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Boss Nass and the Price of Gas

Bonnie Burton | January 2, 2009

Actor Brian Blessed — best known for his role as Prince Vultan in the camp classic movie Flash Gordon — also voiced The Phantom Menace character Boss Nass. In his current events celebrity game show Have I Got News For You, Blessed treated his audience and guests with a rather amusing Boss Nass impression as he explained how to save gas while driving.

VIDEO: Brian Blessed’s Boss Nass Impression (via Youtube)
(shows up around 1:18)

C-3PO on Robot Chicken

Bonnie Burton | December 9, 2008

For those fans who can never get enough Star Wars gags in Adult Swim’s hit TV show Robot Chicken, here’s another. Seth Green and his Robot Chicken co-creator Matthew Senreich ask Joss “Whedonverse” Whedon, Seth McFarlane, and a few other famous directors for a job in this hilarious skit where C-3PO makes a rather odd cameo.

VIDEO: Robot Chicken: Cultivated Relationships

Colbert Urges Nation to Buy Lightsabers

Bonnie Burton | December 3, 2008

Not to be out-geeked by The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, on the Dec. 1 episode of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert wagged his finger at the National Toy Hall of Fame curator Christopher Bench for inducting the stick into the museum and called it “all natural, the perfect price.”

Colbert says of Bench:

Wrong! Free is never the perfect price! Retailers depend on holiday toy sales but thanks to Mr. Bench here, parents are gonna realize that sticks literally grow on trees. He makes me so mad I want to poke him in the eye, with not a stick, but a Star Wars Force FX authentic replica lightsaber. (Waves lightsaber around.) Just $79.99!

Check out the full episode on
VIDEO: The Colbert Report
(Colbert waves the lightsaber at around 11:30)

Get your own Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber at Star Wars Shop.

Agent Olivia “Han Solo” Dunham?

Bonnie Burton | December 3, 2008

It’s no secret that director J.J. Abrams is a lifelong Star Wars fan. Star Wars references have popped up on his show Lost, so it was only a matter of time before they appeared in his latest endeavor, Fringe.

In this week’s episode called “Safe,” F.B.I. agent Olivia Dunham reveals to the character Peter Bishop the nickname she had in boarding school.

Olivia: “I guess I’ve always just enjoyed being on my own. Even when I was in boarding school they used to call me Han.”

Peter: “As in Solo? That’s cute. At least you had a nickname.”

Watch the full episode here on
VIDEO: Fringe: “Safe” (Episode 10, Season 1)

Read more about Fringe and Star Wars here:
J.J. Abrams Talks Fringe, Cattle and Star Wars (

Jon Stewart and His C-3PO Bobblehead

Bonnie Burton | December 2, 2008

Last night on The Daily Show, show host Jon Stewart did his share to talk about Black Friday by rubbing it in our faces that he beat out holiday shoppers to a C-3PO bobblehead.

He’s also a tad worried about the recession, now that he claims to have bought a lifesize Millennium Falcon made of LEGOs.

VIDEO: The Daily Show
(watch from 2:10 to 3:11)

Droid Billboard Art Promotes Nutrition Team | December 2, 2008

(photo from San Francisco Bay Area Murals: Communities Create Their Muses 1904-1997 by Timothy W. Drescher)

When Star Wars debuted in theaters everywhere in 1977, fans everywhere couldn’t get enough of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Darth Vader and the droid duo of C-3PO and R2-D2. Fans paid tribute to their favorite characters with filk songs, comics, fanzines and street art.

During this time, San Francisco artist and muralist Xavier Viramontes joined other artists from the Galeria de la Raza to send positive messages to neighboor kids living in the Mission District. They had become frustrated with all the billboards promoting cigarettes and liquor, so they “appropriated” one of the street-level billboards on Bryant Street by painting over it with positive messages for the community. Over the years the billboard has been home to murals painted by both local and guest artists.

In 1977, Viramontes painted his “Avoid Junk Food” billboard which featured none other than the helpful droids C-3PO and R2-D2 as they explained which healthy foods are good sources of minerals and vitamins.

Check out the full image here.

The billboard has since be repainted, but you can learn more about it and other murals in the book San Francisco Bay Area Murals: Communities Create Their Muses 1904-1997 by Timothy W. Drescher, published by Pogo Press.

Clone Wars Thanksgiving Special? Nope. Team | November 24, 2008

Whenever I think about my favorite shows and their seasonal specials, I always smile to myself that I’m not the only one who has the holiday spirit. Who can forget the Native American ghost invasion plot of the Thanksgiving episode of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer? Or the Christmas Special of The Venture Bros. where everything that could go wrong at a cocktail party — when you invite super villains — does?

So leave it up to’s columnist Graeme McMillan to pitch Thanksgiving specials not only for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but also for Heroes, Knight Rider, Lost, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars
We journey to Kashyyyk, where the Wookiees are celebrating their annual Life Day. Planning to convince the Wookiees to join the Republic in their struggles against the evil Count Dooku and his seperatists, Padme gets captured and has to be rescued by Anakin, Ahsoka and a brand new Jedi that we’ve never seen before. Who looks like a turkey. After a brave and ferocious battle, Padme is rescued, but the turkey Jedi sacrifices himself in the process. The end of the episode sees the Wookiees and our heroes gathered around a great feast, as Yoda reminds everyone about the brave sacrifices that have been made so that everyone could be there that day, and says something about “Thanks, we must be giving on this day.” And then R2 makes that farting noise and everyone laughs.

Read full article here:
Five TV Thanksgiving Specials We’ll Sadly Never See (via

Celebrating the Star Wars Holiday Special

Bonnie Burton | November 20, 2008

With the holiday season approaching that could only mean one thing — Life Day is coming! All week long pays tribute to the 30th Anniversary to the Star Wars Holiday Special! Whether you love it or loathe it, we’ve got articles on the actors, screenwriter, director, art, collectibles, and even the animatic reel from the Boba Fett cartoon that made fans giddy with anticipation about that mysterious bounty hunter.

So far here’s some of the great stuff we’ve already posted:

Stay tuned for even more!

Holiday Special Filk Song Team | November 19, 2008

With the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special, it seems some fans have a few things to sing about when it comes to Lumpy, Malla, Bea Arthur, Art Carney and the rest of the cast. Singer/songwriter Shawn Moynihan from the band Save Pluto wrote this musical tribute to the special, to be sung to the tune of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.”

It was 30 years ago today
We didn’t have a VCR to play
George had given in to CBS
Who tried to do Star Wars with less.

But it didn’t take too long to see
What a horror it would come to be
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad.

Wookiees talking with a Shriiwook sound
No subtitles to be found
Everything was going awfully wrong
Bea Arthur singing cantina songs.

But that night they introduced you to
A bounty hunter in green and blue
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad.

Malla cooking with a bantha stew
Art Carney brought a gift or two
Itchy fantasies to kids’ dismay
Diahann Carroll, where are you today?

Lumpy watching animated Fett
Harvey Korman took one in the head
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad.

Now Chewie made it home in time
For a Life Day chorus line
And people, if we’ve learned a thing,
Don’t let Carrie Fisher sing
Thank the Force that you will never see
A Lucasfilm release on DVD
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad.

Be sure to visit for more Star Wars Holiday Special coverage!

Watch Robot Chicken Star Wars II Online

Bonnie Burton | November 18, 2008

Just in case you missed Robot Chicken Star Wars II this weekend, you can still watch the whole episode online for free at Adult Swim! Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green says: “This is a bold statement, but I think this one is better than the last Robot Chicken: Star Wars special.” Watch and judge for yourself!

(DISCLAIMER: Content not suitable for everyone: adult language, themes, and humor)

WATCH VIDEO: Robot Chicken Star Wars II