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Steven Spielberg has said
that his Abraham Lincoln biopic will be released after the 2012 US
presidential election to avoid it being "political fodder".
The director told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper: "The movie will be purposely coming out after next year's election."
The film will be based on the recent best selling book Team Of Rivals, by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Daniel Day-Lewis will play the president, while his wife will be portrayed by actress Sally Field.
The movie will follow Lincoln's journey to abolish slavery
and end the American Civil War, but will centre around the final four
months of his life.
"It is really a movie about the great work Abraham Lincoln did in the last months of his life," Spielberg said.
The film-maker is preparing to start shooting the movie in
Richmond, Virginia because buildings there look "like Washington looked
back during the Civil War".
2011 for Steven Spielberg is much more difficult than it was
in 2005—the last time the super-prolific filmmaker released two films in
one year. In 2005, you had “War of the Worlds” in the summer and six months later you had “Munich,” and very little had to be done by way of managing time between Paramount (“War of the Worlds”) and Universal (“Munich”).
Come 2011, it’s a much different story. Within days of each other Spielberg is releasing his mo-cap 3D four-quadrant-friendly “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn” (Paramount) and his serious, Oscar-bait picture “War Horse” (Touchstone Pictures/Disney).
You can bet that both studios are hyper aware of each others’ release
plans and they’re likely sharing and planning his time accordingly. It’s
likely a huge PR nightmare, but for the director it’s all gravy—one
picture to put him in Oscar contention, one picture to secure his
position on the adventure-film blockbuster mantle.
But it’s all a game of dominoes. Thus wh…
Deadline reports that Warner Bros are pulling out all the stops to secure Steven Spielberg to direct a giant sized film about the COMPLETE life of Moses titled Gods and Kings. The film was birthed on a treatment by Matti Leshem,
the son of late Israeli Ambassador Moshe Leshem, and that was fleshed
into a full script by two members of the Warner family – Michael Green (Green Lantern, Smallville) and Stuart Hazeldine (Paradise Lost).
Based on the Book of Exodus and other stories from the Old Testament,
the script covers the adventures of Moses from birth to death
his awakening to the plight of the Hebrew slaves that led
Moses’ struggle against the Pharaoh for their freedom out of Egypt; the
Ten Plagues; the Burning Bush; the daring escape across the Red Sea;
receiving the Ten Commandments, and delivery to Israel.
Insiders are quick to mention that this won’t be a remake of the famous Cecil B. DeMille 1956 picture The Ten Commandments which was also a Moses re-telling …
How a bit-part Holby City actress conquered HollywoodKelly Marcel has done enough acting
to last a lifetime. She started at the age of three, appearing in Prey, a
horror film directed by her father Terry. The audience watched as she was covered in raw liver and eaten by a cannibal. And,
in her view at least, it didn’t get much better. Throughout her 20s,
Kelly had bit-part after bit-part in The Bill, Casualty and one-off TV
dramas. But it was when she
was lying on her back on the set of Holby City, covered in fake sweat
and with her legs in the air, that she realised something had to change.
‘I was pretending to
give birth,’ she explains. ‘I’d never had a baby, hadn’t a clue what to
do and thought, “This is my worst experience ever.” ’ So,
aged 30, and confident that her professional life was unlikely to
improve, she swapped it all for a £4.50-an-hour job in a South London
video shop. Now, seven years later, she is one of the most sought-after
writing talents in Hollyw…
Smedley said of this latest figure, "LucasArts continues to be an
excellent partner, giving our team unprecedented access so that we can
continue to create a virtual world that expands beyond the storylines of
the TV show in fun and creative ways."
He reiterated that the company was happy with the game's progress, and
noted that he "looks forward to seeing our communi…
200 jobs created in Ireland.
has announced the opening of a new customer service centre in Galway,
Ireland, for the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic this December.
The new centre has created 200 new jobs for the city.
launches are complex, and we are determined to set a new standard for a
high quality, stable, smooth launch for our fans. Our new BioWare
facility and team in Galway is critical to ensuring we deliver on that
goal," explained BioWare's Ray Muzyka.
BioWare announced at this year's Eurogamer Expo that Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch December 20.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill celebrated his 60th birthday on
Sunday. That's right, Luke Skywalker is now six decades old, and it is
hard for some fans to believe. The actor was not well-known before
George Lucas's series of films launched him to stardom. Since starring in Star Wars, Mark Hamill has gone on to have many other career successes. Did you know that he was supposed to be in TV's Eight is Enough,
but got released from the contract to appear as Luke Skywalker instead?
Since his big screen stardom, he has lent his voice to cartoons like Batman and The Simpsons.
Unfortunately for the birthday boy, he was in a car accident in 1977 after the Star Wars
filming was complete, and he has significant facial scarring. While
that must have been hard, it hasn't kept him from working or from having
a successful personal life. He has been married since 1978, and he has
three children. Overall, it has been a great life for Mark Hamill.
birthday to the man who w…
Sigourney Weaver has cast doubt over whether a third Ghostbusters film will ever be made.
The actress, who portrayed Dana Barrett in both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, has said that she has yet to see a final script for the proposed sequel.
"I have yet to read the script," Weaver explained to Coming Soon
this week. "I've had a couple of calls and I know they're rewriting and
all I said was that I hope my [character's] son Oscar has grown up to
be a Ghostbuster and Ivan Reitmand said yes.
"Beyond that, I have
no idea," she added. "I hope it comes together, but we already did two
wonderful films and, if we have to let this one go, that's fine."
J.J. Abrams teams with producer Steven Spielberg for this period sci-fi
thriller set in the late '70s, and centering on a mysterious train
crash in a small Ohio town. Summer, 1979: a group of young friends are
filming a Super-8 movie when a pickup truck derails a speeding train.
When the locals start to disappear and even the inquisitive deputy can't
come up with answers, suspicions emerge that the incident was anything
but an accident. As the truth finally begins emerge, no one is prepared
to learn what now stalks the unsuspecting citizens of this once quiet
community. Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning star.
It has been suggested that the much talked about and highly anticipated sequel to the hit 1985 The Goonies
could finally be getting made after all. However, the original idea for
the sequel has now changed and it looks like they could be looking to
make a prequel instead.
The original idea for The Goonies 2, was to have the original
characters kids embarking on an adventure of their own. However, it has
been so long since that idea was brought up, that it now seems slightly
unbelievable as a storyline, so they have opted to take the prequel
route. The Goonies 2 is set to follow the journey of a young Chester Copperpot as he grows up surrounded by the legend of One Eyed Willy, before heading off in search of the pirates missing treasure. Sean Astin is set to narrate the movie to keep the original The Goonies feel there. It has even been claimed that some of the original cast could appear in cameo roles.
The script is only just being developed for The Goonies 2, so
do not ex…
Director James Cameron still sang the praises of 3D at Thursday’s 3D Entertainment Summit.
Cameron laughed off any criticism the format is getting at the Fourth Annual 3D Entertainment Summit, which took place in Hollywood & Highland Center.
The filmmaker states that any flaws can be fixed with a change of perception and superior 3D authoring and presentation.
His fellow filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott all have upcomingfilms which will be released in 3D.
He is also in pre-production of two sequels to his 3D hit Avatar(2009), which are planned for release in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Cameron also recently made a deal with Disney to have an Avatar theme park attraction at Disney World, which will have 3D technology.
Cameron also plans to re-release his mega-hit Titanic(1997) in 3D. This will arrive in cinemas in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.
Its the news we have all been waiting for. The official release date
for The Old Republic will be 22nd Of December 2011. There were worries
that the title had put back to next year but now we can breath a sigh of
Is it possible for anyone not to like Hugh Jackman?
Seriously, I don't think I've ever heard a bad word said about the guy.
But Steven Spielberg says...
Jackman may not be the most likeable guy—in his new action drama, Real Steel, that is.
"He risks not being like for a while in this movie," Spielberg, a
producer of the film, told me last night at a VIP screening at the
Pacific Design Center in L.A. "He risks unlikeability for the first act
and a half of this movie."
He certainly does. Jackman plays a Charlie, deadbeat dad whose
11-year-old son unexpectedly comes to live with him after his mom dies.
Taking place sometime in the near future, Charlie is a one-time
champion boxer who now builds and coaches fighting robots. Think Rocky meets Transformers.
"Hugh's a great actor," Spielberg said. "He's a great entertainer.
He could do anything. He could do Broadway. He could do musical
theater. He could do movies—and prob…
Cue the dramatic theme music. Star Wars returns to the big
screen but this time around Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and the rest
of the Jedi Knights are in animated form. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
is a brand new animated adventure which is set during, of course, the
Clone Wars and introduces a couple of new characters as well as brings
back some familiar faces from the Star Wars world.
At a press conference held at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, producer
Lucas joined director Dave Filoni and producer Catherine Winder to
discuss the story behind this latest chapter in the Star Wars saga. What do people do for fun in the Star Wars universe? George Lucas: "Well, they like pod races, they like gambling,
they like card games. They go out and shoot at womp rats in the canyons
with their local tractors." Dave Filoni: "They play that chess style game that Chewbacca and R2 played." Does the mythology have an entertainment industry? George Lucas: "There …
Kayleen Walters, Senior Director of Marketing for Lucasfilm, said in a statement: "Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrateStars Wars continues to amaze us. Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would."
Representative for Twenieth Century Fox, Mary Daily and Vincent Marcais added to the statement: "Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago. With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the Saga in the best possible quality."
The boxset features Episodes I-VI, as well as a wealth of commentaries, making-of documentaries, retrospectives, interviews and much more.
We’ve never made a full-length feature film, but we’re pretty
sure it’s a hard thing to do. Making a movie perfect is nearly
impossible, so when someone does it you imagine they treat it like a
priceless vase on a wobbly pedestal - slowly backing away and never
letting your kids play catch around it. That's why it baffles us when
filmmakers decide to return to their best works years later and make
pointless changes. For the 2002 re-release of E.T., Steven
Spielberg digitally replaced all the FBI agents’ guns with
walkie-talkies. He never really explained why, but many assumed he was
bowing to political correctness and concerned parents’ groups.
Fortunately, as Yahoo! reports, he announced he will reverse the change for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of E.T..
You could argue that E.T. is the story of how youthful innocence
will always trump grown-up aggression and cynicism, and the FBI agents
carried the guns to exemplify this point. You coul…
As a geek I always wanted light/warp speed to be possible and never believed the scientists who said "You can't go faster than light speed" and "It goes against the laws of physics." I always wanted to believe that doing the Kessler Run in under 12 parsecs was a possibility and the Vulcans will visit us once we perfected warp speed. I always got annoyed at scientists who insist that you can't go faster than light speed. You're not thinking fourth dimensionally.
But now it seems scientists are baffled by subatomic particles that are apparently going faster than the speed of light.
Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists -
because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso
laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a tiny fraction of a second
The result - which threatens to upend a century of physics - will be put onl…
Star Wars Begins - The complete documentary. It still remains in 14
parts as when it was originally released in Feb 2011 but now youtube has
allowed it to be upload the complete 2hr 19mins. YOUTUBE Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/jambedavdar
For the 30th anniversary of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the film was screened in LA where Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford made an appearance and answered some questions.
to Spielberg, he originally wanted Tom Selleck to play Indiana Jones
and it was "Empire Strikes Back" that made Harrison the frontrunner.
Ford replied that Spielberg now only hires him for Indy films. To which
the director replied: "You know who I offered 'Jurassic Park' to? This guy (pointing at Ford). Alan Grant, 'Jurassic Park,' right here."
Spielberg went on to explain that he was struggling and ended up taking on "Raiders" for the paycheck. "Before
'Raiders' I needed a job, because I’d just made '1941' and no one would
hire me, except George Lucas, my friend. [laughs] So, yeah, I needed
the eggs, you know?”
And when the topic switched to "Indiana
Jones the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," Spielberg admitted that …
Rival designer John Smedley thinks all major MMOs will be free to play after The Old Republic.
In 2004, World of Warcraft blew the pants off everyone's
sales expectations after it quickly grew to more than 12 million
subscribers in just a few years, breaking the previous record set by EverQuest who once boasted a paying audience of almost 1 million. Sony Online Entertainment's library of MMOs now includes EQ and EQ2
that charge a monthly subscription, but CEO John Smedley is busy
converting all his games to a free to play model. He firmly believes
that charging up front or a monthly fee is a barrier to entry that most
people will not penetrate, and he has the market research of Lord of the Rings Online, many Asian MMOS, and his own Free Realms to back up that claim. In fact, Smedley thinks that BioWare's The Old Republic will be the last major MMO to use the subscription model because the Star Wars license will carry at least 2 million customers.
Release date unlikely to be confirmed until October.
Star Wars: The Old Republic may be delayed until 2012, according to EA CFO Eric Brown.
explained the company is unlikely to announce a release date for the
MMO until the end of October, and their initial aim of releasing the
game for the end of the year could slip into the next year, MCV reports.
terms of timing we haven't given a street date yet. We won't do so for
some time, possibly at our next upcoming earnings call towards the end
"We did hold out a slight possibility that it could
slip to our March quarter. And the factors that would cause a slip is,
for example, us not being completely satisfied with the scalability
testing, and wanting to tune it for several extra weeks."
In response to this, BioWare's Stephen Reid has stated on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic forum there has been no official decision to delay the game:
"Investor calls and conferences …
Spielberg, left, and Stanley Kubrick shooting a scene from "A Clockwork
Orange" in 1971. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images and TCM)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of “A Clockwork Orange,” and while some argue
that the dystopian satire has lost a bit of its original shock value,
Steven Spielberg says the years have only added to the effect of the
ultraviolent Stanley Kubrick masterpiece.
“The movie hasn’t worn out its welcome at all,” Spielberg said. “Like
all of Kubrick’s films, it’s still a cautionary tale that continues to
occur in the world. It was considered a revolutionary film when it came
out but not really a prophetic film. But like all of Kubrick’s films it
turned out to be more prophetic than is reasonable or comfortable.”
This Friday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen “A Clockwork Orange” at a sold-out tribute to the career of star Malcolm McDowell. (I will be interviewing McDowell on stage before the screeni…
The future of Universal Orlando may be more than meets the eye, at
least according to famed Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
“Transformers: The Ride – 3D” is currently under construction at
Universal Studios Hollywood in California as well as Universal Studios
Singapore. But Spielberg hinted to the Orlando Sentinel that more
“Transformers” fun may be on the way.
In an interview with movie critic Roger Moore, Spielberg said:
“I always like to hear that people are still coming to
the attractions we already have in the park. I know everybody’s going to
Harry Potter right now. But we think Transformers is going to pretty
amazing. We’ve been working on that for about three years now. It should
be ready soon. I don’t have an announcement, yet, but it should be
coming there soon.”
Is Spielberg really talking about a third Transformers ride to be
built at Universal Orlando? Or is he just getting his parks mixed up,
thinking of one of the other two? Universal Orlando isn’…
The wait is nearly over for fans of Star Trek The Next Generation: a Blu-ray release is imminent, according to various sources, and it'll come complete with new special effects, just like the remastered Star Wars special editions. Let's just hope there's no Greedo shot first nonsense introduced.
Rumours have been raging since 2006, when the original series was remastered, according to fan site Trek Core.
No announcements were forthcoming, however, and while it's still not
official, there's more proof online than it'd be sensible to ignore. So
get ready to enjoy Captain Picard's slaphead in the glory of high
Digital Bits reported back in July that it had heard at Comic Con
that CBS was working on a sampler blu-ray set for release this year. The
disc would contain four test episodes, and would be on sale on 28
September (the 24th anniversary of the show's first broadcast in 1987),
though then it heard 6 December was the date.
Combat animation for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been detailed in the most recent developer blog by principal lead animator Mark How.
How explains the thought process behind designing lightsaber battles, stating:
we knew what our rules were for combat, the programmers and animators
were able to create a Lightsaber clashing system that could predict the
volleys of weapons fire and other attacks being thrown at the player
from all directions, and have the player dynamically react to 'block'
these attacks. Not only that, but we were able to keep this system
active while players were deflecting directed attacks, engaged in melee
combat or even running."
Another issue the team faced was
addressing whether the likes of Han Solo could compete directly against
Darth Vader. This was solved through the introduction of a cover system.
cover element has provided a tactical way for the Smuggler and Imperial
Agent classes to be competitive against th…
He starred in one of the biggest films of all time. But few fans have ever seen his face.
For actor Anthony Daniels is C-3PO, the shiny android whose clipped lines open and close the six-film epic Star Wars.
"People recognise me now," says Anthony, now 65. "But in the
beginning I was actually signed to secrecy. The studio wanted people to
believe C-3PO was a real robot."
Anthony was barely 30 when he was cast alongside the then
littleknown Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in what they thought would
be a small, forgettable sci-fi film.
"I hated sci-fi," he says. "I thought Star Wars was ridiculous when I
first saw the script. A princess without a kingdom, a couple of blokes,
a couple of robots and a big hairy thing?
"Filming was painful. It was the hottest summer in England. Under my robot outfit, it was so hot I wore just a leotard.
"Harrison was just a jobbing actor back then. We really didn't kn…
Paramount Home Entertainment will release Super 8 as a
Blu-ray/DVD combo pack ($39.99), as well as a single-disc DVD version
($29.99). Here's what you'll get on the bonus features front:
Blu-rayCommentary by writer/director J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong
The Dream Behind Super 8The Search for New Faces
Meet Joel Courtney
Rediscovering Steel Town
The Visitor Lives
Scoring Super 8Do You Believe in Magic?
The 8mm Revolution
Deconstructing the Train Crash
The single-disc version will include the commentary and the "Dream Behind Super 8 and The Visitor Lives featurettes.
For over thirty years, Industrial Light & Magic, a division of
Lucasfilm Ltd., has set the standard for visual effects and in the
process, created some of the most stunning images in the history of
film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, ILM continues to
break new ground in visual effects.
Some of the current work in production includes Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Battleship, and The Avengers.
We are seeking talented artists in the following disciplines for positions in our San Francisco office:
Summary: Designs and creates animation for 3D CG characters and
creatures for digital feature and live-action integrated feature films.
Requirements: Bachelor’s in Fine Art, Illustration, Animation, CG Art,
or a related field preferred; Expert knowledge of animation principles,
acting, film production and compositional design required; 3+ years
experience in 3D CG; proficiency with LINUX; expertise with Maya and/or
other high-end animation software p…
War! It’s neverending in that Galaxy Far, Far Away. Throughout the Star Wars
saga we’ve seen battles on icy tundras, deserts, and grassy plains. In
forests and planet-covering cityscapes. Even a showdown in a giant
sinkhole (R.I.P. General Grievous). But until tonight’s aptly-titled
fourth season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Water War,” George Lucas’s saga had never given us a full underwater conflagration.
When I spoke to Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni
last March, before last season’s finale, I laid my geek cards on the
table and said that if there was one thing I wanted to see from his show
above all else it was a trip to Admiral Ackbar’s homeworld of Mon
Calamari for some ultra-hydrated action. At that time Mr. Filoni would
neither confirm nor deny that such a storyline was in the works, but he
did indicate that I was not alone in my sentiment. Needless to say,
despite an unfortunate Gungan incursion into the azure seas of Mon
Calamari, I found …
Maniac Mansion, LucasArts’ superb graphic adventure, is the subject of an excellent article in issue 94 of Retro Gamer magazine.
Created using the now fabled SCUMM, co-creators Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick explain the creation of the legendary game.
highlights to look forward to include a round-table with key Amiga
graphic artists, a look at the best original games available for
Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, a history of Capcom’s long-running Versus
games and the final part of our Atari history.
can read the full article in issue 94 on sale now from all good
newsagents priced £4.99 - order your copy from the imagine shop here or get it digitally from iTunes.
First Digital 3D Rendered Film (from 1972) and My Visit to Pixar
This is really neat. It’s a very very early digital 3D rendered film (family lore is that it’s the first, ever). It looks old because it is. It was created in 1972 by Ed Catmull (the founder of Pixar) and Fred Parke with a little help from my dad. I also think that this is the only digital copy of it. 40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (Pixar, 1972) from Robby Ingebretsen on Vimeo.
The best part of this film is not even the 3D rendering itself, but the outtakes and “making of” footage that has been interwoven throughout, including footage of a plaster replica of Ed’s hand onto which he is meticulously mapping the polygon vertices that make up the three dimensional model (around 1:30). That’s really remarkable. The math that we take for granted for rendering 3D was being invented, real time, to create this video. (Ed’s credited for having working out that math to handle things like texture mapping, 3D anti-aliasing and z-buf…
Starting Friday, a major promotional effort will be unleashed by
Lucasfilm, eBay and Major League Baseball to support the cancer charity
Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C).
The promotion will coincide with the launching of "Star Wars: the Complete Saga" on Blu-ray.
SU2C was established by the Entertainment Industry Foundation in
2008 to raise funds to speed up collaborative cancer research
emphasizing getting the treatments to patients as swiftly as possible.
The website says that 100 percent of public donations "will go directly
to cancer research."
On the Internet, the "Star Wars" YouTube channel will have
a video, "Use the Force for Good," where celebrity supporters encourage
donations by recreating classic scenes. Among the actors are comedians
Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Seth Rogen and Emma Stone.
month, Major League Baseball will be promoting "Star Wars" themed
nights at various ballparks which include costumed cha…
A giant lightsabre beams over London, Stormtroopers parade across New York's streets and Darth Vader is seen hailing a taxi. It can mean only one thing - Star Wars is in town.
Walk this way: Three Jawas and a Stormtrooper cross New York's 42nd Street as Star Wars comes to Blu-Ray
May the fare be with you: Darth Vader gets into a cab after the London launch party for Stars Wars on Blu-Ray Momentum has been gathering
this week as Star Wars fans prepare themselves for the release of George
Lucas' groundbreaking six-film saga in Blu-Ray for the first time. Each
of the movies have been extensively remastered for the high definition
format, with 'Star Wars: The Complete Saga' hitting the streets today. To
mark the box set's launch, London's BT Tower fired a high-powered blue
Jedi 'lightsabre' into the sky last night - in a move that looked set to
annoy Lord Vader.