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'Sith' cuts swath across world

23 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SYDNEY -- The Star Wars franchise is climaxing with a bang worldwide. The sixth and final installment, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, amassed an estimated $144.7 million from about 10,300 screens in 105 countries/114 markets during the weekend. That eclipsed the industry's record -- held by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring -- which minted $125.9 million in its first five days in only 28 territories in December 2003. And its haul more that doubled the $69.1 million rung up by Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones when it bowed in 67 territories. »

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'Sith' boxoffice destiny fulfilled

23 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The empire expanded and the Force added a few pages to the history books in the wake of Thursday's release of 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. The film that brings to light Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader racked up a stellar estimate of $108.5 million on its debut weekend and a record-shattering $158.5 million in its first four days of release. Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson star in the latest Star Wars epic, which was helmed and written by George Lucas and was the first in the series to carry the PG-13 rating; the other five films were rated PG. Through Sunday, the estimated worldwide boxoffice for Sith was a staggering $303.2 million. The opening for the sixth and final film in the George Lucas-conceived franchise -- which, excluding Sith, has taken in $3.4 billion at the worldwide boxoffice -- marked the second-biggest nonholiday three-day session of all time. But including Thursday's tally, it was the biggest first four days in boxoffice history. »

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'Sith' b.o. destiny fulfilled

22 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The empire expanded and the Force added a few pages to the history books in the wake of Thursday's release of 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. The film that brings to light Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader racked up a stellar estimate of $108.5 million on its debut weekend and a record-shattering $158.5 million in its first four days of release. Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson star in the latest Star Wars epic, which was helmed and written by George Lucas and was the first in the series to carry the PG-13 rating; the other five films were rated PG. Through Sunday, the estimated worldwide boxoffice for Sith was a staggering $303.2 million. The opening for the sixth and final film in the George Lucas-conceived franchise -- which, excluding Sith, has taken in $3.4 billion at the worldwide boxoffice -- marked the second-biggest nonholiday three-day session of all time. But including Thursday's tally, it was the biggest first four days in boxoffice history. Only Sony's Spider-Man, with a three-day gross of $114.8 million, had a bigger opening weekend. But Spider-Man benefited from being released on a Friday, while Sith opened on a Thursday, which tends to draw away boxoffice from the weekend. »

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'Sith' cuts swath across world

22 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SYDNEY -- The Star Wars franchise is climaxing with a bang worldwide. The sixth and final installment, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, amassed an estimated $144.7 million from about 10,300 screens in 105 countries/114 markets during the weekend. That eclipsed the industry's record -- held by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring -- which minted $125.9 million in its first five days in only 28 territories in December 2003. And its haul more that doubled the $69.1 million rung up by Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones when it bowed in 67 territories. »

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Raid returns pirated 'Sith' edit

22 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- Brick and mortar retailers might have to wait another four months before they get the chance to sell Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith on DVD, but London's Brick Lane market already is offering pirated, if incomplete, versions of the film, anti-piracy body FACT said Friday. On May 15 -- the same day as the film's Festival de Cannes premiere -- Tower Hamlets Market Services workers and FACT seized pirated copies of the final Star Wars installment from Brick Lane. In a separate raid in the city's Woolwich area, 400 inlays ready for collation were seized. The pirated copies of the film contained a 10-minute edit by George Lucas and were being sold to unwary shoppers as being the complete version of the film. »

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'Sith' cuts swath across world

22 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SYDNEY -- The Star Wars franchise is climaxing with a bang worldwide. The sixth and final installment, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, amassed an estimated $144.7 million from about 10,300 screens in 105 countries/114 markets during the weekend. That eclipsed the industry's record -- held by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring -- which minted $125.9 million in its first five days in only 28 territories in December 2003. And its haul more that doubled the $69.1 million rung up by Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones when it bowed in 67 territories. »

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'Sith' b.o. destiny fulfilled

22 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The empire expanded and the Force added a few pages to the history books in the wake of Thursday's release of 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. The film that brings to light Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader racked up a stellar estimate of $108.5 million on its debut weekend and a record-shattering $158.5 million in its first four days of release. Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson star in the latest Star Wars epic, which was helmed and written by George Lucas and was the first in the series to carry the PG-13 rating; the other five films were rated PG. Through Sunday, the estimated worldwide boxoffice for Sith was a staggering $303.2 million. The opening for the sixth and final film in the George Lucas-conceived franchise -- which, excluding Sith, has taken in $3.4 billion at the worldwide boxoffice -- marked the second-biggest nonholiday three-day session of all time. But including Thursday's tally, it was the biggest first four days in boxoffice history. Only Sony's Spider-Man, with a three-day gross of $114.8 million, had a bigger opening weekend. But Spider-Man benefited from being released on a Friday, while Sith opened on a Thursday, which tends to draw away boxoffice from the weekend. »

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Fox sticks to script for fall sked

20 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Fox Broadcasting Co. is taking a pass on new unscripted series for the fall and loading up on comedies in the 2005-06 season schedule unveiled to advertisers Thursday at the City Center in Manhattan. Five new dramas and two comedies will be ready for the fall, in stark contrast to the fleet of unscripted series like My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss that cratered Fox's primetime schedule in the fourth quarter of last year. Nonetheless, Fox rebounded strongly in January, with the heat of American Idol poised to deliver Fox its first-ever win for the season (albeit by the slimmest of margins over CBS) in the all-important 18-49 demographic. Less than six weeks into his post as president of entertainment for Fox, Peter Liguori, former president of FX, held up Fox as the network to beat next season. "We recognize we have a target on our backs," Liguori said. "Everyone is gunning for us." Borrowing a theme from 20th Century Fox's Star Wars franchise, Fox poked fun at its competitors Thursday, labeling CBS the Evil Empire under the leadership of Darth Moonves. Another taped skit skewered Liguori, who received advice on his new job from a range of people including Denis Leary, star of the FX drama Rescue Me, who ticked off a list of expletives that no longer can be used in shows Liguori oversees now that he's shifted from basic cable to broadcast TV. »

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'Sith' boxoffice commandment: It shall kill

20 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Force returns to theaters one last time this weekend, and George Lucas' six-film Star Wars series is set to go out with a bang and save the flagging boxoffice. With sold-out screenings nationwide at 12:01 Thursday morning and playing continuously thereafter, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith is on track to deliver the largest four-day opening in history. The film already has set one record with astronomical midnight numbers. Sith grossed $16.5 million-$17 million for its first showing in 2,900 theaters early Thursday, according to estimates from distributor 20th Century Fox. It's a staggering number; by contrast, 2002's Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones made $6.2 million during its first showing. Sith is out in about 9,400 prints at 3,661 theaters and has been luring die-hard fans and avid moviegoers looking to share in a cultural phenomenon. It is opening much wider than any other Star Wars film and is sure to surpass the grosses of the previous iterations. Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace, opened to $64.8 million in May 1999 on its way to $431 million. In contrast, Clones did not fare as well, opening in 2002 to $80 million before reaching $311 million. Sith has been graced by positive reviews and, as the final installment of the series, will receive the added bonus of nostalgia as moviegoers witness its conclusion. Sith's opening-day numbers should exceed $40 million and could even top Shrek 2's single-day record of $44.8 million. »

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'Sith' boxoffice commandment: It shall kill

19 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Force returns to theaters one last time this weekend, and George Lucas' six-film Star Wars series is set to go out with a bang and save the flagging boxoffice. With sold-out screenings nationwide at 12:01 Thursday morning and playing continuously thereafter, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith is on track to deliver the largest four-day opening in history. The film already has set one record with astronomical midnight numbers. Sith grossed $16.5 million-$17 million for its first showing in 2,900 theaters early Thursday, according to estimates from distributor 20th Century Fox. It's a staggering number; by contrast, 2002's Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones made $6.2 million during its first showing. Sith is out in about 9,400 prints at 3,661 theaters and has been luring die-hard fans and avid moviegoers looking to share in a cultural phenomenon. It is opening much wider than any other Star Wars film and is sure to surpass the grosses of the previous iterations. Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace, opened to $64.8 million in May 1999 on its way to $431 million. In contrast, Clones did not fare as well, opening in 2002 to $80 million before reaching $311 million. Sith has been graced by positive reviews and, as the final installment of the series, will receive the added bonus of nostalgia as moviegoers witness its conclusion. Sith's opening-day numbers should exceed $40 million and could even top Shrek 2's single-day record of $44.8 million. »

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Portman's Pregnancy Made To Measure

19 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen siren Natalie Portman was sad to turn her back on action sequences in the final Star Wars movie Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith, because her character Padme Amidala is pregnant with Anakin Skywalker's twins. The Garden State beauty accepted the challenge of seeing out her sci-fi role by sporting a strap-on bump to simulate Padme's different stages of pregnancy. Despite her regret at having to take a more pedestrian role, Portman is aware action sequences featuring a pregnant woman would have upset lots of viewers. The 23-year-old tells Empire magazine, "There's definitely a lot less action for me. It would be kind of ridiculous to have a pregnant woman doing that. Not to mention unethical." On her prosthetic attachment, Portman adds, "There were a couple of different sizes. I think they made the bump to my measurements, but I didn't have to have, like, a cast made of my stomach. They made it for my proportions, because having a six-foot girl's bump would have looked kind of ridiculous on me." »

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Licensed 'Star Wars' merchandise to make killing

18 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When the first Star Wars movie opened on May 25, 1977, the movie licensing industry barely existed, there weren't any tied-in toys on store shelves and there was no forewarning that the film's unprecedented boxoffice bonanza would translate into frenzied demand for licensed products. But as the final episode in the series, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, opens Thursday, Lucas Licensing has deals with about 400 licensees in more than 30 countries covering thousands of products. Since the first movie's release, the Star Wars merchandising machine has generated $9 billion in retail sales, and expectations at Lucas Licensing are that Sith will trigger an additional $1.5 billion. The exponential growth in the new movie's merchandising muscle is not just a reflection of the enduring popularity of the Star Wars franchise but also a testament to creator George Lucas' unique role in creating the template for the modern movie merchandising and licensing blitzes that have become a matter of course in the blockbuster era. »

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Fox, exhibs hoping 'Sith' a force to be reckoned with

18 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the dark side lures Anakin Skywalker, so too are industry insiders counting on the appeal of the final Star Wars movie to attract lethargic moviegoers to the theaters this weekend. After 12 weeks of down year-over-year comparisons, the boxoffice is counting on Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith to be the film that turns 2005 into a competitive year at the movies. Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox and the exhibition community are doing everything in their power to ensure Sith's success. The film will bow with an astronomical 9,400 prints, a number bested only by DreamWorks' Shrek 2 and Sony's Spider-Man 2. In 3,661 theaters, Sith marks the widest release of a Star Wars film. (Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones bowed on 3,161 in 2002.) George Lucas, who usually is strict about which theaters he will allow his films to be played in, has permitted Fox to expand into drive-ins and other less state-of-the art venues. "Lucas has allowed us to play (theaters equipped with) nondigital sound and drive-ins," said Bruce Snyder, president of distribution at Fox. "The market has changed, and we have to get out as wide as possible while the heat is on. He's been very gracious in allowing us to go out as wide as we're going." »

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Lucas Makes 'Sith' Cameo

18 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas makes a cameo appearance in the sci-fi series' final installment Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith - but only eagle- eyed fans will spot him. The 61-year-old originally only intended to include his daughters in a busy crowd scene, but they insisted he join them in full galactic gear. Lucas is recognizable because of his trademark bushy beard. He says, "There is a scene, a large crowd scene, which my daughters are in and they sort of insisted that I be in it, and so I did it." »

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Lee Still Haunted by Dracula

17 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran British actor Christopher Lee is still haunted by his numerous screen appearances as Count Dracula. The 82-year-old last appeared as the mythical vampire in 1974's Count Dracula And His Vampire Bride, but Star Wars creator George Lucas was unable to resist making fun of Lee's past on the set of Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith. Lee's character Count Dooku famously fought with Yoda in Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and he was amused to find a vampire incarnation of the diminutive Jedi Master on the set of the final installment. He tells Empire magazine, "They put a puppet of Yoda on the set with a pair of fangs. People thought it was very funny. Didn't bother me - I haven't played the part for a long time!" »

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Lucas Made Vader Suit Extra Awkward

17 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars mastermind George Lucas cleverly made sure Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader costume was restrictive in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith, because he wanted the character to seem awkward. The filmmaker made the famous black outfit and mask extra heavy, so that Christensen would have difficulty walking in it. The Canadian actor says, "There is almost an awkwardness to his (Vader's) movements. He's not very well oriented in the costume yet or the mechanical suit, so it's not like when he's striving in Episodes IV, V and VI. I thought that was kind of neat. I told George that the costume didn't move quite right and it's a little rigid and it was difficult to walk because I had big lifts in the heels that compensates for the height difference. I was concerned how that was going to look and he said, 'It'll look like you've never done it before - and that's what I want.'" »

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Lucas: "There Are Two Kinds of 'Star Wars' Fans"

16 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary director George Lucas hit out at critics of his first two Star Wars prequels yesterday - just hours before third prequel Revenge Of The Sith premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The legendary filmmaker insisted there are plenty of fans who like the first two prequels, The Phantom Menace and Attack Of The Clones, but that most of them are under the age of 25. He added that most people who dislike the two films tend to be fanatics of the original trilogy, released between 1977 and 1983. Speaking at a press conference at the French event, Lucas said, "The older ones (fans) are loyal to the first three films I made, and they are the ones in control of the media. The films that these people don't like - which are the first two prequels - are fanatically adored by the under 25s. They are always at each others throats about it." »

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'Star Wars' producer blasts France on digital

15 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- Star Wars producer Rick McCallum launched a blistering attack Sunday on the French and Hollywood attitudes toward digital projection and said that if theater owners didn't smarten up their auditoriums, they risk "losing their audiences." The straight-talking producer, who is in town with George Lucas for the Out of Competition gala screening of Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge Of The Sith, told a small gathering hosted by digital cinema pioneers Barco, Texas Instruments DLP Cinema and XDC that he laid the blame for French resistance firmly at the door of the National Federation of French Cinemas. McCallum accused FNCF chief Jean Labe of entrenched opposition to digital conversion, referring to his competence in distinctly unflattering terms. "Once Jean Labe loses his job, hopefully there will be more digital theaters in France," McCallum said. »

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Lucas back where 'Star Wars' began

15 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- The force was with the Festival de Cannes on Sunday as George Lucas, who turned 51 on Saturday, celebrated with the world premiere of the climactic Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. Festival artistic director Terry Fremaux and general manager Veronique Cayla presented Lucas with The Trophy of the Festival de Cannes at a ceremony held aboard the Queen Mary 2. "This is a great honor for me", said Lucas, dressed down for the occasion in a plaid shirt, jeans and a brown sport jacket. " 'Star Wars' actually began here in 1971, when I was in the Directors Fortnight. I brought my first film here, 'THX'." Lucas recalled making an early deal for the Star Wars screenplay with United Artists on the Carlton Terrace. Eventually, the project landed at its current distributor, 20th Century Fox. The day, which ended with Lucas and his Star Wars stars walking the red carpet, began with a press screening in which the press acted like eager fans, breaking into applause at the moment when Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker dons Darth Vader's iconic black mask. »

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Lucas Forced Himself To Write 'Episode III'

27 April 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood mogul George Lucas struggled so much with writing the screenplay for final Star Wars installment Episode Iii - Revenge Of The Sith, he had to force himself to stick to a rigid working day as he sought inspiration. The hugely successful movie-maker, 60, took on the persona of a normal office worker as he sat at his desk for nine hours a day, five days a week - and he still only managed to produce five pages everyday. He says, "I am very diligent about writing. I go to work at 8.30am and leave at 6pm. I sit there with that page in front of me but I still can't write it. I do get it done, I actually write five pages a day. But I force myself - otherwise I would probably write a page a day." »

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