Thursday, 30 September 2010

This is my John Williams playlist on my Iphone.  These are my favourite John Williams tracks.  The "John Williams" playlist gets played all the time usually on random.  I believe that this list contains the best of John Williams.  If I'm missing any please let me know.  I would be more than happy to expand my list.  There are quite a bit of Star Wars and Indiana Jones on the list but lets be honest they are his most famous and some of his best.

  1. Cantina Band Star Wars A New Hope
  2. Suspecting Lois Takes The Plunge Superman 2 
  3. Throne Room And End Credits Star Wars A New Hope 
  4. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner Star Wars A New Hope 
  5. Lost Squadron Close Encounters
  6. The Menu Jaws 2 
  7. Ben’s Death/ Tie Fighter Attack Star Wars A New Hope 
  8. Desert Chase Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  9. Anakin’s Dream Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith 
  10. Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire Star Wars A New Hope 
  11. Han Solo And The Princess Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back 
  12. Anakin’s Theme Star Wars The Phantom Menace 
  13. Growing Up Superman 
  14. Imperial Attack Star Wars A New Hope 
  15. Villains Take Lex And Lois To Fortress Superman 2
  16. The Battle Of Hoth Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back 
  17. False Alarm Close Encounters 
  18. Final Duel – Into The Death Star Star Wars Return Of The Jedi
  19. The Death Of Yoda Star Wars Return Of The Jedi 
  20. The Hunt Jurassic Park: The Lost World
  21. Brody Misunderstood Jaws 2 
  22. Yoda And The Force Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  23. The Catamaran Race Jaws 2
  24. Cybertronics A.I.
  25. The Imperial March Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  26. Hyperspace Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  27. President Kneels Before Zod Superman 2
  28. Into The Trap Star Wars Return Of The Jedi
  29. Main Title - The Imperial Probe Star Wars The Empire Strike Back
  30. Standing By Star Wars A New Hope
  31. Jonathan’s Death Superman
  32. Finding The Orca (Main Title) Jaws 2
  33. Burning Homestead Star Wars A New Hope
  34. The Prison Yard/End Titles Superman
  35. Harry’s Wonderous World Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
  36. The Flag Parade Star Wars The Phantom Menace
  37. Tales Of A Jedi Knight/Learn About The Force Star Wars A New Hope
  38. Liberation : Exsultate Justi Empire Of The Sun
  39. Duel Of The Fates Star Wars The Phantom Menace
  40. Hammond’s Plan Jurassic Park: The Lost World
  41. The Reunion A.I.
  42. The Asteroid Field Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  43. Victory Celebbration/End Titles Star Wars Return Of The Jedi
  44. Suo Gan Empire Of The Sun
  45. Leia’s News/Light Of The Force Star Wars Return Of The Jedi
  46. Attack On The Helicopter Jaws 2
  47. Who Are You People Close Encounters
  48. First Ewok Battle –Fight With The Fighters Star Wars Return Of The Jedi
  49. Anakin And Padme Star Wars Attack Of The Clones
  50. The Rebel Fleet/End Titles Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  51. Fawkes Is Reborn Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
  52. Incident At Isla Nublar Jurassic Park
  53. The Battle Of Endor Star Wars The Return Of The Jedi
  54. The Battle Of Yavin Star Wars A New Hope
  55. End Titles Jaws 2
  56. Washington Ending And End Credits Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  57. My Friend The Brachiosaurus Jurassic Park
  58. Lightshow Close Enncounters
  59. Hatching Baby Raptor Jurassic Park
  60. Yoda And The Younglings Star Wars The Attack Of The Clones
  61. Journey To The Island Jurassic Park 
  62. Ballet For Divers Jaws 2
  63. Escape – Chase – Saying Goodbye E.T.
  64. Setting The Trap Home Alone
  65. Reunion In The Tent/ Searching For The Ark Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  66. Confrontation With Count Dooku/End Titles Star Wars Attack Of The Clones
  67. End Credits Jurassic Park
  68. A Tree For My Bed Jurassic Park
  69. Jack In Charge Hook
  70. Betrayal At Bespin Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  71. Ewok Feast/Part Of The Tribe Star Wars Return Of The Jedi
  72. Remembering Petticoat Lane Jurassic Park
  73. Enter Lord Vader Star Wars The Revenge Of The Sith
  74. Flight To Cairo Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  75. Yoda’s Theme Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  76. Anakin Vs Obi-Wan Star Wars The Revenge Of The Sith
  77. The Water Kite Sequence Jaws 2
  78. Qui Gon’s Noble End Star Wars The Phantom Menace
  79. Fawkes The Phoenix Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
  80. The Training Of A Jedi/The Magic Tree Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  81. Hologram/Binary Sunset Star Wars A New Hope
  82. The Mecha World A.I
  83. Abandoned In The Woods A.I.
  84. For Always A.I
  85. The Visitors/Bye/End Titles Close Encounters
  86. Toys E.T.
  87. Imaginary Air Battle Empire Of The Sun
  88. The Banquet Hook
  89. End Credits Hook
  90. The Jungle Chase Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
  91. Marion’s Theme Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  92. Main Title & First Victim Jaws
  93. Welcome To Jurassic Park Jurassic Park
  94. The Lost World Jurassic Park: The Lost World
  95. Sayuri’s Theme Memoirs Of A Geisha
  96. Going To School Memoirs Of A Geisha
  97. Sayuri’s Theme And End Credits Memoirs Of A Geisha
  98. A New Hope/End Credits Star Wars The Revenge Of The Sith
  99. Love Theme From Superman Superman
  100. End Credits E.T.
  101. Montage Jaws
  102. Out To Sea Jaws
  103. Quint’s Tale Jaws 
  104. The Great Shark Chase Jaws 
  105. Jaws End Titles Jaws
  106. The Mine Car Chase Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
  107. Children In Chains Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
  108. The Never Feast Hook
  109. The Arrival Of Tink And The Flight To Neverland Hook
  110. Finale And End Credits Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
  111. The Canyon Of The Crescent Moon Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
  112. The Boat Scene Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
  113. Cadillac Of The Skies Empire Of The Sun
  114. Hymn To The Fallen Saving Private Ryan
  115. Theme From Schindler’s List Schindler’s List
  116. Holiday Flight Home Alone
  117. Catch Me If You Can Catch Me If You Can
  118. Superman Main Title Superman
  119. The March Of The Villains Superman
  120. The Pit Of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault Star Wars Return Of The Jedi

 
Gamecola.net have published some great photos from Lucasarts 1990.  My favourite one shows the team making the code wheel that was included in the box of Monkey Island.  Its unbelievable to think that they did all that themselves.

Click the link to see more photos
http://gamecola.net/2010/09/behind-the-scenes-photos-from-lucasarts-c-1990/
“Paranormal Activity” was one of those little films that could, made independently for super cheap and going to make almost $108 million domestically.
Paramount/DreamWorks picked it up for a measly $350,000 (which probably seems like a ton at the time to the film’s writer-producer Oren Peli) and was originally going to remake it.
But after a mind-opening test screening, studio execs decided to release the original but shot a couple of different endings.


George Lucas is set to make his first appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Chairman Papanoida in episode four of season three.
Sphere Of Influence sees the Star Wars creator's second outing as the blue-skinned resident of Coruscant, after first making a cameo in Revenge Of The Sith (where he had risen to the ranks of 'Baron').
Talking about his role, Lucas said, “My appearance in Episode III was just for fun. Mostly, I did it for my kids. I was wrapping the series, and I’d never been on-screen in a Star Wars film, even though I’d been making them for decades. With The Clone Wars, I get the best of both worlds, because I get a starring role but don’t have to do any acting or wear any blue make-up.”



His family, who appeared alongside him in the final live action Star Wars film, will also feature in the animated story, though none of the characters, including Lucas, will be voiced by their human counterparts.
However, his daughter Katie Lucas is taking writing duties on this episode, after penning the season one story, Jedi Crash. Katie has also written more episodes to come later this season, one featuring the "brother" of Darth Maul.
Sphere Of Influence airs Friday 1 October on the Cartoon Network in North America.
SHERSTON had a taste of Hollywood when Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg was spotted taking a break from filming War Horse at Castle Combe last week.
Regulars at the Rattlebone Inn saw him there on Thursday enjoying a meal.
One said: "The minders and the cars outside with the tinted windows that gave it away – and the baseball cap."
The director’s current project is an adaptation of a children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo which tells the tale of a farm horse taken to serve in the First World War and the young boy who goes in search of him.
It features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and Harry Potter star David Thewlis, who also played one of Black Beauty’s owners in the 1994 film.

Sherston location shown below.


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Read more at http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/8420475.Spielberg_drops_in_at_Sherston/

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie isn't out until next year but filming is already under way.  Filming in greenwich zimbio.com have posted these great photos of Johnny Depp in costume as Jack Sparrow.


With the Ryder Cup taking place in South Wales in particular Newport where the Celtic Manor is located, it seems Hollywood has taken over the Welsh valleys.  But it doesn't end there because in a couple of weeks time Steven Spielberg is going to be filming War Horse in a small village just a few miles from the Celtic Manor.  That village is Caerwent located about five miles west of Chepstow and eleven miles east of Newport, and was founded by the Romans.  There are a number of roman ruins so much so that some are actually in the residents back gardens.

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According to the casting agency they require males with black or olive skin, short hair and cut with short back and sides, physically fit and no tattoos. Since I live five miles from where they will be filming naturally I have put my name down for an extra (even though I have white skin its worth a try.) I will let you know if I get a part or not.  If you feel like having a try the link is

http://www.castingcollective.co.uk/new-artistes/urgent-castings/

or write to 
War Horse Extras
Casting Collective Ltd
Olympic House
317-321 Latimer Road
London
W106RA

 Pob lwc - That is welsh for Good Luck.  If you are successful please let us know.


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The full musical, performed someone's backyard in Lincoln, Nebraska to a crowd of 250, appeared on Reddit this week but has not reached its full viral potential. Come on, you guys! This is a Jurassic Park musical featuring such songs as "Raptors in the Kitchen" and such classic characters as Wayne Knight's Dennis Nedry (you know, the computer hacker that ends up blinded by a dino's poisonous saliva and eaten alive?) It's about time someone took Spielberg's best work (if you're planning to fight me on that claim, go ahead and make a Jaws musical then get back to me) and put it to music.


Jurassic Park the Musical Part 1 from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.


Jurassic Park the Musical Part 1 from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.


Jurassic Park the Musical Part 3 from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.


The Making of Jurassic Park the Musical from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.
Lucasarts via Facebook revealed that Guybrush (mighty pirate) will be an unlockable skin for playable character Starkiller in the upcoming Force Unleashed II. There is no word on exactly what it will take to get Guybrush to trade in his cutlass for a lightsaber (probably have to trap the rat in the box using the cheesy puffs), but I think we can all agree that the simple premise alone is pretty darn rockin'.
Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that the live-action Star Wars Saga will be converted to 3D! There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive. Presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd., the cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level, with Industrial Light & Magic supervising the project. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is expected to be released theatrically in 2012. A release date has not yet been determined. 

"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," said John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic. "It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For Star Wars we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience."
Head over to http://asia.cnet.com/photogallery/0,3800005208,62203184,00.htm to see a load of ILM photos from their glorious 35 year history.

Over 35 years, George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic has worked on nearly 300 films, earning 15 Oscars in the process.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of George Lucas' famed visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic. To celebrate the occasion, Encore has produced a new 60-minute documentary on the studio, directed by Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Leslie Iwerks.

In this gallery are a series of images showcasing many of the nearly 300 films that ILM has worked on, earning 15 Oscars in the process and a total of 40 Academy Award nominations.

ILM got its start in 1975 when Lucas needed a visual effects department to work on Star Wars. According to ILM: "The young team at ILM pioneered the use of computers to control and move motion picture cameras. The invention, named the Dysktraflex, in honor of its primary inventor, John Dykstra, allowed camera moves to be programmed and repeated time and time again giving effects artists the ability to shoot multiple registered passes of miniatures such as the Millennium Falcon, which would later be optically composited together into a single shot."

Tuesday, 28 September 2010




If you were lucky enough to purchase the special edition version of the game Alan Wake then you will be treated to a CD containing the soundtrack to the outstanding game. The CD consists of ten tracks which is a teaser for the more complete eighteen track that can be purchased.


It’s an unfortunate fact that game soundtracks often gets overlooked which is a real shame as they can be just as good as any movie offering. Having played the game which was immensely atmospheric I was looking forward to listening to the soundtrack especially the pieces written by Petri Alanko. Obviously for the game the soundtrack needed to be dark but also at the same time the creepy ambience to the music reminds me of The X-Files crossed with any Steven King TV mini-series such as The Stand.

The first track entitled A Writer’s Dream is a very haunting piece that starts off with mellow but underlying creepy strings and piano but evolves into a very dark and dream like ambience. If you are writing a novel and want some inspiration then this track will I ‘m sure inspire you.

There is a part in the game where you do nothing more than get on a ferry that takes you to Bright Falls. The track Welcome To Bright Falls plays as you approach the then the camera flies over the small town. It really is atmospheric with it giving you an ultimately false safe sense of a typical small town but the track evolves to a darker and slower feel eventually leaving you feeling genuinely alone.

The Clicker is an incredibly smoothing track with a mix of flowing strings and piano that evolves on the main theme and given a sense of realisation and resolution very much like the next track Tom The Diver which also is a slow piece that starts off again with solo piano echoing that gives that sense of being alone. It develops into a dominant cello section makes it a very atmospheric and moving yet simple track. There is a second track entitles Tom The Diver (orchestra) that builds to a spectacular cue and along with Welcome To Bright Falls is one of the best tracks on the CD.

Of course having listened to this CD I will be purchasing the eighteen track edition and will review that at a later date but having played the game and listened to this shorted CD I can easily recommend this soundtrack. If you want an atmospheric score with amazing cues then this soundtrack is the one to get. If you are writing a novel and want to be the next Steven King then you would do far worse than to listen to this score for inspiration.
Track Listing

1. A Writer's Dream - Petri Alanko

2. Young Men Dead - The Black Angels

3. Welcome To Bright Falls - Petri Alanko

4. The Clicker - Petri Alanko

5. How Can I Be Sure - Anomie Belle

6. Tom The Diver (Piano+Cello) - Petri Alanko

7. The Beaten Side Of Town - Barry Adamson

8. The Poet And The Muse - Old Gods Of Asgard

9. Electrica Cadente - Dead Combo

10. Tom The Diver (Orchestra) - Petri Alanko

The soundtrack features the song "War" by Poets of the Fall, from the band's fourth studio album, Twilight Theater. Sam Lake said that the song

"...is a prominent part of the Alan Wake soundtrack and the theme also links strongly to the game's storyline."

Poets of the Fall also perform two original songs, "Children of the Elder God" and "The Poet and the Muse", under the name Old Gods of Asgard. The band also wrote the ending theme to Remedy's previous game, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, called "Late Goodbye", which is based on a poem written by Lake. "War", however, was not written specifically for Alan Wake. Haunted by Poe plays at the end of the second episode. Space Oddity by David Bowie plays over the end credits.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have a track entitled "Up Jumped the Devil" at the end of the third episode. Anomie Belle's "How Can I Be Sure" is also featured in the third episode.  All the these tracks feel like they are being played by someone from a trailer broadcasting out at night on public radio talking about conspiracies.  They really add to the loneliness of Alan Wake and give that X-Files/Twin Peaks feel.  A superb compilation.

Rob Wainfur for Thebeardedtrio.com
Joe Johnston talks about Captain America at http://www.howdownloadmovies.com/news/director_joe_johnston_talks_captain_america_jurassic_park_4.html.  But briefly he does mention Jurassic Park 4 and here is what he had to say:

Speaking of JP4, Johnston takes on a tone of James Cameron style. He says: “[Jurassic Park 4] will be unlike anything you’ve seen.” Then he slyly suggests the possibility of a second trilogy as he describes the story as “essentially the beginning of the second trilogy of Jurassic Park.” Then perhaps track is the right word. It very well mean that there is at least the possibility of another trilogy.
a few short hours ago, news broke that Lucasarts vets Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert would be working together again under Schafer’s own Double Fine Productions.
The duo first worked together on Gilbert’s Monkey Island for Lucasarts (the called Lucasfilm Games). They each went on to make a good name for themselves within point-and-click adventure genre (Schafer outside of it too). In a freshly posted interview with Kotaku, Gilbert wouldn’t comment on whether or not the first fruits of his new relationship with Schafer and Double Fine would be an adventure game but did say "fans of those old adventure games will like it."

Monkey Island Monkey Island More Monkey Island. Or more Grim Fandango or Full Throttle or Day Of The Tentacle.  Oh! so many.  Just do more of the above please.
9/28 Fernwood and Crystal
9/29, 9/30 and 10/1 20th St and Booker
10/4 St. Paul Cemetery and Greenbrier Rd
10/5 West St and Mildred then back to St Pauls
10/6 10/7 and 10/8 Taylor and Virgina
10/11, 10/12 and 10/13 Main St, Taylor, Booker, 22nd, 20th st. and 17th
10/14 Downtown Main Street then back to Weirton Hgts

Monday, 27 September 2010

Global actors' unions have told their members not to take roles in the new The Hobbit movies amid a row over pay.  Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are among the stars who have been linked with the two big-budget Lord of the Rings prequels.  But seven unions in the US, Australia, the UK and Canada said producers refused to negotiate a deal with them. The New Line and MGM studios are financing the films. New Line declined to comment and MGM were unavailable.  The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is to be executive producer.

The unions, under the umbrella of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), said performers in New Zealand had "struggled on non-union contracts" for some years.  Those contracts "provide no minimum guarantees of wages or working conditions", no payment for future broadcasts and no cancellation payments, they said.  Producers auditioned short actors to appear in the movies in New Zealand this weekend "The International Federation of Actors... resolved that the time had come for performers around the world to support their colleagues in New Zealand and seek a union contract for all performers on The Hobbit," a statement said.  The FIA said producers have argued that entering into an agreement with the union would break New Zealand competition laws.  It is the latest setback to hit the movies, which have been in the pipeline for several years.  The project has yet to officially receive the go-ahead by New Line and MGM, due to ongoing financial problems.

Filming was originally scheduled to start last year, but will now not take place until 2011.
Mexican-born director Guillermo Del Toro signed on to direct the films, but pulled out in June citing delays.
Peter Jackson, who won the Oscar for best director for his work on Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, is expected to replace him at the helm, although no official announcement has been made.


From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11414204
Alex North (December 4, 1910 – September 8, 1991) was an American composer who wrote the first jazz-based film score (A Streetcar Named Desire) and one of the first modernist scores written in Hollywood (Viva Zapata!).

Born Isadore Soifer in Chester, Pennsylvania, North was an original composer probably even by the classical music standards of the day. However, he managed to integrate his modernism into typical film music leitmotif structure, rich with themes. One of these became the famous song, "Unchained Melody". Nominated for 14 Oscars but unsuccessful each time, North and Ennio Morricone are the only film composers to receive the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. North's frequent collaborator as orchestrator was the avant-garde composer Henry Brant. He won the 1968 Golden Globe award for his music to The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968).

His best-known film scores include The Rainmaker (1956), Spartacus (1960), The Misfits (1961),The Children's Hour (1961) Cleopatra (1963), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Devil's Brigade (1968), and Dragonslayer (1981).

His commissioned score for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is notorious for having been discarded by director Stanley Kubrick. North reused themes from the rejected score for The Shoes of the Fisherman, Shanks (1974), and Dragonslayer, but the score itself was unheard until composer Jerry Goldsmith rerecorded it for Varèse Sarabande in 1993. In 2007, Intrada Records released North's personal copies of the 1968 recording sessions on CD.

Though North is best known for his work in Hollywood, he spent years in New York writing music for the stage; he composed the score, by turns plaintive and jarring, for the original Broadway production of Death of a Salesman. It was in New York that he met Elia Kazan (director of Salesman), who brought him to Hollywood in the '50s. North was one of several composers who brought the influence of contemporary concert music into film, in part marked by an increased use of dissonance and complex rhythms. But there is also a lyrical quality to much of his work which may be connected to the influence of Aaron Copland, with whom he studied.

His classical works include a Rhapsody for Piano, Trumpet obbligato and Orchestra. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his score for the 1976 television miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. North is also known for his opening to the CBS television anthology series Playhouse 90.



Indiana Jones star Shia LaBeouf has revealed that he dreamed of having a Steven Seagal-style ponytail when he was a boy.
The 24-year-old actor said the action hero was his idol growing up and that he wanted to grow his hair to look like him.
But he said he knew it would have looked bad because of his “Brillo pad” hair.
The former Even Stevens star made his comments on US television show Live With Regis & Kelly as he promoted his new flick, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
LaBeouf, who was raised Jewish, said: 'Seagal was big for me. He had, like, three years where he was untouchable… His ponytail was the whole thing for me.
'I was a 12-year-old Jew. Looking at that ponytail, you wanted one.”
Demonstrating with his hands, he explained: 'But if I'd have grown it out it would have been like a Brillo pad. It would just have been, like, two Afros.'
Asked whether he had ever met the 58-year-old Under Siege star, LaBeouf joked: 'I'd be so intimidated… Is he about to pop out?'
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is due for release in the US on 24 September and in the UK on 6 October.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

'Avatar' director James Cameron has been named the most powerful man in the film world, beating Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan to the top spot.
The Canadian director beat Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan in the list by the Guardian newspaper's Film & Music supplement, which proclaimed him the most influential man, reports contactmusic.com.

'Cameron occupies the top two spots in the list of the highest grossing movies of all time, with 'Titanic' (worldwide gross: $1.8 billion) second only to 'Avatar' ($2.7 billion). Those figures are so high that it seems scarcely worth mentioning that other of his films, 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day', stands in the lower reaches of the top 100 with takings of over $519 million; loose change, really,' said a statement from the Guardian.

The list created by experts, including the Guardian's film editor Andrew Pulvor, studio executive Colin Vaines and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Hannah McGill, also highlighted the importance of Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney in its top 10.

Other notable entries in the top 100 include British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen at number 26, 'Prince of Persia' producer Jerry Bruckheimer at number 45 and 'Kick-Ass' screenwriter Jane Goldman at number 96.

The following are the top five among the 'Film Power 100' by the Guardian newspaper's Film & Music supplement:

1. James Cameron (director)

2. Steven Spielberg (director)

3. Leonardo DiCaprio (actor)

4. John Lasseter (director)

5. Brad Pitt (actor and producer)

Christopher Nolan, who directed Leonardo in Inception, is the highest-ranked Brit, coming in at No. 6.

British actors who made the cut include Sacha Baron Cohen (No. 26), Kate Winslet (No. 29), Keira Knightley (No. 38), Colin Firth (No. 52), Tilda Swinton (No. 66), and Kristin Scott Thomas (No. 74). Nope, Robert Pattinson did not make the list, nor did any of the young Harry Potter actors.

Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan is co-producing a Superman reboot, and David Bowie's son Duncan Jones is one of his top candidates to direct the film
An exhibit featuring artifacts such as costumes and props from the Star Wars movie franchise, as well as real-life items such as robots and NASA equipment, will make its only Louisiana stop at the Lafayette Science Museum from Oct. 21 to Jan. 17.

Originally developed at the Museum of Science in Boston, "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" also features a special Millennium Falcon section as part of the exhibit.

"The whole premise of this was to educate people," said Peter Garland, manager of temporary exhibits at the Boston museum. "We want to show what's realistic and what's not realistic and where we are regarding the latest technology. Hopefully through the exhibit, people can get a better understanding of that."

Several Acadiana McDonald's locations will include Star Wars toys in Happy Meals, and the exhibit events will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 with a Star Music concert by the Lafayette Concert Band at UL's Angelle Hall. On Oct. 16, Movies in the Parc will feature Star Wars: The Clone Wars at dusk, and a special VIP preview event is scheduled for Oct. 20 before the exhibit opens to the public.

"This is what Lafayette is all about," City-Parish President Joey Durel said. "I've often said that I feel we have a responsibility to all of Acadiana to provide culture and entertainment that they might not be able to find elsewhere. This is something that people otherwise might have to go to Houston or New Orleans to see."

Lafayette officials are hoping the exhibt will mean a boost in tourism dollars this winter as well.

Gerald Breaux, executive director of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, said not only will Lafayette have the only Louisiana showing, but that the exhibit also will not appear in Texas, Mississippi or Arkansas.

"This gives us a whole new reason to promote what we're doing here," Breaux said, adding that the local restaurant and lodging associations are partnering to provide packages and other arrangements for visitors. The exhibit has attracted 60,000 to 260,000 participants at previous stops.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children. Children younger than 3 are admitted free. There is a $2 fee for admission to the Millennium Falcon part of the exhibit and a $2 fee for admission to the planetarium.

MORE INFORMATION:
For more information, visit lafayettesciencemuseum.org or call 291-5544. Tickets are available at the Museum box office, the Heymann Center box office or ticketmaster.com. Group and school tours are available.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., today announced that Star Wars®: Clone Wars AdventuresTM has registered one million users one week after launch on September 15. Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play, family-friendly online virtual world based on the popular Cartoon Network animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

“We are thrilled to have hit the one million player mark in Clone Wars Adventures so quickly and look forward to seeing the player community continue to grow,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “Combining the technology, design infrastructure and lessons learned from Free RealmsTM with the amazing Clone Wars brand, we knew we could make a great game, and we’re happy to see that fans of all ages are enjoying the content as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

“Star Wars is a franchise that has the power to transcend generations and appeal to fans both young and old,” said Mary Bihr, VP of Global Publishing at LucasArts. “The game provides kids with a great way to extend the Clone Wars experience in a fully realized virtual world. They can watch the weekly series, and then share a collective experience with their friends.”

To mark this milestone, SOE and LucasArts are rewarding all current Clone Wars Adventures players with a limited edition, in-game Golden Mouse DroidTM pet. Players can also celebrate the million mark together and show off their new pets by participating in the first ever in-game virtual party. The first in a series of weekly live events, this celebratory community party will be held Friday, September 24 at 3 PM PDT. Players can gather, meet with friends, accept duels, show off gear and talk about upcoming episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A special gathering for JediTM Members will be held in the Officers’ Club at 4 PM PDT.

Developed and published by SOE, creators of the critically acclaimed kids’ game, Free Realms, and licensed by LucasArts, in conjunction with Lucasfilm Ltd., Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed browser-based virtual world where fans can live out the thrills and excitement of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network. Players will be able to battle alongside their favorite Star Wars characters, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Ahsoka Tano.

Players can go online to experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competitions. Clone Wars Adventures is a dynamic world and will be updated with new content following new episodes of the animated series.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up, with content descriptors for Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence.
While Aly Michalka is seemingly taking over the film industry (or at the very least, the teen genre), sister AJ has just landed herself in one of the hottest properties in Hollywood: the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration, "Super 8.".



AJ announced on her Twitter account last night that she landed the role, writing,

"Amazing news! I was just cast in J.J. Abrams' and Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated film Super 8 :)...It Arrives, Summer 2011 Xo AJ."

We have to admit, we're a bit surprised the forces behind the scarily secretive project let her share that much. "The Lovely Bones" star will be joining Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning, along with Ron Eldard and relative unknowns Noah Emmerich, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Gabriel Basso.

The thriller just started shooting, and it was already announced that the teaser released earlier this year does not include any footage that will be in the film. We assume AJ won't be playing any of the three previously announced young children who will seemingly be the stars of the film.
BioWare shared some Smuggler secrets today, announcing Bowdaar as the official Chewbacca of Star Wars: The Old Republic along with the shiny new starship for Smugglers that you won't have to win a game of sabacc to get your hands on.


 "A Wookiee's not the only necessity," BioWare stated. "A Smuggler wouldn't be able to do much smuggling without a personal starship. Check out the new starship section of the HoloNet, and make sure to look at the Smuggler's Corellian XS Stock Light Freighter. It's the ship that can make the Balmorra run in just a handful of parsecs, and if you choose to play the Smuggler, it will be yours."
An easter egg on Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. An interview with the head of the visual effects

Sorry folks, but no John Williams music in this one. There were sound effects but they didn't transfer across,  You are the man in blue who has to stop Lex Luthor from destroying the city.
Protect people (though you don't have to LOL), and persue Luthor through a series of sub-games.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Elizabeth Taylor's ex-husband Eddie Fisher passed away on Wednesday
Eddie Fisher in 1980 | Now Magazine | Celebrity Gossip | Pictures
Eddie Fisher was 82
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher's dad Eddie Fisher has died at a hospital in Berkeley, California.
The 82-year-old passed away on Wednesday following complications from hip surgery.

‘Late [Wednesday] evening the world lost a true America icon,' reads a statement from his family.

‘One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent.'

Eddie - born Edwin Jack Fisher in Philadelphia - is survived by his 4 kids.

He is dad to Carrie, 53 - Princess Leia in the Star Wars films - and Todd, 51, with first wife Debbie Reynolds, and Joely, 43, and Tricia Leigh, 42, with third wife Connie Stevens.

Eddie was married 5 times, including to Elizabeth Taylor from 1959 to 1964.

He was a popular singer in the 1950s with hits such as Thinking Of You and Any Time.
Carrie Fisher | Carrie Fisher on the Today show in New York | Now Magazine | Celebrity Gossip | Pictures
Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor | Now Magazine | Celebrity Gossip | Pictures
 From http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100918/EDITORIAL/9180332

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic presented a free concert featuring movie themes Thursday evening at Auer Performance Hall at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center. The selections included familiar melodies that are readily identifiable with the films they scored.

It made me wonder what movie music might be considered the top 10 choices of all time. That's a daunting challenge, and if you search for top movie themes you'll find an endless array of lists with an endless disagreement about what themes were the best of all.

However, in my limited search I did find a number of movie themes that pop up on several lists, and the philharmonic's wonderful performance, led by associate conductor Bradley Thachuk, had a representative selection. They played the themes from “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Hedwig's Theme.” There were more, including Richard Strauss' “Also sprach Zarathustra” and Johann Strauss' “The Blue Danube,” both from “2001, A Space Odyssey,” and Richard Wagner's “The Ride of the Valkyries” from “Apocalypse Now.”

Here's one list I liked from Ianthecool's movie reviews online (you can actually play the music on this site at http://ianthecool.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/the-ten-most-memorable-movie-themes/), the Ten Most Memorable Movie Themes, ranked from 10th to first:

10. “The Godfather”; 9. “Rocky”; 8. “Beverly Hills Cop”; 7. “The Pink Panther”; 6. “Dr. No” (the James Bond theme song); 5. “Raiders of the Lost Ark”; 4. “Psycho”; 3. “Star Wars”; 2. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”; 1. “Jaws.”

“Jaws” was a frequent No. 1. On another list, Harry Potter was first, followed by “Rocky,” “Halloween,” James Bond, “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Mission Impossible,” “Jaws,” “The Godfather” and “Jurassic Park.”

Of course, many of the best are John Williams compositions, which are often rousing instrumentals that connote heroism and adventure, his “Star Wars” being one of the most recognizable of all movie themes.

But “Jaws” and “Psycho” carry the spine-chilling terror imbued in the movie itself through simplicity. Although characterized by only a couple of notes, probably no other soundtracks are quite as haunting or ominous.

Others you might argue should be on the list: How about “The Exorcist,” “Back to the Future,” “Austin Powers” or older yet, “The Sound of Music,” “Saturday Night Fever” or “West Side Story”?

I won't even attempt to compile my own top 10 because it's just too difficult. What a copout, eh? But it might be fun to try.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Great post over at http://binarybonsai.com/2010/09/18/george-lucas-stole-chewbacca-but-its-okay/


Did you know that Star Wars is nothing but a copy of The Hidden Fortress set in space? That Lucas wrote a screenplay so epic it had to be cut into twelve films? Or that the Millenium Falcon was based on a burger with a bite taken out of it and an olive stuck to its side!? Boba Fett’s ship was based on a street lamp outside of ILM’s building, and the Imperial Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back on giant loading cranes in the San Francisco docklands that Lucas would drive past on his way to work. And Chewbacca was originally based on his dog.
The answers to all of the above can be found throughout this article, but let me spoil it for you: Only one of them is true, and only when viewed ‘from a certain point of view’.

Foreword

The making of Star Wars is comprehensive mythology onto itself, populated by rarely documented statements like the ones above, compelling enough to be repeated over and over until they’re so prevalent that they must be true and are accepted even by hardcore fans (and Lucasfilm itself). But in some cases they’re embellished facts, half-truths, sometimes false and in pretty much all cases oversimplifing a truly interesting, and luckily exceptionally well documented creative process.
And that’s what this post it about; the creative process. Cultural touchstones like Star Wars might seem to have sprung fully formed from the minds of their lauded creators, but as in all creative endeavours, movie making, web design or this very post, nothing could be further from the truth. Creation is a process, and strangely, by looking at how everyone’s favority plush first-mate sprang into existance, we can learn a lot about any collaborative creative endeavour.
Unfortunately, perhaps because of the verisimilitude of the disciplines needed to make a film like Star Wars come together, the making-of narrative is surprisingly fragmented and often incomplete. A quick look at the sources needed to put together this post should give a good idea of just how fragmented. And once you’re down the rabbit hole, you quickly learn that nothing found there can be taken at face value. Quotes, drawings, photos and diagrams are undated, unsourced, some old, some new, some so distorted as to be pure fiction and most of it entirely out of context.

Read the rest here http://binarybonsai.com/2010/09/18/george-lucas-stole-chewbacca-but-its-okay/
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have praised comic book series Locke & Key.

It was previously announced that the pair are working with Steven Spielberg to develop a television adaptation.

Orci told Comic Book Movie: "It's not often that you read a graphic novel where you can imagine dialogue that's in the novel going right to the script. That's a gift [for a writer]."

Co-producer Kurtzman added that the original comic was "a work of absolute genius".

"[Writer] Joe Hill is brilliant [and] Gabriel Rodriguez's drawings are unbelievable," Kurtzman said. "The world that they created was so emotional and so surreal, and yet grounded in a very beautiful family story."

He also explained that it was the combination of family drama and science-fiction ideas that had originally drawn him and Orci to the project.

"[It's] really a story about a family trying to repair itself after suffering major trauma," he said. "Then, add to that the idea of a haunted house with an endless set of keys that open up different powers and abilities, and it just felt like something we'd be first in line to watch."

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

He's out there: Mackenzie Crook plays a slacker in The Aliens (Pic: Simon Annand) He's out there: Mackenzie Crook plays a slacker in The Aliens (Pic: Simon Annand)
‘My default setting now is to have some facial hair. As soon as I’m clean shaven I feel like Gareth.’
You can understand why Mackenzie Crook might want to distance himself – physically at least – from the role that first brought him to public notice: that of The Office’s Gareth Keenan, the corporate über-geek with a pudding-bowl haircut, an unnatural attachment to his stapler and a terrifying lack of cool.

Today, between rehearsals for new play The Aliens at Bush Theatre, Crook is sporting earrings and a Van Dyke beard that give him a rather raffish, piratical look. ‘It’s probably a conscious attempt to look as different from him as I can,’ he smiles.
If Crook’s most high-profile work since The Office has been playing Ragetti in the Pirates Of The Caribbean movie franchise – it earned him his own plastic action figure, after all – it’s his new-found devotion to the stage that’s brought him the greatest critical plaudits. But Crook didn’t go to drama school.
‘That’s probably one of the reasons I avoided theatre for so long,’ he reflects with characteristic tentativeness. ‘I didn’t feel I was qualified or that I had the right, almost. I don’t have that depth of knowledge about plays and playwrights. I don’t know my Shakespeare… I felt like a bit of a pretender because I didn’t have that training.’
Highly acclaimed performances in Chekhov’s The Seagull and, most recently, Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, however, have helped him to overcome any residual anxiety about his entitlement to act on stage.

Being involved in the hugely successful Jerusalem was a revelation. ‘The reaction it got was euphoric, a really joyous reception.’ Crook thinks the play may have struck such a deep chord with audiences because of its challenge to ‘corporate management society, which is making everything bland and paving over everything so that nobody trips up’. That it avoided preachiness also helped, he thinks. ‘It was done in an incredibly magical and entertaining way.’
He’s clearly attracted to theatre’s strong work ethic. ‘With television and film, the time when you’re in front of the camera can be counted in minutes, whereas with theatre you have full working days during the rehearsal period and when you’re performing you put so much into it, it’s the equivalent of a full working day because you’re exhausted after it. It’s a great feeling for someone who’s sat around doing nothing for a good few years.’
As an interviewee, Crook is thoughtful and obliging but he also has a mildly tormented air that suggests he’s not entirely at home with the media process.
‘I accept it as part of the job,’ he says. ‘If you want to be a successful actor you’re going to be well known in public. But I do feel uncomfortable thinking of myself as a celebrity. I shy away from panel shows and things like that. I think actors need to keep themselves a little bit private because the more people see of the real person, the less likely they are to believe you in a role.’
Despite regularly rubbing shoulders with the likes of Johnny Depp (‘I get on really well with him but I don’t have his mobile phone number and we don’t, you know, go out for a drink’) and having recently added a project with Steven Spielberg to his increasingly impressive CV (‘It’s not a massive role but I would have made the tea just to be involved’), Crook remains resolutely unstarry.
Indeed, it’s a mark of Crook’s lack of celebrity pretension that he is currently appearing in a play on the London fringe. ‘It’s great to do something in a very small space,’ he enthuses about his role in US dramatist Annie Baker’s three-hander The Aliens at the Bush. ‘On a big stage in the West End, you don’t have to look at the audience. You can’t see them – they’re out of focus or in the dark. Whereas at the Bush, they’re right there and you can see the audience turning their heads to look at you when you’re speaking and turning away when somebody else is speaking.’
Crook describes his character – thirty-something slacker Jasper – as ‘very serious, morose. I very often get offered wacky or quirky parts and he’s not like that’. It’s not typecasting, then. The role is a departure for him in another respect too. ‘All three characters are pretty low status,’ he explains. ‘They’re just hanging out at the back of a coffee shop. But I’m the one that the others look up to. I don’t often play that kind of role. Within the three, I am the alpha male!’
The Aliens is in preview and opens on Monday at London’s Bush Theatre. www.bushtheatre.co.uk
Earlier this year when it was still anyone's guess as to what project Steven Spielberg would bless with his directorial skills, there was a rumor floating around that he was seriously considering Robopocalypse, the story about the human race's attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising. Though Spielberg is currently busy shooting the project he ended up choosing instead, an adaptation of the novel War Horse, the folks at Vulture say there's a chance the movie could end up in Spielberg's lap again.

The project comes from a yet-to-be-finished story from Daniel H. Wilson, the robotic engineer turned author behind a similar sounding book (also being turned into a movie) How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Apparently a brand new draft from writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods) has just been handed in and everyone in town is itching to read it whether Spielberg directs or not. Because when a project gets passed down from Spielberg it's as good as gold because everyone wants a project that was considered to be good enough for the iconic director. For now consider this just a rumor, but we'll keep you posted when and if we hear anything about Robopocalypse.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


The only reason I did this video: Jeff "Freaking" Goldblum. My friends and I sat up all night doing Jeff Goldblum impersonations, ending each sentence with "and, and, if... and, well, thereitis." I have a hunch that when he gets a script, he adds a comma after 90% of the words in all of his lines.

"I'm just saying that, uh, uh, life, uh, finds, a way."

I concentrated on Jeff Goldblum... my impersonation of the other four characters may not be up to par. 


LucasArts has a new Star Wars game for fans everywhere. Check out the newest online Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures and get your lightsaber ready.

“Star Wars: The Solo Adventures” by Daniel L Smith tells the story of why Han Solo “Dropped his cargo at the first sign of an Imperial Cruiser”. It was produced as a student film at The DAVE School at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.







The Solo Adventures
Cameron has commissioned a team of Australian engineers to design and build a submersible vessel capable of taking him to the floor of the Challenger Deep -- the deepest location on Earth. To put that in perspective, the location Cameron wants to get to -- and film in 3D at -- is almost 36,000 feet deep. That's nearly a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall ...

Plot details about the sequel to the mega-blockbuster aren't being revealed, but we do know that Cameron intends to spend time exploring Pandora's vast oceans in the follow-up. If all goes well, he may incorporate the Challenger Deep footage into 'Avatar 2.'

There are many challenges to pulling this off, however. Pressure at that depth is more than eight tonnes per square inch -- and as an article at the UK's 'Mail Online' points out, even the best Russian Military subs can only withstand a paltry 1,600 lbs per square inch. To get to the deepest point on the planet, Cameron will utilize a state of the art personal submarine far different than the Trieste -- the first manned vehicle to explore the same area of the ocean floor. The modern sub will look like something straight out of a science-fiction film -- complete with a huge resin bubble for viewing the outside world and motors that will power it along in the stillness of the deep.

Hyped up for Halo: Reach? Well, you’ll probably be glad to know that Sumthing Else Music Works recently announced the release of the Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack featuring the original musical score for Bungie’s blockbuster composed by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori. Just in time for the Halo madness that is sweeping the industry, the Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital and iTunes to coincide with the game’s release on September 14th. The 2-disc CD set will be released on September 28th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works.
“Mike and I are pleased to be able to release the Soundtrack to Reach,” said composer Martin O’Donnell. “We’ve been composing and producing music for Bungie’s Halo universe since 1999 and this soundtrack represents the culmination of our efforts. Once again we were able to work with other composers C Paul Johnson and Stan LePard, along with recording much of this music at Studio X in Seattle with the Northwest Sinfonia and Choir. This is about 2 hours’ worth of music culled from the more than 5 hours of music actually produced for the game itself. We hope everyone enjoys listening.”

Monday, 20 September 2010

LucasArts’s classic point 'n' click adventure The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition has landed on the iPad App Store, bringing with it scores of critical acclaim and the same excellent control system adapted from Monkey Island 2.

The Secret of Monkey Island is the first in the critically lauded series that sees Guybrush Threepwood, trainee pirate, take on the ghost-pirate LeChuck for the first time.

The graphics, as in Monkey Island 2, have been buffed and sparkled to fit the larger resolution screen of the iPad. There’s still the option of switching to the original, blocky (but nostalgic) original graphics should the revised ones not hit the spot.

The game appears to be part of the wider sale of the iOS Monkey Island games, as it’s currently available for £2.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 along with its sequel.

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 the Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Fantastic Tv series that is backed up by a great soundtrack by Rob Lane.  This track is called Merlin's Arrival At Camelot taken from series one.



This next track entitled Merlin Lost has a slower feel to the title signature theme.  Very atmospheric.




In TV, Rob has recently completed a large orchestral score for a new US Network mini-series version of Ben Hur starring Ray Winstone and Joseph Morgan and directed by Steve Shill. In September 2008 Rob received his fourth Emmy nomination for his work on the hugely acclaimed HBO mini-series John Adams, which chronicles the life of the second President of the United States of America from the beginnings of the American War Of Independence through to his death. With Paul Giamatti in the title role, the project was co-produced by Tom Hanks and Playtone Pictures. The relationship with HBO had begun with Elizabeth I, starring Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons, for which Rob's score received a BAFTA, RTS Award and Ivor Novello Award, and been cemented with an Emmy nominated score for Longford, written by Peter Morgan and starring Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton.

In 2007 Rob received both BAFTA and RTS nominations for his work on the BBC's much praised Jane Eyre, directed by Susanna White and starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. Other recent TV work includes Tess Of The D'Urbervilles for the BBC, the fantasy series Merlin for Shine Ltd/BBC Wales, and The 39 Steps for the BBC, a one-off adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel. He was also recently involved in scoring the first series of Jimmy McGovern's The Street for BBC1, Stuart, A Life Backwards, a joint BBC and HBO one off drama by Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions; Marie Lloyd, the BBC biopic of the legendary British music hall entertainer; the political thriller series Whistleblowers for Carnival Films, and the Mark Haddon scripted Coming Down The Mountain for Tiger Aspect.

Earlier major credits include the BBC's Blackpool for which Rob won the 2005 Ivor Novello Award; the BBC2 series The Long Firm and To The Ends Of The Earth, as well as Charles II and The Lost World for BBC1, both of which received Emmy nominations for the music.
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The Steven Spielberg-produced show Terra Nova is going through a few changes. It looks to be adding a notable actor, Stephen Lang, at the same time as it loses a key behind the scenes player in executive producer David Fury.
Deadline has the lowdown on both the coming and going, saying first that Stephen Lang is in talks to play the other male lead role opposite Jason O’Mara, who has been cast for months. Lang would be Frank Taylor, “the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement” who pegs former cop and new Terra Nova resident Jim Shannon (O’Mara) as the latest recruit for his security detail.

(To refresh and slightly expand upon previous known details, Terra Nova kicks off in 2149, and sees “the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.”)

Read more: Stephen Lang in Talks for Major Role in Steven Spielberg-Produced Show ‘Terra Nova’ | /Film http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/09/13/stephen-lang-in-talks-for-major-role-in-steven-spielberg-produced-show-terra-nova/#ixzz0zUew5jyq

Sunday, 19 September 2010

More shots from Little Bleeder “Kjax” taken from the in-production Steven Spielberg movie War Horse that has closed the English village Castle Combe down for a couple of weeks.



See more here http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/09/19/god-save-the-king-more-spielberg-war-horse-set-dressing-shots/
Youtuber kalelkline has compiled these two videos - Their Top movies soundtracks that make you feel sad



Rango is a pet chameleon who lives in a terrarium. Everything is calm and comfortable and relaxing and quiet. Until, one day, he somehow ends up in the rough of an Old West town in the American southwest, whose name is actually “Dirt.” As he’s always thought himself a hero, Rango establishes himself as the lawman, strolling the streets as a sheriff like character. Unbeknown to him, the “good guy” role doesn’t do very well in Dirt -- with a whole cemetery filled with good guy tombstones. But that doesn’t stop Rango from trying, constantly seeking to fit in, with his surroundings, no matter how challenging -- just like a good chameleon! Check out the teaser trailer of this upcoming Nickelodeon and Paramount flick, due in theaters March 4th, 2011.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") and 12-year-old Elle Fanning (Curious Case of Benjamin Button) have been cast in the film. It's not clear what roles they will play. Abrams will direct and release the film during the summer of next year.

This weekend, take advantage of huge savings on Monkey Island! Save 50% on The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition, Monkey Island™ 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge™ or buy them both with the new Monkey Island: Special Edition Bundle.

http://store.steampowered.com/sale/lucasarts_weekend


Play Like a Pirate This Weekend!
Full Tales of Monkey Island for $4.95!


Avast me hearties! This Sunday, September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and -- barnacles be danged -- we be celebratin' the entire weekend. The big news: we be takin' our sabers to our beauty of a pirate game and slashin' the p rice by 30 doubloons so that ye can Play Like a Pirate. This weekend and this weekend only, Tales of Monkey Island be $4.95. Yes, fer the full season, and yes ye be eligible fer the free end-of-season DVD (you pay shipping and handling).



The sale starts now and ends erlie on the morn of Monday September 20 (all times PST). Smartly navigate ye vessel (or ye browser) to our special International Talk Like a Pirate Day page to place yer order before the blasted privateers (or worse, LeChuck) catch wind of the booty and send it to the briny depths of Davy Jones' Locker! Don't be forgettin' to fill yer coffers with the other bounty available in our store including the Tales of Monkey Island Deluxe Edition, art portfolio, drinking vessel, and voodoo card set!

Claim yer treasure! The complete season of Tales of Monkey Island for only $4.95! Savvy?

The Great Adventure Bundle 2010
Sam & Max Game Unlocked In Final Days!




The Great Adventure Bundle 2010 sale is almost over: The last day to purchase the bundle is Monday, September 20! That's not all: We've decided to unlock Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space early in appreciation of all the support this bundle has received. Now, anyone who has or will pick up The Great Adventure Bundle gets all six of the adventure games included in the bundle for on ly $19.95! And 25% of the proceeds from every single bundle sold go to one, or all, of the five charitable organizations we've selected, so it's for a great cause!

The Great Adventure Bundle includes Whispered World, Jack Keane, King's Quest Collection, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness - Episode 1, Puzzle Agent, and Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space. The five charitable causes include Child's Play, the World Wildlife Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Nyota e.V.

Purchase The Great Adventure Bundle - 6 great games for a great price and for a great cause!

How To Talk Like a Pirate

The Telltale Games team looks forward to this day all year! This Sunday, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and as purveyors of a pirate- themed game (Tales of Monkey Island), we d like to give our fans the basics of pirate speech.

Pirate speech has its intricacies, but before diving head first into talking like a pirate you should know some simple pirate jargon, courtesy of our friends at TalkLikeAPirate.com.

Ahoy » Hello or hey.
Avast! » Stop and give me (the speaker) attention.
Aye! » Yes, or agreement!
Aye aye! » Yes or agreement just less so than a simple aye.
Arrr! » Yes, agreement, no, di sagreement, ouch, anger, happiness, etc.

Telltale Tip for Facebook users: You can have your Facebook page talk like a pirate! At the very bottom of your page on the left side, click on English US (or whatever language is displayed). When the Select Your Language box appears, click on English; in the drop-down menu, choose English (Pirate) and check your page. Remember, you can change back to your original language any time.

For more pirate lingo, visit the original Talk Like a Pirate Day site.

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Telltale Blasts into PAX



The annual Penny-Arcade Expo has come and gone and Telltale was there in full effect. We announced Poker Night at the Inventory, which features some of the biggest characters in video games and released some new information on our upcoming Back to the Future game. Our presence at PAX this year was bigger than ever before; we had our booth where fans could play some of our games and purchase Telltale merch; huge escalator banners that everyone coming and going could see; and a DeLorean time machine in the South Lobby!

See more of the cosplayers that stopped by the DeLorean!
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