Even today, female film characters often get the short end of the stick, stereotyped, robbed of agency or shunted to supporting roles. There are, of course, women who break the mold… and then there are the ladies who shatter that old thing pieces on their way to get stuff done. Healers or killers, historically based or entirely made-up, the women in these 10 films have one thing in common: a cause worth fighting for.
Article: Boy behind the Darth Vader mask
The cute Volkswagen “mini-Vader” commercial which aired during this year’s Super Bowl gained a lot of buzz leading up to, during, and after the game. The nation did a collective “awww” when Max Page, 6, the child actor behind the Vader mask was revealed. The Internet was also quick to point out Max’s mini-resemblance to…
Article: Glengarry Glen Sith
One of my favorite all time films is Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. The original STAR WARS trilogy is up there too, which is why I’m loving Josh Millard’s parody of the famous speech given by Alec Baldwin: VADER: A.B.C. A, always; B, be; C, choking. Always be choking. Always be choking! [Via]
Article: Mom makes best paper snowflakes ever
This mom made Darth Vader and Boba Fett-Clone Trooper paper snowflakes for her son. Note that the center is also the Galactic Empire’s logo. The geekier corners of the Internet proclaimed “BEST MOM EVER.” Get instructions on folding and cutting your own here. [Via]
Article: Do you see it?
It took me a minute of looking at this old picture of George Lucas talking with Greedo (the bounty hunter in Star Wars) before the “WHOA!” moment struck me.
Before Ewan McGregor took over Alec Guinness’ role as Obi-wan, before the four ‘prequels’ were made in the last decade and before it was announced that the three original STAR WARS films, Episodes 4, 5 and 6 would soon be released theatrically in 3D, George Lucas and his team at Industrial Light and Magic were working through the particulars of the then cutting-edge special effects of STAR WARS: EPISODE V, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). Celebrating its 30th anniversary, EPISODE V is a STAR WARS fan favorite, as well as the 12th highest grossing film in history. There’s the epic snow-covered battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, the fight scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, the Millenium Falcon’s narrow escape through the asteroid field, Han Solo’s carbonite freezing and the introduction of Yoda into the series.
When not stepping up and serving it up to the rebels, storm troopers save the last dance. Watch this trio of funky storm troopers dance to a futuristic version of Singing in the Rain (actually a remix by Mint Royale). Chewbacca thinks this video is RAWWRRRRsome.
Article: The Vader Project
Who says you cannot be a Star Wars geek and a serious art collector? This Saturday, The Vader Project is coming to Freeman’s Auctions. The exhibit features reimagined Darth Vader helmets “by some of today’s hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and designers.” Included is my pal, LA-based Kii Arens. With some estimated to…
Article: Darth Vader pre-James Earl Jones
Before James Earl Jones famously provided his formidable voice as Darth Vader and became a figure of worship for geeks everywhere, a 6′ 7” tall and physically imposing Welsh actor and former bodybuilder David Prowse suited up in Darth Vader’s black suit. What was lacking, however, was a certain tone to his voice. Though no…
Kottke shared this recent video that made me chuckle of David Lynch recounting his visit with George Lucas who was trying to pitch the director responsibility of RETURN OF THE JEDI. Quite a funny tale that includes a slowly developing migraine, untold millions of dollars left on the table, and a Ferrari.
Article: Old photo of Star Wars cast
The Internet has been freaking out the past few days over this old photo from a 1978 Sears catalog of some of the core cast members from the original STAR WARS sans mask and in decidedly contempo casual wear. From left to right we have: Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and…
photo by Bonnie Burton Currently showing through May 3rd at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Vader Project is a collection of replica Darth Vader helmets that were given to 100 of “today’s hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and designers” as a blank slate for them to “paint, design, mash up and…