Watch a Famous Supernova Change Over 25 Years

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Perhaps the most important supernova of the modern era is SN 1987A, the closest supernova to Earth since the invention of the telescope. Scientists have been observing the explosion’s remnants since the 1987 event.

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The Gifted Just Reimagined an Important Part of the X-Men’s Lore

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One of the most impressive things about The Gifted has been its ability to tell an absolutely fantastic X-Men story without actually featuring most of the X-Men one might assume would be included in the series. Instead, most of the show’s mutants are somewhat lesser-known characters from Marvel’s comics who are just…

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Star Wars Pet Makeovers Transforms a Pooch into Jabba’s Pal

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I never imagined I would give my dog a makeover. But when Oh My Disney! contacted me to see if I wanted to give my pet, Chuy, a Star Wars makeover, how could I resist? I immediately said yes, while my dog celebrated his good fortune with a nap on the couch. Chuy is my 12-year-old Chihuahua, and he’s gotten used to being dressed up in my handmade creations. Over the years, I’ve dressed him up as Ebenezer Scrooge, a Star Destroyer, and most recently, a porg! One character I’ve always wanted to dress Chuy as is Salacious B. Crumb. Not only is Salacious one of my favorite Star Wars creatures, but Kowakian monkey-lizards and Chihuahuas do look similar.

When I arrived on set for Star Wars Pet Makeovers by Oh My Disney, Chuy and I didn’t know what to expect. We got whisked away into hair and makeup (for me) and then we met with costume designer, Ngozika Okeke to discuss outfit options. I got a little distracted by all the incredible-looking Star Wars masks and helmets. [Insert Tusken Raider battle cry here.] Thankfully, Ngozika helped me get back on track when she shared some of her ideas for Chuy’s makeover. I also showed her the Boushh-bounding outfit I had put together for the photo shoot. After we added a makeshift bandolier to my ensemble, it was time for Chuy’s big moment.

Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.

Chuy’s Salacious B. Crumb makeover was perfect. Ngozika made his costume from feathers, which meant the pieces were extremely lightweight and easy for my little guy to wear. My Return of the Jedi dreams were realized when I saw the dog-sized Throne Room, complete with a small Jabba the Hutt! I was floored by how screen-accurate the set looked and how it was tailor-made for Chuy. Bounty hunters aren’t supposed to smile but I couldn’t stop beaming during the photo shoot. The photo shoot was a mixture of fun and hilarity, but it also ended up being a special day for both of us, I think. As I mentioned earlier, Chuy is a senior dog. He’s got a lot of energy left but he’s definitely in his twilight years. And after my daughter was born, he moved to a lower rank in the pack. So the makeover ended up being a chance to spend some quality time with my little buddy — hanging out, laughing, eating treats — just like Jabba and Salacious B. Crumb.

If you’re interested in dressing up your furry friend, here are my 5 pet costuming tips!

Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.

1. Know your dog. The most important thing when picking out your pet’s costume is to know what they will feel comfortable in. Some dogs don’t like having their legs or paws covered. Other dogs are happy to sit in an Ewok hood and body suit all day. If this is your pet’s first time dressing up, try something easy-to-wear like Yoda ears or a BB-8 hoodie. This will give you a better sense of what their comfort level is…and whether they’re ready to rock that Han Solo wig and vest.

2. Choose fabrics wisely. Once you know your dog’s comfort level, it’s time to think about fabric options. Soft fabrics like fleece or fake fur are always a safe bet. Synthetic fabric like polyester is often used to make pet cape costumes, like Darth Vader, or dresses, like Princess Leia’s in A New Hope. I have learned that my dog prefers fleece and fake fur fabric over polyester costumes. It all depends on your pet’s personality. If you have your heart set on that Lando Calrissian dog costume, try it on your pet. But if they give you a look that seems to say “This deal is getting worse all the time,” it might be time to ditch the cape.

3. DIY or store bought? There are so many choices when it comes to Star Wars costumes for pets. You can find lots of affordable options online and in pet stores. The great thing about buying a pet costume from a store is that it comes in multiple sizes to ensure the best fit for your pet. If you’re looking for a Star Wars pet costume that is outside of the box, like a Star Destroyer or TIE Fighter, DIY’ing it will be your best bet. Just make sure that whatever costume you choose, your pet can move freely and breathe easily.

4. Limit the amount of time in costume. Your pet may not mind wearing that cardboard Boba Fett jetpack at first, but after 5 minutes, your pup may show you that they’ve had enough. No matter how cute your pooch looks in their getup, it’s only fun if they’re comfortable, too. If they have trouble walking, if they keep scratching themselves, or try to bite the costume, that’s your cue to step in. Even cozy costumes made of fleece can become uncomfortable over time so always keep an eye on your pet.

Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.
Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.
Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.

5. Be a dynamic duo. Couples costumes aren’t just for humans, so why not match your pet? Dress up as Luke Skywalker on Dagobah to match your dog’s Yoda costume. Be the AT-AT driver to your dog the AT-AT. Even if your pet is wearing a simple Star Wars costume, like a set of Leia buns, it will all make sense when you show up in a Chewbacca fur suit.

Giving your pet a Star Wars makeover can be a fun experience for you and your furry companion. Just remember that when you get them into character, always listen to your co-pilot’s grunts, growls, and barks.

Catch up on all the episodes of Star Wars Pet Makeovers on Oh My Disney’s YouTube channel.

Jennifer Landa is an actress, host, and crafter. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferLanda and for more Star Wars DIYs, visit her YouTube channel.

Star Wars Pet Makeovers Transforms a Pooch into Jabba’s Pal

Game of Thrones Executive Producer Says Final Season Will Flip the Story ‘On Its Head’

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The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is so close we can almost taste the winter—even if HBO hasn’t yet announced a premiere date. In the meantime, we’ve got some intriguing thoughts from a Game of Thrones producer on what we can expect from the coming long night.

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Matthew Wood on His Return as General Grievous in Battlefront II

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The voice of General Grievous has become iconic thanks to the work of the original actor behind the mic, Matthew Wood. To mark the arrival of Grievous this week in Star Wars Battlefront II, StarWars.com caught up with Wood, also supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound, to discuss his return to the character, the Jedi hunter’s past, and his life beyond the screen.

StarWars.com: Why do you think the decision was made to bring General Grievous to Star Wars Battlefront II? 

Matthew Wood: Well, he’s been kind of a fan-favorite for a long time. In Grievous, you’ve got somebody who’s got the unique ability to wield multiple lightsabers, and he’s been trained by Count Dooku. The four lightsabers make for a very interesting looking character. His fury for the Jedi and wanting to secure his place as a Separatist leader drives him to be evil. He’s got a lot of animosity, anger, and a pretty cool skill set. Since his introduction over a decade ago, people have been interested in learning more about him and his story. This allows them to walk in his footsteps a bit.

General Grievous in Star Wars Battlefront II.

The General Grievous character model for Star Wars Battlefront II.

StarWars.com: What do you think makes Grievous one of the more intimidating figures in Star Wars?

Matthew Wood: Well, Grievous has kind of an ambiguous past, but you know at some point he’s been wronged pretty badly. He’s been manipulated by dark-side figures like Count Dooku to take his anger and weaponize it towards the Jedi. He’s also, of course, in charge of this gigantic droid army, which he also equally gets frustrated with. Particularly when they go up against the Jedi. [Laughs] But you also know deep down he’s got pain in his past, and he’s certainly armed to the teeth to manifest that pain physically upon his enemies.

StarWars.com: You mentioned Grievous’s ambiguous past. One of the lines you have in the game is, “The Kaleesh are not known for their mercy.” Given how much we know about Grievous and his history, how do you interpret this line? 

Matthew Wood: I’ve always worked under the assumption that he was a pretty amazing warlord in his past while he was more biologically complete. I think that’s why someone like Count Dooku would have taken him and tried to weaponize him, because he’s got the skill set to be this mad general. In some of the books and certain storylines of The Clone Wars we touch on his past. Anything I can do to imbue more depth into this character through the writing in this game is incredibly exciting. It’s really my goal to make him all the more menacing and I can’t wait to watch people play it.

Matthew Wood voicing General Grievous for Star Wars Battlefront II.

StarWars.com: You also have a line exclaiming, “The story of Obi-Wan ends here!” What do you think about the Obi-Wan/Grievous relationship?

Matthew Wood: Even back when it was Ewan McGregor and then James Arnold Taylor doing scenes, it always sort of felt like a Joker and Batman situation with Obi-Wan and Grievous’s banter. There are real things at stake, but they are both just so highly skilled in their craft that they’re almost evenly matched. Of course, Obi-Wan eventually gets the upper hand in that. To be able to revisit that dynamic in Battlefront II is always fun. Those two are like star-crossed in a certain way. It’s really fun for me to participate in that as an actor.

StarWars.com: You’ve encountered Obi-Wan across a variety of mediums and voiced Grievous in even more beyond that. Do you approach playing Grievous in a video game differently than you would in another format?

Matthew Wood: I would say I try to make him have parity across the entire pantheon of Star Wars projects. I want him to have a consistency. Sometimes it changes up a bit. One instance of which is, there’s a banter between Obi-Wan and Grievous in Revenge of the Sith when Obi-Wan jumps out of the rafters on Utapau and he says, “Hello there!” We actually changed that so Grievous said it first in Clone Wars when he jumped down and said it to Obi-Wan. Again, the banter between them! I love that stuff.

General Grievous squares off against Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

StarWars.com: You love the banter, and people online love Grievous. Presently, he’s rooted himself in several memes and a wide swath of online discussion. How do you feel about this unique way of looking back on the character?

Matthew Wood: I must say, I love that stuff. I go to some fan events and meet Star Wars fans from all over the world, and they’ll come up to me and say, “Hello there!” [Laughs] And of course, I have to say, “General Kenobi!” Just to see that and how it plays out in the memes, it’s hilarious. There was a really great one with the Christopher Robin trailer where Ewan McGregor says hello to Winnie the Pooh and suddenly Pooh whips out his lightsabers and goes, “General Kenobi!” [Laughs] There’s all these different ones that I just think are hilarious. It really just shows the love of the prequels and that generation of the prequels has now grown up and turned their attention to the greater meme culture! Some of those people must be in their 20s now.

StarWars.com: I’m one of those younger-20s, Grievous-loving people, Matt! 

Matthew Wood: See! Exactly, Star Wars is such a special thing where it does transcend multiple languages and continue to speak the story. To have anything that’s lasted this long is a humbling experience.

StarWars.com: Bringing it back to some of your voice acting, you mentioned having parity across your performances. Grievous has several lines that are quite imposing, but some that are also relatively jovial. How do you keep a more light-hearted line equally menacing?

Matthew Wood: To perform Grievous, I have to project almost everything I say in a specific way. I also provide the unique voice processing given that I’m a sound editor at Skywalker Sound. I use my own tools to make that happen. There’re certain frequencies that I need to hit to sound like Grievous, but for sure, some of those lines are said with a cyborg-smile. I think that even comes through with the processing.

I think the funniest thing I had to do once was a commercial for Cartoon Network during Clone Wars where Grievous was sitting home alone on his computer. He was looking at dating programs and then looking at his DVR to see what he recorded, while simultaneously singing some 80s song at the same time. So that’s like the most I’ve ever done comically. [Laughs] That being said, I do like taking a character who is supposed to be playing it straight and then twisting him like that.

General Greivous battles a Jedi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

StarWars.com: Do you think Grievous has a respect for the Force in anyway, or is it a resentment?

Matthew Wood: Not to get too psychological about it, but he really does want to make a point. When he’s fighting Obi-Wan in [Revenge of the Sith] he says, “You fool! I’ve been trained in your Jedi arts by Count Dooku.” I think in that moment, Grievous was trying to size himself up with the Jedi by implying that he can take them even without the Force. It’s bluster, you know? I think he knows the fact that the Force is always against him and a tool of the Jedi to use is constant in his mind.

So I think there’s an overall respect — he’s a general and he respects a warrior. He’s also pulling the Jedi far away from their mission to be keepers of the peace, and helping to drag them into this gigantic war. To let someone like Darth Sidious come to power during this time of war is only because the Jedi have become so distracted by this battle when they should be keepers of the peace. Grievous is all part of this master plan by Sidious to distract the Jedi, and he’s been employed for that purpose. Even though Grievous probably thinks he’s just there for revenge of some sort.

StarWars.com: What advice would you give to players who encounter General Grievous in Star Wars Battlefront II?

Matthew Wood: Oh, man! I guess I would say fortify yourself, don’t get distracted by my quips. [Laughs] Even though it may sound like I’m dropping one-liners, Grievous is an evil character who needs to be respected, and I hope you have hours and hours of playing time under your belt before you try to face off with him. You’re going to need to be ready!

Check out StarWars.com’s interview with EA DICE on creating General Grievous for Star Wars Battlefront II!

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Tyler Westhause is a contributor to StarWars.com and previously worked for PlayStation. He is also known as an active member in the gaming and podcasting communities. More than anything, Tyler is happy to run your ear off about why Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the greatest video game of all time. Follow him on Twitter @twesthause.

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The Clone Wars Rewatch: That’s No “Mystery of a Thousand Moons,” It’s a Security Field

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

21: “Mystery of a Thousand Moons” (Season One, Episode 18)

“A single chance is a galaxy of hope.

A scene from "Mystery of a Thousand Moons."

Synopsis:

Even though the underground lab has been shut down, Dr. Vindi’s droid manages to activate the Blue Shadow Virus, infecting Ahsoka, Padmé, and several clone troopers. To cure their friends, Anakin and Obi-Wan must travel to Iego to secure the only known antidote. But finding a safe way off the planet poses its own problems.

A scene from "Mystery of a Thousand Moons."

Analysis:

Fear and superstition are powerful weapons to keep people in their place.

Long after the Separatists have abandoned Iego, their legacy remains: a handful of reprogrammed battle droids and other assorted technology, including a powerful force that indiscriminately kills pilots who would dare try to leave. Some of the inhabitants call it a curse. But the death trap is another Separatist construct, a laser security system that forms a deadly web and obliterates all who venture too close.

A scene from "Mystery of a Thousand Moons."

Anakin is desperate to find a way to flee, the root of the reeksa plant in his care the only thing that could reverse the deadly effects of the Blue Shadow Virus threatening to rob Padmé, Ahsoka, and several clones of their lives. So much hinges on technology here. The infection, after all, was triggered by a droid and threatens to envelope the entire planet of Naboo if the battle droids trapped in the bunker with the Republic officials manage to open the hatch to escape themselves.

A scene from "Mystery of a Thousand Moons."

But the key to fighting the mysterious ghost, and the nefarious technology at play above Iego, is in Jaybo Hood.

Much like Anakin in his youth, Jaybo is smart and resourceful. He’s a tinkerer who’s devised a way to not only deactivate battle droids to make them harmless but reprogram them completely to be his servants. And his knowledge of the flora and fauna of his home planet proves crucial in helping Obi-Wan and Anakin attain the antidote they came for.

A scene from "Mystery of a Thousand Moons." A scene from "Mystery of a Thousand Moons."

His abilities also inspire the plan that eventually frees the entire planet from the Separtists’ residual terror and allows the Jedi to reach their infected friends before it’s too late. Jaybo is a glimmer of hope on a planet enthralled by superstitions and lore, a chance for the next generation to be better than those who have come before.

The people of Iego are free. Naboo is safe from a planet-wide plague. But in a war, there are new dangers and the threat of casualties each day.

A scene from "Mystery of a Thousand Moons."

Intel:

  • “Are you an angel?” The innocent musings of a young Anakin Skywalker upon meeting Padmé Amidala are echoed here when he and Obi-Wan must travel to the Moons of Iego, where angels are said to dwell.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when Ahsoka’s faith in her abilities as a leader are shaken in “Storm Over Ryloth.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: That’s No “Mystery of a Thousand Moons,” It’s a Security Field

Watch This Sculptor Recreate Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Creepiest Scene Using Crayons and a Hair Dryer

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If made today, the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene with Major Toht’s grisly demise would undoubtedly be created using a digital stunt double and complex CG fluid simulations. But in the early ‘80s, old-school practical effects were still a Hollywood staple, and using crayons, sculptor Steven Richter demonstrates just…

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