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Star Wars Rebels: WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip

This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series.

Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera’s maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands…

Star Wars Featurette: The Birth of the Lightsaber

Star Wars creator George Lucas, actor Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt discuss the concept and creation of the lightsaber.

George Lucas recalls that Star Wars was influenced by pirate and swashbuckling films of the ’40s, which showcased the romantic side of fighting, illustrated in characters like Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood. With Jedi, who were heroes in this tradition, the director needed a weapon that would match their ideals. In a clip from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the lightsaber is introduced by Obi-Wan Kenobi, who says it’s “not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.” Thus, the lightsaber also became a symbol for more peaceful, honorable times, representing what the galaxy was like before the Empire. Originally, Lucas says, Jedi were meant to fight with just swords. But to give the weapon a technological edge, they became “laser swords,” able to deflect incoming fire — which made sense, character-wise, as Jedi were not meant to be warlike, aggressive fighters.

The choreography and duels started simple, but became more emotional and complex as the series went on. Mark Hamill states that Lucas originally envisioned lightsaber hilts as being very, very heavy, always requiring two hands. But with a desire to make the sword fighting faster and more intense, they slowly moved away from the two-handed form. The technology used to create the glowing blade of lightsabers also changed as the series progressed.

In rare behind-the-scenes footage from Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker battles Darth Vader, and Hamill explains that metal poles were required so that the actors could have a realistic battle. Otherwise, one wouldn’t know where to stop their hands and finish a strike.

Ben Burtt says that the lightsaber was the first sound he created for the film. Upon hearing the hum of an old film projector idling, he felt it was the perfect, saying it was “musical, in a way. ‘That’s probably what a lightsaber would sound like.’” Burtt wanted another element — the iconic whooshing sound — which he accidentally created through electronic feedback.

In discussing the intensity of the lightsaber duels, Lucas says it changed with each film, often times reflecting the emotions of Luke and the ongoing story. Still Luke was not trained as a Jedi in the classic sense. It wasn’t until Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace that audiences would see Jedi battling in their prime; the duels were more aggressive and acrobatic than anything seen in the original trilogy, and only grew in scale and intensity as the series continued.

Star Wars Symphonic Suite - Star Wars Theme Performed on a Wurlitzer Pipe Organ

Jelani Eddington plays the Main Title from the Star Wars Symphonic Suite at the 5/80 Sanfilippo Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in Barrington, Illinois.

Video by Donnie Rankin/DR4 Productions LLC and audio by Josh Richter. Star Wars (c) Warner Chappell. No claim to third-party copyrighted material. Arrangement and transcription is original to artist.

Les Miserables… with LIGHTSABERS! Star Wars/Les Miz Epic Mashup Battle

The epic showdown between Jean ValJean and Inspector Javert gets even cooler with lightsabers and force powers!

Chance McClain, the creator of the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog fan prequel Horrible Turn, is back with this epic imagining of the showdown featured in Les Miserables’ The Confrontation. It’s hard to sing when you have a lightsaber to your throat!

Created, directed, and arranged by Chance McClain
Starring Tyler Galindo, Noah McClain. and Lindsey Vrana

R2-D2 spotted in Star Trek Into Darkness [WTF]

Is that R2D2? #startrek pic.twitter.com/Nf8Q8vwkCH
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September 8, 2013

Star Wars droid R2-D2 made a cameo in the 2009 Star Trek movie, which left some fans wondering if the little guy made it into Star Trek Into Darkness. Now that the film is out on home media, R2-D2 has been spotted.
Heresy?

R2-D2 spotted in Star Trek Into Darkness [WTF]

Star Wars droid R2-D2 made a cameo in the 2009 Star Trek movie, which left some fans wondering if the little guy made it into Star Trek Into Darkness. Now that the film is out on home media, R2-D2 has been spotted.

Heresy?

Unicycling Darth Vader Plays Star Wars Theme on Fire-Shooting Bagpipes! [HD 3D]

You may have already seen a video of Darth Vader playing the Imperial March on bagpipes while riding a unicycle in the past, but now, Vader has upgraded his musical instrument to a set that shoots flames up in the air, which is a totally good reason to post his performance once again.

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Darth Khal-Drogo
What if Khal Drogo, the Dothraki horselord, came over to the Dark Side? It would probably look a lot like this.
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Darth Khal-Drogo

What if Khal Drogo, the Dothraki horselord, came over to the Dark Side? It would probably look a lot like this.

This is the first in a new series called Star Wars: The Throne Wars by *jbcasacop on deviantART.

(by *jbcasacop)

Introducing the Google Saber

Google recently gave some experimental lightsabers, code-named GSabers, to a bunch of Youtubers, which gave light on the true nature of some of them.

Directed by: Trey Stokes
Cinematography: Michael Solomon
Edited by: Brian Finifter

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It’s Always Sunny on Tatooine

What does happen when one over worked Stormtrooper stumbles upon a major conspiracy?

A Star Wars parody based on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Pepe Silvia/Mailroom sketch.

Filmed on a Canon 7D & 600D, Edited in Avid Media Composer with VFX in Adobe After Effects.

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