Posts Tagged ‘TV’

George Lucas Appears on The Daily Show

Bonnie Burton | January 10, 2012

George Lucas appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart last night to talk up Red Tails, the new action-adventure movie about the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Lucas shared the process of making the film, why he felt compelled to bring the Tuskegee Airmen’s story to the screen, and his hopes for a Red Tails sequel (and prequel!). Stewart, a self-confessed Star Wars fan, couldn’t help making comparisons to his favorite film saga – an idea Lucas seemed receptive to:

“I’m just talking about a bunch of guys, kids, who are 19-20 years old, flying the fastest prop-plane ever built, and going up against the new-fangled jets,” explained Lucas. “It’s a combat movie. Honestly…this is as close as you’ll ever get to Episode VII.”

View the George Lucas interview segment here. Red Tails will be released in US theaters on January 20, 2012. Check out the official Red Tails site here and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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!


Dog Vader on The Simpsons

Bonnie Burton | November 15, 2011

On a recent episode of The Simpsons, Bart gets inspiration to build a robo-pet for his science project from his dog Santa’s Little Helper wearing a Darth Vader helmet. Of course, Homer takes the accidental costume a bit too seriously… or just right.

Bart: “Hey what if we make some kind of robo-pet?”
Martin: “What made you think of that?”
(Bart points to his dog wearing a Darth Vader helmet. Dog with helmet walks into the hallway and intercepts Homer.)
Homer: (screams and bows down to dog) “Thy will be done Lord Vader. Just don’t hurt me, oh please!”

The Simpsons “Replaceable You” (Season 23, Ep. 4)

Star Wars Collecting Solves Murder on Bones Team | January 10, 2011

In the episode “The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck” in the hit crime drama Bones, a murder investigation is cracked wide open thanks to someone buying Star Wars collector cards for way more than they are worth. Great to see Star Wars collecting being used to solve a murder case!

This isn’t the first time Dr. Sweets has dropped some Star Wars references on Bones, but it’s the coolest!

WATCH FULL EPISODE: Bones: “The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck”

(at 16:50)

Dr. Sweets: “I see you bought Star Wars trading cards.”

Suspect Kathy Lyford: “Yeah, growing up me and my brother were all fans of the Force.”

Sweets: “I understand. I’m a Star Warrior myself. (In C-3PO’s voice) Don’t you call me a mindless philosopher you over-weight glob of grease.

Suspect: “Excuse me?”

Sweets: “C-3PO. I sounded just like him…from Star Wars. It’s like the most quoted line in the movie.”

Suspect: “Yeah. Of course.”

Sweets: “Can you explain to me why you spent $500 on a Jedi Knight trading card with a red border when it’s value is less than a dollar?”

Suspect: “I don’t know. I guess I made a mistake.”

Sweets: “What about The Clone Wars card you bought last month? Again you spent $500 but you could probably find it right now online for 50 cents.”

Suspect: “When I get stressed, I shop. You don’t have to make it into a big deal.”

Sweets: “I’m not making this into anything it’s not. I assure you.”


Rare “Holiday Special” Backstage Photo Found

Pete Vilmur | January 4, 2011

AP Photo by George Brich

As someone always on the lookout for rare old Star Wars photos, I was pleased to discover’s Geek Beat columnist David M. Ewalt had unearthed a cool old gem from the vaguely-documented “Star Wars Holiday Special” of 1978, which we actually lent a bit of coverage to a couple years ago.

Articles from Nov 17, 1978

While researching a couple of those pieces, I came across a rare Associated Press image of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in photocopied articles from 1978, but couldn’t locate the original in Lucasfilm’s expansive Image Archives (apparently, wire photos were not automatically sent to LFL for approval and/or cataloging). Enter Ewalt’s Geek Beat column, which appears to have located the original shot of Ford and Fisher in a rare backstage moment captured by AP photographer George Brich.

Ah, to be a fly on the wall to hear what Ford is sharing with Fisher before their next Holiday Special take…

Rare ILM Behind-the-Scenes Photos at Vanity Fair

Pete Vilmur | November 12, 2010

With tonight’s premiere of the new ILM documentary Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible on Encore, has posted several rare behind-the-scenes photos from films worked on by ILM’s Dennis Muren –

Eight-time Oscar winner Dennis Muren is the first visual-effects artist to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ahead of Encore’s November 12 documentary about Industrial Light & Magic—the visual-effects arm of Lucasfilm where he is creative director—Muren shares behind-the-scenes photos from five of his famous projects: Terminator 2, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Jurassic Park, and E.T.

The new documentary airs Nov. 12 at 9 pm on Encore.

Head on over to to check out the photos, and see the interview with documentary director Leslie Iwerks.

1978 Star Wars Ballet

Pete Vilmur | October 8, 2010

This video of a Star Wars ballet was making the rounds a few days ago, posted first at Cinematical and described, surprisingly, rather positively:

When it comes to things that don’t seem to go together, Star Wars and ballet would be pretty high up on my list. Sure, lightsaber duels have a certain choreography to them, but full on ballet?

That’s what viewers are treated to in this old clip featuring performers Galina and Valeri Panov dancing an elaborate tribute to Star Wars accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra — conducted by none other than John Williams. I’m not sure when this event happened, exactly, but you know it was in the distant past because once the segment ends they toss it to George Burns.

Thanks to our resident Star Wars bibliographer Bob Miller (who never fails to amaze us with his extensive collection of Star Wars media mentions dating back over 30 years), we were able to determine the Star Wars ballet was part of a two-hour special on ABC, “The Stars Salute Israel at 30,” which was broadcast on May 8, 1978 at 9:00 p.m. PST. It was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A., taped on May 7.

So there you have it. Check out Cinematical’s original post to watch the video.

Star Wars Shout-out on Burn Notice Team | August 31, 2010

Spotting Star Wars references in hit shows TV shows is always a nice surprise, but when pop culture icon & legendary actor Bruce Campbell makes a Star Wars reference, it’s icing on the Death Star cake!

Campbell, who plays the ex-Navy Seal and mercenary-for-hire Sam Axe on the USA Network show Burn Notice, dropped a Force-related comment in a recent episode in regards to a crazy plan regarding chatting with an ex-spy who’s best left in the loony bin.

“I thought the weird feeling in the air was just the calm before the storm. No, it’s a disturbance in the Force.” – Bruce Campbell

Burn Notice: “Center of the Storm”

R2-D2 Shout Out on Psych Team | July 16, 2010

Psych is always chock full of pop culture references, so when Shawn and Gus find themselves caught between two rival Chinese Triad gangs as they search for a powerful businessman’s abducted daughter who knew amongst the ninja and Kung Fu pop culture jokes, there would be an awesome Star Wars reference!?

Psych: “Romeo and Juliet and Juliet”

(via – Reference at 32:27)

Detective Lassiter: “How sure are you?”

Shawn: “As sure as I am that the guy who just friended Gus online is not the guy who played R2-D2!”

Gus: “His name is Kenny Baker, Shawn.”

Shawn: “Fine, why would Kenny Baker want to be friends with you?”

Gus: “Why would Elvira want to be friends with you?”

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Han Solo Shout Out on Pretty Little Liars Team | July 14, 2010

If you’re watching the mean girls thriller/mystery series Pretty Little Liars, the last thing you might expect is a Star Wars reference. But of course, there it is, and we couldn’t be prouder. And with a character named Lucas, how could we go wrong?

Lucas: “The Homecoming Queen leaving?”

Hanna: “Nominee; and yeah sort of.”

Lucas: “Isn’t that like Han Solo abandonning the Millennium Falcon?”

Pretty Little Liars – “There’s No Place Like Homecoming”


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