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James Marsters joins Star Wars - but not as Anakin Skywalker

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 5th 2008 4:26PM
james marsters the cwIn an interview with StarWars.com (yeah, I go there) former Buffy the Vampire Slayer baddie James Marsters talks about his new character, Captain Argyus, who he voices on tonight's ep of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But, here's the interesting news: Marsters says George Lucas once considered him for the role of Anakin Skywalker for the Star Wars prequel films.

"When George Lucas was casting The Phantom Menace he, for one day maybe, considered me for the role of Anakin Skywalker and possibly found that I was too old," Marsters told StarWars.com.

Too old? That's an understatement. Anakin Skywalker was a wamp rat-fearing tween in The Phantom Menace. Marsters was 37 when that film came out! Maybe Lucas was eying him to play an older Anakin in the prequels that followed Menace? Either that, or Lucas is far more out of touch than most people think he is. (That's a scary thought). Anyway, Marsters would've also been too old to play the 20-something Anakin we saw in the later prequels. Dude's in his late forties already.

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The Big Bang Theory: The Lizard-Spock Expansion

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 18th 2008 12:23AM
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As much as I enjoy this show, I'm always afraid that it's going to start becoming too Sheldon-centric. Sheldon is easily the quirkiest character, so falling into the trap of, "hey, check out this ridiculous thing that guy said," over and over again would be quite easy. So far though, the writers have managed to avoid that; which is why I was happy to have a Wolowitz episode this week.

Of course, Sheldon was still there being his ridiculous self, but he wasn't there to move the plot along; much as his "Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock" game didn't move anything along (everyone always picked Spock).

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The South Park guys are in trouble again

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 10th 2008 7:05PM
South ParkTrey Parker and Matt Stone can't seem to keep themselves out of trouble. Paramount is now upset over the footage from their season premiere this past week of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas violently raping Indiana Jones.

For those who don't keep track, Viacom owns South Park. Viacom also owns Paramount which produces the Indiana Jones movies. See the problem?

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Loving the Olympics. NBC... not so much

by Brett Love, posted Aug 12th 2008 10:02AM
Olympics Over the past few days it has once again become quite apparent that they have yet to invent an Olympic sport that I won't watch. Really. Fencing, Women's Air Rifle, Badminton... I'll watch it all. I spent my weekend traveling between the various channels, internet streams, and the occasional visit to my Slingbox in Boston. As far as the games go, they're as good as they've ever been. The coverage from NBC though, unfortunately, is still not nearly what it should be.

I'll admit, they got me. When I read about the plans for more live coverage, and how they were going to make use of all the other NBC/Universal properties, I thought this would be the year, the Olympic nirvana that always could have been. It's really not panning out that way. More than anything else, the word that keeps coming to mind for the NBC coverage is annoying. After the jump, some notes for NBC.

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Animation Update: Cartoon Network's Upfronts - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 6th 2008 10:01AM

Batman returns (again) in a new team-up seriesClone Wars, Secret Saturdays, a teenager with a super watch, and yet another Batman cartoon. These are just some of the items that were announced at the Cartoon Network upfronts this past week. A presentation, mind you, that was attended by one George Lucas.

Lucas was there to promote the CN's pickup of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which many are expecting big things of. This series, which we told you about way back in May of last year, will continue the adventures of Obi-Wan, Anakin, and many others during the Clone Wars. According to Stuart Snyder, President and COO of Turner Animation, Clone Wars will be a game changer for the network and will be event viewing for kids as well as entire families. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be appointment television for everyone in the family", said Snyder

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Family Guy: Blue Harvest - DVD Review

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 14th 2008 11:02AM
Family Guy: Blue HarvestTV Squad already did a review of this episode when it was originally broadcast. What follows is a review of the DVD extras.

Extras include:
  • Episode commentary by Seth McFarlane and a bunch of other members of the production team (absent are any of the character voices other than McFarlane himself).
  • A twelve minute interview of George Lucas by Seth McFarlene on Star Wars, Family Guy, and a variety of other topics including dating.
  • A nineteen minute documentary about how much the creators of Family Guy love Star Wars.
  • The original animatics for the episode (includes jokes and animations that didn't make the final cut).
  • A Family Guy Star Wars Clip Show (clips from Family Guy episodes which reference Star Wars).
  • A generic Family Guy promo for Fox.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Oct 18th 2007 5:50PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Will you watch Star Wars, the TV Show? How about if it doesn't have any of your favorite characters in it?
  • Guiding Light is about to get a major makeover.
  • The strike is coming! The strike is coming! Maybe. What you can expect, if it does .
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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Family Guy may strike back

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 25th 2007 10:01AM

Family Guy Star Wars SpecialAccording to James Hibberd at TV Week, the team behind the Family Guy Star Wars episode may take a crack at parodying The Empire Strikes Back next year, possibly even having it be an annual event like The Simpsons Halloween specials.

One good thing about parodying Empire is that they can touch on the Han/Leia romance since the roles are played by Peter and Lois Griffin, respectively, who are married on the show. The producers weren't allowed to touch the Luke/Leia kiss because they wanted to play on the incest angle (which would have worked doubly so since Luke was played by Lois' son Chris). This logic may also explain why Princess Leia is played by Lois rather than Meg.

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The Simpsons meet Star Wars

by Paul Goebel, posted Sep 9th 2007 8:01PM

Best Mash Up Ever.Those crazy kids over at CollegeHumor.com have posted a great mash-up of The Simpsons and Star Wars.

I realize that Simpson/Star Wars parodies have been done to death, but this latest one goes into such detail that it stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Pay special attention to how each Simpson plays a specific Star Wars character and the depiction of specific scenes from different films. I am particulalry fond of Ned Solo and Barney "Chewie" Gumble.

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Disney may have eye on Clone Wars

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 1st 2007 7:32PM

star warsCiting information from "animation insiders," Animation Magazine is reporting that Disney may have its sights set on securing broadcast rights to Clone Wars, the CGI-animated cartoon series based on George Lucas' Star Wars universe (the series would take place between episodes Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith). The series' debut has been set at fall 2008 for some time now, but no official announcement has been made as to which network or cable station would air the series. Rumor has it that both FOX and HBO would also like to broadcast the series.

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DVD news: The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones out October 23

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 27th 2007 7:21PM

young indiana jones chroniclesI told you back in May that The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones might be out on DVD before Christmas -- and it will be.

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One will hit stores on October 23 and will include seven feature-length episodes which follow a young Indiana Jones as he encounters various historical figures and important events from the past. The 12-disc set will also include a whopping thirty-eight documentaries corresponding with the episodes, and interviews with such people as Martin Scorsese, Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra and James Earl Jones. Two more volumes will follow on December 18 and Spring 2008, respectively.

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Talk Talk: Angelina Jolie, Wolfgang Puck, Big and Rich

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 3rd 2007 5:58PM
  • George LucasCharlie Rose: a discussion of Muslims in America
  • The Daily Show: Angelina Jolie (repeat)
  • The Colbert Report: Toby Keith (repeat)
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Nicole Richie, Artie Lange, and Chrisette Michele (repeat)
  • Jay Leno: Jessica Alba, Seth Rogan, and Lucinda Williams (repeat)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kevin Nealon and Dana Gould (repeat)
  • Tavis Smiley: Bernie Mac (repeat)
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: George Lucas, Will Arnett, and Chris Isaak (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Wolfgang Puck and Big and Rich
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Harold Perrineau and Bloc Party (repeat)

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Get your fill of Robot Chicken on Sunday night

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 14th 2007 12:31PM

It's Robot Chicken and Star Wars all night longBoy, howdy! If you don't have the TiVo or DVR (or, for the non-believers, VCR) cleared out by Sunday night you are going to miss a ton of Robot Chicken. In addition to the show's tribute to everything Star Wars premiering on Father's Day evening, the entire Adult Swim schedule will be dedicated to everything Robot Chicken from the beginning of their broadcast schedule till the break of dawn.

It will begin with the 30-minute Star Wars special at 10 pm. The special will then air at the top of each hour until Adult Swim's broadcast day ends at 6 a.m. Monday morning to make room for parent Cartoon Network. At the bottom of each hour Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich will air their favorite episodes.

USA Today has a nice article about Green, Senreich, and the special they created. In it they talk about what they had to go through to get Star Wars creator George Lucas' blessing to create such a special, and to get Lucas to provide his voice in one of the scenes. I wonder if that blessing also extended to another show that Seth is involved with -- Family Guy. I'm sure it's no coincidence that the FOX animated comedy is doing it's own spoof of Star Wars for next season.

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Preview of the Family Guy/Star Wars episode - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 5th 2007 8:33AM
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creator Seth MacFarlane has been given the greenlight from George Lucas to do his own take on Star Wars, using the characters from Family Guy. The Star Wars "spoof" will open next season, but MacFarlane previewed some of the episode for the Star Wars fans at last month's convention.

The clip is a whopping ten minutes long (the episode will be one hour) and the very beginning of it either borrows a joke from or gives a nod to Spaceballs, with a bumper sticker on the back of Darth Vader's ship. Unfortunately, it's a little hard to hear all of the jokes over the audience, but what you can hear is pretty funny. It looks well thought-out, like something MacFarlane has been thinking about doing for a long time.

Video is after the jump:

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Robot Chicken Star Wars page updated - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 30th 2007 4:23PM

robot chickenOr is that "Star Wars Robot Chicken?"

Well, whatever, the main site for the upcoming Robot Chicken tribute to all things Star Wars has been updated with a bunch of kick ass new production stills (including images from the upcoming special as well as older images from past Robot Chicken parodies), a brand new trailer, and a hilarious therapist session featuring the man himself, George Lucas. He even talks about that dreaded Star Wars Holiday Special. Talk about opening up old wounds.

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