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You must turn in your geek and movie credentials if you don't know about George Lucas, one of the most successful and influential moviemakers of all time, and the leading advocate of digital cinema. His early combination of cutting-edge technology and filmmaking, along with mythic storytelling, has been groundbreaking. Lucas's first hit was the low-budget 1973 classic "American Graffiti." Then, in 1977, he offered the world "Star Wars," and nerds have never recovered. A morality tale of good versus evil told across a fantastic landscape of exotic planets and bizarre creatures, the huge hit garnered a clutch of Oscars, spawned a genre and many sequels, some better than others. He later created the classic adventure "Indiana Jones," and co-wrote and executive-produced the successful "Raiders of the Lost Ark" series, which got him another bunch of Oscars. A new "Raiders" sequel is coming next summer. (He also made "Howard the Duck," but we're going to ignore that.) All of his entertainment work inspired Mr. Lucas to create his own visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, which is the industry leader, delivering such movie creations as the scary dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park"; the fantasy worlds of the "Harry Potter" films; and the marauding pirates in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
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It was fine before the Internet. But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’
– George Lucas, still wincing from the reaction to the new “Star Wars” movies, in Bloomberg Businessweek’s story on a $4 billion Lucasfilm/Disney deal
VoicesHere is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site. (Click on the image to see a bigger version.)
News Byteannounced that all six films in the series will be converted–tastefully, of course–to 3-D over an unspecified period of years, starting with the release of “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in 2012 (the same year James Cameron will raise the “Titanic” gross with a 3-D remake).