12 days of 'Star Wars'

This holiday season, "Star Wars" is the gift that keeps on giving. Leading up to the Dec. 18 release of "The Force Awakens," we’ll give you a new "Star Wars"-related story every day.

Ultimate Star Wars Battle — Winner

Ultimate Star Wars Battle — Winner

12 Days of 'Star Wars': The Jedi Council — aka a few Star Tribune staffers with a little free time – ranked 32 of the most important characters in the Star Wars movies and asked readers to weigh in with their favorites. More than a few favorites fell along the way, but there can be only one winner in the end.
Members of the 501st Legion, an international "Star Wars" fan group, don movie-quality costumes for public appearances and just for fun. Front, from l

The Force awakens for Minnesota's 'Star Wars' superfans

December 12, 2015
For millions of "Star Wars" fans, the Force is about to be reawakened with a highly anticipated new movie. For some Minnesotans, who don high-quality costumes from the films, it never slept.
Sisters Olivia (left) and Maddie Novak of Maple Grove read "Star Wars" books under the family’s Star Wars Christmas tree. The whole family plans to

Original 'Star Wars' kids excited to share 'Force Awakens' with their kids

December 12, 2015
Next week's release of Episode VII is a family affair for many Twin Citians as the franchise spans generations, thanks in part to Disney's takeover.
Movies
December 18, 2015
Daisy Ridley stars as Rey, with BB-8, in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

'Star Wars' superfans react to 'Force Awakens' — no spoilers!

For some people it's just another big movie. For others, it's the most important cultural event in the history of important cultural events. Ever. Like, ever-ever.
Celebrities
December 16, 2015
The cast from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" performs a "Star Wars" medley with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots.

'Force Awakens' cast performs epic 'Star Wars' medley with Fallon

The cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" showed off their rare musical talents on "The Tonight Show" in a new video released Tuesday that is sure to become a viral sensation.
Movies
December 15, 2015
A screen shot from "Star Wars: Dark Forces."

Revisit the pixilated past of a 'dark' Star Wars video game

In 1995, LucasArts released "Dark Forces," a "Doom"-style first-person shooter set in the "Star Wars" universe.
Movies
December 15, 2015
"Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones."

Lileks: Luke, I am your – oh, sorry, hold on, SPOILERS

This is a Major Cultural Event that spans the generations. Even if Episode 7 consists of George Lucas performing the entire story with hand puppets, the movie will do eleventy billion dollars on the first weekend.
Entertainment
December 14, 2015
Join the ultimate Star Wars bracket battle this week

Join the ultimate Star Wars bracket battle this week

12 Days of 'Star Wars': Light vs. dark. Father vs. son. Who is the Chosen One, and who is just a scruffy-looking nerf-herder? Cast your vote.
Movies
December 14, 2015
DJ Jake Rudh is the host of First Avenue’s Cantina Dance Party.

Minnesotans reflect on their favorite 'Star Wars' memory

Local notables talk about the franchise’s lasting impressions. Readers: Share your favorite memory in the comments.   Jake Rudh, Transmission DJ, host of First…
Movies
December 11, 2015
Max Rebo led the band in "Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi."

Rock out like Max Rebo with this Twin Cities 'Star Wars' party guide

Want to celebrate "The Force Awakens"? Fans will have lots of opportunities to whoop it up.
Movies
December 11, 2015
Harrison Ford starred as archaeologist Indiana Jones in the spectacular adventure film "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

20 ways 'Star Wars' conquered pop culture

“Saturday Night Live” (1978): With the help of Paul Shaffer, Bill Murray breaks out of the pack with his character Nick the lounge singer, who…
December 10, 2015
Join the ultimate Star Wars bracket battle this week

Join the ultimate Star Wars bracket battle this week

12 Days of 'Star Wars': Light vs. dark. Father vs. son. Who is the Chosen One, and who is just a scruffy-looking nerf-herder? Cast your vote.
Movies
December 9, 2015
The Star Wars Millennium Falcon bed retails for $3,999.

Wookiee approved: The ultimate 'Star Wars' gift guide

This holiday season, "Star Wars" merchandise is as abundant as Stormtroopers who can't shoot straight. Here's a gift guide that focuses on the essentials.