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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Do Battle In 'Star Wars’ Charity Pledge

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 17, 2014 at 5:00PM

The latest “Star Wars” news isn't about J.J. Abrams' upcoming “Episode VII.” Well, it is, a little. The new video from Unicef’s Omaz deploys the talents of Comedy Central stars Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart to bring attention to “Star Wars: Force for Change,” a fund-raising campaign that offers you a chance to win your own intergalactic starring role.
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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

The latest “Star Wars” news isn't about J.J. Abrams' upcoming “Episode VII.” Well, it is, a little.

The new video from Unicef’s Omaz deploys the talents of Comedy Central stars Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart to bring attention to “Star Wars: Force for Change,” a fund-raising campaign that offers you a chance to win your own intergalactic starring role.

Staged as a fake duel between the hosts, this “battle for title of World's Biggest Star Wars Fan” is a fun way to bring attention to a good cause. Oh, and yes: you can find yourself acting in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” so long as you’re willing to make a donation to Unicef’s cause —the same promoted by Abrams back in May -- which can be done with just a couple of clicks. Why buy another Luke Skywalker figure when you might actually share the screen with him?

Watch it below:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.