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The Force Has Not Awakened George Lucas

December 8th, 2014 12:49pm EST
George Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has yet to see the trailer for the upcoming seventh film in the saga he created back in the early 1970s, and he says he also has no plans on watching it anytime soon.

The director sold his company, Lucasfilm Ltd., along with the rights to the "Star Wars" movie universe to Disney in 2012, after which the company announced it would produce a new sequel trilogy that would be co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams.

The film wrapped shooting and the first trailer debuted during Thanksgiving week, and Lucas was not one of the 72 million people who viewed it duri...
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Color Blind: Celebrity Interracial Couples

October 10th, 2014 1:05pm EDT
Color Blind: Celebrity Interracial Couples
For many in Hollywood, love is color blind. It's not uncommon for celebrities to date people of other races.

Halle Berry & French actor Olivier Martinez met while filming "Dark Tide" in South Africa in 2010. They tied the knot in 2013 and have a one-year-old son. Berry also has a daughter with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, a white, Canadian model.

For reality star Kim Kardashian, it's the man, not his color, that matters. She had a long-term relationship with Reggie Bush before later marrying Kris Humphries. She then settled on rapper Kanye West, with whom she has a one-year-old daug...
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'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas Picks Chicago For His Museum

June 25th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas Picks Chicago For His Museum
Chicago, Ill., has won the battle to house The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, beating out Los Angeles and San Francisco. The $700 museum will feature filmmaker George Lucas' "Star Wars" memorabilia and Hollywood artificats.

The director/producer will build the museum using a portion of the $4 billion he received from selling his "Star Wars" franchise to Disney.

Lucas said in a statement: "Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area."

Lucas originally sought to build ...
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May The Fourth Be With You - Happy Star Wars Day 2014!

May 4th, 2014 9:15am EDT
Star Wars
On May 25, 1977, director/writer George Lucas re-invented the movies with a risky new film he created called Star Wars.

The film's success spawned two sequels (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), three prequels (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), a TV show (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and a myriad of "Expanded Universe" stories - from novels to comic books to video games.

Star Wars was originally based on the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s, where weekly installments mov...
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Must See: Rare Bloopers From 'The Making Of Star Wars'

October 28th, 2013 11:57pm EDT
The Making Of Star Wars
A new behind-the-scenes blooper reel from the very first Star Wars film has been unearthed, and the short clip reveals that stormtroopers are a little clumsier than just bumping their heads and being bad marksmen.

The found footage is part of Lucasfilm editor J.W. Rinzler's new enhanced e-reader version of his 2007 book "The Making of Star Wars", which he discovered in the company's archives while researching material for the book's electronic update.

Rinzler released "The Making of The Empire Strikes Back" in 2010, and "The Making of Return Of The Jedi" hit book retailers earlier this mo...
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President Obama Honors George Lucas At White House Medal Ceremony

July 11th, 2013 9:02am EDT
George Lucas
Creator of the much loved and well known Star Wars series, George Lucas was presented with Presidential Medals, along with 23 others, at the White House yesterday, July 10th.

Lucas, who received a National Medal of Arts, has just recently tied the knot with long-time love Mellody Hobson. Needless to say, between marrying the love of his life, being presented with an award from the President, and having three already highly anticipated films in the works, Lucas is a very busy man.

President Obama said a few short words after honoring Lucas with the medal, about how Star Wars had amazed him...
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George Lucas To Receive The National Medal Of Arts From President Obama

July 4th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
George Lucas
Filmmaker George Lucas will receive the government's highest arts honor from President Barack Obama later this month. On July 12, the "Star Wars" creator will be presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House.
 
The President's office issued the following statement: "By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time."

Record label boss Herb Alpert, playwright Tony Kushner and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Elaine May will also b...
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The Morning Roundup: George Lucas Weds, Fat Joe Sentenced, Paula Deen Support, Jodie Sweetin Leaves 3rd Husband

June 25th, 2013 10:50am EDT
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas married his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson over the weekend in Marin County, Calif. The couple have been together since 2006. Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and Chairman of the Board at DreamWorks animation, is a contributor to CBS News. The couple were engaged in January, and according to the Huffington Post, Lucas's son Jett was his best man while daughters Katie and Amanda were bridesmaids. Several big Hollywood names attended, like pals Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Singer Van Morrison reportedly flew in to provide the entert...
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George Lucas Marries Longtime Love Mellody Hobson

June 24th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
George Lucas
Star Wars creator George Lucas has married for the second time. The director wed longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson in a ceremony in Marin County, Calif., over the weekend.

The couple exchanged vows in front of family and friends, including director Ron Howard and Samuel L. Jackson, both of whom tweeted the news afterward.

"George Lucas Melody Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr & Mrs Lucas," Howard tweeted.

Jackson, who starred in all three of the "Star Wars" prequel films, wrote, "Let's give a Galactic shout out to ...
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The Morning Roundup: Monsters vs Zombies, Paula Deen Fired, George Lucas Weds

June 24th, 2013 10:00am EDT
Monsters University
Pixar's animated sequesl "Monsters University" held off stiff competition from Brad Pitt thriller "World War Z" at the box office over the weekend, pulling in $82 million for its opening weekend, while Pitt's zombie flick made $66 million. Despite tough competition, the Disney-owned animation studio is 13 for 13 on opening day, landing the top spot for all of its previous theatrical releases. Previous number-one "Man of Steel" pulled in another $41.2 million for third place, upping its total to $210 million in a little over a week. Comedy "This is the End" finished fourth, with $13 million;...
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Steven Spielberg & George Lucas Warn And Predict 'Implosion' In Film Industry

June 14th, 2013 9:21am EDT
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
Movie icons Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have predicted and expect an "implosion" and massive change in the film industry.

During festivities to mark the opening of the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Building on Wednesday, both Spielberg and Lucas explained their revelation as well as how the Oscar winning epic Lincoln almost became a TV movie.

The two movie moguls explained to USC students at the ceremony that we are in a time of massive change that could lead to less choices for moviegoers and higher ticket prices - as well as how its becoming more difficult...
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George Lucas To Marry Longtime Girlfriend Mellody Hobson

January 4th, 2013 9:02am EST
George Lucas & Mellody Hobson
After six years of dating, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson.

The filmmaker, 68, and Hobson, 43, have been together since 2006. She is the president of Ariel Investments.

Lucas was married once before, from 1969 to 1983 to Marcia Lucas. George and Marcia adopted a daughter, Amanda, in 1981. After their divorce, Lucas adopted two more children: Katie, born in 1988, and Jett, born in 1993. This will be Hobson's first marriage.

Lucas and Hobson celebrated the new year and their engagement at Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's ...
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'Star Wars Episode VII' Trailer Brings In Buzz, Woody & 'The Avengers'

November 5th, 2012 2:01pm EST
Star Wars Taiwan Animation
Taiwan's Next Media Animation (NMA) studios released another fantastic video last week, this one called "Star Wars Episode 7 Official Trailer."

The crazy video studio, based in Taipei, Taiwan, brings international news to a whole new level by not only reporting on all the latest stories, but providing some hilarious visuals as well through computer animation. Who needs cute girls in front of green screens?

The Star Wars video starts with a guy smoking a cigar dressed as Mickey Mouse sitting with George Lucas and a girl dressed as slave Princess Leia on a couch at a stripclub, while a woma...
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Entertainment Round Up: Octomom Enters Rehab, Hackman Hits Homeless Man, & More

October 31st, 2012 11:13am EDT
Octomom
While the east coast recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the drama in the entertainment world continues. For those who missed the major stories over the past few days, we have a quick round up of the most buzzed about topics.

Over the weekend, Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman checked into a 30-day rehab center to battle a prescription drug problem.

Her rep told TMZ.com the mother of 14 has reportedly become addicted to anti-anxiety drug Xanax. The rehab center is paying for Suleman's treatment, and she's leaving her kids with three nannies and two of her friends.

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George Lucas Sells Lucasfilm To Disney For $4.05 Billion, 'Star Wars Episode VII' Planned For 2015

October 30th, 2012 6:17pm EDT
Star Wars Disney
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away -- well, no, actually it was today and it was right here on Earth -- movie mogul George Lucas announced that he's selling his film company, Lucasfilm, to Disney for $4.05 Billion.

And if that wasn't enough, also announced with the acquisition news was that the house of mouse would be producing more Star Wars films, starting with the occasionally rumored (and always denied) "Star Wars: Episode VII."

After the original Star Wars Trilogy Lucas said he had planned the saga to be a nine-film story, starting with the three prequel films Star Wars: Episo...
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George Lucas And Ted Danson Remember Late NBC Chairman Brandon Tartikoff

October 21st, 2012 12:41pm EDT
George Lucas
George Lucas and Ted Danson took to the stage in Los Angeles on Thursday to remember late NBC chairman Brandon Tartikoff at an event in his honor.

The Hollywood stars were the guests of honor as a series of letters, interviews and speeches by TV network boss Tartikoff, who died in 1997, were posthumously accepted into the University of Southern California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts catalog.

Star Wars creator Lucas, who had pushed for the film school to obtain the papers, declared himself a "big fan" of Tartikoff, and added: "He let people do their job. There are lots of executives a...
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George Lucas Accused Of 'Inciting Class Warfare' During Property Battle

May 22nd, 2012 11:36am EDT
George Lucas
Star Wars mogul George Lucas has reignited his property battle with his wealthy neighbors, vowing to sell off his land to low-income housing projects following their refusal to accept his proposed expansion.

The legendary director was aiming to build a new digital media production compound on a plot of farmland adjacent to his Skywalker Ranch in California, but angry Marin County residents moved swiftly to shut down Lucas' plans, citing environmental damage and traffic congestion as the reason for their opposition.

Earlier this year the movie maker bowed to their demands, with a represe...
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Check Out George Lucas' 'Red Tails' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download May 22

May 20th, 2012 7:00am EDT
Red Tails
The thrilling true story of the Tuskegee Airmen buzzes to the big screen in "Red Tails," an epic war adventure from executive producer George Lucas and first-time feature director Anthony Hemingway on May 22.

In the fire and chaos of World War II, the U.S. military recruits a fearless group of African-American fighter pilots to help reclaim the skies over Europe.

Discriminated against both as citizens and as soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen take flight in planes distinguished by distinctive red tails, and fight to defeat the tyranny of the Axis powers.

As a result of their bravery, th...
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'Revenge Of The Fifth' - 'Star Wars' Day Should Have A Sequel

May 5th, 2012 12:37pm EDT
Star Wars
With yesterday's unofficial-official Star Wars Day behind us it only seems fitting that such an iconic film series should have its own sequel. After all, the Saga is legendary, having transformed how people watch movies by both pushing forward the technolgies used in filmmaking and in birthing the modern blockbuster.

Two sequels, three prequels, a TV series and an instantly recognizable brand name visible at nearly every retailer in our galaxy, the franchise is still running strong. When's the last time you walked down a Walmart toy aisle without seeing numerous empty pegs where characters...
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George Lucas Abandons Headquarters Expansion Plans

April 11th, 2012 8:52am EDT
George Lucas
Star Wars mogul George Lucas has scrapped plans to expand his moviemaking headquarters on farmland in California following complaints from local residents.

The legendary director was given the go ahead from local officials to build a new digital media production compound on the plot which has housed his Skywalker Ranch for three decades.

However, the move angered residents, who insisted the construction work would cause environmental damage and generate noise and traffic.

Lucas has now taken heed of his neighbors' ill feeling, and decided to build the facilities elsewhere.

A represen...
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George Lucas Pays Tribute To 'Star Wars' Artist Ralph McQuarrie

March 4th, 2012 1:11pm EST
George Lucas
George Lucas has paid tribute to Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who helped him bring his Star Wars vision to the big screen, after his death on Saturday.

McQuarrie was 82 years old when he passed away at his home in Berkeley, California.

The illustrator is best known for designing the look of Lucas' best-known characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and also imagined sets for the hit sci-fi franchise.

He also created the alien spaceships in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T., and won an Academy Award in 1985 for Visual Effects in Cocoon.

L...
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'The Help' Dominated NAACP Awards While Stars Honored Whitney Houston

February 18th, 2012 9:55am EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama "The Help" was the toast of the 2012 NAACP Image Awards on Friday after landing three top honors.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name was crowned Outstanding Motion Picture, seeing off competition from "Pariah," "Tower Heist," "Jumping the Broom" and "The First Grader."

Viola Davis scooped the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture prize, while her co-star Octavia Spencer was presented with the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ceremony in Los A...
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'The Grey' Wins Number-One Spot At Box Office

January 30th, 2012 9:27am EST
The Grey
"The Grey" appears to be box office gold - it raked in $20 million at the weekend to take top spot in the box office chart.

Liam Neeson's adventure drama bumped Kate Beckinsale's horror film "Underworld: Awakening" to second place with takings of $12.5 million.

Coming in at a close third was Katherine Heigl's bounty hunter comedy "One For the Money" with earnings of $11.8 million.

Falling to number four was George Lucas' passion project "Red Tails" ($10.4 million) and "Man on a Ledge," starring Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, opened in fifth ($8.3 million).
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Ne-Yo Gives Fans Free Tickets To 'Red Tails' Screening

January 22nd, 2012 5:00pm EST
Ne-Yo
R&B singer-turned-actor Ne-Yo invited fans to join him for a cinema date in New York on Friday by offering up 200 free tickets to his new movie Red Tails.

The "So Sick" hitmaker stars as one of the heroic African-American Tuskegee Airmen in George Lucas' historical big-budget epic and he decided to help boost box office profits for the movie's opening weekend by treating devotees to a free screening in Times Square.

In a Twitter.com post on Friday afternoon, he writes, "Salutations fam! RedTails is in theaters 2day (sic)! Come watch it w/ (with) me! NYC 1st 200ppl (people) for the 7:20pm ...
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Mel Gibson, Jami Gertz & George Lucas Give The Most To Charities

January 13th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson, Meryl Streep and George Lucas have all been named among the most generous celebrities in a new poll of famous charity supporters.

Bosses at non-profit organization The Giving Back Fund have compiled their fifth annual Giving Back 30 list, which honors the stars who have handed out the largest donations to charity.

At the top of the poll is actress Jami Gertz, who has helped donate a huge $10 million through her husband Ressler Gertz's foundation.

At number three is troubled star Mel Gibson, with $6 million in charity handouts. Lucas is fourth and Streep is at eight, with $4.2...
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Chewbacca To Make A Special Appearance On 'Glee'

December 3rd, 2011 3:32pm EST
Star Wars
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has put a smile on the "Glee" cast's face by giving them permission to use his wookie creation Chewbacca in an upcoming Christmas episode.

Matthew Morrison, who directed the festive special, reveals not just anyone can play Han Solo's hairy friend - and TV producers needed Lucas' blessing to contact the movie mogul's chosen Chewie.

Morrison, who also plays teacher Will Schuester on the hit show, says, "He (Lucas) gave us Chewbacca. There's only one guy who can officially be Chewbacca and he lives in northern California; they flew him in... It was just grea...
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Oprah To Interview Steven Tyler, George Lucas & Sean Penn For Her New Talk Show

November 20th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is set to return to her talk show roots by launching a new series to interview celebrities in their own homes.

The TV titan walked away from her successful Oprah Winfrey Show in May after 25 years on the small screen to establish her own network OWN.

However, Winfrey will soon be back doing what she does best for the channel, hosting Oprah's Next Chapter from January.

The show will feature Winfrey talking to stars at home, starting with Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler at his house in New Hampshire on January 1.

She says, "After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs....
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Julie Andrews Honored At 2011 Princess Grace Awards

November 2nd, 2011 12:18pm EDT
Julie Andrews
Movie icon Julie Andrews was handed the top honor at the 2011 Princess Grace Awards Gala on Tuesday to mark her success in Hollywood and her dedication to humanitarian causes.

The Sound of Music star received the Prince Rainier III Award at the New York event, and her The Princess Diaries co-star Anne Hathaway looked on as she accepted the accolade.

As part of her prize, Andrews was also given a $25,000 grant, which will benefit children's charities.

The 76 year old says, "I'm very honored to be given an award this evening and it's a fabulous opportunity to speak about the importance o...
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DVD Review: 'The People Vs. George Lucas'

October 31st, 2011 12:30pm EDT
PVGL photo
Is "Star Wars" master George Lucas really a misunderstood artistic genius or simply a greedy glutton for fan money? Check out the dissection (via various fan geeks and movie freaks!) of the man who invented everything from Stormtroopers (cool!) to Ewoks (not so cool!) in the new to DVD "The People Vs. George Lucas" out now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment – see the verdict below!

Title: "The People vs. George Lucas"

Grade: 4

Cast: George Lucas, Gary Kurtz, Chris Gore

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 133 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: ...
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Honeymoon In Paris: Robin Williams & New Wife Spotted Shopping In France

October 25th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Robin Williams & Susan Schneider
Newlyweds Robin Wiliams and Susan Schneider went shopping while in Paris, France, today. Perhaps the couple is on their honeymoon?

The actor and graphic designer wed in an intimate ceremony at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday. Guests reportedly included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Billy Crystal.

Robin was previously married to Valarie Velardi, and he split from his second wife, Marsha, in 2008 after 19 years of marriage. He has three children.

The actor stars in the upcoming film "The Wedding" about a long-divorced couple who fakes being married as their famil...
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