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The American Public Would Rather Elect Star Wars Characters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump

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The force is strong with the American public who, in a new poll, said they’d rather elect Star Wars characters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi president than the political party’s two current frontrunners.

Yoda trumps Republican frontrunner Donald Trump by 18 points, with 42 percent saying they’d support the Jedi in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, while 24 percent would support Trump, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs poll.

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Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also gets trounced by the little green guy, with 41 percent of respondents on team Yoda and 25 percent ready for Hillary.

You’re our only hope? Americans polled by Ipsos Public Affairs preferred the Star Wars characters Yoda (left) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (right) for president over frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

The only Star Wars character Donald Trump would beat in a presidential match-up is Darth Vader, according to a new poll, while Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca get heavier support 

The only Star Wars character Donald Trump would beat in a presidential match-up is Darth Vader, according to a new poll, while Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca get heavier support

Donald Trump is a political loser unless he’s in a head-to-head match with the Dark Side’s Darth Vader. Jedis Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and sidekick Chewbacca, all beat the billionaire

Kenobi, also known as Ben, also beats both politicians by double-digit margins.

He receives 39 percent support to Trump’s 24 percent, and 37 percent support to Clinton’s 26 percent.

Donald Trump is a political loser unless he's in a head-to-head match with the Dark Side's Darth Vader. Jedis Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and sidekick Chewbacca, all beat the billionaire 

Clinton has a slight edge against Chewbacca, earning 32 percent to the Wookie’s 28 percent of support.

When Trump goes up against the character, the GOP hopeful loses to him 28 percent to 30 percent, though Trump’s loss is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

The poll was conducted online and in English and surveyed 1,005 adults. Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] Han Solo Is Back: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Second Peek

Graeme McMillan reports: Rarely does a certain galaxy seem quite as far, far away as it does when a new Star Wars trailer drops, as proven by Thursday’s release of the second peek at this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The new trailer, released to coincide with the beginning of the four-day Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, Calif. (An event being live streamed at the official Star Wars site), gives audiences a closer look at what director J.J. Abrams has done to the space opera universe first unveiled by George Lucas in 1977’s original Star Wars. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Star Wars’ Films Will Be Available for Download

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“Star Wars” is finally arriving on the world’s most wretched hive of scum and villainy: the Internet.

All six “Star Wars” movies will be available to download for the first time — legally, anyway — starting Friday, April 10, from major digital retailers like iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu.

“Hard-core fans will likely want to know that the digital versions will be the same ones that the always-tweaking George Lucas released on Blu-ray, not the original theatrical versions.”

Disney and 20th Century Fox, which together control rights to the films, will make them available to purchase for digital devices individually and as a set. Previously, “Star Wars” has been available on DVD and Blu-ray, but not online.

Prices will be set by retailers. The movies will only be available to buy, not to rent via video-on-demand. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Princess Leia is Propositioned Numerous Times as She Walks Down the Streets of New York City

Ten Hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC

Produced and written by Josh Apter (@pjmakemovies) and Gary Mahmoud (@garyleenyc) of Are We There Yet.

Directed and edited by Josh Apter.

Special thanks to Abracadabra Superstore for the great costumes

And a big thank you as well to Alex Grybauskas for the lightsaber FX

Filmed on an iPad mini using The Podcaster – Turn your iPad into a mobile production studio

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Rare Chinese Star Wars Comic-Book Adaptation Unearthed

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An unusual Chinese comic-book adaptation of the original Star Wars film has been unearthed by a US academic, it is reported.

There is a vague Cold War feel about the comic book published in Guangzhou in 1980, while some of the characters are Chinese in appearance. The palm-sized picture book follows the plot of the 1977 George Lucas classic, but bears striking visual differences from it. The film was not actually shown in Chinese cinemas, so artists had to rely on their imagination or possibly promo materials to create the book.

_75168916_75168915At the time, China was still culturally isolated from the West, emerging from the Cultural Revolution that had just ended, says Maggie Greene, the assistant history professor at Montana State University who found the book. In a blog post, Greene says she stumbled across it at a book fair at a tranquil Confucian temple in Shanghai.

The book is in the format of a so-called lianhuanhua – small picture storybooks published in vast quantities in China in the 20th Century and often used for propaganda purposes by the Chinese government. “It was simply so incongruous I couldn’t leave it behind. It also cost about a dollar,” she writes. Read the rest of this entry »


Two (and Twenty) Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

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“I’m not the sort of fellow you’d want to go camping with.”

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“Conversation is the enemy of good food and wine.”

I’ve always been fond of quotes, and epigrams, and have an odd habit of memorizing them. (though my memory is not always accurate, quotes are often misremembered, I hope I have these two preserved correctly) The first one I probably read in Reader’s Digest when I was a kid. The second one is a personal favorite.

The quote is revealing, too, because Hitchcock—not a small man—obviously loved good food. But also, hated unnecessary dialogue. The director viewed actors as chess pieces. Or spoiled children. Dialogue was almost a necessary evil, secondary to the visual story. As a director, Hitchcock was more of a technician than a dramatist.

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Celebrity Hypocrites

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John Stossel writes:  I’m annoyed that so many Hollywood celebrities hate the system that made them rich.

Actor/comedian Russell Brand told the BBC he wants “a socialist, egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth.”

Director George Lucas got rich not just from movies but also by selling Star Wars merchandise. Yet he says he believes in democracy but “not capitalist democracy.”

Actor Martin Sheen says, “That’s where the problem lies … It’s corporate America.”

And so on.

On my TV show, actor/author Kevin Sorbo pointed out that such sentiments make little sense coming from entertainers. “It’s a very entrepreneurial business. You have to work very hard to get lucky, mixed with any kind of talent to get a break in this business. I told Clooney, George, you’re worth $100 million — of course you can afford to be a socialist!”

It’s bad enough that celebrities trash the only economic system that makes poor people’s lives better.

What’s worse is that many are hypocrites.

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Remembering Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor

Cinematographer on the first Star Wars film who worked with Hitchcock and Polanski

A scene from Repulsion, directed by Roman Polanski with cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. 'He mostly used reflected light bounced off the ceiling or walls,' recalled Polanski. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex Features

A scene from Repulsion, directed by Roman Polanski with cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex Features

A scene from Repulsion, directed by Roman Polanski with cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. ‘He mostly used reflected light bounced off the ceiling or walls,’ recalled Polanski.

The British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, who has died aged 99, was best known for his camerawork on the first Star Wars movie (1977). Though its special effects and set designs somewhat stole his thunder, it was Taylor who set the visual tone of George Lucas’s six-part space opera.

“I wanted to give it a unique visual style that would distinguish it from other films in the science-fiction genre,” Taylor declared. “I wanted Star Wars to have clarity because I don’t think space is out of focus … I thought the look of the film should be absolutely clean … But George [Lucas] saw it differently … For example, he asked to set up one shot on the robots with a 300mm camera lens and the sand and sky of the Tunisian desert just meshed together. I told him it wouldn’t work, but he said that was the way he wanted to do the entire film, all diffused.” Fortunately for everyone, this creative difference was resolved by 20th Century Fox executives, who backed Taylor’s approach.

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