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MSNBC Host Upset 'Star Wars' Casts Darth Vader As A Black Man

12/15/2015 1:33pm EST
Let's Settle This; Is Darth Vader Black Or White? MSNBC's Meliss
Here's a question Star Wars fans: Is Darth Vader black or white? Reportedly, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, the host of a current affairs and political commentary show bearing her name (MHP, for short) is in hot water for injecting race into a Star Wars movie discussion. Apparently, she's not happy about George Lucas' characterization of the "Dark Side?"

According to a Mediaite report, Harris-Perry, who is also a tenured college professor, spoke to a panel on her show about her Star Wars beef. She carefully parsed her words on such a touchy topic as race and racism. However, it was clear of...

The Force Is Strong With All This Awesome New 'Star Wars' Stuff

9/8/2015 3:01pm EDT
Star Wars Force Friday Reveals The Toys You'll Be Looking For Th
At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 4, enough new Star Wars merchandise to fill a space cruiser went on sale to promote the next film in the saga, the J.J. Abrams-directed seventh episode, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Dubbed "Force Friday," Disney & Lucasfilm's ginormous merchandising campaign runs the gamut from action figures and apparel to new innovations and video games. New books tie in with the new movie, which hits theaters on December 18, giving hints and clues to the new story and what has happened in the past 30 years in that galaxy far, far away. The new Star Wars: Battlefront...

New Star Wars Teaser Is 15 Seconds Of AWESOME

8/28/2015 5:15pm EDT
'The Force Awakens' -- Latest Trailer Promises Epic Lightsaber D
A new teaser featuring just 15-seconds of footage from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was shared on the official Star Wars Instagram page on Thursday, revealing the answer to one of the biggest questions about new bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

The short clip begins Andy Serkis' voice-over from the first teaser trailer as the forces of the evil First Order gather on an as-yet-unnamed ice planet.

A shot of Rey (Daisy Ridley) follows; she stands with everyone's favorite new droid BB-8 on what appears to be a different planet than the only one we've seen her on so far, the desert planet Jak...

Disney Adding Huge 'Star Wars' Lands To Its Theme Parks

8/17/2015 3:46pm EDT
Disney Star Wars land
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens just months off, Disney announced at its annual D23 Fan Expo on Saturday that its Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, theme parks will each be getting their own Star Wars-themed additions.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during the event that both Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and California's Disneyland will each be getting a 14-acre addition based on a galaxy far, far away (like we didn't see this news coming after the company's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012).

"We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest ...

Check Out New Photos From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'!

8/12/2015 12:46pm EDT
New Photos From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Give A Closer Loo
Nerdgasm! A new set of still images from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is featured in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, revealing new looks at characters including Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).

The issue, the annual Fall Movie Preview, reveals a lot more than just a dozen new photos from the film. Director J.J. Abrams gives more insight into the first "Star Wars" film in just over a decade, shedding light on some of the new characters and sharing how he got involved with the saga after initially turning down the o...

Which Music Legend Wanted To Play This 'Star Wars' Character?

7/24/2015 5:44pm EDT
Jar Jar Binks
Here's a little proof that not all of the decisions George Lucas made with his "Star Wars" prequel trilogy were bad -- Michael Jackson had actually hoped to land the role of the alien Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Ahmed Best, who played Binks in the series, recounted how he landed the role in a recent interview with, revealing that Lucas knew that Jackson wanted it and that thought that if the singer played the part it would be bigger news than the actual movie.

"Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids -- we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's ...

What's George Lucas Up To As The 'Star Wars' Saga Moves On Without Him?

4/17/2015 12:15pm EDT
George Lucas Strikes Back: 'Star Wars' Creator Gets Revenge On N
While Disney and J.J. Abrams are readying the latest Star Wars film (watch the 2nd trailer below!) for release, the saga's creator, George Lucas, is investing some of that $4 Billion he earned selling Lucasfilm to build affordable housing on property he owns in Marin County, California.

The movie mogul had originally planned to use some of the land at his Skywalker Ranch to build a new film studio, but folks living in the wealthy community complained about his plans and his movie studio was shot down by county officials.

Marin County supervisor Steve Kinsey added that since Lucas isn't be...

Disney Rejected 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Script Treatment From Lucas

1/22/2015 4:31pm EST
George Lucas
Before Disney shelled out $4 billion to George Lucas to buy his movie empire, the director says he was planning on making "Star Wars: Episode VII" himself.

Lucas had even begun working on treatment for the script, throwing some ideas together as to how the saga would continue 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi."

The director even planned on filming the first film in a sequel trilogy before handing off episodes 8 & 9 to someone else, but then Disney came knocking with its offer, and Lucas took it.

According to, Lucas included his ideas for the script in the d...

George Lucas Excited To See 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

1/14/2015 6:22pm EST
George Lucas
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas says that he's looking forward to seeing the first sequel to his film franchise when it opens later this year.

Lucas, who sold his company, Lucasfilm, and the rights to his sci-fi saga to Disney in late 2012 for $4 billion, also said that he had originally hoped to direct the sequel trilogy, which was announced by Disney once the deal was complete, but now he's glad that J.J. Abrams will be taking on "The Force Awakens" later this year.

Before striking the deal with Disney, Lucas had begun developing the sequel trilogy, and he figured he would direct the f...

The Force Has Not Awakened George Lucas

12/8/2014 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...

Color Blind: Celebrity Interracial Couples

10/10/2014 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...

'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas Picks Chicago For His Museum

6/25/2014 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 ...

May The Fourth Be With You - Happy Star Wars Day 2014!

5/4/2014 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...

Must See: Rare Bloopers From 'The Making Of Star Wars'

10/28/2013 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...

President Obama Honors George Lucas At White House Medal Ceremony

7/11/2013 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...

George Lucas To Receive The National Medal Of Arts From President Obama

7/4/2013 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...

The Morning Roundup: George Lucas Weds, Fat Joe Sentenced, Paula Deen Support, Jodie Sweetin Leaves 3rd Husband

6/25/2013 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...

George Lucas Marries Longtime Love Mellody Hobson

6/24/2013 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 ...

The Morning Roundup: Monsters vs Zombies, Paula Deen Fired, George Lucas Weds

6/24/2013 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;...

Steven Spielberg & George Lucas Warn And Predict 'Implosion' In Film Industry

6/14/2013 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...

George Lucas To Marry Longtime Girlfriend Mellody Hobson

1/4/2013 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 ...

'Star Wars Episode VII' Trailer Brings In Buzz, Woody & 'The Avengers'

11/5/2012 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...

Entertainment Round Up: Octomom Enters Rehab, Hackman Hits Homeless Man, & More

10/31/2012 11:13am EDT
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 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.

Read what else you may...

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

10/30/2012 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...

George Lucas And Ted Danson Remember Late NBC Chairman Brandon Tartikoff

10/21/2012 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...

George Lucas Accused Of 'Inciting Class Warfare' During Property Battle

5/22/2012 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...

Check Out George Lucas' 'Red Tails' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download May 22

5/20/2012 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...

'Revenge Of The Fifth' - 'Star Wars' Day Should Have A Sequel

5/5/2012 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...

George Lucas Abandons Headquarters Expansion Plans

4/11/2012 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...

George Lucas Pays Tribute To 'Star Wars' Artist Ralph McQuarrie

3/4/2012 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.