George Lucas

Strange Magic Review

Not even the stupidest of kids will fall for the cloying, George Lucas produced Strange Magic.

Interview: Patrick Read Johnson

Dork Shelf talks to Patrick Read Johnson about his long in the works autobiographical film 5-25-77 and it's long road to the big screen despite being a small film about how he got started as a filmmaker growing up in small town Illinois. Johnson opens up about growing disillusioned with the studio system (working with John Hughes on Baby's Day Out, turning down the chance to do Home Alone, and the troubled post production on Angus), the good along the way, and bringing his work-in-progress film to the TIFF Next Wave Festival this weekend.

This Week in DVD: 5/22/12

A busy week for big titles on video store shelves as we take a look at The Grey, The Secret World of Arrietty, The Woman in Black, This Means War, and Red Tails.

Red Tails Review

It’s hard not to talk about the World War II action drama Red Tails without bringing up George Lucas. Making a fighter pilot film had always been a dream of the man whose greatest strength was filming dog fights in the skies. Lucas, who allegedly oversaw reshoots and worked a bit on the script, receives only a producer credit here, but he probably should’ve had a lot more input on this tale of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. It’s a film that has its heart in the right place and nothing but the best of intentions, but also one the cries out for some sort of real guidance to hold this debacle together.

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster Trailer

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably seen Drew Struzan’s work. He’s the man responsible for some of the most iconic movie posters in film history. When you think of movies like Back to the Future, The Thing, Star Wars, The Goonies, Big Trouble in Little China E.T. The Extraterrestrial or Harry Potter their […]

The People vs. George Lucas Review

It’s appropriate that I am writing this review on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day—May the Fourth be with you…! *groan* Before I talk about The People vs. George Lucas, let me first qualify my review with a short preamble about my relationship with Mr. Lucas. May 18th, 1999. It’s raining, it’s cold […]

War Stars 101

Every day, new people are born into this world. There’s a good chance most of these people have parents, and there’s an even better chance that their parents watched at least one Star Wars trilogy while growing up. These new parents are faced with all kinds of important decisions during their children’s formative years, none […]

George Lucas: Maker of Films

The Binary Bansai has unearthed a rare hour long interview with Star Wars creator George Lucas from 1971.  Filmed hot on the heels of his first feature film THX 1138, the piece entitled George Lucas: Maker of Films features a 27 year old Lucas discussing the movie industry, film theory and his hopes for the […]

Great Moments in Stop Motion Animation

When I was 10 years old my mother introduced my brother and me to Ray Harryhausen.  We watched Jack the Giant Killer, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and other films featuring Harryhausen’s amazing stop-motion effects.  By this point in my life I was already well versed in the works of George […]

Star Wars Day: Original Theatrical Star Wars Trailers

Today is May 4th, which means that it’s Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you! Get it?  Ughh… that wasn’t funny when my high school computer science teacher said it, and it still isn’t.  In any event to celebrate Star Wars Day, I Heart Chaos has posted the original theatrical trailers for the […]

Raiders of the Lost Ark Brainstorming Transcript Leaked

Mystery Man on Film has leaked a 125-page transcript of a 1978 brainstorming session for Raiders of the Lost Ark, with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan.  Two of these men, Lucas and Spielberg, both fresh off of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind respectively, are at their creative peak for […]

Star Wars TV Series Casting Begins

The oft mentioned and long anticipated live-action Star Wars television show has apparently begun the casting process.  The MTV Movies Blog interviewed actress Rose Byrne at a junket for her new film Knowing, and she let slip that many of her friends had already auditioned for the Star Wars series.  Byrne, no stranger to the […]