Friday, 22 August 2014

Star Wars: Commander - Announcement Trailer. Free To Play App

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Free-to-play Star Wars: Commander lets you take over the galaxy with The Empire or command the Rebel Alliance as they strive for freedom.

Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm today launched Star Wars: Commander, a free-to-play combat strategy game exclusively for iOS first. In the game, fans will join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire to recruit and lead an unstoppable force across the Star Wars galaxy in epic battles to claim ultimate victory for their side.

Star Wars: Commander features the full array of vehicles, weapons and technology from the Star Wars universe. Players who rally to the Rebellion will call upon iconic heroes such as Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia to support missions for justice and freedom, while leaders of the Imperial forces will command AT-ATs, TIE fighters and Stormtroopers to gain control of the galaxy.


Star Wars: Commander also offers an original Star Wars storyline set within the Galactic Civil War of Episodes IV – VI, where “commanders” determine if it’s the Empire’s strength and relentlessness or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness that will win the war.

Players can join the battle for control of the galaxy on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch by downloading the game from the Apple App Store.



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Thursday, 21 August 2014

More Highlights from the Doctor Who World Tour as it Reaches its Conclusion *UPDATED*



The whirlwind known as the Doctor Who World Tour stopped off in Mexico City on August 17, and it's safe to say that the Doctor and Clara (Peter and Jenna, of course!) were welcomed with open arms.  We've got some video highlights for you below:






After 12 days, and seven cities, the world tour wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro on August 18.  Check out this amazing video (via drone cam) of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman visiting Christ the Redeemer... 

Wait.... Who brought the Cyberman??


Here are highlights of the Q&A:


If you didn't make it all the way through that last video (because of time constraints, or what-have-you), then you missed this very gracious 'Thank You' to ALL Whovians - Wherever we may be!


Series 8 of Doctor Who premieres this Saturday, August 23.  For information on where to watch in your country, please visit: http://www.doctorwho.tv/watch/television/

Fantastic! Allons-y! Geronimo! Kidneys! (Kidneys?? Hmm... The Doctor's gonna have to work on that one.)

Pictures from https://twitter.com/DoctorWho_BBCA

*UPDATED* to add this video:


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Over 1 Million Players Still Visit Star Wars The Old Republic

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The Old Republic continues to stay afloat with over 1M monthly players

The Star Wars MMO from Lucasarts and Bioware still draws in over 1 million players, EA announced following the game's appearance during a press event attended by Polygon.

In 2012 EA adopted the popular free-to-play model which really helped the game after a less than stellar opening.  EA's Frank Gibeau said the game has grown significantly.

"Since it was induced in November, we've added more than 1.7 million new players on the free model to the service," Gibeau said at the time. "And the number of subscriptions has stabilized at just under half a million.

"The really interesting thing that's happening inside the service right now is monthly average revenue for the game has more than doubled since we introduced the free-to-play option. And as we look forward, we're going to continually invest in new content for the service and for players every six weeks or so."

The company previously confirmed the creation of 2 million new accounts following the launch of the massively multiplayer game's free-to-play option. No new statistics regarding the number of current subscribers for the game is available; However, research firm SuperData notes the BioWare game remains in the top five massively multiplayer releases based on worldwide revenue and is said to be hanging in with $165 million in annual revenue.
Source:  Polygon.com


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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Coffee With Kenobi's Latest Book Chat Has John Jackson Miller As Guest. Also What's The Difference Writing Star Wars To Star Trek?

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Our good friends over at Coffee With Kenobi have published their latest book chat and this time it's with John Jackson Miller.  The incredibly popular book, A New Dawn is discussed and an intriguing listen on the difference between writing Star Wars and Star Trek.

Check out the show notes along with the link to the show.
We are happy to welcome returning guest and New York Times Best-Selling author John Jackson Miller back to Coffee With Kenobi.  The book is the first story in the new canonical outreach headed by the Lucasfilm Story Group, and introduces readers to Kanan and Hera.  We discuss A New Dawn, canon, the Lucasfilm Storytelling group, the differences between writing Star Wars and Star Trek, and much more. This is the Podcast You're Looking For!


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Lucasfilm's Mary Franklin Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Lucasfilm's very own Mary Franklin took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  The Force is definitely strong with her.

On the official Star Wars Youtube channel she writes:
Yesterday, the 501st Legion challenged me to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to help fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Today, I stood in our Yoda Fountain here at Lucasfilm in San Francisco and accepted that challenge!
To donate to help fight ALS, go to http://www.alsa.org/.
Before getting the (very) icy water dumped on me I called out the ReedPOP team who works with us on www.starwarscelebration.com. You’ve got 24 hours, gang! Donate or Ice Yourselves!
Este Meza, who works with me on the events team at Lucasfilm, says that the very best way to start a Monday is dumping ice water on your boss. Also thanks to John Harper at www.starwars.com for filming!




Steven Spielberg also stepped up and took the Ice Bucket Challenge.  You can watch that video here.

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Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy Talks 'Star Wars' At CinemaCon. Reveals They Haven't Decided On 3D Or Imax For SWVII

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At the recent CinemaCon Kathleen Kennedy is interviewed and takes the opportunity to talk about Star Wars.  She reveals that stepping into the role of heading Lucasfilm is the highlight of her career.  She also talks about J.J. Abrams and how Star Wars is important to him.  Interestingly she reveals that they haven't decided if Star Wars VII will be in 3D and/or Imax yet despite a recent photo being tweeted showing an Imax camera on the Star Wars VII set.



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If Michael Bay Directed Pixar's Up

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I will confess I'm not a fan of Michael Bay.  I once sat through Pearl Harbor and fell asleep only to wake up an hour later and still nothing had happened.  Anyway, lets be impartial for a minute.

Every director has their unique signature style and there's no denying Michael Bay certainly stamps his style with a bang on most of his films.  His reputation of using as many explosions in a movie as possible with severe close up, in your face shots is known throughout the world.  Youtuber MrStratman7 has put together this clever video showing us what would have happened if Bay had directed the much loved and tear provoking Up from Pixar.

It certainly would have been different.



Impartiality over.  Bay sucks.  Armageddon anyone?

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