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Oscar winners and nominees in full

BEST PICTUREThe King's Speech - WINNER
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
Winter's Bone
True Grit
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
BEST DIRECTORTom Hooper - The King's Speech - WINNER
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David O Russell - The Fighter
David Fincher - The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - True Grit
BEST ACTORColin Firth - The King's Speech - WINNER
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
James Franco - 127 Hours
Javier Bardem - Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
BEST ACTRESSNatalie Portman - Black Swan - WINNER
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTORChristian Bale - The Fighter - WINNER
John Hawkes - Winter&#…

Oscars honour Pixar'sToy Story 3 but King's Speech is big winner

Toy Story 3 had a great night at the Oscars - winning two awards.



The latest adventures of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their playroom friends picked up prizes for best animation and best original song.
They missed out on winning best film to The King's speech, which also won three other top awards - best actor, best director and best original screenplay. Colin Firth, who played the part of the stammering king, picked up the best actor prize.

#ILM 10th Anniversary and Temple Of Doom Celebration Card #indianajones

This is from my personal collection. Its a celebration card sent to employees of ILM to mark their 10th anniversary and nomination for Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom.





Ray Harryhausen : Special Effects Titan (new teaser extended version)

The definitive documentary about the visual effects genius Ray Harryhausen. With the participation of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, John Landis, Joe Dante, Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam and many others!

M Night Shyamalan's Last Airbender wins Razzie Awards

M Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender has blown away all competition at the Razzies - Hollywood's Oscar spoof mocking the year's worst performances. The film won five Golden Raspberry Awards - including worst director for Shyamalan - in a light-hearted ceremony on the eve of Sunday's Oscars.
Ashton Kutcher snatched worst actor for Valentine's Day; his co-star Jessica Alba won worst supporting actress.
The evening's so-called winners were chosen by 657 voters in 18 countries.
Sex and the City 2 took away three awards, including "worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel", worst actress - won collectively by co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon - and worst ensemble for its entire cast.
But it was a fantasy action film about people who can control fire, air, water and earth that stole the show, despite making $320m (£200m) at global box offices last summer.
T…

I Am Number Four touches base with 80s classics

I Am Number Four combines sci-fi action spectacle with teen drama in a manner reminiscent of many popular blockbusters from the 1980s. Director DJ Caruso (Disturbia) is not only aware of these similarities, but actually cultivated them.
“I have five kids and I’ve been trying for years to make a good old fashioned Amblin film like The Goonies,” Caruso told Metro. “When I got this script I immediately felt like it was the one. I loved the way it combined action and science fiction with the story of a kid who realizes that who he wants to become and who he can become are two different people. That seemed like a simple relatable story that would be perfect to hang a genre movie on.”

The film is about a teen who seems like everyone else, except that he’s secretly one of the last members of a near-extinct alien race that is slowly being picked off by reptilian assassins. Though based on a successful novel, Caruso surprisingly started his adaptation before the source material h…

3 Day Blinds 2005 #Starwars Campaign Scanned Leaflet

#Doctorwho 1983 Advert For Peter Davison TShirt From Return Of The Jedi Comic

This is a 1983 Doctor Who advert from the number 10 edition of the Return Of The Jedi comic (August) A Bargain at £3.25 inc P & P

Kenner Vintage #Starwars Scanned Mini Catalogue

This is from my personal collection. Hope you like it. This is a mini catalogue from Kenner advertising the range of Star Wars toys on offer in 1978.







Rango review From Den Of Geek

From http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/787313/rango_review.html  It might look like a conventional Hollywood animated movie. But Rango? It’s one of the best blockbuster films in years. Really. Here’s our review. There are lessons in Rango that should be taken and absorbed by many modern directors.
Michael Bay, for starters, can get some gold-plated advice on how to put an exhilarating, edge-of-your-seat action sequence together. M Night Shyamalan? He can get a welcome refresher in how to pull a story rug in a way that makes sense and doesn't feel like some kind of bolt-on.
And what about those who make animated films, and like to put in references and cultural nods? After nearly two hours in the company of Rango, they'll rightly be sent back to the drawing board. Fast.
For in that two hours, you get nods to Hunter S Thompson, Apocalypse Now, Blazing Saddles, and an abundance of westerns. You get genuinely nasty, frightening moments. You get rounded characters. You ge…

Pegg: 'Spielberg waited for technology' #tintin #spielberg

Simon Pegg has explained that Steven Spielberg had to wait for technology to catch up with his vision for Tintin.

Pegg stars alongside friend and comedy partner Nick Frost as the Thompson Twins in Spielberg and Peter Jackson's long-in-development adaptation of Hergé's comic strips.

Speaking to the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio, Pegg said: "Steven Spielberg has had the rights to Tintin since 1982 I think.

"After he did Raiders [of the Lost Ark] he was doing the European press, and people said 'It's a bit like Tintin isn't it?', and he didn't know what Tintin was, so he investigated, fell in love with it, and he's waited until he's been able to do it like Hergé's drawings, you know - he's waited for technology.

"So now it's like he can do Tintin as it was supposed to be seen, and it really is extraordinary. I'm really looking forward to it."

Frost explained: "They're very aw…

Warner Bros. picks Tim Schafer for 'Sesame Street'

Double Fine Productions, the studio behind PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 downloadables Costume Quest and Stacking, founded by Tim Schafer of Monkey Island and Psychonauts fame, is developing a Sesame Street game for Xbox 360 Kinect, due between September and November 2011.



Characters confirmed for Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster are Elmo and Cookie Monster, and the motion-controlled game is to follow Sesame Workshop's "social and emotional curriculum," teaching young players about making friends, cooperation, and recognizing emotions.
"Sesame Street had a profound effect on me, and many members of the Double Fine team, when we were children. So did video games. Now many of us are parents and we want to share with our kids the great experiences we had," said Schafer in a statement to the press.
While Warner Bros. is to publish Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster, another of Double Fine's publishing partners is also preparing a long-established c…

ET Sequel: "ET-X" (Extended Trailer) Amazing Spoof Trailer

a fan-made trailer that offers the one sequel we wouldn't mind seeing. "ET-X" splices footage of Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in different films with some amazing CGI of an older, wiser-looking ET, who is back to save the earth from evil aliens. Cameos from the Jonas Brothers, Morgan Freeman and David Morse ensue, along with hijinks, naturally.



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Rango: Aims to Deliver More Than a Deep Message

In the lead up to the big summer films of 2011 we are in the midst of some wonderful family movies in the coming months. DreamWorks Studios just released Gnomeo and Juliet which grossed $25.5M in its opening weekend. DreamWorks also has its highly anticipated thriller, I Am Number Four (rated PG-13), opening this Friday, February 18.
On March 4, 2011, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) under Nickelodeon-Paramount Pictures, debuts its animated movie Rango. Rango (voiced by the incomparable Johnny Deep) is the name of a troubled chameleon that is having an identity crisis (ironic for a changeable creature) and is trying to discover his path in life. Along his journey he finds himself in a Western town swarming with bandits where he soon realizes his dream of becoming a swashbuckling hero.
What's new and unique about Rango is the method by which director Gore Verbinski worked with his actors to create the voices for the movie. Typically voice work for animated movies is non…

Ex producer killed by pirates (Was Production Manager For The Goonies)

A former Hollywood filmmaker-turned-missionary has been shot and killed after he was kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Scott Adam, who worked on hit 1980s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, was one of four Americans captured last Friday when their yacht was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden.
U.S. Navy SEALs had been in negotiation with the pirates to free the hostages, but discussions were halted on Tuesday when one kidnapper fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the rescuers' nearby warship, Sterett.
The pirates subsequently opened fire on the four Christian missionaries, including Adam and his wife Jean, leaving them dead or mortally wounded by the time special forces were able to board the ship, according to Navy Vice Admiral Mark Fox. The four victims are the first Americans killed by pirates in the area.
Adam, 70, worked in film and TV throughout the 1970s and '80s and served as an assistant director on U.S. shows The Dukes of Hazzard, The Love Boat and…

Song from Civ IV soundtrack picks up Grammy

Composer Christopher Tin picked up the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) award for Baba Yetu. The song was originally written for the Sid Meier's much lauded 2005 title.
The piece, which plays during the game's title screen, was subsequently released on Tin's 2009 album Calling All Dawns, hence the plaudits all these years later.
It represents the first time original created for a videogame has received a Grammy. There is still no specific gong for videogame music, however, despite the prestigious covering a staggering 109 different categories.

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Star Wars The Old Republic - Timeline 12 The Great Hyperspace War Trailer - PC

Nikita Patel gave Rango the ability to move #rango #ilm

The creature technical director at ILM and her colleagues worked on the simulations and 'skeletons' of the characters on the animated film.
Nikita Patel worked on the movie "Rango." (Brent Bowers, Industrial Light & Magic / February 20, 2011)
Without Nikita Patel and the other creature technical directors, or TDs, at Industrial Light & Magic, Rango the chameleon, who stars in the title role of Paramount's new film from director Gore Verbinski, would lack one of the key traits of any good animated character: the ability to move.

"Our department basically works on the simulations and the rigging of the characters," she said. "Rigging is putting a skeleton inside the model so that the animators can move it around. And if we want to see more realism out of it, the creature TDs will go in and add some simulation to the muscles and the flesh to make it jiggle or look more real."

Patel…

Darth Sidious Revealed For LEGO SW III

LucasArts has revealed yet another unlockable character for LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. You know him. You love to hate him. You'd love to send him to a plastic surgeon so he doesn't have to wear that hood all the time! Read on from LucasArts...


Last week we re-introduced the galaxy’s most famous lovebirds, Han and Leia, as unlockable characters in LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars!

This week we’re going down the path of the Dark side and are happy to announce that Darth Sidious will also be available in the game! For years he’s been the puppet master behind some of the most dastardly events in the galaxy and he’s now eager to lend his talents to players both good and bad! Darth Sidious is also available as an unlockable character on our official website for the game. If you haven’t visited it yet, you’re missing out on one a great online experience where you can play as your favorite LEGO Star Wars characters, interact with other players, solve p…

Telltale to reboot 'King's Quest' #telltales

Telltale Games has announced plans to reboot classic adventure franchise King's Quest, Joystiq reports.

In a press conference, marketing exec Steve Allison confirmed that the studio has entered a multiplatform deal to develop episodic games based on the property.

"We have agreed to a multi-title, multiplatform deal to reboot the King's Quest franchise," he said. "Much like we did with Tales Of Monkey Island, we're rebooting King's Quest with all new episodic games and multiple series."

Created by Sierra co-founder Roberta Williams in the 1980s, King's Quest went on to become one of the most successful adventure franchise of all time. It spawned seven official sequels before its discontinuation.

Telltale's episodic King's Quest is expected to be unveiled at E3 2011.

"Amadeus" composer John Strauss dies

John Strauss, a composer and sound editor whose work includes theme songs from early TV shows and the film and soundtrack for Oscar best picture winner "Amadeus," has died. He was 90.
Strauss passed away Monday night at a nursing home in West Los Angeles after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, said his son, Larry Strauss.
In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Strauss won an Emmy Award for sound editing (1977's "The Amazing Howard Hughes") and a Grammy for best classical album of 1984 (Milos Forman's "Amadeus").
Along with producing the soundtrack album for the eight-time Oscar winner, Strauss served as the film's music coordinator and is briefly seen onscreen as a conductor. He also wrote the brief composition that the Count shows to Mozart, who mocks the effort.
Strauss coordinated the music for three other Forman films: "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981) and "Valmont" (1989), for which he al…

Chewie is back in The Clone Wars!

Chewbacca as he appears in The Clone Wars
Wookie-doo! Chewbacca is back on screen in the season three finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - and we've got a first-look clip!

In the final two episodes, Padawan Lost and Wookie Hunt, Chewie will be joining forces with Ahsoka Tano in a storyline that sees our heroes do battle with a group of evil Trandoshans, the reptilian species of regular villain Bossk.

In order to bring Chewbacca back to the screen in style, the Clone Wars team invited original actor Peter Mayhew to Skywalker Ranch to advise on creating an animated version of the beloved character.

“Dave Filoni [Supervising Director] said my participation in creating Chewie for the series was essential,” says the 7'3'' Mayhew. “He told his artists to study the way I walk, my mannerisms and demeanor. He said, ‘To understand Chewie, you need to understand Peter.’ We also went into the Lucasfilm archives and studied some of the original Chewie costumes to make sur…

ILM's Rango Trailer - Movie Out On March 4th #rango

Industrial Light & Magic (the effects team behind Star Wars and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchises) hits the world with their first full length animated feature. Director Gore Verbinski filmed the cast, starring Johnny Depp, acting out the entire script, then gave the footage to ILM. Hit theaters on March 4th to see how it all turned out!

Telltale Games Annouce The Walking Dead Game #thewalkingdead

Telltale is excited to announce games based on Robert Kirkman's terrifying, mesmerizing Eisner award-winning comic series, The Walking Dead, with the first episode set to come your way this fall.

In The Walking Dead, zombies have taken over the world. But as the survivors soon learn, the living can often be more dangerous than the dead.

Telltale is working with series creator Kirkman - the mind behind other comic-book favorites including Invincible, Haunt, and The Astounding Wolf-Man - to craft stories that fit into the world he's created.

We'll have plenty more to satiate your hunger for brains, er, details soon. To stay on top of the latest The Walking Dead information, head over to the game teaser site and sign up for email updates. And grab a wallpaper version of the amazing art that The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard created just for this announcement!
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Jurassic Park The Game Out April 2011 - Watch The Trailer #jurassicpark

First look at Jurassic Park The Game, created by Telltale Games.  Out April 2011 and you can preorder now from Telltale games.


What really happened to the Barbasol can of dinosaur embryos lost during the first film??

On the stormy night when Jurassic Park fell apart, a desperate smuggler infiltrates Isla Nublar, hunting the precious canister containing the contraband dinosaur embryos. She collides – literally – with park staff trying to evacuate, and they become stranded amidst the collapsing park ruins, with the newly-freed dinosaurs on the loose. When InGen launches a perilous rescue operation, mercenaries, saboteurs, and survivors are thrown together in the struggle to escape the island.

The survivors’ agendas clash, secrets of the park are exposed, and a new threat emerges: an eerie, nocturnal predator stalking the group, hunting them relentlessly across the island.

• Inspired by Heavy Rain … delivers drama, tension and peril-filled thrill ride, with life and death hang…

Disney design director 'quits for LucasArts'

Star Wars company hires experienced industry exec, reports claim, following turbulent year Frederic Markus, the director of game design at Disney Interactive Studios, is said to have left the company in favour of a top job at LucasArts.
Markus, according to news site IndustryGamers, has been appointed as LucasArts’ new studio creative director.
He leaves Disney Interactive in a state of flux. The firm recently underwent a division-wide layoff operation that is said had affected some 200 staff.
The Mickey Mouse media conglomerate recently closed Tron developer Propaganda Games – a studio with enough staff to work on two projects simultaneously. There have also been reports of layoffs at Epic Mickey developer Junction Point.
Those drastic measures followed Disney Interactive reporting a $234 million loss between July and September last year. This was despite revenues climbing to $762 million – an indication of the magnitude of investment Disney put into games.

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Clint Mansell to compose Mass Effect 3 soundtrack

BioWare has revealed that Clint Mansell will be composing the soundtrack for the third game in its epic sci-fi RPG series Mass Effect.

For those unfamiliar with Mansell, he has previously worked on Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan.

The prolific composer also created the soundtrack for Moon, which has a similar minimalist, 'space' vibe as Mass Effect.

Until now the Mass Effect soundtrack has been composed by Jack Wall, who has a long history in creating music for games. His works include Dungeon Siege II, Jade Empire, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Myst IV: Revelation.

Though this is his first video game project, Mansell isn't a complete stranger to the games industry. He is responsible for creating the soundtrack for the Doom movie which stared Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

'I Am Number Four' Likely to Rank No. 1 at Box Office This Weekend

Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider's DreamWorks Studios re-emerges at the box office this weekend with a likely winner -- I Am Number Four, the teen sci-fi adventure starring Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron and Teresa Palmer.
Number Four is the first DreamWorks title to be released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures under the distribution and marketing deal struck between the companies after DreamWorks' split with Paramount.
DreamWorks, bolstered by new financing, including funds from India's Reliance Big Entertainment, has five more 2011 titles waiting in the wings after Number Four.
Directed by D.J. Caruso,Number Four tells the story of an alien teenager hiding out on Earth from the ruthless species that killed his family.
The film is based on the young adult book by Pittacus Lore, the nom de plume of James Frey and Jobie Hughes. Additional novels are planned in the series, meaning this is a possible franchise for DreamWorks.
Number Four, produced by Michael Bay,

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Grand Moff Tarkin makes his debut!

This Friday on Star Wars: The Clone Wars (read our recaps here!), Tarkin — future Imperial Grand Moff, Death Star commander, and the only man other than the Emperor himself capable of “holding Vader’s leash” — will make his highly anticipated debut. Portrayed by Hammer Films veteran Peter Cushing in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, Tarkin became the template for all of the saga’s stuffy, Queen’s English-speaking Imperial officers, sort of the cold, militarist yang to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s warm, grandfatherly yin. At the time of The Clone Wars, 20 years before A New Hope, Tarkin (voiced by Stephen Stanton) is just a captain in the Republic navy. And in Friday’s episode, “The Citadel,” the first of a three-part arc, he meets his future colleague and rival, Anakin Skywalker.  “I think there’s a bit of an ego trip happening,” Matt Lanter, Anakin’s vocal performer, tells EW. “Anakin and Tarkin are testing each other out a little bit. On a bigger scale, though, we keep giving fans…

Jedi in Carbonite in a New Episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Lucasfilm Ltd. Press Release:

It’s an Action-Packed Introduction to an All-New Three-Part Clone Wars Arc – this Friday on Cartoon Network!

Led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, an elite rescue team attempts to free a captive Jedi general from an impenetrable Separatist prison. Deep within enemy territory, The Citadel is surrounded by droids and run by a sadistic warden determined to prevent anyone from breaking out – or in. Our heroes stage an action-packed forced entry to “The Citadel,” the first chapter in an explosive three-part storyline – airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 18 on Cartoon Network.

“This arc is basically classic Star Wars; we focused on the things that I really remember loving about the Saga from when I was a kid,” says Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars. “In the Mortis trilogy, George wanted us to explore some ground that’s never really been covered in Star Wars before. And now with the Citadel arc, we’re going back…

Telltale's Jurassic Park opens April

Telltale's episodic adaptation of the famous Jurassic Park licence will begin in April on PC and Mac.
You can pre-order the entire series now on Telltale's website for $29.99 - usually $34.99.
Telltale's Jurassic Park picks up immediately after the first film finishes, but you won't play as or often encounter the stars of the film - presumably because they flew off the island when they realised that dinosaurs are really dangerous.

Jurassic Park serves as a departure for Telltale away from the usual bright cartoon graphics of Sam & Max, Tales of Monkey Island, Back to the Future et al.
Telltale Games yesterday confirmed it was working on series of games based on The Walking Dead comic and TV series.

Spielberg, Lucas share love of stories

Norman Rockwell’s Happy Birthday Miss Jones is in collections held by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. WASHINGTON, D.C. – A surprising painting hangs in the office of Hollywood director Steven Spielberg. It shows a small boy cowering at the end of a diving board. The artist is Norman Rockwell, whose old-fashioned world of the 1940s and ’50s might seem far removed from Spielberg’s glamorous, high-tech universe. Yet Spielberg sees himself in this portrait, saying it exactly captures the way he feels in the moments before he agrees to direct his next film.

Spielberg is an avid collector of Rockwell’s work, along with George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. For the first time, they have lent part of their collections for the exhibit Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Rockwell (1894-1978), is seen in a new light through the eyes of t…

Stars attend Pete Postlethwaite London memorial service

Actors Kevin Spacey and Daniel Day-Lewis were among friends and family who celebrated the life of Pete Postlethwaite at a memorial service. The Oscar-nominated actor died from cancer in January, at the age of 64.
Day-Lewis led the addresses in Shoreditch, east London, during which he sang a traditional song.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the brass band conducted by Postlethwaite as bandleader Danny in the film Brassed Off, also performed Danny Boy.
Day-Lewis told the congregation at St Leonard's Church: "My great good fortune was to serve an apprenticeship under Pete Postlethwaite."
He spoke of Postlethwaite's peerless ability as an actor and of their days training together at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol.
Day-Lewis's first professional assignment was as his friend's understudy and their paths crossed many times, including in The Last Of The Mohicans in 1992.
Pete Postlethwaite died from cancer in …

Star Wars: The Old Republic Release Date Confirmed 2011

Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic. Its release date has been confirmed to be around the Q3 of 2011.
Here is the storyline or plot of the Star Wars: The Old Republic. We have the epic trailer of the game right below as we wait for the final confirmation of the Star Wars: The Old Republic release date this 2011.
The story takes place in the Star Wars fictional universe shortly after the establishment of a tenuous peace between the re-emergent Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic, 300 years after the events of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games and more than 3,500 years before the events in the Star Wars films. The Jedi are held responsible for the success of the Sith during the devastating 28 Year long Great Galactic War (which led to the Treaty of Coruscant prior to the Cold War) and thus choose to relocate from Coruscant to Tython, where the Jedi order had initially been founded, to seek guidance from the Force. The Sith control Korriban, where they have re-e…

Walt Disney Concert Hall John Williams Soundings & Photos

An interview and a performance from composer John Williams at the Walt DIsney Concert Hall conducting Soundings. Photos from my visit to the Hall were added as well playing a part of his piece, Palpatine's Teachings, in the background.

What on Tatooine is Star Wars: Detours?

LucasArts might have a new Star Wars game in the works that takes a detour from the norm.
A recently discovered LucasArts trademark attempt could be a hint toward the title of a future Star Wars game. The trademark is for a property called Star Wars: Detours.
CVG found the trademark, which is for computer games, interactive entertainment, downloadable interactive entertainment, and many other forms of media. It also covers the use of the name for toys, books, pens, and snow globes.

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Walt Disney World announces dates for Star Wars Weekends 2011 (video) Continue reading on Examiner.com: Walt Disney World announces dates for Star Wars Weekends 2011 (video)

On Friday, Feb. 4, Disney Parks released official dates for Star Wars Weekends 2011, the annual fan event that takes place at Walt Disney World Resort. This year, Star Wars Weekends will be held on consecutive weekends between May 20 and June 12.
Star Wars Weekends allows fans of all ages to celebrate the universe created by George Lucas. The weekends’ events are centered around the stories, characters and celebrities of the six Star Wars films as well the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Featured events during the weekends are parades, special shows, celebrity autograph sessions and presentations, and meet-and-greet opportunities with Star Wars characters. For many guests, the highlight of each day is the Hyperspace Hoopla, an end-of-the-day party featuring the characters.
2011 Star Wars Weekends dates
Star Wars Weekends are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the four consecutive weekends.
May 20 – May 22May 27 – May 29June 3 – June 5June 10 – June 12 A fu…

Star Wars AT-AT Imperial Walker built from scrap computer parts

0diggsdigg 19Share How big of a Star Wars fan are you? Big enough to build your very own Imperial Walker AT-AT out of recycled computer parts? Battle scars also included!
Etsy user, TGNsmith must be a huge Star Wars fan, because only love could craft this sightly AT-AT. Weighing at roughly 15 pounds and made from a bunch of power supply boxes, floppy drive housings and scrap metal, TGNsmith welded the whole foot high and foot long AT-AT by himself. Great job dude, it looks pretty sweet.
If you want a heavy piece of Star Wars history, you'd better hurry up. There's only one of these AT-AT's and it's available on Etsy for a whopping $450. Grab it before some other Star Wars fan does.
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Cameron, Depp are Hollywood's top earners (Spielberg earns $80m)

Sanctum producer James Cameron and Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp have topped Vanity Fair's list of Hollywood's highest earners. The annual list features actors, directors and producers and only includes the money they are believed to have earned from film projects in 2010. $253m (£157.1m) of Cameron's estimated $257m (£159.6m) earnings were from Avatar, with the remainder from past royalties and other miscellaneous payments. Depp was estimated to have earned $100m (£62.1m) from Alice In Wonderland, The Tourist and other royalties. He is also thought to have received $35m (£21.7m) as an advance for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

The rest of the top five is made up by Steven Spielberg ($80m/£49.7m), Christopher Nolan ($71.5m/£44.4m) and Leonardo di Caprio ($62m/£38.5m). The highest placed woman on the list is Kristen Stewart in 13th place. Stewart is thought to have made $28.5m (£17.7m) in 2010, placing her above her Twilight co-star Robert Patt…

Toy Fair 2011: Hasbro's Revenge of the Jedi Figures + SDCC Exclusive

Back in the early 80’s, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi had a very different moniker. Yep, right up until its initial release, Episode 6 was better known as “Revenge of the Jedi”. Why change the title? Oh right, that whole thing with Jedi being peace-loving, non-revenge-getting hippies! What’s the use of having a stinkin’ lightsaber if you can’t use it to reap tons and tons of hardcore revenge?! Oh well, everyone can’t be as enlightened as us in such matters. Hasbro has decided it’s high time “Revenge” is celebrated with some cool new action figure releases!
At Hasbro’s Collector-Fan Media Day, it was unveiled that there will be 12 new Vintage figures released on the Revenge of the Jedi cardback. Not only that, but they’re going to be chase figures randomly packed in case assortments. We were told that the Revenge figures wouldn’t be quite as hard to find as the Treasure Hunt versions of old; but, we don’t foresee finding all 12 out in the wilds of the local toy aisles to …