Jan/2018

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Disney has just announced that it has agreed to purchase George Lucas’ production company LucasFilm Ltd, which does include the rights to all of ‘Star Wars’.  In bigger news, the companies are developing ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ for a release in the yar 2015.  The transaction is estimated at over $4 billion.

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A week or two ago, there was a disturbance in the force as Kathleen Kennedy, LucasFilm, and Disney fired their Star Wars IX director Colin Trevorrow. You can read about that HERE. Turns out, the studio execs couldn’t handle having a big creative force behind Star Wars. The search was on for another director. Were they gonna go with another indie filmmaker with good credentials or play it safe like they did when they replaced Miller and Lord with the capable Ron Howard?

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Star Wars Episode IX does NOT have a director anymore!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 5th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Wait, what? This shit again? Seriously, those Star Wars execs, including Kathleen Kennedy need to get their shit together, because this is the 2nd time in a couple of months this has happened. Back in June, Chris Miller and Phil Lord were let go from the Han Solo spin-off movie mid-way through the shoot for bullshit reasons. They brought on the capable, yet safe director of Ron Howard to finish the job. At least Episode IX wasn’t in full on production yet, but we did know that Colin Trevorrow was set to direct after his huge success on Jurassic World. That is not the case anymore. Trevorrow is out of the director’s seat, leaving Disney and Lucas Film to  find another filmmaker.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

It looks like Disney is releasing more in 4K UHD since they announced their first 4K release with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the other day. I expect the flood gates to open up real soon, which means, Pixar, 2D animated classics, Marvel, and LucasFilm releases will be coming out in 4K. Bittersweet news, I know. Sweet, because it will look amazing in 4K finally. Bitter, because the wallet will take a big hit. Expect to purchase the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘ in 4K UHD on October 3rd with the digital version releasing on September 19th.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

Disney and Lucasfilm present the complete Season Three of ‘Star Wars Rebels‘ on Blu-ray and DVD August 29! You can expect all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ third season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Ron Howard Shoots Second on Star Wars Han Solo Film!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 22nd, 2017

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It’s official now. Ron Howard has taken over directing duties on the upcoming Star Wars untitled Han Solo spinoff movie. Yesterday, we got the unfortunate news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired after creative differences with the studio heads, mainly Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan on the tone of the film. Lord and Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) spent almost five months making this Han Solo film, but again, were fired for having a different style than what the studio was expecting. It sent fans in an uproar for sure and for good reason. It’s ultra rare that studios will fire directors this late in the game.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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When it comes to a well-oiled machine like the Star Wars world, things are expected to flow smoothly without too many hiccups in an already-proven process. However bringing new blood into an already established series can sometimes prove to be a bad marriage of good intentions. Such is the case with the stand alone Han Solo spinoff.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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Want to win a free Digital Copy of the latest ‘Star Wars’ film ‘Rogue One‘? Now you can. I was a huge fan of the film, which took place in between Ep. III and Ep. IV, and focused on a woman named Jyn Erso and a group of others who set out to steal the Death Star plans to give to a certain princess. It was a fantastic movie.

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Blu-ray Announcement: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 17th, 2017

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ is coming to Blu-ray on April 4th and on Digital HD on March 24th, which is just a week away. I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time. With a DTS-HD MA 7.1 sound mix and some pretty solid looking extras, I’m betting this Blu-ray is going to get played at least a dozen times a week. Below is all the information you will need to prepare yourself for this release.

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A New Film Festival Will Open at ‘The Shining’ Hotel!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 31st, 2016

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Good news, everyone. There is a new horror genre film festival looking to scare people next year, which will be called ‘The Overlook Film Festival‘ and will start on April 27th at Oregon’s Timberline Lodge, which was used (exterior shots) for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’. Festival heads Michael Lerman and Landon Zakheim announced the event this Halloween and are planning on bringing classic films, new films, experimental events, and interactive fun to the Timberline Hotel. This first year will be a four day event and looks to be quite fun as it is being put on by a ton of people from the Alamo Drafthouse and ‘Fantastic Fest‘.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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In 2015 we all demanded ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ at the big screen for Christmas, this year, we can demand ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ in all of it’s high-quality 3D glory. Lucasfilm is releasing an exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition. With this edition we get the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD. As if that wasn’t enough, we also get bonus features all new bonus material, including deleted scenes, behind the scenes peeks and a brand new audio commentary from director J.J. Abrams. The whole thing comes to the states on November 15.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Lucasfilm and Disney are making some big announcements today. One being that M and Steven Spielberg are back for another sequel to Indiana Jones, you can read about that here. The next being that they are closing in on their younger Han Solo for their solo film about the Star Wars hero. They haven’t landed on an actor, yet, but they have a short list of three actors that have made the finals in the selection process.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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There are some things in the world that immediately give you a sense of comfort. A favorite book on a rainy afternoon, catching up with a childhood friend that makes up more than half of your memories, and Harrison Ford at the cineplex. We got another shot of comfort in 2008 with ‘Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull‘ and again this last year with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. Now, we have learned there will be another Indiana Jones movie in theaters the summer of 2019!

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Casting For A Young Han Solo Is Getting Closer!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 13th, 2016

Hey guys, Jana here,

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The Star Wars news keeps pouring in, and this time it’s about the upcoming Han Solo spinoff. Disney and Lucasfilm have been checking out thousands of actors hoping to find their perfect young Han Solo. All that searching has resulted in a short list of actors that are possibilities.

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‘Star Wars’ Saga Finally Coming To Digital HD!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Apr 7th, 2015

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Star Wars‘ fans form a line, in an organized fashion, those that believe Han shot first (the truth!) to the left, all you misinformed believers that think Greedo was the quicker draw to the right. At long last, the missing piece for a true collection of the greatest space-western/opera to grace any galaxy can finally be attained! No, I’m not talking about the unaltered original trilogy, but a Digital HD release of all 6 films the ‘Star Wars‘ canon is currently comprised of.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Disney is tapping into the lucrative market that is ‘Star Wars‘ with a second standalone film from the franchise. We’ve hard report that Josh Trank is developing ‘Chronicle‘, but this one comes from director Gareth Edwards and already has a starring actress, Felicity Jones.

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‘Star Wars’ Announces New Cast-Members!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jul 8th, 2014

Hi all, Jana here,

 

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Little-by-little some details and pictures have been leaking from the highly anticipated ‘Star Wars‘ production. There is a two-week break worked in for august and two new cast members. That’s the big news today, the actors were found in an open casting call from across 11 U.S. and U.K. cities that resulted in well over 70,000 applicants. The Lucasfilm/Disney production of ‘Star Wars Episode VII‘ will break in August for a two-week hiatus and was called as a result of schedule adjustments after Han Solo, I mean Harrison Ford broke his ankle last month. We’ve heard that Ford, who is undergoing physical therapy for the next few weeks, has been recovering well and is expecting to return to the set soon.

 

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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Here is some very interesting and shocking news that Deadline is reporting. We all know that J.J. Abrams is directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII‘, and I was going to assume that he would be making the next episodes as well. I was wrong. It looks like director Rian Johnson is signing the contracts to write and direct Episodes VIII and IX. This means that Abrams will pass the torch after this first film is done to Johnson, who by the way is forty years old. And like all of us, grew up watching Lucas make the original films. This is great news.

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Josh Trank Will Helm A ‘Star Wars’ Stand Alone Film!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 4th, 2014

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Disney and LucasFilm are fast tracking tons of ‘Star Wars‘ related projects, because Disney recently purchased all of LucasFilm, which includes ‘Star Wars‘ and ‘Indiana Jones‘ for a couple of billion dollars. So now Disney is going to make their money back somehow. In addition to the main ‘Star Wars‘ films – Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, Disney will be making off-shoot films to keep us fed until each “Episode” comes out. These will tend to focus more on certain characters rather than display the entire world and story. To explain it better, think of these off-shoots as the stand-alone Marvel superhero films like ‘Thor‘, ‘Captain America‘, and ‘Iron Man‘ with ‘The Avengers‘ being the main ‘Episode’ movie. That’s where we have director Josh Trank enter the picture.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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In addition to the stellar cast that we reported a couple of months ago, we now have word that Lupita Nyong’o (‘12 Years A Slave‘) and Gwendoline Christie (‘Game of Thrones‘) have joined J.J. Abrams‘ ‘Star Wars Episode VII‘ film.

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Want To Be in ‘Star Wars Episode VII’??

by Gumbercules9000 on May 21st, 2014

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J.J. Abrams posted a video message from the set of ‘Star Wars Episode VII‘, stating that he is a huge fan like all of us of the ‘Star Wars‘ universe, and is offering a walk-on cameo role in the new film. Disney and LucasFilm have partnered up for a new charity called ‘Star Wars: Force For Change’, which is dedicated to finding solutions to big problems. This certain campaign will go towards UNICEF’s Innovation Labs to help children.

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Disney Whips Up The Rights to ‘Indiana Jones’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 6th, 2013

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Disney. Why did it have to be Disney? I kid. Well, it was only a matter of time before Disney got their mouse mittens on the ‘Indiana Jones‘ franchise. So let’s go down the list shall we? Disney now has Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and now Indiana Jones. Soon Disney will have everything, including all of the Ernest movies. Paramount sold the rights to the franchise to Disney today, which includes marketing and distribution deals.  Recently, Disney bought LucasFilm, which means they have ‘Star Wars‘ now, but not ‘Indiana Jones‘.

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Jana B., Here…

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The Superhero business is a big money maker and anything associated with Marvel Comics is getting snatched up as quickly as if Speed Demon were picking up a littered yard. The geek-friendly brand has just closed a deal with media giant, Netflix, to produce at least four 13-episode series that will lead up to a miniseries of The Defenders.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away… writer Michael Arndt penned a script for the new upcoming ‘Star Wars VII‘ film, which is coming to theaters in 2015. J.J. Abrams is directing the new ‘Star Wars‘ movies as we all know by now. But today, it was announced that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, the original writer for ‘Empire Strikes Back‘ (the best ‘Star Wars‘ film), are now working over the script from Arndt.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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Producer Kathleen Kennedy has left the ‘Jurassic Park 4‘ production to work on the new ‘Star Wars‘ films with J.J. Abrams. Kennedy has been a producer for a very long time and has produced almost all of Steven Spielberg’s films amongst others. Movie Mogul Frank Marshall tweeted today, @LeDoctor: Ms. Kennedy has moved onto ‘Star Wars‘ and will not be producing Jurassic Park 4‘. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.

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Finally, Indiana Jones is coming to bluray.  Looks like the Fall of 2012 will be the time area of the release and even Amazon has a pre-order link right now of $74.99.  I bet the price will go down even more by then.  Now technical details or extras have been announced yet, but hopefully we will get what was on the DVD version plus more.  And for FUCK’S sake, I hope Lucas doesn’t change anything with these.  Paramount released the following info today.

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Free Autographs and Information on Star Wars Fan Days!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 12th, 2011

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Star Wars fans are in for a special treat at this year’s Fan Days where at least half a dozen guests will offer free autographs. Tom Kane, the narrator and voice of “Yoda” on the Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will sign Fan Days’ exclusive photos at no charge during the show Oct. 8 and 9 in the new 300,000-square-foot Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

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Hi Bryan Here….

“Fox’s Red Tails, the Lucasfilm World War II action film inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-American aerial combat unit — will be released Jan. 20, 2012, the companies announced today. The cast includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr, Bryan Cranston and David Oyelowo. Anthony Hemingway is directing; Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson produce, and George Lucas is executive producing. Here’s the teaser trailer unveiled this morning:”

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Hi Bryan Here…

It has been a fun day filled with Star Wars so far.  I just got images for the three sets that will be released.  All hail the Star Wars Saga Blu-Rays!!!

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Hi Bryan Here….

Some news has come in from 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm telling us that “ALL IS REVEALED”!!! This is in reference to the upcoming blu rays of the Star Wars films.  There is a website that has been conjured up that has an official countdown clock that will expire on May 4th, 2011.

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Hi Bryan Here….

A while ago, Disney shut down the “Star Tours” ride to do some revamping and remodeling.  If you are not familiar with “Star Tours” it is a ride that takes you through the entire Star Wars universe at Disney theme parks.  We have the official press release that will tell you some information about what to expect from the all new and improved ride.  “Warp Speed Ahead!” Fuck! Wrong movie!

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Star Wars 3-D Films Get Release Dates!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 3rd, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

a few weeks ago, George Lucas announced that he was wanting to jump in on the 3-D craze that has hit the entertainment industry and convert all the Star Wars films to 3-D.

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Hi Bryan Here…

So a couple of days ago, I posted the news about the George Lucas releasing his Star Wars films on bluray this year.  See that story HERE!!!  Now I have all sorts of goodies for you in the forms of , trailers, footage from the CES announcement, and some info about the releases.  I hope you ENJOY!!

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Hi Bryan Here…

Over in Las Vegas today at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) show, Lucas Film announced that Star Wars will be available for purchase on BLURAY in September of this year.

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2010!!! “BOOKS”

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 26th, 2010

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Hi folks.  Are you read for the ultimate Gift Guide?  Are you read to see what cool items you can purchase for that special someone, even if it is for yourself, that will just rock your world?  Well this is the ultimate gift guide for the holidays in the year 2010.

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I am sure you have heard of ILM before or at least seen it in the credits for just about every movie made.  It is the amazing effects company started by Star Wars creator George Lucas 35 years ago.  It was started to create the effects for Star Wars and quickly became the premiere effects company in Hollywood and is virtually in every film in some form or another.

So the Encore movie channel will be airing a documentary in November about the ILM company.  It will be narrated by Tom Cruise and will feature interviews by major actors and directors.

The press release says:

ENCORE PAYS VISUAL TRIBUTE TO OSCAR®-WINNING VISUAL EFFECTS GIANT ILM IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY “INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: CREATING THE IMPOSSIBLE”

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Beverly Hills, CA., September 14, 2010 – Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry’s undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible” is directed by Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated director Leslie Iwerks and is narrated by Tom Cruise. Encore will also present five ILM-effects films starting at 2:00 p.m. with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard,  J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief  creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.  Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robot Chicken, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Transformers, Twister, Young Sherlock Holmes and The War of the Worlds (2005), which starred narrator Cruise.

Leslie Iwerks’ documentary takes audiences behind the scenes at ILM with in depth interviews with some of the company’s top talent and showcases never before seen footage highlighting many of their pioneering milestones. From creating the first ever computer generated character in a feature film to the latest advancements in visual effects for film franchises like Transformers and Iron Man, ILM has created some of the most memorable movie moments in recent history.

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. and was founded by George Lucas in 1975 to create the visual effects for his space epic Star Wars. The studio originated in Van Nuys, California but moved to San Rafael, California to work on The Empire Strikes Back and is now headquartered at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco with a sister studio in Singapore.

ILM has worked on nearly 300 films in its 35 year history and has largely been the driving force behind the evolution of modern visual effects.  From the liquid metal man in Terminator 2: Judgment Day to the lifelike digital dinosaurs in Jurassic park, ILM has created some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.

ILM has received 15 Best Visual Effects Oscars and 25 additional nominations. It has also received 23 Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of the critical role the company’s advances in technology have played in the filmmaking process. ILM is also the only entertainment company to be recognized with the National Medal of Technology.

I just hope it is an depth look at the company and not a broad view of it.  I will be recording it.

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