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March 6, 2012 |
When director George Lucas hired illustrator Ralph McQuarrie in 1974 to do a series of paintings visualizing scenes from his script for an intergalactic war movie he was trying to sell, McQuarrie liked the concept for the space fantasy. He just didn't think it would ever get made. "My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated," he recalled in a 1999 interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. "But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know.
April 30, 2003
'Star Wars': Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker will reprise their characters Chewbacca, C3PO and R2-D2, respectively, in the next installment of the "Star Wars" films.
April 29, 1987 |
Reclusive producer-director George Lucas is a confirmed guest at the three-day Creation Convention/Starlog magazine extravaganza saluting the 10th anniversary of "Star Wars," taking place May 23-25 at Stouffer's Concourse at LAX. Adam Malin, one of Creation's promoters, said: "He's definitely coming, but to prevent a crush we aren't announcing yet which day he'll be there."
April 2, 2001 |
Theme parks such as Disneyland have transformed waiting in line into an art form. Bored families are either entertained by the likes of C-3PO, or they're shuttled through endlessly winding lines that give the illusion of movement. Now, after spending millions of dollars studying waiting and line ergonomics, experts have come to the conclusion that sitting in a doctor's reception area drives people batty too--and that patients get annoyed having to wait well past their scheduled appointment.
December 13, 2008 |
Luke Skywalker's light saber has been on "Star Wars" fans' Christmas lists for more than 30 years. On Thursday, one fan spent $240,000 to get the real thing: the prop that Mark Hamill used in the first two movies in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. The light saber highlighted several items of Hollywood memorabilia sold at an auction in Los Angeles by Profiles in History. The auction house said it sold about $3.5 million in memorabilia. The droid helmet worn by Anthony Daniels to play C-3PO sold for $120,000, and the costume Marlon Brando wore in the "Superman" movie went for $72,000.
May 20, 2011 |
The new Star Tours attraction that will soon debut at Disneyland adds several layers of 3-D realism to the 1980s-era simulator ride, making the experience less like watching a movie and more like being in the middle of the action. I took a few preview rides Friday at Disneyland on the updated attraction, which offers 54 possible storylines, and I found myself wanting to jump back in line after each galactic journey. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney'sHollywood Studios Dubbed Star Tours: The Adventures Continue , the " Star Wars " -inspired ride officially debuts June 3 at Disneyland in California and opened Friday at Disney'sHollywood Studios in Florida.