While Jony Ive has never designed a futuristic space weapon before that didn’t stop J.J. Abrams from asking his advice for how lightsabers should look in the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The New Yorker’s huge profile of Ive contains a section where it’s revealed that Ive gave Abrams some feedback for how to improve the design of lightsabers and we can see that Abrams seems to have taken some of his advice. More →
Earlier this week, Humble Bundle launched one of its most exciting bundles so far, featuring nine of the best Star Wars games to ever launch on PC. In just two days, the company has already sold over 215,000 bundles, raising nearly $2.5 million for the developers and for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. More →
Disney has just lifted a bit of the mysterious shroud it’s put over the story details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on some of the key characters we can expect to see in the film, including R2D2 successor BB-8, X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron, light saber-wielding bad guy Kylo Ren, speeder rider Rey, and Finn, a character played by John Boyega who appeared in the film’s trailer dressed in an Imperial storm trooper suit. For what it’s worth, all of these characters appeared in the first trailer for the movie that launched in late November. More →
It’s been less than a week since the exciting new Star Wars trailer came out but fans who still feel understandably burned by Jar-Jar Binks have already found something to whine about: The major redesign of the films’ iconic light sabers. You see, instead of being a straight-up light saber as in the old movies, the new films show a contraption that looks more like a light bastard sword with two extra little light sabers that stick out from the sword’s main hilt, as you can see in the photo above. More →
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: The first 90-second trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the new trailer will be available in theaters starting today, it’s also just been posted over at Apple’s iTunes movie trailers page. You’ll need QuickTime to watch it, of course, so make sure you either have it installed or just open it up in Safari. More →
To say the new J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars films are highly anticipated would be an understatement and now we at long last know a crucial piece of the puzzle for their first installment. Entertainment Weekly reports that the first film in the new trilogy will be called Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. More →
It’ll be a while until Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters, so in the meantime Star Wars fans can watch a half-hour movie created by… a college football player. Called Retribution, the film was written and directed by Georgia University student Chris Conley, who started work on the short video last November. More →
There are times when you don’t know whether to applaud someone’s talent or tell them to get a life. One such instance comes to us via The Escapist and it involves a man from Poland who has built an amazing replica of an Imperial Star Destroyer out of more than 40,000 individual LEGO bricks. The person in question, a Flickr user by the name of Jerac, says that the Destroyer model contains “about 50 kilos (110 pounds) of pure bricks without any steel internal support” and “holds itself together and is straight.” The model itself is remarkably detailed and it contains just about every single nook and cranny that you see in the Star Wars movies. We’ve included one picture of the model below but you really ought to check out Jerac’s full gallery to get a sense of how incredible this really is. More →
We learned about the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII in late April and now we’re getting our first look right from the set. TMZ has obtained some leaked pictures that give us a closeup look at the set of the new film, including pictures of both a Tatooine marketplace and a gigantic hippopotamus-like creature that TMZ says takes five different men to operate. The new Star Wars movie is now being filmed in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, so it’s not surprising that the pictures shown on TMZ’s page all show a desert landscape. More →
Great news Star Wars fans: All your old favorites will be appearing in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The new Star Wars film officially announced its cast today and it will include past heroes Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo). Other stars of the new movie will include John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Other returning stars for the film include Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, who respectively did the voices and/or wore the costumes of C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Although the Star Wars movie franchise fell on hard times after the Jar-Jar Binks-tainted Episodes I through III, Disney is hoping that passing the torch from creator George Lucas over to J.J. Abrams will revive the most popular sci-fi series of all-time.
Today, Verizon Wireless made the release date for the Motorola DROID R2-D2, Star Wars Special Edition handset public. The device will be available beginning on September 30th online and in select stores for $249 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. The special-edition smartphone will come preloaded with notification sounds, ringtones, wallpapers, widgets, and music from the Star Wars movies. The full press release is after the break. More →
Star Wars fan? Android fan? Verizon Wireless customer? September 29th at midnight should go down in history for you then. Not only is that when Motorola’s DROID R2D2 limited edition device goes on sale at select Verizon Wireless stores across the country, but it’s also looking to be quite an event. We have been just sent a couple images from one of the participating stores, a store called Vista Ridge in Lewisville, Texas, and we also have some info on what is exactly is happening for the launch — it’s pretty crazy. Apparently, the participating stores will be giving away 5 Motorola R2D2 units, there will be actual “Stormtroopers” at the store (employees dressed up as Stormtroopers), video gaming, a live DJ and more. Stores are getting approximately 200 units and stock will not be replenished. Last bit of info… our tipster said that Motorola reps have indicated the Star Wars edition device is actually running a 1.2GHz CPU, not a 1GHz. Pretty interesting, huh? Our only wish? That the keyboard on the handset was white.
Let’s hear it — anyone gearing up to get one of these things on Tuesday evening?
One more photo after the break! More →