BuzzFeed changed a headline which said ‘1999 was the greatest year for Star Wars fans’

Yesterday, we shared a BuzzFeed article titled ’21 Photos That Prove 1999 Was The Greatest Year For Star Wars Fans’.

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Since then, the website had a change of heart. The article is now titled ’21 Epic Pictures From The “Star Wars: Episode I” Premiere in 1999′.

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BuzzFeed: ’21 Photos That Prove 1999 Was The Greatest Year For Star Wars Fans’

From Buzzfeed:

buzzfeed1A group of Star Wars fans camp out on a sidewalk adjacent to the Village Theatre in Los Angeles on April 27 as they wait for tickets to go on sale.

buzzfeed3Britain’s Prince Charles meets the creator of the Star Wars series George Lucas at the film’s London premiere on July 14, as Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman watch.

buzzfeed4Samuel L. Jackson and Jake Lloyd present awards at the MTV Movie Awards in June in Los Angeles.

buzzfeed5Toys ‘R’ Us in London opens at midnight to sell the latest Star Wars toys on June 18.

buzzfeed7Leonardo DiCaprio shops for Star Wars toys at the Santa Monica Toys ‘R’ Us store at 1:30 in the morning.

buzzfeed9Actor Jake Lloyd, who portrays young Anakin Skywalker, plays a the new Star Wars Episode I: Racer game on Nintendo 64, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on May 13.


Watch all the photos at Buzzfeed.

ClickMechanic designed 7 Podracers made by car manufacturers

From ClickMechanic:

“Podracing is a dangerous and occasionally deadly sport. Extremely popular throughout the galaxy, locals love to gamble on the races and turn out in huge numbers to view the spectacle. Sounds familiar? Motorsports fans will tell you, this isn’t far off reality. So we decided to see what would happen if real car manufacturers produced Podracers. […]”

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NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney praises The Phantom Menace and the original trilogy changes

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From The Comeback:

“Ryan Blaney is one of the rising stars of NASCAR. […]

But if there’s one thing Ryan Blaney loves when he’s off the track, it’s Star Wars. The superfan loves the franchise and loves talking about Star Wars. Blaney got to meet Daisy Ridley (Rey) and even went through the entire history of Star Wars while on the road. Blaney is also a spokesperson for Star Wars Battlefront II which comes out on PS4, Xbox One and PC on Nov. 17.

As someone who is just starting to get into the Star Wars franchise, I wanted to talk to an expert and get their thoughts of how to get into it. So I went to Dover and met Ryan Blaney to ask how he became a fan and to get his thoughts on George Lucas constantly tweaking his previous creations.

Phillip Bupp: How did you get to be a Star Wars fan?

Ryan Blaney: Hmm, I don’t know. My parents and my family were never really a fan of them. When I saw the first one, Episode I Phantom Menace, that came out when I was 6 or 7. I think that time was you’re at that age where you’re just figuring out what you like. And when I saw the first one, I thought it was pretty cool and it kind of stuck with me. So I just saw it as a little kid and thought it was the right time and I enjoyed it and it’s been neat to keep enjoying it. I’m 23 now and that’s been pretty cool. I like the storylines in it and I like that other world. So yeah, I saw it and stuck with it. […]

PB: I really wanted to interview you about Star Wars because I am just now getting into Star Wars. I didn’t start watching until I was 27 and that was a couple years ago so I’m starting a bit later. Now I’ve heard from many people about different ways to watch the franchise for the first time. Either, I’ve been told to skip the prequels or watch the first six in a certain order and everything else. What would you say would be the best way for a first timer to watch Star Wars?

Blaney: The way I saw it, because I was young and I saw Episode I, I went I, II, III and then I watched the originals. So I guess you could say I watched them in [chronological] order. And other people have different opinions whether you should watch the originals first and then the prequels. I don’t really think there’s a wrong way to seeing them, it’s just whatever you want to do.

But I guess if there is a wrong way you could see them, it would be if you kinda jumped episodes. Either watch IV, V, VI and then I, II, III or go from I all the way to VI, so whichever is up to your preference.

PB: Yeah, I still need to watch the prequels, those are the only ones I haven’t seen yet. I’ve seen everything else.

Blaney: Yep.

PB: Something that Star Wars fans have been somewhat divided on is George Lucas constantly tweaking his previous movies. Do you like that he is constantly tweaking his previous creations or do you want him to leave them alone?

Blaney: I think you gotta tweak things. A part of me wants it, [along with] a lot of people like it to just leave it. Everybody tweaks things the way that somebody wants to do their movies. That’s their thought, that’s their movies. If other people think they can do it better, then make your own movie [laughter]. But I don’t mind tweaking things, I think it’s kinda cool. And whatever he wants to do, I’m along for the ride regardless really. […]

PB: Now of all the movies, which one’s your favorite?

Blaney: Honestly, really because it’s the first one I saw, Episode I is my favorite because it got me hooked on Star Wars. Darth Maul is probably my favorite character of the whole franchise. So it’ll go Phantom Menace first, even though there’s some things I don’t like about it. And then I like Empire [Strikes Back], that’s easily number two. Just Phantom Menace because it’s the first one I saw as a kid and it’ll always be special to me. […]”

Vanity Fair: “The fashion world paid attention” to Queen Amidala’s costumes

From Vanity Fair:

“In 1997, Alexander McQueen debuted his “Eclect Dissect” show, featuring elaborate headdresses and geometric hairstyles that couldn’t help but evoke a certain princess in a galaxy far, far away. But it wasn’t just Princess Leia serving as inspiration; McQueen’s collection seemed to somehow predict Queen Amidala’s style in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which would open two years later. Costume designer Trisha Biggar incorporated Chinese, Korean, and Mongolian influences into the designs for Natalie Portman’s character, and the fashion world paid attention; Yves Saint Laurent featured an Amidala-inspired makeup campaign around the time of The Phantom Menace’s release, and Vogue ran a “Star Wars Couture” feature in April 1999, highlighting Queen Amidala’s gorgeous costumes. Asian themes and dip-dyed fabrics were big on the runway and in street style in the early 2000s, and headdresses continued to appear on runways even as Amidala’s costumes became more toned-down in the sequels. Amidala–esque styles walked down the 1999 fall couture show for Dior, as well as the 1999 spring Comme des Garcons ready-to-wear show.”

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“From left, Natalie Portman stars in 1999’s “Phantom Menace”; A dress designed by Alexander McQueen featured in the Met Gala’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” theme in 2015; A model walks down the runway during Dior’s Fall/Winter 2004 show.”

‘Leia’ author says bringing back Panaka offered one of her favorite twists

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From StarWars.com:

” […] Princess Leia takes center stage in a new young adult novel, Leia, Princess of Alderaan, which came out on Force Friday II from Disney-Lucasfilm Press as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi publishing program. Claudia Gray, whose previous Star Wars works include Lost Stars and the Leia-centric novel Bloodline, returns to show how a young Leia first gets involved in the Rebel Alliance. Now that there’s been some time for readers to enjoy the story, StarWars.com has asked Claudia Gray via e-mail to share some of the secrets of Leia, Princess of Alderaan. […]

Another familiar face in Leia, Princess of Alderaan, is Quarsh Panaka, former security chief to Queen Amidala. “Panaka! Originally I thought of having him be a part of the Rebellion,” shares Gray, “but then Pablo Hidalgo reminded me that in Legends, Quarsh Panaka became a moff loyal to Emperor Palpatine. That was too great a detail not to bring into canon, too. Plus once I really started thinking about that, and the potential inherent in having someone from Padmé’s life show up in Leia’s too…well, it offered one of my favorite turns in the entire story. Of course, Leia has no idea why anyone from Naboo would be connected to her, but her parents are all too aware.”

Zaha Hadid Design created furnitures inspired by Queen Amidala and Princess Leia

From Architectural Digest:

“Aesthetically-minded Star Wars fanatics, take note: Leblon Delienne and Zaha Hadid Design, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, have created furniture pieces inspired by characters in the Star Wars universe. Leblon Delienne has been drawing inspiration from the various imaginary worlds that exist in pop culture and has been creating furniture and art pieces for over thirty years. Combining Zaha Hadid Design’s trademark fluidity of shapes and form with the unique character understanding of Leblon Delienne, these designs will please Star Wars fans and interior design enthusiasts alike.

zahahadidSketches for the Amida desk by Leblon Delienne and Zaha Hadid Design.

The Le-a coffee table’s chic twist is inspired by Princess Leia’s signature hairstyle and braids, yet retains its elegance, and is available in white, black, pearl white, or brass. The Amida desk draws inspiration from the curves and geometries of Padmé Amidala’s headpiece from Star Wars Episodes 1–3. Aside from the visual similarities, the senatorial desk also takes inspiration from the character’s story, heritage, and origin.”

zahahadid2The Amida desk.

zahahadid3The Le-a coffee table.