‘OUCH!’ Sci-fi author John Scalzi trolls Star Wars fans on #StarWarsDay

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As some of you may know, yesterday was “Star Wars Day.” May the fourth be with you. Get it?

Science fiction author John Scalzi, perhaps best known for his “Old Man’s War” series, took the occasion to troll Star Wars fans, comparing those who don’t recognize the awfulness of the three prequel movies to the folks who refuse to vaccinate their children.

“Kingkiller Chronicles” author Pat Rothfuss joined the fun.

http://twitter.com/#!/PatrickRothfuss/status/463152903738630144

It’s not an official nerd party until one of us gripes about “Firefly” being cancelled. Even Ensign Wesley Crusher (a.k.a. Wil Wheaton) knows that.

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Scalzi wasn’t finished:

http://twitter.com/#!/scalzi/status/463150867609567232

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Then Scalzi “went there” and brought up the Star Wars Holiday Special.

http://twitter.com/#!/scalzi/status/463160093291589632

Yes, this special actually happened and featured Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Harvey Korman and members of the original “Star Wars” Cast.

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Oh! That was today? How embarrassing!

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Promises, promises.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/05/ouch-sci-fi-author-john-scalzi-trolls-star-wars-fans-on-starwarsday/

You’ll Recognize The Epic Song Playing As This Cargo Ship Pulls Into A Port

I’m a huge nerd, and I love when others embrace their geeky sides, too.

Science-fiction and fantasy movies have moved from niche interest to a huge part of popular culture in the past several decades. The “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and rebooted “Star Trek” movies are all examples of nerd culture making its way to the mainstream. Even more popular than those franchises, however, is one series set in a galaxy far, far away.

You’ll surely recognize the song this huge cargo ship, the MSC, is playing as it pulls into port in Hamburg, Germany.

Read More: This Reimagined Version Of ‘Hallelujah’ Will Give You All Of The Chills

What an incredible entrance! I wonder if there are any heroic stowaways on board. Share this with your nerdiest friends, and may the force be with you.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/star-wars-cargo-ship

Did You Know That Big Budget Movies Actually Copy Scenes All The Time?

Director Ed Wood was infamous for piecing together stock footage to complete his low-budget films. As a result, his cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely regarded as, well, the worst movie of all time. But he’s not the only director guilty of copying and pasting to save a buck.

It’s no surprise that producing a blockbuster tends to cost a studio tons of cash. Even the smallest special effect can add up to thousands (or millions) of dollars, so it’s kind of understandable why they might try to cut a corner here and there. But when the movie connoisseurs over at Screen Rant took a second look at these big-budget films, they couldn’t help but think the producers probably could have been a bit more subtle. Each one was caught giving their audience a strange sense of déjà vu:

1. This is actually one of the least terrible things about the unfortunate prequel franchise.

2. Michael Bay got hit with a truth bomb when people noticed something eerily familiar in the Transformers franchise to one of his earlier films.

3. Set phasers to stun…ningly obvious.

4. The film may have been based on a video game, but most of the backstory was taken from Jessica Alba’s debut show.

5. Film execs wanted a happier ending for Ridley Scott’s 1989 classic Blade Runner

So they spliced in the ironically idyllic intro from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 thriller, The Shining.

6. Even film virtuoso Orson Welles borrowed stock footage for his iconic film, Citizen Kane.

Notice the unusually large birds flying around in this picnic scene? Rumor has it they’re actually from the 1933 film, Son of Kong.

7. Bill and Ted might not have time traveled back quite as far as they thought for this scene.

8. Back in the day, Disney animators frequently reused old frames for new films.

(via Mental Floss)

If you think about it, your next movie ticket could really be a two-for-one deal. But somehow, I’d still feel short-changed.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/movies-reuse-footage/

This Guy Took My Favorite Two Things As A Child… And Made Them Even More Epic.

If there were two things I absolutely loved when I was a kid, it was Lego and Star Wars. So when I saw these incredible miniature photographs by Avanaut of the snow battle on the planet Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back using only Lego men, memories of my childhood come rushing back in a storm of fanboy nostalgia. The creator of these photographs is Finnish illustrator and designer Vesa Lehtimäki or “Avanaut”. He started making his first Lego pictures set on the snowy planet of Hoth back in 2009 and has slowly been adding more and more over the years. These pictures are even more fitting right now, what with the freezing weather we’ve been having here in the United States and with the new Star Wars movies in the pipeline.

Bossk’s Cool Day Out

Breaking In the Tauntaun

The Derelict

The Joust

Nightwatch on Hoth

Powdered!

The Falcon and the Snowman

A Pilot’s Dream

Briefing on Hoth

Call of the Wild

High Speed Snowspeeder Flyby

Bossk Has To Go

To Catch a Tauntaun

The Arrival of a Star Destroyer

Living in the Dark Side – With Style

Stormtroopers’ Perpetual Winter

Briefing on Hoth #2

Chewie Misses His Mark

Bullet Time on Hoth

A Day Without War

For loads more Star Wars inspired Lego photographs check out Avanaut’s Flickr page. The Force is strong with him. Source: Avanaut on FlickrTwitter and Facebook

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Disney CEO: We Could Stream Star Wars, Marvel, And ESPN (But Won’t Anytime Soon)

Bob Iger said today that charging online viewers directly for some of its most popular programming is a possibility, but cautioned “we do not believe that there is any reason for us” to do it right now.

Disney chief executive Bob Iger said today on a call with analysts to discuss the company’s earnings that the it could potentially offer some of its most popular video content — ESPN, Star Wars, and Marvel — over the internet directly to consumers. Iger said that the company “may have an opportunity to bring out a Marvel-type product and possibly even Star Wars.”

Iger said that Disney could do this to boost its own profits “by taking out the middle man” and to “create a closer relationship with the a consumer that can be mined for other revenue generating purposes.” But none of this is just around the corner — Iger also stressed that for now, the cable bundle system is working just fine for the company and its bottom line.

Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm are both subsidiaries of Disney and, in addition to new Star Wars and Avengers movies being produced and distributed by Disney, Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Agent Carter air on Disney-owned ABC.

ESPN, ESPN 2 and the Disney Channel are already available on Dish Network’s broadband Sling TV product and Disney makes ESPN content available to cable subscribers through Watch ESPN. In its latest nine year contract with the NBA, ESPN won the rights to air some basketball games directly over the web. ESPN’s programming has never been more popular, especially the recent inaugural college football playoff.

The national championship game between Oregon and Ohio State drew the highest rating in cable history, averaging over 33 million viewers, with the two semifinal games drawing over 28 million viewers each, making them the second and third most viewed cable broadcasts. ESPN generates billions of dollars of revenue just from payments from cable companies and costs about four times as much per viewer as the next-most-expensive cable channel, TNT.

Iger said that there are 12 million broadband-only subscribers who don’t have cable, and “that’s the subscriber that we’re trying to reach with the Sling package,” although he also noted that “it’s a worthwhile experiment…to try to convince young people or younger people to sign up to cable when they either wouldn’t have signed up for it at all or they might have waited.”

But don’t get too excited about watching the Avengers, Skywalkers, and Crimson Tide directly to your TV without a cable subscription. “We also are mindful of the value of the expanded basic bundle to this company” Iger said. “We do not believe that there is any reason for us to attempt to take out some of this product — particularly ESPN — quickly or right now.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/disney-ceo-we-could-stream-star-wars-marvel-and-espn-but-won

Someone Turned Star Wars Into An 80’s High School Love Story. It’s Incredible.

Star Wars was possibly the greatest movie series in the history of cinema. However, with success comes parody and, thousands of parodies later, it’s getting harder and harder to find a new perspective on the movies. Enter Deviantart user DenisM79. He wanted to try his hand at flipping the classic story on its head and ummmmmm… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Watch as he masterfully turns Star Wars into a thrilling High School story with his spectacular illustrations: 

Luke Skywalker and Leia

Hans Solo and Chewie

C3P0 and R2D2

Darth Vadar, Boba Fett, and the Trooper Twins

Jabba the Help, Grand “Math” Tarkin, and the evil Principalpitine

Professors Yoda and Kenobi

Lando Calrissian and Greedo

Professor Akbar, Nein Nunb, and Lobot

The story begins…

(via: Denis Madri)

I would pay way too much money to see this in theaters. It’s like Back To The Future meets Star Wars meets the Breakfast Club. May the share be with you.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/star-wars-high-school/