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18 items from 2004


VES to fete Zemeckis

17 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Academy Award-winning director, Robert Zemeckis, whose credits include Forrest Gump, Romancing The Stone, the Back to the Future Trilogy, Cast Away and mostly recent The Polar Express, has been selected by the Visual Effects Society's board of directors to be presented with the organization's highest honor. Zemeckis has been tapped for VES's Lifetime Career Achievement Award, recognizing an artisan whose contributions to the filmmaking industry have advanced the craft of visual effects. The honor, first given to George Lucas last year, will be presented to Zemeckis at the 3rd Annual VES Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Feb. 16. »

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Lucas Wants TV 'Star Wars' Film Banned

29 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviemaker George Lucas wants his first Star Wars sequel banned, as he is so disappointed with its quality. The one-off, two-hour-long The Star Wars Holiday Special was originally screened on the CBS network in 1978 and tells the story of Chewbacca's journey home with Hans Solo to celebrate Life Day with his family. During the course of the much-maligned movie, Carrie Fisher's beautiful Leia is seen reducing Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker to tears with a song. A contributor on the Star Wars website comments, "The Holiday Special has always been the red-headed step child of the Star Wars family." While a source at LucasFilm adds, "The Holiday Special was the biggest f***-up ever. The Force was definitely not with Mr. Lucas the day that doozy was born." »

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'Indiana Jones IV' Back On

28 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have hired a new scriptwriter to help them revive plans for a fourth Indiana Jones movie. The pair hoped to begin work on the sequel this summer but have rejected all scripts offered to them - including a screenplay by Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile writer Frank Darabont. But they are refusing to give up the project they have planned for the last decade - and hired Jeff Nathanson to try his hand at a screenplay. Nathanson is most famous for writing the Rush Hour films, but has worked with Spielberg on Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. If Lucas and Spielberg approve, Harrison Ford will return to play the adventurous archeologist for the first time since Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989. »

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MPSE taps Lucas for film nod

24 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

George Lucas has been chosen to receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors' inaugural Filmmaker's Award. The award will be presented at the 52nd annual Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 26 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Lucas is being recognized by the MPSE for his consistently innovative and groundbreaking use of sound technology in his films and for the enormous contributions he has made to advancing the state of sound in the moviegoing experience. "It is appropriate that the man who gave us 'Star Wars' and THX sound will be the first person to receive the award," MPSE president David Bondelevitch said. "Many of our members are where they are because of what (Lucas) has done for us both artistically and technically." »

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Lucas Keeps Indiana Jones Fans Waiting

22 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood director George Lucas is refusing to rush pre-production work on the fourth installment of his Indiana Jones franchise - because he'll only set cameras rolling when the script is "really good". The eagerly awaited return of the adventurous archaeologist - played by Harrison Ford in all three previous releases - has already been delayed after Lucas reportedly rejected The Shawshank Redemption film-maker Frank Darabont's script. But the Star Wars legend insists a new writer is now on board to fine tune the plot. And Lucas and director Steven Spielberg are in no hurry to start shooting the movie, because their perfectionist approach to movie-making means the fourth Jones will only hit cinema screens when it's deemed good enough to do the series justice. He tells website EmpireOnline.co.uk, "We are working on the next script. Another writer has started working on it. We're just not going to make it unless it's really good. One of the reasons I'm able to work with Steven so well is because every time we come to a disagreement we'll yield to the other one, which means we'll come up with a compromise that considers both sides, and one person isn't determined to have his way. It's what's best for the movie." »

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Lucas To Make 'Star Wars' Sequels?

22 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas could be poised to make three sequels to the original space opera trilogy, according to insiders at Lucasfilm. According to fan site Theforce.Net, employees at Lucas's company Industrial Light And Magic (ILM) have all been made to sign non-disclosure agreements to promise not to talk about the possibility of episode's seven, eight and nine being made. Now industry insiders are predicting the American Graffiti director will make the follow-ups, which pick up where 1983's Return Of The Jedi left off, despite insisting he would never be lured into filming them. A posting on the site says, "You didn't hear this from me, but you might be curious as to why everyone at ILM just signed NDA's saying that they will not discuss Star Wars episodes 7, 8, or 9. Since they're not being made, why the NDA's? Of course, since when has Lucas been consistent?" »

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Reshoots on 'Star Wars' Film

4 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The latest installment in George Lucas' blockbusting Star Wars series is undergoing reshoots in London, despite principal photography finishing last year. Natalie Portman, who again plays Queen Amidala in the forthcoming movie, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith, is flying into the British capital to help with finishing touches to the forthcoming film. But Portman is refusing to reveal why Lucas feels reshoots are necessary so long after the movie's shoot ended. She says, "I haven't been told anything so for all I know, it could be like walking, an insert shot of my hands, or a whole new storyline, so I will be as surprised as you are." »

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Deauville gets 'Terminal' in Spielberg tribute

30 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- The Deauville Festival of American Cinema announced Friday a partial lineup of films that will screen out of competition at this year's edition, including Steven Spielberg's The Terminal as part of a 24-film retrospective honoring 30 years of the director's work. A tribute also will be paid to director, producer and writer George Lucas, whose remastered and restored director's cut of his first feature, THX 1138, will be screened. Other tributes will be paid to veteran British actor Malcolm McDowell and actress Glenn Close. Actor Morgan Freeman will be present in the Normandy town to pay tribute to producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose The Sugarland Express and Jaws, both directed by Spielberg, will be among the films screened. »

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Deauville gets 'Terminal' in Spielberg tribute

30 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- The Deauville Festival of American Cinema announced Friday a partial lineup of films that will screen out of competition at this year's edition, including Steven Spielberg's The Terminal as part of a 24-film retrospective honoring 30 years of the director's work. A tribute also will be paid to director, producer and writer George Lucas, whose remastered and restored director's cut of his first feature, THX 1138, will be screened. Other tributes will be paid to veteran British actor Malcolm McDowell and actress Glenn Close. Actor Morgan Freeman will be present in the Normandy town to pay tribute to producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose The Sugarland Express and Jaws, both directed by Spielberg, will be among the films screened. »

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'Star Wars: Episode III' Title Revealed

26 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The title for the next Star Wars film has been revealed as Revenge Of The Sith. According to Starwars.Com, the moniker for the next George Lucas film in the sci-fi film series has been welcomed by fans - and was announced this weekend at a Comic convention. Lucasfilm's head of fan relations, Steve Sansweet, says, "For some time now, the naming of a new Star Wars movie has taken on some special meaning among core fans, who love to take part in guessing games before a title is announced, and then engage in debate once it is." Starwars.com explains, "The Sith are masters of the dark side of the Force and the sworn enemies of the Jedi. They were all but exterminated by the Jedi a thousand years ago, but the evil order continued in secrecy. They operated quietly, behind the scenes, acting in pairs - a Master and an Apprentice - patiently biding their time before they could take over the galaxy. In Episode III, they'll finally exact their revenge on the Jedi." »

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'Indiana Jones 4' Stalled Over Script Concerns

16 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The eagerly awaiting new Indiana Jones movie won't be released for another two years, because producer George Lucas isn't happy with the script. Indiana Jones 4 has been in the works for a number of years but looked likely to hit screens next year after Lucas recruited star Harrison Ford and original director Steven Spielberg for the project, and hired Frank Darabont to write a screenplay. But Lucas has sent the Shawshank Redemption writer back to the drawing board. A studio source reveals, "Indiana Jones 4 was meant to start shooting this summer but won't now be coming out until 2006. Even though Harrison and director Steven Spielberg were happy with the screenplay, Lucas still doesn't like the final act and wants a faster pace and more action." »

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Oldman to Play Deadliest 'Star Wars' Villain

24 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Gary Oldman will play the "deadliest" Star Wars villain ever in the franchise's final prequel Episode Three. The Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban star will voice character General Grievous, who is a part-alien/part-robot. And insiders say Oldman - who is considered to be one of the finest actors of his generation - was handpicked for the part by series creator George Lucas, who is a big fan of his work. A source says, "George thought Gary was the ideal choice." According to reports, Oldman's character will try and hunt down Jedi knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi in the film, which is due to hit cinemas next summer. »

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Vader Unmasked

21 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas is giving fans a tantalizing glimpse of the origins of cult character Darth Vader in a new DVD collection. Prior to the release of the final Star Wars film, Episode III, next year, Lucas is releasing the first three sci-fi films on DVD format for the first time in September - and the collection will feature Lucas revealing how Jedi warrior Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side to become Vader. Behind-the-scenes footage from Episode III, which will show Anakin turning into Vader, features Hayden Christensen dressed as the dark Lord for the first time. Lucasfilm's Jim Ward says, "We're going to see the evolution of this character and go places with Darth Vader we've never gone before. Our fans have been eagerly awaiting every morsel of Episode III as we divulge it. We're giving it to them piece by piece." »

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Lias up to THX standards as new president

20 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LAS VEGAS -- THX Inc., the theatrical presentation standards firm founded and eventually spun off by George Lucas, has appointed Joseph Lias president. Lias was most recently president and CEO of Kipper Technologies Inc., which he co-founded and where he conceived commercial-to-government product strategy. "Having Joseph join the THX senior management team will only strengthen and focus the position that THX holds as the arbiter of excellence of presentation standards in entertainment technology," said Micheline Chau, a member of the THX board of directors and chief operating officer of Lucasfilm Ltd. »

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The Vine: Icon makes TV 'Passion' plays

14 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Will The Passion of the Christ play in primetime? Mel Gibson's Icon Prods. has quietly started the process of shopping for TV licensing deals for Passion, which is the first hugely successful film to come down the pike as a true free agent for pay TV and broadcast/basic cable licensing in more than five years, since Fox scooped up the rights to George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. ICM chief Jeff Berg is spearheading the Passion discussions with networks on behalf of Icon and the ICM-repped Gibson. Industry sources say that each of the Big Four broadcast networks has been pitched the movie, along with HBO, Showtime and other major cablers. »

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Four VES nods fit for 'King'; Lucas exalted

20 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Brainiacs in black ties and beaded dresses celebrated Wednesday night at the second annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Hollywood Palladium. Drawing top honors in the competitive portion of the evening was New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which took home four golden Melies Moon Man trophies from a total of seven noms. The film industry's most talented digital effects artists also celebrated the iconoclastic career of director George Lucas, who received VES' inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from director James Cameron. »

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'Indy 4' Faces Script Delay

9 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary film-maker George Lucas is delaying the filming of the long- awaited Indiana Jones 4 - because he's unhappy with the script. The Star Wars director, who's acting as executive producer alongside director Steven Spielberg, is allegedly dissatisfied with the screenplay handed in by Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont. And it now seems the sequel's projected 2005 release date is unlikely to be met, with shooting on the Harrison Ford-starring movie now likely to start next year instead. »

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Portman Reveals 'Awesome' 'Star Wars' Scene

7 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Natalie Portman is hoping fans will be satisfied with the final Star Wars film - because it contains some "awesome" action. Portman, who plays Queen Padme Amidala in the sci-fi prequel trilogy, admits she's not sure whether the last installment will be "worth it". Creator George Lucas has come under fire from disappointed fans who argue the new offerings do not match up to his classic original trilogy - but Portman insists the cast and crew have done their very best. She says, "I saw a pretty amazing fight scene between Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen. It's pretty sick. "They were thinking of having stuntmen do it, but they were better than the stuntmen. It's pretty awesome. "Is it gonna be worth it? We just shot it and we worked really hard. I think all of us were trying to make it as good as possible. "It was our last chance to sort of, you know, do something with it. So, I'm hoping. But they work on it for two years after we finish shooting, putting on the special effects and all that stuff." »

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