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George Lucas (born 14.5.1944) George Lucas is an internationally renowned film director and is the chairman of the production company, Lucasfilm Ltd.

Childhood: George Lucas was born in Modesto, in California. His mother was Dorothy Ellinore and his father, also named George Lucas, owned a stationery store.

Whilst at school, Lucas was keen to become a racing car driver. However, a near fatal accident in his Autobianchi Bianchina made him change his mind about his choice of career. It was at community college that George Lucas became interested in cinematography and camera work. He became obsessed with Bruce Baillie's Canyon Cinema screenings.

George Lucas attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

Film Career: Lucas directed a short film, named Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB whilst he was teaching a class of US Navy students. The documentary was later adapted into Lucas' first full-length feature film, THX 1138. In the late 1960s, George Lucas won a Warner Brothers scholarship to observer Francis Ford Coppola working on 1968's Finian's Rainbow.

Lucas went on to form a studio with Coppola, named American Zoetrope. Lucas' second film, American Graffiti, was released through the studio in 1973.

The success of American Graffiti enabled Lucas to make Star Wars. His decision to waver his upfront director's fee and instead negotiate a licensing deal eventually earned George Lucas a vast amount of money from the profits of Star Wars' toys, games and collectibles. The first film in the franchise starred Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher. The money from the film enabled George Lucas to set up Lucasfilm, Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic. The next two films in the Star Wars franchise, Return of the Jedi and the Empire Strikes Back both matched the global success of their predecessor but were not directed by Lucas. They were, however, released on Lucasfilm and written by Lucas.

George Lucas returned to the Star Wars franchise in the 1990s, releasing a trilogy that started with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The film starred Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Jake Lloyd. The next in this new trilogy was Episode II: Attack of the Clones, followed by Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. A full-length animation, Clone Wars, was released at a later date but did not enjoy the success of the feature films.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg worked together on the original trio of Indiana Jones films. Firstly was 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford in the title role. Next up was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, in 1984 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, which also starred Sean Connery. Nearly two decades later, they teamed up again to make 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which saw Ford return to his role as Indiana Jones.

Willow was an initial box office disappointment but has since become a cult favourite amongst film fans.

Personal Life: In 2005, George Lucas donated $1 million toward the building of the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington D.C.

George Lucas was married to the film editor Marcia Lou Griffin between 1969 and 1984. They adopted a daughter, Amanda, in 1981.

Lucas then went on to adopt two more children, Katie (b. 1988) and Jett (b.1993). All three of Lucas's adopted children have appeared in the recent Star Wars films.

After his split with Marcia, George Lucas had a lengthy relationship with the singer Linda Ronstadt and has been dating Mellody Hobson since 2007.

Lucas has stated that his religion is 'Buddhist Methodist.'



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Michael Jackson Almost Played Jar Jar Binks In 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'


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A new interview has revealed that one of the most hated movie characters of all time – Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, no less – might have been even more annoying. Michael Jackson was apparently very enthusiastic to play the irritating Gungan in prosthetic limbs, but was refused by George Lucas.

Ahmed Best, who actually did play Jar Jar, gave an interview with Vice on Thursday in which he made the revelation. Jackson, who passed away in June 2009, was known to be a keen Star Wars fan, keeping life-size figures of Darth Vader, C-3PO and Boba Fett at his Neverland ranch.

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Formula 1 British Grand Prix

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson - Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone - Race Day - Silverstone, United Kingdom - Sunday 5th July 2015

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Sir Jackie Stewart, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
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George Lucas Building Affordable Housing In Affluent Neighbourhood: "We've Got Enough Millionaires Here"


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George Lucas plans to build hundreds of affordable homes for low income families in an area which is largely affluent and with a number of millionaires living within the vicinity. Lucas plans to build 224 homes on the 1039 acres of land available on his Grady Ranch estate in Marin County, California.

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Star Wars: A New Hope Trailer


The galaxy is in turmoil. A Rebel Alliance is rising up against the villainous Galactic Empire but they are still marginalised and easily defeated. The Empire has a secret weapon, something that will ensure their continued hold on the galaxy: The Death Star. The giant space station has the ability to destroy an entire planet, although the Rebel Alliance have successfully stolen the secret plans for it. When Princess Leia Organa of Alderan (Carry Fisher) is captured on her way to deliver the plans to the Alliance, she is forced to send them inside a droid to the closest planet - Tatooine. There, a young moisture farmer, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who dreams of something greater for himself, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and save the galaxy along the way.

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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Trailer


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A trade dispute on the planet Naboo has led to a full-scale invasion of the planet. Two members of the of the honourable Jedi Order, Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) travel to the Trade Federation flagship to  negotiate an end to the blockade. While they are there, however, they uncover a secret invasion of the entire planet which threatens to endanger millions of lives. Their quest to save the planet and keep the peace will lead them to a young boy with incredible potential. And the fate of the entire galaxy will be thrown into danger.

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Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Trailer


After five long years, the Clone Wars are still raging across the galaxy. Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), the Separatist leader and his minion, General Grievous, have captured the Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) are tasked with his rescue. Once the chancellor is saved and Dooku is defeated, the location of General Grievous is discovered. If the Jedi can send a strike force to capture or kill Grievous, then they will be able to end the war entirely. But there is a darkness growing within Anakin, and the Jedi Order are slowly starting to become aware of it. But as the power of the Chancellor continues to grow, and his hold over Anakin grows too, leading to a revelation which will forever change the galaxy, and lead to a greater, more destructive war.

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Star Wars: The Digital Collection - Making The Millenium Falcon Clip


During the creation of 'Star Wars' in 1977, the now iconic design for the Millennium Falcon was completely different. During the design stage, the ship was a longer, more streamlined design, yet it bared too similar resemblance to a space ship from a different movie. When George Lucas told the designers that they needed to come up with something else, and he didn't even care if it just looked like a flying saucer, the most iconic spaceship in film history was created.

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Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones Trailer


Discontent is spreading across the galaxy. A separatist movement, led by the fallen Jedi Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) is challenging the Galactic Republic for power. Now the Jedi Order are forced to do all they can to keep the peace in the galaxy, all the while knowing that war is brewing on the horizon. When former Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), now a senator for the planet, is caught up in a failed assassination attempt, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) must seek out the source of the attack, and do all they can to prevent the war that is coming to the galaxy.

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Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi Trailer


The Rebel Alliance has fallen into an incredibly dark time. With the destruction of their base in the Hoth system, they have suffered numerous setbacks and defeats across the galaxy. It has been a crushing time for the heroes of the Rebel Alliance as well, as Han Solo (Harrison Ford) has been captured by the ruthless Darth Vader and sent to the vicious crime boss Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has suffered greatly, too. Not only has he learned the truth about Vader being his father, but he has lost his hand in a battle with the dark lord of the Sith. Luke must first rescue Han, and then face up to his destiny and battle Vader for the fate of the galaxy.

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Star Wars: The Digital Collection Trailer


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The majestic order of honourable, strong Jedi, do all they can to keep the peace in a galaxy slowly tearing itself apart through trade disputes and separatist uprisings. All the while, they are becoming aware of the steady growth of an ancient group of darker, hate filler Jedi known as The Sith, are returning. In amongst their troubles, a young boy is discovered; a boy who could be more powerful than any Jedi that has ever lived. If a legendary prophecy can be believed, he is the one who will destroy the Sith and bring balance back to the Force - the energy which binds all life together. 

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Saturday Night Live celebrates it's 40th anniversary

George Lucas - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015

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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015

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Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

George Lucas - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015

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Disney Teases Plans For 'Star Wars' Theme Park Features


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With less than a year to go before The Force Awakens lands in cinemas, the top brass at Disney has given a few teasers as to what we can expect from its forthcoming ‘Star Wars’ theme park plans.

In an investors call on Tuesday with Wall Street analysts, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger stated: “a fair amount of design and development (taking place by the company’s Imagineers) to greatly increase ‘Star Wars’’ presence in multiple locations around the world.”

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Plans for 'Star Wars' theme park attractions at Disney locations will be unveiled "soon"

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George Lucas Admits He Wanted To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'


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As the hotly anticipated J.J. Abrams-directed sequel 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' prepares to hit theatres later this year, the sci-fi film franchise's original creator George Lucas recently admitted he initially wanted to make the next instalment.

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Lucas has amditted he was planning a 'Star Wars: Episode VII' before Disney's acquisition 

The retired filmmaker has revealed to USA Today that he originally planned to shoot 'Episode VII' for a May 2015 release, prior to Disney acquiring LucasFilm and the rights to 'Star Wars' in 2012 for $4 billion.

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