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1 in 10 Americans Mistakenly Think HTML Is an Std No, Jimmy Kimmel did not conduct this study. by kate hakala 11 percent of Americans think HTML (HyperText Markup Language, if you're nasty) is a sexually transmitted disease, a shocking study found. Conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, the survey hoped to determine just how much your average American understands tech lingo. The answer is absolutely not at all. They wouldn't know a tag from an infected, oozing orifice on their actual body. Like a segment of Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News, respondents also identified a motherboard as a deck on a cruise ship, Blu-ray as a type of marine animal, and MP3 as a Star Wars robot. Which, come on, guys. Really? Star Wars IV: A New Hope came out in 1977 and R2-D2 and C-3Po are literally the first [...] »
- Kate Hakala
Fed up of Star Wars Episode VII casting rumours? Then have we got some good news for you! It has been revealed this evening that Girls star Adam Driver is nearing a deal to play the lead villain in the J.J. Abrams helmed sequel. This makes the actor the first actual addition to the cast (not including R2-D2 of course), and also makes it clear now that he won’t be playing Nightwing in Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs. Superman.
According to Variety, Driver’s villain will be in “the same vein” as Darth Vader, but there are no actual details on exactly who he will be playing. A Sith seems likely, although actors like Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also recently rumoured to be in the running to take on the role of an Imperial Commander.
While there had been concerns over whether Driver would be able to »
- Josh Wilding
The Hollywood Reporter is claiming sources have told them Adam Driver is in talks to play a villain in the upcoming reboot of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII. J.J. Abrams is directing - which is just about the only confirmed information regarding the new Star Wars film from at Lucasfilm and Disney. That, and the fact that R2-D2 is returning. Rumors point to the return of all three key figures from the original Star Wars movies (Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill) and with filming expected to begin in May at London's Pinewood Studios, it's likely most of the new main cast is either in place or close to it.
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Started in 2008, the Star Wars Fan Fun Day is an event for Star Wars fans by Star Wars fans. Held at Burnley Football Club, the event has grown from strength to strength, with last years fun day seeing attendance rise to 2000 people (which given the size of the facilities at Burnley Fc is a heck of a lot of people) and best of all, it’s an event enjoyed by both die hard fans and families alike – plus it has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
This years guest list has been announced and includes:
Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) Kenny Baker (R2D2) Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar) Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna) Tim Dry (Whippid) Sean Crawford (Yak Face) Jerome Blake (Orn Free Taa) Lewis MacLeod (Sebulba) John Morton (Dak Ralter) Stephen Costantino (Gammorean Guard) Bonnie Piesse (Beru Whitesun) Nathalie Cox (Juno Eclipse)
Also taking placece at Swffd 2014 will be dealers »
- Phil Wheat
We love Chris Pratt as Star-Lord just as much as the next person, but with all the "Guardians of the Galaxy" promotion going on this week it's hard not to focus one's attention on the even-more-intriguing supporting members of the team like Groot, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and, of course, Rocket Raccoon. With that in mind, we put together a list of ten other amazing movie and TV sidekicks from years past that actually usurped the characters they were supposed to be supporting - from those lovable "Star Wars" 'bots R2-D2 and C-3Po to the irrepressible girl genius Penny on "Inspector Gadget." Check out all our picks in the gallery below, then let us know which is your favorite in the poll further down. Follow Riot on Twitter »
- Donna Dickens, Katie Hasty, Chris Eggertsen
Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox
Star Wars is a franchise that prides itself on memorable characters, regardless of which trilogy you’re watching. In the Original Trilogy, we watched the adventures of Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion as they fought Darth Vader and the menacing Empire. There were many memorable characters, from lovable rogue Han Solo to the droid comedy duo of C-3Po and R2-D2. With the scripting issues of the prequel movies, the memorability factor was significantly reduced – but there were still characters who stuck in our minds. However, for most of these characters, there was a common problem: they didn’t appear in multiple movies.
For some Star Wars characters, they were only given one movie to make an impression. Their appearances may have left audiences craving more and other times the character might not have been liked at all. Screen time isn’t the only factor in »
- Adam Holmes
• Star Wars 7: full coverage
The fanboy website cites two separate sources confirming that Reynor will take an unknown role in the new film. The Colorado-born actor, who moved to Ireland at the age of two, has also signed up to appear in a new trilogy of Transformers movies for director Michael Bay. Reynor won acclaim for his performance in Lenny Abrahamson's 2012 drama What Richard Did.
Treynor joins Gary Oldman, Zac Efron, Saoirse Ronan and Michael B Jordan on a list of Hollywood luminaries to have publicly revealed Star Wars auditions. Abrams has confirmed talks with Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons, and a whole host of actors, »
- Ben Child
Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first two promos for Star Wars Rebels, giving us our first real look at footage, which includes new characters like Ezra, the teenage con artist and possible Jedi who must defend his home world of Lothal from invading Imperial forces. Set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars Rebels follows the formation of the Rebel alliance as the Empire strengths its grip on the galaxy while hunting down the last remaining Jedi. Watch as Cowboy Jedi Kanan makes the leap to hyper speed in the upcoming summer TV movie before moving to Disney Xd in the fall.
Meet Chopper, Grumpy Astromech Droid
He can be cranky, he takes his time, and he can sometimes have a bad attitude. But he's also incredibly loyal and heroic. Meet Chopper, astromech droid of »
Lucasfilm and Disney have released new teasers with actual footage from Star Wars Rebels. This is the latest development in the drum-up to the fall premiere as both companies have slowly been rolling out the characters who will be featured in the animated television series, including one voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. Photo: 'Star Wars Rebels' Unveils New R2-D2-Inspired Droid Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which spans about two decades. The animated series is set "in a time where the
- Philiana Ng
Schedule for Jj Abrams's reboot is leaked, amid reports that casting of lead roles is complete
• Star Wars Episode VII to centre on Luke, Leia and Han
• Find more news on the Star Wars saga here
Respected columnist Drew McWeeny quoted multiple sources confirming the shooting schedule. Episode VII is expected to film mainly at London's Pinewood studios, with some work (mostly post-production) also taking place at Abrams's Californian facility.
The film-maker had previously mentioned a May start date, but the new report marks the first time a full shooting schedule has been published. If correct, it would leave Abrams – who directed Super 8, both recent Star Trek films, and produced the TV fantasy adventure series Lost – around 15 months for post-production work before Episode VII hits cinemas in »
- Ben Child
Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox
Think you know everything about Star Wars? Well, I’m here to give you a run for your money.
Star Wars is a motion picture franchise that has stood for over thirty-five years as a permanent fixture in the realms of popular culture, of course. But what, exactly, happened behind-the-scenes of our beloved saga? What incidents and stories are there to tell about the making of what is arguably the greatest movie series of all time?
I’ve sifted through tons of books and websites with regards to the making of Star Wars in order to bring you a well rounded list of lesser known factoids that you might never have stumbled upon before. This includes information from both the Original Trilogy and the Prequels, so we have something for both sets of fans.
Now, sit back, buckle your seatbelt, and get ready as we make the jump to hyperspace… »
- Kiri Rix
Speaking to Sky Movies while promoting José Padilha's RoboCop remake, Oldman admitted he had been in discussions. He did not specify which role he might be playing in Jj Abrams's revival of the long-running saga, and made it clear the matter was far from sealed.
"They've called," said Oldman. "I don't know if its, er … You know, I'm more cynical about it now. I'll believe it when I'm on the plane home. The deal isn't done, but yeah, they've inquired. I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars ... bloody hell!"
Oldman was referring to his roles in many of the best-known fantasy film sagas of all time. »
- Ben Child
Disney Xd and LucasFilm have released six new Imperial propaganda posters for their impending animated series Star Wars Rebels. The Imperial Navy is looking to expand its clone army as it seeks to recruit Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Tie Fighter Pilots and Imperial Admirals, all with the capability of advancing through the ranks to the Imperial High Command.
Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, following the formation of the Rebel alliance, and introducing new characters alongside returning favorites. The story will explore how the Empire secured its grip on the galaxy, while hunting down and killing off the last of the Jedi Knights.
The main storyline will take place on Lothal, as the Empire invades and takes over. Lothal will be the birthplace of the Rebel alliance, as this ragtag gang of freedom fighters »
London, Jan. 29: 'Star Wars' makers have created a new character, which they claim is the laziest, grumpiest and rudest from the franchise.
The robot named Chopper is going to be featuring in the upcoming animated series, 'Star Wars Rebels.'
The new character is based on original drawings of R2-D2, and is an essential crew member of the Ghost, tasked with keeping the starship in full working order for its band of heroes.
Chopper has been described as lazy, cranky and disobedient like a teenager on wheels, the Daily Star reported.
Art Director Kilian Plunkett said that Chopper is extremely belligerent, very rude and does things only if they suit him.
He said that the biggest difference between Chopper. »
- Lohit Reddy
We've got a new Star Wars droid to get to know, but it's not from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, but rather Disney Xd's upcoming animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Time will tell if Chopper, the grumpy little addition to the new series, has enough fan appeal to possibly appear in a cross-over of some sort. Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney Xd channels around the world. Hit the jump for a new image, behind-the-scenes video and press release introducing you to Chopper. Take a look at Chopper from Star Wars Rebels below: Meet Chopper – the newest droid in the Star Wars Universe! In Star Wars, droids are always eager to help out their human masters, drop whatever it is they’re doing when called upon, »
- Dave Trumbore
In the Star Wars universe, Astromech droids come and Astromech droids go, but we all know who rules the roost and holds a special place in fans hearts: R2-D2. Now it looks like he may have some competition in the shape of C1-10P, or Chopper, the new character introduced in upcoming ‘toon Star Wars Rebels.Described by series producer Dave Filoni as a cranky, grumpy sort built from scavenged spare parts, Chopper helps around the Starship Ghost. Well, we say helps… Apparently he prefers to do things his own damn way. But he gets the job done and is incredibly loyal. Though he is also compared to a cat, so take that with a grain of salt.Star Wars Rebels is the a cartoon series set 14 years after Revenge Of The Sith and four years before the events of Star Wars. The main characters are a group of »
We met The Inquisitor, the “new face of evil” for the upcoming Star Wars animated series Star Wars Rebels, back in October. Very creepy, very evil. Now we’re being introduced to someone from the hero side, sort of. His name is Chopper, and he’s a droid for the rebels, with reportedly quite an attitude.
As we’ve been telling you, Star Wars Rebels, which is to be set in the two decades between Episodes III and IV, is getting its design sense from original Star Wars designer Ralph McQuarrie, and you can see some of that in this video:
He can be cranky, he takes his time, and he can sometimes have a bad attitude. But he’s also incredibly loyal and heroic. Meet Chopper, astromech droid of the starship Ghost in the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series, revealed for the first time in this exclusive video. »
- Erin Willard
Bill Hader made an excellent case as to why J.J. Abrams should tap him for the upcoming Star Wars reboot, showcasing a few of his outrageous intergalactic impressions on Conan last night. The former Saturday Night Live star cracked that he'd already cornered Abrams about a job, telling the director, "I can do whatever you want. I can do anything. I can do Jabba the Hutt dying." After which, Hader proceeded to do just that, joking, "I've been working on that since the third grade."
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Is this the droid you’re looking for?
Meet Chopper, a new droid character for Disney Xd’s upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. He’s described as “a lazy, cranky (if ultimately goodhearted) astromech droid” who is an “an essential crew member of the Ghost, tasked with keeping the starship running and operable for its band of heroes. In reality, thanks to his many “unique” upgrades and customizations, no other alien, human, or droid could handle the job.”
- James Hibberd
Disney and Lucasfilm have unveiled the latest character in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Chopper, the new character in the Star Wars universe, is described as "a lazy, cranky (if ultimately good-hearted) astromech droid." Chopper is a crew member of the Ghost, tasked with keeping the starship running and operable for its heroes -- and he is the only one to handle the job. Photo: Disney, Lucasfilm Unveil 'Star Wars Rebels' Villain The design for Chopper (a.k.a. C1-10P) was inspired by early Ralph McQuarrie concept art for R2-D2, with significance placed on the arms that
- Philiana Ng
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