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May 17, 2005 | John Horn and Chris Lee, Special to The Times
Where's Hollywood's most coveted real estate? It's not a Malibu beachfront compound or a ski-in, ski-out Telluride chalet. The hottest frontage this week is in the trailer bank preceding "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith," the film every studio is banking on to energize a listless box-office year.
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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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ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2005
How is it that "King Kong" gets a major front page as well as a two-page interview ("King Kong," Jan. 16); that it gets more coverage than the new "Star Wars" movie? "King Kong" is still in production, while "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" is finished and ready for release on May 19! I find this very odd, considering that this new "Star Wars" movie is predicted to be a major blockbuster. Jerald Lacy Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Star Wars Rebels" will be the first look fans get of their favorite science-fiction universe since its creator, George Lucas, sold the property to Disney and stepped down from the helm two years ago. Naturally, fans are approaching the new series with equal parts excitement and trepidation. After all, Disney itself has been compared to the nefarious "Empire" more than a few times over the years. "Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni finds the notion that "Star Wars" may be unrecognizable in its new iteration "fascinating.
OPINION
June 9, 2005
To paraphrase a particularly snappy Variety headline, "The Sith Has Hit the Fans," meaning the sixth and final "Star Wars" episode is going strong around the world, and the long-running saga is all over, except for the counting of the money. After three weeks at a theater near you, the movie had taken in more than $300 million in the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
BUSINESS
May 29, 2006 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
The third installment in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" franchise had the biggest-ever start for a Memorial Day weekend film, with the movie grossing an estimated $107 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday. Although complete results for the holiday weekend are expected to be released today, "X-Men: The Last Stand" is already one of the biggest film openings. According to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Star Wars Rebels" will be the first look fans get of their favorite science-fiction universe since its creator, George Lucas, sold the property to Disney and stepped down from the helm two years ago. Naturally, fans are approaching the new series with equal parts excitement and trepidation. After all, Disney itself has been compared to the nefarious "Empire" more than a few times over the years. "Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni finds the notion that "Star Wars" may be unrecognizable in its new iteration "fascinating.
OPINION
January 23, 2005
Subway: A Friday editorial said that Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina was upset because a ballot measure sponsored by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky had prevented subways from being built in her district. Actually, a large portion of the existing Red Line subway is in Molina's district.
NEWS
April 14, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
The final installment of "Star Wars" opens in theaters May 19, but Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox are planning special screenings in L.A. and nine other cities May 12 to benefit an assortment of charities. Tickets available to the public are priced at $500 and $1,000.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2006 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
The third installment in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" franchise had the biggest-ever start for a Memorial Day weekend film, with the movie grossing an estimated $107 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday. Although complete results for the holiday weekend are expected to be released today, "X-Men: The Last Stand" is already one of the biggest film openings. According to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co.
OPINION
June 9, 2005
To paraphrase a particularly snappy Variety headline, "The Sith Has Hit the Fans," meaning the sixth and final "Star Wars" episode is going strong around the world, and the long-running saga is all over, except for the counting of the money. After three weeks at a theater near you, the movie had taken in more than $300 million in the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2005 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
Moviegoers have spoken: George Lucas is indeed the chosen one. The filmmaker's sixth and final intergalactic epic, "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith," smashed the record for opening-day and single-day ticket sales, grossing $50 million on Thursday. Twentieth Century Fox said Friday that Lucas' prequel defeated the single-day record of $44.7 million, set in 2004 by "Shrek 2" on the film's fourth day in release, as well as the opening-day mark of $42.5 million, set by Warner Bros.'
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2005 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
Hollywood loves to gamble, wagering everything from $20 million to hire Will Ferrell to more than $150 million to remake "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." One of the town's most popular bets these days is on the box-office prospects of "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." Executives at three major studios have organized informal office pools, where the closest prediction of the prequel's four-day gross takes the pot.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2005 | John Horn and Chris Lee, Special to The Times
Where's Hollywood's most coveted real estate? It's not a Malibu beachfront compound or a ski-in, ski-out Telluride chalet. The hottest frontage this week is in the trailer bank preceding "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith," the film every studio is banking on to energize a listless box-office year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2005 | David Germain, Associated Press
Without Michael Moore and "Fahrenheit 9/11" at the Cannes Film Festival this time, it was left to George Lucas and "Star Wars" to pique European ire over the state of world relations and the United States' role in it. Lucas' themes of democracy on the skids and a ruler preaching war to preserve the peace predate "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" by almost 30 years.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1987 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Energy Factors Inc. has signed a letter of agreement to be acquired by Sithe Energies Group, a New York-based hydroelectric plant builder and operator, for $80 million in cash, or $17.25 a share, Energy Factors said Wednesday. Sithe will operate Energy Factors as a wholly owned subsidiary if the deal is concluded, Energy Factors Vice President Rick Kay said. Sithe's major shareholder is Compagnie Generale des Eaux, one of France's largest public service companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Never but never underestimate the power of the dark side of the Force. It has made "Episode III Revenge of the Sith" into easily the best of the trio of "Star Wars" prequels and has even attempted the tougher assignment of saving writer-director George Lucas from himself.
BOOKS
May 15, 2005 | Charles Solomon, Charles Solomon is the author of numerous books on animation and is a frequent contributor to The Times
In the "Star Wars" films, George Lucas has forged elements of old movie serials, Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" and Joseph Campbell's theories into the closest thing to a mythology that the late 20th century produced. In the 28 years since the premiere of the first film, pop culture fads have come and gone; "Star Wars" remains. The first five movies spawned novels, graphic novels, visual directories, game guides, cookbooks, memorabilia buying guides and "making of" volumes.
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