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June 7, 2005 | By MARY SHAW
LIKE MOST Americans, I was standing in line recently to see "Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith. " Just ahead of me was a man with three boys between the ages of 6 and 12. They were playing "Jedi" games, pretending to cut off each other's limbs with their imaginary light sabers, and squealing with delight about how "cool" it was to cut off arms, legs, and heads. The father played along and encouraged it. He promised them that there would be some really good bloody scenes in the movie we were about to see. There was no discussion of good vs. evil, of the Jedi practice of using violence only as a last resort in defense against the evil empire.
NEWS
January 2, 1986
I read with great interest the Dec. 26 Op-ed Page article by William H. Kincade, " 'Star Wars' may collapse of its own weight. " It may be interesting to note that in the same issue was a short news item, "Japanese may join 'Star Wars.' " This is another classic example of the growing confusion that has prevailed since President Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) project. Mr. Kincade states that Star Wars is "unlikely to survive his presidency. " It does appear that the SDI has gotten off to a shaky beginning.
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February 5, 1997 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Nobody's ever lost a buck overestimating the baby boom appetite for nostalgia, as theater managers across America discovered during last weekend's re-release of "Star Wars. " "I was expecting it to be busy, but I wasn't expecting it to be this crazy. I didn't think a 20-year-old movie would retain this kind of massive interest after all this time," said Ron Angeli, general manager of the United Artists Theater at RiverView Plaza, on Delaware Avenue, where eight shows sold out on Saturday and Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2010 | By TISH WELLS, McClatchy Newspapers
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. 9 p.m. Friday, Cartoon Network. ORLANDO, Fla. - Dave Filoni, 36, supervising director of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," promises lots of character development in its third season, which begins Sept. 17 on the Cartoon Network. "In the opening scroll of 2005's 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,' it says, 'There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere,' " Filoni said in a recent interview. "I can say that this season, we're going to get into that a lot more.
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December 13, 1987 | By James McCartney, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The climactic moment of the summit came in a tense confrontation Wednesday over the "Star Wars" program. "You can do anything you want," Mikhail S. Gorbachev told Ronald Reagan. "You are just wasting your money. " Then Gorbachev added a note of warning. "At the same time," he said, "we can do anything we want - anything we want to do. " That brief moment, White House officials say, produced the summit's turning point - an agreement to set aside a long and bitter dispute over Star Wars, Reagan's program to develop a space-based defense against enemy missiles.
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June 29, 1986 | By James McCartney, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Evidence is mounting that President Reagan's space-based defense program, known as "Star Wars," is in deep trouble. According to members of Congress and experts on the program, both within and outside the administration, Star Wars, known officially as the Strategic Defense Initiative, has run into at least three major problems: Congress is drastically slashing its budget. Turmoil in the nation's space program in the wake of the Challenger disaster has raised questions about whether transportation will be available to launch millions of tons of Star Wars equipment into space.
NEWS
May 24, 1999 | by Yvette Ousley, Daily News Staff Writer
With all the hype surrounding "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace," theater manager Bill Robinson thought every showing of the anticipated blockbuster would sell out this weekend. But yesterday, Robinson, who manages the United Artists Riverview Plaza 17 on Delaware Avenue, had to settle for 7 of 16 sold-out shows Friday and Saturday, and none by early last night. Locally and nationally it seems, the Force wasn't with moviemakers who had banked on "Star Wars" grossing record millions this opening weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1990 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
Within the confined space implied by the title of Postcards From the Edge, Mike Nichols and Carrie Fisher have written a vitriolically funny poison-pen letter to Hollywood's pretensions and a refreshingly unsentimental billet-doux to the tangled and unending frictions between mothers and daughters. Such a combination might seem to invite a jarring collision of styles and the suspicion that two postcards were being mailed in different directions. But the point of contact is a new form of star wars, enriched by the way that art trips over life.
NEWS
February 10, 1987 | By James McCartney, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The White House yesterday opened the door to the possibility of expanding the limits for testing the "Star Wars" missile defense system, even to include tests in space. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the key issue now is what kind of tests should be conducted: "What kind of Strategic Defense Initiative program will we be going forward with?" President Reagan and other top officials have decided that Star Wars tests will have to go beyond the pattern of those already conducted, he added.
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August 22, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
We felt a great a disturbance in the Force recently - as if thousands of geek voices cried out in anguish and refused to be silent. Yes, the news that in order to attend a Star Wars event at the Please Touch Museum, you have to be accompanied by someone of a certain age and not much taller than R2-D2 - i.e., a child - hit the solo adult fans hard and caused a Death Star-size social-media backlash. To those without a small fry to accompany them, we say, Jedi-like: This is not the Star Wars event you're looking for. You don't need to attend - you have any number of Comic Cons and Wizard Worlds of your own. Move along.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
  Tattle comics correspondent Jerome Maida attended the all-things-Disney convention in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend. Here's more of what he learned: * Although quite a few stars who took part in D23 did so via video, Emma Watson easily got the biggest reaction for someone who wasn't actually there. Watson will bring Belle to life in a live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," which is expected to be faithful to the 1991 animated classic, down to the first shots of Watson in Belle's iconic yellow dress.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE HAS NO idea what Ben Affleck did or didn't do with his family's former nanny, Christine Ouzounian, but we do know that all that early talk about Christine being a family girl who loved being a nanny and would never be a homewrecker or seek out celebrity was a lot of nonsense. Ouzounian is a fame whore. We're not so old-fashioned as to say that when a woman allegedly has an affair with a married man (or vice-versa), she must wear a scarlet letter, but how about laying low for a few . . . seconds ?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bruce Jenner will appear on the cover of Vanity Fair's July issue, along with a piece by former Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News writer Buzz Bissinger. The headline reads, "Call me Caitlyn," officially announcing Jenner's new name for the first time. The issue, featuring a cover with Jenner in a cream bathing suit, will hit newsstands next Tuesday. To mark the occasion, Jenner, 65, created a new Twitter account, @Cailtyn_Jenner, and tweeted, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
May the force be with you at the Franklin Institute's Star Wars Day. Show your Star Wars swagger and come dressed as your favorite movie character, see a huge Lego version of the Millennium Falcon space craft, and meet members of the Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming organization. They will be dressed in galactic fashion, and families can take selfies with their favorite hero or villain from the film series. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Admission: $19.95, $15.95 ages 3 to 11, free for members.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched a hundred nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: Mad Max is going post-apocalyptic in movie theaters. Poltergeist is poised to scare up business at the box office. And Jerry Brown is governor of California. OK, the new Mad Max is called Fury Road , not Road Warrior , and Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star, not Mel Gibson.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2015 | Regina Medina, Daily News Staff Writer
  A $5 million class-action lawsuit was filed in a Nevada federal court against Pacquiao and his fight promoters for consumer fraud, TMZ Sports reported. The suit claims that the Pac-Man did a number on fans, pay-per-view customers and gamblers by not disclosing the shoulder injury before Saturday's match against Floyd Mayweather . Mayweather won the bout in a unanimous decision. Pacquiao suffered the injury during an April 4 sparring session, the Los Angeles Times said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Travolta: Scientology good Hollywood legend  John Travolta  isn't happy with the critique of Scientology made in the HBO docu  Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief . The religion has been nothing but positive in his life, says the Saturday Night Fever  star. "Forty years for me, I've been part - and I've loved every minute of it, and my family has done so well with it," Travolta, 61, said Monday on  Good Morning America . "It's a beautiful thing for me and I've saved lives with it," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  H   ARRY STYLES may make One Direction fans swoon, but, according to Mike Walker , of the National Enquirer , Harry's set on portraying another singer who made women hyperventilate. Frank Sinatra . Seems Harry is a huge fan of Ol' Blue Eyes. "Harry's idolized Frank Sinatra for years!" said an anonymous source. "He endlessly practices his signature singing and his style . . . he's got Frank's swagger down to a tee! It's scary, 'cause when Harry looks at you with his dreamy light eyes, you'd swear he was channeling Ol' Blue Eyes himself!"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Get ready to boogie this weekend when the Hip Hop Fundamentals dance troupe performs and instructs at the Please Touch Museum. Learn about the history of hip-hop while dancing and grooving. You'll also learn about dance styles including break dancing. The troupe uses hip-hop as a vehicle to teach academics and break dancing to inspire positive change in youth.   Hip Hop Fundamentals, noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.
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