Thursday, 31 October 2013

kathleen kennedy


According to The Hollywood Reporter all is not well behind the scenes on Star Wars VII. With the exit of Michael Arndt from the project it seems according to rumours that a spanner has put firmly in the works. Specifically Kathleen Kennedy has expressed her desire to push the whole project back to 2016 while studio CEO Bob Iger is adamant for the original 2015 release.

According to those close to the project, producer Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film's creative team have asked Disney to push the release to 2016, but studio CEO Robert Iger is adamant that Episode VII -- perhaps the franchise's most anticipated installment since 1999's The Phantom Menace -- not budge. That has created enormous pressure on all involved, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to take over scripting duties with Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980's Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, considered the best film in the series.

For his part, Arndt worked exclusively on Episode VII for most of the past year and already had penned a 40- to 50-page treatment before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in October 2012. But as one of Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriters, who can command more than $300,000 a week doing rewrites, the Oscar-winning scribe (Little Miss Sunshine) was ready to move on to other projects.

Some sources say Abrams has become autocratic in recent months, wresting some casting control from Kennedy. But others disputed that notion, saying Abrams and Kennedy both have been involved in casting sessions. Unlike Kennedy, Abrams is said to be more in sync with Iger's desire to meet the 2015 release target -- which allows zero margin for error -- at all costs.

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worf star trek online


Michael Dorn has said in a recent interview that he is set to return as Worf.  The Klingon warrior will appear in the game's new Sphere of Influence feature episode.

"I'm afraid Worf is always lurking somewhere in the background of my psyche," Dorn tells STO content designer and interviewer Kate Bankson.

http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-worf-returns-to-trek-we-talk-to-michael-dorn

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radio 1138 logo


What do you get when you combine one of the best Star Wars podcasts, Rebelforce Radio with one of the best and biggest Star Wars websites, Jedinews?  Answer:  Radio 1138.
Jedinews' James Burns and Mark Newbold are your hosts.  Think of them as a British Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac.  The show has hit the ground running with highlights from The Making of Return of the Jedi Q&A recorded live in London featuring author Jonathan Rinzler & Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch.  This is a must listen and definitely on my subscribe list from now on.

Here's the show notes along with the link to listen to the show now:

RebelForce Radio is teaming up with Jedi News to bring you RADIO 1138.  Join James Burns and Mark Newbold on this new monthly show for in-depth conversations about all things Star Wars in the UK and beyond.  In this premiere episode, you’ll hear highlights from The Making of Return of the Jedi Q&A recorded live in London featuring author Jonathan Rinzler & Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch.  Plus, James & Mark discuss the current production status of Episode VII and more!

http://www.shotglassdigital.com/release/radio-1138-october-2013-premiere-episode/

PS.  I know where Birmingham is.

Rob
@welshslider

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013



Thanks to the Star Wars official Youtube channel, we get this gem of a retro find.  Notice the  scene between Ben and Darth and the pre-effect Lightsabers.


This trailer for the theatrical re-release of Star Wars showcases many of the film's most famous scenes and features some surprises -- including unfinished lightsaber effects during the duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Also notable is the narration, which describes the movie as "a billion years in the making," and the closing graphic that celebrates the film's Academy Awards.



If you're familiar with the Star Trek, Doctor Who crossover graphic novels that have recently been released you would know that the two franchises could easily work together.  However Steve Moffat has recently said although it would work, it would be worlds apart with Hollywood working with the sets in Wales.

“Star Trek and Doctor Who together? It would be brilliant fun,” admitted Moffat “but I can’t imagine us little lot in our leaky shed in Wales and a mighty [Hollywood] studio – can you imagine the meetings alone?!

“I’d do it – I can’t imagine they would. I can’t imagine they would do it, because they’re too protective. I would do it in a shot – of course I would!”

Read more here. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-10-13/steven-moffat-a-doctor-who-star-trek-crossover-id-do-it-in-a-shot

Personally I've seen the sets in Wales and they are very impressive.  In fact Hollywood has worked with the studio in the past.  Remember Torchwood?

Rob
@welshslider

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

the walking dead season 2 game


Telltale Games have announced the much anticipated season two of The Walking Dead game series.

The first series saw some of the finest gaming experience ever gracing a console, sucking you into the game with a well written story and characters you genuinely care about (or hate.)

Not only is season two on the way which will consist of five episodes, Telltale games are releasing a game of the year edition of season one.  The GOTY edition will consist of all the episodes plus the extra 400 days episode along with extra videos and access to the soundtrack.

Telltale Games write:

Leading publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator and writer of The Walking Dead for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics, have officially revealed The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series, which is now available for pre-order on PC/Mac via the Telltale Games Online Store as well as Steam.  The second season will make its highly-anticipated premiere later this year on PC/Mac, home consoles and iOS, with additional platforms to be announced.
The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series will continue the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned at the outset of the undead apocalypse, now left to her own devices to seek safety and survive in a world gone mad.  Now assuming the role of an ordinary child, players will struggle to outwit both the dead and the living in situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through their decisions and actions.

"The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman's world has allowed Telltale to push the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans anxious to know what will happen next in this series," said Dan Connors, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. "Today we can finally lift the veil, albeit only a little, on how this story will continue, and we'll soon be putting players in the shoes of a lead role that will challenge their expectations of how to survive in a world where no one can be trusted."
Expected to premiere later this year, The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series will consist of five episodes that will be released for digital download over the course of the season and will conclude in 2014.  Players can save 10% off of the purchase price of the PC/Mac versions with a pre-order of the season pass, giving them access to all five episodes for the total cost of $22.49 USD or equivalent when ordering through the Telltale Online Store, or through the Steam digital distribution service.

Additionally, this November, Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Game of the Year Edition to retailers across North America for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. The Game of the Year Edition will include all five episodes of the award-winning series, plus the critically-acclaimed episode '400 Days,' as well as access to the series' original score and exclusive behind the scenes video. Currently available for pre-order at retailers everywhere, the Game of the Year Edition will be available for $29.99 USD or equivalent.

To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 21 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 90 Game of the Year honors from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid and GamesRadar, and was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game. 



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1001 movies you must see before you die


With only eight weeks until Christmas, we thought we would start giving you some gift ideas to make that Christmas shop a little easier.

First up we have the perfect gift for any serious movie goer.  1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is a must for anyone who loves their movies.  Starting from 1903 with The Great Train Robbery, the book takes you through 100 years of cinema history picking out the creme de la creme.  Boasting a checklist at the beginning of the book so you can mark off all the movies you've
seen.  I challenge anyone who can claim to have seen everyone.

Spielberg and Lucas are well represented in the book.  George Lucas can claim two entries (as director) with Star Wars and the other for American Graffiti although some of his other movies that he didn't direct are also mentioned in the book.

Spielberg has nine entries as director with Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan and updated for 2013, Spielberg gets another entry with Lincoln.  In fact the back cover of the 960 page book has Daniel Day Lewis as the American president.

The book exudes quality and you can easily see why the book continues to sell year after year.  Since 2003 the book has sold 1.5 million copies.  With the latest edition now out, it has been updated and includes recent movies such as Argo and Django.

Packed with vital statistics, and a few facts that might surprise you, this is a collector’s must for the bookshelf as well as an entertaining read for all those who love the world of film. Whether your passion lies with The Blue Angel or Blue Velvet, from the films you shouldn’t have missed the first time around, to the films you can see again and again, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is the definitive guide for all movie lovers.

I have a confession to make.  When I first received this publication I wondered why we needed such a book with the likes of the Internet and in particular IMDB.  What I realised is that there is nothing better than browsing through a book.  You tend to stop and look at movies you normally wouldn't have clicked on if browsing the Internet.  It really is a great book to have on your coffee table and you can easily pick up and browse at anytime.  It comes in handy when trying to decide what movie to watch next on Netflix.

You can order the book here if you live in the UK and here in the US

Rob
@welshslider


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Monday, 28 October 2013

star wars bloopers

Check out this great video showing previously unseen out-takes of Star Wars Episode IV.  The blooper reel was originally shown at SDCC by J.W. Rinzler.




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Mira Sorvino


It was announced yesterday that Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino will join the cast of TNT's Falling Skies as a recurring character.  The Spielberg produced show will be entering its fourth season in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength.

Sorvino won an Oscar in 1995 for her role in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite at the age of 29.

She is set to play Sara.  The character is describes as "a woman far removed from her former life as a graphic designer who is now dogged by death at every turn, yet she has never felt more alive, free or fearless. A chance encounter with guerrilla fighter John Pope (Colin Cunningham) leads her to join the resistance and develop a strong personal bond with the outlaw-turned-warrior."

Sunday, 27 October 2013



The Ohio State Marching Band show off their stunning choreography as they pay tribute to the movies during a football match at the Ohio Stadium. The nine minute routine pays tribute to Superman, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.

A must watch.





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andrea deck creditors


This week on our quick fire questions we have actress Andrea Deck.  Andrea has been in the hugely movie adaption of Les Miserable and in the TV series, Mr Selfridge.  Now she's set to star in another movie called Creditors.  

You have the opportunity to get involved with the movie by backing their campaign over at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1913997996/creditors-the-film. They are giving away some great rewards depending on what you pledge, from badges all the way up to being a producer of the show and even a credited actor's position.

Watch this video below on the Kickstarter campaign for the movie Creditors.



"Creditors" is the story of a love triangle, which finds itself unraveled when an American painter, Freddie Lynch, whose career and marriage are in decline is approached by an admirer, Grant Pierce, in a secluded hotel on an island in England and eased into making sense of his troubled relationship with his wife, writer Chloe Fleury.

Lets get the quick fire questions under way.


You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah.  What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take?
Movie and Album: Grease (THE ORIGINAL), that way I'd have a movie and album in one!
TV show: Six Feet Under
Book: The Cay by Theodore Taylor

roger rabbit
If you could invite any three people (alive or not, fictitious or not) to a dinner party, who would they be?
Fievel (From Fievel Goes West), Roger Rabbit, Winnie-The-Pooh

What is your favourite John Williams soundtrack?
E.T.

If you were invisible for a day what would be the first thing you would do?
Steal the money to fund our film Creditors. I'd make sure to give special thanks afterwards though.

When was the last time you cried?
When Chops moved out of my town (in Animal Crossing) because he was unhappy with the way I was running things as mayor.

What is your biggest fear?
Fishflies

What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?
When I kicked my leg too high during an audition and ended up on the floor.

Excluding search engines, what three website would you choose if no other websites were available?
fuckyeahdogsoncomputers.com, I don't really see the need for anything else.

Ah yes I know what you mean - Rob

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Every time I spend money. It's such a complicated relationship.

What are you looking forward to the most in the next six months?
Thanksgiving.

What is your most treasured possession?
A necklace my parents gave me.

What is your biggest regret?
Shopping at Whole Foods, that one time.

What are you most proud of?
Choosing to do what I love as a career.
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What is your favourite Spielberg movie?
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Where can people keep in touch or follow you?
We’re running a Kickstarter campaign until November 17th for our adaption of Strindberg’s play Creditors.

You can become a part of it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1913997996/creditors-the-film - every donation counts.

We’re also on twitter @creditorsfilm. Or facebook.com/Creditors.

Thanks Andrea for answering our questions.  Next week we complete our Creditors special by having star and director of the film, Ben Cura.

Rob
@welshslider

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zachary quinto spock xbox one


PS4 or Xbox One?  That's a whole different debate.  What is good though is this advert for the Xbox One featuring Star Trek and Zachary Quinto as Spock.  (Shame the game sucks more than a Gamma Quadrant worm hole.)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

fortress movie


Fortress is one of those films I've seen dozens of times and somehow never tire of. It's the type of movie you can just put on and get lost in without having to invest too much energy in to follow.

A prison/escape movie set in a future (2017) where the US population has grown so big that they have had to introduce a "one family one child" rule to control it.
Ex-soldier John Brennick who is played by The Highlander himself Christopher Lambert is arrested for trying to smuggle his 2nd time pregnant wife into Canada after they lost their 1st child.



Sent to a corporately run prison operated by cyborg guards led by the Prison Director (Robocop's Kurtwood Smith) and a super computer called Zed-10. No one has ever escaped the Fortress but it has never tried to hold anyone like John Brennick, the most decorated Black Beret in US history before either. Concocting a plan to escape the facility and take his wife and unborn child to Mexico John is forced to enlist his cell mates to perform an A-Team style mission.

On the surface, Fortress appears to be just another low budget action vehicle for Lambert until you factor in the the director Stuart Gordon's fine sci-fi pedigree having directed such classics as "Re-Animator" and "Robot Jox" and writing "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids". Fortress may not be as groundbreaking or as adventurous as some of his other works but as a complete film I think its as good as any of his others. As usual Christopher Lambert makes a believable and likable action hero along the lines of a low budget Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford.

Despite its slasher movie style ending which features the type of plot twist we could expect to see before M.Night Shyamalan came along. As far as prison movies go its more Escape To victory than The Shawshack Redemption or Papillon, hardly Oscar material but a thoroughly enjoyable action movie none the less.

@Archarwr

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Steve Marshall over at Worn by Heroes got in touch to let us know about their Kickstarter campaign to bring high quality T-shirts with designs that give a nod to some of our favourite TV shows and movies.  In the mix are some great Spielberg related designs. What got our attention was these designs in particular:

BACK TO THE FUTURE

JURASSIC PARK

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

The last one is easily our favourite and we're placing our ordernow.  Make sure you get yours in too by clicking on this link and supporting the campaign at the same time.

Here's what Worn by Heroes have to say about their t-shirts:

We love movies. We love TV shows. And we love showing off our intimate knowledge of a film or show with an awesome t-shirt which only our fellow hardcore fans will recognise. There's nothing like that moment of recognition on a strangers face as they clock the reference on your t-shirt.

We've got a huge collection of movie t-shirts from loads of different stores. Whilst the designs themselves can range from bad to awesome, we've found the actual product itself is always lacking in quality. The t-shirt is tough, scratchy and ill-fitting. The prints themselves are heavy slabs of plasticy inks that weight the shirt down and start to crack after a while.
We wanted to bring a product to the film and TV community that, as well as having a brilliant design, is also stylish, comfy and fits well; a product of the highest quality. We're using American Apparel t-shirts, which are soft, great fitting and sweatshop free. We're using water based inks meaning no more plastic on the front of your t-shirt - the fabric of the t-shirt itself is 'bleached' with the design. Once you try on one of these t-shirts, you won't want to wear anything else. We need YOUR help to make this happen.

The people behind Worn By Heroes are Steve Marshall, a Director Of Photography, and Mandy-Jane Jackson, an actress and singer. You can probably tell by our careers that we have a huge love of storytelling on the big and small screen.



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Friday, 25 October 2013

coffee with kenobi


Coffee With Kenobi have released a new episode of their show where they are joined by Amy Ratcliffe and Tricia Barr to discuss the hugely popular book, Kenobi.

On our first Book Review at Coffee With Kenobi, Cory & I will be discussing John Jackson Miller’s book Kenobi, which is a runaway hit! Joining us on today’s discussion are Tricia Barr from Fangirl Blog, Del Rey’s SUVUDU, starwars.com, and Star Wars Insider and Amy Ratcliffe of Star Wars.com, IGN, and Fashionably Geek. This is the Podcast You're Looking For!

Listen to the show now

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rebelforce radio steve sansweet

Its that time of the week again (the best time.)  It's the weekend but the icing on the cake is another quality episode of Rebelforce Radio.  This week they are joined by everyone's favourite Star Wars collector, Steve Sansweet.


It’s a BIG(GS) show this week! Most Star Wars fans know that there were scenes shot for George Lucas’s original “Star Wars” film from 1977, like those featuring Jabba The Hutt & Biggs Darklighter, among others, that ended up on the cutting room floor. For years, there has been a selection of fans who believe they saw the Biggs scenes and more during the film’s original run. We try to put those fuzzy memories to rest with an in-depth Investigative Report featuring our special guest, Steve Sansweet. Plus, we review all the special features of Del Rey’s “Making Of…” Ebooks series, Seth Green updates IGN on Star Wars and we discuss Disney’s vague announcement about “Darth Vader TV Specials”. Stick around to hear Billy Dee get right to the point in the Quote of the Week!

Listen to the show now.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

schindlers list


Haaretz.com have reported that Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List archive has been transferred this week from California to Warsaw, specifically the museum of the history of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

The archive includes dozens of boxes that are filled with testimonies which were unloaded over the weekend at the museum.  These testimonies are from 52000 interviewees in 57 countries which were interviewed over a six year period.

Haaretz.com write:

The testimonies, which were collected from 52,000 interviewees in 57 countries, though mostly from the United States, are of inestimable historical value. They tell not only about the conditions of life and death during the Holocaust, but also about the lives of Jews, Roma, homosexuals and Hitler’s political opponents during the years before World War II.

Read more here



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Finally we are starting to get some official news from Lucasfilm and co.  The latest news is that Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for Episode VII.

StarWars.com Write:

As Episode VII continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams' credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe, and Lost.

"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. "There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production."
indy 4 shooting


Personally I didn't mind the fourth Indy movie.  I feel I'm in the minority thought.  Even Spielberg it seems is apologising for some of the decisions in the movie.  Every one remembers the "nuke the fridge" scene where Indy climbs inside a lead lined fridge to escape the blast of an atomic bomb test.  Admittely it wasn't everyone's cup of tea including its director.

Steven Spielberg said at a recent special screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Los Angeles

I know in Indy 4, you didn't buy the refrigerator and the atomic bomb... I know! I know! But we tried! We tried! I was pushing the envelope! By the way, I take full responsibility for that -- that was completely my idea! Even Harrison said to me: 'Nobody is going to buy this!’
I find it strange that this one scene is focused on and not others.  I love the Indiana Jones movies for what they are.  Adventure movies mimicking the old fashioned Saturday morning black and white adventures shown in the local cinemas of the 30's and 40's with over the top action, comedy and loveable characters.  I wonder why though, other scenes are not highlighted by fans such as the plane through the tunnel, Indy and co jumping out of a plane in an inflatable raft, a thousand year old knight, hitching a lift on a submarine and more.  These are all scenes loved by fans but when it comes to the fourth one it seems the in thing to rip it to shreds.  Are we getting too cynical in our old age?

Rob
@welshslider


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Wednesday, 23 October 2013


Bryan Young and Bobby Roberts bring us another quality episode of Full of sith.  In this episode the duo talk about the dark times of Star Wars, JW Rinzler's excellent Making Of Star Wars books and the latest news on the Star Wars franchise.

Check out the show notes below along with the link to the show.  While you're at it, check out Bryan Young's insightful article over on the official Star Wars blog.  The article is called The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Hidden Fortress.  Which films throughout history influenced Star Wars and more importantly it's creator, George Lucas?


Full Of Sith Episode XXXIX: The Dark Times

http://fullofsith.com/archives/889

Bryan Young and Bobby Roberts get together to discuss the latest news in Star Wars before descending into a discussion of the Dark Times of Star Wars fandom, that period between the release of Return of the Jedi and the Special Editions. The discussion further spirals into talk of the incredible Making of Return of the Jedi book from Del Rey.

If you like the show, please leave us an iTunes review and share us with your friends and family! We’d greatly appreciate it.


Contact Information: Voicemail – 206-426-5592 | Website – fullofsith.com | Twitter – @FullOfSith | Facebook – facebook.com/fullofsith | Email – holocron@fullofsith.com | Mediocre Radio Network - mediocreradionetwork.com


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making of howard the duck

Yesterday saw the release of the enhanced ebook editions of JW Rinzler's superlative Making of Star Wars books.  Well to celebrate we decided to create a mock up and possibly give the author an idea for his new book

Well Rinzler, it seems has already an idea as he replied to our tweet:

Can't wait to find out how they got Fisher singing like that.

Rob
@Welshslider


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Pierce Gagnon


Looper young star Pierce Gagnon has been cast as Halle Berry's son in CBS' new summer series Extant, the network announced Tuesday.

From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the futuristic thriller follows a female astronaut (Berry) who tries to reconnect with her husband and son (Gagnon) when she returns after a year-long solo mission in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Extant-Pierce-Gagnon-1072386.aspx



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Hans Zimmer who composed the soundtrack for Man of Steel has revealed he has not been asked to compose the soundtrack for the planned Superman Vs Batman.

He said: "Honestly, I'm just sort of grappling with that right now.

hans zimmer


"Quite seriously, the thought right now is that no, I don't want to go and take what I did with [Christopher Nolan] and just plonk it into another movie. There isn't one good reason to do it, and there are so many good reasons not to do it."

"I really enjoyed working with Zack Snyder, so part of it would be a personal decision. At the same time, I wouldn't want to put the ideas I used in the Chris Nolan Batman movies into a Superman movie. It just wouldn't feel right.

"I'm a procrastinator, and right now, I don't want to make a decision. Zack hasn't talked to me about it, so I don't have to worry about it! I'll worry about it when I have to worry about it, and then, if I'm lucky, I'll have an idea.

"If I have an idea, I can do something with that, but if I don't have an idea, then my good idea is going to be, 'Get somebody else'."

Source

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

star wars influences rebelforce radio


RebelForce Radio introduces Star Wars Influences. This new monthly show will take a close look at the most important influences to impact the creation of the Star Wars saga. From Akira Kurosawa to Joseph Campbell to Flash Gordon and beyond, Jimmy Mac and Paul Bateman will dig deep beneath the surface of the many resources used by George Lucas and collaborators to create the galaxy far, far away. In this first episode, we discuss Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress” and dismiss the myth that Star Wars was a direct recreation of the classic Japanese film. Plus, Tatooine origins, and “Dune”. And, Paul reviews the new book “Star Wars Art: Concepts” and more. Join us each month as we discover the Influences of Star Wars on RebelForce Radio.

Listen now:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/b/d/1/bd15724bd8ecae47/RebelForceRadio_StarWarsInfluences_0.mp3?c_id=6309307&expiration=1382481712&hwt=3557664143cb4c01b2ec58d49279e4ad

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 J.W. Rinzler's Making of Return of the Jedi


Today I bought the enhanced version of J.W. Rinzler's Making of Return of the Jedi on my Kindle Fire HD.  Here's a quick video I recorded on my phone to show you the delights you can expect from the enhanced version.

Rob
video


Each enhanced eBook will include all the text and art from the print editions plus bonus multimedia content featuring around 30 minutes of rare behind the scenes video, around 15-20 minutes of rare audio interviews, and additional art work and photos. The enhanced eBooks will be compatible with iPads (and iPad Minis), the Amazon Kindle app for Apple devices, Kindle Fire devices, Nook HD and Tablets, and the Google Play Books Reader for Android and Nexus devices. We also have to add this note whenever talking about the availability on platforms: Functionality of the audio/video content is subject to your eBook device. Check the store listing on your favorite eBook retailer site to find out whether your device is capable of playing audio and video elements.

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Out today are the enhanced ebook versions of J.W. Rinzler's Making Of Star Wars books.  How can perfection be improved I hear you ask?  Well the ebook versions come with 30 minutes of rare video footage, approx 20 minutes of audio interviews and additional artwork.  So if you have an Ipad, Kindle Fire, Nook HD or a Google Play book reader enabled device then you are in for a treat.

I've ordered mine today.  The price is £17.76 and available here. (US here, priced at $28.71)


Each enhanced eBook will include all the text and art from the print editions plus bonus multimedia content featuring around 30 minutes of rare behind the scenes video, around 15-20 minutes of rare audio interviews, and additional art work and photos. The enhanced eBooks will be compatible with iPads (and iPad Minis), the Amazon Kindle app for Apple devices, Kindle Fire devices, Nook HD and Tablets, and the Google Play Books Reader for Android and Nexus devices. We also have to add this note whenever talking about the availability on platforms: Functionality of the audio/video content is subject to your eBook device. Check the store listing on your favorite eBook retailer site to find out whether your device is capable of playing audio and video elements.

There's more on these most impressive eBooks over at StarWars.com

THE MAKING OF STAR WARS (Enhanced Edition)
by J.W. Rinzler
Del Rey/LucasBooks
$17.99
On sale October, 2013

This enhanced eBook transforms The Making of Star Wars into an immersive multimedia experience worthy of the original film, featuring bonus content such as never-before-seen photos and behind-the scenes video.*

After the 1973 success of American Graffiti, filmmaker George Lucas made the fateful decision to pursue a longtime dream project: a space fantasy movie unlike any ever produced. Lucas envisioned a swashbuckling SF saga inspired by the Flash Gordon serials, classic American westerns, the epic cinema of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history, and how it was made is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie that has enthralled millions for more than thirty years—a story that has never been told as it was meant to be. Until now.

Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its trove of “lost” interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes, Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the “little” movie that became a phenomenon. It’s all here:

• the evolution of the now-classic story and characters—including “Annikin Starkiller” and “a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and large gills” named Han Solo
• excerpts from George Lucas’s numerous, ever-morphing script drafts
• the birth of Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects company that revolutionized Hollywood filmmaking
• the studio-hopping and budget battles that nearly scuttled the entire project
• the director’s early casting saga, which might have led to a film spoken mostly in Japanese—including the intensive auditions that won the cast members their roles and made them legends
• the grueling, nearly catastrophic location shoot in Tunisia and the subsequent breakneck dash at Elstree Studios in London
• the who’s who of young film rebels who pitched in to help—including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Brian DePalma

But perhaps most exciting, and rarest of all, are the interviews conducted before and during production and immediately after the release of Star Wars—in which George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, effects masters Dennis Muren, Richard Edlund, and John Dykstra, Phil Tippett, Rick Baker, legendary production designer John Barry, and a host of others share their fascinating tales from the trenches and candid opinions of the film that would ultimately change their lives.

No matter how you view the spectrum of this phenomenon, The Making of Star Wars stands as a crucial document—rich in fascination and revelation—of a genuine cinematic and cultural touchstone.

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THE MAKING OF STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Enhanced Edition)
by J.W. Rinzler
Foreword by Ridley Scott
Del Rey/LucasBooks
$17.99
On sale October, 2013

This enhanced eBook transforms The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back into an immersive multimedia experience worthy of the beloved film, featuring bonus content such as never-before-seen photos and behind-the scenes video.*

In this lavish thirtieth-anniversary tribute to the blockbuster film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler draws back the curtain to reveal the intense drama and magnificent wizardry behind the hit movie—arguably the fan favorite of the Star Wars Saga.

Following his The Making of Star Wars, the author has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos. The result is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal look at the trials and triumphs, risks and close calls, inspiration, perspiration, and imagination that went into every facet of this cinematic masterpiece. Here’s the inside scoop on:

• the evolution of the script, from story conference and treatment to fifth draft, as conceived, written, and rewritten by George Lucas, famed science-fiction author Leigh Brackett, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan
• the development of new key characters, including roguish hero Lando Calrissian, sinister bounty hunter Boba Fett, and iconic Jedi Master Yoda
• the challenges of shooting the epic ice planet battle in the frozen reaches of Norway and of conjuring up convincing creatures and craft—from tauntauns and snowspeeders to Imperial walkers
• the construction of a life-sized Millennium Falcon and the swamp planet Dagobah inside a specially built soundstage in Elstree Studios
• the technique behind master Muppeteer Frank Oz’s breathing life into the breakthrough character Yoda
• the creation of the new, improved Industrial Light & Magic visual effects facility and the founding of the now-legendary Skywalker Ranch

In addition, of course, are rare on-the-scene interviews with all the major players: actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and David Prowse; director Irvin Kershner; producer Gary Kurtz; effects specialists Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, and Phil Tippett; composer John Williams; and many others. Punctuating the epic account is a bounty of drawings, storyboards, and paintings by Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, and Ivor Beddoes, along with classic and rare production photos. An added bonus is a Foreword by acclaimed director Ridley Scott.

The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a fittingly glorious celebration of an undisputed space-fantasy movie milestone. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

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THE MAKING OF STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (Enhanced Edition)
by J.W. Rinzler
Foreword by Brad Bird
Del Rey/LucasBooks
$17.99
On sale October, 2013


This enhanced eBook transforms The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi into an immersive multimedia experience worthy of the legendary film, featuring bonus content such as never-before-seen photos and behind-the scenes video.*

Just as Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi completed the most successful cinematic trilogy of its generation, perhaps of all time, this splendid thirtieth-anniversary tribute completes New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler’s trio of fascinating behind-the-scenes books celebrating George Lucas’s classic films.

Once again, the author’s unprecedented access to the formidable Lucasfilm Archives has yielded a mother lode of extremely informative, vastly entertaining, and often unexpected stories, anecdotes, recollections, and revelations straight from the closely guarded set of a big-screen blockbuster in the making. Brimming with previously unpublished photos, production artwork, script excerpts, exclusive intel, vintage on-set interviews, and present-day commentary, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi chronicles “how George Lucas and his crew of extroverted artists, misfits, and expert craftspeople roused themselves to great heights for a third time” to create the next unforgettable chapter in one of the most beloved sagas of all time. Get up close to the action and feel like a studio insider as

• creator George Lucas, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and director Richard Marquand huddle in a script conference to debate the destinies of iconic Star Wars characters, as well as plot twists and turns for the epic final showdown between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire
• artists and craftspeople at the groundbreaking Industrial Light & Magic facility top their own revolutionary innovations—despite the infamous Black Friday—with boundary-pushing new analog visual effects
• a crack team of sculptors, puppeteers, actors, and “monster-makers” bring Jabba the Hutt and his cohorts to startling, slobbering life from the inside out
• a who’s who of heavyweight directors—from such films as Superman, Gremlins, Halloween, Dune, Scanners, and Time Bandits—are considered for the coveted job of bringing a new Star Wars adventure to the silver screen
• actors and crew race to the finish line at Elstree Studios, in a fiery desert, and beneath the trees of a dense redwood forest—before money runs out—to answer the questions that audiences had waited three years to find out: Is Darth Vader really Luke’s father, who is the “other”—and who or what is the Emperor?

Star Wars’ stars from both sides of the camera—including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, director Richard Marquand, producer Howard Kazanjian, Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett, and mastermind George Lucas—weigh in with candid insights on everything from technical challenges, character design, Ewoks, the Empire’s galactic city planet, and the ultimate challenge of bringing the phenomenal space fantasy to a dramatic close. The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi gives a spectacular subject its just due, with more than five hundred images and many, many new interviews.

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary tonight is the impressive Cinerama Dome theatre.  What a way to celebrate too by having Raiders of the Lost Ark showing but not only that have the director of the movie, Steven Spielberg taking questions from the lucky audience.

LA Times tell us:

Still regarded as one of the finest theaters in Los Angeles, the Cinerama Dome will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an upcoming series of screenings and events. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates and completed in 1963, the structure was the world's first all-concrete geodesic dome, made from 316 interlocking panels. The theater itself features a screen 32 feet high and 86 feet wide.

The anniversary series opens on Tuesday with a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with a Q&A before the movie with its director, Steven Spielberg.

"It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" was the very first film screened in the Dome and ran for over 66 weeks. Stars Mickey Rooney, Marvin Kaplan and Barrie Chase are scheduled to attend.

Read more at http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-steven-spielberg-others-to-celebrate-cinerama-domes-50th-20131018,0,3842065.story

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Casting news and rumours have hit top gear in the last few days for Jurassic World.  Here's a quick round up with what we do know and a few rumours too.



Josh Brolin is apparently in talks to be in the movie.  Not only that, the rumours are that Josh is in talks for the lead role. Josh played Brand in Goonies, another executive produced movie by Steven Spielberg Nothing has been put in concrete yet but if and when we will let you know.


Another lead role has been taken up by young Ty Simpkins.  Ty has also had experience with Spielberg movies as he appeared in the 2005 War of the Worlds.




Nick Robinson who is currently in Melissa and Joey has also been confirmed.  Robinson is rumoured to be playing the role of Ty Simpkins' brother








Other casting rumoured: Bryce Dallas Howard, David Oyelowo, Idris Elba

Rob
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Thanks to Jedi News for bringing this to our attention.  This is a payroll invoice showing the wage George Lucas was getting from Warner Brothers during his THX-1138 days.  Amazing to see the famous director was only getting $125 a week at one point.

Hollywood Reporter write:

Lucas first joined Warners' payroll when Francis Ford Coppola brought his friend on board as an assistant on 1968's Finian's Rainbow. Studio payroll memos highlight how Lucas was getting paid $110 a week and was even bumped up to $125 per week.
Warners' internal memos between executives highlight the young Lucas' interest in sci-fi. A year later, Warners came aboard to distribute Lucas' THX 1138, paying him $2,500 in installments.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/early-george-lucas-contract-reveals-649370

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