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The Ultimate John Williams Playlist - 120 Tracks

This is my John Williams playlist on my Iphone.  These are my favourite John Williams tracks.  The "John Williams" playlist gets played all the time usually on random.  I believe that this list contains the best of John Williams.  If I'm missing any please let me know.  I would be more than happy to expand my list.  There are quite a bit of Star Wars and Indiana Jones on the list but lets be honest they are his most famous and some of his best.

Cantina Band Star Wars A New HopeSuspecting Lois Takes The Plunge Superman 2 Throne Room And End Credits Star Wars A New Hope Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner Star Wars A New Hope Lost Squadron Close EncountersThe Menu Jaws 2 Ben’s Death/ Tie Fighter Attack Star Wars A New Hope Desert Chase Raiders Of The Lost ArkAnakin’s Dream Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire Star Wars A New Hope Han Solo And The Princess Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Anakin’s Theme Star Wars The Phantom Menace Growing Up Superman Imp…

Behind The Scenes Photos From Lucasarts 1990

Gamecola.net have published some great photos from Lucasarts 1990.  My favourite one shows the team making the code wheel that was included in the box of Monkey Island.  Its unbelievable to think that they did all that themselves.

Click the link to see more photos
http://gamecola.net/2010/09/behind-the-scenes-photos-from-lucasarts-c-1990/

Oren Peli talks about how Spielberg changed the ending for 'Paranormal Activity' (video)

“Paranormal Activity” was one of those little films that could, made independently for super cheap and going to make almost $108 million domestically.
Paramount/DreamWorks picked it up for a measly $350,000 (which probably seems like a ton at the time to the film’s writer-producer Oren Peli) and was originally going to remake it.
But after a mind-opening test screening, studio execs decided to release the original but shot a couple of different endings.


George Lucas to appear in The Clone Wars

George Lucas is set to make his first appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Chairman Papanoida in episode four of season three.
Sphere Of Influence sees the Star Wars creator's second outing as the blue-skinned resident of Coruscant, after first making a cameo in Revenge Of The Sith (where he had risen to the ranks of 'Baron').
Talking about his role, Lucas said, “My appearance in Episode III was just for fun. Mostly, I did it for my kids. I was wrapping the series, and I’d never been on-screen in a Star Wars film, even though I’d been making them for decades. With The Clone Wars, I get the best of both worlds, because I get a starring role but don’t have to do any acting or wear any blue make-up.”



His family, who appeared alongside him in the final live action Star Wars film, will also feature in the animated story, though none of the characters, including Lucas, will be voiced by their human counterparts.
However, his daughter Katie Lucas is taking writing duties…

Spielberg drops in at Sherston

SHERSTON had a taste of Hollywood when Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg was spotted taking a break from filming War Horse at Castle Combe last week.
Regulars at the Rattlebone Inn saw him there on Thursday enjoying a meal.
One said: "The minders and the cars outside with the tinted windows that gave it away – and the baseball cap."
The director’s current project is an adaptation of a children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo which tells the tale of a farm horse taken to serve in the First World War and the young boy who goes in search of him.
It features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and Harry Potter star David Thewlis, who also played one of Black Beauty’s owners in the 1994 film.

Sherston location shown below.


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Read more at http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/8420475.Spielberg_drops_in_at_Sherston/

Johnny Depp Back In Costume for 'Pirates' 4 PICS

The new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie isn't out until next year but filming is already under way.  Filming in greenwich zimbio.com have posted these great photos of Johnny Depp in costume as Jack Sparrow.


Spielberg Filming War Horse In Wales In October. Agency Looking For Extras

With the Ryder Cup taking place in South Wales in particular Newport where the Celtic Manor is located, it seems Hollywood has taken over the Welsh valleys.  But it doesn't end there because in a couple of weeks time Steven Spielberg is going to be filming War Horse in a small village just a few miles from the Celtic Manor.  That village is Caerwent located about five miles west of Chepstow and eleven miles east of Newport, and was founded by the Romans.  There are a number of roman ruins so much so that some are actually in the residents back gardens.



According to the casting agency they require males with black or olive skin, short hair and cut with short back and sides, physically fit and no tattoos. Since I live five miles from where they will be filming naturally I have put my name down for an extra (even though I have white skin its worth a try.) I will let you know if I get a part or not.  If you feel like having a try the link is

http://www.castingcollective.co.uk/new-artis…

Jurassic Park The Musical

The full musical, performed someone's backyard in Lincoln, Nebraska to a crowd of 250, appeared on Reddit this week but has not reached its full viral potential. Come on, you guys! This is a Jurassic Park musical featuring such songs as "Raptors in the Kitchen" and such classic characters as Wayne Knight's Dennis Nedry (you know, the computer hacker that ends up blinded by a dino's poisonous saliva and eaten alive?) It's about time someone took Spielberg's best work (if you're planning to fight me on that claim, go ahead and make a Jaws musical then get back to me) and put it to music.


Jurassic Park the Musical Part 1 from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.


Jurassic Park the Musical Part 1 from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.


Jurassic Park the Musical Part 3 from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.


The Making of Jurassic Park the Musical from Mark Hennings on Vimeo.

Monkey Island's Guybrush Announced for Force Unleashed II

Lucasarts via Facebook revealed that Guybrush (mighty pirate) will be an unlockable skin for playable character Starkiller in the upcoming Force Unleashed II. There is no word on exactly what it will take to get Guybrush to trade in his cutlass for a lightsaber (probably have to trap the rat in the box using the cheesy puffs), but I think we can all agree that the simple premise alone is pretty darn rockin'.

STAR WARS IN 3D ANNOUNCED

Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that the live-action Star Wars Saga will be converted to 3D! There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive. Presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd., the cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level, with Industrial Light & Magic supervising the project. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is expected to be released theatrically in 2012. A release date has not yet been determined. 
"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," said John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic. "It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to exp…

Photos: 35 years of amazing ILM visual effects

Head over to http://asia.cnet.com/photogallery/0,3800005208,62203184,00.htm to see a load of ILM photos from their glorious 35 year history.

Over 35 years, George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic has worked on nearly 300 films, earning 15 Oscars in the process.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of George Lucas' famed visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic. To celebrate the occasion, Encore has produced a new 60-minute documentary on the studio, directed by Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Leslie Iwerks.

In this gallery are a series of images showcasing many of the nearly 300 films that ILM has worked on, earning 15 Oscars in the process and a total of 40 Academy Award nominations.

ILM got its start in 1975 when Lucas needed a visual effects department to work on Star Wars. According to ILM: "The young team at ILM pioneered the use of computers to control and move motion picture cameras. The invention, named the Dysktraflex, in honor of its pri…

Alan Wake Soundtrack By Petri Alanko Review

If you were lucky enough to purchase the special edition version of the game Alan Wake then you will be treated to a CD containing the soundtrack to the outstanding game. The CD consists of ten tracks which is a teaser for the more complete eighteen track that can be purchased.


It’s an unfortunate fact that game soundtracks often gets overlooked which is a real shame as they can be just as good as any movie offering. Having played the game which was immensely atmospheric I was looking forward to listening to the soundtrack especially the pieces written by Petri Alanko. Obviously for the game the soundtrack needed to be dark but also at the same time the creepy ambience to the music reminds me of The X-Files crossed with any Steven King TV mini-series such as The Stand.

The first track entitled A Writer’s Dream is a very haunting piece that starts off with mellow but underlying creepy strings and piano but evolves into a very dark and dream like ambience. If you are writing a novel an…

Joe Johnston Talks briefly About Jurassic Park 4

Joe Johnston talks about Captain America at http://www.howdownloadmovies.com/news/director_joe_johnston_talks_captain_america_jurassic_park_4.html.  But briefly he does mention Jurassic Park 4 and here is what he had to say:

Speaking of JP4, Johnston takes on a tone of James Cameron style. He says: “[Jurassic Park 4] will be unlike anything you’ve seen.” Then he slyly suggests the possibility of a second trilogy as he describes the story as “essentially the beginning of the second trilogy of Jurassic Park.” Then perhaps track is the right word. It very well mean that there is at least the possibility of another trilogy.

Tim Schafer And Ron Gilbert Working Together Again

a few short hours ago, news broke that Lucasarts vets Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert would be working together again under Schafer’s own Double Fine Productions.
The duo first worked together on Gilbert’s Monkey Island for Lucasarts (the called Lucasfilm Games). They each went on to make a good name for themselves within point-and-click adventure genre (Schafer outside of it too). In a freshly posted interview with Kotaku, Gilbert wouldn’t comment on whether or not the first fruits of his new relationship with Schafer and Double Fine would be an adventure game but did say "fans of those old adventure games will like it."

Monkey Island Monkey Island More Monkey Island. Or more Grim Fandango or Full Throttle or Day Of The Tentacle.  Oh! so many.  Just do more of the above please.

Union tell actors to avoid Hobbit films - More Setbacks For The Tolkien Classic.

Global actors' unions have told their members not to take roles in the new The Hobbit movies amid a row over pay.  Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are among the stars who have been linked with the two big-budget Lord of the Rings prequels.  But seven unions in the US, Australia, the UK and Canada said producers refused to negotiate a deal with them. The New Line and MGM studios are financing the films. New Line declined to comment and MGM were unavailable.  The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is to be executive producer.

The unions, under the umbrella of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), said performers in New Zealand had "struggled on non-union contracts" for some years.  Those contracts "provide no minimum guarantees of wages or working conditions", no payment for future broadcasts and no cancellation payments, they said.  Producers auditioned short actors to appear in the movies in New Zealand this weekend "The Inte…

John Williams discusses Alex North

Alex North (December 4, 1910 – September 8, 1991) was an American composer who wrote the first jazz-based film score (A Streetcar Named Desire) and one of the first modernist scores written in Hollywood (Viva Zapata!).

Born Isadore Soifer in Chester, Pennsylvania, North was an original composer probably even by the classical music standards of the day. However, he managed to integrate his modernism into typical film music leitmotif structure, rich with themes. One of these became the famous song, "Unchained Melody". Nominated for 14 Oscars but unsuccessful each time, North and Ennio Morricone are the only film composers to receive the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. North's frequent collaborator as orchestrator was the avant-garde composer Henry Brant. He won the 1968 Golden Globe award for his music to The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968).

His best-known film scores include The Rainmaker (1956), Spartacus (1960), The Misfits (1961),The Children's Hour (1961) Cleopa…

Shia LaBeouf: I wanted to look like Steven Seagal when I was a kid

Indiana Jones star Shia LaBeouf has revealed that he dreamed of having a Steven Seagal-style ponytail when he was a boy.
The 24-year-old actor said the action hero was his idol growing up and that he wanted to grow his hair to look like him.
But he said he knew it would have looked bad because of his “Brillo pad” hair.
The former Even Stevens star made his comments on US television show Live With Regis & Kelly as he promoted his new flick, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
LaBeouf, who was raised Jewish, said: 'Seagal was big for me. He had, like, three years where he was untouchable… His ponytail was the whole thing for me.
'I was a 12-year-old Jew. Looking at that ponytail, you wanted one.”
Demonstrating with his hands, he explained: 'But if I'd have grown it out it would have been like a Brillo pad. It would just have been, like, two Afros.'
Asked whether he had ever met the 58-year-old Under Siege star, LaBeouf joked: 'I'd be so intimidated… I…

Cameron voted 'most powerful man' in film world. Nolan Top Brit,

'Avatar' director James Cameron has been named the most powerful man in the film world, beating Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan to the top spot.
The Canadian director beat Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan in the list by the Guardian newspaper's Film & Music supplement, which proclaimed him the most influential man, reports contactmusic.com.

'Cameron occupies the top two spots in the list of the highest grossing movies of all time, with 'Titanic' (worldwide gross: $1.8 billion) second only to 'Avatar' ($2.7 billion). Those figures are so high that it seems scarcely worth mentioning that other of his films, 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day', stands in the lower reaches of the top 100 with takings of over $519 million; loose change, really,' said a statement from the Guardian.

The list created by experts, including the Guardian's film editor Andrew Pulvor, studio executive Colin Vaines and fo…

Museum exhibit blends 'Star Wars,' science

An exhibit featuring artifacts such as costumes and props from the Star Wars movie franchise, as well as real-life items such as robots and NASA equipment, will make its only Louisiana stop at the Lafayette Science Museum from Oct. 21 to Jan. 17.

Originally developed at the Museum of Science in Boston, "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" also features a special Millennium Falcon section as part of the exhibit.

"The whole premise of this was to educate people," said Peter Garland, manager of temporary exhibits at the Boston museum. "We want to show what's realistic and what's not realistic and where we are regarding the latest technology. Hopefully through the exhibit, people can get a better understanding of that."

Several Acadiana McDonald's locations will include Star Wars toys in Happy Meals, and the exhibit events will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 with a Star Music concert by the Lafayette Concert Band at UL's Angelle Hall. On…

STAR WARS®: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES LOGS ONE MILLION PLAYERS ONE WEEK AFTER LAUNCH

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., today announced that Star Wars®: Clone Wars AdventuresTM has registered one million users one week after launch on September 15. Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play, family-friendly online virtual world based on the popular Cartoon Network animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

“We are thrilled to have hit the one million player mark in Clone Wars Adventures so quickly and look forward to seeing the player community continue to grow,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “Combining the technology, design infrastructure and lessons learned from Free RealmsTM with the amazing Clone Wars brand, we knew we could make a great game, and we’re happy to see that fans of all ages are enjoying the content as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

“Star Wars is a franchise that has the power to transcend generations and appeal to fans both young and old,” …

AJ Michalka Announces Her Role In 'Super 8' On Twitter

While Aly Michalka is seemingly taking over the film industry (or at the very least, the teen genre), sister AJ has just landed herself in one of the hottest properties in Hollywood: the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration, "Super 8.".



AJ announced on her Twitter account last night that she landed the role, writing,

"Amazing news! I was just cast in J.J. Abrams' and Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated film Super 8 :)...It Arrives, Summer 2011 Xo AJ."

We have to admit, we're a bit surprised the forces behind the scarily secretive project let her share that much. "The Lovely Bones" star will be joining Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning, along with Ron Eldard and relative unknowns Noah Emmerich, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Gabriel Basso.

The thriller just started shooting, and it was already announced that the teaser released earlier this year does not include any footage that will be in the film. We assume AJ w…

Secrets of the Smuggler Class in Star Wars: The Old Republic

BioWare shared some Smuggler secrets today, announcing Bowdaar as the official Chewbacca of Star Wars: The Old Republic along with the shiny new starship for Smugglers that you won't have to win a game of sabacc to get your hands on.


 "A Wookiee's not the only necessity," BioWare stated. "A Smuggler wouldn't be able to do much smuggling without a personal starship. Check out the new starship section of the HoloNet, and make sure to look at the Smuggler's Corellian XS Stock Light Freighter. It's the ship that can make the Balmorra run in just a handful of parsecs, and if you choose to play the Smuggler, it will be yours."

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher's dad Eddie Fisher dies

Elizabeth Taylor's ex-husband Eddie Fisher passed away on Wednesday Eddie Fisher was 82 Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher's dad Eddie Fisher has died at a hospital in Berkeley, California.
The 82-year-old passed away on Wednesday following complications from hip surgery.

‘Late [Wednesday] evening the world lost a true America icon,' reads a statement from his family.

‘One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent.'

Eddie - born Edwin Jack Fisher in Philadelphia - is survived by his 4 kids.

He is dad to Carrie, 53 - Princess Leia in the Star Wars films - and Todd, 51, with first wife Debbie Reynolds, and Joely, 43, and Tricia Leigh, 42, with third wife Connie Stevens.

Eddie was married 5 times, including to Elizabeth Taylor from 1959 to 1964.

He was a popular singer in the 1950s with hits such as Thinking Of You and Any Time.

Philharmonic's movie-themes concert has some of best

From http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100918/EDITORIAL/9180332

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic presented a free concert featuring movie themes Thursday evening at Auer Performance Hall at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center. The selections included familiar melodies that are readily identifiable with the films they scored.

It made me wonder what movie music might be considered the top 10 choices of all time. That's a daunting challenge, and if you search for top movie themes you'll find an endless array of lists with an endless disagreement about what themes were the best of all.

However, in my limited search I did find a number of movie themes that pop up on several lists, and the philharmonic's wonderful performance, led by associate conductor Bradley Thachuk, had a representative selection. They played the themes from “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter and th…

Rango Movie Photo Stills

George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay

Great post over at http://binarybonsai.com/2010/09/18/george-lucas-stole-chewbacca-but-its-okay/


Did you know that Star Wars is nothing but a copy of The Hidden Fortress set in space? That Lucas wrote a screenplay so epic it had to be cut into twelve films? Or that the Millenium Falcon was based on a burger with a bite taken out of it and an olive stuck to its side!? Boba Fett’s ship was based on a street lamp outside of ILM’s building, and the Imperial Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back on giant loading cranes in the San Francisco docklands that Lucas would drive past on his way to work. And Chewbacca was originally based on his dog.
The answers to all of the above can be found throughout this article, but let me spoil it for you: Only one of them is true, and only when viewed ‘from a certain point of view’.
ForewordThe making of Star Wars is comprehensive mythology onto itself, populated by rarely documented statements like the ones above, compelling enough to be repeate…

Kurtzman, Orci praise 'Locke & Key'

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have praised comic book series Locke & Key.

It was previously announced that the pair are working with Steven Spielberg to develop a television adaptation.

Orci told Comic Book Movie: "It's not often that you read a graphic novel where you can imagine dialogue that's in the novel going right to the script. That's a gift [for a writer]."

Co-producer Kurtzman added that the original comic was "a work of absolute genius".

"[Writer] Joe Hill is brilliant [and] Gabriel Rodriguez's drawings are unbelievable," Kurtzman said. "The world that they created was so emotional and so surreal, and yet grounded in a very beautiful family story."

He also explained that it was the combination of family drama and science-fiction ideas that had originally drawn him and Orci to the project.

"[It's] really a story about a family trying to repair itself after suffering major trauma," he said. &…

The Office's Mackenzie Crook: I don't have Johnny Depp's phone number

He's out there: Mackenzie Crook plays a slacker in The Aliens (Pic: Simon Annand) ‘My default setting now is to have some facial hair. As soon as I’m clean shaven I feel like Gareth.’
You can understand why Mackenzie Crook might want to distance himself – physically at least – from the role that first brought him to public notice: that of The Office’s Gareth Keenan, the corporate über-geek with a pudding-bowl haircut, an unnatural attachment to his stapler and a terrifying lack of cool.

Today, between rehearsals for new play The Aliens at Bush Theatre, Crook is sporting earrings and a Van Dyke beard that give him a rather raffish, piratical look. ‘It’s probably a conscious attempt to look as different from him as I can,’ he smiles.
If Crook’s most high-profile work since The Office has been playing Ragetti in the Pirates Of The Caribbean movie franchise – it earned him his own plastic action figure, after all – it’s his new-found devotion to the stage that’s brought hi…

Spielberg Again Considers Directing 'Robopocalypse'

Earlier this year when it was still anyone's guess as to what project Steven Spielberg would bless with his directorial skills, there was a rumor floating around that he was seriously considering Robopocalypse, the story about the human race's attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising. Though Spielberg is currently busy shooting the project he ended up choosing instead, an adaptation of the novel War Horse, the folks at Vulture say there's a chance the movie could end up in Spielberg's lap again.

The project comes from a yet-to-be-finished story from Daniel H. Wilson, the robotic engineer turned author behind a similar sounding book (also being turned into a movie) How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Apparently a brand new draft from writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods) has just been handed in and everyone in town is itching to read it whether Spielberg directs or not. Because when a project gets passed down from Spielberg it's as good as gold…

Great Reenactment From Youtuber "ArtieTSMITW" Of Jurassic Park - Great Goldblum Impression

The only reason I did this video: Jeff "Freaking" Goldblum. My friends and I sat up all night doing Jeff Goldblum impersonations, ending each sentence with "and, and, if... and, well, thereitis." I have a hunch that when he gets a script, he adds a comma after 90% of the words in all of his lines.

"I'm just saying that, uh, uh, life, uh, finds, a way."

I concentrated on Jeff Goldblum... my impersonation of the other four characters may not be up to par. 


STAR WARS : The Solo Adventures (HD)

“Star Wars: The Solo Adventures” by Daniel L Smith tells the story of why Han Solo “Dropped his cargo at the first sign of an Imperial Cruiser”. It was produced as a student film at The DAVE School at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.







'Avatar 2' to be Filmed Underwater by James Cameron?

Cameron has commissioned a team of Australian engineers to design and build a submersible vessel capable of taking him to the floor of the Challenger Deep -- the deepest location on Earth. To put that in perspective, the location Cameron wants to get to -- and film in 3D at -- is almost 36,000 feet deep. That's nearly a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall ...

Plot details about the sequel to the mega-blockbuster aren't being revealed, but we do know that Cameron intends to spend time exploring Pandora's vast oceans in the follow-up. If all goes well, he may incorporate the Challenger Deep footage into 'Avatar 2.'

There are many challenges to pulling this off, however. Pressure at that depth is more than eight tonnes per square inch -- and as an article at the UK's 'Mail Online' points out, even the best Russian Military subs can only withstand a paltry 1,600 lbs per square inch. To get to the deepest point on the planet, Cameron will…

Halo: Reach Soundtrack Released

Hyped up for Halo: Reach? Well, you’ll probably be glad to know that Sumthing Else Music Works recently announced the release of the Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack featuring the original musical score for Bungie’s blockbuster composed by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori. Just in time for the Halo madness that is sweeping the industry, the Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital and iTunes to coincide with the game’s release on September 14th. The 2-disc CD set will be released on September 28th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works.
“Mike and I are pleased to be able to release the Soundtrack to Reach,” said composer Martin O’Donnell. “We’ve been composing and producing music for Bungie’s Halo universe since 1999 and this soundtrack represents the culmination of our efforts. Once again we were able to work with other composers C Paul Johnson and Stan LePard, along with recording much of this music at …

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition arrives on the iPad

LucasArts’s classic point 'n' click adventure The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition has landed on the iPad App Store, bringing with it scores of critical acclaim and the same excellent control system adapted from Monkey Island 2.

The Secret of Monkey Island is the first in the critically lauded series that sees Guybrush Threepwood, trainee pirate, take on the ghost-pirate LeChuck for the first time.

The graphics, as in Monkey Island 2, have been buffed and sparkled to fit the larger resolution screen of the iPad. There’s still the option of switching to the original, blocky (but nostalgic) original graphics should the revised ones not hit the spot.

The game appears to be part of the wider sale of the iOS Monkey Island games, as it’s currently available for £2.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 along with its sequel.

Soundtrack Of The Week - BBC Merlin Rob Lane

Fantastic Tv series that is backed up by a great soundtrack by Rob Lane.  This track is called Merlin's Arrival At Camelot taken from series one.



This next track entitled Merlin Lost has a slower feel to the title signature theme.  Very atmospheric.




In TV, Rob has recently completed a large orchestral score for a new US Network mini-series version of Ben Hur starring Ray Winstone and Joseph Morgan and directed by Steve Shill. In September 2008 Rob received his fourth Emmy nomination for his work on the hugely acclaimed HBO mini-series John Adams, which chronicles the life of the second President of the United States of America from the beginnings of the American War Of Independence through to his death. With Paul Giamatti in the title role, the project was co-produced by Tom Hanks and Playtone Pictures. The relationship with HBO had begun with Elizabeth I, starring Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons, for which Rob's score received a BAFTA, RTS Award and Ivor Novello Award, and bee…

Avatar's Nasty Man Stephen Lang To Join Terra Nova

The Steven Spielberg-produced show Terra Nova is going through a few changes. It looks to be adding a notable actor, Stephen Lang, at the same time as it loses a key behind the scenes player in executive producer David Fury.
Deadline has the lowdown on both the coming and going, saying first that Stephen Lang is in talks to play the other male lead role opposite Jason O’Mara, who has been cast for months. Lang would be Frank Taylor, “the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement” who pegs former cop and new Terra Nova resident Jim Shannon (O’Mara) as the latest recruit for his security detail.

(To refresh and slightly expand upon previous known details, Terra Nova kicks off in 2149, and sees “the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying 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.”)

Read more: Stephen Lang in Talks for Major…

More Set Photos Of War Horse

More shots from Little Bleeder “Kjax” taken from the in-production Steven Spielberg movie War Horse that has closed the English village Castle Combe down for a couple of weeks.



See more here http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/09/19/god-save-the-king-more-spielberg-war-horse-set-dressing-shots/

Johnny Depp Is Rango

Rango is a pet chameleon who lives in a terrarium. Everything is calm and comfortable and relaxing and quiet. Until, one day, he somehow ends up in the rough of an Old West town in the American southwest, whose name is actually “Dirt.” As he’s always thought himself a hero, Rango establishes himself as the lawman, strolling the streets as a sheriff like character. Unbeknown to him, the “good guy” role doesn’t do very well in Dirt -- with a whole cemetery filled with good guy tombstones. But that doesn’t stop Rango from trying, constantly seeking to fit in, with his surroundings, no matter how challenging -- just like a good chameleon! Check out the teaser trailer of this upcoming Nickelodeon and Paramount flick, due in theaters March 4th, 2011.

Buy Monkey Island 1 and 2 for £5.24/$7.49 On Steam This Weekend

This weekend, take advantage of huge savings on Monkey Island! Save 50% on The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition, Monkey Island™ 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge™ or buy them both with the new Monkey Island: Special Edition Bundle.

http://store.steampowered.com/sale/lucasarts_weekend

Tales Of Monkey Island For £4.95 - And Thats The Full Season Too!

Play Like a Pirate This Weekend!
Full Tales of Monkey Island for $4.95!


Avast me hearties! This Sunday, September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and -- barnacles be danged -- we be celebratin' the entire weekend. The big news: we be takin' our sabers to our beauty of a pirate game and slashin' the p rice by 30 doubloons so that ye can Play Like a Pirate. This weekend and this weekend only, Tales of Monkey Island be $4.95. Yes, fer the full season, and yes ye be eligible fer the free end-of-season DVD (you pay shipping and handling).



The sale starts now and ends erlie on the morn of Monday September 20 (all times PST). Smartly navigate ye vessel (or ye browser) to our special International Talk Like a Pirate Day page to place yer order before the blasted privateers (or worse, LeChuck) catch wind of the booty and send it to the briny depths of Davy Jones' Locker! Don't be forgettin' to fill yer coffers with the other bounty available in ou…