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RICKY Gervais towers over Warwick Davis - but he reckons the 3ft 6ins Brit actor, 40, is head and shoulders above his comedy rivals. The pair were filming new BBC2 sitcom Life's Too Short in Central London.
Ricky, 49, who wrote the show with comedy partner Stephen Merchant, said: "Warwick is one of the funniest people in the world.
"I laughed so much today I thought I'd burst."
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have cast Warwick Davis to star in their new TV series Life’s Too Short. Davis, who was in the Daniel Radcliffe episode of Gervais and Merchant’s series Extras, will be the center of, “an observation comedy which follows Warwick’s day-to-day life in a small world where big things happen.” Says Gervais, “We’re having so much fun working with Warwick. Pound for pound he is one of the funniest men I know.” According to Variety, Gervais and Merchant will appear in minor roles.
The 3′ 6″ actor’s previous roles include Wicket in Return of the Jedi, M…
From The BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11863118 The British Film Institute (BFI) is to take over the funding role played by the UK Film Council before it was abolished by the government in July. From April 2011, the BFI will be responsible for distributing lottery money to film-makers based in the UK.
Regional agency Film London will take on the Film Council's role in promoting the UK as a film-making destination.
Greg Dyke, chair of the BFI, described the announcement as "a bold move".
"The decision is a great vote of confidence for the BFI," he said, welcoming "a bold move to create a single champion for film in the UK."
"What we will do now is make sure that our investment in film is properly targeted and transparent," he added.
"The BFI will be the flagship body for the delivery of the UK film policy," said Ed Vaizey, minister for Culture and the Creative Industries.
The BFI will also take charge of publi…
Irvin Kershner - the man who gave us some of the most indelible moments in cinema history with The Empire Strikes Back - has died. He was 87.
Kersh, as he was fondly known, died at his home following a long illness.
He was, of course, best known for directing The Empire Strikes Back, arguably the greatest chapter in the Star Wars saga (and which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year). But Kershner also made contributions to other franchises, directing RoboCop 2 and Sean Connery's last appearance as James Bond in the 'unofficial' 007 flick, Never Say Never Again.
Having fought in World War II, Kershner began his career by teaching film at the University of Southern California, but quickly made the move behind the camera via a detour as a stills photographer and TV director, calling the shots on Stakeout On Dope Street in 1958.
A decent career followed, in which he directed the likes of Sean Connery in A Fine Madness, Richard Harris in The Return Of A Man Cal…
Corey Feldman, one of the infamous treasure hunters from the original film, says the cast and crew wants to get together for a sequel to “Goonies.”
Feldman, now 39, told the Hollywood Reporter that everyone from writer Steven Spielberg to co-star Sean Astin to director Richard Donner would be on board.
“I would do it if [the studio] was serious,” Feldman said, “but unfortunately they can’t seem to get it together.”
Feldman says one big concern about making a sequel is putting out a movie that doesn’t live up to the original.
If we go and throw a sequel out there that’s lesser [in quality,] then suddenly we may hurt this continuous cash cow.”
Feldman also said there’s been talks of doing a Broadway musical and that he’d be open to playing a role in it if it ever came to fruition, but he made a point to say he’d never be part of a remake.
A third game in the adorable LEGO Star Wars series, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, has been dated for February 15 in North America and February 17 in Europe. Originally due for Autumn 2010, the new dates now miss the busy end-of-year holiday season, instead opting for a less congested time, without having to compete so quite directly with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or the new Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor. The game follows events depicted in the Clone Wars animated TV series, just as LEGO Star Wars I and II did with the Star Wars films, and LEGO Harry Potter Parts 1-3 followed the first few Harry Potter books and films. LEGO Star Wars III is being developed for the Nintendo DS, Wii, PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Queensland's Climate Change and Sustainability Minister, Kate Jones, says filming of a new Steven Spielberg science fiction television series is bringing money and jobs into the state. Filming for the series Terra Nova has taken place at Natural Bridge and further shooting will start today at Cedar Creek in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Ms Jones has told State Parliament the Springbrook and Tamborine national parks will get international exposure.
"The production is also great for our state's bottom line with filming of the 13 episodes set to inject more than $54 million into the economy and it's creating hundreds of jobs, with 80 per cent of the crew, cast and extras from right here in Queensland," she said.
Ms Jones says Spielberg has confirmed what Queenslanders already know.
"We don't need Steven Spielberg to tell us that Queensland is home to some of the world's most beautiful places and we're very pleased that he will be injecting thes…
Peter Jackson has revealed that there has is no ego between himself and Steven Spielberg on their new movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
The two Oscar winning filmmakers have teamed up, Spielberg is directing while Jackson is producing, for a 3D animated version of the hit cartoon.
And while both directors have huge experience behind the camera and in the editing room Jackson insists that there has been fall outs between the pair.
Speaking to Empire magazine Jackson said: "There is no ego. I don’t care if my ideas are taken on board or not, and Steven is the same.
"The problems with collaborations, in my experience, only occur when one of the parties is insecure or has an ego.
It’s been announced that UK based game developers Travellers Tales will be putting their skills into yet another LEGO game, this time around it will be Pirates of the Caribbean getting the block building makeover.
Travellers Tales have already converted some classic film titles into LEGO including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and Harry Potter so it’s no great surprise to see another successful film franchise given the LEGO overhaul.
The game will be based on the first 3 films and will feature 20 levels and 70 playable characters and will include a two player co-op mode. I’m a big fan of the LEGO franchise and was pleased to see that in LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 a few changes were added to mix things up to stop the LEGO series becoming stale.
It’ll be interesting to see what new features will be added to POTC and will hopefully included some amazing ship battles using the good ol’ LEGO cannons like I had on my pirate island as a kid!
Dead Space 2 is going to sound just as creepy as the first one did, thanks to returning composer Jason Graves. The first game's soundtrack won critics and gamers over, and was even awarded two BAFTA awards -- one for Original Score and the other for Use of Audio.
Graves says that he wrote a string quartet concerto for this sequel, and it represents Isaac's vulnerable side. It was recorded by top musicians at the famous Skywalker Sound.
"The score really runs the gamut as you play through the game. There are much bigger and scarier pieces along with quieter, more personal moments to counterbalance them. I wrote for string quartet to portray Isaac's vulnerable side. It's quite the emotional arc, but of course still done in a very 'Dead Space' way." - Jason Graves, Composer
FORMER Neighbours hunk Dean Geyer has landed a role in Steven Spielberg's next big thing.
Dean Geyer has landed a plum acting role. Source: HWT Image Library
Geyer, who just wrapped an action blockbuster in Hollywood, will appear in the uber director's sci-fi series, Terra Nova.
The ex-Australian Idol favourite starred in Never Back Down 2 and his part in the Jurassic Park-style time travel series will turn the heads of Hollywood studio bosses.
Geyer returns to Melbourne from Los Angeles on Monday and is ecstatic about the role alongside Life on Mars star Jason O'Mara and Avatar villain Stephen Lang.
Spielberg and Tom Hanks' Melbourne made mini-series, The Pacific, was a launching pad for the career of Aussie export Claire van der Boom.
Production on the Queensland-based Terra Nova has started with an air date expected mid-next year.
Steven Spielberg once said he was opposed to "making-of" documentaries, because they spoil the magic. Director's cut DVDs, with their extras, has caused Spielberg to reconsider.
Even so, on the weekend of the first-of-two-parts final Harry Potter movie, some fans may feel the same way about the documentary A Year in the Life of J.K. Rowling. Could it be the less one knows about the creative process behind Harry Potter, the more one is apt to enjoy its fantasy world?
It helps that A Year in the Life is respectful of both its material and its audience. The film shows how a novel goes from imagination to print. In the case of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, that meant secrecy, from the manuscript being locked away in a suitcase to the book-signing at midnight on the day of Deathly Hallows' release.
A Year in the Life is intimate and sensitive, a portrait of the artist dealing with the pressure of knowing the world will be hanging on he…
A couple weeks ago, I showed you a sneak preview of one of the most surprising iPhone games ever, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, which combines seemingly traditional space combat with augmented reality (AR) for a decidedly unique "Star Wars" experience.
As I said then, "It's like the PC classic 'TIE Fighter' mixed with the ingenious UFO on Tape mixed with the Layar Reality Browser."
But would the AR gimmick work? Or would the entire game feel like some weird novelty? Well, Falcon Gunner just hit the App Store, so I'm ready to give you an answer.
Falcon Gunner is priced at $4.99 and compatible with only the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 4G. It casts you as none other than Luke Skywalker and plops you in the Millennium Falcon's gunner turret.
To control the turret, you rotate and tilt your iPhone while aiming your quad laser with an onscreen joystick. It's not easy, and …
Actor recalls doing his own stunts and Lando Calrissian impressions on small-budget set.Give credit to the folks behind "Skyline." They've managed to keep their story under wraps; no easy feat in an age of 24-hour, Web-enabled fanboy fixation. Yes, we know aliens invade Los Angeles. Yes, we know they wreak some serious CG-destruction on the city and its denizens. But what exactly are those tentacled baddies doing on Earth?
Don't expect to find out before the flick hits theaters this Friday, as it hasn't been screened for the media, and stars have been impressively tight-lipped about plot details. But know this: Things do not end well for the citizens of L.A.
"This is not a Disney movie," star Eric Balfour told us when he stopped by the MTV Newsroom. "There is no happy ending."
That's in contrast to the actual experience the cast and crew had filming the small-budget flick. Balfour and his pals shot the entire production in the…
Steven Spielberg lunched Thursday at Millie's restaurant in Richmond with officials from the Virginia Film Office, reports our colleague Anita Kumar. No word why Spielberg was in town, but he's said to be interested in a film about Abraham Lincoln. "I asked a couple members of his entourage if they were making a movie in Richmond and one woman replied 'maybe,'" said Aaron Ruby, a PR exec who spotted Spielberg as he walked in the front door. A film office spokeswoman wasn't talking.
Remember Lincoln? The movie Steven Spielberg was supposed to direct with Liam Neeson set to star but films such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse always seemed to get in the way? Then news of Robopocalypse cropped up recently, which seemed to put a nail in the project, especially after it was learned Neeson was no longer lined up for the lead role. Well, scratch all that, because it's back.
In a press release sent out today, Spielberg and Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios announced Daniel Day-Lewis had been cast in the lead role as Lincoln with filming expected to begin in the fall of 2011 for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 through Disney's Touchstone distribution label.
Quoted in the release Spielberg said, "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in…
Cartoonist Chuck ForsmanretoldIndiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in Popeye-style art this week, selling 100 prints in 48 hours. Each print sold for $20 a piece. The National Post had more: “Whereas Spielberg’s masterpiece clocks in at 115 minutes, it takes, oh, 25 seconds to finish Forsman’s 33-panel comic, which is actually six separate strips depicting the movie’s most famous scenes — the massive boulder chasing Indy through a cave; the poisoned monkey; the love scene; the melting faces.”
Forsman ordered another 100 prints of the comic and will maintain the original sale price. Forsman hopes to work on original ideas, but he is open to more Popeye-style art. Possible films he may tackle include The Goonies, Jaws, and the Indiana Jones sequels.
In 1929, the character of Popeye the Sailor Man was first featured inThimble Theatre by E.C. Segar. A mere guest in his debut strip, Popeye soon became a star.
LucasArts announced a downloadable add-on for Star Wars
: The Force Unleashed II. In the DLC, Starkiller will travel to the forest moon of Endor.
In an interview with IGN, LucasArts executive producer Gio Corsi confirmed that you'll be battling the cute and cuddly Ewoks. Like the Hoth DLC from the first Force Unleashed game, the Endor mission takes place in the alternate "Infinities" storyline. In that storyline, Starkiller becomes Palpatine's apprentice and goes around killing all the goody-two-shoes. Presumably he's heading to Endor to prevent the pesky Rebel Alliance from destroying the second Death Star.
The Endor DLC will be released later this year. With regards to price, LucasArts said this through the game's official Facebook page: "As a thank you to the fans who stuck with us, the DLC will only be a buck on both PSN and XBLA."
Greg Zeschuk, who is one of the co founders of developer BioWare and the current Group Creative Officer, has said that the free to play model is becoming more interesting for MMO developers while also suggesting that the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic will rely on subscriptions when it launches.
Speaking to Videogamer.com the developer talked about Korea as a model of how things might look in a few years but said, “even there it's not fully dominant. Even while there's a lot of free-to-play games there, there are still subscription MMOs in Korea. It's one of the elements, it could even become the dominant one at some point, but at the same time it doesn't preclude other opportunities.”
But he believes that the choice between free to play and subscription based needs to be made very early during the development process, allowing the game creators to actually create the experience to suit the business model.
Joystiq has received confirmation from LucasArts that the company has made a "minor adjustment in staffing" in the form of some company layoffs today. The information came via a tweet by developer George Broussard (#georgeb3dr) earlier today.
Broussard asserts in a subsequent tweet that those laid off "come from a team working on an unannounced game," though few specifics have been confirmed by LucasArts.
"We remain committed to our internal studio -- and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners -- in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans," a company representative told Joystiq.
Today's layoffs mark the second time LucasArts has cut staff in the latter half of 2010. Back in September, the company shed employees, some of whom were rumored to be members of The Force Unleashed 2 development team.
As fans of Harry Potter get ready for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, news has surfaced that indicates director Steven Spielberg wanted to make Harry Potter an animated franchise. According to The L.A. Times, Alan Horn, President of Warners Bros., revealed that Steven Spielberg wanted to turn Harry Potter into an animated franchise. Horn stated that Warner Bros. wanted Spielberg to be involved in Potter, but weren’t interested in an animated series of films.
"I did think it would be worthwhile for Steven Spielberg to direct," Horn said. "We offered it to him. But one of the notions of DreamWorks’ and Steven’s was, ‘Let’s combine a couple of the books, let’s make it animated,’ and that was because of the [visual effects and] Pixar had demonstrated that animated movies could be extremely successful."
Horn went on to reveal that he understood the Harry Potter vision of Spielberg but wanted a different direction for the fran…
Clone Wars‘ Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano gets a more modest costume this week. After two seasons trotting around the universe half-naked in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker’s female understudy is finally dressing the part of a mostly modest Jedi warrior. Say goodbye to the tube top, Ahsoka. Ahsoka Tano’s costume change, viewable in the exclusive first-look image above, debuts Friday in The Clone Wars‘ new episode, “Heroes on Both Sides,” according to a Lucasfilm representative.
The wardrobe upgrade is overdue: Nearly two years ago, Wired.com complained about Ahsoka’s tube-top-and-miniskirt costume, which was strangely revealing in light of the fact that most Jedis rock full-length robes, even on the desert hell of Tattooine. The Clone Wars‘ supervising director Dave Filoni said Ahsoka’s new, improved look has nothing to do with fallout from her near-nakedness. (A Lucasfilm publicist denies that the company has received any complaints about Ahsoka’s skimpy costume other than …
The following was an article from http://www.pittsburghlive.com. Unfortunately John Williams had to cancel his appearance at the Heinz Hall due to back problems but I thought the article was worth posting as its a nice insight to the genius.
Composer and conductor John Williams doesn't have to work. He's the most successful composer alive, with more 100 film scores to his credit -- ranging from "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to the "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" series. He's 78, been nominated for 45 Oscars, won 21 Grammys and earned a lot of money.
But Williams hardly even takes vacations. He's so busy that he was especially delighted when he was able to schedule another visit to Heinz Hall to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
"I haven't seen them for a long time. It's hard for me to find an opportunity to get out," he says. "My relationship with the orchestra goes back …
Steven Spielberg is working on a new movie biopic of legendary British racing driver James Hunt, according to a U.K. report.
Executives at the star's DreamWorks studio are said to be signing up Tormented star Alex Pettyfer to play the driver in the lookback at Hunt's life.
A DreamWorks spokesperson says, "I can confirm there are plans for a James Hunt film to be made."
A source tells Britain's Sunday Express, "Negotiations are very advanced and a deal is very close for the film on James Hunt. This is a fantastic story about a very charismatic figure and has all the elements of a great film. Hunt was quite a character."
Womaniser Hunt became the Formula One champion in 1976 but was left devastated two years later (78) when his pal Ronnie Petersen died during the Italian Grand Prix. Hunt passed away in 1993 after suffering a heart attack.
One of the co founders of developer BioWare has said that Star Wars: The Old Republic, which is rumored to have already cost more than 100 million dollars up until now, is the right “bet” for both publisher Electronic Arts and for the team working directly on the game.
Ray Muzyka, who is the Chief Executive Officer at BioWare, told Eurogamer that investing in the game is “really a smart decision. It’s a pretty good bet for a studio group like BioWare to be building right now. We see it as more opportunity than anything else.”
He added, “The team is a group I’m really proud of. They’re working really hard to deliver this great game. It’s got a lot of content. It’s taking the best of features from other products like MMOs and putting them together with something BioWare’s known for: the story, choice and consequence, but not losing anything in the translation – exploration, combat, customisation, progression.”
Star Wars: The Old Republic has been shown to the public for quite some time …
Attention holiday shoppers! If you're looking for a present for the TV fan or history buff in your life, run, don't walk to your nearest Best Buy to pick up HBO's The Pacific.
We cherished every minute of The Pacific when it originally aired this spring, but we had a special affection for those stories that involved Joseph Mazzello as Eugene "Sledgehammer" Sledge, a gentle Southern kid who miraculously emerged whole from the crucible of war. We just caught up with Mazzello, whom you might remember from his key role as the little boy in Jurassic Park, and chatted about his experiences on the shoot, the meaning of the series as a whole, and whether or not Steven Spielberg handed him the part on a silver platter: What have you been doing these years since Jurassic Park?Joseph Mazzello: I was in jail. No, just kidding. [Laughs.] Hey, it's happened to many young actors.Yeah, I know, I know—that's why it's not that farfetched. But, no, listen, I went …
The galaxy far far away will be getting closer when Darth Vader and his storm troopers congregate at The Garde Arts Center in New London.
What brings the merciless empire to the earthbound Morroccan-themed arts center Nov. 14? The “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy,” written and performed by Charles Ross. His performance, which pays homage to the “Star Wars” films, has been hailed as hilarious.
The imperialists are comprised of an international group of enthusiastic “Star Wars” fans who come to Ross’ shows — even driving the extra miles to get to more remote parts of the country.
“It’s adding an ambiance that would be hard to get otherwise ... it brings an air of authenticity,” Ross said of the costumed guests.
For this show, the imperialists are members of the 501st Connecticut Garrison. Because of an arrangement with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, they only accept donations for charity when they attend events. The appearance at The Garde will raise money for the Tommy Toy Fund. …
The secrets of Darth Maul are about to be exposed.
Although the popular and enigmatic villain from "Star Wars: Episode i The Phantom Menace" met his demise in that film, the origins of Darth Maul and the training techniques of the Sith will be depicted in an upcoming episode of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
To celebrate the occasion, Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network are hosting free theatrical screenings in 11 cities across the country. On December 07, the screenings will begin in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. On December 08, the action moves to Boston, Dallas and Washington D.C. before traveling to Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle and Phoenix on December 09. The screenings will conclude in San Francisco on December 10.
As stated earlier, the screenings are free, but fans are asked to bring a new/unwrapped toy to benefit underprivileged children. Hasbro has pledged to match every donation with a "Star Wars" toy.
Fans can register for the screeni…
THX, the system developed initially at George Lucas’ LucasFilm, has been acknowledged for its contribution to the advancement of 3D technology.
The International CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award was given to THX, acknowledging its work in testing thoroughly the quality of 3DTVs.
THX’s system uses over 400 tests to measure the quality of 3D hardware, and with the technology still in its infancy, such work will no doubt lead to the progression of hardware, and better products for the consumer market. Rick Dean of THX spoke about the unique nature of the project; “THX has introduced the world’s first and only 3D performance benchmark.”
3DTVWatcher believes this benchmark will prove an important one in the shaping of the 3D market, and the work of THX is being rightly rewarded.
The winner of the award, sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association, is determined by a panel of journalists, designers and engineers. Dean continued: “The complexity of 3D technology poses…
Both Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf have dropped tidbits to the press about plans for a fifth "Indiana Jones" film, following the $786 million success of "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 2008.
But on the red carpet for the "Morning Glory" premiere this weekend in New York City, Ford told reporters there are currently no plans whatsoever for "Indiana Jones 5."
Yet Ford told MTV News just the opposite over the weekend when we sat down with him for a chat before the premiere, informing us that Indy creator George Lucas has the project lined up and the 68-year-old actor can't wait for the chance to crack the archeologist's whip once again.
"It's on George's plate, and I'm hoping he's working hard at it, because I'd look forward to doing it again if the three of us could get together — George, [director] Steven Spielberg, myself — I'd love to do another," he said.
While he expressed enthusiasm for…
Eight-time Oscar winner Dennis Muren is the first visual-effects artist to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ahead of Encore’s November 12 documentary about Industrial Light & Magic—the visual-effects arm of LucasFilm where he is creative director—Muren shares behind-the-scenes photos from five of his famous projects: Terminator 2, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Jurassic Park, and E.T. “Here, stop-motion master animator Phil Tippett [center], Mike Pangrazio [right], and I stand between two incredible matte paintings used to depict the windswept snowscape of Hoth. Pangrazio, a legendary I.L.M. artist, painted many such paintings during the production of The Empire Strike Back to allow for scenic vistas, practical sets to be extended, or, in this case, a stop-motion puppet of a Tauntaun and rider to be inserted for a story point.” “While a number of complex approaches were considered and tested to realize the ghosts that appear at the climax …