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Indiana Jones Blu-Ray Collection Announced for Autumn 2012

Amazing news!  Indiana Jones is coming to Blu-Ray this year.

 Here's the press release from Paramount

The man with the hat is back – and looking better than ever! The world’s favourite globe-trotting archaeologist is, at long last, embarking on his greatest adventure – when “The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection” comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will be excavated in the fall of 2012 and will include all four of Indy’s thrilling adventures, using the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation – along with a “best of” collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises.

There's a good chance that the only enhancements the movies will get is the picture and sound.  Last year, at an anniversary screening of Raiders, Steven Spielberg said,

This is the best I think it’s ever looked, because in preparation for the eventual release on blu-ra…

The Three Faces of War Horse Joey

Jeremy Irvine as Albert Narracott, with Joey in "War Horse" (Steven Spielberg, 2011) “War Horse” is a book, an international stage play, and a Hollywood movie.
The book was written by Michael Morpurgo, who conjured up Joey the War Horse and his special relationship with the farm boy Albert Narracott.  Morpurgo, a prize-winning British children’s book writer, was inspired by the stories he had heard in the local pubs, told by elderly men who had fought in The Great War when there was an active cavalry. Morpurgo has written and sold many children’s books, but “War Horse,” although critically acclaimed, didn’t sell very well when it was originally published in the 1980s. Now that the play and the movie have brought it more attention, sales have greatly increased. (It is published by Scholastic in the U.S.)
The book was first adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford and the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa for the National Theatre of Great Britain and subsequen…

The Death Star would take over 800,000 years and $852 quadrillion to build

If the calculations of Lehigh University economics students are correct, Lucas is far, far away from having enough money to build his very own Death Star.
We began by looking at how big the Death Star is. The first one is reported to be 140km in diameter and it sure looks like it’s made of steel. But how much steel? We decided to model the Death Star as having a similar density in steel as a modern warship. After all, they’re both essentially floating weapons platforms so that seems reasonable.
Scaling up to the Death Star, this is about 1.08×1015 tonnes of steel. 1 with fifteen zeros.
Which seems like a colossal mass but we’ve calculated that from the iron in the earth, you could make just over 2 billion Death Stars. You see the Earth’s crust may have a limited amount of iron, but the core is mostly our favourite metal and is both very big and very dense, and it’s from here that most of our death-star iron would come.
But, before you go off to start building your apocalypti…

Star Wars: The Old Republic Patch 1.2 Details Revealed

Each and every week, the folk over at BioWare respond to a bunch of questions posted by the Star Wars: The Old Republic community. This week's Q&A is helpful as usual, but it also contains some interesting information about the MMORPG's next major update. BioWare says players can look forward to Patch 1.2 bringing with it improved animations, easier access to ships, new emotes and a revised crafting system.

BioWare's Damion Schubert also reveals that the team is working hard on fixing Warzone and PvP performance for players with low-end PCs: "We have an internal strike team that is fully devoted to ensuring that the game runs better and faster, especially on low end machines, and we consider this team's work to be a crucial internal initiative. You should see evidence of this work as soon as Patch 1.1.5, when we will be introducing a new 'very low' setting to shader quality, which should drastically increase the number of mid-to-low machin…

Double Fine Adventure donations top $2 million

Double Fine Productions has now raised more than $2 million through public funding platform Kickstarter to get its latest project off the ground.
The studio founded by Monkey Island, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango creator Tim Schafer hit its original target of $400,000 in just eight hours, but has raised $2,007,892 at the time of writing, with 22 days remaining until the project's funded on March 13. Currently titled Double Fine Adventure, the game is described as a classic point-and-click adventure. It will be developed for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, and feature localised text in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

ILM's Rango Wins At The Oscars, John Williams Misses Out

Rango won best animation, a first Academy award and nomination for director Gore Verbinski, who said it was "made by grown-ups acting like a bunch of children".
The film features the voice of Johnny Depp, who plays a chameleon

Congratulations Gore Verbinski and Industrial Light & Magic.  No Oscar this time for John Williams but well done to The Artist's Ludovic Bource for winning best score.

The Help's Octavia Spencer won the best supporting actress Oscar and gave a speech acknowledging Spielberg's help in her career, she received a standing ovation from the audience.  "Thank you Stephen Spielberg for changing my life...oh my God, thank you... I'm freaking out,

Full List

Best Picture
WINNER: The Artist — Thomas Langmann
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse
Best Directing
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
WINNER: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Terrence Malick…

‘Star Wars’ characters help with charities

Five members of a "Star Wars"-themed costuming group were on hand Saturday to promote the re-release of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" in 3-D at Regal Cinemas in the Grand Central Mall.Jay Parsons, of Mineral Wells, said the characters on hand - two Stormtroopers, two Jawas and Darth Vader - were members of Squad Corellia, of Garrison Carida, covering West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware, part of the 501st, a world-wide costume group.
"We are the preferred costuming group for Lucasfilm," he said. "We do a lot of charities, a lot of hospital visits, that's our biggest thing we do. We do toy drives at conventions and we give them to kids at hospital visits."
Parsons said the members of the group are from across West Virginia and the country and represent many different professions.
"We have all professionals from police officers, to firefighters, lawyers, doctors - about anyone who is a 'Star Wars' fan.&qu…

Multiply Lucas and Spielberg and divide by John Williams = Simple Maths

Its simple math. Multiply Lucas by Spielberg and divide by Williams and the results are always positive. Just ordered this T-Shirt.


The Clone Wars: Season 4 Darth Maul trailer

Season Four of Star Wars: The Clone Wars concludes with a nail-biting, two-part finale arc beginning Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network with "Brothers."

After being used as a weapon of vengeance by Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress, the dark warrior Savage Opress embarked on a galaxy-spanning quest to find his long-lost brother, the legendary Darth Maul. Maul lives in the depths of a ruined world as a shattered madman barely held together by dreams of vengeance. Savage conspires with the scheming witch Mother Talzin to heal Darth Maul's body and mind, so that the brothers can begin a new crusade of vengeance against the Jedi.

The saga continues on Friday, March 16, in "Revenge," as Obi-Wan Kenobi finds an unlikely ally when battling against the dreaded brothers.

Maul returns as you have never seen him before as the action-packed season culminates in a climactic finale that builds suspense until the very last moment.

Guitar Made Out Of Millennium Falcon @starwars

Custom made Millennium Falcon Guitar, better not be a vintage one!

Now I want to see an At-at Xylophone, X-wing flute and drums made out of Ewok skulls.

New Trailer and Poster for Pixar's Brave

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

ILM, Pixar and Skywalker Sound again nominated for Oscars

As people in the Bay Area watch the Academy Awards this Sunday, they will have plenty of local talent to root for, including Industrial Light and Magic and Pixar. ILM, located in the Presidio, has a visual effects nomination for its work on Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.
"The ante has been upped, everybody expects more photo real, it's got to look better," visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar said.

He says if they tried to do this with just one PC it would take 16,000 years. Instead a bank of computers and team of artists did extraordinary work, Farrar won one Oscar for the 1985 film "Cocoon." This is his fifth nomination since then.
"Rango" is ILM's first animated feature film. It's up for an Oscar.
John Knoll, who won for "Pirates of the Caribbean," created Davy Jones.
"We didn't come in with any preconceived notions of what it means to do an animated feature, we came at it from our comfor…

5 Minutes of ‘Kinect Star Wars’ Gameplay: Lightsabers, Podracing, & Dance

A filmed demonstration of Kinect Star Wars in which you can see all the different modes of the game. Pod Racing, Jedi Mode, Rancor destruction and dancing are all present in this video.

Kinect Star Wars brings the Star Wars Universe to life like never before. Harnessing the controller-free power of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect Star Wars allows fans to physically experience training as a Jedi, using the Force and battling with a lightsaber. Using full body motions, players can live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy, no controller required.

New Clip Released From Pixar's Upcoming Short Film La Luna!

"La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family's most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?"

Star Wars Phantom Menace Crosses $1 Billion Mark at Box Office

George Lucas'Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace has crossed $1 billion in worldwide box office with 20th Century Fox's rerelease of the film in 3D.
our editor recommends It's the first individual Star Wars title to join the $1 billion club.
Since opening worldwide less than two weeks ago, Phantom Menace has earned $73.4 million, pushing its cume to $1,000.4 billion through Wednesday.

And it's only $1.5 million from matching and then overtaking The Dark Knight ($1,001.9 million) to become the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time, not accounting for inflation.
The Phantom Menace rerelease has earned $35.8 million domestically and $37.6 million internationally. It is the 11th film to earn $1 billion or more globally.

Star Wars in Skyrim!

The Animation & Effects of "Rango"

"Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers find home at film academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Wednesday it had acquired one of the four known surviving pairs of the iconic shoes made for the 1939 movie, with the help of Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg.
The shoes, regarded as one of the world's best-known film props, are believed to have been worn by Garland's character Dorothy when she clicked her heels three times to return to Kansas from the fantasy land of Oz near the end of the movie.
The slippers were previously due to be sold by Los Angeles auction house Profiles in History in December, with an estimated selling price of $2-$3 million. But auction house officials said they did not sell at that time.
The academy, which organizes the annual Oscar awards, said that DiCaprio and Spielberg had headed a group of "angel donors" to purchase the shoes from Profiles in History for a museum planned by the academy.
Academy officials declined to say how much was paid. A pair of red test slipp…

How Gore Verbinski Wrangled 'Rango' and Kept It Under the Radar

A modest ranch house in the hills of La Cañada, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, it was where Gore Verbinski and a loose band of confederates and conspirators began fleshing out an idea they’d hatched over breakfast back in 2003 at a San Fernando Valley deli: an animated Sergio Leone-style Western populated with creatures of the desert, including a lizard with an identity crisis as the lead character.
Also read: Fear and Loathing in ... 'Rango'?
The ideas were crazy, the challenges formidable and the odds of success slim, not least because nobody involved had ever made an animated movie before.
But along the way, Verbinski and his motley crew (with the help of some heavyweights at ILM, who themselves were wading into new waters) made the year’s weirdest and best animated film, an absurdist yarn that now stands a pretty good chance of taking the journey that began at Rancho Rango and ending it in a moment of triumph on the stage of the Kodak Theater.
“I think …

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is coming to Blu-ray in April

you can catch it on a 4 disc Blu-ray on April 3rd.  It will also be available on a 2 disc Blu-ray set a single disc DVD, but only the 4 disc set will have all of the special features.  The Steven Spielberg directed film follows the story of a horse and the different lives it impacted during World War I.  The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson and Jeremy Irvine. Special features on the set include A Filmmaking Journey – Academy Award®-winning Director/Producer Steven Spielberg provides a unique and unprecedented look into the making and filming of “War Horse.”  Editing & Scoring – Multi-Oscar® winners Michael Kahn (film editor) and John Williams (composer) discuss specific aspects of editing the film and composing music for “War Horse,” as well as the secret to their long and successful collaborations with Steven Spielberg.  The Sounds of “War Horse” – Seven-time Academy Award®-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom takes us through the sophisti…

Georges Lucas’ daughter wins, celebrates with Darth Vader and some Stormtroopers

Amanda Lucas, the daughter of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, won again in Japan this weekend. She beat up on Yumiko Hotta for two and a half rounds before submitting her with a keylock. With that win, she claimed the DEEP open-weight women's championship and improved her record to 4-1.

A record like that proves the force is strong with her. Darth Vader approved, and even showed up to celebrate. Skip to the 15-minute mark to see Lucas finish Hotta, and like he did in Cloud City, Vader just appears. At the 20-minute mark, he gives his clenched fist of approval, and then poses like a proud papa with Lucas in the final minute of the video.

Panasonic bringing Star Wars 3D to Blu-ray

Panasonic is set to cement its relationship with LucasFilm and bring Star Wars 3D to Blu-ray in the spring.
Panasonic was the only AV manufacturer in 2011 to bundle the Star Wars Blu-ray with its Blu-ray players and home cinema setups and it seems it has kept this deal and will bring the 3D versions of the movies to homes in the coming months.
3D Blu-rayStar Wars: Episode 1 – A Phantom Menace is currently in cinemas in its 3D state and a source has revealed to TechRadar that the 3D Blu-ray will be launched as soon as the spring - though we reckon it looks more like a September launch - and Panasonic will bundle the Blu-ray with its home cinema setups – much like what it did with the recent Blu-ray releases.
Lucasfilm has decided to release the Star Wars movies once a year from 2012 in 3D, so it is thought that it will be only the first – well not the first but the first within George Lucas' expanded vision of the Star Wars universe – which will come bundled with …

Star Wars: The Old Republic Goes LEGO

The Star Wars universe has found itself recreated in LEGO bricks for a number of years now, both in real, and virtual forms. The video game franchise has covered not only the original movies and prequels, but also the animated Clone Wars series. Now it would seem that even The Old Republic is getting the LEGO treatment.
No game has been announced, however, we will soon start seeing vehicles and characters from The Old Republic era showing up on store shelves.  Expect to see Darth Malgus, Satele Shan and Jace Malcom, along with Fury Class Interceptors and Republic Strikers. These two sets will set you back $90 and $45, respectively.

And The Carrie Fisher Vs William Shatner Battle Continues

William Shatner just updated his facebook status in response to Carrie Fisher's update which read

"I'm deliberately going to China to avoid the tour of William Shatner, but if you want to go to hassle him on my website"

William Shatner replied with

"Did you see what little Carrie Fisher said?  She's jealous because my show is better"

All that's missing is the fight music from Star Trek.  Aw hell! lets help...


Steven Spielberg’s WAR HORSE, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Win Sound Editing Awards 2012

Steven Spielberg has finally had his two 2011 releases come out on top — at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards earlier this evening. War Horse won the Golden Reel for sound editing: sound effects and foley in a feature film, while The Adventures of Tintin won for sound editing: sound effects, foley, dialogue and ADR in an animation film.
Martin Scorsese also had two of his films winning sound editing awards. George Harrison: Living in the Material World took the Golden Reel for sound editing: sound effects, foley, dialogue, ADR and music in a feature documentary, while Hugo won for sound editing: music in a feature film.
The other motion picture winners were Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War for sound editing: sound effects, foley, dialogue, and ADR in a feature foreign language film; James Bobin's The Muppets for sound editing: music in a musical feature; and J.J. Abrams' Super 8 for sound editing: dialogue and ADR in a feature film.…

Star Wars Franchise Worth Over $30 Billion and Growing Read more: The Force: Star Wars Franchise Worth Over $30 Billion and Growing

24/7 Wall St. has decided to calculate the total value of the Star Wars franchise ahead of the release of the 3D film “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” and while its ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ MMORPG video game is going strong.  Calculating a total value for a franchise this large and spanning 35 years is no easy task.  Our projections and figures are based upon existing data and also consider some loose projections ahead.  If you use the publicly available figures for Star Wars and consider more recent events, the total value is already over $30 billion.
Sources vary from all over the web, and mainstream media articles often have different figures when they are close together in time.  Official sales data is not updated all the time.  Still, the $30 billion franchise value is heading up now because of the 3D launch of ”Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” as the (probable) first but not last of the Star Wars remakes coming in 3D.
The relaunch of the movie franchise in 3D is …

I never noticed this before from Raiders Of The Lost Ark

This is spooky! Great Scott!

What A Stormtrooper Actually Does @starwars

@darthvader What you actually do!

Clone Wars: Actor Voicing Darth Maul Revealed

MTV have revealed who is voicing Darth Maul on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and it's someone who has been very involved in Star Wars the past few years. As previously rumored, Being Human's Sam Witwer will be voicing The Phantom Menace character, when he makes his return soon on the animated series. Witwer of course was the star of both the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video games and then went on to voice the character Son on The Clone Wars last year.

Sam Witwer will voice Darth Maul on Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Sam Witwer will voice Darth Maul on Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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New Kinect Star Wars Trailer. Its official Darth Vader is a girl.

Is that Ron Howard's brother at 1:43  I think it is.

Back To The Future Hoverboard set for Christmas release

GOOD NEWS, Mattel are releasing the hoverboard from Back To The Future 2.
BAD NEWS, It doesn't hover (it glides.)
The release was announced at the New York Toy Fair last weekend and there will be a limited pre-order for the item next month, reports Slash Film. However, the item will only go into production if enough pre-orders are made, because of costing.  The press release reports "We’ll be taking orders for it March 1 – March 20, 2012, and the final product will be shipped around November/December 2012. Because this is such a high-cost item, there will be a minimum number of orders required to go into production. If we don't receive the minimum orders, won't go into production and customers will not be charged. The price will be announced later this month."

Pah!  I'm not interested (actually I am) until I get  one with power.  I mean I live in Wales so how else am I going to use it across all these puddles?

 Here's the Hoverboard bit from the m…

George Lucas: I'm not really retiring but going back to avant-garde films

Star Wars creator George Lucas talks about how James Cameron convinced him 3D films were a good idea and how he's planning to return to more avant-garde film-making.How exciting is this new 3D version?

Moving from 2D to 3D is like the difference  between watching a film in black and white and watching a film in colour. It works in black and white but it works better in colour.

What makes the story so interesting? It’s  about one generation having to try to improve on what the generation before it did, and living with the mistakes that the previous generation made.
Were you surprised at the success of the Star Wars films? I didn’t expect the films to be successful at all. I don’t think anybody did, so it was a big surprise.

What made you want to convert this film into 3D?

Originally I wasn’t a big fan of 3D, I really thought it was a gimmick. Then I was in Las Vegas and (directors) Bob Zemeckis and Jim Cameron said: ‘We want to get 3D into the theatres. Would you joi…

Falling Skies Season 2 Sneak Peek

Looks like the members of the 2nd Mass have been busy on the set of Falling Skies Season 2. All the action returns this Summer only on TNT.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Lead Writer Leaves Bioware

It was announced today that Star Wars: The Old Republic lead writer Drew Karpyshyn has left Bioware. In addition to being lead writer on Star Wars: The Old Republic he also wrote for both Mass Effect 1, Mass Effect 2, and contributed to Jade Empire, Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights.
Karpyshy posted the following messages on his blog:
“I’m leaving to focus more time and energy on my novels and other non-video game related projects. But even though I’ll no longer be working on games for BioWare, I’m not going to be severing all ties with them. Many of my closest friends still work at the company, and I’m also in the process of writing the next Star Wars: The Old Republic novel, though I can’t say too much about it yet.”

John Williams will come to Eugene in September

John Williams will come to Eugene in September to conduct the Eugene Symphony in a performance of music from his scores to such blockbuster films as “Star Wars,” “Schindler’s List” and the “Harry Potter” series, the symphony announced Thursday.
The Sept. 22 concert with the 80-year-old Williams will be among the highlights of the 2012-13 symphony season and will include a performance by violin soloist Bing Wing. The upcoming season was detailed by music director Danail Rachev to symphony supporters at a private Hult Center reception before Thursday evening’s regular concert. The other celebrity musician news for next season was that superstar soprano Christine Brewer will be here in October to perform Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs.” This will mark a Eugene debut for Brewer, a Grammy Award-winning singer who was named by the BBC as one of the top 20 sopranos of the 20th century. The coming season will also look inward, focusing on the symphony’s own musicians. In April…

On Location: 'War Horse' tapped veteran trainer Bobby Lovgren

Horses have long played lead roles in cinema, from the classic movie “National Velvet” to 2010’s “Secretariat,” a drama based on the Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred. But rarely have they taken center stage as much they do in “War Horse,” Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated epic about an English farm boy's lasting relationship with a horse that is sold to the cavalry during World War I. For chief horse trainer Bobby Lovgren, it was one of the veteran’s toughest jobs to date.  Lovgren has trained horses for movies that have included “Seabiscuit,” “Cowboys and Aliens” and “The Legend of Zorro.”
The locally based 46-year-old trainer, however, says nothing has compared to the scale of work on “War Horse,” the DreamWorks Pictures movie that has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture. The film, which cost about $70 million to make, was adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel that inspired successful stage productions in London and on…


he high seas adventures of Guybrush Threepwood on the iPhone continue in grand fashion as the fourth episode of Telltale Games’ Monkey Island Tales, The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood, is now available in the iTunes App Store! In Episode 4 - The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood, our hero returns to Flotsam Island after the previous episodes’ exploits expecting a hero’s welcome but finds something else entirely. Betrayed by the beautiful but backstabbing Morgan LeFlay, Guybrush is overtaken by a furious throng and forced to stand trial. With the threat of a death sentence hanging over his head, Guybrush, armed only with his wits, must defend himself against the grave accusations made against him so that he may live to see another adventure.
Monkey Island Tales - Episode 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood is now available for the iPhone in the  App Store for $4.99. The previous three episodes of Monkey Island Tales are also available for $4.99 ea…

War Horse piper plays for New Malden children

A young musician behind one of the most poignant moments in the latest Spielberg blockbuster has enthralled pupils with stories from the set. 
Callum Armstrong appeared as the piper who played while World War I soldiers left the trenches and marched towards enemy lines in the film War Horse.
The 22-year-old played for students at Westbury House school, in New Malden, on February 2.
He told children about the 18 horses used in filming who could play dead on demand.
But headteacher Margaret McSherry said the most amazing incident came during the filming of a battle scene set in no-man’s land.
She said Mr Armstrong came across a parcel marked "bomb" in a crater, which exploded shortly after he passed.
She said a technician later found his Blackberry, which he kept in his sporon, 300m away from the blast site.
The youngest students were then piped out of the room, which their Scottish music teacher had explained was a great honour.

Star Wars actor David Prowse launches new driving qualification in Nailsea

David Prowse has helped to officially launch a new driving qualification in Nailsea. The Darth Vader actor and former bodybuilder – who was also the face of the Green Cross Code Man in the 1970s – was in town to launch the UK’s first BTEC qualification in Driving and Driver Education at Nailsea School.

The new course has been developed by Driving Force Training Ltd, a local driver training company, in association with the school.
Statistics show that being involved in a car crash is the number one cause of death among young people and the school hopes the course will make a difference by raising awareness and giving students the skills to be safe as a driver or as a passenger in a car.
Year 12 and 13 students at Nailsea School are being offered the chance of completing the BTEC course, which includes 30 hours of practical learning in a car leading to the DSA Driving Theory Test.
Ian Littlefield, training director for Driving Force Training Ltd, has writt…

The Old Republic™, will be officially launching in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore on March 1, 2012

After a successful release in North America and Europe, BioWare™, a Label of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) announced today that the fastest growing subscription MMO ever, Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, will be officially launching in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore on March 1, 2012. Fans in those regions will be able to play the critically-acclaimed massively multiplayer online game on regional servers, enjoying the story-driven experience that has captivated gamers worldwide. Players in these countries who currently have or have had an active Star Wars: The Old Republic account prior to February 28, 2012 will have the opportunity to request a free character transfer for a limited time to an Asia Pacific server after the launch on March 1, 2012. All players who qualify for a character transfer will be notified in early March with more details.

"Our biggest priority for The Old Republic has always been to deliver a high quality product and high quality service and we …

Michael Bay Set To Direct The Fourth Transformers Movie

Good news!  Spielberg will be executive producer for the fourth Transformers movie.  Now the bad news.  Michael Bay will be directing again.  Will we see the first movie to cost half a billion dollars?  With Bay in charge I bet he's already started spending.

Bay has signed a two film deal with Paramount, which will include drama Pain and Gain after which he will begin work on the fourth Transformers movie in the spring.

Shia LaBeouf is not on the cards to return.

Mass Effect 3: 'We've brought back a lot of what was missing in ME2'

BioWare has a lot on its plate at the moment. Along with a Star Wars: The Old Republic and Command & Conquer, there are rumblings of a new entry in the Dragon Age series. But of its numerous projects, arguably none garners as much attention as Mass Effect 3.
The third, and supposedly final chapter in Shepard's story, stands to be the studio's most ambitious yet with new multiplayer modes and a new focus on action driven gameplay.
We had a chat with Michael Gamble, producer at BioWare Edmonton, and discussed how the studio is juggling projects, approaching multiplayer and crafting an experience that everyone can enjoy.
How does the multi-studio thing work with Mass Effect? Throughout the game's development, we've been sharing responsibilities between Edmonton and Montreal. The game is completely developed - multiplayer, singleplayer, all facets - between the two studios. The Edmonton studio's a bit larger, but both studios have complete skill sets.