LISA DENTON: Barry, you know I'm not one to geek out over "Star Wars." I dozed off during the last film, "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" in 2005, but I have to say I'm intrigued by the guests coming to Con Nooga at the Chattanooga Choo Choo this weekend.
Temuera Morrison and Daniel Logan have various "Star Wars" credits, but both were in "Episode II: Attack of the Clones," playing father and son Jango and Boba Fett.
I think I can blame this renewed interest on repeated viewings of "The Big Bang Theory."
BARRY COURTER: Three words: Jar Jar Binks. I can't watch the movies just knowing that George Lucas somewhere along the way thought that was a good idea. Now I'm mad all over again.
"The Big Bang Theory," on the other hand, is funny every time. We have a life-size Sheldon Cooper cardboard cutout at our house right now. Scares the cosmos out of people, so it's funny in lots of ways.
LISA: Bazinga! I hope you keep it in a certain spot at the end of the couch.
On Friday and Saturday, you can catch the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals at McKenzie Arena. I think my favorite truck coming this year might be the Monster Mutt Dalmatian, which is outfitted with a tongue, ears and a tail. Even on monster trucks, I don't think those parts are standard.
BARRY: No, you have to pay extra for those, but it's worth it.
If laughs are what you want, Brian Regan is coming to the Tivoli on Thursday. You know from your own experience that comics are rarely fun interviews, but he was hilarious on the phone. If you want a laugh, google Comics in Cars Getting Coffee. It's an online series Jerry Seinfeld put together, and Regan is featured in one of them. It made me laugh.
LISA: Oh, and we can't forget the Southeast Film Music Symposium. This is a chance to rub elbows with some of the best and brightest film score composers, including Chattanooga's own George S. Clinton.
BARRY: This is a world-class event with big-time Hollywood film types. If you've ever wondered how composers come up with movie soundtracks, this your chance. In addition to Clinton, who will conduct his "Shagadelic Suite" from the Austin Powers films, Don Davis, who wrote the music for all three Matrix films and the animated "Animatrix," will conduct the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera live while the "The Matrix" plays on the big screen at the Tivoli. The symposium takes place Friday through Sunday.
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Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...
Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.