Posts Tagged ‘Celebrities’



Justin Timberlake and C-3PO Together At Last

Bonnie Burton | December 3, 2008


(Who do you trust more to bring sexy back?)

The droids and celebs come out for a night to celebrate Samuel L. Jackson receiving the 2008 American Cinematheque Award. Artoo, accompanied by his counterpart, translator, and traveling companion C-3PO, was nice enough to send along a few snapshots of his star-studded night to Starwars.com. The ceremony airs on AMC December 9th with special appearances by the maker himself, George Lucas.

Read the full article with more photos here:
Droid Report from Beverly Hills (Starwars.com)

Create Your Own Geeky Avatar

Brooks Brown | November 26, 2008

With the latest update to our 360′s worldwide, one of the odder features is the inclusion of ‘Mii-Like’ avatars. Sure, some of us bounced through the process very fast since we’ve been through it a dozen times with family on the household Wii. But some creative people decided to take it a step further.

One of my favorite gaming sites of late, Games Radar, decided to collect their favorites and show them to us. The Pris (remember her from Blade Runner?) and the Neo from The Matrix are good. But I’m not here for them. As they note – the hairstyles included are minimal, yet somehow – some way – they found room for historic buns.

LeiavatarIt is worth heading over to their site to see the rest of them. Spock, Mr. T, and even a really, really creepy Michael Jackson. That one might be going too far.

Robot Chicken Back With More Star Wars

StarWars.com Team | November 14, 2008

Robot Chicken Strikes Back With More Star Wars

The Emperor, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and the rest of everyone’s favorite Star Wars characters are back with more laughs and plenty of inside hardcore fan details in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. The special airs this Sunday, Nov. 16 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at 11:30 PM. Starwars.com chats with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich about what fans can expect from the new episode as well as special guest star appearances. Seth also talks about his upcoming directorial debut for his comic book The Freshman.

EXCERPT:

Any notable guest star voices you’d like to mention?

Seth: Carrie Fisher is in the show, which is awesome.

Matt: Billy Dee Williams came in and knocked it out of the park for us.

Seth: We got to record Billy Dee before, so we had kind of a rapport with him. And this was just… I can’t tell you how much I love Billy Dee Williams. He is so awesome. The tracks he gave us are outrageous. We even wrote a whole sketch for the proper season where Billy Dee himself encounters a fan at the supermarket, we loved him so much.

Ahmed Best came in to do Jar Jar. I can’t even express how talented that kid is. Abe Benrubi came back to do our Darth Vader.

Matt: Seth MacFarlane is in it again as the Emperor. Breckin Meyer is Boba Fett again. Seth: Donald Faison makes a great appearance as Gary the Stormtrooper.

Is this the first time you all have worked with Carrie Fisher for Robot Chicken?

Seth: This is the first time she’s done Robot Chicken, but I’ve worked with her before on Austin Powers and we’ve met a bunch over the years. She was great! She was really game and very fun, and totally engaged in the material.

Matt: She said if George Lucas could do it, she could do it.

Full interview here:
Robot Chicken Strikes Back With More Star Wars (Starwars.com)

Simon Pegg’s Star Wars Fan Fic

Bonnie Burton | November 13, 2008

Star Wars fan fiction is fairly easy to to find online, but fan fiction written by celebrities is even rarer. Recently, actor and Original Trilogy Star Wars fan Simon Pegg writes this tale featuring Bail Organa, Shaak Ti, Mon Mothma, Kazdan Paratus, Rahm Kota, Obi-Wan Kenobi and a holo-transmission of Yoda, among others chat about Anakin’s new role as Darth Vader and what to do with those twins.

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Tina Fey as Princess Leia?

Bonnie Burton | November 7, 2008

Next time you want to get excused from jury duty, try dressing like Princess Leia. In this week’s episode of the hit show 30 Rock (Season 3: Episode 2 – “Believe in the Stars”), Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) gets out of jury duty in Chicago by doing just that.

“I never get put on a jury. I wear my Princess Leia costume and they dismiss me immediately.”

Sure enough, she wears the classic A New Hope garb to jury duty and says in a rather bizarre accent: “I don’t think it’s really fair for me to be on a jury because I can read thoughts.” “DISMISSED!”

Hologram News Coverage from CNN

StarWars.com Team | November 5, 2008

During last night’s election CNN unveiled their hologram technology to beam in correspondents Star Wars-style. Think of Anderson Cooper as R2-D2 and Obama supporter and musician Wil.I.Am as Princess Leia (minus the hair buns) and you get the idea. As Wil.I.Am says, “I’m being beamed to you like it’s Star Wars and stuff.”

Cooper and Wil.I.Am weren’t the only ones using the holograms to chit chat about the election. CNN new correspondent Wolf Blitzer also gave it a go.

Check out Cooper and Wil.I.Am as they geek out on CNN here:
WATCH VIDEO:
CNN Can’t Stop Pimping Its Election-Night Holographic Toy

(via io9.com)

Star Trek Movie Influenced by Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | October 4, 2008

Speaking with Wired.com, Star Trek scriptwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman swap thoughts about their personal obsession with the Trek canon, the premise that put J.J. Abrams in the director’s chair and the brainstorm sessions with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof that brought some Star Wars mojo to the Star Trek mythology.

Excerpt:

Wired.com: J.J. Abrams makes no secret that he’s more of a Star Wars guy and not so much into Star Trek, but you two were full-tilt fans.

Orci: In terms of fandom, yeah, and Damon too is a fanatic – we’re not going to drop the ball out of ignorance. Nobody can say that we don’t know Star Trek. There might be some things we do that people could question, where they go, “I hate them for some other reasons,” but they can’t say, “They didn’t know their stuff.”

Orci: And it’s controversial to even mention Star Wars and Star Trek in the same sentence, but Alex said, “We have to bring more Star Wars into Star Trek.”

Kurtzman: (joke-coughing) Original Star Wars.

Orci: Original Star Wars. I want to feel the space, I want to feel speed and I want to feel all the things that can become a little bit lost when Star Trek becomes very stately — which I love about it , but….

Kurtzman: Star Trek is often the space equivalent of sub battles, which is what makes it unique and different from Star Wars, so you can’t blow that away, either.

Orci: It’s somewhere between that the truth lies.

Read the full interview here:
Star Trek Writers Brace for Impact (Wired.com)

Read about J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof’s love for Star Wars here: Mission: “Lost” in Star Wars — J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof (Starwars.com)

Hiro Channeling Anakin for “Heroes” Season 3

StarWars.com Team | September 19, 2008

“Heroes” actor Masi Oka revealed that his character Hiro Nakamura could very will be like Anakin Skywalker by turning to the dark side in the next season of “Heroes” called “Villains.”

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Is Hiro tempted to turn evil this season?
Well, I’ll throw in Anakin Skywalker in there.

Is Hiro’s character going to get darker?
Possibly. Every character has to grow. Hiro kind of lost his innocence in some sense so it’s kind of hard for him to gain that back. Maybe he will somehow, we don’t know. But I’ll throw in another Anakin Skywalker reference as well.

Watch the full interview here:
VIDEO: BuddyTV Interview with Masi Oka

Also check out our interview with Masi Oka about his “Heroes” character and its parallels to Star Wars:
A Hero’s Journey: Masi Oka (Starwars.com)

The new season of “Heroes” starts on Monday, Sept. 22 on NBC. Stay tuned to Star Wars Rocks for more interviews with the “Heroes” cast and crew!

Tina Fey Voting for Leia in ’08

StarWars.com Team | September 14, 2008

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If you happened to catch Tina Fey’s highly publicized cameo as Sarah Palin in Saturday Night Live‘s season premiere last night, you may have caught her flashing a bit of Star Wars fandom in the show’s closer — yep, Fey’s donning one of the Zazzle’s Star Wars Election ’08 t-shirts, available exclusively at Zazzle’s site and at StarWarsShop.com!

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Thanks to theforce.net for the heads up!

Fanboys Producers on “Shootout”

StarWars.com Team | August 7, 2008

Recently on the movie interview show “Shootout” on AMC, producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti chat about how Fanboys got approval from George Lucas himself to shoot at Skywalker Ranch, as well as about the Cancer plot returning to the movie thanks to passionate fans who cared enough to speak out about the changes.

VIDEO: Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti on Fanboys (AMC TV)