Star Wars

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Das Bunker's "May the 4th Be With You" Star Wars party - LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
  • Das Bunker's "May the 4th Be With You" Star Wars party

DJ Franck H-Bomb is hunched over the decks on the upstairs stage of Los Globos, his tall frame shrouded in a Sith Lord's cloak. He drops tracks with big, marching beats and vocals as menacing as Darth Vader's choke holds. Electronic sounds shoot from the speakers as though they're on a mission to pierce and destroy Alderaan. If the Death Star had a rager, it would sound like this.

People dance with light sabers. Some twirl them like oversized glow sticks. Others start impromptu Jedi training sessions. Soon, every room in this venue is teeming with characters from the fictional galaxy far, far away, which has been embedded in pop culture for more than 35 years. There are bounty hunters, Jedis and droids. A Jawa and an Ewok walk through the room holding hands. One girl is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb, a lesser-known character who pops up alongside Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. A guy wears a headpiece with long pieces wrapped around his neck, making him resemble another member of Jabba's entourage, Bib Fortuna.

May the Fourth, the now-massive Star Wars fan holiday, is still two days away. At Return of Das Bunker, though, the celebrations have already begun. The industrial dance club, which ended its weekly run earlier this year, has returned for a series of special events. For the first, tonight's Star Wars' themed bash, tickets sold out before the club opened its doors.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

click image Padmé Amidala spotted at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, November, 2013. - LIZ OHANESIAN
  • Liz Ohanesian
  • Padmé Amidala spotted at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, November, 2013.

Last week, in San Francisco, the Presidio Trust, a federal agency that oversees the former military base-turned-national park, made George Lucas an offer. For several years, the group and the movie mogul have gone back and forth over plans for a proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum featuring his collection of art and memorabilia. After rejecting Lucas' first location choice, multiple sources reported, they offered him another spot in the area. But, that's not where the story ends. According, to a recent New York Times article, there is talk of taking the museum to another city. Chicago was the only one mentioned by name. Perhaps Los Angeles should be in the running as well.

You might think this is ridiculous, particularly if you're a Lucas fan reading this from some city other than Los Angeles. A museum in San Francisco makes sense. Lucas has lived and worked in the area for much of his career. The Bay Area isn't just the traditional home of Lucasfilm - its cities served as locations for American Graffiti and parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Hollywood was what Lucas escaped.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013


How a Star Wars Art Show Came to Be

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Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

It's not a Star Wars art party unless there are Stormtroopers - LIZ OHANESIAN
  • Liz Ohanesian
  • It's not a Star Wars art party unless there are Stormtroopers
See also:

*Boba Fett as a Girl

*The Creation of That Super Bowl Ad With the Imperial March Sung by Dogs

The star of L.A.-based artist Lekit's Opheleia looks like she's had a brutal day. Her cheeks are sunken, her eyes dazed. Her dress falls off her shoulders, revealing an impressive tattoo collection, many of which are related to Star Wars. Cigarette smoke rises up towards her disheveled Princess Leia-inspired hairstyle. "She's the ultimate Star Wars fan," says Lekit, who only goes by her first name.

You know that feeling you get when you're marathoning your way through the entire Star Wars collection? Lekit describes it as being "all strung out" and that's what she wanted to capture in Opheleia. It's intense. Being a Star Wars fan can be intense. At the same time Disney sent out its official press release that J.J. Abrams would be directing a seventh film in the franchise, as fans were debating the appropriateness of giving Star Wars to a Star Trek director, crowds had gathered at Guilty Studios in Atwater Village to check out a whole lot of art based on the famed movies. There was no cheeky title for the event, just a simple "Star Wars Themed Art Show" promoted by local artists Deadmundo and Sketch and filled with paintings, digital art, sculpture and even photography.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Topless Robot, home for "nerd news, humor and self-loathing" is looking to immediately hire a new chief blogger and editor.

Yes, really!

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hardwick, suited up, gets things running - PAUL T. BRADLEY
  • Paul T. Bradley
  • Hardwick, suited up, gets things running

"Wait, isn't a parsec a unit of distance and not time?" you ask.

"Who gives a shit?" we say -- because it's all for charity. And also a reference to a fictional universe.

But try telling that to all of the nerds, nerdists and nerdettes who showed up this week for the Course of the Force. Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin's lightsaber relay from Santa Monica to San Diego, which began on Saturday, ended yesterday at the main event, the con of all cons, San Diego Comic-Con. Raising money exclusively for the Make a Wish Foundation, and ending with a surreal performance by the Dan Band, the Course was peppered with "Conivals," or Con Carnivals of cross-marketing sponsorship things.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Infinite Bounty by N.C. Winters - COURTESY OF GALLERY 1988
  • Courtesy of Gallery 1988
  • Infinite Bounty by N.C. Winters
In "Abandoned Menagerie," open at Gallery 1988 through April 7, artist N.C. Winters delves deep into his childhood memory for a series of pieces based on pop culture figures of the 1980s. The Carlsbad-based artist paints characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gremlins, The Muppets, Super Mario Brothers and more in dark, rich colors. One of the show's standout works, though, is an unusual mash-up of Star Wars and My Little Pony. Infinite Bounty depicts a genderbent Boba Fett. The bounty hunter's helmet peeks out of a rose and she is dressed in a red, Victorian-inspired dress with a cluster of My Little Pony figures springing from her lap.

Before you start shouting, "Brony!," it's important to note that Winters is unfamiliar both with the recent series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the Brony phenomenon. The presence of the candy-colored ponies in this painting is based strictly on his recollections of the original toys. His goal was to connect the sweetness of My Little Pony with the original action-packed Star Wars trilogy.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Have you seen that video of the dogs barking the Darth Vader song? Chances are, if you have a pulse and an Internet connection, you have. The viral video is a teaser for a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, so yes, that makes it a commercial for a commercial.

It's bold new territory for advertising companies, who now acknowledge what many Super Bowl viewers suspect: The commercials are the best part. To find out more about this viral hit, we spoke with music video and commercial director Keith Schofield. He's the man behind the Duck Sauce human-heads-on-crotches, Wintergreen's "How to Make Meth," Diesel XXX Safe for Work Porn, Fat Boy Slim's Censored Naked party videos and more.

We talked with Keith about the making of the video, dog whisperers, canine erections and the key elements for directors who want to make a video go viral.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

A fully functioning hoverboard...y'know...for the kids
  • A fully functioning hoverboard...y'know...for the kids
Local memorabilia-selling powerhouse, Profiles in History did another one of their epic auctions this weekend at the Paley Media Center in Beverly Hills -- and the nerds cleaned house. Again.

Compared to Debbie Reynolds' series of show-stopping auctions this year, this one was a quiet affair...there was a maximum of thirty people (including Profiles' staff) in the room at any one time...at least on Friday...and we're not sure of the internet numbers. All we know is that we wanted to be there to get our hands on something cool and maybe snag a pair of Vincent Price's shoes as an X-Mas present for the classic movie lover in their lives.

While the auction, true to its "Icons of Hollywood" name, included a wide variety of items from all ages, genres, and importance of cinema history -- including some head-scratchers (Gidget Goes to Rome title art? WTF?). There were photos, storyboards, swords, costumes, cars, a few actual space suits, two hoverboards, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Sure, there were some ruby slippers that were in that one movie...and the dress to match...but the most interesting section of the auction auction block, and the most bizarrely completist, was the Back to the Future item block.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. A world record. Thanks to Debbie Reynolds.
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. A world record. Thanks to Debbie Reynolds.
Who knew Debbie Reynolds was the gatekeeper of all things Hollywood? And who knew that Debbie Reynolds had anything to do with Star Wars ? (Okay, okay, aside from the fact that her daughter starred in it... that's coincidental.)

And who knew that anything from Star Wars: Episode IV was even available to collect anymore? I would have thought all the Star Wars geeks... er, enthusiasts in the world had eaten up everything left from the original shoot at this point. Not so, my friends.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

This is Melvis. He's a robot made with an old Elvis animatronic head. - LIZ OHANESIAN
  • Liz Ohanesian
  • This is Melvis. He's a robot made with an old Elvis animatronic head.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, a small conference room in the basement of the LAX Marriott filled to the brim. The science fiction fans attending this year's Loscon crowded together in tightly packed seats for a discussion of the life and work of Philip K. Dick led by noted authors Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates) and Jerry Pournelle.

Dick, who died in 1982, is one of the most easily recognizable names in science fiction. His novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was adapted for the big screen as Blade Runner. Films like Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly are also based on his work. But we weren't in this room for a discussion of film. Inside the panel, the focus was literature.

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