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Star Wars Episode VII To Shoot This August and Possible Production Alias Revealed

Remember Blue Harvest?  Yes the codename for Return of the Jedi.  Well according to rumours and a little speculation it seems Lucasfilm will be using a production alias for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.  Over at Jedi News they've got a scoop from a very reliable source that the code name this time will be Foodles.

Foodles Productions Ltd, a company registered on 26th March 2013 to the Disney headquarters in London.

Also mentioned in Jedi News report is an August start date for the production. Early 2014 has been cited before, but I do know pre-production work has been underway for a good while, so I’m prepared to believe the report is right.

http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=12848


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Today's Photo - Stunning Princess Leia artwork

Stunning artwork of Leia in gold bikini.  If you're the artist please let me know - Rob

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Star Wars Battlefront "Well Into Development."

EA Games Label president Frank Gibeau reveals that Star Wars: Battlefront' is already 'well into development'.

Frank Gibeau explained that "We showed 22 seconds of where we're going with it and the fan response was very positive. The DICE team is well into development on that product already, so we feel very bullish about our shooter rotation over the next several years."
He went on to reveal that the game will switch between a first and "a third-person component" although how that will be utilised is currently unknown.


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Celebration VII Announced At CEII Closing Ceremonies

Star Wars Celebration VII has just been announced at CEII closing ceremonies.

Official Star Wars Twitter account just tweeted

Just announced: #StarWarsCelebration is coming to Anaheim, CA on April 16-19, 2015!
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 28, 2013
More news as it develops.

Rob



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CEII VIDEO: FIRST LOOK AT STAR WARS REBELS!

Thanks to Jedinews for bringing us to our attention.

From TheHuskyDog7:
"Star Wars Rebels Panel at Celebration Europe II and photographed/filmed everything I could for you guys. The Video contains Concept Art, Designs the Show is based on, and a Q&A with Mr. Dave Filoni, the Executive Producer of 'Rebels'."



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CEII: Star Wars Rebels Logo Revealed

This is the official logo for Star Wars Rebels which was revealed at Celebration Europe II by supervising director, Dave Filoni.  In keeping with Star Wars tradition the logo has that worn in and worked on look.  Expect to see it a lot more over the coming months.

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This Week's Quickfire questions - Tha Mike Pilot

This week on our quick fire questions we are lucky to have Tha Mike Pilot. Mike needs no introduction as he co-hosts one of the best Star Wars podcasts on this planet, Full of Sith. With eight years of podcasting experience under his belt and hosting two other shows (Obviously Oblivious and The Mediocre show its no surprise that Mike's podcasts oozes quality.

There are dozens of designs are stupidly low prices. The good thing is and I can say this from experience, if you don't see a design you like just send Mike and email and before you know it you're design is landing on your door. Cannot recommend

Let begin our quick fire questions.
You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah. What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take? Of course my movie is going to be Episode V, the Empire Strikes Back. It's my favorite of all time and one I never get tired of watching. The TV show is much harder to answer, do I take classic Simpsons, Sons of Anarchy, Walking Dead, the …

CEII: JOHN WILLIAMS CONFIRMED FOR STAR WARS VII - One Word, YEEEEESSSS!!!

YEEEESSSS!!!  John Williams will return to score Star Wars Episode VII.  Its official!  Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed.

Kennedy, who is serving as producer on the JJ Abrams-directed Episode VII, made the announcement at the Star Wars Celebration event in Essen, Germany.

"I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family last Friday, and he has committed to working on Episode VII. And that is Mr John Williams," Kennedy said.

"Every time I hear John's music, it just gives me the chills. It's so important to the saga."

John Williams said in a pre-recorded message at Celebration Europe that classic Star Wars themes will be incorporated into Episode VII.  This is going to be the must have soundtrack of the 21st Century.

"Of course I haven't seen the script, the new story is still unknown to me, but I can't imagine that there won't be some references to the existing stories that we know that would necessitat…

Angry Video Nerd Reviews Bad Star Wars Games

Following on from yesterday where Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed Spielberg games, today we have Angry Video Game Nerd reviewing some of the worst Star Wars games over the last few decades.

Warning: Contains choice language.


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CEII: Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 5 Out This October

Finally!  This October we will get not only season five of The Clone Wars on Blu-Ray, but we will also get a seasons 1-5 boxset.  Packed with extras and two director's cut episodes with never before seen footage.

From the official Star Wars site:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Five, the final season of the hit series, will release on October 15, 2013, on Blu-ray (2-disc, $59.97 MSRP) and DVD (3-disc, $49.98 MSRP). The collection delivers all 20 episodes, two as director's cuts never seen on TV, and supplements them with a host of behind the scenes bonus materials, cast and crew interviews, and deleted and alternate scenes, revealing the magic behind the making of the cutting-edge series.

In its Emmy-winning fifth season, the gripping Star Wars story moves closer to the grim events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and several major players face their destinies as the galaxy plunges into darkness. Planets are rocked by revolution, ancient Jedi secre…

CEII: Photo Showing Cast of Return Of The Jedi 30 Years On

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill were reunited with Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davies, Ian McDiarmid, Jeremy Bullock and Anthony Daniels.

The actors met up at the Star Wars Celebration in Essen, Germany, to kick off the event which takes place over this weekend.


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Spielberg Games - Angry Video Game Nerd Reviews Spielberg Games

Angry Video Game Nerd reviews some of the worst Spielberg games over the last few decades.  (don't mention E.T.)

Warning: Contains choice language.



Spielberg To Join John Williams and the Phoenix Symphony, Sept 28th

Steven Spielberg will be joining film composer John Williams and the Phoenix Symphony for a benefit concert Saturday, Sept. 28. Spielberg, will show clips from his films with and without their scores to talk about the function of music in the cinema.

Williams and Spielberg are donating their time for the concert, with proceeds going to the symphony’s education and community-outreach programs. The event is one of the first performances of the 2013-14 season, which the symphony is billing as a season of “Big Names and Big Music.”

Jim Ward, president and CEO of the symphony, calls it a “master class in film and score.”

Ward, who joined the symphony in 2011, previously worked as president of LucasArts and senior vice president of Lucasfilm, producer of both the “Star Wars” films and the Spielberg-directed Indiana Jones adventures. It was there that he got to know Williams, the Academy Award-winning composer who scored both of those series and collaborated with Spielberg on such other fi…

Today's Photo - Map of Jurassic Park

Wayne Knight Who Played Dennis Nedry Wants A Part In Jurassic Park IV

Wayne Knight was talking to a small group of media at Comic Con and revealed how he would like to get a part in Jurassic Park IV.

"It was a very big meal and a very small dinosaur," he said when toofab asked about appearing in the upcoming flick. "It was different from the book. In the book he crushes his head and all this kinda stuff. I'm thinking, why not play a one-armed guy with an eye patch? I could come back!"

Knight also reveals the moment when he found out he got the part in Jurassic Park.

"The biggest moment, best moment was getting cast because it was out of nowhere," says Knight. "My agent said, 'Are you sitting down? Steven Spielberg called, he wants to put you in Jurassic Park.' I didnt audition for it. I think he saw me sweating and staring closely at Sharon Stone [in 'Basic Instinct'] and thought, 'What if that were a dinosaur?'"

Source: http://www.toofab.com/2013/07/19/wayne-knight-jurassic-park-4-de…

Today's Photo - Day of the Tentacle Cast In Classic Star Wars Poster

Today's Photo - Day of the Tentacle Cast In Classic Star Wars Poster

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Lucasfilm denies rumours JJ Abrams is quitting new 'Star Wars' movie

Yesterday we posted on our Facebook page the rumour that J.J. Abrams was quitting Star Wars VII due to having to shoot the movie in the UK.  Well it seems this was just a bit of Internet trolling and cheap tricks by cheap websites to generate traffic.  The ever reliable IGN decided to go straight to Lucasfilm and ask the question straight out and here's their response.

"There is no truth to the rumour, JJ is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year."

So there you have it.  J.J. is still on board and every one can start breathing again.

Rob
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Spielberg And Lucas "Games Can't Be Art."

This Saturday, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg hosted a panel debate at an independent film festival the two had chosen to dedicate to themselves. At the event, the two highly praised filmmakers mostly talked about problems facing the world of cinema.

However, Spielberg and Lucas also dedicated a significant chunk of the event to talk about other mediums, expressing their skepticism to non-cinematic art forms.

“Other mediums are inferior to film”, Spielberg told the crowd, whilst Lucas nodded in approval. ”Many people are not aware that there are other mediums where the pictures don’t even move. Hell, some mediums don’t have pictures at all”, Lucas added, urging any potential art collectors in the audience to be wary of ‘incomplete films’, such as paintings and music.

When a member of the audience asked what the two filmmakers thought of video games as a form of art, Spielberg was keen to provide his insight on the games industry. “The problem with games is the controller. The seco…

Today's Photo - Spielberg wearing Raiders of the Lost Ark T-shirt

Today's Photo - Spielberg wearing Raiders of the Lost Ark T-shirt and Nasa cap

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Today's Photo - E.T. Flying Bike Scene With Amazing Colours

Today's Photo - E.T. Flying Bike Scene With Amazing Colours

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Quick fire questions - This Week Indycast's Keith Voss

This week we have Indycast's Keith Voss.  Keith, an American living in Austria is a self confessed Indiana Jones addict and co-hosts "The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones" with Joe Stuber on the number one Indiana Jones podcast, Indycast.  Keith worked for a movie trailer company for ten years in New York and On top of all this he has also written two songs “High Adventure”, “The Tale of Short Round” and “The Fury of Darth Maul”.

With that lets begin the quick fire questions.

You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah.  What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take?
I would like to take a movie I have always wanted to see, but have never seen before. If I like it, great, if not I have plenty of time to reflect on why I chose to bring that stupid movie with me in the first place. TV show hands down, would have to be “Robot Chicken”. The album would be Queen’s Greatest Hits, and as far as one book, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline because it has enough pop culture …

David Hasselhoff Wants Part In Star Wars VII

Last week at London Film & Comic Con I managed to catch a quick word with The Hoff.  Of course I couldn't resist in asking him a Star Wars question.  In particular would he be interested in a role in Star Wars VII.  His answer:

"HELL YEAH!  Sure why not."

The star of Knight Rider and Baywatch seemed very enthusiastic about the prospect.  With William Shatner fishing for a role and Hasselhoff showing enthusiasm for the role, could Star Wars VII be a retro cast?

What do you think?

Rob
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Bad Robot Release Photo Of (Potentially) Star Wars VII Script

There is a very good chance that what you're looking at here is the script to Star Wars VII.
Bad Robot posted the mystery image on Twitter, saying: "Hot off the presses. Can you guess what's behind the cover?"

Considering that Bad Robot is J.J. Abrams production company and they are working on Star Wars VII would make this very likely the script to the 2015 Star Wars release.

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Guest Post - Remember the Masters of the Universe Movie by Rhys Thomas

Growing up He-Man was my hero, I had the action figures (or dolls as my father would call them), I had the sleeping bag, I had a subscription to the comic book and my Eternian name according to my the Masters of the Universe fan club was Rogar (pron. row-garr).

Despite all this or maybe its because of all this I remember being unbelievably disappointed by Masters of the Universe the movie when I first saw it; "that's not He-Man!" I recall thinking.

My problem was never with He-Man the character, in fact I always liked Dolph Lundgren in the role but more with the fact that they omitted most of the main characters and set the majority of the film on earth.

There was He-Man and Skeletor, the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, Teela, Evil Lyn and a cameo from Beast man but why not Mer-Man and Trap Jaw? Why not Stratos and Orco and Ram Man? What is the girl from the Dancing in the Dark doing in it? Most importantly though where was the mighty Battle Cat? The film does brush over most o…

Today's Photo - George Lucas, Ron Howard and Dennis Muren Check Out An Enchanted Brazier From Willow

George Lucas, Ron Howard and Dennis Muren Check Out An Enchanted Brazier From Willow

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Today's Photo - Steven Spielberg playing keyboard on the set of Close Encounters

Steven Spielberg playing keyboard on the set of Close Encounters

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VIDEO: George Lucas Interviews with Red Touch Media: Wins Emmy Award for Star Wars: The Clone Wars

We were contacted by Red Touch Media who tipped us with this gem of a video.

Red Touch Media was at the Emmys as Mr. Lucas came off stage, and we got to talk with the legendary director about creating the groundbreaking series, 3D animation for television, and what's up next for his team.




Today's Photo - C3PO & John Williams Together

Today's Photo - Behind The Scenes On Devil's Tower, Close Encounters.

Behind The Scenes On Devil's Tower, Close Encounters.




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Quick Fire Questions - This Week We Have Vadergirl

This week we have Vadergirl.  Vadergirl has a huge social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.  Her Facebook page alone commands almost 12000 likes.  Wow!  In her own words Vadergirl says "I am a hard working single mother from Michigan who finds escape in the world of Star Wars and conventions.


You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah.  What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take? If I was stuck in a swamp I would take the movie "Tommy Boy".  My TV show would be Doctor
Who.  My album, Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road."  My book would be "are you there God it's me Margaret" by Judy Blume


If you could invite any three people (alive or not, fictitious or not) to a dinner party, who would they be? For me it would have to be Richard Simmons, Carrie Fisher and Jesus

What is your favourite John Williams soundtrack? Star Wars Empire Strikes Back although I would have to give an honorable mention to Jurassic p…

George Lucas at Modesto Graffiti Car Parade 2013

On June 7, 2013, Modesto was privileged to have George Lucas as the Grand Marshal of the American Graffiti Classic Car Parade which was facilitated by the North Modesto Kiwanis. Among other things, this video highlights the community's excitement at having a rare appearance of their hometown hero.



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E.T. Phone Milky Way by Donald Garner

Donald Garner writes for The Bearded Trio, remembering the time he met Spielberg's Mom.

My grandpa, my only grandpa, is on his deathbed. He has days, likely less, to live. Memories, further chapters… it all ends here. My family knows loss all too well. We lost my mom when I was 16 and that tore the family apart. Now, this.

What would my hero, Steven Spielberg, do to cope? Probably go make a bunch of movies. Coincidentally, all day my friends have been doing anything possible to cheer me up, mostly by sharing pictures of Steven and his movies on my Facebook wall. It’s working, I feel cared about.

One such picture catches my attention more than the rest – a picture of a lovely brunette in her early 20’s, Elodie, a fellow Spielberg fan, posing for a picture with a small, older woman in suspenders. This picture isn’t going anywhere. There’s a reason, a very big reason, why this has been shared with me. I read the words that come with the picture: “Elodie visits Steven’s mom Leah at he…