Are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, And Mark Hamill In London For Star Wars: Episode VII?

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han luke leia star warsEvery day that passes means we’re all a little bit closer to next year’s release of J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, and that in turn means we’re even closer to the production start date for the long-gestating next entry in the Star Wars saga. And if we can extrapolate once more, it means we’re that much closer to finding something out about the movie that isn’t just a rumor, specifically whether or not Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are seriously going to appear in the trilogy or not. For now, though, we’re playing Giant Freakin’ Detective and connecting some fairly obvious clues.

Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly did some of the dirty work for us, which is good since my private detective license didn’t arrive in the mail yet. They’ve rounded up examples placing Ford, Hamill, and Fisher all in the city of London, the home of Pinewood Studios, where much of Episode VII‘s production will take place. Sure, it’s possible that three of the most recognizable actors on the face of the planet can all be in the same city as the film that they’re supposedly starring in without it meaning anything, as coincidences are as common as midi-chlorians. But I don’t think we’d be hearing about their mini-vacations in such a mysterious manner.


Help Make-A-Wish And You Might Get To Meet George Lucas And Mark Hamill

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We love it when our geekly tendencies are exploited in a way that just happens to make the world a better place. Case in point: we think it would be amazing to fly to Skywalker Ranch and hang out with George Lucas (even after the prequels, we can’t help but love that bearded crazy man). We would also love to hang out with Mark Hamill, especially if he promises to swing around a lightsaber while doing the Joker voice. Now you can enter to win a chance to do both of those awesome things, plus benefit a very worthy cause in the form of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Simpsons Did It: The Best Science/Sci-Fi Guest Stars To Appear On Fox’s Long-Running ‘Toon

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Last night The Simpsons’ long line of notable guest stars checked author Harlan Ellison off its Bucket List, alongside a return appearance from Stan “The Man” Lee. Now, don’t assume that just because I’m using a Bucket List metaphor, I think Simpsons is on its death bed. No, I’m suggesting Simpsons should have been mercifully put down ages ago. But while the show’s writing has spiraled down a well of diminishing returns, it continues to draw all manner of notable persons into the jaundiced world of Springfield. Over the years that’s included quite a few famous faces from the worlds of science and science fiction. Here’s the cream of that crop from The Simpsons’ two and a half decades (so far) of life.

TakeiGeorge Takei
Appearances: “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” (1991), “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo” (1999), “A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love” (2001)

Star Trek actor/Facebook staple George Takei has popped up in Simpsons several times over the years, but unlike a lot of the names on this list, he’s never appeared playing himself. He first popped up in “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” lending his distinctive voice to Akira, a waiter at a sushi restaurant who serves Homer a fugu blowfish, an extremely venomous dish that must be prepared by a master sushi chef or risk killing its eater. (Akira has appeared other times in the show, but was voiced by Hank Azaria on those occasions.) Takei later voiced Wink, the host of a Japanese game show called Super Happy Smile Time Family Wish Show and and an unnamed waiter in a 2001 episode.

Homer: There’s got to be something I haven’t tried. Huh? Hey, hey, what’s this? Fugu!

Akira: (Gasps.) It is a blowfish, sir. But I should warn you that one–

Homer: Come on, pal. Fugu me!

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Samuel L. Jackson Says He And Mark Hamill Still Haven’t Gotten The Star Wars Call From J.J. Abrams

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mace winduAll right, everyone, you can put aside your ever-growing list of actors rumored to be involved with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Instead, you can grab your Bingo cards for former Star Wars actors who may or may not be returning to the franchise. This time, our update comes from Mace Windu himself, Samuel L. Jackson, who recently appeared in an episode of Late Night With David Letterman and shared a few tidbits about who hasn’t gotten the call to arms yet: namely, all the best Jedi.

When Letterman asked the inevitable question about Jackson’s involvement in the Star Wars universe, Jackson drew laughs with the disappointing news that neither he nor Mark Hamill have been contacted by Abrams or Disney about reprising their roles. He’s been filming a movie with Hamill in London, and Jackson said, “I asked Mark if he’d heard from J.J. Abrams and he said, ‘No,’ and then all of a sudden Ewan [McGregor] was there and I spoke to him on the phone, asked him if he was there doing Star Wars. He said, ‘No, they haven’t called me…'” It’s still early going, sure, and they’re still auditioning for new roles, but you’d think the studios would want to lock down the more popular and consistently busy actors before their upcoming schedules get completely filled out.


Star Wars Fan Replaces Emperor Palpatine’s Dialogue With Mark Hamill’s Joker

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Actor Mark Hamill was one of Hollywood’s bright and shining stars in the late ’70s and early ’80s. His leading role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy was like a double-edged sword (or lightsaber). On one hand, Hamill gained celebrity and success, while on the other hand (or no hand), he was typecast, as casting directors couldn’t see him as anyone but Luke Skywalker. Nevertheless, Hamill found a new direction for his career as a voice actor in various animated series and video games over the years, such as The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. But his best-known animated role was lending the Joker a delightfully evil voice on Batman: The Animated Series.

A clever YouTube called Parry Hotter recently mashed up Hamill’s The Joker with Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, putting a new spin on the thrilling climax of Return of the Jedi. In this iteration, The Joker’s voice replaces Emperor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid), while The Dark Knight Rises‘ Bane (Tom Hardy) voices Darth Vader. The result is a strange melding of pop culture. It gets even stranger when Lando Calrissian’s assault on the Death Star and Han Solo’s infiltration of the Imperial base on the moon of Endor remain virtually unaffected.


Mark Hamill On What He’d Like To See In Star Wars: Episode VII

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Luke SkywalkerAs Star Wars: Episode VII starts pre-production, Disney and Lucasfilm still have not officially confirmed that the big three of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will be returning, although it would be pretty stupefying at this point if they didn’t. That lack of comment from the Mouse House also hasn’t stopped the three actors from openly talking about the new film. According to IGN, during the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi at EW’s CapeTown Film Festival in Hollywood, Mark Hamill surprised the audience at the Egyptian Theatre. Hamill answered questions about the making of Return of the Jedi and also talked about what he would like to see in Star Wars: Episode VII.

The 61-year-old actor explained that he would like to see Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Master and play the Obi-Wan Kenobi role to a new generation of Jedi Knights. “Heavy on the Jedi mind tricks, less on the lightsaber duels,” says Hamill. “That one in Empire nearly killed me! Six weeks I’m being beaten within an inch of my life on a daily basis! It was awful! And then it’s cut down to like six minutes. ‘Eh, it’s no big deal.’” For sake of comparison, Sir Alec Guinness was 63 years old by the time the original Star Wars movie was released in 1977. If Mark Hamill would appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, he would be the same age by the time the new movie is released in 2015. So it’s clear that Hamill is the right age for a Jedi Master role.