Think you're big into Star Wars? Not as much as this guy. Steve Sansweet, once a a journalist, now president of Rancho Obi-Wan, takes the title of Biggest Star Wars Fan for his ever-growing collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Last cataloged at a whopping 90,546 items of unique, Sansweet's collection is filled with props from the films, an abundance of action figures, and tons of other Star Wars stuff.
1996 marked a 'force-ful- change in Sansweet's professional career, as he went from Wall Street Journal writer to Director of Specialty Marketing at Lucasfilm. Sansweet stayed with the George Lucas film company for over 15 years, all the while amassing his collection of memorabilia. Sharing his love for Star Wars with the people, Sansweet opened his own non-profit museum, Rancho Obi-Wan in northern California, existing "to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts." Loving Star Wars is literally this man's day job.
For a better look into the Star Wars-filled world of Steve Sansweet, check out Guinness' World Records video feature below.
Few film franchises have musical scores quite as iconic as Star Wars. The opening intro, the Imperial March, heck, even the whirr of lightsabers are sounds synonymous with Star Wars, and all are about to get an orchestral upgrade in Montreal.
Just announced by Montreal’s Orchestre à vent de musiques de films (OVMF) is the "Star Wars Episode VII Concert," a symphonic recreation of the songs you head while watching The Force Awakens. And we know you did, because everyone saw Episode VII.
Focusing on the latest installment of the ongoing Star Wars franchise, attendees will get to hear the newest tracks created by John Williams (who did the scores for every Star Wards film to date) in an entirely new way.
Die-hard fans of the older films will also be pleased to hear that there are some "surprises" in store at the concert, which are set to be announced as the concert's date approaches. We're going to go out on a limb and predict that the "surprise" is to integrate songs from the original trilogy, hopefully.
The OVMF's Star Wars Episode VII Concert will be held on both June 12th and 19th 2016 at 7pm. Yes, the concert it a ways away, but expect tickets to sell like crazy, because Star Wars.
Anyone who does buy a tickets early (specifically before May 8th) will also get the bonus of a free CD from the OVMF Superhero Concert, going down in March.
Star Wars fever has taken over the world, and Quebec is not exempt. Since "The Force Awakens" opened, Star Wars fans new and old have flocked to the cinema, Facebook, or anywhere else to display their Jedi pride.
One Quebec police officer from Terrebone, however, has taken his Star Wars love to the next level, having created his own fully-functional R2-D2 droid, as reported by CBC.
Frédéric St-Amour, the police officer in question, created the iconic robot using a series of tutorials found on R2-D2Builder.com, which provides tutorials on how to build your on R2 at home.
Crafting an R2-replica set St-Amour back a solid $3000, which is probably steep enough to deter you from making your own. Still, St-Amour's R2 (which is made out of plastic, an aluminum model would clock in at $12, 000) is pretty sweet, and can even be controlled by remote control.
St-Amour brought along his R2-D2 to CBC Montreal's Daybreak radio program this morning, with journalist Steve Rukavina tweeting out a short video of the droid in action. You can check it out below.
As cool as a Quebec policeman-made R2-D2 is, the truly interesting aspect of this story is the fact that there is an entire community devoted to building the droid. The website even hosts R2-D2 Builder Events, where fanboys/girls can show off their mechanical wonders.
Of course, R2-D2Builder.com is also rife with tons of nerdy info on the beloved blue-and-white cylinder. If you've ever wondered who built R2 (spoiler: it was Industrial Automaton, which is a real droid manufacturer in the Star Wars-verse, apparently) then the site is worth a perusal.
Having already done so, because I'm a nerd like that, the most interesting R2 factoid I found is the origins of the droids name.
According to R2-D2Builder.com, "R2-D2" is derived from a moment when George Lucas was editing his second movie American Graffiti with Walter Murch. During the process, Murch asked Lucas for "R2, D2," a snappy way of saying "reel 2, dialogue 2," and the idea stuck.
Nerds and normies (what nerds call socially functional people) alike are more than jazzed for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, which is only mere hours away from being seen in certain Montreal theatres.
No doubt scores of Star Wars fangirls/boys throughout the Greater Montreal area are prepping their costumes, ensuring their lightsaber replica is perfect, their Chewbacca mask fits perfectly, and their Storm Trooper getup won't make them suffocate.
But if you plan on attending the premiere of the 17th Star Wars film at a certain Montreal movie theatre chain, you might have to leave your epic getup at home.
Guzzo Cinemas, which is holding a special Thursday night screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 8 Mega-Plex locations, is enforcing an outright ban on any attendee wearing costumes that include masks or weapons. So if you were planning on dressing up as Darth Vader, think again.
But why force such a rule on fans of The Force? Basically, CEO of Guzzo Cinemas, Vincent Guzzo, doesn't want a lawsuit on his hands.
Speaking to CBC, Guzzo, a self-proclaimed "party-pooper," stated that his "main concern is the anxiety it could cause if people were allowed to cover their faces."
He then went on to describe a rather silly scenario about "some guy with a Chewbacca mask who's not going to just walk in normally. He's going to pretend he's Chewbacca...he may yell every once in awhile and he's going to scare people."
Wait, so Guzzo's justification is a bunch of Star Wars fans being afraid of someone acting like Chewbacca, one of the most beloved characters of the franchise? Obviously he's being manipulated by some powerful Sith Lord, because that logic makes none of the sense.
Further commenting on his decision, Guzzo stated that "his customers are paying to see a movie, not attend a costume ball."
Except they are.
For die-hard Star Wars fans both young and old, the premiere of the Force Awakens is a celebration that far surpasses any other. Christmas can suck when compared to Star Wars. And an integral aspect of such an event (which is more then a simple "costume ball" to many) is the costumes.
Not being allowed to wear a Star Wars costume is like telling folks who love to attend Rocky Horror that dressing in drag isn't allowed. It simply detracts from the entire experience, nay, it's integral to the experience.
Guzzo did state that attendees are allowed to dress up, just as long as they don't wear a mask nor bring a prop that resembles a weapon, even fictional ones.
Now, I know that may sound reasonable, but a Star Wars costume without a mask, lightsaber, or laser gun pretty much does away with most of the desirable options, and by consequence ensures next to no one will get to wear the outfit they wanted.
Montreal chef, Josh Elkin, and Star Wars mega fan has gone and created quite possibly THE MOST amazing poutine of all time. I am saying this on the basis of being a Star Wars mega fan as well as a poutine mega fan too, lol.
On his Facebook page and Instagram accounthe tells us where the genius idea comes from, "A new Star Wars movie is just around the corner so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to f*ck with your stomach brain. This is the Poutine-D2. I carved out the potato body, fried it, and stuffed it with cheese curds and gravy.".
Now the real question is, would you eat it? Maybe even right before the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday, December 18th 2015.