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Happy 30th Anniversary To ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

30 years ago, “The Empire Strikes Back” blasted into theaters and shattered expectations by surpassing its predecessor “Star Wars” later renamed “A New Hope.”


Last night Lucasfilm held a special screening of the film at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles for charity. It was followed by a question and answer period with Harrison  Ford. Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew and Ewan McGregor were also in attendance. And for some reason so were Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz. Seriously, who let them in the door?


I must admit they all look old. Especially Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca. But, he does have a pretty kick ass lightsaber cane.

Here’s Darth Vader and Luke’s lightsaber duel edited together from “Empire.” My small way of celebrating. I may also go up to random people and tell them “I am your father.” On second thought, that may be too creepy.


And finally, check out this Imperial Star Destroyer themed home theater. It has Han frozen in carbonite and everything. Pretty sweet.





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Headlines: Own A Piece Of ‘Lost’ & Life Without Michael

With “Lost” coming to an end in less than a week (single tear), there’s a chance for fans to own part of the show. A California-based auction house is hawking production items used during various episodes. Everything from Danielle’s music box to Hurley’s winning lottery ticket to Kate’s toy airplane will be up for bids on Ebay. Something tells me these pieces of TV history are not going to be cheap. I’ve got my eye on Sawyer’s revenge letter.

You can take a look at the entire lot here.

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Remember last month when I told you Steve Carell’s days were numbered on “The Office” and it would be a crime against nature for the show to go on without him. Well, the money-hungry execs at NBC are prepared to do just that. Deadline.com is reporting that during a conference call NBC brass were asked to comment on the fact that Carell may leave. NBC TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin said, “The Office is a great ensemble show, and the producers are preparing in the event he chooses to move on.”

Again, I understand a company’s desire to make more money off an established winner. But to me, this is like having “Lost” without the island. Carell IS the show. I can’t think of an episode that isn’t centered, at least partially around him. As for Carell’s post-Office career, he told the National Enquirer he wants to spend more time with his kids and that may include working at a store in Marshfield, Massachusetts that’s managed by his sister-in-law.


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Shia Labeouf has been mouthing off lately. And I like it, sort of. Labeouf, who I wouldn’t deem a great actor came out recently and slammed “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.” Labeouf said he wasn’t really impressed with what they’d done with the sequel and promised the third installment would be better.

And if taking a shot at Michael Bay wasn’t bold enough, how about Steven Spielberg? Shia told the LA Times his acting was not the best in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Labeouf also added that he and co-star Harrison Ford were not happy with the production.

“I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made … . And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie. We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted.”

“I’ll probably get a call. But he needs to hear this. I love him. I love Steven.¬†I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I’m not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. I think he’s a genius, and he’s given me my whole life. He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”

Now, blunt statements like that are a rarity, so I will give the 23-year-old some love for coming out and taking on the big boys. Although, one has to wonder why he never questioned the producer of “Indiana Jones” George Lucas. The man can clearly not be bad-mouthed or questioned. Evidence of that below.


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