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

2/18/2012 9:55am EST
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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...

'The Grey' Wins Number-One Spot At Box Office

1/30/2012 9:27am EST
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"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).

Ne-Yo Gives Fans Free Tickets To 'Red Tails' Screening

1/22/2012 5:00pm EST
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 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 ...

Mel Gibson, Jami Gertz & George Lucas Give The Most To Charities

1/13/2012 1:00pm EST
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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...

Chewbacca To Make A Special Appearance On 'Glee'

12/3/2011 3:32pm EST
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"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...

Oprah To Interview Steven Tyler, George Lucas & Sean Penn For Her New Talk Show

11/20/2011 4:00pm EST
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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....

Julie Andrews Honored At 2011 Princess Grace Awards

11/2/2011 12:18pm EDT
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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...

DVD Review: 'The People Vs. George Lucas'

10/31/2011 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

10/25/2011 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...

Robin Williams Weds For Third Time In Private Ceremony

10/24/2011 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

10/19/2011 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)

9/15/2011 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

8/29/2011 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

7/27/2011 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)

7/26/2011 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

7/8/2011 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

3/31/2011 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

2/21/2011 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

1/18/2011 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

12/28/2010 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

12/28/2010 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'

12/14/2010 8:54am EST
Carrie Fisher
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?

10/1/2010 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...

Do We Need An 'Indiana Jones 5'?!

8/24/2010 4:26pm EDT
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As reported yesterday, Shia LaBeouf is in talks to return as “Mutt” in the 5th installment of Indiana Jones. That’s right, the 5th installment. So, let me pose a question.

Do we need another Indy movie? Paramount seems to think so and apparently so does the public. They pushed ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ to over $300 million in box office sales in 2008, helping to make it a blockbuster, in spite of its horrible reviews and lackluster word of mouth, but where there’s money to be made, you can bet that sequels will follow.

I wouldn’t have such an issue with another Indy if ‘Crystal S...

George Lucas Sues Jedi Mind Control Company

8/24/2010 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

8/23/2010 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

8/16/2010 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

7/18/2010 9:00am EDT
George Lucas
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

5/21/2010 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)

5/20/2010 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...