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Well It Was Going To Happen - The Old Republic Goes Free To Play

Bioware announced today what was really on the cards for some time.  The Old Republic is going free to play.  Now the masses who haven't played the game will be busy typing away telling you the reason is because of the game content or because subscribers find the game boring so are leaving the game.  Now this is not so.  I played the game and got quite a way in and can report  that the atmosphere is spot on and captures the Star Wars ambiance quite nicely.  "Okay so why did you stop if it's so good?" I hear you ask.  Well the same reason why the game is going free to play.  Cost!  MMORPG's are changing and the monthly payment structure is quickly becoming an out of date system.  I love playing MMORPG's but some months I don't seem to get my moneys worth so I stopped playing.  Going free to play will see me return even though I may not see all the content I had when I paid.  Bioware are doing something clever here.  You have the option to pay for the game …

'Star Wars' Chewbacca Head Sells For $172,000 At Auction

A Chewbacca headpiece used in the originalStar Wars trilogy sold for $172,200 ($140,000 plus $32,200 buyer's premium) at a Profiles in History auction.
The item also included signed photographs from Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, and Stuart Freeborn, who designed the costume.Profiles described it as the finest "screen correct" Chewbacca headpiece in private hands. It comprises a screen-used full-head cowl finished with period-made facial pieces, such as the front jaw, nose, teeth and tongue.

Not just a walking carpet now is he?

Author Tim Lebbon Working On Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Novel

On the 14th of July author Tim Lebbon announced on his website that he is working on Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi.

Tim said

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I’ll be writing a brand new Star Wars novel for Del Rey/Star Wars Books.  The novel will be calledStar Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – INTO THE VOID, and is set in the Dawn of the Jedi era currently being explored by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema intheir fantastic comic series.
I’m so excited about the novel, which I’ve already begun writing.  I can’t say much more about it yet, but I’ll release more news and details here as and when I can.  Watch this space! Can't wait for this one.  If its based on the Dark Horses comic book series we are in for a treat.  I'll keep you updated on any progress.  Here's what Wookieepedia says about Dawn Of The Jedi:
It is set in the earliest days of the Jedi Order, beginning in 36,453 BBY, in a time before the polarization of the light and dark sides of the Force.

In 36,453 BBY, Force-sensi…

Electrocuted Bird Sparks Fire near Skywalker Ranch

A bird that landed on power lines and electrocuted itself almost brought disaster to Skywalker Ranch. When it landed (I'm not making this up, honest) it's singed body fell into the grass and started the fire which spread for 1.5 acres.

At approximately 8:35 a.m., firefighters received a call of a grass fire in Nicasio, Calif. near filmmaker George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch property. Marin County firefighters teamed up with Lucas's fire brigade and the National Parks Service to extinguish the flames in under 30 minutes, Giannini said.

Take Down The Empire With This Lego Star Wars Chess Set

This Star Wars: Return of the Jedi chess set from Lego-geneer Brandon Griffith. He began constructing the set — the final piece in a trilogy of Star Wars-themed chess sets — in late 2010 and recently debuted it during Star Wars Days at LegoLand California. This set pits the plucky rebels with an army of Ewok pawns against the full might of the Empire including Jabba, AT-ST’s, and the Sith Lord himself, Vader

Yoda Stars Again In New Vodafone Advert

"If you're travelling in London this summer and your phone needs a power boost, flag down one of the 1,000 Vodafone taxis and make use of their free phone charging points during your journey," Vodafone said. 

"We can't promise Yoda will be joining you, though!"

Photos From Today's Stars Of Time Weston Super Mare

Great day today at Stars Of Time in Weston Super Mare. Take a look at some of the photos and videos.

Lawrence Of Arabia Coming To Blu-ray This November

This November, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will bring the much-heralded Lawrence of Arabia to Blu-ray. Considered by director Steven Spielberg to be his all-time favorite, David Lean’s epic drama focuses on the military career of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole), a lieutenant in the British Army who makes a profound impact on the Arab nations during World War I. Lawrence of Arabia is one of the most acclaimed motion pictures ever made, winning seven Oscars at the 1963 Academy Awards Ceremony. They include: Best Picture: Sam SpiegelBest Director: David LeanBest Art Direction: John Box, John Stoll, and Dario SimoniBest Cinematography: Frederick A. YoungBest Sound: John CoxBest Film Editing: Anne V. CoatesBest Original Score: Maurice JarreSource

'Goonies,' 'Selena' star Lupe Ontiveros Passes Away At 69

Actress Lupe Ontiveros, a founding board member of the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles, has died of liver cancer, her agent said. She was 69. Michael Greenwald told the Los Angeles Times the "Selena" co-star and "Desperate Housewives" cast member died Thursday in a Whittier, Calif., hospital. Born in Texas to Mexican immigrants, Ontiveros once estimated she had played the role of a maid more than 150 times throughout her career. Her film credits include the films "Chuck & Buck," "Real Women Have Curves," "Storytelling," "As Good As It Gets," "The Goonies" and "El Norte." "Lupe Ontiveros was a gift," actor Edward James Olmos, her "Selena" co-star, told the Times Friday. "She was part of the evolutionary process of the art form of Latino storytelling in the last 30-plus years. She was one of the true pioneers of the Latin artistic movement in theater, film and television.&…

Frank Oz tells Star Wars fans he won't do the voice

Frank Oz, who played Obi-Wan's pint-sized spiritual mentor, Yoda, has told the Los Angeles Times he hates it when fans ask him to talk backwards. He said his characters are "too sacred for such tripe". "You wouldn't parade your kids around like that, would you? They're part of me. I won’t use them as a party favour to impress people." Although Oz doesn't like doing impressions, he is keen to talk about Yoda and his roster of Muppet voices, which includes Animal, Bert and Miss Piggy. - "With Yoda, it was right away - I picked him up and immediately knew who he was. I have no idea why." - "I can’t tell you where I got Miss Piggy. She's so incredibly layered. It’s an organic process, I think. Experiences from my own life filtered into my comedic vision. Animal came from mud in my soul." The most touching part of the interview is when he talks about his friend, Muppet creator Jim Henson, who died more than 20 years ago. "I …

E.T. Blu-ray gets Release Date

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, AcademyAward-winning director Steven Spielberg’s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray October 9, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with director Steven Spielberg, and “The E.T. Journals” featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film. The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet, a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film, offering fans a chance to relive the mystery, laughter and wonder of the iconic movie anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

New Game Allows Players to Create Their Own Jurassic Park

Players have the chance to build their own Jurassic Park from the ground up! Park owners will nurture and grow various dinosaur species through the discovery of amber filled with dinosaur DNA. To turn the DNA into an egg, resources will be invested at the Research Center and once ready, eggs will be placed in the park and grow until they reach an adult size. To evolve, dinosaurs have to be fed plants or meat depending on their respective diets. Park managers will have to make sure their park is constantly fueled with enough goods to feed all the dinosaurs by managing the flow of imports at the port.

Players will build roads for their visitors so they can go around and explore the park. To entertain their guests and collect more money, players need to be creative and decorate their parks by building various attractions and structures such as amusement centers, hotels, restaurants, and security offices.

Throughout the gameplay, players will encounter familiar characters from the Jurassic …

EA boss admits The Old Republic subscription model is 'challenging'

Star Wars: The Old Republic has recently taken a tentative step towards free-to-play, but was hesitant to jump in completely. The company might still finish that journey, though, as comments from EA CEO John Riccitiello imply that the company is still considering its options.

In an interview with CNBC (via The Escapist), Riccitiello says that the "softness" of Star Wars led to its current partial free-to-play model. "Our conclusion was we had a great product in Star Wars, but that the subscription model in the world of free-to-play was challenging," he said.

He went on to note that the free-to-play model has a lot of power, and stresses that it can be a good revenue generator despite the name. He said, "We've begun to work with different models," but stopped short of directly stating any future plans. He also said that the shrinking player base isn't a "pressing concern," so it may still be a while before EA gives up the ghost and goes f…

Steven Spielberg stays behind the camera as he films family boat trip on holiday

As one of the most successful directors in the history of film, he is used to being behind the camera. However, Steven Spielberg couldn't stop from using his expertise with a lens while on holiday with his family in Capri, Italy. The 65-year-old was spotted carrying around his handy-cam as he took in the local attractions on the idyllic island, yesterday afternoon. The day job: Steven Spielberg took charge of filming his family on holiday in Capri, Italy, yesterday afternoon The Jaws director took charge of capturing images of his family as they spent the day wandering around in the sun before jumping on a boat. Joined by his wife Kate Capshaw, the legendary film maker continued to film the area as he was ferried across the water in a small boat. Steven is clearly not a sun worshiper and made sure he covered up almost completely in the scorching temperatures. Dapper dandy: Steven covered up from the scorching sun in a red T-shirt, trilby and cream shorts Professional footage: Steven ke…