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Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO and one of President Barack Obama's biggest donors, is among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts for 2013, the White House and the National Endowment for the Arts announced on Tuesday. Katzenberg is the first executive who is not a filmmaker to receive the honor. Star Wars director George Lucas was a recipient last year. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "Whether its animation or architecture, writing or music, these artists' creativity and passion have made an enormous impact on our nation. I join the president in congratulating them and celebrating the arts in
- Philiana Ng, Debbie Emery
In an episode of The Big Bang Theory (a sitcom lampooning modern “geek” culture with varying degrees of success), physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper refuses to watch the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series before the Clone Wars movie. He explains, “I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” Though likely unintentional, this offhanded remark reveals the central dilemma of the Star Wars fandom. Does the franchise “belong” to Lucas or does it “belong” to the public, as an artifact of cultural history? With the 2011 release of the 6-part Star Wars saga on Blu-ray came the announcement that the version of the trilogy available in the set would not be from the original theatrical prints, but the 1997 “Special Edition” versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which include additional scenes and updated technology. Many fans of the franchise see »
- Mallory Andrews
Earlier today Jj Abrams continued to fight the good fight of tricking people into donating charity for their own selfish gain. With only one week left to donate to ‘Star Wars: A Force For Change,’ Abrams returned to up sweeten the pot. Now donations not only get you and a friend a trip to the set and a chance to be in the film, but your town gets an advanced screening of Episode VII as well. But while Abrams talks about saving the children or whatever other Lawful Good nonsense, the important thing is happening behind him. Jj Abrams What Did You Do To That Poor X-wing?! X-Wings aren’t blue! Clearly you haven’t done your research…or have you? Here are some reasons — in no particular order of reasonableness — for the change. #1 - Jj Abrams is King Star Wars nerd. He knows that originally the X-Wing squadrons »
- Donna Dickens
First of all, when dealing with anything "Star Wars" related, it's important to take the news with a grain of salt. The biggest grain of salt you can find, probably; one that has to be moved from place to place with the assistance of a large, flatbed truck. The other thing to consider is that, if these rumors are correct, then the use of a spoiler warning is indeed necessary. So, let's put that up there too: if you don't want anything maybe, possibly, potentially ruined for you about the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII," then, please, turn back now.
Still there? Got your salt? Okay...
Badass Digest is reporting that John Boyega's character is... a stormtrooper. That's right: Boyega is going to be wearing a suit of white armor, at least at the beginning of the movie. Apparently he leaves the Empire and teams with Daisy Ridley's »
- Drew Taylor
As the Star Wars franchise’s Force for Change campaign continues, Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has seen fit to release a video promoting the campaign and offering new opportunities to supporters – while hanging out by one of the X-Wing fighters we’re sure to see in the 2015 blockbuster. It’s a fun and exciting tease for the heavily guarded sequel, which may or may not have had plot details leaked out recently.
The official Twitter account for the Star Wars franchise did confirm that the rather dirty and beaten-up fighter in the video is an X-Wing, not a Z-95 as some assumed:
@CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014
It’s exciting to see Abrams break away from his typical vow of secrecy just a little bit for such a great cause. The Force for Change campaign has »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jj Abrams unveiled the starfighter in a new promo for his 'Force for Change' initiative.
Fanboys and girls, gather 'round: we've got a new sneak peek at Star Wars: Episode VII.
Director Jj Abrams is giving fans a first look at the X-Wing starfighter that will appear in the film in a new promo for his "Force for Change" initiative. The teaser gives a full look at the new version of the spacecraft we all remember from George Lucas' original trilogy.
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This is the second video Abrams has revealed from the Star Wars set. In the first, he showed us a creature from Tatooine – the desert home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker.
Both videos are in support of Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot's "Star Wars: Force for Change" campaign, benefiting Unicef Innovation Labs and Programs. The project was launched back in May via Omaze and pulled in $1 million »
The teaser gives a good look at the one-person spacecraft, with Abrams’ vehicle — battered from battle — clearly meant to reference George Lucas’ existing sci-fi universe.
While “Star Wars” fans were quick to point out that the vehicle in the video is the Z-95 Headhunter seen or referenced in the “Star Wars” books and animated TV shows, Lucasfilm confirmed that the spacecraft seen is in fact, an X-Wing.
@CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.—
Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014
It’s already been revealed that Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon also appears in the seventh film.
Either way, the reveal is the final push in Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot »
- Marc Graser
With a screen credit in director James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" reportedly given to Marvel's "Howard The Duck" creators, writer Steve Gerber and illustrator Val Mayerik, Sneak Peek the origins of the cigar-smoking, three-foot-tall anthropomorphic duck, previously adapted to the big screen by Lucasfilm and currently in development @ Disney for further opportunities:
In the 1970's, Disney originally threatened Marvel with legal action due to Howard's satiric resemblance to 'Donald Duck', forcing Marvel to redesign the character.
Howard's near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler'. Howard found himself on Earth due to a shift in the 'Cosmic Axis' from a world similar to Earth.
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- Michael Stevens
What Is This Block Of Text? Hi, my name is Da7e and every Friday I write something about Star Wars. It's usually about sequel trilogy, the spin-off movies or Star Wars Rebels and occasionally, I'm the first one to write about things. Important things. Like this week: wigs.
It’s been an interesting week in Star Wars: Episode VII stuff. All the best things remain unconfirmed whispers on forums and in comments sections. The production has really locked themselves down and I’m getting the general sense that anyone with access to the story has been given a crash course in diverting attention from the sort of details we think we want to know.
I would argue, and have been arguing, that the more we know about Star Wars: Episode VII the better because thats how people interact with things they love endlessly, but I can very easily see the flip side, »
A former Comedy Central star is Blasting Rory McIlroy ... after the golfer said he thought George Lucas was one of the members of the Beatles. Seriously. It all went down last night ... McIlroy -- along with a bunch of other golfers including Bubba Watson -- did a segment for Espn and were asked to name all 4 of the boys from Liverpool. Rory's answer ... "I wanna say George Lucas."Nope. Still, closer than Bubba Watson ... who answered, »
- TMZ Staff
This post contains potential spoilers for the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy.
In Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket is a wise-cracking, raccoon-like creature voiced by Bradley Cooper. If Rocket is a departure from the typical caped superhero, he’s not the first anthropomorphic Marvel comic-book character to have his moment on the big screen. Back in 1986, Howard the Duck starred in a notorious bomb, produced by George Lucas, that made the once-cool character a pathetic punchline. He’s been missing from the movies ever since.
But according to StitchKingdom.com, Howard is getting a second chance—from the Guardians themselves. »
- Jeff Labrecque
John Rambo was first introduced to cinema audiences in 1982’s First Blood, based on David Morrell’s novel of the same name. Sylvester Stallone starred as a Rambo, a mentally scared war veteran, clearly suffering from undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder. His fractured mental state, along with a spate of bad luck, leads him to ultimately commit acts of unacceptable violence.
It is a film with no real heroes, a deep mistrust of authority, and a supporting character who dies of cancer because of extended exposure to Agent Orange. It is not, what you would call, a barrel of laughs.
So of course, they made a kid’s cartoon of it.
This isn’t that unique. R-rated movies being adapted into a Saturday morning cartoon is one of the more »
In the early 20th century, when the public’s love affair with cinema began, we were first introduced to this beguiling new art form through its stars, and this is exactly how the powers that be wanted it. When the Hollywood studios ran the film industry like a tightly controlled, upper-class bordello, the emphasis was placed on the faces you could see, the actors, and a films director existed in some theoretical dark corner of the silver screen, practicing some ethereal cinematic wizardry that the plebeian film fan could never even hope to understand. As the Hepburns’, Davis’, Borgarts’, and Gables’ of the world began to age though, and their box office power diminished, the studios were briefly forced to let the inmates run the prison, handing over the keys to the pesky directors. Suddenly, the auteur was born.
While technically speaking, Auteur Theory, the belief that a »
- Christopher Lominac
Good to know.
How did we hear that this time? The website Stitch Kingdom claims to have gotten a complete credits list for Guardians of the Galaxy that reveals the Marvel Universe cameos notable celebrities (and James Gunn himself) will appear as:
Stan Lee will have his customary cameo, this time as the ‘Xandarian Ladies’ Man;’ browncoat favorite Nathan Fillion will be dolled up as ‘Monstrous Inmate;’ musician Rob Zombie lends his voice as the ‘Ravager Navigator Voice;’ and writer/director James Gunn himself will appear in the film as one of the ‘Maskless Sakaaran.’
Also appearing in the film, though not a cameo, is actor Fred the dog who assumes the role of Cosmo.
But saving perhaps the best for last… we’re not exactly sure what it means yet — if anything — but while he couldn’t get himself a 25th anniversary Blu-ray (and not »
Technology is always moving forward, and what used to be the highest possible definition for movies simply isn't anymore. There's a not hotness around in the 4K, 16-bit resolution, and apparently the original Star Wars trilogy has been converted into it. The question now is what's the plan for it? Come inside to learn more and our thoughts on it!
Our buds over on MakingStarWars directed our attention to Reliance MediaWorks (a company who has done post-production and conversion work on a number of Hollywood projects) that lists one of their latest projects as having converted the original Star wars trilogy (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) into the sexy 4K resolution format. This is awesome news to be sure, as the super HD format is a great way to watch great films, but we're just not sure what they're doing with it.
Obviously something is »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Update: This article was written on June 18 but has now been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly. Update below with new video. As fans speculate about the villains in Star Wars Episode VII, we know at least one bad guy created in this post-George Lucas universe. His name is The Inquisitor and he’s a lean, mean, […]
- Germain Lussier
Back in June, George Lucas announced plans to build a private museum in the Windy City, but he's facing some political opposition from Chicago open space advocates, who claim his $1 billion, 95,000-square-foot design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would be in violation of city ordinances created to protect public space adjacent to Lake Michigan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the advocates are threatening to file a lawsuit that would block the 70-year-old Star Wars creator from carrying out the build.
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George Lucas could face legal action over the location of his planned Chicago museum.
The proposed positioning of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has prompted the city's open space advocates to prepare legal action, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The group claims that the museum would breach city regulations implemented to protect open space adjacent to Lake Michigan.
The 95,000-square-foot museum is due to be built on a lakefront tract.
Council members also believe the museum should be moved from the proposed spot to a downtown area.
Some NFL fans are opposing the planned build as well, with followers of the Chicago Bears concerned as the museum will be built over two car parks and result in a loss of pre-game tailgating space.
The Star Wars creator revealed that Chicago would become the setting for his upcoming museum of art and movie memorabilia last month.
Lucas, who hopes the »
This story first appeared in the July 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The uproar surrounding George Lucas' effort to build his private museum appears to be far from over. After the Star Wars billionaire announced in June that Chicago will be the home of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — ending a long-running battle over his initial proposal to build it near Lucasfilm headquarters in the Presidio in San Francisco — political opposition now is growing in the Windy City. Photos Meet the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Chicago's open space advocates are vowing to file a lawsuit
- Tina Daunt
Twentieth Century Fox, looking to replace their coveted Lucasfilm "Star Wars" franchise continues to develop "Flash Gordon", the 1930's newspaper comics hero, that inspired the creation of "Star Wars" by George Lucas.
'Flash Gordon', a polo player and Yale University graduate and his companions 'Dale Arden' and 'Dr. Hans Zarkov' start their journey together as Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors. Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space.
Half mad, Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale and the three travel to the planet 'Mongo', where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by 'Ming the Merciless', that planet's evil ruler.
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- Michael Stevens
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