We love movie-inspired engagement photos, so I found even more gorgeous film-spiration for your wedding or e-shoot. From sweet animated flicks like Up and Tangled to a few romances like Twilight and Safe Haven (and geeky picks like Harry Potter and Star Wars), there's something for all types of theatergoers. If you and your beloved share a love for the big screen, here are some of my favorite movie-themed big-day shoots.
Newlywed George Lucas received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama this week during a ceremony that honored 23 other writers, dancers, poets, and those who have "used their talents in the arts and the humanities to open up minds and nourish souls . . ."
The president praised George for making "it look like those planes in space are actually flying . . . I'm just saying, I remember when I first saw Star Wars, and there's a whole generation that thinks special effects have always looked like they do today, but it used to be you'd see the string on the little model spaceships." Our thanks to you, George and the Lucasfilm team, for those real-looking planes!
President Obama's and the White House's love of Star Wars is well known. Earlier this year, after a petition requesting resources and funding to begin the construction of a Death Star by 2016 gained viral attention, the administration responded in appropriately cheeky terms, saying it "does not support blowing up planets." Instead, the required petition response was used as an opportunity to remind Americans of all the space programs currently under way and to encourage STEM education:
If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
And then there was the time during a press conference addressing a possible congressional sequester the president said he couldn't "Jedi mind meld" politicians to work together, which unleashed some Twitter fury. For the curious: it's a Jedi mind trick and Vulcan mind meld. An innocent mix-up of the most epic space adventures!
Of course, the administration responded to the gaffe in kind, posting the above image to Twitter. The one thing geeks need to know now from the White House: how does the president feel about J.J. Abrams taking over future Star Wars films?!
Click on to watch George Lucas accept his National Medal of Art this week.
A nice long weekend is the perfect time to start an ambitious do-it-yourself project! Whether you're taking on a camera strap, a laptop sleeve, or pillowcase, we've got geek-approved textiles to inspire your work. If you're in need of some Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, science, or space fabric, check out these picks to personalize and geek-ify your DIY.
Clockwise from left:
- Star Wars Black Starry Fabric ($10 per yard) — This pure cotton fabric depicts the epic battle between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire.
- Orion Nebula ($7 for nine by 11 inches) — This diffuse nebula from the constellation Orion is printed on machine-washable cotton sateen fabric. Check out Etsy user StellarFabric's shop for more astronomical textiles.
- Doctor Who Toile ($20 per yard for cotton poplin) — A Victorian-inspired Doctor Who print has TARDISes and Daleks embedded throughout.
- Star Wars Ships ($4 for 15 by 42 inches) — The incredible aircraft of Star Wars is an end-of-bolt cut and printed on 15-by-42-inch 100 percent cotton fabric.
Even more geeky textiles after the break.
Whether he's a renowned Jedi master or a secret Sith Lord, your dad deserves a greeting that reflects his love for you — and galaxies far, far away. Grab one of these Darth Vader-, Yoda-, Fett-themed paper and ecards for Father's Day (which, by the way, is June 16), and tell your pop that you'd follow him to the Dark Side if it came to it.
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel had yet another member of the Star Wars franchise in the hot seat. A few weeks ago, it was a dodgy Harrison Ford who took questions from the crowd, and this time it was J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Star Wars film, who — for better or worse — took story line suggestions for the new movie from some of Star Wars's, er, biggest fans.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, make sure you don't show up to your parents' house this Sunday empty-handed. If your mom gets her geek on, gift her with something suitable for a mother of dragons (or Whovians or Jedi padawans — she did raise you, after all).
We've got some of the geekiest gifts for Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who fanmoms, plus a special trinket for supermom mathletes.
Boop bee boop . . . phone in need of a new case? The PowerA iPhone 5 cases featuring the dutiful droids of Star Wars may be your only hope. Better yet, in honor of May the 4th (be with you), the tech protection inspired by the space opera's trustiest companions are on sale ($35, originally $40).
The Force is strong with the R2-D2 and gold-plated C-3PO covers. The plastic, reinforced shell will protect your mobile device from falls, nicks, and scratches, but what we're loving most are the raised edges and grooves that make this tech protection look and feel like a droid from a galaxy far, far away.
Today is May 4, otherwise known as Star Wars Day. If you encounter anyone wearing fanboy paraphernalia (though, of course, you're wearing geek gear with pride too) , make sure to greet them properly by saying, "May the fourth be with you!"
We made a Star Trek cake for Captain Picard's birthday, so of course we had to make a sweet treat for May 4 too.
To replicate this fabulous and fairly easy Star Wars cake, take a look at my decorating tips.
Trackpad fingers, ready, Jedis: tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, Her Universe is releasing a new line of dresses and tees exclusively on Hottopic.com. The Japanese Poster Dress and Stormtrooper Dress are perfect to pack for Comic-Con in July.
Get the details on the latest Star Wars dresses and t-shirts in the gallery.
Every year on May 4, fans of droids, Jedis, and galaxies far, far away converge to celebrate clever punnery and all things Star Wars. Give your favorite scoundrels a special ehug with official Star Wars greetings!
From Lando GIFs to party animal R2-D2 to the original crew putting some steaks on the BBQ, the Star Wars website has a commemorative card for all your favorite characters.
Don't listen to vicious attack ads . . . may the fourth be with you! Yeeha!