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German police stop drunken 'Yoda' at wheel

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a 42-year-old male driver, resplendent in his Yoda costume, had a minor collision with a pedestrian and sped off in his car, only to be collared by a police vehicle two minutes later.
The pedestrian was left with only light injuries following the accident, but the Jedi master look-alike found himself on the wrong side of the law and, despite his green mask, was left decidedly red faced.
"The officers were especially surprised to see ... Grand Master Yoda at the wheel," said the statement from police in the city of Darmstadt, near Frankfurt in western Germany.
It appears Yoda had enjoyed his evening too much to be driving and authorities took him to the station, confiscated his licence and took a blood sample. "The hapless Jedi returned home on foot," said police.
"In this case, the force was not with him."

The Old Republic - Huttball Trailer

SWTOR will feature three PvP "Warzones", each with its own unique objectives and gameplay. The first warzone is called "Voidstar", and sees players fight for the control of a spaceship. The second warzone, "Alderaan", involves an all-out war on the famous planet, while the third warzone is known as "Huttball".

"In Huttball, two teams meet inside the deadly confines of 'The Pit,' an arena unlike any other in the galaxy! The teams battle for control of a ball which appears in the center of the arena. Whichever team has the ball must run with it, pass it, or use whatever means necessary to get it across the opposing team's goal line, while simultaneously battling the enemy team and avoiding the many fire, acid and anti-gravity traps that litter the playing field. At the end of the match, the team with the most points wins."

Tintin star Jamie Bell: Steven Spielberg is a magician

The Bafta-winning actor voices Tintin in the big-screen adaptation of Hergé's classic comic books, with Spielberg taking the reins alongside Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

Bell admits he was 'terrified' to work with the man he has long admired, telling 'I loved him as a child. This guy's a magician, he's almost otherworldly…'

'Steven speaks to the child in all of us. He's very nostalgic as a filmmaker,' he added.

'Nostalgia is a very special place if you can tap into it and I think he's done that on a worldly conscious level so well – that's why he feels like a magician.'

The Academy Award-winning director originally obtained the rights to adapt Tintin for the big-screen in 1983 but the film stalled, with Spielberg picking up the idea again in 1983.
Jamie Bell was 'terrified' at the prospect of working with Steven Spielberg (Picture: AP) The film was originally intended to be a live-act…

Desplat named composer of year at World Soundtrack Awards

The Ghent-based Awards concert was dedicated to the late Ronni Chasen. Alexandre Desplat has been named film composer of the year for 2011 by the World Soundtrack Academy.
Desplat, who also won the prize last year, has had a busy year working on the following films: A Better Life, The Burma Conspiracy, The King’s Speech, The Tree of Life, The Well Digger’s Daughter, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2.
The World Soundtrack Awards were held this weekend as the closing event of the 38th Ghent International Film Festival.
The other winners included Best Original Film Score of the Year for Hans Zimmer’s Inception.
Randy Newman received the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for Film with We Belong Together from the film Toy Story 3. Alex Heffes received the Discovery of the Year Award for The First Grader and The Rite. The Public Choice Award went to A.R. Rahman for 127 Hours. The Sabam Award for Best Young European Composer went to Gabriel Heinric…

$5 Off Coupon for Super 8

Amazon is offering a special $5 coupon to be used towards Super 8 pre-orders. This promotional discount applies to the two-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack of director J.J. Abrams' nostalgic sci-fi/adventure.

Consumers who wish to take advantage of this offer need to add the Super 8 Blu-ray to their Amazon shopping cart and start the checkout process. When "WOODWARD" is entered in the "Gift Cards & Promotional Codes" box that appears during the "Shipping and Payment" stage, $5 will be deducted from the order total.

Currently, Amazon has set the Blu-ray's cost at $24.99, which the coupon drops to $19.99. Should Amazon reduce the price between now and whenever Super 8 officially streets, the $5 discount will also apply to the lower price, provided customers lock in the coupon while Amazon is still offering it.

The promotion is available until November 27th. Super 8 streets on November 22nd.


Warwick Davis is no small talent

Let's sort the terminology first. Cumbersome expressions such as "people of restricted height" or "vertically challenged" will henceforth only make it into my copy if specifically requested by Warwick Davis, the dwarf actor who has been a mainstay of two of the great movie franchises of modern time, the Star Wars and Harry Potter series. Did I just write 'dwarf'? Is that allowed? "Some people don't think it's right to say the word 'dwarf', and the word 'midget' is held by some to be quite offensive, but I don't feel that," says Davis, springing up into a chair the same size as the one I have just plumped down on in the bar of the beautifully refurbished St Pancras hotel in London. "I'm not part of that PC brigade... I think so many people are afraid to talk to me in case they say the wrong thing. I'd much rather people talk to me and if they say the wrong thing, at least we&#…

Jurassic Park - The Deluxe Edition Pre-orders for the PC and Mac version are now live

Jurassic Park - The Deluxe Edition
Pre-orders for the PC and Mac version are now live

In the words of John Hammond, "we spared no expense" on the Jurassic Park: The Game Deluxe Edition for PC and Mac, available exclusively via the Telltale Games Store! We've packed it full of cool InGen approved requisitions including:

A Jurassic Park staff badge as seen in the film
A 32-page field guide full of information about the park and its inhabitants
A Jurassic Park visitor's brochure with fold-out map
And much more!

As well as all of the Jurassic Park gear that's in the box, Deluxe Edition owners also receive access to exclusive digital content including the game's soundtrack and videos!

Owners of the Jurassic Park: The Game Deluxe Edition can download the game on launch day and the physical pack will ship shortly after! If you're a US domestic customer and place your order for the Deluxe Edition by 11/14, you should receive …

Xmas No.1: Date decision disqualifies Star Wars: The Old Republic

Sales of December’s Star Wars: The Old Republic won’t be counted towards the Christmas No.1.
Although the game is the last blockbuster release of the year, due on December 20th, it arrives three days too late to be included in the final count, according to GfK Chart-Track.
The UK chart tracker told MCV this week that the Christmas No.1 will be decided for the week ending Saturday, December 17th – not the week ending Saturday, December 24th as some may have expected.
“Normally we always say the last chart published before Christmas is the Christmas chart,” explained Chart-Track director Dorian Bloch. “We will stick with week 50, ending on December 17th. One issue with not going for week 51 is getting all the data from retail, which will be up to and including December 24th.”
EA dominates the Christmas No.1 list, with 11 titles taking the position – seven of which are FIFA games.
Call of Duty is the overwhelming favourite to be No.1 this Christmas…

'Jaws: Memories' book is a good reason to own a coffee table

To paraphrase Amity Police Chief Brody, you’re gonna need a bigger bookshelf.
Written by Matt Taylor and featuring photographs compiled by Taylor and Jim Beller, “Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard” is an irresistible treasure trove of knowledge, a must-own for film buffs.
Director Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 thriller “Jaws” marked the birth of the modern blockbuster, and tales of its production are legendary — such as the difficulties of getting the prop sharks to work are nearly as well-known as the film itself. But for “Jaws” nuts and Spielberg superfans, “Memories” is something refreshingly new: a history of the film’s production told through the stories and photos of residents of Martha’s Vineyard, the charming Massachusetts vacation destination where the film was shot.
Among the priceless stories that fill nearly every one of the book’s 296 pages is the fact that the production was nearly dealt a fatal blow by something far more dangerous than any shark: zonin…

Steven Spielberg Confirms Plans For Jurassic Park 4

Steven Spielberg has revealed that a script has been written for Jurassic Park 4.

The fourth installment of the dinosaur franchise was confirmed at the San Diego Comic Con in July, and the director has confirmed that the screenplay is going well.

He told Empire: "The screenplay is being written right now by Mark Protosevich. I'm hoping that will come out in the next couple of years. We have a good story. We have a better story for four than we had for three..."

The legendary director also discussed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, admitting that it wasn't the way he wanted to direct the film, saying: "George [Lucas] and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn't want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in - even if I don't believe in it - I'm going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it."

When asked about a fifth Indy …

Steven Spielberg: 'I got hooked on The X Factor'

The X Factor might be losing a few viewers this year, but show bosses might take comfort in knowing that at least the calibre of their viewer is rising.

That's right, Steven Spielberg has confessed that he became hooked on the show while he was filming in Britain - and he reckons that Simon Cowell takes it easier on the Brits than he does on Americans.

The 64-year-old Hollywood legend, who directed such classics as Jaws, ET: The Extra Terrestrial and Schindler's List said: ""My family became completely infatuated with The X Factor. We watched it all the time.

"I wanted to go to sleep because I was shooting but I'd wind up watching instead of sleeping. I became a sappy devotee."

And he claimed that Simon Cowell was nicer to his fellow countrymen and women than he is to the hopefuls he has to deal with on The X Factor US (and previously American Idol).

He continued: "I couldn't believe how nice Cowell was to his fellow Brits and how horrendous…

Thor, Star Wars Releases Lift Disappointing Blu-ray Sales

Blu-ray has lost quite a bit of traction in consumer interest with streaming media capturing most of the attention these days.

Recent data released by IHS also suggest that Blu-ray has not quite climbed to the level of sales movie makers anticipated when the first players were released more than five years ago. According to IHS, Blu-ray movie sales were just 4.9 million units in the first three weeks of September, compared to DVD sales of 23.8 million. However, Blu-ray sales are more than twice as high as they were in the same period of last year (2.3 million).
Content is driving sales and it seems that this is not different for Blu-ray. Rather disappointing sales earlier this year appear to have been improved with some significant releases in September, such as the release of Tyler Perry’s Big Happy Family, and Sons of Anarchy: Season 3 in the first week of the month. Rio was released on August 2, but remained the number one BD title for the week. X-Men followed in the secon…

Robin Williams - Robin Williams Marries In Front Of Spielberg And Lucas

Robin Williams tied the knot for the third time this weekend, marrying graphic designer Susan Schneider at a ceremony in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, which saw a celebrity guest list including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Billy Crystal.
Williams' marriage to Schneider comes just over a year after his divorce from second wife Marsha Garces, with whom he'd had two children with, Zelda Rae, aged 21, and 19 year-old Cody Alan - the comedic actor also has a child from his first marriage, 28 year-old Zachary. The UK's Daily Mail reports that Williams and Schneider have had a special bond ever since the latter supported him through heart surgery, with the San Francisco Chronicle reporting that the couple were "thrilled and excited" to be getting married. Details of the ceremony itself remain vague, although the Mail has a picture of the couple looking relaxed and in good spirits as they travelled light for their post-wedding honeymoon.
A me…

The Clone Wars: "Darkness on Umbara" - Season 4 Ep. 7 Preview Clip

Tensions run high as the clones carry out Krell's difficult orders and embark on the deadly mission to take the capital of Umbara in "Darkness on Umbara," a new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, October 28th on Cartoon Network.

The inspiration behind Steven Spielberg's Tintin

For a long time, at least until he wrote Tintin in Tibet, Hergé’s favourite adventures of his ace reporter were The Secret of the Unicorn and its sequel Red Rackham’s Treasure, two of the three sources for Steven Spielberg’s new film (see feature, left). This gripping sequence, a detective thriller involving historical flashbacks, petty theft, attempted murder and a hunt for pirate treasure, offers classic ingredients for the cinema. It was while researching Hergé’s biography that I discovered a note he made three months before his death in 1983. “If anyone can bring Tintin successfully to the screen, it is this young American film director…” it said, without actually naming Spielberg, who had approached him about acquiring the Tintin film rights the previous year, and whom he was due to meet in Brussels at the end of March 1983. Hergé, something of a film buff and an admirer of Spielberg’s early films, died on March 3 of that year. To flesh …

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TNT's 'Falling Skies' Second Season Production Under Way

Production Under Way on Second Season of TNT's Top-Rated Series Falling Skies
TNT has launched production on the second season of Falling Skies, the epic series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle. The show finished its first season as basic cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date. The second season of Falling Skies will air as part of TNT’s summer 2012 lineup. Several cast members are providing Twitter updates on the production using the hashtag #tntbackontheset.

Falling Skies takes place in the aftermath of an all-out invasion by an alien military force. Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, who must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilians. Falling Skies also stars Moon Bloodgood as Dr. Ann Glass, a pediatrician who has become the survivors’ primary physician; 

Sci-fi laser that let Star Wars hero bin his reading specs

Filming a scene for Revenge Of The Sith, one of the Star Wars movies, actor Anthony Daniels found himself in an embarrassing position.
As C-3PO, the endearing robot and loyal friend to Luke Skywalker, he was dressed in a skintight gold bodysuit and mask when he suddenly realised he needed his reading glasses.
‘My outfit was made from metal moulded to fit my body, with two dots in the mask to see through — there was no room for spectacles,’ says Anthony, 65, one of the few cast members to have starred in all six Star Wars films.
Perfect vision: Anthony Daniels couldn't wear glasses when playing Star Wars robot C-3PO so had laser eye surgery ‘I had a crew member standing in front of me holding up my lines, but without my glasses I couldn’t see things close up. I had to ask them to stand farther and farther back to try to enable me to see them in focus. I felt daft.’
Like almost everyone over the age of 40, Anthony suffers from presbyopia — an age-related blurring of c…

#StarWars Stormtrooper photographed in tender scenes with young son

He may be one of the dark side's evil enforcers, but this Stormtrooper clearly shows a lighter side in these rather unlikely family snaps.
They were created by amateur artist Kristina Alexanderson, who likes to believe the footsoldiers actually have a normal home life despite their deadly day job as Darth Vader's henchmen.
In one scene - crafted using a Lego figurine and a 4in plastic replica - the notoriously regimented Star Wars soldier is seen tenderly carrying his son.
Showing the ropes: The Stormtrooper gives his son skipping tips on a sun-kissed morning Any port in a Storm-trooper: The footsoldier ducks under a floral parasol held by his son
Another shows a classic father-and-son moment as they play hopscotch in the blazing sun on a hand-drawn chalk grid.
In others, he is seen ducking under a particularly floral parasol in the rain.

More...Open wide! The incredible pictures of a mother feeding her baby swallowsBed in the clouds: The optical illusion that appears to s…

Terra Nova to end on a cliffhanger

Steven Spielberg's new Fox drama Terra Nova will end its first series on a cliffhanger.

Executive producers Brannon Braga and Rene Echevarria have promised a huge cliffhanger will end the dino-drama's first season leaving fans wanting more. The duo have also revealed that Terra Nova will take on a more serialised format in the build up to the finale which is currently scheduled to air in December.

"We come to see the conspiracy with the Sixers is being orchestrated in 2149, and as we get toward the season finale we will go to 2149 and see that more's kind of a cliffhanger. All the elements come to a head, it's a two-hour finale. "The 11th Pilgrimage is scheduled to arrive - and who's going to show up?......We also set up a new mystery, so in that sense it's a cliffhanger." - Rene Echevarria speaking to Entertainment Weekly

Fox have yet to renew Terra Nova for a second season but so far the drama has performed solidly…

Trailer for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D Release!

Mark Hamill's next gig: comic book consultant

Mark Hamill will apply the force to an upcoming superhero comic book series called "NEW-GEN," the comic's creators announced Thursday.
The man better known as Luke Skywalker will serve as a creative consultant for the franchise, including an upcoming live action feature film production.
The announcement came at New York Comic-Con this week, where the "Star Wars" actor is something of a minor deity.
To introduce Hamill, the company will release a special six-issue graphic novel, "NEW-GEN: Volume One," featuring a "forward" from Hamill who shares his thoughts on this next-generation comic franchise that evolves around the battle over nanotechnology.
Also joining the "NEW-GEN" team for the upcoming live action feature film are producer Mace Neufeld ("The Hunt for Red October"), co-producer and first assistant director Kim H. Winther ("X-Men: First Class"), director of photography/cinematographer David Tatt…

Steven Spielberg, Oprah And Tom Hanks Join Forces For PSAs

Hollywood heavyweights have come together for Michelle Obama and Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative in a new series of PSAs.
Steven Spielberg joins Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks in the three PSAs to bring attention to the unique needs and strength of America’s military families.
“The entertainment community answered the Joining Forces call and has done what they do best — bring to life stories that move us,” said Obama. “Through this PSA campaign, Americans will learn more about the unique challenges and needs of our military families, see their strength, resilience and service, and find out how they can give back to these extraordinary troops and families who have given us so much.”
“As a military mom, I know just how much it means when people reach out to show their support for our service members and their families,” adds Jill Biden, whose son served in Iraq. “The first lady and I hope that this campaign will inspire more Americans to take action and reach out to mil…

1983 Original Return Of The Jedi Trailer

It was 1983.  Way before the interweb and cable TV the only way you could get a glimpse of an upcoming blockbuster was the good old fashioned cinema trailer.  I remember seeing the trailer for Return Of The Jedi for the first time.  I wasn't expecting it as there was no word of a release date or when it was coming to the UK but here was the trailer in all its glory.  I was more excited about this trailer than the movie hence I can't remember what I went to see (probably The Secret Of Nimh.)  It was at the height of my Star Wars obsession (of which has never come down) which is why for me Return Of The Jedi will always have a special place in my heart, Ewoks and all.

Spielberg Reportedly Considering Michigan For Movie Shoot

Award-winning film producer Steven Spielberg is reportedly in talks to make a movie in Michigan.
WWJ-TV is reporting, the Hollywood filmmaker is negotiating with Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration.Spielberg is reportedly in current production for a movie based on Abraham Lincoln that is being short in Virginia.A new movie project in Michigan would be a boost for Snyder, who took some political heat for the state’s new cap on film-production tax incentives.According to the WWJ report, State Majority Leader Randy Richardville is aware of the talks with Spielberg.“You could be hearing something very, very exciting over the next couple of weeks,” Richardville is quoted saying by WWJ.No other details about the Spielberg project have been reported, so it is not certain whether Spielberg would be a director or producer on the film.

The Old Republic video gives a look inside the collector's edition

, Star Wars: The Old Republic
36 Here's a question for you: How is Star Wars: The Old Republic like Christmas? Right, it releases the same week, but do you know another way it's like Christmas? That's right! Opening the Collector's Edition is like opening one of those box-inside-a-box-inside-a-box presents your uncle gives you as a gag gift. However, this one should be more fun because the deeper you dive into the box the greater the gift becomes.

This giant box, featuring a painting of bounty hunter Shae Vizla directly on the front, slides open from the top revealing six items inside. The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural features full-color images of the events leading up to the Sacking of Corurscant. A tabloid-sized galaxy map visually indicates all the places you will be able to visit in the game. An authenticator key helps secure your personal information from hackers. A statue of Darth Malgus hides in the largest box within the main box. A single CD contai…

Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter Gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Two-time Oscar-winning animation great John Lasseter has landed himself his own star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame. As Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney’s animation studios, the director and producer has helmed the recent popularity of animated films.
Lasseter, who is also stationed as principal creative advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering, will be unveiling his Walk of Fame star with Cars star Bonnie Hunt on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The animator’s star will be the 2,453rd to grace the famous pavement and will be located directly outside the landmark El Capitan Theatre.

Family Guy star working on spoof Star Wars TV series

Family Guy star Seth Green is working on an animated sitcom based on the Star Wars saga, according to the head of licensing at Lucasfilm. Howard Roffman said the series would premiere "within the next two years" but refused to be drawn on details.
Taboo-busting animation Family Guy has already created three one-off specials based on the first Star Wars trilogy.
Roffman added that inspiration had also been drawn from French And Saunders' spoof of The Phantom Menace.
The extended sketch, which aired in a 1999 Christmas special, starred the comedy duo as Toby Jugs Kenobi (Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Pork Dim Sum (Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn).
Robot R2D2 was played by 1970s game show character Dusty Bin.
Parodying the film's labyrinthine plot, which revolves around a series of trade negotiations, the main characters spend time delivering tedious exposition full of meaningless jargon.
"We hav…

Spielberg's Tintin gets thumbs up

Steven Spielberg has won the seal of approval of Tintin's native land - Belgium - for his new movie version of the classic cartoon.
In Tintin's home city of Brussels, local critics had a sneak preview of The Adventures Of Tintin - The Secret Of The Unicorn, and knives were sharpened in case the Hollywood director had desecrated one of Europe's greatest cartoon characters.
But the reviewers were won over by the new computer-animated movie, which used performance-capture technology to create cartoon versions of actors Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg.
"Bull's eye," headlined the Dutch-speaking De Standaard newspaper. "A pure jewel" the Francophone Le Soir had on its front page.
Spielberg will come to the October 22 world premiere in Belgium in person, knowing the critics themselves have rolled out the red carpet.
The Adventures Of Tintin, co-produced by Peter Jackson of Lord Of The Rings fame, will be released in Europe…

The Greyhound Strikes Back as artist creates Star Wars AT-AT suit for her pet

Beware of the dog - for Bones is the pooch with enough power to blast you into outer space, with his new disguise as an All Terrain Armoured Transport (animal) walker.
Katie Mello decided to give her cute canine a menacing makeover in time for Halloween - complete with mechanical legs and laser shooting helmet.
Using foam for the top body armour, and light fabric for the limbs, Bones was converted into a barking version of the Imperial Walker, made famous in The Empire Strikes Back.

All dressed up: Bones is the pooch with enough power to blast you into outer space in his new disguise as an All Terrain Armoured Transport (animal) walker Makeover: Bones was given the menacing makeover in time for Halloween
Mello, who works at the Oregon animation studio Laika which produced the critically acclaimed film Coraline, is now the proud owner of an Italian greyhound which has become known as 'the AT-AT dog'. Describing how she created the costume, she wrote detailed descriptio…