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Go deep inside Industrial Light and Magic to see how they created the visual magic in films like Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom via this 1984 episode of Nova
From lightsabers to Darth Vader's mask to quotable lines ("I know!"), few movies are as hugely iconic as the original Star Wars trilogy. But new video has just revealed that one of the most memorably elements of the sci-fi fantasy was nearly cut from the films completely, that'd be the voice of Yoda.
While many fans still feel he did his part to ruin his own reputation with the Star Wars prequels and special editions, George Lucas to this day remains one of the most important figures in film history. Not only did he bring us amazing franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones and make great titles like American Graffiti, he was also always on the forefront of both audio and visual technology, starting up labs like Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound.
The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is evaluating two different build sites for its permanent home. But does it really have to be one site or the other?
Have a big gripe about how JJ Abrams is handling Star Wars: Episode VII so far? Alexandre O. Philippe is ready to hear you out, and possibly put you into his next film!
We might think of Star Wars as the most established brand in the history of the motion picture industry, at least this side of Charlie Chaplinís Little Tramp, but all that success wasnít always such a foregone conclusion. On the set of A New Hope, George Lucas was a worried thirty-something convinced he had a massive flop on his hands.
Lucasís son, Jett, talks about his dadís ongoing involvement in the developing series. He talks about his dad being ďtornĒ on the matter of handing the franchise over to new creators (not just to Abrams, but to other directors whoíll be able to now play in this sandbox)
This begs the question, though: How much insight would you want Lucas to have at this stage? Weíve seen the prequels. Many did not like the prequels. Do you want Lucas looking over Abramsí shoulder as he preps Episode VII, or do you want Abrams to have creative freedom to establish his own version of this beloved universe?
Maybe it's fitting that so many movies right now focus on the end of the world, because according to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas the end of moviegoing as we know it is near! The pair shared the stage at University of Southern California, and there unfolded their thoughts on where the movie industry is heading. According to these legendary moviemakers, it's due for a major shakeup.
The writer-director worked on 1:42.08, a short film with race car driver Peter Brock that has multiple visual cues to Lucasí later films. Itís drenched with the automobile admiration that drove American Graffiti, as well as the staging of the Death Star attack at the end of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.
Slap a blindfold on and a toss a rock. Youíll probably nail at least one of the many comic book adaptations currently in some form of production, not to mention the plethora that have already been released. Another well-established trend extends the universe of television shows through the comic medium. But Dark Horse Comics, no stranger to licensed product tie-ins, has lined up one of the strangest and potentially most exciting adaptations that comes to mind, which youíve gotten a peek of above
Oh, George Lucas. Even though he's no longer actively the head of Lucasfilm, and has handed over the development and direction of future Star Wars films to other people, the man who invented Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi still has a ton of knowledge, and not as much hesitation to share it as the tight-lipped Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams
In all the endless speculation and debating we've been doing about future Star Wars movies since Disney bought Lucasfilm last fall, one of the most satisfying and hard to solve has been this: Who should score the new films, John Williams or Michael Giacchino? Williams, of course, is the original composer of the iconic Star Wars theme
It never really seemed a serious possibility, but in the week or so since Disney announced that they had acquired Lucasfilm, Steven Spielberg's name has been one of the most frequently seen on the zillion shortlists of "Who Should Direct Star Wars VII?" It makes sense on some levels, of course. Spielberg and George Lucas are longtime friends
Suddenly the sci-fi universe that Lucas created seemed crammed with possibilities, and when Mark Hamill revealed that Lucas had tipped him off about the new series, it seemed possible we might be seeing the return of Luke Skywalker-- or maybe just a Hamill cameo? Turns out, this isn't the first time Hamill has been out talking about coming back to Star Wars