Skip to main content


Showing posts from January, 2012

Top Spielberg Movies Of All Time. The Results Are In. Scores Based On Web Ratings/Takings and Awards

What is the best Steven Spielberg movie of all time?  I decided to compile the following list to answer the question.  So here's how it works.  I have visited several sites and taken their top rated Spielberg movies and given points for the top six. 1st - 10 points 2nd - 6 points 3rd - 4 points 4th - 3 points 5th - 2 points 6th - 1 point
Also included is box office takings which has been adjusted for inflation and overall nominations and awards given.
Metacritic Top six by metascore Score Points
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 10 pts
94 metascore

Schindler's List 6 pts
93 metascore

Raiders of the Lost Ark 4 pts
90 metascore

Saving Private Ryan 3 pts
90 metascore

Minority Report  2pts
80 metascore

Jaws 1pt
79 metascore

Metacritic by user score
Empire of the Sun10 pts
9.0 user score

Raiders of the Lost Ark 6 pts
8.9 user score

Schindler's List 4pts
8.8 user score

Saving Private Ryan 3 pts
user score 8.7

Jaws 2 pts
user score 8.7

Jurassic Park 1 pt
user score 8.6

IMDB by Rating

Cumberbatch: I rode the horses!

Benedict Cumberbatch wants to set the record straight - he did actually ride the horse in War Horse.
The Sherlock star admitted that viewers have mistaken his riding as fake in Steven Spielberg's First World War epic, in which he stars alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irvine.
"I wasn't a rider, I hadn't done any since I was about 12," he said.
"Jeremy is the best rider out of us - he does it effortlessly. Whereas, people think we had our faces super-imposed onto our body doubles, which is rather irritating."
Despite doing some riding as a child, Benedict, who plays Major Stewart, had to take lessons with co-stars Jeremy and Tom, where they learnt how to ride single-handedly, while holding weapons.
"I was just very bad at horse riding. It wasn't something that really took to me," he admitted.
"I got to the stage where I thought the horse probably wanted to do something else, and I couldn't get past my awkwardness abou…

2nd Clip from The Clone Wars 4.17 "The Box"

Clip from The Clone Wars 4.17 "The Box" Now with 100% more Bounty Hunter

Which bounty hunters will be the last ones standing? It's a tournament of champions, Star Wars-style, in the next all-new episode of The Clone Wars. Obi-Wan Kenobi is still deep undercover as the criminal marksman Rako Hardeen, and he's done such an impressive job that he's qualified for Count Dooku's ultimate test: surviving the Box.

The Box is a technological marvel, a reconfiguring obstacle course where sloppy players are eliminated, because Dooku needs the best if he's going to carry out his wicked plot to kidnap the Chancellor. A dozen of the galaxy's most skilled and notorious bounty hunters are selected to compete for the mission -- including the unforgettable Embo, who makes a return appearance. Cad Bane also enters the fray, and he's been keeping a close eye on "Rako." Can Obi-Wan prove his skills to survive to the finish, without revealing he's a Jedi Knight?

Check out the non-stop action and danger found in "The Box,…

voice of Chancellor Palpatine in Clone Wars Ian Abercrombie dies age 77

Ian Abercrombie, whose TV roles included Elaine's boss Mr Pitt on Seinfeld and the voice of Chancellor Palpatine in the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has died at the age of 77.
A website statement from LucasArts said that the veteran British screen and stage stage star died on Friday.

A friend, Cathy Lind Hayes, told the Los Angeles Times that Abercrombie died at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of kidney failure and recently had been diagnosed with lymphoma.
"Though he played a villain on our show, you would be hard pressed to meet a kinder person," said Dave Filoni, a supervising director for Clone Wars.

''He loved to laugh and his sense of humour always lightened our record sessions. I will miss his stories, I will miss his performances, and I will miss his contribution to our show."

Abercrombie began his career as a dancer and made his American stage debut in a 1951 production of Stalag 17.

He appeared in the film Army…

Star Wars: The Old Republic players hunt for rumoured white lightsaber crystal

The guys overs at Pcgamer have posted about about a rumoured white crystal in The Old Republic.  They say:

The magenta crystal was one of the most coveted items in Star Wars: The Old Republic, until now. One top level player has been spotted running around the TOR’s planets with a “whitesaber,” sparking a galaxy wide hunt for the white crystal.

The saber’s owner, Catch, posted his discovery on The Old Republic forums with pictures and item stats, and then livestreamed himself running around with the crystal to prove that it exists. So far, he’s kept the methods he used to obtain the crystal a closely guarded secret. The community has been poring over the few clues he’s given and, in some cases, been following him around to see if he’ll let slip any new info. There are several theories, some madder than others.

The white crystals were available in beta as rare drops from one of Aladeraan’s world bosses. Players started by killing him repeatedly to discover if that was still the case, but …

Warwick Davis: 'Doctor Who role would be dream come true'

Warwick Davis has admitted that he would love to appear in Doctor Who.

The Life's Too Short star told the Radio Times that a part in the BBC sci-fi drama is his "dream" role.

"Steven Moffat is somebody I want to talk to," he said. "I love Sherlock and I would love to be in Doctor Who - it's been a dream of mine for many years."

He quipped: "I don't want to play the Doctor, but a villain or something like that would be pretty good."

Davis - who first rose to fame as the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - has appeared in the Harry Potter films and an episode of BBC One's Merlin.

He is expected to return to Life's Too Short in the near future, with series co-creator Ricky Gervais having revealed that a second run is planned for spring 2013.

digital spy

High Resolution Picture Of Lucasarts Full Throttle Bike

Click picture for larger version. Right click to save

Star Wars: Old Republic's next update 'much bigger'

Content already planned through to 2013. BioWare's plans for its next major content patch in Star Wars: The Old Republic are much bigger than what we'll see from Game Update 1 which launches today.
In an interview with CVG, game director James Ohlen stated the studio has bigger plans scheduled for future patches, and has a larger team focusing on the next update.
"Game Update 2 is much bigger in scope [than Game Update 1]," he explained.
"It's further out from launch, so we can have much more of the team focussed on it. There's Part 2 of Rise of the Rakghouls, a brand new planet called Denova which has an 8-16 man Operation and a new Warzone. So that's three big pieces of content."
While BioWare is currently working on implementing the Legacy system for managing alt characters, as well as new PvP gameplay and features for guilds, Ohlen also brought up the topic of a new Space-based slant to the game.
"We might also be able to …

The Clone Wars James Arnold Taylor's "Talking to Myself" Trailer #StarWars

James Arnold Taylor's "Talking to Myself" is a 80 minute one-man stage show event. Combining state-of-the-art multimedia images and sound in a live theater setting. James re-creates scenes from some of Hollywood's biggest films with creative imagery and his voice. As one of Hollywood's most prolific voice-actors James is known world wide as the voice of many famous television and film characters. From Fred Flintstone and Johnny Test to Obi-Wan Kenobi on the hit show Star Wars: The Clone Wars. "Talking to Myself" includes over 150 voices all by one man, one throat. It is a family friendly show that inspires, educates and entertains! We hope you enjoy this trailer, spread the word and catch the show in your area soon!

Question is can he do a convincing Welsh accent?

Oprah’s Next Chapter” Preview (1/22/12): Interview With Jedi Master, George Lucas, at Skywalker

Oprah Winfrey gets a chance to tour the famous Skywalker Ranch as she receives a rare interview with George Lucas on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” tonight on OWN at 9/8c. During the interview, Oprah will have an opportunity to talk with legendary filmmaker Lucas about the Red Tails movie which is his latest film released in theaters this weekend. Oprah will get to talk with two of the stars of the movie, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr., as well as Lucas’ girlfriend, Mellody Hobson. One of the questions Oprah asks tonight is “When was the last time anyone ever said no to you?” Oprah will be discussing the house that Star Wars built in addition to Lucas’ relationship with Mellody. In the conversation with Gooding and Howard, the three talk about how wonderful it was to work with Lucas and what this film means to the black community. If you miss the show this evening, there will be a recap highlighting what happened on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

First Look: George Lucas on Oprah's Next C…

Industrial Light And Magic Creating The Impossible Logo

Click on the image for a larger version. Right click to save. 1280x720 Industrial LightAnd Magic (ILM)Creating The Impossible Wallpaper.

Watch the Encore one hour documentary Creating The Impossible here in HD here

‘Star Wars’ returns with Darth Maul 3-D glasses, Hasbro giveaways

The George Lucas universe returns to theaters on Feb. 10 when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opens in 3-D and it looks like he will be using every Jedi trick to get fans into seats on opening weekend. Some of the special offers and giveaways we’re hearing about so far:
* At all RealD theaters, the Darth Maul glasses you see above will be handed out (while supplies last) to fans who buy tickets on the movie’s opening day. And now, you don’t have to break them in half at the end of the movie.
* At all AMC Theaters, fans will get the all-new Hasbro “Star Wars” Fighter Pod with the purchase of each RealD 3-D ticket for “Episode I,” all weekend long, Feb. 10-12.  The limit is one per ticket and the offer is good only while supplies last.

New Star Wars Kinect "Duel" Vader vs Ben Video

Designed to build excitement for Star Wars Kinect, this official video from LucasArts re-images the famous scene in which Obi-Wan Kenobi is taken down by Darth Vader...the game is due this spring.

Steven Spielberg to sign on to direct new Ten Commandments movie

It is regarded as one of the greatest movies in Hollywood history.
But it looks like even Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments is not beyond the current trend of Hollywood remakes, with Steven Spielberg close to agreeing with Warner Bros to direct.
According to however, the ET film-maker is hoping to give his version of the story of Jewish prophet Moses a far different spin to the 1956 version.
An insider told the website he is hoping to make his sword and sandals epic 'like a Braveheart-ish version of the Moses story.'
Interestingly, Moses will be portrayed as a tough warrior in the new film, whereas Heston played him as a humble man with great inner strength.
It currently has the working title Gods And Kings, and will follow the complete life of the prophet.
It will start from Moses' humble beginnings as an orphan found floating down the river in a basket, all the way through to him freeing the Jews and leading them to The Promised Land.
The inside…

RC R2-D2 marks start of Bladez Star Wars Pump & Play range

Bladez Toyz, which is possibly best known for its massive selection of radio controlled helicopters, has signed a deal with Lucasfilm to bring the Star Wars franchise to its Pump & Play RC range.
The first officially licensed toy in the line-up will be the RC Jumbo Inflatable R2-D2, which Pocket-lint saw in the flesh (so to speak) during Toy Fair 2012 in London. It stands 26-inches (65cm) tall and is controlled in much the same way as a normal remote controlled car.
A foot pump comes in the box and we were assured that it doesn't take long to inflate. It was also demonstrated to us by... Princess Leia (a much taller one than we remember).
Coming out in Q3/Q4 this year (autumn/winter time), the RC Jumbo Inflatable R2-D2 is expected to retail for around £40, and Bladez promises that there will be additions to the Star Wars Pump & Play range to come.

War Horse role for trainer Dylan Jones of Dolbadarn stables, Llanberis

A horse trainer from Gwynedd has enjoyed seeing himself on screen in a wartime blockbuster that is delighting moviegoers around the world. Dylan Jones, from Llanberis, was a stunt horse rider and team co-ordinator on Steven Spielberg's epic War Horse.
He spent seven weeks working on locations including the Duke of Wellington's estate near Basingstoke.
Mr Jones has also worked on the BBC TV drama series Merlin, and an earlier US TV mini-series of the same name.
Based on the Michael Morpurgo novel, War Horse is a tale of friendship between a young man and a horse which is sold to the British cavalry and dispatched to the front line at the outbreak of World War One.
The film has been nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture.
As well as appearing in the film, Mr Jones supplied 15 horses for the shoot through his company Dolbadarn Film Horses, which his father Aneuryn set up in the 1970s. The horseman originally trained as an …

Tom Hanks to Create and Star in Animated Sci-Fi Show on Yahoo

The actor's Playtone has teamed with Reliance Entertainment to produce "Electric City," which will stream over the Internet before heading to more traditional outlets.Tom Hanks has created an animated science-fiction show that initially will stream exclusively on Yahoo in what is the giant Internet portal’s first foray into narrative storytelling, the partners are set to announce Monday.
our editor recommends The show, called Electric City, is a production of Reliance Entertainment and Playtone, the latter being a TV and film company owned by Hanks and Gary Goetzman.
Hanks will voice the lead character in Electric City and Yahoo will roll out about 20 episodes, each one roughly four minutes long, beginning in the spring.

Yahoo already boasts a portfolio of several news-information shows that attract a combined 26 million viewers monthly, but Electric City is its first scripted narrative, and Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo’s executive vp Americas, says there’s more in devel…

John Williams Gets Two Nominations For Best Original Score

The Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards® were announced this morning, Tuesday, January 24th. A wonderful surprise this year came in the nominations for Best Original Score, with legendary film composer, and winner of five previous Academy Awards®, John Williams, receiving two nomination nods this year for his two, motion picture collaborations with Director Steven Spielberg.

Williams received a nomination for his deeply emotional, eloquent, sublime score composed for Spielberg’s “War Horse”. Williams also is nominated for scoring Spielberg’s performance capture 3D animated film, “The Adventures Of Tin Tin”.

Songwriter Bret McKenzie received a very much and well deserved nomination for Best Original Song, for penning both the music and lyrics to the enchanting and very clever, “Man Or Muppet” for “The Muppets”. Here’s hoping “The Muppets’” very talented stars Jason Segel and his muppet brother Walter perform the song in formal attire, live on the Oscars Telecast, recreating t…

Scalextric Star Wars On The Way

Hornby is at the London Toy Fair 2012 this week putting the Force into slot racing classic Scalextric with a series of Star Wars race kits.

The Micro Scalectrix Star Wars Death Star Attack sees an Incom T-65 X-Wing race a Sienar Fleet Systems' Advanced TIE Fighter, as flown by Mr D Vader in the film.
Both tracks and vehicles glow in the dark for late night, past-lights-out racing. The set will hit shelves in the next couple of months for £70.
A bigger kit is also on the way featuring speeder bikes with Luke Skywalker on one and, of course, an Imperial Scout on the other.
That's the Scalextric Start Star Wars Battle of Endor, which will retail for £99. ®

Still waiting for the Pod Race Scalextric

Star Wars crowdsourced film reaches million YouTube views

A "directors cut" of a fan-made version of Star Wars has passed one million views on YouTube. The film, uploaded on 18 January, is made up of hundreds of 15-second scenes created by internet users.
The Star Wars Uncut project is widely regarded as an example of the power of crowdsourcing.
Ramon Youseph, of the Crowdsourcing Gazette blog, told the BBC it showed "the power of the web to engage people in a global collaborative effort".
The website began asking for fan-made scenes in 2009. It went on to win an interactive media Emmy in 2010.
Scenes submitted to were specially selected for this compilation.
Although the clips had been available online previously, this is the first time they have been put together into a full-length film.
Writing online, the project's creator Casey Pugh said: "Finally, the crowdsourced project has been stitched together and put onlin…

If Facebook Existed In A Galaxy Far Far Away @starwars

Star Wars Activities Planned Around Phantom Menace Weekend

In preparation for the re-release of George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace in 3D, the AMC theater chain has announced a series of exclusive activities and planned giveaways that will take place during opening weekend, Feb. 10-12, at select AMC locations.

For starters, fans who purchase RealD 3D tickets will receive an all-new Hasbro Star Wars Fighter Pod, because toys are – and always have been – an integral part of Lucas’ Star Wars experience. As the release clarifies, Fighter Pods are limited to one per ticket, and are available all weekend long, while supplies last.

Ten AMC locations in major markets also plan on hosting exclusive event screenings on Saturday, Feb. 11, that will be bustling with fan-friendly activities and giveaways.

The 10 participating Star Wars: Episode I theaters are as follows:
Atlanta: AMC Southlake 24
Boston: AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20
Chicago: AMC South Barrington 30
Denver: AMC Highlands Ranch 24
Los Angeles: AMC Tustin…

George Lucas's toy story #starwars

As we all know, Star Wars revolutionized merchandising for movies, creating a huge secondary income stream for films that no one could have predicted.

Merchandising had never been successful on that scale before, and now it's a given that whenever a big potential franchise comes together in Hollywood, well, you'd better have the movie finished on time before the toys are on the shelf.

As reported in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, when George Lucas was making his Star Wars deal with Fox, he asked for the sequel, merchandising and soundtrack rights, which the studio gave up no problem.
Obviously they lost out on a big bonanza, but as former head of Fox Alan Ladd Jr. told me, "When you're making that much in film rentals, you're not unhappy about George filling his coffers with a little more with the merchandising.

"After American Graffiti came out and was such a big hit, George's agent came to me and said, 'Look, instead of additional mone…

ILM on Recreating WW2 Dogfights in 'Red Tails' #ilm

The special effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic sat down with The Daily to fill us in on how the realistic World War 2 dogfights in George Lucas' "Red Tails" were created.

Stars Of Time - Sci-fi Show Sunday 29th July 2012 Weston-super-mare

Upcoming event Stars Of Time in Weston-super-mare Somerset.  The Bearded Trio will be there and honestly can't wait.  Confirmed guests so far

Frazer HinesJamie McCrimmon -
companion to the 2nd Doctor,
The Five Doctors, The Two
Doctors, Emmerdale

Caroline Munro
(Enter our Prize Raffle on the day to
win a Helicopter Flight with Caroline)
The Spy Who Loved Me, The
Golden Voyage of Sinbad,
Dracula A.D., Starcrash,
Captain Kronos - Vampire
Hunter, At the Earth's Core

Shirley EatonGoldfinger (Jill Masterson),
Carry On Nurse, Carry On
Constable, The Blood of Fu
Manchu, The Saint

We'll keep you updated as more guests are confirmed but this is going to be huge.  Click here to go to the website

2011 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year goes to Star Wars: The Old Republic

Every year there are two or three highly anticipated games released with massive hype and record-setting expectations. Most times these games fall completely flat when it comes to game accessibility, but this year one game set itself apart by including a fair amount of accessibility at launch while still meeting the public's expectations for an amazing game.

AbleGamers is proud to announce the 2011 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year goes to Star Wars: The Old Republic. With over 1 million subscriptions sold before the paint even dried on the collector’s edition boxes, SWTOR quickly became one of the most popular MMO RPGs on the market today.
This game performed strongly against most of our accessibility tests while still maintaining a fun environment for those who enjoy solo or group play. Perhaps one of the most unintentionally accessibility features turned out to be the addition of companions. These NPC characters which accompany the player through most of the …

Box Office Report - 'Red Tails' Flies With $6 Mil

Screen Gems' Underworld: Awakening and George Lucas' Red Tails are fueling a strong weekend at the domestic box office, which could be up as much as 30 percent over last year despite bad weather in the Midwest and East.

Underworld Awakening, the fourth outing in the Kate Beckinsale vampire-werewolf franchise, grossed $9.4 million on Friday, benefiting from being released in 3D and IMAX runs. The horror action pic is course to gross $23 million to $24 million for the weekend -- better than two of the three previous titles.

PHOTOS: 'Underworld: Awakening' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals

Threequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycons debuted to $20.7 million in January 2009, a franchise low. The original Underworld opened to $21.8 mllion, followed by $26.9 million for sequel Underworld: Evolution.

Awakening, co-produced by Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment for $70 million, also opens in a number of overseas markets this weekend.

Fully financed and produced by George Lucas, R…

Getting Spielberg's War Horse ready for his close-up

The equine artistic adviser on Steven Spielberg's War Horse film talks about her work with the movie's four-legged stars. No film set is complete without the diligent hair and make-up personnel who take pains to ensure the actors are ready for their close-ups.
On Steven Spielberg's War Horse, though, it was not just the human cast members who were groomed for the camera.
With no fewer than 14 different animals sharing the role of "hero" horse Joey, the team to which "equine artistic adviser" Ali Bannister belonged had their work cut out.
That number was further swelled by the hundreds of other beasts that were required to bring this epic adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel to the screen.
"Equine hair and make-up normally gets a laugh," says Bannister, a UK artist whose drawings of Joey are featured in the film. "It sounds such a comic title."
In her own words: "We…

Crowdsourced @StarWars Uncut Completed, Now Available To Watch Online For Free

Finally, the crowd-sourced project has been stitched together and put online for your streaming pleasure. The "Director's Cut" is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire collection.

Many thanks to Aaron Valdez (video editor - and Bryan Pugh (sound design/mixing - for the countless hours they put into this masterpiece.

The Story:

In 2009, Casey Pugh asked thousands of Internet users to remake "Star Wars: A New Hope" into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

SWU has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal. In 2010 we won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.

We can&#…

Vodafone RED Box: No need for Jedi training featuring @StarWars Yoda

New Vodafone UK TV ad featuring Jedi Master Yoda. The ad focuses on RED Box, a service that automatically transfers contacts and content from your old phone to your new one. Yoda tries to use his power to help a couple with the daunting task of transferring numbers to the husband's new smartphone, but, he soon realises that the Force is not needed, as Vodafone's new RED Box service has already solved the problem.

The TV spot has been produced by a team at Lucasfilm's renowned San Francisco-based visual effects facility ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), with Tom Kane voicing Yoda's CGI character.

Rango - ILM Tour

Come along with EPIX as we get an exclusive tour of George Lucas' visual effects mecca, Industrial Light and Magic. Senior Animator, Shawn Kelly, shows us what life is like for those behind the creation of famous creatures and new worlds at ILM.  To be honest just seeing the reception would take me about two hours to tour before moving on to the other places.  Amazing place.

Universal CityWalk New Years Eve Tilt-Shift Time-lapse 2012

Universal CityWalk "rocks" in 2012 with one of the West Coast's largest New Year's Eve celebrations. Check out the day from beginning to end!  Look out for the Jurassic Parking...

Star Wars: The Old Republic announces Founder title

Users who have subscribed to and been billed at least once for Star Wars: The Old Republic during its first few months will receive a Founder title along with a Founder's Medal as a thank you for their early adoption of the MMO.
In order to receive the medal and title, players must first purchase Star Wars: The Old Republic and redeem their official Game Product Registration Code.
Then by March 18, 9:01PM PST they must either be billed at least once for an active subscription to the game or redeem a Star Wars: The Old Republic Game Time Code.
Eligible users will find their Founder's medal in an in-game email, at which point you will unlock the Founder title which will be permanently bound to your account and any character you make in the future.
BioWare warns it can take up to seven days for the title to apply.
This news comes just after the first major content patch for the game was released, following a slight delay due to further bug fixes.


Family Moving Into "Up" Replica House in Utah

A California family is moving into a Utah house modeled after the home featured in the animated movie "Up."

A moving company is helping self-described Disney and Pixar fanatics Clinton and Lynette Hamblin of Petaluma move into the $400,000 home in Herriman, Utah, on Saturday.

The Hamblins say they were searching for a home in California that was similar to the colorful cottage seen in the movie when they heard about the Disney-approved "Up" house in Utah.

Builder Adam Bangerter has said the blueprints for the house were drawn based entirely on details found in the popular movie. Much of the home had to be custom-designed.

The house has a stenciled front lawn mailbox, a vibrant exterior paints and colorful murals inside that make it immediately recognizable to "Up" fans.

Industry Veterans Reopen Legendary ILM Soundstage

A group of former employees of ILM and Kerner Optical announced the launch of a new VFX/production company – 32TEN Studios, which will be based at the former site of ILM, at 3210 Kerner Boulevard in San Rafael, Calif.. The new venture will be employee owned, and will be headed by industry veterans Tim Partridge, who will serve as president, and Greg Maloney who will serve as COO.

The company will re-open the legendary soundstage built by ILM, making it available for rent to all Bay-area producers for film/TV/commercial and multi-media projects. The stage is approximately 6,000 square feet, and boasts a 20-foot high, two-wall covered green screen.
Many of the most famous motion pictures of all time were produced in part on this stage, beginning with The Empire Strikes Back, and continuing with The Return of the Jedi, the Back to the Future trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones 4, Transformers and Terminator Salvation.
Adjacent to the so…

Vodafone UK has announced that it has signed @StarWars character Yoda to appear in its adverts.

The 900-year-old Jedi Master will star in a number of TV ads to showcase Vodafone's innovative new services to ensure that customers get the smartphone that suits them, are able to use it right from the start and then have the confidence to experiment with all its new functions and apps. The first ad premieres on Channel 4 between 8pm and 9pm tomorrow night. The TV adis supported by a major outdoor and digital campaign that showcases services including RED Box, Data Test Drive, Tech Team and Buyback.
The 60-second launch TV advert focuses on RED Box, a service that automatically transfers contents from an old phone to a new handset. Yoda is seen enthusiastically attempting to use his power to help a couple with the daunting task of transferring numbers to the husband's new smartphone. However, he soon realises that the Force is not needed, as V…

BioWare Unleashes Mass Effect 3 Demo February 14

Award-winning developer BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), announced today that the demo for 2012's first blockbuster game, Mass Effect™ 3 will be available beginning February 14, 2012. The extensive demo will allow players to experience the all-out galactic war against an ancient alien race known as the Reapers from multiple fronts, including the mind-blowing opening attack on Earth that kicks off the single-player campaign. Players will go deeper into the campaign and also get a taste of the franchise's new co-operative multiplayer mode as they preview the epic story, adrenaline-pumping action and deep customization options that lie ahead when Mass Effect 3 launches on March 6, 2012. The Mass Effect 3 demo will be available for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Mass Effect 3 will also be one of the f…

George Lucas: Whats the point of making more Star Wars? I just get yelled at.

During an interview with Collider where George Lucas hinted at retirement  he also weighed in on the criticisms he received from the fanboys over the "Star Wars" special editions and prequels. He said, "On the internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie. I'm saying, 'Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it'." Asked if he might make more "Star Wars" film, he claimed, "Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"

George Lucas to Retire From Blockbuster Filmmaking After 'Red Tails'

George Lucas announced that he is ready to retire from the blockbuster filmmaking. The helmer of the "Star Wars" film series revealed to New York Times that after finishing his 20-year passion project "Red Tails", which will be released on January 20, he plans to follow his friend Francis Ford Coppola's footsteps in the small movie filmmaking.

"I'm retiring," claimed the founder and chairman of LucasFilm. "I'm moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff." He explained that "Red Tails" will be his last big-budget movie, though he was careful to leave himself an out clause for "Indiana Jones V".

Lucas' long-time producing partner at Lucasfilm, Rick McCallum, chimed in, "Once this ['Red Tails'] is finished, he's done everything he's ever wanted to do. He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker."

In a recent interview with Collider, McCallum …

EARTHQUAKE Soundtrack Score Suite (John Williams)

War Horse charges to top of UK box office chart

Steven Spielberg's War Horse has galloped to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart in its opening weekend. The big-screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book took £3.94m, more than double its closest rival, Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows fell one spot to three in its fifth week.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol ended its three-week reign at the top, falling three places to four.
The Hollywood re-imagining of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo completed a strong top 5, where all the films took more than £1 million each.

Sci-fi horror film The Darkest Hour was the highest new entry in the chart at six, while Golden Globe-winning The Artist rose one place to seven. The silent film averaged £6,148 at the 112 cinemas it was shown at. Comparatively, The Iron Lady took an average £3,238 across 460 screens.
Animated films Alvin and Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Puss In B…

Spielberg to produce Jurassic Park 4

Steven Spielberg has confirmed he will not be directing 'Jurassic Park 4'.
The 'War Horse' director - who helmed the first two stories in the dinosaur movie series - will be returning for the mooted fourth instalment, but only in the capacity of producer.
He said: 'I don't want to talk about 'Jurassic Park 4' yet - it's too early - but I can tell you that I'm not directing it. I'm producing it though.'
Steven also confirms his forthcoming adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's 'Robopocalypse' will be a 'big popcorn movie', but does not want to confirm too many details about the project.
He added at a press conference in Paris: 'I'm making a science fiction movie probably in September called 'Robopocalypse' because on Daniel Wilson's book. It's a cautionary tale about war between human beings and robots. It's a big crowd pleaser, I think, a big action popcorn movie with a message.

‘War Horse’ Sound Tricks: Ice Skates for Bullets and Other Trade Secrets

Box office-wise, the surprise winner of the holiday season was “War Horse,” Steven Spielberg’s military epic. With an absence of recognizable stars -– save perhaps, for the horse -– the film’s appeal is in the very filmmaking: Mr. Spielberg’s own style, of course, and that of frequent collaborators like the Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and the sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who has won Oscars for “Saving Private Ryan,” “Titanic,” “Jurassic Park” and more.In his long career Mr. Rydstrom has worked on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Terminator 2” and “Spaceballs.” But he had never done a World War I movie, and, sonically, the prospect excited him.
“World War I has a specific sound to it,” he said. “I thought the tanks and the guns should sound more primitive, unrefined. In World War II, the guns weren’t as clattery, the artillery didn’t make as much of a whistle when they came in, the tanks probably had more oil in them. The movie is about the histori…

The Clone Wars season 5 confirmed

Dave Filoni, supervising director of the animated Star Wars spin-off The Clone Wars, has confirmed that a fifth season will be coming our way.

Through Facebook, Filoni was discussing the return of Death Watch, a rather nasty splinter group of Mandalorian warriors, to the award-winning show's most recent episode. The Mandalorians first appeared in The Clone Wars back in season two  (Boba Fett wore Mandalorian armour, in case you didn't know). He told fans:

"I hope you all enjoy the episode tonight. I think the Death Watch has gotten significantly cooler, and we are going to build on that next season."

In an audacious piece of casting, Battlestar Gallactica's Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) voices the deadly Bo-Katan in the aforementioned episode, A Friend In Need, which aired in the US on Friday. Filoni also explained that her character will return in the next season adding that a preview of what's to come will be shown at Celebration VI (the official Star War…

GOLDEN GLOBES: Steven Spielberg's Tintin wins

Steven Spielberg accepts the Golden Globe for The Adventures of Tintin after it wins best animated feature film. . Report by Katie Lamborn. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

Why War Horse owes its existence to Desert Island Discs

It is the entertainment success story of recent years: the children's book that became a stage hit and now a film by Steven Spielberg.  But as the Hollywod production of War Horse receives its royal premiere, few realise that the phenomenon owes its existence to Rosemary Morris, a retired doctor from Essex, and an episode of Desert Island Discs. Author Michael Morpurgo was a castaway on the Radio 4 programme one Sunday in 2004. Dr Morris had never heard of him but was so enthralled by his life story that she went out to buy his books. One was War Horse, a modest-selling children’s story that had been published 22 years previously and was fading into obscurity. Dr Morris’s son, Tom, was then associate director of the National Theatre. And when he mentioned that he was looking for an animal story to turn into a stage production, Dr Morris knew just the thing. Speaking for the first time about her role in the War Horse journey, the modest Dr M…