George Lucas

George Lucas & Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

George Lucas & Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

George Bodenheimer, who retired from his role as Executive Chairman of ESPN in May 2014, enjoyed a remarkable 33-year career that began in the company's mailroom in 1981. Working his way through the ranks, he became executive vice president of sales and marketing in 1996, before being named the network's fifth president in 1998. He held that role until 2012, when he stepped down from day-to-day operations.

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‘Star Wars 7’: What George Lucas Wanted & Why It Didn't Happen

‘Star Wars 7’: What George Lucas Wanted & Why It Didn't Happen

While there is still much we don't know about the actual story in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's clear that the story centers on a younger group of heroes. Although they are in their 20s and 30s, and not youngsters like Jake Lloyd, who was just 10 years old when Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace was released. Disney reportedly wanted to get rid of any similarities to the prequel trilogy, which were largely bashed by fans. These new heroes appear to be around the same age of the original Star Wars trilogy cast members.

We have only seen two Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers so far, and there still hasn't been an official synopsis released yet, so hopefully we'll learn more specifics about this story very soon. Are you glad they didn't use George Lucas' original treatment? Chime in with your thoughts below.

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George Lucas and Cast Talk ‘Strange Magic’ | EXCLUSIVE

George Lucas and Cast Talk ‘Strange Magic’ | EXCLUSIVE

George Lucas rides off into the sunset on a song, and with a whole lot of love as Strange Magic marks the final film he developed for Lucasfilm before selling his company to Disney. Inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Strange Magic is a motion capture, CGI musical about the unlikely romance of a faerie princess (Evan Rachel Wood) and the grizzled Bog King (Alan Cumming).

A departure from his previous work, this new fantasy adventure is a frame to frame musical, with popular songs driving the love themed plot. Lucas admits he has been writing Strange Magic for over fifteen years. As Star Wars was mainly meant for boys, Strange Magic is his opus for girls. And it Teaches a much different lesson than traditional, patriarchal fables.

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Disney Tossed Out George Lucas' Ideas for ‘Star Wars 7’

Disney Tossed Out George Lucas' Ideas for ‘Star Wars 7’

Last week, George Lucas revealed that he had finally seen the teaser trailer, and that he was impressed with the first footage. He also claimed that he "has no idea what they're doing" with the movie. The only confirmed details we have regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens revolve around new cast members and their characters. John Boyega plays a Stormtrooper named Finn, Daisy Ridley portrays Rey, and Oscar Isaac is an X-Wing pilot named Poe Dameron, all of who we saw in the first trailer along with ball droid BB-8. We were also introduced to a cloaked Sith villain with an unusual light saber named Kylo Ren.

Before director J.J. Abrams took over the screenwriting duties with Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt wrote the first draft of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenplay. It isn't known if that original script included any of George Lucas' ideas or not, but even if that is the case, they surely won't be seen in the finished film. Are you glad that Disney didn't use any of George Lucas' ideas for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Chime in with your thoughts below.

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George Lucas Has No Idea What ‘Star Wars 7’ Is About

George Lucas Has No Idea What ‘Star Wars 7’ Is About

Earlier this week, George Lucas revealed that he originally intended to make Star Wars Episode VII before selling LucasFilm to Disney for $4 billion back in 2012. While it was always assumed that he had plans for the next three chapters in the Skywalker family story, it has become quite clear that he hasn't had much input on the new sequels. Out promoting his latest project Strange Magic, an animated fantasy adventure he created, he reveals that he knows nothing at all about the story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Back in 2013, it was revealed that George Lucas had spent an entire year mapping out a new trilogy before the big sale to Disney. It was believed that Michael Arndt was working from this blueprint when he first started to pen the screenplay. As famously reported, Michael Arndt left the pre-production process early on, with J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan doing a massive overhaul on the script. It is not known how much of the Lucas blueprint remains within the finished movie, and it may be as much of a surprise to us as it is to George Lucas when it finally hits screens this December. While the creator of this universe isn't actively involved with any of the upcoming films, he is available for consultation.

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George Lucas Wanted to Make ‘Star Wars 7’ Before Selling LucasFilm

George Lucas Wanted to Make ‘Star Wars 7’ Before Selling LucasFilm

The filmmaker did reveal that he is currently writing smaller "experimental" films, but no details for those projects were revealed. Would you have liked to see George Lucas direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more Star Wars details.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

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Meet the Creatures and Cast in ‘Strange Magic’

Meet the Creatures and Cast in ‘Strange Magic’

A group of forest dwelling inhabitants are introduced in a sneak preview of ‘Strange Magic’, from the mind of creator George Lucas.
Rare ‘Star Wars’ Behind-the-Scenes Video from 1977

Rare ‘Star Wars’ Behind-the-Scenes Video from 1977

A recently discovered behind-the-scenes video from the original 1977 ‘Star Wars’ shows Mark Hamill and George Lucas shooting a deleted scene.