Posts Tagged ‘Celebrities’

Star Wars Actor Jay Laga’aia Joins the 501st Team | May 18, 2009

(Photo by Percy Ricaud)

Star Wars actor Jay Laga’aia — who is best known for his role as Captain Typho — can now be officially addressed as TK-6352 thanks to The 501st Legion. writes:

Although he’s been a Honorary Member of the 501st since October 2005, Star Wars actor Jay Laga’aia (Captain Typho) always had full intentions of becoming an armor-wearing member of the 501st. On May 14, Jay realized his dream and was approved as TK-6352 of the Terror Australis Garrison.

To preserve the surprise, local members were bound to secrecy even as they helped Jay acquire and assemble his stormtrooper armor, and the tongue-in-cheek alias of “Jasson Lagguinski” was used throughout the member application process.

Jay is the 2009 Star Wars Weekends celebrity host from May 22 to June 14 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, and hopes to don the armor for his first official troop sometime during his visit. Jay will be joined each weekend by other Star Wars Weekends mainstays such as Jeremy Bulloch, Warwick Davis, Dave Filoni, Peter Mayhew, Temuera Morrison, Ray Park, David Prowse and Matthew Wood and — of course — the 501st Legion.

Congrats Jay! We all look forward to see you suited up!

Heroes Son Shows Star Wars Pride Team | May 16, 2009

Adrian Pasdar may be a hero on Heroes but we think his son is our hero for showing off his Star Wars pride at the Star Trek premiere by wearing that awesome Millennium Falcon Junk Food t-shirt. Way to go!

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

Anakin Skywalker at Waterworld! Team | May 11, 2009

Meet Matt Lanter — the voice of Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars and Liam on 90120! He’ll be appearing at Waterworld in Concord, CA on May 16!

CW Bay Area is throwing a contest to give fans a chance to win a trip for two to Beverly Hills and a $1000 shopping spree!

More info here:

Donald Faison’s Chronicles of Lando Calrissian

Bonnie Burton | May 6, 2009

Donald Faison, who plays Turk in the comedy Scrubs, was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where he showed off his Star Wars cred (he’s seen The Empire Strikes Back over 300 times) and pitched his new TV idea The Chronicles of Lando Calrissian, starring, of course, himself as Lando.

It’d be The Chronicles of Lando Calrissian starring Donald Faison. I’d be Lando. And it would be before he lost the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo in that Sabacc game. And we would be cruising across the galaxy in the Falcon gettin’ chicks, drinking ale. And the hair would be phenomenal! I’d have to wear a wig or what we could do is just shave my head for back in the day when Lando used to shave his head. He’d have a whole new crew. It would be before Episode IV. So Episode 3.5 or 3.6.

He loved the idea so much that he even made a stop-motion animation movie of what it would look like with toys that he showed on Late Night. Not surprising, his love for Star Wars influenced him so much that he ended up taking a stop-motion class when he was just a kid. He shows the clip to Jimmy and makes the sound effects off to the side. Awesome!

WATCH VIDEO: Donald Faison on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Celebs Twitter About #Starwarsday Team | May 4, 2009

To celebrate Star Wars Day, fans on Twitter are using the hashtag #Starwarsday at the end of their “May the Fourth Be With You Greetings.”

Of course, celebrity Star Wars fans are in on the act as well. Here’s a selection of some of our faves from Rainn Wilson (The Office actor), Stephen Fry (British actor and author), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Nar Williams (Host of Science of the Movies).

Rainn Wilson (The Office actor) tweets:


Darth Vader to Battle in Ultradome Team | May 3, 2009

If you like Spike’s hit show The Deadliest Warrior where experts use MythBusters-like tactics and science to see what historical warrior would win in a battle against another such as Ninja vs. Spartan, or Pirate vs. Knight — then you’re going to love Spike’s new web series produced and starring one of our favorite celebrity Star Wars fans, Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia.

The web series is called Ultradome and the premise is simple (and sounds entertaining):

The project is from Agility Studios along with Ventimiglia’s DiVide Pictures. In each three- to five-minute episode, two characters engage in a heated geek-culture debate — “Who’s tougher, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones?” — then are transported to a stadium where the duo engage in single combat using all the weaponry, skills and pop culture touchstones from their respective hero’s creative arsenal.

“My whole life has been spent engaged with friends in intellectual debate…like whether Captain Kirk is tougher than Spock or if Middle Earth is a more difficult place to live than Tatooine,” Ventimiglia said. “With Ultradome, we can bring these debates to the public and settle them in the most logical way possible: through armed combat.”

Ventimiglia said he and partner Russ Cundiff came up with the idea after putting a couple mock lightsaber battles online and envisioning how Luke Skywalker would slice and dice Mr. Spock.

The actor will appear in the first episode, which pits Star Wars vs. The Lord of the Rings. Ventimiglia will be backing Rings. but only because his co-star pleaded to represent for Star Wars.

Our money, as always, is on the Dark Lord of the Sith. Go Team Vader!

Which Star Wars character match-ups do you want to see do battle on Ultradome? Boba Fett vs. Dog the Bounty Hunter? R2-D2 vs. Doctor Who‘s K-9? Tell us in the comments!

Read more about Ultradome here:
Geeks run gauntlet in Ultradome
(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Milo Ventimiglia Readies Ultradome Fanboy Faceoff
(via Tubefilter News)

Doctor Who Wears Stormtrooper Bling Team | April 28, 2009

Actor David Tennant may play the Doctor on TV, but when he dresses up for the BAFTAs, he’s all about Star Wars. Here he is wearing the bedazzling stormtrooper shirt by design Marc Ecko.

Earlier in the week, Ecko’s Boba Fett Hoodie got some love on Dollhouse.

Matt Lanter Talks 90210 and Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | April 27, 2009

(Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

Clone Wars voice actor Matt Lanter not only gives Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker his voice, but also plays a role in the hit relaunch of 90210. Here’s what he has to say about his work on The Clone Wars.

On playing Anakin Skywalker in the animated series ‘The Clone Wars’: “I knew it was going to be a huge thing because it was ‘Star Wars,’ but I honestly didn’t know it was going to be this huge. I think we’re the number one show for boys 6 to maybe 15 on cable and network combined. In 161 countries… I feel a closeness to that character. He’s there in appearance but I add the life and sound to him. My mom thinks she’s watching me when she sees the cartoon.”

On getting the part: “[They called me in for] a character called Deep Star Killer. I researched as much as I could on the Internet about Deep Star Killer but I couldn’t find a thing, so I decided to wing it. They told me got for something between Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Evidently they liked it – they called a few days later to tell me I got the part, ‘and by the way, it’s Anakin Skywalker, so welcome to the series.’”
“I walked in [to Skywalker Ranch] and the first thing George Lucas said was, ‘Anakin!’ To have him call me Anakin… it was mind-blowing. What an honor.”

Read the full interview here:
Matt Lanter Talks ’90210,’ ‘Star Wars’ and Saying Goodbye to Dustin Milligan (via

Read more about Matt Lanter here:
Matt Lanter: The Chosen One (via

We’ll Miss You, Ackmena

Bonnie Burton | April 25, 2009

When I first started working at Lucasfilm 6 years ago, one of my responsibilities was to admin the forums. Because I was an admin, I could choose any Star Wars character (including obscure EU folks) I wanted as my avatar. I didn’t have to think about it long. I instantly chose Ackmena — the night-time bartender of the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine played by none other than Bea Arthur in The Star Wars Holiday Special.

I had always a nostaglic love for that Thanksgiving television special which aired in 1978. It wasn’t because of the Boba Fett cartoon, or the discovery that Chewbacca was married and had a kid named Lumpy. Nope. It was all because of Bea. She was strong, smart, witty, and didn’t take any guff from anyone, including the Empire.

Every character Bea Arthur played — whether it be the sassy bartender Ackmena, Maude Findlay (on Maude), or Dorothy Zbornak (on Golden Girls) — had this inner strength and sarcasm that made her cynical yet lovable. She was liberal without being self-righteous. She was a feminist before I ever knew what that meant. Best of all, she danced with Greedo and sang to that wretched hive of scum and villainy as she threw them out of the cantina.