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George Lucas Clarifies 'White Slavers' Comment

George Lucas is speaking out regarding comments he made about Disney and Star Wars during an interview with Charlie Rose last week that upset some fans.

During the interview, the 71-year-old director called the first six Star Wars films his “kids” and then said his four billion dollar deal with Disney was like selling the franchise to “white slavers.” He is now apologizing for the remark.

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“I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize.

I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”

Watch George make his original comment in the interview below…


George Lucas on The Charlie Rose Show

Star Wars' George Lucas: I Sold 'Star Wars' to 'White Slavers' (Video)

Star Wars creator George Lucas recently sat down for an interview on CBS News’ Charlie Rose, and went in-depth about why he left the franchise.

“I looked at the future, I looked at the fact that I was going to have a baby, I looked at the fact that I was married, and I looked at the fact that I wanted to build a museum, and I looked at the fact that I wanted to make experimental films. So, my life was going on a different track,” the 71-year-old businessman told Charlie Rose. “I noticed the last few movies that I’d made were costing the company a lot of money and I didn’t think that was fair to the people that worked there or the company. So, I made a decision to move ahead on the next Star Wars series and we were starting to do that.”

About selling the rights, he said, “And it really does come down to a simple rule of life, which is when you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls,” George continued. “The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing. The third thing is you don’t show up at their coffee shop or their thing like you’re going to run it. You just say, ‘No! Gone! History! I’m moving forward.’ Because every time you do…something like that, you’re opening the wound again, and it just makes it harder for you. You have to put it behind you, and it’s a very, very hard thing to do. But you have to just cut it all off and say, ‘OK, end of all game. I’ve got to move on.’”

“Everything in your body says, ‘Don’t. You can’t.’These are my kids. I loved them. I created them. I’m very intimately involved with them. I sold them to the white slavers that take these things, and…” George added.

Watch the whole interview below…

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Who Is George Lucas' Wife? Meet Mellody Hobson!

The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors is airing tonight, and George Lucas is being honored this year.

At the event, George‘s wife Mellody Hobson (among others) will be giving a tribute to her hubby. If you didn’t know, Mellody is quite the accomplished businesswoman and activist!

Here are some things you may not know about the 46-year-old wife of the Star Wars creator…

  • Mellody graduated from Princeton years ago and has honorary degrees from Howard University, St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California.
  • Mellody is currently the president of Ariel Investments (an investment management firm) and the current Chair of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation.
  • She and George have donated over $50 million in the last few years to Chicago institutions. They donated $25 million to the charity After School Matters, and $25 million to a private university for the construction of an arts building. Mellody is the chairman of After School Matters, a wonderful organization with a strong pull in the arts
  • She married George back in the summer of 2013, and they have one child together, a daughter named Everest Hobson Lucas.
  • She gave a Ted Talk about diversity in the workplace, which you can watch below…
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    Kennedy Center Honorees 2015 - Meet the Five Legends!

    With just a few hours left until the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors special airs, let’s take some time to meet the five legendary artists being honored tonight.

    Here are the five stars who will get tributes:

    • Rita Moreno – Actress and singer who is one of the 12 people to have earned an EGOT – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She is best known for her work in the film West Side Story, the Broadway play The Ritz, and her new role on Jane the Virgin.
    • George Lucas – Renowned filmmaker and National Medal of Arts winner who created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. He founded Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic, two of the most groundbreaking film companies. His wife Mellody Hobson will make a special tribute to him tonight!
    • Seiji Ozawa – Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning conductor known for advocating for modern composers.
    • Carole King – Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written some of music’s biggest hits like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman,” as well as her own hits like “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Beautiful.”
    • Cicely Tyson – Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning, and Tony-winning actress who is best known for her work in the television movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, the miniseries Roots, the movie The Help, and Broadway plays such as The Trip to Bountiful.

    Make sure to check out the full list of presenters and performers for the special and tune in at 9/8c on CBS!

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    Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher Bring 'Star Wars' to London

    Harrison Ford suits up for the big premiere of his blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens held at Leicester Square on Wednesday evening (December 16) in London, England.

    The 73-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars Carrie Fisher, Simon Pegg, Peter Mayhew, and Mark Hamill, in addition to writer George Lucas and director J.J. Abrams.

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    Don’t forget – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is getting rave reviews, officially hits theaters on December 18!

    25+ pics inside of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more at the London premiere… More Here! »

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    J.J. Abrams & George Lucas Buddy Up at 'Star Wars' Premiere!

    George Lucas gives photographers the thumbs up while hitting the red carpet with J.J. Abrams at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere held at the Dolby Theatre on Monday (December 14) in Hollywood.

    The two Star Wars directors were joined at the event by Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, Colin Trevorrow, Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl Berkoff with their two boys John Owen and Matthew Edward, Kathleen Kennedy and producer Frank Marshall, J.J.‘s wife Katie McGrath, and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger.

    J.J. recently opened up on if the pressure of the film is getting to him.

    “Sure, but here we are. It’s like I’m standing at the doorway of the airplane door and we’re about to open the door,” J.J. told the LA Times. “Do I hope the parachute opens? Yes. But every time I feel remotely paralyzed by the noise or anticipation or expectation of it, I just look at the work I’ve seen done and I’m just grateful.”

    FYI: J.J. is wearing Aldo shoes.

    30+ pictures inside of J.J. Abrams, George Lucas and others at the premiere… More Here! »

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    Harrison Ford Reunites with 'Star Wars' Co-Stars at 'Force Awakens' Premiere!

    Harrison Ford is all smiles on the red carpet for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere on Monday (December 14) in Hollywood.

    The 73-year-old was accompanied by wife Calista Flockhart at the star-studded event. Harrison plays Han Solo in the new film.

    Director J.J. Abrams and George Lucas also snapped a photo together on the carpet. George was there to lend his support to the newest director of his former franchise.

    Also in attendance were former cast members Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew, as well as new co-star Andy Serkis. Mark played Luke Skywalker and Peter played Chewbacca in the original films.

    30+ pictures inside of Harrison Ford and others at the premiere… More Here! »

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