March 12, 1999 |
How do you drum up interest in what is probably one of the most anticipated films ever released--"Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace"? That was the challenge that faced officials at 20th Century Fox Wednesday night as they went before the world's theater owners at the NATO/ShoWest convention here to whet their appetite for what is quickly becoming a movie so eagerly awaited that it's like being an engineer on a runaway train.
November 21, 1998 |
Relax, "Star Wars" fans. The trailer is with you. A two-minute peek at "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace," the newest addition to the hugely popular science-fiction series, debuted at theaters nationwide Friday, attracting all the attention of a blockbuster feature. The trailer's theatrical release provided a preview for all the hoopla expected to surround the arrival of the actual movie in May.
November 3, 1998 |
Nintendo of America Inc. beat out rival Sony for the initial rights to video games based on the first of the three new "Star Wars" movies. Nintendo is expected to announce today that it has been awarded the rights for two video games tied to "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," which is due out in May. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The games will be available on Nintendo 64, its 3-D video game player, and its new portable Game Boy color hand-held system.
October 31, 1998 |
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.
May 1, 1998 |
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.
April 3, 1998 |
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 |
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."
December 11, 1997 |
"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.