Archive for 2009

Star Wars as The A-Team

Bonnie Burton | December 27, 2009

Here’s a brilliant fan-made mash-up of Star Wars characters as members of The A-Team. Not sure who’s Murdock in that line-up, but it’s awesome just the same.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars/A-Team opening

Don’t miss these other great fan-made TV mash-ups:

Happy Holidays from Lord Vader Team | December 24, 2009

This is how Santa Vader delivers presents.

Yoda & Hal Sparks = BFF!

Bonnie Burton | December 22, 2009

Comedian and actor Hal Sparks is already known to be a Star Wars fan, so it’s no surprise that Hal would tweet a photo of him having a tender moment with Yoda.

“I love the scene where Yoda eats his food stick and for a moment you are wondering what exactly he’s eating,” Sparks says in our interview with him on “Because of that I thought in the future all we’d eat would be candy bars. And so I’m a firm believer that while Star Trek is probably responsible for cell phones, Star Wars is most certainly responsible for Power Bars.”

You can read our full interview with Hal here:
Hal Sparks: Vader’s a Jerk

And be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Star Wars Weather Report

Bonnie Burton | December 21, 2009

Whether it’s raining in London, snowing in Nebraska, or sunny in Los Angeles, there’s a Star War planet out there that represents your current climate.

Star Wars fan Tom Scott has made this accurate Star Wars Weather Forecast that searches for your city and gives you the results based on the corresponding Star Wars planet.

ILM Helps Make Avatar Explode Team | December 21, 2009

With many movies that depend on CGI to be precise, entertaining and believable, more than one effects house will work on different scenes so a movie can be released on deadline. As with James Cameron’s CGI blockbuster Avatar, Industrial Light & Magic was asked to help with a number of scenes in the film.

Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Knoll chats with Cnet about the role ILM played in helping with the movie’s hefty to-do list, working with Weta, and how ILM developed a way to make CGI explosions even more believable and entertaining.

Until now, big fiery explosions in CGI-heavy films have been shot with live camera and then had visual effects added to them. But Knoll said that because of some of the limitation of matching Cameron’s templates for “Avatar,” there was no practical way to meet the movie’s explosive needs with live-action.

“We’ve done CG explosions in the past,” Knoll said, “but never with this level of realism, and never this close up.”

Fortunately, ILM had pioneered the rendering of the visual movement of fluids in films like “Poseidon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and Knoll knew that the shape and movement dynamics of an explosion were similar to that of water.

“The same underlying engine is being used on this,” Knoll said. “The motion of the underlying gas is similar to the motion of fluids. The medium is relatively uncompressable. So when there’s movement of the medium, it can’t change volume real dramatically. So if you push on one side, something has to push on the other side.”

That meant that ILM could take the graphics engine it had created for fluid shots in the previous films and apply the same basic technology for the explosions in “Avatar.” Though there are clearly some major differences between fluid and big fire–notably that as fuel burns, fire expands, and then retracts when the fuel goes away, the technique was similar enough that the technology could be adapted to the needs of “Avatar.”

“I think this is going to be an important technique (for the industry) in the future,” Knoll said, “to tailor-make an explosion that looks good close up.”

Read the full article here:
ILM steps in to help finish Avatar visual effects
(via Cnet)

Inside the Millennium Falcon Bed Team | December 18, 2009

Photos by Heather Leah Kennedy
Bed by Kayla Kromer

When we first found out about the Force-tastic Millennium Falcon bed made by fan and artist Kayla Kromer, we had to know more.

We asked Kayla — who happens to be a 1st grade teacher hailing from Austin, Texas — why she made a bed fit for every Star Wars who has ever dreamt over co-piloting the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

Why did you decide to make that awesome Millennium Falcon bed?

I mostly like to have fun, and I like making things. The original idea was to make a Death Star bed, but my idea was too big to execute in my room. But the idea of doing something spacey stuck.

What materials did you use?

The bed is a ’70s round mattress. The sides, cockpit and triangular pieces are foam. The comforter is a down comforter my mom donated. The duvet and everything is covered in gray flannel. The sheets are just white sheets modded for a circular mattress. I used a variety of fabric paints for the detail work.


Nathan Fillion’s Jedi Christmas Tree Team | December 18, 2009

Actor Nathan Fillion decorated his tree for the holidays with a little help from none other than Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Be sure to follow Nathan on Twitter here.

Star Wars Art Spotted in Big Bang Theory Team | December 17, 2009 just posted a heads-up for sharp-eyed fans of Star Wars and CBS’s Big Bang Theory — yup, that’s artist Mike Kungl’s “Defend and Protect” propaganda-style fine art print, currently available from Acme Archives.

Check out Ihnatko’s post for more info…

MacFarlane’s Family Guy: Star Wars Party Team | December 14, 2009

If you were on Twitter this weekend, you might have noticed a few of your favorite celebrities tweeting about Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s holiday party complete with a Darth Stewie ice sculpture, Chewbacca Claus, a full orchestra playing show tunes — ya know, the typical holiday party at a friend’s house.

Actors Seth Green, Katee Sackhoff, Alyssa Milano, Wil Wheaton, among others were in attendance at MacFarlane’s holiday party which also doubled as the DVD release party for the latest Star Wars homage — Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side.

To celebrate the DVD’s December 22 release, MacFarlane hosted a star (wars) studded Christmas party at his estate in the upper reaches of Beverly Hills.

Reporters were rounded up, blind-folded and transported via unmarked black helicopters to MacFarlane’s home to talk to the DVD’s cast and to rub elbow’s with Mos Eisley Cantina’s worth of celebrities.

MacFarlane was the first to greet press row as he exited his home dressed like a 1960s James Bond in a white tuxedo coat. He said his entire cast and crew love taking on Star Wars.

“As long as there are Star Wars movies left, we’ll keep doing these episodes,” MacFarlane said. “In fact, we have a Return of the Jedi episode scheduled to come out next year.”

The barrel-chested, Barry White-voiced Kevin Michael Richardson (a Family Guy voice cast regular and star of countless animated shows including The Cleveland Show and The Clone Wars) said he’d love to take part in Family Guy‘s takedown of the George Lucas empire.

“I’d love to be Jabba The Hutt in the Return of the Jedi episode,” Richardson added. “I play him on The Clone Wars, so I’d like to see him on Family Guy — only with an Afro.”

Seth Green (Robot Chicken co-creator, Family Guy regular and Dark Side’s heroic lead) said it was a special treat to utter the lines of Luke Skywalker — even while making fun of them.

“For a geek like me, it’s really cool to be Luke, to say those lines and to see them on screen,” Green said. “It’s a no-pressure gig because I’m not involved in conceiving the show. I’m a contract player. I just show up and have fun.”

Read more about the party here:
MacFarlane’s home goes festive for Dark Side release

Check out more photos here:
Seth Green, Katee Sackhoff Toast Family Guy: Star Wars Spoof

Facebook CEO’s Lightsaber Skills Team | December 14, 2009

(Photo by Jocelyne Takatsuno)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is known for turning the word “status update” into a compulsive mantra for social networkers worldwide.

Recently, Facebook changed their privacy policies regarding how others can see your info, photos, postings and fan pages. Ironically, Zuckerberg’s own page became quite public during the transition. spotted the CEO with a lightsaber proving once and for all, Zuckerberg could be slightly Force-sensitive after all.

Read the full article here:
Facebook CEO’s Private Photos Exposed by the New ‘Open’ Facebook (via Gawker)