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After nearly a decade of negotiating, George Lucas has finally settled on Exposition Park in L.A. as the home for his Museum of Narrative Art (cities in the running included San Francisco and Chicago). Lucas will fund the project in it’s entirety at the cost of at least $1 billion.

The museum will house Lucas’ personal art collection which includes some 10,000 paintings and illustrations. You know, the kind of stuff that you would expect to find in a traditional fine art museum. But fear not Star Wars fans—there’s going to be plenty for you as well. [click to continue…]

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George Lucas: “You see the echo of where all is gonna go. It’s like poetry, they rhyme”.

Vimeo user Pablo Fernández Eyre offered a quick reminder of what Lucas was able to accomplish during his time at the helm of Star Wars in his video “Star Wars Poetry.” Eyre plays clips from the original films and the prequels on top of one another. As you’ll notice, there are a number of surprising (and rather beautiful) elements that the films share with one another.

Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think. It might give you a glimmer of respect for the prequels.

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The Jedi way of life is governed by a particular set of rules, one of which is that Jedi Knights can’t marry. Colin, a young Star Wars fan and Jedi-Knight-in-training, would like to get hitched one day, so he wrote a letter to George Lucas requesting that the rule be changed—and Lucasfilm responded.

Find out what they said after the break…

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While promoting his new movie, Strange Magic, George Lucas revealed that he’d originally hoped to release Episode VII before he sold Lucasfilm. He said that all changed when he met his wife, got married, and decided to have a child.

Lucas had even started writing the new trilogy and planned to include Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, but the ten year commitment to a new trilogy was too much. He told USA Today:

It’s better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself. The time is more important to me than the money.

Not only does letting someone else completely take the reins work better for his personal life, it will finally allow him to see the films just like everyone else.

The only thing I really regret about Star Wars is the fact I never got to see it — I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen. The next one, I’ll be able to enjoy it like anybody else.

As you may have heard, he claims to be so committed to this that he hasn’t even watched the teaser trailer yet.

(via /Film)

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We’re well aware that George Lucas likes to, shall we say, tinker with his movies. Which is why I was heartily amused by this George Lucas Special Edition trailer for The Force Awakens.

It is a thing of beauty.

Watch it after the break.

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Star Wars fans will dig this: Charlie Rose had the opportunity to interview George Lucas last week, and George took a bit of time to chat about the “meaning” behind the Star Wars universe.

Sure, some of us (including myself) may have a few issues with how George handled the prequels, but when you hear him talking about the ideas that drove his overall inspiration for the original Star Wars movies–themes related to mythic storytelling, religion and mortality–you get a better understanding of why those first movies were so magnificent and influential.

Watch the video after the break…

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If all you did was look at this piece of fan art by redditor dvsdesigner as concept art featuring a desperate Empire once again bargaining with bounty hunters, it would already be a killer piece of work. But, this is fan art on more than one level. The artist based the image on a scene from Once Upon A Time in the West because “Lucas was inspired by Leone’s work for the original films, and I wanted to recapture that.”

Well done, sir. Seriously. Check out the image from the film after the break…

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When news broke that Disney and Lucasfilm were creating a committee to determine what would and wouldn’t be part of Star Wars canon going forward, a lot of people began to worry that the Expanded Universe would be lost, so it makes sense that people are reacting strongly to the news released by Lucasfilm on the future of the EU.

Basically current Star Wars canon will be set by the 6 feature films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels. More specifically, this means that Star Wars Episodes VII-IX won’t be picking up any of the stories from the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe.

But part of me thinks this may not be the deathknell some people fear it is. While it means that certain stories can’t be adapted, it does leave a lot of room for other stories to be woven in or new ones created that are, in essence, Expanded Universe in scope.

Lucasfilm is also taking the additional step of rebranding the current EU stories into a Legends series, which gives them their own place and puts them all under one banner.

So Legends characters won’t be brought to life in the way they were originally imagined, but there’s nothing holding anyone back from recreating those characters or introducing them in a new way.

Maybe I’m being more hopeful and drinking the Kool Aid here, but I can’t imagine Lucasfilm not wanting to mine the EU for new stories and ideas. There’s enough there for years of entertainment and a lot of it is really interesting.

Check out the video and press release after the break and let me know what you think.

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We all know and love the lightsaber, the elegant weapon for a more civilized age. It’s hands down the best weapon in all of science fiction, but how was it created? Lucasfilm released a video featuring George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt discussing the concept and birth of the laser sword, and it’s absolutely fascinating. I don’t often sit still for featurettes over five minutes, but I couldn’t look away from this one.

Lucas references the influences of Star Wars like swashbuckling films starring Errol Flynn; they showed a more romantic side of fighting and he wanted to create a weapon that matched those ideals. At one point, Jedi were just going to have swords. I’m so glad that change was made!

Learn more about the lightsaber by watching the featurette after the break.

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Seeing Skywalker Ranch is on the wishlist of countless Star Wars fans, myself included. Meeting George Lucas and Mark Hamill would be also be okay. I mean, I guess so. If that sounds like a dream come true to you, all you do need to do is donate to Make-A-Wish and be entered for a chance to win an amazing contest.

You and a friend will get a tour of Skywalker Ranch where you’ll meet the maker, George Lucas. Next, you’ll fly to Los Angeles to spend some time with Mark Hamill at Nerdist Studios. To get your chance at claiming this grand prize, you only need to donate $10 to Make-A-Wish. You already win by contributing to such a a wonderful organization; the chance to take an ultimate Star Wars pilgrimage is just icing on the cake.

Go donate to win and keep your fingers crossed.

(via Nerdist)