Star Wars Episode VII: 1 Year To Go

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Today marks one year until Star Wars Episode VII hits the theaters. And if you’re a Star Wars nerd like me, then you have been waiting with baited breath for each and every scrap of news that’s come out. But we have to beware, everyone. There’s a lot of false prophecy out there that you must ignore. So to clear things up, here’s what we know to be true.

THE DIRECTOR

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A little over 2 years ago when the news first broke that Disney had purchased the Star Wars Empire and that three new movies were slated to join the epic saga, the first thing on everyone’s mind was who’s going to direct it? With George Lucas stepping away, we knew that The Maker wasn’t going to be in charge. And to all of us who lovingly endured the more painful moments of the prequels (there are plenty of redeeming qualities) we all knew this could be a really good thing.

Once that was established, the hunt was officially on. And the amazing thing to think about is how most of today’s directors have been directly influenced by Star Wars. For a while, everyone from Joss Whedon (Avengers) to Jon Favreau (Iron Man) to JJ Abrams (Star Trek) was being considered to take the helm. As we all now know, in the end it would be JJ, who got hired to direct. JJ’s a big fan of the Star Wars movies.  So we know that the Universe we know and love is in the hands of someone who knows and loves it as well.

THE CAST

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After the director was hired, the next thought on people’s minds was “Who’s gonna be in it?” We all hoped and dreamed that the original trio would jump back into costume, but the years had passed and who knows if that was where the “powers that be” saw the story going. There’s was so much expanded universe (before the de-canonization) to work with. What direction would they go? But then came the news that they were back in the cockpit along with other classic favorites. And a list of new players that were seemingly perfect for this movie!! The cast list stands as follows according to IMDB:

-Mark Hamill

-Carrie Fisher

-Harrison Ford

-Domhnall Gleeson

-Andy Serkis

-Gwendoline Christie

-Adam Driver

-Oscar Isaac

-Lupita Nyong’o

-Warwick Davis

-Peter Mayhew

-Max von Sidow

-Kenny Baker

-Anthony Daniels

-John Boyega

-Maisie Richardson-Sellers

-Daisy Ridley

-Pip Andersen

-Dixie Arnold

-Crystal Clarke

This list looks especially good with so many female names upon it. There are officially 6 women cast in Episode VII which is a vast improvement on the 3 that were cast in the entire original trilogy!! And that’s including useless Aunt Beru… come on!! When the casting announcement first came out there were less women on the list and this sparked a national conversation about women in film as well as the online community known as the Legion of Leia helmed by Jenna Busch. Perhaps they were always going to cast more women, or perhaps they sensed that their offering just wouldn’t appease the countless female fans of the Star Wars universe. As it stands, there could always be more women in the Star Wars Universe, but this isn’t a discouraging list by any means. And who knows who may join in future additions to the saga. Methinks Disney knows the power of the female. And if they don’t they need only to head over to Legion of Leia to see how much we ladies truly love anything and everything SW!!!

THE TITLE

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Next up.. what will it be called? There were mixed reactions to the names when it was released. But personally I think it’s a great title and can’t wait for The Force Awakens. And when you see it lined up with the existing film titles then it makes it sound even better!!! Take a look:

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Attack of the Clones

Revenge of the Sith

A New Hope

The Empire Strikes Back

Return of the Jedi

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I think it sounds pretty cool when mixed in with the other titles. What do you think?

THE PLOT

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We actually don’t have much information beyond what we’ve seen in the trailer and mere speculation about what the plot of the film is. Right now the description on IMDB reads:

“A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi(1983).”

But false spoilers have been released almost weekly at this point with tid-bits of potential plot information. And while any hard core Star Wars fan knows the stories of Jaina, Jacen, Anakin and Ben, descendants of Han and Leia and Luke and Mara Jade, the council of Star Wars big wigs at Lucasfilm and Disney decided that the best course of action regarding the expanded universe would be to start fresh, thus giving themselves complete control over the stories released. And so everything that already existed in the EU would be relegated to Star Wars Legends and Disney would be able to keep the reins tight.

This was obviously disappointing news to avid Star Wars EU readers who greatly enjoyed the tales told by authors like Alan Dean Forester (who wrote the very first EU novel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye), Timothy Zahn (Thrawn trilogy), L. Neil Smith (The Lando Calrissian Adventures), Michael A. Stackpole (X-Wing series) and many more. But at the end of the day, Disney has shown that it knows it’s properties well and if their handling of Marvel is any indication, they know exactly what to do with them. So this reader remains hopeful that whatever comes out of the Disney juggernaut will not only be faithful to the Star Wars we know and love, but it will also be exciting and action packed.

THE MUSIC

John Williams is doing the music!! And this isn’t so much news as it is confirmation of awesomeness. When a Star Wars movie gets made, it better have Williams on board or else it just wouldn’t be right. So when it was announced that he would be returning to create the score for the new film, Star Wars fans, the world over, drew a sign of anticipated relief.

THE TRAILER

If you still haven’t seen the trailer for the new movie then I can only assume that you have just crawled out from an underground bomb shelter built in the 50’s and have emerged into our culture with no knowledge of what’s going on in our world. That’s simply the only explanation I can think of that makes any sense. But if it’s true and you haven’t make sure to catch it now…

With an entire year to go until this movie comes out, it’s going to be a long, hard wait. But Nerd in the City will continue to bring you monthly updates with only confirmed news until we get a little closer to the big day.

If I had to choose one thing to be nerdy for in the entire world, it’d be Star Wars. It was the first thing I ever geeked out about. So you can rest assured, gentle reader, that if you love Star Wars as much as I do that you are in exactly the right place!!!

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Make sure to check back on the 18th of every month for monthly Star Wars news!! And to make sure you don’t miss a minute… don’t forget to subscribe to Nerd in the City.

Brand New Episode of So…This Happened

Episode 17: The Dish Washer

Starring: Liz Tailor & Hardy Calderon

Ethical Closet: (Click the links for Liz’s Look)

Ice Print High Collar Dress from Rachel Rose

Headband (Repurposed Necklace) from Housing Works

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New Episode Next Tuesday, December 23rd

Watch This Show!

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I know. I know. You don’t need a new show. You already have 7 that you just can’t miss. (Or is that just me?) But allow me to present to you Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. If Downton Abbey and Sherlock had a sassy love child, it would be Miss Fisher.

Meet Miss Phryne Fisher. Sassy, lady detective with a penchant for doing what she wants, when she wants and damn the consequences or danger! She is a modern women living in the 1920’s in upper class Australia. And she is truly fabulous from her clothes to her sleek bob to her devil may care attitude regarding convention.

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Then there’s the very handsome and gentlemanly, Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. Love interest of Phryne who is constantly getting in the way of all Jack’s investigations causing the sparks to fly between them! Jack is a righteous man who always upholds justice, except when Phryne comes around and ruins all his efforts!

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Next we have the adorable, budding romance between Phryne’s lady’s maid, Dot and Jack’s constable, Hugh. They are too precious for words. He’s a Protestant and she’s a devout Catholic. He’s a traditional man and she’s learning more and more about what it means to be a modern, independent woman. Which makes for adorable story!

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The rest of the cast includes Cec and Bert, who are Phryne’s rough around the edges cabby’s who get the info from the rougher parts of town. Mr Butler who is Phryne’s butler, oddly enough. Aunt P is Phryne’s traditional high society Aunt who’s always shocked by Phryne’s shennanigans. Mac is Phryne’s lady doctor friend who throws convention to the dogs and helps Phryne when called upon. She also dresses in the most adorable pant suits. And finally Phryne’s ward, Jane. Taken in under Phryne’s roof along with Dot and any other young woman who may need some help.

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In conclusion, this show is awesome and with only 2 series available on Netflix right now, it’s an easy binge watch. Give it a try and I dare you not to fall in love with it!

Thanks to my like-minded coworker, Emma for the recommendation!

5 Fandom Friday

Gifts I Want For Christmas

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Today’s 5 Fandom Friday topic from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick is Gifts I Want for Christmas. So here are a few things that speak directly to my nerdy little heart!

#1 – Maurader’s Map Leggings from Black Milk Clothing

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Black Milk Clothing has all kinds of nerdy treasures. But these are some of my favorites. Now if only they came with a Harry’s real life Marauder’s Map… that would just be nerdtastic!! Make sure to check them out!

#2 – Ms Marvel Tank from Her Universe

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Ashley Eckstein’s company, Her Universe is geared towards the nerdy lady in your life. They also have a wide selection of things from multiple fandoms. But with the news that Carol Danvers will be gracing the screen in a few short years, this tank is timely and fashionable!! Head over and see everything they have!

#3 – Star Trek Pajamas from Think Geek

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Think Geek is an equal opportunity nerd atelier. They have things for all genders. Including these cozy pajamas made for space travelers the world over! Get your pair today.

#4 – Dirty Dancing Tee from The Nerd Machine

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Ok, I know that Dirty Dancing isn’t nerdy. But the amount of times I’ve seen it and the fact that I can quote the entire thing makes me a nerd for it. Plus Zachary Levi’s company, The Nerd Machine has an entire Cinema Series available. So maybe Dirty Dancing isn’t your jam. But perhaps Top Gun or Young Frankenstein are more your speed. Check out everything they have.

#5 – Lightsaber Earrings from Etsy shop: LandAWestDesign

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For me, Star Wars is the fandom of all fandoms. So these adorable Lego lightsaber earrings are exactly the ticket! Plus I love to support hand crafted businesses on Etsy. Check out more from LandAWestDesign.

What have you asked Santa for this year??

Thursday Giveaway

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Today we are giving away a pair of Golden Snitch earrings as seen in this week’s episode of So…This Happened.

Take a look: CLICK HERE

To enter just comment below with what kind of ice cream flavor you think you are! Personally, I’m Coconut Lime Sorbet!

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Good luck. Giveaway ends next Thursday.

Love,

Liz Tailor

Brand New Episode of So…This Happened

Episode 16: The Ice Cream Theory

Starring Liz Tailor

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Golden Snitch Earrings from Etsy

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New Episode Next Tuesday, December 16th

We’ve Got the Power

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The power of Greyskull!!
Ok no, not the power of Greyskull. I wanna discuss the power of social media. That weird and wonderful animal that our world seems driven by these days. It’s both trivial and relevant if that contradiction can even exist.

But when strangers reach out via Twitter asking you to pray for them. Or connect to tell you, “I felt alone till I saw what you posted.” Or even close friends you’ve known for years share parts of themselves they never did before. Then it makes it seems like there could be a very real and amazing purpose for tweets and pins and vines and posts and blogs and all the social media we have yet to discover.

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There is a danger. There are sad and unfortunate people who want to take something positive and make it ugly. Like the people who harassed Zelda Williams off of…

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5 Fandom Friday

Top 5 Christmas Songs to Spread Cheer

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Happy Friday, my lovely nerds!! Today’s topic for blogversation from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick is My 5 Favorite Christmas Songs to Spread Cheer. I actually tend to listen to more melancholy, pensive Christmas music for some strange reason. “Where Are You Christmas?” by Faith Fill,  “Mary, Did You Know” by Penatonix, “Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews, “Some Children See Him” by James Taylor.

But when it comes to spreading Christmas cheer, these are the ones I like to listen to:

#1 – Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) by Chris Tomlin

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I love plain, old Joy to the World as much as the next person. But this version is so fun and uplifting. It just makes you want to raise your hands and praise God for the holiday season. Especially because the holidays can easily become stressful and all about traveling and presents and weather and such. I like to put this song on and just jam out to words that express what Christmas is really about. And Chris Tomlin is such a dynamic worship leader that you can’t help but smile while listening to it.

#2 – Snow by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney

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Ok, I hate snow. But I loooove the movie White Christmas. It is one of the movies I watch every year to get me in the spirit. Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing about Snow is one of my favorite moments in this musical. (Sisters is my other favorite moment!) Yes, there are 4 people in the picture, but Vera-Ellen was not a singer. So Rosemary Clooney did some of the vocals for her while Trudy Stevens dubbed the rest. Vera-Ellen was a dancer though and an amazing one at that!! If you’ve never seen and love happiness and singing and warm fuzzy feelings than go watch it today.

#3 – Christmas Is All Around by Bill Nighy

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Love Actually may be a Christmas movie, but it’s one I tend to watch year round cause it fits into the romantic comedy genre. But Christmas is All Around is a song that is fun and a little silly and perfect for spreading holiday cheer.

#4 – Welcome Christmas from How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon

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Speaking of holiday cheer, Welcome Christmas is a song that just creates all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always had a soft spot for cartoons. Perhaps it’s the Dabu Dorays and the Fabu Forays. Perhaps it’s all those Who’s coming together to show that what they really care about is being together, not all the toys and trimmings and material things. Whatever it may be, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic that I’ve been watching since I was little and is one I look forward to sharing with my own kids one day.

#5 – Feliz Navidad by Michael Buble feat. Thalia

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There is one voice that just immediately gets me in the Christmas spirit. He could be singing Blue Skies or Fever and it’d still make me wanna trim a tree. Michael Buble just has one of those melt in your heart voices and his Feliz Navidad featuring Thalia is fun and jazzy and something you can dance to as you bake Christmas cookies and drink that egg nog!

What songs get you ready for Christmas?

Thursday Giveaway

This week Nerd in the City is giving away a T-shirt provided graciously by To Write Love On Her Arms and can be seen in this week’s episode of So… This Happened (Click Here to see.) Worn quite handsomely by the very talented Reid Lyle.

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If you’ve never heard of TWLOHA before then I encourage you to check out there website: TWLOHA.com and learn more about the amazing work they are doing.

“TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS IS A NON-PROFIT MOVEMENT DEDICATED TO PRESENTING HOPE AND FINDING HELP FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION, ADDICTION, SELF-INJURY, AND SUICIDE. TWLOHA EXISTS TO ENCOURAGE, INFORM, INSPIRE, AND ALSO TO INVEST DIRECTLY INTO TREATMENT AND RECOVERY.”

To be entered for this giveaway just leave a comment here, on Instagram, or on Facebook and let us know what it is you are thankful for. The holidays are such a joyous time, but they can also be stressful. It’s important to stop and take a moment to remember what it is we’re celebrating and why we’re thankful to be alive.

Giveaway winner will be chosen on Monday at noon. So good luck! And thanks for following. I’m so thankful for the chance to share my thoughts with all of you!!

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Love,

Liz Tailor

To Flirt or Not To Flirt… That is the Question!

If you’ve seen this week’s episode of my web series (Click Here if you haven’t), you’ll know just how bad I am at flirting. I think I used to be good at it long ago when I was younger and more easily affected by those tell tale butterflies in the stomach. A bat of the eye lash, a wave of the hand, subtle eye contact, using actual human people words. Yeah… it’s coming back to me.

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I don’t know when I started to forget how it all worked. Maybe I never really knew. It’s not like they teach a class in high school (but they really should.) And it’s not like your parents sit you down one day to impart the finer points when it comes to flirting. Most parents want you to never notice the opposite sex till you are old and gray. Especially fathers with their daughters.

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So, yeah. Maybe I never learned how to flirt. But I’ve seen enough movies to sort of make it up as I go along. And yet… A cute single guy enters the scene and I run and hide or turn into Suzy Business and get all formal with him. It’s quite the sight to behold. Anyone out there who knows me or has seen my series knows that I am no shy butterfly, no shrinking violet. I’m loud and independent. And I’m very good with people. Especially people who are female or unavailable. There’s no danger with lady friends. No danger with married man friends. But what exactly is the danger in a single man? What? No… I’m asking you,  What?

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What could happen? I could like the guy? I could fall in love? I could get married? I guess there’s always the possibility of rejection. But that’s never been the thing that’s kept me on the bench. I guess the thought of someone coming along and changing my life is the scary part. I like my life. I’m good at my life and if someone came along and changed everything… maybe I wouldn’t be as good at it. I pride myself on being adventurous and outgoing. But throw the possibility of love and marriage my way and I turn into a little scaredy cat. A strange parallel universe version of my former self. Again… if you’ve ever seen it happen, you’d know it’s straight up strange. But I’m trying to get better. Not at flirting… that’s just hard work! But accepting the fact that if I do want to get married one day, and methinks I do, then I need to at least be open to possibilities whatever may come. Hey… I’m trying over here!

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Are you good at flirting?? Wanna teach me how. ;)