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Spielberg’s Dreamworks snaps up Irish fantasy series

Variety magazine is reporting that the powerful Dreamworks studio, founded by Steven Spielberg,  has purchased the rights to Karen Marie Moning’s ‘Fever’ series set among the fairy folk in Ireland. The five book series tells the story of a young woman from Georgia, Mackayla Lane, who travels to Ireland to track down the murderer of her sister. While there she encounters a world filled with ancient secrets, fairies, goblins vampires and other hard-to-kill creatures. Dreamworks envisages the five part series as their answer to ‘Twilight’ and other vampire and fantasy franchises that have become enormously popular. The author has already said that she will seek to have the films made in Ireland She told the Sunday Times: "When I first saw Dublin, I knew I was going to set a story there. I've long felt an inexplicable fascination with Ireland."

Spielberg to produce Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' for Showtime

Showtime is teaming with Steven Spielberg and Stephen King on a new drama series based on King's 2009 best-seller "Under the Dome," reports.
The novel centers on residents of Chester's Mill, Maine, who begin turning on one another after an invisible force field suddenly surrounds their town, cutting them off from the rest of the world.
No casting has been announced.
DreamWorks' Spielberg and Stacey Snider bought the rights to "Under the Dome" shortly after it was published in November 2009.
King will serve as an executive producer on the Showtime series, and the search is on for a writer.


Star Wars interview: Phil Tippett #ILM

Celebrating the release of the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray with the master of stop motion TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Now heading his own effects studio, hard at work on the new Twilight movie no less, as stop motion animator and creature effects on all three Star Wars films, Phil Tippett crafted some of the most iconic scenes in the saga, from the AT-ATs emerging from the snow to the eerily fascinating patrons of the Mos Eisley Cantina, and was on hand for the birth of SFX powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic. Tippett takes a Tautaun down memory lane with SciFiNow.
What was the first thing you remember hearing about the first Star Wars movie?
“I had a couple of a friends that I worked with, we worked at a place called Cascade Pictures and they did television commercials, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant and car commercials and that kind of thing. And they had a little insert stage called Stage Six that was kind o…

Can Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Harold & Kumar save 3-D?

Image Credit: Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images It hasn’t been a great summer for 3-D cinema. For one thing, attendance in 3-D theaters is dropping — possibly because people are unwilling to pay the added surcharge, but more likely because American moviegoers have gotten tired of paying extra money for a darker image. More disturbingly, however, there was no breakout film this summer that absolutely demanded to be seen in 3-D: No panoramic How To Train Your Dragon, no neon-spectacular TRON: Legacy, not even a cheesy thrill-ride like Jackass 3D or Piranha 3D. The one film that actually seemed to justify the 3-D was Transformers: Moon over Memphis, and even that was ultimately undone by Michael Bay’s inability to stage giant-robot-action as anything more than digital robo-sludge.
Despite growing complaints, 3-D isn’t going anywhere. In fact, some of 2012′s biggest films offer intriguing possibilities for the form. Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Peter Ja…

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ with Steven Spielberg Q&A on Sept. 12

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Lucasfilm) To mark the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hero Complex is hosting a free screening of the Indiana Jones classic – and a live onstage interview with Hollywood titan Steven Spielberg.
The event with the three-time Oscar winner is Sept. 12 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 in downtown Los Angeles. The screening of the newly restored and digitally projected film begins at 7 p.m., and the interview, moderated by Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher, will follow the movie.
The tickets are free and are now available through our sign-up website. To be eligible for ticket giveaways that will lead up to the screening — and to find out about other upcoming Hero Complex events – follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex.
Steven Spielberg (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times) The 64-year-old Spielberg is approaching a new chapter of his career with two December releases, “War Horse” and “The Adve…

Warwick Davis is hitting the big time

Talk about serendipity. Wicket the Ewok sits in a black taxi as it pulls up outside the Trafalgar Hotel. Standing on the pavement, waiting to get into the cab, is none other than Luke Skywalker's (well, Mark Hamill's) wife. It's the kind of chance encounter that were any Star Wars geeks to witness it, they'd probably implode like a Death Star in excitement.
"I'm always getting these Sliding Doors-style moments," says the cab's besuited occupant - all three foot six inches of him. Warwick Davis, Britain's most celebrated short actor, has experienced many such pinch-me happenings in his career, whether it's hugging Harrison Ford's leg as Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi or playing the lead over Val Kilmer in Hollywood blockbusters.
"Pound for pound, Warwick Davis is one of the funniest men I know," says Ricky Gervais. Just as well, given the Harry Potter, Willow and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Gal…

R2-D2 Home Planetarium Is the Droid You’re Looking For

The R2 unit will be available through Japanese import sites next month. Image courtesy of Lucasfilm Limited. You won’t find Princess Leia begging for help when you turn on Sega Toys’ new Star Wars-themed projector. You’ll have to settle instead for a brilliant rendition of our galaxy instead.
The R2-D2 Homestar Planetarium is the latest in Sega Toys’ line of astral projectors. But unlike other models, it’s the only model that identifies a fully operational Death Star. Condolences to members of the Rebel Alliance: Alderaan is no where to be found.
The unit stands at 8 inches tall, and the LED projector runs for up to three hours on four AAA batteries. The planetarium will be available for 6825 yen ($91) when it hits stores in Japan next month. Stateside astronomers and Star Wars geeks will be able to procure the projector from import sites like Japan Trend Shop, which is taking pre-orders. Pairs well with the Blu-Ray edition of the movies, also out in September.


The Dog That Looks Like Chewbacca

This pooch was caught bearing an uncanny resemblance to Star Wars favourite Chewbacca as it sat in the front seat of what could be a Ford Galaxy far, far away.

This picture was taken as the dog sat in front of the car's heater, the hot air sculpting the pooch's hair into the unmistakable style of the fictional wookie in the Star Wars films.

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Now War Horse Creator gallops to more glory

Beloved children’s author Michael Morpurgo is turning into a one-man Hollywood hit factory.
With Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Morpurgo’s War Horse due out here in January, another of his titles is galloping onto the big screen.
Up-and-coming actors Jack O’Connell and George MacKay will play the leads in the film version of Morpurgo’s 1982 novel Private Peaceful about two farm-labouring brothers, Charlie and Tommo Peaceful, who leave Devon to enlist to fight in World War I. One of them is court martialled for cowardice.
‘It highlights the iniquity of us shooting our own men during the war,’ said Guy de Beaujeu, who is producing the film with Simon Reade, the writer of the film’s screenplay.
Star pair: Up-and-coming actors Jack O’Connell and George MacKay will play the leads in the film version of Morpurgo’s 1982 novel Private Peaceful In fact, Private Peaceful has already played an important role in prompting discussions in Parliament about granting group …

Star Wars: The Old Republic Walkthrough Video Introduces Eternity Vault Operation

The latest developer walkthrough for Star Wars: The Old Republic focuses on the Eternity Vault. The Eternity Vault is a high-level Operation, or raid, for eight players.

"A prison discovered buried in the ice on Belsavis is thought to house an ancient and deadly evil that could threaten the galaxy. To counter this threat, General Threnoldt dispatches Imperial forces to investigate the prison and confront the dangers within," reads BioWare's description of the video.

After landing on Belsavis with escape pods, the party of Imperials regroups and battles a small army of droids. During the skirmish, we get to see the different roles that characters can perform in battle. Like other MMO's, SW:TOR has tanks (durable characters that draw enemy fire), healers (characters that keep everyone standing), and DPS (dedicated damage dealers). Success in this and other Operations depends on the ability of the team to work together - especially when that …

Cowboys and Aliens a Spielberg special

IT’S been 14 years since Scott Mitchell Rosenberg first started what was to be the Cowboys and Aliens graphic novel, the title of which was so compelling that the movie rights were bought even before the book was finished.
But it’s taken this long for filmmakers to figure out the conundrum of how to bring these two classic genres together on film – a film which is launched in cinemas across the UK this week.
The huge task of adapting Cowboys and Aliens from book to big screen fell into the hands of Iron Man screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, as well as writer Steve Oedekerk, known for his work on Bruce Almighty.
“We were brought onto Cowboys & Aliens just as the Iron Man shoot was wrapping up, and were offered a chance to create an entire story universe on a blank slate,” said Ostby. “There was an existing graphic novel, which we very much admire, but we chose instead to be inspired by the novel’s indelible cover art: a cowboy on horseba…

Some Rare Star Wars Photos You May Not Have Seen

Here are some rare Star Wars photos you may not have seen. Incidentally did anyone spot the George Lucas look-a-like in Super 8? He was in the crowd and looked very much like the classic Lucas just like the one below. It was the scene when they were having a police conference. If I find a photo I will post here for you.

Carrie Fisher - More Classic Photos

Its the weekend so what better way to celebrate the days off but with some more classic photos of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher.)  Okay its a poor excuse but hey she was my first crush.

Star Wars Characters in Plasticine

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … a host of rebels, bounty hunters and Imperial guards were overshadowed by the more glamorous antics of Luke and Leia. That's the cheeky premise of Elliott Quince's new book, which fleshes out the lives of lesser-known Star Wars characters in modelling clay

• Plasticine Tatooine: Stories from the Star Wars Second String is available from

Pixar Releases New Plot Synopsis For Brave

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo …

@TomCruise Test Drives a Red Bull Racing F1 Car.

Red Bull invited Tom Cruise (Minority Report, War Of The Worlds) to take a break from production of his new movie, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, to pilot the Red Bull Racing F1 car through Southern California's 2.5-mile (4km) Willow Springs circuit.
He reached a top speed of 181 mph (291 km/h) - just 4 mph off the top speed of his instructor and 13-time Grand Prix winner, David Coulthard.

GamesCom 2011: Kinect Star Wars Gets Awesome With Pod Racing...and a Rancor!

Before we get to the Rancor part of the game, however, there is one other thing worth addressing that fans of Star Wars will want to take notice of -- pod racing.  Yes, one of the most thrilling aspects of the original Phantom Menace​ film -- and not to mention coordinating Sega arcade and Nintendo 64 home releases -- will be included in Kinect Star Wars, and will let players sway about as they try to win circuits on Tattooine, as well as everywhere else that the game takes them.  This will no doubt be a welcome change of pace from the somewhat average action segments -- the ones that kind of turned us off from Kinect Star Wars to begin with.
But you came into this article for one primary reason -- a Rancor.  That creature that tried to crush Luke Skywalker in Jabba's pit in Return of the Jedi makes a welcome return to gaming with his debut as a playable character in Kinect Star Wars -- and this return couldn't be more well timed.
In this segment of…

Ghostbusters 3 is Coming With or Without Bill Murray

On The Dennis Miller Show Dan Akroyd has hinted that Ghostbusters 3 may go ahead with or without Bill Murray.:

"Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that 'Ghostbusters' is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of 'Ghostbusters 3' is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood."

Akroyd's take on the long-rumored sequel is familiar to dedicated fans, as it's the "Next Generation" take on the franchise we've heard bandied about for many years. Akroyd gave an update about what's going on with the old gang

"My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can't drive the cadilla…

Back to the Future DeLorean, Christopher Lloyd return for commercial

Christopher Lloyd has reprised his role as Doc Brown for a Back to the Future-inspired Argentinean commercial. The video, which appears to be an advert for electronics store Garbarino, shows a young man and woman in the street at night who film footage of the iconic Back to the Future DeLorean. As the car comes to a standstill in front of a Garbarino store, Doc Brown emerges and says: "Great Scott! What year is this? 2011!" Watch the Back to the Future ad, discovered by Slash Film, below:

#JurassicPark returning to cinemas next month

Universal Pictures has announced that the original film from Steven Spielberg's classic trilogy will come out in UK theatres again from Monday, September 23. Though the film has been digitally remastered, the special effects have not been changed. Jurassic Park's cinematic return coincides with the franchise's release on blu-ray, with all three movies available on the platform from October 24. The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy boxset will feature six-part documentary Return to Jurassic Park, which has interviews with the cast as well as Spielberg. Spielberg recently revealed that a fourth Jurassic Park film will arrive "in two or three years".

Harrison Ford: 'I don't know if Indiana Jones 5 will happen'

Harrison Ford has admitted that he does not know if George Lucas will come up with an idea for a fifth Indiana Jones film which both he and Steven Spielberg will like.

Talking to Tania Snuggs on Absolute Radio, the actor again insisted that he would love to reprise the character but suggested that a follow-up to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not yet certain.

"Well I don't know if George [Lucas] is able to come up with an idea that both Steven [Spielberg] and I think is going to work but I'd love to play the character again," Ford said.

Ford had previously said that he would be "as happy as pie" to return to the role if they develop the character and find the right story.

Earlier this year, Shia LaBeouf revealed that Ford was "staying in the gym" to keep in shape for the role.

CGI Yoda on Star Wars Episode 1 Blu-ray Revealed

8Share After several years since rumbling first arose suggesting LucasFilm and ILM were going to replace the hideous and creepy Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Yoda puppet with a CGI version, the first evidence of their work has made its way online just ahead of the Jedi Master's debut on the upcoming Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set. One of the many complaints Star Wars raised about Episode I was the inclusion of a Yoda puppet that was less convincing than the one used to Episode V nearly 20 years prior. He looked like a reject off the set of The Muppets and was upstaged, in aesthetics, by the all-CGI Jar Jar Binks.
LucasFilm dropped hints several years ago that it was their intent to eventually replace Yoda in Episode I with a new CGI version. The only logical places for the new Yoda to pay a visit was either the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set coming out September 16, or the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D in Febru…

Back to the Future Game Coming to Wii

Telltale Games has announced that Back to the Future: The Game will be coming to the Wii later this year. Telltale Games has released a number of episodic titles through the WiiWare service, such as Tales of Monkey Island, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, but their recent tiles have typically been released on other platforms. Nintendo fans can rejoice however as Back to the Future: The Game is coming to the Nintendo Wii. In a press statement issues today Telltale Games announced that a deal has been signed with Nintendo to release titles on the console. The first confirmed title will be Back to the Future: The Game, due out in October in North America for only $19.99. At the moment it is unknown if more of their titles will be released on the Nintendo Wii but the press release does refer to Back to the Future: The Game as the first title in the deal to be released so we assume more are coming. The press release only …

Kinect Star Wars delayed until 2012

"Microsoft and LucasArts have elected to move the launch of Kinect Star Wars beyond holiday 2011 to ensure the full potential of this title is realised," said a Microsoft spokesperson.

The spokesperson confirmed that the delay was for both the stand-alone game and the Kinect Star Wars Limited Edition Console.
Microsoft and LucasArts unveiled the Star Wars Xbox 360 console inspired by R2-D2 and C-3PO back in July. This first ever custom Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle will include an R2-D2 blue-and-white themed console, a custom Xbox 360 Wireless Controller inspired by C-3PO and a matching white Kinect sensor.

Thebeardedtrio is rather sad by this but if it means ultimately a better game then its got to be worth the wait.  Glad they are not rushing this one.

Carrie Fisher unveils her new figure after losing 50lb at 54

Carrie Fisher has shown off her slimline new look on US television this morning.
The Star Wars actress has shed 50lbs in nine months since becoming the face of diet company, Jenny Craig, she said.
But some couldn't help but notice that her face, as well as her body, seems to have undergone a transformation of sorts.
Her appearance on America's Today show sparked buzz on Twitter this morning, with one viewer noting: 'What on earth did she do to her face?'
Feeling fabulous at 54: Carrie Fisher unveiled her slimline new look on America's Today Show this morning Another added: 'Is anyone else watching the @todayshow? It looks like Carrie Fisher had mad plastic surgery on her face.'
While she kept quite about her rejuvenated features, she was certainly forthcoming about her decision to lose weight.

The star, who is now a size 8, told the Today Show: 'I couldn't look in the mirror. I saw pictures of myself where I didn't look like myself.
'I t…

A little lamp lights the way for Pixar's success

Walt Disney famously said, "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse." For the Pixar artists, it was all started by a lamp.

Twenty-five years ago (Aug. 17, 1986), "Luxo, Jr.," a short depicting the misadventures of a rambunctious little desk lamp and his weary father, premiered in Dallas and did something no computer-animated film had done before: It made audiences laugh. The first film from Steve Jobs' newly formed company Pixar and the second from director John Lasseter, "Luxo" launched the most successful and innovative animation studio since Walt Disney's heyday in the 1930s.

Without "Luxo," there would be no Woody and Buzz, no Sully and Mike, no Remy, no Wall-E, no Lightning McQueen and no Incredible family. The lamp is still the corporate symbol.

"Up until that point, people looked at computer animation as a technical demonstration," said Ed Catmull, president of Walt…

Salvador Dali with Indiana Jones: Famous Paintings Mashed Up with 80s Adventure

A series by London-based illustrator and designer Aled Lewis features famous paintings mashed up with 80s adventure games for the iam8bit art show.

The pieces include a mix between: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure (1989) and Salvador Dali's 'The Persistence of Memory'; The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) and Vincent Van Gogh's 'Cafe Terrace On The Place Du Forum 1888'; Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel (1987) and Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'; and Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) (1988) and Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks'.