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Tupac Shakur almost played Jedi in Star Wars: Episode I - report

January 8th, 2014 3:20am EST
Tupac Shakur
Rapper Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned for a starring role in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace before his death in 1996.

The California Love hitmaker ventured into acting during the last few years of his life, and he was close to landing what could have been the role of his dreams - as Jedi Master Mace Windu in the 1999 installment of the epic space opera franchise.

In a recent interview for the fan website, former Death Row Records engineer Rick Clifford reveals Shakur told him he was up for the iconic role.

Clifford says, "Pac found out that I worked for Bria...

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...

Saoirse Ronan auditions for Star Wars

October 3rd, 2013 1:10am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has auditioned for 'Star Wars Episode VII'.
The 'How I Live Now' actress has confirmed rumours she read for a part in Disney's blockbuster sequel, to be directed by J.J. Abrams, but insists "so has everyone".
The Irish star refused to divulge details of the role she's up for in the movie, telling Sky News that producers would "chop off her head with a lightsaber" if she revealed any more.
Little is known about the latest addition to the space saga, which will be scripted by 'Toy Story 3' writer Michael Arndt.
It's thought original 'Star Wars' trilogy actors Harrison Ford, Mark...

David Oyelowo & Freddie Prinze, Jr. onboard for new Star Wars TV series

September 23rd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Star Wars
The Force will soon be strong for The Butler star David Oyelowo and Freddie Prinze, Jr. - the two stars have signed on to be part of George Lucas' new CGI-animated Star Wars TV series.

The actors have joined the cast of Star Wars: Rebels, which is currently in development at Lucasfilm Animation for cable network Disney XD.

Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steven Jay Blum will lead the voice actors in the series, which will make its debut at the end of 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Oyelowo is currently receiving rave reviews for his role as Forest Whitaker's son in Lee Danie...

Fire damages building on George Lucas' estate

September 3rd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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A building on movie mogul George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch estate in northern California was damaged by fire on Tuesday morning (03Sep13).

Reports suggest a broken electric motor in a ceiling fan was the cause of the blaze, which began at around 4.30am local time.

No one was injured in the fire, which was quickly contained.

Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Giannini described the damage as minimum to moderate.

George Lucas welcomes a daughter via surrogate - report

August 12th, 2013 11:32am EDT
George Lucas
Star Wars creator George Lucas has become a new dad at the age of 69 after welcoming a daughter via surrogate.

The filmmaker and his new wife, Mellody Hobson, became parents to little Everest Hobson Lucas on Friday (09Aug13), according to the Huffington Post.

The baby is the couple's first biological child; Lucas is also father to three adopted children - Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20.

Lucas and Hobson wed in June (13).

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...

President Obama honours George Lucas at White House medal ceremony

July 10th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
George Lucas
Star Wars creator George Lucas and writer Joan Didion were among the 24 people honoured with presidential medals at the White House on Wednesday (10Jul13).

Paying tribute to the newlywed filmmaker, who received a National Medal of Arts, U.S. President Barack Obama told the media and dignitaries that Star Wars had amazed him.

He said, "I remember when I first saw it. There's a whole generation that thinks special effects always look like they do today. But it used to be you'd see, like, the string on the little model spaceships."

Obama also handed out medals to sportswriter Frank Deford, ...

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...

George Lucas to be honoured by Obama with America's top arts accolade

July 3rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
George Lucas
Movie mogul George Lucas will receive the U.S. government's highest arts honour from President Barack Obama later this month (Jul13).

The Star Wars creator will be presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House on 12 July (13).

A statement from the President's office reads, “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."

Other luminaries to be honoured at the same ceremony include record label boss Herb Alpert, playwrig...

George Lucas' A-List Wedding Reception Guest List

June 30th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
George Lucas
Actors Mark Hamill and Robin Williams and singer Ne-Yo were among the guests who helped newlywed Star Wars creator George Lucas celebrate his marriage to Mellody Hobson at a reception in Illinois on Saturday.

The movie mogul married Hobson at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, on June 22 and they followed up their nuptials a week later with a star-studded soiree in the bride's hometown of Chicago.

Music superstar Prince provided the entertainment during the bash at the city's lakeside Promontory Point, performing under a giant tent with a 22-piece band, according to The Hollywoo...

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...

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 ...

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;...

George Lucas weds fiance Mellody Hobson

June 23rd, 2013 11:10pm EDT
George Lucas
Star Wars creator George Lucas is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend.

The movie mogul wed Mellody Hobson in front of family and friends, including fellow filmmaker Ron Howard, over the weekend (22-23Jun13).

Howard took to his page on Sunday (23Jun13) to gush about the nuptials, declaring, "George Lucas Melody (sic) Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas."

Star Wars star Samuel L. Jackson ‏also tweeted, "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride ...

The Bold and the Beautiful and George Lucas take home big wins at 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards

June 16th, 2013 11:10pm EDT
George Lucas
Longrunning U.S. soap The Bold And The Beautiful, comedienne Ellen Degeneres and movie mogul George Lucas were among the big winners at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday (16Jun13), each taking home top honours.

The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the second consecutive year, while her co-star Scott Clifton was jointly awarded the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series alongside The Young and the Restless' Billy Miller.

The creative talent behind The Bold and the Beautiful scored both the writing and directing accol...

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...

Steven Spielberg: 'Lincoln almost became a TV movie'

June 13th, 2013 8:53pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Movie mogul Steven Spielberg was almost forced to release his Oscar-winning epic Lincoln as a TV film after struggling to win support from executives at major movie studios.

The director had even entered talks with bosses at U.S. network HBO to fund the historical drama about assassinated former President Abraham Lincoln after being turned away by big-name production firms - because they were only interested in big-budget, mainstream projects.

Spielberg made the revelation on Wednesday (12Jun13), during a ceremony to mark the opening of the University of Southern California's Interactive ...

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 ...

'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...

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

October 31st, 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

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...

George Lucas And Ted Danson Remember Late NBC Chairman Brandon Tartikoff

October 21st, 2012 12:41pm EDT
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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

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...

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...

'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...

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

May 4th, 2012 2:53pm 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...

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...

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.


'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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