Posts Tagged ‘Celebrities’

Star Wars Fan Abrams Reinvents Trek

Bonnie Burton | May 1, 2008

Most fans know by now that “Lost” co-creator and film director J.J. Abrams is a die-hard Star Wars-ophile, so when he decided reimagine the prequel story of James Kirk, some people were inclined to raise a Spock eyebrow. Abrams tells AP why he chose to tackle the sci-fi franchise already saturated with a vocal fan base of its own.

“It was an opportunity to take what I think has been a maligned world — to sound crass, a franchise — and treat it in a way that made it something that I wanted to see,” said Abrams, who recently finished shooting on Star Trek, due in theaters May 8, 2009. “To take the characters, the thoughtfulness, the personalities, the sense of adventure, the idea of humanity working together, the sense of social commentary and innovation, all that stuff. To take it and apply it in a way that felt genuinely thrilling.”


Artist Murakami Inspired by Star Wars Team | April 23, 2008

(Spike Star Wars billboards remixed with Murakami art)

Contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami — most noted for founding the Superflat postmodern art movement — recently moved his @Murakami exhibit from Los Angeles to Brooklyn. io9 chats with him about his art and how sci-fi films like Star Wars influenced his work.

Do you have any specific science fiction influences to your work? Any movies or television shows you grew up watching?
I loved Galaxy Express 999. When I saw the scene depicting Planet Maetel’s collapse, I was moved from the bottom of my heart, and made the decision to work in the field of anime. Also, the amount of influence that the appearance of Star Wars exerted on my generation is tremendous. I felt sympathetic to the revolution that George Lucas started, and my work has become a re-enactment of that sort of revolution in the art scene.

What artists do you enjoy?
Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Hayao Miyazaki.

Read the full interview here:
Murakami Tells io9 About His Secret Love For J.J. Abrams


Seth Green in The Clone Wars

Bonnie Burton | April 21, 2008

According to, “Robot Chicken” co-creator and actor Seth Green revealed at NY Comic Con that he will be doing a cameo in the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

“I did something on that cartoon,” Green admitted to us at NY Comic Con, revealing for the first time that the “Buffy” star will be making an appearance in the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. “I came in and did a voice.”

As for which character Green will play, fans will have to wait for the series to hit Cartoon Network later this year to find out. “I’d love to tell you, but I can’t,” he gushed. “They make me sign all these papers and then they take my kids away. [But] it was fun.”

Read the full article here:
Seth Green Gets Dream Job, Finally Joins The Star Wars Universe
(MTV Movies Blog)

Harrison Ford Compares Han to Indy Team | April 17, 2008

USA Today briefly chats with actor Harrison Ford about the start of his film career and how he thinks Han Solo and Indy differ as characters.

He gives “no credit to the culture for embracing (Han) as a hero. He’s dumb as a stump! He’s certainly got a good heart, but I think he’s certainly a much less interesting character than Indiana Jones. The breadth of his story utility was never extensive. He was the foil between the other more compelling elements of the film. There’s not breadth of character to explore beyond what we got out of him.”

Read the full interview here:
Ford’s Star Wars fame was light-years away (USA Today)

Russell Brand’s AT-AT Aviary Team | April 9, 2008

British actor and comedian Russell Brand can be seen as the rock star Aldous Snow in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but some Star Wars fans might be interested to learn that as a kid Brand tried to nurse wounded birds back to health using his toy AT-AT as a makeshift aviary.


Zac Efron’s Lightsaber Battle

Bonnie Burton | April 3, 2008

Ever since we first wrote about “High School the Musical” star Zac Efron twirling a lightsaber in his Big-in-reverse film Seventeen Again, we’ve be curious to see more footage!

“We do have a showdown with lightsabers…if that’s not enough reason to come see it,” Zac smiles.

Lucky for us, we just found this preview clip of Seventeen Again with that epic lightsaber battle at the very beginning and end.

You’re welcome.

Seventeen Again Movie Clip (Moviefone)

Also check out this article and watch another video of Zac in action here:
Zac Efron Sheds Teen Image, Plays It Cool For Seventeen Again (

George Lucas Honors Arthur C. Clarke

Bonnie Burton | March 21, 2008

Wired magazine interviews George Lucas, Whitley Streiber, Harlan Ellison, Cory Doctorow and others about how Arthur C. Clarke influenced their own sci-fi books, comics and films.

Here’s what George Lucas had to say:

George Lucas, filmmaker
Arthur C. Clarke was a great inspiration to me. The breadth of his imagination has yet to be equaled. He will be missed, but I’m grateful that his legacy will live on through his visionary novels and his groundbreaking work on 2001.

Read the rest here:
Arthur C. Clarke: Artists Elegize an Icon

Count Dooku Sings “The Toreador March” Team | March 20, 2008

Count Dooku actor Christopher Lee recently recorded the metal version of “The Toreador March” with South London punk group, The Inner Terrestrials. Even though this might be old news to a few die-hard fans, we’re hoping Christopher Lee makes more guest appearances with bands in the near future.

Watch the video here of Christopher Lee singing and hanging out with the band.

The Feeling of the Force Team | February 28, 2008

(photo courtesy of News Newgroup Papers Ltd.)

According to The Sun tabloid, Brit singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor has funny looking knees. As if! What we care more about is her choice of costume at a recent DJ gig.

The singer was recently seen at London’s Koko club, where she and her husband Richard Jones — bassist for The Feeling — did a DJ set for the venue’s Guilty Pleasures night. The pair showed off their Star Wars fan cred by dressing as Han Solo and Princess Leia! Though Richard does look more like a Jedi than a space pirate…

And for the record, we think Sophie’s knees look just fine.

Check out the story here.

McQuarrie Becomes 501st Member Team | February 25, 2008

Vader and Ralph McQuarrie

Today, legendary Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie was presented honorary membership in the 501st Legion in a small ceremony conducted in front of the Yoda fountain at Lucasfilm’s Presidio complex.