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LucasArts developer Clint Hocking has left the firm.
The popular games developer who created hit franchises such as Splinter Cell and Far Cry 2, joined LucasArts from Ubisoft in July 2010.
Hocking wrote on his blog: "I recently left my job at LucasArts and am moving on to something new. I already have something lined up and I am currently in the process of dealing with the living hell of relocation".
It was unknown what projects Hocking was working on at LucasArts.
Source - MCV
Thirty years ago, Henry Thomas was a quirky little loner with a bug-eyed alien for a best friend in Steven Spielberg's timeless blockbuster "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." Today, Thomas is a 40-year-old actor who has since worked with actors the likes of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Anthony Hopkins and directors such as Martin Scorsese and Lasse Hallstrom.
This week, the San Antonio native adds another legendary name in entertainment to his growing roster: He plays country music star Hank Williams in "The Last Ride," which opens in limited release Friday.
The low-budget drama, directed by Harry Thomason, the force behind TV's "Designing Women," revolves around the last few days of Williams' troubled life as he is driven by a young man to New Year's shows in West Virginia and Ohio. Williams, whose life had become dominated by alcohol and drugs, never made it to those gigs, dying at 29 on New Year's Dayin 1953 of heart failure in the back o…
"Unofficial short film made by a fan, dedicated to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, John Williams and all the team behind "Indiana Jones" movies".
"INDIANA JONES and the search for the lost idol", was shot entirely in Tenerife (Canary Islands) in 2008. Was conducted without a budget, without the help of a producer, without a proffesional team, only with a group of friends, my Canon XL2 and much love for cinema. This short film is a personal tribute to a director who admire a lot, Steven Spielberg.
The short film won the 1st Prize in Tri-City Independent/Fan Film Festival "TCIF3" fan film category (Washington, 2009), was showed in New York Comic Con (New York, 2009), was premiered at Yelmo theatres (Tenerife, 2008) and was showed in CIFICOM (Madrid, 2011).
Synopsis: The story begins in Tenerife (1948), where Indiana Jones is looking for some spanish doubloons whereabouts. The journey continues in Portugal, where he will meet Mr. Giova…
Genndy Tartakovsky isn’t yet a household name, but after recently completing Adam Sandler’s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and now being hired to direct Sony’s newest version of ‘Popeye’, you can expect the Russian-born Jew to have a long (and successful) career ahead of him.
Those familiar with brilliant animation should know Tartakovsky well. The director brought us several classic series including ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Samurai Jack’, and ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’. Many speculate that ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ was so successful that George Lucas squashed it to protect his ego.
Tartakovsky will now take on the classic ‘Popeye’ series, following a mumbling spinach-loving sailor who is constantly saving girlfriend Olive Oyl from rival Bluto.
The Sony Pictures project has been in development for almost two years, so the studio heads must believe Jay Scherick and David Ronn’s (‘The Smurfs’, ‘The Zookeeper’) script is almost ready if they’ve secured a director.
The last time ‘Popeye’ was brought to …
Telltale Games has found a new place to deliver its brand of adventure gaming goodness. GOG.com announced today thatSam & Max Save the World,Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space, and Tales of Monkey Island are now available on the digital download distributor.
To sweeten the induction of these fine adventure games even more, GOG is offering them all at a reduced price until July 3. The two seasons of Sam & Max are priced at $11.99 each. Meanwhile Tales of Monkey Island will run you a mere $13.99. That's 60 percent off their original price tags, which is pretty damn sweet. http://www.gamezone.com/products/sam-max-season-1/news/sam-max-tales-of-monkey-island-now-on-gog-com
The Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department has received a big gift courtesy of filmmaker George Lucas.
Lucas donated one of his two engines from his Skywalker Ranch fleet in Lucas Valley after the Muir Beach fire department had entered into negotiations to buy the vehicle.
Initially, Lucas' representatives quoted a price of $55,000, which was below market value for the engine, which could fetch up to $90,000, said Muir Beach fire Chief Steve Wynn. As negotiations continued there was a pause in talks."The next thing I knew they said, 'George is just going to give it to you,'" Wynn said. "It was a huge moment. My mouth sort of dropped open. I said, 'You've got to be kidding.'"
If the volunteer
department had to buy the engine — manufactured by International with Pierce apparatus — it would have wiped out its annual budget, meaning the purchase of other firefighting gear would have been delayed.
The Lucas engine, though built in 1989, only had ab…
August 14th we have Jaws on Blu-ray then E.T. in October and Indiana Jones has got a release date. September 18th. So it will be your second of three essential blu-ray purchases this year. Better get saving.
The collection includes remastered versions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as a completely restored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark supervised by Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt.
Servers have been merged, repopulating once sparse worlds, and today Update 1.3, Allies, brings a group finder and ranked PvP warzones to Star Wars: The Old Republic. BioWare says 1.3 demonstrates its commitment to the SWTOR community and is the first of many big additions to come.
"We are living up to our commitment in setting a new bar for what players should expect from a premium MMO service," BioWare Austin GM Matthew Bromberg said in a statement. "In just six months, we have already released three major game updates that have added new content and game features that have addressed the feedback from our fans. And we are just getting started. By the end of this year, we are adding more Warzones, more Flashpoints, more Operations, more updates to the Legacy System, new companions, new storylines and more. We are very excited about the future."
The studio’s latest offering, “Brave,” led by its bow-shooting Scottish princess, Merida, won the box office battle this weekend with a haul of $66.7 million. That makes Pixar a perfect 13-for-13 in first-place openings since 1995’s “Toy Story” started Hollywood’s fascination with computer animation.
Though DreamWorks Animation (the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” franchises) and Blue Sky Studios (“Ice Age” movies) have closed the gap somewhat, Pixar still is an almost iconic brand for moviegoers.
“They have a Pixar-perfect track record,” says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com. “It reminds me of Apple, they have this brand is so transcendent that no matter what they release, the public gobbles it up because they've set the bar so high.”
Last year, legendary Star Wars and Batman: The Animated Series actor Mark Hamill announced via his own Twitter account that he was going to retire from the role he made most famous for the latter series, The Joker.
The man who also played Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy mentioned to IGN that he was going to bow out of his signature role as The Clown Prince of Crime after finishing voicework for the well-received and stellar videogame by Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady Studio Batman: Arkham City.
The game’s ending was fitting enough to warrant Hamill’s departure from the role, but fate had other plans it seems.
According to Gametrailers, DC Universe Online has announced that their latest expansion pack —aptly titled “The Last Laugh”— will feature Mark Hamill’s official return as The Joker, back to cause those playing the game some fun, misery, and chaos.
In addition to Mr. J coming back, fellow actor Adam Baldwin is stepping up as the Man of Steel hi…
Lucas is giving away a vacant building in downtown San Anselmo. The building is located at 535 San Anselmo avenue.
The Novato Patch reports the building will be demolished and turned into a park that will feature bronze statues of Indiana Jones and Yoda.
Lucas donated the property to the San Anselmo Community Foundation. The time line for the project will depend on the planning process. source
BioWare has posted a new Q&A for Star Wars: The Old Republic regarding the MMO’s latest content release, update 1.3: Allies. While it mainly focuses on what’s included in the content: Legacy Perks, Ranked Warzones, Adaptive Gear, and a new Group Finder, it also fields questions regarding armor sets, abilities, and class changes. It also stated that more character slots will be made available in “the near future.” You can look over the Q&A in its entirety here. Update 1.3 launched on June 26, the same day as the firm’s Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC. Thanks, TenTonHammer.
It should have been Hollywood's new cash cow, the latest iteration of a franchise that has produced films, TV series and comic books. However, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been shelved – perhaps indefinitely, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The move follows a fan backlash earlier this year against plans to change the origins story of its four "heroes in a halfshell".
Official word suggests that the film which is being developed by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes company, has been shut down owing to issues with the script. Originally due for December 2013, Jonathan Liebesman's film has now been pushed back to May 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Preproduction staff, however, were told the film had been shelved for an "indefinite" period.
Fans took to Twitter and Facebook earlier this year to criticise plans to change the turtles to "lovable aliens" rather than mutants who gain anthropomorphic powers after encount…
AN OSCAR-WINNING sound designer is visiting the University of Nottingham next week.
Randy Thom will be at the university's recently-founded Institute of Screen Industries Research.
He will take part in a series of events from Monday to Friday, including a lecture and seminars at the university and a public presentation.
Mr Thom is director of Sound at Lucasfilm Ltd's Skywalker Sound facility in Northern California and has a string of blockbuster movies to his name including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter.
Institute director Dr Gianluca Sergi said: "This is a unique opportunity for staff, students and the public to get an inside look at how some of Hollywood's most iconic films are made."
Mr Thom, who won Oscars for his work in The Incredibles (2005) and The Right Stuff (1984), will also meet students from the university's Creative Student Network. http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Oscar-winner-university-lecture/story-16438947-detail/story.html
Dreamworks has acquired the rights to a Need for Speed film from publisher EA.
And it seems as if all the pieces are already in place. Brothers George and John Gatins have developed an original story and screenplay which is based on the entirety of the IP rather than a specific entry in the series.
EA is chipping in with production duties with Scott Waugh (or Act of Valor) hired as director. Production will start in early 2013 with a view to a 2014 release date.
"I'm excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies," famed director and DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg stated.
"This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O'Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods."
EA Labels executive VP Patrick Soderlund added…
Spielberg and Capshaw's daughter, Grey's Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw and her husband Christopher Gavigan welcomed their third child, a girl, to their growing family on Wednesday, June 20.
"Our hearts are bursting with love and gratitude upon the arrival of our baby girl," Capshaw said via her rep to People. The newborn, Poppy James Gavigan, joins 1 ½ year-old sister Eve Augusta and 4-year-old brother Luke Hudson.
June 20th 1975, Jaws became a household name. Jaws become an international phenomenon, grossing more than $470 million worldwide. Adjusted for inflation, that's roughly $2 billion in total sales, $1 billion in the U.S. alone. Bringing with it one of the most misquoted movie quotes of all times. "you're gonna need a bigger boat" is often misquoted as "we're gonna need a bigger boat."
Happy Birthday Jaws. Look forward to seeing you on Blu-ray soon, very soon.
Steven Spielberg agreed to direct an episode of cult TV series Twin Peaks, according to one of the show's producers and screenwriters.
In an interview on Braddstudios.com, the screenwriter Harley Peyton revealed that Spielberg – who is best known for box office smashes such as Jurassic Park and ET - had agreed in principle to helm an episode of the programme, but the idea was nixed by the show's creator David Lynch.
Speaking about his time on the show, Peyton said: "After the first season a lot of crazy things happened, like me and Mark [Frost, creator] sitting at Steven Spielberg's house convincing him to do the opener for the second season. That was all ready to go."
He added: "He was a huge fan of the show – watched it every week, I mean a huge fan. Because we were friendly we talked about it a lot and he said to me in passing how fun it would be to direct an episode so I went to Mark over the summer and said, 'This probably is not a bad way to kick…
Deadline reports that Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes writing team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are aboard to craft the script.
Given their experiences with genetically tinkered creatures gone wild, they seem like a good call, especially since they were able to inject so much real feeling into what could have been your average ape adventure.
Details are naturally scarce, with Spielberg and co-producer Kathleen Kennedy guarding information like a T-Rex protecting its young. We do know, however, that the man who brought us the first two movies is handing over the megaphone to someone else, as he did with Joe Johnston and Jurassic Park 3.
No dates on filming, release dates etc as of yet but we will keep you informed.
Speaking with GamesTM (via Kotaku), The Old Republic’s lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi said that he and the rest of the team are discussing going full free-to-play. “The MMO market is very dynamic and we need to be dynamic as well. Unless people are happy with what they have, they are constantly demanding updates, new modes, and situations,” said Lusinchi, “So we are looking at free-to-play but I can’t tell you in much detail. We have to be felxible and adapt to what it going on.” You can play the first 15 levels for free right now. Give it a try. I liked it and may try a smuggler next. (I always go for a Jedi.)
“Falling Skies” came back to earth a bit in its second-season premiere Sunday, but still checked in with a sizable audience.
Nielsen estimates that the two-hour return of the Noah Wyle-fronted series from DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg averaged 4.5 million viewers from 9 to 11. It also drew 1.9 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54.
By comparison, last June the show bowed to 5.9 million viewers (including about 2.6 million adults 18-49) and concluded
in August with 5.6 million viewers (including nearly 2.5 million adults 18-49).
Sunday marked the first time that “Skies,” which does pretty well with men, has gone up against the NBA Finals — with last night’s Game 3 of pro basketball’s championship round drawing about 15 million viewers. (This season’s hoops action is wrapping later than usual due to a labor-related work stoppage that delayed the start of the season until Christmas.)
The trials of Star Wars: The Old Republic are no secret. One of the most ambitious games ever made, Bioware’s massively multiplayer space epic has already shed around 400,000 subscribers
Star Wars: The Old Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
from its post-launch peak, and the team responsible for the world has been hit with layoffs.
Now, it looks like the team is considering taking the game free-to-play in an effort to revive slumping numbers and give it new life under a different payment model. Bioware Lead designer Emmanuelle Lusinchi said this in an interview with Games TM magazine – this according to Joystiq,as the original article appears to have been pulled:
“We are looking at free-to-play, but I can’t tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on.”
Free-to-play has paid off for games like Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and League of Legends. It’s a bold move for a game as expensive to produce as SWTOR, but it may be able t…
Read the leaked nine page story treatment below. Called E.T. II Nocturnal Fears. I've converted the PDF that is doing the rounds into jpegs. Click each one for a larger version. The sequel reminds me in some way of Falling Skies. Kids being controlled against their will. Korel and the evil aliens have been at war with E.T. and his species for decades. An interesing read.
Turner Broadcasting has resolved a lawsuit by a German designer that claimed that the TNT series Falling Skies, a show about an alien invasion that is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, had an inappropriate font in its title sequence.
Matius Gerardo Grieck, founder of the +ISM studio, sued in January, saying that the Falling Skies lettering in marketing materials was too close the Anthropolymorphics font he developed. On the verge of the series' second season, the parties have agreed to a settlement.
Had the lawsuit proceeded, Grieck would likely have needed to show that the defendants actually used his software -- instead of just tracing the font -- but instead of expensive litigati…
A script for a sequel to hit alien film ET has been unearthed - but director Steven Spielberg says it will never be made.
The nine-page draft outline for the sequel to the 1980 blockbuster - called ET II: Nocturnal Fears - was written by Speilberg and his writing partner Melissa Mathison.
GeekTyrant.com reported the story was much darker than the original and involved the return of Elliott and his extra terrestrial sidekick ET as they battled an evil alien race who landed on Earth and started taking humans hostage.
But speaking at the American Film Institute recently, Spielberg said he wasn't interested in making the film.
"Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. I think a sequel to ET would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity. People only remember the latest episode, while the pilot tarnishes," he said.
That mirrors something he said in 2009, when he told Ace Showbiz: "I'm never going to make ET II. ETis a clo…
Star Wars: The Old Republic will still be a player on the MMO scene in a decade’s time, according to Frank Gibeau.
Scale and a flexible business model would be key to making this happen, the EA Labels boss said.
“We're still playing Dark Age of Camelot, we're still playing Warhammer, we're still playing Ultima Online, we're still playing Runescape, we're still playing Lineage. What's beautiful about an MMO is that when you get to a certain scale it stays with the program for a long time."
“We're still publishing Ultima Online for seventeen years. So we're definitely going to be in the Star Wars business for a long time and if the business changes in accordance with how the market is reacting, then that's just good process for us since we're trying to create the best possible service for our gamers," he said.
Making the game free-to-play wasn’t out of the question, although Gibeau believed that the subscription model would never die.
Thanks to Barkingmadberry on Twitter for this one. Shot at the Supernova Expo in Sydney. Which two people in this video do you think look the most awkward? Hint. They have something to do with X-wings. Also there are so many awesome t-shirts in this video. I want them all.
If you are lucky enough to be in sunny Australia then check out http://www.supanova.com.au/ for more dates. Judging by the video they look amazing and well worth a visit.
Henry Thomas. After playing the role of lonely 10-year-old Elliott inE.T., Thomas returned to his hometown of Texas, where he focused on school and took on film and TV roles sporadically. In the 80s and 90s, he returned to acting, most notably cast in Legends of the Fall(1994), Gangs of New York (2002), and most recently as leading man Hank Williams in The Last Ride (2011).
Besides acting, Thomas, 40, is also big into the music scene. In the 80s and 90s, he sang and performed with the Texas-based band, The Blue Heelers, and continues to rock out with the Los Angeles band Farspeaker.
Robert MacNaughton. Before playing Michael, Elliott’s annoying athletic big brother, MacNaughton started out in a few TV movies, most prominently Angel City (1980), which also starred a youngJennifer Jason Leigh, along with Big Bend Country (1981), and theRay Bradbury adaption, The Electric Grandmother (1982). AfterE.T., he focused his career primarily in theater, although he did add to his TV credits with …
His role as Elliott, a lonely little boy who befriends an alien, made Henry Thomas the most famous child in the world.
But 30 years after the release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, he admits the film’s success brought him bad times as well as good.
“Of course there have been times I regretted being the kid in E.T.,” says Henry, now 40. “My world went completely crazy. I was that stupid kind of famous, where you can’t go anywhere.
“It was like that for the first six months after E.T. was in cinemas. I’d go out and get mobbed. I was a shy kid, and being approached by adults all the time just freaked me out.
“I was like a circus freak. But the only time I had to deal with it was when I left the house. So I stopped leaving the house. I became an 11-year-old hermit.”
Henry was nine and had been in one film, Raggedy Man, when he won the role of Elliott. He cried real tears in his audition by thinking about his pet chihuahua Urso, which had been savaged to death by…