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George Lucas was convinced 'Star Wars' would be a disaster until this phone call in 1977

In its limited release May 25, 1977, "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" made $1.5 million in theaters, a number that was unheard of at the time.<p>The film went on to make more than $775 million worldwide.<p>Perhaps no one was more stunned by the film's success than creator George Lucas himself.<p>During …

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Simon Pegg Talks About Writing STAR TREK 3 and Visiting STAR WARS Set

Godzilla composer has revealed that he will reteam with director Gareth Edwards for the sci-fi spin-off<p>The Oscar-winning composer of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat, has revealed he will score the new Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One, according to reports.<p>The news suggests that John …

20,000 North Koreans working in slave-like conditions abroad, says UN

UN special rapporteur Marzuki Darusman says some workers reported to be in Qatar building World Cup 2022 facilities<p>The UN human rights investigator for North Korea has said he would investigate allegations of an estimated 20,000 North Koreans working in slave-like conditions abroad, mainly in …

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Amazon dismayed by proposed FAA rules on commercial use of drones

• Federal agency would ban use of commercial drones out of operators’ sight<br>• Amazon will ‘deploy where we have regulatory support we need’<p>Commercial drone operators will be banned from letting unmanned aircraft out of their sight, under new US proposals that come as a major blow to companies like …

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Goodbye smart gadgets. Hello dumb tech

Feature-filled phones, Apple Watches and expensive coffee machines are all very well, but sometimes they just make life more complicated. It’s time to learn the joy of low tech<p>This is going to be the year of the smartwatch. Thanks to several incredible boundary-smashing technological vaults, Apple …

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8 Incredible Green Spaces That Are Thriving In The Biggest Urban Jungles

Living and working within a system of architectural behemoths and concrete streets can be taxing, to say the least. And for many city-dwellers, a few patches of green can be a celebrated refuge from the urban landscape.<p>Through a study that spanned 18 years, researchers from University of Exeter …

22 Reasons to Love St. Barths

Hit the beach, get a caipirinha, crack open a lobster. Be it for a romantic getaway or a weekend party, there's something for everyone on this French West Indies island. Photo by Sherry Jacobson.<p><i>By Alyssa Barrie Weiss for Fathom</i> | There are special places that stand out in my mind as magical. Saint …

BlackBerry Classic goes back to the old way of doing things

BlackBerry tries to rekindle the love of its physical keyboard with the new Classic, which is essentially an upgraded Bold from 2011<p>BlackBerry dug out its Bold and give it a new lick of paint in the form of the new BlackBerry Classic.<p>After lacklustre reception of its recent BlackBerry 10 devices, …

The 12 missions of Christmas

Many of us spend Christmas far from friends and family, but Richard Hollingham spares a thought for those farthest flung of all – our spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond.<p>In July 1965, Mariner 4 became the first space probe to send back pictures of another world from space. Fifty years …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot 'leak' hints at darkest movie yet

Photograph: AP<p>Forum menace … an image from Star Wars: The Force Awakens showing a Sith-like character who the leaker claims is played by Adam Driver. Photo: AP<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Film/Pix/pictures/2014/12/4/1417687816678/Forum-menace---an-image-f-010.jpg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>Forum …

Stone Age Axe Discovered Stuck Into The Ground With Handle Still Attached

Archaeologists have unearthed an incredibly rare flint axe from the Stone Age that just may have been used in an ancient ritual.<p>The 5,500-year-old discovery -- found jammed into the Earth with its wooden handle still attached -- was part of an ongoing excavation on the island of Lolland in …

How to become wealthy: It's simpler than most 'experts' say

Ask any honest financial planner how to become wealthy, and they'll tell you the simple act of saving money is far, far more important than picking the next hot stock.<p>So I was surprised when I came upon an article from The Billfold titled "You Don't Get Wealthy from Savings." The article was so …

Fernando Do Noronha Is The Closest To Paradise We're Ever Gonna Get

Turns out paradise is <i>not</i> lost.<p>It exists on Fernando do Noronha, a string of islands 220 miles off the coast of Brazil. This national marine park has waters so pristine and wildlife so precious, you're literally not allowed to swim with sunscreen on in some places. The islands are home to most of …

18 More Photos of People Awestruck by Nature

<b>Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia</b><br>Photo credit: Svetlana Bogomolova<p>After we published our first set of photos that showed people awestruck by nature, we felt as though we owed it to you to find more. Here, then, are 18 more photos of people taken aback by their surroundings – whether that's by land, sea …

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Neil Young's Pono: is it the future of sound?

It looks like a Toblerone but it still managed to raise $6.2m on Kickstarter, far exceeding its funding target of $800,000. This is Pono, the digital music player and download store that Neil Young has convinced heavyweight backers and the public to sink millions into. Admirably, he wants to “fix” …

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BlackBerry Passport: Fat, weird, but CrackBerry addicts might love it

<b>The Good</b> The BlackBerry Passport offers powerful hardware and a clever keyboard that makes for a great reading and editing experience.<p><b>The Bad</b> That squat, square shape makes it awkward to use. Amazon's app store lacks some key apps found on Google Play.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The BlackBerry Passport's …

Egyptian teenager who skipped flight home seeks U.S. asylum

An Egyptian teenager who refused to return home following an international high school science fair staged five months ago has filed for U.S. political asylum.<p>Abdullah Assem was 17 when he skipped a flight to Cairo on May 18 at the conclusion of the weeklong Intel International Science and …

Scotland’s No victory sets stage for devolution dilemma in U.K.

The United Kingdom is launching into its biggest constitutional change in three centuries after Scotland narrowly spurned independence while demanding that the Westminster parties make good on their pledge to bless the Scottish parliament with more powers.<p>While Prime Minister David Cameron was …

Del Posto's Best Recipe Isn't on the Menu—In Fact, It Never Even Leaves the Basement

New York’s Del Posto might have four stars and all that, but according to pastry chef Brooks Headley, the best food there never leaves the basement<p>I have two rules for my staff at Del Posto.<p>One: Call your mom. Often. If you need a few days to go visit her, no problem—I will cover your shift. When …

GOP surrenders on Obamacare: Why they slashed spending on anti-ACA ads

The right’s dream of flogging Obamacare all the way to November is over, and they’re scrambling for a new strategy<p>The Obamacare air war is turning out to be one of the most interesting facets of the 2014 midterms. At the end of last year and in early 2014, Republicans and conservative pundits were …

Angry Gamer Is Suing Sony Over 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Graphics

If this isn’t the logical endpoint for the endless hemming and hawing over resolution issues in next-gen games, then I really, really don’t want to know what that endpoint is. An angry gamer is filing suit with PS4 maker Sony over the resolution in launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall. The game was …

Text of President Obama’s statement on air strikes, airdrops in Iraq

Good evening. Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. Let me explain the actions we're …

'Guardians of the Galaxy' continues to close Marvel's Gauntlet around 'Avengers 3'

<i>Warning: This post contains spoilers for literally damned near everything Marvel.</i><p>A McGuffin is an object that conveniently gives characters in a story motivation. It powers the plot. In Avatar it was "unobtanium," a name that seems to make fun of itself. Indiana Jones had the Ark of the Covenant, …

The Numbers Are In: NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet Smokes The Competition

NVIDIA made news last week with the official announcement of its SHIELD Tablet and companion SHIELD Wireless Controller. If you remember, the original SHIELD Portable was an all-in-one type device, powered by NVIDIA’s own Tegra 4 SoC (system on a chip). When it arrived at exactly this time last …

Two More Comic-Con Posters Strike For ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

Right on the heels of the posters for Cap and Black Widow fighting Ultrons, and Tony Stark and Scarlet Witch rumbling with robots as well, two new posters have dropped showing Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and a glimpse of The Vision.<p>First up, Jeremy Renner, Robot Fighter:<p>You’d think somebody would give …