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10 items from 2006


Hepburn's 'Tiffany' Dress Sells for $800,000

6 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The iconic black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1961 movie Breakfast At Tiffany's fetched $800,000 at auction in London yesterday. The lot was only expected to fetch $135,000, with all proceeds from the sale donated to the City Of Joy Aid, which helps Indians living in poverty. The film and entertainment sale, a fundraiser at Christie's auction house, featured 277 lots, including the Christmas jumper worn by Colin Firth in Bridget Jones's Diary and a selection of decommissioned guns used by James Bond. Bidding is currently ongoing on these items and Star Wars props, including a design for Obi Wan Kenobi's costume and a test mask C3-PO. »

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Lucas: "I Don't Want To Make Movies Anymore"

6 November 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director George Lucas wants to quit filmmaking to concentrate on more lucrative TV projects. The Star Wars creator says making movies is too risky nowadays, because the average cost of shooting and marketing a blockbuster is now $200 million, so he's steering his production company Lucasfilm towards TV and low-budget movies. Lucas also believes internet downloading is set to shake up the film industry, reports Empire magazine. He reveals, "We don't want to make movies, we're getting into television. The feature film thing is too expensive and it's too risky. For that same $200 million I can make 50 to 60 two-hour movies." He adds, "I don't think anyone's going to be in the (movie-going habit) anymore. Everything is going to be a matter of choice. I think that's going to be a huge revolution in the medium." However, Lucas isn't giving up his film career just yet - he's currently working on Red Tails, a low-budget film about America's first black military airmen, and the fourth Indiana Jones movie. »

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'New energy' fuels Tunisian film

24 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For most in the film industry, cinema in Tunisia means a sun-and-sand location for visiting pictures like the Star Wars saga. But the North African country has a small but vibrant local industry, whose output is showcased today in the Cannes World Cinema sidebar. The basic stats reveal that Tunisia is by far the smallest film market among the seven countries featured in the World Cinema section in terms of domestic boxoffice, with only about 1 million annual admissions. (The next smallest is Israel, with 9.5 million admissions.) »

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'New energy' fuels Tunisian film

24 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For most in the film industry, cinema in Tunisia means a sun-and-sand location for visiting pictures like the Star Wars saga. But the North African country has a small but vibrant local industry, whose output is showcased today in the Cannes World Cinema sidebar. The basic stats reveal that Tunisia is by far the smallest film market among the seven countries featured in the World Cinema section in terms of domestic boxoffice, with only about 1 million annual admissions. (The next smallest is Israel, with 9.5 million admissions.) »

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'War' good for business at LucasArts

17 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Star Wars universe is such that it is well suited for all sorts of video game genres. Over the years, it's been made into RPGs (Knights of the Old Republic) first-person shooters (Dark Forces/Jedi Knight/Battlefront) and spaceship sims (X-Wing/TIE Fighter) just to name a few. However one genre that the series has always had some difficulty penetrating is strategy. Rebellion was the first Star Wars strategy title, and it maintains something of a cult following even to this day, despite mediocre sales and reviews at the time of its release. Following that was Force Commander, a flawed 3D RTS title that performed in many ways like Rebellion at retail, sans the cult following. A bit more recently, LucasArts released Galactic Battlegrounds, which did well enough to prompt an expansion, but the game wore its resemblance to Age of Empires II a bit too heavily to stand out on its own. Undaunted by all this, LucasArts commissioned Petroglyph to make Empire at War, an RTS Star Wars title, from scratch. The game did well enough to become the best selling PC title for the month of February. »

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Lucas: "The Blockbuster Is Dead"

7 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie mogul George Lucas predicts Hollywood will soon start shifting away from mega-budget blockbusters in favor of making more independent films for less money. Alongside Steven Spielberg, Star Wars creator Lucas is cited as being chiefly responsible for the blockbuster phenomenon that has gripped the movie industry for the last three decades. But he now believes big-budget films can no longer be profitable and are going out of fashion, as evidenced by this year's Academy Award nominees, including independent movies Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck. Lucas tells the New York Daily News, "The market forces that exist today make it unrealistic to spend $200 million on a movie. Those movies can't make their money back anymore. Look at what happened with King Kong. I think it's great that the major Oscar nominations have gone to independent films. Is that good for the business? No - it's bad for the business. But movie-making isn't about business. It's about art. In the future, almost everything that gets shown in theaters will be indie movies. I predict that by 2025 the average movie will cost only $15 million." »

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Lucas Honored at White House

16 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Film-maker George Lucas has been recognized by US President George W Bush for his achievement in technology. The Star Wars director received a National Medal of Science and Technology for his company's innovative visual effects and technology in films on Monday. The movie mogul and the president of his company Industrial Light And Magic, Chrissie England, were among 15 people awarded for their revolutionary work in a ceremony held at the White House, Washington DC. Before distributing the medals, President Bush praised the recipients, saying, "The spirit of discovery is one of our national strengths." »

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'Star Wars' Actor Brown Dies

14 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Phil Brown, best known for playing Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen in Star Wars, has died of pneumonia. He was 89. The Massachusetts-born actor died at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California on Thursday, according to his widow Ginny. After starring in movies and TV shows in the 1940s, Brown moved to London in the 1950s after he was wrongly blacklisted during the Communist scares in the United States. Star Wars director George Lucas cast Brown while filming scenes for the 1977 sci-fi epic in London, and his fame playing Uncle Owen in the movie lead to his return to America. Brown is survived by widow Ginny, their son Kevin, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. »

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Geek squad: Four join 'Fanboys'

1 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kristen Bell, Jay Baruchel, Chris Marquette and Sam Huntington are in final negotiations to play Star Wars geeks in Fanboys, a comedic drama that Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street is producing for the Weinstein Co. Kyle Newman is making his directorial debut on the feature. The movie, written by Adam F. Goldberg and Ernest Cline, follows four Star Wars fanboys -- geek parlance for extreme fans -- from the Midwest who drive across the country to honor the wish of their dying friend: to see the yet-unreleased Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace in its most optimal setting, George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. Dan Fogler already has been cast as one of the geeks, a hot-headed pizza boy. Shooting is scheduled to begin Feb. 22 in New Mexico. »

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'Soon' pitch has future with Uni

18 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal Pictures is asking How Soon Is Now? picking up the comedy pitch from Jason Major and Patrick T. Gorman, the creators of the hit stage show "The Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes." Universal-based Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing. The story follows a man named Tom McGregor who travels back in time to his high school days in 1985. There he tries to fix the worst three days of his life in order to give himself a better future. Major and Gorman will begin writing the screenplay immediately. Gorman and Major wrote and were among the performers in "The Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes," which ran for more than a year at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles. The show, which garnered rave reviews, was the only George Lucas-approved Star Wars theater production. This is the first sale for the duo, who first met in UCLA's theater department and are repped by WMA and Principato-Young. »

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