Starbucks taps Mellody Hobson as board chair amid broader push for more diverse boards
Mellody Hobson and George Lucas attend the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Mark Bradford and George Lucas presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Starbucks said Wednesday that Mellody Hobson will serve as the next non-executive chair of its board. Ullman, who is retiring, has been on Starbucks' board since 2003 and served as chairman since 2018. Hobson, who is also the co-CEO of Ariel Investments, has been on Starbucks' board for 15 years. Starbucks is traded on the Nasdaq, but it has long exceeded the guidelines that the exchange is proposing.cnbc.com
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
The British actor, Prowse who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85 on Saturday, according to an announcement by his agent Sunday Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, FILE)LONDON – Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Prowse donned Darth Vader's black armor and helmet for “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi" (1983). He was a regular at “Star Wars” fan events but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out.
'The Mandalorian' Season 2 premiere is a strong start
The premiere episode of the second season of Disney's first "Star Wars" live-action spin-off, " The Mandalorian , " has aired and it does not disappoint. The original " Star Wars " saga was heavily influenced by the Western genre, and George Lucas had ideas for his movies that were way ahead of their time. Watch the first 'The Mandalorian' Season 2 trailerFifty Calamari Flan says that the Gamorrean on the right goes down in the fifth. Some things feel familiar and some things feel completely new, but it all still feels like "Star Wars." We learn that apparently there's another Mandalorian on Tatooine, so it looks like we're headed to the Outer Rim Territories.space.com
Gordon's (Still) Alive: Flash At 40
And what could be more epic than Flash Gordon? Flash Gordon was only one of a slew of late '70s/early '80s sci-fi projects produced by studios desperate to sop up some of that sweet, Star Wars gravy. Flash Gordon really hinges on two great performances besides Von Sydow's: Brian Blessed (Prince Vultan) and Peter Wyngarde (Klytus). The bona fides go on and on: Flash Gordon boasted the same DP (Gilbert Taylor) as Dr. Strangelove, Repulsion, Frenzy (and Star Wars)! Don't let Flash Gordon fall through the cracks, and don't Sam Jones' [career] sacrifice be in vain.houstonpress.com
4 things Disney should keep in mind when making the next Star Wars trilogy
A scene from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Source: Star WarsThe result was "The Last Jedi." To be sure, the original Star Wars trilogy had some sloppy storytelling arcs, but that was because it was never guaranteed that any of them would get a sequel. Matt Singer, from Screen Crush, wrote Monday in piece about the number of ancillary materials required to understand the latest Star Wars film. Star Wars movies, as Lucas has said repeatedly, are meant to be for kids. The show is based in the Star Wars universe, set in the years after "Return of the Jedi" and has elements of a traditional Star Wars tale, but it's also innovative and fresh.cnbc.com
George Lucas and Harvey Weinstein talk movies in the Toyota Green Room
George Lucas and Harvey Weinstein talk movies in the Toyota Green Room In this week’s edition of “Sounds of the Toyota Green Room,” Star Wars creator George Lucas talks with Charlie, Norah and Gayle about his new movie "Strange Magic." Sports host Mike Greenberg pitches his new book “My Father’s Wives” as a movie to Harvey Weinstein.cbsnews.com
George Lucas on new film "Strange Magic," says the Academy "has nothing to do with artistic endeavor"
George Lucas on new film "Strange Magic," says the Academy "has nothing to do with artistic endeavor" George Lucas created some of the most successful movies that helped shape American storytelling, from "Star Wars" to "Indiana Jones." Now, he's bringing a colorful new cast of characters in a animated musical, "Strange Magic." Lucas joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new project.cbsnews.com