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Watch Cranky George Lucas On The Daily Show

by Caryn James
January 10, 2012 12:57 PM
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George Lucas

George Lucas had some cranky – but not wrong – things to say about the difficulties of mainstream distribution on The Daily Show last night. He showed up to promote Red Tails, a film about black fliers during World War II that he produced and financed and, he says, had been trying unsuccessfully to get studios interested in for years. Stewart, speaking for most of us, was kind of incredulous – George Lucas can’t get something out there?  - but Lucas, with some wit yet still in cranky-geezer mode, is worth hearing.  

He also teased Star Wars fans, luring them to Red Tails by telling Stewart, “To be very honest with you, because normally I’m not, this is as close as you’ll ever get to Episode VII.”

Red Tails opens Jan 20th.

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  • jeff ircink | January 20, 2012 2:37 PMReply

    sorry...i meant, "i don't GET where the author..."

  • jeff ircink | January 20, 2012 2:36 PMReply

    i don't care where the author gets "cranky" in describing Lucas?????? wouldn't that moniker belong to the movie studios???

  • Francis Agyapong Jr. | January 11, 2012 3:24 PMReply

    coin a term*, excuse me

  • Mamie McDonald | January 11, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    African American sons and daughters are proud to see true American Hero's, The Tuskeegee Airman and view there experiences..Thank you George Lucas, for having the heart to believe and back this extrodinary piece of American History, and to Anthony Hemmingway for Directing a true and human experience! A must see for all!!

  • Francis Agyapong Jr. | January 11, 2012 3:23 PM

    When you begin to reference critics in a conversation solely about a filmmaker that's when you know your opinion holds no weight. Auteur Theory was alive & true prior to Sarris defining it as such- all he did was coin a theory Ryan. Now here's a theory from an ACTUAL FILMMAKER
    p.s. read #3

  • Timmy Fong | January 11, 2012 4:13 AMReply

    What the ass-kisser stewart knows but won't say is setting aside Star Wars (all of them which I personally thought awful, the so-called prequels unwatchable), Lucas blows as a filmmaker so no studio wants to toss money down the toilet. If he's so confident in his film he could finance distribution as well but instead chooses to go on The Daily Show and whine.

  • Ryan Silva | January 11, 2012 2:40 PM

    >doesn't understand basic film criticism
    >is actually a moderately talented student filmmaker in NYC which is obfuscated by lack of tact and overall film literacy
    >in spite of this, uses the haggard "oh what films have you made" argument even though great film critics like Andrew Sarris -- who never directed a film yet still added to the grammar of cinema and overall scope of film theory through introducing auteur theory


  • Francis Agyaong Jr. | January 11, 2012 10:06 AM

    Who do you think you are & what are your credentials( i.e. what films have you made?) to even begin to think about critiquing George Lucas. Not only is George Lucas a phenomenal filmmaker but he's also contributed a substantial amount to the medium. You'd be blessed to have accomplished a thousandth of that in your sad un-talented life, Timmy.

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