Archive for 2009



Star Wars: In Concert Comes Together

Pete Vilmur | October 1, 2009

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While we wait for Star Wars: In Concert final rehearsals today at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, we are able to share some photos snapped by Lucasfilm associate David Iskra who was on-hand earlier while the orchestra rehearsed and the exhibit was being set up. Check out his set of photos at the Official Star Wars Blog at Flickr, and stay tuned for updates on the concert’s debut this evening here at the Official Star Wars Blog!

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Jaime King Rocks an Empire Muggs Back Shirt

StarWars.com Team | September 30, 2009

Actress Jaime King proudly displays her Star Wars fan cred by wearing an “Empire Muggs Back” t-shirt in a freshly posted Funny or Die video. You’ll recall she was one of dozens of contributing artists to the Empire Muggs Back charity auction project launched by StarWars.com earlier this summer. The video, “The Booby Scare,” is a PSA for Breast Cancer Awareness, but with a twist.

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Before anyone starts shrieking that we “think about the children!” please note that the usual warnings apply when navigating to Funny or Die. Though, that said, this video is extremely mild in comparison to some of their other fare.  Anyway, here’s a direct link to the video.

Diablo Cody’s Star Wars… again?

StarWars.com Team | September 28, 2009

So, February 2008 brought you this.

And today, we find this.

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To be fair, though, both of them missed the Juno window of relevance by weeks.

This Droid’s Got Game

StarWars.com Team | September 24, 2009

HacknMod.com (and plenty of other sites that jumped on this story first) points out an impressive custom made R2-D2 gaming droid. Its ingredients include a refurbished R2-D2 cooler, a whole bunch of fans, and eight gaming consoles. No rusty innards to be found inside this astromech, just hours and hours of nostalgic gaming joy.

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More to see here.

Clone Wars Season 2: Bounty Hunters

StarWars.com Team | September 24, 2009

The next season of The Clone Wars not only has brave Jedi and clone troopers, but some of the coolest-looking bounty hunters to ever hit the galaxy.

At The Clone Wars Season 2 Press Junket this week, Lucasfilm unveiled the concept art of both new and a few familiar bounty hunters!

Check them out below:

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More Cad Bane at Clone Wars Press Junket

StarWars.com Team | September 24, 2009

When Cad Bane crashed The Clone Wars Season 2 Press Junket at Big Rock Ranch this week, he did it in a big way.

The Clone Wars blue-skinned bounty hunter posed for photos, interrupted international broadcasts, and made us all wonder if we could pull off dressing like him this Halloween.

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Star Wars Music: Best. Music. Ever.

Pablo Hidalgo | September 24, 2009

Our friends at Totalscifionline.com (published by Titan Magazines, the same folks who produce Star Wars Insider) let us know that Star Wars music is the best thing ever.

We already knew that, so they clarified: John Williams’ unforgettable score has been declared the best science fiction movie soundtrack of all time in a poll conducted by their site.

The classic score edged out James Horner’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of KHAAAAAN!, and Vangelis’ Blade Runner for the top slot. Also in the top five were Jerry Goldsmith’s score to Star Trek: The Motion Picture (which gave The Next Generation its imminently hummable title theme) and Queen’s score to Flash (aaAAAaah!) Gordon.

The remainder of the top ten consisted of up-and-comers Richard and Johann Strauss along with György Ligeti for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bernard Herrman for the Keanu-less version of The Day the Earth Stood Still; John Williams again for Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Horner again for Aliens and Vince DiCola and Stan Bush for Transformers: The Movie. (You can win if you dare!)

If you can’t get enough of John Williams’ score, be sure to track the traveling Star Wars: In Concert tour as it works its way across the U.S. before moving on to international venues.

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Final Top Ten:

1. Star Wars (John Williams)

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (James Horner)

3. Blade Runner (Vangelis)

4. Star Trek the Motion Picture (Jerry Goldsmith)

5. Flash Gordon (Queen)

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Richard and Johann Strauss, György Ligeti)

7. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Bernard Herrmann)

8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (John Williams)

9. Aliens (James Horner)

10. Transformers: The Movie (Vince DiCola / Stan Bush)

Send in the Troops: Clone Wars Press Junket

StarWars.com Team | September 23, 2009

Cad Bane wasn’t the only star of The Clone Wars Season 2 Press Junket at Big Rock Ranch. After all, the show is called The CLONE Wars.

Here’s a selection of our fave photos of the clone troopers in action as they mingle with the press, guard the entrance and play as themselves in games from LucasArts.

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Food from The Clone Wars Season 2 Press Junket

StarWars.com Team | September 22, 2009

Reporting about Season Two of The Clone Wars is exciting and fun, but that also means a lot of hungry reporters need to be fed before they can all demo LucasArts games, chat with cast and crew, and get their photos taken with Cad Bane!

Leave it to the creative Lucasfilm Animation chefs at Big Rock Ranch to not only make tasty Gungan and roast Bantha sandwiches, Palpatine pizzas, and Wookiee cookies, but they also showed off their artistic decorating skills with fancy Cad Bane cookies complete with evil red glittery eyes. Who knew bounty hunters tasted so good?

Here’s a selection of photos directly from the food line. Nom Nom Nom!

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Report from the Clone Wars Season Two Press Junket

StarWars.com Team | September 22, 2009

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Photos: Jocelyn Knight

Note: Stay tuned to the Official Star Wars Blog today as we update with news straight from Lucasfilm’s Big Rock Ranch where the Clone Wars Season Two press junket is currently underway…

This morning, members of the press were given a sneak peek at a three-episode story arc from season two that returns the Republic heroes to the planet of Geonosis introduced in Attack of the Clones. Without revealing any plot points, we can report what supervising director Dave Filoni said upon introducing the episodes:

Filoni: “Across this series of episodes we’ll see Anakin’s relationship with his Padawan, which is something I’m very keenly interested in developing as the series moves forward. Ahsoka’s one of the big question marks, especially if you’ve been a fan of Star Wars for a long time. Originally people said ‘I didn’t know Anakin had a Padawan’, and so we dealt with that question last year. Now the impression is, ‘Dave, where are you going with this and what’s going to happen to this girl?’ The kids that I run into all the time are very concerned for Ahsoka, because she’s not in the third movie — ‘and why is that Dave?’ We’ll find out. I’m very well aware of what the answer to that is.”

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