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STAR WARS FANS SAY NO TO ADDED NO’S

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Star Wars fans who like their movies just the way they originally were are up in arms once again over George Lucas’s latest tweaks to their beloved films. The latest uproar was ignited earlier this week when the BadAssDigest blog reported that Lucas has changed the audio in a crucial scene in Return of the […]

PROP MAN WINS VICTORY OVER GEORGE LUCAS

July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The British prop designer who created the Stormtrooper helmets for Star Wars has won an important legal battle in the U.K. where he is selling replicas of them. Although a U.S. court had previously ruled against the prop man, Andrew Ainsworth, the U.K. Supreme Court judges upheld a ruling by an appellate court in 2009 […]

STAR WARS TV SERIES — TOO COSTLY TO SHOOT

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

George Lucas says that he has 50 scripts for his planned Star Wars TV series ready to go before the cameras, but that he’s waiting for technology to be developed that will bring down the costs of shooting them. In an interview with cable channel G4’s Attack of the Show!, Lucas said . “We’re just […]

BOX OFFICE SLUMP CONTINUES

March 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The virtually uninterrupted downtrend in ticket sales this year was extended once again as total receipts this weekend fell more than 13 percent behind last year’s for the comparable week. The top moneymaker was Battle: Los Angeles, with $35.6 million,but that was just a little more half what Disney’s Alice in Wonderland earned in its […]

HIGH NOON FOR RANGO

March 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

True Grit is no longer the only Western at the box office. Paramount this weekend is debuting Rango, a Western with a difference. First of all, it’s the first one in memory to be animated. Second, the hero is a chameleon. Third, he’s voiced by Johnny Depp. Fourth, it cost $150 million to make, making […]

FILMS BY RECENTLY DECEASED DIRECTORS SELECTED FOR POSTERITY

December 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Less than a month after the deaths of directors Irvin Kershner and Blake Edwards, two of their films, Kershner’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, produced by George Lucas, and Edwards’s The Pink Panther, produced by Martin Jurow, have been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its National Film Registry. The two […]

UNIVERSAL’S NEW STAGE MAY HALT “RUNAWAY PRODUCTION”

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal Studios has unveiled a $4.5-million “virtual stage” that includes a 40×80 green screen that effectively will allow actors to perform “on location” without having to leave the studio. The huge screen allows actors to appear against background footage that is inserted digitally. In reporting on the new stage, the Los Angeles Times observed today […]

EMPIRE STRIKES BACK DIRECTOR DEAD AT 87

November 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Irvin Kershner, best known as the director of the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, has died in Los Angeles after a long illness at the age of 87. In a statement, George Lucas, who reportedly hired Kershner after being impressed with his work on The Eyes of Laura Mars, said that he had […]

CONFIRMED: STAR WARS BEING CONVERTED TO 3D

September 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) special-effects unit has begun work on converting Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace to 3D but does not expect to release it for two more years, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Wednesday). The newspaper said that it had obtained a press release that corporate parent LucasFilm […]

STAR WARS GETTING BLU-RAY TREATMENT

August 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

George Lucas says he has been waiting for the Blu-ray Disc format to prove itself before releasing his Star Wars films in the high-definition standard. In an interview with the New York Times, Lucas said, “We’ve been wanting to do it as soon as we possibly could, but we just wanted to do it when […]

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