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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Ungelded Gorgeousness in <i>The Black Stallion</i>

New on Video: Ungelded Gorgeousness in The Black Stallion

Carroll Ballard is not a household name, at least not outside of those households where the residents gripe about what a better world we'd live in now if Star Wars had flopped and William Friedkin's Sorcerer had been the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 5 Movies That Inspired Movies

5 Movies That Inspired Movies

"I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years," George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. This week the Criterion Collection released a definitive edition of Kurosawa's film, along with…
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Music, Hear This A Minor Forest: Show Preview

A Minor Forest: Show Preview

Since the band's last show, 15 years ago at the Great American Music Hall, the idea of A Minor Forest has grown to make more and more sense. Sort of an ironic fate for a group whose number-of-fucks-given quotient always…
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Film, "Spinning Plates": A Tale of Three Kitchens

"Spinning Plates": A Tale of Three Kitchens

Spinning Plates With Food Network's Into the Fire already to his credit, filmmaker Joseph Levy seems appropriately at ease infiltrating the communities that spring up within and around professional kitchens. He also produced the short film George Lucas in Love,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Disney Buys Lucasfilm, New <i>Star Wars</i> Planned for 2015

Disney Buys Lucasfilm, New Star Wars Planned for 2015

The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm Ltd (which includes LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound) from George Lucas for a cool $4.05 billion on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Along with the transaction came the announcement that Disney intends to…
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Film, Feature "Raiders of the Lost Ark": Still Joyously Disreputable in IMAX

"Raiders of the Lost Ark": Still Joyously Disreputable in IMAX

The story goes that while filming in Tunisia in the summer of 1980, Steven Spielberg avoided the dysentery that afflicted most of the cast and crew of Raiders of the Lost Ark by holing up in his hotel room with…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Seven Ways <i>The Phantom Menace</i> Could Be Fixed

Seven Ways The Phantom Menace Could Be Fixed

when everybody yells at you all the time and tells you what a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The City's First Dot-Com, 1969: George Lucas and Francis Coppola's American Zoetrope

The City's First Dot-Com, 1969: George Lucas and Francis Coppola's American Zoetrope

I love San Francisco history, so when I was hired as a webmonkey for the gay porn site NakedSword in 2005, I was thrilled to discover that the office space had once been the Ritch Street Health Club, a…
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Film, Roxie Film Noir Fest Offers Its Own Grim Joys

Roxie Film Noir Fest Offers Its Own Grim Joys

A woman in nothing but a trenchcoat dashes onto a midnight roadway, almost getting smacked by the Jag of the P.I. who makes the mistake of picking her up. An embittered former G.I. turns up in a Mexican village determined…
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News, The Snitch Lucasfilm Must Pay $1.3 Million in Attorney Fees for Discrimination Lawsuit

Lucasfilm Must Pay $1.3 Million in Attorney Fees for Discrimination Lawsuit

A judge ruled that Lucasfilm Ltd., the Marin-based film company that was found guilty of firing Julie Gilman Veronese for being pregnant, should pay $1.3 million in attorney fees, according Veronese's lawyers.Angela Alioto, the former city supervisor who is representing…
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Calendar, Night&Day For the Love of Chewbacca

For the Love of Chewbacca

When it comes to hardcore devotion, the Star Wars set is about as fanatical as it gets. We heard about one guy who broke up with his girlfriend because she said the Phantom Menace really kind of sucked – especially…
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News, The Snitch Jedi Lawsuit Causes Great Disturbance in the Force

Jedi Lawsuit Causes Great Disturbance in the Force

In the lightsaber, the Jedi Knights had "an elegant weapon for a more civilized age." Here in the earth-bound 21st century, we're stuck with the lawsuit. Still, not as clumsy or random as a blaster, when you think about it.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Force Was Not With Them

The Force Was Not With Them

Dear Santa, please bring us something really weird for Christmas. Make it endearing, gross, inextricably linked to an otherwise-lucrative brand name, and as rare as a solvent print publication. Please let it involve Grace Slick and Bea Arthur. Please let…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Stuff of the Warrior

The Stuff of the Warrior

Usually, when we encounter the samurai in works of art, we are watching something by Akira Kurosawa, Quentin Tarantino, or George Lucas (just scratch Star Wars a bit), and consequently there is a lot of clanging blades and screaming bloody…
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Calendar, Night&Day The WonderCon Catwalk

The WonderCon Catwalk

Irony has no place in a comics convention. A man dressing up as Buzz Lightyear should come with his game face on, his specifications perfect, his lingo down, his history intact. If you intend to gawk, do so politely —…
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Culture, Stagecap

Star Wars: Live on Stage!

Who the hell knows how they did it, but somehow the funky people behind one of the city's funkiest theaters, the Dark Room, got permission from Lucasfilm to perform Star Wars live on their little 8-by-10-foot stage (although they were…
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Film, FilmCap

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

George Lucas, that greedy visionary, is now in the infomercial manufacturing business — the pitchman forever selling rehashed product to successive generations of younger and younger Star Wars fans raised on fond memories further curdling with each new entry in…
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Film, Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline

Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline

Here's your hat, Indy, but, really, what's your hurry? Because 19 years after the Last Crusade that clearly wasn't, and 15 years after the old man joined Young Indiana Jones on the small screen to recount his glory days blowing…
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News, Feature Bay Area Filmmakers

Bay Area Filmmakers

History is written by the winners, which in our culture means those with big bucks and media access. So George Lucas, a successful businessman with an interest in movies, has produced a two-hour history of Bay Area filmmaking cutely titled…
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News, Sucka Free City

Legal Troopers

A long time ago —or maybe last week— in a land far, far away —or a federal court in San Jose— a Marin-based film empire used the best lawyers the Force™ could buy to put a little Maryland company out…
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