Brace yourself: Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion today, and (hold again) agreed to a Star Wars: Episode 7 feature film slated for 2015. That's right, if bathing suits, home decor, and cupcakes are not nearly enough, the Star Wars franchise will live on in what is one of the most stirring and polarizing announcements of the galaxy. Until Episode 7 is released, it's going to be a long and enduring saga between Star Wars traditionalists and supporters of the reboot, so we've rounded up some positive, negative, and downright funny reactions from Instagram's most opinionated Star Wars fans on this epic pop culture merger.
What do George Lucas and the new Droid have in common? More than you'd think! I'm stoked to get my hands on the new device being offered up by Motorola to see if it really can top my iPhone, but when I got an invite to the San Francisco launch party I noticed something interesting at the bottom: the word "droid" is licensed to Lucasfilm LTD, which means Motorola pays a fee to the Star Wars icon to use his trademarked term.
I got the facts confirmed by a friend that works at the Lucas compound, but also found some other interesting tidbits about the name. The same device is being called the Milestone in Italy and Germany, but comes with more advanced multitouch support. Ah, the things you learn!
We all remember the sound of a dial-up Internet connection and our first time entering a chat room, but do you remember what year it was? We can all use a little lesson in tech history trivia, so take my quiz and see how well you can recall your important dates. You won't win a prize, but you sure will earn some bragging rights!
Last week I was one of the lucky few to get a tour of ILM on the Presidio here in San Francisco. This is where all the magic happens folks! Not only does the 82,000 square foot facility house ILM, but it also is home to Lucasarts and Lucasfilm studios. I got a great tour of two of the buildings, and was in geek heaven checking out all of the old paraphernalia from some of my favorite films. Although I didn't get a close encounter with George himself, I did run into another iconic figure — and it kinda freaked me out. Check out the sights from ILM in my slideshow!