Posts Tagged ‘Celebrities’



KISS Thinks Star Wars Rocks

StarWars.com Team | August 6, 2008

(Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick and Maul Stanley)If you’ve been to a convention, namely Star Wars Celebration IV, you might remember a rather impressive fan dressed as none other than Bananakin Skywalker, but his other alter-ego Maul Stanley has a knack for getting some awesome interviews with some of the most legendary folks in metal music. Luckily for us, he took time out to ask long-time Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick about his love for Star Wars.Here’s a few highlights:

Do you have a favorite line, moment or scene from any of the Star Wars films?
Gosh, every 5 minutes there’s another memorable scene in every one of the movies. George Lucas just knows how to create great entertainment. No doubt, when Darth Vader reveals to Luke Skywalker that he’s actually his father, that’s a very intense and powerful moment. And to see him later without his mask on… to see how freakin’ ugly Darth Vader was underneath… that was actually quite scary!

So who’s scarier under the mask, Darth Vader or Gene Simmons?
Good question! Gene can be very scary, but I’d have to say he’s still one up on Darth Vader.
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“Heroes” Producer Reviews Millennium Falcon

StarWars.com Team | August 5, 2008

Get a full tour and review of the 2.5-foot Star Wars Legacy Collection Millennium Falcon from Hasbro, but none other than producer/writer Jesse Alexander. He’s worked on such geektastic shows as “Heroes,” “Alias” and “Lost” — and has the Emmy on his desk to prove it.

This is one of the best ways to check out Hasbro’s massively detailed Millennium Falcon. Jesse shows us what’s inside, what the buttons do when you push them, and gives us a preview of all the glorious sound files. He not only has this great video, but also writes out a few of his initial impressions about the Falcon here on Gizmodo:

This Falcon’s paint job is slick. And so detailed I’m guessing it must’ve been done by next-gen droids, or Jawa slave children with very small hands. All the tech in this Falcon is state of the art. She’s got sound effects up the gundark. Triggered via multiple buttons strategically placed around her sturdy Corellian hull. The orange light at the rear of the cockpit is cool. As is the sweet blue band of engine light that accompanies the jump to hyperspace. But my fave feature has to be the twin LED’s that illuminate when the boarding ramp slowly lowers at the touch of a button. Perfect for lighting up the squishy floor of any odd looking asteroid cave.

One can only hope this magnificent spice smuggler heralds an approaching renaissance from the boffins at Hasbro. The build quality, attention to detail, and sheer number of features on the Legacy Collection Falcon will raise the expectations of Star Wars Fans the republic over. Owning your own freighter ain’t cheap. You may need to sell your mint in-box landspeeder from ’77 to cover the cost. But she’s worth it. See you on the Kessel run! I think 11 parsecs is doable!

Watch the VIDEO review here:
Guest Review: Millennium Falcon Legacy Edition by ‘Heroes’ Producer Jesse Alexander (Gizmodo)

Simon Pegg Wants a Lucasfilm Gig

StarWars.com Team | August 4, 2008

Fans of the geektastic British sitcom “Spaced” know all too well that actor Simon Pegg’s character was so destroyed by his hatred for The Phatom Menace that he lost his job. Pegg’s not much of a prequel fan either, but he hopes he can still find a way to work on “The Clone Wars” TV series.

“The second season of the show came out just after The Phantom Menace, a film which, I’m sorry to say, I found immensely disappointing,” Pegg says. “Needless to say, Tim felt the same way and in the opening episode ‘Time’ burns his Star Wars stuff on a funeral pyre. The scene recreates exactly the moment when Luke burns the body of his father at the end of Return of the Jedi. I think it reflected the feelings of many fans. For the first time ever, there was a division in a group of people that had always felt very united. Fortunately, I had an outlet for my displeasure. In one scene Tim screams at a little boy for wanting to buy a Jar Jar Binks doll. It summed up the frustration of the older fans whose expectations were so high and the innocence of the small children for whom it was a colorful and exciting film.”

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Golden Memories: Anthony Daniels’ Reflections

StarWars.com Team | July 20, 2008

It has been 30 years since I first stood on a lonely planet, Tatooine, and I said the opening lines of the first Star Wars movie ever. “Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor! We’ll be destroyed for sure!” Well, nobody got destroyed and we went on to go five more movies, and I got the honor of saying the last line in the last movie. Do you remember what that one is? “Oh no!”

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George Lucas Wants You to Vote

Bonnie Burton | July 1, 2008

Hip hop stars Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Ciara, Egypt, Doug E. Fresh, Flo Rida, Russell Simmons, oh and filmmaker George Lucas, think you should register and vote in 2008.

VIDEO: George Lucas in Vote For It ‘08

More on the “Vote For It ‘08″ PSA:

VFI08 is a joint initiative between the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), and online ad network and marketing company, CPX Interactive. The overarching purpose of the joint initiative is to serve as a call-to-action to America’s youth vote, emphasizing the importance of connectivity to the growing national political spirit and the necessity of empowering one’s self thru the exercise of the most basic responsibility…that is the right to vote.

Get more info here:
VoteForIt08.org

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SOURCE: TheForce.net

Remembering Special Effects Master Stan Winston

StarWars.com Team | June 19, 2008

This week we lost an iconic special effects innovator and make-up artist Stan Winston, who’s best known for his work in the Terminator films, Jurassic Park, Aliens, Predator, Edward Scissorhands and most recently Iron Man, passed away at age 62 on June 15, 2008. He leaves behind a legacy of innovative work that not only earned him four Academy Awards, but legions of fans who many have become movie make-up artists and creature creators themselves.

Revenge of the Sith Creature Shop Supervisor Dave Elsey talks to us about his own admiration for Stan Winston and why his talents on the big screen will be missed.

When did you first discover the work of Stan Winston?
I was probably about 15 when I discovered Stan Winston’s work. I had a book called Making A monster by Al Taylor and Sue Roy, and I was really obsessed by the stuff he did, even back then, before he started doing all the really iconic stuff. I really loved his collaborative old age makeup on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman.

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Preview of Star Wars Insider #102

StarWars.com Team | June 9, 2008

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Available this week is the latest issue of Star Wars Insider. Here’s a preview of the feature article with Stuart Freeborn, sculptor of such legendary faces as Chewbacca and Yoda. Of course, Freeborn’s career in the movie business began long before he arrived in that galaxy far, far away…

Make-up man Stuart Freeborn’s impressive body of work stretches all the way back to the films of Charlie Chaplin, but it’s his design of the distinctive Star Wars characters like Yoda and Chewbacca that interests Insider!

A make-up man of considerable experience as well as a well-respected innovator, Stuart Freeborn’s impressive resume includes work with Alexander Korda, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers, and even the Muppets, as well as creating the stunningly realistic apes for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey before he accepted the challenge to work on the original Star Wars. Now enjoying his retirement with his wife, the 93-year-old veteran of over 70 films shared some of his personal memories of making the original Star Wars trilogy.

Read more after the jump…

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We’ll Miss You, Gormaanda

Bonnie Burton | May 30, 2008


(Harvey Korman as Chef Gormaanda)

When I think back on some of the first movies I saw with my dad, or hours spent at home as a latch-key kid watching comedy skit TV shows, it’s full of memories involving comedic actor Harvey Korman. I remember giggling at his klutzy Hedley Lamarr character in the movie Blazing Saddles. I recall my afterschool ritual of getting comfy on the living room couch, with Little Debbie oatmeal pies in hand, and snort-laughing at Korman’s crazy antics on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

I can still remember being on the edge of my seat in the movie theater watching Korman as Captain Blythe in Herbie Goes Bananas. Heck, I even liked him during my full-blown Goth days when he played Dr. Jack Seward in Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

So it really shouldn’t be a surprise when years later, I was brave enough to admit in a crowded Lucasfilm marketing meeting that I was a big fan of the “Star Wars Holiday Special.”

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Daniel Logan to Blog from Star Wars Weekends

StarWars.com Team | May 27, 2008


Actor Daniel Logan.

Attack of the Clones Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan blogs about Memorial Day, ANZAC Day in New Zealand, and his upcoming appearance at Disney Star Wars Weekend in Orlando, Florida from June 6-8, 2008. We can’t wait to see him there!

Daniel writes in his blog:

This will be a great weekend. Not only will you get to see me there, but the original Boba, Jeremy Bulloch, will be there as well. I am excited to be in Orlando together with Jeremy for the first time. We have both attended the Star Wars Weekends in the past, but this will be the first time that both Bobas will be together on the same weekend. As I did last year, I will be sending a report, with pictures, from the event to Starwars.com. So I hope you will stop in and take a look at my story from Orlando over the weekend of June 6-8.

Also, another special thing about that weekend… I will be celebrating my 21st birthday on June 6! Little Boba is not so little anymore!

Read his full blog entry here:
Daniel Logan Reporting from the Star Wars Weekends in Orlando, FL

San Jose Super-Con 2008 Recap

Bonnie Burton | May 20, 2008

Never one to turn down a comic book convention, I spent this past Sunday at Super-Con 2008 in San Jose, Calif. hanging out with fellow comic book fans, writers and artists, as well as celebrity Star Wars fans Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin, actor/author Wil Wheaton, Bongo Comics Creative Director Bill Morrison and Star Wars actor Daniel Logan.

Super-Con is pretty small in scope compared to the bigger conventions like San Diego Comic-Con. It reminded me of Alternative Press Expo and WonderCon used to be before all movie marketers and Hollywood publicists figured out that their key demographic is all in one spot. I got to have real conversations with artists like Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn about their Star Wars art.


(New work from Adam Hughes)

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