Does evil love itself?
Does it crave to stare at its own image and perhaps even one day sext?
This might seem possible after witnessing a selfie posted to the new "Star Wars" Instagram account.
For here is Darthness itself, in the person of the Lord Vader, behaving like a 13-year-old high school student.
He chooses his best side and he shoots.
Of course, this is all publicity for "Star Wars: Episode VII," whose premiere is a full two years away.
Will Disney be able to maintain Instagram interest for those two years? And look at … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When George Lucas made "Star Wars" in 1976, he probably never imagined that artifacts from that film and the five that followed it would one day inspire a touring exhibition meriting the same fine-arts treatment as a Van Gogh show.
But that's exactly the case with "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," a show that opens this Saturday at The Tech Museum of Innovation here. And though the exhibition has been touring for the last eight years, making its way through 19 other American cities, it has never before shown in … Read more
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In all my years of living in Albuquerque, I have managed to completely miss one of the city's marquee events, the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year, I finally dragged my sorry self out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, caught a school-bus shuttle, and arrived in the dark and cold to huge crowds and hundreds of balloon teams setting up on a massive field.
I knew hot air balloons were pretty. What I didn't realize is just how geeky they can be. Among the usual colorful entries there was a certain contingent of balloons that stood out on my geek radar.… Read more
Back when George Lucas was first creating the "Star Wars" universe, I imagine he paused for a moment, stared off into space, and thought, "Gee, I sure hope this inspires some guy in the future to put on a Darth Vader costume, ride in circles on a unicycle, and play the theme song on a bagpipe with flames shooting out of it."
The Unipiper, a Portland performer with the real name of Brian Kidd, recently blew everyone's minds with a video of himself circling about on a unicycle in a parking lot in front of a giant "Keep Portland Weird" mural. This would be unremarkable, except he was also wearing the top half of a Darth Vader costume above his kilt while playing the famous strains of the "Star Wars" theme on a bagpipe with flames roaring out from the top.… Read more
The battle for the soul of the galaxy has gone to the dogs (and cats). Petco and Lucasfilm teamed up to create an entire collection of "Star Wars" merchandise for pets. Pets won't actually care if they're wearing a Boba Fett hoodie, but their "Star Wars"-fan owners will.
The options range from the subtle (dog collars in earth-tone colors) to the not-so-subtle (doggie Yoda ears). Perhaps you could arrange your very own four-legged Star Wars Celebration at the local dog park.… Read more
In "Star Wars," Darth Vader attempted to defend the first Death Star with a modified TIE Fighter known as the TIE Advanced x1. After thousands of hours of hard work, a team of German "Star Wars" fans, calling themselves Project X1, have completed a 2:1 scale model of Vader's personal spaceship.
Based on plans designed by architect Markus Sammann, and using materials such as steel, plastic, and wood, a group of 20 people spent two years creating the 1.43-ton homage. The dimensions of the TIE Advanced x1 mockup -- at 17 feet wide by 14.1 feet high by 15.7 feet long -- would likely amaze any onlooker and certainly arouse any fan of the Empire. Project X1 notes the build is dedicated to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, the 501st Legion, and fans of the sci-fi saga.… Read more
Deviantartist SenseiMonkeyboy went a little overboard with a friend's request for a Darth Vader paint job for her mailbox. It started innocently enough. Probably with a, "Hey, you're a good artist. Can you slap together a Darth Vader look for my mailbox? Thanks." It turned into a mailbox that is nearly as epic as the "Star Wars" series itself.
The Darth Vader mailbox is pretty much all black, naturally. It has a full-on Darth Vader mask and helmet head on the front, creating what may be the most intimidating mailbox ever conceived. There is a handy pull loop on top of the nose for opening it to deposit mail into the angry void beyond.… Read more
Say it five times fast: "Darth Vader-dressed dude dashes in Death Valley." It sounds like a comic convention fever dream, but it's very real. Jonathan Rice is a fan of heat running. It's pretty much what it sounds like. It involves running in stifling hot temperatures.
Rice is the originator of the Darth Valley Challenge, a personal challenge he sets himself to run a mile through Death Valley at the height of its heat, all the while dressed as everyone's favorite "Star Wars" villain, mask and all.… Read more
Though steampunk tends to mind a retro vein, it goes surprisingly well with the aesthetics of the "Star Wars" universe. This was already proven with the marvelous steampunk AT-AT. Epbot reader May B. delves into the look for an unusual, and somewhat creepy, version of a Darth Vader costume.
May B.'s concept starts with a Victorian mourning dress, a shiny black number full of intricate patterns, topped off with a black hat with a veil running down the back. Steampunk goggles (a requirement pretty much) are integrated into a Darth Vader mask topped with a filigreed silver detail.… Read more