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George Lucas Surprises The Crowd At Star Wars Celebration VI

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During the Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida, supervising director of the animated series Dave Filoni introduced to the stage “the show’s biggest fan,” which turned out to be George Lucas himself. Lucas was received with an uproarious cheer from the hundreds of Star Wars fans at the gathering.

IGN.com says the sci-fi icon was not scheduled to be at Star Wars Celebration VI at al this year so it was a complete surprise to everyone in attendance. While Lucas was on stage, he praised Filoni and the Clone Wars team for the outstanding job they were doing with the series. He noted their ability to create sophisticated stories in the Star Wars universe and applauded them for “making it more and more adult” and doing things that would be “far too complicated and far too expensive” in live-action.

The Star Wars creator later commented on an upcoming episode of The Clone Wars featuring a jungle planet inhabited with dragon-like winged creatures and Lucas admitted the episode was “A little bit of an homage to Jim Cameron… But it cost about 1000% less than Avatar.”

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George Lucas Says He’s Retiring From Blockbusters

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Regardless of your opinion of his creative output over the past two decades, there’s no question that George Lucas is one of the most influential forces in pop culture. Telling somebody you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie is likely to shock people as much as, if not more than, telling them you don’t know who the president is right now. Despite the negative reaction to his Star Wars prequels and the last Indiana Jones film, those movies all made giant piles of money. This weekend Lucas will open Red Tails, a film about the Tuskegee airmen that he financed himself after the studios refused to gamble on a high-budget action film with an all-black cast. Clearly, George Lucas can pretty much do whatever he wants these days. According to a new interview, however, what he wants to do is retire. From blockbusters, at least.

So what does Lucas’ supposed retirement mean? If you believe Lucas’ claims, his future will be filled with indie movies and maybe another Indy movie. Speaking to the New York Times, he said, “I’m retiring. I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” He says he plans to instead focus on making small, personal, even experimental films along the lines of THX-1138 and the films he made back in the day, before Star Wars made him an internationally known talent. It’s a goal he’s talked about before over the years, so we should probably take that with a grain of salt. Lucas is, however, leaving one escape clause: he’s not ruling out another Indiana Jones movie.

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George Lucas Tells George Lucas To Stop Messing With Star Wars

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Whenever George Lucas decides to tinker with Star Wars there are inevitably a few things that happen. First the fans get up in arms about how he’s destroying the films; meanwhile the vast majority will still buy the bastardized versions. Thus proving that Lucas knows what he’s doing and will continue to kick his creations in the nards whenever possible to make a buck. The other thing that occurs is the reemergence of the famed 1988 speech where he calls out the potential for harmful editing of already released films.

Save Star Wars has posted up, once again, the entire speech with a lengthy analysis. In 1988 Lucas stood before Congress to rally for a law that would protect the original works of filmmakers. At the time Ted Turner was colorizing old black and white films, which angered the original creators. But nothing could be done about it since Turner owned the movies. The fight made it all the way to Congress, and below you can read Lucas’ impassioned plea to have a law passed that could protect the original works of art.

Funny enough, this letter has resurfaced on the internet a number of times. It’s not like this is news to anyone. And to be honest, the hypocrisy exercised based on what was said 23 years ago is at maybe 67%. No law was passed, so that leaves not only the studios free to make changes as they see fit, but also the creators. And since Lucas is talking about preserving the original prints, but not specifically saying the director/creator should be banned from altering things, then there’s a little wiggle room.

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George Lucas Replacing Puppet Yoda With CGI On Phantom Menace Blu-ray

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Even after riotous outrage at George Lucas’ choice to add a horrible CGI Jabba the Hut into A New Hope, it seems like the filmmaker hasn’t learned his lesson. Instead, for the Blu Ray release of his film, Lucas is going to be replacing the puppet Yoda in The Phantom Menace with a completely CGI one, according to JoBlo.

Of course your initial reaction will be, “OH NO! HOW CAN HE DO THIS!?” But step back and really analyze the situation. Lucas isn’t replacing Yoda in every film, just Menace, and your first reaction to anything involving that film should be, “who cares?” It’s not a film you should pay to own since it’s already a horrible piece of shit. If Lucas really wants to improve his “film”, he should go through and replace the entire Gungan race, which wouldn’t be that difficult to do.

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Why Princess Leia Went Braless: There Is No Underwear In Space

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Sure she wore the gold bikini, but apparently that was as close as Carrie Fisher got to wearing a bra in Star Wars. Blastr caught up with the aging Princess Leia who’s putting on a one woman show in which she tells weird stories. The way she tells it, Lucas wouldn’t let her wear a bra during shooting. Why? Believe it or not he actually had a completely nerdy, scientific reason for it. Here’s how Fisher says Lucas explained it:

He explained that in space you get weightless, and so your flesh expands. What? But your bra doesn’t, so you get strangled by your bra. That’s why I couldn’t wear a bra in the first Star Wars. George actually came backstage when I did the show in San Francisco and told me that.

Is that true? If so, does that mean female astronauts wear no underwear? I guess this means my fantasy of rocketing across the Milky Way with corseted space-babes will never come true.

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GFR Goes To Disney’s Star Wars Weekends!

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disney star warsIt’s a safe bet to say if you are a reader of Giant Freakin Robot then you have watched Star Wars. George Lucas’s masterpiece was a pretty big part of my life just like the rest of you geeks. I watched all the movies and I wanted every toy they had although I never got the AT-AT Walker. Screw you, Santa. Anyways, my love of Star Wars never really went away. Of course, I kept it hidden from most people. My wife, Bethany, knew about it, but I made sure not to let her know how pathetic I was until after she was too far invested in me to run away.

Besides Star Wars, one of my other loves is Walt Disney World. When I heard about Star Wars Weekend 2008, I felt the little kid in me explode. Oh I had to go. Thankfully I have a sweet and understanding wife, and she was willing to go with me. The next thing I knew, we were off to Walt Disney World for June 6th through the 8th.  Star Wars Weekends began in 1997 and has happened 9 times now.  For each of the four weekends, Warwick Davis (aka Wicket) is the host at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Star Wars festivities. Also each weekend, a few Star Wars “celebrities” also appear for autographs and photos. Now, don’t even think that you’ll ever see Harrison Ford or Mark Hamill. We’re talking small time celebrities. For our weekend, we had Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan. Who?? Oh come on you have to know who Old Boba Fett and Young Boba Fett are! The other celebrities are: