Posts Tagged ‘TV’



Jaime King Picks Up Clone Wars DVD Box Set

StarWars.com Team | November 13, 2009

Actress Jaime King — known for her work in almost every genre of film from horror (My Bloody Valentine 3-D) to comedy (Fanboys) to action (Pearl Harbor) to cult classics (Sin City) — shows off the DVD box set of one of her favorite acting gigs as the voice for bounty hunter Aurra Sing in The Clone Wars animated TV series.

Jaime said last year about The Clone Wars:

I kept harassing him [Supervising Director Dave Filoni] to let me do some voices. I love the new TV show. The imagery is so beautiful! The last time I was up at Skywalker Ranch I spent a lot of time with the animators and Dave, and watched the whole process of how they make The Clone Wars. I love how they’re exploring sub-characters. Each episode visually looks better and better. I think it’s also exciting to open up more of the Star Wars universe to younger children to see.

Read her full interview on Starwars.com:
Jaime King Catches the Fan Spirit

Snapshots from the Today Show’s Halloween Fun

StarWars.com Team | October 30, 2009

Here are some cell phone snaps from this morning’s Star Wars invasion of the Today show.

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Today Show’s Star Wars Trick or Treat

StarWars.com Team | October 30, 2009

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Each year, the anchors of the TODAY Show have fun as Halloween approaches by dressing in costume. This morning, with the help of Lucasfilm, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Meredith Viera, Hoda Kotb and company showed up decked out in classic Star Wars outfits. After conferring with Darth Vader via hologram, Roker showed up dressed as Han Solo with Chewbacca in tow. Matt arrived via X-wing as Luke Skywalker. Hoda, fittingly, arrived as Yoda. Kathie Lee Gifford had R2-D2 as her sidekick since she was dressed up as C-3PO. Ann Curry was revealed to be hidden beneath Darth Vader’s mask. Appearing as royalty were Natalie Morales as Queen Amidala and Meredith Vieira as Princess Leia. The hosts then competed in a game of “Jedi Jeopardy,” where the anchors tested their Star Wars trivia knowledge. See it online here. Read the Today Show’s story here.

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Rare Star Wars PSA Behind the Scenes Video

Pete Vilmur | October 19, 2009

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StarWars.com readers may remember our interview with Peter Shillingford, who directed the 1977 childhood immunization public service announcement ad that aired shortly after the release of A New Hope. As it seems a lot of archival home-made movies have been making their way online lately (see the 1976 ILM home movie here), we thought we’d share another recent discovery reportedly posted by the grandson or granddaughter of the Star Wars PSA’s producer. From poster “sowtime444”:

This was shot by my grandparents in England. There is no sound. My grandfather worked for the Kennedy Foundation and produced the Star Wars commercials. He was a talented writer, among other things. He is the one with the orange-red vest on.

The footage reveals over five minutes of the goings-on behind the scenes on the commercial shoot, which starred both Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Kenny Baker as R2-D2. Director Peter Shillingford is the chap in the blue sweater.

Watch Video: 1977 Star Wars PSA Behind the Scenes

Also, check out the original commercial here.

Max Records Used the Force in His Audition

StarWars.com Team | October 19, 2009

Max Records, star of the movie Where the Wild Things Are, drops some Star Wars references about his audition with director Spike Jonze into his interview with Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show.

Max: “The final audition was probably the strangest that was with Spike here in LA. During which he shot foam bullets at me which I tried to block with an umbrella like a lightsaber.”

Conan: “But that’s not in the movie!”

Max: “You don’t understand, Max has to have awesome Force powers.”

WATCH VIDEO: Max Records on The Tonight Show

Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding: U2 vs. R2-D2

Bonnie Burton | October 16, 2009

As an added part of the BBC celeb music game show Nevermind the Buzzcocks, team leaders and comedians Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding debate a music topic after every episode. This time it’s a debate pitting super-band U2′s The Edge versus super-astromech R2-D2!

“Into the Sarlaac pit with the pair of them!”

WATCH VIDEO: Noel Fielding & Phill Jupitus: U2 vs R2-D2 (via BBC)

Peter Serafinowicz Mauls Buzzcocks

Bonnie Burton | October 16, 2009

While fans know actor Ray Park as Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace they may not realize that British actor/comedian Peter Serafinowicz was the voice.

On a recent episode of the British celeb music game show Nevermind the Buzzcocks, Serafinowicz gave the audience a taste of what the iconic Star Wars baddie sounds like when he talks about revenge and cheese.

WATCH VIDEO: Peter Serafinowicz’s Darth Maul
(WARNING: Some adult humor on video)

Be sure to follow Peter on Twitter.

What If Venture Bros. and Clone Wars Writers Swapped Places?

Bonnie Burton | August 25, 2009

We’ve reported before about the awesome Star Wars references in the Venture Bros. animated series on Adult Swim. However, our blogger friends over at io9.com take the idea even further and ponder the idea of how much more different The Clone Wars and Venture Bros. would be if their writing staffs switched shows!

What would happen if you turned the Lucasfilm writers loose on the Venture Bros., and let the Venture staff have a crack at The Clone Wars?

The main difference between these shows, says io9 writer Graeme McMillan, is that the Venture Bros. writers are deeply bitter whereas The Clone Wars‘ writers are, at their heart, very sincere.

So maybe if the Venture Bros. writers got to take a turn writing The Clone Wars, you’d immediately have more weird pop-culture humor. But you’d also get more investigation into the bitterness that’s just under the surface of the Star Wars universe — the fact that Anakin is a jerk who’s destined to become the scourge of the galaxy.

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Mos Eisley Cantina Nod in Defying Gravity?

StarWars.com Team | August 24, 2009

If you’ve been watching the astronaut sci-fi drama Defying Gravity you might have noticed a quick nod to Star Wars — more specifically the Mos Eisley Cantina and what looks like IG-88′s Derwent flame tube head.

We doubt bounty hunter IG-88 will be making a cameo in the show, but at least we know space travelers venture to similar-looking pubs.

Watch the full episode here:
Defying Gravity: “H2IK” (via Hulu.com)

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Thanks to Chris James for noticing!

Nathan Fillion Has Jedi Skills

StarWars.com Team | August 11, 2009

Actor Nathan Fillion is one of those actors who makes everything he touches awesome. He gave us the creeps as the evil preacher Caleb in the last epic season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He gave Han Solo a (parsec) run for his money as one of the hottest, most sarcastic heartthrobs in the galaxy as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly and Serenity. He made us laugh as the egostical and dubious superhero Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

He won our admiration when he urged his legions of Twitter followers to vote in the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge.

And now, most recently, Fillion snuck in a Star Wars reference into his new detective show Castle. Sure the writers wrote the dialog, but Fillion talking about Jedi skills is full of awesome.

Novelist Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett have a discussion about how long she dated her ex boyfriend who just so happens to be an F.B.I. agent on the current case.

Beckett: “Six months.”

Castle: “Six months, what?

Beckett: “We dated for six months.”

Castle: “I didn’t ask.”

Beckett: “Yeah, I know. You were not asking very loudly.”

Castle: “I know, I’m like a Jedi like that.”

WATCH Castle here