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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Star Wars Episode 7 Official Cast List Announced


By Dave Bouressa

After months of speculations of casting rumors, Lucasfilm has officially listed it's entire casting list for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, several days earlier than the assumed "Star Wars Day", May 4th.


The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnal lGleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer -StarWars.com
Take note that George Lucas' name does not appear anywhere on this list...
May 4th is usually a big reveal day for Star Wars every year, so if they're revealing the cast for the upcoming film this early, that can only mean something big is coming next week, possibly the title. Stay tuned for more breaking news on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

VIDEO: Harry Potter VS Star Wars


By Dave Bouressa


What happens when you mix multiple fandoms, great fans, and access to great special effects? The greatest video ever. Check out this incredible video by Therackaracka and see which will reign supreme-the will of the force or magic.










Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lucasfilm Officially "Reboots" Star Wars Expanded Universe



By Dave Bouressa


Star Wars fans everywhere felt a disturbance in the force this week. As if millions of books, comics and games cried out in terror....and were suddenly silenced. Well, they aren't wrong.

With the sequel trilogy on the way, along with a new Star Wars Animated television series, Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm has stepped up and said "That's it. We're starting fresh". After publically saying that the sequel trilogy will not be following the storylines of any of the Expanded Universe stories, Lucasfilm has decided to take it the next step and say "Aside from the movies and the Clone Wars TV show, we're starting the Expanded Universe over from this point on" to make room for the upcoming stories to follow.

Here is the official announcement from Starwars.com.

For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created Star Wars, George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more.
While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU. He set the films he created as the canon. This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.
Now, with an exciting future filled with new cinematic installments of Star Wars, all aspects ofStar Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected. Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.
"We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon," said Kennedy. "We're set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before."
In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.
Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner.
On the screen, the first new canon to appear will be Star Wars Rebels. In print, the first new books to come from this creative collaboration include novels from Del Rey Books. First to be announced, John Jackson Miller is writing a novel that precedes the events of Star Wars Rebelsand offers insight into a key character's backstory, with input directly from executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman.
And this is just the beginning of a creatively aligned program of Star Wars storytelling created by the collaboration of incredibly talented people united by their love of that galaxy far, far away...




Things to take from this:

While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded.

Did you catch that? I'll repeat for you.

While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded.

So before you look at your massive book and comic collection and cry foul because of the hundreds of dollars and years wasted, you need to remember 3 things.

1) People are going to blame Disney for this. Well, frankly, you're not wrong. I'm not saying that Disney is a massive evil empire in and of itself, but it is simply a business move-and frankly, a pretty smart one. When a massive business is taken over by another massive business, you don't carry around the dead weight of the old business. You trim the fat, start fresh, and keep on rolling out great content.

2) Did you enjoy those stories? Did you enjoy reading about more adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo? What about the prequel stories that took place thousands of years before the films in the time of Darth Revan? Or even hundreds of years after the films? Did you enjoy reading the stories? You did? Well then that was not wasted time or money. They brought a smile to your face and fueled your imagination-exactly what comics and books are supposed to do.

3) Before you argue that all those stories now "didn't happen", go to a mirror, stare at yourself for about twenty minutes, and slap yourself. It's Star Wars. NONE of it happened. Star Wars is a franchise. It's a movie. It's a game. It's a book. It's a comic. It's story-telling. It's a cultural phenomenon. And most importantly, it's not a real thing.

At the end of the day, we should all be grateful that we have 6 movies already, 5 and a half seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (seriously, check it out), multiple Star Wars movies on the way, and an entirely new TV series coming in just a few short months. To go a bit geek on you, think of when Anakin found out Padme was pregnant. Although his entire world was about to come crashing down, he realized that it was also a joyous moment. There is good in all of this. You just need to relax, put down your pitchforks, and just enjoy, because we've got a lot to look forward to.






Thursday, April 24, 2014

Peter Jackson Officially Confirms Title for Third 'Hobbit' Film


By Dave Bouressa

Since the first 'Hobbit' film was released, it was always assumed that the final installment would be entitled "There and Back Again", based on the book that Bilbo writes, telling his story to Frodo.

However, recent rumors have come about stating that the film's title will be changed, with those rumors coming to rest, with Jackson confirming on his Facebook page that the film will be retitled to "The Battle of the Five Armies".


Inside Information...
Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "Desolation of Smaug".
When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.
And so: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" it is.
As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.
Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.
And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.
It’ll be a fun year!

Does "The Battle of the Five Armies" have the same ring to it as "There and Back Again"? Not quite. It reeks of Hollywood Executive meddling, but it is what it is. All we can hope for is that if we're getting another three hours of a third of a book, please just make our final visit to Middle Earth worth the final conclusion it deserves.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

'Godzilla' MUTO Monster Revealed?



By Dave Bouressa

Since the first trailer of the 2014 Godzilla movie came out, fans have speculated whether or not classic Godzilla villains such as Mothra or Rodan would appear, especially since a quick shot from the trailer confirmed the presence of another creature.


Fans assumed this to be Mothra, or some Hollywood-bastardized version of Mothra, but it appears that this creature has been slowly making its way around the internet due to the upcoming toy line.




Pictures have shown these smaller creatures, along with the larger creature above. Either the smaller ones grow into the bigger one-or there may be multiple creatures in the film. At this time, the monster has no official name, but is being nicknamed the "MUTO Monster". As of now, no other information has been revealed. In fact, it has been hinted that more classic monsters may make an appearance, but this is mere rumor at this point.



Be sure to check out Godzilla on May 16th.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cancelled Darth Maul Game Footage and Details


By Dave Bouressa

The past few years have not been kind to the world of Star Wars gaming. Before LucasArts went out of business in 2013, there were a few missteps leading up to it.

Added to the list of scrapped games, is a Darth Maul origin video game, set to have been released in 2011, leading up to Maul's heavy involvement in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.



According to various reports, the game, codenamed "Damage", was being worked on by Red Fly, the company behind Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, however, due to some tinkering from higher ups (Lucas included) and the game concept and ideas being pulled in several different directions, the game was eventually scrapped after 8 months of work. It is said that Lucas himself wanted to include Darth Talon into the game-a Sith Lord that does not even appear in the Star Wars Universe until 200 years after the films, and because of that, Red Fly did not know to make the timeline work, and due to a lack of communication from LucasArts, the game found itself suffering the same fate as many Star Wars games of that time, and games to come, such as Star Wars 1313, Force Unleashed III, Battlefront III, and First Assault.


IGN reports that the game was heavily influenced by the style of the Batman: Arkham games.


Red Fly's PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U game would have been a stealth action game inspired by Batman: Arkham Asylum, Game Informer revealed in its May 2014 issue. Maul was, as an anonymous developer described it, "insanely powerful and deadly, but one or two hits will take you out."

Check out the amazing footage from the game that will never be...


As stated above, the past few years of Star Wars gaming has been severely grim, killing off major games-many of which are near completion by the time of cancellation, so hopefully with the upcoming film trilogy, comes a new era of Star Wars gaming.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Pokemon Fan Makes the 3D Free-Roaming Online Pokemon Game We've Always Wanted



By Dave Bouressa


You all know that age old picture roaming the internet of a dream come true, where there is a Pokemon game that is fully 3D, has every Pokemon game in it, and has the graphics of a next-gen console? Well it looks like we are quickly on our way. Introducing "Pokemon NXT".



Currently still in the early Alpha testing, players will be able to free-roam across the world, collecting hundreds of wild Pokemon. Players can choose either "NXT Action" which is a real-time combat system, similar to games like Skyrim, or "Classical" which is turn based-and more in the spirit of Pokemon. As of now, players start with all three Kanto starters-Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. Whether or not this will remain in the final beta is still to be determined. 



You can download the alpha here. If the link does not work, try again later. The site has been overloaded with traffic.  Gamers have wished for this type of game for years-and someone is finally making the dream of Pokemon trainers of the world come true! Be sure to check it out while you can! Unfortunately, the main website for the game seems to be in its default web browser state, so either no effort has gone into the site, or more likely,  it appears Nintendo is already starting to crack down on this. Get it while you can, because you may not be able to for much longer.