Archive for ‘In Pop Culture’



Star Wars as Macgyver

StarWars.com Team | April 16, 2009

From the same fan who brought us Star Wars as Dallas comes another excellent TV intro mashup. This time it’s Macgyver! Will Luke blow up the Death Star using chewing gum and a drinking straw? We may never know.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars/Macgyver Opening

The Empire Strikes LOST

StarWars.com Team | April 16, 2009

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Fans of the show Lost got an earful of Star Wars references last night, courtesy of the character Hurley, whose trek back in time to 1977 has inspired him to write The Empire Strikes Back for George Lucas. The episode, called “Some Like it Hoth”, included at least two exchanges between characters on the subject of Empire.

Here’s some of the dialog exchanged between Hurley and Miles, who has snatched Hurley’s journal from him:

HURLEY: Give it back!

MILES: “Exterior–Hoth. A little spy robot thingy zips through the atmosphere and crashes into the snowy planet below. That’s when Chewbacca shows up and blasts it away with his crossbow laser. He shakes his fury fist in the sky in triumph. Chewbacca–Raaar.”

HURLEY: It’s “furry.” “Furry fist.” I need to spell-check it.

MILES: What the hell is this?

HURLEY: I’m writing Empire Strikes Back.

MILES: Uh… I’m sorry. What?

HURLEY: It’s 1977, right? So Star Wars just came out. And pretty soon, George Lucas is gonna be looking for a sequel. I’ve seen Empire, like, 200 times, so I figured I’d make life easier and send him the script… with a couple improvements.

MILES: That has gotta be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

HURLEY: Oh, yeah? Well, at least I’m not scared to talk to my own dad.

And later, Empire comes up again, with Hurley describing the film’s father-son relationship to Miles:

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James Marsters the Stormtrooper?

StarWars.com Team | April 15, 2009

Fans already know that actor James Marsters — who played Spike the vampire on Buffy and Angel — has a soft spot for Star Wars — (which is ironic considering his character’s eagerness to destroy a certain Mr. Boba Fett action figure.)

In fact, he played Captain Argyus in “Cloak of Darkness” on Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series – which you can read all about in our interview with Marsters here.

In a recent Q&A where Marsters answers fan question on his official site, we were excited to learn that he would be interested in suiting up in stormtrooper armor for the next Dragon*Con.

We sure hope someone from the 501st is reading this, because we have a feeling seeing Marsters in trooper gear would make a lot of fans happy. HINT HINT.

Excerpt:

You mentioned that you’d love to come to Dragon*Con in costume. Who or what would you come as?

Stormtrooper, stormtrooper, stormtrooper.

Read the full Q&A for April 2009 here.

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 Ropeofsilicon.com)

Drew Barrymore’s Star Wars Style

Bonnie Burton | April 13, 2009

Actress Drew Barrymore was recently spotted on the town wearing this classic Star Wars t-shirt as seen in this photo from April 20 issue of US Weekly magazine. Fans can see Barrymore in the upcoming Grey Gardens TV series on HBO, starting April 18.

Hey, Aren’t You Anakin’s Girl?

StarWars.com Team | April 7, 2009

Once you star in a Star Wars film, you’re forever part of the legacy, meaning fans everywhere will instantly know who you are…or not. Recently, Star Wars prequels actress Natalie Portman was faced with a fan who knew her…or at least Amidala.

The 27-year-old star was rudely interrupted while shopping for groceries in LA, when a man shouted after recognizing her as the sci-fi trilogy star, but failed to remember her name.

“No one had noticed Natalie because she was dressed in a hoodie and was wearing sunglasses,” the Daily Express quoted an eyewitness as saying.

“But that changed when this busker started yelling, ‘It’s that girl from Star Wars. She played Queen Amidala. What is her name?’”

“Natalie promptly grabbed her radishes and scarpered,” the witness added.

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SOURCE: Times of India

Bill Hader Geeks Out with EW

Bonnie Burton | April 3, 2009

Saturday Night Live cast member, comedian and actor Bill Hader does a mean tauntaun impression and he has the statue of thanks to prove it. Fans already know about his love for Star Wars, but Entertainment Weekly magazine decided to ask him every pop culture question imaginable to find out more about his geek cred regarding comics, sci-fi, ’80s movies, cancelled TV shows and more! And for the record, he doesn’t Twitter.

What is your geekiest possession?

In my office at SNL, I have a statue of a Tauntaun, which is a creature from Star Wars. The people at Lucasfilm saw an impression I did of one on Conan O’Brien, and they sent me it. Every time a host comes in to talk, they’re like, “What the hell is that?” “What do you mean what the hell is that? It’s a Tauntaun. Haven’t you seen The Empire Strikes Back? I guess you haven’t, or you wouldn’t have asked such a dumb question.”

Star Wars or Star Trek?

To be honest, and this sounds crazy, I didn’t really start getting into Star Trek until about six months ago. Ben Stiller is a huge Star Trek fan, and while we were doing Night at the Museum 2, he was like, “You’ve never seen an original Star Trek?” I just blindly bought three seasons of Star Trek, and I love ‘em. But I’m a Star Wars geek. I’m excited about the new J.J. Abrams movie, but if you asked me between Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, I think I would be even more of a Twilight Zone guy.

Read the full interview here:
Bill Hader: The EW Pop Culture Personality Test (via EW.com)

Read our interview with Hader about his love for Star Wars:
Bill Hader Channels His Inner Tauntaun (via Starwars.com)

The Big Bang Theory – “It’s a Trap!”

Bonnie Burton | March 31, 2009

If you watched this week’s episode of the geektastic comedy The Big Bang Theory, then you witnessed socially-challenged character Sheldon doing his impression of Admiral Ackbar saying “It’s a trap!” over and over and over again.

WATCH VIDEO: The Big Bang Theory – “It’s a Trap!”

Star Wars as Dallas

Bonnie Burton | March 30, 2009

After watching this fan-made Dallas-style intro of Star Wars, I’m beginning to wonder if J.R. and Darth Vader were one in the same.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars/Dallas Opening

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SOURCE: Grant Gould LJ Blog

Star Wars Paso Doble?

Bonnie Burton | March 30, 2009

International dance show “Let’s Dance” featured this rather unusual rendition of the Paso Doble dance done with Star Wars music. The dancers are dressed like Princess Leia and Anakin?

WATCH VIDEO: Let’s Dance: 2009-03-06 – Pasodoble

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SOURCE: TheForce.net