02 Aug 2011

Harrison Ford fights with Chewbacca

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Harrison Ford may come across as gruff and awkward in interviews, but he has shown he has a great sense of humour by taking part in a sketch for a US TV show.

A scene opened for the Jimmy Kimmel Live programme that showed the 69-year-old actor apparently getting his makeup done while talking on his mobile about a possible movie called Air Force One Two.

However, his face turns stony as a familiar face appears in the doorway – his old Star Wars pal Chewbacca.

Rather

28 Jul 2011

Star Wars prop designer wins legal battle with George Lucas’ empire

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One of the prop designers for the first Star Wars movie in 1977 has won an epic David and Goliath battle against LucasFilm after taking his case to the Supreme Court.

Briton Andrew Ainsworth made the white Stormtrooper helmets seen in the original movies from 2D drawings and sold two of them at auction in 2004. However, problems arose when he began making replicas himself and selling them on the internet.

Although he insisted he had the copyright for the design because he

05 May 2011

Star Wars Day trends on Twitter and crashes official website

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Fans of Star Wars took to social networking sites in their thousands yesterday to celebrate what is increasingly being referred to as Star Wars Day (if you're not sure why, it's twisting May the Force Be With You to May the 4th Be With You).

Messages based on the sci-fi saga trended on Twitter and the official website was crashed as droves of people checked it for an exciting new announcement.

A clock had been counting down and promising something fresh would be

20 Apr 2011

Star Wars-style planet ‘might be able to support life’

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When George Lucas dreamt up the planet of Tatooine in Star Wars, he probably wasn't thinking about whether or not it would really be able to support life.

However, he may have been more scientifically correct than he realised, according to Jack O'Malley, a PhD student at the University of St Andrews.

He has carried out research and found that a planet with two or more suns may indeed be able to house life, as there would be multiple energy sources to drive

08 Mar 2011

Prop designer to feel wrath of the empire over Star Wars Stormtrooper costumes

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The man who made the Stormtrooper costumes for Star Wars is facing George Lucas' empire in the Supreme Court in an epic battle, not over the freedom of the galaxy, but over copyright.

Briton Andrew Ainsworth made the white helmets seen in the original movies from 2D drawings and sold two of them at auction in 2004. However, problems arose when he began making replicas himself and selling them on the internet.

Although he insists he

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