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Ilm to Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Sessions at View Conference

Ilm to Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Sessions at View Conference
Industrial Light & Magic will celebrate its 40th anniversary by presenting two special sessions at the 2015 View Conference in Turin, Italy.

Visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Tim Alexander and Ilm Modelshop supervisor Lorne Peterson will take part in a presentation called Ilm — 40 Years of Creating the Impossible, charting the history of the company that was founded by George Lucas in 1975 when he started production on “Star Wars.” The session will be held on Oct. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Alexander will join animation supervisor Glen McIntosh on Oct. 23 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. to talk specifically about the company’s work on the summer blockbuster “Jurassic World.” The session, titled The Park Is Open: Journey to “Jurassic World” With Industrial Light & Magic, will chart the evolution of Ilm’s work throughout the franchise.

“It’s so exciting that Ilm will be marking their 40th anniversary with View this year,
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Go Behind the Scenes of Star Wars With These New Clips

With Star Wars: The Digital Collection now available at iTunes and online retailers everywhere we're getting a look at the set's apparently extensive bonus features and documentaries with these new clips. While these are obviously only teases of longer supplements, I actually found the below videos to be full of info I didn't already know (or at least info contextualized in a new way) despite their brevity. Then again, I'm only a casual Star Wars fan (movies only so far for me). We already learned the true color of Han Solo's coat in The Empire Strikes Back and these go a little bit deeper. Both of these videos tease the Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and Conversations features, which involve sit-downs between key contributors from across the entire franchise. Check them out below. Here is the full list of bonus features for the set: Star Wars Episode I:
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Star Wars Digital Edition Hitting April 10th Loaded With Additional Bonuses

As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.

They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.

Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and
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Star Wars Big Screen Round up – Blu-rays and Star Wars TV Series

One of the highlights of Empire’s Big Screen this past weekend was the chance to see a little more of the Star Wars Blu-ray box set and to talk with two of the Ilm crew that worked on the films as well as sit down with perhaps the longest serving ambassador for all things Star Wars, Anthony Daniels.

Dave posted the new Blu-ray set trailer which looks necessarily impressive in its new high definition coat and with the 40 hours or so of extras on the discs this, we are promised, will be the last time we’ll have to buy the films, and having seen it up and running I can am happy to say that it’ll be worth your money.

As we stand bruised but not beaten by the prequels and the special editions there are, in the Star Wars Universe right now, two future projects that
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios To Kick Off Star Wars Weekends Tomorrow!

Official Press Release

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Jedis, Wookiees and Ewoks, Oh My!

Once again, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine in May and June for Star Wars Weekends, a sci-fi fan-fest inspired by the popular film saga. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 21-June 13, 2010, Disney’s Hollywood Studios becomes the galaxy’s home for out-of-this-world characters including Sith, Bith, droids, bounty hunters, Twi’leks and Rodians.

Dates are May 21-23, May 28-30, June 4-6 and June 11-13. This year’s event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,” which first appeared in theaters May 21, 1980.

More than 50 Star Wars characters will roam the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities. Also featured: the chance to purchase special- and limited-edition Star Wars memorabilia, Star Wars trivia contests, Jedi Training Academy, Star Wars parades,
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Visual FX from Hell

  • Fangoria
One of the most memorable aspects of the much-loved (by both critics and fans) but sadly underseen Drag Me To Hell is the ending of Sam Raimi’s supernatural thriller (Spoiler Alert: that conclusion will be discussed heavily in this piece, with photos from the sequence—so if you haven’t seen the film yet, read no further). Even if you see it coming, as some people have claimed to, it’s a hell of a note to end on, and has sent audiences out buzzing.

When it came time to bring this finale to the screen, Raimi (who also scripted the Universal release with his brother Ivan) looked to Academy Award-winning visual FX house Tippett Studios (Cloverfield, Blade II, Starship Troopers), which also ended up contributing to the opening sequence and the moment in which heroine Christine (Alison Lohman) snorts and swallows a fly. Matt Jacobs, who has been
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