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George Lucas and Mickey in happier times.

EXCLUSIVE: George Lucas’ rejected plans for Star Wars VII revealed!

“The [story ideas] that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those,” George Lucas told CinemaBlend.com this week. And now, this leaked 2012 memo shows what George Lucas had in mind for the new “Star Wars” trilogy, probably. Nov. 8, 2012 To: Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn Fr: George Lucas Re: Story ideas for Star Wars Episode VII Dear Alan: Thanks for taking the time to review the plot outlines I’d been working on for Ep. VII. As you know, you’re under no obligation to use these, but as the creator of “Star Wars” I think I have a good sense of what longtime fans are looking for. (Although if you go in a different direction I’ll just have to drown my sorrows in my $4 billion — ha ha!) We’ll start with Han Solo, since he’ll obviously need to be central to the new trilogy. As Ep. VII kicks off, the former smuggler has ironically been named viceroy of the newly reestablished Trade Federation …

DVD Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

No Hollywood studio fetishizes its past as enthusiastically as Disney, so it’s ironic that — as the thoroughly engrossing documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty makes tragically clear — the executives at the top have repeatedly refused to learn from their own history. Part cautionary tale, part fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a cultural institution, Beauty traces Disney’s animation division from its early ’80s low point through its renaissance a decade later — and then follows the senseless, thoroughly ego-driven destruction of the leadership team that helped shepherd classics like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. The story is interesting enough all by itself, but what really sets Waking Sleeping Beauty apart from your standard documentary fare is the unique behind-the-scenes perspective offered by director Don Hahn and producer Peter Schneider, both of whom worked at Disney during the period covered in the film. Hahn and Schneider know where the bodies are buried, they know the right questions to ask, and they had access to the right people, including warring executives Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and …