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The Empire Strikes Back

  1. Why Isn’t This Steampunk AT-AT Liquor Cabinet Already in My Posession?

    It's a shiny science fiction reference full of booze! Those are all of my favorite things!

    Oh my God. Would you look at this thing? This gorgeous piece of art that amazing woodworker Colin Johnson has produced. It's a steampunk-inspired liquor cabinet made to resemble the walking AT-ATs from The Empire Strike Back. It probably doesn't do any actual walking since it's mostly made from mahogany and brass trim, but that's for the best, really. God forbid your alcohol start to walk away from you while you're trying to get at it. That's a recipe for disaster.

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  2. Star Wars Fans Want to Build a Life-Sized, Fully Functional AT-AT

    This is about the worthiest technical endeavor we can imagine: A devoted group of Star Wars geeks, led by Oklahoman Mike Koehler, have launched a project called AT-AT for America. The goal: to build a "fully fuctional, full-scale model of an AT-AT Imperial Walker from The Empire Strikes Back." Speaking to news.com.au, Koehler elaborates:

    Why did you choose a symbol of the Empire's destructive capabilities to represent the US? The AT-AT is not so much a representation of the US as it is a monument to what geek culture and its know-how has done for people in the country and, as I am quickly learning, folks all over the world. The can-do and cooperative spirit that nerdy pop culture has inspired can't be overlooked in the past 30, 40, 50 years. I wanted to make something that was: A) Doable. Fast-than-light and force field technology made many options unrealistic. B) Big enough to be awe-inspiring. Many people have made R2 units and Back to the Future Deloreans. The AT-AT is 50-feet tall. [Geekosystem editor's note: According to Wookieepedia, it's actually more like 74 feet tall.] ... The original AT-ATs had some notable design flaws. How will you Ewok-proof it? No Ewoks will be allowed around the build sites. Sharpened logs will also be strictly prohibited. We are working towards some strong anti-log technology.
    Where to begin? Koehler admits that he doesn't quite know, and has neither great technical expertise nor funds to do this on his own. (Once he has some engineering talent on board, we'd recommend Kickstarter.) But he's got heart. And it's for America. Do you have a problem with America? (AT-AT for America via news.com.au)

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  3. Tracy Morgan Waxes Eloquent on Love in Star Wars… Between Luke and Han Solo

    Tracy Morgan tells it like it is. Love: and you thought it smelled bad on the outside. (via Blastr.)

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  4. Princess Leia Did Cocaine on the Set of The Empire Strikes Back

    Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy, admitted today that she used cocaine on the set of The Empire Strikes Back. On Hoth, no less. Fisher told Australia newswire AAP:

    "We did cocaine on the set of Empire, in the ice planet," Fisher said in Sydney. "I didn't even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high."
    Though that first "we" may spark theories among Star Wars fans, Fisher wouldn't say which of her co-stars used drugs with her.
    "It's always been my responsibility, if it was Hollywood then we'd all be dope addicts," she says, declining to divulge which of her Star Wars co-stars joined in with her high jinks.
    (AAP via Breitbart via Drudge Report)

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  5. Did Action Figures Save Han Solo from Death in Return of the Jedi?

    Estranged member of the original group that put Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back together, producer Gary Kurtz has some strong but ultimately unsurprising words for The LA Times, regarding George Lucas and the creative motivations behind the later Star Wars movies.

    Instead of bittersweet and poignant [Lucas] wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.

    Well, we can't say that we don't prefer Han alive at the end of the trilogy, but gee, George Lucas makes bad writing decisions for the wrong reasons?

    We are shocked.

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