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George Lucas Walks Back Epic Slam on Disney

Apologizes for 'white slavers' comment

(Newser) - George Lucas has made clear that he's not happy with all of Disney's decisions regarding the new generation of Star Wars films, but he's now apologizing for his eyebrow-raising choice of words, reports the LA Times . Turns out, he doesn't think Disney is made up of... More »

Leo: Why I Turned Down a Major Role in Star Wars

DiCaprio could have played Anakin

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio almost played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, he revealed in a recent Shortlist interview. "I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that," he says, but he didn't want the role: "Just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At... More »

10 Most-Thanked People in Oscar History

And the winner is ... Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - In anticipation of the Oscars on Sunday, Vocativ analyzed all 1,396 acceptance speeches the Academy has archived on its website to figure out which Hollywood bigwigs get thanked the most. The results:
  1. Steven Spielberg: He's been thanked 42 times—and even by people who have simply been inspired
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George Lucas Plans $1B Museum for Chicago

Will house art collection, film posters, and more

(Newser) - Chicago will soon be home George Lucas' collection of art, film memorabilia, animation, and more—though the city wasn't necessarily Lucas' first choice for his private museum. The filmmaker proposed a $700 million plan earlier this year to build the museum in San Francisco, but his chosen bayside location... More »

Spielberg, Lucas: Movie Industry in Big Trouble

Failed blockbusters could result in game-changing 'meltdown'

(Newser) - George Lucas and Steven Spielberg think the movie industry is headed for a catastrophic implosion that will change entertainment as we know it. At a USC School of Cinematic Arts panel, the Indiana Jones collaborators sketched a future worthy of a disaster flick, blaming the coming doom on the industry'... More »

Pioneering Makeup Artist Behind Yoda Dead at 98

Stuart Freeborn's legendary career spanned 6 decades

(Newser) - Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has died at 98. LucasFilm confirmed yesterday that Freeborn had passed away, "leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions." George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was "already... More »

George Lucas to Marry Again

He's been dating Mellody Hobson since 2006

(Newser) - Star Wars creator George Lucas is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Mellody Hobson, a Lucasfilm rep confirms to the Hollywood Reporter . Lucas, 68, and Hobson, 43, have been together since 2006; this will be her first marriage and Lucas' second. Hobson has quite the resumé herself: She's the DreamWorks... More »

Harrison Ford 'Upbeat' About Han Solo Return

He may appear in new 'Star Wars' movies

(Newser) - Overwhelmed by emotions in the wake of the news that there are more Star Wars movies in your future ? Not sure exactly how to feel? Well, we have some good news for you: Harrison Ford could appear once again as Han Solo. "Harrison is open to the idea... More »

Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Plans New Star Wars Movie

George Lucas' company goes for $4B

(Newser) - Big news from Hollywood: Disney has agreed to buy Lucasfilm—yep, the George Lucas company behind the Star War franchise—for about $4 billion in cash and stock, reports USA Today . Lucas currently owns it all by himself. What's more, Disney announced that the next Star Wars movie, called... More »

Lucasfilm Pulls Plug on 'Evil Empire' Studio Complex

The empire strikes back

(Newser) - A fed-up George Lucas has pulled the plug on a digital studio development plan that Northern California neighbors treated like a plot by an "evil empire." Now Lucasfilm hopes to sell the Grady Ranch site next to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County to a developer for low-income housing.... More »

George Lucas' Neighbors Strike Back at Vast Plans

Lucasfilm says production facility won't stick out, but residents worried

(Newser) - George Lucas has big dreams for his Lucas Valley estate—unfortunately, he's also facing big opposition from hundreds of his neighbors, who say his plans for a 263,701-square-foot production complex will ruin their quiet community, reports the San Francisco Examiner . "It will be bringing a lot of... More »

Artist Who Shaped Star Wars' Universe Dead at 82

Ralph McQuarrie helped design many top sci-fi films of 1980s

(Newser) - Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who was instrumental in shaping the Star Wars universe—down to the look of characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and R2-D2—has died at the age of 82, reports CBS News . In addition to working at Boeing and creating Apollo space flight animations for CBS News,... More »

Star Wars Camera Sells for Out-of-This-World $625K

Sale sets new record for Star Wars memorabilia

(Newser) - The camera used to film the first Star Wars movie has sold for an astronomical $625,000 at a movie memorabilia auction. The late '60s Panavision PSR 35mm camera, which is still in working order, went to an anonymous buyer at the sale of actress Debbie Reynolds' collection of... More »

Lucas Loses Copyright Fight Over Stormtroopers

Helmet designer can keep selling replicas: UK Supreme Court

(Newser) - For at least one day, the force is not with George Lucas. The head of the Star Wars empire has lost a lawsuit against a prop designer over the right to sell replica Imperial Stormtrooper helmets, reports the BBC . The UK Supreme Court ruled that Andrew Ainsworth—who designed the... More »

Worst Summer Blockbusters Ever

Sorry, Transformers fans

(Newser) - The summer blockbuster: proof that, when it comes to movies, budget is often inversely proportional to quality. In Time , Everett Rosenfeld and Gilbert Cruz reflect on the worst of the worst:
  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Director Michael Bay’s only priority: explosions.
  2. Star Wars: Episode IThe Phantom Menace:
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Lucas Doesn't Actually Think World Will End in 2012...

...but the Earth might well be flat

(Newser) - Sorry, 2012 enthusiasts, but it turns out George Lucas does not actually believe the world will end next year . “He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012,” with Seth Rogen, a Lucasfilm rep tells Wired . However, “he is an adamant... More »

George Lucas Believes World Will End in 2012

And he probably has a spaceship just in case, says Seth Rogen

(Newser) - Count George Lucas among those who believe the world will end next year. Seth Rogen recounts a recent meeting with the Star Wars creator, during which Lucas spent 25 minutes talking about said apocalypse, the Toronto Sun reports. “I first thought he was joking, and then I totally realized... More »

Empire Strikes Back Director Dead at 87

Irvin Kershner aimed for depth with Star Wars sequel

(Newser) - Irvin Kershner—who directed the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond film Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2—died Saturday after a long illness at age 87. Kershner already had made a number of well-received movies when he was hired by George Lucas to direct... More »

5 Reasons We Need New Star Wars Trilogy

Wired blog: Lucas denies rumors, but maybe he should reconsider

(Newser) - Rumors are flying that George Lucas has another Star Wars trilogy up his sleeve. Lucas says it ain't so, but Scott Thill offers five reasons at Wired why he should reconsider:
  • Purists are annoying: The first movie came out in 1977, and those who whine about Lucas ruining things "
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Star Wars Movies to Be Re-Released in 3D

3-D Phantom Menace coming in 2012

(Newser) - The Jedi are returning to movie theaters in 3-D. Lucasfilm has announced that all six Star Wars movies will be re-released in 3-D starting in 2012. Many fans of the saga may be disappointed to learn that the Phantom Menace will be first to hit movie theaters, meaning Jar Jar... More »

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