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‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Fighter Model Used in ‘A New Hope’ Fetches an Astonishing $2.3M at Auction

Stay on target! A Star Wars X-wing Fighter model used in George Lucas’ 1977 sci-fi epic fetched an astonishing $2.3 million at auction Tuesday night, according to Prop Store Auction. The screen-matched Red Leader X-wing miniature model created by Industrial Light & Magic was estimated to go for $500,000 to $1 million. The final price […]

Bo Hopkins, ‘Wild Bunch’ and ‘American Graffiti’ Actor, Dies at 84

Bo Hopkins, the wily actor with the wild-eyed gaze who came to fame portraying thieves and scoundrels in such films as 'The Wild Bunch,' 'American Graffiti,' 'Midnight Express' and 'White Lightning,' has died. He was xx.

Colin Cantwell, Concept Artist Who Designed Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Spacecraft, Dies at 90

Colin Cantwell, the concept artist who designed iconic Star Wars spacecraft, including the X-wing Starfighter, TIE fighter and Death Star, died Saturday at his Colorado home, Sierra Dall, his longtime partner, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 90. Cantwell’s film credits included special photographic effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), technical dialogue for Close Encounters of […]

That Time George Lucas Accidentally (and Hilariously) Photobombed a Scientific Documentary

Of all George Lucas’ fascinating and insightful interviews on Star Wars and filmmaking, one of his most entertaining video appearances was a random, accidental photobomb. Scientific researcher Bruce Hoglund a few years back was walking around Chicago, recording his portion of a documentary on the radioactive metallic chemical element thorium, in which he was discussing […]

‘Star Wars’ Icon James Earl Jones Only Made $7,000 to Voice Darth Vader in ‘A New Hope’

James Earl Jones was paid only $7,000 to voice Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope — but the actor says for him at the time, it was a huge score. To celebrate Star Wars Day, The Hollywood Reporter looked back at some interviews Jones gave through the years, in which he talked about […]

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy Accept Milestone PGA Honor From Steven Spielberg: “A Producer Never Works Alone”

At Saturday’s 33rd annual Producers Guild Awards, Steven Spielberg presented the 2022 Milestone Award to Lucasfilm leaders George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy. Lucas created the production company in the 1970s, and it’s best known for spawning the hit franchises Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  Introducing the pair, longtime collaborator Spielberg, who has worked with both […]

John Korty, Emmy-Winning ‘Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’ Director, Dies at 85

John Korty, who directed Cicely Tyson in the landmark telefilm The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and won an Oscar for the documentary Who Are the DeBolts? and Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?, has died. He was 85. Korty died March 9 at his home in Point Reyes Station in Marin County, California, the […]

‘Indiana Jones 5’ Director James Mangold Asks for Patience in Production Update

James Mangold is well aware fans want to get a peek at his yet-to-be-titled Indiana Jones film, but he is asking for patience while sharing an update on the production. In a Monday note, the director said he has moved on to the editing phase for the next chapter in the iconic Harrison Ford franchise […]

Alan Ladd Jr., ‘Star Wars’ Savior and Oscar Winner for ‘Braveheart,’ Dies at 84

Alan Ladd Jr., the revered Hollywood producer and studio executive who saved Star Wars when Fox wanted to shut down production and gained vindication when he received an Oscar for Braveheart after being dumped by MGM, has died. He was 84. Ladd, who headed production at Fox, Pathe Entertainment and MGM (in two stints) and […]

George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Milestone Honor at 2022 Producers Guild Awards

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy will be honored with the 2022 Milestone Award at the 33rd annual Producers Guild Awards, the guild announced on Friday. The duo will be recognized for their contribution to film both individually and collaboratively, through Lucasfilm. The 33rd annual Producers Guild Awards will take place on March 19 at the […]

Martin Scorsese Institute and Virtual Production Center Established at NYU

The Martin Scorsese Institute of Global Cinematic Arts — an academic and production institute that will encompass a new Martin Scorsese Virtual Production Center, the Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies and support for student scholarships — will be established at the director’s alma mater, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, through a […]

‘Return of the Jedi,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cooley High’ Enter National Film Registry

Strangers on a Train, Pink Flamingos, Cooley High, Return of the Jedi, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Selena are among the cinematic treasures chosen this year for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, it was announced Tuesday. The list of 25 motion pictures picked to be preserved also includes What Ever Happened to […]