Brad Pitt the Stormtrooper?

November 6, 2007

According to USA Today, actor couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt celebrated Halloween this year in Star Wars style.

Rather, Star Wars and furry animals seem to be all the rage in the Jolie-Pitt home, as evidenced by last week’s Halloween costume selections. Said Jolie: “We were Boba Fett (Maddox, 6). My littlest daughter (Shiloh, 17 months), we couldn’t figure out if she was a bunny or a monkey, so she was a ‘bunkey.’ My 2-year-old (Zahara) was a bunny, and my 3-year-old (Pax) was a monkey. I was Curious George and Daddy (Pitt) was a Stormtrooper.”

Read the full article here.


Star Wars Pinball at MAD Offices

November 6, 2007

When MAD magazine’s “Maddest Writer” Dick Debartolo gave Part 5 of his multi-part video tour of the MAD offices in New York, we could help but notice their vintage Star Wars pinball machine. Here’s what Dick had to say about the artifact in the MAD magazine conference room:

Another piece of very important office equipment is the pinball machine. We come in here and we do lunch. What we do is actually gamble to see who’s going to eat. Each day only one employee is allowed to leave the building for lunch. So you have to win that game in order to leave the building.

Watch the video here:
VIDEO: Mad Office Tour — Part 5
(Watch ALL the tour video clips here.)

Be sure to read our interviews with the MAD staffers responsible for the new MAD magazine tribute book to Star Wars
The Usual Gang of Jediots: MAD About Star Wars


Princess Leia on “Chuck”

November 6, 2007


(image from NBC.com)

Missed the Halloween episode of the new NBC show “Chuck” where one of the characters dresses up as the bikini Slave Leia? If you want to see her chat about the episode behind-the-scenes IN COSTUME, here’s your chance:

VIDEO: It’s a Chuck Halloween
Get the scoop on the Halloween episode with Zachary Levi and the cast!


Carrie Fisher’s “30 Rock” online

November 5, 2007

The “30 Rock” with Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher is now online on NBC.com. Here’s a synopsis:

“Rosemary’s Baby”…

When Liz (Tina Fey) meets her idol, Rosemary Howard (Guest Star Carrie Fisher), she invites her to be a guest writer on the show. However, Rosemary’s radical ideas that Liz grew up admiring are now too controversial for Liz’s NBC show. When Liz refuses to fire Rosemary, Jack (Alec Baldwin) pressures Liz, who promptly quits. Jack brings Tracy (Tracy Morgan) to a therapist to figure out why he must do the opposite that he is told. Meanwhile, after Jenna (Jane Krakowski) ruins Kenneth’s (Jack McBrayer) page jacket, Kenneth must compete in a page-off in order to keep his job. Carrie Fisher guest stars; Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Lonny Ross, Katrina Bowden, John Lutz, Maulik Pancholy, Kevin Brown and Grizz Chapman also star.

To watch the full episode go to the official “30 Rock” site here.


Anthony Hopkins as Ben Kenobi?

October 30, 2007

According to MTV News, actor Anthony Hopkins recently showed his appreciation for the Star Wars saga in an interview.

“The only of those fantasy movies that I was a fan of was Star Wars,” Hopkins stated excitedly to MTV News. Sensing his enthusiasm, we mentioned to Hopkins the upcoming live-action television show, and suggested he could give creator George Lucas a call. “Maybe I could play the Alec Guinness [part],” he responded, seemingly only half-joking. “The Force be With You.”

Watch Hopkins tackle Obi-Wan in this video clip here.


Tina Fey as Princess Leia?

October 19, 2007

As previously reported, Tina Fey — former SNL head writer, and currently the star and creator of the hit comedy “30 Rock” — is a Star Wars fan.

In the October 2007 issue of Geek Monthly magazine (available at newsstands and online), Fey mentions her brief stint as Princess Leia on “Saturday Night Live.”

“I was C-3PO for Halloween a couple of times. Once when I was nine. I’ll do it again when I’m 40. One time I did a sketch that got cut from SNL where I was going to play Princess Leia, my dream come true. That was the funniest thing ever just because putting that costume on — and I didn’t look like her or anything — but you put that costume and that wig on and nerds go bananikers. People were just staring at me in the hall, all these extras and background people and nerds wanted to talk to me all the sudden. Guys have a real weird thing for that outfit.”

In fact Princess Leia herself — Carrie Fisher — will guest star on “30 Rock” as writer Rosemary Howard for an upcoming episode that will air Oct. 25, 2007.

Find out more on the “30 Rock” official site here.


Yoda Sculptor Visits London Exhibit

October 11, 2007

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Star Wars legend Stuart Freeborn, sculptor/designer of Chewbacca and Yoda, among others, was recently invited to Star Wars: The Exhibition at County Hall in London. There, the 92-year-old Freeborn toured the scores of original props and costumes, accompanied by Bob Keen (who worked for Freeborn during Empire and Jedi) and Jonathan Sands of Weird & Wonderful (see image above).

Sands says he will be shooting a short documentary of Freeborn for another exhibition which will be taking place at County Hall shortly.