12 Otherworldly Star Wars Filming Locations On Earth 0 7

Here are the mythical locations where Star Wars was filmed on Planet Earth. And some might be closer to home than you think.

Palace Of Caserta, Caserta, Italy

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Boasting over a thousand rooms, the Palace of Caserta is the largest royal residence in the world and was the largest palace and one of the largest buildings built in 18th century Europe. It was used for interior scenes as the Palace of Theed in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” and “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.”

Tikal, Guatemala

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The Mayan ruins in Tikal were used as the rebel base Yavin 4 in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” This view from Temple IV can be seen in the film as the Millenium Falcon arrives at the rebel base.

Villa Del Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy

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The Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como built in 1787 was used as the Lake Retreat on Naboo where Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker were secretly married in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.” Seems like a dream wedding venue.

Matmata, Tunisia

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Tunisia’s scenic deserts, salt flats, and berber architecture were used to depict the planet of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet. The region is famous for troglodyte pit dwellings, dug into the ground to escape the intense desert heat. The Sidi Driss Hotel still retains parts of the “Star Wars” film sets and is a popular tourist location for people who want to get a taste of Tatooine.

Redwood Grove, Marin County, California

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The majestic redwood forests of Northern California were used in scenes depicting the forest moon of Endor, home to the cutest Star Wars creatures to date: the Ewoks. The three locations chosen for filming are Redwood grove near the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County California, Muir Woods National Monument and the Smith River in Del Norte County California.

Ong Jemel, Tunisia

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A mix of traditional architecture and sets built on location, Star Wars locations in Tunisia are a popular tourist destination. “The English Patient” was also filmed nearby.

Whippendell Woods, Watford, England

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Whippendell Woods was used for brief scenes in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” most notably the opening scenes on Naboo when Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi meet Jar Jar Binks.

Finse, Norway

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Finse in Norway was chosen to represent the ice planet Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back” because of it’s hostile winter environment. The mountain village and surrounding glaciers are only accessible by train. There are no public roads.

Death Valley, California, USA

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Death Valley is one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth. These extremes make it a great place for filming scenes that are supposed to look like they’re not on Earth. While beautiful in its own right, Death Valley was used to shoot desert scenes in “A New Hope” when production went over budget in Tunisia. Tunisia and Death Valley were spliced together to create the fictional world of Tatooine.

Guilin, China

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The Karst mountain landscape of Guilin, China is one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is no other place like it, which made it a great backdrop for the planet Kashyyyk in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.”

Plaza De Espana, Seville, Spain

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The Plaza de Espana was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair, hence it’s grandiose appearance. It was used for exterior shots of the city of Theed on planet Naboo.

Buttercup Valley, Arizona/California

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The seemingly endless sand dunes of the Buttercup Valley were used as the filming site for the Great Pit of Carkoon sequence on the Dune Sea in “Return of the Jedi,” when Luke and Hans Solo almost die at the hands of Jabba the Hutt. The film crew stayed in nearby Yuma, Arizona.

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10 Myths About Breasts That Are Actually Completely False 0 53

It’s safe to say that the world is obsessed with breasts. From finding a way to make them perkier to going under the knife to make them larger, boobs are often the topic of conversations, punch lines for jokes, and the subject of rumors. Over time, facts about breasts have been plagued with myths, and it’s time to set some clarity to those wives tales that have become embedded in culture.

Only Women Get Breast Cancer

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Yes, men can also be diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. In 2015, it was estimated that 2,350 in the U.S. would be diagnosed, while another 440 would lose their lives.

Gaining Weight Will Give You Large Breasts

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This is sort of true. Breasts are made of fat, so when you gain weight, it’s assumed that breasts will get bigger. One has to take into consideration that everyone has a unique body type that distributes fat differently. While a woman may see her breast size increase, it may not be proportionate to other areas that have also gained weight.

Sleeping In Your Bra Causes Cancer/Makes Your Breasts Perky

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The only thing sleeping in your bra may do it cause discomfort. It will not cause you to get cancer and won’t make your boobs perkier. As soon as you take your bra off, your breasts will go right back to where they’re supposed to be.

Doing Push Ups Will Lift Breasts


While push ups strengthen the muscles behind the breasts, they don’t necessarily do much for boobs themselves. When women see a difference in their breasts because of exercising, it’s because the chest muscles are being affected.

Breasts Should Be The Same Size


For most women, one breast is larger than the other. Many find it hardly noticeable, about one fifth of a cup size, and nearly five percent have a more dramatic difference.

Breasts Stop Growing After Puberty


Breasts will change throughout a woman’s lifetime. Puberty starts the process, but it certainly doesn’t end their. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy and childbirth, and other mitigating factors will cause changes.

Breastfeeding Makes Breasts Sag


It isn’t necessarily breastfeeding that makes breasts sag, but the weight gain during pregnancy. During pregnancy, breasts get bigger, but the post-pregnancy weight loss makes boobs look deflated. It’s important to talk to your doctor about how much weight gain is healthy during your pregnancy.

Kylie Jenner’s Beauty Secrets Increases Breast Size


When Kylie Jenner posted on Instagram that the Pure Leef product was her beauty secret to a bigger butt and her breast size increasing, many fans took it at face value. However, those Kardashian/Jenner girls are known to promote products for profit, whether or not they truly work. There also aren’t any studies to verify Kylie’s claims and the product isn’t even FDA approved.

Men Only Like Large Breasts

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As much as people want to generalize what men are attracted to, we can’t lump them all into the same box. There are breast men, butt men, legs men, eyes men…the list goes on and on. If you don’t have large breasts, don’t worry. The man who falls in love with you will also love your small boobs.

The Pencil Test Determines Saggy Breasts

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Many moons ago there was a theory going around that they way to determine whether or not your breasts were sagging was to use a pencil. The breasts were to be lifted and the pencil place under the breast. When the boobs were released and if the pencil was held there, then the woman needed to wear a bra because her boobs were sagging. Women everywhere with breasts that doctors wouldn’t consider to be anywhere near sagging thought that they’re boobs were doomed.

10 Mainstream Movies Where Actors Really Had Sex 0 31

Those hot and heavy sex scenes in films can at times look so believable that it leaves viewers wondering whether or not the actors were really getting it on. While many stars deny that they would get it on with a co-star on screen, there are a select few actors who admitted that their steamy scenes were truly unsimulated sex.

Little Ashes

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Robert Pattinson’s film “Little Ashes” has a scene where the actor admits he was masturbating. He admitted to pleasuring himself because faking it “just doesn’t work.”

Lie With Me


Viewers thought that “The L Word” star Lauren Lee Smith and actor Eric Balfour’s sex scenes in “Lie With Me” looked a bit too realistic, and that’s because they were.


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Lars Von Trier is known for producing films that push the envelope by using unsimulated sex scenes, and his star-studded “Nymphomaniac” was no different. It’s said that while the stars truly are engaging in intercourse, they used porn or sex doubles for the ejaculation shots.


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The 1970s film “Caligula” is reported to be the first time that recognized, notable actors starred in a movie that featured pornographic scenes. Many of the sex scenes were not fake, and included scenes that featured oral sex and penetration, the movie as a whole wasn’t received well by critics or the public.

All About Anna

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“All About Anna” is a Danish film by Lars Von Trier that is described as a movie about sexual relationships, so it’s only natural that you’d see various people doing the horizontal mambo. The intercourse and masturbation scenes really did happen, and producers responded to the uproar about the controversy by saying in a statement, “Without the sex scenes, the film’s drama would fall apart. This was a particular challenge to the film’s cast, who had to cope with the traditional social and human traumas associated with having real sex in front of a camera.”

The Brown Bunny

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In “The Brown Bunny,” actress Chloë Sevigny pretty much shows off her fellatio chops by performing oral sex on her co-star, Vincent Gallo, in their sex scene.

“Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song”

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In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles had tongues wagging about his sex scene in his film “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song.” It was many years later that he admitted that yes, the sex was real — because he contracted an STD. Because of that, he was able to receive workers compensation.

Pink Flamingos

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John Waters’ campy 1972 cult classic “Pink Flamingo,” Divine’s character and her son, Crackers, engage in incestuous sexual behaviors inside of a friend’s home and the oral sex Divine performs is real.



The French film “Baise-moi” translates to “f–k me,” so be prepared to see exactly that when watching. The sex scenes aren’t just graphic, but they’re real, and some considered the movie — which was a dud with critics and viewers — practically pornography.

9 Songs

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“9 Songs” is considered to have one of the worst film sex scenes of all time, and that must be horrible for stars Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley who didn’t even fake their intercourse.

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