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Only Original 3D Movies Work - James Cameron

The 3D market is expected to be 25 times the size it is now within four years but many think there is not enough content to warrant buying the equipment. Could "upscaling" 2D content to give it an extra dimension be the answer?
Since the release of Avatar - both the most expensive film ever made and the biggest grossing - to great fanfare, some critics are starting to conclude that the 3D cinema has gone a little bit flat.
The cost of going to watch a 3D movie in the cinema is considerably higher than a normal film and there is a significant lack of content in true 3D.
Only around 100 titles have been released so far, though a number are scheduled to appear in the coming months as the summer blockbuster season gets underway.
Avatar is still seen by most as the gold standard of 3D cinema This means that companies are beginning to step in to fill that gap. But it can be an expensive and time-consuming process to get right.
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EA: The Old Republic has 200+ hours of play per class

And that's not including raids, crafting or 'multiplayer'. Star Wars MMO The Old Republic will feature over 200 hours play for each class, according to EA Games' Frank Gibeau.
In an interview with, the EA Games manager downplayed suggestions that the publisher had overspent on the game.
"I don't pay much attention to that talk, I get a lot of questions from analysts and press about it," he said. "What I try and concentrate on is, is it a good game and is it ready to go? You look at a game that has 200 hours of gameplay for each of the six classes, and that doesn't include the crafting, the raids, the multiplayer."
[We assume that by "multiplayer" Gibeau is referring to the Warzones - PVP arenas.]
"It's vast. It's a gigantic game. And that costs money. But when you get one of these launched they persist for a long period of time. Ultima is on its first decade and it still has tens of thousa…

The magic of War Horse

What is it about War Horse? How is it that a show that sounded technically impossible on paper – theatricalising a children’s novel (by Michael Morpurgo) that gives a horse’s-eye-view of the First World War – has done so phenomenally well? What is it that makes grown adults weep, and silences to awe the most unruly teenager? What has taken it from being a surprise British success to a stalwart that has raced to victory in that toughest of theatrical meets, New York? First it caused a stampede at the National in October 2007, following almost universal critical approval. Then a well-deserved West End transfer followed that looks set to run and run, making millionaires of its core creative team – it reportedly played to record-breaking 97 per cent capacity in 2010 and has been seen by more than a million people, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Now six Tony Awards, entirely merited and wholly eclipsing its two Olivier awards, mean i…

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The Old Republic writer: “A Bioware writer is a games designer”

In an interview in PC Gamer UK issue 228, Bioware writing director Daniel Erickson gave some insight into the Bioware writing process and how it is at the forefront of their game design. “A BioWare writer is a game designer.” He said. “What I’ve learned though, and what the rest of the industry is still wrestling with, is: you can teach a writer to be a junior game designer. You cannot teach a junior game designer to be a writer. You need somebody who is a senior master level writer and then you teach them the basics of game design.”

Erickson also talked about the training process for new Bioware writers, saying: “When you come in as a writer at BioWare in general, and especially in the Austin studio, we have a three month training process where nothing that you ever touch will ever appear in game. Which is a fundamental difference – when I tell this to people at other studios they’re like “WHAT?” It’s a huge investment of resources, but it’s how we get the stories we do…

George Lucas to Tear Down House

Star Wars director George Lucas, who splashed out around $20 million for a 1.7 acre estate with 170ft. of ocean frontage on Padaro Lane in Carpinteria earlier this year, is planning to totally demolish the 30-year- old six-bedroom property, which has walls of floor to ceiling glass. A friend of the 67-year-old tycoon, who is number 97 on the Forbes list of richest Americans with an estimated fortune of $3.25 billion, tells Montecito Journal columnist Richard Mineards that Lucas loves the setting, but wants a tailor-made house with all the latest technology. An architect has already drawn up the plans and application for the re- build will be made in due course.

Jurassic Park Trilogy gets Blu-ray release date

Steven Spielberg’s epic dinosaur trilogy Jurassic Park is coming to Blu-Ray for the first time this October.
The three films, which generated nearly $2 billion worldwide at the box office, turned Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel into one of cinemas most spectacular film franchises of all time.
Although the trilogy boasted an impressive, all-star cast including Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the real stars will always remain the CGI dinosaurs brought to life by Industrial Light & Magic.
The Blu-Ray release allows fans to re-enjoy the films in full HD while the films’ visceral sound effects and the unforgettable music from legendary composer John Williams can now be heard in 7.1 surround sound.
This three-movie set features more than two hours of bonus features, including an all-new, six-part documentary. Also included are digital copies of all three films which can be viewed on portable devices such as the iPad.
The trilog…

Star Wars Galaxies players start petition to make game free-to-play

The petition has gathered more than 2,100 signatures in three days. It asks Sony to convert the game to a free-to-play game that is maintained through the sale of virtual goods. The petition also asks Sony to consolidate players onto a smaller number of servers and facilitate character transfer to reduce operational costs in order to keep the game running.
Other online games have had a lot of success converting from a subscription-based model to a free-to-play model. Revenue from Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online doubled and its player base increased by 400 percent when the game went free to play in October. Revenue for the company’s first experiment in going free-to-play, Dungeons and Dragons Online, jumped by about 500 percent after the shift.
Here’s how the free-to-play, or “freemium”, model works: players are able to play online games with persistent worlds like Lord of the Rings Online for free, but must pay for additional perks like armor or becoming more powerfu…

Nearing 65, Spielberg is just getting started

What makes Steven run?That's the question some folks are asking -- the "Steven" being Steven Spielberg who, on the cusp of his 65th birthday, has become omnipresent, if not omniscient, in the entertainment community.
Steven is everywhere, doing everything. As a director, he is in post-production on two films, "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn" and "War Horse," is prepping "Lincoln" and has his name on every movie around, from "Super 8" to the "Transformers" sequel to "Cowboys & Aliens" to "Real Steel." In TV, he is executive producer of three new primetime series and is involved overall with six shows. He seems to attend every function, from the premiere of "Super 8" to the DGA's 75th anniversary event.
Besides all this, he runs DreamWorks, working closely with his partner Stacey Snider, consults on theme parks (he receives a reported 2% of the gross from U…

Movies 'Cars 2' Keeps Pixar in the Driver's Seat With $68 Million

Pixar Animation remains undefeated at the box-office races. The Disney unit's animated sequel "Cars 2" cruised to a No. 1 finish with a $68 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That makes 12 wins in a row for Pixar since the company's first feature film, 1995's "Toy Story." "It couldn't be any better than that. What an unbelievable track record these guys have," said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney. "Cars 2" added $42.9 million in 18 overseas markets, giving it a worldwide total of $110.9 million. Domestically, "Cars 2" nearly matched the $68.1 million debut of Disney-Pixar's "Up" two years ago, though it was well below the company's record of $110.3 million for last year's "Toy Story 3." The original "Cars" had a $60.1 million debut in 2006, but factoring in today's higher admission prices, it sold more tickets than "Car…

Tyrese Gibson banking on Spielberg to save 'Transformers' series

'Transformers' star Tyrese Gibson is pinning his hopes on legendary director Steven Spielberg taking over the reins of the 'robots series' if Michael Bay steps down. Having starred in all the three movies, Gibson is expecting that Spielberg, who has acted as a producer, will save the Transformers franchise and come up with the fourth installment.

 "(If) Michael Bay decides to not come back for Transformers 4, there is always Steven Spielberg. I am not saying that Steven Spielberg is for a fact going to direct Transformers 4. But it is a beautiful safety net to know that one of the biggest, most respected directors in the world happens to be an executive producer on Transformers. He is someone who knows this world. And he could easily step in and direct Transformers 4 if he decided to," the Daily Express quoted him as telling Movieweb.
 Rumours are doing the rounds that the series' leading man Shia LaBeouf has confirmed that he won't re…

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Fred Steiner, composer of TV and film music, dies

Television and film music composer Fred Steiner, creator of the bold and gritty theme for the “Perry Mason” TV series and one of the composers of the Oscar-nominated score for “The Color Purple,” has died. He was 88.
Steiner died of natural causes Thursday at his home in the town of Ajijic in the Mexican state of Jalisco, according to his daughter Wendy Waldman, a singer-songwriter.
One of the busiest composers working in Hollywood in the 1950s and ’60s, Steiner also crafted music for “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek,” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Rawhide,” “Hogan’s Heroes” and other TV series.
Steiner said he wanted to create music for Mason, writer Erle Stanley Gardner’s legal-eagle lawyer, that projected two key facets of his personality: suave sophistication and the underlying toughness that allowed him to go head to head with the criminals with whom he often came into contact. The piece he came up with, titled “Park Avenue Beat,” pulsed with the power of the…

Box office update: 'Cars 2' speeds away with $25.7 mil on Friday

The Cars are all right. The Pixar sequel Cars 2 lit up the scoreboard with $25.7 million on Friday, according to early estimates, putting the G-rated movie on track for a big $70 million weekend. Critics gave the film the worst reviews in Pixar’s history, and industry insiders were predicting an opening closer to $50 million, so this result is a welcome surprise for Pixar and its owner Disney. Assuming Cars 2 reaches $70 million this weekend, that’ll be the best debut for an animated film since last June’s Toy Story 3, which unspooled to $110.3 million. It’ll also place Cars 2 right alongside Pixar’s The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, which opened to $70.5 million and $70.3 million, respectively. In 2006, the original Cars took in $60.1 million its first weekend, or about $72 million when adjusted for ticket-price inflation.
In second, the R-rated comedy Bad Teacher grossed $12.1 million and is headed for an opening of about $32 million. By comparison, Bridesmaids debuted to $26.2 …

'Super 8': Maybe bringing back the 1980s is a good idea after all

For the last few years, as seemingly every third 1980s film has been put through the clanking gears of Hollywood's remake machine, many filmgoers have lamented the move away from original concepts. "Hollywood, tear down this retread wall," has been the cry of those irked by the movie industry's obsession with all things Reagan era.

This weekend, "Super 8" provided a rebuttal. It turns out you can get what many critics believe is a smart, sweet movie -- and a hit to boot -- by channeling that period.

Although it's set in 1979 and doesn't share a specific title with any movies from the "me decade," "Super 8" is a 1980s film to the core. It plumbs the depths of that pre-Internet, early-fanboy era as much as any film in recent memory. And it contains more references to "E.T," ""Stand by Me" and "The Goonies" -- for many who came of age in the 1980s, the holy trinity of popcorn cinema -- t…

Star Wars: Galaxies Shutting Down Dec. 15

Star Wars Galaxies will be shutting down Dec. 15, bringing an end to the 8-year-old massively multiplayer online game. The news is both tragic and nostalgic, according to a producer’s letter sent to the community Friday.
The developer team will be finishing the Galactic Civil War 2 – Space update, but that will be the last piece of new content.
A world-ending event is in talks to give the game a proper send off.
The Galaxies online trading card game will also be shut down.
News around the web indicates BioWare’s upcoming Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, may have had a hand in Galaxies’ demise. That information has yet to be confirmed by Sony Online Entertainment.
Editor’s Note: I suppose I had the privilege of playing Star Wars Galaxies prior to the New Game Enhancements and Combat Upgrade patches.
The game was daunting. As a 15-year-old gamer with a neophyte’s experience in MMO gaming, I had trouble grasping the game’s nuances and eventually gave up.
It’s odd, but somehow l…

The Entire 'Tales of Monkey Island' Series Is Now Available On The App Store

The wait for Tales of Monkey Island HD episodes is over. In one of the craziest App Store maneuvers I’ve ever seen, Telltale Games pushed out the remaining four episodes of the five-episode arc in a single afternoon. Each title is available at an agreeable $6.99, which a few dollars shy of what they continue to cost on other downloadable services.
In the interest of drumming up interest, Telltale has also slashed the price of the first game to $0 for a limited time. It’s a good game at a great price, and like the rest of the titles in the series, it’s faithful to the vision of Monkey Island while also still exhibiting its own charm and takes on the universe.


Five things (you might not know) about J.J. Abrams

.J. Abrams brought Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe to your TV screen, and transitioned to big-screen action franchises with Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek. Now he’s trying something a little different with the nostalgic action of Super 8, a tribute to the suburban adventure genre perfected by Steven Spielberg when Abrams was just a kid himself.
Here’s a little background on the man behind the camera.
1. He’s done terrible things to get where he is today. Abrams hasn’t always been a nerd godhead. Back when he was going by Jeffrey Abrams, he made his bones as a writer of really terrible studio pictures in the early 1990s. The Jim Belushi-Charles Grodin cringer Taking Care Of Business was his first produced script, followed by the mawkish dramas Regarding Henry and Forever Young – you know, the one where Harrison Ford becomes a better person after he’s shot in the head, and the one where Mel Gibson freezes himself in the 1940s and wakes up in the 1990s. Abrams has …

BioWare latest game company hit by hackers

BioWare, the game development studio behind triple-A titles like Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, said hackers were able to crack into the forums for one of its old video games and might have stolen sensitive information about the site’s users on Friday.
This really is not a good quarter for video game developers, which have faced a lot of security issues. BioWare marks the fourth high-profile game developer that has had its site hacked and information compromised. BioWare said the forum hackers broke into was for an older and less-used game, but that information could be related to current existing Electronic Arts online accounts. The company is sending out emails to the forum’s users, saying the information stored on the site might have been compromised.
The information compromised in the attack on BioWare’s Neverwinter Nights forum did not include credit card information, the company said. But it did include names, dates of birth and email addr…

Columbo star Peter Falk dies aged 83

Peter Falk, the American actor most famous for his role as TV's scruffy detective, Columbo, has died at the age of 83. The actor died peacefully at home in Beverly Hills on Thursday night, his family said in a statement.
He had been suffering from dementia for a number of years.
Peter Falk won four Emmys for his cigar-chomping role as the deceptively bumbling Columbo, and was nominated for Oscars in 1960 and 1961.  Steven Spielberg directed an episode called Murder By The Book in 1971.
In the 1987 cult classic The Princess Bride, he played a kindly old man regaling his sick grandson with a fairytale combination of swordplay, giants, a beautiful princess and fearsome rodents of unusual size.
But for most fans, even his best-supporting actor nominations in Murder Inc and Pocketful of Miracles were eclipsed by his incarnation as the sleuth in the shabby mac with no known first name and the killer catch-phrase: "One more thing..."…

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Curtiss Museum to display props, costumes from 'Indiana Jones'

Hammondsport, N.Y. — “Fortune and Glory,” an exhibit of original props and costumes from the “Indiana Jones” movies, opens Friday at Hammondsport’s Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.

The exhibit celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of the first of the four films, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” All of the 50 memorabilia items in the show come from the private collection of Rick Leisenring, Curtiss Museum curator.

“I’ve been a fan since ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ came out in 1981,” Leisenring said. “I was in my 20s, I had just met my future wife Jo Anne, and we went out on a date to see the movie. I became enthralled, because I’d always been interested in history, and I’d wanted to be an archeologist since I was young.”

Leisenring says he has collected Indiana Jones memorabilia since the mid-1990’s, acquiring items from crew members who worked on the films or through reputable prop and costume dealers who deal directly with the movie industry.

Highlights of “Fortune and Glory” …

Falling Skies From Steven Spielberg: Highest Cable Premiere This Year So Far!

Everything that Steven Spielberg touches, turns gold! The two-hour premiere of TNT’s Falling Skies became cable’s #1 new series launch of the year after it drew more than 5.9 million viewers.
The epic saga about the aftermath of an all-out invasion by an alien military force which stars Noah Wyle and comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) issued this statement, “The enormous success of Falling Skies demonstrates what can happen when you partner with the best people in the business and give them what they need to do their very best work. TNT’s Falling Skies is an exciting, fascinating and often moving story made possible through the magic of DreamWorks Television, an incredibly talented cast led by Noah Wyle and the vision of one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg.”
Falling Skies also ranks as cable’s big…

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At Legoland, 'Star Wars' heats up summer

This weekend, it's "Star Wars" days at Legoland in California, as well as at the flagship park here in this western Denmark town, adjacent to Lego Systems' world headquarters.
At each of these parks, a new miniland has opened featuring scenes from many of the "Star Wars" films. All told, the models, which were done in 1:20 scale, took 1.5 million Lego bricks, and there are more than 2,000 total models from "Star Wars" locales like Tatooine, Hoth, Endor, Naboo, Geonosis, Kashyyk, Mustafar, and Christophsis. Each of the six films, plus "Clone Wars" is represented.
This is the Millennium Falcon from the Tatooine section, representing the original "Star Wars" film.

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George Lucas talks about Disney's updated 'Star Tours' attraction

The new 3-D version of the Disney theme park ride "Star Tours" is a quantum leap above the original.
Riders will face the unexpected - thousands of different permutations in the story line.
The ride's repeat business should be superb.
The original 1987 "Star Tours" ride "was relatively simplistic," says "Star Wars" creator George Lucas. "It went through basically an asteroid field and then we got into a battle, sort of above the Death Star kind of thing but it was very simplistic."
Now "it's much cleverer, in the fact that we now have like 50 places to go. You never get the same ride twice." Lucas says there are a lot of secret cookies and other events as well. "You'd have to ride the ride for at least 100 times in order to get to see it all."
On the way to the ride's spaceship, the line winds through a spaceport complete with heat imaging pan…

ILM's Dennis Muren talks about working with Spielberg

ILM Visual Effects Master Dennis Muren talks about working with Spielberg, his VFX breakthroughs with Cameron and Spielberg, and working on JJ Abrams' Super 8.

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Disney Announces Pixar’s Next Original Project Will Hit in 2013

Disney’s next original Pixar pic will hit on November 27, 2013. They say original project, because it is not a sequel and it doesn’t have a title yet. And that’s all Disney is saying.
Pixar’s latest film is Cars 2 and it hits theaters this weekend. Pixar has earned twenty-six Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and three Grammys, among many other awards and acknowledgments. Its films have made over $6.3 billion worldwide. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm before it was acquired by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1986. The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion; the transaction made Jobs the largest shareholder in Disney.
Pixar has produced eleven feature films, beginning with Toy Story in 1995. It was followed by A Bug’s Life in 1998, Toy Story 2 in 1999, Monsters, Inc. in 2001, Finding Nemo in 2003, The Incredibles in 2004, Cars in 2006, Ratatouille in 2007, WALL-E in 2008, Up in 2009 an…

Spielberg scared off Jaws sequel

Steven Spielberg has revealed why he turned down directing Jaws 2 - because he'd had enough of the ocean.The filmmaker, who took the reins with the 1975 shark horror, didn't want to return after his experience and the job went to Frenchman Jeannot Szwarc.
"I was done with the ocean. I would have done the sequel if I hadn't had such a horrible time at sea on the first film," he told the Ain't It Cool website.
The film was shot in the Atlantic Ocean, but delays were inevitable.
"I was pretty naive about mother nature and the hubris of a filmmaker who thinks he can conquer the elements was foolhardy, but I was too young to know I was being foolhardy when I demanded we shoot the film in the Atlantic Ocean and not in a North Hollywood tank," he explained.
"But had I to do it all over again I would have gone back to the sea because it was the only way for the audience to feel that these three men were cast adrift with a great white sha…

Raiders of the Lost Archives - 30 things you didn't know about Indiana Jones

HE'S one of the greatest heroes to grace the big screen and it's the best action adventure movie ever made.
And as Indiana Jones celebrates his 30th birthday this weekend, he is just as popular as ever.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark was first released on June 12, 1981. It set box office records and fired the imagination of film fans all over the world.
Few people won't have seen the original trilogy, which also included Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, or the fourth film, The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
But how well do you remember them all? Here are 30 things you didn't know about the Indiana Jones movies.
1 Although Sean Connery was offered a part in the fourth film - 2008's Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull - so much time had passed that Harrison Ford was as old by then (66 years) as Connery's character was in The Last Crusade. Ford joked: "I'm old enough to play my own father."
2 Jock, the snake-owning…

From ‘ER’ to ‘Falling Skies,’ Wyle’s career leads back to Spielberg

Noah Wyle’s career is coming full circle.
When he was 23, he landed the role of wide-eyed Dr. John Carter on “ER.” The iconic series was executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.
Now the California native, 40, stars in Spielberg’s new TV series “Falling Skies,” premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. on TNT. He welcomed the chance to work with the director again.
“Any time I have the opportunity to sit at his lunch table, it’s like getting a crash course in film-school education,” Wyle told the Herald in a recent phone interview.
In the series, Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a Boston University history professor who has become the de facto leader of the civilian army fighting an extraterrestrial attack. “It’s a new genre for me,” he said. “A totally different kind of character and one that might make me look heroic to my 8-year-old son.”
Though “Falling Skies” is shot in Toronto, Wyle said it was important to set the series in Boston because of parallels between the alien invasion and the A…

Indiana Jones and the VERY brave film star

Harrison Fraud: Vic (left) with Harrison Ford on the set of an Indiana Jones film Peter Sellers told Kingsley Amis that the most exciting thing he’d ever seen in his entire life was a stuntman walking through a plate-glass window. Amis (who told me that story) didn’t quite get the point - which was that Sellers respected stuntmen, enjoyed their company, because they were a link with the circus or carnival element of show business, which were his origins.
By the time Vic Armstrong caught up with Sellers, the poor old goon had gone nuts, convinced he was in the thrall of demonic powers, causing people to be sacked and removed from the studio on no pretext. ‘He was totally paranoid,’ and needed a stunt double if Inspector Clouseau had to get out of a parked car.
But otherwise Sellers’s views hold - stuntmen are indeed a jolly, foolhardy bunch, who like to leap out of moving vehicles, bounce on their heads, roll along the road, get up and ask: ‘Was that all right? Do you…