Posts Tagged ‘Celebrities’



Megan Fox Ponders Slave Leia Costume

StarWars.com Team | June 23, 2009

We love that Megan Fox is a Star Wars fangirl. While promoting her latest film: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, she chats with Collider.com about being excited about going to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

She’s not sure she’ll be able to roam the Comic-Con floor, but she wishes she could check out the Top Cow booth, pick up a few t-shirts, and dress up like Slave Leia!

Do you like Comic-Con?

I love Comic-Con.

Do you get to walk on the convention floor?

I don’t know if I’ll get to this time without security, and that’s embarrassing. I don’t want to walk everywhere with security. I don’t even need it. But they’re so fearful that I need it, they give it to me. I would love to go to the Top Cow booth, and go find a t-shirt or two. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that.

Some famous actors have talked about wearing a costume, like a stormtrooper outfit, and then they walk around by themselves.

My inital thought was Princess Leia Slave. That would be like the opposite of what I want to do as far as needing security, I guess.

WATCH VIDEO: Megan Fox talks Jonah Hex, Comic-Con and Says She’d Like to Walk Around as Slave Leia
(via Collider.com)

George Lucas Honored at Siskel Center

StarWars.com Team | June 17, 2009


(Jon Favreau, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson — Photo courtesy Jimmy Mac.)

This weekend filmmaker George Lucas was honored in Chicago by The Gene Siskel Film Center with a gala event which included an interview by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.

Media were also in attendance including our friends at Force-Cast who covered the event and snagged an interview with The Maker himself.

Jon Favreau conducted an hour-long discussion with George that mostly focused on his technological and artistic contributions to cinema, including his advancements in digital film making, creation of his company, and his hobby of architecture. During the interview, Lucas claimed rules do not work and he stressed the need to think outside the box. George said he developed new film making technologies was because he was lazy and wanted the easiest way to concentrate his attention on the fun aspects of movie making. Lucas also informed attendees that he is working on literally 40 screenplays for television including the development of a second Star Wars animated series. The captive audience hung on every word and the evening ended with a standing ovation for the revolutionary director.

Check out their coverage here:

Count Dooku Now Sir Lee

StarWars.com Team | June 15, 2009

Legendary actor Christopher Lee — who is well known to Star Wars fans worldwide as Count Dooku — was given his knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

Cinema fans already know of Lee’s greatness from over 200 films including his iconic roles as Count Dracula in endless Hammer horror films and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It’s obvious the great Sir Christopher Lee deserves knighthood for his acting, but we also like to think it’s in part due to his singing chops.

Read more about his knighthood here:
Queen Elizabeth Decrees It’s Now ‘Sir Christopher Lee’ (via Wired)

Happy Birthday to Ralph McQuarrie!

StarWars.com Team | June 13, 2009

Today marks the 80th birthday of an artist who made filmmaker George Lucas’ vision of an action-packed galaxy full of Jedi, Sith, stormtroopers and droids a reality through his breathtaking pre-production artwork.

The execs at 20th Century Fox were so impressed with McQuarrie’s concept art that they gave Lucas the funding he needed to make Star Wars and change cinema and our vision of space forever.

Artist Ralph McQuarrie tells Star Wars Insider:

Star Wars included the sort of stylized design I was interested in when I was at Art Center College of Design, which I never had a chance to work on commercially prior to Star Wars. It sort of wound up being mine because I was given the privilege of designing the sets, the costumes and everything else in the paintings I did for George’s presentation to Fox.”

He continues, “George and I didn’t think the stuff that I did would necessarily be in the film, but he wanted me to show him what I thought would be an ideal solution for each scene. And it turned out he took those paintings along when he went to England to talk to the crew who designed the sets and costumes. And there they were, these paintings I’d done, up on the wall. I think they presented a pretty concise image of what the film could look like, so George could say, ‘This is what I want.’ They used quite a lot of what I had done in their designs.”

In addition to the Star Wars trilogy (as well as the Star Wars Holiday Special), McQuarrie also contributed greatly to Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Battlestar Galactica, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, among other noted films.

Happy Birthday, Ralph! Thanks for making us all take out our sketchpads and attempt to draw worlds as beautiful as yours.

Read more McQuarrie’s work on Star Wars here:
Ralph McQuarrie on Designing Star Wars

To learn more about the life and work of Ralph McQuarrie, visit Ralphmcquarrie.com.

Favreau and Lucas: Mutual Admiration Society

Bonnie Burton | June 8, 2009


(Director Jon Favreau proudly wears his Skywalker Sound shirt on location for Iron Man.)

Iron Man director Jon Favreau will be not only presenting filmmaker George Lucas with the Gene Siskel Film Center Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking next weekend at a gala event, he’ll have the opportunity to interview him about his filmmaking process and influences. Even though Favreau is swamped working on the next Iron Man film, he couldn’t resist the rare request.

“It is hard to drop everything when you’re on a film this big,” he said when we spoke by phone the other day. “But the Art Institute asked me to fly to Chicago for George. Nothing short of the death of a close relative would stop me from boarding that plane.”

Favreau would never agree he is Lucas’ equal, but asked what he admires of the filmmaker, Favreau pointed to a parallel: “What I always loved is he lived through a period when films were nihilistic. The ’70s could be subversive, and I love those films, but he brought a sincere storytelling to what may seem like throwaway popcorn movies, and that hit the bull’s-eye for me.”

Lucas had equally nice things to say about Favreau:

“Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound have had the good fortune of working with Jon [on the 'Iron Man' films],” Lucas said. “I know firsthand that he is the type of filmmaker that crews here love to work with, because he always gives them the opportunity to break new ground.”

Read the full interview here:
Jon Favreau, just a regular guy (via Chicago Tribune)

Darth Maul to Join Heroes

Bonnie Burton | June 6, 2009


(Photo by Ron Riccio/Disney)

A Darth Maul vs. Peter Petrelli smackdown may no longer be a thing of fan fiction. Actor Ray Parks is in talks to appear in the hit NBC show Heroes.

The Ausiello Files reports:

British actor Ray Park, whose role as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace made him an icon to fanboys far and wide, is in talks to join the cast for a sizeable arc.

Little is known about Park’s role, except that he would be playing one of the colorful characters at the center of the show’s Carnivale-esque storyline. (My guess? He’s the character described in the breakdowns as “Knife Thrower.”)

Read the full article here:
Heroes recruits Sue Thomas, Darth Maul

Be sure to check out recent photos of Ray Park from his appearance at this year’s Disney Star Wars Weekends.

San Jose Super-Con 2009 Recap

StarWars.com Team | May 26, 2009


(Jane Wiedlin poses with 501st and wee little fan)

Not all conventions are made equally. While San Diego Comic-Con International is still considered the Mother Ship of geektastic gatherings, some of the smaller conventions still hold a special place in my heart. San Jose Super-Con (held May 16-17, 2009) is one of those tiny conventions that still believe comics, not movies, are king.

Here’s a recap of what you might have seen/heard/witnessed/tweeted if you were there.


(501st greet a young recruit)

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How Darth Vader Ended Up in Night at Museum 2

Bonnie Burton | May 20, 2009

Hank Azaria and Shawn Levy, the co-star and director of Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, recently told reporters that they were surprised that their characters were given permission to face against both Star Wars‘s Darth Vader and Sesame Street‘s Oscar the Grouch.

Azaria and Levy spoke alongside screenwriters Ben Garant and Tom Lennon and cast members Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Ben Stiller and Amy Adams at a press conference.

SciFi Wire reports:

Ben Stiller: With Darth Vader, didn’t George Lucas have to say it was OK?

Shawn Levy: Oh, yeah. We literally had to go to the top of the food chain with both at Sesame Street and George Lucas, and they said yes. It was always this hilarious scene where Darth Vader was going to try the choking gesture [on Kahmunrah] from Star Wars, but then Hank riffed all the stuff about Vader being an asthmatic and wearing a cape. Are we going to the opera?

Ben Stiller: Did George Lucas have to approve the final version?

Ricky Gervais: There’s a lawsuit coming. [laughs] [Edit: We think this is a joke.]

Hank Azaria: Yeah, but all the Jar Jar [Binks] stuff was taken out. [This is also a joke.]

How’d Darth Vader and Oscar the Grouch end up in Museum 2?
(via SciFi Wire)

Chris Pine Channels Han Solo for Star Trek

Bonnie Burton | May 20, 2009

Captain Kirk has always had a certain level of bravado, but for the new Star Trek film, so it’s no surprise that actor Chris Pine wanted to inject a little more personality from another beloved, sarcastic film character — Han Solo.

IGN reports:

When asked who he would like his incarnation of the Starship Enterprise captain to most resemble, Pine responded, “I would definitely say Harrison Ford in either Indiana Jones or Star Wars. What Harrison Ford is so great at doing is bringing that quality to his characters that if they could be anywhere else in the world they would be there, but he is not, he just is in the middle of s*** and he has to figure out a way of dealing with it so that he can go back to doing whatever the hell he was doing before the film started.”

“I’ve always loved that quality about him in Star Wars, this sense of absolute grumpy manner; the accidental hero. Not to say that I modeled my version of James T. Kirk on anything in particular but I think I definitely have wanted to bring that kind of Harrison Ford humor to Kirk.”

Read the full interview here:
Trek Star Reveals Captain Kirk Inspiration (via IGN.com)

Rotta the Hutt on Twitter Cam

Bonnie Burton | May 19, 2009

By now you probably either know about Twitter, or are twittering right this second. This weekend Digital Studio placed a big bluebird Twitter mascot over a cam on Hollywood Blvd., and asked people to reveal what they would be twittering at that moment.

Amongst the Twitter fans we were happy to spot The Clone Wars Rotta Back Buddy who made an appearance on the cam with Hot Topic model and Star Wars fan Amanda Jean, as well as Lucas Online’s very own Matt Martin!

WATCH VIDEO: Twittcam from Digital Studio Final (via Youtube)

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