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Is George Lucas Retiring?

It’s the question that’s on the lips of sci-fi fans across the world: Will “Star Wars” creator George Lucas retire? The iconic director of such films as “American Graffiti” turned 68 on May 14th of this year.

George Lucas on the set of “Star Wars” in 1976. 

The answer is…yes, it appears Lucas will “force” himself into retirement.

Lucasfilm, the studio founded by George Lucas, announced on Friday that the “Star Wars” creator will “move forward with his retirement plans.” Officials with the studio say Mr. Lucas will continue to serve as CEO as as he transitions out; replacing Lucas will be longtime friend and veteran producer Kathleen Kennedy. Kennedy already serves as a co-chair on the Lucasfilm board.

Lucas said he selected Kennedy as his successor for a very simply reason, “she’s someone with great creative passion and proven leadership abilities, but also someone who loves movies.” Kennedy is also extremely talented and has spent years learning how to make movies.

Kathleen Kennedy served as an executive producer on “Back to the Future.”

Who is Kathleen Kennedy?
Kathleen Kennedy is a legendary film producer; she first broke into filmmaking as a production assistant to John Milius who was working with Steven Spielberg on the film “1941.” Later, Spielberg hired her as a secretary but wasn’t a very good typist. Spielberg kept her on because he liked her production ideas.

Kennedy went on to serve as co-producer for “Poltergeist,” then as a producer on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and a little film called “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The rest, as they say, is history. Kennedy’s film credits as a producer or executive producer reads like a Greatest Films of All Time list: “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Color Purple,” “Schindler’s List,” “Jurassic Park,” “Seabiscuit,” and the recent “War Horse,” just to name a few.

Currently part of the executive team at The Kennedy/Marshall Co., where she still continues to work with Spielberg to make blockbuster movies, Kennedy will step down to assume her new role at Lucasfilm.

The Future of the Force
It’s unknown if Lucas will serve in any capacity on future “Star Wars” projects. A live-action “Star Wars” television series is currently in development and the “Star Wars” franchise is a bazillion-dollar business. Which Lucas is notoriously picky about: “My movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.”


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jOBS: The Steve Jobs Biopic

It was only a manner of time until the Steve Jobs story made its way to the big screen. In fact, two movies about the tech pioneer are coming to theaters near you.

Two new movies focus on Steve Jobs life and how he went from college dropout to technology entrepreneur.

The Story of Steve
The saga of Steve Jobs – and Apple – is one ripe for digital filmmaking. The founder of Apple started the company in his parents’ Northern California garage with pal Steve Wozniak and grew Apple into a multi-billion-dollar business. The founding of the company and its ups and downs from 1971-2000 were recently documented in the Steve Jobs Biography – which is the basis for one of the films. For the new movie, the cast of characters includes Steve Wozniak, John Scully, Mike Markkula and Daniel Kottke.

Sony Pictures announced that Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin—responsible for scripting the hit films “Moneyball” and “The Social Network”—is already at work adapting Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Jobs for the screen.

On Location
The Los Altos house (or Apple Garage) where Steve Jobs spent part of his life will itself become a movie star, of sorts, when an upcoming 2013 biopic of Steve Jobs—titled “jOBS,” and starring Ashton Kutcher in the lead role—uses the house and Apple’s Cupertino headquarters as backdrops when it begins shooting in June.

Ashton Kutcher of CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” will star as the late Steve Jobs. Here’s Kutcher in character, preparing for the role.

While Apple has said it has no involvement in the film, that hasn’t stopped Ashton Kutcher from getting into character and preparing for the role (he already plays a billionaire entrepreneur named Walden Schmidt in “Two and a Half Men”). Kutcher was recently seen dressed in Jobs’ trademark black turtleneck, jeans and sneakers. The role of Steve Wozniak will be played by Josh Gad.


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