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George Lucas Earns Women in Film Honor, Predicts 'Massive Implosion' in Film Industry

June 14, 2013 03:04:27 GMT

Before attending the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the 'Star Wars' creator showed up on a panel at the University of Southern California to talk about the future of cinema with Steven Spielberg on June 12.


George Lucas Earns Women in Film Honor, Predicts 'Massive Implosion' in Film Industry
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George Lucas, legendary creator of "Star Wars" franchise, was honored with the Nora Zarky Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards, which also served as Women in Film's 40th anniversary celebration. The Audi-sponsored event saw the recognition of the 69-year-old filmmaker and producer's educational advocacy as well as overall support of women.

"It's an important award to me ... I've worked with lots of women in my company. I kind of like it," said the creator of archaeologist-adventurer "Indiana Jones" to the audience on Wednesday night, June 12. "I've now got a daughter embarking on this crazy [film making] world, now she's doing the struggle everyone does. It's hard in the film business. It's hard in any business."

Prior to the prize-giving event, Lucas paid a visit to the University of Southern California, where he and fellow helmer Steven Spielberg were invited to discuss the current state of cinema with film students on a panel.

"There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budgeted movies go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm again," Spielberg said.

Lucas agreed with what the "Lincoln" director said. "You're going to end up with fewer theaters, bigger theaters with a lot of nice things," he told the USC students, lamenting at how movie-going experience had turned into more of a luxury. "Going to the movies will cost 50 bucks or 100 or 150 bucks - like what Broadway costs today, or a football game."

"We're talking 'Lincoln' and 'Red Tails' - we barely got them into theaters. You're talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can't get their movie into a theater ... The pathway to get into theaters is really getting smaller and smaller."

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by Reaper417 on Jun 20, 2013
Who does this guy think he is? First, he nearly killed the Star Wars franchise with those shitty prequels, then he ruins Indiana Jones, and then he sells out to Disney. If movie tickets start selling for $50-$150, people will stop going to movie theatres altogether. It will be the death of movie industry as we know it.
posted by John on Jun 20, 2013
What a load of bullshit, Hollywood is doing just fine by making big budget movies. They've figured out the perfect formula for film making; All you need is some gunplay and explosions and lots of CGI effects to satisfy audiences. And considering how stupid people are these days, there will be no end in sight for all the crap that Hollywood keeps cranking out.
posted by Rico89 on Jun 20, 2013
Lol, he thinks he's still relevant.

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