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George Lucas on American Graffiti’s music and the Green Bay Packers

George Lucas on American Graffiti’s music and the Green Bay Packers (photo)

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The great George Lucas has been making the rounds with a modestly titled book, “George Lucas’s Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success.” Much as I believe and have cited his work to be the greatest failure of the decade, I would point out that is only because of the prior heights to which he rose and the expectations we all had. I fear greatly for President Obama too.

Well ol’ Lucas was kind of mediocre on the Daily Show, or maybe it was actually *gasp* Jon Stewart who was, but his interview on NPR was somewhat captivating. He talked about his archetypal 1960’s coming of age/cruising film, “American Graffiti” (1973), which has been deemed so culturally important it has been preserved by the National Film Registry. The all American soundtrack is in the Library of Congress.

Lucas broke down the meager cost of obtaining that huge catalog of music and how drastically the studio underestimated the appeal of an all-soundtrack (no score) flick.

“They said you can’t just put that much music in a movie, it won’t work. And you can’t – you have to score it. You can’t just throw songs on it. It’s not going to work. It’s because nobody had ever done it before.

So I did it. We made the movie. We put the music in there.[For only] $70,000, and at the time we said, look, for another $5,000 per song we can get you the record rights to this. And they said no, no, no, no, we don’t want any record rights. We don’t want anything….

A year later, the studio went to do an [“American Graffiti”] album after the film was a giant hit, and it cost them a million dollars…”

They should have paid the extra 5 grand a song. On the subject of the future of movie theaters in the face of increasingly comfy an convenient home theater solutions Lucas conjured the Nation’s most beloved football team.

“I always tell people, I say look, as long as Green Bay Packer fans go in the 70-below-zero weather, in the snow, to watch a game they can’t actually see because they all want to be together and scream together and have a good time together, the movie industry is safe.”

Good point. He goes on to say that theaters will have to evolve, include more amenities, become a refined communal experience, but they’ll adjust. He’s probably right, as usual – whether someone like me enjoys it or not remains to be seen.

Listen to the whole interview @ NPR.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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