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George Lucas And J.J. Abrams Bond Via Facebook

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Now that J.J. Abrams has been officially announced as the honest-to-gosh-no-kidding director of Star Wars: Episode VII, everybody with an internet connection has been sounding off about whether that choice is good, bad, or some combination of the two. And sure, folks like us have devoted thousands of words to the subject, and will inevitably dedicate thousands more, but you know who we’d really like to hear from? The man himself, George Lucas! And not in some bland, focus-grouped press release or sound bite. We want to candid, no-bullshit truth of how he feels about this young pup coming in and setting up camp in his sandbox.

What would a conversation between the two sound like? Would George have nothing but praise? Would Abrams grill George for ideas about what to do, and what not to do, with one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time? If only there were some way to…oops, hang on, somebody just messaged me on Facebook. Say, wait a minute…Facebook! Of course!

And so here you have the following totally real, not at all fake, clearly 100% accurate account of Lucas and Abrams discussing that galaxy far, far away. Read on to discover George’s secret plan…

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Terence Stamp Calls George Lucas A Boring Director

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George Lucas has never really been known as an “actor’s director.” Just watch any of the Star Wars prequels and you’ll understand why. Best case in point is British actor Terence Stamp, who recently revealed his distaste of George Lucas’ directing style.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Terence Stamp spoke quite candidly about his role and experience working with George Lucas on Star Wars. Stamp played Chancellor Valorum, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Stamp says:

We didn’t get on at all. I didn’t rate him that much as a director, really. I didn’t feel like he was a director of actors; he was more interested in stuff and effects. He didn’t interest me and I wouldn’t think I interested him.

Lucas’ films are much more known for their visual panache and technological innovations than their engaging narratives and acting. But to get a better idea of Stamp’s experience, the 74-year-old actor continued:

I came all the way back from Australia to do it. I didn’t want to but my agent leaned on me and I wanted to meet Natalie Portman because I’d seen her in The Professional. And I did meet her and she was absolutely enchanting. But on the day I’m supposed to do my scene with her, for which I’d traveled halfway around the world, I said, ‘Where’s Natalie?’ And George says, ‘That’s Natalie,’ and points to a bit of paper on the wall. It was just boring.

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Vintage Variety Ad Has The Star Wars Characters Congratulating E.T.

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Between the two of them, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have been responsible for some of the most successful and iconic movies of all time. And while they’ve been professional colleagues for decades, they’re also close friends, and when something awesome happens to close friends, they celebrate that success together. In the case of George Lucas, that means taking out a full-page ad to virtually high five your buddy.

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George Lucas Presents Star Wars: Episode VII Parody Video

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Who knew George Lucas ate seven lunches a day? In a new parody video about Star Wars: Episode VII, a sketch comedy group addresses Star Wars fans’ concern for Disney’s involvement in their beloved science fiction series. The parody video also reveals a hilarious George Lucas impression that might be more fact than fiction.

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George Lucas Is Giving Away Most Of The Money From The Star Wars Sale

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George Lucas ain’t all bad. After receiving $4.05 billion from Disney after the sale of LucasFilm and all of his subsidiary companies, it is reported that Lucas will give a majority of his earnings to a foundation that will focus primarily on educational issues. Simply put, George Lucas is a do-gooder!

“George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson tells THR. Lucas is no stranger to charity and philanthropy. He is chairman of Edutopia, which is part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. The foundation was a way for Lucas to donate $175 million to USC, his alma mater in 2006. In the past, Lucas has also generously donated to the Film Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

George Lucas said in a statement, “For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”

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George Lucas Explains His Thoughts Behind The Lucasfilm/Disney Deal

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With the news flying fast and furious over the past hour or so since news of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, and the Star Wars franchise first broke. But while we’re hearing more and more details about what this will mean for the future of Star Wars across all media, we haven’t heard much beyond his official statement from the man who created it all in the first place, George Lucas. Now he has taken to YouTube in a new video, which explains his reasoning behind the sale, as well as his own plans for retirement. Take a look: