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“This is the closest you’ll get to Episode 7.” George Lucas, Red Tails on The Daily Show

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George talks about Red Tails with Jon Stewart last night. Yes, there are Star Wars jokes, but also a serious discussion on getting ‘black films’ made in Hollywood.

The fandom minute: Jon Stewart analogizes the president, ‘The Phantom Reviewer’ returns for Sith

Politics corner. The Daily Show went epic last night by comparing the president to Luke Skywalker. I laughed, I laughed, then I cried because I was laughing too much. Jon Stewart, you are such a nerd.

Plinkett returns. ‘The Phantom Reviewer’ concludes his skewering of the prequels with Revenge of the Sith. Per usual, it’s not for everyone and still very much NSFW. But what can I say: I LOL’d.

So you’ve experienced a blizzard… Why not enjoy some impromptu Photoshopping?

Wait, what? Scotland has a Jedi police officer. She “admits to using Jedi mind tricks” but denies using “‘The Force’ to influence what suspects say or do.” Okay then.

The blogside. Cambridge University librarian Andy Priestner is not pleased with the state of the Jedi Order’s library.

Nice trolling. Suvudu has a ‘casting call’ for Luke Skywalker. No, seriously.

“It helps to be nuts:” George Lucas in Orlando

Gotta love the official site: They have a play by play of Saturday’s Main Event with George Lucas, Jon Stewart and a couple of special guest stars!

The big news? The Blu-Rays are scheduled for Fall 2011. I guess this means I need to buy a Blu-Ray player.

UPDATE: Watch the whole thing on Youtube before the copyright police attack, or check out StarWars.com’s highlights.

Celebration V roundup: Badges and the Main Event

Check out the badges! I like them a lot, though it appears I will be getting at least one Clone Wars character. Oh well, what can you do? Nice stuff from Grant Gould all-round.

  • The George and Jon Main Event has been scheduled for Saturday at 11am. We’re going to need more box coffee for that line!

  • More artists. No, Matt Busch did not put himself in his image this time. (I was shocked, too.) But seriously, some nice stuff. My picks: Malcolm Tween’s Millennium Falcon and Clark Mitchell’s Boba Fett. Yes, I picked a Fett. Hey, it’s very nice.
  • A pair of new cereal box images! These are actually so adorable they kind of make me want to sit through collecting panels. (Note the ‘kind of.’)

OMG! Jon Stewart is coming to Celebration V!

And he’s interviewing George Lucas! My snarky news-junkie heart is all aflutter!

In their conversation, dubbed The Main Event, Stewart and Lucas will discuss the history of the Star Wars saga and delve into the arcana of the multi-billion-dollar series. Stewart is a huge Star Wars fan — Lucas appeared on Stewart’s show back in January when the filmmaker was promoting his book, George Lucas’s Blockbusting, and the two had great banter with each other — but fans who may be worried that Stewart won’t ask their hottest burning questions can submit their own at www.starwarscelebration.com.

(You can watch George’s Daily Show appearance here.) I may actually be squeeing. In a silent, dignified manner.

UPDATE: The StarWars.com write-up, which has a few more new events.

Video: George Lucas on The Daily Show

George is making the media rounds for Blockbusting, and he stopped by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night:


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I think George came across very well — a hell of a lot saner than many of us fans. (Aww, Jon Stewart.)