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Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have ‘No Excuses’

Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have ‘No Excuses’
Acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott told young filmmakers Monday night that they had “no excuses” not to be able to go out and make a movie. Speaking at a special BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event celebrating his career, Scott said the availability of modern technologies, such as digital cameras and computer editing programs, meant many barriers to making a film had fallen and that if aspiring filmmakers really wanted to follow in his footsteps they should “go out and make a movie this weekend or stop moaning.”

But he said aspiring filmmakers needed to be prepared to work hard or they should try something else. “There are a lot of them now,” said Scott. “I think they think it’s going to be all fun and parties. When I do a movie I’m shooting by 8:45 a.m. You have to or you’ll never catch up.”

The event came a day after Scott was awarded
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Jabba’s Sail Barge Is the Biggest Star Wars Toy Ever Made

Hasbro’s HasLab initiative has announced their largest Star Wars product ever – Jabba’s Sail Barge.

Back in 1976, George Lucas made what was then seen as a strange decision. He offset a low fee for the first Star Wars film against retaining the movie’s merchandise rights. He finally reached an agreement with Kenner, who were wholly unprepared for the interest in Star Wars action figures.
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Did You Know Stephen Spielberg is Responsible for the PG-13 Rating?

Stephen Spielberg has something to do with the emergence of the PG-13 rating and there’s an interesting story to it. It has to do with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. During the making of this film Spielberg and George Lucas were both going through relationship issues and were in a very dark place, as can be evidenced by the movie. Tod was perhaps the darkest movie in the Indiana Jones franchise as it features a human sacrifice and other dark elements that had parents who’d taken their children up in arms as they demanded to know what was

Did You Know Stephen Spielberg is Responsible for the PG-13 Rating?
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J.J. Abrams calls out sexist Star Wars: The Last Jedi critics

Disney and Lucasfilm have made great strides with regards to increasing the representation of the galaxy far, far away over the past few years, but it seems the increased emphasis on female characters and diversity hasn’t quite sat right with some ‘fans’. Take for example the alt-right group who claimed to have lowered the Rotten Tomatoes score of Star Wars: The Last Jedi back in February, blaming its issues on the fact it “introduces more female characters into the franchise’s universe.”

Well, during an interview with IndieWire, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams has responded to these online trolls, accusing them of feeling threatened by women:

“Star Wars is a big galaxy, and you can sort of find almost anything you want to in Star Wars,” he said. “If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them,
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How One Star Wars Toy Changed The Last Jedi

How One Star Wars Toy Changed The Last Jedi
Star Wars toys have been a huge part of the franchise, going back to A New Hope when George Lucas set a deal to receive profits on the merchandise. Even when movies come out that the fans aren't crazy about, the toys are still bought and collected. However, there was one toy that showed up on the set of The Last Jedi that forced director Rian Johnson to change a part of the movie that had already been shot.

It seems kind of ridiculous to think about, but Rian Johnson really did have to change part of The Last Jedi after he received a prototype toy for Kylo Ren's Tie Silencer fighter ship. The new ship is definitely one of the cooler designs to come out of the latest Star Wars movie and apparently, the missiles were originally intended to shoot from the bottom of the vehicle, not from the wings.
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Top Film School Deans Use #MeToo Scandal as Teachable Moment

Top Film School Deans Use #MeToo Scandal  as Teachable Moment
Students at the nation’s top film schools in recent months have been treated to a generous serving of horror stories to offset the fantasy of entering the entertainment business.

The industry’s dark side has been front and center in the news, including painful revelations about alleged sexual harassment and other abuses by leading industry figures from mini-mogul Harvey Weinstein to Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey.

Deans at the nation’s top entertainment training grounds say they are addressing the topic in classrooms, through special discussions and private meetings involving faculty, students and alumni.

“We have the next generation here,” says Elizabeth Daley, dean of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. “If we want a different kind of industry, we have to be able to envision it. You can’t create what you can’t imagine, so I think the important thing for us is not only to acknowledge the problems, but also
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Spoilery Solo: A Star Wars Story Millennium Falcon Lego Set unveiled

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As another chapter of George Lucas' interstellar saga approaches, so does another series of Star Wars Lego sets! In the past, the family-friendly build-a-brick company has manufactured seven versions of Han Solo's iconic Millennium Falcon, and now, in honor of the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, an eighth iteration of the ship (and much more) is scheduled to hit toy store shelves... Read More...
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Incredible 15-Foot Mural Celebrates 40 Years Of Star Wars

2017 was a very special year for the illustrious Star Wars saga.

Between The Last Jedi‘s release and news of a whole new trilogy coalescing under Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm offered fans a sneak peek behind the curtain to confirm that, yes, the future is very bright for that galaxy far, far away.

But 2017 also signalled the 40th anniversary of A New Hope, which is still very much considered to be ground zero of the ongoing Skywalker Saga as we approach the currently untitled Episode IX. Talk about greatness from small beginnings.

And in an attempt to commemorate that legacy, artist James Raiz (h/t io9) spent 450 hours rendering what is perhaps the most impressive – most detailed, most overwhelmingly beautiful – Star Wars mural that we’ve seen. And let’s face it, there have been quite a few since George Lucas launched his spacefaring game-changer back in 1977.

Incredible 15-Foot Mural Celebrates
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Star Wars Is Copying Star Trek Now

As Lucasfilm looks to keep Star Wars viable for the foreseeable future, they seem to be taking some cues from pop culture’s other touchstone sci-fi franchise, Star Trek. Ever since George Lucas introduced the galaxy far, far away in 1977, the two properties have been intertwined, with fans constantly arguing about which one is best. Both have influenced countless people with their stories of final frontiers and space operas, though Star Wars has arguably always been the more popular if box office figures are anything to go by.
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The Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars movie is rumoured to begin filming in Ireland in 2019

There is a rumour circulating that the Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Anthology movie will begin filming next year in Ireland.

Talk about an Obi-Wan movie has been prevalent for some time, and while the film hasn’t been officially announced by Lucasfilm, it is suspected that this will be the next anthology movie from the studio.

Well, according to the Belfast Telegraph, George Lucas himself was in Ireland before Christmas, apparently checking out locations for the Kenobi movie. This sounds instantly odd considering Lucas isn’t affiliated with Star Wars movies these days, but this is what is being reported.

However, the story has been corroborated by an insider who has said, “been told there will be work throughout 2019 because Star Wars is coming to Belfast.” Lucas was given a tour of Paint Hall Studios, with the insider adding, “It was all very low key, only a few people knew
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George Lucas Directed Part of Solo: A Star Wars Story

By this point in time, Ron Howard and George Lucas have been friends for a long, long time. After all, the two met on the set for American Graffiti, which was made at a time when none of the people involved with the movie had made their names for real. With that said, there was an immediate connection between the two men in the fact that Howard had been accepted to the USC Film School, which was where Lucas had studied. Something that served as the foundation of a lifelong bond. As a result, there is something special about the

George Lucas Directed Part of Solo: A Star Wars Story
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George Lucas Had Been Developing A Han Solo Movie Before The Disney Deal

While it must have been heartbreaking (though very, very lucrative) for George Lucas to sell Lucasfilm to Disney, it has enabled the franchise to purse non paths, notably not attached to the main saga. Thus far, we’ve received “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” arriving this spring. However, you’d be mistaken if you thought Lucas didn’t consider developing similar kinds of movies.
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Lucasfilm Will Reportedly Start Shooting Their Obi-wan Kenobi Movie in 2019 in Belfast

It looks like Lucasfilm might be farther along on the development of their Obi-Wan Kenobi movie than previously thought. It seems they are looking to shoot the film in Belfast at Paint Hall studios in the Titanic Quarter. This is where HBO's Game of Thrones series is shot. According to the Belfast Telegraph, once production on Game of Thrones comes to an end, Lucasfilm will be moving in to start work on the Obi-Wan solo film. Apparently, they'll start shooting in 2019. Oh, and George Lucas even visited Belfast to check out the shooting locations for the new film.

Movie mogul Lucas was pictured eating out in swanky Holywood restaurant Noble during his short Belfast visit. The snap led to frenzied speculation as to why he was visiting the city.It's understood that it was to give his seal of approval to the latest Star Wars spin-off being shot in
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How George Lucas helped with Solo: A Star Wars Story

John Saavedra Feb 14, 2018

George Lucas had his hand in at least one scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story, according to Ron Howard and Kathleen Kennedy.

While George Lucas sold his greatest creation, Star Wars, to Disney in 2012, he's continued to be involved with the franchise in the years since. Whether it was sitting in during the early creative meetings for The Force Awakens or offering some Jedi advice to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas still pops up here and there to help his brainchild along.

Lucas most recently showed up on the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story last summer to pay his friend, Ron Howard, a visit. In fact, according to EW's new interview with Howard and Kennedy, Lucas even lent a helping hand on the director's first day of filming. (Howard, of course, took over as the new director of the movie after Lucasfilm parted
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Lucas Was Working On His Own Han Solo Movie Before Selling Star Wars

Before Star Wars creator George Lucas helped direct a scene for Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, he was actually working on his own solo film starring the fan-favorite smuggler. According to Solo screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, Lucas’ Han Solo movie was in development prior to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kasdan — one of the longtime creative forces behind the galaxy far, far away — confirmed that he’d already signed on to pen a Han Solo movie before the property changed hands.
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Will ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Be ‘The Big Lebowski’ in Space?

Will ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Be ‘The Big Lebowski’ in Space?
When you see “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” don’t be surprised if Han reminds you of Jeff Bridges’ beloved Southern Californian loafer from “The Big Lebowski.” The screenwriters of the upcoming “Star Wars” film say that the burnout-bowling flick was influential to their screenplay. Han is The Dude in this case, and Chewbacca is his hapless, if not aggressive sidekick Walter Sobchak (John Goodman). “Larry and I are both huge Coen brothers fans, and we talk a lot about that as a reference,” said Jon Kasdan in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. Also Read: George Lucas Back in Director's Chair for...
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Lucasfilm’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff Reportedly Eyeing Belfast Shoot In 2019

After serving as the home base for HBO’s Game of Thrones series, it seems Belfast is ready to swing its doors open to Star Wars.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Lucasfilm and Disney plan to use Paint Hall Studios in Northern Ireland as its central hub for the Obi-Wan Anthology movie (tentative title: Kenobi: A Star Wars Story) in 2019, with one source claiming that George Lucas visited the cavernous studio just before Christmas.

We know Paint Hall Studios will become vacant later this year once Game of Thrones wraps production for the final time, though considering Lucas has all but retired from the filmmaking business since offloading Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012, we struggle to believe that he is in any way involved in the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff.

“We’ve been told there will be work throughout 2019 because Star Wars is coming to Belfast,” says the report. “It was all very low key,
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Obi-Wan Movie Planning 2019 Shoot in Ireland, Is George Lucas Directing?

It looks like the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi movie could be filming in Ireland next year. It's been discussed to death at this point, but it seems like an inevitability that, at some point, Lucasfilm is going to pull the trigger and make a Star Wars standalone movie centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the legendary Jedi from the prequels. Now, a new report claims that location scouting for the movie was being conducted recently in Belfast by none other than George Lucas, which is another rather interesting development.

Since this news isn't coming directly from a studio source or anyone actually connected with the production of the possible Star Wars spin-off, it should be regarded as rumor for now. That said, a local publication from Belfast has reported that George Lucas, who sold all of Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 and has only tangentially been involved
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George Lucas Was Developing a Han Solo Film Before Disney Bought Lucasfilm

Here's an interesting bit of Star Wars trivia that I didn't know until today! Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Lawrence Kasdan recently revealed in an interview with EW, that he was actually developing a standalone Han Solo film with George Lucas before Disney bought Lucasfilm.

If George Lucas wouldn't have sold Lucasfilm to Disney, there's a good chance that he was on the road to launching his own Star Wars expanded cinematic universe, which is pretty cool. According to the report:

Even before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in 2012, launching a renaissance of galactic storytelling, Lawrence Kasdan had signed on to put together a Han Solo-centric movie.

After Disney bought Lucasfilm, they wanted Kasdan to help write the script for The Force Awakens. The studio then wanted to move forward with that Han Solo film he was working on with Lucas. When talking about coming on board the project,
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Here’s Why Ron Howard Got Involved With Solo: A Star Wars Story

There’s a definite reason why Ron Howard took over Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it has nothing to do with upstaging anyone. In fact that was one of the things he was concerned about when he was asked to do the project since he happens to know Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the former directors of the upcoming film. He also knows George Lucas as a friend and was a good friend with Alli Shearmur, the producer. He was reluctant to even take the job at first since he didn’t want o gloss over everything that Lord and Miller

Here’s Why Ron Howard Got Involved With Solo: A Star Wars Story
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