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November 1, 2012
For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.
George Lucas • Revealing that he plans to give nearly all of the $4 billion raised by his sale of LucasFilms to charity — specifically, a charity focused on educational issues. (Lucas was one of the signers of the Giving Pledge in 2010.) You may be mad about Lucas’ decision to sell to Disney — the heartburn was pretty high yesterday — but you have to admit that’s pretty awesome. To my fellow writer Scott: We found the good.
0:40 // 1 year ago
May 21, 2012
We got letters saying, ‘You guys are going to get what you deserve. You’re going to bring drug dealers, all this crime and lowlife in here.’
Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association board member Carl Fricke • Discussing the anger over a decision by director George Lucas to turn some of his California land into low-income housing, not long after the director scuttled plans to build a digital studio there. The studio created frustration among homeowners — the prospect of low-income housing has instilled outright anger and uneasiness into the residents. “It’s inciting class warfare,” claimed one resident group head. Lucas, meanwhile, claims he was trying to do something good for the area. His community outreach spokesperson at Lucasfilm, Tom Forster, put it like this: “George, being the great guy that he is, doesn’t want to build more housing for rich people since Marin is loaded with them.” Boom.
20:40 // 1 year ago
May 14, 2012
bestrooftalkever:

thedailywhat:

George Lucas Strikes Back of the Day: Star Wars creator George Lucas has been trying for years to convert a large parcel of land in Marin County, California into a 300,000 square foot movie studio, with amenities including a day care center, restaurants, a gym and a parking garage, only to be shot down by his wealthy neighbors.
Because the local homeowners’ association has refused to let Lucas move forward with the studio, he’s decided to put the land to good use by transforming it into low-income housing, simultaneously doing a good deed and trolling his fellow landowners.
“If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit,” Lucas snarked.
He’s even donating the various studies and surveys he paid for while working on the movie studio project, to help the new housing development get underway more quickly.
[movies.]

WHEN RICH PEOPLE FIGHT

In other words: George Lucas is willing to help the less fortunate by creating low-income housing … as long as it drives down the land values of everybody living around them.

bestrooftalkever:

thedailywhat:

George Lucas Strikes Back of the Day: Star Wars creator George Lucas has been trying for years to convert a large parcel of land in Marin County, California into a 300,000 square foot movie studio, with amenities including a day care center, restaurants, a gym and a parking garage, only to be shot down by his wealthy neighbors.

Because the local homeowners’ association has refused to let Lucas move forward with the studio, he’s decided to put the land to good use by transforming it into low-income housing, simultaneously doing a good deed and trolling his fellow landowners.

“If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit,” Lucas snarked.

He’s even donating the various studies and surveys he paid for while working on the movie studio project, to help the new housing development get underway more quickly.

[movies.]

WHEN RICH PEOPLE FIGHT

In other words: George Lucas is willing to help the less fortunate by creating low-income housing … as long as it drives down the land values of everybody living around them.

(Source: thedailywhat)

21:40 // 1 year ago
February 10, 2012
The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo (who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original) to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom… Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.
George Lucas • Addressing one of the biggest fan complaints relating to his serial re-tinkering of Star Wars. There’s two main points here that we somewhat object to: first, Lucas claims that people who thought Han Solo fired his blaster before Greedo did in the original cut of Star Wars were mistaken, and that it was merely unclear that Greedo fired due to the framing of the shot. We’d suggest this is flatly, evidently not the case by any reasoned examination of the original scene. Also, Lucas seems to paint those who’d prefer Han to have fired first as wanting their beloved space-smuggler to be a “cold-blooded killer,” an idea we suspect many would dispute. There’s a difference between being a cold-blooded killer and being unwilling to let every backwoods bounty hunter get a shot off at you before you fire back, isn’t there? But, we digress — what do you think? source (viafollow)
18:33 // 2 years ago
March 3, 2011

Star Wars Episode 1 will return to theaters early next year

The Empire makes bucks: George Lucas, as you may know, likes his Star Wars films, and he likes making money off them. What order he ranks those appreciations may be anyone’s guess, but this seems a bit like a cash grab. Episode 1: The Phantom Menace will be hitting theaters on February 10th, 2012, re-released in full 3D (it’s like I’ll be RIGHT THERE with Jake Lloyd). Lucas plans to do this with all six of the films, which means it’ll likely be four or five years before the watchable ones get the treatment. source

14:25 // 3 years ago
January 20, 2011

Geoge Lucas is no doomsday worrier, spokeswoman says

  • NO George Lucas doesn’t think the world will end in 2012 source

» That’s according to a Lucasfilm spokeswoman, Lynne Hale, who says she spoke with George, and that he was joking when discussing the 2012 doomsday theory with Seth Rogen. Curiously, though, Rogen claimed Lucas discussed this for nearly twenty-five minutes, which means either Rogen grossly overstated the time spent on the topic (wholly possible), or George Lucas’ idea of acceptable joke length must be rather torturous for those around him. (Hat tip to you, sir, inothernews)

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14:15 // 3 years ago
September 29, 2010

"Star Wars," which we’ve never seen, getting the 3D treatment

  • good George Lucas’ Lusasfilm is going to release the “Star Wars” series in 3D starting in 2012, meaning it’ll be back in theaters.
  • bad They’re starting with “The Phantom Menace.” Dear Mr. Lucas, you should probably forget the last three movies existed.* source
  • * Disclosure: The staff of ShortFormBlog is basing that comment on the comments of many other people, because we’ve never actually seen any of the “Star Wars” movies. Out of principle.
10:41 // 3 years ago