Dec 1 2008 1:46pm
Around the Web: one incredible auction, an unbelievable telescope, and news from Ghibli

SF auction to die for - Luke Skywalker’s light saber. C-3po’s head (hands sold separately). Indiana Jones’ whip.  Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 costume from T2. You Only Live Once signed by Ian Fleming. A set of all seven Harry Potter books inscribed and signed by author J.K. Rowling. All these can be yours for a small almost certainly prohibitive amount of money! Go stimulate the economy for me. Via John Joseph Adams at SF Signal.

A backyard telescope that rivals the Hubble - Truly amazing images from a telescope built by an electronics professor. “Their magic: A refrigerated CCD chip, a rotating dome, and some smart post processing in Photoshop.” Wow.

English voice cast announced for new Miyazaki film - The latest Ghibli project, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, has announced an all-star English voice cast that includes Matt Damon, Tina Fey, and Cate Blanchett.

20 artistic architectural optical illusions - I think if I actually saw one of these I might be a little freaked out.

Star Trek vs. Star Wars - I call foul! My money’s on Picard.

Poster for Terminator: Salvation - This is pretty cool.

Stamp your world with FAILs and WINs - I particularly like the “By” and “Date” lines.

Spaceship renders for tutorial - Roughs, linework, and concept art for a spaceship tutorial.

Eugene Myers
1. ecmyers
This new Miyazaki film totally snuck up on me! I didn't know it had already been released. I can't wait until I get a chance to see it. Hopefully it will erase the bad aftertaste of Tales from Earthsea.
Tara Chang
2. tlchang
You find the coolest stuff Torie. Thanks!
Jeff Shreve
4. flotsamjeffsam
Am I the only one out there who can't stand English voice acting in the Miyazaki movies? They always get these all-star casts filled with really famous people who aren't actually voice actors, and it's painful.

That being said, I'm always excited for more Miyazaki!
Pablo Defendini
5. pablodefendini
@flotsamjeffsam #4
I agree—what the studios gain in star recognition, they lose in quality. Voice acting is a particular skill, and not all actors can pull it off (Claire Danes, I'm looking at you). Additionally, using a very recognizable celebrity voice an be off-puting and can break the illusion that animation strives to create.
Torie Atkinson
6. Torie
@ 4 flotsamjeffsam

I totally agree. I don't watch dubbed Miyazaki movies unless I can't help it. However, getting these big stars in the movies does bring him more recognition and cultivates more interest in the original Japanese-language films, so it's hard to complain.

I will admit, though: I was surprised by how good the dub of Totoro was, even with Dakota and Elle Fanning.
Colleen Parker
7. GibbousMoon
I love Ponyo!

Everyone should see it because you'll leave the theater or sitting at home and be happy.

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