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George Lucas' Museum Of Narrative Art To Be Built In Los Angeles


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George Lucas’ proposed Museum of Narrative Art will be located in Los Angeles, it has been confirmed, after a design put forward by the city won out over a rival concept from San Francisco.

The legendary filmmaker’s personal collection of fine art and movie paraphernalia, including items relating to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, will be housed at a new museum at L.A.’s Exposition Park, it was announced on Tuesday (January 10th) after months of speculation.

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Harrison Ford Leads 'Star Wars' Cast In Paying Tribute To Carrie Fisher


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The cast of Star Wars have been paying tribute to co-star Carrie Fisher who passed away on Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight home from London.

The 60-year-old actress was loved the world over for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise and just last year she had reprised the role in The Force Awakens.

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Harrison Ford Will Return As Indiana Jones For Fifth Movie In 2019


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Disney have announced that a fifth INDIANA JONES movie is on the way, with Harrison Ford back as the whip-wielding archaeologist. While rumours of a new Indiana Jones movie have been around for years, many had thought that a younger actor such as Chris Pratt would take over the role, but it seems 73-year-old Ford is ready for one more Indy adventure.

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But it’s not just Ford who will be back, Steven Spielberg will also once again be in the director’s chair. Announcing the news, Disney said: “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.”

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George Lucas And Carole King's Kennedy Center Honors Gala Hits CBS


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George Lucas might've have handed over the reins of 'Star Wars' to JJ Abrams, but his input into that world has certainly not been forgotten. Alongside songwriter Carole King, he was honored for the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors earlier this year, with the gala set to be aired next week.

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Lucas remains modest about his work as a director, and has admitted his mixed feelings about relinquishing his beloved franchise. He's expressed relief that he no longer has to experience the sort of harsh criticism that he did with the Jar Jar Binks fiasco, but also that he felt like a divorced father going to his grown-up child's wedding ahead of the premiere. 

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George Lucas Says Watching 'The Force Awakens' Will Be Like Being A Divorced Father At His Grown Child's Wedding


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With just over a fortnight until The Force Awakens eventually hits cinemas, Star Wars creator George Lucas has spoken of his mixed feelings about seeing the new movie, comparing himself to a divorced father at his child’s wedding.

71 year old Lucas sold the franchise to Disney just over three years ago for $4 billion, and told The Washington Post in a new interview that he had no involvement whatsoever with the seventh instalment, billed as the first of three sequel stories to the much-loved originals.

Despite initial reports that Lucas was attached to the project as a consultant, he’s revealed that Disney “didn’t like” the stories he had outlined for the sequels and decided to go in a different direction.

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Criticism Drove George Lucas Away From The 'Star Wars' Franchise


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As the arrival of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' draws ever nearer, fans have been voraciously consuming the last six movies with increasing excitement. Of course, it's a bit of a grieving process for true Star Warians, as we'll be saying goodbye to the franchise father George Lucas. Though he couldn't be happier to get away.

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One would think it was difficult as a director to let go of such a beloved world, but Disney's takeover of 'Star Wars' has brought a sense of relief to Lucas, who can now enjoy his semi-retirement without being badgered about the future of the Jedi or even being criticised for his work. In fact, he's eager to get back into directing some niche films, without the pressure of trying to get international success.

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The REAL 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Is Now Here [Trailer + Pictures]


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It's finally here! The teaser trailer you've all been waiting for: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and while it's not really giving anything away, it looks pretty intense. Vehicles have updated, the stormtroopers are looking shinier and R2D2 appears to have evolved.

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Since George Lucas announced his retirement from the franchise, there's been all sorts of speculation about what differences could be expected from an updated sequel: though it's difficult to tell from the less than one and a half minute trailer. Everyone seems to be in a rush (especially, in a comical fashion, R2D2) and there's some brand new faces, who all look a little nervous as a voiceover booms out: 'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.'

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George Lucas Rips Into Hollywood Studios, "They Didn't Know Anything"


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George Lucas says he still believes studios are the biggest problem in the movie business today, claiming the major corporations are not capable of nurturing genuine talent.

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Speaking to CBC anchor Charlie Rose during an interview at Chicago Idea Week, the creator of Star Wars said: "You're selling creativity. Raw creativity from talented people. Now, the problem has always been the studios. Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who ran the studios were sort of creative guys. They would just take books and turn them into movies and do things like that. Suddenly all these corporations were coming in. They didn't know anything about the movie business."

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A Week In News: Silly Celebs Special - Lana Drama, Shia's Arrest, Oldman's Foot-In-Mouth


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Lana Del Rollercoaster: Lana Del Rey has had a week she'll never forget. The pop star's new album, Ultraviolence, has been met with positivity by critics and has earned Del Rey her first Billboard 200 number one. However, the singer's album publicity has risked being blighted by certain comments Lana made in a recent interview in which she appears to glamorise the troubling trend of musicians dying young. Decide for yourself here. Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, lashed out at Lana over her words. Find out what went down.

Gary Oldman Blunder: Silly, silly Gary Oldman. The actor has earned himself a reputation as one of Hollywood's thinkers but his thoughts on political correctness caused a stir this week. In a Playboy interview, the 56 year-old referenced Mel Gibson's infamous 2006 run-in with the police where he voiced an anti-Semitic view. In an attempt to play down Gibson's words, Oldman ended up sounding an awful lot more anti-Semitic than his fellow actor. Find out what was said. Oldman did release an apology, which can be read here.

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Chicago Embraces George Lucas Memorabilia Museum Move


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The city of Chicago has welcomed George Lucas' recently announced plans to build a museum at the lakefront museum campus. The Star Wars filmmaker reportedly has plans to exhibit his vast collection of artwork and movie memorabilia.

The interactive museum will be the first of its kind and will be built, funded and endowed by Lucas. The director had eyed up a plot in his hometown San Francisco but site proposals were rejected in February.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel moved fast to offer a new home to Lucas' project and soon became the front-runner to snag the museum. He felt that the unique development would be a major boost to the local economy with the creation of new jobs for Chicagoans.

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Will Josh Trank Lend The 'Chronicle' Effect To His 'Star Wars' Standalone?


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Josh Trank has been revealed as one of the directors who will be taking on his own Star Wars standalone movie to complement the planned core trilogy. The filmmaker, who made his name with the gloomy sci-fi thriller, Chronicle, is the latest young director to be pinned to the franchise after Godzilla's Gareth Edwards was snapped up.

The 30 year-old movie-making whiz was aglow with excitement for his new opportunity, saying "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time," in a release yesterday.

It seems like a shrewd move from LucasFilm and Disney to appoint two directors who until recently were very much at the fringes of big movie filmmaking. The hiring of the directors is decidedly a two-way transaction too: having a Star Wars movie on your C.V. at such a relatively early stage in your career is like being given a golden ticket to the top, whilst the films will almost certainly gain creative kudos with edgy, new talents at the helm.

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Disney To Recast 'Indiana Jones,' Bradley Cooper Is First Choice


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Bradley Cooper heads a list of names to replace Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise, according to the Latino Review - which has had its fair share of accurate scoops recently, including, perhaps crucially, breaking the news that Cooper would voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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According to the site, Disney - which bought LucasFilm for $4.05 billion - is ready to move on Harrison Ford for a younger, fresher lead actor. A fifth Indie movie has been rumored for a while now, though it was always assumed that Harrison Ford would be its star. Disney announced that it had secured the rights to the classic franchise back in December. 

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The Force Is Obviously With Netflix, Who Will Release 'The Clone Wars' Season 6


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The sixth and final season ofStar Wars: The Clone Warsis coming to Netflix. According to Reuters, thirteen episodes will be made available on the online streaming service on March 7, along with the five previous seasons, which originally aired on Cartoon Network. This is the first time any Star Wars content has made its way onto Netflix and the Emmy Award winning series is sure to generate great traffic for the website.

Also, kudos to whoever is running the Netflix Twitter account:

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Forbes Names Steven Spielberg As Most Influential Celebrity Of The Year


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Steven Spielberg, who has won practically every filmmaking award in existence throughout his career, adds another honor to the list this week. Spielberg has been named as the most influential celebrity of 2014 in Forbes' annual list.

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47% of Americans consider Spielberg influential.

The list was compiled for Forbes by E-Poll Market Research out of a database of 6,600 celebrities. The results factored in 46 different attributes, based on E-Poll’s data of Americans. Factors like celebrities’ likeability and level of public awareness were used as tie breakers.

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Heads Up, Geeks! Doctor Who's Matt Smith Rumored To Be Involved In Star Wars: Episode VII


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Matt Smith is stepping down from his Doctor Who reign this Christmas (in case you hadn’t heard), which opens up a realm of other possibilities for the 31-year-old star. Rumor has it that among those is – now don’t get overly excited, Whovians – a part in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. Now that would be one geek crossover to rule them all obviously, however nothing has been confirmed at this point.

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Wonder where Smith would fit in with 'Episode VII'?

According to a “fairly well-placed source” speaking for Bleeding Cool, Smith went in for a meeting with JJ Abrams and George Lucas. However, that’s where the information ends. The source didn’t know whether the meeting was an audition, a screen test or just a talk, but the possibility alone was enough to set tongues wagging across the deepest, darkest, nerdiest reaches of the internet.

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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin & Angela Lansbury Earn Honorary Recognition From The Academy’s Governors Awards


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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury were honoured on Saturday, 16 November, night at the Academy’s Governors Awards, in a night where emotions ran high and the awards circuit got off to a start. Jolie was perhaps the biggest celebrity name on the awards sheet, but it was Martin and Lansbury who stole the show with their heartfelt gratitude towards being honoured by the Academy for a career in front of the camera.

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Angelina Jolie was honoured for her humanitarian work

Jolie received the first standing ovation of the night though, picking up the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her continued, dedicated service to aid work across the globe. Attending the event with her hubby Brad Pitt and their son Maddox, Jolie accepted the award from George Lucas after being toasted in a video presentation featuring clips from her in the movies and in refuge camps and care-giving scenarios found across the globe. Receiving thank you's from four stars of her upcoming Bosnian war film In the Land of Blood and Honey, Gena Rowlands then toasted the star before she took to the stage, asking, “How does she have the time to do all this? She acts and directs, she has a large family… and she has to keep that smile on Brad’s face.”

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Scheduled To Hit Cinemas On 18 December, 2015


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A date has finally been set for the release of Disney's first Star Wars film and even though filming hasn't even begun yet, the date isn't that far away. On Thursday, 7 November, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will arrive in cinemas just before Christmas 2015, with the studio penciling 18 December into their diaries as the official release date.

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How will the new Star Wars compare to the originals?

The first instalment of the Star Wars reboot "will not only anchor the popular holiday film-going season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement (via USA Today). With filming due to get under way at London's Pinewood Studios in spring next year, this gives director Jj Abrams and co. just over a year to make the first of the scheduled three films, which is about a third of the time George Lucas afforded his project between 1977 and 1983 and again in 1999 and 2005.

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Is 'Star Wars Episode 7' Already In Turmoil? JJ Abrams And Kasdan Replace Michael Arndt As Screenwriter


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There is already a great disturbance in The Force, as the Disney-handled Star Wars reboot, Star Wars Episode 7, already looks as though it might be in turmoil. The set back has occurred because original screenwriter Michael Arndt has unexpectedly been replaced by the films director Jj Abrams and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

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Kasdan (L) and Abrams (R) have been brought in to re-write the script

There has been no explanation as to why the Oscar-winning Arndt has been dropped from the project, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy giving no indication on why the Toy Story 3 writer has been ousted in favor of Abrams and Kasdan. Major Hollywood pictures of this magnitude do often undergo re-writes after a first draft has been drawn up, so there might not be much cause for concern. But still, given the secrecy and seeming aimlessness of the movie's progression, you can forgive us for fearing for the worse.

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Wanted: One Chewbacca - Has JJ Abrams' Gone Wookiee Hunting For 'Star Wars VII'?


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Jj Abrams' new Star Wars movie, Episode VII, may include a wookiee if the rumours currently circulating the internet are true. The news that Abrams might be on the hunt for a new Chewbacca was sparked when casting website Spotlight posted that a man of gargantuan height was being sought by J. J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Bryan Burk and Tommy Harper who are all known to be working on the new Star Wars chapter.

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The casting call reads "7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus," as reported by Den of Geek. The features listed seem to be rather similar to those of Peter Mayhew, the 69 year-old English actor, who played Chewie in four Star Wars films so has automatically sparked speculation regarding who the new actor will be.

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Laura Linney Urges Women Mentor And Share Experiences At 40th Annual Women In Film Awards


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The 2013 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards were held in Beverly Hills this past Wednesday night and attracted a number of both female and male supporters of equality in the film industry. The Big C actress Laura Linney was on hand to accept the Lucy Award for excellence in film, as well as give a sort of “state of affairs” speech on gender equality.

"As an actress in film, it is very easy to become isolated just due to the ratio of gender inequality that exists," 49-year-old Linney said, via AceShowbiz. "Rarely do you have a scene with other women, very few women are on the crew, and what few female executives arrive tend to keep to themselves. You have fewer and fewer women to turn to for help or advice, and information is not easily shared."

She urged the members of the audience to stand against the problem of isolation by reaching out and mentoring other women: “Reach out to a younger actress, or junior executive, or crew person, or office worker or a student," she said. Take them to lunch, put in the time to talk and learn what they are encountering. Listen to their observations. Share with them your insight and your mistakes and share information so that our experiences are not wasted."

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Is This The End? Spielberg And Lucas Predict The Coming Apocalypse For The Film Industry As We Know It


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Steven Spielberg made dark and ominous predictions about the future of the film industry recently. The influential director sees ticket prices spiraling out of control, while a number of big-budget productions end up as box office flops – the picture isn’t pretty for consumers or producers. "You're gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln," Spielberg painted a bleak picture during his talk at the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic arts this Wednesday, quoted by The Hollywood Reporter.

George Lucas echoed his predictions to some extent, suggesting that a change in the exhibition model might be on the way, wherein it would morph into a Broadway-like schedule. This would mean fewer movies on the bill at any given time, films staying in theatres for around a year and, worst of all, a dramatic increase in ticket prices. Lucas and Spielberg told USC students that they are learning about the industry at an extraordinary time of upheaval, where even proven talents find it difficult to get movies into theaters. Judging from recent events and the boom of web video, crowd-funded productions and online distribution, it isn’t difficult to see why the famed directors would think so. 

"Some ideas from young filmmakers "are too fringe-y for the movies," Spielberg said. "That's the big danger, and there's eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm." Whether the film industry will adapt to the change – Spielberg and Lucas don’t seem to think it will – still remains to be seen.

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World's Greatest Effects Guru Ray Harryhausen Dies Aged 92


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Ray Harryhausen, a visual effects guru often considered to have been the finest in the movie business, has died aged 92. Best known for his pioneering work on Star Wars, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, Harryhausen made his models by hand and shot them frame by frame to create some of the best-know sequences in cinema.

The technique was taken up by the likes of Nick Park, co-creator of the Wallace & Gromit movies who called Harryhausen "one of the true greats" this week. Star Wars creator George Lucas said that without him "there would likely have been no Star Wars." Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright said, "I loved every single frame of Ray Harryhausen's work.He was the man who made me believe in monsters."

Harryhausen's finest moment came when he animated seven skeletons who came to life in Jason and the Argonauts - a sequence that took three months to film, according to BBC News.

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Could Yoda Land His Own 'Star Wars' Movie Spin-Off?


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It has already been rumoured that Disney’s plans for future Star Wars releases may include spin-offs for individual characters and today, The Sun reported that Yoda could well be amongst those to get the special dedicated movie treatment. Disney bosses have reportedly confirmed that they will release a series of Star Wars movies, at a rate of one per year, starting in 2015.

It’s a tall order for Disney, who will be under pressure to please Star Wars fanatics (and, of course, to convert a new breed of movie lovers into Star Wars fanatics). The new trilogy will continue the story of the space saga and it is understood that some of the original stars, including Harrison Ford will be reprising their roles. In between those stories, however, will be two stand-alone movies, centred on characters from the Star Wars universe and it’s thought that Yoda could well be one of those very characters. 

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The Queen Mingles With Idris Elba, Daniel Craig At British Film Celebration


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The Queen invited many of her closest friends and some of the world's biggest movie stars to Windsor Castle for a special celebration of the British film industry on Thursday night (April 4, 2013). Among the attendees were Sir Kenneth Branagh, current James Bond Daniel Craig and would-be-Bond Idris Elba. It was her majesty that scooped one of the evening's awards, for supporting British film over her 50-year reign.

Elsewhere, there was Tom Hooper, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Eric Fellner, David Hare, Tessa Ross, Rebecca O'Brien and the esteemed Danny Boyle. The Queen beamed with delight after accepting the award from Branagh - given to her essentially because she was game for her Bond skit at the Olympics. "Not all of them are fully funded," Sir Kenneth joked about the Queen being sent scripts since the 007 sequence, "but with Your Majesty attached, they would be bound to get funding."

Other members of the royal family appeared at the event, including Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex, and Prince Michael of Kent, who told The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw that the industry needed critics to "pin-prick the egos."

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Another Video Game Studio Bites The Dust – This Time It’s LucasArts


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Disney have decided to shut down the videogame branch of the Lucas empire, scrapping LucasArts – the studio responsible for some brilliant Star Wars Games, and some really awful ones.

Let’s start with a statement, shall we? Why not. “After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games,” say Disney. “As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.” A “small team” will now take over things, as 150 jobs have been lost. This puts the highly anticipated Star Wars 1313 and First Assault games at serious risk. It will also put Disney firmly in the ‘oh man, what are you doing?’ camp, as Star Wars fans are getting increasingly worried with what’s happening to their beloved sci-fi franchise The company broke through with The Secret of Monkey Island – a point ‘n click adventure which is thought of warmly by nearly all gamers.

They also produced military simulators like Strike Fleet and Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain, combat games like X-Wing and Rebel Assault, before focusing on Star Wars games like Dark Forces, the Jedi Knight series – both of which were considered successful. It wasn’t until they started getting into the business of Kinect games that the critical responses started waning.

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Star Wars Actors Are Back: Hamill, Ford, Fisher Semi-Confirmed By George Lucas


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Speculation was rife just hours after the announcement that more Star Wars films were coming, and now it’s confirmed, sort of. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Lea – obviously) will reprise their timeless roles.

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Will Ford and Lucas work together once more?

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” Lucas explained to Bloomberg, before he realised he may just have said a little too much. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that,” he said. “I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” He also added that, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.” So where are we at then? Apparently the actors hadn’t signed contracts but were “in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm.” It sounds pretty nailed on, even if the fat cats aren’t willing to confirm it for legal reasons, but do we really want these ancient actors coming back to the big screen? It’s either going to be a triumphant return on an awful mistake, that’s for sure.

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Will Star Wars Continue Stuart Freeborn's Legacy With Yoda Movie?


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Stuart Freeborn, the world renowned make-up artist known for his contributions to the Star Wars movies, has died at the ripe old age of 98. Largely self-taught, Freeborn's six-decade career saw him create prosthetics for the likes of Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness though his most famous creation is Yoda, the diminutive Jedi master first seen in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back.

According to BBC News, Freeborn based Yoda's look on Albert Einstein, as well as some of his features. Star Wars creator George Lucas was quick to pay tribute to Freeborn, calling him a makeup legend. "He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy. His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His Star Wars creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations, but at their heart, they continue to be what Stuart created for the original films," the director said in a statement. As well as Yoda, Freeborn created numerous other enduring characters from the Star Wars universe, including Chewbacca and Jabba The Hut. "He was a Nutty Professor," said Freeborn's former colleague Nick Dudman, "He wanted to push boundaries and had the most inquiring mind I'd ever encountered."

Though Yoda is already one of the most famous and popular Star Wars characters, Disney may be ready to add a whole new dimension to Stuart Freeborn's creation. It was announced this week how the company are planning various stand-alone Star Wars spin-off movies, with Harry Knowles at Ain't It Cool News claiming Yoda: The Movie is first on the list. 

Stuart Freeborn, Star Wars Make-Up Designer Dies, Aged 98


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Stuart Freeborn has died, at the age of 98, CNN report. The make-up artist helped to design Jabba The Hut as well as some of the other creatures in the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina scene from the first Star Wars movie. Freeborn and his team helped to create characters such as Walrus Man, Snaggletooth and Greedo.

George Lucas, the Star Wars creator, paid tribute to Freeborn, explaining that he was already a legend before he started work on the Star Wars movie. “He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy. His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His 'Star Wars' creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations but at their heart they continue to be what Stuart created.” Stuart Freeborn and his team also created the teddy bear-like Ewoks which featured in Return of the Jedi.

Outside of the Star Wars franchise, Freeborn also did the makeup for Peter Sellers in Doctor Strangelove as well as working on Oliver Twist, The Bridge on the River Kwai and The Great Muppet Caper. He was often joined, in his work, by his wife Kay, who passed away last year and his son Graham, who died in 1996. 

"Spin Off, I Shall Have", Star Wars Character Spin-Offs Confirmed Alongside New Trilogy


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Disney bosses have confirmed that the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, Episodes VII, VII and IX, will not be the only films attached to the franchise to be released by the company, with individual spin-off charting the back story of some of the most famous characters in the film series also in the pipeline.

Disney's CEO Bob Iger told CNBC that the company has decided to make several other extra films based on the "great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga" and will be released over the same six year period as the new films too, with Episode VII slated for a 2015 release. Iger also revealed that Disney have decided on a writing team for these standalone films, with Larry Kasdan (who wrote the screenplay for Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand and Sherlock Holmes) signed on to write a back story for some of the franchise's most revered characters.

Nothing has been confirmed in regards to who these spin-offs will centre on, but rumors that Yoda and Boba Fett are at the top of the list are circling forums and blogs at the moment. A JarJar Binks spin-off might also be on the cards too, but only if Disney want to alienate Star Wars fans even more.

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Yoda To Be Focus Of Confirmed Star Wars Spin-Off Movie?


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Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger has confirmed several stand-alone Star Wars movies that are not part of the new trilogy currently in the works. Screenwriters Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are already in a dark room somewhere scribbling away, though Iger did not go into detail about the new project. "There has been speculation about some standalone films that have been in development, and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand-alone films," he told CNBC.

He did say the movies would be based on "great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga," and would be released during the six-year period of the new trilogy, which begins in 2015 with Star Wars: Episode VII. Disney confirmed last month that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will direct the hugely anticipated seventh instalment of the saga. Though early Twitter speculation has focused on Darth Vader as the possible focus of the spin-off movies, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News - known for his movie scoops - says otherwise. "Well, f*ck it...The first Stand Alone film is going to center upon YODA.  At this stage specifics are sparse, but Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a STAR WARS slate...  I'm wildly curious for more details on the YODA film - would this be a young or old YODA tale?" he wrote. Harry also spoke of a possible Jabba The Hut story that George Lucas has floated to "some of his buddies"

There's no official word from Disney, though Yoda would certainly be amongst the most likely of characters to helm a Star Wars spin-off movie, perhaps the most marketable too (think of all the Happy Meal toys.)

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Lego Racism Accusations - Jabba The Hut's Palace Looks Like Mosque, Say Austria's Turkish Community


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Lego have come under fire from the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria, for alleged racism. The offending item, in Lego’s vast product range, is Jabba the Hut’s Palace, part of a Star Wars collection made by the toy company. In a statement, the community’s leaders claimed that the palace closely resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut and a minaret.

They claim that the palace toy set reinforces negative stereotypes about the Middle East. The statement, on their website was reported on by The Telegraph. In the statement, the Austrian community group threatened Lego with legal action, if it does not withdraw the toys. “The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed,” say the group. “It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.” Lego denied the link, their spokeswoman Katherine Strasse told The Telegraph “The Lego Star Wars product Jabba´s Palace does not reflect any actually existing buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque.”

As The Huffington Post point out, this isn’t the first time that Lego have been accused of racism. It has previously been pointed out, by The Wired, that the majority of non-white faces in the Lego range are actually scowling. And as for George Lucas’ Star Wars, this isn’t their first encounter with allegations of racism, either. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was accused of racism for reinforcing Asian stereotypes amongst its villainous characters. 

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Star Wars Episode VII: J.J Abrams Confirmed, So What's Next To Speculate On?


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We moan about Star Wars gossip in some articles, but the truth is, we absolutely love it. The news that J.J Abrams will helm the seventh film simply replaces conjecture as to who it would be, and now we can focus on other things, like what it'll be about, and who'll be in it.

Well we can speculate on the story. Will see get a greater insight into Luke Skywalkers ascendance to master Jedi? We would certainly love to see that story. 

Another strong possibility is a deeper development of Han Solo - the lovable rogue character made famous by Harrison Ford, who, ironically, never really took to Solo, and thought he should have died before the franchise was, seemingly, closed off.

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A Week In News: Styles Splits, George Puts A Ring On It And Kim And Kanye Buy Big


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Wrong Direction: It's been a rough week for Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, the pair going their separate ways after a brief relationship. Of course, it's great news for ambitious fans of both stars who reckon they're in with a chance! 

Star-Studded Wedding: It's congratulations to Star Wars creator George Lucas and his long-time girlfriend Mellody Hobson, who have announced they are to marry. No date or location has been set, though it could be a pretty big few years for the veteran filmmaker, what with the revival of a certain movie franchise.

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George Lucas Engaged To DreamWorks Chairwoman Mellody Hobson


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With all of the recent news around Lucasfilm being bought by Disney, fans might be getting riled up, but it looks like George Lucas himself is living the sweet life.

Looks like everything is coming up roses for the director, as he recently got engaged to Dreamworks Animation chairwoman Mellody Hobson, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pair have reportedly been together since 2006 and the engagement is coming as no surprise to anyone. This will be the 43-year-old Hobson’s first marriage and the second one for 68-year-old Lucas. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the couple, as both of them are at the height of their success (well, money-wise anyway) at the moment.

Besides her position in Dreamworks, Hobson is also at the helm of investment management firm Ariel Investments Llc. and is chair of Ariel Mutual Funds. She is also a frequent finantial contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America. Meanwhile, Lucas has been enjoying his break (and financial status), after selling Lucasfilm and has been donating a large portion of the money to various charities. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy,” Lucas said in October.

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George Lucas Gets Engaged To Long Term Girlfriend


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Amidst the bluster of George Lucas selling his much-beloved Star Wars empire to Disney, few bothered to mention that it would free up the sci-fi boffin to concentrate on other things. It has, though, and with all this free time on his hands it’s clear that the director has had a chance to re-focus some energy on his long-time partner Mellody Hobson – so much so that the pair are now engaged to be married. Congratulations!

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the story, with a rep making the news official. It will be the second marriage for the former Star Wars mogul and the first for Hobson, though the pair have been together for some time. Hobson is currently chairman at DreamWorks Animation and also heads-up Chicago-based investment management firm Ariel Investments Llc., as well as acting as chairman for Ariel Mutual Funds – so whilst Lucas might’ve freed up time, it doesn’t look like she’s got much to spare of it herself.

Lucas earned himself a lot of goodwill last year when he donated the whopping $4.05 billion he received for Star Wars from Disney to an education foundation. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy,” Lucas said at the time.

George Lucas Thanks Fans For 'Kind Messages' As He Is Set To Wed Long Term Girlfriend Mellody Hobson


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George Lucas is set to marry after announcing his engagement to DreamWorks chairwoman Mellody Hobson via his production company Lucasfilm Limited.

The 'Star Wars' creator, 68, has been dating girlfriend Mellody, who is 25 years his junior, for seven years and are now finally planning to tie the knot. He took to Twitter to express his gratitude at the congratulating messages he has received from friends and fans alike. "Thank you for all of your kind messages regarding my engagement. I find them both touching and meaningful", he wrote.

Lucas, while being best known for his work on the seminal 'Star Wars' franchise, was also responsible for producing the 'Indiana Jones' movies which starred Harrison Ford as well as fantasy flicks 'Willow' starring Warwick Davies and 'Labyrinth' starring David Bowie. He has previously been married to movie editor Marcia Lou Griffin with whom he stayed with for 14 years before divorcing in 1983 two years after adopting their first daughter Amanda. Since then, he adopted two other children, Katie and Jett, as well as having a relationship with singer Linda Ronstadt. Mellody has never previously been married and has no children. 

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Star Wars Creator George Lucas Engaged To Mellody Hobson: Who Is She?


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Stars Wars creator George Lucas, who recently sold his company LucasFilm to Disney, is to marry his long-time girlfriend Mellody Hobson, it was reported on Thursday (January 3, 2013).

According to Reuters, no date or location has been set for the nuptials, though it will be the legendary producer and director's second marriage, after he tied the knot to film editor Marcia Lucas in 1969.

Hobson, 43, holds a pretty high profile job in the film industry too. She serves on the board of directors for Hollywood studio Dreamworks Animation, as well as for cosmetics company Estee Lauder, coffee-house chain Starbucks Corp and internet company Groupon. Basically she's in charge of everything. 

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Congrats To George Lucas And Mellody Hobson For Their Engagement


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If anyone could have an out of this world wedding it's George Lucas. While that is a poor joke, it's also pretty true given that the man has absolutely bags of money, and so does his new fiancée, Mellody Hobson.

Lucas and Hobson have been together for many years but they have only just decided to get married, says the Hollywood Reporter. Lucas has been married once before but this it the first- and hopefully last- time that Hobson will walk down the aisle. She works with Dreamworks, but also heads up and investment business as well as a mutual funds firm, both under the name of 'Ariel'. It's thought to be the biggest black-American money management conglomerates in the US. 

Lucas also sold his film production company LucasFilm late last year for an extraordinary $4.05b. However, he also gave all that money to an education foundation. At the time he said: "As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy." Along with Hobson he'll be beginning an entirely new chapter once again. We wish them all the best and look forward to the wedding photos! If it's not Star Wars themed a lot of people will be very disappointed.

Indiana Jones Mystery Package Sent To University Of Chicago


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The University of Chicago has a mystery on its hands, a mystery involving INDIANA JONES of all people, after a surprise package was delivered to the University addressed to the fictional archeologist/adventurer.

According to the university’s admissions department Tumblr page, a package arrived at the university this Wednesday (Dec 12) addressed to one Henry Walton Jones Jr - the 'real' name of the character portrayed by Harrison Ford in the hugely successful film franchise. Unsure of what to do with the mystery package, the student office worker, whose job it was to deal with the it, set it aside until today when someone realized it wasn’t intended for any actual student or faculty member, but a fictional character who once enrolled at the University of Chicago: Indiana Jones.

When the seal was finally cracked and the contents were laid bare, the mystery refused to go away still. The Tumblr page goes on to describe the contents, with pictures, and states that inside was an apparently handmade re-creation of Abner Ravenwood’s diary, Abner Ravenwood being Jones' professor at the university in the 1920's, for those unfamiliar with the Indiana Jones films. It was while working with Ravenwood that Indi first gained knowledge of the Ark of the Covenant, which in turn set in motion the story of Raiders of the Lost Ark, George Lucas/Steven Spielberg’s landmark 1981 film and first in the series.

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Netflix Lock Down Significant Demographic With Disney Deal


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Disney films on Netflix are due to become the norm in 2016, as the pair have signed a deal which grants exclusive TV distribution rights to Netflix to stream Disney flicks, making them the first major studio to stream its movies to TV viewers instead of distributing them via other premium TV channels, Reuters reports.

The deal gives Netflix streaming rights to movies from Disney's live action and animation studios, including those from Pixar, Marvel, and, most pertinently, the recently acquired Lucasfilms. This basically means Netflix have bought a giant reason for people to pay their subscription fee, and although the Disney market is primarily a young one, getting Netflix for a household might replace buying all those Disney DVD's. It's sad, really. "An exclusive deal with Disney differentiates the Netflix content from Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video," said Anthony DiClemente, an analyst with Barclays Capital. "This deal brings to our subscribers some of the highest quality, most imaginative family films being made today," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, in a statement. "It's a leap forward for Internet television." Analysts have been concerned that Netflix has paid large sums to studios in a bid to monopolise premium content.

Netflix subscribers will have to wait until 2016, after Disney's current deal with Liberty Media's pay-TV channel Starz expires, to watch their Disney content. In a statement, Starz said it now has an "opportunity to implement our plan to dramatically ramp up our investment in exclusive, premium-quality original series which will best meet the needs of our distributors and subscribers."

Pictures: Star Studded Governors Ball Sees Legends Honored


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Kristen Stewart was on the prowl at the Academy's Governor Awards but she'll have to go some to get Twilight an Oscar

Hosted by the Academy, the Governors Awards gave plenty of Hollywood stars the chance to schmooze up to the organisers of the prestigious Oscar awards, in the hope that a strong social showing might lead to an eventual nomination when the big awards themselves come around in the new year. Does it ever work? Who can tell, but there were certainly a lot of the great and good out at the event on Saturday evening (December 1).

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George Lucas On Star Wars: Episode VII: "I Don't Really Have Much To Do"


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George Lucas says his involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII will be limited and that he intends to leave it up to Disney's chosen director and producers to carry on his iconic sci-fi story. Speaking at the Governor's Awards on Saturday evening (December 1, 2012), Lucas explained what his duties as a "consultant" on the seventh movie will entail, reports Access Hollywood.

"[If the filmmakers ask],'Who's this guy?' I can tell them. I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, 'This is this and this is that" So, basically he'll be sitting with his feet up then? He added, "Basically I'm not [involved] - I don't really have much to do." Disney are still on the hunt for a director to helm the first movie, though Lucas' good friend Steven Spielberg has gone on the record as saying it's not his "genre." George laughed off the idea on Saturday, calling Spielberg "probably the most brilliant director working in the business today," though adding, "I'm pretty sure he'd never want to do that! I don't think he'd want to."

Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theaters in 2015, with Matthew Vaughn looking the likely director. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Jason Flemyng appeared to let the cat out of the bag at the premiere of Seven Psychopaths this weekend, saying, "Me and Matt have done nine films together, so I'm sure I'll get the call for Star Wars." When one journalist asked "Would he [Matthew] be interested?" Flemyng looked surprised, "What? Star Wars? I think that's.." before looking a little sheepish. 

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Iconic Star Wars Writer To Return For New Films


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As the maniacal excitement dies down after the initial news that the Star Wars franchise had been bought by Disney for an enormous sum of over four billion dollars, and the revelation that there would be at least two more movies in the pipeline, it is now time for a few details to begin getting settled.

A couple of weeks ago we reported that Michael Arndt had been picked to pen the first of the two movies on the way. Now, the Hollywood Reporter has been told that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have signed contracts to write episodes 8 and/or 9. Lawrence Kasdan is something of a Star Wars legend, as he wrote the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back (largely lauded as the best Star Wars movie to date), as well as Return of the Jedi. 

Since 1983, when The Return of the Jedi was released, Kasdan has also written The Bodyguard, which Whitney Houston starred in, as well as the award winning The Accidental Tourist, which was a very different kind of writing and film making than either Star Wars or The Bodyguard, and showed his great range and depth. Simon Kinberg has an equally impressive career history. He's written two X-Men movies, the Brad Pitt and Anjelina Joli movie Mr and Mrs Smith, plus the Robert Downey Junior version of Sherlock Holmes

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Did Steven Spielberg Turn Down Offer To Direct Star Wars Episode 7?


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Steven Spielberg has publicly ruled himself out of directing the new Star Wars movie following Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of LucasFilm. His close working relationship with George Lucas had left many fans hoping Spielberg would step in to reignite the franchise, though the Oscar winner says he has no interest in getting behind the camera.

After being asked about the possibility, the director told Access Hollywood, "No! No! It's not my genre. It's my best friend George's genre." The remarks are somewhat at-odds with Spielberg's previous stance on the subject and he once spoke of his desire to direct one of the Star Wars movies. He was quoted by The Guardian as saying in 2002, "I've asked [Lucas]. He won't let me do one.I wanted to do one 15 years ago, and he didn't want me to do it. I understand why - Star Wars is George's baby. It's his cottage industry and it's his fingerprints. He knows I've got Jurassic Park and Raiders. But George has Star Wars and I don't think he feels inclined to share any of it with me." It's possible that Spielberg was approached by either Lucas or Disney to discuss Episode 7, though for whatever reason has chosen not to get involved.

His comments come in the same week that Disney confirmed Michael Arndt as the screenwriter for the new movie. Arndt is best known for penning Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3. Michael Vaughn is rumored to be talks about directing.

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Disney Confirms Michael Arndt To Write Star Wars VII


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The next stage in the rolling saga of the new Star Wars movies reveals that Michael Arndt will write the script for Star Wars VII. Deadline.com broke the news last week (November 8, 2012) and it now looks as though Disney have been quick to snap up the credible skills of Oscar-winning Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Hunger Games: Catching Fire) to write the screenplay for the new Star Wars movies.

It was recently revealed that Disney have purchased Lucasfilm, the company previously owned by the original Star Wars visionary George Lucas. This sparked a frenzy of interest amongst Star Wars enthusiasts, excited at the prospect of new movies for the franchise. Lucasfilm had already drafted the skills of Arndt before the $4 billion sale took place, to move the franchise forward. He reportedly produced not one, but three treatments. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the treatments were bundled into the deal. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger revealed “We’ve got a lengthy treatment that comes with this that we feel really good about and the film is in what I’ll call early-stage development right now.”

It was previously thought that Arndt would be one of a team working on the script for Star Wars VII but according to a brief post on www.starwars.com, Arndt is the only name now associated with the script-writing duties.

Oscar Winning Screewriter Michael Arndt Set To Pen Next Star Wars Movie


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It appears that the force is strong between Star Wars' new owners Disney and Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind the films Little Miss Sunshine and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 after it has emerged that he is in strong contention to pen the upcoming sequel to the beloved sci-fi series.

Hollywood gossip site Deadline broke the news, with many other sites jumping on board after, that Arndt, who is currently working on bringing the next The Hunger Games film (Catching Fire) to the screen, will be helping to bring Star Wars back to cinemas too. Apparently, the writer was already on board with Lucasfilm to move the franchise forward before George Lucas sold his company's rights to Disney for $4.05 billion last month. With Disney already raring to bring another Star Wars movie to the screen, it seems that they think that Arndt is still the man for the job and he will be sticking with team when it moves into production.

Disney CEO Bob Iger recently gave the word that the franchise would be extending past six episodes as soon as possible, telling the press recently, "We've got a lengthy treatment that comes with this that we feel really good about and the film is in what I'll call early-stage development right now."

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Before Star Wars Episode 7, There Was... Star Wars Angry Birds? Let's Review


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You'd be forgiven for forgetting that a Star Wars Angry bird amalgamation had been announced months ago, with all the news surrounding Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, and the decision to make Star Wars Episode 7.

But today sees the latest release in the merchandising giant's repertoire; Angry Birds Star Wars can be purchased from the app store for $0.99 or £0.69p. A bargain, don't you think? Well the Guardian think so. They posed the question, "Can Angry Birds Star Wars sidestep the compromise and deliver the thrills?" before swiftly answering their own query with, "Yes it can. This is a treat for Star Wars fans and Angry Birds fans alike" Their 5-star review goes to to describe the gameplay as "a mix of all the previous Angry Birds games to date, including the basic bird-slinging action of the first three games in the series, and the gravity-ruled planetary action of Angry Birds Space." 

This potentially dangerous partnership; the biggest sci-fi brand connecting with the most popular mobile game could have been considered risky, as neither party would want their contribution watered down, but, according to IGN (and they should know) it works. "Whether or not you're a Star Wars fan, Angry Birds Star Wars is a ton of fun," reads their more indepth, 8.8/10 review. "With its latest, Rovio has proven that Angry Birds can be more than a casual slingshotting time killer. Although it doesn't stray too far from its pick-up-and-play roots, at its best the game contains real challenge and surprisingly clever twists. Gamers will come for the Star Wars references, but they'll stay for the huge variety of perfectly-tuned stages. Bring on more Angry Birds collaborations!"

Disney And Star Wars Episode 7: Some Choice Hollywood Tweets


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We've been covering Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, and their decision to put Episode 7 and two subsequent films into production, even though George Lucas had them in mind. Now it's time to see what the folks of Hollywood think. 

Perhaps a good start would be Ewan McGregor; the Scottish hunk did a pretty good job of playing Obi Wan Kenobi, and might be in line for a return come 2015 (the purported date for Episode 7). "Disney have bought Lucasfilm and are planning on releasing Star Wars ep 7 in 2015!! Congrats George and best of luck with whatever is next," he posted on his twitter page, before posting "Wonder if they will need any Obi-Wan Hologram action??! #ep7 #donthecloakagain #thesearenotthedroidsyourlookingfor #movealongmovalong". Jj Abrams - big in the sci-fi game after directing the excellent Star Trek movie, as well as producing Lost - told Entertainment weekly "Part of me? Thrilled. Part of me? Terrified. Most of me? Thrillified." We're still wondering which part is bigger, but we'd plump for the latter. Bob Orci, who worked with Abrams on Star Trek, cheekily tweeted "Great Here comes another Trek ripoff ;)" Oooh. 

Will Wheaton aka Wesley Crusher, or himself in some episodes of The Big bang Theory, added to the Star Wars twitter exploding by posting ,"OMG you know what the Disney purchase of Star Wars means? DANCING JAR JAR IN DISNEYLAND PARADES. We have to go back in time to fix this." Why so cynical Wheaton? Oh, actually we think we've got it. 

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And So The Star Wars Episode 7 Rumours Begin: Matthew Vaughn To Direct?


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If you haven't heard about Disney buying Lucasfilm for $4.05b, announcing Episode 7 and confirming plans to make another three Star Wars Films, go away; you have a lot of reading to do. 

Done? Well the first rumour of many surrounding the re-vamped sci-fi franchise is that Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, Stardust, Layer Cake, and X-Men: First Class, is in talks to direct the much talked about Episode 7. Sources close to Collider.com, who make a large fuss about the fact that this is just a rumour out of respect for the franchise (and good on them), have explained that Vaughn leaving his X-Men duties behind just five days before Disney announced the acquisition of Lucasfilm, is because he will be directing the next film. Now, again, here at Contact Music, we know this is just a rumour, but we can't help but being a little bit excited. X-Men: First Class was a solid superhero flick, and Kick Ass was a delightful mix of adult humour and juvenile pranks, expertly alchemised. 

As the Episode 7 rumours roll on, we'll be right with you either wishing they were true or praying for the invalidity, although we expect it'll be a long while before anything is confirmed from either Disney, Lucasfilms or George Lucas, who has been kept on as creative consultant for the upcoming projects. 

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George Lucas Donation To Put Him Amongst History's Greatest Philanthropists


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George Lucas' donation of over half the $4 billion from the Disney deal will see him considered amongst the most generous philanthropists of all time. After announcing that he had sold LucasFilm to Disney, a spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter that Lucas has expressed his intention to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavours. 

Though it's not clear how much Lucas will take from the deal personally, it's likely to be billions. He signed on to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge back in 2010 and promised to give away at least half of his wealth by the time of his death. In his pledge letter, the legendary director and producer wrote, "I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future - and the first step begins with the social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children." Though his couple of billion won't see Lucas reach the heady philanthropic heights of Gates and Buffett (who have both donated more than $45 billion combined), the filmmaker is certainly now amongst the top tier of givers. Elsewhere, George Soros has given over $8 billion, while Intel founder Gordon Moore has handed over $6 billion to worthy causes. The wealthiest man in the world, Carlos Slim Helu, has given $4 billion, according to Forbes.

Lucas founded the George Lucas Educational Foundation and the website Edutopia to reform and improve K-12 education.

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Disney Theme Parks To Feature Star Wars Heavily


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Disney's latest investment, a $4.05 billion deal for Lucasarts, brings with it a wealth of opportunity; the continuation of the Star Wars film saga, for one, has been confirmed. But there's so much more to come, reports The Orlando Sentinal. 

Video games, merchandise and TV shows are all viable options, and surely ones they'll take up, but the latest project sees Disney's theme parks set for Jedi revamp. "We have ample opportunity to expand the presence of this franchise in our parks. ... There's room to grow what we've already got, so we feel particularly good about that," Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said. John Gerner, managing director of Leisure Business Advisors, and a man well placed to comment on such matters, believes the Star Wars franchise will not only stretch to a few extra rides of stalls, but to an entire theme park itself. "With now six movies, it has a great deal of breadth to it," Gerner said. "Just like Harry Potter, there is that possibility of really taking it to a new level." Given the movies, upon their completion, could potentially span five decades, the sheer amount of fans is unthinkable. From sci-fi aficionados, who can boast a ticket stub from A New Hope, to the young fans who get taken by parents to see Episode 7, a Star Wars theme park has longevity, that's for sure.

We'll leave you wistfully dreaming of virtual reality lightsaber battles and underwater trips to Naboo. Enjoy!

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'I Thought He Was Nuts': Mark Hamill On George Lucas Decision To Make More Star Wars Films


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Mark Hamill has weighed in on the future of Star Wars, in wake of the news that the sci-fi franchise creator, George Lucas, has sold the rights to his cash monster to Disney. Admitting that it was a shock to find out that the sale had been made, Hamill admitted that he already knew of Lucas' plans to make Episodes VII, VIII and IX, after he'd met with him in the summer of this year.

"When he said, 'We decided we're going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,' I was just gobsmacked" recalled the original Luke Skywalker to Entertainment Weekly. "What? Are you nuts?!" he remembered saying. However, Hamill did concede that he could understand the decision to continue making movies for the franchise. On one hand he pointed out "there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that's the way it should be - and it's great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories."

However, he also commented "on the other hand, there's this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It's one of those things: people either just don't care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about.

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Star Wars Episode 7: Where Will The Saga Take Us Next?


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Director, George Lucas, at the New York premiere of 'The Adventures of Tintin'

With Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilms this week, first on the agenda is a seventh Star Wars film – something that has split opinion and caused its fair share of outrage.

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Star Wars Episode 7 To Be Based On Heir To The Empire?


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With news that Disney has acquired LucasFilms, speculation is growing as to the nature of the studio's planned Star Wars Episode 7. Though he'll work as an advisor, George Lucas will not produce or direct the film, essentially leaving his best-loved franchise open for Disney to tweak how they see fit.

According to E! Online, the next movie is likely to be based on the Heir to the Empire trilogy - a series of best-selling novels by Timothy Zahn set in the Expanded Universe of the Star Wars galaxy. The books take place approximately five years after the events depicted in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Die hard Star Wars fans know the trilogy well, and Eric Geller of fan site TheForce.net said, "Of all the speculation out there about the content of this new trilogy, that's the single most concrete idea.It's almost inevitable that the story will take place in the same time frame as those books." So what happens in the books exactly? Well, Luke Skywalker meets a would-be assassin named Mara Jade, who was trained to avenge the Emperor by killing Luke, the last remaining Jedi. Princess Leia and Han Solo also feature prominently in the books, having twins together. A source close to the LucasFilm deal suggests the new film will be based on an original story, so, who knows!

Disney has acquired LucasFilms in a deal worth around $4 billion, with around half of the money to be coughed up in cash. Crikey. 

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Bambi In Space? Disney Buys Lucasfilm To Reignite Star Wars Franchise


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Disney is to purchase Lucasfilm, founded by George Lucas, for a whopping $4.05 billion in a deal that will pave the way for several new Star Wars films. In a move that has left sci-fi fans drooling into their cereal, Disney said it plans to release a new Star Wars movie every two-to-three years after bringing out Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015.

Lucas, who founded the company in 1971, will remain as a creative consultant on the new Star Wars films. "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," he said in a statement, adding, "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime." Disney's chief executive Robert Iger was understandably delighted with the deal, saying, "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value." Disney will pay around half the purchase price in cash and issue around $40 million shares. It comes after the company completed the acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, meaning Disney now pretty much owns every family film you've ever seen.

The new Star Wars movies are likely to be in good hands with the creative minds at Disney. The 2005 prequel Revenge of the Sith was given a mixed reception by critics, with many questioning Lucas' suitability in taking the suitability forward.

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Star Wars 7... 8 AND 9? Disney - What Have You Done!?


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The news that Disney had bought Lucasfilms, and with it, the right to make as many Star Wars films as they want, will have undoubtedly been met with sighs and looks of haughty derision from sci-fi fans. And rightly so.

The man in the crosshair of every nerd's 'to scale' model blaster rifle is Disney chief exec Robert Iger, who said of his new impulse buy: "We love the fact that this will take its place in our live-action strategy as a known and loved brand. We really like Star Wars potential on TV, and Disney XD would be a great home for that," in a statement quoted by E!

If only there were a supergeek out there with $4.05 billion to spare, who really knew what Star Wars fans wanted; maybe they'd try and rectify Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace by eradicating all evidence of Jar Jar Binks on the planet. Perhaps they'd halt The Clone Wars animated franchise in its tracks, and save every genuine fan's sighs every time they walk into a comic book store. 

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Disney Purchases Lucasfilm And Plans To Prolong Star Wars Franchise With New Film


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Disney have purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05b and have confirmed a new Star Wars film, which, if all goes to plan, will be hitting cinemas in 2015, Sky News reports.

It's possibly the day every sci-fi fan was dreading; Disney buys Lucasfilm will read more like 'Disney ruins Star Wars' to most aficionados of the franchise. Every film, apart from the latter half of the trilogy, which confusingly (for non-geeks) was made before the latter three, has been unsuccessful in recreating the success of the 70's and 80's. "Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

George Lucas launched Lucasfilm in 1971 and the first Star Wars film was released in 1977. "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," Lucas said. "I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime." Lucas will stay on as creative consultant for the new set of Star Wars films, which, starting in 2015 will be released every few years.

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American Graffiti Review


Excellent
The Star Wars prequels have tarnished his rep a little, but give him his due --- George Lucas once understood the possibilities and limitations of film like few others. Lucas' second feature film, American Graffiti, was a self-assured gem that established him as a major director (though a lot of studios still didn't want to bankroll Star Wars, proving that studio execs weren't any smarter in the seventies than they are now).

A cinematic collection of slightly exaggerated memories from Lucas' senior year in high school (1962), Graffiti was well-timed; it caught a wave of fifties nostalgia that would crest with Happy Days, Grease, etc. While the iconoclasm of the sixties and seventies would continue to take youth culture in a very different direction, Graffiti helped spark a cultural backlash (or at least a flashback) after the free-love/acid-rock/anti-war era.

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The Cutting Edge: The Magic Of Movie Editing Review


Very Good
While "magic" may be a little strong, The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing is a surprisingly interesting film. If you're a filmmaker or an aspiring critic, it may well be essential viewing.

This documentary is precisely what it's title purports to be, an in-depth and instructive look at movie editing that literally spans 100 years of film history, from The Great Train Robbery to Cold Mountain. Through interviews with a copious number of directors and editors, The Cutting Edge covers everything from basic editing techniques like the matching of cuts to modern editing theory as inspired by MTV and The Matrix. The film goes into extreme detail in parts, like when we get to see James Cameron's trick of removing one frame per second out of Terminator 2 to give it more momentum and realism. It's all a little bit insidery and self-congratulatory, but the movie works far more often than not. Any film buff will find it hard not to like.

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Steven Spielberg Wept At 'Revenge Of The Sith' Ending


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Movies can affect different people in different ways. Sometimes, even established and respected filmmakers have to appreciate the marvel of particular films. Two-time Academy Award-wining director  wept at a premiere of his collaborator George Lucas' sixth and final 'Star Wars' movie 'Revenge Of The Sith'; the third part of the prequel trilogy which began in 1999 with 'The Phantom Menace'. 

Steven Spielberg cried at the end of 'Revenge of the Sith'
Steven Spielberg cried at the end of 'Revenge of the Sith'

The film stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, and long-time 'Star Wars' actor Anthony Daniels as C-3PO. The 'Jurassic Park', 'Jaws' and 'Schindler's List' film-maker, Spielberg was so moved by the eagerly-awaited conclusion of the sci-fi saga, he burst into tears at its screening in April 2005. 

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George Lucas

Date of birth

14th May, 1944

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Filmmaker

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Male

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George Lucas Movies

Star Wars: A New Hope Trailer

Star Wars: A New Hope Trailer

The galaxy is in turmoil. A Rebel Alliance is rising up against the villainous Galactic...

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Trailer

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Trailer

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A trade dispute on the...

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Trailer

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Trailer

After five long years, the Clone Wars are still raging across the galaxy. Count Dooku...

Star Wars: The Digital Collection - Making The Millenium Falcon Clip Trailer

Star Wars: The Digital Collection - Making The Millenium Falcon Clip Trailer

During the creation of 'Star Wars' in 1977, the now iconic design for the Millennium...

Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones Trailer

Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones Trailer

Discontent is spreading across the galaxy. A separatist movement, led by the fallen Jedi Count...

Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi Trailer

Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi Trailer

The Rebel Alliance has fallen into an incredibly dark time. With the destruction of their...

Star Wars: The Digital Collection Trailer

Star Wars: The Digital Collection Trailer

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The majestic order of honourable,...

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