Articles tagged george lucas

Ray Harryhausen’s Legacy: Monster Movies, Special Effects, and the Sci-Fi Fanzine

All of Harryhausen’s invocations of mythical antiquity deserve attention and study, regardless of their fidelity to ancient sources, and despite (or perhaps because of) the rise of 'New Hollywood' and the summer blockbuster.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points Episode IV: A Family that Slays Together Strays Apart

Planet of the Wookiees, expendable heroes, familiar clones, depressing endings, unknown siblings, and more twins than you can shake a saber at: is this the Star Wars saga you remember?

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points, Episode III: Evolution of Light and Dark

"Minch Yoda"? "Darth Wilson"? "Kane Starkiller"? "Cos Dashit"? "Jaster Mereel"? "Gary Vader"? Who are these guys that brought the Star Wars saga we know to life?

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Harrison Ford Says Three Words in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Trailer, Internet Goes Nuts

Thus far, what glimpses we've had of Star Wars: Episode VII are brief, but the internet is buzzing about them nonetheless.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points Episode II: The Force Behind the Scenes

With Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm already changing Star Wars, let's look at the prior behind the scene changes in the saga.

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8 Nov 2012 // 4:00 AM

May the Mouse Be With You

For now, fans can rejoice in knowing that there is more Star Wars -- much more -- on the way. Where it's coming from, however, could be a whole new world of worries.

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The Top 5 Definitive Summer Movie Years

Be it providing the ingredients for a successful summer movie "recipe" or by opening new ways to roll out blockbusters, here are the top five "definitive" years for summer movies.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points, Episode I: The Ties That Surround Us, Bind Us and Penetrate Us

To celebrate the added "layers" of unnecessary 3D onto both the Prequel and Original Trilogies, here are some actual plot layers straight out of George Lucas' old plans that just might have made Star Wars a more engrossing saga (in somebody's mind, anyway).

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Lucasfilm’s ‘Red Tails’ Is Well-Intentioned But Thin

Red Tails is enjoyable enough and, like other George Lucas films, more throwback pulp than somber drama.

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30 Dec 2010 // 2:30 AM

Ghosts of Presents Past: The 1970s

Here’s a look at gifts from over 30 years ago.

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Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2010: ‘The People vs. George Lucas’

Who really cares if Han Solo shot first? The passionate protesters in this nerdcore documentary do – and they make a credible case for why it matters.

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Father’s Day Is Over, But Daddy Issues Remain in ‘Bioshock 2’ and ‘Red Dead Redemption’

Baby Boomer films such as Star Wars taught us about the corruptible and corrupting influence of an authoritarian father; now games like Bioshock 2 and Red Dead Redemption explore Generation X's “daddy issues”.

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‘Lost’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Are Both Pop Culture Belief Systems That Inspire Worship

Lost and The Empire Strikes Back revolve around the nature of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, science vs. faith and ultimately about the redemptive power of love and sacrifice. Ala Douglas Adams, both are about life, the universe and everything.

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17 Jul 2008 // 3:32 AM

A little bit of Hulk helps reality go down

If money were the source of my powers, then like a lot of people these days, I would be feeling far from super. Of course,

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse

The openness and honesty with which Eleanor Coppola portrays her husband is by far the greatest asset of Hearts of Darkness.

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The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story behind the Original Film by Jonathan W. Rinzler

A hefty, and pricy, art book crammed with newly unearthed interviews

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23 May 2007 // 2:05 AM

Go Force and multiply: ‘Star Wars’ turns 30

It really was a long time ago. This Friday, it’ll be exactly 30 years since Star Wars blasted away all expectations after opening in just 32

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For all its lavish effects, Sith's primary purpose is to showcase Anakin's dilemma.

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

So in a post-September 11th world replete with conflicts from Afghanistan to continuous Palestinian-Israeli disputes, the lines between good and evil often seem blurry, and the cut-and-dry antics of galactic warriors instill a sense of hope, a realization of what morality should be. Who would've thought that the likes of Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca would serve as heroes for a celluloid generation whose sense of a world order would become crystal clear as a result of a few fictional characters?"

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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