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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1999
If past experience is any indication, the stars of "The Phantom Menace" are in for a pretty wild ride, what with the wide exposure, the devoted fans and the ceaselessly scrutinized "Star Wars" mythology.Certainly, the stars of the first three films have remained pop-culture icons, the centers of a devoted fan base that tracks their every movements.Natalie Portman, who plays Queen Amidala (and is one of only three actors signed for the next two films) and Pernilla August, who plays Anakin Skywalker's mother, Shmi, know their lives may be in for a bit of a change.
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NEWS
March 3, 2012
Your recent editorial stated that there is little reason to require a photo ID to vote ("The phantom menace," Feb. 27). But there is another way to look at this. Two of my children have been away from home for several years, yet they still show up as active voters on the rolls at our precinct, despite my telling officials there that my children have left home. The elections judge writes this down at every election. But when that information gets back to election headquarters, anyone with access could copy those names and use them to cast ballots elsewhere during early voting.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,Sun Staff | June 7, 1999
It has invaded Toys R Us, fast-food chains like Taco Bell, and book giant Barnes & Noble, so it's no shocker that the Star Wars merchandising monster has swooped into your local CompUSA, too.Enter "Star Wars: Episode I -- Racer" and "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace," two new Lucas Arts games based on elements of the movie. Even if you haven't seen the film, or don't plan to, these two games can entertain.Based on the pod-racing scene in the movie, "Racer" is a rarity in the PC gaming world these days: You can play it right out of the box with nary a glance at the instruction book.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
Last year, Maryland's Democratic-controlled General Assembly made short work of a Republican-sponsored bill that would have required voters to show a government-issued photo ID before being allowed to vote. The legislation, which closely tracked similar GOP-backed ballot security laws around the country, died in committee without ever coming up for a vote. But Del. Kathryn L. Afzali, the Frederick Republican who is the bill's chief sponsor, is back with a substantially revised version of her original proposal that she hopes will pass muster with her colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1999
The wait is almost over, young Jedis. But until "Star Wars: Episode I -- Phantom Menace" opens May 19, the only way to experience the Force firsthand is through the galaxy of Star Wars sites on the Internet. Here are some of the best:At the official "Star Wars" site (www.starwars.com), you'll find "Phantom Menace" movie trailers, behind-the-scenes snapshots, and plot teasers.But you'll soon tire of the Lucasfilm party line. To get the real skinny, visit JediNet (www.jedinet. com) or The Force (www.
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By BILL ORDINE | August 12, 2008
FIGURE SKATING Ice Princess 7 P.M. [DISNEY]: A smart high school student tries to become a champion figure skater. Think Winter Olympics lite. Michelle Trachtenberg, formerly Buffy the Vampire Slayer's younger sister, takes on the lead role. Not sure if she did her own figure skating. GOOD VS. EVIL Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 9 P.M. [SPIKE]: If you need a break from the Olympics, try this out. Director George Lucas follows Anakin Skywalker as a youth before he becomes Darth Vader.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1999
Important reader advisory regarding "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace":Here are just some of the stories we understand U.S. newspapers are planning in advance of the movie's May 19 opening -- just 12 days from now! -- perhaps the most important event of this or any lifetime. Additional stories will undoubtedly appear, warranted or not.* STARWARS-IMPACT: How the first movie focused the industry on special-effects blockbusters aimed at teen-age boys, helped create the summer movie season, changed movie sound systems, and led people to believe Mark Hamill could act.* STARWARS-HISTORY: How does "The Phantom Menace" fit into this "Star Wars" trilogy?
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By Dave McNary and Dave McNary,LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS | April 26, 1999
LOS ANGELES -- Cancel those plans to camp out in line, at least during the week before "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" opens on May 19.Tickets for "Phantom Menace," the most anticipated movie since "Gone With the Wind," will go on sale a week before its May 19 opening. Tickets will be available through theater box offices and the MovieFone credit-card ticket service on May 12, beginning at noon local time.The agreement to sell advance tickets is a significant concession by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and 20th-Century Fox, who asked a month ago for a ban on presales for the first two weeks of showings in order to discourage scalping.
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By Knight Ridder/Tribune | March 14, 1999
Hype," says Bob Thompson, the editor of a series of books about television, "has become its own art form." The Egyptians were good at making pyramids. The Athenians were good at philosophy. The 14th-century Florentines were good at painting, Thompsons says. "We're good at selling snake oil. We're good at hyping stuff. In fact, that's probably the one thing America does better than anything else."Hype, it seems, has become the engine that drives the world. It informs us of what we have not yet seen, and it makes us believe that seeing it is necessary.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
Playing chess and greedily swigging bottled water, Charles Lillie, 27, and James Cornblatt, 19, slouched outside the Senator Theatre yesterday afternoon, waiting for their chance to snag souvenir tickets for "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace," which opens across the country on May 19.They and other fans started lining up at the Senator as early as 6 p.m. Monday night for the tickets, which go on sale today at 3 p.m.To "Star Wars" buffs Lillie and...
NEWS
February 14, 2011
No act of government is more essential to a democracy than the running of clean and honest elections. Voters have a right to expect their ballots to be counted accurately and for officials to take all reasonable and necessary steps to prevent fraud. That's why the notion that voters should present a government-issued photo ID sounds compelling. For most of us, it would pose no particular hardship, as airport ticket agents, store cashiers and the guy who hands out bowling shoes at the local alley regularly ask for it, too. But, in fact, it's a very bad idea that would harm the credibility of elections far more than help them.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | May 21, 2009
They're majestic, mesmerizing, even a little otherworldly. They take on a variety of forms, from bells to toadstools to cauliflower. They're multiplying at what some would consider an alarming rate, and serve as barometers of the health of the world's oceans. A new exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore focuses on the many facets of "jellies," the brainless, spineless, heartless but beautiful creatures that are known for their ability to sting and can be found around the globe. Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance is the title of a $2.2 million exhibit that is to open Saturday in the aquarium's Marine Mammal Pavilion on Inner Harbor Pier 4. This is the second time Baltimore's aquarium has mounted an exhibit about these gelatinous animals, after the popular Jellies: Phantoms of the Deep from 1996 to 1998.
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By BILL ORDINE | August 12, 2008
FIGURE SKATING Ice Princess 7 P.M. [DISNEY]: A smart high school student tries to become a champion figure skater. Think Winter Olympics lite. Michelle Trachtenberg, formerly Buffy the Vampire Slayer's younger sister, takes on the lead role. Not sure if she did her own figure skating. GOOD VS. EVIL Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 9 P.M. [SPIKE]: If you need a break from the Olympics, try this out. Director George Lucas follows Anakin Skywalker as a youth before he becomes Darth Vader.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | December 30, 2005
1. King Kong. Peter Jackson, who calls the 1933 Kong the movie that made him want to be a director, remakes one of history's most beloved films without exploiting it. Displaying equal measures of passion and respect, Jackson uses modern technology and storytelling techniques (plus his own magic touch) to create the ultimate fanboy film. Naomi Watts deserves Oscar attention for her turn as Kong's reluctant love interest. 2. The Constant Gardener. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz make sparks fly as an unlikely couple: He's a British diplomat; she's an unstoppable activist for social justice.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has gone to great lengths to maintain his dollar-driven dynasty, but - believe it or not - the acquisition of superstar Alex Rodriguez is not about The Boss' flexing his substantial economic muscle. This time, it's personal. Steinbrenner has bought more than his share of American League pennants and World Series trophies, and he certainly is not above doing that again, but his motivation for pushing the Yankees' payroll near $200 million is much more complicated.
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By Michael Sragow and By Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | May 19, 2002
MARIN, Calif. -- In the rare piece of writing about George Lucas of which Lucas himself approves -- a 1992 coffee-table book called George Lucas: The Creative Impulse: Lucasfilm's First Twenty Years -- the author, Charles Champlin, borrows a friend's description of the colossally successful writer-director: "Part Walt Disney, part Thomas A. Edison, part Henry David Thoreau, and, in his financial shrewdness, part A.P. Giannini [the founder of the Bank...
NEWS
March 3, 2012
Your recent editorial stated that there is little reason to require a photo ID to vote ("The phantom menace," Feb. 27). But there is another way to look at this. Two of my children have been away from home for several years, yet they still show up as active voters on the rolls at our precinct, despite my telling officials there that my children have left home. The elections judge writes this down at every election. But when that information gets back to election headquarters, anyone with access could copy those names and use them to cast ballots elsewhere during early voting.
NEWS
By Gregory Kane | May 16, 1999
TOM KIEFABER walked across York Road about 2: 30 p.m. and headed into the doors of the Senator Theater. Wearing black jeans and a white shirt with a Lucasfilm Ltd. logo in blue letters on the upper left, he stopped briefly to hand a reporter a copy of a letter he had written to his "lawn-chair brigade."He was referring to the folks who sat, ever patiently, in chairs or on the ground in a line that went up York Road, wound its way around Belvedere Avenue and then snaked up a curving side street known as Croydon Road.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 12, 2002
So you wonder what film writer-director Lawrence Kasdan really thinks of George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars films? In anticipation of Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones, the newest installment of the Lucas film series, which opens Thursday, he spoke about Lucas in a telephone interview from Vancouver where he's directing Stephen King's Dreamcatcher,. Kasdan rose to fame as the screenwriter for two of Lucasfilm Ltd.'s best films, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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