This is the darkest timeline…

I’ll never forget the day this happened. To set the scene up: I had been asked by the folks of Wizard World – the convention organizers – to moderate the “Star Trek Captains Reunion” panel at the WW Chicago Comic-Con a couple years ago. It was going to be one of the biggest events I’d ever be a part of at that point in my career as a “geek journo.” The panel included Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko from “Deep Space Nine”), Scott Bakula (Captain Archer on “Enterprise”) and Captain Kirk himself…WILLIAM…EFFING…SHATNER(!)  Now, Shatner had already given me some playful grief backstage, so I guess I should have expected this:

Funny, huh? Thing is, something happened during the panel that kind of paints that whole act of nerd collectible-vandalism in a different light. Something that pretty much goes unnoticed by most if you watch the entire panel on video.

Quite frankly, it was a hard lesson that I learned about dealing with celebrities and interacting with them in these types of scenarios. It was also lesson that I’ll never forget, and that I always keep in mind when I work conventions like C2E2 or Chicago TARDIS.

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Gorilla Tango Burlesque presents “Boobs on Endor: A Return of the Jedi Burlesque”

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I was fortunate enough to attend the very first of Gorilla Tango Burlesque’s Star Wars-themed shows in “A Nude Hope.” Like all of the GTB’s shows, it was full of saucy humor and clever references to the material it sourced. Now they’re bringing the classic trilogy to a close with their newest show based on Return of the Jedi, calling it “Boobs on Endor.”

Oboy, this sure looks like fun! Who wants to join me for the show? Check out the details below:

Chicago, IL (September 20, 2014): In the epic conclusion of Gorilla Tango Burlesque’s (GTB) sexy Star Wars parody saga, the risque Rebel Alliance confronts the evil Galactic Empire for once and all. Keep calm and yub nub on as we gather to celebrate those brave souls who led the Rebellion to victory: The Mighty Ewoks!

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“Breaking Bad” meets “Veep” in the “Barely Legal Pawn” Shop!

Watching this video makes me miss the duo of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul so, so much!

Titled “Barely Legal Pawn”, this humorous short features the “Breaking Bad” co-stars re-cast as the owners of a pawn shop that specializes in dealing with unique items. For example: Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ Emmy Award, which the talented comedienne finds herself hocking to help cover a drunken night of online shopping.

It’s a real treat to see how effortlessly Cranston can jump back into a comedic role – ala “Malcolm in the Middle” – after years of playing the dark, disturbed Walter White. And his chemistry with Paul is undeniable. Can someone create a new show for them to work on together again?

Thank you to the Television Academy for producing this hilarious video and reminding us of what we’ve been missing.

BARELY LEGAL PAWN (CREDITS)

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul go into business together and this time it’s legal…barely. Find out what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus becomes a client, trying to offload television’s most coveted item, in this video starring three Emmy Award winners.

A PMK / Paulilu Production

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Written and Directed by: Paulilu (Paul W. Downs & Lucia Aniello)

Executive Producer: Joseph Assad, PMK•BNC

Producer: Jake Cassidy

DP: Chris Westlund

Watch the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards live Monday, August 25, 8pm EST/5pm PDT.