Archive for ‘In Pop Culture’

The Force is Strong with Pete Wentz

Bonnie Burton | June 23, 2009

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz has been Force sensitive for some time. He’s tweeted about Star Wars Day, his recent trip to Skywalker Ranch, pondered about R2-D2 while on tour, and then bragged that R2-D2 was his new housemate. You can spot Pete’s beloved astromech here.

This year for his birthday, the rocker celebrated in Star Wars style. Pete Wentz dressed up as Han Solo, while his wife — singer Ashlee Simpson — went as Princess Leia (or is it Amidala?)

This isn’t the first time he’s celebrated his birthday with a Star Wars theme. In 2007, Ashlee bought Pete a Revenge of the Jedi poster as a birthday present.

SOURCE: Pete Wentz Twitter

R2-D2 Loves a Fire Hydrant Team | June 22, 2009

R2-D2 not only saves the lives of Jedi and clone troopers on a regular basis, he also falls in love with the quiet type…a very quiet type. In this retro episode of Sesame Street, C-3PO discovers that his beeping buddy has fallen dome over wheels for a fire hydrant. Poor fella.

WATCH VIDEO: R2-D2 & C-3PO on Sesame Street


Darth Cylon? Team | June 15, 2009

Some fans will say that Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica had a few too many similarities from the space battles to the characters. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that BSG similarities between the original Cylons and Darth Vader’s mask come from the same inspiration — Samurai costumes.

Darth Mojo Blog reports:

“It was supposed to be a 2000-years-old, ancient Cylon,” Cylon builder Pierre Drolet continued. “A different model, but still recognizable as Cylon. We both liked the idea of what a samurai Cylon would look like, so, from there, I start to build and design it. The first model I presented had to much of the feel of Darth Vader, so I took off two layers of the helmet band.”

Read the full article here:

(SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the second half of the Battlestar Galactica‘s 4th — and final — season, don’t click on the link!)

bsg vfx: anatomy of an (ancient) cylon (via Darth Mojo)


Count Dooku Now Sir Lee Team | June 15, 2009

Legendary actor Christopher Lee — who is well known to Star Wars fans worldwide as Count Dooku — was given his knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

Cinema fans already know of Lee’s greatness from over 200 films including his iconic roles as Count Dracula in endless Hammer horror films and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It’s obvious the great Sir Christopher Lee deserves knighthood for his acting, but we also like to think it’s in part due to his singing chops.

Read more about his knighthood here:
Queen Elizabeth Decrees It’s Now ‘Sir Christopher Lee’ (via Wired)

Darth Maul to Join Heroes

Bonnie Burton | June 6, 2009

(Photo by Ron Riccio/Disney)

A Darth Maul vs. Peter Petrelli smackdown may no longer be a thing of fan fiction. Actor Ray Parks is in talks to appear in the hit NBC show Heroes.

The Ausiello Files reports:

British actor Ray Park, whose role as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace made him an icon to fanboys far and wide, is in talks to join the cast for a sizeable arc.

Little is known about Park’s role, except that he would be playing one of the colorful characters at the center of the show’s Carnivale-esque storyline. (My guess? He’s the character described in the breakdowns as “Knife Thrower.”)

Read the full article here:
Heroes recruits Sue Thomas, Darth Maul

Be sure to check out recent photos of Ray Park from his appearance at this year’s Disney Star Wars Weekends.

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

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).

Heroes Son Shows Star Wars Pride Team | May 16, 2009

Adrian Pasdar may be a hero on Heroes but we think his son is our hero for showing off his Star Wars pride at the Star Trek premiere by wearing that awesome Millennium Falcon Junk Food t-shirt. Way to go!

The Big Bang Theory Writes George Lucas

Bonnie Burton | May 14, 2009

We all love The Big Bang Theory! Sheldon does a mean Ackbar impression. They protect themselves against burglars using lightsabers replicas. And well, they’re funny.

But lately, the show has featured a few jabs against The Clone Wars animated series. So the writers of the show issued this letter to George Lucas during the end credits of one of their episodes that aired in November 2008.

It reads:


Dear George Lucas,

May I call you Mr. Lucas? On behalf of the writers of The Big Bang Theory, I would like to thank you for your astounding body of work, which has awakened the child within us and unleashed our dreams. That being said, we hope you don’t take offense at our good-natured jest regarding your most recent ainmated efforts. Yes they were cheap shots, but we can’t help but hold you to a higher standard — a standard of your own making. In closing, we are looking forward to Indiana Jones 5 – The Curse of the Golden Catheter. Oops, sorry again.

Very truly yours,

The Writers

P.S. To William Shatner of Star Trek 5.
Go ahead, sue us.

Check out the letter here:
The Big Bang Theory Letter to George Lucas
(via Chuck Lorre Production Vanity Card Archives)

Donald Faison’s Chronicles of Lando Calrissian

Bonnie Burton | May 6, 2009

Donald Faison, who plays Turk in the comedy Scrubs, was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where he showed off his Star Wars cred (he’s seen The Empire Strikes Back over 300 times) and pitched his new TV idea The Chronicles of Lando Calrissian, starring, of course, himself as Lando.

It’d be The Chronicles of Lando Calrissian starring Donald Faison. I’d be Lando. And it would be before he lost the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo in that Sabacc game. And we would be cruising across the galaxy in the Falcon gettin’ chicks, drinking ale. And the hair would be phenomenal! I’d have to wear a wig or what we could do is just shave my head for back in the day when Lando used to shave his head. He’d have a whole new crew. It would be before Episode IV. So Episode 3.5 or 3.6.

He loved the idea so much that he even made a stop-motion animation movie of what it would look like with toys that he showed on Late Night. Not surprising, his love for Star Wars influenced him so much that he ended up taking a stop-motion class when he was just a kid. He shows the clip to Jimmy and makes the sound effects off to the side. Awesome!

WATCH VIDEO: Donald Faison on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon