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LucasArts confirms 'MI2' special edition

LucasArts has confirmed the development of a special edition of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge.Announced during the Game Developers Conference, the revamped sequel will be available for PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and iPhone in the summer.Unlike last year's Secret Of Monkey Island Special Edition, the game will feature a new control mechanism. "In addition to the point-and-click interface, we've added the ability to move Guybrush around, so you feel more connected to him," said LucasArts exec Craig Derrick.The title will also include new artwork from Peter Chan and Steve Purcell and director's commentary, as well as improved graphics, sound and a full voiceover track. Like its predecessor, the game will allow players to switch between the original graphics and high-definition art.LucasArts also revealed that The Secret Of Monkey Island Special Edition is bound for PSN and Mac OS.Tags: ,

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Steven Spielberg eyeing 'Robopocalypse'

Steven Spielberg is eyeing dystopian sci-fi film Robopocalypse for his next directing venture, according to Deadline.The DreamWorks project is based on Daniel H. Wilson's unpublished manuscript and revolves around the human race's fight for survival after a robot uprising. Wilson's book is due to hit stores in 2011.Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard has been tapped to pen the screenplay.Spielberg's next movie will be The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, scheduled for release in December 2011.

E.T. voted greatest ever children's film

E.T, the heart-warming story of a friendly extraterrestrial who is stranded on Earth, has beaten modern blockbusters such as Shrek and Finding Nemo to be named the greatest ever children's movie. The 1982 classic, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and launched a young Drew Barrymore's Hollywood career, became famous for the phrase "E.T, phone home."

In the film, a group of young children look after E.T and attempt to get him back to his home planet.
Second place in the poll went to Pixar's 1996 hit Toy Story, followed by Disney classic Mary Poppins, with The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz completing the top five.

A spokesman for www.onepoll.com, which carried out the research, said: ''The films featured in the poll span across decades and all have something special about them.

''E.T is a movie the whole family can gather around to watch and it never fails to bring a tear to someone's eye."

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Spielberg: 'Avatar has changed movies'

Steven Spielberg has admitted that he was impressed by Avatar. The movie, directed by James Cameron, has broken box office records and was nominated for nine Academy Awards.

According to Showbiz Spy, Spielberg has now praised the film.

"I say thank goodness for Avatar," he said. "It is such an inspiration for all of us. I really think Jim has changed the industry forever, in a good way."

Spielberg: The Pacific is gruesome

Steven Spielberg has warned his new TV miniseries The Pacific is more gruesome than Band Of Brothers.
The 10-part series, which begins on Sunday, carves its own path across a lesser-known theatre of war than Band Of Brothers, which was also executive produced by Spielberg and Tom Hanks and dramatised the true story of a company of paratroopers fighting in Europe."We want the viewing public to be prepared that there is a level of savagery in The Pacific that is more intense than in Band Of Brothers," Spielberg said.He went on: "Anything less than the graphic nature of that war, or for that matter any war, would have been met by scorn by the veterans who fought in it."We only told a partial story in Band. My own relatives were saying to me, 'We all fought in the Pacific. That's a different story. It was jungle warfare.'"According to Hanks, the Pacific theatre they faced was far different from the European one."The war in the Pacific was more like…

George Lucas compared to Thomas Edison

Director George Lucas has been compared to inventor Thomas Edison.According to SciFiWire, Alice in Wonderland producer Richard D. Zanuk believes that the Star Wars filmmaker is as reverential as the man who invented the lightbulb. "He's the only person, with the exception of Sam Goldwyn, who literally put his own money in," said Zanuck. "Sam financed and owned 100% of all those great pictures he made, and no-one else has ever done that, not like he did. George put it back into ILM and Skywalker Ranch and THX sound."He added: "[Lucas] put it into the greatest equipment, all of it up to date... He's the only one who ever gave back to the industry in terms of the technology investment. And I guess James Cameron, now, but that's on a different scale. He's really been an innovator like nobody else. He's the Thomas Edison of our time."In the same interview, Zanuk also put Lucas on par with Walt Disney.

Star Wars: In Concert Returns

Star Wars: In Concert, the unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams' epic Star Wars scores, returns to North America on May 13, 2010 in Ft. Myers, Florida (May 13), beginning a fifty-city leg of the worldwide tour that will include dates in the United States and Canada. Over 350,000 Americans attended Star Wars: In Concert during its three-month inaugural 47-city North American tour last year, which Pollstar rated as the 9th biggest tour of 2009 in January.

The tour's return to North America follows a month in Europe -- from March 7 to April 8, 2010 -- with stops in Dublin, Liverpool, Glasgow, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Milan, Antwerp, Hamburg and the O2 Arena in London, where it began one year ago.

The production features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen -- one of the largest ever put on tour. The footage actually runs in sync wi…

NBC eyeing Spielberg's "Nine Lives"

Steven Spielberg's "Nine Lives" may find a second life at NBC.Four years ago, Syfy (then Sci Fi Channel) announced a greenlight for "Nine Lives" as a 12-hour miniseries to air in 2007.

The project, with Spielberg on board as an executive producer, revolves around a group of people who find a way to reunite with their loved ones in the afterlife through near-death experiences, but those journeys unleash an evil force.

"Nine Lives" ultimately didn't go at Syfy, but it has sparked interest at sibling NBC. Writer Les Bohem is reworking his script for a broader broadcast audience. NBC won't make any decision until reading the latest draft, but it's eyeing "Nine Lives" as a direct-to-series vehicle as part of a new strategy to do more event-type drama projects.

Where Spielberg goes, dinosaurs follow

Will Steven Spielberg and Fox be greeting television viewers with "Welcome … to Jurassic TV"?Spielberg, whose love of the thunder lizard and its ilk is well-established, is in talks with Fox to be involved in a drama series about a family that travels back to prehistoric times, Variety reports.The network is recruiting Spielberg to come aboard as an executive producer, in part because the series, called "Terra Nova," would incorporate complex sets and detailed special effects, Variety says.

Force Unleashed hits 7m sales

The Force proves incredibly strong with LucasArts’ Star Wars console title LucasArts’ third person action adventure Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has now sold 7m units worldwide, the publisher has confirmed to GameSpot.

The game was first released in September 2008 and shot straight to the top of the ELSPA GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top 40, enjoying the biggest ever release week for a Star Wars video game in the process.

In total the game sold 1.5m units in its first week alone.

Late last year LucasArts released an expanded version of the game dubbed Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Ultimate Sith Edition which includes the original game and all the DLC that has since been released.

It also confirmed that it is working on a sequel to the game, which is due for release some time this year.

'Monkey Island 2' revamp rumoured

LucasArts is rumoured to be working on a special edition version of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge.According to Kotaku sources the studio could unveil the game at next week's Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco.Originally released in 1991, Monkey Island 2 follows Guybrush Threepwood's attempt to locate the mysterious tresure Big Whoop and win back the affections of love interest Elaine Marley.Last year, LucasArts released an enhanced version of The Secret Of Monkey Island for Xbox 360, PC and iPhone featuring improved graphics and sound. It has been reported that the revamped sequel will also be given a PS3 release.An official announcement regarding the Monkey Island 2 special edition is expected at the Game Developers Conference, which runs between March 9 and March 13.

Lucasarts unveils 'Lego Star Wars III'

LucasArts has announced plans to publish a third multi-platform game in the Lego Star Wars franchise. Titled Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, the game will be released on the Wii, DS, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and PC in autumn 2010.

Developed by Traveller's Tales, the new title will include all the characters from animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as other popular figures from the Star Wars saga.

Players can become a Jedi Knight or Separatist Fighter and make use of all-new character abilities, such as squad command, lightsaber slicing and long distance Jedi attacks.

The game will also feature an upgraded level builder facility enabling the creation of customised bases and battlefields for head-to-head combat.
"The Lego Star Wars franchise is a massive hit with fans, bringing in sales of over 20 million units worldwide," said LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez.

"We're thrilled to extend this experience to Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, …

George Lucas producing a CGI musical! Featuring Fairies

According to Hollywood Reporter George Lucas is tackling his first musical.The untitled, top-secret CGI-animated film is in preproduction at Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.The project marks a rare foray outside the “Star Wars” universe for Lucas who, while not directing a movie since “Revenge of the Sith” in 2005, is putting the finishing touches on “Red Tails,” the adventure movie that tells the World War II story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black pilots. Lucas wrote the screenplay for “Tails” and is exec producing.Kevin Munroe is directing the CGI film, which is expected to feature music from a variety of sources. Munroe hails from the animated world and made his directorial debut in 2007 with the fourth Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, “TMNT.” He recently wrapped production on his live-action debut, the adaptation of the “Dead of Night” comic that stars Brandon Routh and Taye Diggs.David Berenbaum, who wrote the Will Ferrell comedy “Elf” and children’s fantas…