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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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I have moved over to the GW blog come follow all my random news there.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Star Wars: "Strictly Big Screen Stuff"


It took some serious searching, but thanks to fan and collector Bo Sanders, is finally able to present the final series of Star Wars radio spots, or commercials, released between 1977-1979!

Previously, we had released four of the six radio spot campaigns, which are designated by letters --
Campaign A [we assigned the "A" in this instance for consistency -- the actual campaign possessed no letter]
Campaign C (Spanish)
Campaign E
Campaign F

The missing Campaign B was actually identical to the first three spots featured in Campaign D below -- the fourth spot being the only new addition to Campaign D. So, to our knowledge, this is the complete set of radio commercials for the first movie, provided there is not an English-version Campaign C still at large (let us know if you find them!). We suspect the "D" series spots were released sometime in late 1977 or early 1978.

Volume on these is a bit on the loud side -- be warned -- but all the more effective for those awkward slogans whipped up by the fledgling Star Wars ad crew: "Star Wars: Strictly big screen stuff," "A billion years in the making," and "Mere words can't describe it!" Indeed.

LucasArts Developers Talk Star Wars Game Development Strategy

From Shacknews

Will Freeman of industry news site Develop recently interviewed several LucasArts employees about the process of developing games set in the Star Wars universe during a visit to Lucas' Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco. At the time, the LucasArts crew was polishing up a new Clone Wars game and its related TV series, as well as finishing up work on Lego Indiana Jones and a new Battlefront release for handhelds.
It's no secret that Star Wars is one of the most ferociously guarded and multifaceted IP's around. As Freeman learned, though, each effort in the canon manifests by way of a deeply collaborative environment (overseen by George, of course). Clone Wars game developer Vince Kudirka recounts how helpful it was to have the LucasFilm animation team offering advice and feedback on character animations early in the game's design. The team behind the Clone Wars TV show even shared technology with the game design team, helping them maintain authenticity.

The licensing department reviews all things Star Wars and has the final say on how the IP is used, a process that some developers find liberating. The Force Unleashed producer Cameron Suey recounts the game's design phase, stating that the team "shot for the moon" in terms of content they'd like to include, and then let the licensing team determine what wouldn't make the cut.

Dave Collins, LucasArts game sound supervisor and voice director, notes the importance of iconic sounds necessary to flesh-out a Star Wars experience. In order to make a game feel like Star Wars, he explains, "there are certain audio anchors that people need emotionally." Collins also admits that while there's still room for creativity and flexibility when being faithful to the source material, he concedes that "Everything we do at Lucas is definitely in service of a license."

Is there going to be a Star Wars/DC Comics crossover?

Reported by Bleedingcool

Of course much bigger news will be the DC Universe, Dark Horse and LucasFilm getting into bed for crossovers with epic proportions.

Hmmmmm what are they up to now??

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Hoth DLC coming to Xbox Live

According To Joystiq

As luck would have it, that one missing piece of content for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed that was "exclusive" to the "Ultimate Sith Edition" of the game -- the obligatory Hoth level -- seems to be heading to Xbox Live Marketplace. Spotted by Joystiq reader Andy in the "Coming Soon" section of the XBLM (and seen above), the "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Hoth Bonus Level" certainly appears to be heading to, at very least, Xbox 360 users.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

BattleFront 3 still Alive? is reporting that it is still alive, great news if it is.

So, I received some promising news this morning in my email, which may bring a couple smiles to a few Battlefront 3 fans. On December 10th, I came across a link on the LucasArts forums (Thanks: robpolman) which included a link to an actor (Chris Marazzo) who has recently done some work with LucasArts on the secretly rumored Battlefront 3.

I thought this was very interesting, so I took the liberty of sending Chris an email. Basically, I asked him if he had the time to discuss what he had done with LucasArts and if he could disclose some information on the Battlefront 3 project.

So, this morning, while checking my email, I had a glorious response from Chris.

Here’s what he had to say:

“Hey Aaron,

Thanks for getting in touch. The Original Title was Battlefront 3 but it evolved into Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption”

I though that this was fairly interesting, I had no idea that this was even considered to Battlefront 3.

This was the highlight of the conversation though:

“However Battlefront 3 is also in development. It was by far the Most Fun and Coolest Casting I ever worked on.”

Sweeet! Can’t get much more direct than that! Naturally, of course, I can’t confirm that this is truly accurate, but by the sounds of it, it looks like we will get our Battlefront 3 eventually!

Chris was also so nice and very cool to add that he may be able to dig me up some Battlefront 3 storyboards, by the end of the week!!

Star Wars' exhibit on its way to Anchorage

From outer-space to Alaska-- Darth Vader will face off against Luke Skywalker at the Anchorage Museum.

Tickets went on sale Tuesday for "Star Wars: Where science meets imagination."

The traveling exhibit features popular "Star Wars" memorabilia like Darth Vader's original suit, a life sized C3PO, and you can even climb inside the Millenium Falcon's cockpit for a trip through space.

The exhibit runs Feb. 10 - April 25.

"Star Wars, it's attractive to all ages. I think kids now love it because of the Star Wars ‘Clone Wars.' I think people in their 30s like me, it's all about memorabilia. We remember when the movies came out in the 70s, it's multi-generational, I think. It spans from kids to old folks too." said Jara Haas with the museum.

The exhibit comes to Anchorage from Australia.

Tickets are available at the Anchorage Museum or on its Web site.

AS reported by KTUU Channel 2

George Lucas loses court appeal

George Lucas’s empire failed to strike back in the Court of Appeal today as he lost a multimillion-pound legal battle with the British creator of the Star Wars stormtrooper helmets.

Andrew Ainsworth recently began selling replicas of helmets and armour made from his original mould, prompting a $20 million (£12 million) lawsuit from Lucasfilm, Mr Lucas’s company. But yesterday a court agreed that he had not broken any British law — because his creations were not art.

“It’s taken five years but I think this should be just about the end of it,” Mr Ainsworth told The Times this morning. He is now recruiting sales and marketing staff and planning a big expansion of his memorabilia company.

Lucasfilm vowed to take the case to Britain’s new Supreme Court, saying that famous props such as the Daleks from Doctor Who could be freely copied under the Appeal Court’s ruling.

You can read rest of the story on UK Times Online

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Star Wars Series 2 Boba Fett Key Chain

Wish you had a Fett in your pocket? Well Entertainment Earth can help with that.

Star Wars Series 2 Boba Fett Key Chain:

Take the force with you at all times! Decorate your dull key ring with these cool-looking, and detailed mini keychains featuring all your favorite Star Wars characters! Each PVC keychain figure comes individually packaged in a blister card. Each figure stands about 3 3/4-inches tall with an attached key ring for easy display.

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