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MacFarlane's home goes festive for Dark Side release

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 14th 2009 2:02PM
Seth MacFarlane hosted the premiere event for Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side.The Dark Side came to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's house Saturday night in the form of both the worst weather Los Angeles has seen in years and the DVD release party for the Empire Strikes Back parody, Something Something Something Dark Side.

The follow-up to the successful Star Wars: Episode IV -- "A New Hope" spoof, Blue Harvest, Dark Side follows the exploits of Luke Skywalker (Chris Griffin, voiced by Seth Green), Han Solo (the MacFarlane-voiced Peter Griffin -- who insists on a new Rebel Alliance code name: Carlos Spicy Wiener) and their heroic friends as they flee the pursuing Imperial Fleet and Darth Vader (Stewie, also MacFarlane).

To celebrate the DVD's December 22 release, MacFarlane hosted a star (wars) studded Christmas party at his estate in the upper reaches of Beverly Hills. Reporters were rounded up, blind-folded and transported via unmarked black helicopters to MacFarlane's home to talk to the DVD's cast and to rub elbow's with Mos Eisley Cantina's worth of celebrities.

Pouring rain and high winds defied Hollywood's weather assumptions, soaking the Christmas lights and cotton wool snow adorning the hill leading to the MacFarlane home -- not to mention the somewhat grumpy press corps and perpetually grumpy paparazzi. As the evening went on, the large tents covering the entrance way and red carpet began to buckle and come apart at the seams due to Mother Nature's battering.

But, an eclectic collection of guests (from the Pussycat Dolls to Alyssa Milano to Levar Burton), braved the elements to make a quick run past the cameras. Even Paris Hilton made a brief appearance before disappearing inside for the party.

MacFarlane was the first to greet press row as he exited his home dressed like a 1960s James Bond in a white tuxedo coat. He said his entire cast and crew love taking on Star Wars.

"As long as there are Star Wars movies left, we'll keep doing these episodes," MacFarlane said. "In fact, we have a Return of the Jedi episode scheduled to come out next year."

The barrel-chested, Barry White-voiced Kevin Michael Richardson (a Family Guy voice cast regular and star of countless animated shows including The Cleveland Show and The Clone Wars) said he'd love to take part in Family Guy's takedown of the George Lucas empire.

"I'd love to be Jabba The Hutt in the Return of the Jedi episode," Richardson added. "I play him on The Clone Wars, so I'd like to see him on Family Guy -- only with an Afro."

Seth Green (Robot Chicken co-creator, Family Guy regular and Dark Side's heroic lead) said it was a special treat to utter the lines of Luke Skywalker -- even while making fun of them.

"For a geek like me, it's really cool to be Luke, to say those lines and to see them on screen," Green said. "It's a no-pressure gig because I'm not involved in conceiving the show. I'm a contract player. I just show up and have fun."

Green's Robot Chicken and MacFarlane's Family Guy maintain a playful competition between their special Star Wars episodes. But, while MacFarlane confirmed his Return of the Jedi was en route, Green couldn't yet report if a third Robot Chicken Star Wars effort was on the way.

After the red carpet packed it in for the night, the stars went inside to enjoy their evening -- while the reporters were bundled off home to rattle off their stories. There's no sci-fi comedy glamor for those of us who only stand and write.

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continuing the story inside the party, Wil Wheaton weaves a delightful tale of his Saturday Night:


December 14 2009 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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