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MAR
1
1 years

White House Mashes Up 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' in Nerdiest Presidential Tweet Ever (Photo)

White House Mashes Up 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' in Nerdiest Presidential Tweet Ever (Photo)

The Obama administration is now officially the geekiest White House in history.

Friday morning, when President Barack Obama told reporters that he could not make Congress pass his preferred bill to avoid the so-called budget sequestration, he did so by boiling down the complex legislative process to a mixed sci-fi metaphor. The commander in chief said he could not "do a Jedi mind meld with these folks."

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MAR
1
1 years

President Obama's 'Star Wars' Confusion Inspires Twitter Nerdout

President Obama's 'Star Wars' Confusion Inspires Twitter Nerdout

Though the economy is on the verge of going the way of Alderaan, it was President Barack Obama's mix-up of classic Star Wars and Star Trek terms that stole headlines Friday morning.

Addressing reporters about the so-called budget sequestration that would gut government spending at midnight, Obama said that he could not force Congress to pass a bill to prevent the cuts' implementation. He is a president, he said, not a dictator, and can't use a "Jedi mind meld" to force Republicans' hands.

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FEB
20
1 years

Mark Hamill in Discussions for Role in New 'Star Wars' Films

Mark Hamill in Discussions for Role in New 'Star Wars' Films

Looks like Luke Skywalker might be firing up the ol' lightsaber once again.

As details emerge about the upcoming Disney-backed relaunch of the Star Wars saga, information about the first new film remains scarce. It is being written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt, and directed by J.J. Abrams, but no plot lines have emerged. Now, indications are that it will include some role for the original stars of the first trilogy -- at least according to the top star himself.

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JAN
28
1 years

Disney Postpones 3D Release of 'Star Wars' Prequels

Disney Postpones 3D Release of 'Star Wars' Prequels

With J.J. Abrams now at the helm of the future of the Star Wars franchise, Disney and Lucasfilm have postponed the plan to continue the re-release of the prequel trilogy in theaters in 3D. 

STORY: It's Official: JJ Abrams Closes Deal to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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JAN
15
1 years

'Star Wars' Responds to White House Death Star Rejection With Sneering Letter

'Star Wars' Responds to White House Death Star Rejection With Sneering Letter

The Galactic Empire shot a rhetorical tractor beam at the White House on Tuesday, issuing a statement that mocked President Obama's decision not to pursue the construction of a Death Star.

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NOV
30
1 years

Rick Baker Wants to Work on the New 'Star Wars' Movies

Rick Baker Wants to Work on the New 'Star Wars' Movies

Rick Baker would love another crack at Star Wars.

The makeup wizard, 61, holds the record for most makeup Oscars (seven) and noms (11), gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday.

Baker says he got excited when he heard that Lucasfilm and Disney are planning new Star Wars episodes -- not only because he is a fan but because he harbors a fantasy of returning to the universe he helped create. One of Baker's earliest gigs was working on the creatures of the cantina in 1977’s Star Wars.

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NOV
27
1 years

Colin Trevorrow Tiptoes Around 'Star Wars' Speculation, Looks to the Future

Colin Trevorrow Tiptoes Around 'Star Wars' Speculation, Looks to the Future

There is no detail too small to escape the obsessive stare of Star Wars fans, and since Lucasfilm announced that it would be taking the series out of carbonite and creating three new sequels, devotees of The Force have been parsing out any news update and interview quote midi-chlorian by midi-chlorian, hoping for any hints about the upcoming films.

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NOV
20
1 years

Sources: Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg Lock Deals to Write and Produce 'Star Wars' Installments

Sources: Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg Lock Deals to Write and Produce 'Star Wars' Installments

Even under the secrecy of a Jedi mind trick, certain secrets — like the plans for a Death Star — can still spill out.

Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have closed deals to write installments of the new Star Wars trilogy, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The pair will write either Episode VIII or Episode IX -- their exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined -- and also will come aboard to produce the films. 

PHOTOS: When You Wish Upon a Death Star: The Surprising Symmetry of Star Wars and Disney

As THR previously reported, Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is writing the script for Episode VII, the first of the new trilogy and the first Star Wars film to be made without the hands-on input of creator George Lucas.

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NOV
9
1 years

Lucasfilm Confirms Michael Arndt to Write 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Lucasfilm Confirms Michael Arndt to Write 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

A day after THR reported that Michael Arndt has been working with Lucasfilm for several months on a treatment for the new Star Wars movie, Lucasfilm has confirmed that the Toy Story 3 scribe will write the screenplay for Episode VII.

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NOV
9
1 years

Does Anybody Really Want an Old Han Solo? (Opinion)

Does Anybody Really Want an Old Han Solo? (Opinion)

Harrison Ford is, apparently, willing to consider strapping his blaster back on for Star Wars: Episode VII. Many are greeting that as good news, a sign that all will be right with the first post-Disney-purchase Star Wars movie.

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NOV
8
1 years

New 'Star Wars' Movie Has Treatment by 'Toy Story 3' Writer

New 'Star Wars' Movie Has Treatment by 'Toy Story 3' Writer

Months before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney and plans for new Star Wars movies were announced, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt was hired to write a 40- to-50-page treatment for Episode VII, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter.

PHOTOS: When You Wish Upon a Death Star: The Surprising Symmetry of Star Wars and Disney

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OCT
31
1 years

Disney Promotes Lucasfilm Deal With Ad Featuring Darth Vader Visiting Disneyland (Video)

Disney Promotes Lucasfilm Deal With Ad Featuring Darth Vader Visiting Disneyland (Video)

For the millions of Star Wars fans still spinning from the news that Walt Disney Co. has acquired Lucasfilm and will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015, Disney wants you to know that someone else is spinning from the news too.

Darth Vader – on Disneyland’s Mad Tea Party ride.

PHOTOS: The 'Star Wars' Universe: $20 Billion Worth of Toys, Rides, Books and Games

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OCT
31
1 years

Disney and Lucasfilm, Already Big Dollar Partners

Disney and Lucasfilm, Already Big Dollar Partners

To geeks, film nerds and those employed in Hollywood, Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm qualified as very big business news. But to kids of a certain age, it was just business as usual.

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OCT
30
1 years

New 'Star Wars' Movie: 3 Reasons for Fans to Celebrate (Analysis)

New 'Star Wars' Movie: 3 Reasons for Fans to Celebrate (Analysis)

Relax, Star Wars fans. Everything is going to be just fine. The news that Disney is buying Lucasfilm and, apparently, getting started on Star Wars Episodes VII, VII and IX should not send you into a catatonic stupor. In fact, it’s probably good news, and here are three reasons why:

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