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Donald Faison Channels Han Solo on Conan

StarWars.com Team | December 2, 2009

Donald Faison, who plays Turk in the comedy Scrubs, loves talking about his Star Wars fandom on talk shows. Last time he was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he showed off his stop-motion film Chronicles of Lando Calrissian.

This time, Fasion recently showed off his Star Wars cred on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, who interviewed him about his fandom.

What’s your favorite Star Wars movie?

Empire Strikes Back. I’ve seen it like 400 times now. It’s so in my system that throughout the day I break out into scenes on my own, out of nowhere. [RECITES FULL SCENE FROM EMPIRE]

So when someone is watching Star Wars with you, do you recite along with the whole movie?

Well…yes.

That’s really annoying.

Yes, it is annoying. My kids don’t like to watch Star Wars with me anymore.

WATCH VIDEO: Donald Faison on The Tonight Show
(starts talking Star Wars at 1:15)

AnnaLynne McCord <3 Han Solo

StarWars.com Team | December 2, 2009

Looks like Clone Wars voice actor Matt Lanter isn’t the only Star Wars fan on the TV show 90210. Fellow actress AnnaLynne McCord revealed her love for the original Star Wars movies when she appeared this week on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

McCord admitted to being attracted to nerdy guys, and that she loves the original Star Wars films.

McCord said:

“I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I have to clarify though, I refuse to see any Star Wars except the original three: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi because those are the only Star Wars that exist. I’m sorry, the CGI stuff doesn’t do it for me. Honestly, I don’t like the ones without Han Solo.”

WATCH VIDEO: AnnaLynne McCord on The Tonight Show
(she starts talking Star Wars around 2:35)

A Padmé and Obi-Wan Chat

StarWars.com Team | November 24, 2009

Actor James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on The Clone Wars, has his own Youtube channel, and recently sat down with fellow Clone Wars star Cat Taber, the voice of Padmé, where they discussed their craft, their aspirations, and how they think they should end up in the final season of Lost.

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Check it out part 1 here, and part 2 over here.

We Go Way Back (to 1971), Lando and Me

Pete Vilmur | November 19, 2009

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Good ol’ Han and Lando, bosom buddies of the Star Wars saga. They shared a past, a ship, and a scoundrel disposition. What you may not have known is that they also shared an episode of a little-known TV show from 1971 called “Dan August,” starring Burt Reynolds.

Snooping around imdb.com recently, we discovered actors Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams had actually been cast together for an episode of the crime teledrama (titled “The Manufactured Man”). We’ve not seen the episode, or a script for that matter, which is why we’re not able to relay the basic plot. Still, seeing the card-player/scoundrel and no-good swindler in a schmaltzy 1971 Burt Reynolds pre-Bandit vehicle — starring Gary Busey, Mickey Rooney, and David Soul, no less — sounds to us like TV worth watching.

Check out the imdb page for the episode here.

Happy Wookiee Life Day!

StarWars.com Team | November 17, 2009

November 17 marks the anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special, which some fans like to celebrate as Wookiee Life Day!

More info from Wookieepedia.com:

Note that Life Day most likely was originally intended as a stand-in for the American holiday of Thanksgiving, as the Holiday Special was originally aired on November 17, the day after Thanksgiving that year.

However, over time the term “holiday special” has caused most fans to misinterpret Life Day as a stand-in for Christmas instead, leading to games like Star Wars Galaxies and Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron to place Life Day on December 25. This is partly because after the initial US airing in November, the Holiday Special aired in December in other countries, where Thanksgiving is not observed and Christmas is the closest equivalent.

The canonical date for the observance of Life Day has, nevertheless, been established in what sources there are as December 25, or the equivalent thereof in the Wookiee calendar. Whether this means that Life Day actually is intended to be understood as a solstice festival akin to Christmas as opposed to a harvest festival akin to Thanksgiving is unknown.

Neither concept seems to hold much relevance on Kashyyyk, which appears to have temperate weather throughout the year (including on the Life Day we see in the Holiday Special) and where agriculture seems to be little practiced.

In honor of Life Day, here’s some of our favorite photos of celeb fans hanging out with Chewie.


Chewbacca & actor Milo Ventimiglia at the Fanboy premiere.

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Jaime King Picks Up Clone Wars DVD Box Set

StarWars.com Team | November 13, 2009

Actress Jaime King — known for her work in almost every genre of film from horror (My Bloody Valentine 3-D) to comedy (Fanboys) to action (Pearl Harbor) to cult classics (Sin City) — shows off the DVD box set of one of her favorite acting gigs as the voice for bounty hunter Aurra Sing in The Clone Wars animated TV series.

Jaime said last year about The Clone Wars:

I kept harassing him [Supervising Director Dave Filoni] to let me do some voices. I love the new TV show. The imagery is so beautiful! The last time I was up at Skywalker Ranch I spent a lot of time with the animators and Dave, and watched the whole process of how they make The Clone Wars. I love how they’re exploring sub-characters. Each episode visually looks better and better. I think it’s also exciting to open up more of the Star Wars universe to younger children to see.

Read her full interview on Starwars.com:
Jaime King Catches the Fan Spirit

Star Wars Halloween at the White House

StarWars.com Team | October 31, 2009


(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

This Halloween, President Obama and the First Lady hung out with Chewbacca, Ahsoka Tano, and the 501st stormtroopers as they handed out candy to 2,000 trick-or-treaters and military families who were invited to the festive party.

An odd cast of figures wandered around the North Lawn, including skeletons playing musical instruments, walking trees and Star Wars characters.

The president, dressed in casual clothes, was one of the few not in costume. Even Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, was dressed as Darth Vader, the Star Wars villain.


(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Read more here:
No trick: 2,000 kids knock on White House door
(via Yahoo News)

Snapshots from the Today Show’s Halloween Fun

StarWars.com Team | October 30, 2009

Here are some cell phone snaps from this morning’s Star Wars invasion of the Today show.

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Today Show’s Star Wars Trick or Treat

StarWars.com Team | October 30, 2009

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Each year, the anchors of the TODAY Show have fun as Halloween approaches by dressing in costume. This morning, with the help of Lucasfilm, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Meredith Viera, Hoda Kotb and company showed up decked out in classic Star Wars outfits. After conferring with Darth Vader via hologram, Roker showed up dressed as Han Solo with Chewbacca in tow. Matt arrived via X-wing as Luke Skywalker. Hoda, fittingly, arrived as Yoda. Kathie Lee Gifford had R2-D2 as her sidekick since she was dressed up as C-3PO. Ann Curry was revealed to be hidden beneath Darth Vader’s mask. Appearing as royalty were Natalie Morales as Queen Amidala and Meredith Vieira as Princess Leia. The hosts then competed in a game of “Jedi Jeopardy,” where the anchors tested their Star Wars trivia knowledge. See it online here. Read the Today Show’s story here.

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Yoga and Star Wars

StarWars.com Team | October 29, 2009

If you ever wanted the Force explained to you by a Yoga instructor who wears her hair like Princess Leia, you’re in luck.

VIDEO: Yoga and the Force (via Yoga Today)

More on Star Wars & Yoga here.