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Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld has passed away

It saddens me to report that Star Wars voice actor Erik Bauersfeld has passed away at the age of 93. The performer died on Sunday morning at his home in Berkeley, California. Bauersfeld, who delivered Admiral Ackbar's iconic "It's a trap!" line from RETURN OF THE JEDI, reprised his voice role as the Rebel Alliance Commander in THE FORCE AWAKENS, and for several...
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Cool Videos: Yub Nub goes acoustic

Longtime STAR WARS fans love their Yub Nub. Going back to the Original Trilogy of STAR WARS, before the Special Editions and all of George Lucas ' tinkering with his films, RETURN OF THE JEDI had a different ending. There was no celebration across the galaxy over the destruction of the second Death Star and the seeming defeat of the Empire. There was a simple party at Ewok...
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Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net: Star Wars Special

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Artwork We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column I will showcase the kick-ass...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Robert Loggia

Last week , we took a look at the amazing career of screen icon Michael Caine . This week's badass is more of the unsung variety – one of the classic “that guy” character actors of the eighties and nineties... Robert Loggia I was very sad to hear of Robert Loggia 's passing a few days ago. While eighty-five is a ripe old age, Loggia...
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Carrie Fisher knows exactly what to tell your kids about Slave Leia

Talking to your kids isn't as difficult as some people make it out to be. They ask questions, because they're curious, and, as an adult, it's up to you to not be embarrassed and offer up an intelligent answer that will help them understand the world in which they live. Too often we hear "What am I supposed to tell my kids?" and we sit in amazement as someone shrugs their parental...
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Cool Videos: The Great Return of the Jedi Debate

RETURN OF THE JEDI has long been a source of debate among STAR WARS fans for years and years. Is it good? Is it not? What's the deal with the Ewoks? What about Boba Fett? And, as I've witnessed these arguments unfold right in front of me, sometimes getting way too heated, middle ground has been few and far between with hyperbole popping up way too often. "It's amazing!" "It...
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Did George Lucas conceal Princess Leia's busty boobs in Return of the Jedi?

It's Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and most folks are gathering around with family and preparing to chow down on some traditional grub, including the Hollywood elite, which leaves the news bank rather empty. So, I'm going to use this time to discuss something that has affected most nerds my age: Princess Leia's boobs . Most notably, Princess Leia's boobs in RETURN OF...
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Cool Videos: Long lost alternate Yoda death scenes from Return of the Jedi have been found

There have been a whole bunch of classic STAR WARS treats the last fews weeks. First we got the teasers and trailer for each of the original trilogy films and now we get an obscure look at alternate versions of the pivotal Yoda death scene from RETURN OF THE JEDI. Found on an EditDroid laserdisc, the scenes have made their way to Facebook and include a version of the Yoda scene I have...
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Cool Videos: Mark Hamill's Joker voice replaces The Emperor's in Return of the Jedi

I don't think anyone would have ever thought that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill , would one day be an exceptional voice actor, particularly as The Joker in almost all of his animated adventures. Watching Hamill in RETURN OF THE JEDI he seems every bit the young hero rather than a demented clown-faced criminal. And yet, Hamill has made a hell of a go of his voice talents, paving a nice...
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I Want That: Yub Yub! Lego Ewok Village!

I'm about to let me geek flag fly here, so bear with me. I love Legos. I didn't love them as a kid, although they were fun, but Lego has upped their game substantially since then. With all the various properties they tackle, there's a ton of different types to choose from, making me go a litte nerdcore for the plastic blocks. One such property is STAR WARS, which the...
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This George Lucas conference call from 1981 shows how far back the prequel stories were in development

It is crazy to think that this year mark's the 30th anniversary of RETURN OF THE JEDI, the lone STAR WARS original trilogy film released during my lifetime. Man, I feel old. Introducing the original trilogy to my kids was a moment I will never forget. I still love revisiting the films and learning all sort of new tidbits about them. With that in mind, this October will show the...
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Brad Bird shares how he would have made Return of the Jedi awesome

RETURN OF THE JEDI is the least of the original trilogy of STAR WARS movies, but that is still heads and tails better than a lot of movies out there. I have fond memories of JEDI, including the Ewoks. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be open to what other filmmakers would have done with it. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, but it is fun to play revisionist. Brad Bird got to...
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