George Lucas' Star Wars sequels would've been all about midi-chlorians 

A handful of people really hate what Disney has been doing with Star Wars, partially for racist and sexist reasons, but only the most dedicated hater of all things good and pure could think that George Lucas’ original vision for post-Return Of The Jedi sequels would’ve been better. We’ve heard bits and pieces of what…

How to build a fantasy world, from Star Wars to Lord Of The Rings

It’s a ton of work to write a sci-fi or fantasy novel. If you’re trying to create a fictional universe where civilizations span galaxies or different, mythical species interact, you have to create a universe. In a wonderful new essay on Literary Hub, writer A.D. Jameson opines that it’s more or less expected from…

James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction is a solid, albeit navel-gazing, primer

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When AMC announced its new pop culture docuseries, Visionaries, at the Television Critics Association 2017 summer press tour, the network made it clear that these explorations of genres and media would be informative, but informal—expansive, but specific to whatever prominent filmmaker or producer was at the helm of a…

George Lucas hung out on the set of Solo with his good buddy Ron Howard

George Lucas has been functionally estranged from the Star Wars universe for a few years now, ever since he sold his giant, expensive baby to Disney back in 2012. (In 2015, still clearly stinging, he referred to the deal as selling his kids “to the white slavers”; he later apologized for the comment, but it’s clear…

George Lucas' groundbreaking sci-fi student film is streaming for a limited time

George Lucas’ USC student film, Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, has taken on a near-mythic properties over the decades, as fans of Lucas’ work pore over the dystopian nightmare—and its feature-length expansion, released in 1971—for clues pointing in the direction of the writer-director’s more populist,…

David Fincher’s droid drama is one of many Star Wars: Episode VIIs that never were

Now that Disney is at the helm, we’ll be getting annual doses of Star Wars for eternity, but it wasn’t all that long ago that the series’ future was far more unclear. Before The Force Awakens finally came to fruition and ushered in our bountiful new age of Star Wars, there were plenty other versions of Episode VII…

Watch George Lucas and some Ewoks frolic through a field in these old, weird ads

It is the late 1980s. The Star Wars trilogy, as people know it, has successfully concluded. You are George Lucas. Computer graphics have not yet risen to a point where you can finally achieve your dream of having Han Solo step on Jabba The Hutt’s tail for comedic effect, as you originally envisioned occurring in A New…

George Lucas helps Legends Of Tomorrow achieve a big boost in quality

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DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow is at its best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and “Raiders Of The Lost Art” is far and away the show’s silliest episode yet. There are some major developments involving the Spear of Destiny and the Legion of Doom, but the real delight of this episode is a plot that has the Legends…

Upcoming Legends Of Tomorrow episode to involve saving a young George Lucas

When everything is working the way it’s supposed to, The CW’s time-traveling superhero show Legends Of Tomorrow is gleefully wacky. It takes a lot, then, for the show to be so wacky that it either ascends to a new level of greatness or gets everyone involved fired, but that’s exactly what executive producer Marc…

The overdue George Lucas biography is an engaging read about stuff you already know

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A good biography should endeavor to not simply tell the story of its subject’s life, but also to interrogate that life—by challenging and defending it, putting both its successes and missteps into a greater context. Every person is complicated, and a biography that merely recounts the life instead of probing it is…

L.A. and San Francisco might get their own lumpy George Lucas museums

Having gotten itself repelled by a band of plucky rebels in the form of Chicago’s Friends Of The Parks, George Lucas’ Museum Of Narrative Art has set its sights on the West Coast. Curbed reports that Lucas and MAD Architects have put forward plans for one of two locations for the museum, in either San Francisco or Los…

Star Wars’ first teaser proves the studio had no idea what the movie was about

In late 1976, with the Christmas season approaching and Star Wars nowhere near completion, director George Lucas was in a desperate state. 20th Century Fox had sunk $10 million into the project and had seen very few results for its money. Not even the movie’s own crew had seen much of it by then. The turning point was…