Just ask Han Solo -- or any other intergalactic smuggler you know -- "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side" ... and now you can own the one Harrison Ford used a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Profiles in History, the auction company from the SyFy show "Hollywood Treasure" ... is putting Han's piece on the auction block -- it's the one he used in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
And it's not just "Star Wars" stuff collectors will be able to bid on, come Dec. 21. Other highlights include:
- a Hoverboard from "Back to the Future II"
- Michael Keaton's batsuit from "Batman"
- used Wilson from "Castaway"
- a Golden ticket from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"
- LeVar Burton's cool visor glasses from the "Star Trek" flicks.
You're on notice, sci-fi lovers -- save up your galactic moon coins (yeah, we know nerd stuff)!
Brad Pitt Is Batman's Next Alfred
... If I Had My Pick
11/21/2013 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brad Pitt would be the perfect man-servant for Ben Affleck in the new Batman vs. Superman movie ... so says Sir Michael Caine, who played Alfred in the last movie.
TMZ spoke with Sir Michael outside Craig’s in Weho last night … and he suggested that a younger man fill his shoes in the upcoming movie … and officially nominated BP for the role of Alfred J. Pennyworth.
Not sure how Brad would feel about dry-cleaning the Bat-suit and scrubbing down the Bat-cave while Ben’s out saving the day … but it would definitely add some sex appeal to the role.
Or maybe Michael Caine can just play Alfred forever … please.
Sure, Batkid's in Remission
But HE STILL HAS CANCER
11/19/2013 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Make-a-Wish Foundation has a message for the cold-hearted jerks who complained Batkid didn't deserve his bat-wish because he's in remission -- HOW DARE YOU?!!
If you haven't heard, Make-A-Wish really outdid itself -- turning San Francisco into Gotham City for 5-year-old cancer patient Miles Scott, who wanted to be Batman for a day.
Miles has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old, but some (heinous) people on the Internet have had the audacity to say he didn't deserve his wish because he's currently in remission.
Make-A-Wish rep Josh deBerge says that's just wrong, telling us ... "We would never penalize a child for getting better."
And Josh says that's all that matters.
Suck it, haters.
Batkid is AWESOME!!
11/16/2013 7:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Batkid is about to bat-crap his shorts ... 'cause he just got props for his romp through San Francisco yesterday from BATMAN HIMSELF!!!
Michael Keaton was cruising out of a Beverly Hills restaurant Friday when we asked about Batkid -- the 5-year old who celebrated the end of his battle with leukemia yesterday by running around SF acting like the Dark Knight.
Keaton hadn't actually seen the awesome footage of B.K. battling the Riddler or Penguin .... but thought it was one of the coolest things he'd ever heard.
Check out the gallery for a recap of Batkid's epic adventure.
'I'm Not Saying I MADE Ben Affleck, But ... '
9/3/2013 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Smith is either gonna get a bunch of CREDIT ... or a bunch of BLAME for Ben Affleck's performance in the next Batman flick -- 'cause the director admits, he helped Ben train for the role.
"I'm not saying I made Ben Affleck who he is today," Smith told us in L.A. this weekend ... "but I made 'Mallrats' with him 'Chasing Amy', 'Dogma.' So in some weird way, now that he's becoming Batman, I trained Batman."
Smith says he's pumped for his friend -- telling us, "This was a guy that I worked with for the first 12 years of my career, a lot of people say the best years of my career, so to see that guy take the big role, take the mantle of Batman, one of my favorite characters on the planet, that's kinda dope."
Affleck Gets My Bat-Blessing
8/29/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fear not Bat-dorks, Ben Affleck is going to be a GREAT Batman ... so says one of the most respected guys to ever don the cape and cowl, Michael Keaton.
Keaton -- who famously danced with the devil in the pale moonlight back in 1989 -- was leaving Toscana in Brentwood last night when he sang Ben's praises ... telling TMZ, "He's gonna be great."
FYI -- Warner Bros. just announced that the untitled Batman & Superman joint movie (starring Affleck) is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, 2015 ... so, we've got about 2 years until we can see if Keaton is right.
Ben Affleck vs. George Clooney
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
8/23/2013 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a battle of the most-hated Batmans!
Here's the newly-named caped crusader Ben Affleck (41) with his best Bruce Wayne inspired tuxedo (left) -- and the previously titled worst-winged avenger George Clooney (52) in the same penguin suit (right).
The question is...
Is ZimmerMan a SuperMan
After Car Rescue??
7/23/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If anyone knows about what it takes to be a superhero it's Henry Cavill -- Superman himself -- so when he arrived to LAX yesterday, we had to ask about the new life-saver in town ... George Zimmerman.
We asked Henry if it's possible for a guy to be considered a "hero" even after millions of people branded him a villain for life -- but ya gotta listen to the way our photog poses the question, it's incredible.
As we previously reported, cops say GZ helped rescue a family of 4 from an overturned car after the driver lost control on a Florida highway last week ... just days after he was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin case.
There's more ... our photog also asked Henry about the recently announced Superman vs. Batman movie ... and who he thinks would win in a fight between the two.
Check it out.
Racing to the Auction Block
11/29/2012 7:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Are you old? Are you aware that Adam West had a career before "Family Guy?"
If so ... you might be interested in buying the ORIGINAL BATMOBILE from the 1960s TV series!!
The iconic ride is hitting the Barrett-Jackson auction block in January ... the very first time the vehicle has ever been for sale.
The car -- designed by legendary customizer George Barris -- has been a part of his personal collection since 1965 ... and now if could be YOURS! (if you're down to drive a car without navigation, bluetooth, mp3 player, etc.).
Batmobiles on Parade in L.A.
... Even the Crappy One
4/2/2012 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The batcave was missing a few whips this weekend ... 'cause nearly every official Batmobile featured in a "Batman" movie was on display in L.A. ... and TMZ has the video.
It all went down at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank ... right near the Warner Bros. lot ... where 3 of the coolest rides in movie history rolled in ... followed by one of the crappier versions.
George Barris -- the guy who designed the original Batmobile featured on the TV show and the 1966 live-action movie -- led the convoy in the original classic car.
Among the rest ... the batmobile from Tim Burton's "Batman" movies ... Christopher Nolan's version from "Dark Knight" ... and the abomination from Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" (bottom left).
'Dark Knight' Mystery Machine
The BADASS Close-Up Pics
8/14/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's the big secret on the "Dark Knight Rises" set -- a giant armored jet thing spotted careening around the streets of Pittsburgh -- but so far, no one's seen it up close in nerdgasmic detail ... UNTIL NOW.
TMZ obtained the recent pictures of what appear to be Batman's updated Batwing for the new movie -- and if you look closely ... you can even see a Batman dummy through the windshield.
The original Batwing first appeared in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" movie -- starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
Check out the video below to see the new maybe-Batwing in action.
BREAKS DOWN in Canada
8/10/2011 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Batman is SUPPOSED to be a master of all things mechanical -- but last weekend in Toronto, some bat-impostor ruined the Dark Knight's good reputation ... when his replica Batmobile overheated on the side of the road.
Law enforcement tells TMZ, it wasn't the REAL Batman -- though the man's receding hairline bears a striking resemblance to Michael Keaton -- it was some Canadian superfan with a lot of time on his hands.
Where's Alfred when you need him?
Talks Penguin Replacement
5/12/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With a new "Batman" movie in the works -- Danny DeVito already has a great suggestion about who should resurrect his famous Penguin role ... somebody who's a total punk.
Danny -- along with his wife Rhea Perlman and his "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" co-star Charlie Day -- were leaving dinner in Beverly Hills last night when they fired off a list of possible Oswald Cobblepot contenders ... before settling on the "perfect" guy.
We also asked Danny how he enjoyed that Deadmau5 show at Coachella -- and he said with a smirk, "I always enjoy Coachella."