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Lucas says he’ll move onto make ‘personal films’


Director/producer George Lucas poses for portrait in Las Vegas.


George Lucas is done with Star Wars, but not with filmmaking. The Star Wars creator says he still plans to make his “own little personal films.”

Lucas spoke last weekend, days after announcing the sale of his storied Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion. The deal would allow for more Star Wars films. While Lucas will be a creative consultant, longtime collaborator Kathleen Kennedy will be in control.

Lucas admitted mixed emotions about letting Lucasfilm go. “It’s very sad. It’s 40 years of work and it’s been my life, but I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things.”

Among them are his educational foundation, which will be a major benefactor of the money he got for Lucasfilm. “Mostly it will be philanthropy but I’m also going to make my own little personal films,” he said of his plans.

His last film was this year’s Red Tails, which told the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a legendary black flight unit formed in 1941 that debunked widely held beliefs that black pilots were incapable of fighting in combat. While he described that film as a labor of love, he said, “I’m going to go further out than that. I barely got Red Tails into the theaters. The ones I’m working on now will never get into the theaters.”

Murphy honored

Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Arsenio Hall, Martin Lawrence, and Tracy Morgan were among the stars who paid tribute to Eddie Murphy for a Spike TV special set to air on Nov. 14

The entertainers joined Tyler Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Russell Brand, and Keenan Ivory Wayans for the taping of Eddie Murphy: One Night Only Saturday at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles.

The elusive comedian, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in 2006’s Dreamgirls, said he was touched by the tribute. The 51-year-old star said he’s “a very, very bitter man.”

“I don’t get touched easily,” he said. “This is a really touching, moving thing and I really appreciate it.”

Stalker arrested

A 50-year-old California woman has been arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order that required her to be at least 100 yards away from actor Jeff Goldblum.

The Los Angeles Times reports Linda Ransom was arrested last week near the Ahmanson Theatre after security agents detained her. The restraining order was showed to a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and Ransom was taken to jail where she’s being held on $20,000 bail.

In June, a judge issued the order after Ransom repeatedly went to the home of the Jurassic Park and Independence Day star. Goldblum wrote in a petition that Ransom had been harassing him for the past decade.

Life after ‘30 Rock’

Jack McBrayer can see the end of 30 Rock just up ahead.

The Emmy-nominated actor best known as Kenneth the Page from the Emmy-winning show says the mood is getting sad on set as the final days of filming near. “Toward the end it’s going to start getting emotional,” he said, “and I’m going to start stealing stuff right and left.”

Among the items he hopes to acquire? His blue NBC page uniform: “It’s pretty much just formed to my own skin like body paint at this point.”

A star of the weekend’s top film Wreck-It Ralph, McBrayer said he’s eager to see what roles the future might hold.

“I know how good I got it right now, so on the one hand, I’m like if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said. “But then you do always wonder, like, what if I would be the best serial killer in the world or something? So I’m open for anything. Like I said, old boy just wants to work.”

‘SNL’ stars Sandy

You wouldn’t have known it was the Saturday before the election on Saturday Night Live.

Sure, Mitt Romney, played by Jason Sudeikis, made a quick appearance on “Weekend Update,” but otherwise much of the focus was on Superstorm Sandy — and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s sign-language interpreter, Lydia Callis.

The real Callis has gained some pop-culture popularity with her enthusiastic interpreting of Bloomberg’s words. She was s played on SNL by Cecily Strong. The mayor — played by Fred Armisen — thanked Callis for bringing “pizazz” to her job.

Hosting Saturday’s show was comedian and TV star Louis C.K. He said in the monologue of New York City: “We’re still standing.”

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