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Filk Friday

This week’s featured filk takes us back to the excitement leading up to the release of Episode I. Jeff Suess’ Bare Naked Ladies parody takes us One Week before the release of the movie, and the hype and celebration lives on. You can find more of Jeff’s work here.

And continuing with news on Weird Al’s recently released album, the quick favorite outside of the first single “White and Nerdy” is apparently his Green Day parody called “Canadian Idiot.” Fans have already started on the homemade videos, like this remix of the Robot Chicken Voltron dance off.

Filk Friday

Wednesday was Denis Lawson‘s birthday (yay, Wedge!), so to honor everyone’s favorite GFFA supporting character, this week’s featured filk is an excerpt from the stage extravaganza Star Wars: Musical Edition. Set just after the Rebel briefing in Return of the Jedi, Wedge’s Lament is a heartfelt tribute to the friends Wedge has seen come and go as the only non-main character to survive all three movies, and a hope that he will lose no more friends by helping to end the war.

In other filk news, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album released on Tuesday. The video for his new tune “Weasel Stomping Day” was produced by Seth Green and his cohorts over at Robot Chicken and aired on this week’s episode.

What is the melting point of a gorilla’s head?

Weird Al’s ‘White and Nerdy’ video has been sweeping the internet lately. (We first blogged it last week.) But I know you yearn for more, and thanks to CJ’s Phil, we have links!

First, the frightfully extensive Wikipedia entry for the single. Miss a reference? It’s probably here.

Then, the White & Nerdy quiz. Do you make the cut? I, sadly, am only 44% nerdy. (It’s because I suck at math.)

And finally, the MySpace profile featured in the video. It is not, thankfully, pimped out.

Filk Friday

Monday, September 25 will be Mark Hamill‘s birthday, so in honor of everyone’s favorite farmboy turned jedi, this week’s featured filk is written as sung by Luke on the Bespin gantry. Father of Mine is one of my favorite Luke filks and introduced me to one of my now-favorite bands, Everclear. Find more filks from authors Yav and Trace in the Filk Archive.

And don’t forget, Weird Al‘s new album comes out next Tuesday and catch his new video White and Nerdy!

Video Monday

Triumph of the Empire, an Imperial propaganda film entirely in LEGO. Inspired, obviously, by Triumph of the Will (which should be no stranger to well-studied fans,) when I first watched this I thought it was from the latest LEGO game, but apparently not. Amazing.

Speaking of LEGO… The Han Solo Affair. This one is done for LFL/LEGO – the company has also done Monty Python and Spiderman films.

Three in the Afternoon is a fanfilm about dorks with lightsabers. That doesn’t suck. (Trust me: Most of them do.)

There are a couple of Star Wars references in Weird Al’s latest video, ‘White and Nerdy.’ Are you shocked? I’m shocked.

More!
The Mother of All Movie Trailers. Edward Norton!
Dancing Jango
Stephen Colbert and Buffy team up. Why? BEARS!
Henchmen Strike Back! Why aren’t you watching The Venture Brothers?

Random Secret Cracktastic Bonus Video: Stephen Colbert’s ‘Charlene (I’m right behind you)’

Filk Friday

This week, we revisit the summer of 1999, a time of excitment in Star Wars fandom, with the release of the first SW film in 16 years. Buzz was flying, hype was, er, hyping, and we were all still too excited about getting new Star Wars to yet fully acknowledge how much there was wrong with TPM. Whether victimized by the hype or actually enjoying the film, the Star Ladies of Club Jade were certainly Livin’ La Vida Lucas, as depicted here by CJ costuming guru Caitlin, aka JainaMSolo.

In additional Weird Al news, the video for “Don’t Download This Song” (the first single off his upcoming album Straight Outta Lynwood), can be seen here (thanks, Phil!).