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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It would be easy to understand a mad stampede for a sneak preview of the highly anticipated "Star Wars" prequel, "The Phantom Menace," which debuts next May. But it's virtually unprecedented for there to be hysteria about the upcoming two-minute trailer for the movie--except that it offers the first look at actual footage from the film. Now a detailed shot-by-shot breakdown of that still-unfinished teaser trailer has appeared on an Australian-based Web site--http://www.darkhorizons.
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BUSINESS
May 1, 1998 | Associated Press
For more than 65 years, Lego has relied on the popularity of its simple plastic bricks to encourage children to build anything they could imagine. Now the Danish company is hitching its name to a star, a galaxy and the Millennium Falcon. Lego will make and sell construction toys based on the original "Star Wars" film trilogy, as well as three new "Star Wars" movies to be released over the next decade.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1998 | AMY WALLACE and MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a deal expected to become the most lucrative ever for an individual film director-producer, George Lucas has granted 20th Century Fox distribution rights for his next three "Star Wars" films in theaters and on video beginning in 1999. Lucas could reap a profit of $1 billion from the deal, under which Fox will distribute three "prequels"--films whose story lines predate the original "Star Wars." The first prequel, tentatively called "Episode I," is expected to be released in May 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's loyalists like Selena Phanara who helped the blockbuster maritime disaster epic "Titanic" steam its way past George Lucas' "Star Wars" this weekend to become the highest-grossing film of all time. Six times, the Burbank artist and teacher has seen the story of two star-crossed young lovers aboard the doomed ocean liner--which on Saturday reached $471.5 million in box office sales across North America, compared with $461 million earned by "Star Wars."
BUSINESS
December 11, 1997 | JAMES ULMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Star Wars" is the most bankable franchise on Hollywood's horizon. "Batman" and "Star Trek" are in trouble. And although James Bond remains the most lucrative and longest-running franchise in cinema history, it ranks well down the list compared with its peers.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Hasbro Inc. and Galoob Toys Inc. on Tuesday won the rights to produce toys for the three new "Star Wars" movies in a deal that analysts call the biggest toy licensing agreement ever. While both companies declined to disclose terms of the agreements, "Star Wars" is already the best-selling toy license to date, with millions of dollars in revenue each year. Galoob, meantime, offered almost one-fifth of its stock to the films' producers at an attractive price.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
"Star Wars" continued its domination to lead the box office to what is expected to have been the best four-day Presidents Day weekend total ever. "This is a tremendous weekend, and of course it's all led by 'Star Wars,' " said Exhibitor Relations President John Krier Monday. "It's going to be a record-breaker." Although final figures won't be available until today, the weekends grosses were expected to easily exceed last year's four-day take of $95.4 million, Krier said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1997 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While his 20-year-old movie was drawing record-breaking crowds this weekend, it was business as usual for "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who was holed up at his Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. The filmmaker was spending time with his children and working on his next film trilogy--the "Star Wars" "prequel"--and intentionally avoiding reports of how the movie was faring at the box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1997 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When George Lucas and 20th Century Fox chairman Tom Sherak met in 1992 to talk about reissuing an old but improved "Star Wars" on the big screen, neither had any idea that the force would be with them as much as it was this weekend. "Star Wars," first released in 1977, was brought back to theaters Friday and drew record-setting numbers across the country. It is estimated to have made $36.
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