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Chicago Wins Bid for Billion-Dollar George Lucas Museum

It's official: Chicago has beat out San Francisco and Los Angeles to be the site of an interactive museum that will house "Star Wars" creator George Lucas's sizable collection of art and moviemaking mementoes.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 25, 2014 12:08 PM
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Rian Johnson in Talks to Write and Direct Next Two 'Star Wars' Flicks

Congrats to Rian Johnson of "Looper" fame, who is "in talks," report Deadline and Variety, to take on a massive new job: writing and directing the next two follow-ups to J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is currently in production in London.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 3:01 PM
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Where Will George Lucas Build His Museum?

Hot topic: the ultimate location of the Lucas Museum. Where will it end up?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2014 6:01 AM
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'Star Wars' Cast Revealed on Facebook, Arndt and Lucas Not Mentioned

After all the speculation over recent months, Disney and Lucasfilm--whose leaders Robert Iger and Kathleen Kennedy have joined forces-- announced the cast of the new J.J. Abrams "Star Wars" movie. On Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2014 1:10 PM
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VFX Winner Rhythm & Hues Files for Bankruptcy, Underscores Sector's Economic Woes

The fragile economics of the visual effects industry was front and center at last week's Visual Effects Society awards. And even the well-respected company, Rhythm & Hues, that spearheaded and supervised the extraordinary visual effects in Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" --which won best live action feature effects at the VES and BAFTA awards and is favored to win the VFX Oscar-- is in danger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2013 3:22 PM
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IT'S OFFICIAL: Disney/Lucasfilm Hire 'Toy Story 3' Scribe Arndt to Write 'Star Wars: Episode VII' UPDATE (VIDEO)

Kathleen Kennedy confirms that Michael Arndt is the new writer for "Star Wars: Episode VII." She was celebrating the AFI FEST closing night world premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Thursday, along with Disney chairman Robert Iger, who when pressed, admitted that he wouldn't have paid $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm if he didn't think Disney, Lucasfilm and Kennedy couldn't turn out the best "Star Wars" film ever made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 9:36 PM
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May the Rights Be With You: Which Studios Own Which Franchise Characters?

In the wake of Disney's major purchase of LucasFilm for $4.05 billion, EW asks the pertinent question: Which studios own which major franchise characters? Disney's Robert Iger made clear during a conference call after the announcement that he'd rather pay through the nose for an established brand than risk creating anything new. He's making the smart bet that longtime Spielberg producer Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm, will be able to take consultant Lucas's blueprint for new "Star Wars" episodes and reinvent the series with fresh writers and directors. ("The Empire Strikes Back," directed by Irvin Kershner, is widely considered the best of the saga.) 
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 1:44 PM
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