It's Wookiee, Not Wookie (And Other Star Wars Style Guide Tips)

The expansive Star Wars universe includes a head-spinning amount of vocabulary. Even if you're a hardcore fan, keeping up with all of the places, characters, objects, and jargon can be tough, especially when you factor in all of the second and third party references and products. The Los Angeles Times set out to clear things up. Using several verified sources, including the films themselves and the Lucasfilm Star Wars databank, the journalists recently published an extensive Star Wars Style Guide that is filled with useful facts for those who think they know the franchise, those who want to learn more, or those who want to feign expertise.

"Digging back into the George Lucas-created galaxy’s stories was a pleasure," Blake Hennon of the Times writes, "deciding what would or wouldn’t be included in the style guide was sometimes unpleasant. This was to be a handy, searchable guide for my colleagues, not a galactic encyclopedia." Check out a few cool tidbits included in Hennon's informative guide below and head to the Los Angeles Times website to see the entire list.

The correct way to spell Chewbacca's species is Wookiee, not Wookie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film and seventh episode in the saga, but it's the eighth film in the overall franchise, which includes Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). Lucasfilm has not officially used "Episode VII" to refer to the film.

In the phrase "May the Force be with you," the "t" is not capitalized in "the," but the "f" is capitalized in "Force."

AT-AT is short for All Terrain Armored Transport, the Imperial vehicles that made an appearance in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) during the Battle of Hoth.

The general term for a communication device is "comlink."

The band at Jabba the Hutt's palace in Return of the Jedi (1983) is called Max Rebo Band.

The untouched original versions of the original trilogy are only available as bonus discs in limited edition sets of the updated films.

Return of the Jedi won a special achievement award for visual effects at the 1984 Academy Awards.

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The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now
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If you’re in the mood for some speculative fiction and your pile of Arthur C. Clarke books has been exhausted, you could do worse than to tune in to Netflix. The streaming service is constantly acquiring new films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres that should satisfy most fans of alternative futures. Here are 10 of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.

1. ANON (2018)

Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried appear in this Netflix original about a future in which privacy has been rendered obsolete. While there wouldn't appear to be any possible downside, a killer who manages to avoid being detected by widespread surveillance turns into a problem for Owen.

2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

Marvel's tale of a misfit band of space jockeys was a surprise hit in 2014. The sequel offers more Groot, more Rocket Raccoon, and the addition of Kurt Russell as a human manifestation of an entire sentient planet.

3. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

Soon we'll have a movie for every single major or minor incident ever depicted in the Star Wars universe. For now, we'll have to settle for this one-off that explains how the Rebel Alliance got their hands on the plans for the Death Star.

4. TROLL HUNTER (2010)

A Norwegian fairy tale with bite, Troll Hunter follows college-aged filmmakers who convince a bear trapper to take them along on his exploits. But the trapper fails to disclose one crucial detail: He hunts towering, aggressive trolls.

5. MOON (2009)

Sam Rockwell stars in this low-key potboiler from director Duncan Jones about a man coming to the end of a solitary assignment on the moon who begins to see and hear things he shouldn't. Apparently, space madness is a thing.

6. NEXT (2007)

Nic Cage stars as a magician who can see a few minutes into the future. He's looking to profit with the skill; the FBI and others are looking to exploit it.

7. STARDUST (2007)

Director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel features Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro as supporting players in the tale of a man (a pre-Daredevil Charlie Cox) in search of a fallen star to gift to his love.

8. KING KONG (2005)

Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) set his considerable sights on a remake of the 1933 classic, with the title gorilla pestered and exploited by opportunistic humans.

9. DONNIE DARKO (2001)

What will a teenage mope do when a giant rabbit tells him the world is about to end? The answer comes in this critical and cult hit, which drew attention for its moody cinematography and an arresting performance by a then-unknown Jake Gyllenhaal.

10. CUBE (1997)

This low-budget independent film may have helped inspire the current "escape room" attraction fad. Six strangers wake up in a strange room that leads only to other rooms—all of them equipped with increasingly sadistic ways of murdering occupants.

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Move Over, Star Wars Land: A Star Trek World May Be Coming to Universal Studios
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As Disney gears up for the 2019 openings of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at both its Florida and California amusement parks, there may be some sci-fi-themed competition on the horizon. According to Disney and More, there’s a rumor out there that Universal is planning a fourth Orlando theme park, which will include a land dedicated to all things Star Trek.

The blog also states that there have been rumblings that a Star Trek stage show at Universal would take the place of the now-defunct Terminator 2 3D show, but that’s just one option, with a Bourne Identity attraction being the other. Instead, the potential Star Trek show could be expanded to a whole area of the rumored fourth park, with a focus on a recreation of a sci-fi city, according to the site.

This rumored park would be the most high-profile Trek attraction since Las Vegas's Star Trek: The Experience (as seen in the main image). Housed at the Las Vegas Hilton from 1998 to 2008, Star Trek: The Experience included a restaurant based on Quark's bar from Deep Space Nine and the popular Borg Invasion 4D, which was an attraction that combined motion platforms, live actors, and a short 3D film to simulate a Borg takeover.

Any potential Star Trek land would be much further off than Galaxy's Edge's fall 2019 debut in Orlando. But with two new Trek movies on the horizon, and Star Trek: Discovery returning to CBS All Access for a second season in 2018, the venerable sci-fi franchise might just be able to ride a wave of momentum to become real competition for Star Wars—if not at the box office, then at least as a theme park.

[h/t Screen Rant]

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