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  • George Lucas and the Cult of Darth Vader

    June 2, 2005 10:55 AM ET
     |  Gavin Edwards

    Iaccomplished what I set out to accomplish," says George Lucas. After thirty years of immersion in a world of Wookies, droids, Jar Jars – and one of the greatest movie villains of all time, Darth Vader – he's finally completed the six-part Star Wars saga with Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. "I'm very happy that I reached the finish line," he says. Content with his movie and refreshed from a Hawaiian vacation, Lucas sits on a couch in his office at the main ...  | More »

  • Hot Actor: Hayden Christensen

    August 30, 2001 5:50 PM ET
     |  Anthony Bozza

    Hayden Christensen is playing with fire. As Anakin Skywalker in the next installment of George Lucas' Star Wars prequel, he's about to flip a coin and find out whether it comes up huge-name-to-be or sci-fi-footnote, i.e., the next Harrison Ford or the current Mark Hamill. Christensen, though, should be fine. The twenty-year-old Canadian has the poise and depth to make it in the big leagues portraying characters more rounded than Lucas' archetypes. In Life as a House, out this f...  | More »

  • George Lucas: A Conversation with the Emperor

    October 12, 2000 9:35 AM ET
     |  Steve Morgenstern

    In the late seventies and early Eighties, George Lucas created Industrial Light & Magic and THX Sound to achieve the effects he was after in his films; in the process, he changed the technology of moviemaking. In 1982, when most video gaming involved shooting or chasing objects a few pixels high across a sparsely decorated screen, Lucas founded LucasArts Entertainment to produce electronic games with the personality, drama and technical excellence that would turn cold interactivity into e...  | More »

  • Star Wars: Why the Force Is Criticproof

    June 24, 1999 11:20 PM ET
     |  Peter Travers

    Taking my son, Alex, to the new Star Wars taught me a hard lesson about how critics don't matter when it comes to The Phantom Menace. The hard sell that I found so oppressive, Alex shrugged off with ease. Buying Yoda bath bubbles was never in the picture for this teenager, born a year after Return of the Jedi, the last episode in the first Star Wars trilogy, debuted in 1983. At a hush-hush advance screening in Manhattan, I bristled at the security checks: tickets with codes aut...  | More »

  • Jar Jar Binks: A Digital Star Is Born

    June 24, 1999 8:50 AM ET
     |  Jancee Dunn

    Be warned: Secrets will be revealed here from the set of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Things that sensitive readers may not want to know – like a report about R2-D2 and his bong, or Yoda cursing out his human co-stars. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. The real story here is the creation of Jar Jar Binks – a klutzy, floppy-eared amphibian with his own language ("How wude!") who bumbles away with every scene he's in. Jar Jar is one of many Gungans,...  | More »

  • The 'Star Wars' Trilogy on Laser

    November 11, 1993 3:25 PM ET
     |  Peter Travers

    What weighs 13 pounds, costs $250 and ranks as the best toy a laser freak could ever have? It's The Star Wars Trilogy: The Definitive Edition (Fox). Here at last, in wide-screen with peerless picture and sound, are Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) as we remember those epics before previous videos and discs reduced them to visual and sonic rubble. Put on the first of the 18 sides and then just try not to get sucked into George Lucas' sag...  | More »

  • George Lucas Finds a Fowl-Weather Friend

    August 14, 1986 11:05 PM ET
     |  Steve Pond

    It looked like a normal concert. On the stage of San Francisco's Warfield Theatre, four women in black spandex and gold baubles tore into their encore, while a crowd of decked-out New Wavers danced and a guest guitarist slid into a solo and a duck walk. Normal, except the guy doing the duck walk had lots of practice. Because he was a duck. More precisely, he was Howard the Duck, a cigar-chomping and grouchy but well-dressed fowl from outer space who, this month, gets his chance to be an...  | More »

  • George Lucas Wants to Play Guitar as 'Star Wars' Takes a Vacation

    July 21, 1983 3:30 PM ET
     |  Paul Scanlon

    It's been more than ten years since George Lucas began shopping around the idea for what he would later call ''my little children's movie'' to a generally unresponsive Hollywood. It wound up taking three movies to get the whole idea on celluloid. Star Wars (1977) has sold $524 million worth of tickets worldwide. Its successor, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), grossed $365 million. They're second and third on the all-time domestic-rentals list, behind Steven S...  | More »

  • Carrie Fisher: A Few Words on Princess Leia, Fame and Feminism

    July 21, 1983 12:45 PM ET
     |  Carol Caldwell

    Princess Leia – heroine of George Lucas' continuing cosmic saga! And it is only fitting that Carrie Fisher stand in as the embodiment of high-tech royalty, bringing, as she does, the resonance of her earthly showbiz lineage. How does she feel about fame, feminism, dressing for space? Recently in New York to endure the opening of the most recent Lucas epic, Return of the Jedi, Carrie Fisher spoke with me in her Manhattan hotel room. She was, as might be expected, radiant; she was al...  | More »

  • 'Star Wars' to Be Released as a Videocassette

    June 10, 1982 3:15 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Within the next few weeks, Twentieth Century Fox will announce that it's releasing the all-time box-office smash Star Wars on videocassette. It could be the hottest cassette ever and may spur other VCR sales. The Star Wars cassette will be specially designed and coded so that copying it will be extremely expensive, if not impossible, according to a Fox spokesman. And, if copies are made, tracing the source tape will be possible. Although the marketing details have yet to be worked out be...  | More »

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