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May 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Apparently the market force was not with them: A pair of Levi's jeans worn by Mark Hamill in the 1977 sci-fi film "Star Wars" failed to meet the reserve price in an online auction that ended last week. Nate D. Sanders , the auction house that put the trousers from Tatooine up for bid, had hoped they would fetch somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000. According to the lot detail page for the Jedi jeans, which had a minimum starting bid of $2,500, 13 bids were placed before the 5 p.m. PDT deadline on May 21 and no final bid amount is listed.
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April 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As Han Solo once said, it's not wise to upset a Wookiee. So it's probably good news for all involved that Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-3-inch British actor famous for playing the hairy hero Chewbacca, is now set to reprise his role in the highly anticipated sequel "Star Wars: Episode VII," according to the Hollywood Reporter . Mayhew played Chewbacca, Solo's trusted co-pilot, in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, beginning with "Episode IV: A...
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BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget the flying car. In the future of our dreams, we want to be gliding around Jedi-style on hover bikes like the one currently in development by Aerofex, an aerospace company in Manhattan Beach. Aerofex recently posted new video of its hovercraft gliding inches over a crackly brown desert. The hovering action is provided by two ducted rotors on the underside of the vehicle that spin in opposite directions. A pilot controls the hover bike by leaning to the left and right, in much the same way a rider controls a bicycle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Northern Californian invoked the "luck of the Jedi" on Tuesday when he came forward to claim the $425.3-million Powerball jackpot he won after playing the lottery for 20 years. Wearing a shirt featuring the "Star Wars" character Yoda with the words “Luck of the Jedi I have," retiree B. Raymond Buxton came forward to officially claim his prize, telling officials he purposely chose April Fools' Day to turn in his ticket and take the one-time cash option. His cash option will be worth about $242.2 million before taxes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1997 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In "Return of the Jedi," Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) join other rebels to make their final assault on the Empire and Darth Vader. They're aided along the way by forest fur balls called Ewoks. Rated PG. The saga continues. So, apparently, does the bonding. Paul Jasper and his sons, Henry and Clint, had joined millions of others across the country in lining up to see the first two "Star Wars" movies in their remastered versions.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
"Star Wars" was born a long time ago, but not all that far, far away. In 1972, filmmakers George Lucas and Gary Kurtz were toiling on "American Graffiti" in their San Rafael office when they began daydreaming about a throwback sci-fi adventure that channeled the old "Flash Gordon" serials as opposed to the bleak "message" movies that had taken over the genre. "We had no idea what we were starting," says Kurtz, who was the producer of the first two "Star Wars" films and also a second-unit director.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1989 | Craig Modderno \f7
"Last Crusade" doesn't come cheap: Exhibitor sources tell us that theater owners have already paid Paramount Pictures an estimated $40 million in non-refundable guarantees for the right to show the sequel. A head film buyer for a West Coast-based chain called the figure "the highest in movie history in certain markets, with the possible exception of 'Return of the Jedi' ." The studio also has negotiated a minimum run of 12 weeks in every theater, the source added: "Since Paramount's debuting the film Memorial Day weekend, it locks up those screens all summer--and keeps out the competition."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 1997
"It has already lived long and prospered," Kenneth Turan's closing "Star Trek" reference in his "Star Wars" piece, angered and insulted Jedis everywhere ("It Still Packs a Force," Jan. 26). A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack. However, I can't control myself: Go kiss my Wookie! SHANNON ANNE SIMON Irvine Female characters who are self-assured and who step into their place in the world without apologies to anyone are so few and far between as to be an endangered species.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1985 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
This was supposed to be a "Ghostbusters" Christmas, with the videocassette of the 1984 comedy--due out Oct. 31 on RCA/Columbia for $79.95--dominating the holiday home video market. But intruders keep horning in. Paramount was first, announcing late last week that "Beverly Hills Cop," the Eddie Murphy movie that has grossed $233 million domestically, will be released on Oct. 30 for a relatively paltry $29.95. RCA/Columbia barely had time to absorb that news when Warner Home Video struck.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1987 | SUE MARTIN
E ven George Lucas showed up. That had been the biggest question for more than 9,000 fans who gathered over the three-day weekend for an exuberant 10th anniversary salute to "Star Wars." They crowded the halls of the Stouffer Concourse Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport, batting aside blue, black and white balloons trailing multicolored ribbons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Northern California man who won a $425.3-million Powerball jackpot in February has come forward to claim his prize, California Lottery officials said Tuesday. B. Raymond Buxton, a retiree, told Sacramento officials he purposely chose April Fool's Day to turn in his ticket and take the one-time cash option. It will be worth about $242.2 million before taxes. He wore a shirt featuring the "Star Wars" character Yoda with the words “Luck of the Jedi I have.” Buxton told officials he was getting lunch at a Subway inside the convenience store at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas when he decided to buy a second ticket for the February draw.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Star Wars" indeed. The battle for the lead role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," the next film in the famous franchise, is heating up, according to a Variety report naming five young actors as top contenders. Disney and Lucasfilm are considering Ed Speleers of "Downton Abbey," John Boyega of "Attack the Block," Jesse Plemons of "Breaking Bad," and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher to play the lead role of a Jedi apprentice, the report says . None of the actors mentioned is a household name, and Disney is mum on the news, so it's hard to say how serious the talks have been, but given the immense popularity of all things "Star Wars," the coveted role could propel any of them to stardom.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Adam Driver's character on the HBO series "Girls" has been accused of being a cruel, heartless weirdo. Now, Driver could be indulging his dark side further as the villain in "Star Wars: Episode VII. " According to a report in Variety, the 30-year-old Indiana native is close to signing a deal to play the main antagonist in J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated "Star Wars" sequel. Details of the character are unknown, the report says , but he's expected to be in the vein of the iconic bad guy Darth Vader.
NEWS
May 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Apparently the market force was not with them: A pair of Levi's jeans worn by Mark Hamill in the 1977 sci-fi film "Star Wars" failed to meet the reserve price in an online auction that ended last week. Nate D. Sanders , the auction house that put the trousers from Tatooine up for bid, had hoped they would fetch somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000. According to the lot detail page for the Jedi jeans, which had a minimum starting bid of $2,500, 13 bids were placed before the 5 p.m. PDT deadline on May 21 and no final bid amount is listed.
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
A pair of pants worn by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 movie "Star Wars" are up for bid through Nate D. Sanders Auctions, which expects them to fetch somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000. The auction house's description reads, in part: "Hamill donned these iconic pants as the Jedi Knight of all Jedi Knights, wearing the costume pants throughout much of the film. Sand-colored 'cotton drill' Levi's pants are purposely distressed to display wear, with dirt to back right pocket and in spots to front of pant legs.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
A "Star Wars" fan has made a video game that lets players throw virtual objects with their minds, but he's having trouble selling it because people don't believe it works. "One blogger that I reached out to accused me of fabricating the entire thing," said Lat Ware, a 28-year-old game developer in Sunnyvale, Calif. But Ware assures us that "Throw Trucks With Your Mind!," the game he is trying to fund on Kickstarter , is no hoax. Ware let VentureBeat test the game, and after the demo, the tech website's reporter proclaimed he was a Jedi Master.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox are taking a page out of the successful 1997 re-release of the original "Star Wars" trilogy as they prepare for a 3-D launch of two more movies from the space saga next year. "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith," the fifth and sixth movies in George Lucas' science-fiction franchise -- but the second and third chronologically -- will be released in 3-D on Sept. 20, 2013 and Oct. 11, 2013, respectively. Lucasfilm announced the news on its Facebook page Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Northern California man who won a $425.3-million Powerball jackpot in February has come forward to claim his prize, California Lottery officials said Tuesday. B. Raymond Buxton, a retiree, told Sacramento officials he purposely chose April Fool's Day to turn in his ticket and take the one-time cash option. It will be worth about $242.2 million before taxes. He wore a shirt featuring the "Star Wars" character Yoda with the words “Luck of the Jedi I have.” Buxton told officials he was getting lunch at a Subway inside the convenience store at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas when he decided to buy a second ticket for the February draw.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox are taking a page out of the successful 1997 re-release of the original "Star Wars" trilogy as they prepare for a 3-D launch of two more movies from the space saga next year. "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith," the fifth and sixth movies in George Lucas' science-fiction franchise -- but the second and third chronologically -- will be released in 3-D on Sept. 20, 2013 and Oct. 11, 2013, respectively. Lucasfilm announced the news on its Facebook page Monday.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget the flying car. In the future of our dreams, we want to be gliding around Jedi-style on hover bikes like the one currently in development by Aerofex, an aerospace company in Manhattan Beach. Aerofex recently posted new video of its hovercraft gliding inches over a crackly brown desert. The hovering action is provided by two ducted rotors on the underside of the vehicle that spin in opposite directions. A pilot controls the hover bike by leaning to the left and right, in much the same way a rider controls a bicycle.
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