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'Kinect Star Wars' features Slave Leia dancing to Christina Aguilera. Awful? Incredible? The end of pop culture?

So Lando Calrissian is throwing one of his famous dance parties in the carbonite sewers of Cloud City, which I guess is the rough equivalent of a rich Manhattan socialite hosting a chicly unchic party in outer Brooklyn. Stormtroopers are dancing. My boy Lobot is spinning the discs. “Cloud City’s always lookin’ for new talent,” says Calrissian, who is a club promoter in his spare time. “You think you have what it takes?” At that point, Han Solo emerges from the carbonite container and starts dancing. And the song he’s dancing to is called “I’m Han Solo,” a reinterpretation of Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo,” which sampled the Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” which sampled an orchestral recording of the Rolling Stones’ “One Last Time.” While Han Solo is dancing — his moves include “The Trash Compactor,” the “Not a Scratch,” and the “Falcon in Flight” — here are the lyrics that fake Derulo (or maybe real Derulo?) sings:

I’m pickin’ up my blaster
Put it on my side,
I’m jumpin’ in my Falcon
Wookiee at my side
I’m Solo, Han Solo
I’m Han Solo
I’m Han Solo, Solo.

And then, just when you think this fever dream cannot possibly become more insane, Lando Calrissian decides to show up Solo by dancing to the same song…while wearing a cape. READ FULL STORY

Yoda, World's Ugliest Dog, Becomes One With the Force, Dies at Age 15

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Last June, when Yoda, a 15-year-old, 1.8-pound Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix, won the 23rd Annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest, dog owners everywhere thought to themselves, “When 15-years-old my pooch reaches, look as bad she will not.” The time for such Star Wars-related puns is sadly over because Yoda’s hometown newspaper reports that the mutt died in her sleep Saturday.

When Hanford, Calif., resident Terry Schumacher first saw her pet, abandoned behind an apartment building, she thought the scruffy little dog was a rat. Yoda’s blotchy coat, bald patches, crooked teeth, and raggedy ears, made her look like a swamp creature from Dagobah begging to be voiced by Frank Oz. So she was a shoo-in to win the $1,000 Grand Prize as the World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., last summer. Contest producer Vicki DeArmon says that Yoda will retain the title until a new Ugliest Dog can be crowned this June.

May the Force be with Yoda and her family.

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Take this job and shove it: Former Goldman Sachs exec Greg Smith joins all-time quitters
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Take this job and shove it: Former Goldman Sachs exec Greg Smith joins all-time quitters

“I quit!” Are there any two words more fantasized about in the English language? (Wait, don’t answer that.) While most people only daydream about making a dramatic exit at their job, executive Greg Smith made it a headline-grabbing reality when he told his bosses, The New York Times, and the world “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.”

In his unflinching and brutally honest op-ed piece, Smith, who had been with the company for over a decade, explained that “the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it,” and continued: “The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.” Smith, who lamented that “I knew it was time to leave when I realized I could no longer look students in the eye and tell them what a great place this was to work,” also revealed that Goldman Sachs would sometimes refer to some of their clients as “muppets.”
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Prepare to get Mauled: Chat live with 'Clone Wars' director Dave Filoni tonight about Darth Maul's return

Heeee’s baaaack! Darth Maul, the horned, tattooed Sith Lord who Obi-Wan Kenobi cut in half at the end of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace returns to that galaxy far, far away in “Brothers,” the first part of The Clone Wars‘ season 4 finale airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on Cartoon Network. But starting a whole half-hour earlier, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni will take your questions about resurrecting Maul, talk about what lies ahead for season 5, and add his running commentary to the episode as it airs live.

Turns out, being cut in half doesn’t have to be a fatal injury if you have the dark side of the Force on your side (see also: Darth Vader’s swan dive into a river of lava). Or if you’re George Lucas and realize with hindsight that killing off the prequel trilogy’s coolest villain at the end of Episode I was a big mistake. (Insert your “That’s no moon, that’s the size of your missed storytelling opportunity!” jokes here.) Filoni even tells EW that “We created Savage Opress in season 3 because of the lack of Darth Maul.” READ FULL STORY

'Clone Wars': Chat live with Boba Fett (a.k.a. Daniel Logan) tonight starting at 7:40 p.m. ET

Tonight starting at 7:40 p.m. ET/4:40 p.m. PT, actor Daniel Logan will be joining EW.com for a live chat. The actor otherwise known as Boba Fett will be adding his commentary to tonight’s epic Clone Wars installment, “Bounty,” and taking your questions. He has been advised that no disintegrations will be tolerated. READ FULL STORY

Join Oscar-nominee Matthew Wood (a.k.a. General Grievous) for 'Clone Wars' live-chat

Hang on tight, because Star Wars: The Clone Wars is making the jump to lightspeed.

Tonight’s episode, “Massacre,” kicks off a four-part season finale that will feature an interstellar rogues gallery of fan-favorite villains: Asajj Ventress, the Nightsisters, Boba Fett, Savage Opress, Darth Maul, and General Grievous. And tonight, Grievous’s voice actor, Matthew Wood, will be joining us for a live chat starting at 7:40 p.m. ET. Wood will be taking your questions and adding his running commentary to the episode. READ FULL STORY

'Phantom Menace' will eclipse 'Dark Knight' grosses -- Is Top 10 quality going down like the 'Titanic'?

News broke today that Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, thanks to its recent 3-D re-release, is on track to surpass 2008′s The Dark Knight in box office grosses. This infusion of money will make Phantom Menace the 10th highest-grossing film of all time. Many would argue that Christopher Nolan’s twisty Batman Begins sequel is far superior to George Lucas’ uncontrollable exercise in CGI, and it got us thinking: Are the newest crop of movies to join the top 10 (six since Avatar kick-started a box office frenzy in 2009) demonstrably worse than their chart-mates? Well… yes and no. See the new top 10 list below. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Rewind Strikes Back: Is 'The Phantom Menace' really as bad as we remember? Yes, absolutely, yes.

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Darren Franich: I figured that the years would have been kind to The Phantom Menace. I tend to enjoy bad movies more as they grow older, if only because they start to provide an interesting look at faded cultural norms, like the notion that anyone should have a rat-tail haircut. Also, my memory of the movie has been clouded by years of feeling disappointed and betrayed. But that’s all silly, really. Phantom Menace is not an emotionally-distant parent who never showed up to my baseball games. It’s just a movie — surely, it couldn’t possibly justify the decade of culture-wide scorn that followed.

Keith Staskiewicz: Burning George Lucas in effigy is a yearly tradition at the Staskiewicz household. READ FULL STORY

How 'Star Wars' changed my life: George Lucas taught me to love pop culture. He also taught me to be skeptical.

Today, audiences can head to theaters to see the re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3-D. Regardless of how you feel about the much-maligned prequel, there’s no denying the Star Wars franchise made more than an impression on millions of moviegoers who experienced the magic of the first three films in theaters or on their TV screens. This week, EW‘s writers will be celebrating their complicated relationship with George Lucas’ beloved, yet contested, franchise with a series we call “How Star Wars changed my life.” And for those of you headed to the theaters this Friday… may the force be with you.

I can’t talk about Star Wars without admitting my age, because I am a member of that curious geek generation that grew up in the era between the two Star Wars trilogies. Return of the Jedi hit theaters on May 25, 1983. In a Time magazine cover story published that same month, George Lucas expressed a desire to take a long, maybe-permanent break from the franchise. “The book is finished,” he said, sounding exhausted. “I have put it on the shelf.” I was born two years later, and I do not remember a time when I was not constantly watching VHS copies of the Star Wars trilogy. READ FULL STORY

Did 'Phantom Menace' kill 'The Matrix'?

Nobody saw The Matrix coming. Everyone saw The Phantom Menace coming. In 1999, the Wachowski Brothers appeared out of nowhere — their only previous film was the lesbian noir thriller Bound — and created what seemed at the time like the next great cinematic myth. That same year, George Lucas finally released a movie he had been promising, in one way or another, for almost two decades. By the end of the year, it was generally agreed by film fans that The Matrix had officially stolen Phantom Menace‘s thunder. But with the first episode of the Star Wars franchise being rereleased this weekend, I spent this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly looking back on the legacy of those two films… and the curious ways in which Hollywood has evolved in their wake. Check out the new episode below: READ FULL STORY

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