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Book Review: The World According To Star Wars By Cass R. Sunstein
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The World According To Star Wars
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audio CD
Written by Cass R. Sunstein
Dey Street Books
Release Date: May 31st, 2016

No one can deny the power of the Force as it permeates all aspects of American society (and other societies), including education and especially pop culture. It’s amazing how a silly little science fiction movie from the 1970s became a global phenomenon, spawning bunches of movies, television shows, books, and toys for billions of dollars. I remember sitting in a college mythology class reading Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces, and the professor said, “Luke Skywalker follows the cycle of the hero,” and I perked up. He really does. I, in turn, taught mythology to high school students and used Luke Skywalker (and Neo from Matrix). I’ve also discussed it right here on Geeks of Doom, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

And that is just a drop of what Cass R. Sunstein discusses in his soon-to-be-required-for-college text, The World According To Star Wars.

More below.

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Star Wars Day: And Then There Were Seven
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Title Card

I have had a tough time this year coming up with a topic for this most important date, May The 4th, aka Star Wars Day. So I’m going to just speak from the heart about the tragedy that befell my family thanks to my own selfishness and thoughtlessness. Beware, for this could happen to you, too!

A year ago, I wrote a piece about how my daughter had recently discovered and become enamored with Star Wars, or at least the six films we had at that time. I fixated, yes I chose that word correctly, on her love of the franchise and how I felt vindicated in raising this amazing little mini-me. I spoke longingly of that which once was and my hopes of what might be. All of this happened over half a year before the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, came to theaters near us all. I wrote how I respected creator George Lucas for his vision, if not for his revisions. I did all of this before I saw the new film. The new film that Disney created.

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Behind The Scenes: Kylo Ren’s UnderCover Boss On ‘SNL’
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SNL Kylo Ren Undercover Boss Star Wars

Last week on Saturday, January 16th, Adam Driver hosted Saturday Night Live. Driver, formerly of HBO’s Girls is fresh off starring as the villainous Kylo Ren in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens; ya know, the biggest movie of all time. In a spoof of the CBS hit show Undercover Boss, where CEOs go undercover as ordinary workers in their companies, Driver’s Ren goes undercover aboard Starkiller Base as radar technician Matt. The sketch was one of the best things to appear on SNL recently, and has taken the internet by storm. Now, SNL has released the behind the scenes footage!

Check out the video below.

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Kylo Ren On Star Wars UnderCover Boss ‘SNL’ Skit
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Kylo Ren Star Wars Undercover Boss SNL

Undercover Boss on CBS gives audiences a chance to see business leaders witnessing the real side of their companies, by going undercover and working the grunt lifestyles. Adam Driver hosted SNL this weekend, and they gleefully used his role from the now biggest movie ever, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens to spoof the popular series. Driver plays the evil Kylo Ren in the film, the leader of the notorious First Order; but in the sketch he’s Matt, a radar technician trying to feel out the employees on Starkiller Base. In the film, Ren is commonly short tempered and is known to be quick to overreact at the first signs of bad news. He appears in his ominous black cloak and voice distorting mask to set up the sketch.

Check out the SNL skit below.

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Star Wars Day: ‘Star Wars’ The Next Generation?
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Trust me when I tell you I was stupid crazy over Star Wars as a kid. I spent every available cent I could on the toys back in the seventies. I collected, I traded, I begged for more. But as with all things in our childhood, the things that were so very important to us back then, can become less so as we grow up. Wait a second, who am I lying to here? I am still just as big of a fan and I would still play with the action figures on the playground if it wasn’t completely creepy for a middle-aged man to be doing so. I wrote an article last year about how profoundly Star Wars affected me as a child, you can read it here. However, what I’d like to talk to you about today is the new Star Wars movie as it affects my youngest.

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Star Wars Day: These ARE The Droids You’re Looking For
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Star Wars Return of the Jedi: May the 4th Darth Vader

The truth: I was having trouble coming up with a Star Wars Day “May the Fourth” feature that would be just as good or better than what I wrote last year. I had more time then, I do a lot of reviews now, and my brain wasn’t working. Luckily, I ran into my friends Brad and Christine who provided me with an idea. Based on the passion with which they spoke about it, it seemed like something worth talking about, especially since “Hans shot first” is obviously out of the way. The question?

Why doesn’t Darth Vader or Obi-Wan acknowledge C-3PO (or R2-D2), when the former built Threepio as a child and hung around a lot with R2, and the latter spent so much time with them?

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Remade In ‘Grand Theft Auto V’
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon

It’s a slow news day, as you might have expected, so why not watch some more remakes of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer!

This time it’s a pair of trailers that were remade using Grand Theft Auto V as well as its online multiplayer option Grand Theft Auto Online. One uses player-created characters and the other uses more familiar faces from the game.

You can watch both below.

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Stephen Colbert Defends New ‘Star Wars’ Lightsaber (Video)
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lightsaber

There have been plenty of debates regarding the recently released Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens teaser trailer, as was expected. One of the more heated topics being discussed from the 88-second trailer has been the unique, claymore-esque lightsaber shown above. Some dig it, some loathe it, and some are smartly waiting until they know more about it before forming an opinion on the matter.

On a recent episode of The Colbert Report, Star Wars fan and future Late Show host Stephen Colbert shared his thoughts on the trailer, including a defense of the lightsaber in question. You can see the video below.

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Confirmed: Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber Ignites At The End Of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer
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Luke's Lightsaber

If you stayed throughout every last second of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, you may have noticed a faint lightsaber sound. The trailer did confirm the return of Stormtroopers, Tie Fighters, X-Wings, and the Millennium Falcon. But it also left us with a lot of questions. Questions like is John Boyega really a Stormtrooper, or is he infiltrating the Empire? Who was the man behind the hood? What happened to Oscar Isaac‘s face? And what is the name of that cute soccer ball droid?

One question we can answer is that it was Andy Serkis who did the voiceover for the trailer. But it’s been a mystery as to whose lightsaber was activated during the last few seconds of the trailer.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ New Images; Trailer Analysis
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon

The highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially hit this Internet this morning and while some fans are squealing delight at this 88 seconds of the very first footage from the upcoming film, others aren’t too thrilled about what they’re seeing of this Star Wars sequel so far.

Disney has released the first official images from the film, which you can check out here below. Now that we’ve had our first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let’s talk about it.

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