Darth Vader

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10 Most, Least Popular Star Wars Characters

Darth Vader is No. 1; only the biggest fans will know any of the least favorites

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in wide release on Friday, meaning social media feeds are already jammed with movie reviews, theories, and reminiscences about previous films in the franchise. What is bound to pop up: heated arguments about who's the most beloved (or hated) Star Wars character ever,... More »

Darth Vader Costume Shuts Down School

Concerned parent reported Vader-masked student on 'Star Wars Day'

(Newser) - Students in Ashwaubenon, Wis., were evacuated Thursday when an unlikely figure was spotted entering through the high school’s back door. According to a statement by Ashwaubenon Public Safety , a concerned parent called 911 to report suspicious activity after seeing someone dressed in a mask and holding a bag walk... More »

The Price Tag Is Strong With This One

Gold Darth Vader mask could be yours for $1.4M

(Newser) - Star Wars fans might consider it a golden opportunity. Tokyo jeweler Ginza Tanaka is offering a life-size Darth Vader mask made of 24-karat gold at a hefty price of $1.4 million to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie. The creation measures 10.... More »

Darth Vader Is Cleaning Up Va. Roadsides

Luke, I am your litterbug-shamer

(Newser) - A Virginia man troubled by litter along the highway has decided it's time for the empire to strike back, reports the AP . Henry Wakley of Blacksburg on Thursday dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader while cleaning a stretch of highway that he "adopted" through the Adopt-a-Highway... More »

When Life Hands You Lenin Statues, Make Darth Vader

At least when in Ukraine

(Newser) - Vladimir Lenin: Not exactly a friendly face, or one looked upon with great fondness in the Ukraine, which last year passed "anti-communization" laws aimed at stripping remnants of the Soviets from the public psyche and arena. As part of that, a statue of Lenin was due to be dismantled,... More »

We Like Darth Vader Better Than All 2016 Candidates

Potential voters aren't pleased with their options: poll

(Newser) - If voting took place today, and if he could make the journey from the Death Star, Darth Vader might just be named the next president of the United States. He'd have a better chance than any of the real-life candidates at least, according to an amusing new poll from... More »

Darth Vader Running for Mayor in Kiev

Odessa, too, though he must settle for being a write-in candidate

(Newser) - Ukraine holds elections this weekend, and Vladimir Putin has promised to honor the results, reports AP . But what if he has to deal with Darth Vader? A candidate by that name (and uniform) is running for mayor in both Kiev and Odessa, and his videos have become a sensation in... More »

'Mini Darth Vader' Undergoing Open Heart Surgery

Star of Volkswagen Super Bowl ad faces fight of his life

(Newser) - Look to The Force, Max. The 7-year-old boy who played a pint-sized Darth Vader in last year's popular Volkswagen Super Bowl ad is undergoing open heart surgery. The operation, scheduled for today in Los Angeles, will repair a hole in Max Page's heart and replace the pulmonary valve,... More »

Darth Vader Demands Ukrainian Parking Spot

Says local government has gone to dark side

(Newser) - Darth Vader showed up at a Ukrainian city hall this week: “I have come for a land plot...for my space cruiser,” the costumed man told Odessa officials. It wasn't so much a joke as a protest: The city recently decided to provide a number of people... More »

Tiny Island to Mint Star Wars Currency

Luke, Yoda will be on legal tender for first time

(Newser) - Move over, Queen Elizabeth: Luke Skywalker and friends will soon be sharing a spot on the currency of a tiny Pacific island. Yoda, Leia, and Darth Vader also will appear on the flip side of the soon-to-be-minted coins for the island of Niue. It’s the first time Star Wars... More »

New Garmin GPS Voices: Yoda, Vader

'Star Wars' sound effects, music included too

(Newser) - Good news for those of you who are sick of the generic voice dictating directions from your Garmin GPS: Now you can have Yoda or Darth Vader order you around instead. The Star Wars voices can be downloaded for $12.99 each on Garmin's website , and the best part... More »

Darth Vader Robs Bank

Star Wars baddie sought after Long Island heist

(Newser) - Darth Vader, apparently fallen on hard times, is being sought for a bank robbery. Police say the Empire bigwig threatened a bank teller and forced a customer to the floor before fleeing with cash, the New York Daily News reports. Because the robber carried a gun instead of a light... More »

Darth Vader Just Needed Pyschotherapy

He's a candidate for borderline personality disorder

(Newser) - If young Anakin Skywalker had gotten himself into see a good psychotherapist, he might have steered clear of the dark side and the Darth Vader get-up. The Star Wars prequels show that Anakin suffered from borderline personality disorder, say French psychiatrists. (They've made the argument before, but will buttress it... More »

Film's Most Sinister Villains

(Newser) - Movie heroes may get the girl, the fans, and the happy ending, but villains have all the fun. With the summer lineup under way, moviegoers will see evil in many forms—from a megalomaniacal robot/tank to a sinister British sorcerer. But what performances by their predecessors will they have to... More »

Cheney Deserves Kick in the Shins: Dowd

'Vice is still on top'

(Newser) - Vice President Dick Cheney's guiding principle was "a theory of constitutional thuggishness" that set the tone for the administration's agenda—but he's refusing to take the blame for anything, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. His insistence that he never called the shots, despite his "Darth... More »

Force is Weak in Clone Wars

Animated Star Wars feature doesn't quite replicate the feel of the real thing

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Clone Wars fills a gap in the saga's chronology, and although the animated feature may give devoted Lucasfilm fans their fix before the TV series launches this fall, the oddly lifeless movie "isn't the Star Wars we've known and loved, Todd McCarthy writes in Variety. More »

What Obama Promises, McCain Delivers

Voters must guard against letting stars in their eyes blind them

(Newser) - The international press corps is so seduced by Barack Obama and so disgusted by John McCain that neither man can live up to his reputation, London Times US editor Gerard Baker writes. The “grown men wandering the corridors of London, Brussels and Berlin, crooning” about Obama are the same... More »

Chait: John McCain Is No Luke Skywalker

Candidate has gone over to the dark (read: conservative) side

(Newser) - John McCain liked to portray himself as Luke Skywalker in his 2000 presidential campaign, says LA Times columnist Jonathan Chait, but this time around he resembles a different Jedi: the corrupt Darth Vader. McCain claimed he was an anti-special interests crusader, but the last few years he's gone over to... More »

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