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George Lucas Believes World Ends In 2012

George Lucas. Photo: Nicolas Genin (CC)

George Lucas. Photo: Nicolas Genin (CC)

Having produced a feature-length documentary film and edited a book on the topic, I thought I’d interviewed or researched most of the important public figures who have something interesting or informative to say about everyone’s current favorite end-times date, December 21, 2012.

Unfortunately I didn’t know that George Lucas is one of the many people who think the end of the current 5,125-year cycle of the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar on that date will mark an apocalyptic event. The Toronto Sun is reporting that Lucas revealed his fears to Seth Rogen of all people:

Funnyman Seth Rogen was left stunned by a recent encounter with his moviemaking hero George Lucas — because the Star Wars director spent 20 minutes telling him the world would end in 2012.

Rogen was left speechless when Lucas and Steven Spielberg joined a movie meeting he was a part of – but the encounter has left him worried his life will be over next year.

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‘The Empire Strikes Back’ & Others To Be Preserved By U.S. Library

VaderStar Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back is to be preserved by the US Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry:
Each year, 25 "culturally" significant films are added to the registry, which was founded in 1989. Lucas's Star Wars and American Graffiti are among the 550 titles already selected for preservation. This year's raft of entries includes Robert Altman's 1971 western McCabe and Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty, Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther and Elia Kazan's first feature film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, made in 1945.
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Star Wars Saga To Be Released In 3D

Following the 3D trend, George Lucas has found yet another way to make money from the Star Wars saga. Telegraph reports:

The saga in 3D will begin with the release of the 1999 prequel Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, with the remaining films following in sequence.

A statement from Lucasfilm, the US director’s film production company, on the Star Wars website said: “The live-action Star Wars saga will be converted to 3D.

“There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Pod race, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive.

“The cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level.”

Industrial Light And Magic, the visual effects company which will supervise the project, said converting the films will take time.Visual effects supervisor John Knoll said: “It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful.

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Purported Serial-Killing Film Critic Reviews the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels (Video)

Star Wars ScandalIf you haven't seen Red Letter Media's (a.k.a. Milwaukee-based filmmaker Mike Stoklasa's) take on the Star Wars prequels, they are really worth the lengthy video reviews. Do note that his twisted sense of humor isn't for everyone, particular his "Buffalo Bob"-style narration and the "Mr. Plinkett" scenes in these reviews can be distracting. (My take is he does this in the reviews to say that it's even obvious to someone psychotic that these movies are terrible ... or he might just enjoy playing a psycho.) Regardless, he does have some salient points about filmmaking, particularly on establishing a protagonist the audience can identify with and actually having a story arc in your movie. Stoklasa also does a great job at pointing out the pitfalls of completely digital filmmaking and a (seemingly) lack of true collaboration between Lucas and his staff in the making of these prequels. If you haven't seen it yet I'd start from the beginning with his review of The Phantom Menace, but if you've already seen those, Red Letter Media's take on Attack of The Clones is now out. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review (Part 1 of 7) Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Review (Part 1 of 9)
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Is the Google Phone an Unauthorized Replicant?

Stories about Philip K. Dick’s daughter taking aim at Google’s deep-pockets for naming the “Google Phone” Nexus One have been all over tech blogs during the last week or so. Now that it seems the phone is truly about to come to market, maybe they’ll have to take her seriously. This summary story in the New York Times captures the issues fairly well:

Motorola tugged at the hearts of science-fiction fans everywhere when it announced that its first smartphone using Google’s Android software would be called Droid, the name given to the lovable robots in “Star Wars.”

Google appears to be trying the same tactic with its own soon-to-be-released Android phone. The device is called Nexus One in at least two government filings.

As many bloggers have noted, the name Nexus One seems to be a reference to the cyborgs in the dystopian movie “Blade Runner,” which in turn was based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by the late Philip K.

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