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Lucas Calls Obama “Hero in the Making”

| June 4, 2008


Yahoo News reports today that George Lucas, speaking from Japan on a promotional tour for Crystal Skull, called Democratic nominee Barack Obama “a hero in the making” following his delegate wins in the presidential primaries yesterday:

“We have a hero in the making back in the United States today because we have a new candidate for president of the United States, Barack Obama,” Lucas said when asked who his childhood heroes were.

Obama, “for all of us that have dreams and hope, is a hero,” Lucas said.

Check out the full story here and our posting about the fun “Empire Strikes Barack” video here.

Star Wars Fan Abrams Reinvents Trek

Bonnie Burton | May 1, 2008

Most fans know by now that “Lost” co-creator and film director J.J. Abrams is a die-hard Star Wars-ophile, so when he decided reimagine the prequel story of James Kirk, some people were inclined to raise a Spock eyebrow. Abrams tells AP why he chose to tackle the sci-fi franchise already saturated with a vocal fan base of its own.

“It was an opportunity to take what I think has been a maligned world — to sound crass, a franchise — and treat it in a way that made it something that I wanted to see,” said Abrams, who recently finished shooting on Star Trek, due in theaters May 8, 2009. “To take the characters, the thoughtfulness, the personalities, the sense of adventure, the idea of humanity working together, the sense of social commentary and innovation, all that stuff. To take it and apply it in a way that felt genuinely thrilling.”


Star Wars in Save Pinball movie Team | April 8, 2008

Long before first-person shooters, Wii and arcade games, there was a little coin-eating game called pinball. For those of us who fancied ourselves as the next pinball wizard a new documentary about its decline in popularity (and sales) is an interesting look at a lost segment of gaming.

IGN reviews TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball which chronicles America’s largest manufacturer of pinball games — Williams — and its last ditch attempt to save the company with “Pinball 2000.” As the tale unfolds, TILT makes a mention of the role the Star Wars franchise played during the last moments of pinball.

Insider interviews with some of Williams’ designers give insight into the design process and technology behind “Pinball 2000″ as well as the classic models of the past several decades. The most interesting part comes during the final section, discussing Williams’ deal with Lucasfilm to distribute Star Wars: Episode 1 themed Pinball 2000 cabinets and how executive and creative interfere affected the quality of the final product and quite possibly the fate of the company in general.

Read the full review here:
TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball DVD Review (

Star Wars Saga Begins Tonight on SPIKE Team | April 4, 2008

In case you somehow missed all the rather cool ads reminding you to tune in, tonight is the night that the Star Wars saga debuts on Spike TV. Everyone can catch the six movies that span generations and bring guys (and gals) together all in one place. Starting today, April 4th, at 8PM/7C, Spike will begin airing the saga in chronological order, starting off with Episode I. On Saturday comes Episode II, and on Sunday is the World Broadcast Premiere of Episode III. Then, next weekend starting on April 11, the original trilogy kicks off with Episode IV, Episode V on Saturday the 12th, and Episode VI on Sunday. And throughout these airings, don’t miss sneak peeks into The Force Unleashed (Check out that schedule here).

For more info visit Spike’s Star Wars site here.


Zac Efron’s Lightsaber Battle

Bonnie Burton | April 3, 2008

Ever since we first wrote about “High School the Musical” star Zac Efron twirling a lightsaber in his Big-in-reverse film Seventeen Again, we’ve be curious to see more footage!

“We do have a showdown with lightsabers…if that’s not enough reason to come see it,” Zac smiles.

Lucky for us, we just found this preview clip of Seventeen Again with that epic lightsaber battle at the very beginning and end.

You’re welcome.

Seventeen Again Movie Clip (Moviefone)

Also check out this article and watch another video of Zac in action here:
Zac Efron Sheds Teen Image, Plays It Cool For Seventeen Again (

George Lucas Honors Arthur C. Clarke

Bonnie Burton | March 21, 2008

Wired magazine interviews George Lucas, Whitley Streiber, Harlan Ellison, Cory Doctorow and others about how Arthur C. Clarke influenced their own sci-fi books, comics and films.

Here’s what George Lucas had to say:

George Lucas, filmmaker
Arthur C. Clarke was a great inspiration to me. The breadth of his imagination has yet to be equaled. He will be missed, but I’m grateful that his legacy will live on through his visionary novels and his groundbreaking work on 2001.

Read the rest here:
Arthur C. Clarke: Artists Elegize an Icon

Ray Park as Snake Eyes Team | March 21, 2008

USA Today and /film update today with the first images of Ray “Darth Maul” Park as Snake Eyes in the upcoming G.I. Joe live action movie. As part of a generation essentially sculpted by the ’80s toylines of Hasbro, you’ll excuse me if I spend the rest of my morning on the floor of my office playing with my toys. Congrats, Ray!


ShoWest: Get Smart

Bonnie Burton | March 14, 2008

Our ShoWest coverage of the Warner Bros. “Big Picture” presentation continues with a funny introduction of the upcoming Get Smart comedy, directed by Peter Segal. In the film Steve Carell plays Maxwell Smart, AKA Agent 86 for CONTROL, who battles the forces of KAOS with the more-competent Agent 99 played by Anne Hathaway at his side. The stellar cast also includes Masi Oka, Dwayne “Don’t Call Him The Rock” Johnson, Alan Arkin, Bill Murray and Terence Stamp.

Director Peter Segal and actors Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway introduced a short clip of the film in which Maxwell Smart manages to be mistaken for a terrorist on a plane while on a mission, only to misuse a rather cool gadget in order to escape. Not to give too much away, but the segment serves as a rather hilarious PSA on why you shouldn’t try new James Bond-esque weapons in a tiny airplane bathroom.


Johnston to Direct Wolfman Team | February 4, 2008

Word out of Variety this weekend is that Star Wars-alum Joe Johnston has been picked to replace Mark Romanek as director of the forthcoming Wolfman, slated for a 2009 release from Universal. Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt will star.


Star Wars fans should know Johnston as one of the key concept designers for the original Star Wars trilogy, serving as Visual Effects Art Director at Industrial Light & Magic for the three films and other classics such as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Among his often cited Star Wars creds is the development of Boba Fett. Lesser known, for some reason, is his Adventures of Teebo storybook.


He’s also directed Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji, Hidalgo, October Skies, and the Princeton episode of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

Skywalker Sound Nominated for BAFTA Team | January 19, 2008

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has nominated Matthew Wood, Chris Scarabosio, Michael Semanick and Thomas Johnson from Skywalker Sound for their amazing work on the Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood starring Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano.

Previously, Wood worked as the Supervising Sound Editor, while Scarabosio, Semanick and Johnson worked as re-recording mixers on the Star Wars prequels.

Congrats fellas!

Click here for the full BAFTA Nominees List.