See the weird, wild design for George Lucas’ museum

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The design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was unveiled today, and it certainly isn’t boring! The ‘floating’ disc on top will be an observation deck, while the interior will feature “three levels of exhibition space in infinite loops.”

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The Lucas Museum website will have a live webcam to document the construction.

Anthony Daniels implies Episode VII might surpass Empire

@ADaniels3PO:  "No movie sequel is better than The Empire Strikes Back." You might eat those words for Xmas dinner in 2015. Joy & Indigestion to the world!

We all have hope that Episode VII will be good… But Anthony Daniels is certainly doing his part to rocket expectations sky-high.

Meanwhile, today saw two actors brand-new to Star Wars get some ink: Lupita Nyong’o is Glamour’s Woman of the Year, and Christina Chong talked about her Star Wars experience (somewhat) in the London Evening Standard.

This weekend in Episode VII: Wrap party!

artoo-boyega-wrapAlthough there are some rumblings that filming isn’t quite done for all, Saturday night was the wrap party for Episode VII. John Boyega posted a photo with Artoo and a video to his Instagram, and later shared another from the party. Naturally, the paparazzi were there. (Yes, Simon Pegg was there, so get ready for another round of ‘does he have a role?!?‘)

And you can get a closer look at the Artoo – presumably the same one used during the filmng – at Indie Revolver.

Episode VII filming wraps up for some cast and crew

Well, if the beard wasn’t sign enough, we now have even more proof that filming on Episode VII is wrapping up: A goodbye letter to cast and crew:

You can just see, in the very top of the picture, the VII hat that we’ve seen around before.

Of course, we knew this was inevitable, as it’s been two weeks since we last heard from Kathleen Kennedy, but it’s sad to see the proof rolling in.

…And then there’s Carrie Fisher. Is #blondewatch still a go?

Episode VII roundup: And now #beardwatch has ended

beardwatch-no-more→ Mark Hamill is still in the U.K., but the beard is gone. The beard is no more. #Beardwatch is dead. Long live #beardwatch!

→ John Boyega and Daisy Ridley make Vulture’s list of future stars to watch out for.

→ We still have plenty of rumors, though. Making Star Wars describes concept art of our young heroine, a new droid, and some thoughts involving the Arndt draft.

David Eckstein, Her Universe profiled in Fortune

The framing of this Fortune story on David Eckstein and Her Universe seemed odd, until I realized it’s part of a series (in collaboration with Sports Illustrated) that profiles athletes who’ve moved into business careers. In any case, we learn a few things about HU: that they expect to bring in $5 million in sales this year, and the company is profitable. Phew. (via)

Episode VII only uses IMAX for one sequence

ep7-imaxIn an article on IMAX, Variety reveals that J.J. Abrams only used the format for only one sequence. Here’s the graph:

“The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on Imax cameras,” says Abrams, who used them for a single sequence in “Star Wars.” “The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in Imax’s natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it’s something I want to see.”

Thanks to the photo proof, we know that IMAX cameras were on site for the Abu Dubai shoot – but also (unconfirmed) that Abrams had a whooping three of them on hand. Sounds like it’s going to be one hell of an action scene.

The article understandably focuses on a film that uses more IMAX and is coming out next week: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

New Star Wars costume exhibit coming to Seattle

padme-costume-cropRebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume will feature “60 hand-crafted costumes” from the first six films. It’s a collaboration between Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, with consultation from Lucasfilm.

Although I initially thought this would debut in D.C., another Club Jader, Nancy, noted that the exhibit is already being teased by the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle for a January 2015 opening.

After Seattle, the exhibit will go onto 11 other cities, as yet unnamed. One will almost certainly be Chicago, when the Lucas Museum is ready.

Costumes have always been a major feature of past Star Wars exhibits, but this may be the first to focus on them exclusively. Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, which ran at the at the National Air and Space Museum from fall 1997 to early 1999, is a quite important part of Club Jade’s own history, as the reason behind our first large-scale meetup. Since then, we’ve also seen Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, and the still-touring Star Wars Identities, which opens in France next month.