George Lucas

15 Facts You May Not Know About ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

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by ScreenCrush Staff 6 days ago
There’s a running joke in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that Indy took his nickname from the family dog. That joke has some truth to it though because as George Lucas was developing Raiders of the Lost Ark, he actually named the character after his dog, Jones (the “Indiana” was a riff on Steve McQueen character Nevada Smith). Coincidentally, the same dog was the inspiration for Chewbacca in Star Wars. Need more Raiders of the Lost Ark facts? Throw us the idol and we’ll throw you the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!

‘Strange Magic’ Review: Strange? Yes. Magic? Not So Much.

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by Matt Singer January 22, 2015 @ 1:02 PM
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Before he was George Lucas, the guy who changed blockbusters forever with ‘Star Wars,’ he was George Lucas, the guy who changed the way Hollywood used pop music with ‘American Graffiti.’ Though ‘Graffiti’ is maybe Lucas’ seventh most-famous movie, it was hugely influential in its day, and its massive grosses inspired so many imitators it essentially invented a new sub-genre: the radio-hit-scored ensemble coming-of-age movie. 40 years after creating that concept, Lucas returns to destroy it with ‘Strange Magic,’ a high-tech, low-brow update of that formula, with computer-generated fairies and bugs pining after one another over a soundtrack of classic pop songs.

Disney Didn’t Use Any of George Lucas’ Ideas for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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by Matt Singer January 20, 2015 @ 1:25 PM
Disney
When Disney bought George Lucas’ company, they got more than the buildings, computers, droids, and the ‘Star Wars’ intellectual property. They also got George Lucas’ unused ideas for future ‘Star Wars’ movies. Though Lucas had insisted for years that ‘Revenge of the Sith’ was his final ‘Star Wars’ film, that didn’t stop him from brainstorming a few other potential stories that could be set after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and, I assume, mostly involve Jar-Jar Binks wandering the universe and getting into “hilarious” misadventures).

George Lucas Finally Watched the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer

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by Britt Hayes January 19, 2015 @ 12:45 PM
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Pretty much everyone watched the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’—everyone, that is, except for original ‘Star Wars’ director George Lucas, who previously revealed that he had not watched the trailer and didn’t seem very interested in seeing it anytime soon. Well that’s apparently changed. Lucas finally watched the trailer for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming installment in the franchise, and he shared his thoughts.

WookieeLeaks: That New ‘Star Wars’ Comic is Pretty Good

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by Jacob Hall January 16, 2015 @ 11:09 AM
Marvel
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, we take a look at the new ‘Star Wars’ comic, Gary Whitta departs the first ‘Star Wars’ spin-off, and Warwick Davis reveals selfies taken on the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

George Lucas Wanted to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Himself

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by Mike Sampson January 13, 2015 @ 9:54 AM
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Last month, George Lucas was asked if he had seen the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ trailer, and what his reaction was. He said he hadn’t watched the ‘Force Awakens’ trailer, had no plans to and was “not really” interested in the movie. We made him sad, we wrote at the time. But, maybe it wasn’t us that made him sad. While out promoting his new animated movie ‘Strange Magic’, Lucas reveals that he himself wanted to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’.

‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Crazy Animated Fairy Tale

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by Matt Singer December 29, 2014 @ 12:00 PM
Lucasfilm
The trailer for ‘Strange Magic’ boasts that the film comes “from the mind of George Lucas.” That great big brain has dreamed up some of the greatest movies of all time. But it’s also produced its fair share of clunkers as well. (Apologies, ‘Radioland Murders’ devotees.) It’s unfair to write off a movie based on a 150-second trailer, but so far, ‘Strange Magic’ looks a lot closer to the latter than the former. Whoa, this looks insane.

WookieeLeaks: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reveals Character Names and George Lucas Shrugs Off the New Trailer

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by Jacob Hall December 12, 2014 @ 12:55 PM
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ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From 'Episode 7,' to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, the names of three new characters are revealed, George Lucas reveals that he doesn’t really care about the new trailer, and the identity of the new villain is debated.

We've Made George Lucas Sad About the New 'Star Wars'

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by Mike Ryan December 8, 2014 @ 2:47 PM
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My propensity for not believing what George Lucas happened again when he was asked The New York Post about the new trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ and he reportedly replied: “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet.” He then went on to say, “I plan to see [the movie] when it’s released." This is an odd thing to say and I’m not sure I believe him.

George Lucas Hasn't Seen the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Trailer, “Not Really” Interested in the Movie

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by Mike Sampson December 8, 2014 @ 8:54 AM
Disney
Pretty much everyone has seen the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer at this point. It was the most-viewed trailer of 2014 and is on track to become the most-viewed trailer of the internet age. It has been viewed over 72 million times and has spawned countless parodies and memes but, there's still one person who hasn't seen it: George Lucas. The man who created the franchise says that he hasn't seen the 'Force Awakens' trailer and has no plans to. In fact, he's not even that interested at all.