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George Lucas Won’t Be Building a Museum in Chicago After All

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by Matthew Monagle 9 hours ago
Bad news for Star Wars enthusiasts in Chicago: after several legal setbacks, George Lucas has decided not to move forward with his plans for a lakeside museum. According to Variety, the decision was made after it appeared that the lawsuit filed by Chicago group Friends of Parks was not going to be resolved anytime soon.

Lost ‘Star Wars’ TV Series Made the Emperor ‘Wronged by a Heartless Woman’

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick 5 days ago
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The concept of a a live-action Star Wars TV series seems all-but lost to time, and perhaps with good reason. According to a God of War game director working for George Lucas at the time, the series might have thought to humanize Emperor Palpatine by revealing the backstory of a “heartless” female gangster who “totally destroyed him as a person.”

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Removed This Anakin Skywalker Easter Egg

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by Britt Hayes May 2, 2016 @ 6:21 PM
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It’s not uncommon for trailers to feature scenes that never make it to theaters, or for specific scenes to look slightly different than they did in early teasers, owing to changes in visual FX during production. Such is the case with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while some of the scenes featured in the trailers weren’t included in the theatrical version, those deleted scenes are included on the new Blu-ray release. But there was one thing from the initial trailers that wasn’t restored: a reference to George Lucas’ prequels.

Colin Trevorrow Responds to Fan Petition to Have Him Replaced as ‘Star Wars’ Director

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by Mike Sampson January 12, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
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Earlier this month a group of enterprising Star Wars fans started an online petition to … wait, where are you going? I know, I know, it’s the same tired old tale of bemoaned fans trying to rally together to raise support for a fruitless cause, but stay with me. So these Star Wars fans got together and created a Change.org petition all with the purpose of getting Colin Trevorrow booted from his position behind the camera on Star Wars: Episode IX in favor of George Lucas. This will never in a million years ever happen, but that’s not why this is notable. It’s notable because this petition, which almost 25,000 people have signed, got back to Trevorrow himself, who was forced to comment on it in the most awkward of fashions.

The True Genius of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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by Matt Singer January 11, 2016 @ 2:29 PM
There was a lot of paranoia about spoilers in the days and weeks (and months [and years]) leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Trailers gave almost no indication of a plot beyond the presence of a) stars and b) wars. The official poster didn’t include a picture of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker for fear of revealing his fate. Even press screenings were delayed until the last possible moment to keep the lid on J.J. Abrams’ latest mystery box for as long as humanly possible.

‘Star Wars’ Fans Petition for George Lucas to Replace Colin Trevorrow on ‘Episode 9’

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by Britt Hayes January 9, 2016 @ 1:34 PM
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And in other, more humorous Star Wars news…Many fans were a bit disappointed with Lucasfilm’s decision to hire Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow to helm Episode 9, but perhaps starting a petition to have George Lucas replace him on the final film in the new trilogy is taking things a little too far. This is what you might call a severe overreaction.

George Lucas Criticizes ‘Retro’ Style of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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by Britt Hayes December 30, 2015 @ 5:48 PM
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Although George Lucas is no longer involved, interviewers can’t help but ask the creator of the Star Wars franchise for his thoughts on Disney’s new direction with the series. Lucas recently shared some brief, civil thoughts on The Force Awakens, calling it “very much the kind of movie” fans have been looking for, but what does that mean, exactly? In another new interview, Lucas elaborates.

All of These Movies Cost More to Make Than the Original ‘Star Wars’

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by Matt Singer December 17, 2015 @ 11:11 AM
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The budget of the original Star Wars is shocking: $11 million.
That’s just an estimate, but it’s the one you see on most reputable sites, including IMDb. Fox originally budgeted just $8 million for Star Wars, but the film’s groundbreaking special...

‘Star Wars’ Didn’t Invent the Modern Blockbuster, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Did

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by Matt Singer December 17, 2015 @ 8:36 AM
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Anyone who’s attended American film school in the last 20 years, has learned a variation of the same Hollywood history of the 1960s and ’70s. With the original moguls near retirement and death, and new competition from television, studios were in dire shape by the end of the ’60s. They reversed their fortunes by embracing younger audiences, adult content and themes, and new filmmakers; men like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, and Dennis Hopper. But just a few years after this so-called “New Hollywood” era of experimentation began, it was wiped out and replaced by another, far more profitable model pioneered by directors like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. They took B-movie premises and genres and coated them in A-movie gloss, and their movies — Jaws and Star Wars — essentially reshaped the American movie industry by inventing the concept of the blockbuster.