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May 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
After 14 years in the making, the long-rumored and oft-delayed remake of the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland is about to become a reality. Walt Disney Imagineering's Tom Fitzgerald has been there since the beginning, writing the attraction's original story line back in 1987 and shepherding Star Tours 2.0 since 1997. On June 3, the rebooted simulator ride makes its official debut at the Anaheim theme park. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventure Continues at Disneyland Back in 1997, Fitzgerald was summoned to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., by director and producer George Lucas during post-production for "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" to look at footage of what Lucas called the   "perfect sequence" for a long-envisioned update to the Star Tours simulator ride: a pod race on Tatooine.
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August 12, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Filmmaker George Lucas and his new wife, Mellody Hobson, have welcomed a girl, born Friday. Everest Hobson Lucas is the first biological child for both parties, who married on June 22 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, the Huffington Post reported . The baby - like Jimmy Fallon's new daughter, Winnie - was carried to term via gestational surrogate. Lucas, 69, has three children via adoption: Amanda, 32, from a previous marriage to Marcia Griffin, and Katie, 25, and Jett, 20, whom Lucas adopted on his own. The "Star Wars" creator and Hobson, 44, met in 2006 at a business conference.
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BUSINESS
October 21, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George Lucas' high-tech film wizards have brought dinosaurs to life in "Jurassic Park" and enabled Tom Hanks to shake hands with John F. Kennedy in "Forrest Gump." But the force hasn't exactly been with the "Star Wars" creator in his efforts to work a different sort of miracle in growth-averse Marin County--that of vastly expanding his movie-making empire. Lucas has proposed spending $81 million to build state-of-the-art facilities on hilly ranchland adjoining his Skywalker Ranch here.
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June 24, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
"Star Wars" mastermind George Lucas turned Skywalker Ranch in Marin County into a bit of a love fest Saturday evening when he married Mellody Hobson in a ceremony officiated by journalist Bill Moyers. Hobson, 44, was given away by former New Jersey senator and longtime friend Bill Bradley, according to the Huffington Post, which saw its founder, Arianna Huffington, among the guests. Huffington told the Post that Moyers' words were quite moving, while Ron Howard tweeted that it was "nothing short of profound.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The force was definitely with John Williams and George Lucas this week. Thirteen years after film maker Lucas first pitted Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo against Darth Vader, he invited his favorite movie composer to his sumptuous 3,000-acre Skywalker Ranch in the rolling hills of Marin County for a two-day "Star Wars" taping session.
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March 2, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer. Contact him at geoff.boucher@latimes.com.
No, none of it makes sense, but then an overheated mind can bend logic, especially when it comes to profit and prophets. The funny truth of it is that most of the pilgrims have no clue as to what they would find if they did get past the gate. There may be no more mysterious piece of real estate in California than Skywalker Ranch, the 5,156-acre spread that is the spiritual center of George Lucas' vast entertainment empire. Is it some tycoon's citadel of self, like Hearst Castle? Or, far worse, a sci-fi version of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and its creepy calliopes?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX
George Lucas has settled a longstanding tax dispute over the value of his 2,500-acre Skywalker Ranch headquarters in the rolling hills of Marin County, north of San Francisco. The county had contended that the ranch, headquarters of Lucasfilm Ltd., is worth $84 million, while Lucas felt the land should be valued at $18 million.
MAGAZINE
April 6, 2008
I just finished your Skywalker Ranch article ("The Empire Lives Here," by Geoff Boucher, March 2) and had to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I'm from San Rafael, and while I have done the hike around the ranch and been outside the front gates, I've never had the opportunity to go inside. Your write-up really gave me a great idea about the "feel" of the ranch and shed light on what has been such a mystery to me. Ryan McDuffie Santa Cruz -- I just read Geoff Boucher's article on his trip to the Skywalker Ranch, but I have a question: He mentioned watching DVDs at the ranch.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Filmmaker George Lucas and his new wife, Mellody Hobson, have welcomed a girl, born Friday. Everest Hobson Lucas is the first biological child for both parties, who married on June 22 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, the Huffington Post reported . The baby - like Jimmy Fallon's new daughter, Winnie - was carried to term via gestational surrogate. Lucas, 69, has three children via adoption: Amanda, 32, from a previous marriage to Marcia Griffin, and Katie, 25, and Jett, 20, whom Lucas adopted on his own. The "Star Wars" creator and Hobson, 44, met in 2006 at a business conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
"Star Wars" mastermind George Lucas turned Skywalker Ranch in Marin County into a bit of a love fest Saturday evening when he married Mellody Hobson in a ceremony officiated by journalist Bill Moyers. Hobson, 44, was given away by former New Jersey senator and longtime friend Bill Bradley, according to the Huffington Post, which saw its founder, Arianna Huffington, among the guests. Huffington told the Post that Moyers' words were quite moving, while Ron Howard tweeted that it was "nothing short of profound.
NEWS
May 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
After 14 years in the making, the long-rumored and oft-delayed remake of the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland is about to become a reality. Walt Disney Imagineering's Tom Fitzgerald has been there since the beginning, writing the attraction's original story line back in 1987 and shepherding Star Tours 2.0 since 1997. On June 3, the rebooted simulator ride makes its official debut at the Anaheim theme park. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventure Continues at Disneyland Back in 1997, Fitzgerald was summoned to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., by director and producer George Lucas during post-production for "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" to look at footage of what Lucas called the   "perfect sequence" for a long-envisioned update to the Star Tours simulator ride: a pod race on Tatooine.
MAGAZINE
April 6, 2008
I just finished your Skywalker Ranch article ("The Empire Lives Here," by Geoff Boucher, March 2) and had to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I'm from San Rafael, and while I have done the hike around the ranch and been outside the front gates, I've never had the opportunity to go inside. Your write-up really gave me a great idea about the "feel" of the ranch and shed light on what has been such a mystery to me. Ryan McDuffie Santa Cruz -- I just read Geoff Boucher's article on his trip to the Skywalker Ranch, but I have a question: He mentioned watching DVDs at the ranch.
MAGAZINE
March 2, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer. Contact him at geoff.boucher@latimes.com.
No, none of it makes sense, but then an overheated mind can bend logic, especially when it comes to profit and prophets. The funny truth of it is that most of the pilgrims have no clue as to what they would find if they did get past the gate. There may be no more mysterious piece of real estate in California than Skywalker Ranch, the 5,156-acre spread that is the spiritual center of George Lucas' vast entertainment empire. Is it some tycoon's citadel of self, like Hearst Castle? Or, far worse, a sci-fi version of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and its creepy calliopes?
BUSINESS
October 21, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George Lucas' high-tech film wizards have brought dinosaurs to life in "Jurassic Park" and enabled Tom Hanks to shake hands with John F. Kennedy in "Forrest Gump." But the force hasn't exactly been with the "Star Wars" creator in his efforts to work a different sort of miracle in growth-averse Marin County--that of vastly expanding his movie-making empire. Lucas has proposed spending $81 million to build state-of-the-art facilities on hilly ranchland adjoining his Skywalker Ranch here.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX
George Lucas has settled a longstanding tax dispute over the value of his 2,500-acre Skywalker Ranch headquarters in the rolling hills of Marin County, north of San Francisco. The county had contended that the ranch, headquarters of Lucasfilm Ltd., is worth $84 million, while Lucas felt the land should be valued at $18 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The force was definitely with John Williams and George Lucas this week. Thirteen years after film maker Lucas first pitted Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo against Darth Vader, he invited his favorite movie composer to his sumptuous 3,000-acre Skywalker Ranch in the rolling hills of Marin County for a two-day "Star Wars" taping session.
NEWS
June 26, 1988
Imagine sitting in George Lucas' library at the Skywalker Ranch listening to stories of heroes and gods by a man with a voice that gets increasingly pleasant with each sentence. I envy Bill Moyers' long chats with Joseph Campbell, the deceased professor of mythology, and I thank PBS for its magical, mystical series, "Power of Myth." Giacinta B. Koontz, Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A dozen Holstein cows grazing near Skywalker Ranch apparently got spooked and ran off a 50-foot cliff. Motorists on Lucas Valley Road saw the cows fall over the hilltop at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, said Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Pittman. The animals probably had been scared by something, said John Reese, a spokesman for the Marin Humane Society. Two of the cows were euthanized by a sheriff's deputy.
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