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DVD Review: 'The People Vs. George Lucas'

October 31st, 2011 12:30pm EDT
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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: ...

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

October 25th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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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...

Robin Williams Weds For Third Time In Private Ceremony

October 24th, 2011 4:19pm EDT
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Funnyman Robin Williams has wed for the third time after exchanging vows with his girlfriend of two years.

The Mrs. Doubtfire star, 60, married graphic designer Susan Schneider in an intimate ceremony at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, California on Sunday. Guests reportedly included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Billy Crystal.

Williams met Schneider shortly before he underwent heart surgery in March, 2009 and she helped nurse him back to full health.

He was previously married to Valarie Velardi, the mother of his eldest son Zak, and he split from his second wife, Marsha, in 200...

Stan Lee To Receive VES' Lifetime Achievement Award

October 19th, 2011 4:10pm EDT
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Comic book legend Stan Lee is to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) next year.

The beloved co-creator of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men will follow in the footsteps of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, who have all previously been handed the trophy.

VES chairman Jeffrey Okun announced the honor on Tuesday, saying, "Stan Lee's imagination has created a completely original and profitable niche in the entertainment world and has allowed visual effects to flex its muscle in service to it."

Lee will pick up the prize at ...

Emma Stone Re-Enacts 'Star Wars' Scenes In Lucasfilm's Initiative To 'Use The Force for Good' To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer (Video)

September 15th, 2011 11:39pm EDT
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Lucasfilm announced today that in celebration of the September launch of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, it is linking up with celebrities, eBay and Major League Baseball to ask fans to Use the Force for Good to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2Cfunds groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.

"Lucasfilm joining with eBay, Major League Baseball and a wonderful group of actors is an amazing force for good being brought to bear in Stand Up To Cancer's fight against this disease,and we are profoundly grateful," said SU2C Co-Fou...

Sofia Coppola's Star-Studded Wedding Included Johnny Depp & George Lucas

August 29th, 2011 9:06am EDT
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Filmmaker Sofia Coppola and her longterm partner, musician Thomas Mars, have married in Italy.

The "Lost in Translation" director exchanged vows with the Phoenix frontman on Saturday on her dad Francis Ford Coppola's lavish estate in Bernalda - the small village where her grandparents were born.

Coppola's director father walked her down the aisle as she wore a custom-made lavender bridal gown in front of around 80 guests, including Johnny Depp and George Lucas.

The village's mayor Leonardo Chiruzzi, who performed the civil ceremony, tells the Associated Press,"Everything went well. ...

George Lucas Loses Stormtrooper Court Battle

July 27th, 2011 8:47am EDT
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George Lucas has lost his court battle with a British designer over the rights to make and sell replica Star Wars helmets.

Andrew Ainsworth made the headgear for the original movies and started selling the Stormtrooper helmets in 2004, to fans who wanted to wear them for fancy dress parties.

The creator of the hugely successful sci-fi series attempted to sue Ainsworth for $20 million after he sold some items in America, but Lucas lost the legal battle in the U.K. because a judge rejected claims the helmets are sculptures.

He hoped to overturn the decision by taking the case to the Sup...

Lucasfilm Unveils 'Star Wars' Deleted Scenes From Upcoming Blu-ray Set At Comic Con (Video)

July 26th, 2011 10:37pm EDT
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Fans at this year's Comic Con who attended the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards were surprised with a short teaser for the upcoming (Sept. 16) Star Wars Saga Blu-ray release featuring a few storied deleted scenes from the original trilogy.

The clip includes a short teaser from last year's event, in which Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is shown building his green lightsaber before heading off to save Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba The Hutt.

Also included in the clip are shots of a sandstorm scene and an extended shield generator battle from Return of the Jedi; escaping Wampa snow creatures fr...

George Lucas Clamps Down On 'Star Wars' Fans

July 8th, 2011 9:29am EDT
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A special fan screening of the Star Wars films in New York has been cancelled after creator George Lucas threatened legal action over the event.

A group of sci-fi devotees had organized a 13-hour Star Wars movie marathon for 200 fans in a bar in Brooklyn last Sunday, but the screening was called off after organizers received a cease and desist letter from Lucas' lawyers.

The letter was received just two days before the event, to be held at The Wicked Monk in Bay Ridge, and alleged the public screening would breach the movie mogul's copyright.

Organizer Mike DeVito tells the New York P...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Enlists Chewbacca For Its Season Finale

March 31st, 2011 10:50am EDT
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The most beloved hairball in the George Lucas universe — Chewbacca, of course! — makes a guest appearance in Friday's two-part season closer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The plot finds our gentle Wookiee captured by the raptor-like Trandoshans, who are also having a field day killing off young Jedi apprentices ...

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'Inception' Tops Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

February 21st, 2011 7:51am EST
Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception has picked up more honors in the run-up to the Oscars, scooping two prizes at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards on Sunday.

The Academy Award-nominated film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, was recognized for best sound editing in the categories of sound effects & foley and music in a feature film.

Its Oscar rival The Social Network was also celebrated at the event, winning a trophy for best sound editing in the category for dialogue and automated dialogue replacement in a feature film.

Gwyneth Paltrow's movie Country Strong s...

George Lucas Told Seth Rogen The World Will End In 2012

January 18th, 2011 9:10am EST
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Funnyman Seth Rogen was left stunned by a recent encounter with his moviemaking hero George Lucas because the "Star Wars" director spent 20 minutes telling him the world would end in 2012.

Rogen was left speechless when Lucas and Steven Spielberg joined a movie meeting he was a part of - but the encounter has left him worried his life will be over next year.

He recalls, "George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it.

"He's going on about the tectonic plates and all the ...

'The Exorcist' To Join The Library Of Congress

December 28th, 2010 2:13pm EST
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Iconic films including The Empire Strikes Back, The Exorcist and Saturday Night Fever are to be preserved as American national treasures with an induction into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

Twenty five films have been selected to be stored in the national archives as part of an annual drive to preserve movies with artistic, cultural or historical significance.

George Lucas' 1980 sci-fi sequel is among the 2010 inductees and will join the Star Wars film in the archive, while Saturday Night Fever, starring a disco-dancing John Travolta, horror classic The Exorcist, and ...

Oprah Is Hollywood's Highest-Earning Star Of 2010

December 28th, 2010 9:00am EST
Oprah Winfrey and pal Tyler Perry have stormed to the top of Forbes magazine's end-of-year rich list.

Oprah takes the top spot on the newly-released Hollywood's 20 Highest-Earning of 2010 with an estimated $315 million windfall, while filmmaker Perry comes in third with $125 million.

The success of "Avatar" puts pioneering director James Cameron in second place with an estimated $210 million 2010 haul, while his peers Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, George Lucas and Michael Bay also make the top 10.

The highest musician on the list is Beyonce, who lands ahead of Lady Gaga and Britne...

Carrie Fisher Prohibited From Wearing Bra For 'Star Wars'

December 14th, 2010 8:54am EST
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George Lucas banned Carrie Fisher from wearing a bra while shooting her role in the Star Wars films.

The actress found fame playing Princess Leia in the phenomenally successful movie series, which gained her legions of loyal fans. Fisher now reveals she was ordered to ditch her bra on set to ensure the shoot stayed true to life.

She tells the New York Daily News, "Whatever I would have put on (underneath the costume) would have shown through. It was very fine material."

"I asked George to explain it to me and he said, 'When you go into space, you're weightless and then your body expan...

Natalie Portman: The Best Actress Of Her Generation?

October 1st, 2010 10:10am EDT
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Since her intense breakout role in 1994’s “The Professional,” Natalie Portman has been one of the most respected and versatile actors working in Hollywood. Her filmography spans over 15 years but is as impressive and solid as Audrey Hepburn’s or Meryl Streep’s, two actresses to whom she has rightfully been compared.

It makes sense that Portman has become one of the most talented performers in Hollywood considering the amazing list of directors with whom she’s worked:

Luc Besson (“The Professional”)

Michael Mann (“Heat”)

Ted Demme (“Beautiful Girls”)

Woody Allen (“Everyone Says I Love Y...

George Lucas Sues Jedi Mind Control Company

August 24th, 2010 9:33am EDT
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George Lucas has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a technology company for allegedly hijacking a "Star Wars" reference to market 'mind control' products.

Lawyers representing the sci-fi franchise's creator fired off a cease-and-desist letter to bosses at Jedi Mind Inc. in May last year, demanding they stop using the name of Star Wars' famous mystical space age knights.

The head of the company, which makes futuristic computer headsets that use brain waves to run software applications, allegedly agreed to phase out the Jedi Mind trademarks, but representatives for the movie gian...

Shia LaBeouf In Talks For Fifth 'Indiana Jones' Film

August 23rd, 2010 9:04am EDT
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Shia LaBeouf is set to swing back into action in the fifth "Indiana Jones" installment - the actor has confirmed he's in talks to return to the franchise.

Harrison Ford reprised his role as the heroic archaeologist in 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which hit cinemas nearly 20 years after 1989's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

Ford has since confirmed movie bosses Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are working on a follow-up, but he's adamant he will only sign up if he likes the story.

And now LaBeouf, who played Jones' son Mutt in the latest film, is lo...

Adrianne Curry 'Molested' At Star Wars Convention

August 16th, 2010 2:31pm EDT
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Former America's Next Top Model winner Adrianne Curry endured a nightmare end to her weekend after accusing a "drunk pervert" of molesting her at a Star Wars convention in Orlando, Florida.

The brunette beauty, a self-confessed fan of the sci-fi franchise, was among the hundreds of devotees who flocked to the Star Wars Celebration V event on Saturday, where creator George Lucas unveiled a never-before-seen clip from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

However Curry, who attended in a skimpy costume, claims her celebrations came to an abrupt end after an unknown man reached up her ...

David Prowse Banned From 'Star Wars' Conventions

July 18th, 2010 9:00am EDT
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Star Wars actor David Prowse has been banned from attending any events connected to the sci-fi franchise after reportedly "annoying" creator George Lucas.

The star, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, reportedly fell out with Lucas when the filmmaker used another actor when the iconic character was unmasked.

Prowse has also been accused of leaking plots relating to Vader's death, while the actor alleges he has not been paid a fair share of profit from the films.

The 75 year old, who has recently beaten pancreatic cancer, has been told he cannot attend any "Lucas...

Harrison Ford Talks 'Star Wars' For Charity

May 21st, 2010 11:13am EDT
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As an entertainment journalist, I’ve interviewed Harrison Ford four times and never heard him talk about Star Wars. For 30 years, he saved that for charity. Now, George Lucas sponsored the Empire Gives Back initiative, where anniversary screenings of the second film in the saga would be screened for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In Los Angeles, Ford attended the screening on May 19 and participated in a Q&A for the audience. That particular show raised $40,000 for St. Jude’s. “I want to thank you all for being here and I want to thank George for his generous impulse,” Ford said. “...

Han & Chewie Reunited At 'Empire Strikes Back' Screening; Spike TV To Air 'Star Wars' Marathon (Video)

May 20th, 2010 1:44pm EDT
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Last night Lucasfilm held a special one-night-only charity screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" to celebrate the film's 30th Anniversary. The charity showing benefited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a handful of the film's stars, including Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Mayhew were in attendance. Also at the event was Ewan McGregor, star of the three "Star Wars" prequel films.'s Steve Weintraub reported that the film wasn't the original version, but a digitalized copy of the 1997 Special Edition "without the Luke scream."

"If you're a Star Wars f...

Seth Green Ties The Knot

May 3rd, 2010 8:18am EDT
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Actor Seth Green has married actress Clare Grant in a private ceremony.

The Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery star exchanged vows with his bride at filmmaker George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, California on Saturday, reports

Green's pal 'Weird Al' Yankovic congratulated the newlyweds with a post on "Just watched my buddy Seth Green get married. Beautiful wedding. Much love to him and his lovely bride Clare."

Green began dating the blonde beauty in 2008 and proposed to her on New Year's Eve.

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Entertainment Weekly Celebrates 'The Empire Strikes Back' With Exclusive Never Before Seen Photos

April 8th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
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George Lucas celebrates the 30th anniversary of his landmark sequel by opening his vault of rare and never-before-seen photos for an upcoming book, and this week's issue has the exclusive excerpt. Star Wars hit theaters on May 25, 1977, and it was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. However, when most Star Wars aficionados go back to watch their favorite installment from the franchise it is not the original film, but its follow-up, The Empire Strikes Back, that fans gravitate towards. EW explains why The Empire Strikes Back remains the ultimate Star Wars film.

The book also has great ...

'Star Wars' Sitcom In The Works?

April 6th, 2010 2:34pm EDT
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Star Wars director George Lucas is expanding the sci-fi adventure franchise to give cult fans a laugh - he's planning an animated sitcom for TV.

The filmmaker is taking a backseat to Back at the Barnyard's Todd Grimes, who will direct the comedy series for Lucasfilm. According to a statement from the production company, the show will "look at the saga's characters with a playful and irreverent tone".

Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich will work as creative consultants on the project, while Brendan Hay of TV comedy the Daily Show has signed on as head writer.


Is CGI Technology Enough Of A Reason To Remake 'Clash Of The Titans'?

March 31st, 2010 9:08am EDT
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As audiences get set for the update of "Clash of the Titans," many hardcore fans of the classic fantasy film are letting loose with that familiar cry of heresy. Sure, digital effects can look more "real" than the rubber and clay monsters created by legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen for the 1981 original, but better? "Better" is a subjective term.

Ask "Star Wars" geeks which Yoda they prefer. When Luke Skywalker landed on Dagobah in 1981's "The Empire Strikes Back," the Yoda he encountered was a foam and latex puppet, voiced and manipulated by Frank Oz. The "real" Jedi Master ...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Cop Out,' 'The Crazies' & More

February 22nd, 2010 9:53am EST
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Friday I caught Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's latest collaboration "Shutter Island." I was not blown away by it, but I did not think it was a terrible movie either. Since I have not read the novel on which it is based, I'm at a bit of a disadvantage to comment on whether it was a faithful adaptation; however as a thriller it kept me guessing for most of the film.

It does a good job of planting the seeds of doubt and conspiracy with you, as you start to piece together a series of bizarre dreams DiCaprio's character experiences. The most annoying aspect of the movie I thought ...

George Lucas And Martin Scorsese Pay Tribute To Gareth Wigan

February 14th, 2010 3:00pm EST
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George Lucas and Martin Scorsese have paid tribute to beloved British producer Gareth Wigan, who died on Saturday aged 78.

Wigan was credited with steering the success of the first Star Wars in 1977, after serving as a production executive on the sci-fi movie.

He subsequently worked on other films including All That Jazz in 1979 and Alien in the same year, before he was appointed co-vice chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group in the 1990s.

And his death in Los Angeles after a brief illness has shocked Star Wars creator Lucas, who will "always be grateful" for Wiga...

Starpulse Writer Gets Schooled On Vampirism With New CW Show

September 11th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
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I'm pretty much a vampire virgin. Any cuts on my neck came from bad shave jobs, not the teeth of a pale, blood-seeking eternal being. I just don't get this sudden vampire craze that's seducing the nation. I've never read "Twilight" (really, sparkling guys are considered sexy?) or an Anne Rice novel. I'm not quite sure what a Sookie Stackhouse or Lycan is, and the last vampire movie I saw in theaters was Mel Brooks' misguided 1995 farce "Dracula: Dead and Loving It."

Clearly I'm missing out on something, and if I want to maintain my position as a knowledgeable pop culture enthusiast I de...

What You Missed: Celebrities On Labor Day Weekend (Photos)

September 8th, 2009 11:01am EDT
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Nicole Kidman kisses her husband, singer Keith Urban, as they attend the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Sept. 7. See more photos after the jump!

Lady Gaga is seen during her appearance at IFA, the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics and electrical home appliances, in Berlin, on Monday, Sept. 7.

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