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SDCC: Peter Jackson Talks Tintin Sequels

ComingSoon.net caught up with Peter Jackson just after the press conference and got a quick update on where he and Steven Spielberg want to take Tintin after the first film,The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, hits theaters late next year.

"I've got several favorite stories," says Jackson, "I like 'Seven Crystal Balls' and 'Prisoners of the Sun.' I like 'The Black Island.' I like 'The Calculus Affair.' I haven't made a final decision yet."

Jackson confirmed that work on the follow-up won't start until he's completely done with writing duties on The Hobbit. He did, however, say that he has a neat idea of where he'd like to take Tintin after the first sequel: all the way to the moon.

Published in 1953, Tintin actually beat Apollo 11 by 16 years in a famously retro red and white checkered rocketship. Like the adventure chosen for the first film ("Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's T…

Spielberg, Smith’s plans to remake ‘Old Boy’ thrown into jeopardy

LONDON - American film director Steven Spielberg and actor Will Smith’s plans to remake cult Korean movie ‘Old Boy’ have been thrown into jeopardy, as the original makers of the 2003 hit are allegedly not authorised to grant a remake.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg and Smith had recently secured the rights to modernise director Park Chan-Wook’s film from producers Show East.But Show East filmmakers have found themselves at the centre of a lawsuit from Futabasha bosses, the Japanese publishers of the original manga series, who claim the producers were in no position to negotiate with the Hollywood heavyweights and Universal studios.Seoul-based Show East has since shut down and its executives have ceased all contact with Futabasha, further complicating legal proceedings, which began last week.“We haven’t been able to confirm that Show East is bankrupt, and at this stage we’re not sure what effect this will have on the legal case,” the Daily Star quoted a spokesperson for …

LucasArts plot secret XBLA release?

Rumours abound this morning that LucasArts could be planning on announcing a previously secret Xbox Live Arcade title called Lucidity. Joystiq purport to have a screenshot from the secret project, which is said to be a side-scrolling adventure game. With no official word from LucasArts still, details are scant at best, but it sounds as if Lucidity, will focus on a lead character called Sofi, who will move through the world assisted by the player, who will place helpful objects in her path in order to maintain her progress.Visually, the game seems to sport an interesting cartoon-look, with heavy stylisation on show. With the publisher now hard at work on bringing several classic adventure titles back to the small screen, could this be the first brand new LucasArts adventure for some time?Tags: ,

Dreamworks gets Indian cash boost

The deal was announced on Wednesday The film studio Dreamworks, co-founded by Steven Spielberg, is to receive $825m for film production, the studio's Indian partner says.Reliance ADA Group, run by Anil Ambani, is one of India's biggest entertainment groups and a key player in Bollywood, India's Hindi film industry. Dreamworks agreed a joint venture with Mr Ambani in October last year. The new studio will make films in the US, injecting large amounts of Indian cash into America's film industry. Hollywood director Steven Spielberg has made some of the biggest box office hits including ET, Schindler's List and Jaws. Mr Ambani is the world's sixth richest man. 'Visionary step'The deal was announced in New York on Wednesday by Mr Ambani along with Mr Spielberg and Stacey Snider of Dreamworks. "This venture with Reliance opens a new door to our future," Mr Spielberg said in a statement. "Their visionary step has given us a new set of dreams to w…

'HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE'

Ken McGorry
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SAN FRANCISCO — The climactic sequence in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of the most (if not the most) complex compositions of live actors, greenscreen, CG characters, environment, simulated natural phenomena and simulated fantasy phenomena I have encountered in 21 years of writing for Post.
The new Warner Bros. film, directed by David Yates, is the sixth and penultimate installment in the series based on J.K. Rowling's blockbuster fantasy novels.
There's a seventh novel yet to be filmed, so we presume that the budding wizard will need to survive the implacable mortal threat at the climax of HP6.
It's fairly easy to describe HP6's climax on paper — Rowling did it — but how, exactly, would you do this on film? Harry and wizard/mentor Dumbledore enter a foreboding watery cave on the trail of ultra-bad guy Voldemort. They land on an island in a crystalline cavern where thousands of undead humanoids — Voldemort's victims-now-…

'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' Could Still Get A John Williams Score

Although legendary film composer John Williams' original theme has lingered throughout the Harry Potter films, he hasn't scored a full installment since "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." No one understands the weight that Williams' return might bring to the franchise's conclusion better than producer David Heyman. Even while admitting that considerable obstacles still stand in the way, Heyman wants Williams back on board for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.""We have talked to John Williams and a lot of it will depend on his schedule for ['Harry Potter'] seven part two," Heyman told "Potter" fan site The Leaky Cauldron. "If we can make [it] work, and that's a big if, for his schedule and ours, then yes."Williams' music has defined everything everything from the films' opening title sequences to Hedwig's first flight to the mood of Harry's first Quidditch match in "Harry Po…

Lucas top among Hollywood earners

Lucas still earns "big bucks" from Star Wars merchandise, Forbes.com said Star Wars creator George Lucas is Hollywood's highest-paid man after earning an estimated $170m (£104m) in a year, business website Forbes.com says.He beat director Steven Spielberg into second place in the list of 15. Spielberg made an estimated $150m (£91.6m) between June 2008-June 2009. Lucas's fourth Indiana Jones movie - directed by Spielberg - was out in that same year and took $786m (£480.1m). Simon Cowell was joint sixth in the list, earning about $75m (£45.8m). Syndication feesThe website talked to "managers, agents and other Hollywood insiders" to come up with the estimated earnings. Forbes.com said: "In Hollywood, the stars get their pictures on the covers of magazines and designers ply them with free clothes, but producers earn the big bucks." It said that, in its list, "half made the cut mostly for their production work not their star quality". Simon Co…

LucasArts teases Comic-Con announcements

Friday, July 17 2009, 19:36 BST By Liam Martin, Gaming Reporter LucasArts has promised to make several "world exclusive" announcements at the upcoming Comic-Con event in San Diego.According to CVG, the broadcasts are due to take place during the Star Wars Spectacular keynote, which has sparked suggestions that a new Star Wars title will be announced.In addition, LucasArts plans to reveal Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and Lego Indiana Jones 2 footage.Comic-Con will run from July 23 to 26, and will also feature announcements from Microsoft as well as new Left 4 Dead clips.Tags: ,

Recording voice-over for the new Star Wars MMO is an out-of-this-world affair.

Star Wars: The Old Republic, a joint project between LucasArts and Bioware, will apparently be a massively multiplayer online game with massive amounts of recorded dialogue. This is going to be one of the talkiest Star Wars games yet. Shauna Perry, the game's director of audio and localization, outlines everything that's going into adding voices into this game in a post on the official site's blog. Why should you care? It's a sign that the developers are investing heavily in getting this MMO right (and will hopefully make us forget the last attempt at a Star Wars MMO).Some fun factoids from the blog post: - Old Republic will have 10x more lines than Knights of the Old Republic - On any given day, there can be a dozen people working on voice-over -- not including actors - By the time the game ships, they will have recorded 1,000 four-hour VO sessions. - The game's entire script has 40+ novels worth of content - The're working with hundreds of actors in five citi…

Star Wars crew create Moon props

David Bowie's movie-making son has revealed he enlisted teams from Alien and Star Wars to sprinkle magic space dust on his debut film.Duncan Jones, whose moody first film Moon has received rave reviews, assembled a team to create the space vehicles which was headed by veteran model-maker Bill Pearson.Pearson, of Shepperton Studios, worked on the models of the space freighter Nostromo in 1979 film Alien.Duncan, previously known as Zowie Bowie, told the August issue of The Word magazine: "Bill's team was like that old Ripping Yarns episode Golden Gordon where he gets all the old footballers together. We had a guy there who worked on R2D2."It was an amazing crew of old-timers and the work was fantastic. Some of these incredibly talented guys don't get to work together any more."Sci-fi movie Moon stars Sam Rockwell and features the voice of Kevin Spacey, who agreed to appear after the movie had been filmed.Duncan joked that one day his work would overshadow his …

Game review: Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (Wii)

Review fromhttp://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net/ladslounge/2009/07/game-review-indiana-jones-and.html
CHILDHOOD fantasies from the 80s. Closely following the obviously lustful thoughts of Princess Leia's gold bikini in Return of the Jedi, being highly-skilled with a bull-whip was always high on my list.And now, thanks to Lucasarts, my whip skills are being put to the test. This game is available on other formats - the DS, the PSP and the ol' trusty PS2 - but it's really designed with the Wii in mind. Which is rather splendid use of the unique offering providing by the Nintendo machine.How good is it? Better than the recent movie, although that's a given. As good as Raiders'? Hmmm, no.But it's still a worthwhile and innovative attempt at bringing the Indiana Jones series to life in the computer game world. Set in 1939 - a year after IJ and the Last Crusade - you follow the rather-handsome archaeologist on his quest to find the Staff of Moses. As usual, there's a…

How Much Is George Lucas Involved In The Old Republic?

Keane Ng posted on 9 Jul 2009 8:01 pm

George Lucas is the grand overseer of all things Star Wars, but he can't be everywhere at once. So how much involvement is he taking in the development of the latest and (hopefully) greatest venture for his franchise, Star Wars: The Old Republic?Despite the wishes of many folks who hold Star Wars close to their hearts, franchise father George Lucas is, ultimately, the end-all be-all of everything Star Wars. Now, we can assume that the guy can't micro-manage the packaging for every single action figure, but it'd be silly to assume that he doesn't have some say in one of the biggest ventures for the franchise in recent memory, BioWare's MMOG, Star Wars: The Old Republic."I haven't shown it to him personally, no," BioWare's Ray Muzyka told G4. "But I know he keeps his finger on the pulse of everything LucasArts is working on, so I know he's involved in it. I've talked to him about the project in the p…

Tales Of Monkey Island Review

Just finished chapter one of Tales of Monkey Island by TellTale Games. If you are worried that this new addition won't meet your high expectations of Monkey Island gone-by, then fear not. This is every bit worthy of sitting along side the previous offerings. The first chapter will take you between three to five hours to finish. The voice acting is superb, the wonderful monkey island music returns and the comedy is there in all its glory. Please do everyone a favour and buy this. I want more!!!

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The Pacific will be a harrowing portrait of war

Produced by the same team that brought you Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, The Pacific should outdo them both in showing the horrors of the second world war Last month saw HBO release the first official teaser trailer for their $200m (£120m) second world war series The Pacific, which airs on Sky Movies next Spring. It's an epic co-produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg, who collaborated on 1998's Saving Private Ryan and the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.The trailer gives the impression that the scale of this show dwarfs those earlier projects. The Pacific will follow the intertwined exploits of three US Marines – Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge and John Basilone – as they plunge into combat against the Japanese in the Pacific theatre of the second world war. It will also, unlike the other two projects, spend time on the home front after VJ day in August 1945. As in Band of Brothers, viewers will be faced with an ensemble cast of largely unfamiliar fac…

Aliens RPG dead, Spielberg’s “project LMNO” alive

The Aliens role-playing game has officially been canned by Obsidian Entertainment and Sega. Obsidian, the developers behind Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II and the upcoming Alpha Protocol, announced the game with Sega in 2006, but announced on Friday “we are no longer working on the game”. A Sega spokesperson gave the official final nail, saying the company “has no plans to move forward with the Aliens RPG”. The squad-based action game Aliens: Colonial Marines has also slipped from its June-latest release date, but it currently looks set for late September. While the Aliens role-playing game may be officially “game over, man”, despite rumours to the contrary, Steven Spielberg’s mysterious LMNO project isn’t. In a fascinating interview with Edge, leftfield game designer Jason Rohrer said: “I did some consulting work, most recently for EA on the Spielberg LMNO project. My understanding is that project’s pretty much been cancelled now, what with the changing economy, but I’m no…

War love story could be turned into Spielberg film

The story of a 90-year-old British former Prisoner of War who fell in love with a German interpreter could be made in to a Hollywood blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg, according to reports. Steven Spielberg has reportedly been approached to make a movie out of Horace Greasley's war storyPhoto: REUTERS Horace Greasley was held captive for two-and-a-half years in a Nazi PoW camp in Lamsdorf, Poland, during which time he began a secret affair with a girl from a nearby village called Rosa. He would regularly sneak out at night for trysts with his lover and she would help him find food and equipment he could then smuggle back in to the camp.
They were separated at the end of the Second World War, just after she fell pregnant with his child. But they got back in touch when the Government asked Mr Greasley to verify her story so she could work for the Americans as a translator. Sadly, Rosa died in child birth and they were never reunited. Until recentl…

Lucasarts classics hit Steam, prices revealed

Among the batch of Lucasarts games on Steam are some real classics, like LOOM and The Dig for £2.99. Lucasarts has finally released the first of what we hope to be many batches of games on Steam, revealing a simple pricing structure for it's back catalogue that's remarkably fair even if the Steam versions of ye olde SCUMM games don't work in ScummVM, apparently.

The first batch of Lucasarts games on Steam covers a broad range of titles, including forgotten classics like LOOM and The Dig, right through to Star Wars tie-ins and recent Lego Indy titles.

Best of all, the pricing system for the games actually looks remarkably fair and the games seem to be slotted into one of three price bands based on their age and success, with the old adventure games which we're so fond of coming in at just £2.99 a pop - which is about what you'd expect to pay if you tracked down a physical copy on eBay probably. Check out the rest of the prices below.

The Dig - £2.99 / $4.99 / €3.99

LOOM

ILM Builds the Bots for IMAX Shots in Transformers Sequel

There’s a sequence in DreamWorks/Paramounts’ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in which the Devastator, a gigantic Decepticon robot, scales an Egyptian pyramid as easily as a gorilla climbing a tree and rips off the top. With over 52,632 parts and nearly 12 million polygons, the robot is the biggest model Industrial Light & Magic has built in its 30 years of model-making. And they built the bot for IMAX shots.“What’s happened in this picture is that the scale and density of the characters, and the number of characters, have gone way up,” says Industrial Light & Magic’s Scott Farrar, who was visual effects supervisor for director Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers and his 2009 sequel.

Two effects houses created the robots. There were 16 robots in the first film, and 59 in this one. Digital Domain handled 13 robots and ILM created 46, including the returning Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, the revived and somewhat altered Decepticon leader Megatron, an old robot named Jetfir…

G4 and Lucasfilm team up for historic Star Wars event

The 2009 Comic Con is less than a month away but big news is already coming from a galaxy far, far, away. For the first time ever in the San Diego-based convention's 40 year history, a presentation entitled "The Star Wars Spectacular" will be broadcast as a major television event on the G4 cable channel. The Lucas-approved broadcast will be shown on Saturday July 25th starting at 2pm ET/PT and will feature exclusive never-before-seen footage, breaking Star Wars/Lucasfilm news, guest stars, and surprise announcements. The Lucasfilm panels are normally kept secret from those not attending the sold-out "Star Wars Day" panels usually held on the Friday of the convention. This year, Lucas devotees will get to hear exclusives from Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet and "Clone Wars" supervising director Dave Miloni on the sci-fi-centric G4's popular "Attack of the Show" starring Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn who is a favorite among fanboys d…

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' trailer for 'The Pacific'

Yesterday, HBO debuted the new trailer for The Pacific, a massive, 10-part miniseries exec-produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman, the same powerhouse trio behind 2001's Band of Brothers. This one is set in the Pacific theater during WWII and centers around three U.S. Marines played by James Badge Dale (The Departed), Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park), and Jon Seda (Kevin Hill). You can see from the trailer that, much like the six-time Emmy-winning Brothers, The Pacific won't shy away from the devastating violence of war. And, surely, I'm not the only one who was reminded of Saving Private Ryan while watching soldiers disembark onto the bomb- and bullet-ridden shores of the Pacific Ocean. From Ryan to Brothers to Ken Burns' The War (which Hanks helped narrate), I continue to be intrigued and impressed by Hanks' and Spielberg's passion for exploring WWII. It makes perfect sense that after Brothers they'd turn their attention to the battleg…

Lucasarts Retro Titles To Get A New Lease Of Life

Retro titles like LucasArts' back catalogue of classic adventure releases are being given a new lease of life thanks to the wonders of digital distribution. That's the word from the game maker, which credits online distribution for increased interest in the Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. Chatting with blog Destructoid, producer Craig Derrick has said there was immense fan interest in getting Monkey Island recreated, while there was also internal enthusiasm for the project at LucasArts. "We're experiencing a remarkable increase in retro gaming and nostalgia thanks in part to the digital distribution of games on Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, Wiiware, Steam and iTunes. We're seeing that gamers are looking for new experiences, even if they're found in classic games," the developer beams."The age range of the average gamer has significantly broadened and people are open now more than ever to different types of game genres."Monkey Island …

Alien invasion's foe: Noah Wyle is Spielberg's choice for TNT series

Noah Wyle will star in the yet untitled series on TNT with Spielberg at the helm. from http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/06/27/2009-06-27_paging_noah_wyle_spielberg_pilot.html
Noah Wyle is the human race's last hope in a new Steven Spielberg pilot being produced for TNT.The untitled project features Wyle as the leader of a small group of soldiers and civilians who've survived an alien invasion and occupation. As the extraterrestrials round up the last of humankind, Wyle and Co. must fight to stay alive. "I am overjoyed to continue my association with TNT on this new project. We have a longstanding relationship spanning four projects, and I couldn't feel more at home," Wyle said in a statement yesterday. "I also have the pleasure of reteaming with Steven Spielberg, who was behind the creation of 'ER,' my home for the last 15 years." Spielberg echoed Wyle's sentiments. "It is a privilege to be starting a second series with N…

Future John Williams Star Wars Project?

From THEFORCE.NET





Our friend Justin Granado (cool name) sent us this info about famed music composer John Williams and his involvement in an upcoming Star Wars project.

Justin directs us to John Williams' page on IMDb.com that contains a very interesting entry listed under the Filmography section:

"Untitled Star Wars TV Series" (2009) TV series (in production) (composer: theme "Star Wars")

What could this be in reference to? Could John be lending some of his legendary Star Wars scores to some episodes in the upcoming Clone Wars Season 2 series in conjunction with Kevin Kiner? Or is it in reference to production being started on the live-action TV series? Or how about something entirely different?

One thing we do know for certain - we'll be sure to let you know of any new updates on this little nugget as soon as they become available.


Thanks to Justin for the heads-up and keen eye! Tags: , , ,

George Lucas inteview available for download

The Binary Bonsai has stumbled upon a rare find in whatever subbasement where such things are hidden for close to 40 years. It seems as though shortly after the release of THX-1138 and it's succesive failure at the box-office despite its status as an underrated masterpiece, George Lucas was asked to do a television interview with film critic Gene Youngblood.A few mentions to it had been made in some books, but it was assumed lost to the sands of time.But if you go over to the Binary Bonsai, they have it for download.It's a fascinating look into the mind of a filmmaker who would go on to become one of the most succesfull and well-respected in the modern era. For anyone interested in the beard behind the saga, this is an interesting look at Lucas' film philosophy and opinion of Hollywood at the time. It also sheds light into his approach to filmmaking and the beginnings and endings of American Zoetrope in a way I found quite informative.At the end of the day, this is a tre…