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Star Wars Night a solid hit at Dodger Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

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Star Wars characters attend ceremonies before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16, 2011 at Dodger Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

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A Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper and a member of the Imperial Guard still cross their hearts for "the Star Spangled Banner" during opening ceremonies before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Dodgers on September 16, 2011 at Dodger Stadium.

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Members of a troupe dressed as Star Wars characters parade past the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout before the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16, 2011 at Dodger Stadium.


Star Wars Night is back at Dodger Stadium this evening. It's a celebration of all things Star Wars, which the Dodgers have been putting on for several years now. The Dodgers are taking on the Cincinnati Reds. No word if they'll be in Imperior Guard red, though it is an appropriate battle of Star Wars good guy colors (blue) versus bad guy colors (red).

The man who's built the current leg of his career on his nerd persona, Chris Hardwick, is throwing out the first pitch. He got ready for it by working on batting practice with a Stormtrooper (and hyping his Course of the Force charity relay race ending at San Diego Comic-Con):

Limited edition Star Wars ticket packages in a special Star Wars fan section of the stadium, complete with special Star Wars T-shirt, sold out in advance, but there are still regular tickets left if you want to go.

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Actor Topher Grace makes his own version of the 'Star Wars' prequels

US actor Topher Grace arrives for the Eu

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File: Topher Grace arrives for the European Premiere of his latest film 'Valentine's Day' in London's Leicester Square February 11, 2010.

Star Wars fans may be known to be a bit obsessive, often going to elaborate lengths in service to their fandom. There's a large community of fans who make their own edits of the films, with notable versions like "The Phantom Edit" and the "Despecialized Edition". Well, there's now a celebrity to add to their ranks: Topher Grace (of "That '70s Show" fame).

Topher decided to reedit the three Star Wars prequels into one 85-minute movie, which is 51 minutes shorter than even the shortest of the prequels ("Episode I: The Phantom Menace"), and 333 minutes shorter than the three put together (something for all you numerology fans out there).

He screened it in Hollywood for filmmakers, editors, actors and press friends in what's at least allegedly a one-time-only screening. I am now rooting for this piece of obsession to make its way online somehow, but given harsh words George Lucas has previously had for fan edits and how publicly this is tied to Mr. Grace, I'm pessimistic about getting a prequel of a more sane length than the ones that were actually made.

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Glee does Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' and Chris Brown's still a jerk

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Star Wars as an infographic

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James Franco trashes USC, LA Kings learn how to be famous and MLK Day: The Movie

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1930s mugshots of women, Crystal clears Oscar jokes, Star Wars cello battle in our daily roundup

  • Mugshots of women from 1930s-40s Los Angeles. Charges including cons, embezzlement, burglary, prostitution, assault with a deadly weapon, "mental case" and... "lesbian."
  • If Photoshop was a real-world cosmetic:

    (via the Ebert Club)

  • The actor who plays fictional character I most identify with, Josh Radnor (aka Ted on "How I Met Your Mother") is releasing a memoir about growing up in Ohio and... wait, what's this? Doing hallucinogenics in the Amazon? Huh. So, there's that.
  • Host Billy Crystal teased some new Oscars jokes, making fun of the idea that he's a little out of touch with pop culture at this point.
  • Liverpool moviegoers demanded refunds after going to see "The Artist" but not knowing in advance it was going to be a silent film.
  • Herman Cain endorses Stephen Colbert: The Stephen Colbert telling South Carolinians to vote for Herman Cain to show their support for Colbert has hit another level, as now Cain is endorsing the thing personally. So, is this reverse endorsing? Endorsing himself? Cain will be taping a segment with Colbert as well.
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