Monday, 31 January 2011

BioWare's released a new video of the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: The Old Republic, showcasing 'Flashpoints'.

The studio says: "Flashpoints are action-packed, story-driven adventures that test a group of players to their limits, putting them up against difficult foes in volatile situations. You and your group need your wits, your skills, and all your resources to emerge victorious.

"Every Flashpoint begins with an exciting story and contains difficult decisions - choose carefully, because your group's choices have a meaningful impact on the challenges you'll face, the enemies you'll fight, and the outcome of the story! All the danger is certainly worthwhile; the rewards from Flashpoints are some of the most powerful you'll find."

 In tribute to John Barry who passed away today.

Composer John Barry, famous for his work on Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films, has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77.
Born John Barry Prendergast in 1933, the York-born musician first found fame as leader of the John Barry Seven.
His arrangement of Monty Norman's James Bond theme led to him composing scores for 11 films in the series, among them Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.
His work saw him win five Oscars, while he received a Bafta fellowship in 2005.
His most recent film score featured in the 2001 war thriller Enigma, while a musical version of Brighton Rock, created with lyricist Don Black, had its London premiere in 2004.
Black, who worked with the composer on his Born Free, Thunderball and Diamonds are Forever theme songs, said Barry remained unaffected by his international success.
"The thing about John that I will always remember was he never changed," he said.
"He was very much the Yorkshireman, whether he was in Beverly Hills or Manhattan."
Sir Tim Rice - who worked with Barry on All Time High, the song heard over the title sequence of 1983 Bond movie Octopussy - also cited the composer's roots, remembering the "slight Yorkshire tinge to his voice which he never lost".
"Film seemed to bring out the very best in him," he said of a man who "was able to catch the mood of a scene or a whole film by the genius of orchestration with fairly conventional instruments".


  • From Russia With Love
  • Goldfinger
  • Zulu
  • Born Free
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Diamonds are Forever
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Out of Africa
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Chaplin
Awarded an OBE in 1999 for his services to music, Barry was renowned for his lush strings, orchestral swells and elegant melodies.
His work found a new audience when Robbie Williams featured music from You Only Live Twice on his 1998 hit single Millennium.
Current Bond film composer David Arnold paid tribute to his predecessor via Twitter.
"I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally," he said.
Barry's son-in-law, BBC business reporter Simon Jack, said he "truly loved writing music as much as people enjoyed listening to it".
"He saw himself as much a dramatist as a composer and his music was inextricably linked to the stories told on the screen."
Jack also remembered him as "a wickedly funny man" whose "passion, genius and sense of humour will be terribly missed by his family and friends".
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Born Free star Virginia McKenna said Barry was "a wonderful musician and composer".
Close friend Michael Crawford, meanwhile, said he had written "some of the most memorable and beautiful film scores we could ever wish to hear".
Barry's first Oscars came in 1967 for his Born Free score and its iconic title theme.
John Barry, pictured in 1967 He won Oscars for Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves
More Academy Awards followed for the soundtracks he wrote for The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves.
Barry also won four Grammys, a Bafta for The Lion in Winter and a Golden Globe for Out of Africa.
His work for TV included the themes for Juke Box Jury and The Persuaders, while his non-soundtrack work included the albums Eternal Echoes and The Beyondness of Things.
In 2002 he was named an Honorary Freeman of the City of York, an honour he received at a venue in the city where he once used to play trumpet in the 1950s.
Barry, who lived in Oyster Bay, Long Island, is survived by Laurie, his wife of 33 years, his four children and five grandchildren.
His family said funeral arrangements would be private and that a memorial service would be held in the UK later this year.
The new cinematic trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic from E3 2010 “Hope” The Battle of Alderaan. The Republic’s gravest hour. Recently promoted to Darth, Malgus launches the first of many surprise attacks that would become his trademark during the Great War, perfectly timing the assault with a feint that pulls the Republic fleet light-years away. Thousands of assault droids and hundreds of Sith set the heart of the Republic ablaze, and Alderaan’s few defenders are swept away with ease. Unknown to Darth Malgus, small groups of Republic Troopers are stationed on Alderaan, some recovering from wounds, others are awaiting orders. As these brave soldiers take to the forests and mountains to fight a guerilla campaign against Malgus’s forces, the Republic fleet rushes back to repel the invasion. With time running out and Alderaan’s capitol threatened, it falls to Havoc Squad, the elite Republic Special Forces unit, to coordinate one last desperate stand against Malgus’ vastly superior numbers. Tags: Star Wars the Old Republic SWTOR Cinematic Trailer Hope Sith Jedi Trooper Alderaan BioWare LucasArts MMO MMORPG E3 2010 EA

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Nicolas Cage has been offered the chance to star in family adventure Treasure of Pompeii.

The film isn't actually the third installment in Cage's National Treasure franchise, despite sounding quite similar.

Pompeii is described as being close to The Goonies in tone, with the plot centring on "some boys’ adventures in Pompeii, the dead Roman city near the Vesuvius volcano, while searching for a hidden treasure."

There's no word on what role Cage is up for, so he could be playing a concerned dad, a pesky villain, or something altogether different.

Cage has a tendency to juggle generic fare with occasional bursts of offbeat manic genius: last year he was ace in Kick-Ass and Bad Lieutenant, but he also turned up in the underwhelming The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

This year he got off to a dodgy start with Season of the Witch, and he'll next be seen in Drive Angry 3D.

If Cage accepts the Treasure of Pompeii role, expect an official announcement very soon.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Star Wars: The Old Republic Reveals Planet Quesh

Quesh: Dangerous Investment
Can the Republic hold off invading Empire forces and defend Quesh’s priceless resource?
In a distant corner of Hutt Space, the poisonous planet Quesh orbited untouched for centuries, until the surprising discovery of rare adrenal chemicals drew the Galactic Republic to further explore this dangerous world.  Unable to process the chemicals into adrenals, however, the Republic was forced to turn to the Hutts for help.
Recently, the Sith Empire learned of this secret and lucrative operation, and swiftly came to steal the prize. The battle over this toxic treasure may be one of the most brutal ground conflicts the galaxy has ever seen, but the winner will gain access to powerful adrenals and a source of extreme wealth.
Fans of Star Wars: The Old Republic will be interested to learn that new information and screenshots via press release are available on the next chapter in the franchise: Quesh: Dangerous Investment. Screenshots after the jump, additional screenshots in the gallery.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is an MMO set thousands of years before Darth Vader appears in the films.
Can the Republic hold off invading Empire forces and defend Quesh’s priceless resource?
From the Press Release:
"In a distant corner of Hutt Space, the poisonous planet Quesh orbited untouched for centuries, until the surprising discovery of rare adrenal chemicals drew the Galactic Republic to further explore this dangerous world.  Unable to process the chemicals into adrenals, however, the Republic was forced to turn to the Hutts for help. Recently, the Sith Empire learned of this secret and lucrative operation, and swiftly came to steal the prize. The battle over this toxic treasure may be one of the most brutal ground conflicts the galaxy has ever seen, but the winner will gain access to powerful adrenals and a source of extreme wealth."
The HoloNet (which contains detailed records on classes, planets, factions, and a timeline of Old Republic History) can be accessed here. We're told that additional knowledge bases will be available in the future.

Friday, 28 January 2011

The opening of the newly updated "Star Wars' Star Tours: The Adventures Continue" attraction is scheduled to launch on May 20 at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios theme park, it was announced January 20, according to /Film.
Star Tours 2.0 will feature a 3D ride through 54 different experiences, with features like holographic communications with passengers.
This new attraction occurs between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Locations and characters are featured from both the original trilogy of films (Chewbacca, R2-D2, Bith, Rodians) and the prequels (Naboo citizens and Geonosians).
C-3PO will be the pilot of the new ride, and two new characters will be introduced, including Ace, a new pilot, and Aly San San, the spokesdroid, voiced by Allison Janney (The West Wing, Juno, Hairspray).
Composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, Up, Star Trek) will score the ride.
The new attraction will travel to Coruscant and other destinations in the Star Wars galaxy including Bespin, Endor and Alderaan.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Toy Story 3 has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture of the Year, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.).

Nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced minutes ago at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California by A.M.P.A.S. president Tom Sherak and actress Mo’Nique, and in a simultaneous press release.

The other categories in which Toy Story 3 is nominated are:
  • Best Animated Feature Film
  • Adapted Screenplay (Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
  • Original Song ("We Belong Together"; music and lyrics by Randy Newman)
  • Sound Editing (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers)
 Read the rest of the article here
Once again the talented people at Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound have been acknowledged for achievement in the year's slate of movies.
83rd Academy Awards Nominations
In the category of Best Achievements in Visual Effects, ILM's work on Iron Man 2 has been nominated for an Academy Award. Recognized in the nomination are ILM's Ben Snow, along with Janek Sirrs, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick.
Skywalker Sound was also honored with four nominations, including Toy Story 3 for Best Sound Editing, Tom Myers and Michael Silvers nominated; Tron: Legacy for Best Sound Editing, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague nominated; Inception for Best Sound Mixing, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick nominated; The Social Network for Best Sound Mixing, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten nominated.
Other Star Wars alumni to receive nominations today include Natalie Portman (Episode I-III), Best Actress for Black Swan; David Fincher (Episode VI), Best Director for The Social Network; and Rick Baker and Dave Elsey (Episode IV and Episode III, respectively) for Best Makeup, Wolfman.

JJ Abrams has opened up about his secret project 'Super 8', which will be produced by Steven Spielberg.
 Abrams - Talks about secrecy surrounding Super 8
Abrams spoke to New York Magazine about the film and revealed that the next trailer can be expected in the near future: "Probably March."
The director went on to address the secrecy surrounding the project, which is due for release in Irish cinemas on 19 August.
Referring to the secrecy surrounding the film, he said: "The strategy isn't some coy...thing. All we're trying to do is save something for the experience of seeing a movie.
"I don't know about you, but I feel like I get so over informed that by the time a movie's released, I don't care. I've seen it."

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Steven Spielberg is unrepentant for scaring swimmers out of the sea with Jaws.
Speaking backstage at the Critics Choice Awards, the filmmaker wouldn't accept any responsibility for frightening a generation with his classic movies.
"I have a feeling that before Jaws came along there was some concern about sharks in the water from swimmers and surfers," the 64-year-old laughed.
He went on: "What did we do? We kind of jumped on a subject that was already a nerve to be hit since it had been hit so many times before for hundreds of years. I don't really take much responsibility for that, except to say I do love sharks!"
The legendary movie maker picked up Best Picture Made For Television as executive producer on The Pacific.
Steven revealed that his next two projects are polar opposites.
Disney has announced that Star Tours is coming back, and that the newly updated attraction will reopen May 20, 2011, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in at the Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida. Star Tours is a motion simulator attraction based on the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. It was first launched at Disneyland in 1987 as a creative collaboration between Disney Imagineers and George Lucas with Industrial Light and Magic.

The new version, retitled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, will be based on a story set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, and Peter Mayhew reprise their roles as C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca, respectively, for the attraction.

Fans have been following the development of what was originally termed “Star Tours II” since it was announced by George Lucas at Celebration III in 2005. According to the Disney Parks Blog: “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will feature new droids, a new Starspeeder, new destinations and even a new pilot.”

In addition, the attraction is also said to be an immersive 3D experience. More details will come out about the new Star Tours as time progresses.

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Monday, 24 January 2011

In a rather surprising move, Liam Neeson is returning to the Star Wars galaxy as Qui-Gon Jinn in the animated spin-off series, The Clone Wars.

The actor reprises his role almost twelve years after his first appearance as the Jedi in The Phantom Menace, the first Star Wars prequel. Qui-Gon also received mentions in Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith whilst he also appeared in the first 2D animated version of The Clone Wars from Genndy Tartakovsky (though not voiced by Neeson).
His return, part of a three episode story arc, sees Obi Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon's former Padawan, having visions of his old master as they discuss Anakin Skywalker's destiny as the "Chosen One".
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, who exclusively broke the news, the Irish actor said he wanted to return to the Star Wars world because "these characters resonate...even after all these years." Neeson added, "Growing up, my heroes were cowboys; they were strong and mysterious, and it seemed like they always rode off into the sunset. For kids today, Star Wars has that same kind of magic. I really wanted to be a part of that."
Qui Gon-Jinn's return starts in the US on Jan 28 and in the UK, February 5th on Sky Movies.

3.14 Witches Of The Mist
If the sight of Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress and Darth Maul's 'brother' engaging in a multi-lightsabre orgy of gargantuan proportions doesn't get the geekoid in you dripping in delight, then it's game over, mate. You're dead.
Actually, I say "orgy", but it's much, much better than that. The triumvirate of bad ass, and I mean bad ass, Sith have taken over The Clone Wars in the past few weeks and here, in the final part of the three-episode story arc, their battle comes to a glorious finale. But more on that later.
Concluding one of the most memorable stories of the Star Wars animated spin-off is this game of two halves. Witches Of The Mist begins with the Jedi becoming aware of the new terror on the block, Savage Oppress (the aforementioned sibling of The Phantom Menace's horny Sith), who recently dispensed some Jedi in a most monstrous of fashions.
Hearing the words "Darth Maul" uttered in disbelief by Obi Wan starts the geek-fest shivers early and the trembles continue as Dooku trains Opress. It's slightly reminiscent of The Bride's scenes with Pai Mei from Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol 2, Dooku performing cruelty as if taking a breath. There's also some neat nods to Yoda's training of Luke on Dagobah, with a discussion of just what is impossible.
The relationship between Dooku and his new apprentice highlights the cruelty of the Sith. Hate is the seed from which their faith grows. This hate also gives rise to the duplicitous nature of the dark side of the force. Trust is not in their vocabulary, as witnessed by Dooku, who is happy to surrender any sense of loyalty for more power.
But this tantalising set-up between the three parties, Obi Wan and Anakin, Dooku and Opress, and the vengeful Ventress, pales in comparison to the, frankly, scorching denouement, which finds them all, at various points, fighting one another, giving us the third week in a row for fans of manic and enlightening lightsaber battles. Amusingly, the Jedi seem totally out of their depth, as their enemies are Sith-bent on destroying whatever gets in their way.
It is a beautiful sight.
And once the dust settles (though it doesn't, really), there's yet a revelation to be had. I shan't spoil it for you, but it will leave Star Wars fans gasping, asking, "How can that be?". An insanely unexpected move.
As a final note to this trilogy, full marks and a gold star must go to the writer of these stories, Katie Lucas. Not only has Dathomir Trilogy proved to be an instant classic within The Clone Wars series, George Lucas' daughter has also added an incredibly layered and entertaining addition to the Star Wars galaxy and shown, with some incredible style, that there are many more stories to be told in this universe. One can only imagine and giggle with girlish glee at how essential and immense a Star Wars feature film by Katie would be.

A researcher from Japan plans to use a new cloning technique to make this happen

If you thought "Jurassic Park" and the large, reconstructed skeletons seen in museums were the closest we'd ever come to seeing extinct creatures come to life, you might want to think again. 
Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University in Japan, is looking to resurrect the woolly mammoth now that a new cloning technique can make it possible. Not only is it possible, but the woolly mammoth could also be reborn as soon as four years from now. 
The woolly mammoth, which is an extinct species of mammoth that died out 5,000 years ago, has been difficult to clone up until now because nuclei in cells found in the muscle tissue and skin of woolly mammoth's located in the Siberian permafrost were severely damaged by the cold. Many attempts in the 1990's failed because of this. 
In 2008, Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama from the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology developed a cloning technique that allowed him to use the cells of a mouse that was frozen for 16 years to clone a new mouse. This technique has paved the way for new clone-related opportunities, and has inspired Iritani to resurrect the woolly mammoth. 
Iritani plans to use this technique to pinpoint healthy nuclei within mammoth cells in order to extract and use them for cloning. 
"Now that the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," said Iritani. 
To obtain the nuclei, Iritani will travel to Siberia this summer to find samples of mammoth tissue or skin within the permafrost. If he is unable to locate these samples, he plans to ask Russian scientists for samples that they have recovered. 
Once Iritani obtains the nuclei, he will insert it into an African elephant's egg cells. The African elephant will be the surrogate mother of the new mammoth.
"The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently, but now stands at about 30 percent," said Iritani. "I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years."
Iritani said the process would take at least four years because it will be about two years before the elephant can be impregnated, and then a 600-day gestation period is needed.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

While speculation has grown quite fierce in recent weeks, it appears we finally have a solid idea of what films will be advertised during Super Bowl XLV.  The Hollywood Reporter has released the list of films that viewers can expect to see commercials for both before and during the game.  Hit the jump to see what is in store.

Even with an approximate $3 million price tag per 30 second spot, it appears movie studios are going all out as far as buying up space for some of 2011’s biggest releases.  A number of films will have spots during the game, including a few that we have covered for their viral marketing efforts: Super 8, Limitless, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Rango.

In what many deem is a cost effective decision, The Hollywood Reporter also notes that several films, including Battle: Los Angeles, The Eagle, Kung Fu Panda 2, Priest, and Just Go With It, will be represented during pregame festivities.

As the big game approaches, expect to see more information emerge over what specifically viewers will see in these commercials.  I know I am most excited to finally see some footage from Captain America: The First Avenger. If there’s a particular spot you are looking forward to, let us know what it is in the comments section below.

The Super Bowl will air on Fox on February 6th.
Steven Spielberg movies are always big, but this year, they’re going to be even bigger. Two of his latest big-screen productions as well as his latest directorial effort are all getting super-sized for IMAX.
clearpxl In a new deal with Paramount, IMAX screens are going to showcase Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated “Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” his first film since 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” along with Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” both of which the “E.T.” creator serves as Executive Producer.
Also included in the deal is the interestingly titled “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment in the Tom Cruise-starring franchise. Director Brad Bird, who also helmed “The Incredibles” for Pixar, filmed some of the action sequences using IMAX cameras.
“Super 8,” starring Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, and Amanda Michalka, hits theaters on June 10th, while “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is slated for July 1st. “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is currently set for December 16th, while “Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” starring Jamie Bell and Daniel Crag, hits theaters December 23rd.
Along with being formatted for the giant screen, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” are currently set to be shown in 3D.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - U.S. network NBC has picked up a musical from .. Steven Spielberg?
Yup, it's true. "Smash," based on an idea by the busy producer (who has "Terra Nova" and "Falling Skies" on tap), is an hourlong musical series that follows characters who come together for the exhilarating ride of putting on a Broadway musical.
In other words, a scripted "making of" series that may be prime for broadcast TV, due to the success of Fox's "Glee."
Written and executive produced by playwright and TV producer Theresa Rebeck, the project will also be executive produced by Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for DreamWorks TV; Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Chicago," "Hairspray"); and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray" songwriters).
Shaiman and Wittman will write original songs for the project.
Michael Mayer, director of Broadway's "Spring Awakening" and "American Idiot," is in negotiations to direct.
"I Hate That I Love You," from 20th Television, was also ordered to pilot by NBC.
According to the logline, it is a "twisty, single-camera romantic comedy in which a straight couple introduces two of its lesbian friends to one another and what results is both instant attraction and a pregnancy."
Jhoni Marchinko of "Will and Grace" will executive produce and write.
These are the first pilot orders from new NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.
Marisa Guthrie in New York contributed to this report.
Harrison Ford arriving back at his hotel
HARRISON FORD has reached out to MICHAEL DOUGLAS as the actor nears the end of his cancer battle, insisting he's "very happy" to hear his pal has been given good news.
Douglas was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in August (10) and after six months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, the tumour has gone.
The Oscar-winner revealed the news in an interview earlier this week (beg10Jan11), although he will still need to undergo regular check-ups over the next two months to ensure the cancer doesn't return.
And Indiana Jones star Ford is delighted to hear about Douglas' health improvement.
He says, "I'm so glad to hear the news. I'm very happy for him because he's a great guy."

Friday, 21 January 2011

From "Tales of Monkey Island" by Michael Land:
00:00 - Overture (2009)
01:42 - The Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu (2009)

From "Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge" by Michael Land, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian:
03:13 - Underground Tunnels - orchestrated by Andrew Langley (2000)

From "Day of the Tentacle" by Michael Land, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian:
13:01 - End Titles (2009)

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Early this morning online retailer sent out an email to those who pre-order the Star Wars Saga, Prequel Trilogy or Original Trilogy on Blu-ray saying that it is now eligible for release date delivery and that it will arrive on September 27. A quick peek at a calendar confirms that September 27 does, in fact, fall on a Tuesday when the majority of Blu-ray titles are released.
George Lucas was joking when he told Seth Rogen that he believed the world would end in 2012, his representative has confirmed.

Rogen had quipped that the director/producer was entirely serious when he revealed a supposed belief in the ancient Mayan prophesy.

However, in an email to Wired, Lucasfilm rep Lynne Hale said: "I spoke with George. He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012.

She then joked: "But he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth.

"These are among the many subjects he commonly discusses at length with Elvis, who he's going to digitally insert into Indy 5 along with a roster of famous dead actors."

Hale added: "Seth Rogen is a funny guy, but George and Steven [Spielberg] are taking Chris Rock with them on the Millennium Falcon!"

Harrison Ford has said that he's "looking forward" to starting work on the next Indiana Jones film.
The actor, 68, told Radio 1's entertainment reporter Natalie Jamieson that Indiana Jones creator George Lucas is working on an idea for the character's next adventure.
He also talked about his new film Morning Glory, co-starring Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton, in which he plays a producer struggling to revive an unsuccessful morning television programme.
Patrick Wilson, who features in the film, also joked that he'd like to appear in the next Indiana Jones film alongside Harrison Ford.
A rare old piece from ABC's 20/20 with Steven Spielberg.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Interview with Steven Spielberg t on NBC's Today Show, from 1983. He speaks with Gene Shalit about his latest release, 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.' (I have the first part, but the quality is poor and goes to black a few times).

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Just to clear up those rumours and reports that so and so wasn't happy with Ricky Gervais etc the following has come straight from Ricky's blog

I enjoyed the Globes more this year. I think I had better gags. More along the lines of the Mel Gibson one last year.

Obviously the rumour that the organizers stopped me going out on stage for an hour is rubbish. I did every link I was scheduled to do. The reason why the gaps were uneven is because when I got the rundown I was allowed to choose who I presented to. I obviously chose the spots that I had the best gags for. They couldn't move around the order but I could move around however I wanted.

All the same conspiracy theories as last year too...
"So and so was offended"... "hasn't been invited back yet"... exactly the same as last time. "Paul McCartney was furious"... no he wasn't. And nor was Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. I was drinking with them after.

Why do people have to embellish? They're allowed to say they hated it. They're allowed to say they didn't find it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever. But why do they speculate and make stuff up?

Don't worry, I know the answer. Because it's more interesting than
"it went fine and some people won some awards and then went to a party". But that's all that happened.

Actually, I see what they mean. Boring. So here's what really happened. Bruce Willis and Sly Stallone started a fight with me but Alec Baldwin and Mark Walberg stepped in and helped me out. That's what happened.
Game Informer has recently had their first look at Jurassic Park: Episode 1 from Telltale Games. Jurassic Park, created by Michael Crichton and adapted into a screenplay by Stephen Spielberg has had some hit or misses in the gaming industry. All JP games have been shooter games where the player goes out and shoots the dinosaurs. Sure that's a lot of fun but it's not what Jurassic Park was about.
Enter Telltale Games who is going to bring the human element found in the books into their game. Good news is that Universal Studios also wanted this and hasn't licensed the IP since 2003's Operation Genesis. Telltale's Jurassic Park is going to take place after the first Jurassic Park and will address plot points that weren't followed through in the first film and never again in the sequels.
As for characters, according to the article we know that we won't be playing as Dr Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler or Dr Ian Malcolm but we do know that those characters as well as smaller characters like Gerry Harding, Jurassic Park's chief veterinarian will be referenced. As previously mentioned JP is going to use Heavy Rain's mechanics but still working on how it will be used.
Jurassic Park is going to be a five-part downloadable series and will be released onthe PC, Mac and consoles.
You should definitely go check out Game Informer's first look on Jurassic Park from Telltale games. It's a great read and definitely gives you a lot of insight as to what the new Jurassic Park will be like. There are also some screenshots and concept art to gawk at.
Composer John Williams talks about his music with Gene Shalit, on pt. 4 of a week long series on 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,' from NBC's Today Show in 1983.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Suite from Harry Potter (John Williams) - Il Novecento.

Night of the Proms (Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, 2010).

Olympic Themes by Charlie Skarbek - 1988 Seoul Olympics
Including the music used during the BBC TV Olympic coverage Track 5 - New World. 

Sunday, 16 January 2011

British actress Susannah York has died at the age of 72 after suffering from cancer, her son has said.
She appeared in film, TV and theatre during a career which began in the 1960s.
She was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and won a Bafta for the same role.
Her son Orlando Wells told the Telegraph newspaper that she was "an absolutely fantastic mother".
"She loved nothing more than cooking a good Sunday roast and sitting around a fire of a winter's evening. In some sense, she was quite a home girl. Both Sasha [Orlando's sister] and I feel incredibly lucky to have her as a mother.''
York graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1958, winning the Ronson Award for most promising student.
Directed by Sydney Pollack, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? followed the contestants in a gruelling dance marathon and also starred Jane Fonda.

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Susannah York received an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
York was apparently angry at having been nominated for the Oscar without being asked, but did attend the ceremony.
She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Alice.
News editor at Empire Magazine, Chris Hewitt, said she "came to fame" in Tom Jones, opposite Albert Finney, in 1963, and was "amazing" in The Killing of Sister George in 1968.
More recently, she appeared in the BBC dramas Holby City and Casualty.
In later years she also featured as Superman's mother in three Superman movies, and wrote two children's books.
"She was a very versatile actress, she liked to switch roles, and never do the same thing twice," Hewitt said.
Outside her professional work, she was a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and Mordechai Vanunu, the technician imprisoned for 18 years for revealing Israel's secret nuclear programme.

From BBC

March 4 -- the slot typically reserved for historical action films and Zack Snyder movies -- sees the release of Nickelodeon's animated adventure Rango. But don't let the Nickelodeon in the title fool you into thinking this is an oversaturated, Technicolor kiddie movie. Quite the contrary: this looks like a family film with potential to become a modern classic. Need convincing? Here are five reasons we think Rango will rock.
Gore Verbinski
He doesn't just direct movies; he directs the HELL out of them. Verbinski is his generation's Spielberg, though most of the critical mass has yet to realize it. When he set out to remake the Japanese horror film Ringu (The Ring), he not only tipped off an entire movement in modern horror, but rewrote the rules of how a horror film could be made (showing how profitable a PG-13 horror film could be while still being good). When he set out to adapt a movie from a Disneyland theme park ride, he ended up with an entire trilogy that created an iconic character that will no doubt endure for decades. And now that he's set his sights on 3-D animated entertainment, is there any doubt he'll get it right -- especially after how well he's already entertained families with Mouse Hunt?
Johnny Depp
He has a track record with Verbinski and does great voice work. He's also probably the main reason you already plan on seeing this.
It's based upon a classic story
While you can't tell it from the trailers, the film is a loose adaptation of the classic Grimm fairy tale The Valiant Little Tailor, which many of you may know best as The Brave Little Tailor -- or Seven With One Blow -- the classic Mickey Mouse version of the story. The original is the story of a tailor who kills seven flies with one smack, but the story mutates as it gets told and retold until everyone believes the tailor slew seven giants with one blow. Here, Rango is a stranger who happens into town, tells a lie to protect himself, and ends up convincing everyone that he killed seven dangerous banditos with one bullet. Like the original, he then gets tasked with protecting the town from another menace, which should be easy work for someone who has already performed such legendary feats. It's a great story, and no doubt one Verbinski, with the aid of Gladiator scribe John Logan, will tell well.
Westerns are hot right now
Let's face it, we love Westerns and haven't gotten enough of them lately. But with True Grit burning up the box office and Cowboys and Aliens set to destroy summer competition, one gets the feeling that this will fit in quite well ... just before folks start getting tired of Westerns again.
It doesn't pull its punches
As you can see in the trailers, and perhaps the eight minutes of footage they showed us at Butt-Numb-a-Thon this year, this movie up and kills a dangerous creature in the first act of the film. Establishing that death is very real -- and hinting that Rango himself is destined to die -- creates a genuine sense of tension that most animated films never achieve. This doesn't feel like a kids' film; it feels like a family film. There are real distinctions between the two types of movies and it looks like Nickelodeon is quite interested in the latter. A gritty, family Western based on The Valiant Little Tailor, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski? Yes, please. Twice.
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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Michael Bay has described Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen as "a mess".

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the director admitted that the 2009 blockbuster failed to live up to expectations.

"It was kind of a mess, wasn't it?" Bay said. "Look, the movie had some good things in it and it was entertaining and it did very well, but it also failed in some key ways. I learned from it."

The 45-year-old, who also helmed the first Transformers movie, blamed the Writers Guild strike for the problems with Revenge Of The Fallen.

"We got burned on the last movie," he commented. "The big thing was the writers' strike, it hurt the film and it made it hard on everybody. We had three weeks to get our story and, really, we were going into the movie without a script. It’s tough to do that. It was too big of a movie. There were too many endings or too many things that felt like endings."

Bay is currently working on the third robot blockbuster Dark Of The Moon, due for release this summer, and assured that the movie will go "back to basics".

"I absolutely believe this is going to be a much better film than the second one," he said.

Home of LEGO Star Wars Days for the last several years, it’s only natural that LEGOLAND California should get a section of Miniland dedicated to Star Wars. That’s finally happening this March. From Bricks to Bothans was there covering the press event, and has all the details and photos, including the ever-awesome Mr. Gary McIntire (with Miniland tauntaun and Han Solo).

Friday, 14 January 2011

Actor Corey Feldman, famous for his roles in The Goonies and Stand by Me, will make a celebrity appearance at Hollywood Blvd. this weekend.
Feldman will introduce two shows on Friday and four shows on Sunday.
Here is the schedule:
  • The Lost Boys, 7 p.m.
  • The Goonies, 9:30 p.m.
  • Stand By Me, 2 p.m.
  • License to Drive, 4 p.m.
  • The Goonies, 6 p.m.
  • The Lost Boys, 8 p.m.
Feldman will be available for autographs and will introduce the films. He is expected to arrive an hour before the first scheduled film. You must purchase a movie ticket to meet Feldman.
Everyone is encouraged to arrive early. Due to long lines, not everyone may be able to meet the actor.
Blu-ray Update: There are many stories circulating on the interweb regarding Jurassic Park coming to Blu-Ray
In an interview with Ecranlarge, Universal France marketing director Eric Legay revealed that Steven Spielberg‘s JURASSIC PARK will finally be released on Blu-ray in 2011.  This is unconfirmed and until Universal release an official statement we cannot get excited but we can still hope.  One thing is certain and that will be an absence of a directors commentary.  Spielberg is not a subscriber of these as he believes it distracts from the movie. will keep you posted.
Harrison Ford has revealed that he has spoken with George Lucas about a new Indiana Jones movie.

The veteran action movie star, who has previously stated that he would like to work on a fifth Indiana film, spoke about the project's progress on Daybreak.

"George Lucas is working on a gem of an idea, and if it produces a good result, I'm sure we'll all be happy to do another," he said.

The last Indiana Jones movie was the 2008 instalment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Savage Opress

Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars launches a spectacular three-episode arc on Friday that finds Darth Sidious issuing a fatwa on superstar assassin Asajj Ventress. The problem: She's becoming way too powerful and, therefore, no longer trustworthy. Naturally, Sid makes his apprentice Count Dooku do the dirty work, to prove his loyalty, but Ventress survives Dooku's murder attempt and bitterly vows to destroy her master. She'll need help with that, of course, and it comes in the form of a new badass character named Savage Opress. Here's the cool part: He's the brother of Darth Maul!

According to Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, Lucas "wanted to settle once and for all the Rule of Two he set up in the Star Wars films — that when it comes to the Sith Lords there can be only two at one time, a master and an apprentice. Many fans have said, 'Oh, yeah? Then what about Ventress?' Because it does seem like we've had a Rule of Three going here. This story is George's way of explaining that."

Lucas also wanted to use Savage (pronounced sah-vaj) as a way to give fans a deeper understanding of his famous sib. "Everybody likes Darth Maul yet we don't really know much about him," Filoni notes of the character, who appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. "We're digging into the character's origins and revealing how he came from a whole tribe of people."

"We've only seen Darth Maul as a ruthless warrior," Filoni reminds us. "We don't know what he was like before he got used as an apprentice by an evil Sith. So we'll see a whole other side of him through his brother, a very unexpected side. We also get into the training of a Sith and how it differs from the training of a Jedi, something the fans have always wondered about. Some big-time secrets will be revealed."

Savage, voiced by Clancy Brown, who played The Kurgan in Highlander, is a curious guy. "He seems all powerful and terrifying but there's a sadness and reluctance to him," says Filoni. "He doesn't want to become this sort of Frankenstein'd Darth Maul kind of person. He has a lot of good traits. There is an honor to him, which is true of so many people who turn evil in mythology. This is actually the set-up for a much bigger story."

And that's a promise. Says Filoni with a laugh: "Savage isn't one of those villains who will just go away. The fans are always accusing us of doing the 'show up and blow up' — we create a really exciting character, then kill him off really quickly. That won't happen here."

Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs Fridays at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

We first saw humans interacting with dinosaurs when the Jurassic Park phenomenon hit cinema screens in 1993 and went on to spawn two successful sequels.
And it would seem that Steven Spielberg's obsession with all things prehistoric has yet to be abated as he has now brought his original concept to TV.
The veteran director's new project Terra Nova - which means 'new land' in Latin - brings the reptilian creatures to life once more - and once again, some unsuspecting humans find themselves smack bang in the middle of them.
Meet the family: (L-R) Landon Liboiron, Shelley Conn, Jason O'Mara, Alana Mansour and Naomi Scott star as the Shannons who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth to rebuild civilisation
Meet the family: (L-R) Landon Liboiron, Shelley Conn, Jason O'Mara, Alana Mansour and Naomi Scott star as the Shannons who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth to rebuild civilisation

Set in 2149, Terra Nova shows the Earth as an overdeveloped, overcrowded and highly polluted planet that is slowly dying.
Scientists then discover a fracture in time and construct a portal that can take them back 100 million years in time, giving them the idea that they can go back and rebuild civilisation.
New life: Little-known Londoner Shelley Conn steps into the role as Elisabeth Shannon, with Irish-born star Jason O'Mara playing her husband Jim
New life: Little-known Londoner Shelley Conn steps into the role as Elisabeth Shannon, with Irish-born star Jason O'Mara playing her husband Jim
New life: Little-known Londoner Shelley Conn steps into the role as Elisabeth Shannon, with Irish-born star Jason O'Mara playing her husband Jim
After establishing the Terra Nova colony on the prehistoric land, they choose a select group of people to go back - not realising the colony is surrounded by carnivorous dinosaurs.
Among the group of people are the Shannon family, which the 13-part show will focus on.

Irish-born actor Jason O'Mara plays father Jim, Landon Liboiron is their 17-year-old son, Naomi Scott is their 15-year-old daughter, and Alana Mansour is their 5-year-old daughter.
Big break: Shelley Conn, seen here in party Animals, was chosen from dozens of well-known Hollywood actresses to play Elisabeth after impressing Stephen Spielberg
Big break: Shelley Conn, seen here in party Animals, was chosen from dozens of well-known Hollywood actresses to play Elisabeth after impressing Stephen Spielberg
Big break: Shelley Conn, seen here in party Animals, was chosen from dozens of well-known Hollywood actresses to play Elisabeth after impressing Stephen Spielberg
Their mother and Jim's wife Elisabethis played by little-known British actress Shelley Conn.
She has had minor roles in Casualty and Mersey Beat, before building up her profile in ensemble shows such as BBC2’s Party Animals and BBC1’s Mistresses.
Miss Conn, 34, who lives in London with actor boyfriend Jonathan Kerrigan, will begin filming the show this month in Australia.
She is joined in the show by another British actress, Christine Adams, who starred in Doctor Who, Heroes and Nip/Tuck.
Welcome! Commander Nathaniel Taylor, played by Avatar's Stephen Lang, greets the Shannon's as they arrive
Welcome! Commander Nathaniel Taylor, played by Avatar's Stephen Lang, greets the Shannon's as they arrive
Younger time travellers: Naomi SCoot, who plays Maddy Shannon and Landon Liboiron as her brother Josh
Younger time travellers: Naomi SCoot, who plays Maddy Shannon and Landon Liboiron as her brother Josh
Younger time travellers: Naomi Scott, who plays Maddy Shannon and Landon Liboiron as her brother Josh
Avatar star Stephen Lang also stars as Commander Frank Taylor, the first person to cross the time portal and the leader of the settlement.
He greets the newcomers with a cheery, 'Together, we are at the dawn of a new civilization. Welcome to Terra Nova, folks. Welcome home!'
Terra Nova is Spielberg’s biggest TV show to date and uses some ideas from his 1990s blockbuster Jurassic Park.
Primeval danger: The Shannon family huddle together as they notice something carnivorous and prehistoric
Primeval danger: The Shannon family huddle together as they notice something carnivorous and prehistoric

Under attack: The colony braces itself for a visitor from another time
Under attack: The colony braces itself for a visitor from another time
The series will employ state-of-the-art special effects similar to those used in hit film Avatar, which is why the budget is already so high.
The land is filled with dangerous dinosaurs, and other prehistoric threats, as well as sinister external forces intent on destroying the new world.
It is expected to broadcast in autumn 2011 and is already being tipped as the must see series of next year.
Get back! The two Shannon children open fire on something that is threatening the human colony
Get back! The two Shannon children open fire on something that is threatening the human colony
In charge: Mido Hamada as head of security Guzman and Christine Adams as Mira, the leader of a group opposed to Taylor
In charge: Mido Hamada as head of security Guzman and Christine Adams as Mira, the leader of a group opposed to Taylor
In charge: Mido Hamada as head of security Guzman and Christine Adams as Mira, the leader of a group opposed to Taylor
Executives in America have been looking for a new hit after popular long running series Lost and 24 drew to a close
Speaking yesterday at the Fox Broadcasting Company Winter Press Tour in California yesterday, writer Brannon Braga said: 'At the core, it is a very emotional show. It is really about a family surviving in this incredible place, trying to give humanity a second chance.

'The philosophical crux is, can Utopia be built? Is it possible?'
Introduction: The stars of the new show talk to journalists during the FOX Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association winter press tour yesterday
Introduction: The stars of the new show talk to journalists during the FOX Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association winter press tour yesterday
Noah Wyle, the star of Steven Spielberg's new TNT alien-invasion series, Falling Skies, is still intimidated by his boss.
"I couldn't say a word," Wyle says of meeting the three-time Academy Award-winning director. "My hands were sweaty. Luckily, he kind of ignored me. In fact he totally ignored me. I still am incredibly intimidated to be around him, to be honest."
VIDEO: First trailer for Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies
Spielberg — who has helmed such films as Schindler's List, E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds — also helped launch the NBC series ER, which skyrocketed Wyle's career.
Since Wyle left ER in 2005, he has appeared in such films as Nothing But the Truth and W, as well as TNT's action-adventure TV movie franchise, The Librarian. Now the 39-year-old actor will get even more physical in Skies, which centers on the aftermath of an alien invasion.
"This was the most physically demanding work I've ever done in my life," Wyle says. "[ER] had an element of politics and had an emotional element to it, but didn't really have an element of physicality to it like [Falling Skies]. So I thought it was a good challenge as I enter my 40th year. The clock is ticking on how long I can do this sort of thing."
Besides the physical stunts, the hardest aspect of Falling Skies is keeping the story somewhat believable, Wyle says. "I've never really done anything remotely near the science-fiction drama, so there's a learning curve to it," he says. "The element of specificity and detail has to be so closely paid attention to. As soon as you unravel that line of plausibility, once you part from this being a true 'What if?' scenario, it's like a house of cards that comes tumbling down."
Falling Skies will debut this summer on TNT.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience your own archaeological adventure in the company of the field's most charming guide, Indiana Jones.

- An interactive tour across the legendary sites of the Indiana Jones films sheds light on some of the historical myths, such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail.

- A vast collection of Indiana Jones film accessories from the Lucasfilm Archives.

- A rare chance to see ancient artifacts on loan from the National Geographic Society and the Penn Museum.
- With the help of a hand-held multimedia guide, you'll discover the secrets of archaeological destinations made famous by the Indiana Jones films.
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition, presented by the National Geographic Society, made possible by to Lucasfilm Ltd. and produced by Montreal's X3 Productions. A first in Québec, in exclusivity with the Montréal Science Centre.

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Kiss a wookie, kick a droid...

Western Washington University Mens Choir sings "Star Wars" by John Williams, arranged by the a Capella group Moosebutter (Mister Tim) for their Winter Choral Concert "Music in Motion". The piece was conducted by Tim Fitzpatrick. We added some coreography for our performance as well, check it!

In case you were wondering, this arrangement is comprised of 6 Steven Spielberg movies and their respected soundtracks from John Williams.

They are in order:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial
Jurassic Park

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

British actor ALEX PETTYFER walked out of his audition for I AM NUMBER FOUR - because he was convinced he would ruin the movie if he landed the lead role.
Pettyfer was reluctant to accept the part of an alien in the upcoming sci-fi film, fearing he wouldn't be able to carry the big-budget blockbuster, which was produced by Steven Spielberg.
And the 20 year old admits he was so worried, he walked out of his audition before he'd begun reciting his lines - and was shocked when he later landed the role.
He tells Britain's Empire magazine, "I went for an audition and before I even started saying the lines, I looked at them, stood up and said, 'I'm sorry I'm not right for this.' And walked out! Deborah Aquilah, who's the casting director, ran after me, and said, 'Alex, Alex... You've got to come back!' I said, 'I can't I don't want to muck up your movie.'
"They called me two weeks later and I still didn't want to come in, but they hadn't found anyone. I read for D.J. (Caruso, director) and he seemed to like what I did and screentested me. I got an email from my agent that night that said, 'We're waiting to see what Steven says.' I was like, 'Who's Steven?' 'Steven Spielberg...' 'Oh, OK...' And he gave me the thumbs up, which is a big honour."

Monday, 10 January 2011

Over the weekend, the Internet was buzzing about a fourth Jurassic Park currently being in production. This is only a rumor.
The rumor started when a tourist took a photo of the Universal Studios' “Shooting Schedule.” The “Shooting Schedule” has Jurassic Park 4 filming on Stages 7, 10, 12, and 14 right after Desperate Housewives and Parenthood.
Universal has confirmed that Jurassic Park 4 is not filming nor is it anyway near production.

"-I will milk every drop of blood from your body!
-How appropriate. You fight like a cow."

by R Wainfur for

Times are changing and Hollywood sci-fi dreams are becoming a technological reality. Stephen Cauchi finds out which big screen fantasies are now fact.


Star Wars robots with human-like intelligence are still in the realm of fantasy, but there are some pretty good imitations around. Honda's ASIMO robot, which looks like a small astronaut, has a host of humanlike behaviours including responding to a handshake or wave, answering questions, facing people when spoken to, and avoiding hazards while walking.
Another favourite is the TOPIO 3.0 robot, the pick of the bunch at this year's Automatica Trade Fair in Munich, Germany, according to trade journal Technology and Industry News.
Produced by Vietnamese firm TOSY, TOPIO, which stands 1.88 metres tall and weighs 120 kilograms, is a bipedal humanoid robot designed to play table tennis. Its high-speed cameras allow it to calculate a shot after the ball has travelled just 20 centimetres from an opponent's paddle. A squat, three-wheeled version, TOPIO DIO, is designed to serve drinks. DIO - which stands at 1.25 metres, weighs 45 kilograms and can be controlled via wireless internet - can also be used by rescue services, police or the army to perform dangerous work.

Minority Report/XBox

In the 2002 blockbuster Minority Report, Tom Cruise navigates through the enormous computer screens of the future by gesturing his hands through the air.
The Kinect sensor of the latest Microsoft XBox console works the same way. A camera sensor plugs into the console, reads the human body and creates an avatar, or computer image, of the user. The user moves, and the avatar on screen follows suit.
Players can become part of a computer game in a way never possible with a handset.
Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have gone further, inventing the DepthJS and the Hand Detector. These allow the Kinect to recognise hand and finger motions, allowing users to surf the internet and ''handle'' computer files. And, unlike Tom Cruise's character in Minority Report, no gloves are required.

Star Wars hologram

''Help me Obi-wan, you're my only hope.'' This was how Princess Leia was introduced to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, via a hologram projected by that nimble little robot R2D2. In November, a team led by Nasser Peyghambarian, of the University of Arizona, announced they had developed a holographic system that could record a moving 3D image of a person or object in one place and display it at another location in close to real time.
Professor Peyghambarian told The Age at the time that the 3D image, although slow, was about the same size as R2D2's image. ''We have demonstrated it can be done. It is no longer something that is science-fiction.''
In the system developed by the team, 16 cameras took pictures of the subject from a variety of angles, sending the images via internet to a laboratory where lasers produced a coloured 3D image of the subject on a 25-centimetre photorefractive polymer screen.

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Sunday, 9 January 2011

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has been honoured by a Devon council for his contributions to rural life.

War Horse is set in the West Country during the First World War and recent filming of a film of Mr Morpurgo's book, directed by Steven Spielberg, took place in the Dartmoor village of Sheepstor.

Mr Morpurgo was named a Freeman of the Borough of West Devon and was credited with bringing "honour and distinction" to the value of rural life.

He and his wife Claire set up the charity Farms for City Children in Iddesleigh in 1976. The charity aims to expand the horizons of children from towns and cities all over the country by offering them the chance to spend a week in the countryside on one of the three farms — in Pembrokeshire, Devon and Gloucestershire.

"Michael and Clare Morpurgo and their team have achieved a remarkable experience for inner city children, introducing them to our rural way of life," Clr John Hockridge, the mayor of west Devon told local press.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

In Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal,” Tom Hanks is an Eastern European émigré marooned at JFK Airport.
The new film, based loosely on the true story of an Iranian man stranded at the Airport in Paris after the fall of the Shah, takes place within the claustrophobic confines of an airport terminal. This situation, which would seem like a nightmare for most of us, is endured by Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) after the government of his country, the fictitious Krakozia, is abolished following a military coup.
In “The Terminal,” Spielberg underscores the bureaucratic void that exists between our Homeland Security policies and the genuine needs of political exiles. The man who has said “I dream for a living” has created a frightening fable that juxtaposes the compelling allure of capitalism against the fragmented conditions of our globalized planet.
Tom Hanks, who has assured that he didnt become an actor to develop a personality cult or to get power over people. I went into this because its fun, because its a great way to make a living (Playboy) seems at ease in a role that requires him to be contained yet on the edge of a crisis.
During his stay in “The Terminal,” Viktor must confront Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), a grim Homeland Security officer waiting for a promotion who is inconvenienced by the bureaucratic predicament that Viktor poses. Meanwhile, he relies upon a few colorful characters, including Gupta (Kumar Pallana), an impish Indian janitor, Joe (Chi McBride), a grumpy baggage handler and Enrique (Diego Luna), an amicable food server.
Enrique’s infatuation with Dolores (Zoë Saldana), an immigration officer, offers a playful subplot. Viktor also has a love interest in the person of Amelia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a disillusioned flight attendant.
At times “The Terminal” succumbs to its melodramatic inclinations, but ultimately it offers, as most Spielberg films do, moments of entertainment excellence. Aided by John Williamss tender score, Janusz Kaminskis lustrous cinematography and Alex McDowells scrupulous set design, The Terminal will certainly inject some calculated cool into the summer stillness.
The Terminal is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It includes some mild sexual references and a bit of strong language.
Directed by Steven Spielberg; written by Sacha Gervasi and Jeff Nathanson, based on a story by Andrew Niccol and Mr. Gervasi; director of photography, Janusz Kaminski; edited by Michael Kahn; music by John Williams; production designer, Alex McDowell; produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Mr. Spielberg; released by DreamWorks Pictures. Running time: 128 minutes. This film is rated PG-13.
WITH: Tom Hanks (Viktor Navorski), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Amelia Warren), Stanley Tucci (Frank Dixon), Chi McBride (Joe Mulroy), Diego Luna (Enrique Cruz), Barry Shabaka Henley (Thurman), Kumar Pallana (Gupta Rajan) and Zoë Saldana (Dolores Torres)

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