George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, spoke to the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday as council members gave their unanimous approval to the Museum of Narrative Art, the $1 billion project to be built in Exposition Park that will showcase the Lucas collection. Groundbreaking is estimated for early next year, with a 36-month... Read more »
Not all the tweaks George Lucas made to the film as technological advancement allowed improved the material. Here five not-so-good changes to the blockbuster.
As the 40th anniversary of ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’, or, to most people ‘Star Wars’ approaches, we find out five amazing things about the iconic movie from the film’s clapper loader Jamie Harcourt and creature effects technician Nick Maley. Jamie Harcourt (seen above holding the clapper board) remembers examining a print of the finished movie before it hit cinemas while shooting his next film.
Will we finally get an original Star Wars cut? It’s no secret that ‘Star Wars’ fans have been clamouring for an unaltered release of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. Essentially, it would be an unaltered, pre-Special Edition version of the original ‘Star Wars’ movies.
As ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ is released – the first movie to be shot at the super high-definition rate of 120 frames per second – here are 10 other times films broke new ground and altered filmmaking for good. This 1987 drama starring Sting and Kathleen Turner is nondescript in almost every way. It had to be transferred to 35mm for exhibition as projectors still showed film.
George Lucas has a long and chequered history of tinkering with the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy since release. “Films never get finished, they get abandoned” he once famously said, and he’s never managed to fully abandon his sci-fi trilogy yet. The first changes were made to ‘Star Wars’ just weeks after the film hit cinemas in 1977 when a new audio track was added featuring amended sound effects and alternate dialogue takes.
The Force is with Los Angeles. George Lucas has selected L.A. over San Francisco to be home to his $1 billion museum, with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art set to feature pieces from the filmmaker’s personal collection, including memorabilia from Star Wars and other films, vintage photographs and an impressive selection of traditional paintings. The museum is eyeing a May 4, 2020, launch, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
There’s probably no better example of why Carrie Fisher was such a treasure for the whole galaxy than her roasting of George Lucas back in 2005, which saw her delicious wit savagely take down the Star Wars creator. Fisher made these remarks and quips at the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To George Lucas event where she brought the house down with her riotous diatribe. After starting off her speech by admitting, “George Lucas ruined my life,” Carrie Fisher joked about Lucas being a sadist, her first husband using a Leia doll for voodoo antics, Lucas owning and exploiting her likeness, and her jealously that Natalie Portman got to wear a bra in the way that only she could.
Film fans everywhere are still reeling from the loss of screen legend Carrie Fisher, who passed away on 27 December following a cardiac arrest four days earlier.
Announced by George Lucas in 2005, ‘Star Wars: Underworld’ was going to be a television series exploring previously-unseen parts of the galaxy far, far away. Eleven years later, all that’s left are dozens of scripts and reams of concept art apparently sitting somewhere in a Disney vault.
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ may still a week-and-a-half away but it doesn’t mean some people haven’t seen it already – such as ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas, for example.
If you’d ever noticed some eerie similarities between the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, and the very first big screen Marvel Comics adaptation, then you’re not alone.
George Lucas’s first iconic creation ‘Star Wars’ has already been shepherded to huge critical and commercial success without him – and it seems much the same is happening with Indiana Jones. Speaking to Collider, screenwriter David Koepp says Lucas is “not [involved in ‘Indiana Jones 5’], to my knowledge. While Lucas neither directed nor wrote the screenplays on any of the existing four ‘Indiana Jones’ films, the character is his creation, and he conceived the stories on all the films as well as serving as executive producer.
Or never meet George Lucas. Not sure of the lesson here, but Ewan McGregor has revealed details of his first meeting with his boss on the ‘Star Wars’ prequel movies, and his enduring embarrassment about it. “I had to read it in the producer’s office – like, literally, being almost locked in with the script, so that it doesn’t get leaked – and then being shown around the sets with George.
Following the death of ‘Star Wars’ actor Kenny Baker over the weekend, family, friends and celebs have paid tribute to the diminutive star. Baker had been suffering from heart disease and respiratory failure for a number of years, and though he was still attending ‘Star Wars’ events and conventions until very recently, he died on Friday at the age of 81. In his obituary on Starwars.com, director George Lucas said: “Kenny Baker was a real gentleman as well as an incredible trooper who always worked hard under difficult circumstances.
Four different directors, almost 10 years in the making and costing an alleged £100million, yet ‘Empires of the Deep’, China’s planned answer to ‘Avatar’, remains unreleased. “I think I’m the only one who’s seen it other than the creators,” says actor Steve Polites, who signed a three month contract in 2009 to play the hero of ‘Empires of the Deep’ (and weirdly two other characters), only to find himself still stuck in China nine months later. “[Jon has] a really good heart and the core of a great idea, but couldn’t let go of it,” says Mark Byers, a Hollywood veteran who came on in late 2007 as a producer to try and help.
Adapted from a cult comic book and exec-produced by George Lucas, the 1986 mega-flop was the first standalone movie starring a Marvel character. Thirty years on, some of the cast explain how they made one of the most derided films in Hollywood history.
Peter Mayhew, the actor under the fur suit in the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens, has been taking to Twitter for the past few weeks to post his script for the 1977 film that launched the franchise. For years, it was clear to pretty much everyone in the galaxy that Han wasn’t going to be outrdrawn by a lizard-looking twerp, and that before Greedo could pull the trigger, Han shot first.
Mark Hamill in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (Lucasfilm) By Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider On January 11, 1977, Mark Hamill got into a car accident that fractured his nose and cheekbone. In the opening scene of The Empire Strikes Back, Skywalker’s face is scratched after being attacked by a Wampa, which digs its claws into his face and then drags Skywalker and his Tauntaun back to its cave.