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Disney CEO says George Lucas “didn’t hide his disappointment” about The Force Awakens’ visuals – The A.V. Club

September 25th, 2019
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Like the film or not, it’s a fairly value-neutral statement to note that J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens is a deliberate throwback. Between all the destiny-laden youths living on crappy desert planets, the space fascists with giant laser fixations, and the various mentors crawling out of the woodwork to offer up advice (then die), the 2015 movie did everything it could to evoke the feel of “classic” Star Wars. Which is, apparently, what made it kind of a bummer for the guy who first created said classic Star Wars feel to watch.

George Lucas has been very careful, in the seven years since he sold his space opera opus baby to Disney, to avoid saying much of anything negative about the movies the entertainment mega-giant has pumped out in the galaxy far, far away. (Say what you like about Lucas’ various storytelling decisions over the years, but the man seems to sincerely love the franchise and have no interest in harming its reputation.) Disney CEO Bob Iger is under no such limitations, though, and he opens up about Lucas’ private thoughts on The Force Awakens in his new memoir, Iger’s The Ride of a Lifetime. Per Comicbook.com, that includes fielding complaints from Lucas about Abrams’ film.

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Lucas “Didn’t hide his disappointment,” Iger writes. “In each of the films in the original trilogy, it was important to him to present new worlds, new stories, new characters, and new technologies. In this one, he said, ‘There weren’t enough visual or technical leaps forward.’”

Iger doesn’t elaborate on what, exactly, an inveterate tech obsessive like Lucas found lacking in Abrams’ movie—maybe he was just annoyed that the film simply does the “desert planet, cold planet, jungle planet” thing all over again, while giving rain planet, lava planet, and city planet short shrift—but the Disney CEO does write about it as though he found the whole thing vaguely annoying:

He wasn’t wrong, but he also wasn’t appreciating the pressure we were under to give ardent fans a film that felt quintessentially Star Wars. We’d intentionally created a world that was visually and tonally connected to the earlier films, to not stray too far from what people loved and expected, and George was criticizing us for the very thing we were trying to do.

Which, again, none of us would even know about, except Iger decided to share it in his book. That being said, The Force Awakens is the franchise’s biggest box office success to date, so he’s probably not sweating Lucas’ (very quiet) critiques too much, either, slightly passive aggressive book details or not.

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Former nurse pleads guilty to spreading Hepatitis C at Ogden hospital – KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

September 25th, 2019

OGDEN, Utah — A former nurse has pleaded guilty to stealing painkillers and infecting patients with Hepatitis C at an Ogden hospital.

Elet Nielson has pleaded guilty to product tampering charges.

She’s accused of taking injectable painkillers meant for patients at McKay-Dee Hospital.

Federal prosecutors say after injecting herself, she injected them and exposed seven patients to Hepatitis C.

Nielson faces up to ten years in prison when she’s sentenced in December.

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ASUS ROG Phone II Unboxing – The New Gaming Phone To Beat? – xdadevelopers

September 25th, 2019

Intel Shares New Optane And 3D NAND Roadmap – Barlow Pass DIMMs & 144L QLC NAND in 2020 – AnandTech

September 25th, 2019

Amazon to offer Samuel L. Jackson voice for Alexa. He’ll curse, if you want. – USA TODAY

September 25th, 2019

And the Big Brother winner is… – Entertainment Weekly News

September 25th, 2019

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Big Brother 21 FINALE Recap | LIVE #RHAP #BB21 – Rob Has a Podcast

September 25th, 2019

New Motorola anniversary sale revives select Moto phone deals – PhoneArena

September 25th, 2019

Nintendo Reveals Rarity Of Character And Kart Unlocks In Mario Kart Tour – Nintendo Life

September 25th, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S11 to feature 108MP camera and 5x optical zoom – Gizchina.com

September 25th, 2019