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January 3, 1999 | ADAM BRESNICK, Adam Bresnick is a regular contributor to the (London) Times Literary Supplement
Two and a half decades ago, in an entertainment galaxy not so far away, the young George Lucas shopped a grammatically slapdash and orthographically challenged 13-page treatment that would become the "Star Wars" trilogy. Fresh from the commercial triumph of "American Graffiti," which had been made for less than $1 million and had astonished Universal executives by earning over $120 million at the box office, Lucas was chagrined to see his pet proposal rejected by Universal and United Artists.
Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Drew Carey, Lisa Kudrow and Dustin Hoffman, along with studio brass Sherry Lansing (Paramount), Joe Roth (Disney) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks), were among the Hollywood elite who turned out for Sunday's benefit premiere of "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" at Westwood's Avco theater.
February 1, 2014 | By James Rainey
For 27 straight summers, all that stood between runners and completion of the Badwater Ultramarathon was 135 miles of asphalt, a 13,000-foot elevation gain and late July temperatures that soared to 120 degrees and above. They called it "the toughest foot race in the world. " And not too many people argued. But this summer, the race from the depths of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mt. Whitney has been moved, while the National Park Service conducts a "safety assessment" of the run and other athletic events.
March 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
The intensity of the action and themes in the next "Star Wars" film probably will earn it a PG-13 rating, George Lucas says. The first five "Star Wars" movies were rated PG. Lucas offered theater owners a preview of his final "Star Wars" chapter at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas this week. Opening May 19, "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" spells out the last dark steps the once good-hearted young Anakin Skywalker takes to become the villain Darth Vader.
November 11, 2010 | By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times
It's a perfect autumn Sunday and Chad Weikel is sitting outdoors, having a beer with his big brother, Ian. Chad's beer is resting in the cup holder of his folding chair. Ian's is propped up against his headstone. Army Capt. Ian Weikel, 31, was killed in action in Iraq on April 18, 2006, so this is how they visit now. Three rows back, Nicki Bunting's 3-year-old, Connor, is building a campfire for his dad. Or maybe it's an ant farm. He hasn't decided. He was 1 when his father, Army Capt.
February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland will celebrate Leap Day on Wednesday by offering late-night shows, music, food and character meet-and-greets while keeping the Anaheim theme park open for 24 hours straight. RELATED: 7 tips for tackling Disneyland in a day As part of the One More Disney Day marketing campaign, both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida will open at 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday and operate until 6 a.m. Thursday. Here are the highlights planned for Disneyland on Leap Day: > Free limited-edition mouse hats handed out to the first 2,000 visitors entering the park at 6 a.m. (Lineups begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday)
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