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If Patton Oswalt wasn’t already a Duke of the internet, he would have earned the position with the Parks and Recreation outtake in which Oswalt went on an eight-minute rant/filibuster that outlined a plot for the next Star Wars movie, complete with most of the Marvel Universe and the characters from the two recent Clash of the Titans films.

The rant has been seen in video form and via a “movie poster,” and now Nerdist has published an animated version. This isn’t the first attempt to animate the rant, but it is the best so far. Read More »

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Angry Birds Star Wars

Get ready to revisit the prequels, Angry Birds-style. Also after the jump:

  • Knights of the Old Republic gets a birthday sale
  • Star Wars will take over Disney’s Club Penguin
  • The Star Tours rides are getting an update in 2015
  • George Lucas says Star Trek made Star Wars possible
  • President Obama gives George Lucas a hug and an award
  • Does anyone in Star Wars actually know how to read?
  • Billy Dee Williams leads a Star Wars cantina singalong

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Fans have loved Patton Oswalt’s awesome ad-libbed Star Wars: Episode VII pitch. The Parks & Recreation outtake involved a cross-over event involving Disney’s Marvel superhero and galactic universe, inspiring fans to create the one-sheet poster above. I even talked to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black about the filibuster. Today Isaac Moores has posted a version of the filibuster which he provided illustration and animation for. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to sit down with Marvel head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black.

We’ve run some of the answers over the last week as stand-alone posts, but you can read the whole interview transcript after the jump, including collecting Back to the Future memorabilia, Iron Man at Disneyland, transforming a superhero movie into a detective story, Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars/Marvel crossover rant, if it was weird for Black to direct Jon Favreau in an Iron Man movie, how Iron Man 3 sets-up future Marvel films, Tony Stark’s unexpected team-up with a child, how Marvel deals with leaks, misinformation and the rumors of the age of the internet.
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During my interview last week with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, I brought up Patton Oswalt’s awesome ad-libbed Star Wars: Episode VII pitch (a Parks & Recreation outtake) which involved a cross-over event involving Disney’s Marvel superhero and galactic universe.

While many of my colleagues were asking the softball questions like “will Robert Downey Jr come back for a fourth Iron Man” or “where will Marvel go in Phase 3?” I knuckled down with the much more important hardball question: when is Disney going to take Oswalt’s pitch seriously and give us that Marvel/Disney cross-over film? Find out the answer after the jump.

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May the Fourth

Carrie Fisher doesn’t give a crap. Ask her about returning for Star Wars Episode VII, and she’ll gladly talk all about it. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, read her latest quotes as well as the following:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios is planning very special festivities on May 4th, plus some exclusive art is being released.
  • The stars of Return of the Jedi reflect on the production.
  • Gallery Nucleus in California does a special Star Wars themed exhibit.
  • George Lucas reveals further plans for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
  • Comedian and Star Wars fan Patton Oswalt discusses his feelings on the new films.
  • Watch Bill Hader‘s impression of a Tauntaun.
  • Star Wars characters could be added to Disney Infinity.

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Patton Oswalt on Parks and Recreation

If you liked Patton Oswalt‘s one-take pitch for Star Wars: Episode VII as presented in a Parks and Recreation outtake, then you’re probably going to love this. Entertainment Weekly had Jef Castro create a poster for Oswalt’s take, in the style of Drew Struzan’s Star Wars work, based on the cover for the first issue of Marvel’s The Infinity Gauntlet.

The one-sheet features all the elements the comedian threw into his pitch, from Star Wars characters to Marvel mainstays to — and it’s still difficult to accept this — Perseus from Clash of the Titans. There’s even a stab at a robo-spider Chewbacca, although the concept isn’t front and center, sadly. But the kicker is the tagline: “The Female Part’s a Little Underwritten.”

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Patton Oswalt on Parks and Recreation

Star Wars Episode VII already has a writer in Michael Arndt, but on this week’s Parks & Recreation Patton Oswalt will make a good case for ditching Arndt and turning the scripting duties over to him instead.

In the episode, the comedian-writer plays a Pawnee citizen attempting to filibuster a city council vote. To fill the time, he improvises an epic eight-minute speech outlining exactly what he thinks Star Wars Episode VII should be. Somehow we can’t really imagine Ardnt and JJ Abrams signing off on the idea of a robot-spider-bodied Chewbacca, but until the movie comes out we can dream. Watch the full video after the jump.

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It’s got to be fun being Patton Oswalt. He’s got the sort of career that allows him, every once in a while, to take part in something that rides a great line between totally ridiculous and weirdly accurate. Case in point is this college humor video that takes shots at the Christopher Nolan version of Batman, and engages in the old conversation that Frank Miller attempted to silence with The Dark Knight Returns.

Namely, despite a professed aversion to killing, does Batman really know how violent he is? This version of Bats, who faces off against Oswalt’s incarnation of the Penguin, is a little more dim than most. He just can’t grasp the concept of death as a consequence of violence. Fortunately the Penguin is ready to give him a lesson. Read More »