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By Michael Miller | July 10, 2012
Yes, this might have been my wish. That was the thought that recurred in my mind as I inched my way through the crowd at Sunday afternoon's "Star Wars" festival by the Huntington Beach Pier. The Course of the Force, a charity relay for theMake-A-Wish Foundation, had made its latest stop at Pier Plaza, and the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway swarmed with plastic lightsabers, Obi-Wan robes and even a model R2-D2. Right near the crosswalk, next to the inflatable entrance gate that led to the vendor booths, was the headlining attraction: a replica of the Khetanna, Jabba the Hutt's sail barge from "Return of the Jedi," which the organizers had built from scratch to serve as the relay's lead vehicle.
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By John Depko | December 24, 2009
In 1977, George Lucas created a captivating new reality for moviegoers in a galaxy far, far away. With “Avatar,” master filmmaker James Cameron has launched that concept into an orbit so high even Darth Vader can only look up in awe. The complexity of the new world conjured up by his special-effects wizards makes “Star Wars” seem like a hollow plastic shell. But there’s much more to this epic sci-fi adventure than amazing computer generated images.
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By Michael Miller | July 3, 2012
Jabba the Hutt, the bloated, slimy gangster of the"Star Wars"universe, both made and ran into plenty of trouble on the desert planet of Tatooine, his home base for crime. But he might have found Huntington Beach even more treacherous. That's because, despite his hairy dealings within the criminal underworld, bounty hunters and Jedi Knights, he never had to deal with California Department of Transportation mandates. His sail barge, the Khetanna, which he used for pleasure cruises and more sinister business, hovered off the ground and had no need for turn signals, headlights or compact width.
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By: | July 26, 2005
"'Star Wars' -- the whole trilogy. My mom was sort of a freak about it, and I like it too." JAMES BARRETT, 9 Newport Beach "'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' It's funny." JENNA NULTY, 9 Newport Beach "'Benji.' We went to a movie store, and my mom said it was a great movie, so we watched it." HANNAH FELFE, 9 Newport Beach "'Ace Ventura' -- all of them -- because Jim Carrey is hilarious and witty and weird." MADDIE PECKENPAUGH, 11 Newport Beach "'Star Wars: Episode 3.' It makes we wonder sometimes that that's the way our world could end up."
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By Britney Barnes | July 22, 2009
As the flashes of red, blue, green and orange started, 7-year-old Max Coine flew down a slide as the battle began, running across the playground to meet his first foe. “No one takes me alive,” Max said, brandishing his lightsaber. Five- to 12-year-old boys scrambled around a jungle gym at the city gym and pool fiercely wielding their lightsabers, some barely taller than their weapon, battling their fellows, as the fallen lay crumpled on the grass. Battling is just one of the activities at the “Star Wars” camp, where lightsabers play a vital role.
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May 26, 2005
The tagline used to promote "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" is, "Sith Happens." It's a funny little play on words that alludes to the story of Anakin Skywalker's transformation into the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader. If truth in advertising laws applied to entertainment, then the tagline would have been, "This movie is a piece of Sith." The new "Star Wars" movie is so painfully bad that only the hardcore "Star Wars" freaks should bother with it. Given the hype over the last few weeks, so much has already been said about "Revenge of the Sith" that it's hard to say anything new. The bad things you've already heard about this movie are all true.
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By: | August 31, 2005
"Valiant" means courageous, especially in the new Disney/Vanguard film. "Valiant" is the perfect name for a young pigeon (voiced by Ewan McGregor, lately of "Star Wars" fame), who is also sweet, honest and true, and longs to serve his country well in World War II. Unfortunately for us, we're given much too little time with Valiant, and too much time with a parade of almost 20 other characters, in a lifeless, confused, mishmash of 50 different war movie cliches -- like the nurse/girlfriend meeting the new recruit; or the alluring French Resistance fighter named Charles De Girl.
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By Michael Miller | February 11, 2010
Am I man enough to date a Roller Girl? That was the one question on my mind Friday when I signed up for Date a Derby Dame at Suds Sports Grill. The OC Roller Girls, Orange County’s female roller-derby league, have their second home match of the year Saturday. To publicize the event, titled Love Hurts in honor of Valentine’s Day, the girls put on a speed-dating extravaganza and invited men to try their luck for $5 admission. Here’s how speed dating works: The available women (or men, as the case may be)
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By Michael Miller | July 10, 2012
Yes, this might have been my wish. That was the thought that recurred in my mind as I inched my way through the crowd at Sunday afternoon's "Star Wars" festival by the Huntington Beach Pier. The Course of the Force, a charity relay for theMake-A-Wish Foundation, had made its latest stop at Pier Plaza, and the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway swarmed with plastic lightsabers, Obi-Wan robes and even a model R2-D2. Right near the crosswalk, next to the inflatable entrance gate that led to the vendor booths, was the headlining attraction: a replica of the Khetanna, Jabba the Hutt's sail barge from "Return of the Jedi," which the organizers had built from scratch to serve as the relay's lead vehicle.
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By Michael Miller | July 3, 2012
Jabba the Hutt, the bloated, slimy gangster of the"Star Wars"universe, both made and ran into plenty of trouble on the desert planet of Tatooine, his home base for crime. But he might have found Huntington Beach even more treacherous. That's because, despite his hairy dealings within the criminal underworld, bounty hunters and Jedi Knights, he never had to deal with California Department of Transportation mandates. His sail barge, the Khetanna, which he used for pleasure cruises and more sinister business, hovered off the ground and had no need for turn signals, headlights or compact width.
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By Michael Miller | May 13, 2010
This is the best of high school, right here. American secondary education took another black eye recently with the death of Phoebe Prince, the Massachusetts teenager who hanged herself after months of alleged bullying by classmates. With Massachusetts and other states weighing anti-bullying legislation, it’s easy to forget how tolerant and supportive teenagers can be. But we have a perfect example at Marina High School, where the senior class is preparing for its second annual Seniors Give Back rally to cheer on underclassmen taking standardized tests.
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By John Depko | December 24, 2009
In 1977, George Lucas created a captivating new reality for moviegoers in a galaxy far, far away. With “Avatar,” master filmmaker James Cameron has launched that concept into an orbit so high even Darth Vader can only look up in awe. The complexity of the new world conjured up by his special-effects wizards makes “Star Wars” seem like a hollow plastic shell. But there’s much more to this epic sci-fi adventure than amazing computer generated images.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | July 22, 2009
As the flashes of red, blue, green and orange started, 7-year-old Max Coine flew down a slide as the battle began, running across the playground to meet his first foe. “No one takes me alive,” Max said, brandishing his lightsaber. Five- to 12-year-old boys scrambled around a jungle gym at the city gym and pool fiercely wielding their lightsabers, some barely taller than their weapon, battling their fellows, as the fallen lay crumpled on the grass. Battling is just one of the activities at the “Star Wars” camp, where lightsabers play a vital role.
NEWS
By: | August 31, 2005
"Valiant" means courageous, especially in the new Disney/Vanguard film. "Valiant" is the perfect name for a young pigeon (voiced by Ewan McGregor, lately of "Star Wars" fame), who is also sweet, honest and true, and longs to serve his country well in World War II. Unfortunately for us, we're given much too little time with Valiant, and too much time with a parade of almost 20 other characters, in a lifeless, confused, mishmash of 50 different war movie cliches -- like the nurse/girlfriend meeting the new recruit; or the alluring French Resistance fighter named Charles De Girl.
NEWS
July 28, 2005
PEGGY J. ROGERS Movie genres lock characters and their actions into a given place and time. Characters are a product of their time and limited in action by the available technology of the day. In Westerns, for instance, cowboys and train robbers ride horses and send messages by telegram. If the town sheriff rode off to catch the bad guys on a motorcycle or send word ahead via cell phone, the audience would realize something was out of time or place.
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By: | July 26, 2005
"'Star Wars' -- the whole trilogy. My mom was sort of a freak about it, and I like it too." JAMES BARRETT, 9 Newport Beach "'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' It's funny." JENNA NULTY, 9 Newport Beach "'Benji.' We went to a movie store, and my mom said it was a great movie, so we watched it." HANNAH FELFE, 9 Newport Beach "'Ace Ventura' -- all of them -- because Jim Carrey is hilarious and witty and weird." MADDIE PECKENPAUGH, 11 Newport Beach "'Star Wars: Episode 3.' It makes we wonder sometimes that that's the way our world could end up."
NEWS
May 26, 2005
The tagline used to promote "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" is, "Sith Happens." It's a funny little play on words that alludes to the story of Anakin Skywalker's transformation into the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader. If truth in advertising laws applied to entertainment, then the tagline would have been, "This movie is a piece of Sith." The new "Star Wars" movie is so painfully bad that only the hardcore "Star Wars" freaks should bother with it. Given the hype over the last few weeks, so much has already been said about "Revenge of the Sith" that it's hard to say anything new. The bad things you've already heard about this movie are all true.
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