May 16, 2013 |
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has been all over the revival of the "Star Wars" franchise in the past month. First he cornered Harrison Ford, making the actor who played Han Solo confront his old pal Chewbacca over past grievances and transgressions involving the Wookie and Princess Leia. Wednesday night Kimmel asked director J.J. Abrams, on the show to promote his "Star Trek Into Darkness," about the course he might take with the next "Star Wars" movie, which he's also set to helm.
May 10, 2013 |
The force is returning to Britain. Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of "Star Wars: Episode VII " will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios' current release "Iron Man 3," filmed in North Carolina. Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the "Harry Potter" movies, "Clash of the Titans" and "Captain America: the First Avenger.
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May 7, 2013 |
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation legend whose work on "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science fiction and fantasy film classics made him a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers and special-effects artists, has died. He was 92. Harryhausen died Tuesday in London, where he had lived for decades. His death was confirmed by Kenneth Kleinberg, his longtime legal representative in the United States. In the pre-computer-generated-imagery era in which he worked, Harryhausen used the painstaking process of making slight adjustments to the position of his three-dimensional, ball-and-socket-jointed scale models and then shooting them frame-by-frame to create the illusion of movement.
May 7, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co. reported a massive jump in net income for its fiscal second quarter, lifted by the performance of its media networks, movie studio and theme parks. The Burbank company posted net income of $1.51 billion for the quarter that ended March 30, up 32% from a year earlier. Revenue rose 10% to $10.55 billion. Disney, the world's largest entertainment and media company, posted adjusted earnings per share of 79 cents, up from 58 cents a year earlier. The company beat the expectations of analysts who predicted earnings per share of 77 cents.
May 6, 2013 |
The Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts Inc. have inked a licensing deal that will see the video game developer make and publish new "Star Wars" games, the companies said Monday afternoon. Under the exclusive, multi-year agreement, Electronic Arts will develop titles for "all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres" related to "Star Wars. " Disney retains certain rights to develop games for mobile, social, tablet and online platforms, the companies said. The announcement comes a little more than a month after Disney's Lucasfilm Ltd. subsidiary, which is responsible for the "Star Wars" franchise, said it would no longer make video games.
April 30, 2013 |
George Lucas seems to be using the force: The billionaire filmmaker is one of three finalists vying to create a new cultural facility in San Francisco. The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, as it would be called, would showcase Lucas' extensive art collection, from Norman Rockwell “pencil sketches to computer-generated moving images,” the “Star Wars” creator wrote in an essay on his website. Lucas also plans to donate $700 million to help defray the cost of the museum's construction and upkeep, Forbes reports . PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The museum, which would be set in San Francisco's Presidio national park, would feature high-tech exhibitions on cinematic and digital arts, and for “Star Wars” fans, relics from the film franchise.
April 26, 2013 |
Grab your mouse ears and get ready to spend an all-nighter at Disneyland and Disney World at the start of Memorial Day weekend, with Pixar characters from the upcoming movie "Monsters University" roving around and other special events. The Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., as well as Disneyland and California Adventure Park in Anaheim will open at 6 a.m. May 24 and remain open for 24 hours, according to a Walt Disney World announcement....
April 18, 2013 |
Harrison Ford has made it pretty clear during his current press rounds for the movie "42" that he's not interested in discussing the upcoming "Star Wars" movies. But that hasn't stopped interviewer after interviewer from bringing it up. That all came to a head on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday night, when Ford confronted both "Star Wars" curiosity and a decidedly unsavory figure from his past: Chewbacca. In case you're wondering, yes this was a stunt. But an entertaining one. Kimmel brought up the upcoming "Star Wars" movies and Ford once again expressed his unwillingness to talk about them.
April 17, 2013 |
Patton Oswalt is guest starring in this week's "Parks and Recreation," but the most impressive thing about his appearance is what you won't see on NBC. As part of the episode, Oswalt's character was supposed to appear before a Pawnee City Council meeting and filibuster a proposed vote. Producers invited Oswalt to "ramble a bit about whatever subject he wanted. " Oswalt decided his topic of choice was a pitch for the upcoming "Star Wars Episode VII. " While we wouldn't dream of spoiling the twists and turns the story takes, let's just say that he's found a brilliant way to merge two of the Disney corporation's biggest franchises (and even one they don't own)
March 28, 2013 |
President Reagan stunned fellow citizens and the world 30 years ago this month with a dramatic announcement that the United States would develop and deploy a system capable of intercepting and destroying strategic ballistic missiles. Like President Kennedy's pledge to send a man to the moon, Reagan's vision was meant to stretch minds to new realities that most found inconceivable. As the Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, developed, this vision encompassed three big ideas. First, technological advances would make it possible to "hit a bullet with a bullet.