Saturday, December 22, 2007

Autism Christmas Party, Irvine

R2-D2 & our 2 ewoks joined the 501st Legion to help autistic children and their parents celebrate the holidays at California Integrative Hyperbaric Center in Irvine, which treats autistic children and people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, migraines and other conditions. The center uses walk-in tanks that infuse patients with high levels of oxygen – much higher doses than what's available in the air. The event was featured in the OC Register. There were many kid volunteers besides the ewoks. Two miniature 4-year-old stormtroopers joined their dads, there was a little Jawa and an 8-year-old center volunteer dressed as an elf. The kids enjoyed holding puppies that were being auctioned off for the charity.

Our daughter found a little surprise inside her glove as she was dressing… the broken-off fingertip from the mannequin used for the Fanboys movie shoot earlier this month. It was strangely creepy watching it fall out of the glove! But a funny little “souvenir” of the movie shoot.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Fanboys shoot

Michael, R2-D2 and our daughter's ewok costume spent the day on the set of the upcoming film “Fanboys,” produced by Kevin Spacey. It’s a road trip movie about Star Wars fans trying to break into Skywalker Ranch in 1998 to get an advance copy of Star Wars Episode I. The scene filmed Monday was supposed to take place in George Lucas’ prop-filled office. While a change in plans resulted in R2-D2 being removed from the scene, the ewok suit should have a prominent role in the movie, which hits theaters in January. Amy & the kids visited the set briefly and we got a family photo with Kristen Bell, the actress who threatens to light the ewok head on fire with a lighter in a scene. (Our daughter was a bit alarmed to hear that! But the costume survived.) Michael also got a photo earlier in the day with R2-D2 and all the main actors in the film. Kristen Bell is currently starring in the NBC show, Heroes (where she shoots lightening from her fingertips). She’s a blonde, but was wearing a brunette wig for Fanboys. She also starred in Veronica Mars on WB.