Minor tweaks by Irvin Kershner helped transform Darth Vader into an icon

There might be no more iconic character in pop culture than Darth Vader, whose sloping, passionless mask you’ll see on the heads of children and adults every Halloween. What’s wild is that, as Nerdwriter points out in his latest video essay, Vader is barely in the original Star Wars trilogy. Of that trilogy’s 6 and a…

Rebel sympathizers evacuate school after kid shows up in Darth Vader costume

Nerd culture may be pretty mainstream these days, but the geeks will never really be in charge so long as people continue to mistake a kid dressed like Darth Vader for some kind of weirdo. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to a student at Wisconsin’s Ashwaubenon High School today, when a “concerned parent”…

Darth Vader’s castle in Rogue One has a surprisingly badass backstory

One thing Rogue One had in spades was great design. The Force Awakens, too, embraced the dusty, chunky aesthetic of the original trilogy, and particularly its concept artists Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston, but Rogue One went a lot further. Pretty much every scene of the movie introduced some new weathered piece of…

In the dawn of the Trump era, the satire on South Park writes itself

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Although Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem as worried as the rest of us about Donald Trump being president, his oncoming incumbency at least makes their jobs a little bit easier. As “Members Only” proves, the satire writes itself. Parker and Stone didn’t have to imagine Mr. Garrison/Trump getting ushered around the…

James Earl Jones’ melodious, ominous voice is also returning for Rogue One

Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly revealed that Darth Vader will be on hand to menace characters in Rogue One, the standalone film that will serve as a prequel to A New Hope. Now we have a bit more information about his appearance, and the good news is that he won’t sound any different. EW reports that James Earl Jones…

Sticker shock alert: Darth Vader’s suit would cost about $18.3 million

When Anakin Skywalker finally winds up in his iconic Darth Vader suit at the end of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge Of The Sith, his initial reaction is not at all positive. Even with his boss and most loyal friend standing just a few feet away, he delivers an impassioned and unmistakable review of his new, permanent…

That teary British Christmas ad gets a bit of Star Wars flair in new mashup

Two things are hurtling towards people faster than an old smuggler’s ship going into hyperdrive—the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and holiday advertising. Well, one of those has already arrived. The annual John Lewis holiday ad for the U.K. department-store chain debuted recently and brought with it some…

Reykjavík names a street after Darth Vader, Iceland’s favorite son

As reported by HitFix, the city of Reykjavík in Iceland has decided to rename a street in its Höfði industrial district after beloved intergalactic tyrant Darth Vader. It won’t be named Darth Vader Street, though, because—and this may surprise you—they don’t speak English in Iceland. Instead, it will be named…

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