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Han Solo, P.I.

Bonnie Burton | June 3, 2009

We just can’t get enough of these fan-made Star Wars TV intro mashups! Here’s a side by side comparison of a fan-made intro of Star Wars re-imagined as the hit show Magnum, P.I.

Han Solo as Thomas Magnum is a no-brainer, but Old Ben Kenobi as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III is a completely brilliant match-up. Personally, I was hoping R2-D2 and C-3PO would be represented by Higgins’ dobermans.


WATCH VIDEO: Magnum vs. Solo: sequence comparison

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Conservatives Want to Talk Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | June 1, 2009

The love for science fiction isn’t limited to political affiliation. Conservatives love to talk about Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and more; and now they can read all the sci-fi news and rumors without any liberal bias with Republibot.

Republibot describes itself as “the science fiction site for people who aren’t Drooling Kneejerk Liberals!”

Why a conservative SF website? Because pretty much all the ones out there right now are extremely hard left. In fact, as a genre Science Fiction itself is generally rather leftist, which is not something we here at Republibot take issue with. In our minds, Science Fiction is all about asking questions and being open minded to the answers. Sometimes the answers are reassuring, sometimes they’re disturbing, and sometimes there are no answers at all, but the point is to keep asking the questions.

Read more about the site here:
Republibot Sends Sci-Fi News to the Right (via Underwire)

Darth Jackson’s Got Talent

Bonnie Burton | May 28, 2009

Singing sensation Susan Boyle isn’t the only one who can impress a crowd. A British fan who calls himself Darth Jackson entertained the audience with his outrageous dance number (complete with stormtroopers) for his performance on the reality show Britain’s Got Talent.

Michael Jackson and Darth Vader impersonator 37-year-old Philip is a postal worker from Birmingham. He has been dancing for 30 years, but Britain’s Got Talent was his first real public performance. He is entirely self-taught and has dreamt of being a Michael Jackson impersonator since he was a child. The Darth Vader element was added to Philips act following a fancy dress party two years ago.

Judge Simon Cowell may not have appreciated the Dark Lord’s moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” but the audience sure did.

Check it out here:

WATCH VIDEO: Darth Jackson on Britain’s Got Talent

Stormtroopers to Invade Roller Derby!

Bonnie Burton | May 27, 2009

Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis are like the Empire and Rebellion in Indiana when it comes to roller derby teams, so it seemed only fitting to have the 501st and Rebel Legion come along for Cyclone Wars!

Rebel Legion Commanding Officer Matthew W. Hofmann reports:

About 30 costumed characters from the Rebel Legion and 501st will be at this event, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, the Fetts, and R2-D2 along with all your favorite armored or lightsaber-wielding friends. They’ll also be having a Jail and Bail to benefit Girls Inc. of Indianapolis and a halftime target practice show featuring the Rebel Legion teaching future members of the Rebellion how to shoot TKs with dart guns for fun and fabulous Star Wars and Naptown Roller Girls prizes!

It’s this Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Get ticket info here. Tickets will remain on sale until midnight, Friday, May 29. Doors open at 5 pm, and the double header begins at about 5:30 pm.

May the Force be with your roller skates!

Star Wars Movie Marathon on MTV

Bonnie Burton | May 22, 2009

This Memorial Day weekend, be sure to check out MTV as the channel screens all six Star Wars films! The Star Wars movie marathon schedule is as follows:

  • Sat., May 23: The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones
  • Sun., May 24: Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope
  • Memorial Day, Mon., May 25: The Empires Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

Check local listings for times.
May MTV and the Force Be With You.

Check out the online TV schedule on (all times are EST).

Fanboys DVD Party at Golden Apple Comics

Bonnie Burton | May 21, 2009

(Photos by Amanda Jean Camarillo)

If you didn’t get a chance to see Fanboys in the theaters, you can now have your own copy with the release of the DVD. On May 19, Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles threw a Fanboys DVD Party.

In attendance were Fanboys director Kyle Newman as well as actors Dan Fogler and Jaime King, as well as fans and members of the 501st Legion.

Here are some of the photos of the event below:

Check out the rest of the photos here:
Fanboys DVD Event

MakerBot Sings Imperial March and Makes a Vader

Bonnie Burton | May 20, 2009

Marius and Philip of the Whatever Lab in Vienna were visiting MakerBot founder Bre Pettis, and decided to show off the MakerBot named Martha Vader who sang “The Imperial March” and made cute, little Darth Vader helmets from ABS plastic.

WATCH VIDEO: Martha Vader: MakerBot sings The Imperial March (via Youtube)

How Darth Vader Ended Up in Night at Museum 2

Bonnie Burton | May 20, 2009

Hank Azaria and Shawn Levy, the co-star and director of Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, recently told reporters that they were surprised that their characters were given permission to face against both Star Wars‘s Darth Vader and Sesame Street‘s Oscar the Grouch.

Azaria and Levy spoke alongside screenwriters Ben Garant and Tom Lennon and cast members Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Ben Stiller and Amy Adams at a press conference.

SciFi Wire reports:

Ben Stiller: With Darth Vader, didn’t George Lucas have to say it was OK?

Shawn Levy: Oh, yeah. We literally had to go to the top of the food chain with both at Sesame Street and George Lucas, and they said yes. It was always this hilarious scene where Darth Vader was going to try the choking gesture [on Kahmunrah] from Star Wars, but then Hank riffed all the stuff about Vader being an asthmatic and wearing a cape. Are we going to the opera?

Ben Stiller: Did George Lucas have to approve the final version?

Ricky Gervais: There’s a lawsuit coming. [laughs] [Edit: We think this is a joke.]

Hank Azaria: Yeah, but all the Jar Jar [Binks] stuff was taken out. [This is also a joke.]

How’d Darth Vader and Oscar the Grouch end up in Museum 2?
(via SciFi Wire)

Chris Pine Channels Han Solo for Star Trek

Bonnie Burton | May 20, 2009

Captain Kirk has always had a certain level of bravado, but for the new Star Trek film, so it’s no surprise that actor Chris Pine wanted to inject a little more personality from another beloved, sarcastic film character — Han Solo.

IGN reports:

When asked who he would like his incarnation of the Starship Enterprise captain to most resemble, Pine responded, “I would definitely say Harrison Ford in either Indiana Jones or Star Wars. What Harrison Ford is so great at doing is bringing that quality to his characters that if they could be anywhere else in the world they would be there, but he is not, he just is in the middle of s*** and he has to figure out a way of dealing with it so that he can go back to doing whatever the hell he was doing before the film started.”

“I’ve always loved that quality about him in Star Wars, this sense of absolute grumpy manner; the accidental hero. Not to say that I modeled my version of James T. Kirk on anything in particular but I think I definitely have wanted to bring that kind of Harrison Ford humor to Kirk.”

Read the full interview here:
Trek Star Reveals Captain Kirk Inspiration (via

Rotta the Hutt on Twitter Cam

Bonnie Burton | May 19, 2009

By now you probably either know about Twitter, or are twittering right this second. This weekend Digital Studio placed a big bluebird Twitter mascot over a cam on Hollywood Blvd., and asked people to reveal what they would be twittering at that moment.

Amongst the Twitter fans we were happy to spot The Clone Wars Rotta Back Buddy who made an appearance on the cam with Hot Topic model and Star Wars fan Amanda Jean, as well as Lucas Online’s very own Matt Martin!

WATCH VIDEO: Twittcam from Digital Studio Final (via Youtube)

Be sure to follow on Twitter!