viagra order online no prescription>It’s a short week for the Common Room–but the big news is really big. Apart from Hurricane Sandy’s attempt to take down the East Coast, the major headline is that George Lucas is selling Star Wars to Disney, and Disney has definite plans to make more Star Wars movies. Fans went straight into uproar at the word, some of them cheering and others howling. Gail Faschingbauer Cooper at Entertainment at NBCNews says “Star Wars 7 will need The Force to be with it,” the Internet got busy mashing up the two through Twitter’s #DisneyStarWars hash tag and various Photoshop jobs, and George Lucas celebrated by planning to donate most of the proceeds to a philanthropic foundation focused on education.
Various interesting links on the subject: Lucas apparently met with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher about the plans, Joe Mullin at ArsTechnica asks whether Disney’s acquisition of the franchise will put the kibosh on fan films and fiction, to which Lucas himself has been not only friendly but helpful, and Acculturated’s Ben Domenech suggests that Lucas has saved the franchise by firing himself, with interesting commentary on Lucas’ relationship to the writing of the films.
Possibly relevantly, Yoda showed up in one of Off the Mark’s Halloween cartoons.
Finally, in news completely unrelated to Star Wars: Air New Zealand has figured out how to guarantee their passengers pay attention to the flight safety video–at least, unless said passengers loathe the whole Peter Jackson interpretation of Tolkien’s work. It seems that magic rings make it through airport security, anyway.