Sunday, 28 February 2010

While talking to press about this historical upcoming mini-series at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Steven Spielberg expressed his passion and desire for continuing to bring these stories to audiences, as well as how the recent success of Avatar has been inspiring to him as a filmmaker.

Question: When you were making Saving Private Ryan, did you have a sense that you were establishing a visual template for war and war depictions that were going to be carried over for 12 years now?

Spielberg: In Saving Private Ryan, I had a sense that I was establishing a template, based on the experiences communicated to me by the veterans who fought that morning on Dog Green, Omaha Beach, and their experiences, and the very few surviving photographs of the great war correspondent, Robert Capa. I combined those photographs to try to find a 24-frame-per-second equivalent for how I can show that kind of terror and chaos without making a movie that looked elegant and beautiful and in full living color, very much like war movies had been made in the past.

Given how pervasive that look has become in subsequent movies, when you do a project of this scale, do you try to get away from that and give it a different look?

Spielberg: We did give The Pacific with a different look. There was a very strong, desaturated quality to Band of Brothers. In The Pacific, it was blue skies. They weren’t fighting in overcast weather. Sometimes monsoons would come in and it was terribly rainy and muddy and you couldn’t see the hand in front of your face, but it was a blue-sky war. It was a hot, dry, humid blue-sky war. So, there are more vivid colors in The Pacific than we ever had in Band of Brothers because that was the way it was, when you read the books and talk to the survivors of those campaigns.

How tough is it to sell a project like this?

Spielberg: Thank goodness for HBO. They gave us this opportunity to put the stories of these very brave men and women on the network. We’re very beholden to HBO for making room on their schedule for something like this.

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Kenny Baker (soon to be in the up coming movie Back2hell) some quick fire questions. Big thanks to Ken Mills author of Tiny Acorns for making this all possible. Ken said "It was a refreshing change not to get the usual "Was it hot in the robot in the desert ? " We wanted to try something different so here goes:

What was your favourite Star Wars moment?
Favourite Star Wars moment was receiving the first pay cheque - £20,000 which couldn't have come at a better time and helped buy the house outright.

What was your least favourite moment?
Least favourite thing was having to wear the Ewok costumes - they were so uncomfortable.

What is the most unusual thing you have been asked to do by a fan?

Being asked to sign certain parts of ladies anatomies ( cleaned up )

Although you have worked with so many superstars over the years, is there still someone you would love to work with?

Who would I lovedto have worked with? U.S. Film Actress Kim Novak (Vertigo)

What is your favourite movie?

Dances with wolves ( surprised me too )

What is your favourite soundtrack?
Anything by Barbra Streisand

Do you have any Star Wars colelctables? If so what is your favourite?

A Darth Vader model that lights up and makes the breathing sound.

Your book "From Tiny Acorns" should be in everyone's collection. Did you enjoy writing the book?
I didn't actually write it but my friend Ken Mills spent almost 18 months interviewing me going over my whole life - not just Star Wars. We spent hours choosing the photographs to include in the book which is probably my favourite part because it brings back so many memories. We have had a good response so far and there are some surprises in the book that most people didn't even realise. When Ken first showed me it in print I have to admit to shedding a little tear and those who know me realise I am not prone to doing that so yes I am very proud that anyone would be interested in reading about me.

If you could go back to the beginning of your career would you do anything differently?

Wouldn't do anything differently - I've had a great life ( apart from the tragedies covered in the book )

What would be the perfect evening for Kenny Baker?

A perfect evening for Kenny Baker would be one spent with the lovely Joanna Lumley !!!

What is the most important thing in your life and why?
The most important thing in my life ( apart from his Mercedes ) is my health and family.

The Bearded Trio would like to thank Ken Mills and Kenny Baker for taking the time to answer our questions.
Assume for a moment that John Williams has sold more movie scores on CD than any other composer, though Maurice Jarre, James Horner and Ennio Morricone are certainly contenders too. Williams has on his resume all the Star Wars movies, all the Indiana Jones movies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Jaws, Superman and Saving Private Ryan. He even has scored more obscure items like Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye and Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot. He has won five Oscars and has been nominated -- no kidding -- more than 40 times. Now, just imagine that this Elvis Presley of composers, this Beatles of composers, has had one major composition that was never released on CD. That would be like, say Rubber Soul or From Elvis in Memphis being unavailable.

It's true. There's one elusive score in Williams' impressive discography that has previously escaped collectors, until now. It's understandable that the score for John Frankenheimer's thriller Black Sunday might have disappeared in that watershed year of 1977, when Williams also composed Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Now Film Score Monthly has announced the official release, available for order through their website. This is a limited release of only 10,000 copies, and the site warns against waiting. The CD runs 64 minutes and features the complete score in chronological order, plus some outtakes. There are audio samples available on the site, and it's a wonderfully ominous, suspenseful score, far more controlled than some of Williams' later works.

Black Sunday -- not to be confused with Mario Bava's great 1960 horror film -- tells the story of a potential terrorist attack using a blimp over the Super Bowl stadium. It was a high profile film, starring Robert Shaw and Bruce Dern and adapted from a novel by Thomas Harris; it was expected to be the next Jaws, but instead it was quickly eclipsed by Star Wars. Variety reported that: "John Frankenheimer's film of Black Sunday is an intelligent and meticulous depiction of an act of outlandish terrorism - the planned slaughter of the Super Bowl stadium audience. Strong scripting and performances elevate Robert Evans' handsome production far above the crass exploitation level."

Friday, 26 February 2010

It's common knowledge that George Lucas loves racing. He put a drag race in his movie American Graffiti, so it was not a big surprise when he put a (pod)race in Episode I: the Phantom Menace. The favorite to win the podrace in the movie is a Dug called Sebulba who was voiced by Scottish voice actor Lewis McLeod. In early 2010 I had the chance to ask him some questions about Sebulba, his experiences while working on Star Wars and his view on Episode I.

Head on over to Star Wars Interviews for the full interview. Its really good!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

British film executive Gareth Wigan, behind such movies as Chariots of Fire, Star Wars and Alien, has died at the age of 78 following a brief illness.
"He was there for me when I needed him and I'll always be grateful," said Star Wars director George Lucas.
Barbra Streisand, director of Prince of Tides which Wigan worked on, said he was "one of the smartest, kindest, most loving people I have ever known."
A pioneer of global cinema, Wigan also backed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The film's director Ang Lee said: "Gareth Wigan was a unique figure in the movie business. He was a true English gentleman, a great soul. He made quality films, and he was also a pioneer of studio investment in foreign films."
Memorial service
Martin Scorsese also paid tribute: "I have fond memories of our work together on The Age of Innocence. I've often wished we could have worked on another production as I've always had great admiration for Gareth's intelligence, diplomacy and taste."
Wigan began his career in England in the 1950s as a talent agent after he graduated from Oxford University.

The late actress Brittany Murphy starred in Girl, Interrupted
His clients included directors Richard Lester and John Schlesinger.
He moved to California in the late 1970s, where he took at job at Twentieth Century Fox, serving as executive producer on films such as Star Wars, All That Jazz, The Turning Point and Alien.
In 1979, Wigan formed his own company with fellow Fox executives Alan Ladd Jr and Jay Kanter - the trio produced Oscar-winner Chariots of Fire and The Right Stuff.
Wigan went on to join Sony's Columbia Pictures, where he worked on films including Air Force One, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Girl, Interrupted and Postcards from the Edge.
He died on Saturday. A memorial service is being planned.
Wigan is survived by his wife, Pat Newcomb, his four children and seven grandchildren.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Set back in San Francisco's quiet Presidio, ILM is legendary for its movie effects, from Star Wars, to Pirates of the Caribbean, and now to Avatar. John Knoll, who has an Oscar on his mantel thanks to Pirates, sat down to talk with us about how his team put the jaw-dropping effects onto the big screen, and what it's like to work with mercurial director James Cameron.

Put it this way, Knoll says with Cameron, "You know exactly where you need to go, it's just a matter of getting there." Unlike many directors, who come to ILM with humility and a lot of questions, Cameron came with a map, and a long to-do list. Money, obviously, was no object. "This was really diving in," Knoll says. "With both feet."

Some $300 million later, Avatar is hauling in good reviews, big money ($3.5 million in the early Friday hours), and lots of Oscar buzz. Unlike most "effects" movies, that feature three or four scenes to strut their stuff, Avatar creates a whole different world. And you're immersed into it. It's 3D, but not with swords flying out of the screen at you; this is an entire 3D world we haven't seen in a movie before.

The guess here is that, as people line up to see it over the next few weeks, Hollywood will have taken a turn: A new kind of special effects movie, that will likely change the way films are made in the future. Much like Cameron's last big-budget blockbuster, Titanic. Which, you may remember, cleaned up at Oscar time.

And how does it feel to have created this buzz? Says Knoll, "I have to see other people's reactions. It's rewarding to see what they think." He should prepare for a lot of rewards.


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Great website from a collector. Everything from the movie to the ride. Oh and check out his collection.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Heres a great site if you want to get an inside look of Skywalker Ranch/


Packed with photos and detailed description and interesting facts such as:
Ronald Reagan, then President of the United States requested a tour of Skywalker Ranch but was denieddd.

A fantastic site that has articles on Lucasfilm, ILM and Lucasarts.

Sunday, 21 February 2010


Michael French speaks to the firm’s global publishing VP Mary Bihr

Can you sum up the LucasArts strategy for the boxed products (released via Activision in Europe) in the last 12 to 18 months?

Our strategy is to continue our distribution agreement with Activision in order to maximize sales across Europe. They have a long history with us, dedicated LucasArts resources to support us, and a track record that speaks for itself.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed released with record sales and over six million copies sold to date. We also had record numbers with LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures worldwide and remained in the Top 10 charts for weeks after release.

The sequel, LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues just shipped in mid-November worldwide and is also doing extremely well. We’ve had a great 2009 and look forward to 2010, especially with The Force Unleashed 2 which promises to be the next massive Star Wars experience on consoles.

Has that strategy changed in any way in that time?

No, not really. While our global distribution strategy has expanded through our internet offerings, Monkey Island: Special Edition, and a complement of games offered though online partnerships, our retail offerings have always been distributed through Activision.

Recently, they have added additional dedicated resources which allow us to work even more closely with them across the various territories.

Are you pleased with the response to the LucasArts games released this Q4? Which is the standout title?

We, similar to many other publishers, have been challenged by the current economic climate. We’ve seen a slowdown in sales velocity across some titles, but a commensurate increase in others – sometimes with games that have been on the shelves for two, three, even four years. There’s still strong demand for these licensed games.

As for recent releases, LEGO Indiana Jones 2 has already been a huge success for us. TT Games did a fantastic job making this the most immersive LEGO game released to date. We’re very pleased by its performance across Europe.

Clone Wars is a popular toy and entertainment brand – do you feel you have fully taken advantage of its popularity in games?

Clone Wars is a huge initiative for Lucasfilm across all companies. It remains the No.1 toy brand for boys ages six to 11. It’s a growing franchise which includes the TV show, toys, comic books and of course video games. I believe we’ve had a good running start for the first two seasons, and will continue to look for opportunities in the future to improve upon what’s already been built as a cross-merchandise consumer experience.

It must be both a blessing and a curse to work on a powerful brands like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. What does LucasArts do to keep them fresh for their regular use in the games market?

Everyone at Lucas is a Star Wars and Indiana Jones fan. It’s in our blood to innovate and create new stories within these beloved brands and we’re always looking to hire best in class talent to help us expand this rich heritage.

At LucasArts, our challenge is to make sure we keep the stories true to the brand while also expanding in creative and interesting ways. Having all the Lucas companies under one roof gives us the ultimate resources to collaborate and grow these experiences for fans to love for years to come.

Is there ever a danger that people overlook those brands because they are already so familiar with them?

I don’t think so. Both brands are so story driven. The older fans feel a sense of nostalgia when they see both brands while the younger audiences have a sense of curiosity to find out more. There is so much story to tell within the Star Wars universe alone.

We are challenged daily to find new ways to keep these experiences fresh but at the end of the day, the thing that what makes us motivated is giving the fans what they want.

You’ve effectively given new life to older LEGO Indy and The Force Unleashed releases with their new iterations in 2009 – is this a viable model for future games?

If it is the right game, definitely. This isn’t a strategy we would incorporate for every product, but we’ve had great success with both LEGO Indiana Jones and The Force Unleashed.

Both of these games have a strong following that want more content, so it made sense for us to continue the LEGO Indiana Jones experience with LEGO Indiana Jones 2 and expand the The Force Unleashed story with the Ultimate Sith Edition.

At the end of the day, we do not look at games for their individual contributions, but for their potential to expand into franchises. Stayed tuned for more on this.

LucasArts made a big splash with digital releases this year - can we expect you to release any of those games on disc through Activision?

There are currently no announced plans to release any of our digital products via packaged products; however, we’re always looking at new ways to expand our brands to reach new audiences.

What are you able to tell us about LucasArts’ plans for boxed product releases in 2010?

We have another exciting year in 2010. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 will be a huge game for us. Our internal development team is hard at work making it the next massive action packed Star Wars experience. We have a lot more going on that I can’t talk about now, but it continues to be an exciting time here at LucasArts.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

John Williams talks about the twentieth! movie he scored for Steven Spielberg

Friday, 19 February 2010

Cameron not returning to 'Terminator'

James Cameron has said that he has no plans to ever return to the Terminator franchise.

The Avatar director helmed the first two instalments of the sci-fi series that helped launch Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting career.

Speaking to MTV, the Oscar winner said: "I have stepped so far away from the Terminator universe... To me, it's run its course."

Cameron stated that he does not intend to play any part in a new incarnation of the franchise, adding: "The soup's kind of been p*ssed in a little bit by other filmmakers."

Hedge fund Pacificor recently won the rights to Terminator following a heated bidding war

Thursday, 18 February 2010

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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Monday, 15 February 2010

James Cameron said it's "unlikely" that Avatar will take home the winnings at the Oscars.

The director said it was his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow's "moment" - she is up for The Hurt Locker.

In an interview just published in Empire magazine, James said: "I always believe it's very unlikely that lightning will strike twice."

The director was interviewed before the Oscar nominations were announced, which sees Avatar up for nine awards.

He said: "If we get nominated, I believe it's very unlikely that we will win because I made such a jackass of myself last time. Although there might be some curiosity about what I might do."

James exclaimed "I'm king of the world" when he landed the best director gong for Titanic in 1998.

He added: "Hurt Locker is a very, very strong picture. Of the contenders that are being bandied about it, it's definitely the strongest.

"Certainly it's Kathryn's moment. I'm certain she'll get nominated and I would happily lose to her.

"I've already got one of those damn statues. I'd be p***ed off if somebody else won, but I wouldn't mind if she won."

Sunday, 14 February 2010

by Rob Wainfur

Well lets get one thing straight here. I have no doubt that 3D is the way of the future. Having watched Avatar you can't help but think that anything else is, well, just flat! But come on! A Jaws remake in 3D? You see I'm a bit worried here.

In the eighties there was a time when 3D was the talk of the movie industry. Movies started coming out in 3D, every other sequel was in 3D and they were bad, VERY BAD! The best you could hope for was some character on screen pointing a stick at the screen or something being thrown at you. It was terrible and the story was non-existent. 3D movies dwindled away as the viewing public lost faith and interest. Now I just hope the same thing doesn't happen again.

You see riding on the success of Avatar, film companies are green lighting a lot of movies in 3D especially remakes. Halloween 3D, Swamp Thing 3D, Re-animator 3D, The Gate 3D to name a few and now there is a rumour of Jaws being remade in 3D.

According to an insider told them it is definitely a possibility and being considered by Universal with Tracy Morgan's name being mentioned to play. It sounds like a cash in may be on the cards with a project that won't be taken seriously (Jaws III anyone?) The studio claim and I quote from is "that people now expect more, visually, from their movie going experience. So, Hollywood studios are inclined to take some of their tried and true franchise names like Jaws and bring them into the 3D world."

Are we going to see the same thing happen? Are we going to see a ton of 3D movies just rolled out of the Hollywood production line with the same "catch them while we can" attitude from the movie studios? If 3D is here to stay then we need quality not quantity. We don't need another Final Destination in 3D, we want originality. Hats off to Jame Cameron for Avatar and raising the benchmark. I just hope he hasn't created a monster!

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Goonies Remake is Being Considered
We've been hearing about a "Goonies" remake for a while, one that would focus on the kids of the original characters. And during a press junket for "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," director Chris Columbus confirmed that he and Steven Spielberg have been working on ideas.

"I'd love to see another Goonies movie out there," said Columbus. "The kids would have to be the parents, and their kids would be the Goonies. We just need something, as Steven [Spielberg] said the other day, he said, 'How do you beat finding an entire pirate ship filled with treasure underground? What can be as exciting?' So we have to come up with something that can be equally as exciting. What can be the next adventure?"

Unfortunately, until there is a story, the "Goonies" remake is nothing more than just wishful thinking. "I'm not working on it," added Columbus. "Everybody is coming to me asking if I have an idea - but no, not yet."
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Saturday, 13 February 2010

According to Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston there will definitely be a Jurassic Park 4. Here's his quote direct from Joe himself in an interview from Boxoffice Magazine

"it's going to be unlike anything you've seen. It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way. If you think of the first three as a trilogy, number four would be the beginning of a second trilogy.
That's pretty much all I can tell you. "
Two uplifting pieces of music. Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin. But which one is best? You decide.

Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin. As featured in the game Civilization 4
Christopher Tin's Baba Yetu a choral piece performed by Stanford Talisman. Its lyrics are a Swahili version of the Lord's Prayer. It garnered a huge critical response, with over 20 reviewers singling out the theme on IGN, GameSpy, and Game Shark, and is a persistent favorite of blog posts. Contemporary Tommy Tallarico called it "incredible". It won him two awards at the GANG (Game Audio Network Guild) Awards in 2007.

Becoming One Of The People, Becoming One With Neytiri by James Horner. As Featured in the Movie Avatar
Track 5 on the CD for the original Soundtrack. Over seven minutes long with a jungle rhythm and ethnic beat, a very uplifting piece of music.

by Rob Wainfur

Lets get the one criticism out of the way. James Horner's Avatar soundtrack sounds very similar in places to his other work especially Titanic. He has been criticised before for re-using his material. But you know what? I don't care. Why get criticised for re-using stuff if the material in the first place is spectacular. I for one am pleased because I know if I listen to a James Horner soundtrack I am getting top class music consistently.

Avatar is no exception. In fact I would probably go as far as to say that this is his finest work. Horner use of a jungle rhythm and ethnic choir voices combined with his signature long cues make this a soundtrack for every one's collection. The soundtrack can be split into three. The first few tracks are soft and a build up to the experience of Pandora. Once the movie enters Pandora then the soundtrack really shines. Uplifting, happy, spiritual music that will make you want to watch the movie again and again. For those who cannot get enough of the movie and want to be part of the world you could really get your fix by closing your eyes and listening to the uplifting feel good music that Horner has created, capturing the world perfectly.

My personal favourite has to be track five. Becoming One Of The People-Becoming One With Neytiri. This one track alone is worth the asking price of the soundtrack. Over seven minutes of such an uplifting piece of music that after listening to this you will genuinely feel happier. The only piece of music that comes close to doing this is Christopher Tin's Baba Yetu. If you wake up Monday with Monday morning blues. Listen to this one track on the way to work. I guarantee by the time you get to work you will feel a whole lot better for it.

The final part is more darker obviously depicting the War, infact track thirteen is simply called War. Over eleven minutes long this has to be one of the best action cues out there. If you are a fan of Hans Zimmer then you are going to love this. This could be one of the best pieces of soundtrack music ever written. It is certainly up there with the best. Listening to War (track thirteen) is probably worth an Oscar on its own. Over eleven minutes that takes you by the hand and doesn't let go and to be honest you wouldn't want too.

The last track is the song sang by Leona Lewis which is okay but along side Horner's score it pales in comparison.

A must buy and well worth every penny. Listen below then order a copy now!

1 - You Don't Dream In Cryo

2 - Jake enters his Avatar

3 - Pure Spirits of the Forest

4 - The Bioluminescence of the Night

5 - Becoming One Of The People-Becoming One With Neytiri

6 - Climbing Up Iknimaya - The Path To Heaven

7 - Jake's first Flight

8 - Scorched Earth

9 - Quaritch

10 - The Destruction Of Hometree

11 - Shutting Down Grace's Lab

12 - Gathering All The Na'Vi Clans For Battle

13 - War

14 - I See You (Theme From Avatar)

You can buy the soundtrack from Amazon -

Larry King speaks with James Cameron and cinematographers about new Avatar technology & how it was made. From Larry King Live, CNN &

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From MTV

It's the highest-grossing film of all time, possesses the most Oscar nominations of any film heading into next month's ceremony and is the word on everyone's lips: "Avatar." Now, James Cameron is beginning work on a prequel — but it won't be coming soon to a theater near you.

"Jim is going to write a novel himself," the film's producer, Jon Landau, told us when he stopped by the MTV News studios recently. "Not a novelization — and there is a distinction. A novelization basically retells the story of the movie. Jim wants to write a novel that is a big, epic story that fills in a lot of things."

Ever since "Avatar" mania engulfed Hollywood, rumors and small details have leaked out about possible prequels, sequels, comic books and novelizations. But Landau's comments appear to indicate the first definitive plan to provide more from the "Avatar" world to the seemingly endless appetite of its fans.

"[We] won't have time to do [these stories] in the movie, or maybe in sequels," Landau explained of what Cameron will be writing about. "[So the novel will] give a foundation for the world.

"It would be something that would lead up to telling the story of the movie, but it would go into much more depth about all the stories that we didn't have time to deal with — like the schoolhouse and Sigourney [Weaver's character] teaching at the schoolhouse; Jake on Earth and his backstory and how he came here; [the death of] Tommy, Jake's brother; and Colonel Quaritch, how he ended up there and all that," Landau explained.

Although Cameron has extensive writing credentials, including the screenplays for everything from the first two "Terminator" films to "Titanic," the "Avatar" prequel would mark his debut as a novelist.

"I don't think Jim has ever written a novel before, but his first step of writing a script is often in a novella format," Landau said. "So this is just expanding that, and I think that he'll be very adept at it."

If the "Avatar" prequel novel is a success, Cameron and Landau could potentially follow in the footsteps of George Lucas, opening up their sci-fi universe to other authors for interpretation. "We certainly have stories that are set before the movie opens and after," he explained. "I think that what we want to do is find out what mediums those stories are best told in. There might be opportunities in publishing to tell some of the backstory, tell some of the Earth war stories, what went on in Jake's life before the movie. And we'd have that lead up to the sequel that might take place on Pandora several years after our movie closed."

As for when "Avatar" fans can look forward to experiencing Cameron's novel, Landau had some encouraging news: "I'm hoping by the end of this year."
'Lost' star shot 'Avatar' test footage

James Cameron has revealed that he shot early test footage for Avatar with Lost star Yunjin Kim.

Speaking to Popular Mechanics, the filmmaker said that he convinced studio 20th Century Fox to spend $10 million so that he could film the scene where protagonist Jake Sully first meets Na'vi alien Neytiri.

"We shot a five-minute scene," Cameron said of the early prep work. "I hired two actors, turns out one of them is now quite well-known - Yunjin Kim who is in Lost. There was Yunjin and a guy named Daniel Best. I took these two young actors and just did the scene. From that we took 40 seconds, because that's all we could afford, and had ILM take it through to a finished product."

Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington went on to fill Kim and Best's roles when the sci-fi blockbuster eventually went into production.

," the franchise he originally directed back in 1984 and the sequel in 1990. But this is news to "Gremlins" writer Chris Columbus and producer Steven Spielberg.

"I spoke to Steven Spielberg a couple days ago and said, 'You know, I've been reading on the internet about this 'Gremlins 3D' and no one's approached him either, so I don't know if that's really true," said Columbus. "Maybe it's going on behind our backs."

It's very unlikely that a "Gremlins" reboot would happen without the Spielberg knowing about it, but it doesn't mean that Spielberg and Columbus would not want to give the franchise another shot. "It would be fun to go back and revisit them," said Columbus.

But he warned that if someone makes another installment to not go down the CGI route. "Something like 'Gremlins,' which is a movie I really like, I think it's impossible to recreate in a CGI environment," Columbus continued. "I think it will inevitably lose some of its charm. Those are edgy Muppets in a sense and you don't want to lose that sense of anarchy that those gremlins had, because behind the scenes are 25 puppeteers making them to come to life."

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Friday, 12 February 2010

by Robert Wainfur (

One of my most vivid childhood memories was in 1977 when I was taken to the cinema by my brother to watch a movie that to be honest I wasn't that much aware of. After all I was five years old at the time. Of course that movie was Star Wars. We queued up for two hours around the cinema willing the queue to move, sometimes it did but only because someone had left or someone had cut in! Eventually that queue did move and we made it inside. Those next couple of hours changed my life forever. An overload on the senses ingrained in my head within two hours or so that would remain for the rest of my life and ultimately influence me and my interests.

Ultimately it changed me into a sci-fi geek, almost assimilating me into its culture. The amazing special effects, the characters and that John Williams soundtrack (which I was asking my brother to hum to me on the way home) took me by surprise and I wanted more. I bought the trading cards, the figures (and still collect them today) the magazines, I wanted it all.

Many movies came and went, but only a handful can I remember watching in the cinema for the first time. The three original Star Wars trilogy, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Back To The Future and oddly Sixth Sense. Mainly because of the ending that sent goose bumps down my spine when it was revealed to us what was what.

These days I still visit the cinema but somehow its lost that spark, that excitement. No longer are there any merchandise in the lobby where you can buy the T-shirt or get excited about a movie that has been five years in the making and seeing the posters finally being advertised. Hollywood has sequelitis at the moment, with the next one promising to be bigger, darker and sexier (why does every sequel need to be these things?) Every modern movie wants to appeal to the younger audience with some teenage love interest being the norm and every character being no older than twenty five and straight out of a model's agency.

Yesterday I went to see Avatar. Yes I was the last one to see it. For a good reason. Or a couple really. One, I prefer to wait for all the hype to die down so it doesn't influence me and secondly the annoying popcorn eaters and check your mobile phone every five minute cinema goers have all gone by the time I walk into the half filled cinema, still enough people to have an exciting atmosphere and sense of anticipation.

What did I think of Avatar? One word, Brilliant! I popped on the glasses as this was 3D and not any of that point a stick at the screen 3D either (remember Jaws 3D?). This was a film made for 3D and boy did it work. If you didn't get a sense of vertigo during the film then you are braver than me. The moment you see the wonderful world that is Pandora you feel a sense of awe. The lush scenery, the wildlife, that looks so natural to that world it would please any biologist or scientist.

The scaling heights enhanced by the wonderful 3D will have you smiling as you feel a sense of holding on to your chair just to make sure you don't fall. I was gobsmacked, not since that day in 1977 when Star Wars blasted onto the screen have I been in such awe. The colours, the action, the amazing living breathing world, the excitement and the wonderful soundtrack by the ever reliable James Horner which I am listening too as I write this are quite simply perfect.

The story is fantastic and superbly written although the one line in the movie I was laughing at was "Shut Your Pie Hole!". Also I swear when one of the characters was speaking in Na'Vi, the native language I'm sure at the end of the sentence it sounded like "Kim Bas-Ing-Ger! (kim basinger)" The acting is superb and was well casted, no one looked out of place. It was nice to watch a movie which had no teenage romance, it didn't even have perfect looking people who looked as if they just rolled out of a salon. It had a blue alien race that you identified with and cared for. That takes some doing so well done to James Cameron for that. It is now by the way officially the most successful movie overtaking Titanic to the number one spot(source - box office mojo), a one two for Cameron, well done and well deserved.

I will remember for the rest of my life the first time I watched Avatar. Its up there with Star Wars, Raiders and a select few. A Return to form for the Cinema

What a great blog! Interview after interview of the Star Wars cast all done by the blogger. Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Billy Dee Williams from the main cast have been interviewed and there are loads more. This is a must visit for Star Wars fans packed with interesting facts and anecdotes. There's also an Indiana Jones and Lord Of The Rings section. Head on over and take a look

Quinto to play Spielberg's Gershwin

Zachary Quinto has reportedly been cast as George Gershwin in Steven Spielberg's biopic of the famed composer.

The Star Trek actor will lead the cast of the Dreamworks feature, which will tell how Gershwin and his brother Ira were responsible for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Strike Up The Band, Funny Face and Show Girl.

Gershwin passed away in 1937 at the age of 38 following surgery to treat a brain tumour. He received a posthumous Oscar nomination for his song 'They Can't Take That Away From Me', which featured in Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical Shall We Dance.

Doug Wright wrote the script for the untitled Gershwin movie, which is one of three projects Spielberg is considering directing this year.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

'Jaws' producer David Brown dies, aged 93

Veteran film producer David Brown, whose credits include Jaws and Driving Miss Daisy, has passed away at the age of 93.

The star died at his home in Manhattan, NY on Monday after battling with a long illness.

He also introduced Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender and Steven Spielberg as a now Oscar-winning director to the big screen.

Brown, who was born in New York City, was married for more than 50 years to Cosmopolitan editor, author and sole survivor Helen Gurley.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture has received an Academy Award nominated for Best Original Score! The score was composed and conducted by James Horner and features 'I See You (Theme from Avatar)' by Leona Lewis.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

DreamWorks has launched a nationwide casting call for its upcoming action drama Reel Steel.

Director Shawn Levy and his fellow producers are searching for the role of a ten-year-old boy to star opposite Hugh Jackman (pictured).

Real Steel is set in a future where robot boxing is a popular spectator sport. Jackman plays a former boxer who reunites with his long-lost son to train a unique robot for a championship fight. John Gatins wrote the screenplay.

Levy is producing with Don Murphy and Susan Montford, while the executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Josh McLaglen and Mary McLaglen.

Child actors can make themselves known either by submitting a videotaped audition or attending a series of open calls in Chicago and New York later in the month.

Monday, 8 February 2010

John Williams talks about Indy 4 and how he came up with the title "the adventures of Mutt and the reappearance of Marion

Sunday, 7 February 2010

John Williams talks about his memories of D-Day and also his views of the movie.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Nice behind the scenes video showing John Williams conducting Memoirs Of A Geisha. (The only film John Williams actually ASKED to do rather being asked to do it)

Friday, 5 February 2010

George Lucas and John Williams talk about the soundtrack for Star Wars Attack Of The Clones. Great Video with John Williams conducting the LSO.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

John Williams talks about the importance of the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) in particular the influence the LSO has had on film scores, British musicians and how he got associated with the LSO.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Great behind the scenes documentary showing John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra and of course Star Wars creator himself George Lucas

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

A tribute video of the first 10 years (1977-1987) of Sprocket Systems, now called Skywalker Sound. Shows how the soundtracks were created for some of the most famous blockbusters of those years, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones

Monday, 1 February 2010

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