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Looking at Lucasfilm - Editing the Very First Star Wars Movie​,​“​A New Hope”

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about Paul Hirsch’s terrific new memoir, which recounts the eight months that Hirsch worked with George & Marcia Lucas putting together the final cut of the very first “Star Wars” movie. They also discuss Kathleen Kennedy’s current situation and how the rules really do seem to be different when it comes to powerful women working in Hollywood.


Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

How “The Mandalorian” actually has quite a bit in common with “Three Godfathers,” a John Wayne film that John Ford directed back in 1948

Why – based on how frequently Chewbacca now appears at Black Spire Outpost these days – Disney Parks & Resorts appears to be listening to Guest complaints about how there don’t seem to be enough Star Wars characters that they recognize wandering around Batuu

What Christian iconography has to do with Darth Vader’s lightsaber being red and Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber is blue

Why – when casting the role of Leia – George Lucas opted to go with a spunky-girl-next-door type rather than the sort of voluptuous female who appeared in “Playbook” magazine back in the 1970s

What was “Star Tours” called before the Imagineers finally settled on an official name for this simulator-based attraction


released November 26, 2019
Hosts: Dan Zehr and Jim Hill
Editor: Dan Zehr


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Jim Hill is a writer, blogger, and theme park historian, and he'll be the first to tell you all of the back-room deals and corporate gossip that happens inside the Walt Disney Company.

Len Testa co-authors the Unofficial Guide series of travel books, focusing on theme parks.
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