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March 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Is the Walt Disney Co. considering adding a "Star Wars"-themed land at one of its parks in Anaheim? That question has been on the lips of Disneyland guests and annual pass holders who in the past few weeks began receiving a survey by Disney, asking them about their interest in "Star Wars. " On Twitter, at least one Disney guest posted a screen grab of the survey, which asked: "How interested would you be in visiting a Star Wars themed land at Disneyland Resort?" Other questions included: "Which Star Wars characters would you definitely not want to see or meet in person?"
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
April 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Billy Dee Williams , known as Lando Calrissian to fans of the early "Star Wars" movies, has left his empire in Beverly Hills, selling his house for $2,790,600. Built in 1961 and set on more than half an acre in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood, the house is described as a "Zen-like contemporary" in the listing. The 5,295-square-foot home features French doors that open to a deck, swimming pool and spa. There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms including maid's quarters.
April 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
One of the axioms of Hollywood is that like follows like. A hit begets other hits (See: every third cable reality show), while a flop, like a crafty Vegas magician, makes all similar projects disappear. That would seem to be the case for "Transcendence," the $100-million Warner Bros. film about a Johnny Depp-incarnated computer program that may or may not have acquired consciousness. Despite a barrage of TV ads, the film mustered only $11 million and a fourth-place finish on its first weekend of release.
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.
May 13, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The legacy of "Star Wars" and the tempest in a very large teapot that seminal film has stirred in its vast legion of fans gets a nerd's eye view in the entertaining documentary "The People vs. George Lucas. " You don't have to be a "Star Wars" nut to enjoy this fast-paced film, though it's sure to resonate most with those whose childhoods — and beyond — were shaped by the 1977 phenomenon. Director Alexandre O. Philippe exhaustively covers the love-hate relationship "Star Wars'" most rabid enthusiasts have had with the franchise's über-creator — and subsequent corporate titan — George Lucas.
December 5, 2010 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
What is "Star Wars: Visions" (Abrams: 176 pp., $40) all about? If you want, you can skip the prefaces by George Lucas, Sean McLain and J.W. Rinzler and go directly to Page 87. There you'll find an answer suggested by Peter Ferk's painting "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of. " It's one of the book's most emblematic images of fandom. A storyboard artist and animation director, Ferk captures what most of our "Star Wars"-obsessed bedrooms looked like when we were kids ? and what our own kids' rooms often still look like now. The twin-sized bed at the center of the painting is covered with toy spaceships and action figures.
May 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The force is returning to Britain. Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of "Star Wars: Episode VII " will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios' current release "Iron Man 3," filmed in North Carolina. Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the "Harry Potter" movies, "Clash of the Titans" and "Captain America: the First Avenger.
October 31, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Disney's plans to make a trio of "Star Wars" movies has set off a frenzy of speculation over what that series will look like. But even as fans offer their emotional reactions to the news of the movies - and their pleas for who should direct them - the die is already being cast. In the months before Disney announced it would acquire "Star Wars" studio Lucasfilm, several different screenwriters paid visits to Lucasfilm's Northern California compound to pitch George Lucas and his co-chair Kathleen Kennedy their ideas for the new live-action installment, the series' seventh, according to a person familiar with the talks who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about them.
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.
April 19, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jonathan Lee stood by the large prints of Ein Liz, a female action figure he'd spent the better part of a year creating. The Art Center College of Design senior hoped his pieces would catch the eye of one of the hundreds of possible employers who would inspect students' work during the annual graduation show last week. The 25-year-old admitted to feeling nervous but tried to temper his expectations as representatives from Disney and Google approached his display. He plans to send resumes later.
April 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Coming off the success of the groundbreaking horror movie "The Exorcist" and the Academy Award-winning cop thriller "The French Connection," director William Friedkin seemed to have the magic touch in the 1970s - until he made "Sorcerer. " Adapted from the the 1950 Georges Arnaud novel "Le Salaire de la peur" ("The Wages of Fear") and inspired by the 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot film of that name, "Sorcerer" is a taut thriller about four outcasts transporting truckloads of high explosives over treacherous South American terrain.
April 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
After spending a day on the run, a man wanted in a Florida hit-and-run crash into a day-care facility, which left one girl dead and more than a dozen other people hurt, turned himself in, officials said Thursday. Robert Alex Corchado, 28, surrendered at the Orange County, Fla., jail, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The announcement came not long after officials pleaded for the public's help in tracking down Corchado, who has a history of drug convictions and car crashes.
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...
March 22, 2014 | By Susan King
Artists Drew Struzan and the late Bob Peak may not be household names, but their movie posters have graced the walls of museums and galleries as well as countless homes and college dorm rooms. Struzan's more than 150 posters include ones for "Blade Runner," "E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial," the "Star Wars" franchise since the 1978 re-release poster, the four "Indiana Jones" films, the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Hellboy," "Pan's Labyrinth," "The Shawshank Redemption" and the AMC series "The Walking Dead.
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.
February 2, 2000
"Star Wars" missile system: May the "farce" be with you. JAMES A. FARRIS Los Angeles
March 5, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan
Ralph McQuarrie , an illustrator who was responsible for creating the look of Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, the Stormtroopers and many other characters for director George Lucas' “Star Wars” movies, has died. McQuarrie, who shared an Academy Award for visual effects for “Cocoon” in 1986, was 82. McQuarrie, whose paintings helped persuade 20th Century Fox to greenlight what became the 1977 blockbuster “Star Wars,” died Saturday at his home in Berkeley, said John Scoleri, co-author of a book on McQuarrie's art. He had Parkinson's disease and recently had been in declining health.
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.
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Opening the door of Rene Holguin's RTH store on La Cienega and stepping into the piñon incense-scented space is like stumbling upon the souvenir shop of your dreams. A native of El Paso, Holguin learned leather crafting from his boot-maker father. He started his label in 2010 with accessories - cowhide leather flower pins and fringe necklaces, bandanna tote bags and felt hats - all evoking treasures you might find on a road trip. That vision has since evolved into a lifestyle collection, including unisex shirts and shirtdresses, shawls, jackets and denim, with a timeless, utilitarian cool.
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