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Spielberg and his wife Kate on holiday in Ireland

Steven Spielberg has been enjoying a secret summer sojourn in Ireland. Mr Spielberg has been travelling the length and breadth of the country with his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, and their teenage son. They began their journey in the west where the Hollywood director and his family visited the Aran Islands and stayed at the Ballyvaughan country holiday homes in the Burren. After spending quality time in the idyllic countryside amid the gentle life of Ballyvaughan village, Mr Spielberg and his family hit the east coast yesterday.

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Steven Spielberg Spielberg hooks Michael Crichton's pirate adventure

Steven Spielberg looks set to sail for the land of movie piracy with a buccaneer adventure based on the work of the late Michael Crichton. The director's DreamWorks studio this week snapped up the rights for Pirate Latitudes, an unfinished novel by the best-selling author, who died last year.

Pirate Latitudes plays out around Jamaica in 1665 and charts the attempt to rob a Spanish galleon docked at the town of Port Royal. The screen version will be scripted by David Koep, writer of War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Koep and Spielberg have collaborated on two previous Crichton adaptations: Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World.

"Anything that Michael wrote, Steven would be keenly interested to read," DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider told USA Today. "But without Michael even knowing it, or even me knowing it, it turns out that Steven always wanted to direct his own pirate film."

Crichton was reportedly writing Pirate La…

Nice fan made video - Stan Winston-His Final Public Apearence

To be honest we should call this site the Bearded four because Stan Winston, sadly missed was a special effects genius.

Stanley Winston (April 7, 1946 – June 15, 2008) was an American visual effects supervisor, make-up artist, and film director. He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the Jurassic Park series, Aliens, the Predator series, Iron Man and Edward Scissorhands. He won a total of four Academy Awards for his work.

Daily Movie Quote

Yesterdays Movie Quote - "Cirrus, Socrates, particle, decibel, hurricane, dolphin, tulip."
Answer - A.I.

Video with Steven Spielberg explaining his concerns over aliens in Indy 4

This video is on the great DVD Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. I actually loved the film. I thought it captured the comic book/saturday morning cinema dramas that the other Indy movies were. But in this video Spielberg explains his reservation of using the subject of Aliens in Indy 4. Spielberg refused to do an Indy film with aliens hence the long wait we had. In the end George Lucas came up with the idea of the aliens being inter-dimentional rather from outer space. Steven agreed that would be a better idea and Indy 4 was GO! Just glad they didn't call it Indiana Jones And The Saucer Men which was one of the suggestions.

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Todays Movie Quote - "Cirrus, Socrates, particle, decibel, hurricane, dolphin, tulip. "

Yesterdays Movie Quote - "I have decided that we shall stay here.
Answer - Return Of The Jedi

Todays Movie Quote

Todays Movie Quote - "I have decided that we shall stay here. "

Yesterdays Movie Quote -

People say that when we grow up, we kick at everything we've been told, we rebel against the world our parents worked so hard to bring us into, that part of growing of is kicking at the ties that bind. But I don't think that's why we kick at all. I think we kick when we find out that our parents don't know much more about the world than we do. They don't have all the answers. We rebel when we find out that they've been lying to us all along, that there isn't any Santa Claus at all.

Answer - Taken

Fire Threatened Skywalker Ranch

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The End scene of Revenge Of The Sith wasn't enough for George Lucas it seems. Last week a brush fire crept up to the edge of Skywalker Ranch, his 4,000-acre property in Nicasio, Calif.The Marin County Fire Department received a call at 1:52 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, that a fire had started at the Banta House, an adjacent estate once owned by the Doobie Brothers, where a wedding was scheduled to take place two days later, said Battalion Chief Tim Thompson, who directed the department’s operations that day.Mr. Thompson said the fire, which was burning roughly three acres across, spread up a steep hill to the border of Mr. Lucas’ ranch about an hour after it had started.“This was a very tough fire,” he said. “There was some complexity to it.”Indeed, Mr. Thompson said it took more than two hours to put out, with about 70 firefighters, two inmate crews, two bulldozers and two air tankers battling the blaze (alas, no Ewoks were available). Skywalker Ranch ha…

Todays Movie Quote

Todays Quote -
"People say that when we grow up, we kick at everything we've been told, we rebel against the world our parents worked so hard to bring us into, that part of growing of is kicking at the ties that bind. But I don't think that's why we kick at all. I think we kick when we find out that our parents don't know much more about the world than we do. They don't have all the answers. We rebel when we find out that they've been lying to us all along, that there isn't any Santa Claus at all. "

Yesterdays Quote - "You are drunk, and when you are drunk you forget that I am in charge!"

Answer - Willow

‘Star Wars: Retold’ Takes Lucas’ Fan Movie Award

Star Wars: Retold (By Someone Who Hasn’t Seen It) SAN DIEGO — In all the Comic-Con International fuss, it was easy to lose track of the winning entries in the annual Atom Films Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge.It’s an annual event now, with fans selecting their favorites and George Lucas himself picking his chosen winner in and around the geek gathering. You can find the top finishers here.Lucas’ pick was “Star Wars: Retold” (right), an animated visualization of one non-fan’s recap of the saga.But, if this reporter had a vote, it would go to the animated children’s book-style short, “Star Wars in a Notebook.” The gorgeous cut-out visualizations of the characters should really find their way into the mainstream media somewhere.

Todays Movie Quote

Todays Quote - "You are drunk, and when you are drunk you forget that I am in charge!"

Yesterdays quote -"I should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers! "
Answer - Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

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Super Star Wars Leads LucasArts Oldies onto Wii

LucasArts has set the Wii squarely in its sights as part of its ongoing push to exploit its back catalogue of titles.

Super Star Wars (originally released on the NES) hit Virtual Console in the US, LucasArts has said that the two sequels (if you don't know/can't guess the names, please leave the room) will follow "in the coming weeks". All three have or will have a price tag of 800 points.

"Additional classic LucasArts games" were also promised for Virtual Console, though none were named.

Exactly when we'll see that lot in the UK hasn't been confirmed.

LucasArts has been making a big push with its older games and properties of late. It's dropped a whole list of them onto Steam, as well as releasing assorted Monkey Island goodies across PC, Xbox Live and WiiWare.

Movie Quote Of The Day

Todays Movie Quote - "I should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers! "

Yesterdays Quote - "This is no time for watersports!"
Answer - Howard The Duck

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Great John Wiliams video at Playmoutain

Poltergeist Remake Coming on November 24, 2010! has learned that MGM's planned remake of Tobe Hooper's classic '80s haunted house movie Poltergeist has received a release date of November 24, 2010, Thanksgiving weekend. With director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) attached since last September, the production has been in development a long time with a script surfacing last year, but so far, no cast has been announced and no information about where or when they might start filming. Tags: , ,

Hidden Day Of The Tentacle Meaning In Remake Of Monkey Island?

Get ready to be really excited Day of the Tentacle fans.

Take a close look at the Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition snapshot in the header image. The Tentacle idol featured in the center shouldn’t exist. It wasn’t included in the original PC release of the title. Does this mean something?

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Todays Guess The Movie Quote

Todays movie quote - "This is no time for watersports!"

Yesterdays answer - "Lightning never strikes in the same place twice."

Answer - War Of The Worlds

Turn your Xbox Avatar into George Lucas!

1 - Add shades for the George Lucas on location look
2 - Jeans for the casual George look
3 - Chequered shirt...what else?
4 - Cap. Preferably a star wars cap like this one with the republic symbol*
5 - Beard, add accordingly.
6 - hair and colour, now this depends what age you want your George to be. Me? I hav gone for a young version. Turn more grey the older you want him to be.
7 - Sneakers

There you have it.

*Republic Symbol cap will cost 80 xbox points

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Spielberg is a big Bioshock fan.

Interview with Shia Labeouf, Spielberg and LaBeouf have grown close. “One time Steven told me to come to his house ready to go skeet shooting,” says LaBeouf. “I get there and stick my head in to ask if he’s ready—and this is classic Spielberg—he says, ‘Nope, Shia. I’m trapped!’ ” LaBeouf then starts playing both parts—concerned protégé and faraway mentor: “You’re trapped? Steven, what are you talking about?” “I’m trapped back here. Follow my voice.” “Where are you?” “Over here… Here… Here!” LaBeouf kept following the calls until he got to the director’s office. And there was the master himself: shoes off, socks on, dressed in shooting gear, but sitting behind a computer, stuck on the fifteenth level of a first-person shooter called BioShock. “This is like months to get to this level, and he can’t get past this one little mysterious spider god, and he’s losing his mind. He’s like, ‘I can’t do it, Shia! I can’t do it.’ ” LaBeouf, who got into acting at age 12 partly because he wanted to…

Todays Guess The Movie Quote

Todays Guess The Movie Quote -
"Lightning never strikes in the same place twice."

Yesterdays quote -

So what are you, some kind of... triple agent?

Answer : - Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

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Star Wars MMO Released Date Set For 2010?

According to 'sources' close to French fan website (thanks VG247), the new BioWare developed Star Wars MMO will be released in October 2010.

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Bill's Aml in George Lucas's Red Tails

A former star of The Bill* has landed a role in a new movie by Star Wars creator George Lucas.Aml Ameen, 24, who played PC Lewis Hardy in the hit show for 18 months, is to appear in Red Tails. It tells the story of the first African American pilots to fly in combat in the Second World War.Aml, who has just returned from filming in Prague, said: "To all my fellow dreamers let this show you that it can be done. This started with a dream and a belief that I can do it." *The Bill is a British television police procedural made by Talkback Thames, and named after a slang term for the police. It was first broadcast on 16 August 1983 as a pilot episode, and as a regular series from 16 October 1984. As of July 2009[update], The Bill is filmed in HD and broadcast on the majority of ITV networks - including ITV HD and nationally on ITV3; with episodes from 2007 being shown daily on Watch. I can't stand it!
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Halo/Spielberg rumours....nothing new to report

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Responding to questions we had over the Spielberg rumor (and indeed the future of the movie itself), a Microsoft spokesperson told Kotaku:

"We're glad there's still a lot of enthusiasm in the entertainment industry surrounding the idea of a Halo movie. That said, the Halo feature film remains on hold as we focus on projects like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach.

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Guess the movie quote

Today Movie Quote -

So what are you, some kind of... triple agent?

Yesterdays answer
"You can't beat me on the grade. You can't beat me on the grade!"
- Duel
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George Lucas SkyWalker Ranch Interview by Tony Perri for KPIX-TV PM Magazine Star Tours Disneyland

When Star Wars and Star "Tours" creator George Lucas premiered his attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Tony Perri was there. Perri then spent a few days with Lucas at his Marin County digs, Skywalker Ranch, and conducted extensive interviews for this video. This feature story was written and produced by Tony Perri for airing on the "Evening Magazine" TV show on KPIX-TV (CBS) in San Francisco. Perri produced dozens of stories for KPIX-Channel 5.

John Williams, the composer of the famous JAWS score, discusses the creation of music

The Shark is still working is a fantastic site. Check out this wonderful video with John Williams

John Williams - Composer
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Seth MacFarlane Interviews George Lucas

Returning to his roots at The One Academy

In times of global recession, when companies are retrenching, The One Academy graduates are still in high demand as illustrated by the recent recruitment drive and presentation by Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. Lucasfilm’s studio in Singapore is involved in television and film animation, game development and visual effects for feature films. Led by their recruiter, the team from Lucasfilm held a number of interviews with graduating students and a presentation in anticipation of finding talents for the Jedi master’s programme in Singapore.

This time around, Lucasfilm’s visit to The One Academy brought a new surprise. The crowd of students gathered in the audio visual hall could barely hold their excitement when the team introduced them to The One Academy alumni Jerome Moo, who is now a digital artist at ILM Singapore.

Together with the studio’s deputy general manager Jacqueline Tan, recruiter Iwona Macesowicz and Digimatte Lead for ILM Singapore as well as Moo’s mentor, Bryant Griffin, M…

Bargain of the Day - Indiana Jones and the fate of atlantis only £2.99 on Steam

This is worth every penny. £2.99!!! What a bargain. Pint and click adventures at its best. If you havent got a steam account yet Browse over to Steam to create one now. They recently have added a huhe selection of lucasarts titles including republic commando and monkey island
1939 - The eve of World War II. Nazi agents are about to get their hands on a weapon more dangerous than the atom bomb. Only Indy can stop them before they unleash the deadly secret that sank Atlantis. Point 'n’ click your way through fistfights, puzzles, balloon rides, car chases and Indy one-liners.Explore over 200 spectacular locations.Hear LucasArts' exclusive iMUSE create a musical score that follows your every move.

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More Monkey Island...We need more Monkey Island

Telltale games are just about to release the second episode of Tales of Monkey Island. If its anything like the first episode then we are in for a treat. Chapter Two of Tales of Monkey Island, "The Siege of Spinner Cay" will be available for PC on August 20 (Pacific Time)!
When we left Guybrush Threepwood, he'd just escaped the mysterious winds of Flotsam Island aboard the well-meaning sailing ship The Screaming Narwhal. However, his hand is still cursed, and LeChuck--now in human form--seems, from a distance, to be courting fair Elaine's favor. To top it all, he's been intercepted by a mysterious figure, yet unrevealed. I wonder what happens next...Please go buy Tales of Monkey Island. The more successful it is the more we will get. Can you imagine the world without Monkey Island? Can you imagine life without Guybrush Threepwood? Can you imagine...Oh look a three headed monkey!You can download the demo hereVisit telltale games to purchase.

George Lucas and his love of speed

George Lucas is a huge motor racing fan. He regularly attends motor racing events and can often be seen at formula one races, and used the Red Bull F1 team to promote Revenge Of The Sith. You only need to see the pod racing scene in Episode one for evidence of his love for speed and motor racing
In California each spring the Toyota Grand Prix Car races draw thousands of fans to Long Beach including George Lucas who races in the celebrity category just for the thrill!

Here are some photos of the Red Bull team with the sponsor being none other than Star Wars - May 22nd 2005

Here is George Lucas at the Goodwood Festival of speed,

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So as you probably notice we have a snazzy new banner and a new forum. We are going all out to raise our profile over the next few months. One thing we do need is your feedback. Let us know if there is anything you would like added or a particular area you would like us to focus on. If you have a related blog or website then let us know and we will add it to our links. Finally if there is something that you don't like then also let us know. We can take it (honest).

Star Wars actor Ray Park sick of training to be ninja

TOUGH guy actor Ray Park has revealed that training to play a ninja made him sick.

The Glasgow-born star, who was Darth Maul in Star Wars, is Snake Eyes in GI Joe.

Park, 34, worked out in a sauna suit and goggles for eight hours a day to become the mysterious black-clad sword fighter.

He said: "I just wanted to be prepared and be strong. On most training sessions I was puking up."

Gi Joe, starring Sienna Miller and Christopher Eccleston, is tipped to be a box office smash.

Park isn't bothered that his character doesn't utter a word.

He said: "I don't care if I never speak again in my life. My wife would be happy about that."
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Star Wars The Old Republic - Developers Blog

Try this hypothetical scenario… you’re relaxing at the local cantina when three trigger-happy Rodian mercenaries pick a fight with the most attractive Jedi Knight you’ve ever seen. After the smoke clears, the Rodians are carried outside and the Jedi apologizes to everyone for making a scene. Do you:Crack a joke to relieve the tension;Demand the Jedi buy you a drink to replace the one that got spilled during the fight;Smoothly invite your new friend back to a private booth to get better acquainted.The answer, of course, is (d) All of the above. What’s that, you say? “All of the above” wasn’t among your options? Consider that your first taste of the Smuggler lifestyle. It’s time to make your own options and never limit yourself to just one. Strict adherence to rules and regulations is something other people do. Smugglers make things up as they go.Now wait a minute, I can hear you say. Nobody successfully flirts with Jedi Knights. There’s no point even trying. The Jedi Code forbids roman…

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ was based on fact

LONDON - The success of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ may have been put down to Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel but the writer’s brilliant horror-thriller was actually based on fact.Jaws grossed more than 1 billion pounds at the box office with its chilling scenes of a rogue shark lusting for blood, reports the Daily Express.And now, it has emerged that the story of the killer Great White shark that brought terror to the fictitious American seaside resort of Amity Island in ‘Jaws’ was based on fact.A new drama-documentary is set to reveal the story that helped inspire the Benchley’s novel.‘Shark Rampage 1916′ will be screened on Discovery’s Animal Planet channel next month and tells the story of the summer a monster Great White stalked the New ­Jersey shoreline, leaving a trail of blood, gore and severed limbs. (ANI)Tags: ,

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition - Iphone review

If you're anything like me, the only thing you want from this review is either an imperial thumbs-up, indicating that it does the franchise justice, or a thumbs-down, indicating that it disgraces it and deserves to be beheaded by a slave. Well, it's up. Right up. Big time. Now off you go.

For the rest of you cross-legged, wide-eyed innocents who've yet to embark with master Guybrush Threepwood on what may be the finest adventure ever committed to silicon, I'll try to convey the sheer majesty of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition without robbing you of the enviable joy of discovery by saying too much.

I recently read P.G. Wodehouse's Something Fresh, and a few pages in I came across a character called Freddie Threepwood. Freddie Threepwood; Guybrush Threepwood. It was one of those satisfying moments when you discover a reference all by yourself.

It's a telling reference, too. Monkey Island's heritage is in video games, of course, but it's also in …

Hanks turns down Spielberg's 'Harvey'?

Tom Hanks has reportedly turned down the lead role in Steven Spielberg's remake of Harvey.

The director announced the modern-day update of the Mary Chase play, about a man who has a six-foot tall rabbit for an imaginary friend, as his next film earlier this week.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning work was previously adapted into a 1950 Jimmy Stewart vehicle and it has been suggested that Hanks was the frontrunner to take on the role for the remake, Variety says.

Insiders on the Fox-DreamWorks production have reportedly said that Spielberg and Hanks have already discussed the possiblity of Hanks's participation in the project. He is thought to have rejected the role of Elwood P. Dowd because he is already considered to be a modern-day Stewart and the part would only solidify the perception.

However, a rep for Fox said that speculation about Hanks and his supposed refusal to commit to the project has "been inaccurate".

Harvey made its Broadway debut in 1944 and enjoyed a five-year…

Shia LaBeouf talks Transformers and Indy 5

The robots-in-disguise are back on the big screen in one of the most eagerly awaited sequels this year. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is an action-packed adventure. The BBC's Lizo Mzimba caught up with one of the movie's rising stars, Shia LaBeouf, who also reveals that Steven Spielberg is working on a fifth Indiana Jones movie. Tags: ,

Spielberg releases statement about the death of Michael Jackson

Steven Spielberg has released this statement about the death of Michael Jackson exclusively to EW:

“Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson. His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make him legend.”
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Star Wars: In Concert - A multimedia event

Updated on Wednesday, August 05, 2009, 10:52 IST The San Francisco-based promoter is producing the upcoming global tour of "Star Wars: In Concert," a conceptualized, multimedia event driven by live symphonic performances of music from all six of John Williams` "Star Wars" scores.

"It is the first time in 30 years that George Lucas, Lucasfilm and John Williams have authorized a show to go out," Another Planet chief Gregg Perloff says. "It`s basically the `greatest hits` of `Star Wars,` with a rock `n` roll production."

The tour opens October 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and will travel the globe in a five-year production deal for Another Planet.

Founded in 2003 by former Bill Graham Presents president/CEO Perloff, Another Planet is co-producer of the Outside Lands and Treasure Island music festivals and the exclusive promoter of Bay Area venues like the Greek Theater in Berkeley, the Independent nightclub in San Francisco a…

Totalfilm publish new images from Spielberg's Pacific

Source : - Totalfilm - more images here

If you were wondering when you'd see more imagery from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' new war miniseries The Pacific, wonder no more: they're right here.

Yes, has exclusive images from the drama, which works as a companion piece to Band Of Brothers while telling the story of three US Marines fighting against the massive Pacific theatre of conflict during World War Two.

We follow Eugene B Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) and John Basilone (Jon Seder) as they clash with Japanese forces in Guadalcanal and on Iwo Jima, and through to the eventual victory and homecoming after VJ Day, which brings yet more challenges.

Take a look at the pics below and get ready to see the show in the US on HBO and over here on Sky Movies HD in early 2010.

Philadelphia honour for Spielberg

Steven Spielberg has made several influential movies Filmmaker Steven Spielberg will be awarded Philadelphia's 2009 Liberty Medal for his artistic and humanitarian achievements, it has been announced.The director will give the $100,000 (£58,800) prize to the foundation he has set up to produce video and oral histories of Holocaust survivors. He will be presented with the accolade - established in 1988 - on 8 October. Previous winners of the award, presented by the National Constitution Center, include Nelson Mandela. It was established to honour those who represent the founding principles of the US. Spielberg's films include Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and The Color Purple. He is also behind hugely profitable franchises including Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. Tags: ,

Star Wars Force Unleashed Tatooine DLC Dates

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Tatooine DLC is due this Autumn along with an 'Ultimate Sith Edition' to pep the game up some.

The DLC sees the Emperor sending his new apprentice to the planet Tatooine to dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi. You'll get to see Jabba the Hutt’s palace and encounter notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, "will include all of the original missions found in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as well as content previously only available via download and an all-new exclusive bonus level".

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'Star Wars' comics coming to iPhone

Rex Features Dark Horse Comics will release Star Wars books for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices, it has been reported.Three offerings based on the iconic sci-fi franchise will be available via iTunes. Star Wars Legacy: Broken will run for two issues, taking place over a century after Return Of The Jedi, while Shipyards of Doom will expand the Clone Wars saga.A four-issue standalone offering titled Star Wars Empire: Betrayal will launch the series of releases."It's an easy point of entrance for fans who may only be familiar with the films, plus it features all of the best 'bad guy' characters, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Emperor," editor Randy Stradley told CBR. "Also, the fact that the Empire: Betrayal story actually begins a few weeks before the events in A New Hope will intrigue readers who aren't familiar with the width and breadth of the expanded universe."The Star Wars series will be Dark Horse's second foray into iPhone comics,…