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04/19/2007


Star Wars Uncut, a Crowd-Sourced Masterpiece: VIDEO

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Star Wars Uncut, a complete, feature-length replication of the original Star Wars film, completely crowd-sourced and edited together using submitted 15-second snippets, has been released online after years of production. It's a fairly monumental achievement.

Its creators write:

In 2009, thousands of Internet users were asked to remake "Star Wars: A New Hope" into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

SWU has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal. In 2010 we won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dogs do 'Star Wars' in Super Bowl Commercial Tease: VIDEO

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And....Super Bowl commercial mania begins with this tease from Volkswagen, featuring 12 canines (some in appropriate attire) barking the Imperial March from Star Wars. Given that Volkswagen's ad featuring this theme and a mini Darth Vader pretty much won the Super Bowl last year, expect more where this came from once game time rolls around.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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A Gay Stormtrooper Love Story: VIDEO

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Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away...there were gay people too.

Check out this short film called "Love Wars" from Spanish filmmaker Vincente Bonet Martinez about two Star Wars Stormtroopers inside the Death Star. It's screening at the Notodo Film Fest.

In the film, the two Stormtroopers, played by Jordi Sanchez and Ivan Jara, discuss their clandestine relationship and the oppressive social environment they find themselves in, and fantasize an escape to Alderaan where they can live happily.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1033

RIP VADER: Bob Anderson, the Olympic fencer who played Darth Vader, has died. (Note: Anderson was simply Vader's lightsaber-wielding stunt double, but still cool.)

MARRIED, KNOW IT: Entertaining activist Sean Chapin reworks "LMFAO" track "Sexy and I Know It."

UPSIDE DOWN: New trailer for "romantic thriller" starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. Visually arresting and disorienting. (WB took down the English-language version, so have replaced with the French.)

EXCESSIVE OR ENLIGHTENING?: Ron Paul-supporting PAC releases video starring African American patient who tells a tale of Dr. Paul's compassion amidst racism.

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NEWS: Police Vs. The Occupiers, Darth Vader Vs. The Bureaucrats, Herman Cain Vs. Women, Sadie Crabtree Vs. Irrationality (VIDEO)

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Road "A Children's Teasury of American Cops Brutally Attacking Citizens"

Road Lieberman and Coons introduce bill to provide benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees:

The bill would make the same-sex partners of federal employees eligible for federal health benefits, long-term care, Family and Medical Leave and federal retirement benefits. Gay federal employees and their partners would be subject to the same standards that apply to married federal workers, including anti-nepotism rules and financial disclosure requirements, according to Lieberman and Collins’s offices.

Road Hermain Cain says all those women are liars.

Road Aaron Hicklin, Andrew Holleran, Larry Kramer and more reminisce about the Pavilion:

Dating from before Stonewall, the site was a place where stigma and inhibitions were left at the coat check. Even with gay marriage legal in New York, its dance floor is still held with mythic regard, a “gay utopia,” in the words of Andrew Kirtzman, the former television newsman who recently bought the club with two business partners, and has vowed to rebuild it.

Road Apparently, Michele Bachmann's campaign is gaffe-free.

Road Every time God closes a door, He ... oh, you know.

Road He was abused, and then he was silent. Now, Penn State has inspired him to speak out:

... Because this is not about a problem at some other institution; it’s a reflection of a universal human tendency to look out for oneself, and to preserve hierarchical institutions about which one cares and upon which one is dependent. It’s also a reflection of the nearly boundless capacity to ignore inconvenient facts and to make excuses for those within our own circle. Think about the Catholic Church. Predators flourished in parishes for years, not simply (and probably not even primarily) because higher-ups worried about financial exposure. They flourished because many otherwise good people could not bring themselves to believe or to act upon information that their priest was a rapist.

DarkSideOdessa Road Darth Vader vs. the Ukrainian bureaucrats.

Road Rent Gaga's apartment on the Lower East Side. (It's less than $2,000!)

Road Rent Oprah's apartment in Chicago. (It's not less than $2,000!)

Road ACORN scourge James O'Keefe's career isn't going well:

O’Keefe has had a series of falling outs with close associates involved in his stings — and some of them have grumbled that he lacks the undercover journalism chops and leadership ability to turn Project Veritas into a force.

“What people around him learn about O’Keefe is that he doesn’t plan or research anything he does,” said a former associate who devised and implemented the NPR sting, which led to the resignation of the taxpayer-supported radio network’s president.

SadieCrabtree Road Egyptian student strips for freedom!

Road AFTER THE JUMP: At The Amaz!ng Meeting in Las Vegas, Sadie Crabtree explains how to make crazy people rational.

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NASA Discovers 'Tatooine' Planet Orbiting Two Suns: VIDEO

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For the first-time, NASA has discovered a planet orbiting two suns, 200 light years from Earth.

The NYT:

The official name of the new planet is Kepler 16b, but astronomers are already referring to it informally as Tatooine, after the home planet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker in the George Lucas “Star Wars” movies, which also had two suns. “Reality has finally caught up with science fiction,” said Alan P. Boss of the Carnegie Institution, a member of the research team.

The planet is not a desert planet like Tatooine, however. It's a gas giant about the size of Saturn, very cold, with wide variances in temperature because its suns move back and forth constantly.

Said Laurance Doyle of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who led the discovery team: “This is a direct detection; it removes all doubt."

Watch Doyle explain the discovery and see a video of the system, AFTER THE JUMP...

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