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Milo Ventimiglia's Lightsaber Duels [Oct. 7th, 2008|02:53 pm]
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Milo Ventimiglia's Lightsaber Duels
Screened before the 2008 Star Wars Fan Film Awards was this "last minute" entry -- a collection of lightsaber battles between Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia and his friends.
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Milo Ventimiglia: Lightsabers, Luke and Heroes [Oct. 6th, 2008|07:44 pm]
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What if Peter Petrelli could add the Force to his arsenal of skills on the hit NBC show Heroes? I chat with actor Milo Ventimiglia about his love for Star Wars, his lightsaber duel fan films, what Luke Skywalker and Peter Petrelli have in common.

Excerpt:

Are there any Star Wars characters you identify with the most?
I don't know if I identify with any one specifically, but as a kid I wanted to be Return of the Jedi Luke because he was the guy who had all the abilities and was in perfect control of that.

So not whiny New Hope Luke?
No, but the funny thing is whiny New Hope Luke was very much like early Peter Petrelli. "I don't know what I'm doing or where I'm supposed to go..."

I don't know if I ever considered your character on Heroes whiny.
Oh, Peter was whiny! [laughs] I always love the characters that have these great abilities and they're so focused in how they use them that they weren't abused, and they were used at the right time in the right way. Those are always the characters I'm kind of drawn to. But then again I also love the Han Solo character. He's the everyday guy. He's a guy's guy.

Who do you think is the biggest hero in Star Wars?
Yoda, probably because of his perspective. He's a master and in complete control. He sees all the angles and still won't completely get in the way. He'll allow the younger Jedi to make mistakes and then come to him for guidance. Being a young man, you always look for mentors and people who will teach you, but you also want to stand on your own. You have to fight to show everyone you're good enough but we all need our teachers. We all need someone who has been there and done that to give us guidance. In my mind, it's very much a way of life. I know how I was when I was younger -- in my late teens and early 20s -- nobody could tell me what to do. Now as I'm getting older I realize those people were so patient with me, and didn't intrude with how I was doing things but tried to give me just enough to make the right decision. I really value those relationships I have now, especially with my family.

As an actor, which role in the Star Wars films would you have liked to play?
Wow, I really don't want to take away from anything. I always liked the fact that Jabba the Hutt wasn't originally a big slug. I thought that was cool, but I don't think I could pull it off. I am fascinated by things like that. I think I'm so enthralled and invested in who those faces were who played those characters that there's no desire to play something in the films. I love being on the outside. Granted, if George Lucas asked me to play a character, I wouldn't say no.

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Milo Ventimiglia: Lightsabers, Luke and Heroes (Starwars.com)
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Princess Leia '80s Tribute Poster [Sep. 26th, 2008|11:14 am]
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bonniegrrl

Princess Leia '80s Tribute Poster
(Art by Craig Drake.)

For the uninitiated (or too young to remember), artist Craig Drake's "The Princess" artwork is reminiscent of the pervasive style of illustrator Patrick Nagel, whose posters and prints became fixtures of interior design during the 1980s (older fans might remember the artist's famous cover illustration for Duran Duran's Rio album from 1982). There's also a hint of the guitar-strumming vamps of Robert Palmer's classic '80s "Addicted to Love" music video.

We asked Drake what inspired him to render Leia, another '80s icon, in the era's signature style. "Like a lot of Star Wars fans having grown up in the '80s, I was exposed to some amazing signature pop culture visuals," says Drake, who suggests Nagel's style probably came closest to representing the fashion and oppulence of the '80s. "Truthfully, his style really annoyed me as a kid, but as time went on I began rediscovering his work -- his brilliantly minimalist yet bold vision of beautiful, strong women is what inspired me to illustrate Princess Leia."

Read more about the poster here -- Addicted to Leia

BUY the poster here!
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Star Wars in The Venture Bros. [Sep. 25th, 2008|11:15 am]
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bonniegrrl


Watch the Adult Swim cartoon series "The Venture Bros." long enough and you're bound to catch a few Star Wars references.

The Monarch's Henchman 21 buys a lightsaber from Dr. Venture at a yard sale. Brock and the Venture clan dress up as Star Wars characters for a party. H.E.L.P.eR robot channels his inner R2-D2. Even Nien Nunb makes an appearance.

WATCH VIDEO: Venture Bros. - Star Wars Montage









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SOURCE: Official Starwars.com Blog
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I’ll Miss You, Gormaanda [May. 30th, 2008|07:09 pm]
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bonniegrrl

(Harvey Korman as Chef Gormaanda)

By Bonnie Burton

When I think back on some of the first movies I saw with my dad, or hours spent at home as a latch-key kid watching comedy skit TV shows, it's full of memories involving comedic actor Harvey Korman. I remember giggling at his klutzy Hedley Lamarr character in the movie Blazing Saddles. I recall my afterschool ritual of getting comfy on the living room couch, with Little Debbie oatmeal pies in hand, and snort-laughing at Korman's crazy antics on "The Carol Burnett Show."

I can still remember being on the edge of my seat in the movie theater watching Korman as Captain Blythe in Herbie Goes Bananas. Heck, I even liked him during my full-blown Goth days when he played Dr. Jack Seward in Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

So it really shouldn't be a surprise when years later, I was brave enough to admit in a crowded Lucasfilm marketing meeting that I was a big fan of the "Star Wars Holiday Special."

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Tatooine Idol: Blake Lewis [May. 30th, 2008|12:14 pm]
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bonniegrrl


As the runner-up contestant in Season 6 of "American Idol," singer-songwriter Blake Lewis not only impressed the judges with his vocal talent but also with his skills as a beat boxer which could give Ben Burtt's sound designs a run for the money. Lewis chats with Starwars.com about his appreciation for Wookiees, the sound design in the Podrace and why Darth Vader is more intimidating than "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.

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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BARACK [May. 6th, 2008|12:33 pm]
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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BARACK
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Cho-Bacca: Margaret Cho is Pro-Wookiee [Apr. 11th, 2008|05:33 pm]
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Comedian and actress Margaret Cho likes her heroes brave, loyal and furry, so it shouldn't be a surprise that Wookiees rate high on her favorite characters list. Taking a quick break from her current standup comedy tour, Cho talks to Starwars.com about her memories of braiding Chewie's hair and how she's breaking in her new entertainment system with the Original Trilogy.

Here's a short excerpt:

Were you the kind of kid who would play with Star Wars toys?
I had a bunch of action figures. My favorite of course was Chewbacca. I also remember a kind of furry Chewbacca that was fuzzy and not just hard plastic. I don't know if I dreamt it or if this was my actual toy. I have memories of brushing it, of it coming with an actual brush, and it got gum in it and stuff.

Do you still collect any Star Wars toys, comics, action figures, cards, etc? What is your pride and joy item?
My pride and joy is a vintage Chewbacca shirt given to me by Lucas Silveira from the band The Cliks. It is my favorite shirt of all time! My second favorite is my Chewbacca button, given to me by Liam Sullivan.

So it's clear you're a fan of the Wookiee.
Chewbacca is so cute. And I want to brush him, or at least braid him. I love him. I want to know what he has in his bag. I think Chewbacca and the Wookiees are the most mysterious characters. I want to know more about them!

Read the full interview here:
Cho-Bacca: Margaret Cho is Pro-Wookiee

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Cloverfield Producer Talk about Star Wars [Jan. 25th, 2008|05:03 pm]
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bonniegrrl


Producer Bryan Burk talks about the making of Cloverfield and how his early love for Star Wars and filmmaking as a whole influenced himself and his friends -- producer J.J Abrams and director Matt Reeves -- to make a monster movie full of surprises.

Excerpt:

How did seeing Star Wars as a kid influence you later when making Cloverfield and your other projects like "Lost?"

This must happen for everyone but there are certain moments in your life where you remember every tiny detail. When I first saw Star Wars as a kid, I vividly remember where in the theater I sat. As I was watching the film, I didn't understand all of it but it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I was lost in another world.

It was interesting because people might think Cloverfield ended with a lot of unanswered questions, but in actuality it's just one piece of a much larger puzzle. In the same way that if Episode IV: A New Hope were the only film, there would be numerous things they mention but the audience would never know about --- like Jabba the Hutt. And yet, even with those missing pieces, it's still a very complete film.

The idea that Star Wars went onto an entire series of films and that you were able to expand on all those different worlds, we hope to do and we've been fortunate enough to do with "Lost." You want to tell as much of a focused story as you can. Star Wars did it so ingeniously and continues to pull back the layers of the onion to tell the complete story.

Early on when I saw Star Wars I wanted to know more and more about that universe. It was such a fulfilling experience that it left me wanting to immerse myself in not only that movie, but in making movies. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg heavily influenced my childhood. Movies like Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and The Empire Strikes Back defined the movies I loved and wanted to make.

One of the reasons it was exciting for me that we released the Cloverfield teaser trailer with so much secrecy, was the idea of going to the movies and not knowing anything about a movie -- which is pretty rare nowadays. So many things leak online and are written about on blogs -- and I say that being one of those first people who go looking for that stuff online. Yet there's such a cool sensation of not knowing anything, and being surprised in the theater. Just imagine if George Lucas, without anyone's knowledge was making another Star Wars film, and then you go to the theater for whatever movie you're there to see and all of a sudden you see the Lucasfilm logo and a trailer. You would literally lose your mind.

When I was a kid, right after Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, I remember going to the theater and all of a sudden the guy I know as Han Solo and Indiana Jones appeared on screen wearing a duster overcoat with flying cars around him and he's carrying this really cool gun. The movie was called Blade Runner. And all of a sudden I'm awe struck again. So to create that kind of excitement is really what we were trying to do with Cloverfield. It was the Star Wars world that made me think anything was possible. All you have to do is surround yourself with brilliant, crazy people and go do it.

Read my full interview here:
A Monster Hit: Bryan Burk Talks Cloverfield
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DJ Keltech Scratches Back [Jan. 14th, 2008|08:53 pm]
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South Wales-based DJ Keltech chats about why the dance floor always goes wild for "The Imperial March" and how Darth Vader keeps the dark side of drum and bass going strong.

How has Star Wars your music at all -- such as the DJ Keltech Strikes Back scratch CD and the video of you as Darth Vader?

I owe a lot to the popularity of Star Wars! In 2005, I entered the World DMC Championship heats -- a DJ competition -- in the UK. Being a huge fan of "The Imperial March" music and having the records for many years I decided to see if I could come up with a mix using the tune and a nice hip hop beat. The night at the regional final of the DMC competition as part of my routine I dropped the Vader mix. The crowd went berzerk! They absolutely loved it. That night when I got home still buzzing at the crowd reaction, I thought of a way I could build on the idea. Being a creative person and always up for a laugh I decided to buy a cheap Darth Vader suit, video the routine in my bedroom and put the video on my website, DJkeltech.com.

The next thing I know I'm getting thousands of hits and people are emailing the video to friends! I couldn't believe how popular the video was becoming; I was seeing it posted on websites worldwide. It was even passed on to Msn.com who put a feature on their front page! A few weeks passed with the video snow balling in popularity, and then I got an email from a TV company in Belgium asking if I would come over to their studios and perform the Darth Vader routine live on TV.

I couldn't believe my luck! All I've ever wanted was to make a name for myself as a creative person, be it as a music producer or a turntablist. It's amazing that this little video dressed up as Darth Vader mixing up his theme tune got my name out there on a global scale. It's clear that the popularity of Star Wars helped a lot to the video's popularity as people from all generations know the characters and the music. I think it was also a combination of sheer fluke and good timing, or maybe a little help from the dark side?

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DJ Keltech Scratches Back
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