sat in garages, begging for a paintjob—or even just a washing.
The Star Wars Trash Compactor Scene, Now in LEGO
No one who saw it will ever forget the trash compactor scene from the original 1977 movie Star Wars. It was both funny and tension-filled, and it highlighted how previous space movies never addressed the necessary infrastructure of a spaceship with a large crew. And kids loved it because it was really gross. Now you can relive those memories with LEGO's new Death Star™ Trash Compactor Diorama. Once you assemble the 802 pieces, you can recreate the moment our heroes confront the danger of being compacted, while C3PO and R2D2 fret on the outside. Yes, the walls of this diorama move, so that you can squish the minifigs and the debris! This set even includes the head of the dianoga monster that scared us all. The trash compactors is one of three new Star Wars sets that will be available to preorder on April 26 for under $100.
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