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George Lucas Credits 'Star Trek' With Paving The Way For The Success Of 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 12:25 PM
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Has George Lucas just quashed the decades-long beef between "Star Trek" nerds and "Star Wars" dorks? For years, dudes with tape holding together their glasses and pocket protectors protruding proudly from their shirt pockets have debated amongst themselves about which franchise had the most sci-fi bonafides. Well, now that he's left Lucasfilm, maybe Lucas should just get a job at the U.N. because he just provided the most diplomatic and humble assessment of the relationship between the two mega-series, quietly in a bonus feature on the recently released documentary "Trek Nation."

George Lucas Says He Hasn't Talked To J.J. Abrams About 'Episode VII' Yet: Is That A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2013 12:58 PM
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There are many, many questions regarding the continuation of the "Star Wars" series -- the first of which, "Episode VII," is now being worked on by J.J. Abrams -- but one of the most pertinent of them is the extent to which franchise granddaddy George Lucas will be involved. As the creator of the series, and the director of the first movie, many will feel ambivalent about "Star Wars" films without Lucas involved, but others could be comforted by his absence, given the general quality of the prequels, all of which were directed by Lucas.

Watch: 50-Minute 1997 George Lucas Docu 'Flying Solo' Featuring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill & Francis Ford Coppola

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 12, 2013 10:24 AM
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As the “Star Wars” films enter their period of new storylines, recurring characters, and calendar domination over the next decade, George Lucas only stands now to distance himself from his creation, and reportedly get to work on more intimate, experimental ventures. And while we wait to see the results of those efforts, an older documentary on the man provides a close look on his life leading up and into his life-changing franchise.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Return Of The Jedi' & How It Could Have Been Much Cooler

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 1:57 PM
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This week George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” turns 30. The conclusion to what was then imagined to be the end of the "Star Wars" saga concerned the Rebellion going up against the evil Galactic Empire, which has constructed a second, planet-destroying Death Star that is about to go online. It had a whole bunch of thrills, chills, and fussy robots, but, as we look back on ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and look forward to whatever J.J. Abrams’ "Star Wars: Episode 7" will be,) it’s interesting to note what the sequel might have contained under different conditions– and how it could have ended up being much, much cooler (This as the companion piece to that ran earlier today btw.)

How 'Return Of The Jedi' Ruined 'Star Wars' Forever

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 12:00 PM
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Imagine it: you've taken off from school and waited in line all day to see "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," the last installment (ever!) in the "Star Wars" saga. You're wearing your favorite "Star Wars" shirt, have your bucket of popcorn and jumbo-sized soda, and a primo seat in the auditorium, the best possible vantage point from which to watch the end of the trilogy unfold. No more than twenty minutes into the movie the lovable rogue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) dies fighting the evil Galactic Empire, sacrificing himself for the good of the Rebellion. The shockwaves from his death ripple through the audience and a very clear warning is issued from the filmmakers: no one is safe. Co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan fought for this to be a reality. So did Ford, who had grown weary of the character. But series overlord George Lucas said no. As Harrison Ford put it in 2010: "George didn't think there was any future in dead Han toys."

Yes, George Lucas Was Already Talking About 'Star Wars' Prequels In 1981

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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Believe it or not, “Return of the Jedi” turns 30 this year. Now before you start to think about how old you are, why not enjoy this interesting little nugget? Author J.W. Rinzler’s book “The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” comes out later this year and The Huffington Post has gotten their hands on a little excerpt that will definitely perk the interest of any "Star Wars" fan.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' & The Potential Dangers Of Auteur Worship

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 16, 2013 2:41 PM
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...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez, managing editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an in depth conversation about Terrence Malick and his latest film"To the Wonder," and the idea of auteur worship in cinephile/critical circles (also known as vulgar auteurism).

Watch: Early Experimental Short Films 'Look At Life' & '1:42.08' Directed By George Lucas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 5:09 PM
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For the past little while -- both before and after the "Star Wars" relaunch news -- George Lucas has been talking about getting back to his roots and making experimental movies. Longtime producer Rick McCallum may or may not be involved, but for those who wonder if Lucas ever had an experimental bone in his body, these early shorts are ample evidence that there was a moment, a long time ago, when the filmmaker had more on his mind than Wookies.

George Lucas' First Draft Of 'The Star Wars' Getting Comic Adaptation From Dark Horse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 11:23 AM
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No, this is not an April Fool's Day prank, and it's pretty big news for "Star Wars" fans, who already have enough to geek out about with sequels, spinoffs and more all on the horizon.

20 Oddball Sci-Fi Films Of The 1970s

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2013 1:30 PM
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Somewhere between 1968's “2001: A Space Odyssey” and 1977's “Star Wars” something happened in the culture. Storytellers, perhaps inspired by the way the hippie, counter-culture was fizzling out, combined with the still-dragging-on war in Vietnam, and post-Watergate disillusion, began to look at the future in a somewhat darker, more idiosyncratic way than had been the case before, with recurring themes of environmental disaster, utopias gone sour, and the end of all things.

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