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May 26, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even before the newest entry in the "Star Wars" saga opened last week, a comic-book store clerk in Seattle had organized a group called the International Society for the Extermination of Jar Jar Binks and set up a Web site with an address that sounds like a battle cry: http://www.jarjarmustdie.com. From all indications, the digital animated character who debuted in "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" is irritating moviegoers across North America.
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March 14, 2000 | By DONALD LIEBENSON,
Last May, "The Tonight Show" tapped into the pre-release hype and hysteria surrounding "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" with a comic bit in which Jimmy Brogan, one of the show's writers, camped out in line. The joke was that he was not, like thousands across the country, waiting outside a movie theater to be among the first to see the film, but outside a video store to be the first to rent it. The wait is nearly over.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2000 | By DONALD LIEBENSON,
Last May, "The Tonight Show" tapped into the pre-release hype and hysteria surrounding "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" with a comic bit in which Jimmy Brogan, one of the show's writers, camped out in line. The joke was that he was not, like thousands across the country, waiting outside a movie theater to be among the first to see the film, but outside a video store to be the first to rent it. The wait is nearly over.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1999 | PAUL WILLISTEIN, ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL
Natalie Portman, who plays teenage Queen Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace," views the character as something of a role model. Portman, 17, whose feature film debut was in Luc Besson's 1994 "The Professional," is all for it. "The film ["Phantom Menace"] does a great job of creating a positive image for young women," she says. "It's good for young girls to see it because she's [Queen Amidala] very smart, she's very together, she's very compassionate and warm.
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April 6, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "The Matrix," the new Keanu Reeves sci-fi flick that power-surged onto screens last week, the actor dangles from a helicopter, fights with shape-shifting androids and sports a cool pair of Ray-Bans--all while wired into a computer. In the movie's not exactly original but impressively rendered premise, virtual reality is not just a place where a man might meet his death--for the vast majority of the enslaved human race, it is the only reality they know.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1999
"Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" opens just after midnight tonight on 64 screens at 25 theaters in Orange County and Long Beach. Many of those theaters will continue showing it throughout the early hours of Wednesday. Here are the theaters, alphabetically by city. All are Edwards Cinemas except as indicated otherwise: * Aliso Viejo 20: 12:01 a.m., 3 a.m. on five screens. * Cinemapolis, Anaheim Hills: 12:01 a.m. * Anaheim Hills Festival Center: 12:01 a.m., 3 a.m. on two screens.
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May 21, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After perhaps the biggest buildup in movie history, "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" lived up to its early box-office expectations, setting a single-day record by taking in $28.5 million in its first 24 hours. That easily beats the one-day record posted by "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" in 1997, which grossed $26.1 million--and that was on a Sunday before Memorial Day. "Phantom Menace" had a staggering per-screen average of $9,610 on Wednesday. "It's a shooting star.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "Star Wars" saga is one of those rare pop phenomena that can accurately be described as both puerile and profound. It's silliness was always readily apparent (Wookies! Light sabers! Prissy talking robots! Please!). As for the profundities, they came to light after adults started searching for ways to rationalize how much fun they were having at the matinees with their kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While a certain sci-fi film continued to rule the box-office galaxy over the lucrative Memorial Day weekend, a smaller film proved that there are other forms of life on planet Hollywood. "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" smashed another record over the four-day holiday, surpassing the $200-million level on Monday after only 13 days in release, a full eight days ahead of "Independence Day," which got there after 21 days.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: When is a movie that breaks box-office records considered to be not quite living up to its hype? Answer: When the movie has the "Star Wars" label attached to it. This might sound like something Yoda would say, but in fact it's what's happening to "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace" in its first five days. "Phantom Menace" broke through the $100-million mark over the weekend, the third film this year to reach that level.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While a certain sci-fi film continued to rule the box-office galaxy over the lucrative Memorial Day weekend, a smaller film proved that there are other forms of life on planet Hollywood. "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" smashed another record over the four-day holiday, surpassing the $200-million level on Monday after only 13 days in release, a full eight days ahead of "Independence Day," which got there after 21 days.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even before the newest entry in the "Star Wars" saga opened last week, a comic-book store clerk in Seattle had organized a group called the International Society for the Extermination of Jar Jar Binks and set up a Web site with an address that sounds like a battle cry: http://www.jarjarmustdie.com. From all indications, the digital animated character who debuted in "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" is irritating moviegoers across North America.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1999 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER and CLAUDIA ELLER
George Lucas' current box-office hit, "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" will appear on free television long before it ever airs on cable--a growing trend in which the rules governing what happens to a big Hollywood movie after it leaves the theaters are increasingly being bent. Under the deal that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. struck with Lucas last year, his 20th Century Fox movie studio released the sci-fi saga on the big screen last week, then will release it subsequently on home video.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: When is a movie that breaks box-office records considered to be not quite living up to its hype? Answer: When the movie has the "Star Wars" label attached to it. This might sound like something Yoda would say, but in fact it's what's happening to "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace" in its first five days. "Phantom Menace" broke through the $100-million mark over the weekend, the third film this year to reach that level.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After perhaps the biggest buildup in movie history, "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" lived up to its early box-office expectations, setting a single-day record by taking in $28.5 million in its first 24 hours. That easily beats the one-day record posted by "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" in 1997, which grossed $26.1 million--and that was on a Sunday before Memorial Day. "Phantom Menace" had a staggering per-screen average of $9,610 on Wednesday. "It's a shooting star.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1999
"Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" opens just after midnight tonight on 64 screens at 25 theaters in Orange County and Long Beach. Many of those theaters will continue showing it throughout the early hours of Wednesday. Here are the theaters, alphabetically by city. All are Edwards Cinemas except as indicated otherwise: * Aliso Viejo 20: 12:01 a.m., 3 a.m. on five screens. * Cinemapolis, Anaheim Hills: 12:01 a.m. * Anaheim Hills Festival Center: 12:01 a.m., 3 a.m. on two screens.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1999 | MICHELE BOTWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 50,000 people logged on to Countingdown.com one day last month, hoping to get an early glimpse of the second trailer for "Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace." But instead of seeing new bad guy Darth Maul's double-edged light-saber they saw . . . Yoda holding a bag of Cheesy Poofs. Welcome to the universe of "Star Wars" spoofs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1999 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Danny is on his cell phone, making plans to see a preview screening of "Instinct" as he waits for his father to deliver a La-Z-Boy recliner. Ken is stretched out on his couch, playing video games on his laptop. Shahin and Apollo are in beach chairs, watching TV on a set hooked up to a satellite dish.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1999 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Danny is on his cell phone, making plans to see a preview screening of "Instinct" as he waits for his father to deliver a La-Z-Boy recliner. Ken is stretched out on his couch, playing video games on his laptop. Shahin and Apollo are in beach chairs, watching TV on a set hooked up to a satellite dish.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "Star Wars" saga is one of those rare pop phenomena that can accurately be described as both puerile and profound. It's silliness was always readily apparent (Wookies! Light sabers! Prissy talking robots! Please!). As for the profundities, they came to light after adults started searching for ways to rationalize how much fun they were having at the matinees with their kids.
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