Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I ... must ... have ... these ... cufflinks!

They will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine ...

Star Wars Saga to be Re-Released in 3D

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, hitting theaters in 2012, will be the first of the six films to be released in the new format.

According to Variety, LucasFilm has confirmed that they are in the process of converting all six films in the Star Wars Saga into 3D format. The first film, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, will hit theaters sometime in 2012.

20th Century Fox will once again distribute. Fox domestic distribution prexy Bruce Snyder called the series "perfectly suited" for 3D and said "I expect this to be as much fun for people that have not experienced 'Star Wars' as it was for people who were there in 1977 staring at the screen with mouth agape."

No word on release dates for the following films as that will be determined by the length of time it takes to actually convert the films over to the new format.

John Knoll, visual effects supervisor for Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, is overseeing the conversion. Knoll says that the studio is committed to making sure the resulting products will be just as good as those that are filmed in 3D format. He also says that they will avoid using the typical exaggerated 3D scenes that have marked previous stereoscopic films.

"Having seen a lot of stereo material, I have very strong opinions about what I like and don't like about stereo," Knoll told Variety. "I'm going to be applying my aesthetic. It's not going to look like (conversions) we've seen in the past."

I think it goes without saying that this will be received with very mixed reviews, as 3D films are seen by some as nothing more than a gimmick for studios to scrape more money out of movie goers. Others feel that it adds a new experience to a film that would otherwise be drab and uneventful.

Way say you ComicBookMovie users? Is this a smart move for LucasFilms or just a ploy for the studio and Lucas himself to grab as much money as possible from us?


George Lucas Guest Stars on The Clone Wars!

When The Clone Wars airs on Cartoon Network this Friday, October 1st, fans will see George Lucas cast as the character Papanoida in Sphere of Influence."
When Pantoran Chairman Papanoida's family is kidnapped and held for ransom, Ahsoka Tano must team up with Senator Riyo Chuchi to aid the new chairman in recovering his family. It’s a journey deep into the dark underbelly of the Coruscant crime scene, with an unlikely – and immediately recognizable – protagonist painted into a corner and forced into action.

Seen only briefly as a background character in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Papanoida will nonetheless appear very familiar to Star Wars fans, film buffs and pop culture aficionados. He is, of course, modeled after Star Wars creator George Lucas – who also wore blue face paint for the character’s live-action cameo debut.

“My appearance in Episode III was just for fun. Mostly, I did it for my kids,” says Lucas. “I was wrapping the series, and I’d never been on-screen in a Star Wars film, even though I’d been making them for decades. With The Clone Wars, I get the best of both worlds, because I get a starring role but don’t have to do any acting or wear any blue make-up.”

Lucas’ children – Amanda, Katie and Jett – also appeared with the director in the live-action outing, and they, too, make their Clone Wars debut in “Sphere of Influence.” None of the Lucas family provides voice-acting for the series, however; Jett’s doppelganger is voiced by Robot Chicken’s Seth Green, while Amanda and Katie’s avatars are voiced by Meredith Salenger (who also voices Barriss Offee) and Nika Futerman (Asajj Ventress), respectively. Lucas himself is voiced by Clone Wars regular Corey Burton (Count Dooku, Cad Bane) – who based the character’s distinctive sound on Orson Welles’ Harry Lime from The Third Man.

While Papanoida is featured fairly passively in his live-action incarnation, the character has an opportunity for a considerably more active role in The Clone Wars. Taking him deep into the Coruscant underground, the Pantoran Chairman’s mission gives him the chance to demonstrate his chops in a few decidedly action-oriented sequences.

“We actually made Papanoida into kind of an action hero,” says Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars. “The bad guys have his family, and he goes after them, blasters blazing. Shoot first, ask questions later. His character is very focused on finding and protecting his kids; it’s a desperate situation, and he steps up. It’s a fun episode with a lot of action – and it’s unique, in that our normal heroes give up the spotlight while Papanoida takes matters into his own hands. This was a surreal episode to produce, since the guy on screen was sitting right next to me while we were making it.”


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Captain America filming on streets of England

Nice updates, photos and videos over at www.comicbookmovie.com.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Avengers cartoon coming to Disney TV

New animated series "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" will premiere Wednesday, October 20 at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT on Disney XD. Produced by Marvel Animation, the series features Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Ant-Man/Giant Man and Wasp. They form the Avengers, a team assembled when the powers of a single hero are not enough to save the world.

Beginning Wednesday, September 22, Disney XD, DisneyXD.com/Avengers, Marvel.com, MarvelKids.com and Disney XD Mobile will roll out 20 micro-episodes introducing the team's core members. Each five-and-half-minute episode focuses on the back story, allies and nemeses of the heroes before the Avengers were formed.

In the two-part series premiere, "The Breakout," Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp have defeated some of the most dangerous Super Villains on the planet. But when the Super Villain prison system mysteriously shuts down, chaos is unleashed on the world. Earth's Mightiest Heroes must now band together as the Avengers to protect the planet from the threats that no single Super Hero could face alone. Their first task is to try and stop Graviton, a being whose power dwarfs anything ever seen. He's after Nick Fury, but will destroy the world to get to him. Individually the heroes have no chance, but together they can make a difference.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Voltron movie concept art!

It does look a little bit like the Transformers, but oh well, I'll take it! I love how large the scale of the lions seem in these photos. The Ro-beast looks a little odd, but whatever. Any Voltron is good Voltron.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Eat it Notre Dame! Michigan rules, again

Wow. Doesn't Denard Robinson look like a Heisman hopeful in this pose? Unbelievable. This kid has come out of nowhere. I normally despise running quarterbacks with long hair, but Denard "Shoelace" Robinson gets a pass after beating ND 28-24 with under a minute left to play in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus. The kid answered my prayers with 260 yard rushing and 240 passing. Heisman-like indeed.

It was a heckuva weekend for college FB. Two storied schools went down hard: Penn State and FSU. Miami and Georgia Tech also went down. Can't wait to see what the Cal Bears do next week.

Alright true believers, keep believing! GO BLUE.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Captain America movie set photos - finally

Check it out, true believers. This is one chunky and clunky uniform and some futuristic looking agents of Hydra chasing on "1940s" motorcycles: