'Tails' preems at the Ziegfeld in New York

Coming off a year when few films featured black casts, George Lucas is confident that things are about to change. “The studios say it can’t work, that there’s no international audience for black films,” said the “Red Tails” exec producer after the film’s preem Tuesday at the Ziegfeld in New York. “But that’s nonsense. If we can get into the $20 (millions) next weekend and maybe beat ‘Underworld,’ we’ll be in great shape. And others will take note.”

Lucas fully financed the Fox-distributed pic about African-American airmen, and while he’s hopeful that similar stories will emerge in the wake of “Red Tails,” he was quick to dismiss “The Help” as such an effort.

“‘The Help’ is not a black film,” scoffed Lucas at the after-party held at Gotham Hall. “There’s a big difference between a movie with black actors and a black film.”

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