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February 6, 2013
Last month, news that J.J. Abrams would direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” took the entertainment world by storm. Today, a new conversation begins - who'll direct the “Star Wars” spinoff movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing? In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Robert Iger confirmed that in addition to releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney will also distribute “a few” stand-alone films that are not part of the overall saga.
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May 21, 2005
Ani Amirkhanian The Force is strong with John Rafanello. His Glendale home is decorated with an array of "Star Wars" memorabilia. On his doorstep stands a cardboard cutout of the evil Darth Maul holding a light saber. His living room walls are covered with endless posters and pictures of the "Star Wars" movies. Magazines featuring the characters on the cover hang on a string along with figurines and toys in their original packaging. "I'm a kid," said the 64-year-old father of two. "I'm never going to grow up. I've tried growing up, but I gave it up and didn't like it."
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By Jason Wells | April 3, 2007
Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, the fate of Darth Vader rested in the hands of La Crescenta Elementary School students. Students boarded the Glendale Public Library's Bookmobile Monday during their recesses as part of a school-wide focus on reading comprehension, checking books out in an effort to save the "Star Wars" character from certain doom. "The kids associate Darth Vader with the poor person who can't read," Principal Kim Bishop said. The program encourages students to read for fun outside of the classroom, she said, thereby increasing reading comprehension.
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By: | July 26, 2005
"'Star Wars' -- the whole trilogy. My mom was sort of a freak about it, and I like it too." JAMES BARRETT, 9 Newport Beach "'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' It's funny." JENNA NULTY, 9 Newport Beach "'Benji.' We went to a movie store, and my mom said it was a great movie, so we watched it." HANNAH FELFE, 9 Newport Beach "'Ace Ventura' -- all of them -- because Jim Carrey is hilarious and witty and weird." MADDIE PECKENPAUGH, 11 Newport Beach "'Star Wars: Episode 3.' It makes we wonder sometimes that that's the way our world could end up."
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May 22, 2002
David Silva We've all had experiences as children that changed the rest of our lives. For some of us, it was throwing our first baseball and instantly falling in love with the game. For others, it was falling out of a tree and instantly developing a lifelong fear of heights. For me, it was watching "Star Wars" for the first time. I was 13 when "Star Wars" hit the theaters. Having just hit puberty, I ws awkward, confused and socially inept. In short, I was the film's target demographic.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2005
Commentary By Charlie Shelton I am the third-biggest "Star Wars" fan I know, next only to a couple of my friends. I have several books on the movies. I have almost every toy from the original films, Episodes IV, V and VI. And I have all the movies on tape and DVD. Though I eagerly await this year's most anticipated day, May 19, I will not see the third and possibly final Star Wars movie on that day. I'll wait for my dad. I remember my dad telling me about the first time he ever saw a Super Star Destroyer fly over his head.
NEWS
September 2, 2008
The Glendale News-Press recently went to New Horizons Family Center and asked preschool students, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”   “I want to be a baseball player.” JONATHAN TRIJILLO, 4 Glendale             “I want to be a policeman.” ROMAN GRACIANO, 5 Glendale             “Saving animals.
NEWS
May 20, 2005
A deacon at Cincinnati's Covenant-First Presbyterian Church is teaching a Bible study class called "Gospel According to 'Star Wars,' a class that compares themes in the popular film series with ideological themes in the Bible. Russell Smith, the deacon, says there are ideas of truth, beauty and goodness in the story that can bring us back to the Bible. With the opening this week of "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith," do you agree that these films convey spiritual themes?
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By Mary O'Keefe | September 30, 2005
A local man charged with copyright infringement for distributing "Star Wars: Episode lll -- Revenge of the Sith." On Tuesday, Dwight Wayne Sityar of La Crescenta was one of eight people charged by the United States Attorney's office for unauthorized distribution or reproduction of a copyrighted work. According to court documents filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles, when Sityar came to work at Champion Broadband in Glendale one day in May he allegedly found his co-workers viewing "Star Wars lll" on their computers.
NEWS
May 25, 2005
Maybe Episodes I and II lowered my expectations so dramatically I was bound to love the final installment of the "Star Wars" series, since it provides the major pay-off I've been craving for six years now -- witnessing Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) finally turn to the dark side and become the dreaded Darth Vader. The truth is: I don't care, I loved this movie. "Revenge of the Sith" is satisfying because it actually does something very gutsy: it chronicles the unraveling of a hero (Anakin)
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By Kirk Silsbee | July 5, 2013
History can be seen everywhere in Glendale's venerable Alex Theatre. It's in the classic terrazzo walkway before the front doors. It's in the neon of the one-hundred-foot high art deco tower, added to the building in 1946. It's in the deep carpet of the lobby, where Bing Crosby nervously paced during a preview screening of "Going My Way" in 1944 (as he agonized over whether the public would accept him as a movie priest). It's in the painted, cement-block walls of the dressing rooms below the stage, lined with framed posters of past productions including "Always…Patsy Cline," "The Phantom," "Disney's Mulan," "Forever Plaid," "Evita" and other shows.
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NEWS
February 6, 2013
Last month, news that J.J. Abrams would direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” took the entertainment world by storm. Today, a new conversation begins - who'll direct the “Star Wars” spinoff movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing? In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Robert Iger confirmed that in addition to releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney will also distribute “a few” stand-alone films that are not part of the overall saga.
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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | September 27, 2010
R.D. White Elementary School students added a new chapter to the "Star Wars" legacy on Friday. With Darth Vader in tow, kindergarten through third grade students impressed upon their classmates that The Force was with them. "Focus on reading comprehension every day," they said in unison, adding a past-tense "D" to the word "force. " The Sith lord had something to say and leaned into school Principal Suzanne Risse's ear. "He's saying you must read to comprehend," Risse told the assembled crowd of about 600 students, parents and teachers.
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By Dan Evans | February 28, 2010
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went door to door in the foothills Friday night, telling residents of 224 homes that they needed to evacuate. Again. The call was the sixth of its type since January, and a call that La Cañada Flintridge residents Lyn and Bud Slotky had heeded five times before. Not this time. “After Feb. 6, we saw where the mud was going to flow,” Bud told me, explaining his and his wife’s reason for staying. “We’re at risk, but not high risk.
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By Max Zimbert | November 2, 2009
Jo Godwin didn’t mind the ruckus two blocks down from her home on Kenneth Road. “We’ve never had any trouble,” she said of the street-closing 18th annual Fall Festival one block west. “The only question is will kids have the energy to go out later.” About 2,000 people moon-bounced, shopped, rode ponies, rode a train, or just strolled through the festival organized by the Kenneth Road Merchant’s Assn. Volunteers said it was the largest turnout they’d ever seen.
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By Michael Arvizu | October 10, 2009
Glendale Community College on Thursday hosted a lecture on the anthropology of ?Star Wars? and ?Star Trek.? Can you see my grin? Daryl Frazetti, an anthropology and biology professor at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev., gave the talk. According to campus e-mails, the talk focused on the politics, religion, identity, technology, the cultural role of the individual and the anthropological concept of ?race? that is inherent in both franchises. Of course, I can speak about ?
NEWS
September 2, 2008
The Glendale News-Press recently went to New Horizons Family Center and asked preschool students, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”   “I want to be a baseball player.” JONATHAN TRIJILLO, 4 Glendale             “I want to be a policeman.” ROMAN GRACIANO, 5 Glendale             “Saving animals.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bob Harris | July 5, 2008
What if you found yourself stuck in a dead-end job with a nightmare of a boss? Add in a best friend sleeping with your cute, but horrid, girlfriend and you have a life of painful insecurities, crippling anxieties and one not worth living. That’s the exact situation the hero of “Wanted” finds himself in. Subsisting on a numbing mix of self-loathing and anti-anxiety medication, Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is a complete mess. That is until Fox (Angelina Jolie) enters and, literally, saves his life.
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By Angela Hokanson | December 1, 2007
As they prepared for Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Invention Challenge this fall, engineering students at Crescenta Valley High School experimented with rat traps, rolling balls and violin bows. This year’s contestants were charged with creating a musical instrument that could play a C-major scale and a portion of a song, using only one human action — such as flipping a switch or pressing a button — to activate the instruments. About a month ago, the Crescenta Valley team decided to proceed with a design that used a mallet rotating around a circle of chimes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2007
Everyone is seeing "Pirates of the Caribbean." Everyone. I probably couldn't say anything to discourage you from joining the throngs, so may I suggest you go late? To do so, you'd need to wait until the weekend crowds thin out or catch a matinee so you can snag a seat on the aisle. Or you could scope out a seat and go back for your popcorn and Coke after your first yawn. If you choose the latter, however, don't tell those you must disturb it was my idea. Maybe you'll think of a better method, but trust me, little happens for the first 38 minutes of this film.
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