Archive for ‘In Pop Culture’

Jedi Stimulus Bonus? Team | March 30, 2009

Looks like the USA isn’t the only country offering a stimulus bonus to its citizens. But in Japan, their forms use sample names that seem to have a higher midichlorian count.

Star Wars fan Robert Paske writes:

So Japan is in the midst of doing a sort of stimulus payment like the US did a short time back, though it looks like the payouts are smaller. Since I’ve been in Japan long enough on a valid work visa, paying into the taxes, I get a little bit of that. I got the forms in the mail a couple days ago. Included with the application form is a sheet, mostly in Japanese but with some English, showing how to correctly fill out the form. I don’t know if this sheet was sent out to everyone or just the foreigners who qualified, but take a look at the names they used as sample names. I love this country.

See more images here:
(Jedi hand wave) You want to give me a stimulus bonus
(via Livejournal)

The Truthiness of Chewbacca Team | March 28, 2009

Everything we need to know about today’s important news headlines we get from truthiness expert Stephen Colbert, so it was only a matter of time before Mr. Colbert had us rethink all that we know about our favorite Star Wars characters.

Here’s what the Colbert Wikiality site has to say about Chewbacca:

Chewbacca is a heroic mutant bear from Canada. Even though he is a mindless killing machine, he mindlessly kills liberals, making him a good guy. Chewbacca was concieved by an American woman and a Canadian grizzly bear in 1865. Even though his father was a bear, it seemed that he got his mother’s patriotism, and broke free from the clan of killer bears, joining the righteous crusade of Abraham Lincoln against the sleazy, corrupt hillbilly liberals of the C.S.A.

Later, after traveling to Star Wars and meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca fended off a bear attack on Coruscant, driving them back to Earth. In a climactic battle, he defeated the combined bear forces of Karl Marx, Nancy Pelosi, Josef Stalin, Donald Duck, Stanley Kubrick and Winnie the Pooh in Italy, the most recent addition to the Axis of Evil, thereby defeating the Communist threat of that country. He continues to work for the CIA, protecting the President from bears, waiting until the Galaxy needs his help again…

Read more here:
Wikiality: Chewbacca

Family GuyEmpire Spoof Update Team | March 24, 2009

Family Guy Executive producer David Goodman talks to about the upcoming Star Trek-centric episode, but he also gave a hint about the next Star Wars spoof episode.

What’s the update on Star Wars?

I think, but I’m not 100% positive, that Empire Strikes Back – that episode will air at the end of next season, and may be released before then. That movie was a very different movie from the original Star Wars, so our sequel will be a lot different and have of new characters, and a lot of great jokes that we threw in. We’re very happy with how the first one turned out, so we had to set the bar was very high for the sequel… We’re a little bit early to start on the third one, but the bar is set that much higher.

But you’ll have Ewoks for the third.

There are Ewoks to mock. And when we get to the third one and there may be characters from other shows that show up since we were sort of running out of the original show. So characters from American Dad and maybe the Cleveland Show will show up in the first one.

Read the full interview here:
Family Guy’s Star Trek Special Spurs Trekkie Debate (via

Princess Leia Jury Duty on 30 Rock

Bonnie Burton | March 13, 2009

Ever get called for jury duty hoping to find a handy way out of it? Whatever you do, don’t dress up as Princess Leia, talk in a low voice and call officers of the court Imperial Guards.

On this week’s episode of 30 Rock — “The Funcooker”, Liz Lemon played by Tina Fey dresses up like Princess Leia to do just that, with hilarious results.

Here’s some dialog from the episode:

“And I don’t really think it’s fair for me to be on a jury because I’m a hologram.”

“Excuse me Imperial Guard, how long do these arson trials typically last?”
“Couple weeks proabably, and you can drop the voice.”
“This used to get me out of jury duty in Chicago all the time.”
“This ain’t Chicago, honey. Look at these people.”

Salacious Invades Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

Bonnie Burton | February 26, 2009

Artist and illustrator Adam Koford is known for his comic The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats as well as his fascination with hobos. Every once in awhile he sneaks a few Star Wars references into his work.

Last year, Adam sent me some awesome Star Wars Mail Art featuring Jabba, Gonk, Yoda and R2-D2 as part of his hobo cat crew.

So I was thrilled to get his new book The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out. He, and author/geek god John Hodgman, signed the book. As an added bonus Adam signed my book with a rather cool portrait of Salacious Crumb as a hobo. Thanks!

Read more about his new book here:
The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out by A. Koford (via BoingBoing)

Jedi Workout on Today Show

Bonnie Burton | February 25, 2009

Nothing starts the day off better than seeing Today Show hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and the rest of the gang dress up like Jedi and wave around lightsabers.

“Master Flynn” and his fellow New York Jedi showed the hosts how to stay in shape and have fun with his Jedi workout routine.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars Jedi Workout On Today Show

Read all about it here and be sure to check out the video of Master Flynn teaching Today’s Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford how to do the Star Wars-inspired Jedi workout as well:

Jedi workout: Fight fat with the Force (via MSN/Today Show)


Imperial Attack Desktop

Bonnie Burton | February 17, 2009

Norwegian Mac support company Teknograd showed their love for Star Wars in this year’s ad campaign, created by advertising agency TBWA. Now that’s a desktop worthy of a Sith Lord. Most impressive, indeed.

“We have photoshopped this, in almost 400 layers, but each folder is named individually, so it was a hell of a lot work. Martin Holm, the illustrator and art director, just passed out when we asked him how long time it took.”

Read the full story here:
Star Wars Desktop Made With 400 Layers Of Photoshop Love
(via Cult of Mac)

Vote for Homer Star Wars Poster

Bonnie Burton | February 17, 2009

In this week’s episode of The Simpsons, Homer gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he had been elected class president. Of course, we would have voted for him just on his convincing election poster alone.

Watch the full episode on
VIDEO: The Simpsons – Take My Life Please

Obama More Powerful than Skywalker?

Bonnie Burton | February 13, 2009

President Barack Obama has achieved superstar status complete with a comic book cover hanging out with Spider-Man. But is he an actual hero? George Lucas thinks so. Darth Vader better watch his back.

Yahoo News reports:

Star Wars creator George Lucas was in Washington Wednesday night for the Ford’s Theatre reopening celebration where both he and screen legend Sidney Poitier were being honored with the Ford Theatre Society’s Lincoln medal in a ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, a Lincoln aficionado.

Lucas says that, in a contest between Luke Skywalker and Obama, our 44th president wins hands down — even without the lightsaber.

Yahoo News

Artist KAWS Influenced by Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | February 9, 2009

Photo by BFLV.

Graffiti artist and toy designer KAWS talks with CBS News about his work and influences, Smurfs and Star Wars being a couple of them.

KAWS became a street legend in the ’90s by drawing over bus stop ads, establishing his signature mark — placing x’s over character’s eyes. Last fall, thousands of fans lined the streets of Tokyo outside KAWS’ shop in hopes of buying a Star Wars stormtrooper he designed with Lucasfilm. Most went home empty-handed.

Read the full article here:
A Graffiti Artist Goes Mainstream (via CBS News)

Check out more photos of Star Wars art by KAWS:
KAWS (Flickr photo set by BFLV)