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Man dressed as Darth Vader attempts to rob convenience store, struck by salad dressing


A man in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon for attempting to rob a convenience store — dressed as Darth Vader.

According to ABC News, Jacob Mercer, age 32, carried a handgun into the Jacksonville Beach convenience store on Sunday evening and demanded money from the cashier. The store clerk refused to give Mercer — again, dressed as Darth Vader — the money, and threw a jar of salad dressing at his helmet. Mercer then ran out of the store, where witnesses saw him take off the helmet and reveal bleeding cuts on his face, before escaping in a car.

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Disney World debuts its ‘Star Wars’-themed monorail

From Inside the Magic

From Inside the Magic

It’s not quite the Star Wars-themed Rapi:t train introduced over the weekend in Japan, but it’ll certainly do: Walt Disney World on Monday unveiled the new Force Awakens overlay for one of its monorail trains.

As photos and video from Inside the Magic show, the wrap is fairly subtle, with images of the film’s logo, the desert planet Jakku, the Millennium Falcon, a TIE Fighter, BB-8 and Daisy Ridley’s Rey appearing on the windows of Monorail Black.

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Photographer chronicles ‘The Daily Life of Darth Vader’


Photographer Pawel Kadysz is capturing the everyday life of Darth Vader in pics — that is, if Darth Vader was living a “normal” life.

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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ die-cast cars are next-level adorable


Takara is offering another dose of die-cast “Star Wars” cars — but this time around, their adorable 3-inch masterpieces are based on designs from “The Force Awakens”.

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Check out these ‘Star Wars’ costumes reimagined by 10 major fashion designers


The fashion world is getting in on the hype surrounding “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, as Bloomingdale’s and 10 major designers have teamed up to reimagine some “Star Wars” characters’ costumes for a charitable initiative called “Force 4 Fashion.”

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Take a trip to a galaxy far, far away with these awesome ‘Star Wars’ car concepts


They may not be real, but they’re definitely out of this world. The masterminds behind Carwow have whipped up a few concepts of “Star Wars”-inspired cars, comparing popular franchise characters to specific makes and models and giving those cars a makeover while they’re at it.

In this imaginary line of cars, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Jar Jar Binks and Stormtroopers get their own personalized vehicles. From Boba’s Mercedes G-Class to Han Solo’s Millennium Hellcat to Darth Vader’s BMW Z4, each character gets a ride with style.

For a peek at a few more of these awesome automobiles, see below. Check out Fubiz for even more.

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First look at Disneyland’s ‘Star Wars: Season of the Force’


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Ahead of the official opening on Monday, Disneyland has released a series of photos that offer an inside look at “Star Wars: Season of the Force.”

Announced in August at the D23 Expo, the attractions include: the Star Wars Launch Bay, a new area where fans can meet their favorite characters, see special exhibits and get peeks at Star Wars: The Force Awakens; a relaunched “Star Tours — The Adventures Continue,” with a new scene inspired by The Force Awakens; “Hyperspace Mountain,” a limited-time reimagining of “Space Mountain,” in which guests will join an X-wing battle”; and, coming in December, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Jedi Temple,” a new twist on the Jedi Training experience that introduces characters from the animated Star Wars Rebels.

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New ‘Star Wars’ experiences debut next month at Disney World


Disney has confirmed several new Star Wars experiences will debut Dec. 1 at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Announced in August at D23 Expo, the new attractions will follow the arrival of Star Wars: Season of the Force” later this month at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

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Lost Disney ‘Oswald’ short film rediscovered after 87 years


A long-lost short film starring Walt Disney’s first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, will be screened next month for the first time in 87 years.

The six-minute “Sleigh Bells” hasn’t been seen since its original release in 1928, and was feared lost forever. However, a print of the film was rediscovered by a researcher browsing the online catalog of the British Film Institute’s National Archive and restored by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Comics A.M. | Amazon opens its first physical bookstore

Amazon Books in Seattle

Amazon Books in Seattle

Retailing | Online retail giant Amazon will open its first brick-and-mortar store this morning in Seattle’s upscale shopping center University Village. Called simply Amazon Books, the store features between 5,000 and 6,000 books, from bestsellers to Amazon.com customer favorites. “Amazon Books is a physical extension of Amazon.com,” Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books, said in a statement. “We’ve applied 20 years of online bookselling experience to build a store that integrates the benefits of offline and online book shopping.” As The Seattle Times notes, the opening arrives with a dose of irony: For years Amazon has been able to undercut most other retailers largely because it didn’t have any physical locations. [The Seattle Times]

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Anna and Elsa take to the sky in ‘Frozen’-themed plane


Determined not to allow C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 to keep the friendly skies all to themselves, Anna, Elsa and Olaf are about to take flight.

Calgary-based WestJet on Sunday unveiled its Frozen-themed plane, which features Ana and Elsa on the tail and Olas (perhaps unwisely) sunning himself on the cockpit. It’s the airline’s second Disney-themed aircraft, following 2013’s Magic Plane, which featured Mickey Mouse from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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Company creates Iron Man, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Frozen’ bionic limbs for kids

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With some help from the Disney Accelerator program, a U.K. company has developed prosthetic limbs for kids inspired by Iron Man, Star Wars and Frozen.

“Now kids can get excited about their prosthetics,” states Bristol-based startup Open Bionics. “They won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes. They’re not just getting medical devices, they’re getting bionic hands inspired by their favorite characters.”

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Disney bad gals look good in artist’s pinup series

Artist Andrew Tarusov makes vixens out of villains in spicy new Disney pinup series.

Artist Andrew Tarusov makes vixens out of villains in spicy new Disney pinup series.

Jessica Rabbit famously wasn’t bad–she was just drawn that way. But after getting some attention for his comely renditions of Disney’s good girls, Los Angeles animator and illustrator Andrew Tarusov has turned his attention to the witches, wicked stepmothers, and other antagonistic ladies of Disney’s animated classics and released a series of stylish and suggestive pinups that highlights the beauty behind the madness.

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Baymax turns menacing as ‘Big Hero 6′ meets ‘Age of Ultron’


Caring and cuddly Baymax became an international sensation last year, as audiences left Disney’s Big Hero 6 wanting their own personal healthcare companion. However, this trailer may lead fans to change their minds about the hairy baby-petting robot.

Created by Zenlike Productions, “Big Hero 6: Age of Baymax” is (as the title suggests) a mashup of Disney’s animated hit and Marvel’s blockbuster Avengers sequel. It’s impressively edited, combining footage from Big Hero 6 and dialogue of Age of Ultron to tease the story of a homicidal Baymax bent on the destruction of humanity, and the group of teenagers determined to stop him.

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Disney Princesses reimagined as hot dogs (Because, why not)

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There are a lot of Disney Princess mashups online, reimagining the popular animated heroines as Adventure Time characters, Batman villains, oil paintings, and on and on. But none of them is as weird, or as potentially delicious, as this one.

On the food website Lucky Peach, Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella have transformed hot dogs into Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas, because … hey, it’s the Internet; you don’t really need a reason.

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