March 4th, 2011
12:59 PM ET
George Lucas is taking the "Star Wars" movies into a whole new galaxy, re-releasing each of the fantasy films as a 3-D spectacular.
The first of the films, "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace," is expected to arrive in theaters on February 10, 2012, reports the L.A. Times. The plan is to roll out additional 3-D conversions of the remaining five flicks each year after that.
"Phantom Menace" isn't the only big 3-D blockbuster hitting screens in 2012. According to the L.A. Times, a 3-D conversion of James Cameron's "Titanic" will sail into theaters next April, with "Conan the Barbarian," "Fright Night" and "Adventures of Tintin" arriving later in the year.
Are you excited to see "Star Wars," and all those other movies, in 3-D?
January 9th, 2011
06:39 PM ET
You can have your Androids and your tablets... the number one thing that fans of "Star Wars" are really excited about coming out of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the announcement that the entire "Star Wars" saga – all six films – will be on Blu-Ray in September.
Darth Vader himself made the announcement at CES in Las Vegas on Thursday, saying, "The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor."
Devotees of the saga are rejoicing on Twitter that they will soon be able to see every moment of the films in high-definition with "the highest possible picture and audio presentation," according to the press release on Starwars.com.
September 29th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
First George Lucas took us to a galaxy far, far away, and now he's journeying into another dimension: The filmmaker is re-releasing the entire "Star Wars" saga in 3-D.
Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that plans to bring Luke Sykwalker, Darth Vader, and R2D2 into the 3-D world have been in the works for years, though Lucas held off until enough 3-D screens were available in movie theaters to make it a major event.
Industrial Light & Magic is reportedly overseeing the 3-D conversion, and, according to a statement by visual effects supervisor John Knoll obtained by Deadline.com, "We will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience."
May 6th, 2010
07:57 AM ET
Disney Parks’ Star Tours attraction will soon go out of commission to make way for a 2011 upgrade, but it’s not shutting down without a send-off.
From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on August 14, Disney Parks is hosting the "Last Tour to Endor," a special event that coincides with the official Lucasfilm fan convention, “Star Wars” Celebration V.
October 8th, 2009
09:29 AM ET
There are, I must admit, some very cool aspects to my job. Like being able to pick up my BlackBerry and tap out the following Facebook status update: "David just finished chatting with George Lucas. Nice guy."
George Lucas called "Star Wars in Concert" a way to introduce young people to symphonic music.
The occasion was the first Los Angeles performance of "Star Wars In Concert," a touring show with a full orchestra, recut clips from all six films shown on a massive screen, a laser light show, and Anthony "C3PO" Daniels providing live narration. Fans at the first performances, last weekend in Anaheim, gave it good reviews. I only got to see the first few minutes, before the press was ushered out, but the "pre-show" interview more than made up for it.
Lucas was relaxed and friendly - though, as a friend noted, if I'd created the most popular and profitable franchise in history, I'd probably be relaxed and friendly too. He enthused about the show, praised its producers, and recalled fondly how "Steve" Spielberg had insisted more than 30 years ago that John Williams was the only person who could give "Star Wars" the music it needed. For this show really is about the music - scenes from all six films have been recut around the themes of the score.
"It's very powerful," said Lucas, who insisted repeatedly that others deserved the credit for the production. "I was completely surprised by it, and I've seen other live orchestra performances with 'Star Wars' images, but nothing like this - I mean, this really works, because it was edited specifically to bring out the emotion." He also grew enthusiastic when discussing how many "Star Wars" fans, especially kids, might be experiencing a live orchestra for the first time: "We call it the alternative to 'Peter and the Wolf,' in terms of introducing young people to symphonic music."
We talked for seven or eight minutes, and then he had to move on – naturally, everyone wanted to talk with George Lucas. This was a special night and a special crowd: how often does the "THX music" receive an ovation?
July 23rd, 2009
04:58 PM ET
30-plus years ago, Anthony Daniels was standing in the Tunisian desert in a gold metal suit, having accepted a movie role he didn't really want. The role, of course, was C3PO in Star Wars, and it's taken Daniels further than he ever dreamed. This week, it took him to Canali, a swank men's clothing store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
"It's almost a bigger journey than Luke Skywalker's," notes the graceful, gentlemanly British actor, who was being clothed for his latest Star Wars-related project: "Star Wars: In Concert," a touring stage show with a full orchestra and choir performing John Williams' legendary music from the franchise, as specially edited montages from the movies play on a massive screen. Daniels will provide live narration for the show - a task he finds both ironic and appropriate.
"You know, in Star Wars, C3PO says 'I'm not very good at telling stories - not at making them interesting, anyway,'" Daniels recalls, noting that by Return of the Jedi, "there is C3PO talking to all the assembled Ewoks, and he's chatting away, telling them the story of the avengers, the rebels... and here I am now telling the story of Star Wars."
Daniels' zeal for the project was obvious, and his enthusiasm for a role he's played for more than half his life seemed undimmed after all this time.
"It's been a job for 30-something years," he mused about his high-strung, often whiny robotic alter ego, "a job that other people have loved the fact that I do it. That's hugely rewarding, whatever the physical discomforts. Sometimes the anonymity has been awkward; other times, I've been very grateful for it. But to have a job, and then to realize how fond you are of the character you play... you know, maybe if he was somebody else, I would have given up. I'm actually very fond of C3PO. He's a good guy."
Does "Star Wars: In Concert" sound like something you'd go to see? What are your favorite Star Wars characters and memories?
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