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Comedian dies, Star Wars revived

 Comedian and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” judge, Greg Giraldo, died yesterday after accidentally overdosing on prescription drugs.
 Giraldo was found unconscious in his hotel room this past Saturday.  
 He was hospitalized over the weekend, according to the A.V. Club Web site.
 Giraldo overdosed after his performance at the New York Recovery Rally in Randall’s Island Park in New York City; ironically, the occasion was in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, according to the Boston Herald.
 “RIP Greg Giraldo,” fellow comedian Sarah Silverman stated. “Belly-laugh hilarious, prolific, good and kind. A thousand oys can’t express.”
 Wise sentiments, Silverman.
 The audience of one of the newest “invigorating, moving and thrilling” additions to the Broadway stage gets a surprise this week as Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day front man, joins the cast of “American Idiot” until this Sunday, according to MTV.
 “American Idiot” is a stunning rock opera that pays homage to the Green Day album of the same title released back in 2004.   Armstrong, composer and co-writer of the musical, stepped in, starting this past Tuesday, as St. Jimmy, normally played by Tony Vincent, who is away dealing with a family matter.
 The musical has gathered a lot of attention since its Broadway debut this past April.
 For those who are a fan of the band, the different take on the songs will not disappoint in the least; for those who are fans of Broadway shows such as “Rent”, “American Idiot” is worth adding to your favorites.
 The Hollywood 3-D train is continuing along, this time going to a “galaxy far, far away.” George Lucas, creator of the “Star Wars” saga, has approved for his masterpiece to be updated in 3-D.
 For the newly bred “Star Wars” fans, this might be more exciting than those who treasure the classics.
 According to CNN, Industrial Light & Magic’s visual effects supervisor, John Knoll, assures that he and his crew will pull together all their skills to not disappoint the saga’s enthusiasts.   Starting in 2012, the movies will be shown chronologically, opening with “Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”
 If you happen to be a fan of “Twilight” and “Lost”, then here’s a treat for you. Maggie Grace has signed onto the series as the villainous Irina in “Breaking Dawn.”
 Grace has also appeared in “Taken” and “The Jane Austen Book Club.”
 Even though it is not a major role, signing onto “Twilight” is a smart move to keep her career going after the end of “Lost” this past May. Part One of “Breaking Dawn” is to be released next November.
 Well, that’s it for your weekly dose of celebrity gossip. Enjoy the rest of Homecoming, Blazers, and be sure to check out Gavin DeGraw this Friday on the front lawn!

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