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Stripping stormtroopers at the Star Wars burlesque show

Q: I heard there was a Star Wars burlesque show that closed because of copyright issues. Will it be back?

A: Unless there’s some sort of Jedi mind trick, the return of a legal version is unlikely. A tattoo model-burlesque performer named Courtney Cruz first put on her sexy spoof called Star Warz at the downtown bar Bordello in 2010. Despite its success (generating knockoffs around the world), she received a cease-and-desist notice from George Lucas’s lawyers. Cruz has since moved on to staging a Disney-inspired  Princess Fights wrestling act. Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, it might be even harder to sneak in a Slave Leia cameo.