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  • 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 »

  • Slaves to the Empire: The 'Star Wars' Kids Talk Back

    July 24, 1980 2:30 PM ET
     |  Timothy White

    The Force has two sides. It is not a malevolent or a benevolent thing. It has a bad side to it, involving hate and fear, and it has a good side, involving love, charity, fairness and hope.—George Lucas There's no place for personal triumph in a film like this," says Harrison Ford dryly, referring to his return to the screen as mercenary adventurer Han Solo in Star Wars' monumental sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. Although Ford shares star billing, he is painfully aware that ...  | More »

  • 'The Empire Strikes Back,' and So Does George Lucas

    June 12, 1980 2:15 PM ET
     |  Jean Vallely

    San Francisco's North Point Theater is packed with people, tension, anticipation. When the familiar strains of John Williams' Star Wars theme finally rip through the theater, it brings smiles of relief and recognition to the expectant faces. "Oh, look," gasps a little boy in the second row. "It's Luke Skywalker!" Sure enough, there's Skywalker, big as life. And Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO – the whole group. The adventure continues. ...  | More »

  • George Lucas: The Wizard of Star Wars

    August 25, 1977 8:00 AM ET
     |  Paul Scanlon

    One sunny spring afternoon last year, an old friend and fellow movie buff drove me to an inconspicuous two-story warehouse in Van Nuys, California. The building was headquarters for Industrial Light and Magic, an organization of young technicians charged with the responsibility of creating special visual effects for Star Wars, writer/director George Lucas' $9.5 million space fantasy. Lucas and the principal unit had just started shooting in Tunisia, but the activity around IL&M that...  | More »

  • 'Star Wars' Is Only Science Fiction, but I Like It

    July 28, 1977 2:55 PM ET
     |  Michael Rogers

    For the past few weeks, on my way to the office, I've been passing the San Francisco theater where George Lucas' remarkable movie Star Wars is being shown. By 11 a.m. every day, the line for the one o'clock show has already started to form. And one morning, two weeks into the film's run, when I drove by just after ten, there was already a handful of hardy souls on line. The enthusiastic – if not altogether hysterical – public reception of Star Wars i...  | More »

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