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Top 10 Star Wars facts

Released in May 25, 1977 Star Wars has been one of the most successful Sc-Fi franchisee making George Lucas, R2D2, Han Solo, Darth Vader and Yoda household names. Here are 10 facts on Star Wars which will broaden your vision of the force.


1) The original title of The Return of the Jedi was Revenge of the Jedi. This title was dropped because Revenge is not a Jedi-like trait. But the movie released with the earlier title in Japan.

2) In The Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader’s funeral scene was added much later. It was shot near Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ home in California.

3) The first trilogy’s most famous line — ‘I am your father’ — was never actually delivered by Darth Vader. On the sets, Vader told Luke Skywalker Obi-Wan killed your father.’ George Lucas added the line later.

4) Composer John Williams won an Oscar for his score for Star Wars. The music was later named by the American Film Institute as the greatest film score of all time.

5) James Earl Jones, whose voice is used for Darth Vader, is also the voice which says, ‘This is CNN.’

6) All the Star Wars movies have been released in the US in May, always a week after George Lucas’ birthday on May 14.

7) For the word Jedi, George Lucas was inspired by the Japanese phrase Jidai Geki, which refers to a drama set in medieval Japan during the time of the Samurai. ..

8) The Wookiee Chewbacca was inspired by George Lucas’ beloved dog Indiana – an Alaskan malamute.

9) The Star Wars films, including the merchandise and not including the latest movie and its spin-offs, is estimated to have earned $11.5 billion to date.

10) Antony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, and Kenny Baker, who plays R-2D2, are the only two actors who have acted in all six Star Wars films.

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MadeMe New York 2008 Video Collection

MadeMe, based in the big apple, creates contemporary clothing with a retro twist for the ladies. They have released a video lookbook into the 2008 collection. This colorfully directed piece gives a definite nostalgic 80’s music video vibe, something a bit different than we are used to in regards to featuring collections. How innovative and cool!

Via: Hypebeast

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The Auschwitz Museum Is In Need of Major Repairs

The Auschwitz Museum at the site of the former Nazi death camp in Auschwitz is calling on the international community to provide funding, saying it can’t afford to carry out urgent major repair work. The museum’s current budget is about 20 million zloty ($9.5 million) a year, with half coming from the Polish government and half from revenue generated from book sales and guided tours

“It’s time for other governments to take their turn, especially Germany,” the museum’s deputy director, Krystyna Oleksy, told Bloomberg. “Poland is hardly one of the world’s richest countries and it has borne the brunt of the funding for decades now.”

Oleksy declined to tell Bloomberg how much was needed for repairs and conservation work on the camp’s 150 buildings, including former barracks and remains of the gas chambers, but the regional Polish newspaper Dziennik Polski reported that the museum needs about 200 million zloty ($95 million) to carry out this work and update the permanent exhibition, which has been in place since 1955.

Inside one of the barracks, some sayings of George Santayna that made this editor think about the future after the horror things that happened in the place:
“The one who does not remember the history is bound to live through it again.”

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Robert Rauschenberg Remembered with Exhibition at Long Beach Museum of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art received several gifts of prints by artist Robert Rauschenberg in the 1970s and 1980s. A selection of prints is on view in the Museum’s Ridder Gallery through October 19th. Rauschenberg was instrumental in changing the approach to printmaking in fine art studios. Publisher Tatyana Grosman of Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) on Long Island, New York invited Rauschenberg to make prints in 1962.

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“Jean Tinguely” Retrospective at the Kunsthaus in Vienna

With “Jean Tinguely – A Retrospective“ the KunstHausWien museum honors one of the most important and popular representatives of the development of modern art, which aimed at extending the traditional concept of art: replacing the classical “static” forms of painting and sculpture by experiments with moveable objects and materials hitherto alien to art.

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‘Cai Guo-Qiang Exhibition – I Want to Believe’ at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing for Olympics

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and The Center of International Cultural Exchange, Ministry of Culture, P.R.C. will present the Guggenheim’s highly-acclaimed exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe” at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing during the Olympics from August 19 to September 2, 2008 as an official event of the cultural Olympiad.

For further reading about the artist and the exhibition click here.

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Kanjitsu HF2 high-end earphones for the iPhone

The earphones that come with the iPhone simply suck and if you are a Trance and House music fan then the earphones are simply not for you. Kanjitsu Japan has announced the HF2 earphones which are a part of its high-end ER4 series. The ear canal phones have a frequency of 20 Hz ~ 16kHz, sensitivity of 105 dB and impedance of 16 Ω. At the center of the phones is the microphone and control button which can toggle between Music / Talk and also fast forward the track. The unit comes with a storage pouch, stereo-mini connector which allows it to be used with other audio devices and spare filters. The Kanjitsu HF2 go on sale in Japan by August.

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Nike Sportswear Rome 1960 Exhibition

With the worldwide roll-out of Nike Sportswear, the Italian capital of Rome played host to an exhibit which combined a display of Nike Sportswear products as well as art installations. The event also included art work by artist Parra and select incorporation of Nike products into displays.

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Mark Ward – Hand Rendered Hype

One of Britain’s finest graphic artists in Mark Ward will be presenting his latest series of work in a show titled Hand Rendered Hype, debuting mid-August. For the Central St. Martins graduate, over the years he has had a strong impact ranging from work with Nike, Stussy, Burton to Medicom Toy, New Era and New Balance through numerous mediums from t-shirts to magazine covers. Hand Rendered Hype will open up on August 14th at London’s Slam City Skates and run for approximately 2 weeks.

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Polish Junak M10 motorcycle – It doesn’t get any more real in LEGO

Jarek’s (Jerrec) Polish Junak M10 motorcycle is as real as one can get in LEGO. For a small model at roughly only four inches in length, this creation packs in so many realistic details and contains unorthodox building techniques such as using a sticker taped to 1X1 tiles to create the curvature of the fenders. Amazing!

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