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Is Leia Considered A Disney Princess Now?

-Emily Fraysse

On October 30, 2012, the Walt Disney Company announced their purchase of Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion dollars.

So, what does this mean?

For George Lucas lovers, the news probably tied their stomach into knots, but for others, this may look like a step in the right direction.

The visionary private film and television production company that is responsible for the legendary Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises, handed off their precious baby to a different owner. This shouldn’t have come as too much of a shock because the truth is that Disney and Lucasfilm are good ‘ole pals. They have collaborated on features in the past and with George Lucas’s announcement in January 2012 on his pending retirement from producing large-scale features, it seems as though this is perfect timing. You can’t blame the guy for wanting to move on to something else after thirty-five years.

This does not mean that Disney is going to stick mouse ears on Chewbacca or make up a Death Star “Ball of Terror” ride at its theme park. Yes, they have milked the franchise quite a bit over the past few years, but let’s not get too pessimistic here. New eyes are going to be looking through the lens of the camera and I am confident that Lucas wouldn’t hand over his beloved story of a galaxy far, far away into an unqualified director’s hands if he didn’t feel it was right.

For those who are still skeptical, remember that Disney has not messed up every movie they have produced. In 2010, Disney remade a film called Tron fantastically starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Dedlund, and Olivia Wilde. More recently, Disney absolutely nailed it on The Avengers with Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson. And who could hate on their collaborations with Pixar film studios like Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Up, and The Incredibles.

According to starwars.com, the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in 2015 along with two others to follow in the future. George Lucas explained that, “It is now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars would live beyond me and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I am confident that Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy (soon to take over George’s spot as CEO), and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”

Hang in there Star Wars fans because for Lucasfilm, Disney is now your father.

For more information, you can either visit the website www.starwars.com or watch the youtube videos of George Lucas explaining the transition.

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Top 5 Movies I Can’t Wait For

-Sam Bouchat

5. Brave

Release date: June 22, 2012

This newest production of creative powerhouse Disney and the genius work of Pixar promises to be another superb hit; however this Pixar movie is slightly different from others. It boasts a female lead, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), and will be released in 3D. In this story, Merida, an archer and daughter of the king, goes on a crazy and dangerous adventure to defy tradition and save the kingdom. Voicing talent includes Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters.

4. Men in Black III

Release date: May 25, 2012

I fell in love with the Men in Black franchise back in 1997 when the first of the trilogy was released. The unorthodox science fiction and humor reminded me of the original Star Trek series. Now, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in this new thriller comedy. Agent J (Smith) must go back in time in order to discover the whereabouts of Agent K (Jones) who mysteriously disappears. The most excellent part – Josh Brolin plays a young Agent K, and, if the trailer is anything to go by, he pulls off Tommy Lee Jones to a tee.

3. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Release date: June 22, 2012

I’m normally not a fan of Steve Carell flicks, but the originality of the plot makes this my number 3 movie for this year. A giant meteor heading towards Earth creates a panic as the world population realizes that they have only three weeks until they all perish. Dodge (Carell) teams up with his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) to find his childhood sweetheart before the world is destroyed. While I’m not a huge fan of romantic comedies, I look forward to seeing how director Lorene Scafaria envisions a world knowingly doomed to destruction.

2. The Avengers

Release date: May 4, 2012

I’ve already made it apparent how excited I am for the Avengers movie. The concept of characters that I’ve individually fallen in love with, in individual movies, with individual plots, all meeting together and teaming up sound more like a fanfiction than the plot of a big budget Hollywood film. But Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth will be returning to the big screen as their mechanically, chemically, and supernaturally enhanced characters. Also added to the cast is Mark Ruffalo, replacing Edward Norton as the Hulk. I honestly don’t care if this movie doesn’t have a plot – I’m going for the mindless action and eye-candy.

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Release date: July 20, 2012

Words cannot describe the effort it takes for me to go on living, day after day, without having seen this movie. The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion of the Batman trilogy and brain-child of genius director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception), will truly be an event to behold. Christian Bale will be returning as an aloof, all-too-serious Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as Alfred the butler, and (my favorite) Gary Oldman as the ever-concerned, adorable Commissioner Gordon. When we left the theaters of the Dark Knight back in 2008, we had no idea what was going to happen next. Batman has been blamed for the murders conducted by Harvey Dent, and Gordon has destroyed the Bat Signal. The whole of Gotham is against the Batman, and now here comes a new villain – Bane (performed by Tom Hardy, who gained about 28 pound of muscle for the role). Anne Hathaway will also be joining the cast as Selina Kile (Cat Woman). It is sure to be explosive, and a fitting end to such a fantastic series of films.

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The End of an Era

 

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-Mike Munoz

In the world of technology, Steve Jobs wasn’t just the face of Apple In., but he was also one of the most innovative thinkers in the industry. For the past few years, Jobs had struggled with his health and was forced to step down from his title as CEO of Apple. Earlier today, Jobs passed away and the technological word lost one if its leading visionaries.

During his time at the helm of Apple, Jobs made sure that his products were the standard of all technology. Over the last several years, iPods have practically held a monopoly over the mp3 player market and Mac Books have become one of the most popular laptops for students and businessmen alike. Jobs was also one of the main reasons the iPad has been able to stay ahead of the game and continue to be the leading tablet available.

Aside from the impact he had on the technological world as the Co-founder of Apple, Jobs also had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. In 1986, Jobs purchased Pixar Animation Studios, which was then known as The Graphics Group. The first film released by Pixar was “Toy Story,” for which Jobs was named an executive producer. “Toy Story” went on to be a major success and Pixar is now one of the most respected animation studios in the business.

Apple has responded to Jobs’ unfortunate death by adding a tribute to the homepage of their website of apple.com. Current Apple CEO, Tim Cook release a statement saying, “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.” Disney CEO, Bob Iger, also released a statement saying, “Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era.”

Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, there’s no doubt that the technological world lost an icon on Wednesday. Steve Jobs worked tirelessly to ensure that Apple’s products became the standard of computers and mobile devices, and kept them at the top for many years. There no way to measure the impact that Jobs has had on the technology we use today, and his innovative ways of thinking will truly be missed.