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Steven Spielberg to delay Lincoln film for election

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".

‘War Horse’ Moves To Christmas Day; ‘The Adventures Of Tintin’ On Dec 21

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…

Warner Bros Want Steven Spielberg To Direct GODS & KINGS

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 including;
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 …

One day I was renting out videos - the next I was writing for Spielberg

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…

Clone Wars Adventures Surpasses 8M Registered Players

Sony Online Entertainment announced today that free-to-play virtual world Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures has surpassed a total of eight million registered players.

The game, based on animated Cartoon Network series 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars,' was announced last summer as a means of integrating the TV series with an interactive experience.

It was then released just over a year ago as a family-friendly online world.

Back at launch, the game saw over one million registered users within a week, with SOE president John Smedley noting that the company was "thrilled" with its success.

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…

ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) AND JURASSIC PARK III

A Short video showing ILM's involvement in Jurassic Park III

Spielberg's War Horse - New Poster

Old Republic customer service centre opens

200 jobs created in Ireland. BioWare 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.
"MMO 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.

http://www.videogamer.com/pc/star_wars_the_old_republic/news/star_wars_old_republic_customer_service_centre_opens.html

Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd Talks About UFOs

'Star Wars' Mark Hamill Celebrates 60th Birthday

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.
Happy birthday to the man who w…

Sigourney Weaver has "no idea" about 'Ghostbusters 3'

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."

Dan Ackroyd recently hinted that the new Ghostbusters film will be going ahead with or without Bill Murray's involvement.

The original Ghostbusters is returning to cinemas for Halloween to celebrate the launch of a digitally-restored edition of the classic comedy.

From - http://www.digital…

Another DVD Cover For Super 8 Revealed!

Writer/director 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.

The Clone Wars: "Prisoners" - Season 4 Ep. 3 Preview Clip

Goonies 2: The Prequel?

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…

Very Clever Jaws Remix #Jaws

Cameron at 3D summit

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.

FROM - http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/cameron-3d-summit-09-23-2011

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THE OLD REPUBLIC RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED - 22.12.11 #theoldrepublic

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 relief.

Is the Real Hugh Jackman Unlikeable? Sorta, Says Steven Spielberg

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…

Behind the Scenes of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'

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 …

Star Wars: The Complete Saga Breaks All Previous Worldwide Sales Records

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.

Steven Spielberg Regrets Pointlessly Changing ‘E.T.’

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..
0digg 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…

Faster Than Light May Be Possible. Next? Kessler Run @starwars

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 early.
The result - which threatens to upend a century of physics - will be put onl…

Star Wars Begins - The Complete Documentary In One Video

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

Spielberg Embarrassed of "Indiana Jones 4," Wanted Harrison Ford for "Jurassic Park"

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.

According 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 …

The Old Republic Will Be the Last Subscription MMO

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.
"There's …

EA admits Star Wars: Old Republic could delay to 2012

Release date unlikely to be confirmed until October. Star Wars: The Old Republic may be delayed until 2012, according to EA CFO Eric Brown.
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.
"In 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 of October.
"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 …

Steven Spielberg: ‘Stanley Kubrick never really leaves’

Steven 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…

Transformers ride coming to Universal Orlando, says Spielberg

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’…

Star Trek The Next Generation coming on Blu-ray

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 definition.
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.
More…

Star Wars: The Old Republic combat animation detailed

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:
"Once 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.
"The cover element has provided a tactical way for the Smuggler and Imperial Agent classes to be competitive against th…

HAPPY TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY "ARRRG! How Appropriate you fight like a cow!"

#InternationalTalkLikeAPirateDay Monkey Island A Pirate I Was Meant To Be

#InternationalTalkLikeAPirateDay Monkey Island Theme Played By Press Play On Tape

Loads Of New Tintin Images For You To Enjoy #spielberg #tintin

LEGO Star Wars - The Padawan Menace Trailer!‏ #starwars

Sneak peak of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars TV Special. It will be released on Friday July 22 on Cartoon Network at 7:00pm Eastern/Pacific.

Sigourney Weaver confirms Return To Na'vi In 'Avatar 2'

Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that she has a role in James Cameron's upcoming Avatar sequels.

Despite her character Dr Grace Augustine dying in the 2010 sci-fi epic, Weaver has revealed that Cameron plans to bring her back in some way.

"Don't worry, I will be back," Weaver told Coming Soon. "Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction.

"He's told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them."

The actress also suggested that Avatar 2 will begin filming sometime in 2012.

Wearver will next be seen opposite Twilight star Taylor Lautner in John Singleton's new thriller Abduction, due out in cinemas on September 23.

Star Wars: Confessions of the Brit who plays C-3PO

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."
Advertisement >> 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…

Super 8 Comes To Blu-Ray And DVD November 22nd

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 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes 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 Deleted Scenes DVDFeature Film Digital Copy The single-disc version will include the commentary and the "Dream Behind Super 8 and The Visitor Lives featurettes.


Industrial Light & Magic is Hiring!

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:

Animator
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…

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' season premiere recap: Captain Ackbar's Aqualung

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 …

Retro Gamer Celebrates LucasArts' Maniac Mansion

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.

Other 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.

You 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

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…

#StarWars teams up with cancer charity SU2C

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.
This month, Major League Baseball will be promoting "Star Wars" themed nights at various ballparks which include costumed cha…

London shines 'lightsabre' into sky and Jawas walk New York streets ahead of new Star Wars release

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.

More...Holograms invade your home: New games could project 3D worlds into your living roo…