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Empire Strikes Back

  1. Watch This Awesome Empire Strikes Back Original Storyboard Comparison

    Never tell me the odds... of storyboard concepts making it to screen.

    Storyboarding is an essential part of the movie-making process, but how much of the original dream for a film actually makes it to the screen? In this side-by-side comparison of the asteroid field sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, we're able to see exactly how much of the sweet concept was transformed into reality.

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  2. This Homemade AT-AT Liquor Cabinet Could Conquer Hoth, Hold Your Booze

    Some people just house their booze in an unused cabinet, or if you're in college you can just throw it all in the freezer -- guaranteeing that it will be completely tasteless and thus more easily consumed. However, neither of these options were good enough for master DIY-er Colin Johnson, who instead went and built this gorgeous wood and brass Imperial AT-AT liquor cabinet. Complete with a mirrored interior, it's the perfect repository for your Romulan Ale whatever it is they drink in the Star Wars universe. See more pictures, after the break.

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  3. The Worst, Best, and Weirdest Chess Sets

    In the 12th century, someone somewhere in Scandinavia carved the Lewis Chessmen, a collection of nearly 100 chess pieces of a particularly unique and expressive style. It wasn't the first ornate chess set, but it's certainly a strange and unique set with its shield-biting berzerkers and worried looking royalty. Since the Lewis chess set, the Western world has continued to make stranger and stranger chess sets. Perhaps this speaks to the power of the game, and it's captivating metaphorical nature. More likely it speaks to the human desire to spend stupendous amounts of money. Regardless, chess set making has come to the point where it's no longer about the game but about whatever weird twist you can put on it. And trust us, they've come a long way from simple walrus ivory carvings. So whether your covet these gameboards, or laugh at those that do, please enjoy this humble collection of the least humble chess sets the Internet has to offer.

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  4. Darth Bieber [Video]

    Join me, and we can rule the galaxy as father and son! Baby. (Via The High Definite)

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  5. RIP Irvin Kershner, Empire Strikes Back Director

    Sad news following the death of comic actor Leslie Nielsen yesterday: The AFP reports that Irvin Kershner, the director of The Empire Strikes Back, died yesterday at 87 years old.

    Kershner, who besides the 1980 sci-fi epic also directed Sean Connery as James Bond in "Never Say Never Again" (1983) and Peter Weller in "Robocop II" (1990), died at home after a long illness, said Santini, who lives in France.
    Kershner, who turned down the director's chair for Return of the Jedi and said he didn't regret it, recently told Vanity Fair in a must-read interview that in hindsight, he wished he had gotten to direct one of the prequels. Below, Kershner's revealing interview with the Colorado Film School, in which he discusses the making of the film and shares some insight into the mind of his former student George Lucas, who he said was "not a good cameraman at all," but possessed a rare vision and talent for filmmaking: "He was different. He was good." He also talks about how many filmmakers initially thought Star Wars: A New Hope was one of the worst movies they'd seen.

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  6. Star Wars On Blu-Ray Announced, Deleted Scene Shown, Jon Stewart Awarded

    If you think one of those things is not like the other, you're about to be sorely disappointed. This weekend Orlando, Florida is host to the Star Wars Celebration V (we guess it's the Empire Strikes Back themed one?), and the con has already been the source of news that will be debated for a while among fans. Some of the news was a much more expected surprise, as yesterday when George Lucas announced that both Star Wars trilogies will be coming to Blu-Ray within the next year, and showed a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi. More info, including video, below.

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  7. The Periodic Table of The Empire Strikes Back

    As you may have noticed, this week marks the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Yes, it was thirty years go this weekend that everyone found out that Vader was really Luke's father. I'm sorry... too soon for spoilers? Anyway, Scifi Wire has drummed up this tribute to the classic: The Periodic Table of Empire Strikes Back Elements. Full pic below.

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  8. The Original Star Wars Trilogy, Starring … You? [JibJab]

    Today is Star Wars Day, apparently -- something to do with the pun "may the 4th be with you." As our friends at Switched point out via Twitter, a lot of people are apparently searching Google for Star Wars quotes and Yoda quotes right about now. Maybe it's a British thing? The more substantive bit of news on the discerning Star Wars geek's calendar is that the 30th anniversary of the theater release of The Empire Strikes Back is coming up on May 21st, and LucasFilms is going to be making an event of it, with lots of red carpet screenings and charitable events. The folks at online humor studio JibJab have come up with a novel way to celebrate: In collaboration with LucasFilms, they've rolled out a feature on their site that lets you insert the faces of you and your friends into scenes the original Star Wars trilogy. The effect is strange, to say the least:

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