Whenever anything involves the "Star Wars" franchise, there are certain expectations that need to be met to satisfy die-hard, and even casual, fans. So when a new video game wants to bring "Star Wars" to life like never before, that's setting the bar really high.
January, the longest month of the year, is winding to a close and that means it is time for MotorWorld to start handicapping the Super Bowl. No, not the Patriots vs. the Giants -- the Super Bowl of auto advertising. It's Volkswagen vs. the rest of the auto industry.
We know the big-market NBA franchises want to get on with the season, and the small-market owners are willing to hold out. We also know at least seven agents and potentially 130 players or more are willing to push the union toward decertification.
Fans of "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" might not recall an Afro-donning R2-D2, flatulent Darth Vader or stormtroopers in mesh tank tops, but this is precisely what you'll find in the second "Star Wars" spoof from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.
SI.com's Michael Farber is traveling, but he weighed in by phone on Sean Avery's indefinite suspension for making a derogatory public statement about former girlfriends -- in particular, Elisha Cuthbert, who is dating Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames.
Our heart-to-heart with Captain Jack inspired us to set out on our own heroic adventure. Trusty steed? Check. Knight in armor? Check. Damsel in distress? Check. Here's our top 10 favorite quest films -- and the ones which had us rooting for the Dark Side.
The Cayman Islands' sun-bleached, platinum sand causes newcomers to squint. But when vacationers trade sunglasses for scuba gear, they leave behind the washed-out surface for a realm of color. Underwater, they clearly see the beauty here.
You've seen the ads on television - the end of back pain, best night's sleep you've ever had, bowling balls and wine glasses, etc. Yes, it's Tempur-Pedic, the memory foam alternative to the traditional innerspring mattress. While we can't vouch for the bed itself, we can say that Tempur-Pedic stock is an excellent value for your small-cap dollar.
Luke Skywalker would be jealous. Rofin-Sinar, a company headquartered in Detroit and Hamburg, Germany, develops technology that make light sabers look like child's play. And while you may not have heard of Rofin, a 30-year veteran and leader of the laser industry, the company's prospects appear to be heating up and its stock looks like an attractive buy.
I was a Star Wars fan in the 1980s. I knew the lightsabers were not real, but I wondered how the heck they made them. Now I design collectors' versions of those props. We have a big Disney license, but Lucasfilm is our bread and butter. About 60% of our products are Star Wars. We sell limited-edition items to high-end collectibles shops and less expensive replicas to Best Buy and Walmart.com. For the Darth Vader helmet, we cast a mold off the actual model worn by Hayden Christensen. But some things are totally digital. So Lucasfilm gives us a lot of computer-design shots. I have to make them into real working products. Take our FX lightsabers. There is an LED light bar inside and it comes with sound effects triggered by motion and impact sensors. This past year we sold a couple hundred thousand. We have a new one coming out in two months--the double-bladed Darth Maul FX lightsaber. It's seven feet long. Some guys return our stuff, and when we ask why, they say, "My wife made me because it costs $500." I'v...
A colleague here at work refuses to buy the DVD of "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" when it goes on sale Tuesday. He's convinced tinkering with "Star Wars" won't end until George Lucas is dead.
Having spent two scattershot blockbusters whetting our appetite for the fall of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), George Lucas makes it easy to experience "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" as a rush of deliverance -- even if the movie itself doesn't fully deliver.
When I was an immature 15-year-old nerdy punk (or punky nerd?) in the summer of 1980, attending a pre-college program in Lake Charles, Louisiana, I went to see "The Empire Strikes Back" with several friends.
Hasbro has an exclusive license to make and sell Star Wars toys and games until 2018. But it needs to see the payoff from that deal in 2005, when the last scheduled installment of the movie franchise is set to be released.