Friday, 31 August 2012

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Hundreds of people made the most of Saturday's glorious weather and attended two open-air screenings of Jurassic Park at Bristol Zoo.
The crowds enjoyed the later showing of Jurassic Park Credit: ITV West
Among the crowds enjoying the Steven Spielberg film were 12 prehistoric creatures.
The large moving, roaring and water-spraying dinosaurs are part of DinoZoo; a new addition to the zoo which helped add atmosphere to the adventure thriller for the film fans.
The scary Tyrannosaurus Rex at Bristol Zoo Credit: Bristol Zoo
A giant tyrannosaurus rex, allosaurus, ornithomimus and the long-necked brachiosaurus were fully operational throughout the duration of the film.
Guests were encouraged to bring fold-away chairs and rugs.
It's such a fantastic idea. I'm a huge fan of the film so getting to watch it while being surrounded by the realistic dinosaurs really set the scene.
There were two screenings of the film; the earlier showing at 1730 and a later showing at 2030.
Guests posed to have their picture with the Brachiosaurus at Bristol Zoo Credit: Bristol Zoo

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

John Williams talks to Classic FM
John Williams spoke to Classic FM in a career retrospective interview that was broadcast on Monday August 27th at 8pm. Williams spoke to film music expert Tommy Pearson exclusively about his life and work, from composing the music for E.T. (“It was very difficult to get the music right…”) to working with Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg.

Click on the link below to open up the radio player.  Listen now to this excellent interview with the legend John Williams

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Global Radio’s Classic FM has announced the results of its annual poll to find the nation’s favourite movie scores.

And the winner of the UK’s favourite composer of film music in the Classic FM Movie Music Countdown is.. John Williams. He created the soundtrack to Jurassic Park, Star Wars, E.T. and many more. An exclusive interview with him is available online.
Retaining the number one position in the Movie Music Countdown, now in its fourth year, is the theme from Peter Jackson’s monumental adaptation of The Lord of The Rings, written by Howard Shore. This is followed in second place by Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated music from the epic blockbuster Gladiator, which features haunting vocals from Lisa Gerrard.
Classic FM presenter John Suchet said: “The growing interest in film music confirms that modern classical music is as popular with UK audiences as ever. And I’m delighted to see that my personal favourite – Gone with the Wind – has made the top twenty!”

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This 1979 Dodge Ram Van, for sale on eBay, is a discreet, unobtrusive way of conveying your support for the Rebel Alliance. The interior isn't equipped for the full Star Wars experience, but think of that as a project that you can work on. The exterior is enough to give you the lifestyle that you crave:
Kids point, mouths gape, even had a cop turn around and pull over to have his picture made with it. I have owned many awesome cars over the years and this one has been the MOST fun. People actually hang out of their car taking pictures as you drive down the INTERSTATE! This van was one of those life experience check offs. "Owned an amazing custom star wars van-CHECK". Whoever buys her, you are buying not just a van, but a LIFE EXPERIENCE. Are you a minor celebrity? Well, get ready.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A representative for Steven Spielberg has distanced the filmmaker from reports linking him to a movie adaptation of a new book about the hunt for terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden has been written by a former Navy Seal officer, using the pen name Mark Owen. The author was involved in the ambush and details the events leading up to the assassination of the Al Qaeda leader on 2 May, 2011 in Pakistan.
Spielberg was said to be keen to option the book for a Hollywood adaptation, but spokesman Marvin Levy has shot down the claims - and insists the director's DreamWorks production companies will have nothing to do with the tome either.
Levy tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen's book, No Easy Day."
The book is due for release next month (Sep12), but it has already caused controversy among U.S. officials amid fears the author will expose highly sensitive security information.

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RC model flying DeLorean Time Machine from the movie "Back to the Future" from Russia.

Monday, 27 August 2012

As the Marin Community Foundation seeks development of a low- and moderate-income housing complex at Grady Ranch, county officials have concluded that an affordable project of about 240 units is allowed there under current zoning.
On the other hand, the 236-acre tract owned by filmmaker George Lucas could accommodate a 48-home market-rate subdivision.
Foundation CEO Thomas Peters, noting there is a "clear distinction between what the planners cite as may be allowed ... (and) what the Marin Community Foundation may apply for," said the philanthropic institution will seek developers qualified to proceed with an appropriate affordable project. Its size remains uncertain.
The land in Lucas Valley seems destined for affordable housing following a debacle in which plans for a huge film studio generating hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue collapsed under the weight of red tape, neighborhood opposition, fears of a lengthy court battle and a watershed restoration program regional agencies regarded as flawed.
An 11th-hour effort by county supervisors to salvage the movie studio proved to be too little, too late and finger-pointing erupted on all sides.
Lucasfilm, citing "the level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley," threw in the towel, saying, "enough is enough." The firm noted it had been a good citizen providing many community benefits, boosted the economy and preserved 5,000acres as open space in Lucas Valley — while spending four years "with no end in sight" trying to get a permit for a project less intense than one it had received approval for years earlier. The company added that while it would build its studio in another county that regards it as "a creative asset, not as an evil empire," it planned to sell Grady Ranch for housing development.
"We hope we will be able to find a developer who will be interested in low-income housing since it is scarce in Marin," Lucasfilm said in April. "If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit."
To that end, the Marin Community Foundation, which has made affordable housing development a priority, stepped in as a planning partner. Peters, who has met with Lucas to discuss the matter, said two key aspects of the collaboration with Lucasfilm are under way.
"First, the foundation and Lucasfilm are concluding our internal discussions about the overall parameters for the project, including property and siting issues," Peters said. In addition, the foundation is developing a "request for qualifications" that will be "the template for affordable housing developers to indicate their interest, experience and capacity to successfully develop a project of this scope," he said. "'Scope' means we will require a design that's beautiful, green, accessible and affordable."
Peters added: "We look forward to engaging with the community and regulatory agencies as well. I remain fully confident that an environmentally-sensitive, beautifully-designed addition to the neighborhood will also be a dream come true for families and seniors."
He noted a developer "must demonstrate the capacity to build in the top-tier of esthetic design while meeting functional requirements" and added the "number and layout" of housing units will be a decision made later and is "not at all set yet."
Brian Crawford, head of the county Community Development Agency, said the development potential ranges from a subdivision of 48 market rate homes to an affordable housing complex of about 240 dwellings.
"The zoning and general plan allow both attached (apartments) or detached single-family homes, as well as senior or nonsenior, market rate and affordable," he said, adding a 114-home plan was once approved for the ranch.
"Within our existing regulations, a housing project with up to approximately 240 units could be proposed without seeking a rezoning," he added. "The actual number of units the site could accommodate would be determined through the review of a new development application."
One consultant who has worked for Lucas in the past said the number of allowable units, with density bonuses, could be up to 320.
One big benefit: Lucas spent several million dollars on consultants and reports, providing the county with stacks of detailed information about the site's development potential. "Determining the appropriate number of homes on the site should be the outcome of evaluating how a future proposal responds to those constraints and opportunities within the context of the countywide plan," Crawford said.
Lucasfilm spokeswoman Lynne Hale said the company looks forward to an affordable housing project.
"The Marin Community Foundation is a wonderful organization with a great track record on projects such as this, and we are happy with their progress to date," she said. "We are confident that the foundation is going to find a developer who will be able to build affordable housing that is both beautifully designed and environmentally sensitive."
Hale called the effort an opportunity to help those in need.
"Since we are unable to use the land for Lucasfilm's studio, we are glad it can be used for people who need it the most," she said.

He was first a Jedi, then a Sith Lord, and by Friday, a 500lb cake.

The life-size, three-dimensional Darth Vader cake complete with edible strawberry light saber and flowing sugar cape made its sweet debut to the delight of 600 hungry Star Wars fans.

Standing at 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing in at just over 500lbs, the cake was presented at the 501st Legion costume convention in Orlando, Florida.

Beware it's sweet side: This 6'7" Darth Vader cake delivered to a Star Wars convention in Florida on Friday came to the delight of 600 fans

Work in progress: Constructed by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts, the bakery's ten team members spent two weeks building the cake after four months of planning

Assembly: The cake's parts consisting of yellow sponge cake and Rice Krispies cereal, wait to be assembled together at the bakery

Constructing: Seen balanced on boxes of Rice Krispies, used for the legs, the soon to be arms are in assembly with its right ready for the villain's lethal light saber

Icing up: The soon to be 500lb body is seen in its early stages while composed of yellow sponge cake covered in buttercream frosting

In a joint donation by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts and DK Publishing, the massive cake took two weeks to build according to the bakery and four months of planning.

With a team of ten at the bakery under the joint-leadership of former Food Network Cake Challenge competitor Amanda Oakleaf, the team stacked the Sci-Fi villain’s body using sheets of cake, buttercream icing and Rice Krispies cereal.

'The most interesting and challenging part of this cake was actually the cape, which by itself was over 100 lbs of our marshmallow fondant, which freely hung from his shoulders five and a half feet above the ground,' the bakery wrote on their blog.

Adding to its uniqueness, clutched in the masked villain’s right hand was a solid piece of watermelon flavoured poured sugar in the shape of a light saber.

Carefully: Tyler Oakleaf, Amanda Oakleaf and Tim Gough carefully assemble the torso to the legs made sturdy with the help of Rice Krispies cereal and an iron frame

Renowned skill: The cake was assembled under the joint-leadership of former Food Network Cake Challenge competitor Amanda Oakleaf and her husband, pictured in red, Tyler

Finishing touches: After careful painting to create the iconic black and silver suit, the masked villain awaits its final pieces

Accessorizing: Pouring watermelon flavoured sugar down a mold will soon harden into the shape of a light saber

Mask unveiled: The upper crest of Vader's head will be the sole edible portion of his mask which is seen awaiting its capping

The figure's body, to serve as a reliable balancing act, was supported by an iron frame while layers of yellow sponge cake covered in buttercream icing stacked around it.

Composed of Rice Krispies, its legs posed as sturdy yet edible posts for the massive cake man.

In all the bakery tallied 386 eggs used in its construction, 2 gallons of milk, 3.5 cups of vanilla, 32lbs of flour, 46lbs of sugar, 57lbs of butter and 210lbs of home-made marshmallow fondant.

An ordinarily pricey sweet, if not for its donation to the convention, the bakery's decorators usually charge their handiwork at $75 per hour and estimate sculpted cakes taking anywhere from 4-8 hours' time according to their website.

According to Caters News Agency, the Darth Vader one cost $2,000.

Slicing: Amanda Oakleaf cuts into the back of Vader's head, offering one of the first slices of the massive life-like cake served at the 501st Legion costume convention

Sweet inside: The yellow sponge cake is revealed from its side as the 600 Star Wars fans await a slice

A former Navy SEAL's book with his first-hand account of the Osama bin Laden raid hasn't even hit stores yet, but Hollywood is already knocking at his door.
It was revealed on Sunday that director Steven Spielberg met with the retired commando to discuss making a movie about his experience.
At least two other movie-makers have also met with the Navy SEAL to talk about licensing the story.
The author of 'No East Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden' is already risking his life and a jail term by publishing the book.
However, it could come with a big pay-off, the New York Post reports.
In addition to Spielberg, who directed 'War Horse' and 'Saving Private Ryan,' Dreamworks and HBO’s Richard Plepler have met with the author.
'He is still talking to DreamWorks and Spielberg,' a source told the Post.
This would be the third movie to tell the story of the raid that killed the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
'Zero Dark Thirty,' directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow will open December 19. Sony pushed back its opening to after the presidential election after it was revealed Bigelow was granted special access to the Pentagon and the CIA to make the movie.
The Weinstein Company has suggested it could release its own film about the May 2011 commando raid in Pakistan, 'Code Name Geronimo' before the election.
The Navy SEAL's story is already stirring controversy.
An official al Qaeda website on Friday posted a photograph and the name of the former Navy commando responsible for the book, calling him 'the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.'
Meanwhile the head of U.S. Special Operations Command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces.
'We will pursue every option available to hold members accountable, including criminal prosecution where appropriate,' Admiral Bill McRaven wrote in an open, unclassified letter emailed to the active-duty special operations community.
'As current or former members of our special operations community, authors have a moral obligation, and a legal duty, to submit their works for pre-publication security review,' the admiral wrote.

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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Breaking News From Star Wars Facebook Page.  This was just posted on their timeline

Breaking news from #StarWarsCVI: Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith to be theatrically released in 3D back-to-back, September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively.

We'll keep you updated.

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After the 501st photo at Celebration VI, the group started to chant 501st, 501st, 501st.

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George Lucas made a surprise appearance at the "Super-Secret Star Wars Panel with Todd, Seth and Matt" at Star Wars Celebration 6. George wasn't announced as being in attendance but he came out at the end of the Seth Green panel to discuss the new "Star Wars Detours" comedy show from the makers of Robot Chicken.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer (Darth Maul), Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter participate in a press conference following the season five premiere at Star Wars Celebration VI 8/25/12

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He is used to whizzing through time in his trusty blue TARDIS but Doctor Who chose a different time machine on Saturday afternoon.
Actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan arrived in style at an advanced screening of the new series of Doctor Who, but used another iconic movie vehicle.
The two stars rocked up in a vintage 1981 DeLorean sports car, the very same motor made famous by Marty McFly in Steven Spielberg's Back To The Future saga.
Great Scott: Matt Smith and Karen Gillan arrive at the BBC America screening of Doctor Who at The Ziegfel Theatre, in New York, on Saturday
Great Scott: Matt Smith and Karen Gillan arrive at the BBC America screening of Doctor Who at The Ziegfel Theatre, in New York, on Saturday
Instead of a standard limousine the pair chose to arrive in the old school car, which has a huge following in the US.
Matt, 29, was dressed as casually as normal in a pair of skinny jeans with a white T-shirt and waistcoat while hiding his eyes behind a pair of aviator sunglasses.
Karen, 24, was much smarter dressed and looked pretty in a strapless polka-dot dress with her red hair flowing down over her shoulders. 
Nice to see you: Matt and Karen made a good impression on their U.S. fans who later tweeted about the event
Nice to see you: Matt and Karen made a good impression on their U.S. fans who later tweeted about the event
Nice to see you: Matt and Karen made a good impression on their U.S. fans who later tweeted about the event
Time travellers: The British stars arrived in the car made famous by Steven Spielberg's Back To The Future
Time travellers: The British stars arrived in the car made famous by Steven Spielberg's Back To The Future
The special screening, which took place at The Ziegfeld Theatre, was met by a legion of sci-fi fans who screamed loudly when Matt and Karen emerged from the car.
The British stars didn't disappoint either as several enthusiasts took to Twitter to express their excitement after seeing the programme.
One user posted: 'I can't say anything about Doctor Who other than it was awesome'.
The power couple: Matt and Karen were greeted by a large amount of fans who had waited for hours to see them
The power couple: Matt and Karen were greeted by a large amount of fans who had waited for hours to see them
His and hers: While Karen dressed up in a black and white polkadot frock, Matt went casual in trousers and a T-shirt
His and hers: While Karen dressed up in a black and white polka dot frock, Matt went casual in trousers and a T-shirt
Fans waited in line for hours to catch a glimpse of Matt and Karen but unfortunately the show's producer Steven Moffat couldn't attend.
He said: 'The #doctorwho team in New York at a screening of Asylum Of The Daleks. Heartbroken to miss it - but be nice to them, Americans!'
Over and out: This series of Doctor Who will be the last for actor Karen Gillan, whose character gets killed off

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

In his first post-House gig, Robert Sean Leonard has signed on for a five-episode arc on TNT’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies. Also set for a five-episode arc on the upcoming third season of Falling Skies is ER alumna Gloria Reuben, reuniting with her ER co-star, Falling Skies‘ leading man Noah Wyle.
Leonard, repped by WME and manager Danny Sussman, will play Roger Kadar, PhD, an obsessive but gifted scientist who runs Charleston’s power grid and lives underground with his pet rats. The children of New Charleston, intrigued by his cool science toys and unusual pets, eventually dub him “The Rat King.” For the past eight seasons, Leonard played Gregory House’s (Hugh Laurie) best friend and moral compass Dr. James Wilson on the Fox medical drama. Following his arc on Falling Skies, he is likely to return to series full-time as he is already fielding interest for pilots.
Reuben, repped by APA and manager Estelle Lasher, will play Marina Perlata, an aide to Wyle’s Tom Mason, who has been one of the leaders from the human resistance movement against an invading alien force. Attractive and a very put together woman, Marina is extremely intelligent and her political knowledge and experience could prove extremely helpful to Tom. This marks Reuben’s return to TNT where she starred in the legal drama Raising The Bar. She will next be seen in Lincoln.

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Friday, 24 August 2012

It's about damn time. Having been mysteriously absent from all of the other great Star Wars games on Steam for years, today Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lordscan now be purchased for the bargain price of $10 on the ever-popular gaming service. 

Could this pave the way for other Star Wars games that have been absent as well, like TIE Fighter and X-Wing? I sure hope so. Considering Star Wars Celebration VI is in full-swingthis week, I wonder if we'll get news about those other classics being re-released.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark debuts exclusively in select IMAX theaters for a one-week engagement beginning September 21st, with tickets available to purchase from today. 

Following theaters are showing Indy and his whip: BFI Waterloo, Odeon Braehead, Odeon Cardiff, Odeon Gateshead Metro Centre, Odeon Greenwich, Odeon Kingston, Odeon Liverpool One, Odeon Norwich, Odeon Southampton, Odeon Swiss Cottage, Odeon Uxbridge, Odeon Wimbledon, Cineworld Crawley, Cineworld Edinburgh and Cineworld Sheffield.

To purchase tickets for Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX, visit

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Lucasfilm, the parent company of LucasArts, has registered several domain names all relating to a mysterious project titled "Star Wars First Assault".
The report comes from Fusible, who spotted names like and were registered through Corporation Service Company, an internet brand protection agency who Lucasfilm just so happens to be a client of.
Below is the list of names that were all privately registered:
So what is Star Wars First Assault? According to Fusible, no trademark application has been filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and with Lucasfilm not announcing anything, it's hard to speculate as to whether this is related to a video game, movie, or some other Star Warsproject.

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The recent news that The Classical Brit Awards will recognise the Jedi Maestro (FSM Vol.4 No.5) with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the end of the ceremony with a tribute is another suitable salute from his peers, colleagues and admirers alike.
However, ahead of the October 2nd ceremony (which will be televised), ClassicFM will be devoting two hours of air-time to John Williams' illustrious career this coming Monday 27th August between 8 and 10pm (BST). The two hours won't be just a generic tribute show though, quite the opposite. It will include an in-depth interview with JW by the director and producer Tommy Pearson ( and as you are about to read, this will feature more than just some of the same old questions we're so used to hearing.

Here's a clip from a previous JW interview conducted by Tommy for the LSO in 2009:

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WARNING.  As usual with soundtracks lately they are announced before the movie is released therefore there may well be a spoiler in the track titles.  One thing it does confirm is that Spielberg's film will cover Lincoln's death (Peterson's House.)

Check out the full track listing below…

1. The People’s House (3:41)
2. The Purpose Of The Amendment (3:06)
3. Getting Out The Vote (2:48)
4. The American Process (3:56)
5. The Blue And Grey (2:59)
6. “With Malice Toward None” (1:50)
7. Call To Muster And Battle Cry Of Freedom (2:17)
8. The Southern Delegation And The Dream (4:43)
9. Father And Son (1:42)
10. The Race To The House (2:41)
11. Equality Under The Law (3:11)
12. Freedom’s Call (6:06)
13. Elegy (2:34)
14. Remembering Willie (1:51)
15. Appomattox, April 9, 1865 (2:36)
16. The Peterson House And Finale (11:00)
17. “With Malice Toward None” (Piano Solo) (1:31) 

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Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe's regular folks and their everyday problems... which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.

Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.

I actually think Star Wars Detours is looking good.  From the clips shown it made me smile and with Seth Green behind it I think this will be a show worthy of the Star Wars name. I'll keep you posted. 

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

I was just watching The Big Bang Theory and at the end they show they always show a message (vanity card.)  This one is for George Lucas.  In the episode they slightly run down the brilliant Clone Wars TV show and lay into Star Trek V in a big way hence the last sentence.  This is what the card says:


Dear George Lucas,

May I call you Mr. Lucas? On behalf of the writers of The Big Bang Theory, I would like to thank you for your astounding body of work, which has awakened the child within us and unleashed our dreams. That being said, we hope you don't take offense at our good-natured jest regarding your most recent animated efforts. Yes they were cheap shots, but we can't help but hold you to a higher standard -- a standard of your own making. In closing, we are all looking forward to Indiana Jones 5 - The Curse of the Golden Catheter. Oops, sorry again.

Very truly yours,

The Writers

P.S. To William Shatner, director of Star Trek 5. Go ahead, sue us.

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20th Century Fox movie studio will distribute animated feature films from "Kung Fu Panda" maker Dreamworks Animation for the next five years, the studios announced on Monday.
Fox is taking over the role currently played by Viacom unit Paramount Pictures, which has been distributing Dreamworks Animation films for a fee of about 8 percent of revenue from each movie.
Fox will distribute the films for the same fee, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told reporters on a conference call.
But the new arrangement is more favorable, he said, because both studios can take advantage of lower costs from digital distribution.
Under the existing deal, Paramount received about $40 million in 2011 from Dreamworks Animation, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.
Fox, a unit of News Corp, will distribute the studio's films for five years starting in 2013, including next year's "The Croods" and "Turbo." Fox has its own animated slate of films, including the successful "Ice Age" franchise.
The fourth "Ice Age" film has grossed $796.5 million worldwide since it hit theaters in June.
Katzenberg said he was also talking with Fox about the possibility of distributing a family-oriented cable channel he envisions using characters from Classic Media such as "Casper," "Rocky and Bullwinkle," and "Lassie" alongside Dreamworks franchises such as "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda."
Katzenberg's company acquired Classic Media in July for $155 million.
"We have had conversations with the Fox team about this," Katzenberg said, adding that if his studio and Fox do not reach a deal, Dreamworks is free to discuss the idea with other distributors.
At Paramount, the studio is trying to build its own animated offerings as it loses the Dreamworks Animation films and has cut the number of live action movies it produces. Last year's "Rango" from Paramount, about a chameleon in the Wild West, won the Academy Award for best animated feature and rang up sales of $245.4 million around the world.

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Despite the criticisms of its latest three games, BioWare still has the full support of Electronic Arts.
BioWare is in a very unique position at the moment. One the one hand, its last three games were arguably the most anticipated of the developers entire history. On the other hand, those three games were Dragon Age 2Mass Effect 3, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, the first two of which divided the fanbases of its franchises while the third saw subscription figures drop six months after launch. Despite the ups and downs of the past 18 months, BioWare still has friends backing it up, in particular EA COO Peter Moore, who still has confidence in what the developer can accomplish.
"They're doing great," Moore told Eurogamer. "You say the last 12-18 months, I think of three things: I think ofStar Wars: The Old Republic, I think of what Mass Effect 3 has done and all of the offshoots we've done of that, and then a little bit further back Dragon Age. So from that perspective I think the studio has done great."
Moore noted that most of the problems faced by these games had little to do with the products themselves, all of which enticed the gaming community. Mass Effect 3 alone generated over $200 million in sales while The Old Republic was EA's most pre-ordered game ever. The difficulties were based almost entirely on the receptions of certain game elements, which Moore and BioWare can use to better develop games in the future. "Nobody in entertainment has more passion and a bigger megaphone than gamers," Moore said regarding the Mass Effect 3ending. "So the team at BioWare, again, to their credit, said, all right, we're going to stop a few things right now, the team's going to go back and provide some DLC, no charge, to provide more context around what went on there."
Mass Effect isn't the only BioWare franchise attempting to adapt to its fans after a shaky start. The team is already using player feedback as it develops Dragon Age 3, while The Old Republic will go free-to-play to draw back the subscribers it initially lost. "So rather than crying about spilt milk," Moore continued, "we're going to evolve [The Old Republic] into a hybrid model ... We're just reacting to consumer feedback by doing that.
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) SiriusXM today announced the return of Star Wars Celebration Radioa limited-run channel broadcasting live from Star Wars Celebration VI, the official Lucasfilm event celebrating the award-winning Star Wars saga.
Star Wars Celebration Radio will launch Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 pm ET, the day the event kicks off at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.It will air through Monday, August 27 at 3:00 am ET on Sirius channel 123, XM channel 142, and channel770 online and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and mobile devices.

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