Last week, LEGO unveiled a full-sized X-wing starfighter straight out of the Star Wars universe. Tonight, LEGO will debut The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network, a three-part animated dive back into that universe (airing throughout the year) that follows a new Sith plan to create Force-enhanced clones and Yoda’s attempts to stop them. The result continues the LEGOs/Star Wars tradition of mixing references with irreverence. It’s a style familiar to anyone who has played a LEGO video game or watched previous LEGO animated specials, such as The Empire Strikes Out. READ FULL STORY »
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LEGO is breaking its own record: Today, the toy company unveiled a life-sized model of the Star Wars X-wing starfighter in Times Square. It’s the world’s largest LEGO model, 42 times larger than the retail set and 43 feet long, with a 44 foot-wide wingspan. It’s a project more than a year in the making, requiring 32 builders to work for some 17,000 hours in the Czech Republic. Last week, LEGO invited EW to the hangar where the model was kept, in top secrecy, for several days after being shipped by boat from Europe. “Honestly, I didn’t think we could pull it off,” says Erik Varszegi, a LEGO master builder who worked as a consultant on the project. “I mean I’ve worked on some big things before, but nothing quite like this.”
Yes, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic is designed primarily for children. But adults who watch the show will be delighted to discover a world of references engineered to go right over its target audience’s tiny heads — specifically, homages to grown-up touchstones like Star Wars, Top Gun, and even The Big Lebowski (pictured above).
Before the cult hit airs its season finale this Saturday, get acquainted with it by watching Friendship Is Magic‘s 10 best nods to entertainment classics, placed in the order in which they appeared on the show.
1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
After saving the land of Equestria from the wicked spirit Discord in season 2′s “The Return of Harmony,” the six pony pals at the center of the series are lauded as heroes — much like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo at the end of the first Star Wars movie. See the pony version of this scene below — then watch the second video to see how perfectly it syncs up with A New Hope‘s conclusion.
For the last two years, my kid has repeatedly asked me multiple variations of the same question: When are they making another Star Wars movie? A know-it-all classmate had assured him that a new sequel was coming out very soon, and no matter how many times I explained that the movie franchise was finished, my now-7-year-old refused to accept that. I understood his frustration: He was born two months after the final Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith, opened in theaters, so although he understands the original trilogy’s place in pop-culture and how the prequels fit in to that universe, all six films were before his time. He never got to experience a Star Wars film in real time — the anticipation, the hype, the spectacle — on a big screen.
So yesterday, when George Lucas and Disney announced their billion-dollar agreement that included another trilogy, the first chapter of which would arrive in 2015, I had never been so happy to be wrong. Breaking the good news to him felt like a gift, and his brain quickly shifted into posing the same questions that the rest of the Internet is tackling right now: What will the story be? Will Luke be in it? Will Chewbacca have gray hair? READ FULL STORY »
The Emmy-nominated Big Bang Theory actress is already back to work on season 6 after her car accident. Shortly before her ordeal, the mother of Miles (6) and Frederick (3) gave us a peek into what’s playing big in her house.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What childhood favorites (movies, books, TV, music) are you sharing/looking forward to sharing with your kids?
MAYIM BIALIK: We have a pretty much no media house. They have seen some episodes of Sesame Street and on airplanes, my husband has had them play games and read interactive books on his iPad. Someday, they will be ready and we both can’t wait to show our sons all of the geeky stuff we love: Star Wars movies especially.
We play adult music for our kids and don’t do any kids music. They Might Be Giants put out an amazing kids album though that we love, called No! Our boys like Johnny Cash and early 1960s folk as well as jazz. Our older son seems to have a passion for Rihanna, which he hears on the radio.
Both of our boys love Adele, and they also love the Jewish a cappella group called The Maccabeats, who have put out some incredible videos on YouTube, including a spoof of “Dynamite” called “Candlelight” that went viral and has over 7 million views. They also spoofed “Raise Your Glass” making it all about the Jewish holiday of Purim, and it’s a really neat way for our boys to learn about music, history, and also the power of YouTube! READ FULL STORY »
A long, long time ago, in a studio not so far away, paper engineer Matthew Reinhart cobbled together a pop-up book of intergalactic proportions. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy went on to become a New York Times bestseller, delighting George Lucas fans of all ages. Now Reinhart has gone back to the drawing board — er, or the pop-up equivalent — for a follow-up called Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure. The new book covers creatures, settings, spaceships and more from every film in George Lucas’s famed franchise, as well as the televised Clone Wars cartoon.
But don’t take our word for it: See the book in action in this exclusive trailer, which features Anakin Skywalker’s wicked transformation, a familiar alien council, and the droids you’re looking for. Watch it below.
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