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February 2, 1986 | By Andy Wickstrom, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2002 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
NEWS
March 18, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT DIDN'T take a Jedi to know "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was going to be a big hit at the box office. But this big? The movie has surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office in a record-setting 12 days. The previous quickest to reach $1 billion was "Jurassic World," which did it in 13 days in June. But "Jurassic World" had the benefit of record grosses in China. "The Force Awakens" doesn't open in the world's second-largest movie market until Jan. 9. "Force Awakens" also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend earnings with $153.5 million.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Movie Critic
Not only has the Force awakened, but so have generations of Star Wars freaks, united by nostalgia, driven by a mythic zeitgeist, eager to have their galaxies rocked by one of the most anticipated films in light years. Fans in Star Wars costumes camped out on Hollywood Boulevard for days in advance of the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens , J.J. Abrams' reboot of the original George Lucas trilogy. Industry Yodas predict an opening weekend that will hit $200 million in North America, and $400 million more overseas, possibly launching it into the all-time box-office stratosphere with Avatar , Titanic , and this summer's Jurassic World . For local luminaries - from the food, film, academic, commerce, politics, science, and TV universes - Star Wars has been a big deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2015 | Reprinted from Thursday's editions. By Steven Rea, MOVIE CRITIC
'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" That's the evil Supreme Leader of the First Order talking in Star Wars: The Force Awakens , sensing that, yes, something is astir in the cosmos. Indeed, 10 years after the final installment of George Lucas' not-exactly-stellar Star Wars prequel trilogy,reboot king J.J. Abrams has jump-started the mythic franchise. Months and months of micromanaged Disney Studio hype behind us (well, almost), it's time for some strap-yourself-in hyperdrive.
NEWS
August 2, 2010 | By DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2002 | REGINA MEDINA Daily News wire services contributed to this report
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)
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April 1, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
'Star Wars' baby names The Star Wars franchise has inspired more parents to ruin lives by naming kids Kylo and Rey . Babycenter.com says names inspired by George Lucas ' movies are more popular than ever, including Han , Jedi , Leia , Rogue , and Reb . Alas, Anakin and Darth don't have much traction . Hillary hangs with Bey Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Beyoncé ...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT DIDN'T take a Jedi to know "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was going to be a big hit at the box office. But this big? The movie has surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office in a record-setting 12 days. The previous quickest to reach $1 billion was "Jurassic World," which did it in 13 days in June. But "Jurassic World" had the benefit of record grosses in China. "The Force Awakens" doesn't open in the world's second-largest movie market until Jan. 9. "Force Awakens" also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend earnings with $153.5 million.
NEWS
December 25, 2015 | Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
Among the many pieces of Star Wars -related history to resurface in the last few weeks was a photo of crowds cramming the sidewalk outside the Sameric theater on Chestnut Street, waiting to see Return of the Jedi in what the marquee proclaimed was "70mm 6-Track Stereo. " Erik Lomis isn't sure whether he was in that line or working inside the theater, but he was there that day, and more than 30 years later, he's working to bring back the nearly obsolete 70mm format, although this time, Star Wars is standing in the way. The vehicle for 70mm's return is Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight , a bloody, profane chamber drama set largely in an isolated Wisconsin haberdashery several years after the end of the Civil War. The format, which allows for a higher-resolution image than standard 35mm film, gained currency in the 1950s and '60s as Hollywood battled television's increasing hold on audience attentions, and it was typically used for epic spectacles such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Sound of Music . (It is distinct from, though related to, the 70mm IMAX format currently used to show Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Franklin Institute.)
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Staff Writer
TERRENCE Laragione, the Philly streetscape artist who owns Buzz Café Philly in Kensington, has decorated it with his "Star Wars" paintings, his "Star Wars" memorabilia and his life-size sculpture of Han Solo frozen in carbonite from "Return of the Jedi. " He owns more than 100 "Star Wars" T-shirts and wears a different one to work every day. And to honor the opening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Laragione brought his built-from-scratch, 200-pound R2-D2 robot to the café on Howard Street near Montgomery Avenue for a limited engagement.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2015 | Reprinted from Thursday's editions. By Steven Rea, MOVIE CRITIC
'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" That's the evil Supreme Leader of the First Order talking in Star Wars: The Force Awakens , sensing that, yes, something is astir in the cosmos. Indeed, 10 years after the final installment of George Lucas' not-exactly-stellar Star Wars prequel trilogy,reboot king J.J. Abrams has jump-started the mythic franchise. Months and months of micromanaged Disney Studio hype behind us (well, almost), it's time for some strap-yourself-in hyperdrive.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Movie Critic
Not only has the Force awakened, but so have generations of Star Wars freaks, united by nostalgia, driven by a mythic zeitgeist, eager to have their galaxies rocked by one of the most anticipated films in light years. Fans in Star Wars costumes camped out on Hollywood Boulevard for days in advance of the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens , J.J. Abrams' reboot of the original George Lucas trilogy. Industry Yodas predict an opening weekend that will hit $200 million in North America, and $400 million more overseas, possibly launching it into the all-time box-office stratosphere with Avatar , Titanic , and this summer's Jurassic World . For local luminaries - from the food, film, academic, commerce, politics, science, and TV universes - Star Wars has been a big deal.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
During halftime at the Eagles-Giants game Oct. 19, Phil Carrington didn't rush to join the beer line. Instead, he and his friends - along with thousands of other football fans around the stadium - huddled over smartphones, watching the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was, many agreed, the most excitement had at Lincoln Financial Field that evening. Carrington, 26, of Manayunk, is counting down the days to opening day, Dec. 18. He plans to see it "three times that weekend, and probably a lot more than that.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE BEYONCE/JAY Z split rumors gained a wee bit of traction yesterday when the New York Post reported that Queen Bey looked at a $21.5 million Chelsea penthouse without her hubby. Now Tattle, always looking for the best in people, might say: maybe he was busy counting money or something, maybe Bey was looking for an investment property, maybe Blue Ivy needs a new playdate spot. You don't get it, anonymous sources said. Jay is the real-estate guy. He's got 99 problems but a high-priced condo ain't one. The source also told the Post that Jay loves the family's present 8,309-square-foot digs in Tribeca.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
PHILLY'S POLAR vortex-ish temperatures rose this week to just over freezing and in time for spring, so thanks, Mother Nature. But who do we thank for a litigation-lovin' homeless woman in L.A.? Or the tenacious reporters working at In Touch Weekly ? Or the utter lack of Bieber news in this column? Don't you know Temporary Tattle doesn't need your thanks, just your undivided attention in Celebrityville? Yesterday Jo Anne Vandegriff , a self-described homeless woman living in L.A., has filed a lawsuit against Halle Berry , Amanda Bynes , Armie Hammer and Disney . She admits the filing is a ploy to pitch her 2,000-page Civil War romance miniseries, "Heaven's Angels.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
Stuart Freeborn, 98, a pioneering movie makeup artist who created creatures for 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Star Wars films, died Tuesday in London from a combination of age-related ailments, his granddaughter Michelle Freeborn said. Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement that Mr. Freeborn was "a makeup legend" whose artistry would live forever. After Royal Air Force service during World War II, he worked on British cinema classics including David Lean's 1948 version of Oliver Twist . His transformation of Alec Guinness into Fagin was criticized by some as anti-Semitic, a matter of regret for Mr. Freeborn, who said he was partly Jewish.
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