Category: In Pop Culture

  • Director J.J. Abrams and His Lifelong Appreciation of Star Wars

    Photo by Joichi Ito (Creative Commons Attribution Licensed) Photo published with photographer’s permission. Director J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars: Episode VII, but he’s been a lifelong fan of the saga. In fact, his common appreciation for Star Wars led him to working with his regular collaborator Damon Lindelof, not to mention the endless homages to the films in his various projects such as Lost and Fringe. Here’s a selection of quotes from Abrams from previous StarWars.com interviews about the impact Star Wars has had on his life and career.

  • Celebrating E.T.

    Thirty years ago today, Variety magazine posted a full-page advertisement from George Lucas congratulating Steven Spielberg for surpassing Star Wars at the box office with E.T. the Extraterrestrial. The ad, featuring an illustration by artist Kazo Sano, is a fitting tribute from one friend to another — playful, honest, celebratory. Everything that makes E.T. and Star Wars special. Many years later, after both films had been re-released theatrically, Star Wars would once again surpass E.T.. Today, Star Wars holds the number two all-time domestic box office gross record (adjusted for inflation) and E.T. ranks fourth. Whatever their ranks, both films […]

  • Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, Skywalker Sound & ILM Receive Oscar Noms

    Lucasfilm congratulates all of this year’s Academy Award nominees, including ILM’s Jeff White who is nominated for Visual Effects for The Avengers and Skywalker Sound’s Gary Rydstrom, nominated for Best Sound Mixing for Lincoln. We also congratulate our very own Kathleen Kennedy on her Best Picture nomination on Lincoln. Lincoln received 12 nominations — the most for any film this year.

  • Black Milk Star Wars: Fan Fashion

    I grew up in the ’80s. I’ll never forget when I was a kid, going down to the store with my loose change to get the latest bubble gum cards from my favorite movie — Return of the Jedi. I would spend hours pouring over all the classic cards in my collection, looking at all my favorite characters. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “Han Solo.” As it turned out, when I grew up I didn’t become a galactic smuggler — I became a fashion designer.

  • Speculation Season Starts: Let the Sequel Trilogy Rumors Begin!

    Did you hear? They’re going to do a digital model of Bea Arthur from the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special and make her a bartender in Episode VII! Did you know? The next Star Wars trilogy was actually fully plotted out in 1966 before George Lucas even graduated from the University of Southern California! Do you believe it? In Episode IX, Princess Leia and Han Solo finally get married after previous multiple marriages to other beings, and the combined families of 27 children and 36 grandchildren live with them in a crowded tree house on Endor! Ahem. What do Star […]

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