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  • Star Wars Is Garbage

    12/11/2015 2:44:59 PM PST · by Borges · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/2015 | MILO YIANNOPOULOS
    With Star Wars, liberal Hollywood got it all wrong. They get everything wrong, of course, but this movie franchise really takes the biscuit. They turned the heroes into villains, and the villains into shining beacons of virtue. With a new film on the horizon, I feel duty-bound to warn you about the desperate shortcomings of this particular entertainment phenomenon. If we are honest with ourselves, the real wretched hive of scum and villainy is Skywalker Ranch, where George Lucas and his band of morally dissolute bastards created the Star Wars universe, a blight on western civilisation and culture.
  • The New Star Wars Isn't Political (But It Should Be)

    12/20/2015 12:44:06 PM PST · by Benny Huang · 9 replies
    Wounded American Warrior ^ | December 20, 2015 | Benny Huang
    The Force Awakens opened this Friday to packed theaters across America. I haven’t seen it for a number of reasons, among which is an unwillingness to tent out for days just to buy tickets. The film will nonetheless make oodles of money, I’m sure, as Star Wars has replaced the Bible as Western civilization’s primary cultural commonality, both relevant and accessible to people across the societal spectrum. This seventh chapter of the epic space opera may be the first to steer clear of political themes. According to film critic Matt Singer, “The Force Awakens is — arguably to its detriment...
  • Toshiro Mifune Turned Down Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader Roles, Says Daughter (Star Wars)

    12/04/2015 2:26:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 3, 2015 | Gavin J. Blair
    The legendary leading man of Akira Kurosawa turned down offers from George Lucas, said his daughter at an event with Steve Wozniak to announce Tokyo Comic Con. Toshiro Mifune, the legendary actor and star of numerous Akira Kurosawa films including Seven Samurai,Yojimbo and Rashomon, turned down the roles of Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, worried that Star Wars was going to look cheap, according to his daughter Mika.
  • Star Wars Creator: Bush is Darth Vader, Cheney is the Emperor [Lucas in BDS Shocka]

    04/20/2009 8:13:49 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 59 replies · 1,633+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 20, 2009 - 11:08 | Noel Sheppard
    It's been a question discussed by liberal bloggers for years, and the creator of "Star Wars" has finally settled it once and for all: Former Vice President Dick Cheney is Emperor Palpatine, and former President George W. Bush is Darth Vader. Phew...glad that's settled.
  • Star Wars sucks. There, we said it.

    06/20/2015 11:05:05 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 178 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 19, 2015 | Jaime Weinman
    One day in the 1970s, George Lucas screened a rough cut of his new movie, Star Wars, for his influential Hollywood friends. And almost none of them liked it. The plot seemed incomprehensible, the made-up fantasy names absurd. Director Brian De Palma, who had just had a big hit with Carrie, made fun of everything about the film, including Princess Leia’s hairstyle: “Hey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess’s ears?” Almost 40 years later, De Palma is mostly making low-budget movies, and the most-anticipated film of the year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first...
  • George Lucas Planning Payback With Massive Affordable Housing Project On His Marin County Land

    04/16/2015 2:03:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 60 replies ^ | 4/15/15 | Phil Matier
    NOVATO (CBS SF) After George Lucas ran into a buzzsaw of opposition from his wealthy Marin County neighbors when he tried to expand his Skywalker Ranch studio, the filmmaker might be getting some payback with plans for one of the largest affordable housing projects in the Bay Area.
  • 'Star Wars' locations in Tunisia reportedly now danger spots because of ISIS threat

    03/29/2015 8:10:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Ethan Sacks /
    The Tunisian desert region used as a location for the original "Star Wars" and as a tourist destination for fans of the film franchise is now reportedly crawling with a threat more insidious than marauding Sand People ISIS terrorists. Particularly hard hit has been Tataouine, the Tunisian town that inspired George Lucas to name Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, and now a pit stop for wannabe jihadists headed to join ISIS in nearby Libya, CNN reported. Three men were arrested nearby the town that's just 60 miles from the Libyan border and arms caches were confiscated nearby, one of...
  • George Lucas May Be the Last Person on Earth Who Hasn't Seen The New Star Wars Trailer

    12/08/2014 1:54:44 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    moviefone ^ | 12-8-2014 | Katie Roberts
    Lucas, who created the "Star Wars" universe with the launch of the first film in 1977, has been relatively hands-off with the upcoming Episode VII, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by fans upon viewing the flick's first teaser, which features more practical effects than CGI. And it turns out, that non-involvement stretches to even watching the trailer itself.
  • George Lucas' unveils space-age art museum

    11/06/2014 9:29:51 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | 11-5-2014 | Allyssia Alleyne
    No, you're not looking at an idyllic scene from pre-Death Star Alderaan. This futuristic building is the plan for George Lucas' $300-million art museum on Chicago's lakefront. Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago firm Studio Gang have released artist renderings of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that wouldn't look out of place in its namesake's "Star Wars" franchise. The avant garde structure, set to open in 2018, will have three levels of exhibition space topped by an observation deck with panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan. Inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van...
  • Bill Gates Tops Forbes Richest Americans List For 21st Straight Year

    09/29/2014 8:14:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 09/29/2014 | Emily Morgan
    An American worth less than $1.55 billion could not land on this year's "The Forbes 400," the annual ranking for the richest people in America. The cut-off increase from last year's $1.3 billion disqualified 113 poor billionaires for this year's list. Bill Gates once again lorded over his fellow wealthy Americans for the 21st consecutive year with a healthy $81 billion, up $9 billion from 2013. He outpaced Warren Buffet ($67 billion), Larry Ellison ($50 billion) and the Koch brothers' Charles and David (each worth $42 billion) to round out the top five. Michael Bloomberg ($35 billion) managed to slide...
  • The Death of Star Wars

    12/02/2013 3:34:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | November 25, 2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    It must be said: In October 2012, Star Wars fans felt a great disturbance in the Force. Disney no need to explain why this is gobsmackingly horrible announced that it was going to insult the collective intelligence, sensibility, and good taste of everyone in America and the English-speaking world by welcoming George Lucas to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and making another Star Wars trilogy. So obviously I tried out for it.
  • College: The Fall of the Humanities

    07/08/2013 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/08/2013 | Bernie Reeves
    Duke University president Richard Brodhead, who abandoned his own students and took the word of a prostitute before knowing the facts in the infamous Duke Lacrosse case, has served as co- chairman of an allegedly bipartisan group convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to investigate the value of the humanities in the college curriculum. Members of the quango included filmmakers Ken Burns and George Lucas, musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Emmylou Harris, actor John Lithgow and retired Supreme Court justice David Souter -- an odd assortment to be called on to interpret academic trends. Said Brodhead in a...
  • George Lucas might build affordable housing

    05/20/2012 12:20:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/20/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas could, indeed, make good on his idea of building affordable housing right next door to the high-income NIMBYs who blocked his plans for a production studio near his Lucas Valley ranch complex. His Marin County neighbors and conservationists have dismissed Lucas' musings as sour grapes, and say low-income housing could never be built in such a remote and environmentally sensitive location.But those in the know disagree.There's a feeling on the Board of Supervisors, which has final say over the project, that it fits into the county's desire for more low-income housing - and by the...
  • George Lucas pushes low-income housing option

    05/09/2012 8:27:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/9/12 | Peter Fimrite
    Filmmaker George Lucas is pushing forward with plans to build low-income housing at Marin County's picturesque Grady Ranch, a vow of his that was widely dismissed as an insincere attempt by the billionaire to thumb his nose at complaining neighbors. The Marin Community Foundation announced Tuesday that it is working with Lucasfilm to "explore options" for building affordable housing in the location where the movie mogul wanted to build a film studio until residents in an adjacent subdivision protested. . . . Lucas...withdrew his plans last month to build a large mission-style movie-making studio on Grady Ranch, blaming the Lucas...
  • George Lucas: Hollywood Wouldn't Back My Film About Tuskegee Airmen Due to All Black Cast

    01/11/2012 10:44:12 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 11, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Star Wars creator George Lucas said Monday that Hollywood studios refused to back his new film Red Tails - about World War II's Tuskegee Airmen - because the cast was all black. ... Hollywood balked given the message Lucas was trying to convey. I wanted to make it inspirational for teenaged boys. I wanted to show that they have heroes, theyre real American heroes, theyre patriots that helped to make the country what it is today. And its not Glory where you have a lot of white officers running these guys into cannon fodder. Its like a real, they were...
  • Darth Vader will lose a little more of his dignity in Star Wars original trilogy Blu-rays

    08/31/2011 10:02:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    io9 ^ | Wed 31 Aug 2011
    Darth Vader will lose a little more of his dignity in Star Wars original trilogy Blu-rays. Listen for yourself! George Lucas is not satisfied with turning the puppet Yoda in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace into a CG creation. Or just fixing some of the wonky lightsabre effects in the original trilogy. He's going a bit further. Lucas had promised that fans would have a few new details here and there to notice in his newly remastered HD versions of his classic trilogy and now the first details are leaking out. And fans are not happy. Some of the...
  • Miss Lucas strikes back

    08/15/2011 3:53:14 PM PDT · by Immerito · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2011 | Paul Andrews
    As the eldest daughter of Star Wars creator George Lucas, the force was bound to be with her. After years of Martial Arts training, Amanda Lucas, 30, has become a professional cage fighter. As incredible pictures have been released of her training, the adopted eldest daughter of George, who appeared in the Star Wars prequels, said she turned to fighting to battle her own demons caused by growing up as a 'fat and wimpy'' kid. She said her billionaire father is 'very supportive' of her new career as a pro cage fighter - but he can't stand to watch her...
  • Rogen stunned by Lucas' 2012 theory

    01/19/2011 7:55:06 AM PST · by thefactor · 33 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | 19 Jan 2011 |
    Funnyman Seth Rogen was left stunned by a recent encounter with his moviemaking hero George Lucas - because the Star Wars director spent 20 minutes telling him the world would end in 2012. Rogen was left speechless when Lucas and Steven Spielberg joined a movie meeting he was a part of - but the encounter has left him worried his life will be over next year. He recalls, George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it.
  • George Lucas Wants to Resuscitate Dead Actors Using Computers [FALSE RUMOR - SEE POST #53]

    12/07/2010 2:57:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | December 7, 2010
    From the horrible ideas department comes the news from George Lucas that he's buying "the film rights to dead actors." You know, so he can resurrect them virtually for upcoming movies.
  • Darth Vader Banned From 'Star Wars' Party

    07/14/2010 11:15:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 3+ views
    inside movies ^ | July 12, 2010
    Things aren't going well for the original Dark Lord of the Sith. Dave Prowse, who wore the Darth Vader costume in the first three 'Star Wars' films, has been banned from the forthcoming Lucas Film Star Wars Celebration party in Orlando, Florida. Not only that, he's been told his presence won't be welcome at any Lucas Film/Star Wars-related events. There could be a reason, though, seeing as Uncle George is probably fuming at the comments Prowse recently made to SlashFilm about not receiving any residual payment for 'Return of the Jedi' -- because it didn't make a profit(!):
  • The Empire Strikes Back...30 years ago...

    05/22/2010 7:49:14 AM PDT · by Neoavatara · 71 replies · 964+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | May 22, 2010 | Neoavatara
    30 years. Three decades. Man, do I feel old. Many of you weren't even born in 1980. That is a scary thought. Me, I was 6 years old and a Star Wars fanatic from the first moment I saw the opening scene of the original movie. My generation didn't play cowboys-and-indians, or soldiers on a battlefield...we were Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the rest of the characters from "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away"...
  • Air Force used Twitter to track NY flyover fallout (Air Force One flyover)

    08/10/2009 12:27:17 PM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 8 replies · 642+ views
    AP via PhysOrg ^ | August 10, 2009 | RICHARD LARDNER
    The Air Force tracked online messaging service Twitter, video-sharing site YouTube and various blogs to assess the huge public backlash to the Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty this spring, according to the documents. And while the attempts at damage control failed - "No positive spin is possible," one PowerPoint chart reads - the episode opens a window into the tactics for operating in a boundless digital news cycle. (snip) According to the Air Force One documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, a unit called the Combat Information Cell at Tyndall Air Force Base in...
  • The Force Is Not With Him: Anakin Skywalker 10 Years Later

    07/25/2009 9:10:49 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 35 replies · 1,593+ views
    The plucky kid with the pod racer from "Star Wars: Episode I" is not a kid anymore. And Jake Lloyd wants you to know that having a major role in a George Lucas film really put a damper on things when he was growing up. OK, fine: The guy doesn't really deserve our pity, but think of it from his point of view. Ten years old, getting blamed for ruining the Star Wars series. (Well, that was mainly the fault of George Lucas, but the kid was there, wasn't he?) And people just won't let it go. The Sci-Fi Australia...
  • The Filming Of "Red Tails"

    05/11/2009 6:37:28 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 54 replies · 1,872+ views
    THE OBAMA FILE ^ | 5/10/09 | BECKWITH
    This is a great video. It shows the three aircraft orbiting over the Statue of Liberty during the Air Farce One incident. (The money shot is near the end) The "Red Tail F-16" is clearly a prop. If the George Lucas' film "Red Tails" has, as is likely, a 3D IMAX version, and this sequence were to be used as an epilogue, the camera plane would likely have an external camera mount to attach an IMAX camera. Publicity stills would have been photographed by an air combat photographer during the flight. According to this Wall Street Journal article, the camera...
  • Obama's Air Force One in Shootdown Scare Over New York City

    05/10/2009 6:06:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 2,507+ views
    FourWinds10 ^ | April 28, 2009 | Sorcha Faal
    Russian Military Officers are reporting to Prime Minister Putin this morning that President Obama [pictured top left with UN Secretary General Ban] was stopped by US Air Force fighter jets while Air Force One was attempting to land in New York City where Obama was scheduled to meet UN, Russian and Chinese diplomats for what the White House had communicated was critical and vital information relating the influenza pandemic currently overrunning the World. Though the US propaganda media is portraying this shocking incident involving the most secure aircraft in the World as a photo op staged by the Pentagon, statements...
  • Tuskegee Airmen visit academy cadets

    05/09/2009 8:33:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies · 775+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 5-8-2009 | Don Branum
    U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs 5/8/2009 - U.S Air Force Academy, Colo. (AFNS) -- The Tuskegee Airmen secured their place in history more than 60 years ago by doing what few people thought they could. They overcame naysayers in the U.S. Army Air Corps before they overcame the Luftwaffe in the skies over Italy and Germany. Their legendary story has inspired numerous books, a movie and thousands of U.S. Air Force Academy cadets. Born in 1925, Dr. Coggs first became interested in flying after he saw a plane fly low over his hometown of Little Rock, Ark. "As soon...
  • Red Tail Escorts Air Force One Over Lady Liberty & Ground Zero

    04/28/2009 10:29:36 AM PDT · by shoptalk · 49 replies · 2,909+ views
    Perfunction ^ | April 28, 2009 | Mustang 0302
    Commenter Mustang 0302 offers the most interesting theory of the day over at Just One Minute: Connecting some dots, here. At least one of the escorting F-16s was from the Alabama ANG, Red Tail and all. Could this photo op mission have any particular connection to A NEW MOVIE due out this year? Could that connection explain the WHMO's eagerness to get some current glamour shots of BHO's A/C, escorted by the descendants of the Tuskegee Airmen, while flathatting over "the target formerly known as Ground Zero"? Just imagine the powerful, beautiful imagery of these aircraft during this mission, accompanied...
  • White House aide Louis Caldera loses job over Manhattan flyover fiasco involving Air Force One

    05/08/2009 1:18:28 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 315 replies · 15,972+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 5-8-09 | By Kenneth R. Bazinet
  • After Flyover of Air Force One Backup, Military Office Director Resigns (One Picture Released)

    05/08/2009 9:51:12 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 52 replies · 1,906+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 5/08/2009 | NYTimes
    The director of the White House Military Office submitted his resignation on Friday, less than two weeks after he authorized a flyover by an Air Force One backup of the Statue of Liberty that terrified thousands of people in New York City. Louis Caldera, who served as the secretary of the Army in the Clinton administration, apologized for the distraction that approving the flyover caused. He said in a brief letter to President Obama on Friday that it has made it impossible for me to effectively lead the White House Military Office.
  • 'Air Force One' photo: Coming this week

    05/06/2009 2:43:36 PM PDT · by Plutarch · 44 replies · 1,591+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 6, 2009 | Mark Silva
    The White House says it will indeed release a photograph from the $329,000 "photo shoot'' of one of the Air Force jumbo jets that serve as Air Force One when the president is aboard but mainly served to scare a lot of New Yorkers in that recent flyover. President Barack Obama voiced outrage over the incident, as did the mayor of New York, the senior senator from New York and many street-level New Yorkers who didn't know what to make of the presidential aircraft trailed by an F-16 fighter making low arcs over the Hudson River. It was a "photo-op,''...
  • White House Not Releasing Fly Over NYC Photos (my title)

    05/05/2009 11:47:37 AM PDT · by CitizenM · 36 replies · 1,950+ views
    FOX News | 5/5/09
    Just announced on FOX news: "The White House has declined to release the photos taken of the backup of the AF1 plane that flew over NYC and past the Statue of Liberty for a photo op last month..." No more details available on FOX's website. Remember this: Photo Flop
  • New York City Flyover Photo Flop Triggers Recriminations

    04/28/2009 9:51:45 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 59 replies · 2,046+ views ^ | 4/28/2009
    A photo-op over the Manhattan skyline that sent thousands of New Yorkers running for their lives has officials in Washington, D.C., running for cover. Many New Yorkers on Tuesday were asking what the Obama administration could have been thinking when it authorized an Air Force One backup plane to fly over the city for photos capturing the presidential plane with the Statue of Liberty in the background. The 747 plane, with an F-16 escort following close behind, circled the Statue of Liberty and the skyline near the World Trade Center site for about a half-hour. Offices were evacuated. Emergency call...
  • 'Photo op' evokes fears of Sept. 11 ( More stupidity by the Obama administration )

    04/28/2009 4:32:42 AM PDT · by kellynla · 61 replies · 1,938+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | Christina Bellantoni
    President Obama's White House was forced to issue an apology Monday after a photo opportunity gone badly wrong - an Air Force One backup did a low flyover over Lower Manhattan, prompting terrified citizens to flee their offices and high-profile accusations of government insensitivity in the post-Sept. 11 era. White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera issued a brief statement saying he was to blame, and an administration official said the president was "furious" about the photo op, which had been in the works for one month. "Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for...
  • Jet flyover in lower Manhattan sets off panic (Yeah, right!)

    04/27/2009 5:52:35 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 48 replies · 1,756+ views
    Google/AP ^ | April 28, 2009 | ULA ILNYTZKY and SARA KUGLER
    An airliner and supersonic fighter jet zoomed past the lower Manhattan skyline in a flash just as the work day was beginning Monday. Within minutes, startled financial workers streamed out of their offices, fearing a nightmarish replay of Sept. 11. For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low. But the flyover was nothing but a photo op, apparently one of a series of flights to get pictures of...
  • Video: Obama Photo Op Disaster: New Yorkers Running Scared in the Streets by Goldman Sachs

    Watch Video: Obama wanted to do an airplane photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center defies the imagination
  • Air Force One photo op panics NYC - finger-pointing begins...

    04/27/2009 1:57:42 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 41 replies · 1,891+ views
    CSM ^ | 4/27/09 | Mikey_1962
    Of course no one is taking responsibility for this. Who would want their name on this public relations fiasco? Following an astonishing decision to let a Boeing 747 buzz the Manhattan skyline this morning without informing the public, you get what you typically expect from government when a mistake is made: not my fault. 9/11 Bringing back memories of September 11 to New York City residents, entire buildings were evacuated after what turned out to be one of President Obamas planes swooped low over the Statue of Liberty into lower Manhattan on Monday morning. The 747 was escorted...
  • Air Force One Photo Opp Triggers Panic in Manhattan

    04/27/2009 10:25:47 AM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 150 replies · 6,911+ views
    ABC News Blogs ^ | April 27, 2009 | MARK CRUDELE, RICHARD ESPOSITO and LISA STARK
    A photo shoot involving a 747 used as Air Force One and two fighter jets flying at low altitude led to hundreds of frightened calls from residents and workers in Lower Manhattan this morning, triggering memories of 9-11 as many evacuated their offices... According to officials, the flight -- authorized by the FAA -- came in as low as 1000 feet to 150 feet above the city as it made a large circle over Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey... Other officials noted that they were led to believe the flight would be limited to the area near the...
  • Obama Plane Photo Op Startles New Yorkers

    04/27/2009 11:42:54 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 47 replies · 2,550+ views
    A jumbo jet being chased by a F-16 fighter jets buzzed Lower Manhattan this morning, panicking New Yorkers, many of whom were forced to evacuate their office buildings. It was not a terrorist attack, however, but a photo opportunity for Air Force One, sources told the Post.
  • Obama plays Top Gun ... buzzes lower Manhattan with Air Force One (w/VIDEO)

    04/27/2009 12:14:23 PM PDT · by mfnorman · 27 replies · 2,106+ views
    Obama's FAA and Air Force scare the s%!t out of New York office workers by flying Air Force One, escorted by an F-16, low over Manhattan in what was described by the the FAA as a "photo-op".
  • Obama Is Just Plane Stupid

    04/28/2009 2:57:15 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 120 replies · 3,587+ views
    THE OBAMA FILE ^ | 4/28/2009 | Beckwith
    A perfect storm of idiocy led to a frightening 9/11 flashback for thousands of New Yorkers Monday when a jumbo jet and an F-16 fighter jet buzzed lower Manhattan without warning. (video -- flyby) (video -- panic) (video -- Ground Zero) A "furious" Mayor Bloomberg denounced the dunces who dreamed up the stunt. Bloomberg said, "Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo-op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies imagination. Poor judgment would be a nice ways to phrase it, but they did. I also think that once they had told us, we should...
  • The Air Farce One Report -- A Classic Case Of Misdirection

    05/09/2009 4:30:54 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 208 replies · 8,273+ views
    The Obama File ^ | 5/9/09 | Beckwith
    A White House military aide who authorized an Air Force flyover of New York that caused panic among some people in the city resigned on Friday. Louis Caldera said in a resignation letter to Obama that the controversy over the mission -- a photo shoot of a jumbo jet used as Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background -- made it impossible for him to lead the White House Military Office (WHMO). White House officials said the flight was designed to update the official photo of the plane, known as Air Force One when the president...
  • Photo of Air Force One Released by White House(NY Flyover)

    05/09/2009 11:10:30 AM PDT · by GVnana · 56 replies · 3,135+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/9/2009
  • Military Office Director Resigns in Wake of New York Fly-by

    05/08/2009 5:04:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies · 1,572+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 The director of the White House Military Office has submitted his resignation in the wake of an April 27 aerial photo shoot with a presidential aircraft over New York City. Louis Caldera, who served as secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration, resigned his office effective May 22. I have concluded that the controversy surrounding the Presidential Airlift Groups aerial photo shoot over New York City has made it impossible to effectively lead the White House Military Office, Caldera wrote in his letter of resignation. President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation, White House...
  • $328,000 Photo: WH Will Release Pic from Air Force One NYC Fiasco

    05/07/2009 1:02:48 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 67 replies · 2,555+ views
    ABC news ^ | May 7, 2009 | JUSTIN ROOD and MEGAN CHUCHMACH
    The White House has apparently had a change of heart, and will release "a photo" from the pricey, fright-inducing Manhattan flyover photo-op involving an Air Force fighter jet and a Boeing 747 which is sometimes used as the president's plane. he White House has said it is conducting an internal review of the fiasco, which cost over $328,000 in taxpayer dollars and frightened a broad swath of lower Manhattan, site of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center towers. "The report I believe will be concluded at some point this week. We'll release its findings and release a photo,"...
  • New Yorkers Frightened By Air Force One Fly-Over Considering Class Action Lawsuit

    05/06/2009 7:23:24 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 89 replies · 2,370+ views ^ | May 6 2009
    Because of damages caused by post traumatic stress, I guess. On Tuesday, Obama told reporters, ?It was a mistake. It was something we found out about along with all of you. And it will not happen again.? Caldera quickly apologized for the operation. ?Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,? Caldera said to CNN. ?While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it?s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption.? But the apology was not enough for some people in...
  • George Lucas to put Star Wars on at London stadium

    12/11/2008 5:37:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 482+ views ^ | December 12, 2008 | Jack Malvern
    Just when it appeared that George Lucas had finally laid to rest his epic saga of Jedis, Wookies and Ewoks, he has announced that Star Wars will return as a stadium experience. The Times has learnt that Lucasfilm has authorised Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a retelling of the story that will combine excerpts of the film with live orchestral accompaniment. Diehard fans may dream of Jedi Knights serenading Jabba the Hutt and C-3PO singing Dont cry for me, R2-D2 but they are likely to be disappointed. Producers for the show, which will have its world premiere in Britain, emphasised...
  • The force is with Obama, 'Star Wars' creator says

    06/04/2008 7:31:52 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 97 replies · 212+ views
    Bribart ^ | 6/4/08 | AP
    George Lucas has created legendary film heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, but the US director says that in real life, his hero is Barack Obama. Lucas was in Japan on Wednesday to promote his latest film, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," as Obama clinched the Democratic Party's nomination for president. "We have a hero in the making back in the United States today because we have a new candidate for president of the United States, Barack Obama," Lucas said when asked who his childhood heroes were. Obama, "for all of us that have dreams...
  • George Lucas planning 'Star Wars' TV series

    10/16/2007 9:38:58 PM PDT · by james500 · 116 replies · 141+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | October 17, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
    Attention, TV executives: The Force may soon be with you. Filmmaker George Lucas said Tuesday that he has "just begun work" on a live-action television series rooted in the "Star Wars" universe, which is huge news not just for fans of the science-fiction epic but also for networks looking for a piece of the Lucas magic that has grossed $4.3 billion in theaters worldwide. There is a caveat, though: The proposed series doesn't have anyone named Luke or Anakin in it, a story path that Lucas concedes is "taking chances" as far as connecting with an audience expecting the familiar...
  • 'Star Wars' Memories: A long time ago, in a Fourplex far far away ...

    05/18/2007 10:32:23 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 27 replies · 560+ views
    Parade ^ | May 14, 2007 | Jim Gorant
    'Star Wars' Memories: A long time ago, in a Fourplex far far away ... TOUCHSTONES By Jim Gorant Published: May 14, 2007 It was a blazing day in June 1977 when my aunt and cousin came to visit. I was 10, my brother 8, our cousin 6, an awkward playgroup to start with, and to make it worse, our house in northern New Jersey was not air-conditioned. The adults encouraged us to play outside. We made a humid and soggy attempt at wiffleball, but it was no use. We were hot. They didnt care. We were bored. They...
  • Cate Blanchett in negotiations to star in Indiana Jones movie

    03/17/2007 12:49:46 PM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 11 replies · 513+ views
    LOS ANGELES --Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to star opposite Harrison Ford in the long-awaited fourth installment of the ”Indiana Jones” series, her publicist confirmed Saturday. ”She is in negotiations, yes,” publicist Lisa Kasteler told The Associated Press. She did not elaborate. Filming is scheduled to begin later this year, with Steven Spielberg on board to direct. The movie is being produced by ”Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd. Ford played Indiana Jones in 1981’s ”Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 1984’s ”Temple of Doom” and 1989’s ”The Last Crusade.” Blanchett, who won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2004...