March 5, 2012 |
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.
October 24, 2013 |
In a galaxy somewhere near Hollywood, things are happening right now -- things involving "Star Wars: Episode VII" and Lawrence Kasdan. According to an announcement on the starwars.com website on Thursday, writing duties for the upcoming installment will be taken over by director J.J. Abrams and Kasdan, the latter previously just a consultant on the project. Kasdan had earlier co-written the "Star Wars" entries "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" but had mostly worked on indie pictures in recent years.
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July 12, 2013 |
The force is no longer with an Elk Grove man who bought a 3-foot-tall rubber Yoda figurine and other "Star Wars" memorabilia worth $10,000 with money he defrauded from the California Department of Transportation. In exchange for reduced charges, Eric Hodgson, 43, pleaded guilty to a scheme to bilk Caltrans out of nearly $2 million, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Friday. Hodgson agreed to a nine-year prison sentence and to forfeit two homes, two cars, retirement savings and the "Star Wars" loot.
October 31, 2012 |
Now that Disney has purchased LucasFilm, with the intent of churning out additional sequels or prequels to the "Star Wars" franchise as well as holding all rights to use the familiar characters for Saturday morning cartoons or whatever else it pleases, die-hard fans are clearly afraid that the universe of Naboo and Tatooine has gone over to the dark side. This is the company that tweaked the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Little Mermaid" to have a happily-ever-after ending.
September 25, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Animal Practice: After a sneak peek last month, this sitcom starts its regular run with Justin Kirk as a New York veterinarian who has an unorthodox style and a penchant for hitting on his clients (8 p.m. NBC). The Middle: Mike (Neil Flynn) accidentally reveals who his favorite child is in the season premiere of the family comedy (8 p.m. ABC)
January 28, 2014 |
Bill Hader has always been one of the nerdier "Saturday Night Live" alums, and he cemented that image with his appearance on "Conan" on Monday with his naked plea to be in the new "Star Wars" movies. There's a lot of secrecy surrounding director J.J. Abrams' revival of the "Star Wars" franchise, including the roles the director is looking to fill. But Hader, who left "SNL" after last season, is available. And he has very specific talents he made sure to display in case Abrams happened to be watching.