Saturday, 30 June 2012

Five years of marriage is enough for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes who are to divorce.

Holmes's attorney Jonathan Wolfe confirmed the news with a statement earlier today (June 29), reports People.

At the early stages of their relationship, the happy couple attending Batman Begins film premiere in June 2005
Tom Cruise Appeared in Spielberg's War Of The Worlds And Minority Report

"This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family," Wolfe said. "Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest." 

Cruise's representative Amanda Lunberg revealed that her client is "deeply saddened", following Holmes filing the paperwork in New York City.

"Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children," Lunberg commented. "Please allow them their privacy to work this out."

Friday, 29 June 2012

Elaine's Party theme piano arrangement from Monkey Island 2 soundtrack

LucasArts developer Clint Hocking has left the firm.
The popular games developer who created hit franchises such as Splinter Cell and Far Cry 2, joined LucasArts from Ubisoft in July 2010.
Hocking wrote on his blog: "I recently left my job at LucasArts and am moving on to something new. I already have something lined up and I am currently in the process of dealing with the living hell of relocation".
It was unknown what projects Hocking was working on at LucasArts.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Henry Thomas

Thirty years ago, Henry Thomas was a quirky little loner with a bug-eyed alien for a best friend in Steven Spielberg's timeless blockbuster "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." Today, Thomas is a 40-year-old actor who has since worked with actors the likes of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Anthony Hopkins and directors such as Martin Scorsese and Lasse Hallstrom.
This week, the San Antonio native adds another legendary name in entertainment to his growing roster: He plays country music star Hank Williams in "The Last Ride," which opens in limited release Friday.
The low-budget drama, directed by Harry Thomason, the force behind TV's "Designing Women," revolves around the last few days of Williams' troubled life as he is driven by a young man to New Year's shows in West Virginia and Ohio. Williams, whose life had become dominated by alcohol and drugs, never made it to those gigs, dying at 29 on New Year's Dayin 1953 of heart failure in the back of his powder blue Cadillac.
Thomas took some time recently to discuss his career since helping his pal phone home so many years ago.
How has acting changed for you over the last three decades?
I think 30 years ago when I got the part in "E.T.," it was still kind of a whirlwind adventure for me. I had gone out for three auditions and I had gotten all three of them. I was fascinated with film sets, how everything was done and breakaway glass and special effects. I never thought about it as work until I was an adult.
You took time off when you were a teenager.
I wanted to finish school. We weren't show business people. My dad was a trumpet player, but he wasn't Hollywood by any means. I don't know if my parents took it as a serious career that was going to continue to happen for me. I think it was more like this is an interesting experience for Henry, but we are not going to disrupt our lives and move to Hollywood and become show people.
Do you think it is because you had a relatively normal life in Texas that you weathered a lot of the trials and tribulations of most child stars?
I think so. I was still living in my parents' place until I was in my mid-20s, so I didn't spend my roaring 20s out in Hollywood gallivanting around. Also, I know a lot of people in the industry, and I do have a few friends that work in the film industry who are actors or crew people, but socially I have never been drawn to that. As an actor, one of the things that gives you inspiration is to talk to a lot of different people from different walks of life. When you stop doing that and you inundate yourself with that kind of insular social agenda, that to me is when it kind of goes south. I don't think that social scene can hold anybody's interest for long.
Were you nervous playing someone so iconic as Williams?
I was really intimidated by the role. I started obsessing about trying to look like him ... and all of the things that go through your mind when you start focusing on playing a person who's that iconic. You don't want to drop the ball.
Where did you shoot the film?
We shot this entirely in Little Rock, Ark. We shot this in 16 days for around $1 million, give or take a few. We worked all of these scenes in the interior of the car in one day in front of a green screen like a play. It was something like 60 pages.
You are member of the band Farspeaker. What type of music do you play?
I write the songs, and the band and I arrange the songs. It is definitely rock — it's all electric guitars, not acoustic. But I think the sensibility of the music — it can also be considered folky to an extent because I write the songs and I have a lot of folk influences. I am just a hillbilly in Hollywood.

"Unofficial short film made by a fan, dedicated to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, John Williams and all the team behind "Indiana Jones" movies".

"INDIANA JONES and the search for the lost idol", was shot entirely in Tenerife (Canary Islands) in 2008. Was conducted without a budget, without the help of a producer, without a proffesional team, only with a group of friends, my Canon XL2 and much love for cinema. This short film is a personal tribute to a director who admire a lot, Steven Spielberg. 

The short film won the 1st Prize in Tri-City Independent/Fan Film Festival "TCIF3" fan film category (Washington, 2009), was showed in New York Comic Con (New York, 2009), was premiered at Yelmo theatres (Tenerife, 2008) and was showed in CIFICOM (Madrid, 2011). 

The story begins in Tenerife (1948), where Indiana Jones is looking for some spanish doubloons whereabouts. The journey continues in Portugal, where he will meet Mr. Giovanni, an art collector, who will try to exchange doubloons for a major treasure from his past.

* Main Cast:
INDIANA JONES Rafa Rodríguez
MR. GIOVANNI Giovanni Laddomada
SECRETARY Antonia María

*Main Crew:
Directed, written, edited, director of photography and produced by FRAN CASANOVA
Visual Effects by JESÚS DÍEZ

The short film was shot in Tenerife (Canary Islands) in 2008 

Genndy Tartakovsky isn’t yet a household name, but after recently completing Adam Sandler’s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and now being hired to direct Sony’s newest version of ‘Popeye’, you can expect the Russian-born Jew to have a long (and successful) career ahead of him.
Those familiar with brilliant animation should know Tartakovsky well. The director brought us several classic series including ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Samurai Jack’, and ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’. Many speculate that ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ was so successful that George Lucas squashed it to protect his ego.
Tartakovsky will now take on the classic ‘Popeye’ series, following a mumbling spinach-loving sailor who is constantly saving girlfriend Olive Oyl from rival Bluto.
The Sony Pictures project has been in development for almost two years, so the studio heads must believe Jay Scherick and David Ronn’s (‘The Smurfs’, ‘The Zookeeper’) script is almost ready if they’ve secured a director.
The last time ‘Popeye’ was brought to the big screen was in 1980 with the critically acclaimed live action feature starring Robin Williams. I wonder if Williams will come on board for the new animated version?
Tartakovsky is also currently attached to direct a feature film version of the popular Cartoon Network series ‘Samurai Jack’.
At this time, production dates have not been set for ‘Popeye’ or ‘Samurai Jack’, but ‘Hotel Transylvania’ comes out this September.

Sam & Max : Season 1 Image
Telltale Games has found a new place to deliver its brand of adventure gaming goodness. announced today thatSam & Max Save the World,Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space, and Tales of Monkey Island are now available on the digital download distributor.
To sweeten the induction of these fine adventure games even more, GOG is offering them all at a reduced price until July 3. The two seasons of Sam & Max are priced at $11.99 each. Meanwhile Tales of Monkey Island will run you a mere $13.99. That's 60 percent off their original price tags, which is pretty damn sweet.

The Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department has received a big gift courtesy of filmmaker George Lucas.
Lucas donated one of his two engines from his Skywalker Ranch fleet in Lucas Valley after the Muir Beach fire department had entered into negotiations to buy the vehicle.
Initially, Lucas' representatives quoted a price of $55,000, which was below market value for the engine, which could fetch up to $90,000, said Muir Beach fire Chief Steve Wynn.
As negotiations continued there was a pause in talks.
"The next thing I knew they said, 'George is just going to give it to you,'" Wynn said. "It was a huge moment. My mouth sort of dropped open. I said, 'You've got to be kidding.'"

If the volunteer

department had to buy the engine — manufactured by International with Pierce apparatus — it would have wiped out its annual budget, meaning the purchase of other firefighting gear would have been delayed.
The Lucas engine, though built in 1989, only had about 22,000 miles on it. It can send about twice the volume of water onto a fire than the volunteer department's only engine, also manufactured by International with Pierce apparatus, which was built in 1986. It has about 80,000 miles on it.
"We got that from the county and they are hard miles," Wynn said.
After some minor modifications, the Skywalker engine should be ready for service in a month.
Public announcement of the gift was made at longtime Muir Beach chief "John John" Sward's retirement party over the weekend.

Lucas officials said the fire department is deserving.
"They are a great group who provide a very valuable service to a rural community," Tom Forster, director of community relations for Lucasfilm, said in a statement. "It was nice to be able to surprise them with the donation during Chief Sward's retirement dinner. We've long admired Chief Sward for his many decades of service in the West Marin community. This engine served us very well and is in great shape — we are happy it found a nice home."
One good turn deserves another. Muir Beach's old engine will head to Plumas County as a donation to replace another aging engine there for a volunteer department. The Plumas County engine will go to yet another needy volunteer department.
"This one gesture ended helping three different fire departments," Wynn said.
The donation was announced the same weekend the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce announced that Lucas, a San Anselmo resident, had donated property to the chamber in downtown San Anselmo for use as a small park.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

August 14th we have Jaws on Blu-ray then E.T. in October and Indiana Jones has got a release date.  September 18th.  So it will be your second of three essential blu-ray purchases this year.  Better get saving.

The collection includes remastered versions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as a completely restored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark supervised by Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt.
Servers have been merged, repopulating once sparse worlds, and today Update 1.3, Allies, brings a group finder and ranked PvP warzones to Star Wars: The Old Republic. BioWare says 1.3 demonstrates its commitment to the SWTOR community and is the first of many big additions to come.

"We are living up to our commitment in setting a new bar for what players should expect from a premium MMO service," BioWare Austin GM Matthew Bromberg said in a statement. "In just six months, we have already released three major game updates that have added new content and game features that have addressed the feedback from our fans. And we are just getting started. By the end of this year, we are adding more Warzones, more Flashpoints, more Operations, more updates to the Legacy System, new companions, new storylines and more. We are very excited about the future."


 Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, is the star of Pixar’s latest hit, ‘Brave.’
The studio’s latest offering, “Brave,” led by its bow-shooting Scottish princess, Merida, won the box office battle this weekend with a haul of $66.7 million. That makes Pixar a perfect 13-for-13 in first-place openings since 1995’s “Toy Story” started Hollywood’s fascination with computer animation.
Though DreamWorks Animation (the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” franchises) and Blue Sky Studios (“Ice Age” movies) have closed the gap somewhat, Pixar still is an almost iconic brand for moviegoers.
“They have a Pixar-perfect track record,” says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for “It reminds me of Apple, they have this brand is so transcendent that no matter what they release, the public gobbles it up because they've set the bar so high.”

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Last year, legendary Star Wars and Batman: The Animated Series actor Mark Hamill announced via his own Twitter account that he was going to retire from the role he made most famous for the latter series, The Joker.

The man who also played Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy mentioned to IGN that he was going to bow out of his signature role as The Clown Prince of Crime after finishing voicework for the well-received and stellar videogame by Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady Studio Batman: Arkham City.

The game’s ending was fitting enough to warrant Hamill’s departure from the role, but fate had other plans it seems.

According to Gametrailers, DC Universe Online has announced that their latest expansion pack —aptly titled “The Last Laugh”— will feature Mark Hamill’s official return as The Joker, back to cause those playing the game some fun, misery, and chaos.

In addition to Mr. J coming back, fellow actor Adam Baldwin is stepping up as the Man of Steel himself, Superman, and fellow Batman: The Animated Series alumna and Harley Quinn voice actress Arleen Sorkin, who once again joins “her puddin’” in giving heroes more anarchy and trouble than they could ever imagine.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Lucas is giving away a vacant building in downtown San Anselmo. The building is located at 535 San Anselmo avenue.
The Novato Patch reports the building will be demolished and turned into a park that will feature bronze statues of Indiana Jones and Yoda.
Lucas donated the property to the San Anselmo Community Foundation. The time line for the project will depend on the planning process.

BioWare has posted a new Q&A for Star Wars: The Old Republic regarding the MMO’s latest content release, update 1.3: Allies. While it mainly focuses on what’s included in the content: Legacy Perks, Ranked Warzones, Adaptive Gear, and a new Group Finder, it also fields questions regarding armor sets, abilities, and class changes. It also stated that more character slots will be made available in “the near future.” You can look over the Q&A in its entirety here. Update 1.3 launched on June 26, the same day as the firm’s Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC. Thanks, TenTonHammer.


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Hans Zimmer has signed on to compose the score for the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel

Zimmer is known for his work on Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. He has also worked on Nolan's upcoming Dark Knight Rises, which comes out this summer. 

Hans Zimmer
Man of Steel (2013): Henry Cavill will take on the role of Superman in Zack Snyder's forthcoming comic book blockbuster.

According to The Hollywood ReporterMan of Steel will be Zimmer's fifth collaboration with Nolan following the Batman movies and his Oscar-nominated work on Inception.

The Superman reboot, produced by Nolan, stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Russell Crowe as Superman's biological father Jor-El. 

Watchmen director Zack Snyder is helming the project. 

Man of Steel is expected for a June 14, 2013 release in both the UK and the US.
Amazing rendition of John Williams' Harry Potter Theme played on wine glasses.

It should have been Hollywood's new cash cow, the latest iteration of a franchise that has produced films, TV series and comic books. However, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been shelved – perhaps indefinitely, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The move follows a fan backlash earlier this year against plans to change the origins story of its four "heroes in a halfshell".

Official word suggests that the film which is being developed by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes company, has been shut down owing to issues with the script. Originally due for December 2013, Jonathan Liebesman's film has now been pushed back to May 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Preproduction staff, however, were told the film had been shelved for an "indefinite" period.

Fans took to Twitter and Facebook earlier this year to criticise plans to change the turtles to "lovable aliens" rather than mutants who gain anthropomorphic powers after encountering radioactive ooze, as in the original comic book, TV series and films. Bay himself became so annoyed he issued a statement calling for fans to "take a breath, and chill".

Bay said: "They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world."

Ninja Turtles had also drawn criticism from actor Robbie Rist, who voiced Michelangelo in the original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. He accused Bay of "sodomising" the much-loved characters, adding: "I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues."

AN OSCAR-WINNING sound designer is visiting the University of Nottingham next week.
Randy Thom will be at the university's recently-founded Institute of Screen Industries Research.
He will take part in a series of events from Monday to Friday, including a lecture and seminars at the university and a public presentation.
Mr Thom is director of Sound at Lucasfilm Ltd's Skywalker Sound facility in Northern California and has a string of blockbuster movies to his name including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter.
Institute director Dr Gianluca Sergi said: "This is a unique opportunity for staff, students and the public to get an inside look at how some of Hollywood's most iconic films are made."
Mr Thom, who won Oscars for his work in The Incredibles (2005) and The Right Stuff (1984), will also meet students from the university's Creative Student Network.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Dreamworks has acquired the rights to a Need for Speed film from publisher EA.
And it seems as if all the pieces are already in place. Brothers George and John Gatins have developed an original story and screenplay which is based on the entirety of the IP rather than a specific entry in the series.
EA is chipping in with production duties with Scott Waugh (or Act of Valor) hired as director. Production will start in early 2013 with a view to a 2014 release date.
"I'm excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies," famed director and DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg stated.
"This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O'Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods."
EA Labels executive VP Patrick Soderlund added: "It's fantastic to be working with a team that shares not only our love of cars, but also our passion for creating blockbuster action experiences.
“This collaboration will be greatly enhanced with the team at DreamWorks — which is a great home for the Need for Speed franchise. Working with John and George to develop the script has truly been an outstanding experience."

Quite possibly the best Gif file I have ever seen. The Empire Strikes Back recreated as a two-minute long 8-bit animation

Friday, 22 June 2012

Spielberg and Capshaw's daughter, Grey's Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw and her husband Christopher Gavigan welcomed their third child, a girl, to their growing family on Wednesday, June 20.

"Our hearts are bursting with love and gratitude upon the arrival of our baby girl," Capshaw said via her rep to People.
The newborn, Poppy James Gavigan, joins 1 ½ year-old sister Eve Augusta and 4-year-old brother Luke Hudson.


Thursday, 21 June 2012

This is from season one episode seven.  In this episode the Canadian Pickers tackle a Star Wars collector.  Here's the clip.

June 20th 1975, Jaws became a household name. Jaws become an international phenomenon, grossing more than $470 million worldwide. Adjusted for inflation, that's roughly $2 billion in total sales, $1 billion in the U.S. alone. Bringing with it one of the most misquoted movie quotes of all times. "you're gonna need a bigger boat" is often misquoted as "we're gonna need a bigger boat."

Happy Birthday Jaws.  Look forward to seeing you on Blu-ray soon, very soon.


Steven Spielberg agreed to direct an episode of cult TV series Twin Peaks, according to one of the show's producers and screenwriters.

In an interview on, the screenwriter Harley Peyton revealed that Spielberg – who is best known for box office smashes such as Jurassic Park and ET - had agreed in principle to helm an episode of the programme, but the idea was nixed by the show's creator David Lynch.

Speaking about his time on the show, Peyton said: "After the first season a lot of crazy things happened, like me and Mark [Frost, creator] sitting at Steven Spielberg's house convincing him to do the opener for the second season. That was all ready to go."

He added: "He was a huge fan of the show – watched it every week, I mean a huge fan. Because we were friendly we talked about it a lot and he said to me in passing how fun it would be to direct an episode so I went to Mark over the summer and said, 'This probably is not a bad way to kick of the second season, right?'"

Peyton went on to reveal: Steven just said 'I want it to be as weird as possible, it'll be so much fun' so whether or not he would have even done it – we'll never really know. But when Mark told David he didn't even hesitate saying 'No, no, I think I'll direct the first one. Maybe he can direct later in the season – which he obviously didn't.
Deadline reports that Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes writing team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are aboard to craft the script.

Given their experiences with genetically tinkered creatures gone wild, they seem like a good call, especially since they were able to inject so much real feeling into what could have been your average ape adventure.

Details are naturally scarce, with Spielberg and co-producer Kathleen Kennedy guarding information like a T-Rex protecting its young. We do know, however, that the man who brought us the first two movies is handing over the megaphone to someone else, as he did with Joe Johnston and Jurassic Park 3.

No dates on filming, release dates etc as of yet but we will keep you informed.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Speaking with GamesTM (via Kotaku), The Old Republic’s lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi said that he and the rest of the team are discussing going full free-to-play. “The MMO market is very dynamic and we need to be dynamic as well. Unless people are happy with what they have, they are constantly demanding updates, new modes, and situations,” said Lusinchi, “So we are looking at free-to-play but I can’t tell you in much detail. We have to be felxible and adapt to what it going on.”
You can play the first 15 levels for free right now.  Give it a try.  I liked it and may try a smuggler next.  (I always go for a Jedi.)


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

“Falling Skies” came back to earth a bit in its second-season premiere Sunday, but still checked in with a sizable audience.

Nielsen estimates that the two-hour return of the Noah Wyle-fronted series from DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg averaged 4.5 million viewers from 9 to 11. It also drew 1.9 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54.

By comparison, last June the show bowed to 5.9 million viewers (including about 2.6 million adults 18-49) and concluded

in August with 5.6 million viewers (including nearly 2.5 million adults 18-49).

Sunday marked the first time that “Skies,” which does pretty well with men, has gone up against the NBA Finals — with last night’s Game 3 of pro basketball’s championship round drawing about 15 million viewers. (This season’s hoops action is wrapping later than usual due to a labor-related work stoppage that delayed the start of the season until Christmas.)

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The trials of Star Wars: The Old Republic are no secret. One of the most ambitious games ever made, Bioware’s massively multiplayer space epic has already shed around 400,000 subscribers
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
from its post-launch peak, and the team responsible for the world has been hit with layoffs.
Now, it looks like the team is considering taking the game free-to-play in an effort to revive slumping numbers and give it new life under a different payment model. Bioware Lead designer Emmanuelle Lusinchi said this in an interview with Games TM magazine – this according to Joystiq,as the original article appears to have been pulled:
“We are looking at free-to-play, but I can’t tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on.”
Free-to-play has paid off for games like Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and League of Legends. It’s a bold move for a game as expensive to produce as SWTOR, but it may be able to revive its failing fortunes and develop the critical mass it needs. Bioware has said in the past that falling numbers were due to casual gamers unwilling to stick it out through a billing cycle, but free-to-play could bring back those gamers in droves.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Can't get through the evening with at least a little bit of toilet humour.

Read the leaked nine page story treatment below. Called E.T. II Nocturnal Fears. I've converted the PDF that is doing the rounds into jpegs. Click each one for a larger version.  The sequel reminds me in some way of Falling Skies.  Kids being controlled against their will.  Korel and the evil aliens have been at war with E.T. and his species for decades.  An interesing read.

Turner Broadcasting has resolved a lawsuit by a German designer that claimed that the TNT series Falling Skies, a show about an alien invasion that is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, had an inappropriate font in its title sequence.
Matius Gerardo Grieck, founder of the +ISM studio, sued in January, saying that the Falling Skies lettering in marketing materials was too close the Anthropolymorphics font he developed. On the verge of the series' second season, the parties have agreed to a settlement.
The federal government has advised that typefaces are not subject to copyright. But font software is protectible, and Greick alleged that the show breached the licensing agreement on the font software by disobeying the restrictive terms of use. He was seeking $200,000 plus a permanent injunction.
Had the lawsuit proceeded, Grieck would likely have needed to show that the defendants actually used his software -- instead of just tracing the font -- but instead of expensive litigation, the parties found a way to hit the escape button on the dispute in a private settlement with unknown terms.
A spokesperson for TNT declined comment on whether Falling Skies would look any different when the new season premieres on June 17.
A script for a sequel to hit alien film ET has been unearthed - but director Steven Spielberg says it will never be made.

The nine-page draft outline for the sequel to the 1980 blockbuster - called ET II: Nocturnal Fears - was written by Speilberg and his writing partner Melissa Mathison. reported the story was much darker than the original and involved the return of Elliott and his extra terrestrial sidekick ET as they battled an evil alien race who landed on Earth and started taking humans hostage.

But speaking at the American Film Institute recently, Spielberg said he wasn't interested in making the film.

"Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. I think a sequel to ET would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity. People only remember the latest episode, while the pilot tarnishes," he said.

That mirrors something he said in 2009, when he told Ace Showbiz: "I'm never going to make ET II. ETis a closed story. It had a beginning, middle, and a definite ending, and we had nowhere to take it except to go home with him.

"Nor did I want to bring him back to Earth for a second time."
Star Wars: The Old Republic will still be a player on the MMO scene in a decade’s time, according to Frank Gibeau.

Scale and a flexible business model would be key to making this happen, the EA Labels boss said.

“We're still playing Dark Age of Camelot, we're still playing Warhammer, we're still playing Ultima Online, we're still playing Runescape, we're still playing Lineage. What's beautiful about an MMO is that when you get to a certain scale it stays with the program for a long time."

“We're still publishing Ultima Online for seventeen years. So we're definitely going to be in the Star Wars business for a long time and if the business changes in accordance with how the market is reacting, then that's just good process for us since we're trying to create the best possible service for our gamers," he said.

Making the game free-to-play wasn’t out of the question, although Gibeau believed that the subscription model would never die.

“We're going to be in the business from a long term standpoint so absolutely we're going to embrace free access, free trial, ultimately some day we can move in and embrace that model. It's all a matter of timing and thinking things through. We have a great business right now and we're not looking to make any abrupt changes.

"When you have an IP as broad as Star Wars, we're definitely going to look at opportunities to grow that business and look at different ways of bringing customers in and serving them," he said.

Star Wars: The Old Republic hit a peak of 1.7 million players but has seen that number drop to 1.3 million subscribers in recent months.

Thanks to Barkingmadberry on Twitter for this one.  Shot at the Supernova Expo in Sydney.  Which two people in this video do you think look the most awkward?  Hint.  They have something to do with X-wings.  Also there are so many awesome t-shirts in this video.  I want them all.

If you are lucky enough to be in sunny Australia then check out for more dates.  Judging by the video they look amazing and well worth a visit.

Rob Wainfur

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Henry Thomas. After playing the role of lonely 10-year-old Elliott inE.T., Thomas returned to his hometown of Texas, where he focused on school and took on film and TV roles sporadically. In the 80s and 90s, he returned to acting, most notably cast in Legends of the Fall(1994), Gangs of New York (2002), and most recently as leading man Hank Williams in The Last Ride (2011).

Besides acting, Thomas, 40, is also big into the music scene. In the 80s and 90s, he sang and performed with the Texas-based band, The Blue Heelers, and continues to rock out with the Los Angeles band Farspeaker.

Robert MacNaughton. Before playing Michael, Elliott’s annoying athletic big brother, MacNaughton started out in a few TV movies, most prominently Angel City (1980), which also starred a youngJennifer Jason Leigh, along with Big Bend Country (1981), and theRay Bradbury adaption, The Electric Grandmother (1982). AfterE.T., he focused his career primarily in theater, although he did add to his TV credits with appearances on AmenNewhart, and Vietnam War Story for HBO.

In the early oughts, MacNaughton, 45, gave up acting and started a new life as a mail handler in Phoenix, Arizona, with his girlfriend and young son. In 2011, he transferred jobs to Jersey City, New Jersey.

Drew Barrymore. Who could forget Barrymore’s high-pitched screaming as cherubic-faced, pig-tailed Gertie? After her much-publicized battle with alcohol and drugs as a youth, the 37-year-old actress has bounced back dramatically, finding mainstream success in films like Boys On the Side (1995), Never Been Kissed (1999),Charlie’s Angels (2000), 50 First Dates (2004), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), and HBO’s Grey Gardens (2009). Ever a chameleon both in her image and career, Barrymore has also found major success behind the screen as a director, screenwriter, and producer.

These days, the actress has been busy focusing on her personal life. She is reportedly pregnant with her first child and just married her fiancé, art dealer Will Kopelman, on June 2, 2012.

Dee Wallace. Besides playing flustered single mom Mary on E.T., Wallace has kept busy in Hollywood, appearing in over 100 films. She’s garnered cult icon status in the horror flick genre, with roles inThe Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Howling (1981), Cujo (1983), and more recently, Halloween (2007).

A widow since 1995, Wallace was married to actor Christopher Stone, whom she co-starred with in Cujo. Outside of acting, the 63-year-old actress is a motivational public speaker and a self-help author.

Peter Coyote. He may have played the mysterious scientist/government agent "Keys" in E.T., but long before that in real life, Coyote was a prominent force of the counter-culture theatrical movement in San Francisco in the mid 1960s to 1970s.

Since 1975, Coyote has been a practitioner of American Zen Buddhism and later became an ordained lay priest in Zen in the Japanese tradition. A part from his spiritual philosophies, the 70-year-old actor has appeared in over 120 films, including Bitter Moon(1992), Kika (1993), and Erin Brockovich (2000). Also known for his extensive voiceover work, Coyote is an Emmy award-winning narrator, who can be heard in projects like Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, PBS’s Torturing Democracy, Apple’s iPad campaign, and over a dozen National Geographic Explorer series.

C. Thomas Howell. His small role as Tyler—one of Elliott’s friends who helped E.T. evade authorities—was a precursor of big things to come for Howell. Many moviegoers remember him from a string of cinematic 80s hits like The Outsiders (1983), The Hitcher (1986), and Soul Man (1986).

But besides being a film and TV actor, Howell has worked withFrancis Ford Coppola behind the set as a producer, screenwriter, and director for various projects. He’s also dabbled in reality TV, appearing on a game show called Celebracadabra in 2008, of which he won and was crowned the Greatest Celebrity Magician. Howell is set to appear in this year’s anticipated blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man.

Erika Eleniak. Who knew that the ethereal blonde-haired girl whom Elliott had a crush on would turn out to be a Playboy Playmate a mere seven years later? Besides being a cover girl and centerfold forHugh Hefner, Eleniak, 40, is remembered for her TV appearances inCharles in ChargeFull House, and Baywatch, as well as her film roles in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and Chasers (1994).

Eleniak’s also been seen on reality TV, notably The Real Gilligan’s Island and VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. These days she splits her time between Los Angeles and Calgary, Canada, where she shares parenting duties with her boyfriend to their six-year-old daughter.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

His role as Elliott, a ­lonely ­little boy who befriends an alien, made Henry Thomas the most famous child in the world.
But 30 years after the release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the ­Extra-Terrestrial, he ­admits the film’s success brought him bad times as well as good.
“Of course there have been times I ­regretted being the kid in E.T.,” says Henry, now 40. “My world went ­completely crazy. I was that stupid kind of famous, where you can’t go anywhere.
“It was like that for the first six months after E.T. was in cinemas. I’d go out and get mobbed. I was a shy kid, and being approached by adults all the time just freaked me out.
“I was like a circus freak. But the only time I had to deal with it was when I left the house. So I stopped leaving the house. I became an 11-year-old hermit.”
Henry was nine and had been in one film, Raggedy Man, when he won the role of Elliott. He cried real tears in his audition by thinking about his pet ­chihuahua Urso, which had been savaged to death by his neighbour’s dog.

Henry Thomas now
Life-changing: Actor Henry Thomas as he is today

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“I saw it happen before my very eyes so I drew upon that. Poor Urso, it may have won me the role but it was a sad price to pay,” deadpans Henry.
“When they told me I had the part and I’d be working for Steven Spielberg it was a dream come true because I loved ­Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
But at first he was unimpressed with his hydraulically-operated extra-terrestrial co-star, which was controlled by a dozen puppeteers.
He says: “When I saw this alien with the weird feet and the telescopic neck, I was like, ‘What the hell is this? Where is my lightsaber?’. But I guess I got a flying ­bicycle, so I can’t complain.”
E.T. was a huge hit, taking $792million (about £510million) at the box office. Henry says no one working on it had any idea it would become one of the most successful films of all time.
And despite the massive fame that ­followed, Henry decided to go back to his old school in Texas.
“It was really dumb,” he says. “I grew up in a rural area, I was from kind of a poor ­family and my parents weren’t showbiz people. But going back was strange, and perhaps stranger for the other students.

Henry Thomas as a child, acting in E.T.
Classic: A scene from E.T of Elliott and the alien flying a bicycle across the face of the moon

Universal Pictures

“I was an easy target. Everybody tried to flush my head down the toilet. Perhaps it was jealousy, ­perhaps it was just kids being kids. They were like, ‘what the f*** are you doing back here? Who do you think you are?’.”
When Henry started ­taking an interest in the opposite sex, more ­problems ­followed. He says: “With girls, it sort of helped, but it’s a double-edged sword.
“I would ­inevitably get the girls who were ­interested in me ­because I was the guy from E.T.. It was kind of tough. I can’t deny ever ­capitalising upon it but on the whole in my teens I was pretty virtuous.”
At 17, Henry moved to New York to work as a jobbing actor, but avoided the party scene.
He says: “I never wanted to ­conform to that stereotype of the child star gone bad. I never wanted to give anyone the satisfaction of getting that picture of me robbing a liquor store.”
Henry worked steadily. He ­appeared in hit films Legends of the Fall (1994) and Gangs of New York (2002), but most of his roles have been in lower profile projects.
Today he lives in suburban LA, in a house similar to Elliott’s in E.T., with his ­wife ­Annalee and children Hazel, seven, Evelyn, three, and Henry, two.
He says he would encourage his children to pursue a career in show-business if they wanted to.

Henry Thomas as a child, acting in E.T.
Instant hit: Henry was bullied after appearing in the film

Universal Pictures

“It can be a crapshoot and I’ll tell them that,” he says. “But if they want to act, that’s fine. I’ll do what my parents did with me, check in with them regularly, make sure they’re okay every step of the way.”
When they get time away from the kids, Henry and Annalee make music together. “We’ll just go in the garage, put a drum track on and sing.” Music is his main interest now and he plays in a band, Farspeaker.
Henry says people always assume E.T. made him rich... but they’re wrong.
“Despite popular belief I didn’t make much money from the movie,” he says. “I was 10 years old, remember. I basically got the minimum wage.
“Universal and Spielberg did really well. The minions had to go back to work. I do get residual cheques, though, which is great. And I got it better than E.T... he’s off in a box somewhere!”
Three decades later he still cannot shake off the shadow of Elliott who, in one scene, has his finger healed by E.T.’s touch.
“I was at a barbecue recently and this really drunk guy followed me around all night trying to get me to touch his finger. In the end he was ­shouting, ‘Touch my finger Elliott, you ­mother******!’.
“I can guarantee almost every day I get someone going, ‘Hey, you’re the guy from E.T.’, usually followed by, ‘What are you doing now?’,” he says. “And not a day has gone by when someone hasn’t shouted ‘E.T. phone home’ at me.”

Henry Thomas as a child, acting in E.T.
Phone home: Henry remained in acting and says despite the difficulties he would encourage his children into a career

Other than Dee Wallace, who played Elliott’s mother, Henry says he hasn’t kept in touch with many of the actors in E.T..
“I still see Drew (Barrymore) once in a while but we’re not close friends. I mean we knew each other for a couple of months in 1982. But I am going to Robert ­MacNaughton’s wedding next month – he played my older brother Michael.”
Henry says he hasn’t shown the full film to his children although his eldest, Hazel, has seen parts of it.
He says: “It’s really funny, she was like ‘That’s you, Dad’. We haven’t had a big ­family screening or anything. They’ll watch it when they’re ready.”
He does not have many souvenirs from making E.T.: “I didn’t get to keep the bike. But I still have the red sweatshirt.”
Despite its huge success, E.T. has never been followed by a sequel.
“If it was made today, it would have been at least a trilogy,” says Henry. “But I think a sequel would have ­cheapened it. What would happen? E.T. would come back? Or Elliot would go on vacation with him.
“It could be like an intergalactic ­reunion with Elliott and E.T. at a beach resort.
“But if Spielberg did make one I would be sorely tempted. I would hate to see someone else playing Elliott.
“I don’t think Spielberg will touch it, although I’d love to see Elliott and E.T. ­sitting at the end of the bar: ‘How’s it been for you man? Good man, another beer?’.”

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