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Glee Gets a Wookiee Hug!

Bonnie Burton | November 18, 2011


Glee cast w/ Chewbacca

Chewbacca visits the set of the hit Fox show Glee to add some intergalactic Wookiee love… right after Life Day, no less.

Glee actors Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Chris Colfer, Chord Overstreet, Damian McGinty, Dianna Agron and Jenna Ushkowitz tweeted about their Wookiee hugs on the set!

We already knew Glee star Chris Colfer was a die-hard fan when he tweeted about his Chewbacca backpack this year, but it even cooler to know that ALL the Gleeks love Wookiees!

Fingers crossed that Jane Lynch shows up in a Darth Vader costume!

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Early Mark Hamill Interview Surfaces

Pete Vilmur | November 16, 2011

A rare 30-minute interview with Mark Hamill, which appears to have been taped in late 1977 just before the release of Star Wars in Britain that December, has surfaced on YouTube by poster “mhsayers.”

The interview, which is described as having been conducted at Imperial College London, seems to have been broadcast on British television in October, 1978 — although Hamill at one point mentions the film hadn’t yet released in England, likely placing the original session sometime in late 1977.

It’s very rare to find such an extended one-on-one interview with one of the key cast members from this period, which had Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford whisked from one interview to another, often spending only a few minutes with any single interviewer.

Some interesting insights are revealed here that to our knowledge have never been officially publicized — definitely worth the watch if you’ve got a half-hour to spare (and can tolerate choppy editing on black-and-white videotape!)

UPDATE: According to our favorite Star Wars bibliographer/historian Bob Miller, this session was taped December 14, 1977, based on Hamill’s mention of “Blue Peter” being taped the following day (which occurred on December 15). Miller was also able to cross-reference the host’s mention of Hamill’s percentage reported in the Evening News, which was published on December 12.

Robert Kirkman: Growing Up with Jawas and Zombies

Bonnie Burton | October 14, 2011



(Photo by Megan Mack)

Interview by Bonnie Burton

You can’t be a fan of zombies and not know the name Robert Kirkman. As the creator of the award-winning comic book series The Walking Dead for Image Comics and the hit TV show The Walking Dead airing on AMC with a new season starting Oct 16, Kirkman is making us all a little more nervous when we hear something go bump in the middle of the night. Kirkman’s talents have also extended to other comics such as Invincible, Haunt, Guarding the Globe, Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies, just to name a few.

StarWars.com chats with Kirkman about why The Walking Dead needed to give zombies and the people fighting them a story worthy of both comics and television. Kirkman also geeks out about Jawas, George Lucas and why Boba Fett would be great at fighting off hordes of zombies.

ON THE WALKING DEAD:

What was the genesis for your wildly popular comic book series, The Walking Dead?

The main idea that resulted in The Walking Dead is the fact that I do not like the way most zombie movies end. I’m a fan of zombie movies; they’re always entertaining; but they only have only one of two endings — everybody dies or the people who survive run off into the sunset and you never see them again. It always occurred to me that the most interesting stories could be told after that point. How do they continue to survive? Where do they go? How do they find food? How do they build shelter? How do people interact in a world like this one or two years later? Is society rebuilt or is civilization lost for good? These are the kinds of questions that I would always think about.

At the time I was trying to come up with a new comic book series and I just thought, “Wow, that’s a story that I could really kind of dig into and tell for decades. My main goal in life is to create a comic book series that I’ll be able to write for years and years for as long as I wanted and be able to control it and tell the stories I wanted. And that became The Walking Dead.

How has the experience differed for you working on The Walking Dead TV series on AMC of your own comic?

It’s been easy because the comic book still exists; I’m still writing every month — that’s what I do and I do whatever I want with those stories; and nothing has changed at all in any way in as far as how the comic is made. When it comes to the television show… I don’t know how to make a television show. I don’t act, I don’t operate a camera, and I don’t know any of the things that go into making a TV show. So it hasn’t been difficult at all to go, “Okay, this is a completely different medium that I know nothing about, let’s work with 5,000 very talented people to try to come up with how this works.”

A lot your comic book fans have been debating why certain characters and story lines have gone in a different direction on the TV show. Has it been strange seeing The Walking Dead morph into something else on TV? Is the writers’ room like a zombie battlefield where you are fighting to keep certain elements from your comic in the show, or are you more flexible with the adaptation?

Being in the writers room is actually really fun because we’re delving into stories that I told years ago. The material that we’re adapting into the show now is stuff that I wrote 8 or 9 years ago. Being the guy who wrote that stuff, I look back on it and think about how I might do something different or better. I don’t look at that stuff and demand that things don’t change. I’m actively excited about changing things and adapting it and making it better by doing different things with it. If anything, I’m the guy i the room saying, “We don’t have to do that! What are you talking about?”

Other people are actually trying to convince me to keep things in the show from the comic. It’s a fun process and it hasn’t really been that hard for me to let go on the TV show just because I’m surrounded by such talented people.

ON GROWING UP WITH STAR WARS:

You’ve been quoted in your most recent bio, that you wore out your VHS copies of Return of the Jedi, what were some of your childhood memories of Star Wars?

I actually saw Return of the Jedi first. I watched that VHS copy so much that I didn’t even know it was the third movie in a trilogy. I didn’t see Star Wars until I was in ninth grade. I lot of people debate whether or not to see the prequel trilogy first because if spoils the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. I don’t think I ever didn’t know that Vader was Luke’s father. I guess I came across Star Wars in a weird way, but I guess that’s just how it happened.

As child of pop culture, you were a fan of G.I. Joe and Transformers as well as Star Wars. When you started drawing at a young age, did you ever merge your fandoms into one comic?

I don’t still have the drawings, but I know I drew Spider-Man and Batman with lightsabers and stuff like that.

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New Miss USA is a Star Wars Geek Girl!

Bonnie Burton | June 20, 2011


Photo Credit: Fadil Berisha

It’s no surprise that guys AND girls love Star Wars, but this might be the first time a Miss America waves her geek flag in the press.

The new reigning Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, who would make one heck of a Mara Jade, said she grew up watching Star Wars, loves to watch Game of Thrones, enjoys learning about space exploration and thinks of herself as a history geek.

Read more here:

Be sure to follow Alyssa Campanella on Twitter.

Glee Chris Colfer Hangs with Chewbacca

Bonnie Burton | June 7, 2011

Even Gleeks like to geek out and show off their Star Wars gear once in awhile. Recently Glee star Chris Colfer tweeted about his new BFF — his Chewbacca backpack!

Be sure to follow Chris Colfer on Twitter!

MythBusters Grant Imahara Inducted into the 501st

StarWars.com Team | April 7, 2011

Amongst the cosplayers, droids, and comic book fans attending this year’s WonderCon in San Francisco, California, MythBusters Build Team member Grant Imahara was inducted as a 501st Legion Honorary Member by the Golden Gate Garrison (with special help from the Southern California Garrison.)

WATCH VIDEO: The 501st induct Grant Imahara at WonderCon

Grant is well-known on Discovery Channel’s hit show Mythbusters, but he started at THX then went on to make some amazing sets, droids and props at Industrial Light and Magic as a modelmaker. His robot-building skills are legendary — not only for his work on R2-D2 alongside ILM’s Don Bies, but for the lovable Energizer Bunny, his intimidating fighting robots, and his latest creation of first robotic talk show sidekick Geoff Petersen, for Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show.

In 2004, the ILM rock stars were asked to compete in Junkyard Mega-Wars: At The Movies. Grant and his ILM team made a gigantic, flame-throwing R2-D2, and of course won the competition.

You can see that awesome R2-D2 in action here:
WATCH VIDEO: Junkyard Mega-Wars: At the Movies

Grant has also been featured over the years on StarWars.com for Putting Star Wars to the MythBusters Test, for being a big fan of The Clone Wars and for his w00tstock spoken word performance about dressing up as C-3PO.

We chatted with Grant about his induction into one of the coolest Star Wars groups in the galaxy — The 501st Legion — and whether this means we can expect his droids to be moonlighting for the Empire…

Was it a complete surprise?
Actually yes! You kept hinting at a surprise during WonderCon, with a specific time and place that I needed to be. If you watch the video, I don’t actually realize what’s happening until they announce it! You know, I talk on camera all day long and I’ve done tons of public speaking, but I was so surprised and overwhelmed in that moment that I feel like I was a bit tongue-tied.

If you’re now in the 501st, does that mean all robots you build will be secretly working for Darth Vader?
Ha! I think all my robots secretly work for me! Think about it: the Energizer Bunny, Geoff Peterson (the robot skeleton sidekick from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), my combat robot Deadblow, and certain R2 units… that would be a pretty formidable army!

Why are you proud to be part of the 501st Legion?
It’s a real honor to be inducted into a group that not only strives for accuracy in representing these characters from a saga that I love, but also does volunteer community service and is considered a part of Lucasfilm’s “extended family.”


Be sure to follow both Grant Imahara and The 501st Legion on Twitter.

Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Are The Droids You’re Looking For

Bonnie Burton | March 15, 2011

Actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost dress up in low-fi droid costumes to re-enact the famous scene between R2-D2 and C-3PO in the Tatooine desert. While dressed as R2-D2, Frost notices those little things that make a hardcore fan proud.

WATCH VIDEO: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Star Wars

Be sure to check out Pegg and Frost in the new sci-fi comedy Paul.

Sad Stormtroopers Get Their Own Love Song

Bonnie Burton | March 2, 2011

Indie band Scattered Trees make a music video for “Love and Leave,” worthy of Emo stormtroopers everywhere. Directed by J.M. Harper, the video not only features stormtroopers but Boba Fett on drums and a very somber Amidala with a few lightsaber tricks up her sleeve.

WATCH VIDEO: Scattered Trees – “Love and Leave”

Below are some of our favorite screengrabs from the music video.

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Justin Bieber Shows Off Star Wars Fashion!

Bonnie Burton | February 15, 2011

Recently, pop star/teen heartthrob Justin Bieber did the rounds on talk shows to promote his new 3-D documentary about his life during his sold out tours called Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

This week on Conan, Bieber showed a clip of his documentary and we noticed him wearing a clone trooper shirt!

WATCH VIDEO: Justin Bieber on Conan.

Lady Gaga’s Jedi Mind Trick

StarWars.com Team | February 15, 2011

Lady Gaga has danced on stage with monsters that would blend in well in a galaxy far, far away; and even mixed a deadly concoction worthy of Boba Fett.

So it makes sense that the pop star recently attempted a Jedi Mind Trick to make herself feel better before a performance.

The singer tells Vogue magazine:

“I don’t know if you knew this, but the other night, in London, I had food poisoning. I was vomiting backstage during the changes. Nobody knew. I just Jedi mind-tricked my body. ‘You will not vomit onstage’. Because I was also thinking, if I do, they are going to think I’m drunk. And I don’t want them to think I am human, let alone drunk. I certainly wouldn’t want them to think I had something so ordinary as food poisoning.”

Read the full interview here:
Lady Gaga: Our Lady of Pop (via Vogue)