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R2-D2 Cameo in New Star Trek!

Bonnie Burton | May 15, 2009

If you still need a good reason to see the new Star Trek movie, this may be it. R2-D2 is in the movie as an Easter Egg, and if you can figure out which scene our beloved astromech makes an appearance, you should enter the “Star Trek Easter Egg Sweepstakes” on Facebook!

Get more info here:
Star Trek Easter Egg Sweepstakes (via Facebook)

Be sure to play with R2-D2 sounds and send your remixes to friends with our official Star Wars Soundboards here.

My Favorite Movie is Star Trek Wars

Bonnie Burton | May 14, 2009

If you’ve already seen the new Star Trek film by J.J. Abrams, you might have noticed a few homages to Star Wars.

But if you don’t have time to watch both movies and draw your own conclusions, this fan already did it for you. Check out this side-by-side comparison of the new Star Trek and the old Star Wars. And yes, it’s chock full of spoilers, so go see the movie already.

WATCH VIDEO: My Favorite Movie (Star Trek vs. Star Wars)

Putting Star Wars into Star Trek

Bonnie Burton | May 11, 2009

MTV chats with Star Trek director and Star Wars fan J.J. Abrams about taking some elements of Star Wars and putting them into the new movie.

“That was the fun of it,” Abrams explained recently. “[I] was trying to combine both of those elements and make a movie that wasn’t like a Star Wars movie but felt that it had more pace and action than certain Star Trek movies had.”

Perhaps as a result, Captain Kirk is chased down on an ice planet by an enormous creature, Wampa-style. An early scene introduces Uhura at a bar populated by hard-drinking aliens. And in one key scene, the villain proves his ruthlessness by destroying the home planet of a key character.

“In our early conversations, [co-writer] Alex [Kurtzman] kept saying, ‘We have to put a little Star Wars into our Star Trek,’” remembered Roberto Orci, who wrote the film with Kurtzman. “It was our chocolate and our peanut butter, kind of getting into each other.”

Read the full interview here:
Star Trek Gets Some ILM Magic (via MTV)

Check out our interviews with J.J. Abrams here:

J.J. Abrams Talks Fringe, Cattle and Star Wars (via

Mission: “Lost” in Star Wars — J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof

Star Wars Soundboards Now at Team | May 11, 2009


In case you missed it, just launched the Official Star Wars Soundboards a few days ago, allowing fans to create and send customized conversations full of Wookiee howls, Jawa jabber, Ewok Yub-Nubs, Skywalker whines, Leia quips, and more!

And there will be more — much more — to come in the weeks ahead, as more dialog and sound effects clips are added from the six-film saga. For more details, read the launch story here, and if you’re ready to dive right in, head on over to the demo page and get started right away (be sure to click the “Demo” tab at top for a full listing of all the available clips)!

Are Conservatives the New Rebel Scum?

Bonnie Burton | May 5, 2009

When you think of the Rebels fighting against the evil Empire of Star Wars, you might be quick to compare liberal Democrats as the Rebels and conservative Republicans in the role of Darth Vader, the Emperor and the rest of the Empire.

However, the Conservative website American Daily Review thinks we all have it backwards. Dr. Tony Magana suggests that it’s the Republicans who best represent the ideals of the Rebel Alliance.

Dr. Magana writes:

The 1977 classic movie, Star Wars, portrayed an epic struggle between a righteous outnumbered few (Rebel Alliance) against a much stronger dominant government (Empire). The now well known story tells how a small group of activists can effect change by adhering to their principals as a source of power and focusing their efforts on the identifiable vulnerability of their adversary. A useful analogy may be drawn to the current situation of contemporary conservative activism.


Aaron Allston Writes About His Heart Attack

Bonnie Burton | May 3, 2009

Del Rey author Aaron Allston — who recently underwent bypass surgery — is recovering and writing in his Livejournal blog about what happened.

He writes about his diabetes, painful foot ulcer and the recent heart attack that occurred during his book tour for his new Star Wars novel Outcast.

Here’s an excerpt from his story about his health condition and what happened during his heart attack:

I was also spending a lot of time asleep/unconscious and experiencing a series of intense, interconnected hallucinations, in which I had reached a malevolent afterlife in which I was tested and often tortured. These events played out in a series of semi-independent scenarios. When awake, I knew I had been hallucinating, but when hallucinating, I had no ability to distinguish between what I was experiencing and reality. It was, to say the least, a grim few days.

I coded — that is, my heart stopped, causing the medics to revive me with defib paddles — something like three times between the morning of my surgery and the following day. The last time, though my heart activity was restored, I evidenced very little neurological activity, and the medics scheduled me for an electroencephalogram to determine whether I had anything going on upstairs. Though the medical staff was not yet telling my family and loved ones to prepare themselves for the worst, some of the nurses and doctors were beginning to exchange little shakes of the head.


Vader vs. Pharoah in Night At The Museum 2

Bonnie Burton | April 28, 2009

The Night At The Museum returns, but this time everyone’s running around the Smithsonian. In this trailer, we see many returning characters and a new one from a galaxy far, far away.

Pharoah Kah Mun Rah (played by The Simpsons Hank Azaria) mocks Darth Vader’s cape and more.

Night At The Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Trailer


Find out more about Night At The Museum 2 here.

UPDATE: Aaron Allston Out of Hospital

Bonnie Burton | April 20, 2009

Del Rey author Aaron Allston — who recently underwent bypass surgery — is recovering and out of the hospital.

Find out how you can help Aaron pay his medical expenses here.


Zac Efron Shows Off His Lightsaber Skills

Bonnie Burton | April 17, 2009

Last year we reported about actor Zac Efron’s epic lightsaber battle in his new movie 17 Again. With the movie hitting theaters this weekend, Zac and his castmates have been talking in their round of press junkets about how much fun it was to wield a lightsaber in the film.

Here’s a selection of some interviews where Zac talks about his love for Star Wars and his Jedi training for the film.

In this video interview with AmericanSuperstarTV, Zac talks about wanting to do a lightsaber battle on film since he was a kid.

Did you ever think you’d be a Jedi Master?

Zac: (laughs) That was another fun thing in the movie. I’ve wanted to do a legit lightsaber fight since I was 10 years old. And finally at 21, we made it happen. That’s as close as I’m gonna get.

See the entire AmericanSuperstarTV interview here:
WATCH VIDEO: Zac Efron – 17 Again movie interview

Check out more interviews with Zac talking about Jedi training here:

Force is Strong with Scotland’s Police

Bonnie Burton | April 16, 2009

Eight police officers serving with Scotland’s largest force listed their official religion as Jedi!

Jane’s Police Review editor Chris Herbert, who requested the information, said: “The Force appears to be strong in Strathclyde Police with their Jedi police officers and staff. “Far from living a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, some members of the noble Jedi order have now chosen Glasgow and its surrounding streets as their home.”

Force is strong for Jedi police (via BBC News)