The People vs. George Lucas (2010) Review

In the world of fandom, Star Wars fans are arguably among the most dedicated of aficionados. (Although, I’m sure that Star Trek fans can make a passionate case against that statement.) At the heart of every Star Wars fan’s affection is an almost equally passionate opinion either for or against George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars universe. Because of Lucas’ inability to stop making changes to the original three Star Wars movies (1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and 1983’s Return of the Jedi), some fans have gone so far as to accuse him of “raping their childhood.”

The People vs. George Lucas, a documentary by Alexandre O. Philippe, gives these fans a platform to air their grievances about not only the changes to the original versions of the films but also the three prequels (1999’s The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Attack of the Clones, and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith) that many feel are extremely disappointing and an insult to their intelligence.

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Ridley Scott to write and produce new “Blade Runner” film

For years now rumors of a new “Blade Runner” film have bounced around as various producers took hold of the license. In May, Alcon Entertainment, makers of “The Blind Side” among other projects, acquired rights to make either a prequel or sequel, and signed a deal with Warner Bros. to distribute whatever resulted. Well, now we know what that is.

Deadline is reporting that Ridley Scott, director of the iconic original “Blade Runner,” has signed a deal to direct a produce a new addition to the franchise. As of yet, nothing is known beyond that, particularly whether Scott will steer a prequel or sequel, or God forbid, a reboot. The other big question is whether they’ll reach out to Harrison Ford to participate; obviously with “Indiana Jones 4” the actor showed a willingness to return to classic roles.

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‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ dominates

Now here’s some monkey business that everyone in Hollywood will take seriously! ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ conquered the box office with a tremendous $54 million in its debut weekend. The $90 million Fox reboot/prequel exceeded all expectations and churned out the fifth-best August opening of all time. And it did it all without any of that pesky 3D!

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ played primarily to an older male crowd. According to exit polling, 56 percent of the audience was male, while 59 percent were over the age of 25. Notably, 20 percent of the audience was at least 50 years old – perhaps fans of the original 1968 film. For the most part, viewers liked what they saw, as they gave ‘Rise’ a strong “A-” CinemaScore grade.

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Author files copyright infringement lawsuit against NBC and ‘Heroes’

Jason Barnes, also known as Jazan Wild, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against NBC Universal, claiming Heroes had stolen plot details from his own graphic novels. Barnes, the author of three Carnival of Souls books — which follow a “traveling circus of damned souls that moves between this world and the next, between reality and dreams” — claims NBC infringed on his copyright during the fourth season of Heroes. According to the suit, “The first two episodes of Heroes…introduce a traveling carnival virtually identical to that in [Barnes]‘s original, copyrighted works. The settings and the storylines are virtually the same. The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts.”

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