Archive for ‘In Pop Culture’

Star Wars Round-Up from Latest Toyfare Team | January 14, 2008

On newsstands now is Toyfare #127, sporting a Heroes cover with toy-versions of Claire Bennet and Sylar. Inside, you’ll find some Star Wars love in the form of a sneak preview of the forthcoming Star Wars Evolutions sets, and a feature article (Star Wars: The Next Generation) spotlighting the coolness that is Star Wars: Legacy, and all the toy-etic characters within.


Our favorite bit this issue, though, has got to be the Little Orphan Ani comic strip.

C-3PO On The Catwalk Team | January 3, 2008

This story made a splash online over our Holiday break. although this dateline places it in October, 2006. Fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s collection looks to science fiction for inspiration, with sources such as Tron, The Matrix and Terminator serving as inspiration. Star Wars fans may have noted these leggings that resemble C-3PO’s gams.


Check out the collection here. This report comes from SuperPunch, who also provides some additional links and video.

While several blogs ran with this story, we gotta say, Huffington Post surprised us with the most geeky commentary:

Ah, Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Balenciaga “C-3P0″ leggings. The perfect example of fashion being WAY too expensive: they sold for around $159,000. We love Star Wars, but not even Luminara Unduli could rock these.

Name-dropping Luminara? HuffPo, we never knew you had it in you.

Homer Reviews Star Wars (And Carl Channels Lando) Team | January 3, 2008

There’s plenty to love about The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie, and we’re not about to go into the long history of Star Wars-references that have peppered the show for the past 18 years (besides, you can read that list here). But for those who have not yet picked up The Simpsons Movie on DVD, or the inattentive who have, here are a couple of Star Wars gags you may have missed.

First off, the DVD comes with an insert (remember those?) that is a reproduction of an issue of The Springfield Shopper. The always topical Homer, who pens “Critic’s Corner,” finally gets around to reviewing a certain movie from 1977:

“…the movie started, and I was swept off of Earth to Tatooine, a distant planet that looks like New Mexico. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Star Wars, it’s a parody of Spaceballs.”



One of the most miss-able Star Wars references is in the film itself, and would have been easily overlooked if not called out in the animators’ audio commentary. At the end of picture, here’s what Rich Moore, sequence director, has to say:

“Carl back there if you notice is doing the Lando Calrissian acting at the end of Return of the Jedi at the Ewok celebration.”




First Baby of 2008 a Star Wars Fan Team | January 1, 2008

It’s a standard January 1st news story — report on the first baby born in the New Year — but this story coming out of El Paso caught our eye.

The first daughter of Star Wars fans Susana and Roger Taber, Abigail Leia Taber is expected to join her older brothers Lucas and Anakin at home on Thursday when she and her mom are discharged from Del Sol Medical Center.


Read more here. (Spotted on FARK.)

Kasabian frontman buys droids Team | January 1, 2008

Brit band Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan shelled out some serious dough to add replicas of R2-D2 and C-3PO to his growing sci-fi film memorabilia collection.

According to The Sun:

Tom has paid 8,000 British pounds to have the life-size R2-D2 and C-3P0 models made and they are both exact replicas from the film. They now have pride of place in his flat, which is full of cool stuff from cult movies. Tom spent around 10,000 British pounds earlier this year on the actual BMX they used in E.T. – and he also has a life-size model of E.T.

Read more about Tom’s collection here:
Singer’s £8k on C-3PO & R2-D2

Learn more about why Tom loves Star Wars in our interview with him here:
Britpop Band Kasabian Reveals Love for Star Wars

The Sun,

Vader More Popular Than Santa? Team | December 24, 2007

Despite the competitive headline, it’s all in good fun; the OC Register reports on the latest charitable efforts of the fan group, the 501st Legion, this time in Irvine, Calif. where they’ve come to celebrate with a great group of kids and their families. Here’s a snippet:

That was the case Saturday in Irvine, where autistic children and their parents celebrated the holidays at California Integrative Hyperbaric Center. The guests of honor were St. Nick, of course, and the 501st Legion, an organization of hobbyists who dress up in Star Wars costumes for promotional and charitable events.

“It’s great to see these kids happy,” said Chris Romines, 40, of Cypress, who wore the enigmatic black mask, cape and breastplate of the universe’s primary antagonist. “But between the kids and the adults, we don’t know who’s having more fun.”

You can read the rest of the article here, and be sure to check out their slideshow of images.


Jedi Fashion on “Project Runway: Canada” Team | December 7, 2007

As the founder of NIKOLAKI women’s wear clothing line and an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, designer Nick Verreos is most-recently recognized as one of the contestants on Season Two of the hit Bravo reality TV show “Project Runway.”

He’s also one of our favorite celebrity Star Wars fans. So we couldn’t help but smile when he made a Star Wars reference in a recent episode of “Project Runway Canada.” Appearing as a guest mentor for the designers as they visited Los Angeles from Canada, Verreos offered suggestions on their designs, with one notable comment for designer Evan Biddell’s punk-rock inspired creation: “That’s very Jedi resort!”

Watch the video clip here. (appears around 3:52)

Read more about Verreos and his appreciation for Star Wars fashion here: Nick Verreos: Force of Fashion

Catch up with Verreos on his blog here.

And check out what other “Project Runway” designers think of Star Wars here: Project Runway: Style Wars

Maul Roles Snake-Eyes Team | December 5, 2007

According to /Film, Ray Park — known to Star Wars fans as Darth Maul — has been cast as Snake-Eyes, the coolest commando ever in the G.I.Joe movie.

Now, if Joe flick follows the honored tradition of the comics, Snake-Eyes is a ninja horribly disfigured and rendered mute in a helicopter accident, but still manages to get the girl — foxy counter intelligence agent, Scarlett. Now, if they instead follow the cartoon as the template, Duke gets the girl and Snake-Eyes gets… very little screen time.

Guess what we’re rooting for?


Can you see the resemblance?

Is Chewie Canadian? Team | November 28, 2007

Sumi, Quatchi and Miga are the three new mascots who will meet and greet athletes, visitors, and fans in Vancouver and Whistler for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

But we can’t help but wonder if Quatchi might be less like a Sasquatch and more like a Wookiee?

Read more about them here:
The Adventures of Quatchi, Miga and Sumi Begin in Earnest

Star Wars Livejournal Community,

Hayden on the “The View” Team | November 26, 2007

Actor Hayden Christensen makes an appearance on “The View” to chat about his new thriller Awake, as well as his experiences playing Anakin Skywalker. Babs flirts with him, he talks tennis and his first meeting with Lucas.

Check out a video clip here.