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Adrianne Curry: America's Next Top Star Wars Fan
Words: Bonnie Burton

Model, actress and reality TV star Adrianne Curry does more than talk about her love for gaming, sci-fi movies, comics and all things geektastic, she shows off her pride with Cosplay and a web show where she talks about everything from Star Wars to World of Warcraft. Most recently she donned a costume worthy of the 501st Legion at their first annual TrooperFest in Las Vegas, and she also makes an impressive Slave Leia.

Here's an excerpt from my interview with Adrianne about her love for the Star Wars saga, why she thinks fans who dress up as stormtroopers rule, and how she got the nickname Chewie.

Which character do you identify with the most in the entire Star Wars saga?

Chewbacca, cause I am a huge, hairy, big-footed woman with a low voice. Most of the time, because of my mumbling habit, people can't understand what I am saying. I swear he's related to me. My dad must be part Wookiee.

Which character do you think is the most-underrated and under-appreciated?

TIE fighter pilots. Their costumes are bad ass, and they were obviously top-notch enough for Darth Vader to ask two of them to come along with him. They are pretty much Imperial elite. We see their ships everywhere; they are so iconic. However, most of the public wouldn't be able to tell ya who flies 'em and what they look like.

How did you like dressing up as Slave Leia?

I was super-depressed because I didn't have time to get a bikini from The Slave Master, and had to settle for a Rubies at a costume store I found in Chicago. Though I am normally comfortable with my body, that outfit is a hard wear for many women. I sadly do not possess Carrie's small frame. I have a long torso and a very athletic build. So, even though I am physically in great shape and can get away with it, I personally don't feel I did the bikini justice. I guess I was expecting to see her bod once I put the thing on, and was saddened to notice it was still me. That aside, it still made me feel like a kid in a candy store.

Why do fans who dress up as their favorite movie/gaming characters hold a special place in your heart?

I respect them for doing what makes them happy and not giving a crap about what others think of them. I know the joy that movies and games bring to my heart, and I feel that joy when I see people wearing costumes from them. Plus, they look amazing! Having worked on a few sets, I know how hard it is to make latex masks, fiberglass helmets, etc. I've had a mold of my face taken for a slasher flick so the killer could cut off my face and wear it; it was terrible to go through! A lot of money, time, and TLC was put into these things, and it shows. It's impressive.

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Adrianne Curry: America's Next Top Star Wars Fan
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Chris Edgerly: From Potamus to Koth
Words: Bonnie Burton

Voice actor and comedian Chris Edgerly may be making his Star Wars debut as the Jedi Master Eeth Koth for The Clone Wars episode "Grievous Intrigue", but he's also known as the annoying co-worker Peter Potamus on Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.

Fans might also recognize his voice from numerous roles on such shows as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Drawn Together, Celebrity Deathmatch and the video games Kingdom Hearts II, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, Ninja Blade, Valkyria Chronicles and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Here's an excerpt of my interview with Chris Edgerly for about voicing Jedi Master Eeth Koth and what kind of memo Peter Potamus would send Anakin Skywalker.

I'd say you're pretty high profile, especially considering the huge fan base for your character Peter Potamus on Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. In fact, you'd probably get endless tweets of his catchphrase "Did you get that thing that I send ya?"

No one knows that's me! I have two comments on my IMDB page and they're both about Potamus or about that thing he sent. The Potamus voice is the one I always enjoyed doing the most. I have this running joke with the assistants at our agency, when I'm done recording and they're engineering in the booth, I'll slip back into his voice and say something.

The guys who created the show -- Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter -- said that the two actors who could get into character immediately were Stephen Colbert -- who could do the voice of Phil Ken Sebben simply by starting out with "Ha! Ha! Ha!" -- and then me. I have no idea why I don't have to get warmed up.

So if there's ever a Clone Wars - Harvey Birdman crossover, would Potamus make a good Jedi, trooper, Sith or droid?

Wow. They would all be such interesting choices. He'd make a pretty cool droid.

Aside from Palpatine's, you don't see a lot of offices in The Clone Wars. There's no copier machine moment, or office droids getting lattes for senior staff.

This would be a good cameo then. You could have a Jedi Council meeting, and have the crafts service table in the background. Then Potamus waddles over and grabs some bagels off the table. He'd look around and then say, "Hey Anakin, did ya get that thing I sent ya? About the midi-chlorians? All right, catch ya later."

Of course, Harvey Birdman himself would make a great addition to the Jedi Council. But Judge Mentok the Mind-Taker could give Darth Vader some trouble too.

Absolutely! Judge Hiram Mightor would be on the Jedi Council. I think Avenger is probably a droid. Birdgirl would be a great Princess Leia.

And where would Yakky Doodle go?

Yakky needs to be in the Jabba the Hutt role. You just have this little duck surrounded by people and he's motioning to Han Solo frozen on the wall.

So who gets to be Darth Vader?

Oh, it has to be X the Eliminator, because even in the end he ends up being good.

Some of The Clone Wars voice actors also played characters on Harvey Birdman. Phil LaMarr was the Black Vulcan, Dee Bradley Baker was Jonny Quest and Lizard Man, even original trilogy actor Mark Hamill was Ricochet Rabbit. Maybe one day this crossover could actually happen?

Harvey Birdman was on Cartoon Network just like The Clone Wars; call them up!

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Chris Edgerly: From Potamus to Koth
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Felicia Day is the Geek You're Looking For

Words: Bonnie Burton
Photo: The Bui Brothers

It's fairly impossible to go online and not run into actress, new media geek and gamer Felicia Day. Log onto her Twitter and you'll most likely find her commenting on LED dresses, acting gigs, her favorite video games, nom-tastic snacks, and even traffic school. Head over to Youtube and you'll see her award-winning comedy series about gamers called The Guild.

She's also a constant in many of director Joss Whedon's projects such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog and Dollhouse. Felicia Day also guest hosted G4's Attack of the Show, Lie To Me, and geeked out in a NASA video series IRrelevant Astronomy.

Here's an excerpt from my interview with Felicia Day for about her singing with Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion, her crushes on Han Solo and Guybrush Threepwood, and why she tried to use the Force during a visit to Skywalker Ranch.

Okay, now it's the part of our interview where I exploit your love for Star Wars. What is your first Star Wars memory?

Going to a sleepover and seeing a friend's brother have a Star Wars bedspread on his bed. My friend had My Little Pony and I wanted the Star Wars one. Although in retrospect the texture wasn't very comfortable, and might have been flammable.

What's your funniest Star Wars memory?

Trying to make buns on my head and wondering how in the world she had so much hair to make them so thick. Mine stuck out like Frankenstein knobs.

How have sci-fi films like Star Wars influenced you?

Funny story, when I went up to Skywalker Ranch someone told me a story about the first Star Wars, that they had no budget and they had to improvise a lot of props, so they spray painted Dixie Cups for some wardrobe and props. When I heard that I was so inspired, because I'm in the low-budget filmmaking business myself. Web shows have no money. But to not let that stop you and to make the most important film in history -- that was awesome.

Who's your favorite Star Wars character?

Han Solo. He's so charming and rakish and brave. He's the hottest man in a fictional universe; no one can dispute it. I'd fly off with him any day.

What's the one Star Wars topic you debate the most with your friends?

It's always Star Wars vs. Star Trek; isn't that the universal? Thankfully there's room in this world to love both.

How was your recent trip to Skywalker Ranch? What was the coolest thing you saw?

Um, do I have to pick something specific? I mean, it's an amazing place. So many wonderful people working at the height of their craft. And beautiful architecture everywhere. The art in the Main House, and then the screening room/theatre was one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Also the movie poster collection was breathtaking. Oh, and there was the very first lightsaber in a cabinet -- right in front of me! I stared at it for about 10 minutes, willing it to turn on and slice up the display.

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Felicia Day is the Geek You're Looking For
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As the writer/filmmaker responsible for the densely-detailed and intense films Donnie Darko and Southland Tales, Richard Kelly returns with another mind-bending sci-fi tale called The Box. caught up with Kelly after a recent visit to Skywalker Ranch and ILM, to chat with him about his love for Star Wars, NASA's approval of The Box and why Jabba the Hutt should be the next Tony Soprano.


In addition to expanding on Richard Matheson's short story "Button, Button" for the plot, you also use a lot of your own parents' background stories in The Box, especially with your father's work at NASA. Why did you want the film to reflect some of your own family's history?

It just felt like the right thing to do. This felt like the kind of film I think they would appreciate. They love Alfred Hitchcock. When I found the solution to this story, and linking to my dad's work at NASA, it all came together. It felt like a way to kind of pay tribute to them and to their experiences. And that they would get a kick out of seeing elements of who they are portrayed by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. Obviously, they're not playing my parents but it's an interpretation of them.

You don't get that many opportunities in life to try to do something cool like that for your parents. This felt like the moment to do it.

How did NASA feel about you not only using them as a story component, but actually shooting some footage there as well?

All the NASA stuff at Langley in the film was shot at NASA's Langley Research Center. It took about a year to get full cooperation from NASA and NASA headquarters and everyone at Langley. They all read the script and signed off on it. We signed a Space Act Agreement and it was a big deal.

No one has ever photographed that hangar before; no one has ever been inside that wind tunnel. There are these legendary buildings over at Langley that have never been shown before on film so it was really kind of setting a new precedent to get access to all these facilities.

My dad's work with NASA probably had a lot to do with granting me permission, and that the film might shed some light on the Viking program which was a very significant event. It's not the most well-known space mission, however anyone you talk with at NASA always go back to Viking as one of the greatest achievements in the history of space exploration. Putting a robot on Mars and sending photographs back was a profound accomplishment.

If you go online to the website you can see some of these prequel videos I put together. The first one incorporates a lot of real footage of the real scientists on the day -- June 20, 1976 -- responding and reacting to photographs being transmitted back.

Full interview here:
Richard Kelly Talks NASA, Free Will and the Hutts
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Merlin: A Magical Hero's Journey
Words: Bonnie Burton

What if Yoda was a wise dragon, Obi-Wan was an elderly wizard, and Darth Vader was a prejudiced king blinded by his hatred for all those who oppose him? Jedi Knights are not so far off from the Knights of the Round Table. Some fans might be tempted to draw parallels between the hero's journey in Star Wars and that of another legendary tale of Merlin and King Arthur, thanks to the BBC show Merlin, currently airing on NBC.

Merlin explores the story of the young wizard Merlin, as well as Prince Arthur, Morgana, Guinevere, Nimueh, Mordred, Uther Pendragon, Lancelot and other well-known Arthurian characters.

I chat with Merlin producer, writer and co-creator Johnny Capps about this new twist on the tale of Merlin, why the Great Dragon and Yoda make excellent teachers, and why the master/apprentice relationship is crucial during a hero's journey.


In Star Wars, it's been somewhat of an uneasy revelation that Luke and Leia are brother and sister, especially since Luke harbored romantic feelings for her early on without that knowledge.

In Arthurian legend, Prince Arthur and Morgana are supposedly half-brother and sister, yet in the show it seems they are not related in the slightest. Was this to facilitate a romance between the two, or should viewers stay tuned for a bigger plot twist?

There's a long way to go in the story of Arthur and Morgana. That's all I'm saying!

Why is do you think the hero's journey is so compelling to both Merlin and Star Wars fans?

People like to see the best human characteristics (bravery, kindness, strength and nobility) triumph over the worst ones (cowardice and evil). It makes us all feel like there's a hero in all of us.

The Great Dragon almost has a Yoda-like quality to him. Why are all the great teachers so cryptic in their lessons?

Otherwise it would be too easy! If the hero was told what to do and how to do it, he wouldn't have any obstacles to overcome -- and he wouldn't have achieved his triumphs on his own merits. A good teacher makes the pupil work hard!

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Merlin: A Magical Hero's Journey

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Celebs Share Phantom Menace Memories

Words: Bonnie Burton

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Jar Jar, Queen Amidala, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and little Anakin Skywalker hitting the big screen, here are some of our favorite quotes from celebrities and bands interviewed on who shared their favorite memories of The Phantom Menace.

Celebs interviewed include: Kyle Newman (Fanboys director), Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Andrew "Whitey" White (Kaiser Chiefs), Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson/Nine Inch Nails), Weird Al Yankovic (singer), Nick Verreos (Project Runway), Blake Lewis (American Idol), Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Mark Hamilton (Ash), Adam Savage (MythBusters), Brian Harnois (Ghost Hunters International), Hal Sparks (comedian), Sam Endicott (The Bravery), Chris Jericho (WWE Wrestler), and Christopher Guanlao (Silversun Pickups).

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George Takei: Trekking onto Clone Wars

Words: Bonnie Burton

Sci-fi fans already know beloved actor George Takei as helmsman Mr. Sulu on the U.S.S. Enterprise (and of course, later as Captain Sulu of the U.S.S. Excelsior), but this week he switches galaxies to voice General Lok Durd in The Clone Wars episode "Defenders of Peace."

I chat with the legendary actor about his work on The Clone Wars, as well as his thoughts on the importance of sci-fi, how he answers hardcore Star Trek fan questions, what it's like to play Masi Oka's father on "Heroes," and why he ate beans and rice in the rain forest to entertain British TV viewers.


How did the role of General Lok Durd come to you for The Clone Wars?

My agent called me and asked if I would be interested. So they sent a drawing over and I thought, "Oh no, another fat guy!" I mean morbidly obese, this one! How the animators captured this morbidly obese person -- when he moves, his whole body jiggles in a genuinely flesh-like way. We have a real epidemic of obesity here, so I'm glad villains are depicted that way, rather undisciplined with their lives and their bodies.

How has your experience been playing Masi Oka's father on Heroes?

When the show first came out, there were billboards all over the place, so I knew there was an Asian actor on the show. I hadn't started watching Heroes yet, but my email would fill up with people telling me that there was a Japanese character on the show who is a ga-ga Star Trek fan, who has powers. And I thought, "Well, I better tune in on this." And that's how I got hooked on it. Then one day my agent gives me a call and says, "The people at Heroes want you to play Hiro's father." They sent the first script, and I didn't have any lines at all. So I thought it was going to be one of those cameo things.

But then, in the second script I had much more to do. It was much more of a father and son relationship. I was supposed to be a powerful, hard-driving corporate executive and one of the richest men in the world. I have this weirdo son who's off doing his crazy thing. And I want to bring him back into the fold and instill some discipline into him so that he can follow in my footsteps. I thought that was the relationship, and then a couple of months later another script comes where I'm handing baby Claire over to HRG. And I thought, "Oh my!" I'm more involved with the older generation club so to speak. I have no idea where this is all going to lead with Heroes because they keep you in ignorance. You learn more about your character in bits and pieces with each script. So we shall see where this all leads.

Well just because someone dies on Heroes doesn't mean we won't see them again.

You may have seen me fall off that high-rise, but there I am! Actually I'm supposed to be younger because they're flashbacks, and I like them because they add hanks of hair to my head. (laughs)

Or maybe we'll see alternate future versions of you in upcoming Heroes episodes?

"Who knows what lies in the minds of the writers!" You're much too young to remember, but that's a phrase from old radio show The Shadow -- "Who knows what evil lies in the hearts of men? Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh! The Shadow knows..." Those were the days.

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George Takei: Trekking onto Clone Wars
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Mastodon Ready to Outrun IG-88
Words: Bonnie Burton

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher not only collects Star Wars toys, his fandom is also skin deep -- quite literally with tattoos. He also named his son Harrison, after everyone's favorite sarcastic rogue. chats with Bill about his love for the saga and offers a few tips on how to escape the wrath of both Jabba the Hutt and IG-88.

Why did you decide to get Star Wars tattoos?
My Star Wars tattoos started a few years ago. I was in Chattanooga and a guy approached the stage after we were done and asked if I wanted some work. We went to his shop and he had Star Wars stuff all over his station -- books and toys, everything. I was a big collector then and started off with a bounty hunter sleeve. I always had a fascination with the bounty hunter 'scum' in the movies and the books about them.

Which of the bounty hunters is your favorite?
The evil assassin droid IG-88. He just is a crazy robot that would disintegrate you in a heartbeat. But then again if he were chasing you, you could just run up some stairs and he couldn't chase you. (He can't bend his knees.)

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Milo Ventimiglia’s Trooper Assistant

Getting ready for New York Comic-Con takes a lot of preparation, so it's a good thing that actor Milo Ventimiglia and the rest of the Divide Pictures crew have a Clone Trooper assistant to deliver scripts, pick up clothes and get toner for the printer.

Watch General Ventimiglia in action here:
VIDEO: Stormtrooper assistant: Part UNO (via Youtube)

SOURCE: Official Blog
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Jaime King Catches the Fan Spirit
Words: Bonnie Burton

Breathing life into comic book characters seems to be actress Jaime King's specialty as of late. Whether she's playing twin sisters Goldie and Wendy in Sin City (and in the upcoming sequel), or as the beautiful Lorelei Rox in the new film The Spirit, King is proud of her comic book leanings, not to mention her fondness for all things sci-fi.

I chat with Jaime King (on about her bionic namesake, why she has a soft spot of Star Wars and getting about the power of 3-D movies by director George Lucas himself.


I read that you were named after Jaime Sommers in the classic sci-fi TV show The Bionic Woman. Were you a fan of the show?

The funny thing is even though my mom named me after Jaime Sommers, I never really saw the show. It wasn't still on by the time I was old enough to really watch TV. But I really want to see it because so many people love that fact, and it sounds like the kind of show that would really be right up my alley.

Since starring in the hit Sin City, as well as The Spirit, would you consider yourself a comic book fan?

When I was a kid I loved reading Calvin and Hobbes in the newspaper, and I'd be so bummed out when I'd go to the library and all the Calvin books were checked out. Watchmen is great. I'm a big fan of Y: The Last Man. At one point we tried to secure the movie rights for Love and Rockets, but some one has it already and is holding out. It's important to me as an actress to keep looking for interesting, strong female roles, and comic books have a lot of those kinds of characters.

Actually, I just started this new comic book with a man named Marc Andreyko who [co-]wrote the Torso series. David Fincher is making his comic book into a film starring Matt Damon. So he's my newest collaborator. The comic series is sci-fi and takes place in the future. It deals with Armageddon in space.

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James Marsters Talks Clone Wars
By Bonnie Burton

As Spike (AKA William the Bloody) on the hit TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and as Captain John Hart on Torchwood and Milton Fine on Smallville, actor James Marsters has a talent for playing anti-heroes and witty villains you can't quite figure out until it's too late. As Captain Argyus on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Marsters again portrays a character who may not be all that he seems. Argyus appears in "Cloak of Darkness", the ninth episode of the series, airing on December 5th on Cartoon Network. chats with Marsters about Captain Argyus, his childhood memories of Star Wars and why his proud to play so many roles in the sci-fi/fantasy realm.

How did the character of Captain Argyus come your way?

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. But it was an honor to meet his production crew during the audition and to be considered. I also grew up in the same town, Modesto, as George Lucas and lived about a mile away from him in Marin County when Star Wars came out. I would go to the end of the earth for George, as would anyone else.

How did you prepare for the role of Captain Argyus? What was the reason you wanted to use a different accent instead of your normal voice for the character?

I was using what I understand to be Standard Stage American, which is what they train you for in school for Shakespeare -- think of it as an island between America and England. I wanted the character to be a bit arrogant so I used kind of a stuffy accent. I hope it worked, otherwise George won't hire me again.

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James Marsters Talks Clone Wars
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Justin Timberlake and C-3PO Together At Last

The droids and celebs come out for a night to celebrate Samuel L. Jackson receiving the 2008 American Cinematheque Award. Artoo, accompanied by his counterpart, translator, and traveling companion C-3PO, was nice enough to send along a few snapshots of his star-studded night to The ceremony airs on AMC December 9th with special appearances by the maker himself, George Lucas.

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Star Wars fan fiction is fairly easy to to find online, but fan fiction written by celebrities is even rarer. Recently, actor and Original Trilogy Star Wars fan Simon Pegg writes this tale featuring Bail Organa, Shaak Ti, Mon Mothma, Kazdan Paratus, Rahm Kota, Obi-Wan Kenobi and a holo-transmission of Yoda, among others chat about Anakin's new role as Darth Vader and what to do with those twins.

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Robot Chicken Strikes Back With More Star Wars
words: Bonnie Burton

The Emperor, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and the rest of everyone's favorite Star Wars characters are back with more laughs and plenty of inside hardcore fan details in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. The special airs this Sunday, Nov. 16 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim at 11:30 PM. chats with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich about what fans can expect from the new episode as well as special guest star appearances. Seth also talks about his upcoming directorial debut for his comic book The Freshman.


Any notable guest star voices you'd like to mention?

Seth: Carrie Fisher is in the show, which is awesome.

Matt: Billy Dee Williams came in and knocked it out of the park for us.

Seth: We got to record Billy Dee before, so we had kind of a rapport with him. And this was just... I can't tell you how much I love Billy Dee Williams. He is so awesome. The tracks he gave us are outrageous. We even wrote a whole sketch for the proper season where Billy Dee himself encounters a fan at the supermarket, we loved him so much.

Ahmed Best came in to do Jar Jar. I can't even express how talented that kid is. Abe Benrubi came back to do our Darth Vader.

Matt: Seth MacFarlane is in it again as the Emperor. Breckin Meyer is Boba Fett again. Seth: Donald Faison makes a great appearance as Gary the Stormtrooper.

Is this the first time you all have worked with Carrie Fisher for Robot Chicken?

Seth: This is the first time she's done Robot Chicken, but I've worked with her before on Austin Powers and we've met a bunch over the years. She was great! She was really game and very fun, and totally engaged in the material.

Matt: She said if George Lucas could do it, she could do it.

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Ghost Hunting with Darth Wheezy
Words: Bonnie Burton

Paranormal Investigator Brian Harnois knows when to follow ghosts and when to run, on the Sci-Fi Channel shows Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International. chats with Harnois about phantom hunting, finding ectoplasm, and whether or not Obi-Wan Kenobi made a decent ghost.


How did you become interested in the paranormal?

I got into the paranormal when I was about 11 years old. I was sleeping over my friend Josh Gravel's house one night. As anyone knows, when parents tell kids to go to sleep they never do. Josh had bunk beds in his room and I was on the top bunk and he was in the bottom bunk. It was about midnight and we were joking around like kids do. All of a sudden a full body apparition walked through one wall of his room, walked right in front of us and through the opposite wall. I couldn't believe what I saw. Needless to say we didn't sleep in that room that night. But after that experience I was hooked. I started reading everything I could about ghosts. I went to all the libraries and did all the research I could. Then I started to do little cemetery hunts when I was 15 or 16, and the rest is history.

Considering your ghost hunting background, and your Star Wars fandom, what's your take on the whole Obi-Wan is a ghost theory from the original trilogy?

I think the Obi-Wan ghost makes perfect sense. Considering there are ghosts in our world, how come there can't be ghosts in the Star Wars world -- especially when someone is very strong in the ways of the Force? As we all know now, Qui-Gon Jinn was the first one to actually come back from the great beyond to communicate with Yoda, and he taught Obi-Wan how to communicate with him. So having a ghost in that universe actually makes more sense than in this world considering we don't know how ghosts manifest themselves here.

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J.J. Abrams Talks Fringe, Cattle and Star Wars
By Bonnie Burton

J.J. Abrams has a talent for taking us inside the minds of secret agents (Alias), plane crash survivors (Lost) and monster snacks (Cloverfield). Now he takes fans into the world of the paranormal and the outer limits of science fiction in his new show Fringe. chats with the maverick media maker and director about the genesis of Fringe, marketing with livestock and where he thinks Star Wars should go next.


Did you have any obstacles with Fringe that you hadn't come across being a TV show veteran? How has your experience working on this show differed than that of something like Alias or Lost?

I have relatively speaking very little experience, so every time I'm involved in a movie or a TV show it always feels like a brand new set of challenges. On this show, among others, it's a question of pacing the show and how much we reveal. We are obviously taking scientific notions and pushing them into insanity so this is not a documentary or a course on science. It's supposed to be taken as Frankenstein was -- an entertaining narrative that takes the ideas that surround us and push them much farther than they are currently able to go. When Star Trek first came out with communicators and the idea of a laser shooting something, these were scientific notions that didn't exist. And now 40 years later there actually are lasers that can shoot as weapons, and there are communicators that we have in our pockets. The idea that some of the stuff we're talking about potentially could come to pass is a fascinating one, but we're not pretending that this is all real and happening now. The fun of Fringe is that it's a "what if" scenario. Every episode gets to play with the impossible idea that something might happen and how do we deal with those ramifications and consequences? What does it mean to live in a world where science has run amok?

Even TV shows that are supposed to be based in fact like C.S.I. and House aren't exactly using proper science; you can't get DNA results in two hours.

Most legal or medical shows stretch the truth. There are trials and treatments that come to resolution at hyper speed and the reality is much different, but that reality isn't always entertaining. Fringe proudly and squarely exists in the science fiction world.

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"Matt Lanter: The Chosen One" Clone Wars interview
words: Bonnie Burton

Matt Lanter is the kind of actor who seems to appear in one hit TV show after another. He's played brief but memorable roles in Big Love, Commander in Chief, Shark, Monk, C.S.I and Grey's Anatomy. In Heroes, he broke Claire Bennett's heart and more than a few bones, as her crush-turned-killer Brody Mitchum. Lanter then showed off his comedy chops in Disaster Movie. Now fans can catch Lanter in The Clone Wars series voicing none other than Anakin Skywalker. chats with Lanter about his work on the new TV series, his preparation for the role, and why he loves working with director Dave Filoni.

As a voice actor, how do you prepare for the role of Anakin Skywalker? Did you pay close attention to actor Hayden Christensen's voice from the films, or did you have your own ideas on how Anakin should sound?

I do a combination of both. This Anakin has my own flavor and spin. You can tell that by the way Anakin is acting in the series. He's very positive, fun-loving, heroic, brave, witty and almost comedic sometimes, kind of reminiscent of Han Solo. We haven't seen Anakin like that yet. We're not changing Anakin, we're just adding to him in this point of his life. I know George Lucas and Dave Filoni wanted to tell that story of Anakin before he started that downward spiral. Now that being said, I definitely watched all the Star Wars films and took notes on Hayden's performance. He did something great with that, and he had to for the films. Those films were the story of Anakin sliding to the dark side and it needed to be done. I also watched The Clone Wars micro-series and anything else during my research that I could possibly reference to prepare. So it was a good mix of both. Now after recording episodes from the end of Season 2 I feel as though I have a firm grasp on this Anakin and where we're going with him.

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James Arnold Taylor: Voicing Jedi Masters

Words: Bonnie Burton

What do Spider-Man, Fred Flintstone, Capt. Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon have in common? Actor James Arnold Taylor has lent his voice to all these characters and more for an impressive list of cartoons, animated films and video games. His credits reads like the ultimate Who's Who in comics and pop culture icons. Taylor can switch from Pippin in "Lord of the Rings" to an impeccable Christopher Walken impression in the blink of an eye.

For The Clone Wars series airing on Cartoon Network, Taylor voices Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (continuing his voice work for the character from the original Clone Wars 2-D animated series), and Jedi Master Plo Koon. chats with Taylor about his work on the new TV series, his preparation for each role, and why even as a kid he was excited to channel his inner Jedi.

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Milo Ventimiglia's Lightsaber Duels
Screened before the 2008 Star Wars Fan Film Awards was this "last minute" entry -- a collection of lightsaber battles between Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia and his friends.

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Milo Ventimiglia: Lightsabers, Luke and Heroes

Words: Bonnie Burton

What if Peter Petrelli could add the Force to his arsenal of skills on the hit NBC show Heroes? I chat with actor Milo Ventimiglia about his love for Star Wars, his lightsaber duel fan films, what Luke Skywalker and Peter Petrelli have in common.


Are there any Star Wars characters you identify with the most?
I don't know if I identify with any one specifically, but as a kid I wanted to be Return of the Jedi Luke because he was the guy who had all the abilities and was in perfect control of that.

So not whiny New Hope Luke?
No, but the funny thing is whiny New Hope Luke was very much like early Peter Petrelli. "I don't know what I'm doing or where I'm supposed to go..."

I don't know if I ever considered your character on Heroes whiny.
Oh, Peter was whiny! [laughs] I always love the characters that have these great abilities and they're so focused in how they use them that they weren't abused, and they were used at the right time in the right way. Those are always the characters I'm kind of drawn to. But then again I also love the Han Solo character. He's the everyday guy. He's a guy's guy.

Who do you think is the biggest hero in Star Wars?
Yoda, probably because of his perspective. He's a master and in complete control. He sees all the angles and still won't completely get in the way. He'll allow the younger Jedi to make mistakes and then come to him for guidance. Being a young man, you always look for mentors and people who will teach you, but you also want to stand on your own. You have to fight to show everyone you're good enough but we all need our teachers. We all need someone who has been there and done that to give us guidance. In my mind, it's very much a way of life. I know how I was when I was younger -- in my late teens and early 20s -- nobody could tell me what to do. Now as I'm getting older I realize those people were so patient with me, and didn't intrude with how I was doing things but tried to give me just enough to make the right decision. I really value those relationships I have now, especially with my family.

As an actor, which role in the Star Wars films would you have liked to play?
Wow, I really don't want to take away from anything. I always liked the fact that Jabba the Hutt wasn't originally a big slug. I thought that was cool, but I don't think I could pull it off. I am fascinated by things like that. I think I'm so enthralled and invested in who those faces were who played those characters that there's no desire to play something in the films. I love being on the outside. Granted, if George Lucas asked me to play a character, I wouldn't say no.

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