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There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive. Presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd., the cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level, with Industrial Light & Magic supervising the project. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is expected to be released theatrically in 2012. A release date has not yet been determined.
"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," said John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic.
"It takes a critical and artistic »
Hey there friends. Brian Gallagher here with a look at all the news that wasn't fit for print over the past seven days. There's a lot to get to this week, so lets kick things off with some intriguing "recruitment" posters from the Star Wars universe.
Anime Recruiting Posters for Star Wars - via The Swedish Bed
I have to wonder how many people would join the Empire in Star Wars if these posters were plastered around the galaxy far, far away. The Swedish Bed has discovered some sexy anime posters featuring women in stormtrooper costumes to recruit young men into the Empire. Artist Feng Zhu created these posters and he also did some work on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as a designer. Take a look at these interesting posters below:
It almost seems like Zhu has infused the humor from Starship Troopers in these posters. »
Hey friendo's. Brian Gallagher here with a look at all the news that wasn't fit for print in the past seven days. We've got plenty of goodies to get to this week so let's start with another movie invention that is becoming a reality.
Nike To Make Self-Lacing Shoes From Back To The Future Part II - via MSNBC.com
Back in May there was news that some genius actually invented a real-life hoverboard like the one Michael J. Fox uses in Back To The Future Part II. Now MSNBC.com reports that Nike is actually making self-lacing shoes similar to those shown in Back To The Future Part II as well. It was said that Nike has filed a patent for the shoes and, while it wasn't said when these shoes will hit the market, they are working on the technology. Take a look at this confusing image below: »
At this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration V, director/creator George Lucas announced that next year, the entire Star Wars saga will be hitting Blu-ray. The set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films, with the highest picture and audio quality, along with extensive special features. Sadly, Lucas has also confirmed that the original (Han Shot First) versions will not be included on the discs.
The discs will include never-before-seen deleted scenes, including one scene from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi that he premiered at Celebration with the help of a Jedi Knight (Mark Hamill) that you can watch in the embed below. The video of the entire main event at Celebration V in-which Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) interviews the man himself, Mr. George Lucas is included in the playlist below and the deleted scene can be found in part 8.
Star Wars Celebration »
- Jason Moore
All six Star Wars films are coming to Blu-ray Fall 2011 Filmmaker George Lucas announced at Star Wars Celebration V that all of the Star Wars films were finally being released on Blu-ray in the Fall of 2011, according to IGN UK.
"I wish I could say it's coming out this year, but it's coming out next year," Lucas told the crowd at the San Francisco event.
The filmmaker also talked about what kinds of bonus features would be included on the new Bd discs.
"They'll be different kinds of additional material," adding, "I think you've seen enough behind the scenes [material] for a lifetime. There's some really good material that will be included in there, [including] more deleted scenes that you haven't seen yet."
He also indicated that these new deleted scenes won't be edited into the actual films, being kept separate on the special features. LucasFilm also just issued an official press release announcing these new Blu-rays, »
Drummer, bandleader and musical director of popular TV shows
Tall, lithe, impeccably turned out, the drummer Jack Parnell, who has died aged 87, always carried the aura of the matinee idol he had once been. Like the American drummer Gene Krupa, a star player with Benny Goodman's band, the personable Parnell was often mobbed at the stage door after a Ted Heath concert in the 1950s. An outstanding big band drummer himself, Parnell liked to vocalise in the style of Phil Harris and later became a busy bandleader before branching out as a conductor and musical director for popular television shows. In his latter years, he returned to the jazz circuit and showed his mettle with visiting Us stars such as cornettist Ruby Braff and as leader of his own quartet.
Parnell was a Londoner, born in Paddington and raised in Wembley, the only son of vaudevillians and the grandson of a celebrated ventriloquist, »
- Peter Vacher
This 100-page commemorative issue includes interviews with the cast and crew of The Empire Strikes Back, including: George Lucas, (story and executive producer), Irvin Kershner (director), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).
The magazine also features interviews with the team behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars looking back on The Empire Strikes Back, 50 amazing facts about the film, a merchandise guide and other material for Star Wars fans.
These three special Empire covers, which feature Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, are only available on newsstands.
- David Bentley
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back? Whoop-doo!
A lot of noise has been made in the past few weeks about this seminal sci-fi film celebrating its 30th anniversary. Every imaginable cretin has chimed in with their memories and thoughts on this triumphant Star Wars sequel. Most consider it the best of the bunch. The actual anniversary was last week. Its fitting that I come a week or so late to this particular nostalgia party. Just as I did to the movie when it was first released. Thinking back on it has me questioning my own geek cred as a film lover and aficionado. Its not that I was too young to see Empire on opening day. It's just that I didn't seem to care too much. In May of 1980, I was eight years old. And this "first in line mentality" that has overtaken us as a culture »
To celebrate the 30th birthday of The Empire Strikes Back this coming Friday, Ryan finds out what happened next for those involved...
How about this for making some of us feel old? The Empire Strikes Back got its maiden cinema release on May 21st 1980. That, at the time of this article going live, is tomorrow. Tomorrow, one of the finest science fiction blockbusters of all time is going to be 30.
It's testament to the many strengths of the movie that it's still talked about so frequently three decades on, and many, of course, rate it as the finest Star Wars movie of the lot. But what happened to those who worked on it, in front of and behind the camera? We decided to celebrate the film's birthday by finding out...
Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Following the massive success of the Star Wars original trilogy, Hamill spent much of his »
Fantasy worlds are colliding in a town shopping centre this weekend.
Visitors will be able to collect a free comic and meet Stormtroopers who will be on hand to greet fans and collect for their nominated charity, the Nspcc.
Guests include Kai Owen (Rhys Williams in Torchwood), Shane Rangi (The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, Lord of the Rings), Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars Return of the Jedi, Professor Flitwick in Harry Potter) and R2D2 actor Kenny Baker.
Also there are Scott Capurro (Beed in Star Wars Episode One), Colin Baker (pictured above, the 6th Doctor Who) and Tim Rose, Mike Edmonds and Nick Briggs who have supplied the voices of the Daleks and Cybermen in Doctor Who, »
- David Bentley
The first details arrive for the anticipated box set It seems that we will be exploring our favorite far, far away galaxy in high definition in the near future. IGN attended the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo over the weekend and LucasFilm director of fan relations Steve Sansweet revealed that a new Blu-ray set featuring all the Star Wars films is in the works.
"We have been at work for a couple of years working on-i won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff-but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about... there are some real treasures."
When will the set come out? Sansweet says, "We're not ready to announce exactly when it's coming out, but it »
Harrison Ford to appear at the Arc Light in Person You can relive a 1980 classic sequel in the theater once again, if you live in or will be in the greater Los Angeles area next month. Hero Complex Blog is reporting that Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back will be screened at the Arclight Hollywood theater on May 19 and the event will also feature a Q&A session with none other that Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, after the screening.
The proceeds from the screening will go to benefit the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and tickets will be priced at either $100 or $175 for "premiere seating." Tickets are currently on sale now for the event, and they will likely go very fast, so you can to purchase tickets for this once in a lifetime event!
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back was released May 21st, »
Gallery: Rare Star Wars Images
Writing a ton about Star Wars over the years -- as well as watching the films more times than I can count -- you'd think I would've seen it all by now. Or, alternatively, you'd think that nothing would surprise me when it comes to our friends from a galaxy far, far away. Well, think again -- because as I scrolled through Total Film's gallery of 30 awesomely rare Star Wars photos, my mind was kinda blown, and though I've seen behind-the-scenes images from the film before, these sort of hit you in that intimate spot before whispering, "You know you weren't supposed to see this, right?"
The gallery includes priceless images like Harrison Ford (as Han Solo) practicing his Greedo kill, C-3Po enjoying a smoke in full costume between takes, Kenny Baker (the guy who played R2D2) out of costume with a Darth Vader helmet on, »
- Erik Davis
13 items from 2010
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