Archive for ‘In Pop Culture’



Creating a Star Wars Creature on Face Off

Rod Maxwell | August 27, 2012

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When Roy and I were asked to write a guest blog to be featured on StarWars.com, we were given the option to write it together or on our own. We decided to write something up on our own, then e-mail it to each other and see what we could come up with together. Well, Roy just e-mailed me his draft, and it cracked me up because we both basically said the same thing about our experience working with each other. It’s that synchronicity that worked so well for us as a team.

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Course of the Force: Star Wars in a Nutshell

Alison Haislip | July 7, 2012

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Alison Haislip here, from such delightfully entertaining programming like G4’s Attack of the Show, NBC’s The Voice, and HULU’s original series Battleground. I’ll be co-hosting COURSE OF THE FORCE. Why? Well… because Chris Hardwick asked me to. BUT ALSO, because I watched all 3 original films, in their entirety, every day, for two weeks, ON VHS, while I had the chicken pox in 2nd grade. And while I may have one or two bad scars from that classic childhood disease, I have so many good scars from watching my favorite sci-fi epic over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over…

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Course of the Force: Will You Be My C3PO?

Katie Linendoll | July 3, 2012

Hi hi! Katie Linendoll here from Spike TV’s “All Access Weekly.”  I am super pumped to be running in Course of the Force!  As many of you know Course of the Force is an Olympic-style lightsaber torch run from Santa Monica to San Diego in preparation for Comic-Con.  Naturally, I asked my mom to design a one-of-a-kind light-up R2 costume for me. Why?  Because I’m obsessed with R2!! From R2 ice cube trays, an R2 robot that patrols my home and my R2 Xbox, he is the one and only man for me. Anyhow, mom delivered a custom R2 costume with an English twist (including fascinator) -formally dubbing it “R2-D2 Across the Pond” – nerd amazingness!!  She also hand-painted R2 shoes!  What do you think??

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George Lucas Appears on The Daily Show

Bonnie Burton | January 10, 2012

George Lucas appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart last night to talk up Red Tails, the new action-adventure movie about the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Lucas shared the process of making the film, why he felt compelled to bring the Tuskegee Airmen’s story to the screen, and his hopes for a Red Tails sequel (and prequel!). Stewart, a self-confessed Star Wars fan, couldn’t help making comparisons to his favorite film saga – an idea Lucas seemed receptive to:

“I’m just talking about a bunch of guys, kids, who are 19-20 years old, flying the fastest prop-plane ever built, and going up against the new-fangled jets,” explained Lucas. “It’s a combat movie. Honestly…this is as close as you’ll ever get to Episode VII.”

View the George Lucas interview segment here. Red Tails will be released in US theaters on January 20, 2012. Check out the official Red Tails site here and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The Middle Actor Meets Darth Goofy

StarWars.com Team | November 29, 2011

Actor Atticus Shaffer, better known as “Brick Heck” from ABC’s comedy series The Middle, made a stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida today and giddily posed for a portrait with Darth Goofy in front of the new revamped Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction. According to Shaffer’s bio at ABC.com, the actor is a “huge fan of everything Star Wars,” and even showed up in his own Stormtrooper t-shirt!

Photo above by Matt Stroshane/Disney, photographer.

Glee Gets a Wookiee Hug!

Bonnie Burton | November 18, 2011


Glee cast w/ Chewbacca

Chewbacca visits the set of the hit Fox show Glee to add some intergalactic Wookiee love… right after Life Day, no less.

Glee actors Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Chris Colfer, Chord Overstreet, Damian McGinty, Dianna Agron and Jenna Ushkowitz tweeted about their Wookiee hugs on the set!

We already knew Glee star Chris Colfer was a die-hard fan when he tweeted about his Chewbacca backpack this year, but it even cooler to know that ALL the Gleeks love Wookiees!

Fingers crossed that Jane Lynch shows up in a Darth Vader costume!

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Dog Vader on The Simpsons

Bonnie Burton | November 15, 2011

On a recent episode of The Simpsons, Bart gets inspiration to build a robo-pet for his science project from his dog Santa’s Little Helper wearing a Darth Vader helmet. Of course, Homer takes the accidental costume a bit too seriously… or just right.

Bart: “Hey what if we make some kind of robo-pet?”
Martin: “What made you think of that?”
(Bart points to his dog wearing a Darth Vader helmet. Dog with helmet walks into the hallway and intercepts Homer.)
Homer: (screams and bows down to dog) “Thy will be done Lord Vader. Just don’t hurt me, oh please!”

WATCH FULL EPISODE HERE:
The Simpsons “Replaceable You” (Season 23, Ep. 4)


Robert Kirkman: Growing Up with Jawas and Zombies

Bonnie Burton | October 14, 2011



(Photo by Megan Mack)

Interview by Bonnie Burton

You can’t be a fan of zombies and not know the name Robert Kirkman. As the creator of the award-winning comic book series The Walking Dead for Image Comics and the hit TV show The Walking Dead airing on AMC with a new season starting Oct 16, Kirkman is making us all a little more nervous when we hear something go bump in the middle of the night. Kirkman’s talents have also extended to other comics such as Invincible, Haunt, Guarding the Globe, Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies, just to name a few.

StarWars.com chats with Kirkman about why The Walking Dead needed to give zombies and the people fighting them a story worthy of both comics and television. Kirkman also geeks out about Jawas, George Lucas and why Boba Fett would be great at fighting off hordes of zombies.

ON THE WALKING DEAD:

What was the genesis for your wildly popular comic book series, The Walking Dead?

The main idea that resulted in The Walking Dead is the fact that I do not like the way most zombie movies end. I’m a fan of zombie movies; they’re always entertaining; but they only have only one of two endings — everybody dies or the people who survive run off into the sunset and you never see them again. It always occurred to me that the most interesting stories could be told after that point. How do they continue to survive? Where do they go? How do they find food? How do they build shelter? How do people interact in a world like this one or two years later? Is society rebuilt or is civilization lost for good? These are the kinds of questions that I would always think about.

At the time I was trying to come up with a new comic book series and I just thought, “Wow, that’s a story that I could really kind of dig into and tell for decades. My main goal in life is to create a comic book series that I’ll be able to write for years and years for as long as I wanted and be able to control it and tell the stories I wanted. And that became The Walking Dead.

How has the experience differed for you working on The Walking Dead TV series on AMC of your own comic?

It’s been easy because the comic book still exists; I’m still writing every month — that’s what I do and I do whatever I want with those stories; and nothing has changed at all in any way in as far as how the comic is made. When it comes to the television show… I don’t know how to make a television show. I don’t act, I don’t operate a camera, and I don’t know any of the things that go into making a TV show. So it hasn’t been difficult at all to go, “Okay, this is a completely different medium that I know nothing about, let’s work with 5,000 very talented people to try to come up with how this works.”

A lot your comic book fans have been debating why certain characters and story lines have gone in a different direction on the TV show. Has it been strange seeing The Walking Dead morph into something else on TV? Is the writers’ room like a zombie battlefield where you are fighting to keep certain elements from your comic in the show, or are you more flexible with the adaptation?

Being in the writers room is actually really fun because we’re delving into stories that I told years ago. The material that we’re adapting into the show now is stuff that I wrote 8 or 9 years ago. Being the guy who wrote that stuff, I look back on it and think about how I might do something different or better. I don’t look at that stuff and demand that things don’t change. I’m actively excited about changing things and adapting it and making it better by doing different things with it. If anything, I’m the guy i the room saying, “We don’t have to do that! What are you talking about?”

Other people are actually trying to convince me to keep things in the show from the comic. It’s a fun process and it hasn’t really been that hard for me to let go on the TV show just because I’m surrounded by such talented people.

ON GROWING UP WITH STAR WARS:

You’ve been quoted in your most recent bio, that you wore out your VHS copies of Return of the Jedi, what were some of your childhood memories of Star Wars?

I actually saw Return of the Jedi first. I watched that VHS copy so much that I didn’t even know it was the third movie in a trilogy. I didn’t see Star Wars until I was in ninth grade. I lot of people debate whether or not to see the prequel trilogy first because if spoils the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. I don’t think I ever didn’t know that Vader was Luke’s father. I guess I came across Star Wars in a weird way, but I guess that’s just how it happened.

As child of pop culture, you were a fan of G.I. Joe and Transformers as well as Star Wars. When you started drawing at a young age, did you ever merge your fandoms into one comic?

I don’t still have the drawings, but I know I drew Spider-Man and Batman with lightsabers and stuff like that.

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Star Wars Invades Milan Fashion Week

Bonnie Burton | June 20, 2011

Fashion designer Thom Browne’s spring and summer 2012 collaboration with Moncler Gamme Bleu took inspiration from Star Wars as it hit the runway at Milan Fashion Week.

WATCH VIDEO: Moncler Gamme Bleu S/S 2012
(via Wallpaper)

Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan:

When the lights came down and the strains of John Williams’Star Wars soundtrack started to fill the room, I knew my fear had been misplaced; Browne had wrapped in elements of the George Lucas mythology -– the faceless drones behind the fencing masks became the stormtroopers, there were fair-haired Lukes (although no Leias) and even a few dark-garbed Darth Vader types — one with a camera taped to his chest to simulate the Darth Vader gadgetry, and a second one, with a long, flowing, black cape in athletic mesh that kept getting stuck in the metal floor used for fencing matches.

That the juxtaposition of fencing and Star Wars provided so much entertainment was a good thing because this collection seemed to serve up less in the way of wearable wardrobe pieces than any Moncler Gamme Bleu to date. (Then again, maybe I was just preoccupied with trying to figure out which guy was supposed to be Grand Moff Tarkin.)

Read more here:
Milan Fashion Week: Fencing crosses swords with Star Wars at Moncler Gamme Bleu (via LA Times)

See more of the Moncler Gamme Bleu fashions here:
Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring 2012 – Milan Fashion Week
(via The Fashionisto Blog)

New Miss USA is a Star Wars Geek Girl!

Bonnie Burton | June 20, 2011


Photo Credit: Fadil Berisha

It’s no surprise that guys AND girls love Star Wars, but this might be the first time a Miss America waves her geek flag in the press.

The new reigning Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, who would make one heck of a Mara Jade, said she grew up watching Star Wars, loves to watch Game of Thrones, enjoys learning about space exploration and thinks of herself as a history geek.

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Be sure to follow Alyssa Campanella on Twitter.