Who knew that 70 years after African-American pilots had to work hard to overcome the prejudices of whites in the U.S. armed services, and the nation having its first black commander-in-chief, the men known as the Tuskegee Airmen would still be doing battle with an entrenched institution of white power brokers, all based on the color of their skin.
Yesterday's guide featured a few box sets and some television shows that could easily make the shopping list this holiday season.
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is not a very good movie.
The following is a noncomprehensive, purely subjective list of some of the DVDs and Blu-ray titles* coming out this fall. It doesn't mean that the ones not listed aren't worthy, just that I either didn't know about them, didn't have time to watch them or didn't have room to include them. I'm sure they're good, too. Well, I'm sure someone likes them, anyway. Enjoy!
Please don't hurt me, dear Geek Out! readers, but I'm really not not a sci-fi fan convention kind of person.
Librarians, information specialists, knowledge managers or whatever title a librarian might have -- their skills are in high demand. And, though you might not know it, they are everywhere.
"Movie theaters will never, ever go away," despite improved and cheaper home theater systems and the quicker availability of new film releases on DVD and online, producer George Lucas says.
Know who's one degree away from Kevin Bacon? Thanks to the new season of "Robot Chicken," it's Seth Green.
Warren Buffett says he will donate 99% of his wealth.
From a Hollywood film producer known for getting us hooked on the 'light saber' to top scientists, financiers and corporate CEOs, more of America's super rich are rising to a $600 billion challenge: Pledge at least 50% of your net worth to charity during your lifetime or at death.
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series.
Do you think the idea of Jake Gyllenhaal playing a time-traveling Arabian swordsman seems far-fetched?
Hollywood royalty meets British royalty as George Lucas and Prince Edward team up to offer young filmmakers advice.
Film royalty shook hands with British royalty at the launch of "Films Without Borders" -- a new scheme that aims to use the language of cinema to break down cultural barriers among young people from diverse backgrounds.
Let me pick my jaw up off the floor and dust it off. Seth Green, who is notoriously typecast as "the dorky, funny guy," just got hitched to super hot actress Clare Grant on Sunday, at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch.
On this month's edition of The Screening Room, Myleene Klass tackles giant scorpions, evades the Kraken and flies away on Pegasus the winged horse as we focus on the world of special effects.
George Lucas raves about "Star Wars in Concert," a mixed-media presentation of John Williams' "Star Wars" scores.
George Lucas didn't get to be a billionaire by delegating.
The stock advance has hit some resistance in the last two weeks and it's only going to get tougher as the third quarter reporting period gets underway.
Making great wine is like making a great film, according to director Francis Ford Coppola -- it's defying the impossible. During his 70 years, he has done both.
From the chaos of Cannes to the vine yards of California, Revealed talks to film director, Francis Ford Coppola.
Lectures, slide shows and notes are often boring, but people are using technology to find entertainment in these unlikely places.
George Lucas says he's already identified the one person who can keep the Indiana Jones franchise going: Harrison Ford
CNN.COM's Dan Wright checks out the creature creator game 'Spore'.
When makers of one of the most anticipated video games of the year invited users to help design part of the game, the gamers jumped at the chance to create animated characters.
When LucasArts releases Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on Sept. 16, the video game will bridge 2005's Star Wars: Episode III and 1977's A New Hope
Adam Sessler, host of XPlay on G4TV, highlights gaming news at the E3 Summit in Los Angeles.
"Au secours!" is one of the first phrases you will find in French travel dictionaries but I have never heard it used -- until now. It's 1.15am and we have just locked an elderly French lady in a lift, so the phrase is now being used in its most urgent form.
The co-founder of a 'Star Wars' religion talks about his beliefs on the eve of the movie's 31st anniversary
Of course he is. But it will take his fans to convince the creator of Indiana Jones and "Star Wars" to strike out in a new direction
It's been a long, long time since the last "last" time: When Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. rode off into the sunset in May 1989, courtesy of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the Berlin Wall was still standing, George H.W. Bush was only four months into his presidency, and Harrison Ford was just a young whippersnapper of 46.
CNN's Brooke Anderson reports on the reaction to the premiere of the new 'Indiana Jones' movie in Cannes.
At its premiere, the new Indy gets more cheers at the start than the end. But TIME finds the old franchise winningly updated
Hollywood producers hit Cannes to sell movies and in turn, boost the U.S. economy. CNN's Brooke Anderson reports.
The eagerly awaited adventure will premiere in France four days before its world release
Take a handful of screen goddesses and a clutch of matinee idols, put them together and one thing's sure to happen. Nobody does love like they do in the movies: this month on the Screening Room, we've picked our favorite silver-screen romantic moments.
Ancient literature meets the future of filmmaking in "Beowulf," a 3D spectacle using the latest technology.
It's that time of year for seasonal trips to the movies, and to celebrate, the Screening Room is taking a look back at our favorite family hits over the years.
The Los Angeles County sherriff's department has arrested a man for selling stolen goods from Steven Spielberg's production office.
U.S. consumer sentiment deteriorated in August to its weakest in a year as more expensive oil, declining home prices and turmoil in financial markets all hurt confidence.
On the 30-year anniversary of George Lucas's milestone film, would-be Wookies are joining the celebration in LA
What the studio executives couldn't see, 13-year-old Stephen Colbert saw all too clearly.
Our heart-to-heart with Captain Jack inspired us to set out on our own heroic adventure. Trusty steed? Check. Knight in armor? Check. Damsel in distress? Check. Here's our top 10 favorite quest films -- and the ones which had us rooting for the Dark Side.
George Lucas is sitting in the back of a Toyota pickup truck, wearing a red and white race suit as he makes his way to the starting line of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. His strategy as he steps off the truck and into his race car is really quite simple. "I'm just going to watch everyone in front of me crash," he says.
Masi Oka plays Hiro Nakamura, the geeky Japanese office worker who travels through time on NBC's breakout hit, "Heroes." But until he won that role last fall, Tokyo-born Oka, 32, was best known as a special-effects programming whiz for big-budget movies like "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Perfect Storm."
Special Oscar snub edition: These 10 entries received zero nominations in categories in which they should have been shoo-ins -- "Walk the Line" gets actor and actress, but no picture? -- but they're winners to us.
Once upon a time, Harrison Ford was a carpenter. By many accounts he was a good one, a meticulous craftsman much in demand among the filmmaking community -- including (the story goes) George Lucas, who hired him to build cabinets for his house, a role that eventually led to Ford being cast as Han Solo in "Star Wars."
I was a Star Wars fan in the 1980s. I knew the lightsabers were not real, but I wondered how the heck they made them. Now I design collectors' versions of those props. We have a big Disney license, but Lucasfilm is our bread and butter. About 60% of our products are Star Wars. We sell limited-edition items to high-end collectibles shops and less expensive replicas to Best Buy and Walmart.com. For the Darth Vader helmet, we cast a mold off the actual model worn by Hayden Christensen. But some things are totally digital. So Lucasfilm gives us a lot of computer-design shots. I have to make them into real working products. Take our FX lightsabers. There is an LED light bar inside and it comes with sound effects triggered by motion and impact sensors. This past year we sold a couple hundred thousand. We have a new one coming out in two months--the double-bladed Darth Maul FX lightsaber. It's seven feet long. Some guys return our stuff, and when we ask why, they say, "My wife made me because it costs $500." I'v...
"The real fun of 'Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith' is the fact that it connects all the dots," says George Lucas in one of "Sith's" DVD documentaries. "Finally, you can see how Episode I relates to Episode VI, and how they all come together."
A colleague here at work refuses to buy the DVD of "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" when it goes on sale Tuesday. He's convinced tinkering with "Star Wars" won't end until George Lucas is dead.
Katie Holmes says she's ecstatic about being pregnant -- even if she's not jumping on couches.
Holograms have been a staple of science fiction since George Lucas strapped a pair of Danishes onto Carrie Fisher's head 28 years ago. Now a Danish startup wants to make them a staple of advertisin...
You want Jessica Simpson's hair, admit it.
An entertainment watchdog group is asking Burger King to pull its "Star Wars"-themed children's meals because the latest movie is rated PG-13, according to a published report.
Summer in Hollywood usually hits in early May, when the big-budget action-adventure flicks, comedies and epics start hitting the multiplex. Between then and Labor Day weekend, the movie industry makes more than half its money.
Having spent two scattershot blockbusters whetting our appetite for the fall of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), George Lucas makes it easy to experience "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" as a rush of deliverance -- even if the movie itself doesn't fully deliver.
"An IPO? Hmmm. Raise money, you will."
When I was an immature 15-year-old nerdy punk (or punky nerd?) in the summer of 1980, attending a pre-college program in Lake Charles, Louisiana, I went to see "The Empire Strikes Back" with several friends.
The story is told in Peter Biskind's chronicle "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" of an early screening of "Star Wars."
"Star Wars" director George Lucas says that although he wrote the original film during the Vietnam War, his six-part saga could apply to the war in Iraq.
Jedi knights and other die-hard fans stormed into London for celebrations ahead of the British premiere of the final "Star Wars" movie.
Would you let your children play with J.M. Barrie?
There's Hollywood, and then there's Hollywood.
EVERY PIXAR MOVIE has unsung heroes, from the whiny dinosaur in Toy Story to Violet, the sullen and insecure teenage superhero in Pixar's latest 3-D extravaganza, The Incredibles, which hits U.S. t...
With its unwieldy name and some high-profile competition from the likes of "Pulp Fiction" and "Forrest Gump," "The Shawshank Redemption" kind of got lost in the shuffle in 1994.
George Lucas made several changes in "Star Wars" when the film was re-released in 1997. With the "Star Wars" trilogy on DVD, he's tinkered a little more. Here are five changes Lucas made:
One year from today, the "Star Wars" saga will theoretically be over.
The final installment of the Lord of the Rings films, The Return of the King, premieres eight days before Christmas. Produced for a total of $310 million, the trilogy has already grossed $1.8 billi...
Ed Catmull is president of Pixar Animation Studios, the outfit behind such cartoon classics as Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. When he was growing up, it was Catmull's dream to be a Disney animator, b...
Once you have your own media room, it's shopping time. Here are equipment options for three budgets. Particularly at the high end, prices vary dramatically. Check Mydigitaluniverse.com, Crutchfield...
As dot-coms disintegrate and global competitors consolidate, innovative executives had better recognize that the art of business increasingly depends upon the business of art. Art and design will a...
Watching Iridium's satellites get blown to smithereens is a fitting end to the disastrous project but hardly the most creative. The $5 billion network of 66 satellites was supposed to provide world...
"The new thing at Koster and Bial's last night was Edison's vitascope, exhibited for the first time.... When the hall was darkened last night a buzzing and roaring were heard in the turret, and an ...
Last fall, analyst Charlie Peabody, of obscure Mitchell Securities in New York, went way against the grain when he slapped a sell recommendation on both J.P. Morgan and Chase Manhattan Bank. Most a...
Not so long from now, in this very galaxy, Star Wars impresario George Lucas will make an announcement certain to rock the toy business. After months of anticipation, Lucas will grant toy licenses ...
ABOUT A DOZEN years ago, way back when Steve Jobs still ran Apple Computer, an irreverent underling first used the expression "reality distortion field'' to describe the beguilingly rosy scenarios ...
TAKE a moment out from the heat of your current pitched battle, and chew on the implications of this thought: We are, right now, in the very early stages of a new economy, one whose core is as fund...
In which Keeping Up semiproudly presents its almost annual (we forgot it the past two years) list of the ten most hootworthy events of the annum just ending. Back when this highly idiosyncratic act...
Woody Allen is stronger on comedic drama than public policy. We first gravitated to that cautious judgment 20 years ago, when he briefly walked out ) on the Broadway production of Play It Again, Sa...
Long a staple in movie theaters and video games, outer-space thrills are moving into amusement parks, which have been having an unexciting ride lately. In late October, InterActive Entertainment, a...
FAMOUS for spacey androids like Artoo Detoo and See Threepio, Star Wars creator George Lucas has come up with a couple of friendly new machines to help earthlings. They are EditDroid and SoundDroid...