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How Disney Purchased Star Wars And Its Plans for Star Wars

by George Spigot

If you ever were curious about exactly how Robert Iger convinced George Lucas to sell Lucasilm to Disney, then this piece over at Bloomberg Businessweek should answer many of your questions.

Plus Lucas all but confirms that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will appear in the next film *huge relief*!


Happy Birthday, Mr. Lucas

Thanks for that whole Star Wars thing, the Lucasfilm thing, keeping Pixar alive in the early days, THX sound, LucasArts, Industrial Light and Magic, and the Skywalker Ranch.


We really do appreciate it. :)


Star Wars Snowflakes!

I love these Star Wars snowflakes! Unfortunately there wasn’t much Rebel Alliance love. I wonder if someone could come up with an Admiral Ackbar one? I’ll bet coffee shops around the world who use the phrase “It’s a Frap!” in their marketing would love you for a long time.

Droids is courtesy of Nerdery.com


And Darth Vader is courtesy of http://dancell.cwahi.net


Irvin Kershner, R.I.P.

Irvin Kershner’s direction of Episode V of the Star Wars Saga: The Empire Strikes Back was a masterwork in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre that will likely never be topped in terms of sheer cultural influence.

He also did a remarkable job with Sean Connery when they remade one of Connery’s earlier James Bond films, Thunderball, in 1983’s Never Say Never Again. It wasn’t a cultural landmark as Empire Strikes Back was, but his use of video games in a pivotal scene between Bond and his Antagonist, is fun.




Star Wars Trilogy in Paper Animation: 'Tatooine' by Jeremy Messersmith

This looks amazing! I’ll bet it was a fun project. I wonder how long pre-production and shooting took for Mr. Messermith?


The song in the audio bed is also a perfectly mellow contrast for the all the darkness that is episodes 4,5,and 6.


'Lessons of the Chewbacca Incident'; and Digg

Michael Heilemann, of Binary Bonsai, analyzes the traffic from a bunch of high-profile websites that linked to his piece on the history of the Chewbacca character in Star Wars. (via Daring Fireball)

What I learned from the data, that was particularly interesting, was that while Reddit, Stumbleupon, and other social bookmarking sites appeared among the data, Digg was nowhere to be found.

The other lesson I gleaned from this whole thing is that while the geekdom of the subject has quite a bit to do with the high number of unique visitors, it also reminds us that well written, and lengthy content, can and does, do well.


Chewbacca and Han Solo (unknown credit/promotional pic)


R2-D2 Becomes Your One Stop Game Center

Brian DeVitis may have just become my favorite modder of all time.


(courtesy of Techi.com) “Making its debut at PAX ‘10, the droid is a fully-functioning one-stop-shop for classic gaming and includes *deep breath* an NES, Super NES, N64, Gamecube, Genesis, Dreamcast, Atari 5200 and 7800, PSX, PSP, Xbox… and Windows XP, just for good measure.”


You must see this to believe it.




I admit, I love low resolution ASCII art. Who doesn’t really? You couldn’t be a gamer from the eighties without bumping into some fun ASCII art. After some research into the subject I discovered that there are people out there like Simon Jansen, who have *REALLY* dedicated  their time to re-creating Animated ASCII art.

an ASCII art animated version of STAR WARS

The best example I’ve found is this great ASCII art animation of STAR WARS: Episode IV: A New Hope
 that Simon Jansen began in 1997. (NOTE: It is optimized for Firefox users and may not work on IE)

I’m sure this will be very old news to some of you, but I couldn’t help taking that nostalgic flash to the past.