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StarWars.com is proud to present the first glimpses of both the front and back covers for the upcoming The Making of The Empire Strikes Back book by J.W. Rinzler, due out July 20 from Del Rey. Be sure to check below the images for the flap copy.For more information see our original announcement, and stay tuned to StarWars.com for more sneak peeks at this highly-anticipated book celebrating Empire's 30th anniversary!
FLAP COPY:In this lavish thirtieth-anniversary tribute to the blockbuster film StarWars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler draws back the curtain to reveal the intense drama and magnificent wizardry behind the hit movie—without doubt the fan favorite of the Star Wars saga.Following his The Making of Star Wars, the author has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos. The result is a comprehen…
The Miramax offices in New York and L.A. are to close their doors today.From VarietyThe once-mighty specialty label will live on as a shell of its former self as a distribution arm within Disney's film division -- with six releases still in the pipeline and a murky future. There's no decision yet as to which Disney exec is in charge of Miramax, whether any new Miramax films will go into production or what role Miramax will play in the future as a vehicle for picking up genre films.Miramax's first major hit was 1989's "sex, lies, and videotape," which helped put the Weinsteins and Miramax -- not to mention Steven Soderbergh, Sundance and the entire indie scene -- on the map.The brothers, who are looking to buy back the Miramax name but not necessarily the library, were showmen who attracted a lot of press. Rivals loved to tell tales of their hands-on editing of films, their treatment of employees and filmmakers and their outrageous competitive instincts. But …
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Plans for a feature film about civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. appeared back on track on Tuesday as DreamWorks Studios said it has hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood to pen a script.Entertainment | FilmDreamWorks announced in May that it had acquired life rights for the slain Nobel Peace Prize laureate, marking the first time a major biographical movie about King had been authorized by his estate.But the project, to be produced by Steven Spielberg, quickly bogged down over squabbling among his three children over who had the authority to speak for the estate.A lawyer for two of the children, daughter Bernice and son Martin Luther King III, said then that his clients had not been consulted on the DreamWorks deal and that their brother, Dexter King, chairman and CEO of King Inc., had proceeded on his own.However DreamWorks, in announcing Harwood as the screenwriter, indicated that the dispute has been resolved, saying the motion picture …
Millions of pounds are rumoured to have been spent on the visual effects of the new 3D film by Hollywood director James Cameron. Click talks to some of the people who used cutting edge technology to bring the sci fi title Avatar to life. Tags: avatar
In a bold move TNT has green lit ten episodes of Spielbergs up and coming alien invasion series. Yet untitled it is green lit for 2011 and will star ER's Noah Wyle. The series takes place after an apocalyptic invasion of Earth and its main focus will be a group of survivors; Wyle plays a former teacher who finds himself caught up in the rebellion. Other alien invasion TV series have had mixed results with Invasion being cancelled and 'V' getting mixed reviews but steady viewing figures.
The project is being executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat, who earned an Oscar® nomination for his screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg. The pilot was directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move, Out of Time).
"This series has the potential to be one of the most exciting and provocative shows on television," Wright …
Watch a scene from Avatar - courtesy of 20th Century Fox The original Titanic sank in 1912. Now the blockbuster movie it inspired has also gone down.This time, though, it was not an iceberg that toppled it, but a 3D film about a blue-skinned alien race defending their planet against human invaders. Towards the end of the last decade, James Cameron's epic Titanic became the most successful movie ever with global takings of $1.843bn (£1.14bn). But that record no longer stands thanks to Avatar - also directed by Cameron - which this week stole its crown as the all-time global box office champ, with receipts of $1.859bn (£1.15bn). It is an astonishing achievement for the 55-year-old Canadian, and one that is unlikely to be repeated in his or our lifetimes. Yet it is also a triumph for the 20th Century Fox studio and its parent company NewsCorp, the financial backers of this bold, predominantly computer-generated science-fiction saga. The film is set on a planet populated by blue-skinne…
SCOTS dance newcomer Unicorn Kid couldn't believe his luck when his music was given the Spielberg touch.
Unicorn Kid, who is 18-year-old Oliver Sabin, has been wowing fans with his electronic dance music.
He toured the US late last year and even made it onto The Razz Hot List for this 2010.
One of his biggest fans is director Steven Spielberg's niece, who loves his music so much she has made a video to go with his song Animal City, which is now online.
Speaking to The Razz, Oli said: "Spielberg's teenage niece Melissa Katz is a fan of mine and came to see me at my Owl City gig in New Jersey. She's the daughter of Spielberg's sister Nancy and is pretty creative."
Melissa paid for all her friends to attend Leith-born Oli's music show and insisted on meeting him backstage.
Oli said: "Afterwards, she contacted my manager and stated she was going to be making a music video for one of my tracks.
"She's since posted it online and it's really good,…
One of my most vivid childhood memories was in 1977 when I was taken to the cinema by my brother to watch a movie that to be honest I wasn't that much aware of. After all I was five years old at the time. Of course that movie was Star Wars. We queued up for two hours around the cinema willing the queue to move, sometimes it did but only because someone had left or someone had cut in! Eventually that queue did move and we made it inside. Those next couple of hours changed my life forever. An overload on the senses ingrained in my head within two hours or so that would remain for the rest of my life and ultimately influence me and my interests.
Ultimately it changed me into a sci-fi geek, almost assimilating me into its culture. The amazing special effects, the characters and that John Williams soundtrack (which I was asking my brother to hum to me on the way home) took me by surprise and I wanted more. I bought the trading cards…
If you loved the Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg produced HBO WWII mini-series Band of Brothers, then you're no doubt anticipating The Pacific. On March 14th, HBO will air the first episode of this new 10-part Hanks/Spielberg mini-series, which documents the true stories of three marines who fought in the nightmarish Pacific Theater in WWII.
Spielberg, Hanks and the stars of the series, including the grown-up Joe Mazzello (Jurassic Park), attended the TCA Winter Press Tour to answers questions about their epic undertaking. Spielberg noted that The Pacific has a different look and feel than Band of Brothers. Brothers had a darker, gloomier grey feeling – more reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan - while The Pacific is brighter and more vivid. "It was a blue sky world," Spielberg said, speaking to the personal accounts of the war from the soldiers who fought in it. "It was a hot, dry, humid blue- sky world. There are more vivid colors in The Pacific than we ever had in …
Harrison Ford as the adventure addicted professor & archaeologist Indiana Jones will never opt for a retirement. Yes the 67 year old star, who immortalized the character of Indiana Jones, & vice versa, is at it again. He revealed that he would more than love to don that trademark cowboy hat and whip again and set out on a new breath taking adventure.“If we find another story to do and we develop the character a little further and I get a chance to do another one, I’d be happy as pie to do it,” he told to Cinematical.Ford’s last appearance as Indiana Jones was in 2008 in the Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull says that he takes an active part with the director of this series Steven Spielberg, in making the movie more adventurous. “I’ve always been interested in developing the character, and bringing more information about the character each time we’ve gone out.” “We’ve found ways of doing that by introducing Sean (Connery) as my father, Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) as my…
he sci-fi forces struck again as the Cinema Audio Society announced its nominees for the 46th CAS Awards for outstanding achievement in sound mixing.
Nominated in the best film category are "Avatar," "District 9," "The Hurt Locker," "Star Trek" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
The awards will be presented Feb. 27 at a dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
The CAS Career Achievement Award will be presented to re-recording mixer/sound designer Randy Thom, director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, and the CAS Filmmaker Award will be presented to stop-motion filmmaker Henry Selick.
Talk about intense competition: Thursday, the members of the Academy's visual effects branch will file into the Samuel Goldwyn Theater and have their minds blown in seven 15-minute segments.
That's how long each of the shortlisted films vying for this year's VFX Oscar has to make its case, each presenting a blindingly vivid reel of rapid-fire CG montages of explosions, creatures, set extensions and digitally enhanced stunt work. When voters emerge, heads spinning, there will be three final nominees chosen for the final Oscar ballot.
Even for grizzled industry effects veterans, the wow factor is likely to be high. Each of the seven films is out of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, which translates into glory days of aliens, spaceships and wizardry -- plus hundreds of hours of work from VFX supervisors and staff. And this year, VFX technology has made an evolutionary leap forward, thanks to a little film called "Avatar."
Imagine that scene where the Millennium Falcon pops out of nowhere and saves Luke and Princess Leia – in 3D.Star Wars creator George Lucas let spill at a Golden Globes party Sunday that Avatar has given him "a new impetus to make that happen." Avatar, the 3-D sci-fi epic by James Cameron, took best picture at the Globes."We've been looking for years and years and years of trying to take Star Wars and put it in 3-D," Lucas told Access Hollywood. "But, [the] technology hasn't been there. We've been struggling with it."Avatar, said Lucas, "worked very well in 3-D. Haven't been a big fan of 3-D, but that movie definitely improves (the field of) 3-D."Lucas created the Star Wars films that revolutionized sci-fi storytelling and introduced enduring characters into the popular culture.So much so that Cameron himself has said the day he saw the first Star Wars in 1977 is burned into his memory. Born in Chippawa, Ont., he had moved with hi…
Blockbuster sci-fi epic Avatar has been named best film drama at the Golden Globe awards, boosting its chances of further glory at the Oscars in March.Its director James Cameron was also honoured at the event, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep won the best actress prizes, with Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey Jr taking home their male equivalents. Ricky Gervais hosted the event, the first of 2010's major Hollywood awards. Presented each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Globes often indicate who and what will go on to receive Academy Awards. MAIN WINNERS Best film (drama) Avatar Best film (musical or comedy) The Hangover Best director James Cameron (Avatar) Best actor (drama) Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) Best actress (drama) Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) Best actor (musical or comedy) Robert Downey Jr (Sherlock Holmes) Best actress (musical or comedy) Meryl Streep (Ju…
Lucasfilm Ltd. was founded in 1971 by Star Wars creator George W. Lucas Jr. It has grown into a major independent production house and one of the world's leading entertainment companies. Lucasfilm's primary endeavors include movie and television production, along with groundbreaking visual and aural effects, video games, software and various online activities. Corporate subsidiaries include Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, Pixar Animation Studios, Avid Technology and THX Ltd. The company has spun off a thriving industry of Star Wars merchandising, memorabilia and licensing.
Lucasfilm was off and running after the release of its second feature film, American Graffiti. Made on a $750,000 budget, the movie grossed more than $100 million. Based in San Francisco, the privately held corporation employs about 2,000 people. It does not disclose revenues.
General Counsel David Anderman insisted that he has never been bored during his 11 years at …
An extremely rare one hour documentary on John Williams from the 1980's. This is a well made and thought out documentary featuring interviews with John Williams and Steven Spielberg. Why don't they make more?
Warner Brothers Theme, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, 20th Century Fox Theme, Star Wars, The Sea Hawk, Spellbound, Titanic, Psycho, Jaws, The Pink Panther, Exodus, Out of Africa, Doctor Zhivago, The Bridge on The River Kwai, Patton, Rocky, The Magnificent Seven, The Natural, Cinema Paradiso, The Godfather, E.T. and Gone With The Wind.
It was 70 foot in diameter and weighed nearly 23 tonnes A relatively long time ago, in a west Wales town not too far away... arguably the most famous spaceship in the universe was created. In the winter of 1979 word started to spread in Pembroke Dock that a flying saucer was being built in an old giant aircraft hangar in the town. Those involved were sworn to secrecy. For three months they worked on the only full-scale Millennium Falcon, the spaceship from the original Star Wars trilogy, to be built for the films. Production was gearing up for The Empire Strikes Back - the second instalment in George Lucas's epic space saga. And much like the feverish build-up to this week's release of Revenge Of The Sith, the sixth and final movie in the series, fans were desperate for the smallest piece of news of what was to come.
The Millennium Falcon was the famous spaceship from Star Wars Marcon Fabrications, a company more usually associated with steel fabrications for the nearby petrochem…
Its January, Christmas is over, you still have a hangover from the new year. So what better way to cheer ourselves up but with a few random pics of Princess Leia in that gold bikini. (The last picture is a group of Leias in bikinis wannabes!) We think we may make this a regular feature!
If anyone can think of a suitable caption for the above photo feel free to let us know
This is a gem of a find. This is 50 minute documentary from the 80's all about ILM (Industrial Light And Magic). The British documentary called Horizon (that is still going today) goes into a lot of detail especially focusing on Return Of The Jedi and Indiana Jones. This is a must see for all ILM and Star Wars fans alike.
Great little video from the TV series "Ask Aspel" from 1980. People would write in and ask questions. This video shows John Williams conducting and shows a clip without the soundtrack and with from The Empire Strikes Back. Also Mark Hamill is the guest star (he refers to the third movie as Revenge Of The Jedi)
On 24th November I went into hospital for the first part of a 2 stage hip revision procedure. The metalwork from my very painful right hip was removed and I began a course of intravenous antibiotic to finally cure the lingering infection. Thankfully I was released from hospital just in time to spend Christmas with my family and I continue treatment at home administered by the district nurses who come every day to administer the daily dose of antibiotic. At the end of January I go back into hospital for a new hip replacement. In the meantime I am languishing at home but am improving as to what I can do daily. Life is awkward with only one hip!! I rely on a walking frame as I cannot put any weight on my right leg, but Norma and I are coping well and the future looks very bright.
I will be back on the convention scene ASAP - but not before I am 100% - when I look forward to meeting up with you all …
Lucas Licensing exec rings Opening Bell as Star Wars remains number one selling licensed toy brand. Executives and guests of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars Saga have visited the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the continued success of the evergreen brand.After more than 30 years, Star Wars is the number one selling licensed toy property in the US, with sales over 60 per cent ahead of any other toy licence, and 25 per cent ahead of the nearest boys toy property (Source: Lucasfilm Ltd.)To mark the occasion, Lucas Licensing’s Howard Roffman rang the Opening Bell accompanied by a number of characters including droid R2-D2, Sith Lord Darth Vader and a color guard of stormtroopers and clone troopers.