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Disney deal may be bad for Lucasarts

LucasArts, the video game developing subsidiary of Lucasfilm, was also part of the acquisition alongside Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. However, there does not appear to be any present plans to reshuffle the employees at this time: “Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.” Likewise, a LucasArts representative told Polygon that “for the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings,” but Disney CEO Robert Iger also noted that console development by LucasArts may halt in the future, saying the following: “We’re likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on cons…

'Steven Spielberg loved the technical parts of making ET'

We were filming the Hallowe’en scene in ET in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Elliott, my character, and his older brother Michael, played by Robert MacNaughton (pictured, right), dress ET up as a ghost and sneak him out of the house. We actually shot this sequence around Hallowe’en, so there was a festive atmosphere on set and also a lot of guests. Harrison Ford was there because his girlfriend at the time, Melissa Mathison, was the film’s screenwriter, and Debra Winger visited – she ended up being an extra in the Hallowe’en scene. Underneath that sheet is Pat Bilon, one of the actors who played ET. To cut down on the heat from wearing the full-body latex ET suit, he was wearing only the mask and holding half a broomstick in each hand with three plastic spoons taped to the end to emulate ET’s arms – which is funny given that ET had radio-controlled functions like moving eyes. Steven Spielberg (pictured, left) spoke to us quite a bit about the technical aspects of making the film; …

Disney's Binary Sunset On Lucasfilm. Photo

Which Director Should Be Attached To Direct Star Wars 7?

Well its only just been announced and already the talk is who should direct Star Wars 7? 

Well the hot favourite is of course Joss Whedon who did a great job with a little known film called The Avengers.  Guillermo Del Toro is another one who's past record with Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy would make a good choice.  Will this open the door for Spielberg to finally direct a Star Wars movie?  He was linked for a while to The Empire Strikes Back so this may be his second chance at getting into the Star Wars universe.   In favour with Disney at the moment and most likely is Gore Verbinski who directed the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, Rango and the upcoming Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.  What about Steve Moffat who wrote the latest Tin-Tin movie, brought us the fabulous Sherlock to our small screens and currently is responsible for the latest Doctor Who?  So is no stranger to Sci-fi.  At the very least he should help with the writing.  Finally there's J.J Abrams.  Wouldn'…

The Bearded Trio Feelings On Disney Taking Over Lucasfilm : DON'T PANIC

With Disney now taking over Lucasfilm and acquiring the Star Wars franchise there's undoubtedly going to be a "don't touch our baby" vibe doing the internet.  Initially I thought the same but don't forget Disney own Pixar and Marvel and they are still going strong, if not stronger.  Lets not forget that Star Wars will now find its way into the theme parks with a greater presence than we get now with Star Tours.  We have been promised more Star Wars movies and this could be a good thing if done right and with episodes 7, 8 and 9 this means they will have more of the original trilogy about them.  Star Wars could find its way into the Disney stores or even better Disney may decide to open Star Wars stores.  They've paid a lot of money for the franchise so don't be surprised if we see more of a presence on the high street or at the mall.

All I can say is don't panic.  I think this is a good thing and will only make the franchise even stronger than it is…

VIDEO: George Lucas And Kathleen Kennedy Explains Disney Direction

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy discuss the future of Star Wars movies.

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Disney: Star Wars In 2015 Plus Episodes 8 And 9 To Follow

Disney said it planned to release a new Star Wars film, episode seven, in 2015. That will be followed by episodes eight and nine and then one new movie every two or three years, the company said. The last Star Wars film was 2005's Revenge of the Sith, and Disney said it believed there was "substantial pent-up demand". Disney will pay about half in cash and half in stock, issuing 40 million Disney shares in the transaction.

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Official Disney Press Release On Lucasfilm Takeover

An investor conference call will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT today, October 30, 2012. Details for the call are listed in the release. Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise. Acquisition continues Disney's strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world's best branded content, innovative technology and global growth to drive long-term shareholder value. Lucasfilm to join company's global portfolio of world class brands including Disney, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel and ABC. STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 feature film targeted for release in 2015. Burbank, CA and San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George…

Disney to buy George Lucas' film studio, including Star Wars franchise, for $4B Plus Star Wars 7

Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series.
The Walt Disney Co. announced the agreement to make the purchase in cash and stock Tuesday. Disney added that "Star Wars Episode 7" is scheduled for release in 2015.
The deal brings Lucasfilm under the Disney banner with other brands including Pixar, Marvel, ESPN and ABC.
Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become its president and report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Lucas will be creative consultant on new "Star Wars" films.
Lucas said in a statement, "It's now time for me to pass `Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers."

George Lucas to be grand marshal of Modesto Graffiti parade

George Lucas will make his first appearance as grand marshal of the downtown classic car parade in Modesto's annual Graffiti Summer festivities next year.
The 68-year-old Modesto native will ride in the head car June 7. The annual event celebrates Lucas' 1973 breakout film "American Graffiti," which was inspired by his experiences cruising around the city as a teen in the early '60s.
This will be one of Lucas' rare public appearances in Modesto. While he occasionally attends community events, including his 50th Downey High School class reunion over the summer, he maintains a low profile and avoids publicity.
John Sanders, chairman of the North Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Car Show and Parade, made the announcement about Lucas' participation in Graffiti Summer on Tuesday night at The State Theatre at the Modesto Area Music Association Awards.
"We're excited about the fact that he accepted the invitation to be the grand marshal of the parade,&…

Watch Spielberg & Williams Create Movie Magic In Clip From E.T. Blu-ray

George Lucas And Ted Danson Remember Late NBC Chairman Brandon Tartikoff

George Lucas and Ted Danson took to the stage in Los Angeles on Thursday to remember late NBC chairman Brandon Tartikoff at an event in his honor.

The Hollywood stars were the guests of honor as a series of letters, interviews and speeches by TV network boss Tartikoff, who died in 1997, were posthumously accepted into the University of Southern California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts catalog.

Star Wars creator Lucas, who had pushed for the film school to obtain the papers, declared himself a "big fan" of Tartikoff, and added: "He let people do their job. There are lots of executives and lawyers in the business who think they understand the creative process. And they don't. Brandon was someone who enjoyed watching others be creative and he let them get on with their work."

Danson noted that Tartikoff gave him "everything in his career" - from putting hit comedy Cheers on the air to meeting his now-wife Mary Steenburgen.

He told the audience, &q…

Destination Star Trek London 30 Minute Video Diary

I know this was tagged on the review I did but I thought I would post the video on its own in case some missed the video.  Let me know what you think and if you're in the video please leave a comment.

Rob Wainfur

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Sony Music is pleased to announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Lincoln, a magnificent new score written by John Williams, the doyen of Hollywood composers, for a major new film by Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius o…

AT-ST Cat Home Made Playhouse

Buffy is the name of the lucky feline to benefit from an owner with some woodworking skills and an incurable case of fandom. The bipedal walker model is crafted from scraps left over from a home renovation and took four weekends to complete.

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Remastered Star Trek: Generations Soundtrack to Be Released

GNP Crescendo is set to release a remastered and expanded edition of the Star Trek: Generations soundtrack. The two-disc set is the first-ever release of Dennis McCarthy’s complete score for Generations. In addition to the expanded score, the original 1994 soundtrack and an accompanying sound effects library will be included in the set. As a limited-time offer, GNP has announced that the first 100 copies purchased from their website will be autographed by composer Dennis McCarthy. The new limited edition CD is available now as a pre-order for $24.95 fromGNP Crescendo and begins shipping on October 29th. Full press release and track listing below. GNP Crescendo Records continues its commitment to Star TrekTM fans with the first-ever release of Dennis McCarthy’s complete score for Star Trek Generations (1994). This 2 CD collector’s edition features the complete film score on disc one (including music for one scene deleted from the finished film), and a remastered version of the 1994 GN…

Legoland Florida Star Wars Miniland construction

Legoland Florida will open the all new Star Wars Miniland in November! We get a look at some of the pieces going into place. The new Miniland will feature scenes from all six movies, as well as the Clone Wars animated series


Scarlett Johansson has a new interview with W Magazine ( about topics from the nineties, due to her nineties inspired cover shoot. The topics ranged from the fashion trend from the nineties that she hated to what her favorite movie was when she was younger.

When asked about what movie from that decade meant the most to her, she replies that it was Jurassic Park.  “Jurassic Park was a mind-blowing experience. I wasn’t really afraid of the dinosaurs—I was more afraid of something like a clown coming to eat your brain or Chucky, a little doll that was going to take a knife to your eyeballs. But I actually believed Jurassic Park. I remember saying, “This is going to happen, you guys.”

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Video Floor Walk Of Destination Star Trek London

It was Sunday afternoon about lunch time so I grab my camera phone and decide to walk the whole area.  Let me know if you're in the shot.

Rob Wainfur
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More Images From Destination Star Trek London

The Ghostbusters, Gangnam-Style

I Get A Chance To Ask SFX Their Favourite John Williams Music

I Ask The SFX Team At Destination Star Trek London Their Favourite John Williams Soundtrack

Star Wars, Asteroid Field track, Jurassic Park and Superman. Also they tackle why do modern movies not have memorable soundtracks

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Destination Star Trek London Review

What a weekend!  I've just got back from London where Destination Star Trek London was being held at the Excel.  I met all five captains, had numerous photos taken with the actors, got several autographs, helped break the world record for the most amount of Star Trek fans in costume, listened to talks by some of the actors, enjoyed parties and so much more.  But how did it all go?  Was it organised?  Did the organisers hit it off, or did they sink quicker than Riker in the Skin Of Evil?  
I had a two day pass for the Saturday and Sunday (along with a press pass so I could sneak into the talks.)  I was joined by four others, my wife and three friends, one of whom, namely Chris, kindly did all the organising and booking.  Myself and Chris were in full costume.  I was sporting an Enterprise jumpsuit while Chris wore a rather fine Captains suit from Star Trek II.
We arrived at the Excel at around 8:15 for a 9am start.  The crowds were already gathering.  We were all told to wait in a hu…

The Worst Wookie Impression Ever?

We are at Destination Star Trek London and its the end of day two (Saturday.) We are at the bar of the hotel and the drinks are flowing. It is 3am and we are for some reason re-enacting the Cantina scene from Star Wars. Someones Wookie impression leaves a lot to be desired. Love both Star Trek and Star Wars.

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The Dig (1995, LucasArts) Opening Intro

This is the steam release opening intro of the excellent adventure game The Dig by LucasArts, released in 1995 for the PC DOS using the SCUMM engine.

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Madame Tussauds To Immortalize Steven Spielberg's E.T.

To celebrate the Blu-ray release and the 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's beloved family film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, six Madame Tussauds locations including Hollywood, London, Berlin Amsterdam Sydney and Tokyo  are set to bring to life one of films' most iconic characters. The Extra-Terrestrial star will be immortalized in Madame Tussauds' signature wax form and unveiled on October 22nd, 2012.
All six E.T. figures are being worked on simultaneously by a huge creative team at Merlin Studios in West London, using a raft of reference photographs and footage from the film to capture a perfect likeness. Guests will be able to take Elliott's place in the scene that saw E.T. and Elliott soaring on a BMX against the backdrop of a stunning full moon, which was recently voted by fans as Universal Pictures' most memorable movie moment. E.T. fans will be able torelive this classic scene and many others, with the first ever release of the film on Blu-ray, featuring n…

Star Trek TNG’s Herman Zimmerman Receives Art Directors Guild Award For Lifetime Achievement

Herman has worked in the Star Trek franchise from 1987 all the way to 2002. His projects include Production Designer and Original Set Designer in 1987 with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988-1994), Zimmerman also worked on six of the Star Trek feature films: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), as well as the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2002) TV series. He wrote the introduction for the 1995 reference book The Art of Star Trek, and co-wrote the 1998 reference book Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual, as well as being featured as himself in many Star Trek documentaries.

Zimmerman’s work was not limited solely to TV and film. He worked alongside the Paramount Parks Design and Entertainment team when they acquired the five Great America theme parks. He was the cons…

Indiana Jones Karen Allen Not A Fan Of CGI

Raiders Of The Lost Ark star Karen Allen says she's not a fan of CGI.
The actress, best known for playing Marion Ravenwood in the 1981 film, reprised her role in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull in 2008. She said: "I think they very much wanted to try to keep it in the same vein. The way that films are shot has changed enormously since then, because there is so much CGI being done. "You can do almost anything on film now, which is both extraordinary and a little upsetting to me because I don't always find CGI very compelling. "It can be quite startlingly beautiful and take you into these other realms, but I feel I disassociate from it sometimes." The actress added: "You get to a point where you don't feel the danger. You feel as if you're seeing something that's distanced. I know that in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, those were all real stunts. "The stuntmen were putting their lives in jeopardy when they were doing them - …

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Star Wars: The Old Republic wins big at GDC Online Awards

It’s been awarded Best Game Design, Best Online Visual Arts, Best Online Technology, and Best New Online Game by a panel of judges consisting of game developers working in the online space. League of Legends also won big, taking home the award for Best Community Relations, Best Live Game, and the coveted Audience Award – the only one voted for by the public. The awards themselves are concerned with online games only, distinguishing the ceremony from the near-identically named Game Developers Choice Awards, which was held earlier in the year. If you’re wondering why Guild Wars 2 isn’t scooping trophy after gilded trophy, it was released too late to be included – the nominations were decided back in July
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Win Dark Shadows On Blu-ray - UK Comp

Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp and Count Dooku I mean Christopher Lee is out on Blu-ray this Monday in the UK and to celebrate the release The Bearded Trio is giving you the chance of winning a free copy of the Blu-Ray packed with Tim Burton goodness. All you have to do is email, tweet or facebook me your name with the subject "Dark Shadow Comp!"  Thats it! So easy its scary. The competition is only open to the UK (sorry rest of the world.) If you win I will contact you for your address. Closing date is the 28th October.

From the incredible mind of Tim Burton comes the hit film Dark Shadows, based on the classic US television series! Barnabas Collins has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover. Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his family’s business! With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more, Dark …