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Beware of Star Wars Creepy Links!

Bonnie Burton | October 30, 2008

In honor of Halloween, here’s a round up of spooky, scary Star Wars crafts, costumes, drawing tutorials, stories, blog entries and even a ghoulishly-frightening creature MP3 for your haunted house!






Star Wars A Cappella Tribute

Bonnie Burton | October 29, 2008

Fan Corey Vidal splits his personality into four equal parts fan with this amazing tribute to composer John Williams and his music for Star Wars. He even has a very impressive Wookiee growl.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars – an a cappella tribute to John Williams

Make Star Trek More Like Star Wars Team | October 12, 2008 Blogger Graeme McMillan pontificates what it means when Star Trek scriptwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman revealed that the new movie would be influenced by Star Wars. Read on to see what io9′s Graeme thinks the new Star Trek movie should borrow from Star Wars.


Have At Least One Sequence That Will Make A Good Video Game.
You know what I’m talking about; there’s one in every Star Wars movie, whether it be pod-racing, speeder-biking through the forests of Endor or cutting Anakin Skywalker’s legs off while lava bubbles all around you. At its best, the Star Wars series doesn’t just put you in the center of the action, it makes you want to literally be the one doing all the action. There’s no better way to hit the nerd g-spot than appeal to our wish-fulfillment fantasies so blatantly, after all. And what does Star Trek have to compare? Nothing… yet. JJ, you know what you have to do.

Put Uhura In A Metal Bikini At Some Point.
And talking of nerd wish-fulfillment fantasies… As much as you may sigh and pretend that you’re all appalled at such pandering, you know you want to see it. Especially if she’s chained up next to one of those green Orion slave girls.

Read the full article here:
5 Ways To Make Star Trek More Like Star Wars (

Slave Leia Belly Dancer in Underwire Team | September 10, 2008

(Photo by Jenny Elwick)

Whenever I’m asked what one of my favorite memories of Celebration IV happens to be, I’m always quick to mention Amira, a professional belly dancer who mesmorized fans as she danced in a Slave Leia outfit. At C4, she also brought fans onstage with her to teach them the basics. It’s always amusing to watch someone dressed as Boba Fett shake and shimmy to the beat.

So it’s no surprise that Wired magazine finally caught wind of her talents and profiled Amira in Underwire. She talks about the first time she danced as SLave Leia:

“I danced in the outfit for the very first time at a Halloween show at the restaurant I perform at here in Orlando,” Amira said. “I then wore the costume to dance at a 2006 sci-fi convention in Connecticut. It was hit.”

Read the full profile here:
Belly Dancer Turns Sci-Fi Fantasies Into Career (Underwire blog)

You can watch Amira in action at C4 here:
VIDEO: Slave Leia Belly Dancing!

See more photos of Amira here:
C4: Slave Leia Bellydancing

Wired Previews Clone Wars TV Show Team | September 8, 2008

The Underwire from Wired magazine takes a look at the upcoming Clone Wars TV show.


In the Star Wars multiverse, there are few narratives as familiar as the one that plays out in The Clone Wars, the animated TV series that debuts, at last, Oct. 3 on Cartoon Network.

Originality is defined by what you do with the familiar. Taking a peek at the following pictures and trailer from Cartoon Network’s newest, coolest retread, Clone Wars is looking new to you in a big way.

Check out the full review here:
Clone Wars TV Show Touches Down, Looks Killer (Wired magazine)

MTV Wants Fanboys (and girls) Team | September 4, 2008

(Photo by Allison Sohn)

MTV’s “True Life” series is looking for die-hard fans of all franchises including Star Wars. Check put the info below for to find out more!

Are you a young person who is obsessed with a certain book, comic or video game? MTV’s “True Life” is looking for young people who are die-hard fans of certain brands, characters, or fantasy series.

Are you obsessed with comic books, anime, fantasy or manga? Do you like to dress up as your favorite character and attend conventions with other fans? Have you ever waited in line overnight for a book, movie or video game release? Do you have tattoos depicting your favorite brand or characters? Have you ever missed work, school, or other important events to engage in role-playing or cosplay? Are you misunderstood by your family or signifcant other because of it? Do you aspire to author your own graphic novel or comic series despite your parents’ disapproval?

If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 28, and want to share the story of your fantasy obsession, email MTV at with all of the details. Be sure to include your name, location, phone number and a photo, if possible.

Good luck and let us know if you audition for the show!

Force-Cast interviews Matt Lanter Team | September 3, 2008

(Clone Wars voice actor Matt Lanter)

The Force-Cast’s Jason Swank goes one-on-one with the voice of Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars, Matt Lanter as he discusses new experiences in the Star Wars universe, what goes on behind the scenes, and all things Anakin.

Check out the interview here:
Force-Cast: In The Cantina With Matt Lanter

Also be sure to check out these other great interviews from Force-Cast:

Dave Filoni (Director of The Clone Wars)

Ashley Eckstein (Voice of Ahsoka Tano)

Life as Yoda Team | August 26, 2008

It’s not easy being Jedi Master Yoda, but imagine if your last name actually was Yoda? Would you get instant respect from Star Wars fans or would you grow tired of everyone you meet trying to have a conversation with you in Yoda backwards speak?

Hiroko Yoda writes about what it’s like to share a last name with a green movie icon.


People think I changed my name because I’m a crazy Star Wars fan, or that I’m just kidding around. Even people who know I’m not making it up are always giving me Yoda trinkets and keychains and figures, so I had this little shrine to him going on for a while.

And then there was this latest incident with Facebook. I tried signing up like ten times, and it always rejected my name. Finally we figured out that a filter was blocking “Yoda” because it thought I was trying to register a fictional name! They finally let me sign up, but it took several days and a lot of emails. So we do occasionally have a hard time, but on the other hand, it’s nice to have a short and memorable name because people easily remember us.

Read the full essay here:
Life as Yoda (AltJapan)

The 9 Most Badass Women of Star Wars Team | August 26, 2008

(photo by Nicole Love)

Star Wars isn’t just about the lads. Check out this list from Bettie Magazine of the female characters they think not only make the grade, but can hold their own in a fight. I love that they included the newest Jedi apprentice Ahsoka, as well as a few Expanded Universe gals — but why no Ackmena? Sheesh.

The 9 Most Badass Women of Star Wars (

SOURCE: Club Jade

I Left My Star Destroyer in San Francisco

Bonnie Burton | August 15, 2008

Many resident of San Francisco may have daydreamed of how cool it would be if a Star Destroyer hovered over the Golden Gate Bridge as I was stuck in traffic. Or if AT-AT’s shared Ocean Beach with joggers and dog walkers.

One fan made it happen — at least in video form. Check out this awesome short film by Michael Horn of Star Wars vehicles and ships as they sneak into various video footage around San Francisco all thanks to some creativity and impressive tracking software. Maybe one day tourist snapshots of Coit Tower and cable cars will have the Death Star in the background! We can dream, can’t we?

VIDEO: Death Star over San Francisco (Current TV)

Here’s a few of our favorite screenshots from the film including our interview with Michael about how he made the film and why: