Monday, 31 May 2010

By Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images
It was thumbs up from Hollywood heavyweights Universal honcho Ron Meyer, Steven Spielberg, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, NBC chief Jeff Zucker, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the reopening of Univesrsal Studios' backlot yesterday. The lot was destroyed by fire two years ago. Unveiled yesterday were sets recreating 13 blocks of city streets covering 15 shooting areas over four acres. "What you see around you is New York and anywhere else your imagination takes you," said Spielberg, who helped design the new lot. It was rebuilt at a cost of $200 million, the largest set construction in Hollywood history, according to Universal.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Former swordplay trainer to the stars and Star Wars fanatic Jeremy Flynn recently opened "Jedi Gym", a fitness center in Torrance, CA where members channel characters from the Star Wars film series to work out, meditate, and improve their lives.
"Star Wars is all about the Hero's Journey, and so is working out," says Flynn, " you leave home, battle your demons, and hopefully return home stronger."

Flynn is frustrated with his students' lack of commitment and focus, but when a 7-foot man in an incredibly authentic Darth Vader suit arrives at the gym, Flynn thinks he's found his dream student.

Instead, Flynn and his students learn, first hand, about how powerful the Dark Side can be...

Created by Timothy Kendall and Ben Koldyke

The guys over at Cinematical seem to think so. They received a casting notice from Paramount yesterday that did not have a title attached to it, and while that in itself isn't terribly interesting, the fact that they had also just sent a casting notice for 'Footloose' with a title attached to it, made them a little suspicious. After looking through the roster of upcoming movies from Paramount that could possibly use 13-14 year old kids who don't have any previous acting experince, they determined that there's a good chance this could be for Super 8 (although it's still not 100% confirmed).
You'll find the casting list below for 3 13-14 year old kids which I can only assume are the kids that are shooting a super 8 movie and while going through their footage they see a creature, possibly the scariest thing they've ever seen... That is, if the original "leaked" plot synopsis is correct. So check out the cast list below and maybe you fit the bill or know someone that does...
Seeking 13-14 year old Boys & Girls for the lead roles in a new Paramount feature film. No previous acting experience is necessary, but must have great energy and a wonderful sense of humor and thoughtfulness.
JOSH: Male 13-14. Josh is cute, but could be on the scrawny side – definitely not the school jock. Loveable, empathetic, smart and interesting. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.
COLLIN: Male 13-14. Slightly, or more than slightly, overweight. Collin is confident, driven, optimistic and a natural leader. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.
NATALIE: Female 13-14. A natural beauty – she is stunning, but not the "cheerleader" type. Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel.

Dennis Hopper, 74, an actor and director whose low-budget biker movie "Easy Rider" made an unexpected fortune by exploring the late 1960s counterculture, died Saturday at his home in Venice, Calif.
Hopper, who enjoyed a career resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s playing alcoholics and compelling psychopaths in films including "Hoosiers," "Blue Velvet" and "Speed," was diagnosed last year with cancer.
"Easy Rider," released in 1969, was often called a generational marker, a film set to a pulsating rock soundtrack and filled with hallucinogenic imagery meant to evoke the rebellious youth counterculture. As the director, co-star and co-screenwriter of "Easy Rider," Hopper called the film his "state of the union message" about a country on the brink of self-destruction because of the Vietnam War, political assassination, prejudice, intolerance and greed. He, actor Peter Fonda and writer Terry Southern shared an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.
Independently financed, "Easy Rider" cost less than $500,000 to make and grossed tens of millions of dollars. This windfall astonished executives at many Hollywood studios, which were losing lots of money after years of making flops like the musical "Dr. Dolittle."
The economic success of "Easy Rider" "signaled a sea change in Hollywood, causing studio chiefs to embrace the new 'youth audience' and offer employment to other young, even untried, filmmakers," said film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.
"Easy Rider" was credited with helping usher in the so-called "New Hollywood" of the 1970s, with the rise of younger directors including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich.
His next film, "The Last Movie" (1971), was a $1 million box-office fiasco. Hopper returned to Los Angeles with an unwieldy amount of footage that took more than a year to edit. Studio heads were appalled by the result and ordered Hopper to rework the film. "The Last Movie" won a top award at the 1971 Venice Film Festival in Italy, but Hopper found the experience of losing control of his film anguishing.
He retreated to a commune in New Mexico, where he binged on rum, tequila and cocaine and fell into a fit of paranoia that led him to shoot off rounds from a machine gun he kept in his house. He took a handful of acting jobs, the best remembered of which was as the drug-addled Vietnam War photographer in Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979), but his career was otherwise stalled. In 1984, he was committed to the psychiatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital after experiencing a violent hallucination.
Hopper described this as the lowest point in his life. He said he stopped hard drugs and drinking and decided to channel his "compulsive" personality in other directions, namely work. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role as an alcoholic coach in the basketball drama "Hoosiers" (1986) opposite Gene Hackman and directed the police drama "Colors" (1988) starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall.
Mostly, Hopper specialized in portraying weirdly intense characters, which prompted film critic Roger Ebert to call him the "most dependable and certainly the creepiest villain in the movies."
The actor played a one-legged hermit in "River's Edge" (1987), a hired killer in the low-budget noir "Red Rock West" (1994) and the mad bomber who threatens Keanu Reeves in the popular hit "Speed" (1994).
Hopper's eeriest performance was in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (1986) as a gas-sniffing sadist named Frank Booth.
Hopper's marriages to socialite Brooke Hayward, actress Daria Halprin and dancer Katherine LaNasa ended in divorce. He was also married for eight days to Michelle Phillips of the singing group the Mamas and the Papas.
In January, while in cancer treatment, he filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, actress Victoria Duffy. Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, a daughter from his third marriage, a son from his fourth marriage and a daughter from his fourth marriage. Recently, Hopper was a star on the TV drama "Crash" on the Starz cable network.
Super 8
You may have seen the movie trailer for the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed sci-fi film Super 8 attached to Iron Man 2 or bootlegged online, but did you notice the Easter eggs hidden at the end of the trailer that launched the film’s viral marketing efforts?
Yesterday I noticed that during the last seconds of the trailer, some letters flash through the lens of the film camera. I even asked on Twitter if anyone could figure out what the letters spelt.
The awesome sleuths at the UnfictionForum were able to screencapture all of the letters:
The spelt: “Scariest Thing I Ever Saw”
The website was register a little over a week after the film’s official website, and by the same registration company. The website shows a PDP-11 16-bit microcomputer display:
If you try to print all pages, you get prompted with the following message:
Stop posting publicly. I can answer your questions.
I have proof.

Fan says he’s ridden Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure more 
than 1,700 times
I recently found myself riding the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland with someone who claims to have ridden the attraction more than 1,700 times.2tweets
He is a young Asian man – possibly a teenager – and was dressed in full Indiana Jones costume, complete with the satchel. (And no, he’s not Short Round.)
We both entered the attraction through the single rider line.  Having noticed his Indy costume, I asked him if he liked the ride.  Before I could finish my question he quickly replied, “Yes!” I’m sure he gets the question a lot.
When we lined up for the ride’s front row, I asked him if he wanted to “drive” the car. He did.
This journey ended up being the most fun I’ve ever had on this ride because he got so into it.  He could quote all of the ride’s dialogue and enthusiastically pretended to drive the vehicle.  All of us on board with him were shouting directions to him, “Get us out of here!” and “Turn the lights on!”
After the ride ended, I left but he got right back in line.  He must REALLY love the ride.
I later Twittered about riding with him and a Disneyland cast member told me that the Indy fan is there every week, enjoying the ride.
Unforutnately, I didn’t get a picture of him or any contact information. Does anyone know who he is or more about him? He’d certainly be fun to chat with further.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Exclusive Super 8 Wallpaper.  Click Image to get Larger version
So you've seen the sneak peak trailer for Super 8 and already like the ending to Lost you want answers.  Here's what we have learnt so far...

  • Its set in 1979.
  • Produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment.
  • It is written and directed by JJ Abrams.
  • It is not Cloverfield 2.
  • It arrives next Summer.
  • This will be an homage to Spielberg’s 1970’s/1980’s Amblin films.
  • The trailer was shot independently of the film.
  • The special effects for the trailer were done under the cover of Abrams new NBC series Undercovers.
  • Even though the title suggests it, it will NOT be shot with a super 8 camcorder.
  • It will be distributed by Paramout Pictures.
  • The trailer features a train crash and something trying to escape from one of the containers.
  • It mentions all materials being transported from Area 51 to a secure facililty in Ohio.

There you have it.  Thats all confirmed so far.  We will keep you informed when more is confirmed.

By the way, for those who were wondering what Super 8 is...

Can anyone explain what the face is in the picture at the end.  See here

(Click Here if you havent seen the trailer)
Just watching the Super 8 trailer and noticed this image flash on the screen for a split second thirteen seconds in to the trailer.

Also at 1:23 this face flashes on the screen.  Any ideas what they mean?

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Chewbacca and Peter Mayhew 

THE BRITISH actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films will be in Newport next weekend for his first ever visit to Wales.
Peter Mayhew, who played the Wookie Chewbacca in four Star Wars movies, will appear at the annual Star Wars and Sci-Fi collectors fair in Newport Leisure Centre on July 6.
Mr Mayhew, who stands at 7 foot 3 inches tall, will be joined by a number of other stars from the films, including Mike Carter who played Bib Fortuna, Mike Edmonds who was Ewok Logray, and John Coppinger who appeared as Wookie Senator.
All the actors will meet and sign autographs for fans at the fair, and have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with R2-D2.
Steve Rogers, who was helped organise the event, said: “This is a big deal for the fans.
“The biggest stars from the films were all based in America, so fans over here don’t often get to meet them. They’ll be looking forward to welcoming Peter Mayhew who will be in Wales for the first time.”
Mr Mayhew was born in England, but now lives in Texas.
The fair next Saturday will be open between 11.30am and 3.30pm, with 50 traders offering sci-fi merchandise.
Entry will be free for people who turn up in costume.

Computer audio has come quite a way since 1981 and here is a short video comparing everything major from the PC speaker to Adlib on up to cards from today! At least, from the perspective of the Lucasarts classic, The Secret of Monkey Island. Get your education on, watch and gain respect for your aural ancestors.

Monkey Island was chosen due to its having the widest amount of versions of the same song, as compared to other games which didn't support this many cards. The final version of the song is from the recent "Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition" on PC/360/PS3.


Friday, 28 May 2010

Lucasfilm has announced via that George Lucas will be attending Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando this summer. The event, which is sceduled to take place from August 12-15, 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, will be Lucas' second Celebration appearance; he previously appeared at Star Wars Celebration III in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2005. No exact date(s) or time(s) for his appearance(s) have been announced.

Another announcement from the official site that's sure to please avid Star Wars collectors is the return of the popular collecting panels for Celebration V. Star Wars super-collector Gus Lopez will once again be returning to run the programming, and there's bound to be some surprises for collectors. At Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles, Lopez distributed commemorative medallions during select panels - whipping collectors into a frenzy for the highly coveted tokens.

For more information about Star Wars Celebration V or to buy tickets for the event, please visit the show's official website.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Ewan McGregor GO Campaign's second annual 'Go Go Gala' held at the
 Social Hollywood Club. Los Angeles, California.

Ewan McGregor has admitted that he is still in love with Star Wars character Princess Leia.

The 39-year-old told reporters at a charity screening for the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back that he still has deep feelings for the character.

"I've spent a great many years being deeply, deeply in love with Princess Leia," he joked.

He added: "There's still a part of my heart that is quite deeply in love with her, both as a character and an actress!"

Carrie Fisher played Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. McGregor portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's Star Wars prequels.

The Ghost Writer star also revealed that his children aren't fans of Star Wars.

"My kids aren't remotely interested in these films, it's so funny and quite disappointing but they're just not that interested," he continued.

"I've tried a bit but I'm not going to push them to watch anything."

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

FROM TIME to time, Esquire magazine does a "Women We Love" issue — but Candy Clark is never in it.
I'm betting it's an ageist thing.
For most of us with Y chromosomes, the "American Graffiti" actress — blond, cute and, as the film's Debbie Dunham, easy — etched in our consciousness as the quintessential party girl; the seemingly attainable fantasy of every hormonally driven, virginal teenage boy.
Clark, nominated for a supporting-actress Oscar for her role, got into Ron Howard's car with Toad (Charles Martin Smith) and uttered the memorable "I love the feel of tuck and roll upholstery."
Trooper that she is, the actress will step in for previously scheduled Cindy Williams (Howard's girlfriend in the film) at the 12:45, 4 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday screenings of "American Graffiti" at the Orinda Theatre. Clark, who reprised her role in the 1979 sequel, "More American Graffiti," will reminisce about the making of George Lucas' iconic 1973 coming-of-age film and her role after each show.
Tickets, at $15 general, $12 seniors and students, include the screening and the Q&A with the actress. A $30 VIP package includes a 12:30 p.m. lunch reception for 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact, 925-277-1355 or visit the Orinda Theatre box office.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

"Star Wars: The Old Republic" heads for comic stores in July
The Force is strong in this one. Taking place over 3,500 years before the events of the sextet of famous films, "Star Wars: the Old Republic" will give players the choice of joining the Jedi or the Sith in a massively multiplayer online experience. But before you begin practicing the ways of the force in BioWare and LucasArts upcoming game (set for release in 2011), whet your appetite this July with the release of a brand new "Old Republic" limited series from Dark Horse Comics that sets up the events taking place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Originally appearing as a weekly web comic written by BioWare's Robert Chestney and illustrated by artist Alex Sanchez, "Star Wars: The Old Republic - The Threat of Peace" is the first arc in the prequel miniseries taking place 10 years prior to the start of the game and featuring a number of characters, places and events all tying into the MMO. The comic finally sees the printed page this summer, and both Chestney and Sanchez spoke with CBR News about the conception of the title, how the comic carries over into the upcoming video game and whether they'd fight for the force or succumb to the dark side if they themselves entered the Old Republic.

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Sunday, 23 May 2010

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed may be the fastest selling title LucasArts has ever done, but I found the game to be largely disappointing. The game had entertaining moments, and I totally dug the way it connected the first and last three movies of the film franchise, but the gameplay felt unrefined, and became a grinding, repetitive affair.

I wasn't the only one with criticisms, and thankfully the staff behind the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 (TFU2) is taking user opinion seriously. Through hours of focus testing, as well as taking a close look at the failings of the first game, LucasArts is hoping to not only recapture and refine what we loved about the original, but also change the game in some fundamental ways that will hopefully make the sequel everything we wanted the first to be.

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Dual lightsabers are also a new addition.

For those of you who missed out on the biggest Star Wars release since the films, allow me to bring you up to speed. The Force Unleashed franchise is a third-person action series where you control Starkiller, Darth Vader's secret apprentice. While he ultimately sacrifices himself in order to save the Rebel Alliance, he reappears in the second game as the apparent result of cloning. Through various sequences that I don't want to spoil, he is once again freed from Vader's grasp and working in an effort to see how he can fight against his former master.

The story of TFU was well received (it was actually lauded by several outlets, even winning the award for best videogame writing in 2009 from Writers Guild America), but it was one of the few areas that people didn't have something to complain about. One of the biggest gripes leveled against the original was that every level followed the same formula of fight, fight, boss. For TFU2 the team has tried to break up the pacing, throwing in a series of environmental puzzles to make the player have to stop and think. The demo only featured one of these, but it was clear from the few minutes of gameplay I watched that the goal is to have the player utilize all their powers in order to get through the levels. For instance in the last game players pretty much never had a reason to throw their lightsaber unless it was to kill, whereas TFU2 will make players utilize their saber throw to hit switches during platforming moments as well. The goal isn't to make the game any less combat focused, but to make players feel like they have a greater variety of things to do, moments where they are compelled to stop and enjoy the sights and interact with the world rather than just plowing through it as fast as possible.

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The weather effects looked really nice.

A lot of players enjoyed parts of the combat in the original, but it too had faults that the team is trying to address in TFU2. The first game had a large amount of enemies, but a common complaint the team has taken to heart is that the enemies really didn't require the player to change their strategy much. For TFU2 the team hopes to address this by focusing on giving the player few, more complex enemies to fight. For instance, players might face an enemy who's entirely Force resistant, while at another point in time they might fight an enemy that is lightsaber resistant. The whole point is to force (no pun intended) players to have to think about combat more, rather than having it being all about pounding down on their attack button.

Along with more varied enemy types, TFU2 will also give players even greater access to the ways of the Force. New abilities like Mind Trick will allow players to make enemies throw themselves off ledges or attack their allies, while the environments have also been designed to allow players to use their powers to greater affect as well. Small towers that were sparking with electricity filled the Kamino level I watched, allowing Starkiller to use his lighting on them in order to shoot out arcs that could hit several enemies at once.

Another addition to Starkiller's Force arsenal is the ability to use Force Fury. The power essentially allows the player to take their Force abilities to their maximum a few times each level, even when they're not fully upgraded. The thinking behind this is that it gives players the "unleashed" feeling LucasArts wants them to feel throughout the game, rather than having them only have ultra-powered abilities in the latter portions.

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Stormtroopers armor is knocked off as you attack them now.

The demo ended almost as quickly as it began, and after only seeing a few moments of TFU2 I'm left wondering how sweeping the changes to the game will be in the grander scheme. In small slices the additional Force powers, more varied enemies, and puzzle moments seem significant, but will they still be as game altering when applied to a multi-hour experience? Can a new story about Starkiller have as much impact when it's not as crucial to the continuity of the franchise as the last game? I'm not sure yet, but what I do know is that the sincere consideration and desire to face the problems in the original gives me a new hope for the follow up.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 First Look - Xbox 360 Preview at IGN

Saturday, 22 May 2010

To celebrate all of the win Episode V taught us, IGN would like to teach you a few things – 100 of 'em, actually – about the best Star Wars movie ever made.

The Imperial Walker sequence and ensuing battle is not in this script.

This wampa's drunk on redrum.
In this version, the Empire does not attack the rebel base, ever. Instead, Wampas attack and infiltrate our heroes' icy compound.

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obert De Niro, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have reportedly joined forces in a bid to persuade the Iranian government to release incarcerated filmmaker Jafar Panahi.

The Iranian director was arrested after the police raided his home in Tehran on March 10 and has since allegedly been held in the city's Evin prison, reports Contactmusic.
Actors and directors including De Niro and Spielberg have come together to fight for the filmmaker's freedom, signing a petition calling for Panahi's release.
The document reads: "We... stand in solidarity with a fellow filmmaker, condemn this detention, and strongly urge the Iranian government to release Mr Panahi immediately. Like artists everywhere, Iran's filmmakers should be celebrated, not censored, repressed and imprisoned."
Other filmmakers who have signed include Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Joel and Ethan Coen, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone and Michael Moore.

Friday, 21 May 2010

This superb piece of music is from the webisodes "Bright Falls" associated with the Xbox game Alan Wake.  Enjoy.

Disney Parks’ Star Tours attraction will soon go out of commission to make way for a 2011 upgrade, but it’s not shutting down without a send-off.
From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on August 14, Disney Parks is hosting the "Last Tour to Endor," a special event that coincides with the official Lucasfilm fan convention, “Star Wars” Celebration V.

Star Tours is a Disney and "Star Wars" fan favorite that opened in 1987 in "Tomorrowland" at Disneyland, marking the first of the park's attractions that did not use Disney imagery. Whether you are sucked in by the giant AT-AT at the Disney World location or the hidden Kermit the Frog droid inside the ride, it's a chance for all "Star Wars" fans to feel like they're a part of the movie.
But the ride has been showing its age as of late, and fans are looking forward to the new version coming to us in 2011.
For tickets and more information, head over to

Thursday, 20 May 2010

George Lucas congratulates the producers of "Lost" on pulling off a successful show. He cites "father issues" as something that makes a successful series.
Geek's of Doom comments, "In the letter, Lucas speaks about how he didn’t exactly know where he was heading with Star Wars and how impressive it is to create such a complex show yet still keep track of everything they had done since day one.
Live Feed Hollywood reports, "George Lucas sent a letter to the producers of "Lost" where he finally admits he didn't plan "Star Wars" in advance. The letter was read aloud at a series finale-related party Thursday night. Here's the text:"
The producers of ABC's "Lost" received a congratulations letter from George Lucas. Lucas admitted that he didn't plan "Star Wars."

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

We talk original Star Wars and The Clone Wars with Lucas' licensing boss.
“I guess we’re fortunate that the Force continues to be very strong with boys around the world; the 33 year-old Star Wars franchise continues to perform like the Energizer Bunny of the licensing industry – just going on and on, year after year.”
Paul Southern, senior director of domestic licensing and marketing at Lucasfilm, opens our interview with one of the best metaphors I’ve ever heard. Just the thought of the super cute Energizer Bunny rocking up on the Millennium Falcon makes me smile.
Star Wars is the brand that effectively kick started licensing as we know it. If you’re looking for the perfect example of a movie becoming a viable long-term licensing proposition, Star Wars is it. From the three original live action movies, to the three prequels and, now, animated series The Clone Wars, George Lucas’ sci-fi epic is a benchmark.
“Bearing in mind the challenging nature of the economy over the last year or so, and the impact this has had on consumer spending, the last 12 months have been remarkably successful for Lucasfilm,” Southern tells 2009 saw Star Wars maintain its position as the number one boys’ toy property in the US, and the number one licensed toy overall according to NPD. And, says Southern, the success in the toy category is replicated across a whole host of other areas around the world.
“We’ve seen huge success from The Clone Wars themed merchandise across all of our licensed categories around the world – clearly fuelled by the success of the TV series. The great news is that in many categories this now sits alongside products themed around the original live action Star Wars movies,” Southern explains. “Our development group has done a great job stylistically and visually in capturing the excitement and dynamism of The Clone Wars, really raising the bar with the assets we are providing licensees.
“What we’ve also been able to do – in parallel – is re-imagine a lot of the live action assets we have from the original movies, making them feel fresh, contemporary and new. It’s exciting to see the old and the new sitting alongside each other at retail.”
Of course, toys have been a key lynchpin in the success of the franchise, and the last 12 months have been no different, with key partners Hasbro and Lego both enjoying success with new product.

Read the full interview here 

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

LucasArts is happy to announce that the classic LucasArts adventure games Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Loom, and The Dig, will be available for purchase and download for Mac Steam users today! Each title is priced at $4.99, but for a limited time, gamers can pick up all four titles as part of the LucasArts Adventure Bundle, for the great price of $9.99. As always, folks who have already purchased and downloaded the games for PC can download the Mac versions for free.


What kicked off as a world-wide phenomenon back in London, 2002, has "crossed the pond" and made its way to the U.S. Enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of a 33-year spectacle known as the Star Wars Saga, as Star Wars: In Concert a worldwide tour comes to Germain Arena (11000 Everblades Parkway) Thursday, May 13.
Join a full orchestra and choir, along with live narration by Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films, as you take a journey through the entire Star Wars adventure, with specially-edited and perfectly-accompanied movie footage displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen, one of the largest ever put on tour.
The live music and film elements are perfectly synchronized, creating the ultimate, one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience.
"We've taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so you can really get a sense of how the music played into the images," said George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga. "The whole soundtrack is a testament to John Williams' creativity and his extraordinary ability to enhance the emotional aspects of the films."
Adding to the thrill and accompanying the tour, an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props, artifacts, production artwork and specially-created, behind-the-scenes videos from the LucasFilm Archives will be on display many of which are leaving Skywalker Ranch for the first time ever.
The exhibit features many classic fan-favorite artifacts, as well as several new and never-before-seen items, including full costumes for Jedi Masters Kit Fisto and Plo Koon, pages from John Williams' original hand-written sheet music for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (first time ever publically displayed), various never-before-seen props from the films, including blasters and helmets from Coruscant, Tatooine and other iconic Star Wars locations.
The U.S. tour first kicked off in Anaheim, Cali., Oct. 1, 2009, slowly working its way east, and stopping in Estero for a one-night performance showcase that's bound to widen the eye of even a non-Star-Wars fanatic.
"Creating the music for the Star Wars films has been an exciting and wonderful experience for me, and I therefore have derived particular pleasure in assembling a compendium of themes from all of the films to be presented in Star Wars: In Concert," said Star Wars Saga maestro and composer John Williams. "The editors at LucasFilm have created original film montages to accompany each of the musical selections, and in the process, I believe that a singular and unique Star Wars experience has been born."
Ticket prices to Star Wars: In Concert vary, from as little as $33 and up, depending on seating arrangements. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13, with entrance for VIP ticket holders open a bit sooner.
Star Wars: In Concert is produced by Another Planet Touring in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. Performances will be conducted by Dirk Bross and the production is directed and designed by Steve Cohen.
For more information on the show or to purchase tickets, visit, call the Germain Arena box office at 1-800-745-3000 or 948-7825, or visit

Monday, 17 May 2010

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial OST Toys (Film Version) 

Gaming Review: Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
News has leaked that Star Wars: Battlefront 3 is under development, reports say.

According to fan site, online gaming network GameSpy is hosting a server for the title.

As publisher LucasArts is yet to comment on the speculation, it is unknown whether the listed server is genuine.

The Battlefront series was previously in the hands of developer Free Radical Design before Rebellion Developments acquired the rights. The studio's only addition to the series has been Battlefront: Elite Squadron for handheld platforms.

Star Wars: Battlefront 3 is yet to be officially announced.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Saturday, 15 May 2010

A yearlong Lucasfilm charity campaign called "The Empire Gives Back" begins with the ArcLight event, where Ford will be interviewed on stage by Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back," Lucasfilm is planning a yearlong charity campaign that kicks off in the U.S. on May 19 with the hottest fanboy ticket of the year: A one-night-only digital screening of the 1980 "Star Wars" sequel at the ArcLight Hollywood and an on-stage Q&A with Harrison Ford.
The ArcLight screening will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a cause that persuaded the 67-year-old Hollywood icon to participate despite his long-standing reluctance to revisit the "Star Wars" universe and his role as rakish interstellar smuggler Han Solo.
Although almost every other cast member from the George Lucas films has worked the convention circuit or made appearances at themed film festivals and fan celebrations, Ford has shown little interest in revisiting his cinematic adventures with Jedi knights, wookiees and droids.
Earlier this year, while doing press for the medical drama "Extraordinary Measures," he practically groaned when asked if he would return to the role as a voice actor in an animated or motion-capture project. "Han Solo was very good to me at a certain point in my career, but I'm done with him," he told a television crew.
That's not to suggest that Ford isn't proud of his work in "Star Wars" or unaware of its massive impact on his Hollywood trajectory. The space-opera and the Indiana Jones films established Ford as a movie star of the highest order; at one point, the list of the five highest-grossing movies of all time included four films starring Ford.
"Empire Strikes Back" is viewed by many fans as the most compelling of the six "Star Wars" live-action feature films. It introduced Yoda, Boba Fett and Lando Calrissian and was visually striking, with settings on an ice planet, a swamp world and a floating cloud metropolis. It also revealed that Darth Vader was the father of Luke Skywalker, the signature moment in the family melodrama the sits at the very heart of the intergalactic epic.
Ticket for the ArcLight screening are $100 or $175 for "premiere seating" and on sale now at the St. Jude's website.

Friday, 14 May 2010

The heavyweight development tag team of Bioware and Lucasarts has today released a new development video diary for its forthcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. This time, looking at combat.
The video shows a wide range of combat skills available to each class. Crushing lightsaber takedowns, missle-enabled jetpack barrages and nifty ad hoc cover for ranged classes are the order of the day.
The combat appears fast-paced and incredibly deep, with players facing multiple enemies at any one time. Luckily, each class will have several tricks and skills at their disposal.
“combat is an integral part of the star wars experience”
Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka explains, "Combat is an integral part of the star wars experience along with a whole bunch of other stuff like the hero’s journey. It’s the essence of feeling heroic. We’re really striving to progress the way we show combat, and I think with MMOs, we’re going to take them to a new level in the way the combat unfolds in the old republic."
'Feeling heroic' essentially means overcoming seemingly unbeatable odds by the skin of your teeth, as explained by Bioware Group Creative Officer James Ohlen. "One of the problems of MMO combat is that you often have scenarios where you have multiple enemies beating on a single enemy, and that just..isn’t very heroic. What is heroic, is a hero facing unbeatable odds against multiple enemies and fighting his way barely through the encounter."
Sounds good, and looks even better. Watch the Star Wars: The Old Republic combat video and tell us what you think below.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Doctor Who Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat has invited director Steven Spielberg to direct an episode of the popular series

Speaking to the TV Times listings magazine, Moffat – whose first episode in charge of Doctor Who airs Easter Weekend – discussed the moment when Spielberg called him at home to accept his resignation from the Tintin movie, for which he had already completed an initial script. Expected to be released in 2011, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn stars Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Nick Frost, Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig and uses a motion capture 3D technique.
Steven Moffat- invites Steven Spielberg to direct Doctor Who!In response to a question as to whether or not Spielberg might like to direct Doctor Who, Moffat replied:
“Oh yes. If Steven Spielberg wants to come and direct an episode, he’s very welcome”, he laughed. “He’d probably be horrified by our budget and we’re a bit brutal to our directors at times, but the offer’s there…”

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Steven Spielberg will direct a film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's epic First World War novel, War Horse.
Spielberg and his Dream-Works studio will also produce the film project, which is expected to hit the screens in August 2011, Variety and Hollywood Reporter said.
Adapting the story of the friendship between a young boy and a horse during the First World War, will be screenwriters Lee Hall, who scripted Billy Elliot, and Richard Curtis, who penned Good Morning England.
Published in 1982, War Horse was recently adapted to the stage in London.
Spielberg, 63, is also completing work on the 3-D family movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is scheduled for screening in December 2011.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Users can upload a photo of themselves and place their face on Luke, Leia, Han or Lando's body and see how they would appear in the movie. The program, "Star Wars Starring You", uses the JibJab style (witty banter, jaw-dropping talking) to show the entire movie in about 2 minutes with you as one of the main characters.
The entire Star Wars mythos has been ripe for parodies, homage and fan films for years. Lucasfilm has embraced all of the fun and, in 2002, sponsored the first annual Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards to recognize those filmmakers.
Mainstream Hollywood also took their loving shots at the Star Wars with "Hardware Wars", a 1977 film that George Lucas has called his favorite parody, and "Spaceballs", a campy takeoff of the first Star Wars movie.
Animated TV shows, such as "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons", have also had their fun with Darth, Yoda and Boba Fett. Recently, a video made the rounds on the Internet showing Darth Vader trying to do recordings for a GPS device.
But it is the fans that have produced many of the quality and highly watched films. One of the more popular creations is a film called "Troops", shot in the style of the police show "Cops", with stormtroopers taking the place of police officers. Even toys get involved as LEGOS are often used to depict scenes (with humorous consequences since they are blocks) in short films.
Lucas, for his part, has encouraged his fans to produce their takes on his vision as long as it doesn't adversely impact the legacy of Star Wars. Fan web sites, such as TheForce.Net, also serve as a gathering place to show off and view fan films and parodies.
What makes the Star Wars universe so ripe for inspiration? Is it the characters? The quotes? And what are your favorite fan films? Tell us in our comments!

Monday, 10 May 2010

K-Pax - Taxi Ride - Edward Shearmur

Lovely piece of music with a nice ambient relaxing feel.  One to listen to in the car on a lonely city road after a storm with the city lights reflecting all around.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

But it will involve Area 51.
That lines up with last week's news that the film will "deal with everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are thrown up against extraordinarily fantastic—and possibly otherworldly—events."
The film has a budget of somewhere between $45 million and $50 million, so it's unlikely to be chock-full of special effects, and will shoot this fall, which also means a later start for the Star Trek sequel, which Abrams is expected to direct.
Will be October 26th, 2010 for the PC version.  The story continues as players once again assume the role of the devastatingly powerful Starkiller - Darth Vader's secret apprentice set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Has any title ever been in demand as much as LucasArts’ still mythical lightsaber game? MCV asks the question
From the first moment Wii was revealed it’s the game that we all envisioned – a motion sensitive lightsaber simulator where players could take on the likes of Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi.
There have been titles that have promised to fulfil the dream, but none – perhaps due to the inherent limitations of the Wii hardware – have ever quite delivered.
Can the arrival of Sony’s apparently very accurate Move and Microsoft’s Natal change that? MCV asked LucasArts CEO Darrell Rodriguez that very question:
“I’m very excited by the new interfaces, either Natal, Move or iPad. It’s something we’re definitely watching and we will consider in the future. The regular suggestion of a lightsaber game is one of the reasons why we are excited about it – but we’ll keep looking at it and see what we can do.
“No commitment to talk about now, though.”

Saturday, 8 May 2010

The Empire Strikes Back has been named the greatest movie sequel of all time.
The 1980 film - George Lucas's follow-up to Star Wars: A New Hope - drew almost a fifth of all votes.
DVD rental firm Lovefilm launched the poll to celebrate the release of Iron Man 2 this week.
The Empire Strikes Back, which featured the battle on ice planet Hoth, Lando Calrissian's cloud city and the shocking moment Luke Skywalker discovered Darth Vader was his father, is favoured by some fans as the best film in the original Star Wars trilogy.
It landed 19 per cent of the votes, beating movies such as Terminator 2 and Aliens.
Fourth-placed film The Dark Knight was actually the sixth film of the Batman franchise which began in 1989, although it was the second to feature Christian Bale.
Helen Cowley, editor at online rental service Lovefilm, said: "There's no beating Star Wars, and fans have been very vocal in our poll to establish its place as the top sequel of all time.
"Film sequels give us the chance to see our favourite characters back on the big screen but it's rare to find a sequel that truly does its predecessor justice.
"It's great to see so many highly regarded titles in the top 10 and making their own mark on film history."

Friday, 7 May 2010

Nice Close Encounters tribute that includes the Square Song from the movie

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Interview with Steven Spielberg, Henry Thomas and the cast of the movie E.T.  Steven mentions the part from the audition video that we showed you yesterday when he said to Henry "Okay kid you got the part"

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Drew talks about how she first auditioned for Poltergeist but lost the part to "a good friend of mine" Heather O'Rourke, then got a part in E.T. Category:

 Spielberg auditioned more than 300 children for the roles.[4] Having worked with Cary Guffey on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, he felt confident in working with a cast composed mostly of child actors, rather than young adults.[5] Robert Fisk suggested Henry Thomas for the role of Elliott

Thomas, who auditioned in an Indiana Jones costume, did not perform well in the formal testing, but got the filmmakers' attention in an improvised scene.[5] Thoughts of his dead dog inspired his convincing tears

If you listen, you can hear Spielberg says: "Okey kid you got the job"

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

 Play Speak And Spell Online.  Click on the link below and bring back those memories from the movie E.T

Monday, 3 May 2010

'Star Trek' director reportedly writing and directing homage to Spielberg's early flicks.

wants to create a kind of "anti Avatar" movie...

New York Magazine's Vulture blog reports via an unnamed source that Abrams is wrapping up a script described as "a tip of the hat to [Spielberg's] movies of the '70s and early '80s." He will direct it himself for Paramount in the early fall. Spielberg's role is unknown at this point, but it is believed that the DreamWorks co-founder will serve in an executive producer or advisory capacity.

For those who are familiar with Abrams' M.O., it should come as no surprise that plot details, as well as the title, are being kept quiet for the time being. Vulture's source said that the premise fits in with motifs that have long been established in Spielberg's work, particularly his early efforts: Personal relationships between the main characters are tested when they are faced with some kind of fantastic — "possibly other-worldly" — event.

As the source explained, "J.J. wants to make sure Steven is properly paid homage to. This is really an interpretation of some of Spielberg's earlier films, but done in a personal way." The plans call for a low budget; the source describes the project as "kind of an anti-'Avatar.' "

An early fall production means that the mysterious collaboration likely wouldn't interfere with any plans Abrams may have to direct the "Star Trek" sequel. This is all assuming that Vulture's source is accurate, of course. As the blog points out, spokespeople from both Paramount and DreamWorks "denied any knowledge of the new Abrams project."
Music by John Williams The Reunion Artificial Intelligence.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

LucasArts has started slowly doling out screenshots of its upcoming Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge remake.

The house that Vader built releases one screenshot of the original 1991 VGA classic, and then follows it up with an image of the flashy graphical overhaul the day after.

So far we've seen the Wood Chuck's carpentry shop and the opening location, the beach (make sure you get the stick.) You can check those screenshots out in our gallery, above.

The game is scheduled to hit iPhone and iPod touch, as well as digital distribution services on PC and console, this summer.

If you want more screenshots, you'd better start following LucasArts on Facebook.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

The Discovery Channel says it is working with Steven Spielberg on an animated series imagining life in the future.
The network said Thursday that "Future Earth" will be a miniseries showing what life might be like in 25, 50 and 100 years. Futurists and scholars will be consulted for their predictions to incorporate in the series.
The miniseries is expected to air in late 2011.
Clark Bunting, president of both the Discovery and Science channels, says he hopes to work Spielberg and his DreamWorks production companies on future projects as well.

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