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Boba Fett Fashion in Dollhouse

Bonnie Burton | April 27, 2009

TV creator Joss Whedon is no stranger to giving Star Wars more than a few shout outs in his shows whether it’s the geek trio in Buffy the Vampire Slayer or his past sci-fi drama Firefly.

The in-house lab tech character Topher in Whedon’s latest show Dollhouse showed off his Star Wars cred this week in the episode “Haunted” by wearing Boba Fett sweatshirt designed by Marc Ecko.

WATCH FULL EPISODE: Dollhouse: “Haunted”

The Marc Ecko Bobba Fett Hoodie is also available on Shop.

We’ll Miss You, Ackmena

Bonnie Burton | April 25, 2009

When I first started working at Lucasfilm 6 years ago, one of my responsibilities was to admin the forums. Because I was an admin, I could choose any Star Wars character (including obscure EU folks) I wanted as my avatar. I didn’t have to think about it long. I instantly chose Ackmena — the night-time bartender of the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine played by none other than Bea Arthur in The Star Wars Holiday Special.

I had always a nostaglic love for that Thanksgiving television special which aired in 1978. It wasn’t because of the Boba Fett cartoon, or the discovery that Chewbacca was married and had a kid named Lumpy. Nope. It was all because of Bea. She was strong, smart, witty, and didn’t take any guff from anyone, including the Empire.

Every character Bea Arthur played — whether it be the sassy bartender Ackmena, Maude Findlay (on Maude), or Dorothy Zbornak (on Golden Girls) — had this inner strength and sarcasm that made her cynical yet lovable. She was liberal without being self-righteous. She was a feminist before I ever knew what that meant. Best of all, she danced with Greedo and sang to that wretched hive of scum and villainy as she threw them out of the cantina.


Tokyo Trooper Back with New Dance Moves

Bonnie Burton | April 21, 2009

Tokyo Trooper Danny Choo is back and he’s got some new dance moves to “Just a Feeling” by S.E.S.

WATCH VIDEO: Roppongi Trooper

Be sure to check out these other vids of Tokyo Trooper in action:
Tokyo Rock Trooper
Tokyo Dance Trooper Returns
Tokyo Dance Trooper Grooves Tonight
Tokyo Dance Trooper in Shibuya

Clone Trooper Latte?

Bonnie Burton | April 21, 2009

(Photo by Don Heisler)

Check out this billboard for McDonald’s new specialty coffee drinks, which include the McCafe Latte. Maybe we just have Star Wars on the brain too much, but we can’t be the only ones who see a clone trooper helmet in the foam, can we?

I’m lovin’ it!

UPDATE: Aaron Allston Out of Hospital

Bonnie Burton | April 20, 2009

Del Rey author Aaron Allston — who recently underwent bypass surgery — is recovering and out of the hospital.

Find out how you can help Aaron pay his medical expenses here.


Zac Efron Shows Off His Lightsaber Skills

Bonnie Burton | April 17, 2009

Last year we reported about actor Zac Efron’s epic lightsaber battle in his new movie 17 Again. With the movie hitting theaters this weekend, Zac and his castmates have been talking in their round of press junkets about how much fun it was to wield a lightsaber in the film.

Here’s a selection of some interviews where Zac talks about his love for Star Wars and his Jedi training for the film.

In this video interview with AmericanSuperstarTV, Zac talks about wanting to do a lightsaber battle on film since he was a kid.

Did you ever think you’d be a Jedi Master?

Zac: (laughs) That was another fun thing in the movie. I’ve wanted to do a legit lightsaber fight since I was 10 years old. And finally at 21, we made it happen. That’s as close as I’m gonna get.

See the entire AmericanSuperstarTV interview here:
WATCH VIDEO: Zac Efron – 17 Again movie interview

Check out more interviews with Zac talking about Jedi training here:

Force is Strong with Scotland’s Police

Bonnie Burton | April 16, 2009

Eight police officers serving with Scotland’s largest force listed their official religion as Jedi!

Jane’s Police Review editor Chris Herbert, who requested the information, said: “The Force appears to be strong in Strathclyde Police with their Jedi police officers and staff. “Far from living a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, some members of the noble Jedi order have now chosen Glasgow and its surrounding streets as their home.”

Force is strong for Jedi police (via BBC News)

Star Wars as Airwolf

Bonnie Burton | April 16, 2009

Can’t get enough Star Wars TV intro mashups? Good! Because here’s a couple more gems from the same fan who made Star Wars as Macgyver and Star Wars as Dallas.

This time around it’s Star Wars reimagined as the ’80s hit Airwolf. There’s two to choose from — one for Rebels and one for the Imperials. I have to say the theme song plus ship blueprints are spot on. Most impressive. We want more!

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars/Airwolf Imperial

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars/Airwolf Rebels

Celebs Tweet About Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | April 14, 2009

If you haven’t gotten sucked into Twitter yet to micro-blog in 140 characters or less about your hopes, dreams, fears and favorite Youtube links, then you should at least check out what fellow fans — especially celebs are saying about Star Wars.

Here’s a selection of recent Twitter comments from celebrities Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim creator) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails frontman).


Star Wars on TCM Influential Movie List

Bonnie Burton | April 14, 2009

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has just released their official list of top 15 most influential classic films of all time and it looks like Star Wars has made the list along with such classics as Metropolis, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, and Psycho, among others.

With Star Wars, Hollywood discovered new markets for merchandising — not just toys, but novels, comics, television series and eventually video games. These constituted the “Star Wars Expanded Universe,” which included a series of sequels unlike any ever seen. Lucas later re-titled the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

See the full list here:
TCM Unveils Their List of Top 15 Most Influential Films of All-Time (via