December 8, 1999
Paul Andersen MEDIA CITY CENTER --In the spirit of holiday giving, director George Lucas has re-released the blockbuster "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" to theaters, including the AMC Burbank 14, for a one-week run that began Friday, with all proceeds going to charity. "The theater was booked by Fox," says Keith Arlotti, publicist for the local multiplex. The charity, which were selected by AMC Theatres corporate office, that will benefit from the local showing is Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
February 1, 2012
John D. Lowry, an entertainment technology innovator who founded Lowry Digital Images, the renowned movie restoration company in Burbank that worked its magic by returning film classics such as "Casablanca" and "Star Wars" to their pristine state for DVD release, has died. He was 79. Lowry died Jan. 21 at his home in Camarillo, said his son David. The cause of death is unknown. "John Lowry's passion for cinema and expertise in technology were essential in preserving the work of filmmakers for future generations to enjoy," George Lucas told The Times in a statement.
February 7, 2013
Walt Disney Co. registered "Star Wars" creator George Lucas ' $2.02-billion stake in the company for possible sale, allowing the filmmaker to sell the stock at his discretion. Lucas, 68, holds 37.1 million shares of Disney, a 2.1% stake, according to a regulatory filing by the film, TV and theme-park company. The action doesn't mean a sale is imminent. Disney completed its $4.06- billion purchase of his Lucasfilm Ltd. on Dec. 21. Lynne Hale, a Lucasfilm spokeswoman, declined to comment, referring inquiries to Disney, which also wouldn't comment.
April 9, 2005
Mark R. Madler As a 13-year-old growing up in Southern California, Larry Ross went to see the original "Star Wars" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Now the 41-year-old business owner and father of three is determined to see "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," the final film in George Lucas's epic sci-fi series at the same spot. "For me, it's like coming full-circle," said Ross, a La Crescenta resident who owns Blast from the Past, a television and film memorabilia store in Magnolia Park in Burbank.
August 26, 2000
Jose Ruiz STARLIGHT BOWL -- There are not many places where a concert audience can get a "one-two" punch in a single evening -- unless you went to the concert at the Starlight Bowl on Sunday. Steven Kerstein, music director and conductor of the Burbank Chamber Orchestra, had the gutsy idea to go from Tchaikovsky to "Star Wars" to Dorsey, all in one evening, and boy, did he pull it off! The first half featured a classical fare of Copland and Rimsky-Korsakov, but that's where the norm ended.
May 17, 2000
Lacks consistency, credibility Summer Field Grindle of La Crescenta is a sophomore at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. "Battlefield Earth" is chock full o' problems. This "futuristic fight for freedom" film lacks consistency, clarity and credibility. Some of the visual effects are reminiscent of those in "Blade Runner" and "Star Wars." The story line is awful, and the acting is worse. To move "Battlefield Earth" from unintentionally funny into genuine comedy, I have two propositions.
June 18, 2013
The Walt Disney Co. means a lot of things these days: Marvel superheroes, "Star Wars" and Pixar among them, but the company is going back to basics for its latest Disney Channel series, titled simply, "Mickey Mouse. " The new series will feature short adventures starring the company's mascot getting involved in slapstick hijinks the way he used to back in the 1930s. In a deliberate attempt to get away from the modern look of computer animation, the new Mickey Mouse shorts will be done in traditional 2-D animation and feature a Mickey Mouse styled as he was in the 1930s, back when his short films were nominated nine times for best animated short film.
July 31, 2012
Volunteers teamed up with kids Tuesday morning in Burbank and Glendale to help them buy new shoes, clothes and supplies for school at Target. The fourth annual shopping spree at the Empire Center was part of a partnership between Target and the Salvation Army, for which the national retailer gives $1 million in gift cards for 12,000 children and teens. Each participant was given an $80 gift card to spend in one hour with Disney employees and members of Burbank Sunrise Rotary and Noon Kiwanis.
October 5, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, October 5. Police conducted a sting this week to curb prositution at a busy stretch of Lankershim Boulevard. The operation led to at least 17 arrests , according to the Contra Costa Times . Want to live in young Darth Vader's former home? "Star Wars" actor Hayden Christensen put his $2.65 million Studio City property up for sale. L.A. Times Burbank residents are peeved that a company is storing mobile ads in their city that advertise "Topless Maids," reports NBC Los Angeles . “Burbank is a very conservative city.
January 14, 2004
Dink O'Neal Troubadour Theater Company has created another hilarious combination of Shakespeare and rock music with "Fleetwood Macbeth" at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank. In the same wacky vein of the company's critically acclaimed productions "Twelfth Dog Night" and "A Midsummer Saturday Night Fever's Dream," director Matt Walker and his Troubies have inserted some 1970s tunes from the group Fleetwood Mac into the bard's bloodiest of tragedies.