February 2, 1986 |
The videocassette business, like the movie industry that supplies much of its program base, needs a good promotional event every so often, a "must see" motion picture release to get the customer back into the video store. Or to persuade the unconverted TV watcher that life is just impossible without a videocassette recorder. Well, hold onto your light sabers. CBS/Fox Video is unleashing a box-office monster this month with Return of the Jedi, the third installment of the money machine known as Star Wars.
May 26, 2002 |
If interviewing George Lucas is a tortured crawl, interviewing Samuel L. Jackson is like soaring. Among Hollywood vultures Jackson is the bald eagle, keen-eyed, keener-witted, nimbly slicing sky and golf course. Having won notoriety in 1991 as the philosopher crackhead Gator in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, and an Oscar nomination in 1995 as the philosopher hit man Jules in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, he has now ascended to the exalted status of philosopher Jedi master Mace Windu.
March 14, 1997 |
In Return of the Jedi, the ailing sage Yoda tells Luke Skywalker that he will never be a full Jedi knight until he has experienced failure and learned from his mistakes. It's a lesson that George Lucas has never had to take. But not even someone with Lucas' track record as a filmmaker and conglomerate force in the booming field of movie special effects could have anticipated the impact of the return of the trilogy for Star Wars' 20th anniversary. Star Wars - Special Edition and the second installment, The Empire Strikes Back, have grossed $182 million in five weeks and loomed like the Death Star over brand-new movies that had the misfortune of being released in surrounding weeks.
March 18, 1997 |
"Return of the Jedi," the final chapter of George Lucas' space trilogy, has returned to the top of the box office after 20 years. "Jedi" earned $16.3 million in ticket sales in its re-release, toppling Howard Stern's "Private Parts" from the No. 1 spot, according to industry estimates on Sunday. Stern's kinder, fluffier version of his autobiography was third with $9 million, behind "Jungle 2 Jungle. " The new Tim Allen comedy grossed $11.3 million, according to Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. "Jungle 2 Jungle" saw its earnings drop only 12 percent from the previous weekend, considered a strong showing.
February 21, 1997 |
Sixteen years ago, the Star Wars light saber passed from George Lucas to Irvin Kershner, and the Jedi master's instructions to his successor were simple. "George wanted me to make a better film," Kershner said with the air of a man who knows what it was like to be the singles hitter who followed Hank Aaron to the plate. What legions of fans got with The Empire Strikes Back may not have been better, but it was a more mature and sobering effort. As it turned out, Kershner, who was a stranger in the strange land of science fiction - chosen by Lucas for his skills with character and relationships - proved a fine choice.
August 2, 2010 |
When Deborah Hankin's boyfriend left her and his gargantuan Cane Corso Mastiff, she continued to care for him like her own, feeding him every day at 2:30 p.m. But in return, the beast turned around and mangled her and a friend Saturday afternoon at her home on 24th Street near Washington Avenue, in Point Breeze, police said. Hankins was able to escape the attack with just abrasions to her left forearm, but her friend, Anita Henderson, 41, wasn't so lucky, a relative said yesterday.
August 30, 2002 |
SHE WOULD not have his little kid. She would not do so for lotsa quid. Sounding very Dr. Seuss-like, Debbie Rowe, the former wife of Freakasaurus Michael Jackson and mother of his first two children, ended all speculation that she was the vessel for his latest tyke, 6-month-old Prince Michael II. "I wouldn't do it - not for $100 million," Rowe says, according to peoplenews.com. The 42-year-old former dermatologist's assistant is mom to the platinum blond Prince Michael, 5, (hey, naming two of your kids the same name is obviously Jacko's bag, baybee)
May 14, 2002 |
IT'S EASY to stand out in a crowd when you're a Jedi - the long coats, the light sabers, the whole Force thing - but how does a Jedi stand out in a sea of Jedis? Purple. That was the theory of Mace Windu (a/k/a Samuel L. Jackson), who asked "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to let Mace fight with a purple light saber. "I'd like to say, you know, because Mace is kind of an advanced Jedi, high up in the order, he has more powers," Jackson, 53, said in an interview at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch.
May 28, 1999 |
Just a warning for people who go to the newly released "Phantom Menace" looking for even the mildest tingle of the romance they found in the previous "Star Wars" epics: You're bound to come away convinced that these guys did not know what to do with their light sabers. It turns out that a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, they apparently didn't have much sex. Critics have said the characters in the George Lucas film share more bad hair than good vibes with each other.
September 24, 2004 |
No more Jedi mind tricks! It's really here! This week George Lucas finally released his sacred trilogy on DVD: The four-disc set (priced at $69.98, though most retailers are expected to sell it for less than $50) features the first three Star Wars films (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) meticulously restored frame by frame, with sound mixes enhanced, and a disc of extras that should keep you watching for weeks. The biggest hype revolves around Lucas' altering some scenes to streamline his earlier creations with prequels The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.