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Carrie Fisher Threatens James Earl Jones With A Bat In Tonight’s Big Bang Theory

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DoorstepIn George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, the rebels go at Darth Vader and his cronies in a variety of ways. There are full-frontal assaults, sneak attacks, they even send his secret son after him. One thing they never tried, however, was to take a baseball bat to him. That could have worked. That’s essentially what looks to be happening in this first photo from tonight’s episode of the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang theory, which reunites Princess Leia’s Carrie Fisher with the voice of Vader himself, James Earl Jones.

The premise of the episode is that the Big Bang gang, for the first time ever, is unable to procure tickets to Comic-Con. We’ve all been there. In a fit of bitterness, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) decides to hell with that noise and starts his own competing convention. When you tackle a project like that you need some star power to make people stand up and take notice, so Sheldon sets his sights on procuring Jones as a guest. This, as you probably imagined, leads to some mild shenanigans, and at some point, their crazy night involves winding up on Carrie Fisher’s doorstep.

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Big Bang Theory And Community Are Packed With Sci-Fi Cameos: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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Tonight’s a big one for sci-fi-related cameos. On CBS’ Big Bang Theory, not one but two Star Wars celebs will be visiting the show’s geeky realm. Tonight’s episode, “The Convention Conundrum,” has Sheldon annoyed that he couldn’t get tickets to next summer’s Comic-Con. Rather than just pouting about it, he decides to create his own convention, and somehow both Princess Leia and the voice of Darth Vader get involved. James Earl Jones will be playing himself, with Sheldon approaching the actor at a restaurant and winding up having crazy night with him. Here’s a clip.

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Star Wars: Rebels Introduces Chopper The Droid

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With Star Wars: Rebels starting in the fall 2014, audiences and fans will get an opportunity to watch the first property from the Disney-acquired Lucasfilm, and get to meet the characters who will from the beginnings of the Rebellion. Also: there will be a cute droid named Chopper.

As reported on ComingSoon, the R2-D2-style droid Chopper, aka C1-10P, is a new astromech droid that will serve our new group of teenage rebels well throughout the animated series. Chopper is described as “a lazy, cranky, if ultimately goodhearted.” Chopper is unique and is a hodgepodge of various parts thrown together by the young rebels. The new droid is further proof that Rebels‘ will unfold in the more “lived-in” Star Wars universe of the original trilogy, unlike the slick and glossy world of the prequels.

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Rocking Tauntauns And Chewbacca Seat Belt Straps Make Perfect Star Wars Gifts

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rocking tauntaunsOver the years, the amount of fan-created Star Wars goods that have passed by GFR’s collective eyeballs has been plentiful, and the profits from most of it would probably match or exceed the billions that Lucasfilm has been raking in for decades. And though such items as Star Wars alphabet posters and AT-AT walkers made out of bacon are genius in and of themselves, they’re not so practical on a day-to-day basis. Today’s offerings, rocking horse tauntauns and a Chewbacca seat belt strap, would prove to be useful for all eternity if I could just get my hands on either of them.

The above image of the tauntaun rockers was posted anonymously to this site, but a few minutes of searching led me to the website of Chuck Bowman, better known as the master craftsman The WoodChuck. Apparently he created the rockers a couple of years ago, without any apparent plans on taking them to market. Given that they’re standing on mounts, they appear to be more for display than actual use, but I’d gladly bust my ass losing my balance on one. And when I’m on the ground, I’m going to check and make sure nothing is hidden inside the stomach, like a future hero.

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J.J. Abrams On Keeping Star Wars: Episode VII’s Secrets

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AbramsThis spring, J.J. Abrams and team will pack up their gear and move to London to begin production on Star Wars: Episode VII. Abrams is notorious for his “mystery box” brand of storytelling, with his films focusing on secrets such as the Rabbit’s Foot from Mission: Impossible III, the monster from Super 8, and Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. Now that he’s taking over the Star Wars universe, so there’s no question he’s got a big challenge ahead when it comes to keeping the movie’s secrets from leaking out.

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William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back Reveals Yoda-riffic Cover

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Sometimes news of an upcoming sequel stabs steely knives into the deep, dark void between my stomach and my colon, also known as the Appreciation Center of my body. Thankfully, those near-fatal wounds are quickly smoothed over and patched up by announcements like this, through which only good news can exist. Last year’s excellent pop culture mash-up William Shakespeare’s Star Wars not only has a follow-up on the way, but the regal cover art has been released, introducing us to a collared Yoda and an official title: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to jump up and down while squealing in iambic pentameter.

The Quirk Books publication, written by lyrical wizard Ian Doescher, is set to go on sale March 18, offering fans a brand-new, heavily borrowed adventure from George Lucas’ Star Wars universe, as filtered through the Bard. This is the St. Patrick’s Day gift that you didn’t know was capable of existing.