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Pioneer Announces First THX Certified Blu-ray Disc Player

At the CEDIA Expo, Pioneer announced that its Elite BDP-09FDr Blu-ray Disc Player has become the world’s first to achieve THX certification. The company’s Elite EX Series in-wall speakers have also attained THX Select2 certification. Both of these products complement the company’s Elite A/V Receivers, which are also THX Ultra2 Plus Certified and feature Class D digital amplification. By meeting these certifications and adhering to the company’s own strict principles for faithful reproduction of content, Pioneer feels that its line of products rival the movie theater experience.

LucasArts plans more retro remakes

LucasArts' president Darrell Rodriguez has confirmed that LucasArts will be making many more remakes of games from it's back catalogue, based on the success of Monkey Island: SE.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition was a remake and re-release of one of LucasArts' most loved games, complete with new audio and graphical options. It was released across the PC, Xbox 360 and iPhone and seems to have done well enough that LucasArts is now ramping up production of other remakes.

"We plan to do much more of this, both on Steam and iPhone and other platforms in the future," Rodriguez told GameTrailers.tv.

Rodriguez also unveiled that next week will see the re-release of the Jedi Knight series over Steam, expanding on the selection of retro games that are currently available on Steam in their original form.

Rodriguez also commented that LucasArts had definitely considered making sequels to some of the under-represented games, such as Fate of Atlantis and Grim Fandango…

Filmmaker George Lucas is set to join the California Hall of Fame

Filmmaker George Lucas is set to join the California Hall of Fame, it has been announced. The Star Wars creator - who writes, produces and directs movies - is among the newest inductees to the Hall.
The list of 2009 inductees was unveiled by California governor and former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver.
They said the latest 13 entrants "embody California's innovative spirit and have made their mark on history".
The list also includes entertainer Carol Burnett, slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk and football commentator John Madden.
The nominees will be inducted in a ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento on December 1.

Classic FM Magazine this month features interview with John Williams

This months Classic FM magazine features an interview with John Williams who reveals that Yoda's Theme was one of his favourites from the Star Wars soundtrack. Also the results of the first-ever Classic FM film music chart are revealed, as voted for by readers and listeners. No prizes for guessing who came out top! John Williams actually got the most entries with 19 out of the 150.
Also included are two cover cds.
Greatest Movie Music: Vol.1 - Top 10 Soundtracks
Here are two of the tracks on the CD.
Williams: Star Wars - Main Title
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel
Taken from Star Tracks
Telarc CD-80094
Williams: Schlinder's List - Main Theme
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/David Arnold
Taken from Classic Cinema
Sony Classical 88697 16105-2

Follow this link to take you to Classic FM's website

Harrison Ford is willing to crack whip once again for Indy 5.

Harrison Ford seems game for a fifth installment to the Indiana Jones franchise if, he said, the script is good and if he's impressed with it.
The 67-year-old actor said he'd put on the khakis and the fedora and he'll crack his whip if director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas agree to the script.
“Steven, George and I are agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern and George is actively at work,” Ford told France's Le Figaro.
In June, Shia LaBeouf who played Indiana's son in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, confirmed a fifth movie was in the pipelines and that he would be delighted to reprise his role if he were to be asked.

Star Wars Kenner Adverts. Over 80 of them on one site!

Kenner Star Wars Adverts All In One Place Can't get enough of those retro 70's and 80's Kenner Star Wars ads? Then check out kennervaults. There are over 80 adverts. You can select your favourite character or vehicle and it will find an ad for you. Great stuff!

My favourite one is the retailer promotional video sent out to retailers for summer of 79. In the video they mention George Lucas has planned to make 12 Star Wars Movies. Also the advertising budget for Empire is going to be six million dollars.

http://kennervaults.blogspot.com/search/label/retailer%20promotional%20adverts%20star%20wars

Downey eyed for Spielberg's 'Harvey'

Robert Downey Jr is reportedly the frontrunner to star in Steven Spielberg's Harvey remake.

According to Variety, the Iron Man actor is being eyed for the role of Elwood P. Dowd, a man who befriends an imaginary six-foot tall rabbit.

Harvey originated as a Pulitzer Prize-winning play in 1944. It was later turned into a 1950 feature film starring Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull.

Reports emerged last month claiming that Tom Hanks, who starred in Spielberg films Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, turned down the lead role because he believes the public already perceive him as a present-day Stewart.
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Steven Spielberg and Robert Redford both planning Abraham Lincoln films

Steven Spielberg and Robert Redford are planning Seperate Abraham Lincoln Movies. Steven Spielberg's plan for an Abraham Lincoln biopic, with Liam Neeson in the title role, is under threat from a rival project by fellow Oscar-winner Robert Redford, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (2020 Update - Neeson?  Title role?  I wonder how that would have worked out?)

Their Risky Business blog reports that Redford is planning a film centred around the assassination of the US president by actor and Confederacy sympathiser John Wilkes Booth. The tale, to be titled The Conspirator, would focus on the story of Mary Surratt, allegedly one of Booth's aides.

Read more here - http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/aug/18/steven-spielberg-abraham-lincoln-biopic

LucasArts has announced puzzle-platformer Lucidity.

Developed by its internal studios, the game sees players help a young girl called Sophie complete the level by placing pieces in front of her, according to Gametrailers TV.The pieces, which will arrive in a particular order like Tetris, will come in the form of bridges, staircases and fans that will make Sophie float into the air to reach higher platforms.The developer said that it was inspired by Braid and other indie titles, and will feature a lengthy story mode along with several bonus levels to unlock.Lucidity will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade later this month.Tags:

Spielberg's Upcoming Projects - When Worlds Collide

Steven Spielberg to produce 2010 release date

Alpha Centauri is on a collision course for Earth, and mass hysteria of biblical proportions breaks out in the streets. But when a billionaire astronomer discovers a planet capable of sustaining life orbiting Alpha Centauri, he plans to build a rocket to transport a small group of people to the planet in order to populate it and insure survival of the human race.

Spielberg's Upcoming Projects - The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Spielberg to produce, Dream Work Pictures, release date 2010

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" follows protesters who disrupted the 1968 Democrat party convention with an anti-Vietnam war "carnival" that turned nasty. Demonstrators threw bricks, police responded with tear gas and the center of Chicago was engulfed in flames. Curfews only escalated the violence.

After the clashes, independent investigators blamed eight police officers and eight protesters including Hoffman, who had already disrupted the New York Stock Exchange with showers of fake money.


The Police were not charged but the protesters were accused of inciting a riot. One was jailed for contempt, leaving the seven to fight the charges.

Spielberg's Upcoming Projects - Tin Tin

The Adventures of Tin Tin The Secret Of The Unicorn

a 2011 motion capture 3-D film based on The Adventures of Tintin, a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Georges "Hergé" Remi. It will be the first animated film directed by Steven Spielberg and the script is based on three of the stories; The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure.

Spielberg first acquired rights to Tintin after Hergé's death in 1983, and re-optioned them in 2002. Filming was due to begin in October 2008 for a 2010 release, but was delayed to 2011 after Universal opted out of producing the film with Paramount, who provided $30 million on pre-production. Sony chose to co-produce the films. The delay resulted in Thomas Sangster, who had been cast as Tintin, departing from the project. Producer Peter Jackson, whose company Weta Digital is providing the animation, intends to direct a sequel. Spielberg and Jackson also hope to co-direct a third film.

The…

Spielberg's upcoming projects - The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones - A Peter Jackson Film, executive Producer is Steven Spielberg

The Lovely Bones is an upcoming film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Alice Sebold, set for release on December 11, 2009. The film was directed by Peter Jackson and stars actress Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon, with Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg as her parents, Susan Sarandon as her grandmother and Stanley Tucci as George Harvey, her murderer.

Spielberg's upcoming projects - The Pacific

For the next few days we will post details on Spielberg's upcoming projects. Today is The Pacific A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.

The Pacific is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO Films, Playtone, Dreamworks, and Seven Network. Seven invested in the project for the right to broadcast it in Australia. Nine Network has previously broadcast the HBO productions of The Sopranos and Band of Brothers. Nine had a broadcast deal with HBO's parent Warner Bros., but then HBO started to distribute its own productions separately.