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Fanboys Heads To The UK - Best Movie Release This Year. Watch Out Avatar!

It is one of the best movies I've seen in years.  If you are a fan of Star Wars then this movie is a must.  Even if you're not then you are still going to enjoy this masterpiece, I mean come on its got The Shat in it.  Fortunately he doesn't sing.  You must buy this movie. Wait! Lets see if this works....ahem!...You will buy this movie...damn!  My force powers need some work.  There are loads of cameos, the script is sharp and the story will keep you gripped to the end.  Heres what its all about...

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... well, 1976 in California, there was a God, and that God was named George Lucas, and he created the greatest and most remarkable movie saga ever known to Man, Droid or Wookie...Star Wars. Lightspeed ahead to 1998 and four Star Wars fans hit the road in search of the impossible in the hilarious road trip comedy FANBOYS, released on Blu-ray and DVD on 4 October from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Directed by Kyle Newman and produced by Kevi…

Skywalker ranch timelapse Video By Phillip Bloom

A test timelapse video from Phillip Bloom.  If you havent checked out is video on Skywalker Ranch yet then you are really missing out on the best on the web

http://www.thebeardedtrio.com/2010/08/visit-philip-blooms-website-for-best.html

http://vimeo.com/8013220


Skywalker ranch timelapse test from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

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Step By Step Guide To Build Your Own Lightsabre

Now this is amazing.  A fan has constructed his own lightsabre, his skills are almost complete.  Check out the website.  It really is impressive with great photos and a step by step guide.  His website also has guides on building other props.  http://www.slothfurnace.com/sabers/ESBLuke_01.html

Cameron - Avatar 'could have been terrible'

Hollywood director James Cameron believes his digital movie spectacular Avatar would have been “terrible” if it was live-action.
The director used motion-capture technology for most of the scenes in the sci-fi epic. Zoe Saldana played blue-skinned alien Neytiri, of the fictional Na’vi race. Instead of coating her skin in blue make-up, Cameron made Zaldana and all the other alien actors wear high-tech motion caption suits to record their movements and turned them into digital animation.
The film cost $260 million to make.
Avatar Photo: supplied
“Here’s the thing: if it had been in live action, she would have been in blue make-up and it would not have had the power,” Cameron said. “Her eyes would not have been those eyes.
“The blue make-up would have looked terrible. I know – every time I go to a convention where someone decides they’re going to be a Na’vi, I’m reminded why we didn’t do it.”

Fellow director Steven Spielberg is also glad Cameron didn’t go for a mo…

This Fall Adidas Brings The Force Back With Its Second Star Wars Collection

Adidas Originals is once again using the force as it returns this fall to drop its second "Star Wars"-inspired collection. Just like the first collection, which launched last spring, this one combines iconic "Star Wars" characters and scenes with classic Adidas Originals footwear and apparel.
The track tops and sneaker styles in this collection sport characters like Han Solo, Jabba the Hutt, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 (poor guys have to share a pair of Top Ten Lows).
While they won’t get you a slave Leia, the Jabba the Hutt-inspired Adidas Attitude His (above) are our favorite. They feature a green colorway, distressed leather upper, embossed logo on the heel, a lace lock and a special tongue tag featuring Jabba himself. Check out more from the collection below.





EMMYS - "The Pacific" most-decorated with eight wins

* HBO wins 25 Emmys, ahead of ABC with 18
* "The Pacific" most-decorated with eight wins
* "Temple Grandin" wins high-profile honors

HBO again grabbed the most prizes at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, but the premium cable network's little TV movie "Temple Grandin" stole the thunder of its $200 million-plus miniseries "The Pacific."
"Temple Grandin," the decidedly uncommercial true story of an autistic woman who revolutionizes slaughterhouses, ended up with seven awards, including three acting honors. With 15 nominations, it enjoyed one of the best success rates.

"The Pacific" captured eight awards, including best miniseries, more than any other show, but most of the prizes for the World War Two drama were in technical categories. It led the contenders with 24 nominations, followed by "Glee" (19) and "Mad Men" (17).

Time Warner Inc (TWX.N)-owned HBO snagged 25 Emmys from 101 nominations overall,…

Vineyard At Famous Skywalker Ranch Site Of Seth Green Wedding

Seth Green is not one to stay on the beaten path. His wedding was held at the vineyard of none other than the famous Skywalker Ranch, the residence and workspace of famous director George Lucas of Star Wars. The two developed a friendship while working together on various projects. Even more impressive was that Mr. Lucas was also a guest at the wedding.

Though the wedding had its own quirky geek charm, it was still a major celebrity wedding. The bride Ms. Grant was dressed in a lovely Oscar de La Renta gown and wore a head piece make by Jay and Barry Jewelers. The same company also made the groom's cufflinks as well as the wedding and engagement rings. The groom was also in top form with a custom tux by Dennis Kim.

Super 8 Creature Design Video

Wired was recently able to speak with concept creator and creature designer Neville Page, who worked on Star Trek, Cloverfield and many other films, about his latest project, the upcoming J.J. Abrams sci-fi drama Super 8.



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Paramount Pictures open casting calls for feature film 'Super 8'

Production is set to begin this fall on the Paramount Pictures feature film 'Super 8'. Primetime Emmy winning J.J. Abrams will write/direct the film, and 3 time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg will produce. Primetime Emmy winning casting directors April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg have been conducting the Los Angeles auditions for the lead roles.
'Super 8' was in pre-production under the smokescreen title 'Darlings' and is still being refered to as 'Wickham' for some open casting calls. This is due to the high profile nature of the film. Paramount Pictures has chosen Weirton, West Virginia and surrounding areas for all of the on-location filming for the Super 8. The remainder will be shot in Los Angeles. Paramount is participating in the West Virginia Film Industry Act, a tax credit program designed to recruit business into the state.
An open casting call was already held on August 21, 2010 in Los Angeles at the Paramoun…

Lucasarts use the force to make 30 FPS Become 60FPS

At the recent SIGGRAPH 2010, LucasArts coder Dmitry Andreev showed off a quite remarkable tech demo based on work he carried out during the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. In a video demonstration running on Xbox 360, he showed the game operating at its default 30FPS, but then like a Jedi, seemingly with a wave of a hand it started running at 60FPS - with no apparent graphical compromises aside from the removal of motion blur.
It's a demo that you can download and see for yourself right now, either in HD or else in a more bandwidth friendly standard def encode, with Andreev's original presentation also available to view. Two AVI videos (requiring an h264 decoder) are in the package: an original prototype, along with a further, more refined proof-of-concept running in the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II game engine.
It's safe to say that it's impressive work that has generated a lot of discussion within the games industry.

Star Wars creator George Lucas poses with Jedi Mickey and Princess Leia-Minnie as Disney World feels the force

It's a sight Star Wars fans are used to seeing - creator George Lucas with a lightsaber promoting his famous film franchise.
But what made yesterday's event slightly different was that also in the picture were a range of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters, including Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia-Minnie and Darth Goofy.
Lucas, 66, posed alongside the characters at Florida's Walt Disney World to promote the Last Tour To Endor fan event, a celebration of the last year of the original Star Wars' ride Star Tours running before the new ride is unveiled in 2011.

May the force be with you: George Lucas poses with Star Wars-inspired Disney characters including Jedi Mickey and Darth Goofy at Walt Disney World in Florida The event saw fans make the most of the theme park after hours with a party which lasted until 1am and included a Star Wars fireworks show, and was attended by celebrities including Seth Green and original C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.
Last Tour to Endor …

Goonies Wallpaper - by Beardedtrio

Hope you like this.  This is my first attempt at a Goonies wallpaper.  More to come.

John Williams Wows Hollywood Bowl

Legendary composer/conductor John Williams led the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night, taking a near sold-out crowd through highlights from the Golden Age of Hollywood to contemporary hits such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

At 8:30 p.m., the lights dimmed and the orchestra began playing Hooray for Hollywood which set the scene for the night's entertainment - a showcase of classic film clips on large screens to the sound of live music.

"When we see film clips, I think it reminds older viewers, as well as educate younger viewers, of the precious legacies of old films," Williams said.

The first half of the evening included scores from Sunset Boulevard, Spartacus and North by Northwest.

Then followed a tribute to Audrey Hepburn with various film clips while the orchestra played.

"She was a creature that descended from heaven, lived briefly, then return back to heaven," Williams said before the tribute.

After intermission, Williams …

Allison Miller Joins Terra Nova

Allison Miller will follow Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars) as the second actor to join the upcoming Fox television series, produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, according to Deadline.



O'Mara stars as Jim Shannon, the head of a family from 2149 who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth, where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization. Miller (NBC's Kings, 17 Again) will play a character named Skye, but no further details about the role have been released.

The series will premiere in the fall of 2011, with a preview of the first episode airing earlier in May.

Rumour: Grim Fandango Remastered In The Works?

I found this post from pocketgamer this morning with this headline
LucasArts assembling team for remastered iPhone and iPad version of Grim Fandango
Now don't get excited because as from the quote below there is no evidence.  Unfortunately.  Its only speculation.



There are a handful of adventure games that any self-respecting fan of the genre cherishes.


The Secret of Monkey Island and Broken Swordtop the list, and Grim Fandango is right there with them.


Calls for a remastered edition of Grim Fandango have been lodged with publisher LucasArts for years without avail, yet the company's success with the superb remakes of The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2 have piqued interest in another updated adventure.


While I can't confirm that development on an iPhone and iPad edition of Grim Fandango has started, there's a lot of talk.


It's easy to understand why: not only is it a great game, but it would feel right at home on iPad, in particular. The masterful work don…

ITS A TRAP - The Now Famous "Lady Dumping Cat In Bin" Video With A Hint OF Star Wars

This video has become an internet sensation.  A lady was caught dumping a cat in a bin.  thankfully the cat "Lola" was discovered later by the owner and is well.  In fact it has been pampered by the press ever since.  As a cat lover myself I was shocked by this video and cant help  but think that the woman's journey to the dark side is complete.  I thought the video could do with a hint of Star Wars.  Its a shame Admiral Ackbar wasn't there to warn the cat.  ITS A TRAP!



And for an even bigger twist heres a video of a cat dumping a lady in a bin

ITS A TAP!

WHY IS THIS SO FUNNY?

Steven Spielberg Gives Star Writer Alex Kurtzman His First Directing Gig

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/08/alex_kurtzman_steven_spielberg.html
Boy, when Steven Spielberg says he likes you, he really puts his money where his mouth is. Just three days after hearing that DreamWorks TV would be teaming with screenwriters-of-the-moment Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci (Transformers, Fringe, Star Trek) to produce Locke & Key for TV, Vulture has learned that DreamWorks will give Kurtzman his first big-screen directing job. The film is Welcome to People, an intimate dramatic script with no aliens at all that he co-wrote with Orci and Jody Lambert, the documentarian who made the 2008 documentary Of All the Things.
Welcome to People tells the story of a struggling twentysomething man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister he never knew existed, and her troubled 12-year-old son. Determined to ke…

Want A Property by Skywalker Ranch? Got Five Million Dollars?

Check out this property for sale by Skywalker Ranch.  It will only set you back about five million dollars.  Plenty of room for all your colllectables and perhaps you could get a job down the road somewhere.  Hope the neighbours are not noisy.  "Turn that skywalker sound down!!!"



THIS IS THE CROWN JEWEL OF NICASIO
LOWECHA is a private,exquisite 288 ACRE RANCH,great for HORSES. Gorgeous 4000 sf.Mediterranean home & second 900 sf guest house above 3 car garage & workshop, all green & off the grid.PLUS BUILDABLE 2 ACRE, almost level lot. Sun filled one level home with hand finished plaster walls and high ceilings. Breathtaking views from every room.French doors from living and dining rooms open to large decks for entertaining. There is a wonderful Guest Pagoda with full bathroom. Enjoy a Campground with it's own cabin!
 No PG&E bills—ever! Solar powered house, garage, well, etc.
 110 and 220 AC volts
 5-day battery storage (new batteries in 2009)

Celebration V: Friday - Ralph McQuarrie Raiders of the Lost Ark drawing

This image is Ralph McQuarrie's only contribution to the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. This pen drawing depicting the power of the Ark was used to create the illustration for the prop bible in the film. For the figures in the foreground, he took reference photos of several ILM employees. The staining on the right is where the oversized image was taped together, and no, the text on the page doesn't actually translate into anything. At the time it was created, Ralph never could have imagined that people might someday have the opportunity to stand within inches of the drawing to actually try and read it. Seen at A Gallery of Imagination: The Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie at Celebration V.

Yoda C3 Proposed Poster Art-Tsuneo Sanda

ILM Stepped In To Help Weta With The FX On Avatar

Informative article over at http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10419046-52.html where it was revealed that ILM were called in to help on the special effects on Avatar.

Excerp:

What followed was months of coordination between ILM, Weta, and Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, with a primary goal of ensuring that the two visual effects teams, one in San Francisco and the other in New Zealand, avoided any unnecessary duplication of effort, even as both sometimes found themselves working on effects for the same movie sequences.
For ILM, this wasn't the first time it had been called in to help aid another effects house, but it may well have been the first time it did so for one as big and as accomplished as Weta. To be sure, ILM's overall contribution to the finished film was minor compared to Weta's, but nonetheless critical in helping get the film to its final, finished state, Knoll suggested.
For Knoll, the challenge of working alongside W…

George Lucas on making 'Star Wars': 'It helps to be nuts'

From http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20013671-52.html

ORLANDO, Fla.--You'd think, with all the resources at his disposal, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas would be pleased, if not all that impressed, to see the flood of life-size and (nearly) fully functional droids that fans of his films have created over the years.
In fact, though, Lucas sees those droids--which were out in force at Celebration V, the huge "Star Wars" fan fest here this week--as a bit of a "tragic" reminder of the struggles he and his team had trying to get their own R2-D2s to work properly back when they were shooting "A New Hope," the first film in the monumentally popular saga, back in the 1970s.
Indeed, Lucas told a capacity crowd of several thousand here Saturday, he labored for eight years trying to get the group of R2-D2s his production had to work with to go in a straight line, and in the end, he said, they had to fashion a sort of fiberglass model,…

Avatar Cinema Re-release Will Have An Extra Nine Minutes But Blu-Ray Will Have Extra Sixteen - Don't Complain!

So this is going to cause some bad press on the interweb.  Why go to the cinema again (because we all went the first time) to watch an extra eight minutes when you can wait for the Blu-Ray which is going to have an extra sixteen?  "Its the film studio getting every last drop out of us" are the cries.
Personally I think its great.  We don't get a chance very often to watch a damn good movie a second time in the cinema and so what if there are more deleted scenes on the Blu-ray.  You should get more on the disc.  When you pay for a Blu-ray you expect the works.  So this is it!  No one is forcing us to watch it in the cinema and on Blu-ray.  We have a choice and the more choice we have as a movie fan the better if you ask me.
People often say to me that George Lucas has messed around with Star Wars too much and that James Cameron is going the same way.  I remind them that without George Lucas we wouldn't have Star Wars.  It was his idea, his vision and his frustration t…

Force Unleashed II New Screenshots.

Now come on.  Look at them!  If you don't want to buy the game after seeing these then your feelings deceive you.  Join us!




A Conversation With Lucasfilm’s Matt Wood

Now this is good - A conversaion with Matt Wood supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound and the man who gave General Grievous that hacking cough in Revenge of the Sith and continues to work on both sound and voices for The Clone Wars cartoon series. Some may even know he played Bib Fortuna in The Phantom Menace and earned two sound editing Academy Award nominations for There Will Be Blood and Wall-E.


Pop over to
ZiZot.com
to read the full article.

Talking Clone Wars With Supervising Director Dave Filoni

Wired.com have an interesting interview with Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni

GeekDad: You’re a first-generation Star Wars fan –
Dave Filoni: I was about four when it came out.
GD: – so, what’s it been like creating something that works in that gap that when we were kids, there’s this passing mention of The Clone Wars, and now you are filling in that gap, you’re playing in that playground.
DF: Very bizarre. It’s hard to comprehend. When I watch that scene now in A New Hope, it takes me a moment to realize, “Wow. That’s my job.” My job is describing in great detail what Obi-Wan Kenobi is actually talking about.
The reason I can actually deal with it is that George Lucas is the one that’s working with me to come up with the stories and guide everything that we do. I know it sounds strange, but I wouldn’t be as thrilled about it if it was just me doing it on my own. Because I grew up with the respect for Lucasfilm and for everything George has accomplished, I’m so glad that he’s …

Gary Rydstrom discusses 'Tales From Earthsea'

Directing the English dubbing of "Tales From Earthsea," Goro Miyazaki's animated adaptation of Ursula Le Guin's "Earthsea" book series, called on both Gary Rydstrom's talent with sound and his skills as a filmmaker.
"It was good for me because a lot of it is editing and mixing. A lot of it was sound process," Rydstrom says in a recent conversation at Pixar's Emeryville headquarters. "We recorded the dialogue like you would in sound. There's a lot of editorial. Then mixing, you're trying to set the voices into the existing mix, so we've got the mix with the sound effects and the music that's been done in Japan. We're taking our new voices and putting them in there, adding echo and doing other things. That I knew really well, so that part of it was comfortable for me."
What was new for highly respected soundman Rydstrom, who has seven Oscars, was directing actors. At 12, it was Charlie Chaplin's 192…

We Ask Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) Some Quick Fire Questions

The Bearded Trio were fortunate enough to ask Jeremy Bullock some quick fire questions on himself and his career. Here's what he had to say.

What was your favourite Star Wars moment?
The first day on the set was very exciting


What was your least favourite moment?

The last day when it was time to say goodbye.


What is the most unusual thing you have been asked to do by a fan?

To sign my name on their arm before going to get it tattooed


Although you have worked with so many superstars over the years, is there still someone you would love to work with?

Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Gene hackman & Clint Eastwood




What is your favourite soundtrack?

Star Wars & Dances With Wolves


What is your favourite Food?

Indian food or anything made by my wife because she is a wonderful cook.


Favourite Drink?

A good beer or a glass of wine


Favourite TV Programme?

The CSI shows


Do you have any Star Wars collectables? If so what is your favourite?

I have a few Star Wars collectables and the bronze Statue is my…

This Tweet From ILM Moments Ago - We are proud to announce we are collaborating with Director Peter Berg on his latest film, "Battleship."

Battleship - A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.  Due For Release 2012.  So it looks like the special effects will be from Industrial Light And Magic

Star Wars: The Old Republic Show Ten Advanced Classes

Imperial Agent - Operative (uses blaster rifle or energy blade, stealth, burst ranged damage) & Sniper (sniper rifle, dps - counterpart of Gunslinger) Sith Inquisitor - Sorcerer (force damage, single bladed lightsaber) & Assassin (double bladed lightsaber, stealth, burst damage) Bounty Hunter - Powertech & Mercenary Jedi Consular - Shadow (double-bladed lightsaber) & Wizard (healing / single lightsaber) Trooper - Commando (heavy armor, tank) & Vanguard (dps)
More information about the Jedi Knight advanced classes:

Sentinel: Dual Light Sabers; Saber Fighting Specialist; Melee Guardian: Single Light Saber/ Heavy Armor; Leadership/ Party Buffs; Tank Pop along to Darth Hater for a detailed post

Intel And Nokia Look To 3-D Holograms

http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/products/review-zscaler-offers-secure-web-gateway-features-8853

New Finnish research lab will focus on real innovations such as MeeGo, as well as exploring the realms of science fiction, say Intel and Nokia

Fans of George Lucas’ Star Wars films could one day see the hologram-style communications depicted in the movies made real, thanks to a tie-up between Intel and Nokia.




The companies announced the next step in an ongoing deal which dates back to 2009 with the establishment of a new research lab in Oulu, Finland. As well as continuing to develop the open source software platform MeeGo, the companies also stated they are working towards the potential development of a holographic user interface.
“Another potential area of research could look into technologies that allow displaying a 3-D hologram of the person you are talking to on the phone, a capability only found in science fiction movies today,” the companies said in a statement. “Consumers will feel mo…

The History Of Pixar

Head over to http://www.helium.com/items/1931295-the-history-of-pixar-animation-studios where they have done a rather nice article on the history of Pixar

Giving us the memorable characters of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Wall-E and Lightning McQueen, Pixar Animation Studios has become a leader in the entertainment industry.  Offering heart quality family films and state of the art animation, Pixar has produced over eleven animated features, won 24 Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and three Grammys. While Pixar remains a leader in family entertainment, its rise to prominence could have been expected even its auspicious origins.

Steven Spielberg and Fringe's Kurtzman/Orci to Turn the Graphic Novel Locke & Key into a TV Show

Steven Spielberg, via DreamWorks TV, is teaming with mega-hyphenates Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Hawaii Five-O, Fringe) and writer/exec producer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) to turn Joe Hill's Locke & Key comic series into a major TV franchise.
First released in 2008, Locke & Key revolves around three kids who end up watching over a secret, spooky New England mansion filled with mystical doors that transport them to different worlds and give them special powers

Steven Spielberg warns UK Party Conservatives over axing of UK Film Council

Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg has joined attacks on the ConDem decision to axe the UK Film Council.
A letter from his Dream-Works Studios, whose films include Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan, warns that the move will backfire.
DreamWorks boss Steven Molen told of his "extreme concern" in a letter to Chancellor George Osborne - hinting the UK may no longer be "first consideration" for films made outside the US.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has argued that the council's budget is unjustifiable at a time of major cuts.


ILM 's Rango Poster With Johnny Depp - Great Wallpaper

Click twice for larger image

The Pacific won seven Emmys On Saturday

The Pacific, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's epic miniseries followup to 2001's Band of Brothers, served early notice that it will be the program to beat in the overall Emmy tally. The Pacific won seven Emmys Saturday: for casting, makeup, prosthetic makeup, art direction, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Betty+White+wins+Emmy+hosting/3429848/story.html#ixzz0xSd1rN1z

If You Go Down To The Shops Today You May Get A Part In A Spielberg Movie.

Yes its true.  Actor Cary Elwes was in a grocery store buying his weekly shopping when he spotted none other than Spielberg himself and got offered a part in Tin-Tin.


“It’s a funny story if you’ve got a second. Steven Spielberg came down to the set of A Christmas Carol because he’s friends with Robert Zemeckis and was there while I was filming a scene - no pressure! He came over afterwards and said, 'I’m shooting Tintin. It’s got Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis and it’s going to be a lot of fun.' And I said, '[Stutters] Mr... Mr... Spielberg, I’m a really big fan of Tintin. I have to be in it.' He did that Hollywood thing: 'Yeah, yeah, we’ll see.'"

"Then two weeks later my wife and I are in a grocery store, and my wife says, 'Honey, that’s Steven Spielberg.' I say there’s no way Spielberg is grocery shopping on his own; he has people to do that for him. But there he was, shopping for cereal by himself. So I went up to him and said, 'S…

Next big Star Wars' project: video of the fans

Ever since "Star Wars" hit theaters in 1977, fans have felt passionately about the series. For many, it broadened their horizons, excited their imaginations and provided new friends. Lucasfilm, George Lucas' production company, has started a project aimed at capturing - and promoting - the ongoing obsession with the "Star Wars" brand. Called the "Stories Project," the effort consists of videotaping fans' memories of how the six-film saga has touched their lives.
"Everyone's got a story; we've been hearing them from fans - and sharing them amongst ourselves internally - for years," said Josh Kushins, 32, the head of Lucasfilm communications, who was born a year after "Star Wars" debuted. "We are dedicated to collecting as many as possible. ... It's really eye-opening to see how 'Star Wars' has affected people's lives throughout the years."
Kushins will be taping at the mega-"…

Amazing Lucasfilm Poster By Mark Storey - Nice artwork

Amazing artwork - Makes a great wallpaper for your laptop or PC

http://tanman1.deviantart.com/#/d2wzpw2




Lucasfilm Poster by ~tanman1 on deviantART


Force Unleashed II Demo Coming Before Full Version

Thatvideogameblog are reporting that Lucasarts will be releasing a demo of The Force Unleashed II before the game comes out.
http://www.thatvideogameblog.com/2010/08/22/lucasarts-to-bless-fans-with-the-force-unleashed-ii-demo/

Star Wars fans won’t have to wait until The Force Unleashed II‘s October 26 release to get a taste of the sequel. That’s because LucasArts will be releasing a pre-launch demo that will give a similar hands-on preview to the one attendees of Gamescom in Germany got.
The demo will let players control Starkiller and his multitude of force powers as he escapes clone headquarters on Kamino via a TIE Fighter hijacking. If you’ve seen Attack of the Clones, you know that an escape from Kamino would likely give Starkiller quite a few Jango Fett clones to battle. Let’s hope they’re not fully trained by the time the demo is released in the near future.

Star Wars: Uncut Clip - Star Wars Fans Are So Creative

Star Wars: Uncut project took the first movie, broke it up into nearly 500 15 second long mini-scenes, and then got fans to recreate them any way they saw fit. Some used animation, some acted out their scenes, and more than a few used Lego or action figures. The result is a charming and quirky tribute to one of the most important sci-fi movies of all time. At the moment it's individual clips, although a full length version does exist.

Head over to http://www.starwarsuncut.com/ to see loads more.  They really are good.


Star Wars Uncut "The Escape" from Casey Pugh on Vimeo.

VisitAlina Chau's Blog To See Some Amazing Art Work

She is a CG character animator, story and concept development artist as well as a professor. Currently working on Star Wars - The Clone Wars as a 3D story artist.Visit her website to see her amazing artwork and her exhibition.  Click here to view her blog.

Desperately seeking Spielberg on Devon's Dartmoor

Spielberg Spotted In Shop - Shocker.  Its not a slow news day, after the excitement of Star Wars on Blu-Ray we thought it was time to bring it down a bit.  So heres a story about Steven Spielberg walking into a shop.

BBC Devon


Something's going on...
You know those special blue plaques they put up on buildings to commemorate the place where a globally significant person once lived, or stayed or had an earth shatteringly profound thought? I wonder if an unassuming, single-storey branch of the Co-op in a damp Dartmoor village will qualify in years to come?
Why? What would it say? How about: "Hollywood super director Steven Spielberg bought a pint of semi-skimmed milk here in August 2010".
Yes, it's alleged that till staff at the little convenience store had a close encounter of the very famous kind with the man behind screen classic such as, Jaws, ET and now First World War weepie, War Horse.
Michael Morpurgo talks to BBC Devon about War Hor…