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Send in the Clones

Here's the latest ''Star Wars'' news. Cartoon Network plans ''Clone Wars'' shorts, Lucas lets fans design a droid, and Jackson dies memorably

There's plenty for ''Star Wars'' fans to chew on until the final installment hits theaters in two years. If you're wondering what happened after the end of ''Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones,'' you can find out on Cartoon Network, which will launch a series of bite-sized episodes called ''Star Wars: Clone Wars'' on Nov. 7. Animated by ''Samurai Jack'''s Genndy Tartakovsky, there will be 20 episodes of about two to three minutes each and will pick up where ''Episode II'' left off. ''It's all about the action. There's maybe 50 minutes of fighting in 60 minutes of picture,'' Tartakovsky tells USA Today. And if you miss the stories on cable, you'll be able to get them in a Dark Horse-published comic series.

George Lucas is actually letting fans have a say over the movie this time, if only over the tiny detail of what Obi-Wan Kenobi's new R2 droid will look like. There are four design options to choose from, all posted at the official ''Star Wars'' website. (You have to be a dues-paying member of fan club Hyperspace to vote, though there's a free trial period for new members.) Too bad Lucas won't let fans vote Jar Jar Binks out of the movie.

Meanwhile, news and rumors continue to emerge from the set of ''Episode III,'' currently shooting in Australia. Fan website TheForce.net cites insiders at effects house Industrial Light and Magic as saying that the new installment's subtitle will likely be ''The Birth of an Empire.'' And Samuel L. Jackson, on leave from the set to attend Thurdsay's premiere of his movie ''S.W.A.T.'' in Hollywood, told USA Today that he recently shot a scene with ''a bunch of blue people dressed in evening gowns,'' and that he's about to shoot the scene in which his character, Jedi Mace Windu, meets his fate. He promises fans that his character's demise ''is an incredibly fun and satisfying death.''

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003