John Williams Gets Some Sweet Music of His Own

Our sincere congratulations to the man who makes the collective pulses of Star Wars fans everywhere beat a little faster. Every time the opening swells of Star Wars (and Indiana Jones, ET, Harry Potter, and on and on…) start to play, we have John Williams to thank for our rising excitement.

And last night, the United States thanked Mr. Williams with a Kennedy-Center Honor; the highest US honor for contribution to the arts.

You can see the honors for yourself later in the month on CBS.

Congratulations and thank you!

Natalie Portman to play Idaho Jones?

The rumor mill is buzzing that Natalie Portman wants to work with George Lucas again:

Portman, 23 , obviously doesn’t have to break into cold sweat to reflect on her time on the Star Wars films. There’s already talking about the actress working with George Lucas again on another multi-million dollar franchise entry, Indiana Jones. Even before filming had wrapped on The Phantom Menace, Portman let the director know that she’d love a part in the next Indiana Jones movie back, and the word is, he might have found a slot for her in the anticipated sequel. Smells like Indiana Jones has an offspring.

For Star Wars fans, that could be more than a little weird.

Star Wars actors make good

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor’s ride around the world on Long Way Round inspired him to sponsor a young Mongolian girl until she is 16.

His kindness also inspires some love on the part of Natalie Portman who reports admiring Ewan more after meeting his wife.

Liam Neeson
Score another acting nomination for Liam Neeson. He is one of the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards for his work in Kinsey; the casual awards show held the day before the Oscars in honor of independent films. The current buzz is that he might be up for an Oscar nod, as well.

Hayden causes mad crush and other Star Wars news

Apparently, Hayden Christensen has the power to inspire mad crushes on the part of Japanese reporters. Note this rather love-struck article written during his promotion of Shattered Glass.

In other Star Wars news, Yoda talks to Costco. Interesting place to do your first media interview.

You can also have the rather interesting honor of owning a staple autographed by Samuel L. Jackson or Jimmy Smits.

And finally, an interview with Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker done before a Boston convention in which Tony actually seems pleased with Episode 3. (No spoilers, though.)

Those aren’t droids. They’re Robots!

Per, Ewan McGregor’s animated adventure Robots will be released on IMAX screens the same day as it’s released in conventional theaters.

Apparently, Ewan joined his ROTS co-star Natalie Portman and his good friend Jude Law to see her new movie Closer and gave it two thumbs up.

And so as to avoid demonstrating our obvious bias towards Mr. McGregor, we also include this coverage of Natalie Portman:
Zap2It Interview

Natalie on Dave Letterman on Thanksgiving