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Spielberg, Schwarznegger reopen Universal Studios backlot

(L-R) Ron Meyer, President/COO, Universal Studios, director Steven Spielberg, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Jeff Zucker, President/CEO, NBC Universal and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger give a thumbs up during reopening of Univesrsal Studios' backlot on May 27, 2010 in Universal City, California.
By Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images It was thumbs up from Hollywood heavyweights Universal honcho Ron Meyer, Steven Spielberg, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, NBC chief Jeff Zucker, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the reopening of Univesrsal Studios' backlot yesterday. The lot was destroyed by fire two years ago. Unveiled yesterday were sets recreating 13 blocks of city streets covering 15 shooting areas over four acres. "What you see around you is New York and anywhere else your imagination takes you," said Spielberg, who helped design the new lot. It was rebuilt at a cost of $200 million, the largest set construc…

JEDI GYM - Great Funny Video

Former swordplay trainer to the stars and Star Wars fanatic Jeremy Flynn recently opened "Jedi Gym", a fitness center in Torrance, CA where members channel characters from the Star Wars film series to work out, meditate, and improve their lives.
"Star Wars is all about the Hero's Journey, and so is working out," says Flynn, " you leave home, battle your demons, and hopefully return home stronger."

Flynn is frustrated with his students' lack of commitment and focus, but when a 7-foot man in an incredibly authentic Darth Vader suit arrives at the gym, Flynn thinks he's found his dream student.

Instead, Flynn and his students learn, first hand, about how powerful the Dark Side can be...

Created by Timothy Kendall and Ben Koldyke

Has Casting Started for Super 8?

From Super8new.com

The guys over at Cinematical seem to think so. They received a casting notice from Paramount yesterday that did not have a title attached to it, and while that in itself isn't terribly interesting, the fact that they had also just sent a casting notice for 'Footloose' with a title attached to it, made them a little suspicious. After looking through the roster of upcoming movies from Paramount that could possibly use 13-14 year old kids who don't have any previous acting experince, they determined that there's a good chance this could be for Super 8 (although it's still not 100% confirmed).
You'll find the casting list below for 3 13-14 year old kids which I can only assume are the kids that are shooting a super 8 movie and while going through their footage they see a creature, possibly the scariest thing they've ever seen... That is, if the original "leaked" plot synopsis is correct. So check out the cast list be…

Dennis Hopper, actor, director and 'Easy Rider,' dies at 74

Dennis Hopper, 74, an actor and director whose low-budget biker movie "Easy Rider" made an unexpected fortune by exploring the late 1960s counterculture, died Saturday at his home in Venice, Calif.
Hopper, who enjoyed a career resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s playing alcoholics and compelling psychopaths in films including "Hoosiers," "Blue Velvet" and "Speed," was diagnosed last year with cancer.
"Easy Rider," released in 1969, was often called a generational marker, a film set to a pulsating rock soundtrack and filled with hallucinogenic imagery meant to evoke the rebellious youth counterculture. As the director, co-star and co-screenwriter of "Easy Rider," Hopper called the film his "state of the union message" about a country on the brink of self-destruction because of the Vietnam War, political assassination, prejudice, intolerance and greed. He, actor Peter Fonda and writer Terry Southern shared a…

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JJ Abrams’ Super 8 Viral Begins

You may have seen the movie trailer for the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed sci-fi film Super 8 attached to Iron Man 2 or bootlegged online, but did you notice the Easter eggs hidden at the end of the trailer that launched the film’s viral marketing efforts? Yesterday I noticed that during the last seconds of the trailer, some letters flash through the lens of the film camera. I even asked on Twitter if anyone could figure out what the letters spelt. The awesome sleuths at the UnfictionForum were able to screencapture all of the letters: The spelt: “Scariest Thing I Ever Saw” The website ScariestThingIEverSaw.com was register a little over a week after the film’s official website super8-movie.com, and by the same registration company. The website shows a PDP-11 16-bit microcomputer display: If you try to print all pages, you get prompted with the following message: Stop posting publicly. I can answer your questions.
I have proof.
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Read more: JJ Ab…

Fan says he’s ridden Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure more than 1,700 times

From http://www.insidethemagic.net/2010/05/fan-says-hes-ridden-disneylands-indiana-jones-adventure-more-than-1700-times/

I recently found myself riding the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland with someone who claims to have ridden the attraction more than 1,700 times.2tweets
He is a young Asian man – possibly a teenager – and was dressed in full Indiana Jones costume, complete with the satchel. (And no, he’s not Short Round.)
We both entered the attraction through the single rider line.  Having noticed his Indy costume, I asked him if he liked the ride.  Before I could finish my question he quickly replied, “Yes!” I’m sure he gets the question a lot.
When we lined up for the ride’s front row, I asked him if he wanted to “drive” the car. He did.
This journey ended up being the most fun I’ve ever had on this ride because he got so into it.  He could quote all of the ride’s dialogue and enthusiastically pretended to drive the vehicle.  All of us on board with him were shout…

Spielberg's/Abrams Super 8 Logo Wallpaper

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Spielbergs/Abrams Super 8 - What We Know So Far

So you've seen the sneak peak trailer for Super 8 and already like the ending to Lost you want answers.  Here's what we have learnt so far...

Its set in 1979.Produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment.It is written and directed by JJ Abrams.It is not Cloverfield 2.It arrives next Summer.This will be an homage to Spielberg’s 1970’s/1980’s Amblin films. The trailer was shot independently of the film.The special effects for the trailer were done under the cover of Abrams new NBC series Undercovers.Even though the title suggests it, it will NOT be shot with a super 8 camcorder.It will be distributed by Paramout Pictures.The trailer features a train crash and something trying to escape from one of the containers. It mentions all materials being transported from Area 51 to a secure facililty in Ohio.

There you have it.  Thats all confirmed so far.  We will keep you informed when more is confirmed.

By the way, for those who were wondering what Super 8 is...

Update...
Can …

What Is This From The Super 8 Trailer? There's A Hidden Face In The Trailer!

Just watching the Super 8 trailer and noticed this image flash on the screen for a split second thirteen seconds in to the trailer.


















Also at 1:23 this face flashes on the screen.  Any ideas what they mean?















You can watch the trailer here - http://thebeardedtrio.blogspot.com/2010/05/super-8-trailer-watch-it-here.html


Chewbacca actor to visit Newport Centre (Wales) for Star Wars fair

THE BRITISH actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films will be in Newport next weekend for his first ever visit to Wales.
Peter Mayhew, who played the Wookie Chewbacca in four Star Wars movies, will appear at the annual Star Wars and Sci-Fi collectors fair in Newport Leisure Centre on July 6.
Mr Mayhew, who stands at 7 foot 3 inches tall, will be joined by a number of other stars from the films, including Mike Carter who played Bib Fortuna, Mike Edmonds who was Ewok Logray, and John Coppinger who appeared as Wookie Senator.
All the actors will meet and sign autographs for fans at the fair, and have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with R2-D2.
Steve Rogers, who was helped organise the event, said: “This is a big deal for the fans.
“The biggest stars from the films were all based in America, so fans over here don’t often get to meet them. They’ll be looking forward to welcoming Peter Mayhew who will be in Wales for the first time.”
Mr Mayhew was b…

Evolution of PC Audio - As Told by Secret of Monkey Island

Computer audio has come quite a way since 1981 and here is a short video comparing everything major from the PC speaker to Adlib on up to cards from today! At least, from the perspective of the Lucasarts classic, The Secret of Monkey Island. Get your education on, watch and gain respect for your aural ancestors.

Monkey Island was chosen due to its having the widest amount of versions of the same song, as compared to other games which didn't support this many cards. The final version of the song is from the recent "Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition" on PC/360/PS3.

George Lucas to Appear at Star Wars Celebration V

Lucasfilm has announced via StarWars.com that George Lucas will be attending Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando this summer. The event, which is sceduled to take place from August 12-15, 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, will be Lucas' second Celebration appearance; he previously appeared at Star Wars Celebration III in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2005. No exact date(s) or time(s) for his appearance(s) have been announced.

Another announcement from the official site that's sure to please avid Star Wars collectors is the return of the popular collecting panels for Celebration V. Star Wars super-collector Gus Lopez will once again be returning to run the programming, and there's bound to be some surprises for collectors. At Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles, Lopez distributed commemorative medallions during select panels - whipping collectors into a frenzy for the highly coveted tokens.

For more information about Star Wars Cel…

McGregor 'still in love' with Princess Leia

Ewan McGregor has admitted that he is still in love with Star Wars character Princess Leia.

The 39-year-old told reporters at a charity screening for the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back that he still has deep feelings for the character.

"I've spent a great many years being deeply, deeply in love with Princess Leia," he joked.

He added: "There's still a part of my heart that is quite deeply in love with her, both as a character and an actress!"

Carrie Fisher played Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. McGregor portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's Star Wars prequels.

The Ghost Writer star also revealed that his children aren't fans of Star Wars.

"My kids aren't remotely interested in these films, it's so funny and quite disappointing but they're just not that interested," he continued.

"I've tried a bit but I'm not going to push them to watch anything."

Candy Clark appears with 'American Graffiti' in Orinda

FROM TIME to time, Esquire magazine does a "Women We Love" issue — but Candy Clark is never in it. I'm betting it's an ageist thing. For most of us with Y chromosomes, the "American Graffiti" actress — blond, cute and, as the film's Debbie Dunham, easy — etched in our consciousness as the quintessential party girl; the seemingly attainable fantasy of every hormonally driven, virginal teenage boy.
Clark, nominated for a supporting-actress Oscar for her role, got into Ron Howard's car with Toad (Charles Martin Smith) and uttered the memorable "I love the feel of tuck and roll upholstery."
Trooper that she is, the actress will step in for previously scheduled Cindy Williams (Howard's girlfriend in the film) at the 12:45, 4 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday screenings of "American Graffiti" at the Orinda Theatre. Clark, who reprised her role in the 1979 sequel, "More American Graffiti," will reminisce about the making…

The Dawning of "Star Wars: The Old Republic

"Star Wars: The Old Republic" heads for comic stores in July The Force is strong in this one. Taking place over 3,500 years before the events of the sextet of famous films, "Star Wars: the Old Republic" will give players the choice of joining the Jedi or the Sith in a massively multiplayer online experience. But before you begin practicing the ways of the force in BioWare and LucasArts upcoming game (set for release in 2011), whet your appetite this July with the release of a brand new "Old Republic" limited series from Dark Horse Comics that sets up the events taking place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Originally appearing as a weekly web comic written by BioWare's Robert Chestney and illustrated by artist Alex Sanchez, "Star Wars: The Old Republic - The Threat of Peace" is the first arc in the prequel miniseries taking place 10 years prior to the start of the game and featuring a number of characters, places …

Steven Spielberg Wallpaper - War Of The Worlds

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 First Look

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed may be the fastest selling title LucasArts has ever done, but I found the game to be largely disappointing. The game had entertaining moments, and I totally dug the way it connected the first and last three movies of the film franchise, but the gameplay felt unrefined, and became a grinding, repetitive affair.

I wasn't the only one with criticisms, and thankfully the staff behind the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 (TFU2) is taking user opinion seriously. Through hours of focus testing, as well as taking a close look at the failings of the first game, LucasArts is hoping to not only recapture and refine what we loved about the original, but also change the game in some fundamental ways that will hopefully make the sequel everything we wanted the first to be.



Dual lightsabers are also a new addition.


For those of you who missed out on the biggest Star Wars release since the films, allow me to bring you up to speed. The Force Unle…

100 Things You Didn't Know About The Empire Strikes Back

To celebrate all of the win Episode V taught us, IGN would like to teach you a few things – 100 of 'em, actually – about the best Star Wars movie ever made.

The Imperial Walker sequence and ensuing battle is not in this script.


This wampa's drunk on redrum. In this version, the Empire does not attack the rebel base, ever. Instead, Wampas attack and infiltrate our heroes' icy compound.

click here to read the article

De Niro, Spielberg petition for director

obert De Niro, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have reportedly joined forces in a bid to persuade the Iranian government to release incarcerated filmmaker Jafar Panahi.The Iranian director was arrested after the police raided his home in Tehran on March 10 and has since allegedly been held in the city's Evin prison, reports Contactmusic.
Actors and directors including De Niro and Spielberg have come together to fight for the filmmaker's freedom, signing a petition calling for Panahi's release.
The document reads: "We... stand in solidarity with a fellow filmmaker, condemn this detention, and strongly urge the Iranian government to release Mr Panahi immediately. Like artists everywhere, Iran's filmmakers should be celebrated, not censored, repressed and imprisoned."
Other filmmakers who have signed include Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Joel and Ethan Coen, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone and Michael Moore.

Star Tours gets ready to make final flights to Endor

Disney Parks’ Star Tours attraction will soon go out of commission to make way for a 2011 upgrade, but it’s not shutting down without a send-off.
From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on August 14, Disney Parks is hosting the "Last Tour to Endor," a special event that coincides with the official Lucasfilm fan convention, “Star Wars” Celebration V.

Star Tours is a Disney and "Star Wars" fan favorite that opened in 1987 in "Tomorrowland" at Disneyland, marking the first of the park's attractions that did not use Disney imagery. Whether you are sucked in by the giant AT-AT at the Disney World location or the hidden Kermit the Frog droid inside the ride, it's a chance for all "Star Wars" fans to feel like they're a part of the movie.
But the ride has been showing its age as of late, and fans are looking forward to the new version coming to us in 2011.
For tickets and more information, head over to www.starwarscelebration.com/Disney.

George Lucas sent a letter to "Lost" producers

George Lucas congratulates the producers of "Lost" on pulling off a successful show. He cites "father issues" as something that makes a successful series.
Geek's of Doom comments, "In the letter, Lucas speaks about how he didn’t exactly know where he was heading with Star Wars and how impressive it is to create such a complex show yet still keep track of everything they had done since day one.
Live Feed Hollywood reports, "George Lucas sent a letter to the producers of "Lost" where he finally admits he didn't plan "Star Wars" in advance. The letter was read aloud at a series finale-related party Thursday night. Here's the text:"
The producers of ABC's "Lost" received a congratulations letter from George Lucas. Lucas admitted that he didn't plan "Star Wars."

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Paul Southern, Senior Director, Domestic Licensing & Marketing, Lucasfilm

We talk original Star Wars and The Clone Wars with Lucas' licensing boss.
“I guess we’re fortunate that the Force continues to be very strong with boys around the world; the 33 year-old Star Wars franchise continues to perform like the Energizer Bunny of the licensing industry – just going on and on, year after year.”
Paul Southern, senior director of domestic licensing and marketing at Lucasfilm, opens our interview with one of the best metaphors I’ve ever heard. Just the thought of the super cute Energizer Bunny rocking up on the Millennium Falcon makes me smile.
Star Wars is the brand that effectively kick started licensing as we know it. If you’re looking for the perfect example of a movie becoming a viable long-term licensing proposition, Star Wars is it. From the three original live action movies, to the three prequels and, now, animated series The Clone Wars, George Lucas’ sci-fi epic is a benchmark.
“Bearing in mind the challenging nature of the economy over the …

LucasArts Classics Come to Steam

LucasArts is happy to announce that the classic LucasArts adventure games Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Loom, and The Dig, will be available for purchase and download for Mac Steam users today! Each title is priced at $4.99, but for a limited time, gamers can pick up all four titles as part of the LucasArts Adventure Bundle, for the great price of $9.99. As always, folks who have already purchased and downloaded the games for PC can download the Mac versions for free.

Star Wars: In Concert comes to Germain Arena Thursday

What kicked off as a world-wide phenomenon back in London, 2002, has "crossed the pond" and made its way to the U.S. Enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of a 33-year spectacle known as the Star Wars Saga, as Star Wars: In Concert a worldwide tour comes to Germain Arena (11000 Everblades Parkway) Thursday, May 13.
Join a full orchestra and choir, along with live narration by Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films, as you take a journey through the entire Star Wars adventure, with specially-edited and perfectly-accompanied movie footage displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen, one of the largest ever put on tour.
The live music and film elements are perfectly synchronized, creating the ultimate, one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience.
"We've taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so you can really get a sense of how the music played into the images,&…

'Star Wars: Battlefront 3' in works?

News has leaked that Star Wars: Battlefront 3 is under development, reports say.

According to fan site battlefront3.net, online gaming network GameSpy is hosting a server for the title.

As publisher LucasArts is yet to comment on the speculation, it is unknown whether the listed server is genuine.

The Battlefront series was previously in the hands of developer Free Radical Design before Rebellion Developments acquired the rights. The studio's only addition to the series has been Battlefront: Elite Squadron for handheld platforms.

Star Wars: Battlefront 3 is yet to be officially announced.

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'The Empire Strikes Back' and Harrison Ford at the ArcLight on May 19

A yearlong Lucasfilm charity campaign called "The Empire Gives Back" begins with the ArcLight event, where Ford will be interviewed on stage byHero Complexblogger Geoff Boucher. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back," Lucasfilmis planning a yearlong charity campaign that kicks off in the U.S. on May 19 with the hottest fanboy ticket of the year: A one-night-only digital screening of the 1980 "Star Wars" sequel at the ArcLight Hollywood and an on-stage Q&A with Harrison Ford. The ArcLight screening will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a cause that persuaded the 67-year-old Hollywood icon to participate despite his long-standing reluctance to revisit the "Star Wars" universe and his role as rakish interstellar smuggler Han Solo. Although almost every other cast member from the George Lucas films has worked the convention circuit or made appearances at themed film festivals and fan celebrations, Ford has sho…

Bioware: 'Taking MMO Combat To New Level'

The heavyweight development tag team of Bioware and Lucasarts has today released a new development video diary for its forthcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. This time, looking at combat. The video shows a wide range of combat skills available to each class. Crushing lightsaber takedowns, missle-enabled jetpack barrages and nifty ad hoc cover for ranged classes are the order of the day. The combat appears fast-paced and incredibly deep, with players facing multiple enemies at any one time. Luckily, each class will have several tricks and skills at their disposal. “combat is an integral part of the star wars experience” Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka explains, "Combat is an integral part of the star wars experience along with a whole bunch of other stuff like the hero’s journey. It’s the essence of feeling heroic. We’re really striving to progress the way we show combat, and I think with MMOs, we’re going to take them to a new level in the way the combat unfolds in the old republ…

Spielberg Invited to Direct Doctor Who By Lead Writer Steven Moffat

Doctor Who Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat has invited director Steven Spielberg to direct an episode of the popular series


Speaking to the TV Times listings magazine, Moffat – whose first episode in charge of Doctor Who airs Easter Weekend – discussed the moment when Spielberg called him at home to accept his resignation from the Tintin movie, for which he had already completed an initial script. Expected to be released in 2011, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn stars Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Nick Frost, Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig and uses a motion capture 3D technique.
In response to a question as to whether or not Spielberg might like to direct Doctor Who, Moffat replied:
“Oh yes. If Steven Spielberg wants to come and direct an episode, he’s very welcome”, he laughed. “He’d probably be horrified by our budget and we’re a bit brutal to our directors at times, but the offer’s there…”

Spielberg to tackle War Horse

Steven Spielberg will direct a film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's epic First World War novel, War Horse.
Spielberg and his Dream-Works studio will also produce the film project, which is expected to hit the screens in August 2011, Variety and Hollywood Reporter said.
Adapting the story of the friendship between a young boy and a horse during the First World War, will be screenwriters Lee Hall, who scripted Billy Elliot, and Richard Curtis, who penned Good Morning England.
Published in 1982, War Horse was recently adapted to the stage in London.
Spielberg, 63, is also completing work on the 3-D family movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is scheduled for screening in December 2011.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back", Lucasfilm and JibJab are offering fans a chance to really get into the movie.

Users can upload a photo of themselves and place their face on Luke, Leia, Han or Lando's body and see how they would appear in the movie. The program, "Star Wars Starring You", uses the JibJab style (witty banter, jaw-dropping talking) to show the entire movie in about 2 minutes with you as one of the main characters.
The entire Star Wars mythos has been ripe for parodies, homage and fan films for years. Lucasfilm has embraced all of the fun and, in 2002, sponsored the first annual Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards to recognize those filmmakers.
Mainstream Hollywood also took their loving shots at the Star Wars with "Hardware Wars", a 1977 film that George Lucas has called his favorite parody, and "Spaceballs", a campy takeoff of the first Star Wars movie.
Animated TV shows, such as "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons", have also had their fun with Darth, Yoda and Boba Fett. Recently, a video made the rounds on the Int…

Abrams and Spielberg Colaboration has nothing to do with Cloverfield

But it will involve Area 51.
That lines up with last week's news that the film will "deal with everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are thrown up against extraordinarily fantastic—and possibly otherworldly—events."
The film has a budget of somewhere between $45 million and $50 million, so it's unlikely to be chock-full of special effects, and will shoot this fall, which also means a later start for the Star Trek sequel, which Abrams is expected to direct.

LucasArts excited about lightsaber game

Has any title ever been in demand as much as LucasArts’ still mythical lightsaber game? MCV asks the question From the first moment Wii was revealed it’s the game that we all envisioned – a motion sensitive lightsaber simulator where players could take on the likes of Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi. There have been titles that have promised to fulfil the dream, but none – perhaps due to the inherent limitations of the Wii hardware – have ever quite delivered. Can the arrival of Sony’s apparently very accurate Move and Microsoft’s Natal change that? MCV asked LucasArts CEO Darrell Rodriguez that very question: “I’m very excited by the new interfaces, either Natal, Move or iPad. It’s something we’re definitely watching and we will consider in the future. The regular suggestion of a lightsaber game is one of the reasons why we are excited about it – but we’ll keep looking at it and see what we can do. “No commitment to talk about now, though.”

Empire Strikes Back 'best sequel'

The Empire Strikes Back has been named the greatest movie sequel of all time. The 1980 film - George Lucas's follow-up to Star Wars: A New Hope - drew almost a fifth of all votes. DVD rental firm Lovefilm launched the poll to celebrate the release of Iron Man 2 this week. The Empire Strikes Back, which featured the battle on ice planet Hoth, Lando Calrissian's cloud city and the shocking moment Luke Skywalker discovered Darth Vader was his father, is favoured by some fans as the best film in the original Star Wars trilogy. It landed 19 per cent of the votes, beating movies such as Terminator 2 and Aliens. Fourth-placed film The Dark Knight was actually the sixth film of the Batman franchise which began in 1989, although it was the second to feature Christian Bale. Helen Cowley, editor at online rental service Lovefilm, said: "There's no beating Star Wars, and fans have been very vocal in our poll to establish its place as the top sequel of all time. "Film sequels give u…

Henry Thomas Audition for E.T The Extra Terrestrial

Spielberg auditioned more than 300 children for the roles.[4] Having worked with Cary Guffey on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, he felt confident in working with a cast composed mostly of child actors, rather than young adults.[5] Robert Fisk suggested Henry Thomas for the role of Elliott

Thomas, who auditioned in an Indiana Jones costume, did not perform well in the formal testing, but got the filmmakers' attention in an improvised scene.[5] Thoughts of his dead dog inspired his convincing tears

If you listen, you can hear Spielberg says: "Okey kid you got the job"

J.J. Abrams To Collaborate With Steven Spielberg On New Movie

'Star Trek' director reportedly writing and directing homage to Spielberg's early flicks.

wants to create a kind of "anti Avatar" movie...

New York Magazine's Vulture blog reports via an unnamed source that Abrams is wrapping up a script described as "a tip of the hat to [Spielberg's] movies of the '70s and early '80s." He will direct it himself for Paramount in the early fall. Spielberg's role is unknown at this point, but it is believed that the DreamWorks co-founder will serve in an executive producer or advisory capacity.

For those who are familiar with Abrams' M.O., it should come as no surprise that plot details, as well as the title, are being kept quiet for the time being. Vulture's source said that the premise fits in with motifs that have long been established in Spielberg's work, particularly his early efforts: Personal relationships between the main characters are tested when they are faced with some kind of f…

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LucasArts shows off Monkey Island 2 comparison shots

LucasArts has started slowly doling out screenshots of its upcoming Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge remake.

The house that Vader built releases one screenshot of the original 1991 VGA classic, and then follows it up with an image of the flashy graphical overhaul the day after.

So far we've seen the Wood Chuck's carpentry shop and the opening location, the beach (make sure you get the stick.) You can check those screenshots out in our gallery, above.

The game is scheduled to hit iPhone and iPod touch, as well as digital distribution services on PC and console, this summer.

If you want more screenshots, you'd better start following LucasArts on Facebook.

Discovery, Spielberg to debut `Future Earth'

The Discovery Channel says it is working with Steven Spielberg on an animated series imagining life in the future. The network said Thursday that "Future Earth" will be a miniseries showing what life might be like in 25, 50 and 100 years. Futurists and scholars will be consulted for their predictions to incorporate in the series. The miniseries is expected to air in late 2011. Clark Bunting, president of both the Discovery and Science channels, says he hopes to work Spielberg and his DreamWorks production companies on future projects as well.