Jackie Robinson Foundation Set to Honor George Lucas

January 10, 2008

This in from the wire:

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Set to Honor Clive Davis, George Lucas and Johnnetta B. Cole at 2008 Annual Awards Dinner

Event hosted by Bill Cosby at Waldorf=Astoria will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Jackie Robinson Foundation

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George Lucas Q&A at Vanity Fair

January 2, 2008

The latest issue of Vanity Fair has a cover feature devoted to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with photography by Annie Leibovitz and interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford. Of interest to Star Wars fans, of course, is the Lucas interview, which touches on the saga several times. Here’s an excerpt:

People who are over 40 love [Episodes] IV, V, and VI and hate I, II, and III. Younger people like I, II, and III and don’t like IV, V, and VI, or they like I, II, and III better and think IV, V, and VI are kind of boring and slow. And of course the older people say, “Oh, I, II, and III—it’s too jittery, too fast, too complicated, it’s too digital,” or whatever they want to say. But definitely one generation has grabbed hold of one of them, and the other generation has grabbed hold of the next one. One of the key characters that helped us realize what was going on was Jar Jar Binks, because the kids that are under 10 years old, he’s one of their favorite characters. For people over 40, they cannot stand him—it’s a hate thing. You know, they’ve always been for 12-year-olds, and that’s never changed. People don’t want to think of it that way. They want to think those films are for grown-ups. Even though they were 10 years old when they saw it, it’s still very important to them, so, for them, it’s a grown-up movie, as opposed to a kids’ movie. The pre–Jar Jar Binks was 3PO. Everybody hated 3PO. I mean, it was like they couldn’t stand him. It really had to do with his character. They don’t like his character, and they don’t like Jar Jar Binks—but they’re not designed to be likeable characters.

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For the complete Lucas Q&A, read it online here. The Vanity Fair issue is on newsstands now.


Lucas Talks Young Indy

October 22, 2007

The Indiana Jones adventure George Lucas is most proud of is a short-lived TV series from the early ’90s. Here in the this feature interview in LA Times, Lucas and producer Rick McCallum chat about “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” and its extensive DVD release — a lavish, three-volume library of DVDs with a staggering number of extras, including 94 highly polished documentaries on famous people and moments in history.

Lucas persuaded Paramount and ABC to let him make “Young Indiana,” which was filmed in unprecedented ways.

“They let me do it and do it in the way I wanted to do it,” he said. “The main thing I was really after was to see how many shows I could get done before they woke up and said enough is enough. And, you know, we managed to get 44 hours of material out there. I felt grateful I got as much done as I did.”

Read the full LA Times article here:
Return to Indy’s youth

Also be sure to read all about the Young Indiana Jones DVD box set here.


Lucas-Autographed X-wing Auction

October 9, 2007

Collectors wanting to own an X-wing starfighter miniature signed by filmmaker George Lucas, can now enter their best bid on eBay for this special charity action which ends Oct. 15, 2007.

All proceeds from this auction will support the Columbian Ball and benefit the Annual Fund of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Ill.

Click here to bid.

See the X-wing in person, and more than 80 other props and models from the world of Star Wars at the Museum of Science and Industry’s latest exhibit Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination — now in Chicago through Jan. 6, 2008. For more information on the exhibit, click here.


Lucas Talks Imagination

October 9, 2007

Filmmaker George Lucas visits the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and answers a few questions from the Chicago Tribune about the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit.

Star Wars was designed to stimulate the imagination of young kids. It was to get kids to think and use their imagination and go home and draw pictures and make their own stories,” said Lucas, who was in town to promote the 10,000-square-foot exhibit.

“There is a lot of imaginative science in Star Wars,” Lucas said. “It shows you that by imagining things, you can imagine things that will eventually come through.”

Watch the video interview here, along with the article:
Exhibit from a galaxy far, far away


Fog City Mavericks Debuts on STARZ

September 24, 2007

Directed by Gary Leva, Fog City Mavericks explores and celebrates filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area with features on the iconoclastic filmmakers George Lucas, Brad Bird, Bruce Conner, Carroll Ballard, Chris Columbus, Clint Eastwood, Francis Ford Coppola, John Korty, John Lasseter, Phil Kaufman, Walter Murch, Sofia Coppola and Saul Zaentz.

Read more about Fog City Mavericks airing Sept. 24 on STARZ here.

Also watch this short clip on of George Lucas, Saul Zaentz, Robin Williams and John Lasseter who joined other celebrated local moviemakers at the Castro Theater Sunday, April 29, 2007 for the world premiere of Fog City Mavericks:

VIDEO: Film Festival Tribute to Maverick S.F. Filmmakers
(reporting from SFgate.com)


Bay Area TV Show Tours Lucasfilm at Presidio

September 23, 2007

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The local TV show “Bay Area Backroads” recently took a tour of the Lucasfilm digs at the Presidio, and even got a peek at our very own starwars.com servers! The eight-minute video segment can be viewed here (click on “The Presidio” in the video player) and read on for the show description:

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