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Watch: 15-Minute 'Birth Of The Lightsaber' Mini-Doc Plus The 'Star Wars' Prequels Recapped In 10 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 11:29 AM
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Star Wars: Episode 3 — Revenge Of The Sith
As we await Disney to serve out the next morsel of information about "Star Wars: Episode 7," now is a good time to catch up on the series thus far in preparation for whatever J.J. Abrams and co. have in store. And today are two ways you can take a look back at the franchise.

Watch: George Lucas Talks The Mastery Of Akira Kurosawa For The Criterion Collection

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 2:45 PM
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He never won an Oscar, but Akira Kurosawa's body of work is more of legacy than any golden statue could hope to represent. And it's not a shock that even today, filmmakers revere his films and frankly, his genius, with awe and total respect. And one of the filmmaker's biggest advocates is George Lucas.

George Lucas Tells Filmmakers “Don’t Forget The Basics, Don’t Get Enamored With New Technology"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2014 4:12 PM
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George Lucas
With George Lucas sort-of retired and focused on making movies in garage (or whatever), he now has time to comment on the industry, even if his comments have been dosed with a lack of self-awareness. Lat summer Lucas and his pal Steven Spielberg warned about mega-budget blockbusters reaching a point where it could be disastrous for Hollywood if they fail in a big way, and now Lucas, the godfather of technical wizardry, is tell other filmmakers to put down the toys.

Watch: George Lucas Talks Writing ‘Star Wars’ Prequels, Reaction To Original Trilogy In Vintage Interview

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 10, 2014 12:41 PM
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After some major deals and a dose of new blood, the “Star Wars” franchise has finally reached the point where scores of new developments can be tracked with nary a mention of George Lucas within. Instead, J.J. Abrams continues to meet with every massive name around for potential roles in “Star Wars: Episode 7," but it wasn’t too long ago when a hint to the direction of the franchise came from one man alone, and today we’ve got a look back at that quaint time.

Tupac Shakur Reportedly Would Have Auditioned For Mace Windu In 'Phantom Menace' Before His Death

Tupac Shakur, Jedi
Here’s a strange, wtf what might have been of the day, though it does sound somewhat apocryphal. While Tupac Shakur was gunned down in 1996, he apparently was about to audition for 1999’s “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Read More »

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

Watch: The 'Star Wars: Holiday Special' George Lucas Allegedly Wanted Destroyed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 26, 2013 3:34 PM
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Star Wars Holiday special
If one wanted to discover the origins of George Lucas' self proclaimed "control freak" tendencies vis a vis the "Star Wars" universe, one could arguably trace them back to November 1978. This was the year of the now universally reviled "Star Wars: Holiday Special," a "Star Wars"-themed TV event that aired only once on CBS.

Watch: 1-Hour 1981 PBS Special On The Making Of ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’

  • By Ben Brock
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  • November 27, 2013 12:43 PM
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“Raiders of the Lost Ark” was the first and either the best or the second-best of the Indiana Jones films (you know this to be true, commenters), and it now seems like such a stone-cold, well-known classic that it's hard to believe its 1981 release was a gamble of sorts. Sure, it had George Lucas and Steven Spielberg behind it, who at the time were amicably tied for the title of “most powerful film-maker in the world”: but the film appeared to be a hokey, intentionally old-fashioned attempt at a two-fisted tale about ne'er-do-well Nazis and shifty Arabs, starring that guy who played Han Solo in those movies about space. This could easily have been a “Lone Ranger”-type situation.

'Star Wars': Watch Scene From Abandoned Live-Action TV Show; George Lucas "Torn" About Leaving, Chloe Moretz Denies Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 5:36 PM
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Barely a week has passed since word was kicking around about the future of the "Star Wars" franchise, which is now sitting in the hands of J.J. Abrams, and even though 'Episode 7' is still a distance from its 2015, it seems it's all anyone can talk about. Moreover, it looks like George Lucas is feeling a bit conflicted about not being a bigger part of that conversation.

Watch: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Martin Scorsese Talk The Future Of Movies In 1990 'Siskel & Ebert' Special

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 20, 2013 11:21 AM
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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who spent a good decade or so amiably switching around the top two places on everybody's “Most Vastly Powerful Person In Hollywood” list, have been back in the news recently musing on the state of the industry now and in the future: a now and a future that they feel is a little grim for them personally and the moviegoer more generally.

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