Archive for 2009



Wired Chats With Cad Bane

StarWars.com Team | September 2, 2009

Wired magazine has chatted with everyone from Bill Gates to the Maker himself George Lucas, so they never shy away from intimidating interview subjects. So it shouldn’t surprise fans that they would go a step further and interview bounty hunter Cad Bane from The Clone Wars.

Wired reports:

Unless you’ve got a pile of money to throw at him, you’ll have no luck hiring Bane. And he’s no easier to get hold of for a simple interview. But Wired.com managed to do so without getting gunned down by his dual blasters. In fact, he was in a less-deadly mood than usual due to good business coming his way during the long galactic conflict.

“I don’t suffer fools easily, so I prefer to work alone. People in my line of work don’t care much for socializing. Sometimes the job demands that I work with specialists, and that’s when other folks come in handy. But make no mistake: I call the shots.”

Bane has no personal recollections of the late Jango Fett, but he confesses that the Republic’s clone armies, generated from Fett’s genetic code, have given him “no end of trouble.” He hears rumors of Fett’s son (Boba) perhaps taking up his father’s business, but he’s not concerned.

“I don’t have time to keep track of every little whelp in the galaxy,” Bane said. “I’m the best there is. If he doesn’t get into my business, I won’t get into his. I’d be happy to track him down — but it’ll cost you. I don’t work for free.”

Read the full interview here:
Bounty Hunter Cad Bane Brings Pain in Season 2 of Clone Wars
(Wired.com)

Chewbacca at Outside Lands Festival

StarWars.com Team | September 2, 2009


(Photo by Kimberly Chun)

If you happened to attend the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco last weekend, you would have caught great performances from Pearl Jam, Dave Matthew Band, Ween, Modest Mouse, Tenacious D, Silversun Pickups, TV on the Radio, M.I.A., Band of Horses and Mastodon.

But we loved to hear from music fans that they had a Wookiee among them. We’ve read a few reviews of the festival and each time we keep getting reports of a fan who dressed as Chewbacca at the festival who wandered around enjoying the Ewok-free tunes.

Noise: SFBG Blog‘s Kimberly Chun reports:

Never mind the Weather — Kristy and I are distracted by a guy wearing a Chewbacca costume in the crowd. I want to poke the tags at the back of his neck back into the fake Wookiee fur. Gotta run before I lose a digit.

SFWeekly.com reports:

Ween played for nearly two hours on Sunday evening, playing nearly every song from their most popular album, “The Mollusk” — the enthusiastic crowd of loyal Ween fans pumped it up the notch it needed to reach greatness. For instance, you know it’s going to be a great show when Chewbacca shows up. Or when, during the song, “Bananas and Blow,” an audience member clad in blue sequins whips out a couple of bananas and starts dancing with them.

NBCBayArea.com reports:

A garishly clad M.I.A. played one of the few shows she’s done since giving birth last winter. One of my favorite scenes of the afternoon was watching a man in full Chewbacca costume dancing with a woman dressed as a baboon.

Rob Zombie Collected Star Wars Magazines

StarWars.com Team | September 2, 2009

While promoting his new film Halloween II, horror movie director and rocker Rob Zombie recently confessed to EW.com’s Popwatch that he had Star Wars collectibles as a kid.

What do you consider your geekiest possession?

I have a lot of weird crap. For some reason, I never threw anything away as a kid, and I was really meticulous about saving everything in perfect condition. So if I bought an album in 1972, it still has the shrink wrap on it and it’s still in mint condition. Even magazines. If a magazine came out in 1977 featuring Star Wars, I bought it and it looks like I bought it today. Any kind of Star Trek Mego action figures that are still in the garage somewhere — I don’t really want ‘em, I just don’t know what to do with ‘em.

Read the full interview here:
Rob Zombie takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

Darth Biden? Chewie Cookie Wookiee?

StarWars.com Team | September 2, 2009

We’ve seen President Obama as Admiral Ackbar, as Chewbacca and as a Jedi Knight, but this is the first we’ve seen Vice President Joe Biden as Darth Maul.

Starwars.com chats with artist Toby Lunchbreath about his portrait of Darth Biden, as well as the Cookie Monster as Chewbacca.

What was the back story about your Darth Biden art piece?

Darth Biden is a part of a series of cartoon poster concepts intended to help out the struggling right-wing street art movement. I don’t share their politics but I really hate to see bad art, so I thought they could use some suggestions.

So does that make President Obama — Count Dooku?

Well this was all precipitated by the Obama-as-Joker street “art” that got posted up around LA and then mimicked elsewhere, so it appears that Barack’s evil twin has already been defined. Dooku is tall and well-groomed though, so it’s really not that bad of a comparison.

Why do you think Star Wars and politics mix so well in satire?

Star Wars represents the dominant cultural myth of our generation, with clear themes of good, evil, and furry cuteness. Those images are easy to work with because we’ve already got the emotional triggers hardwired into our heads.

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Charity Auction for Ailing Author John Ostrander

StarWars.com Team | September 1, 2009

Beloved Star Wars comics author John Ostrander has been battling glaucoma and like many Americans, has extremely expensive health insurance, which result in costly operations to help him recover his eyesight. So his fans are taking it upon themselves to help raise money with a truly unique auction.

Daily Record reports:

A nonprofit organization, Comix4Sight, was created by Ostrander’s friend and sometime-editor, Mike Gold, to accept donations online. High-profile comic book fans — including New Jersey filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor Patton Oswalt — are among those who gave money and are encouraging others to donate.

In addition, comic book artists have donated more than 100 drawings that are being auctioned, with the proceeds going to the organization.

Gold notes that many of these works were drawn specifically for this occasion. He cited the example of a drawing of Batman and Hawkman (both characters Ostrander has written in the past) done by Joe Kubert, the legendary writer-artist who founded the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts in Dover, and his son Andy Kubert, also an acclaimed artist. Other contributors have included Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.

Read more about
Everyday heroes help comic book writer (via Daily Record)

Get more info on what you can do to help here:
Comix4Sight

Operation Olivia Deadline Approaching!

StarWars.com Team | September 1, 2009

dl_olivia_img.jpgTime’s running out, and Olivia Munn is counting on you to pitch a Star Wars fan movie by 12 noon PST on September 3!  Some who have entered already are strong  with  the  Force. Others… well, not so much. Now is the time for the rest of you to enter, or enter again (you can submit up to three pitch videos). So show Olivia your Jedi filmmaking skills! Here’s how:

Step 1: Make a pitch video. Tell Olivia about your idea for a short, funny Star Wars fan movie, and why you’re the right person to make it. Get creative and keep it under 5 minutes.

Step 2: Enter the contest by sharing your video on the Operation Olivia site. If you don’t want to pitch, at least post comments about which pitches suck, and which don’t.

Step 3: Olivia will greenlight one idea she finds hilarious, and appropriately geeky. Winner gets a $5,000 Atom.com production budget, and Olivia as one of the stars of the film. So start pitching!

“What a Piece of Junk!”

Pete Vilmur | August 31, 2009

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Few Star Wars fans may realize that, in 1985, the Millennium Falcon underwent a few “special modifications” to fly once again in a low-budget thriller called Evils of the Night. Well, not really — it actually just appeared on the poster for the B-movie schmaltzfest, sporting a second cockpit along with a cast of strangely recognizable names: Tina Louise (that’s Ginger from Gilligan’s Island), John Carradine, and Julie Newmar (Catwoman!).

There must have been some behind the scenes jitters when it came to marketing the movie on video, since the poster artwork was changed to make the Falcon much less recognizable:

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This is the second time we’ve seen the Falcon used on a B-movie poster — remember this one from our feature a couple years ago?

Thanks to Dean Plantamura for the heads up!

George Clooney Shows Off His Jedi Mind Tricks

StarWars.com Team | August 28, 2009

In the upcoming movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, Bob Wilton — a reporter (played by Ewan McGregor) thinks he has the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (played by George Clooney), a man who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion — a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Based on the non-fiction book by the same name, the movie is bound to be saturated with Jedi references if it’s anything like these quotes from the trailer:

Bob Wilton: “So what you’re saying is that you were a psychic spy?”
Lyn Cassady: “A Jedi warrior.”

Lyn Cassady: “We’re Jedi. We don’t fight with guns, we fight with our minds.”

The irony that actor Ewan McGregor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Prequels is getting schooled in the ways of the Jedi by George Clooney just makes the movie that much more entertaining. The movie also gets extra points for bringing back The Dude (Jeff Bridges) in a glorious way.

WATCH TRAILER: The Men Who Stare At Goats

Best Wookiee Prom Ever

StarWars.com Team | August 28, 2009


(Art by Tom Hodges)

Nothing is more exciting than watching a talented artist do their thing right in front of you. If you’re lucky enough to go to a comic book convention where there’s an artist alley, you can pretty much trade cash for the illustration of your dreams.

This weekend, you can watch Star Wars artist Tom Hodges sketch like a mad man online and chat with him while he draws during his 24-hour live “Draw-A-Thon.”

If you like to watch artists turn a plain piece of paper into a masterpiece, check out Hodges on streaming video this weekend.

WATCH LIVE VIDEO: Tom Hodges Draw-A-Thon

Get more details here:
Tom Hodges 24-hour LIVE Draw-A-Thon.


(Art by Tom Hodges)

Happy 15th TheSWCA.com!

Pete Vilmur | August 28, 2009

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Last weekend, one of the internet’s very first fan collecting sites — The Star Wars Collectors Archive — celebrated its 15th year online as a premiere destination for collectors looking to explore the vast expanse of merchandise produced over the last 30 years. Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins, creator and editor of the site respectively, currently maintain separate columns on starwars.com and have published a comprehensive book documenting the thousands of Star Wars collectibles produced around the world since 1976.

If you haven’t checked out theswca.com, head on over — get comfortable, though — you may want to stay awhile.