'Star Wars' creator George Lucas engaged to businesswoman
Reuters | January 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Jan 3 (Reuters) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas will marry his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson, the director's production company Lucasfilm Ltd said on Thursday. Lucas, 68, and Hobson, the president of Chicago investment firm Ariel Investments LLC, have been together for the past six years. It will be Lucas' second marriage. He was married to Oscar-winning film editor Marcia Lucas from 1969 to 1983. No date or location for the wedding...
Harrison Ford injury to halt 'Star Wars' production for two weeks
Reuters | July 7, 2014
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Harrison Ford is recuperating from surgery after breaking his leg, but the injury on the set of "Star Wars: Episode VII" will force a two-week hiatus in filming, the Walt Disney Studios said. News of the stoppage comes after Disney initially said filming would continue on schedule while Ford recovered. But shooting is on track to wrap up in the fall, the studio said, and the release date remains December 2015. "In August, the team...BUSINESS
Disney to buy "Star Wars" producer for $4.05 billion
Lisa Richwine and Ronald Grover and Reuters | October 30, 2012
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and its "Star Wars" franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a blockbuster deal that includes the surprise promise of a new film in the series in 2015. The deal unites a boutique Northern California film studio that brought special effects into the digital era with a venerable Hollywood powerhouse that has shown a knack for getting the most out of big-name entertainment...
'Star Wars' Storm Trooper causes gun scare in Kansas
By Greg Gilman and TheWrap | July 2, 2014
A man paying tribute to "Star Wars" terrified a Kansas business owner this week while wearing a full Storm Trooper outfit and the weapon that goes with it. KSAL News reports that the business owner called 911 because they feared he was carrying an AK-47 through the streets of Salina, KA. Police advised the business to enter lockdown mode, while numerous officers were dispatched to deal with the possible threat, which turned out to be plastic....
StarWars.com Relaunches as Disney Grows 'Star Wars' Franchise
Marc Graser and Variety | July 8, 2014
Disney has relaunched StarWars.com as the company anticipates interest in all things " Star Wars " since greenlighting new movies and TV shows and pursuing new merchandising and licensing opportunities. Disney Interactive said the site is "designed for the next generation of 'Star Wars' fans," and it's meant to be the "first source" for the next films, TV shows and videogames related to the sci-fi franchise. That includes breaking news -- something for...
Chicago Wins Right To Host "Star Wars" Filmmaker George Lucas' Museum - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Office
Reuters | June 24, 2014
CHICAGO WINS RIGHT TO HOST "STAR WARS" FILMMAKER GEORGE LUCAS' MUSEUM - MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL'S OFFICE
Review: 'Angry Birds Star Wars'
By Ricci Kearney and Video Game Reviews | November 19, 2012
GamerHub.tv Rovio's "Angry Birds" is one of the most popular games on the market. "Angry Birds Star Wars" brings one of the most successful franchises to mobile devices everywhere. Does Rovio's use of the "Star Wars" license do it justice, or is it destined for the dark side of video games? "Angry Birds Star Wars" lets you choose to begin your game on Tatooine or Dagobah. You'll also be able to explore Hoth when the free download becomes available. The level of Tatooine is beautiful.
'Looper' filmmaker Rian Johnson to write/direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'
Reuters | June 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Reuters) - "Looper" filmmaker Rian Johnson will write and direct "Star Wars: Episode VIII," the second installment in the new trilogy of "Star Wars" films produced by Walt Disney Co, a source with knowledge of the plans said on Friday. Johnson, 40, who also wrote and directed 2005's "Brick" and 2008's "The Brothers Bloom," will also write the initial script for the third installment of the trilogy, "Episode IX. " A...
'Avatar' blasts past 'Star Wars' in record book
January 18, 2010
"Avatar" has eclipsed "Star Wars" to become the No. 3 movie on the all-time domestic box office charts. "Avatar's" domestic total stands at $491.8 million after taking in another $41.3 million over the weekend, The Associated Press reports. "Star Wars" made $460.9 million domestically in its original run and several reissues. Factoring in today's higher admission prices, "Star Wars" is ahead on tickets sold. "Titanic" made $600 million; "The Dark Knight," $533.3...
'Star Wars': Rian Johnson to Write, Direct Episode VIII
Justin Kroll and Variety | June 20, 2014
While production just began on " Star Wars : Episode VII," Disney and Lucasfilm are already focusing on Episode VIII. Sources tell Variety that "Looper" director Rian Johnson is in talks to write and direct the next film in the popular series. Johnson is best known for his sci-fi action pic "Looper" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. The pic overperformed at the box office bringing in $176 million worldwide. He also directed several episodes of...
'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Revealed
Justin Kroll and Variety | April 29, 2014
The Force has been released. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley , Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in " Star Wars : Episode VII." Disney and Lucasfilm made the announcement Tuesday, as casting speculations have run wild for months. Variety was first to report that Driver was in talks for the villain and that Boyega was...
'Star Wars' film series comes to the stage with live orchestration, visual art and more
December 4, 2009
The Force will be with you when you head to the United Center for "Star Wars: In Concert." John Williams' musical score of George Lucas' six-part film epic is performed in part onstage with live orchestration, a choir and narration by Anthony "C-3PO" Daniels. One of the largest LED screens on a tour will add to the "Star Wars" experience with specially edited footage synchronized to the music. There will also be an exhibition of costumes,...
Harrison Ford has surgery after breaking leg on 'Star Wars' set
Reuters | June 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES, June 19 (Reuters) - Actor Harrison Ford has undergone surgery on his broken left leg that was injured in an accident on the set of "Star Wars: Episode VII," the publicist for the 71-year-old actor said in a statement on Thursday. Disney, the studio behind the new "Star Wars" films, had said last week that Ford had hurt his ankle while filming at Pinewood Studios on the outskirts of London.