Love him or hate him George Lucas has created a sci-fi epic that movie-goers of all ages adore. Lucas decided to get candid with Vanity Fair during a quick-fire question video interview.
Lucas is best known as the creator of both Star Wars & Indiana Jones and was the chief executive of LucasFilms before selling it to Walt Disney Co. in 2012. While Lucas is one of American’s most financially successful filmmakers, he’s gotten a lot of heat for his creative works in 1999-2009 (Prequel Star Wars films and the 2008 Indiana Jones film) for the creative direction he took.
George Lucas took some time to sit with Vanity Fair and discussed distancing himself from the Star Wars franchise, check out the video below.
If there is one thing fans can agree on about the Prequels is that everyone hated Jar Jar Binks. His annoyance factor was an 11 on the Spinal Tap Scale. Even Star Trek fans hated his Gugan butt. It should be no surprise then that super Star Wars Fan and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams doesn’t really care for J.J. Binks all that much himself. In fact he’s considered killing off the character all together.
You saw that awesome Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser on Black Friday, right? Of course you did, hell, we ALL did. I’ve watched it again three times in a row, just while writing this article. Some watched and waited for J.J. Abrams’ slightest misstep so that they could immediately run to the nearest message board to tear his vision of a galaxy far, far away apart. Others, such as myself, watched while looking for some clue that would indicate that Wars is in capable hands. No matter which side of this fence you sit on, avoiding the trailer was almost unthinkable for fans of the franchise. Well, most of us anyway. Page Six caught up with the father of Wars, George Lucas, and asked his opinion of the new footage. Surprisingly (or not, depending on your opinion of Lucas), it turns out that George hasn’t even seen the new trailer yet. Even more surprising? He has no intention of watching it. (more…)
We all had to suffer through the multitude of fake Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailers the week before the real one finally hit the Internet. Most were pretty bad, using old footage and sound clips, more than one just went straight to the Rick Roll. A few actually captured the Star Wars feelings we all wanted to relive. The official teaser has a lot of people talking about lightsaber hilts and cross-guards and debating the rolling droid’s usefulness. Now that we had the teaser trailer you might have thought the fan tweaked teaser trailers cavalcade might have been over, but you’d be wrong. (more…)
Freddy Krueger – a.k.a. Robert Englund – has been tearing up the interview circuit as of late due to the upcoming 30th anniversary (yes… you hear that right, 30 years!!!) of A Nightmare On Elm Street. Some of his anecdotes have been compelling to say the least, but one that sticks out in our minds is the revelation that he helped Mark Hamill secure his Star Wars gig, playing the role of Luke Skywalker. As it turns out, getting drunk and passing out on Krueger’s couch isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (more…)
When George Lucas made the original Star Wars in 1976, he had the support of a couple of producers at Twentieth Century Fox, but everyone else thought it was stupid and doomed to failure. One might call Lucas a visionary for knowing where the audience was, and what would appeal, and that was proven again when Lucas went on to create Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steven Spielberg four years later. (Of course, Howard the Duck and The Radioland Murders might be a sign that Lucas’ insight is far from universal. And the less said about Episodes 1, 2, and 3… Well, you know.) But now with the oodles of free time he has from selling his company to a massive multimedia conglomerate, Lucas is striking out anew against the studio systems and its lack of risk-taking. (more…)
The other day, Disney floated the idea that sometime soon the original versions of the original Star Wars trilogy might be released, unmolested by special edition tinkering, would be issued in the high-def Blu-ray format. Now fans are not often known for their patience, and considering that George Lucas spent years saying that those first cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are gone, and that they weren’t coming back, it should come as no surprise that many weren’t holding their breath for Lucas to change his mind. So one group of techie savvy and dedicated fans said “F**k It! We’ll do our own original version release! With Black Jack! And hookers! (Okay, maybe not those last two.)
A few years ago some filmmakers decided to take all that internet vitriol that existed against Star Wars creator George Lucas and made a casserole of it in a documentary called The People Vs. George Lucas. It was a great schadenfreude moment where we the little people got to eat Lucas alive for his crimes against humanity. Of course, those crimes are re-editing movies he made and make new ones that didn’t line-up with our expectations, in fact it’s almost surprising that we didn’t burn down Skywalker Ranch in retaliation. So now, because one rake out isn’t enough, those same filmmakers are looking to put Lucas on trial again, this time for selling out to Big Mouse, Disney. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but I always get nervous when geek sites start running conjecture based on unnamed “sources”. We’re not exactly dealing with regular Bob Woodward types here, so the “Deep Throat” veils of secrecy always strike me as mere excuses for nerdboy fantasy.
According to Schmoes Know, Lawrence Kasdan is 100% confirmed by their “trusted source” to be writing the 2016 Boba Fett film. This comes hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement that both Gareth Edwards (Godzilla ’14) and Josh Trank (Chronicle) are directing two of the three Star Wars spin-off movies planned to be dropping in-between the still untitled Episodes VII – IX. (more…)
Hello friends, it’s been a long time since we busted out of carbonite and returned this podcast to the internets (which you can subscribe to via iTunes here.) In that time, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve sang, we’ve titillated and taco’d, but now we’ve finally made it to our 100th Episode (which you can find on Stitcher by clicking here.) That’s right, SWEET SWEET SYNDICATION IS OURS! So to celebrate Jeremy’s new yacht and Jason’s new chin implants, the guys have pressed their cummerbunds, bleached their assholes, and rammed a ton of references to show’s past and our best bits (comparatively speaking) as a part of what we are humbly calling, “The BastardCast Centennial Celebration Podcast of Magic, Lighting, Intelligence, and Pleasure!”
On the show for this momentous occasion: (more…)