The recent phenomenon that is, “May the 4th,” a play on the all-enduring phrase from Star Wars, “May the force be with you,” continues this year with a lot of people and businesses sharing their wit in tribute to the iconic movie franchise.Last year, the UK team with Windows Phone threw out either an epic troll, or epic fail, with its tribute to “Trekkies.” The responses were equally grand, in a social-media-unforgiving-kind-of-way.Verizon Wireless took on the day in style, setting up a #CapturetheDroid campaign around New York City. Those that found the Jawas and used the right passphrase could win a trip to San Diego, California. Not such a bad way to promote Big Red’s and George Lucas’ brands we’d say.Mircosoft’s Windows team linked back to its blog for all sorts of promotions, including up to 66% off purchases on Star Wars Commander and Star Wars Rebels: Recon Mission for Windows and Windows Phone. There are also a variety … [Read more...] about May the 4th be with you: Star Wars tributes from the gadget gang and operators make Monday a little easier
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Star Wars is hands down one of the most successful franchises of all time. So successful that Disney has already made back their four billion dollar investment in purchasing Star Wars and the new trilogy isn’t even finished yet! With The Last Jedi having made a big splash in theaters not long ago and the Solo trailer landing, Star Wars is on everybody’s mind. Here’s a gift guide for the Star Wars gifts you’re looking for! Death Star 3D Light This futuristic lamp is a great gift for sci-fi fans! This light projected Death Star acts as a lamp, and can project in 7 different colors. The simple, small design makes it easy to move and store. Plus, you can act like you have your own Death Star plans! You know, just like in Attack Of The Clones. Okay, okay! I’m sorry I brought it up! Darth Vader Toaster Come to the dark side of the toast with this Darth Vader toaster! Burn Star Wars into your toast, two slices of bread at a time. And when … [Read more...] about Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!
Appearing in a Star Wars movie sounds like a dream come true for any actor. But nothing would crush that dream faster than discovering your journey to a galaxy far, far away ended on the cutting-room floor.That's what happened to Bai Ling, who was left out of the third prequel, 2005's "Revenge of the Sith". As we wind down our special report marking Star Wars' 40th anniversary, we asked her how that felt -- and whether she still thinks director George Lucas cut her because of a sexy Star Wars-themed Playboy photo shoot, a theory widely covered by the media at the time but denied by Lucas. Growing up in communist China, Bai hadn't seen Lucas' legendary sci-fi series before coming to the US in the 1990s. She first realised the scale of the Star Wars phenomenon when she saw a huge line of fans waiting to see one of the newly released prequels, which just happened to be at LA's famous Chinese Theatre.Attending the MTV Music Awards in 2003, Bai spotted Lucas backstage. "I was … [Read more...] about What it’s like to be axed from a Star Wars film
Wanna go see a movie? There's this new flick called "Star Wars"... George Lucas's space opera exploded into movie theatres 40 years ago, on 25 May 1977. It was an instant smash with fans queueing around the block to see it -- before coming back to line up again. Today, we recognise the film's groundbreaking special effects, the foundations of a vast mythical story universe, and the launch of a multimedia empire that transformed moviemaking. But what did the critics of the day think? Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave it the thumbs-up, while famously acerbic critic Pauline Kael was less impressed. Many reviewers noted similarities with the classic tales that inspired writer and director George Lucas, from westerns and samurai tales to "2001: A Space Odyssey". And several noted that the resonant, thought-provoking cinema of the 1970s was about to be swept away by something rather more escapist... "A grand and glorious film that may well be the smash hit of 1977, and certainly is the … [Read more...] about Spellbinding or dull? How critics reviewed ‘Star Wars’ in 1977
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