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Universal restructures costly Spielberg contract

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Universal Orlando has renegotiated a contract with director Steven Spielberg that could've crippled the company.The director has received a percentage of the resort company's gross revenue since 1987 for films that inspired several park rides, consulting and allowing his name in promotional materials.The payments have averaged about $20 million a year, but Spielberg had an option to take the rest in a one-time payment in 2010. Analysts estimated it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The company, owned by a unit of General Electric Co. and private-equity firm The Blackstone Group, couldn't afford the buyout. Universal is already trying to restructure nearly $1 billion in debt due in April.The new Spielberg contract now pushes the director's call option to 2017.

Jackson's Tintin internet adventure

Kiwi movie mogul Peter Jackson has co-directed the latest Tintin movie via the internet from his Wellington base. Actor Nick Frost, who plays one of the bumbling Thompson twin detectives, said Jackson gave his cast instructions via the world wide web which were then played on a PA system.Co-director Steven Spielberg was on set in California to coordinate the filming."Steve would come on and give a note and then through the PA system you would hear Peter say, 'Hi guys, could you try this', and then they would turn the camera around so that we could see him. It was strange," Frost said.The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn stars James Bond actor Daniel Craig as Red Rackham, a pirate who attacks the ship Unicorn, and Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell as Tintin. Captain Haddock will be played by Andy Serkis, who was Gollum in Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy."Steven was on the set and Peter was in Wellington and he had lots of live links via iChat,…

E.T beats Men in Black to be voted best alien movie of all time

E.T. was yesterday voted the best alien movie of all time. The 1982 classic, starring a young Drew Barrymore, told the story of a friendly extra terrestrial stranded three million miles from his home planet. The Steven Spielberg movie was a huge worldwide hit and spawned the immortal catchphrase: "E. T. phone home." It beat Will Smith's Men In Black to the title in a poll of 7675 film fans. Another film starring Smith, Independence Day, took third place. The 1979 blockbuster Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver, was fourth, and Transformers, released in 2007, was fifth. Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was sixth. Star Trek was seventh, War Of The Worlds was eighth, Fifth Element was ninth and Aliens was 10th. A spokesman for phone recycling website www.PhonePiggyBank.com, who carried out the study, said: "E.T. is funny and engaging and will never be equalled in terms of originality and global appeal."Tags: ,

George Lucas impressed with Star Wars In Concert

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- George Lucas didn't get to be a billionaire by delegating.George Lucas says he was "completely surprised" by "Star Wars in Concert." Holding fast to his vision -- and his marketing rights -- for the "Star Wars" empire has made it the biggest franchise in history, and made Lucas one of the most powerful people in entertainment. But while he's enthusiastic about the new touring show "Star Wars In Concert," it wasn't his idea, and when I talked with him before the first Los Angeles performance this week, he kept giving the credit to others. "Star Wars In Concert" is built around John Williams' well-known scores from the films, performed by a symphony orchestra and choir, and accompanied by specially edited clips from all six movies, displayed on a mammoth LED screen. Watch Lucas rave about the show » Anthony Daniels, who has played and voiced the golden protocol droid "C3PO" in e…

Star Wars 'is best scifi soundtrack'

John Williams' score for the original 1977 Star Wars movie beat off other contenders for the title such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The poll was conducted by science fiction website Totalscifionline. The score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by James Horner, came in second place, while Vangelis' haunting electro soundtrack for Blade Runner - recently voted the best sci-fi movie of all time - completed the top three. Composer John Williams won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award for his work on all six Star Wars movies between 1977 and 2005. His score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind also made the top 10, coming in at number eight. Matt McAllister, editor of Totalscifionline, said: "With his score for Star Wars, John Williams created one of the most iconic and unforgettable soundtracks of all time. "Most people could identify the movie from just…

John Williams Remembers ‘Jaws’ as Harp Concerto Opens Carnegie

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Looking back on sharks and ahead to Tintin’s dog, Oscar-winning composer John Williams described his new ode to a few favorite trees. This is the harp concerto that the Boston Symphony plays tonight as Carnegie Hall opens for the season without the orchestra’s maestro -- James Levine needs back surgery and Daniele Gatti will take his place. The busy 77-year-old composer (“Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “ET,” “Schindler’s List’’) spoke by phone from his studio in Los Angeles.
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Obama as Jedi knight? George Lucas knew it all along

If you’re one of those folks suspicious that maybe, just maybe, President Barack Obama is a Jedi knight, the photos from the White House lawn Wednesday must have been eye-opener.There he stood, white shirt and tie, brandishing a blue light saber like a true Jedi master.Speculation has been rife in certain circles. After all, with former Vice President Dick Cheney dubbed “Darth Vader,” people were bound to look for other politicians able to tap the power of the Force.
Source - http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2009/09/17/obama-as-jedi-knight-george-lucas-knew-it-all-along/
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas poured fuel on the fire more than a year ago, telling The Washington Examiner it was “reasonably obvious” Obama would be a Jedi.Since then there have been Photoshopped images of Obama with a light saber, animated cartoons of him performing feats of Jedi mind control and more.The photos Wednesday — at an event promoting the Olympic Games — led to a whole new burst of Internet creativity.…

Yoda with coda: 'Star Wars in Concert' brings the Force to L.A. and O.C.

Great Great Article at the Los Angeles Times

Whatever they paid John Williams for the music he created for "Star Wars," it wasn't enough. The sound of the great space opera is as singular and powerful as its alien visions, maybe even more so in some instances. John Horn is back writing for the Hero Complex, he sent over this look at the new traveling "Star Wars: In Concert" production. -- Geoff Boucher
With the pop culture landscape cluttered with things like "Star Wars" Lego pajamas, a Princess Leia slave costume (just in time for Halloween) and the long-ago-banished Star Wars Holiday Special,” is it any surprise that composer John Williams was a little nervous about a laser-filled "Star Wars" concert?

Williams has won five Oscars, a boatload of Grammys and, at 77, still stands atop Hollywood's movie score food chain -- he shares a screen credit on the new "Harry Potter" blockbuster. So when the producers of Star Wars: In Con…

The Whole Pink Five Thing

Pink Five is a Star Wars fan film that made its debut on the Internet in 2002. It was written and directed by Trey Stokes and stars Amy Earhart as Stacey (aka Pink Five), a fast-talking Valley Girl-type dropped into an X-Wing cockpit during the Battle of Yavin, and presents familiar events and story points from Episode IV from a very different point-of-view.

The film has proven popular with Star Wars fans, winning rave reviews and the George Lucas Selects Award in the AtomFilms- and Lucasfilm-sponsored 2003 Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, and even played at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.



Two sequels have been made: Pink Five Strikes Back (2004) and Return of Pink Five (2006).

http://www.pinkfive.com/

C-3P0 headed to Denver for Star Wars in Concert

Source - http://www.9news.com/seenon9news/article.aspx?storyid=124271&catid=509

The Oct. 18 concert will feature live music and live narration from Anthony Daniels, the actor who played the golden robot C-3P0. We talked to Daniels on 9NEWS 6 a.m.Daniels will be backed up by a full symphony orchestra and choir. Clips from some of the movies' most famous scenes will play on huge overhead screens. For complete details please visit http://www.starwarsinconcert.com/Transcript of Q&A with Anthony DanielsQuestion: You'll be going on the road for all of these dates? Answer: Oh yeah, I think we have 46 cities just at the moment and I'm a little nervous about it 'cause you know, I'm not getting any younger! This is a high energy tour for me and the conductor and the orchestra and the guys who actually move this massive set, literally across (the) country. Q: You know doing the movies was probably a case of 'hurry up and wait,' not in this case? A: No this is &…

Steven Spielberg 'planning TV show about a musical'

Steven Spielberg plans to make a television series about bringing a musical to the stagePhoto: PA The director, 62, is said to be in talks with Showtime, an American cable television company, and DreamWorks TV about the series, which has yet to be given a title. Spielberg also intends to take the production itself on to the stage. Variety claimed that Spielberg had been developing the concept for the show "for years", and was hoping to recruit producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were behind taking Chicago and Hairspray from the stage to the big screen. He is also said to be interested in getting on board Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who co-wrote the score for Hairspray and the musical adaptation of Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio. The series will look at all aspects of creating a musical and taking it to the stage, from writing the songs to convincing investors, as well as the delving …

Spielberg to show art collection

Film directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are bringing together their private collections of art by Norman Rockwell for a US exhibition.More than 50 works by the illustrator will be shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from next July. Videoed interviews with the film-makers about their collections will form part of the show. Museum curator Valerie Mecklenburg said the artworks "each mean something" to the movie directors and collectors. Boyhood memories"Both of them say Rockwell was a master of storytelling, and a master of telling the story in one figure, and that is just like one frame for a movie," she added.Norman Rockwell illustrated stamps, advertisements and magazine covers The exhibition, which will run into early 2011, will examine the links between cinema and Rockwell's illustrations. "Rockwell once said if he hadn't been an illustrator, he would have loved to be a movie director," said Ms Mecklenburg. The artist, who died …

Spielberg, Lucas Team Up for Rockwell Exhibit

WASHINGTON, D.C.—George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have collaborated before, as with their Indiana Jones movies, but now they’ve decided to pool their collections of Norman Rockwell art for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.

"Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell From the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg" will present 50 drawings and paintings from the filmmakers’ private holdings. One of the exhibition's themes will be the links between Rockwell's art and the movies, which is what prompted both men to start their extensive collections, a Smithsonian curator says. The exhibit, which can be seen only at the Smithsonian, runs from July 2, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011.

http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/32787/spielberg-lucas-team-up-for-rockwell-exhibit/

Robert Downey Jr. to star in Steven Spielberg's remake of 'Harvey'

Robert Downey Jr. has been sober for years, but he may soon start talking to an invisible rabbit.

It's rumored he'll star in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of "Harvey," the Pulitzer prize winning play that was made into a 1950 movie starring Jimmy Stewart, the LA Times reports.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2009/10/01/2009-10-01_robert_downey_jr_to_star_in_.html#ixzz0Si7ZhWM9