Thursday, 31 March 2011

This is a scan of an advert from the Return Of The Jedi magazine (No.19 Oct 26 1983) On page one it shows Chewbacca and how you too can own his Bandolier and fill it with your kenner Star Wars figures. According to the advert there are two secret compartments for secret messages, laser pistols and other vital battle gear. Just collect 5 Star Wars action figures cut out send their package names away. Bargain!




Star Wars creator George Lucas says 3D film-making will eventually take over at the cinema in the way colour replaced black and white.

Lucas and fellow technology pioneers James Cameron, the maker of Avatar, and DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg pointed out that digital film-making was only in its infancy but would bring vast improvements to how movies were made and seen.

Digital technology in general was revolutionising film-making the way sound did in the 1920s, Lucas said. The new digital 3D craze had hits and misses, but should one day become the big-screen standard over 2D presentation, he added.
“So now when you’re watching a movie and it’s not in 3D, it’s like watching in black and white,” he told cinema owners at their CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.
“It’s a better way of looking at a film. ... I totally believe now that 3D will completely take over just like colour did.”

Lucas spoke at a digital-film panel alongside Cameron and Katzenberg. The hour-long discussion touched on new film-making tools, enhancements to cinema sound, and how badly presented 3D movies can sour audiences on digital 3D films in general.

Such bad 3D experiences have generally resulted when studios took films shot in only two dimensions and made hasty conversions to give them the illusion of depth so they could charge the extra few dollars that 3D tickets cost.

“You disappoint our audiences once, OK, great, we fooled them. Do it twice, shame on us,” said Katzenberg, who decided years ago that all DreamWorks Animation films such as last year’s How To Train Your Dragon and this summer’s Kung Fu Panda 2, would be in 3D.

Cameron, who shot Avatar in 3D and plans to make its two sequels that way, is converting his blockbuster Titanic to 3D for release next year. Lucas is doing the same with all six of his Star Wars films.
Done properly, 2D movies converted to 3D can look fantastic, Cameron and Lucas said.
Lucas drew hearty applause several times from cinema bosses when he told them that home systems or portable video devices wouldl never replace the moviehouse as the best place to see films.

“We have our third generation now of kids who are under 12 years old who have never seen Star Wars on the big screen,” Lucas said. “And I am betting a lot of people will go see a movie that they have seen on television a million times and they have the video at home, and they will go and see it because they want to see it in the theatre in a social experience.”

Cameron waited for years to make Avatar until digital technology had caught up to the ideas in his head for the sci-fi epic about a struggle between greedy humans and noble aliens on a distant world.
Now that the tools are there, film-makers are confined only by their imaginations, Cameron said.
“We’re really at a point where if we can imagine it, we can create it,” Cameron said. “There are no limitations now.”
Star Wars In Concert
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THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA
Principal Conductor DIRK BROSSE

Narrated Live by ANTHONY DANIELS (C-3PO in the Star Wars Saga)

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The only North American performances in 2011

Massive multi-media event features stunning visuals, live orchestra, choir and narration

Tickets on sale Monday, March 14 at 1O a.m.

February 28, 2011 — Star WarsTM: In Concert, the unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic Star Wars scores, returns to North America on June 3 & 4 at the Hollywood Bowl.

The production features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, HD LED super-screen. The live music and film elements are synchronized, creating a full multi-media, one-of-kind Star Wars experience.

“We’ve taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so you can really get a sense of how the music played into the images,” said George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars Saga. “The whole soundtrack is a testament to John Williams’ creativity and his extraordinary ability to enhance the emotional aspects of the films.”

“Creating the music for the Star Wars films has been an exciting and wonderful experience for me, and I therefore have derived particular pleasure in assembling a compendium of themes from all of the films to be presented in Star Wars in Concert,” said Williams. “The editors at Lucasfilm have created original film montages to accompany each of the musical selections, and in the process, I believe that a singular and unique Star Wars experience has been born.”

“This event has been crafted to present Star Wars from many points of view; for the first time, the full dramatic sweep of Williams’ iconic scores can be heard performed live in one evening,” said Another Planet Touring Producer Spencer Churchill. “The show is a new way of experiencing the epic scope of the saga.”

Timothy Mangan said in the Orange County Register, “ Star Wars: In Concert’ is more a multi-media, sensory overload extravaganza, than a mere concert > the crowd was stoked from the get-go. Host Anthony Daniels had the crowd in the palm of his hand.” “Dazzling!” said Scott Iwasaki in the Salt Lake City Deseret News. “It gives the audience a new way of experiencing the story, bringing cheers and a standing ovation from the audience.”

David Burger in the Salt Lake City Tribune said, “The biggest revelation was John Williams’ still stirring, romantically inspired, emotionally satisfying, compelling and exciting score --- one simple story, well told, elevated by the dynamic symphonic music that revolutionized the way films are scored.” John Timpane in the Philadelphia Inquirer said, “> a 90-minute laser streaked, crashing-cymbals, living color extravaganza, made and approved by its originators.”

For more information, please visit www.StarWarsInConcert.com.

Star Wars: In Concert is produced by Another Planet Touring in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. The production is directed and designed by Steve Cohen. Star Wars in Concert had its world premiere at the 02 Arena in London on April 10 and 11, 2009.

Lucasfilm, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners

Below are two videos showing the opening of Tie Fighter.  Both are the Collector's CD-Rom version but listen to the difference.  One is with a Gravis Ultrasound the other without.  What a difference a decent soundcard made.

 

Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Collector's CD-ROM) [1995] - Intro and Credits (Gravis UltraSound) 

TIE Fighter: Opening (Collectors' CD-ROM) 

Wednesday, 30 March 2011



Lewis Hamilton is lending his voice to a brand new car in the upcoming Disney Pixar film Cars 2!

Lewis Hamilton, the famously sleek and seriously fast #2 Grand Touring Sports champion, has been a determined and winning racer for nearly his entire young life. Like all youngster cars, Lewis spent his childhood going to school, taking karate lessons and winning the British Karting Championship by the age of 10. Today, the celebrated native Brit continues to bring an exceptional work ethic and soft-spoken confidence to the race course where his extraordinary achievements speak for themselves via a spotless track record on the junior and professional circuits. With his striking metallic black and yellow paint scheme, Lewis will represent Great Britain at the World Grand Prix. His car also carries the flag of Grenada, home to his family who emigrated to Britain in the 1950s. His unrivaled technical skills, natural speed ability and cool, karate-inspired attitude make him a powerful contender too.

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TNT unleashed a new trailer of "Falling Skies". One of the most ambitious TV projects done by Steven Spielberg, the series follows a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor and father of two who leads the group.

George Lucas has announced his satisfaction with the efforts to date to convert The Phantom Menace to 3D.
The job of adding an extra dimension to Jar Jar Binks has been handed to Prime Focus, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The firm previously used its "proprietary View-D 2D-to-3D process" on Clash of the Titans

He said in a statement: "It was incredibly important to me that we have the technology, the resources and the time to do this right. I'm very happy with the results I've been seeing on Episode I."


Industrial Light & Magic's visual effects supervisor, John Knoll, will be keeping an eye on things. He said: "Getting really good results from stereo conversion requires a lot of attention to detail, and it is imperative that you take the time to get it right – and that's just what we're doing

"We're taking a different approach than you might expect. George's vision has been to add dimension to the film in subtle ways. This isn't a novelty conversion, with things jumping out at the audience; our goal has been to enhance the classic Star Wars theatrical experience, utilizing the latest cinematic tools and techniques."
The Phantom Menace in 3D is due to hit cinema screens on 10 February next year
Vertigore Games' Josh Shabtai has said that Falcon Gunner, the augmented reality iOS title which his studio developed for THQ, is to be pulled from the App Store as a result of the end of a licensing agreement between THQ and Lucasfilm.




Falcon Gunner will be pulled from iTunes after March 31, according to Josh Shabtai, the game’s creative director who runs a small development studio called Vertigore. Shabatai says the game is getting delisted because publisher THQ Wireless lost their deal with the Star Wars licensing people. In a blog post, he praises them and Apple for their support, hypes his new games and mixes sadness with the recognition that his game fulfilled a 27-year-old dream: “We had a good run. We got to make a friggin’ Star Wars game!”
The latest exhibition by Pixar Animation Studios opened Sunday at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum on the first stop of its new global tour.
The exhibition "Pixar: 25 Years of Animation" building on the success of its last international tour, offers the most comprehensive review of Pixar's work to date.
The exhibition features more than 400 pieces/sets of artifacts, some of which have never been seen outside of the studio's archives previously, including traditional artwork in various mediums, maquettes, early animated short films, and one-of-a-kind media installations created by Pixar Technical Artists, as well as artwork from Cars 2, which has yet even been released.
The exhibition illustrates the three key elements that make an animated film. These are "character", which moves the story forward and gives the viewer something or someone to identify with; "story", which starts with a concept and scripts, then visually represents the film with storyboards; and "world", which depicts the special environments for each film envisioned by the Pixar artists.
The studio, which was set up in 1986 and has many blockbuster animation movies including Toy Story and Finding Nemo under its belt, hopes the months-long exhibition could offer visitors an artistic insight into the studio's hugely successful and most beloved films.
The exhibition is scheduled to last until July 11.
 Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) famous for creating special effects for the Star Wars movies and many others developed a virtual camera which helped the creation of its first animation Rango.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Lucasfilm has announced that the release date for all the Star Wars Blu-ray sets has been moved up over one week to September 16 from September 27. Today LucasFilm took the wraps off Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray Disc at CES with a couple surprises none of us expected.
The first surprise is in addition to Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, you'll be able to purchase either the Prequel Trilogy or Original Trilogy separately.

The second surprise is all three sets are now up for pre-order at Amazon.com with a September release date. That's right; you can secure your copy now and sleep easy that it'll be in-hand when the launch date arrives. 

Visit http://www.thehdroom.com/news/Star-Wars-Blu-ray-Release-Date-Moved-Up-Over-a-Week/8158 for more details
With it’s release on DVD this month Skyline may not be joining any best of sci-fi list any time soon. It does however become one in a long line of films that has used a 60 year old collection of sound effects commonly known as the Wilhelm Scream. What started as a simple recording in a sound studio, became a sound editor in-joke then finally a full-on cult for film buffs worldwide. You may not be familiar with it but you’ve most definitely heard it at least once, if not more.
In 1951, an actor stepped into a recording studio and was asked to make the sound of a man being attacked by an alligator for the Raoul Walsh Western Distant Drums. 6 screams were recorded with the 5th scream being used for the alligator attack. The 4th - 6th screams were also used earlier in the movie, when three Native Americans are shot during a raid on a fort. They were then stored in the Warner Brothers sound effects library. 2 years later scream No 4. was used in the film The Charge at Feather River where a character called Private Wilhelm was shot in the leg with an arrow. Over the years the sounds were used for many Warner Bros pictures including Them!, A Star is Born and The Green Berets.
In 1977 Ben Burtt was hired to supply sound effects for Star Wars. Carrying out research around various movie studios’ sound departments he came across the original Distant Drums recording (which he found as a studio reel labeled “Man being eaten by alligator”) and decided to name it ‘Wilhelm’ after the character in The Charge at Feather River. Having already been familiar with the scream as a film student (he used it in a student film in 1974 called The Scarlet Blade, borrowing it from another film’s audio track), Burtt decided to use it as a kind of signature and to see if he could put it in as many films as possible along with friend and fellow sound editor Richard Anderson.
Over the next few years they managed to put the sound into all the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films and other George Lucas films like Howard the Duck and Willow and the TV series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. Anderson went on to use it in several films including Poltergeist, Batman Returns and Planet of the Apes. Finding a place in the sound library at Skywalker Sound, colleagues of Burtt included it in Toy Story and Hercules. It became something of an in-joke amongst the sound community who appreciated it’s history and the opportunity to share it. Although it has never been available commercially, sound editors would share it and in a few cases where the effect was ‘in the clear’ (including A Star is Born) it has been ‘borrowed’ for use in other projects.
The scream soon became a favourite of several directors also. Both Joe Dante and Tobe Hooper started using it. Quentin Tarantino learned of it’s history when it was used for Reservoir Dogs and later used it for Kill Bill Vol1, and Peter Jackson used it for both The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
The cult continued to grow and became more widely known, thanks in part to sound technician and historian Steve Lee who started to record the history of the scream, listing all the films that it appeared in on his website www.hollywoodlostandfound.net.
Many movie fans were curious to know who supplied the famous scream. In 2005 Ben Burtt was continuing his research between the last two Star Wars films and came across documentation that listed the actors who had been hired to record post-production sounds and lines of dialogue. After looking at the names and listening to the voices it was decided that the most likely candidate was Sheb Wooley, a musician and character actor who had appeared in many Westerns, including High Noon and the TV show Rawhide. He was most famous however for the 1958 novelty hit Purple People Eater. He played an uncredited role in Distant Drums and was one of the actors asked to record additional vocal elements for the film. One of which was most likely to be the scream of a man attacked by an alligator. Though this can’t be known for sure, as Wooley died in 2003 of Leukemia, his widow Linda Dotson-Wooley has confirmed that he was very proud of his work performing laughs, screams and dying vocals for films.
With the scream now out in the open, several sound editors and directors lost interest in using the effect. Ben Burtt decided that after completing Star Wars and joining Pixar he would no longer use it and Joe Dante did the same believing it wasn’t as much fun now everyone knew of it’s use and history.  That didn’t stop others using it though.  It has since been heard in films as diverse as King Kong, Juno, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, Tropic Thunder and Inglourious Basterds, on TV in shows like The Simpsons, The X-FilesReaper and Family Guy and also in several computer games (including many of the Star Wars games). Skyline is just one of the more recent films to use it and is unlikely to be the last. It seems sound editors and film-makers will continue to pay tribute to the most distinctive scream in cinema history.
Skyline is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on the 21st March 2011.

Visit http://www.thefilmpilgrim.com/features/a-short-history-of-the-wilhelm-scream/2358 to see a Wilhilm Video compilation (By the way there is one in Simon Pegg's latest movie - Paul)

Cars 2 characters: Lewis Hamilton & David Hobbscap


The Cars 2 character rollout continues with Lewis Hamilton and David Hobbscap, inspired and voiced by real life racers Lewis Hamilton and David Hobbs. HeyUGuys got the first look and official descriptions for both characters.

With his striking black paint job, Lewis Hamilton is one of the coolest Cars cars ever. David Hobbscap, on the other hand, is a quintessentially British driver turned commentator.

Monday, 28 March 2011

A group of long time gamers, who are also fans of Star Wars ever since the big screen movie, has recently launched a SWTOR Guide website. Star Wars: the Old Republic, also commonly referred to as SWTOR in short, is a game by BioWare and LucasArts that has a release date set for 2011. The game which is a MMORPG (massively multi-player online role-playing game) is developed based on the popular Star Wars movie. The classes within the game, the available races, abilities, economy as well as political alliances are all derived from the original movie.

The website, SWTORGuide.net is launched on the basis of providing information about the game to fans and MMO gamers. Featured at the website are details about SWTOR, from the background information of the game to mini-guides for all the eight known classes, the factions as well as quest and leveling details. Various game updates could also be found at the site such as the coverage of the PAX weekend demo. A complete starship reference is among the other content that is made available at the website. Besides written content about the game such as articles and guides, screenshots, gameplay trailers and other medias could also be found.

SWTOR is developed to include a variety of gaming elements that all come together to create a unique personality for the game. Some features of SWTOR include those such as the availability of crew skills, starships to maneuver and a companion. All of this is derived from the original movie. For instance, a good example for the concept of companion is of 'Chewy' who loyally follows 'Han Solo' wherever he goes. The two main allegiance (also known as main factions) are, not surprisingly, the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Each of the allegiance offers four classes each which are the Smuggler, Trooper, Jedi Consular and Jedi Knight for the Republic. The Empire classes consist of the Sith Inquisitor, Sith Warrior, Imperial Agent and Bounty Hunter.

Complexity is the heart of the game with lots of feature to keep in mind and balance against each other throughout. With that in mind, the team at the SWTOR Guide website has made it a point to make details about the game available to fellow gamers early on.
 

Contact Info
SWTOR Guide
2052 Traders Alley
Kansas City, MO 64106

Phone: 816-388-7749

Website: http://www.swtorguide.net
 
 
He romanced Hollywood, was lauded as the "best actor on the planet" by Steven Spielberg and has been sorely missed since his death early this year. But one encounter just remembers him as a humble man that was fond of a quiet pint...

"I'm not hard to interview, am I?"
It’s hard to believe he’s gone. But if Pete Postlethwaite’s absence is going to take some getting used to, memories of the great man are sure to linger
“I’m not hard to interview, am I?” smiles Pete Postlethwaite as he polishes off his second pint and his umpteenth anecdote.
The Oscar-nominated actor is sat at the bar of the Australian Hotel, Sydney. By far the most wonderful pub in the Rocks, the district located beneath the south side of the Harbour Bridge, The Australian isn’t short on character. And nor for that matter is Mr Postlethwaite. In town performing the award-winning one-man play Scarmouche Jones, you could forgive the star of In The Name Of The Father and The Usual Suspects for carrying on like the great ac-tor. To see him in The Australian – chatting to the attractive barmaid and ordering another brew from an English backpacker; “You’re a long way from home, lad. Did you get lost?” – this is clearly a man with no affectation.
He’s not that keen on being interviewed, mind. As keen to ask the locals about the history of the hotel as he is to discuss the play, Pete Postlethwaite seems more content to chat than examine his craft. This being only his second trip Down Under, he’s wonderfully excited about being abroad. “I woke up the other day and there it was, outside my hotel window – Sydney Opera House. I know it’s a clichĂ© but I had to pinch myself. I’ve spent my life dreaming of coming here, and now I’ve arrived I can hardly believe it.”
Ordering another brew from an English backpacker; “You’re a long way from home, lad. Did you get lost?” – this is clearly a man with no affectation.
Postlethwaite’s also pretty thrilled about working with an Australian national treasure. For in between stage shows, he’s making Strange Bedfellows, a comedy starring the one and only Paul Hogan. “Paul’s a great bloke,” says our man, his eyes twinkling like the sapphire waters of Farm Cove. “Before he was a star, he used to paint the Harbour Bridge. Now you’ve got these tourists paying a fortune to walk over the bridge and take in the view. Paul thinks he missed a right trick – he did it thousands of time for free!”
And so the conversation meanders on. The laws of Australian Rules Football, the similarities between Sydney and Cockney rhyming slang, the superiority of Tasmanian beers over mainland brews – all of these are touched on. And speaking of beer, my, how it flows.
Of course, I should have been asking him about the career. About his terrifying breakthrough performance in Terence Davies’s Distant Voices, Still Lives. About playing opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in In The Name Of The Father. About whether he knows who Keyser Soze is. But aside from asking him whether Steven Spielberg really believes he’s the best actor on the planet, movie questions are all but absent from our conversation. And as for his response, it says everything about this amiable, embraceable man – “Yes, Steven was kind enough to say that. Not that I got to flex my acting muscles hunting dinosaurs in The Lost World”"
No, that day, talking to Pete Postlethwaite about his film career didn’t seem important. And now he’s gone, it seems less important still. For while Spielberg was quite right, there’s a danger in looking at Postlethwaite’s acting roles for some indication of the man. In Inception – his last major film – as in the last few months of his film, Pete Postlethwaite was gaunt, bed-bound and waiting for God. For that to be the nation’s final memory of the man would be a cruel insult.
Better to think of him sat at a bar on a beautiful day. Sure, it might be sentimental, but hail fellow, well met was more a characteristic of Pete Postlethwaite than ill health. And while his colleagues might have visited Method hell to get a role down pat, a pint was all Pete Postlethwaite needed to give a great performance.

From http://www.sabotagetimes.com/people/a-pint-with-pete-postlethwaite/

Sunday, 27 March 2011

The last episode of Season 3 of Clone Wars hides an Indy nod. Blink and you will miss it. Its near the end where you can see a crystal skull just like the one from the fourth Indy movie. Take a look...

ICONIC stars from TV and film including Britt Ekland and Star Wars legend Warwick Davis were out in force at Birmingham’s Spring Memorabilia show yesterday.
The two-day event attracted top showbiz names as well as thousands of diehard sci-fi fans who flocked to the NEC to bag autographs and photographs of their favourite celebrities.
Some even donned wacky costumes, with Imperial Stormtroopers, Ghostbusters, Spiderman and even Harry Potter making an appearance.
Dwarf Warwick, who played Ewok Wicket in the third Star Wars movie, revealed that he would be putting Jedi down as his religion when he filled in his census form last night.
“I haven’t filled it in yet, but I will put Jedi in the religion section,” he said. “Why not? It’s recognised as a religion now.”
Warwick has starred in a host of big-budget movies including the Harry Potter films, Willow and The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy.
Warwick Davis.
Next, he starts filming new comedy show Life is Too Short with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Marchant in a few weeks.
He plays a satirical version of himself and it will be screened on BBC2 towards the end of the year.
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp will have a cameo role in the series and other big names are also lined up to star.

“I basically play myself but with a much bigger ego,” said Warwick. “I have wanted to work with Ricky for a while and I also starred in Extras. When I told him of my idea he was really keen on it.
“He took the idea to the BBC and they loved it. I’m really excited about it, although comedy is one of the hardest genres to do.
“It’s great to have Johnny on board. There are others in it, too, but I’m not allowed to say who.”
Larger-than-life actor Brian Blessed was due to be at the event but pulled out after his wife was taken ill.
Sue Hodge and Richard Gibson from Allo Allo.
Elsewhere, the stars from wartime comedy ’Allo ’Allo! were reunited for the event.
Richard Gibson who played Herr Otto Flick, said it was great fun to be back together again.
“We always have a laugh when we are reunited,” he said.
The star added that he’d love Arnold Schwarznegger to play him if there was ever a remake of the series.
“He’d be great as Herr Flick. He’s got the accent. There was a Dutch remake not long ago, which was good. But it would be interesting if there was a new British version.”

Read the full article at  http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2011/03/27/star-wars-legends-among-celebs-at-birmingham-memorabilia-show-66331-28409890/2/
t years dressed as the most famous furball in the galaxy but Peter Mayhew has finally escaped the costume of Chewbacca from the Star Wars films. The 7ft2in actor became famous for playing the Wookiee in four blockbuster Star Wars films, but he has just completed by far the most enjoyable stint of his dream role - voicing a cartoon version for a television spin-off.
The 66-year-old actor from London was drafted in to help bring Chewbacca to life for the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars.
As he only had to provide the voice, Peter swapped the heavy, hairy suit for shorts and a t-shirt at creator George Lucas's studios in California.
Peter admitted that while he never complained about wearing the uncomfortable suit, it was a real joy to be able to complete his latest version of the role without the shaggy uniform.
He said: "The original suit was heavy and warm and the trick was to get in and out of it as quickly as possible.
"It was made of yak hair and mohair, which was knitted together by some little old ladies.
"It was my job so I wouldn't complain but the shorter the time I spent in it, the better.
"When I came back for Revenge Of The Sith, it was an amazing new suit. It was water cooled and was relatively easy to wear.
"When they asked me to do the Clone Wars, it was great because I just had to walk into the studio dressed as myself. I sat there with the sound man and we recorded the growls in different ranges."
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Former hospital porter Peter was recruited by director Lucas in the mid-seventies because he needed someone tall to fill the part of Han Solo's best friend and co-pilot for the original sci-fi trilogy.
Along with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, Peter became part of the famous line-up that entered pop culture history when the first film smashed box office records in 1977.
He then reprised his role in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, returning to his job at the Mayday Hospital in London between films.
Since Return Of The Jedi, he has spent his career as a professional Star Wars hero. He attends conventions and reprised his role for other projects such as the 2005 prequel Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
Now he's back for the Clone Wars finale, which gets its first screening this Saturday on Sky Movies Premiere.
Peter got his big break as an actor just months after he made his screen debut as a minotaur in Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger.
Having now made a 34-year-career out of Star Wars, Peter said he felt honoured that George Lucas picked him in the first place.
"It was a real gift of a job and George makes you feel part of the Lucas family," said Peter.
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"I love Chewie. He's the teddy bear, the best friend, the security blanket, everything that a youngster needs to feel secure. It's something I can always be proud of.
"When we finished Star Wars, there was a doubt whether the second film would come out but it was a huge success and it was great to go back.
"The Empire Strikes back was a great time to wear the suit. We filmed the Hoth scenes in Norway, so I was in the best costume when it was 20 below.
"When we filmed the Return Of The Jedi forest scenes in Oregon, I was told I wasn't allowed to wander around in costume because we were right in Bigfoot country.
"I was worried people would see me through the trees and aim at me.
Because I was scared of a shotgun going bang, bang, I heeded the warning."
Peter also revealed that on the Return Of The Jedi set, he was almost surrounded by an army of wookiees, who were the original choice for the furry natives that later became cuddly Ewoks.
He said: "The plan was they were all going to be wookiees but they decided to go with the Ewoks for the kids' audience. I loved the Ewoks, though, and in fact the guys who played them are among my closest friends, including Warwick Davies and Kenny Baker, who also played R2D2.
"I met Kenny on the first day of filming Star Wars and we've been close friends ever since. Kenny is 3ft8in and I'm 7ft2in, so work that out for yourself. We get some looks."
Peter, who met wife Angie at a Star Wars event in Arizona, added: "I've enjoyed working at conventions. It's not a bad job and I get to meet so many people who are delighted to meet Chewbacca. That's a lovely thing.
"It was wonderful to be asked to come back for Revenge Of The Sith. It was like going back to your old college as a visiting professor, seeing all the younger actors looking up to people such as myself and Ian McDiarmid, who played the Emperor.
"Then to be asked to do Clone Wars was fantastic. I hadn't seen much of it before but I really like them and they are on a par with the original movies in terms of quality."
When Peter originally brought Chewbacca to life, the distinctive Wookiee growls were created by Star Wars sound editor Ben Burrt, who mixed bear growls and dog barks with a bit of walrus and lion to bring the character to life.
But after being asked to do the famous noises at conventions for almost three decades, Peter had started practising and then at a fan event last year, let rip to a delighted crowd, which included Clone Wars sound editor Matthew Wood.
Peter said: "I was at a convention with Matt Wood and I'd always been very reluctant to do the voice.
"I just started larking around and Matt heard it so he and director Dave Filoni thought they could use it.
"They got me up to Skywalker ranch to see what we could do, and we got it sorted, hopefully it's pretty good.
"I think the fans are going to go absolutely crazy when they see the episode. There's a scene when he makes his first appearance out of some trees and growls, and it's just Chewie, the way you always remembered him.
"It will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up."
Peter returns to his role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which will air at 5.30pm on March 26, on Sky Movies Premiere/HD.

Article from http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/editors-choice/2011/03/21/chewbacca-actor-peter-mayhew-reveals-his-love-of-outer-space-s-best-known-wookiee-86908-23005079/

Saturday, 26 March 2011

 Video I compiled with music from the rare "Square Song" from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

 Inside the data center at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic.



visit http://newenterprise.allthingsd.com/20110325/lucasfilms-data-center-and-an-encounter-with-the-real-death-star-video/?mod=googlenews to read more Arik Hesseldahl talks about his visit to the data centre
LucasArts and TT Games have announced that LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is now on sale in UK retailers for Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360. The game is also be available as a day-one title for the Nintendo 3DS. The latest instalment in the 21 million unit selling LEGO Star Wars video game franchise, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is a tongue-in-cheek take on the entire Clone Wars era that runs through the feature films and the hit animated television show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

With an all new graphics engine and enhanced animations never before seen in a LEGO game, players will explore a vast universe �" including 16 different star systems, 32 story-based missions and 48 bonus levels making it the biggest LEGO Star Wars videogame to date. Players will take on Separatist forces on the massive battleship the Malevolence, destroy hundreds of Droids in epic ground battles and take off in their favourite ships in multi-layered space battles. Whether you’re a Padawan or Jedi Master from this galaxy or the next, players of all skill levels are bound to have a brick smashing good time in single player mode, or with their friends and family via jump in/jump out co-operative play.




http://www.cubed3.com/news/15353

Friday, 25 March 2011

A Twenty-Minute Advance Look at Super 8 Still Makes It Look Pretty Great
Photo: Paramount Pictures
Last night at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, Paramount rounded up some journalists to show them clips from J.J. Abrams' much buzzed about Steven Spielberg homage Super 8. (And also, teaser trailers for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Footloose, both of which looked decent. The first had a nice dose of humor to balance out Tom Cruise scaling the Burj Dubai, and the second looked almost exactly like the original Footloose, but with legit dirty dancing.) Abrams was there and he told the crowd, "I want this to be a secret between you and me." While that's not why one shows clips to a room full of entertainment writers, we appreciate Abrams' position: He thinks Super 8 will be a better movie if it's not spoiled, even a little. Probably, he is not wrong! So, please, spoiler purists, Super 8 purists, J.J. Abrams purists, do not continue.
Just to say it again: Spoiler alert.
So, first, an overview, with hardly any spoilers, and then for the obsessives, the nitty gritty. Paramount played about twenty minutes of footage, including the entire monster-freeing train crash. As with the trailer, the whole thing pretty much nails the vibe of the Spielberg alien movies set in the late '70s. The soundtrack, the light, the attention to period details (the kids in the movie communicate late at night with walkie talkies), the just-teenage angst, the kids-against-the-world vibe. Joel Courtney, the lead actor, with his big limpid eyes, even looks remarkably like E.T.'s Henry Thomas. Like the Spielberg movies, Super 8 seems as concerned with feelings as it does with aliens — it's as much a coming of age tale as a monster movie.
Only two quibbles: There's a gang of boys that all hang out and make movies together. In the grand spirit of the cliques in Stand By Me and The Goonies, they joke around and throw stuff at each other and are just beginning to talk about girls. They look great (not super hip, but gangly, with braces, like real teenagers) and their dialogue isn't overly clever, but it did feel a bit unnatural, the only part of the movie that was trying a little bit too hard to be like something else. The other quibble, which, given the "blow things up!" imperative of summer movies, some will hardly think is a quibble: The explosion of the train goes on nonsensically long, with so many cars flying through the air, it seems like it must have been miles long even though it doesn't look it. (To be fair, Abrams even said it was way too long when he was introducing the clip.) The length is particularly noticeable because huge fireballs were not a big part of the Spielberg movies Abrams is cribbing, and with everything but this explosion, Abrams is all insinuation (you don't see the monsters, you just see what they can do). It sort of feels like Michael Bay hijacked some frames. But, all in all, if you are tremendously excited about Super 8 keep on keeping on.
To the details: Those with lower spoiler thresholds are highly encouraged not to continue!
The movie is set right before summer vacation. The main character Joe, is a 14-year-old boy whose mother has recently died in a mill accident, and who doesn't have a great relationship with his father (Kyle Chandler), the town sheriff. Joe makes movies with his four other friends, under the direction of Charles, a chubby kid with a director's complex. The boys all sneak out in the middle of the night to go to shoot a zombie movie at the train depot, a place they can get to thanks to Alice (Elle Fanning), a 14-year-old who goes to school with them. She's agreed to appear in the movie, and has secretly borrowed her father's yellow muscle car to drive them to the depot. Joe has a big, moony-eyed crush on her. While they're rehearsing the movie, a train starts to come down the track, and Charles, excited about the potential production values, rushes everyone to film while the train is going by. As the train passes, Joe spots a pickup truck driving onto the track, and directly into the oncoming train. The train goes boom, the kids go running, the camera, still filming, falls to the ground. After a massive series of explosions seems to have finally stopped, the door flies off one of the train cars, and Joe hears something slip out. The kids, who have scattered, all find each other. There are hundreds of objects that, in the words of a character, look like white Rubik's Cubes scattered around, and Joe pockets one.
The kids see the pickup truck that drove into the train, all smashed up, with a man sprawled over the steering wheel. It's their biology teacher, Mr. Woodward (played by Mayor Royce). They go to touch him, and out of his hand falls a map of the United States, with the train's path and times written on it in red marker. Mr. Woodward wakes up, takes out a gun, and says "They will kill you, do not speak of this or you and your parents will die," and then brandishes the gun until the kids run off, grab their equipment, and drive away. Just then, a squadron of Air Force soldiers (led by Noah Emmerich) jogs onto the scene, and finds the boxes their film came in. The kids agree not to say anything, and Joe goes home to play with the white cube in the bath.
As for what the alien looks like: who knows! There is one flash in a later scene, of a gas station under attack, where you can maybe see the reflection of a monster in a puddle. It's wispy and ghost-like, floating above. The characters in the movie who actually lay eyes on this thing are much more freaked out than they would be by a ghost, so we can only assume when seen in something other than a puddle, it is much more intimidating.

From http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/super_8_spoilers_1.html

Johnny Depp  


Hollywood star Johnny Depp is to guest star in Ricky Gervais's new sitcom, Life's Too Short, the British comedian has announced.
British Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis - who has dwarfism - plays the ego-maniac head of a talent agency for other little people.
The show has been described as a cross between US comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm and Gervais's previous show, Extras.
The series begins filming in May and will be shown on BBC Two.
Gervais has reportedly written six half-hour episodes so far for the series with writing partner Stephen Merchant.
Depp's casting may come as a surprise to some after Gervais poked fun at the Alice in Wonderland star for his most recent film, The Tourist, at the Golden Globes.
While hosting the ceremony, the comic said: "It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron... seems like everything was three-dimensional except the characters in The Tourist.
After the ceremony Gervais defended his jokes, saying he believed the people he made fun of had a sense of humour and so would not be offended.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears at Apple's special media event to introduce the second generation iPad earlier this month.Disney shareholders have re-elected Steve Jobs to the company's board of directors despite an advisory firm's concerns about his poor health. The Apple chief—who owns more than 7% of Disney stock and has been on the board since Disney acquired Pixar in 2006—missed nearly three-quarters of board meetings last year. He was also absent from yesterday's shareholder meeting, during which the other 12 board members were also re-elected, notes the Hollywood Reporter.
Karen Allen stars in the indie film White Irish Drinkers, opening Friday, March 25th. The actress is perhaps best known for playing Indiana Jones' love interest Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark and, more recently, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which also starred Shia LaBeouf as her son with Indy. Will we ever see her in another Indiana Jones film? Allen is open to the idea. "I would adore to do another one," she says. "I would be so interested to see where they take a story if we moved forward with Shia being introduced into the story now as our son, and Indy and Marion being married and where do you go from there." Allen's credits also include Animal House, but don't expect a sequel to the classic 1978 comedy. She says, "Our joke now whenever we get together as a group is that we're going to make a film called Animal Home, where all of us end up in an old age home together."

Thursday, 24 March 2011


 George Lucas talks about the need to create his own visual effects house, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Qui-Gon Jinn must be a Robin Reliant owner as he gets his revenge on Jeremy Clarkson for running down the three wheelers.

This is a series of Star Wars themed public service announcement posters created by College Humor


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Websites and individuals offering beta keys and test accounts are popping up all over the Internet, and according to the developer, they're all fake or unauthorized.

Posting on the official SWTOR forum, community coordinator Allison Berryman said the only way to gain early access to the upcoming MMORPG's Game Testing Program is through BioWare and the Star Wars: The Old Republic website. Everything else is a scam or an unauthorized account swap that will quickly lead to a perma ban.


"We must caution you that these offers are often scams designed to steal your money, credit card information, or identity," Berryman stated. "While we understand that you are eager to participate in Game Testing, your security is extremely important, and attempting to participate in these offers could put you in very real danger."

To be considered for Game Testing, register at SWTOR.com and sign up here. BioWare sends email invitations to anyone accepted from "no-reply@bioware.swtor.com." Any other emails offering beta keys or invitations are scams, Berryman warned.

If you've received an unsolicited email or other SWTOR beta pitch, BioWare requests you forward all relevant information to bwacommunitysupport@bioware.com.

Visit - http://uk.pc.gamespy.com/pc/bioware-mmo-project/1156923p1.html
Over 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader, another Sith Lord's name commanded fear and respect across the galaxy: Darth Malgus. The mysterious Sith Lord orchestrated the destruction of a prominent Jedi Temple, setting the stage for the tenuous peace of the Treaty of Coruscant.

In Deceived, you'll learn the story of Darth Malgus and his rise to power. Delve into the dark secrets and history that shaped one of the most powerful Sith Lords the Old Republic would ever know...

Deceived is a novel set in the Old Republic and written by Paul S. Kemp with the cooperation and creative consultation of BioWare and LucasArts. You can preview the first chapter on our site, and view the second and third chapters on starwars.com!

The book will be available at retailers in the US on March 22nd, but you can pre-order your copy right now at the following online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powell's, IndieBound, Titan Books (UK), and other retailers.

The book will be available in Germany (Panini) Spring 2011 and in France (Fleuve Noir) Winter 2011.

EA and Bioware have poured hundreds of millions into a game that will attempt to dethrone the grizzled veteran World of Warcraft as MMO champion. There are 12 million MMO players out there today, with over half being WoW devotees. Their market share is unprecedented, and many titles have tried, and failed, to slay it before.
But what’s the only property that might have a shot? Star Wars, and EA hopes that fan interest in a wide open, well-scripted world in the Star Wars universe will propel it to success.
With news that 1.5 million players have signed up for the beta of the game, it’s an early indicator of the massive following even the potential of the title has amassed already.
“It’s a great indicator in the interest level in the franchise,” EA CFO Eric Brown said at a Lazard Capital Markets Technology & Media Day presentation.  ”For us it’s about creating the right experience for expanding from tier 1 and the tier 2 users to getting people who have never played an MMO before, but are interested in Star Wars, to engage and give it a try.”
It certainly is a tempting prospect, and he’s right, someone like myself who has never set foot in Azeroth would be interested in a more accessible universe based around Star Wars. Who from my generation hasn’t wanted to create their own destiny as a Jedi Knight, Bounty Hunter or Sith Lord?
EA’s partner in developing the game, Bioware, also happens to be an incredible company who has previously produced the classic Star Wars title Knights of the Old Republic, which many would say was better than the entire new film trilogy, and also the Mass Effect series, which has been called the Star Wars of video games.
If anyone ever had a shot of dethroning Activision/Blizzard and their behemoth WoW, it would be EA, Bioware and SWTOR. But will the game live up to the massive expectations? I suppose I’d better sign up for the beta and find out.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011




Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are experiencing a Spielbergian moment in their careers. Their new movie, “Paul,” an alien road comedy, is a love letter to Steven Spielberg films like “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” But the two British comedians also got a chance to watch Spielberg work up close as actors in the director’s upcoming film “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.”
On Sunday morning, hours before the  premiere of “Paul” at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, Pegg and Frost talked about the unusual work environment  on the “Tintin” set, which relied on much of the same performance-capture technology that James Cameron used on “Avatar.”
“Steven, he did a lot of his own camera work,” Frost said. “He’d get a movement he really liked, punch the air and do a little dance. It’s intoxicating. You want to perform for him. You want to be around that kind of enthusiasm.”
Spielberg first enlisted Pegg and Frost when Pegg was meeting with him about a writing job. Instead of the writing gig, Spielberg asked the pair to play Thompson and Thomson– two bumbling detectives from the classic comic series by Belgian artist HergĂ©. On the set, they were among the first to see Spielberg — who had never even shot in digital on a film – as he learned to use new technology.
“It was like he had a new train set,” Pegg said.”There was a genuine sense of novelty to him.”

"Tintin" (Paramount)
Often Peter Jackson, who is producing the film, watched from a monitor in New Zealand. “Peter would do a bunch of rewrites at night while we were asleep,” Frost said, “and then we’d come in in the morning and be given the script.”
Pegg and Frost wore performance capture suits on the set, where a bunch of gray-painted chicken-wire would stand in for a setting like a marketplace.
“It was like rehearsing a play, like when you’re a kid and you’re pretending that thing over there could be the Millennium Falcon,” Frost said. “You have to concentrate. Peter Jackson is on the monitor, Kathy Kennedy is there producing. Daniel Craig — who looks amazing in a motion capture suit, by the way — is there. It’s like a big idiot’s dream.”
Pegg and Frost were visiting the set on one of their off days when they showed Spielberg a photo they had taken on a road trip to prepare for “Paul.” The photo–of an alien bust next to Devil’s Tower, the distinctively shaped Wyoming mountain that Spielberg used in “Close Encounters” — outed them to the director as Spielberg diehards.
“He very casually said, ‘Well, maybe I can be in it?’” said Frost. “We looked at one another and made a weird fangirl squee and then ran home and wrote him a cameo straight away.”

http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/03/14/tintin-simon-pegg-and-nick-frost-tells-tales-from-steven-spielbergs-new-tech-set/

Monday, 21 March 2011

Filming on the two Hobbit movies has begun following months of delays caused by funding problems, a row over actors' wages and surgery for its director.
Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.
Production on the films, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is expected to take up to two years. The first is due out in late 2012.
In January, director Peter Jackson had surgery for a perforated ulcer.
Studios Warner Bros and New Line had previously considered taking the production away from New Zealand after acting unions threatened to boycott the films in protest over payments.
The films had earlier been stalled by problems including rows over distribution rights and the exit of original director Guillermo del Toro.
The film, which also stars Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Elijah Wood as Frodo and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, is based on JRR Tolkien's epic fantasy novel.
The Hobbit films act as a prequel to Jackson's trilogy of films based on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

Read the article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12803125
A giant great white shark will feast on human flesh at Maraetai Beach tomorrow night.
On screen that is, on the wharf.
The 1975 classic shark flick Jaws will beam across the dark sea surface to 100 keen rubber-clad characters bobbing about on flimsy flotation devices, "like burley in the ocean".
That's how Tom Darlow and Beth O'Brien pitch their plan on the Smirnoff Night Project Facebook page. The vodka brand set a challenge last year to think up "truly different, extraordinary, event ideas" and they would help bring the best four to life and screen them on television.
The Auckland advertising agency interns came up with the idea of turning films into a total immersion experience. If people watch horror films to be frightened, they figured, why not turn the scare dial up.
Two of the projects have already run. The Zombie Apocalypse invaded Wellington on February 19 and the Gig in the Middle of Nowhere was last weekend.
The Paint the Town White party experiment is to come on March 19.
Harbourmaster John Lee-Richards has re-served a 40m by 20m patch of ocean off Maraetai Wharf for the 8.30pm event.
The TV series is due to air on FOUR in April.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/eastern-courier/4753054/Swim-with-Jaws-shark jaws

Sunday, 20 March 2011

 Duel Of The Fates



Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) (Makes Me Want To Play X-Wing)

Across the Stars 8-bit remix 

Indiana Jones Theme (Makes me want to play Fate Of Atlantis)

 

E.T (Makes Me Want To Play Atari's E.T.  Actually It Doesn't)

 Star Wars With 20th Century Fox Fanfare

Return Of The Jedi - Victory Celebration

Star Wars Cantina Theme

 

Battle Of Hoth

 

Droid Invasion

 

Battle Of Heroes

Asteroid Battle

Harry Potter - Hedwig's Theme

Jurassic Park

 


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Imagine if Monkey Island was release on the good old Spectrum?  The result would be an engrossing text adventure.  Ahhhh the good old days.
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Monkey Island Adventure is what happens when someone has the bright idea of using the GAC to bring Monkey Island to the ZX Spectrum.
Originally coded in 1999 but remained unfinished. Unearthed and demo version finished off. Full game in pre-production with target release date of November 2011.
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator MonkeyIslandAdventureDemo.tzx.zip14,720(TZX tape image)Original release





A funny thing happened to Oklahoma breeders Larry and Nelda Kettles after their appropriately named broodmare Time for a Makeover delivered a colt by Indy Thunder on February 18. Hollywood came calling.
The dark bay or brown foal fit the part for a role in Steven Spielberg’s theatrical adaptation of the novel and London play “War Horse.” Spielberg is directing the film, currently in production in Ventura, California.
The Kettles stand Indy Thunder at their C K Thoroughbreds in Guthrie, and they have an Oklahoma connection to Robin Pettigrew, who is part of the casting process.
“She said they had to have a bay foal, and I just happened to have foaled out a bay foal, so he’s going to be a movie star, hopefully,” Nelda Kettles said with a laugh. “He was about ten days to two weeks old when they picked him up. The baby was big and strong and no problems, so he’s in California now.”
Larry Kettles said the foal will be involved in five days of filming.
“I’m in nowhere Oklahoma, and of course, I’m not from Oklahoma, so I can say that,” Kettles said. “We’re about 35 miles due North of Oklahoma City. We are one of the top ten breeders of Thoroughbreds in Oklahoma, and one of our stallions is number five on the list of [progeny earnings]. But to get a call from a friend of a friend, somebody calling that said, ‘We understand you have a two-week old baby that’s dark bay, would you lease it to be in a movie?’
“I thought it was a joke, because I’m the world’s greatest practical joker. I said, ‘Yeah, in a rat’s [butt].’ Those were my exact words. Then I found out it’s for real. I still wonder why, with how many bay babies there must be in the state of California, but I guess it was one of those things if you know someone who knows someone.”
Kettles said the production company provided insurance, van transportation, and a lease agreement.
“I just told the lady that we worked with that if they’d like to buy the mare and that baby, they wouldn’t have to ship them back,” he said with a laugh.
Spielberg, of course, has experience with Thoroughbreds from the “Seabiscuit” movie, which his DreamWorks co-produced. That experience prompted Spielberg and several other producers from the film to buy a minor share in Atswhatimtalknbout, who finished fourth in the 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Following is the official synopsis from DreamWorks of “War Horse,” which is scheduled to be released on December 28:
“Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, ‘War Horse’ begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.”

from http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/03/10/oklahoma-foal-in-spielberg-movie-war-horse.aspx

Saturday, 19 March 2011

The new Star Wars MMO could help grow the industry, says Blizzard's co-founder.
Blizzard, the studio behind the immensely popular World of Warcraft, doesn't appear to be worried about the release of a high-profile rival like Star Wars: The Old Republic on the horizon; quite the opposite, in fact, as Blizzard's top brass seems to be rather hoping that the game does well.
Frank Pearce, Blizzard's executive vice president and co-founder, said that if handled properly, the release of The Old Republic could help grow the MMO market, and that was a good thing for the whole industry, not just publisher EA and LucasArts. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime added that Star Wars was a strong brand and that BioWare was a great developer. He felt that The Old Republic would result in a lot more people checking out MMOs, and hoped that their experiences with TOR - and by extension, the whole genre - would be positive.
Obviously there are also things that the pair aren't saying - there must have been some discussion at Blizzard about the potential negative effects that the launch of TOR will have on WoW - but it seems that they've decided to focus on the positives instead, at least in interviews, anyway.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is scheduled for release in the second quarter of this year.
Source: MCV
Cellucci Was Visual Effects Producer on “The Green Hornet” And Was Recently Nominated for a 2011 VES Award for “Salt”

Kerner Optical (formerly known as ILM's "model shop") named Emmy Award winning Visual Effects Producer Camille Cellucci to the post of Executive Producer.


Most recently, Cellucci was Visual Effects Producer on the hit film “The Green Hornet,” and was nominated for a 2011 Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for her work as Visual Effects Producer on “Salt.”

Edmeades said, “In addition to Camille’s 20-plus years in the visual effects industry, her enthusiasm for this specialized work makes her the perfect fit for Kerner. She’s led some of the top creative forces in Hollywood and has been honored with an Emmy Award and four VES Award nominations, not to mention the vital role she played as James Cameron’s Visual Effects Producer on ‘Titanic.’”

Adds Partridge, “We are delighted to have Camille join the Kerner team. Camille is a renowned member of the visual effects industry, and has participated in some of the biggest hit films of the recent past. We look for her now to play a key role in the expansion of our businesses both in the areas of practical effects and miniatures, as well as with our 3D content production.”

Cellucci said, “Kerner feels like coming home. My visual effects career began at ILM, and the model shop was one of my favorite departments. To work with such an incredible team of talented artists is a great honor. With my recent experience in 3D, I’m excited about Kerner’s new, state-of-the-art 3D camera rigs. I look forward to building on Kerner’s rich past and fostering new and creative partnerships thoughout the film industry.”

http://www.postproductionbuyersguide.com/kerner-optical_03_10_11.php

Friday, 18 March 2011

NEWPORT EASTER SCI-FI COLLECTORS FAIR
Newport Leisure Centre - Easter Sunday 24th April 2011
50 Tables of merchandise from some of the best dealers in the UK.
501st Garrison will be at the show in full costume.

Plus Daleks and other Dr.Who characters. Guests TBA £5 for adults, £2 for under 12s and under 9s free Opening Times 11.00 - 3.30 Tickets only available on the day. More information to follow

Doctor Who: Time, Part 1 - Red Nose Day 2011 - BBC Comic Relief Night 

Doctor Who: Time, Part 2 - Red Nose Day 2011 - BBC Comic Relief Night 

 


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