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Legendary Pink Dots Want R2-D2 [Jan. 8th, 2008|12:00 pm]
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Legendary Pink Dots vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter Edward Ka-Spel talks about his love of sci-fi and fantasy themes the their music and why a certain astromech droid would be welcome to join the band when he's done hanging out with C-3PO.

Which character would feel right at home playing in the Legendary Pink Dots?
R2-D2 would be just fine in the Legendary Pink Dots. He has plenty of sonic possibilities and there would be no power struggles or ego issues. He'd be fantastic for the image too, though I would insist that he wear a red scarf.

That being said, who in your band would best blend in well with the Star Wars galaxy?
It has to be the Silver Man, especially when his machines take over and start rolling and bleeping around the room. Actually, the old analog synthesizers probably are machines that blend in the best -- so utterly alien and unpredictable.

Your song "The Saucers Are Coming" was a great an update to the War of the Worlds story! What kinds of sci-fi/fantasy themes do you like to explore in your music? How have Star Wars and other sci-fi and fantasy films influenced your music?
I have my favorite authors -- Harlan Ellison, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg. I cannot believe that this beautiful little pebble named Earth is the only spot in the universe where life exists. There simply has to be more than that and I will not rest until I've contacted a few of those "others."

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Legendary Pink Dots Want R2-D2
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Duff Goldman: Ace of Star Wars Cakes [Nov. 26th, 2007|11:15 am]
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bonniegrrl


Tune into Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" and you might catch rock star pastry chef Duff Goldman and his team at Charm City Cakes creating culinary masterpieces that would even get Vader to remark, "Impressive. Most impressive." He and his team bake and decorate impressive edible creations including both a Death Star and a Star Destroyer cakes that could double as ILM models.

StarWars.com's Bonnie Burton chats with Goldman about his rise from a graffiti artist to a master pastry chef, as well as a closer look at his drool-inducing Star Wars confections.

What was the backstory behind making the Death Star and the Star Destroyer cakes?
Those cakes were for this customer who's a big Star Wars fan. In fact, she recently ordered a cake that's of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. There's a lot of us here who are complete Star Wars freaks. I always thought it would be fun to do a cake of a tauntaun on its side and Luke inside him sleeping. [laughs] We've also never had the chance to do a Star Wars-themed wedding cake.

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Duff Goldman: Ace of Star Wars Cakes
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Welcome to Planet Duran Duran [Nov. 5th, 2007|06:43 pm]
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bonniegrrl


When Star Wars debuted in theaters in 1977, special effect techniques and epic storytelling were transformed forever. A year later when Duran Duran formed, their synth-heavy electronic sounds, story-driven songs and elaborate music videos would help to create a brand new music genre where visuals where just as essential as the songs themselves. Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes talks with StarWars.com about the profound influence Star Wars, as well as other sci-fi and fantasy films, has had on the band, and why with their latest record Red Carpet Massacre they continue to explore futuristic themes while evolving musically.

A lot of Duran Duran's music has been used in films (A View to a Kill, Donnie Darko, The Saint, Old School, Monster, Layer Cake, Tequila Sunrise), so what are some of your own thoughts on how a musical score can help a film resonate with an audience as in John Williams' music score for the Star Wars films?

John Williams' music was perfect for the films. It was just the right choice of composer. Obviously, Lucas knew exactly what he wanted and I can't imagine now anyone else having done it better. The opening scene has become one of the most famous pieces of music in film history. I don't think there are that many people out there that couldn't sing you that; which is a real achievement now because a lot of film music does tend to drift into the background. But this was right up front and grand and evoked a theme of adventure.

I also think something that's worth mentioning is the sound effects in the films. That for me was a huge part of the experience. I come from a background with synthesizers where I spend half my time coming up with sounds; and finding ways to make things sound different and how to use them within music. So I was hugely appreciative of the sound of the lightsaber. The first time I heard it, it made me wish I had one. [laughs] I wish I could take that sound everywhere with me. It would be extremely useful.

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Welcome to Planet Duran Duran
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Skinny Puppy and the Depths of Star Wars [Oct. 29th, 2007|06:56 pm]
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bonniegrrl


Skinny Puppy front man Nivek Ogre is known for his work with one of the most influential bands in alternative, industrial, techno and experimental electronic music. The innovative sampling techniques of Skinny Puppy have influenced the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Chris Vrenna and endless techno and industrial bands. Known for their theatrical concerts, Skinny Puppy -- consisting of Ogre, cEvin Key, Mark Walk and Justin Bennett -- often use video backdrops spliced from obscure horror films and news footage for truly unique live performances. Ogre chats with Starwars.com about how Star Wars specifically influenced him and why it will always remain one of his favorite films.
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Dinner with Vader (new Robot Chicken skit) [Oct. 25th, 2007|11:40 am]
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"Family Guy: Blue Harvest" Concept Art [Sep. 14th, 2007|11:19 am]
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bonniegrrl
Here's a first look at concept art from the "Family Guy" special episode called "Blue Harvest" -- a hilarious homage to the Star Wars saga as unique as only Seth MacFarlane and his talented team of writers can make it.

For the Star Wars tribute, Peter Griffin is Han Solo, Lois is Princess Leia, Stewie becomes Darth Vader, Brian plays Chewbacca, and Chris is Luke Skywalker. Cleveland and Quagmire will play the droid duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO, while Herbert is the wise Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Don't forget to tune into FOX on Sept. 23 for the one-hour special.



Check out ALL of the Concept Art here on starwars.com.
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“Family Guy: Blue Harvest” Poster [Sep. 7th, 2007|11:14 am]
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bonniegrrl


Tune into FOX on Sept. 23 for a special one-hour "Family Guy" episode called "Blue Harvest" that's a tribute to the Star Wars Saga as unique as only Seth MacFarlane and his talented team of writers can make it.

Click here for a larger image of this poster.

Stay tuned to starwars.com for ongoing coverage of the show!
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Star Wars Simpsons Intro [Aug. 30th, 2007|05:36 pm]
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bonniegrrl


Pretty awesome for being fan-made!
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Rob Crow Joins the Rebel Alliance [Aug. 29th, 2007|02:15 pm]
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bonniegrrl


Indie rocker Rob Crow from the bands Pinback, Thingy, Optiganally Yours, Heavy Vegetable, Other Men and Goblin Cock, just to name a few, has a soft spot for Star Wars, and has the song lyrics to prove it.

"There's a couple Thingy songs like 'O.B.1.' and an instrumental called 'Kessel Run,'" Crow says. "There's also a song on the Other Men's Wake Up Swimming record called 'Anaglyphic' which is partially about the anticipation of the classic trilogy in 3-D. There's a song on My Room is a Mess called "Jedi Outcast."

Lyrics aren't the only way Crow shows his love for all things Jedi. "I customized my guitar rig to look like an X-wing," Crow says. "And the next Pinback record's artwork is done by Mike Sutfin who drew the New Illustrated Guide to Star Wars Characters."

Read my full interview with Rob Crow here:
Rob Crow Joins the Rebel Alliance
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Chewie Hands off Lightsaber to NASA [Aug. 29th, 2007|11:11 am]
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bonniegrrl


Luke Skywalker’s original Jedi lightsaber makes its way into space (for real) with NASA astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery in October. To commemorate the historic event, Star Wars characters visited the Oakland International Airport where Chewbacca handed the lightsaber over to NASA’s Space Center Houston during a special ceremony on Aug. 28, 2007.

Arriving by Escalade and Hummer stretch limos (the Falcon's in the shop) Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, X-Wing pilots, Jedi and stormtroopers (from the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion) accompanied Chewie for the fun-filled press event which took quite a few travelers and tourists in baggage claim by surprise. NASA’s Space Center Houston Director of Marketing Roger Bornstein greeted the intergalactic guests and warmly thanked everyone's favorite Wookiee for bringing him Luke's lightsaber.
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