Chicago, Illinois officials have won the battle for a George Lucas museum. City bosses beat out bids from their counterparts in San Francisco and Los Angeles and will now house the movie mogul's impressive collection of Star Wars memorabilia and Hollywood artefacts.
The director/producer will build the $700 million (GBP440 million) Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, where his wife Mellody Hobson grew up, with a portion of the $4 billion fortune he received from the sale of his Star Wars empire to Disney.
The museum is scheduled to open in 2018 near the city's Soldier Field sports mecca.
A statement from Lucas reads: "Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area."
Lucas had hoped to build the museum in San Francisco, but city officials refused to let him take over a waterfront site he had requested.
Filmmaker George Lucas returned to his alma mater on Thursday (13Mar14) to endow three moviemakers and teachers at the University of South California. The Star Wars director feted Bruce Block, Michael Fink and Alex McDowell with chair endowments at the School of Cinematic Arts.
Speaking to the crowd, he said, "The reason this is happening is because I'm pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach.
"Don't forget the basics. Don't get enamoured with new technology, because it's not new. Just the medium we're working in is new, but that doesn't change anything. The art of what we do is exactly the same. It's beyond technology. It's the art of movies."
The ceremony comes weeks after Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson donated $25 million (£15.6 million) to a private school in Chicago, Illinois through their organisation The George Lucas Family Foundation.
Filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson have donated $25 million (£15.6 million) to a private school in Chicago, Illinois through their organisation The George Lucas Family Foundation. The grant will be used to build a new arts hall at the university's Laboratory Schools, which will be named after musician and photographer Gordon Parks.
A statement from the Star Wars director reads: "We believe in the power of art to transform lives and communities. Gordon Parks' work did just that."
Hobson adds, "It was important to us that the University of Chicago campus have a building named for an African American, given the diverse community in which it sits, and the outstanding contributions to our society by people of color."
This isn't the first donation they have made to a Chicago-area education institution - they have also pledged $25 million to education charity After School Matters.
Movie mogul George Lucas has bought up $10 million (£6.6 million) worth of shares in coffee chain Starbucks, the company where his wife Mellody Hobson is a director. The Star Wars creator's GWL Living trust purchased 141,573 shares in the beverage giant for $70.60 (£47) earlier this month (Aug13).
The investment will mean his partner Hobson, who has sat on the Starbucks board since 2005, will have to sign a Form 4 with America's Securities and Exchange Commission to protect herself from allegations of insider trading.
Lucas has plenty of money spare to invest after selling his LucasFilm company and the rights to his Star Wars movie franchise to Disney for $4 billion last year (12).
The director wed Hobson in June (13). They welcomed a child, Everest Hobson Lucas, via surrogate earlier this month (Aug13).
George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson drew inspiration from the child of an old friend as they settled on the name Everest for their newborn daughter. The Star Wars creator and Hobson welcomed the baby girl via a surrogate on Friday (09Aug13) and the new mum returned to work in her role as a financial contributor to America's CBS network on Wednesday (14Aug13), when she appeared on air to discuss gender income disparity.
During the interview, TV host Charlie Rose congratuled Hobson and then asked about the origin of the girl's name, to which she replied, "Everest is based on the son of a very close friend, who was a friend of yours too, Charlie."
She did not elaborate on which pal she was referring to.
Everest is the first biological child for Lucas and Hobson, who wed in June (13). Lucas also has three adopted children: Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20.
Break out the midi-chlorian test kits! And also the jokes about "the Force being strong with this one."
George Lucas and new wife Mellody Hobson have welcomed their first child together into the world, a baby girl named Everest, who was delivered August 9 via surrogate. It's the first biological child for both, Lucas having previously adopted several children in the 1980s, all of whom made cameos in the Star Wars prequel films.
That begs the question: can we expect to see Everest in Star Wars: Episode IX in around 2020? It could be a cameo like her siblings, or maybe she'll be the Jaden to George's Will. Either way, the name Everest is instantly mythic, conjuring up a vision of life just begging to follow the outline of "The Hero's Journey" as outlined by one of the key influences on Lucas' life: Joseph Campbell. I mean, like Luke Skywalker, Lucas' daughter has one major inheritance waiting for her. Here's how we see Everest's life unfolding, according to the Monomyth:
1. The Call to Adventure — Everest will grow up in Marin County comfort, taking solace in her father's collection of plaid shirts, Norman Rockwell paintings, and a few zillion dollars. George has achieved true independence, financially and cinematically at the Skywalker Ranch, where he can finally make "small, experimental films" away from the bright lights of Hollywood. However, Everest may be drawn to those bright lights...
2. The Refusal of the Call — But, tempted though she may be by Hollywood, Everest may at first prefer Northern California security to SoCal adventure.
3. The Seizing of the Sword — Her father gives her a prop lightsaber with his blessing to appear in at least a cameo in Star Wars Episode IX, maybe as a youngling in Luke Skywalker's Yavin IV Jedi Academy.
4. The Crossing of the First Threshold — She sets forth with Hollywood as her goal. But as her father predicted, she finds Hollywood, like Alderaan before it, destroyed by ballooning production budgets and unrealistically high ticket prices. Also, it turns out Star Wars Episode IX is shooting in England, not L.A., which George knew but insisted that Everest discover for herself.
5. Belly of the Whale — She finds herself stuck in Hollywood at the mercy of Bacchanales hosted by older, world-weary Suri Cruise and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and nearly loses herself. She also discovers for the first time the decades-long backlash against her father, including the curious insistence that "he is more machine now than man."
6. The Road of Trials — J.J. Abrams, in disguise in a suit of stormtrooper armor, rescues her from Hollywood Babylon and takes her to England to work on Episode IX. But the road is frought with lens flares, unnecessarily shaky camerawork, and a Death Star inexplicably painted red. Because J.J. Abrams cannot tell a coherent story without a giant red ball as a MacGuffin. (Yes, the fact that there was no giant red ball in Star Trek Into Darkness means that I am saying that film lacked a coherent story.)
7. The Meeting With the Goddess — Um, Carrie Fisher, reprising her role as Princess Leia? She'll be a great mentor!
8. Woman as Temptress — Um, Carrie Fisher, reprising her role as Wishful Drinking Princess Leia? She'll be a bad influence.
9. Atonement with the Father — Everest realizes that her Star Wars journey was all about trying to understand her father better and appreciate his gifts. But really, she wants a bigger role in Episode IX.
10. Apotheosis — Everest achieves said goal with larger role, but the "daughter of a famous director who's turned to acting" backlash she suffers, a la Sofia Coppola, humbles her. So does the Razzie nomination. This is her uncertain Empire Strikes Back moment, except that Episode IX is considered to be a far cry from The Empire Strikes Back.
11. The Ultimate Boon — Her acting career now in a place of uncertainty, Everest does find success, but not in the way she had expected: by following in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood's daughters as the star of a hilarious new reality show starring she and her parents called The Ranch.
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Star Wars creator George Lucas has become a new dad at the age of 69 after welcoming a daughter via surrogate. The filmmaker and his new wife, Mellody Hobson, became parents to little Everest Hobson Lucas on Friday (09Aug13), according to the Huffington Post.
The baby is the couple's first biological child; Lucas is also father to three adopted children - Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20.
Lucas and Hobson wed in June (13).
Actors Mark Hamill and Robin Williams and singer Ne-Yo were among the guests who helped newlywed Star Wars creator George Lucas celebrate his marriage to Mellody Hobson at a reception in Illinois on Saturday (29Jun13). The movie mogul married Hobson at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, on 22 June (13) and they followed up their nuptials a week later with a star-studded soiree in the bride's hometown of Chicago.
Music superstar Prince provided the entertainment during the bash at the city's lakeside Promontory Point, performing under a giant tent with a 22-piece band, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Guests went home with goodie bags stuffed with Skywalker Ranch hats and T-shirts as well as the couple's favourite snack foods, including chocolate cookies and popcorn made by local Chicago companies.
There may be nothing that celebrities love more than over-the-top weddings, and so far this summer, we've already seen our fair share of star-studded nuptials. Star Wars creator George Lucas wed his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson at Skywalker Ranch on Saturday. Their reception featured performances by Van Morrison and Janelle Monae. In late May, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul tied the knot with activist Lauren Parsekian. They had an elaborate Parisian carnival-themed wedding, complete with mimes, stilt walkers, and magic by David Blaine, as well as musical guests John Mayer and Foster the People.
But even non-celebrity weddings are pretty insane. Think about it — people shell out tens of thousands of dollars for an event that will last a matter of hours. Buzzfeed hit the nail of the head with this video entitled "19 Reasons Why Weddings Are Surreal." It's pretty enlightening about the absurdity of what weddings have become in our society, but it also admittedly makes us want to get dressed up and go to one. After all, as the video points out, at weddings you get to have dessert… twice.
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It's official! George Lucas tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson at the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA, on June 22. Attendee and former Mace Windu Samuel L. Jackson tweeted, "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride Melodie on This their WEDDING DAY! Congrats!" No word yet on if any Star Wars-related elements were a part of the ceremony. Though if Lucas and Hobson did decide to infuse a little Galaxy Far, Far Away style into their ceremony, they'd have many fans to look to for inspiration. Click through our gallery of 10 Crazy Star Wars Weddings.
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