February 2, 1997 |
The 20th anniversary of the science-fiction film classic "Star Wars," reissued last week and playing at more than 2,100 screens, was headed Saturday for more box office records. The film brought in a record $12.4 million on its first night back in theaters, significantly more than many first-run blockbusters. It is a January-February box office record and the highest ever for a movie reissue.
February 1, 1997 |
They turned out Friday in legions, these fanatic fans of the mythical "Star Wars" story, not just to celebrate a groundbreaking film, but to recapture a tiny part of their own lives long forgotten since the movie's release a generation ago.
January 28, 1997 |
Last July 4, Mann Theatres President Chuck Goldwater spotted the first swell of the "Star Wars" tsunami. He discovered that moviegoers were not just pouring into the Mann Village theater in Westwood to see "Independence Day." They were coming to watch something even more momentous--the new "Star Wars" trailer.
January 26, 1997 |
Seeing "Star Wars" again after 20 years is, like revisiting an old flame, something not to be undertaken lightly. Sure you had fun together, but that was a long time ago. Would the attachment remain strong, or would a reunion lead to a shaking of the head and a muttered, "Thank God we're not involved anymore"? George Lucas, the man behind the "Star Wars" phenomenon, is giving everyone a chance to get reacquainted with one of the most popular films of all time.
July 10, 1996 |
At 10 theaters around the country, 20th Century Fox is taking advantage of the massive crowds for "Independence Day" to tout another little space alien project it has planned for theaters next February: the 20-year anniversary re-release of the "Star Wars" trilogy. The crowd-pleasing trailer, showing in Los Angeles only at the Mann Village Westwood, has been the subject of considerable Internet chatter in recent weeks as cyber-philes wondered where and when it might pop up.
July 9, 1995 |
When producer-director George Lucas was out stumping for the preservation of America's film heritage, he wasn't expecting the problem to hit so close to home. In preparation for the re-release of his 1977 blockbuster "Star Wars" on its 20th anniversary, 20th Century Fox discovered that the film was in serious need of repair. "We found when we went back that the film needed more than being cleaned up," says Tom Sherak, executive vice president at the studio. "Not the whole movie, but part of it."
May 30, 1985 |
A group of more than 700 scientists, including 54 Nobel laureates, today called on both the United States and the Soviet Union to abandon efforts to build "Star Wars" nuclear missile defense systems. The appeal kicked off a campaign by the Union of Concerned Scientists against President Reagan's proposed five-year, $26-billion research and development effort, the Strategic Defense Initiative, which seeks to build a space-based shield to protect U.S. nuclear weapons. At a news conference, Dr.