Star Wars Miniland opens at Legoland California

Last Thursday, Legoland California opened up their Star Wars area in Miniland with some big fanfare. The official ribbon cutting was done by Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, and Carson Weiner, a young Star Wars fan representing the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Also on hand for the celebration were James Arnold Taylor and Catherine Taber of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and about 60 costumed members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion. Other VIPs included skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and “Wait, I was in Star Trek not Star Wars” Christian Slater and Dancing with the Stars‘ Brooke Burke.

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Clone Wars goes Notorious with ‘Senate Spy’ tonight!

Let's play The Sims!

Tonight’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode may not be battle heavy, but will show the war from a different point of view: politics, espionage, and romance (?) as Padme goes undercover to investigate a senator who’s also an old love interest. Catherine Taber shares with on Padmé’s allegiances to the Republic and to her husband, and on her Alfred Hitchcock homework from Dave Filoni.

Newsarama puts up the conclusion of their Dave Filoni interview about season 2 and making the show. In brief: More independent episodes, a broader view of the war, more clone-centric episodes, no Yoda-centric episodes, Corey Burton does awesome villain voices, etc.

The show is proving its success with posts of double-digit gains in kid demographics from this time last year, according to The younglings, especially boys, are watching.

Meanwhile, has a roundtable discussion on last week’s ‘Children of the Force.’

Video: More Clone Wars clips, interviews

The first two are straight-up clips, quality time with Jocasta Nu and another Bane bit. (Is there any part of the premiere that we haven’t seen a bit of yet?) The third is a peek at the animation with Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, Catherine Taber and Dave Filoni.

SDCC ’09 roundup: And thanks for all the fish

Panels and things. has reports of panels with The Clone Wars voice actors, Robot Chicken and Family Guy.

Fannishly. continues their Fan Movie winner profiles with Star Wars: Retold (yay!) and Star Sports. They also round up their picks for best Star Wars costumes (play spot the Jader in this one) and best costumes.

Videos. Big Shiny Robot caght up with Clone Wars voice actors Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka,) Dee Bradley Baker (OMG MOMO, uhh, he voices the clones) and Catherine Taber (Padme.)

Muggs. Empire Muggs back profiles of Dave Filoni, Cat Staggs, Robot Chicken’s Rebecca Van Cleve and Adam Koford. And thr auction is on now, with one or two figures currently fetching up to $425. (Most are still much lower.)

Buy stuff! Nab a Luke Dagobah Variant Mimobot flash drive without waiting in any lines at all.

It’s Friday, it must be The Clone Wars

She looks different in every still...Tonight they ‘Destroy Malevolence,’ Padme and Threepio make their TV debut, get taken hostage (shocking!) and blah blah blah tune in at 9. UPDATE: has an interview with Catherine Taber, who voices Padme for the series and also took on Leia in The Force Unleashed. Again: Episode commentary.