When Texas-based parents Zack and Naomi Russell discovered they were expecting baby number four, they decided their only option for the announcement was to “go big or go home.” And that they did — with a Star Wars pregnancy announcement that is simply out of this world.
Like most ’80s kids, Russell grew up with a love for all things Star Wars. He had a collection of action figures in a Darth Vader carrying case (which is probably worth mega Republic credits nowadays). He also had a lightsaber, an X-Wing, an R2-D2 alarm clock (remember alarm clocks?!?), a hand-made Jedi robe, and a Luke Skywalker lunch box.
Now, as a dad, Russell is still an avid Star Wars fan — along with his entire family.
As the dad of three girls, Russell is often teased about being outnumbered and being “the minority in the sorority.” The family heard all the typical lines about how they should “keep trying for a boy” and “maybe you’ll finally get that boy,” once they were expecting a fourth.
“To us, this was a subtle, but hurtful, devaluing of our daughters. I don’t blame anyone, though. We’ve all been programmed to adhere to the ideal norm of one boy, one girl,” Russell tells Babble. He continued:
“Anything slightly outside that norm is cute, anything way outside that is weird. Here we were with three girls already and a fourth kid on the way. A geneticist friend told us that the odds were actually in favor of #4 being a girl, too. Weirdsville all the way. But we’ve had several close friends struggle through infertility, and it put all of that noise into perspective.”
So how did the Russell family come up with the idea of a Star Wars pregnancy announcement?
Well, things got off to a bit of a slow start. When the expectant dad started brainstorming for a fourth baby announcement, he was dismayed to find a lot of “oops!” or “sorry, we’re pregnant again” type of announcements.
But then, inspiration struck.
“We had just seen Star Wars: Episode VII a few weeks before, so the dots started to connect in my mind,” said Zack told Babble. “The Force Awakens. The FOURTH Awakens! We made and rented some costumes, borrowed a green screen, and bugged some friends who were Photoshop wizards. It was tons of fun.”
Not to mention, Rey of The Force Awakens is an excellent role model for any little girl — perfect for the estrogen-heavy Russell family. After posting their announcement, they received lots of positive feedback, both for their creativity and for the exciting news of “the fourth.”
“I was of course happy when people complimented our creativity of [the announcement] but what was truly affirming was excitement for the new person who would be joining our family,” shared the now father of four.
Son, Paxton, joined his three sisters, Annalei, Miah, and Cassia in July of 2016. Russell noted, “Four kids is a lot of work and very difficult at times … we wouldn’t trade any of them for the ideal American family size or make-up.”
A long time ago, before the Rebels had it figured out… Admiral Ackbar & Mon Mothma led the first attacks against the Empire. With the newly completed Death Star & fleets of AT-ATs closing in, the Rebellion knew that they must act fast, using every trick they know to save the Galaxy!
Even those who have a fondness for the Star Wars prequels recognize that Jar Jar Binks is an abomination to the sci-fi saga. The character is a walking punchline in a wholly infuriating way with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Not even the insane theory about him being a genius villain who was in league with Senator Palpatine would be enough to make the character tolerable.
Since Jar Jar Binks can ruin things just by showing his stupid bug-eyed, duck-faced self, someone decided to take the gorgeous poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and put Jar Jar Binks all over it. The clumsy, moronic Gungan replaced all of the heroes featured on the poster, from Jyn Erso to Saw Gerrera.
To hell with stealing the plans to the Death Star, just scan this image into the space stations operation system and it should just self-destruct.
Kudos to Empire Magazine designer and freelance illustrator Olly Gibbs for doing a fine Photoshop job with this creation. Not only is it high-resolution, but every Jar Jar Binks looks perfect as each different different character. Getting the holographic Death Star plans on Binks couldn’t have been easy, and it looks great. You might notice that there’s even a Jar Jar Binks version of K-2So, which might actually make the character a tad bit cooler. After all C-3PO can be pretty annoying, but he’s also useful as a droid. Plus, if Jar Jar Binks was a droid, we could just shut him off.
Jerry Seinfeld wants in on the Star Wars universe. And he has a hilarious and perfect way for that to happen. After a full decade with no new movies, the Star Wars universe returned in December with the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It broke the box office record for domestic total with $936.6 million. In just a few months, the first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One will hit theaters, and with this saga becoming more popular than ever, iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld recently suggested that Lucasfilm and Disney let him become part of this sci-fi universe.
Jerry Seinfeld is best known for creating and starring in the hit sitcom Seinfeld, considered by many to be one of the best TV shows of all time. Despite his massive success, he hasn’t done too much acting aside from his show, and voicing Barry B. Benson in The Bee Movie. The comedian recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, where he was asked if he’d ever consider joining a huge tentpole project, if a director like Steven Spielberg asked him to be a part of his next big movie. Here’s what Jerry Seinfeld had to say, teasing the hilarious character he wants to play in a Star Wars movie.
“I might do it. I doubt it. A guy like that is smart enough to know … No one is putting me in Star Wars. Nobody wants a character in Star Wars that says, ‘You know, all the back-flipping doesn’t really hurt the guy you’re fighting. We could just lose the back-flipping and get on with the laser fighting.’ That would be my character and no one wants that character in Star Wars, a guy who is logical.”
While the comedian was certainly joking, he certainly doesn’t seem to be a slouch when it comes to Star Wars lore. The comedian admitted that he does watch plenty of Star Wars movies with his kids, hinting what his character’s name might even be, if he were to come aboard for a Star Wars movie. Here’s what he had to say below, revealing which side of The Force he’d be on.
“I watch a lot of Star Wars because of my kids. And I thought, if I was in Star Wars, maybe instead of Darth Sidious I could be Areyouserious? … ‘You want to attack an entire planet? Seriously?’ I’d be on the Dark Side. I’d be fine with that.”
There is no shortage of humor in the Star Wars universe, with many of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ comedic moments coming from the new ball droid, BB-8. With that being said, it’s possible that Jerry Seinfeld could some day come aboard to play a new character that provides some levity in this sci-fi universe, especially since Disney and LucasFilm plan on releasing one new Star Wars movie every year, indefinitely.
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