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Actor Harrison Ford: From ‘Indiana Jones’to ‘Extraordinary Measures’

For all those who’s been wondering what became off Harrison Ford since his last release, which was the latest in the ‘Indiana Jones’ saga, here’s some news. The actor has finally managed to take some time out of his busy marital co- habitation with actor wife Calista Flockhart and is reportedly working on his new movie.The movie is presently at an early production stage and is based on a true story of a man who puts all at stake to seek a cure for his afflicted children. The movie also stars Brendan Fraser as one of the protagonists.Brendan plays John Crowley, a successful businessman, whose world comes crashing down after his two children are diagnosed with potentially terminal illness. Seemingly losing all hope of a possible cure for his children once doctors throw their hands up, the desperate father turns to a brilliant scientist, insp…

Kelly Brooke looks cracking in Indiana Jones advert

West End actress Kelly Brook may not be a Hollywood movie star just yet, but if she keeps cracking the whip like this you never know. Kelly looked a real treasure as she struck Harrison Ford's classic pose from Raiders of the Lost Ark for an advertising campaign. The 29-year-old shot a series of film stills as she urged TV viewers to vote for their favourite Sky Movies' Christmas Day line-up.

Star Wars Trench Run for iPhone - review from Cnet
Having become fairly disenfranchised with all things Star Wars over the years, I didn't really expect to like Star Wars: Trench Run.And really, the new game from THQ is little more than two kinds of arcade sequences sprinkled with a few familiar cutscenes.So why can't I stop playing it?Because Trench Run ($4.99) is a little slice of Star Wars heaven, that's why. It reminds me of the old vector-graphics arcade game from the early 80s--a game that consumed a considerable number of my quarters.Of course, visually Trench Run blows that coin-op classic out of the sky. And what it lacks in variety, it makes up for with engaging gameplay.You're at the tilt-sensitive controls of an X-Wing, which you can view from inside the cockpit or from behind. Tapping the right half of the screen fires your guns; tapping and holding the left half engages Force Power, which temporarily slows down the action.As you might expect from the t…

Final Tales of Monkey Island episode out Dec 8

Telltale Games and LucasArts have announced that Rise of the Pirate God, the fifth and final episode in the Tales of Monkey Island series, is to be released for PC on December 8, 2009.Has our piratey hero Guybrush Threepwood met an untimely end at the hands of his nemesis? There are many questions to be answered in the Tales of Monkey Island finale."He wanted what every young man wants - to loot, pillage, and sail the high seas in search of further looting and pillaging opportunities," said Dave Grossman, veteran Monkey Island game designer and writer. "It’s a great tragedy to see such a productive life seemingly cut off prematurely. And I’m not just saying that because he owes me money."In celebration of the impending release of episode 5, all four previous episodes can now be purchased individually, priced $8.95 at

UK Fans Can Win A Clone Wars Print Signed by Lucas


Starting today, UK residents have a chance to win a limited edition Clone Wars fine art cell personally signed by George Lucas!UK retailer Argos is hosting a promotion that will award a hand-numbered fine art cell of Yoda and clones from The Clone Wars -- it's one of only 15 hand-numbered cells worldwide, and this is the only one signed by Lucas!There are also 50 runner up prizes of Force FX Lightsabers to be won (either Anakin's or Darth Vader's lightsaber, subject to availability). Prize draw ends December 22, 2009.UK fans can head on over to the official Argos site to find out how to win!

New class announced for Star Wars: The Old Republic

Hot on the hills of confirming the Jedi Knight class for new Star Wars MMO The Old Republic, LucasArts has announced the Imperial Agent as the latest addition to the line up.Where as most of the other characters are based on existing Star Wars stawarts such as Han Solo (Smuggler) and Boba Fett (Bounty Hunter), the Imperial Agent is not immediately linked to an existing fan favourite.“He uses subterfuge in order to infiltrate and assassinate enemies of the Empire” We asked producer Blaine Christine to explain exactly what players can expect from an Imperial Agent: “He works behind the scenes doing the real dirty work of the Empirs. He specialises in high tech gear and always has the right gear at the right time. He uses subterfuge in order to infiltrate and assassinate enemies of the Empire with deadly efficiency. Players who play as Imperial Agents will see the underbelly of the Empire in a way never before seen.”That currently brings the character classes announced to six but we’ve be…

GPUs: the next frontier in film

Technology and movie-making have always gone hand in hand but the latest breakthroughs are changing the very nature of the process.Those in the industry say that thanks to the role of graphics processing units (GPUs), the director's vision can be more fully realised. It also means that special effects teams are involved in the making of the movie at a far earlier stage. In the past, their creations would be done in post-production and not be seen for weeks or even months after a movie has wrapped. All that is changing thanks to the GPU, according to leading industry players like Richard Kerris, chief technology officer of Lucasfilm, part of Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). The GPU is a specialised graphics processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. These tasks are mathematically intensive and in the past were done using the brains of a computer known as the central processing unit or CPU. ILM was started by Star Wars director …

From pencils to pixels: Disney, Pixar and the new golden age of animation

By William Langley

In the beginning, Mickey was one mean mouse, summoned from the soul of his creator, Walt Disney, an animation pioneer described by his first biographer as "a man under the lash of private demons". Around the pair hung a Depression-era sense of angst: the first Mickey Mouse film, Steamboat Willie (1928), was subjected to cuts after audiences complained about the star using a litter of piglets as an accordion, swinging a cat by its tail, and playing a goose like a set of bagpipes.
So the Disney Corporation's unveiling last week of a new, "edgier" Mickey, prowling a post-apocalyptic video game landscape, littered with ghostly cartoon faces, could be seen as a bold experiment in nudging the character back towards his roots. There's more to it than that, though. Mickey hails from the last golden age of animated moviemaking. Today's audiences are living, wide-eyed with wonder, through a new one – and for t…

Steven Spielberg : Steven Spielberg bags top anti-defamation honour

Steven Spielberg has bagged The Anti-Defamation League’s highest honour for his work in the field of human rights.

The Oscar-winning director will collect America’s Democratic Legacy Award at the league’s Los Angeles fundraiser on December 9, reports Contactmusic.

The 62-year-old was tagged as a “true champion of human rights” for his work in film and television, along with his humanitarian efforts.

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert and Israeli singer Noa Dori are set to share the stage with other artists at the Beverly Hilton hotel. (ANI)


Barrymore: 'Spielberg taught me so much'

Drew Barrymore has revealed that director Steven Spielberg taught her everything she knows about acting.The Whip It star, who was cast in Spielberg's ET when she was only five years old, said that out of all the directors she has worked with, he has always given her the best advice.Barrymore told Empire: "I've spent my whole life working with more than 60 directors, so I've picked up all kinds of tips. Steven Spielberg has been a big help."She continued: "He gave me great notes. He's a wonderful mentor."Barrymore also compared her latest film to her first, adding: "My favourite scene in Whip It is actually the food fight, which is an homage to ET, when we had that big food fight in the lunch room."Tags:

Spielberg: Have Movies Will Travel

Even before Steven Spielberg’s newly reformulated Dreamworks SKG makes its first film, his studio is moving – well, sort of. BusinessWeek has learned that movies made by Dreamworks, headed by Spielberg and producing partner Stacey Snider, will be moving from the Starz pay TVLMDIAto Showtime (CBS).The move, which has yet to be announced, is being driven by the Walt Disney Co.(DIS), which signed on to distribute Spielberg and Co.’s films in February. That deal included a provision by which Starz would distribute Disney’s films under an existing agreement by which Starz distributes all of Disney’s films to its pay TV customers. Now, it appears that Starz doesn’t want to distribute Dreamworks movies to its cable and satellite viewers, and is pressuing Disney to find someone else to do it instead. Enter Showtime. Why wouldn’t Starz want to show films from the hitmakers at Dreamworks or, more importantly, give up a shot at Spielberg flick? Starz, Dreamworks and Showtime aren’t commenting. B…

Steven Spielberg's 'Oldboy' remake dead?

Rex Features Steven Spielberg and Will Smith's update of South Korean film Oldboy has reportedly been scrapped.Mandate Pictures and Spielberg's DreamWorks were in the process of securing story rights to the movie when the latter "walked away", reports Latino Review. The production companies apparently "didn't see eye-to-eye" on the terms of the deal.Director Chan-Wook's Oldboy, released in 2003, is a dark and violent revenge tale that involves torture and murder. Voters on CNN named it one of the ten best Asian films ever made.The Smith/Spielberg production was believed to be based on the picture's original source material, a Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya.Tags:

Fresh Jurassic Park 4 news

A new Jurassic Park trilogy? A fresh direction for the films? Or is Jurassic Park 4 still a pipe dream? JP3 director Joe Johnston has been offering his thoughts…Published on Nov 9, 2009Jurassic Park 4, then. It's the sequel that we'd pretty much written off, and even now, we wouldn't want to lay down too much cash in favour of it actually happening. After all, it's been the best part of a decade since we saw Jurassic Park III (which we've written in defence of here), and while there have been very sporadic smatterings of news since, there seems little inclination to pick up the cameras and get the dinosaurs moving again.As he puts the finishing touches to next February's The Wolfman, Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston has, however, been talking about another sequel. And he's told AintItCoolNews, "There is a great story for the fourth one that I would be interested in getting involved with and it's nothing like the first three. It sort of take…

Williams, Mauceri Score at Walt Disney Concert Hall

LOS ANGELES—Over five days, one of the nation's finest music venues has seen two of the finest film-music concerts in recent memory: One focused on classic movie music by seven distinguished composers, the other on music from Disney-produced films old and new.

John Williams conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-18, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The theme was "Music from the City of Angels" and, as Williams pointed out, new music director Gustavo Dudamel wanted a film-music concert during his first weeks in L.A. because of its importance to the history of music-making in Los Angeles.

The major work on the program was the half-hour "Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha," drawn from his Oscar-nominated 2005 score and adapted into a virtual cello concerto. The soloist, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, drew extraordinary sounds from his instrument and performed with the kind of joy that distinguishes the playing of Yo-Yo Ma (fo…

Epic multi-level battlefronts, deep original story and hugely expansive gameplay features invade retail

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, the expanded new take on the classic Star Wars Battlefront gameplay, is now available for DS and PSP, LucasArts announced. For the first time ever in the Star Wars Battlefront series, players will be able to fight on multi-level battlefronts, on the ground and in space. Players can start the fight on foot, commandeer a vehicle to battle on the ground or dogfight in space, and land their craft and fight on capital starships. The battles waged on each front are all directly effected by the player's actions, creating a combat experience where every shot fired and every enemy defeated can affect the outcome of a battle on another front.

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The blood, the guts, the glory - the Second World War on film

from the Daily Telegraph

10 The Bridge on the River Kwai The lavish production that launched Lean into the big league is grand, grown-up and full of eye-popping set pieces and moral complexity. 9 The Dirty DozenRobert Aldrich, 1967 Real-life former marine Lee Marvin has to mould 12 convicted murderers into a crack unit to assassinate a slew of SS officers. Entertaining sparring leads to a dark climax. 8 The Great Escape John Sturges, 1963 The POW escape movie is a subgenre all of its own – and this, inspired by a real breakout, is the most celebrated example. No matter how many times you see it, you always will Steve McQueen not to plough his motorbike into that fence. 7 Where Eagles DareBrian G Hutton, 1968 Richard Burton’s British major joins forces with Clint Eastwood’s US lieutenant and takes on pretty much the entire Wehrmacht. Proof that Allied soldiers were not only better than their Axis counterparts, they were also better looking. 6 Casablanca Mic…

LucasFilm NOT Prepping New “Star Wars” Trilogy

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MarketSaw is reporting that George Lucas and LucasFilm are currently considering a new “Star Wars” trilogy–and that it would be shot in 3-D.

According to the report, Lucas would serve as a producer for the new trilogy and would not take the director’s chair. Among those rumored to be in line for directing duties are Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola.

One litmus test will be the success or failure of James Cameron’s upcoming 3-D movie, “Avatar.” If the film catches fire at the box-office, then that could be the impetus for a new “Star Wars” trilogy to go into production.

So, this brings up an interesting question–do we want a new “Star Wars” trilogy?

You can let us know in our poll below. And feel free to tell us what you think in the comments section.

UPDATE: Ain’t It Cool News has contacted LucasFilm. The company stated that it is currently not working on a 3-D version of the films for theaters and that no new “St…