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Dancing with the 'Star Wars': Billy Dee Williams cha-chas as Lando

Shimmying stormtroopers. R2-D2 beeping to disco music. Lando Calrissian taking Princess Leia for a spin on the dance floor. While it sounds like one of the gaming levels in "Star Wars Kinect," this was the "Dancing with the Stars" debut of actor Billy Dee Williams and his dance partner Emma Slater.

Dressed in a costume reminiscent of his role as Lando Calrissian, Williams began the cha-cha number flanked by stormtroopers and announced by a beeping R2-D2. His dancing partner donned a costume inspired by Princess Leia's metal bikini in "Return of the Jedi," as well as her famous hair buns. … Read more

'Star Wars: Episode VII' tells tale 30 years after 'Jedi'

Some news for fans excited to find out what life is like post-Ewok battles and that metal bikini: Lucasfilm has announced a start date for shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII." Director J.J. Abrams and his team will begin shooting principal photography in May at London's historic Pinewood Studios.

Lucasfilm also announced that "Star Wars: Episode VII" will take place about 30 years after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi," and will star "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces." … Read more

Sci-fi inventions you don't really want

We are insanely lucky to live in a time where technology once thought impossible, is now commonplace. Microwaves, smartphones, video chats, and tablets were the stuff of science fiction just a few generations ago.

And though we live in amazing times, it's human nature to wonder why we don't have more of the fantastic gadgets dreamed up by science fiction futurists. Where are the flying cars? The jetpacks? The Jetsons' floating dome home?

The truth is, we're better off without a lot of that stuff. In fact, most of the sci-fi tech we think we want would … Read more

Got the 'Star Wars' collector gene? Advice on turning droids to dollars

When an original 1980 Palitoy "Empire Strikes Back" medical droid action figure sold at a UK auction last week for more than $11,000, "Star Wars" fans and collectors were in a state of shock. It's not every day childhood dreams translate to big dollars, after all.

"I was gobsmacked by the price!" Steve Sansweet, author of the book "Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection," told Crave. "When you add the buyer's premium and the value added tax, it comes to over $14,400 -- for a nearly 34-year-old 4-inch piece of plastic sealed on a card. But as in any auction, it only takes two slightly crazed, somewhat wealthy folks to drive a price up to incredible heights. It may have been the last piece someone needed to complete a run, it looks like it was as in near-mint condition as these things get, and the heart-beating competition of an auction can lead to a lot of adrenaline pumping." … Read more

'Star Trek' theme park: Hop on the Warp Speed Coaster

Fans disappointed that the "Star Trek"-themed section of a Las Vegas hotel closed can now set their sights on a new tribute to Gene Roddenberry's galaxy of space exploration and adventure.

"'Star Trek' will be represented in force at Paramount Park Murcia, to be located at Alhama de Murcia on the Mediterranean coast about 270 miles southeast of Madrid," according to StarTrek.com. "The wide-ranging project will incorporate condos and office buildings, hotels, malls, a casino, a convention center, gardens, nightlife, and dining areas, an exhibition hall/auditorium and a theme park divided into several sections. … Read more

Hand-stitched 'Star Wars': Tapestry of a galaxy far, far away

If you watch the "Star Wars" movies enough, you can retell the epic story of Jedi, Sith Lords, droids, tauntans, wampas, Wookiees, Yoda, and the Death Star without too much effort. Now try to re-create every memorable scene stitch by stitch on a 30-foot tapestry.

Artist Aled Lewis did just that for six months. Creating each scene first on his laptop, he then transferred it in pixel format onto cloth and cross-stitched every detail.… Read more

Preen's Darth Vader dresses channel your inner Sith

Stormtroopers and Sith Lords on the catwalk? At London Fashion Week, both strutted the runway in "Star Wars"-inspired clothing designed by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi from Preen.

This homage to a galaxy far, far away is beginning to look like a fashion trend. Last week, droids, Yoda, and Luke Skywalker showed up on the New York Fashion Week runway in a fun new collection of "Star Wars" dresses by Rodarte.

Known for its eclectic mix of punk and vintage fashion sense, London-based design house Preen is a hit with everyone from Scarlett Johansson to First Lady Michelle Obama. … Read more

Sci-fi novel 'Redshirts' heads to FX as a TV series

If you've watched any episodes of the original "Star Trek," you know that wearing a red shirt means you might as well be donning a giant bull's-eye. The life expectancy of a red-shirted ensign is very short, but what if they knew their survival rate was so low? Author John Scalzi explores that exact scenario in his award-winning book "Redshirts."

The comedic sci-fi novel, which was released in 2012 and won the 2013 Hugo Award, is now being developed as a limited TV series for FX by producer Jon Shestack ("Open Grave"); producer-director Ken Kwapis ("He's Just Not That Into You" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"); and producer Alexandra Beattie ("Outsourced"). Kwapis will direct the first episode, and the search for writers to work on the series is in progress. … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

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In the latest Apple Byte, host Brian Tong covers the week's juiciest news and rumors, including whether or not Iris scanning tech could play key role in Apple's future product lines. Plus: we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mac! That's right, the PC that started a revolution and really put Apple on the map was first introduced 30 years ago on January 24, 1984. Were some of you even born yet?

And to get you prepped for the big game next week, our … Read more

'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson writing sci-fi book series

Actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully -- Agent Fox Mulder's skeptical partner -- in the hit sci-fi series "The X-Files," is now writing a sci-fi book series called "EarthEnd Saga" with co-writer Jeff Rovin, who is best known for "Tom Clancy's Op-Center" book series.

The first book in the saga, "A Vision of Fire," tells the story of a child psychiatrist, Caitlin O'Hara, who treats children who have suffered trauma due to war and natural disasters. O'Hara's world changes forever when she begins to help one troubled young girl. … Read more