When Disney shut down the Lucasfilm gaming division Lucasarts, the fans wondered about the fate of Star Wars 1313. The third person game, for which we’d seen gorgeous trailers, has been indefinitely postponed thanks to the corporate decision. If that wasn’t bad enough, turns out that in recent months it had been altered to star not a random character, but Boba Fett himself. Star Wars 1313 was going to be a Boba Fett game.
Below, read more about that as well as the following Star Wars Bits:
- Disney’s axe at Lucasfilm continues to swing, this time affecting many jobs at Industrial Light and Magic.
- Dave Filoni, former director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has been asked to develop a new Star Wars animated series.
- Read a bunch of additional details about The Star Wars, George Lucas‘ original script that will soon be a Dark Horse Comic.
- The source codes to two popular Star Wars games are now available online.
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As J.J. Abrams and crew are hard at work on Star Wars Episode VII, the rest of the Lucasfilm team has decided to completely rethink their animated division. The biggest news is a new Star Wars animated series is in the works “set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming.”
In addition, The Clone Wars will begin to “wind down” with a few final story lines and the controversial comedy series Detours has been postponed. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Disney’s decision to move forward with a new Star Wars movie trilogy has been discussed nonstop for the last few days, but somewhat less attention has been paid to the fact that the studio now owns rights to Lucasfilm’s properties in other media as well.
For the past five years, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been airing on the Turner Entertainment-owned Cartoon Network. With Disney taking over the franchise, however, it will probably move over to one of Disney’s own channels when it completes its current season in 2013. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
The arrival of ever-so-slightly cooler weather can only mean one thing: After a long, lazy summer, it’s finally time to look ahead to the fall TV season. Today, we have new trailers for HBO Films’ The Girl, the third season of Boardwalk Empire, and the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, all of which will debut within the next two months. Hit the jump to watch.
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Controversy, casting and consensual exits are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- See a photo of how the George W. Bush head from Game of Thrones was fixed.
- Rocker Marilyn Manson joins Showtime’s Californification.
- Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will have an arc on the Broadway drama Smash.
- Fanboys director Kyle Newman will join wife Jaime King to voice a character on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Steve Carell told the Los Angeles Times why Michael Scott won’t return to The Office.
- Elizabeth Moss suggests a possible spoiler about her Mad Men character.
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Raise your hand if you went to see Meet Joe Black in 1998 just to catch the first teaser trailer for The Phantom Menace. (And, unwittingly, to see Brad Pitt bounced around by cars.) Now raise your hand if you would pay to see an unrelated movie just to catch the first glimpse of Star Wars post-converted to 3D. I think the numbers will be a lot different this time.
But the October 21 release of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3D The Three Musketeers will be the first chance for most people to see the new 3D-converted Phantom Menace trailer. Get your tickets now! And speaking of The Phantom Menace, turns out the death of Darth Maul in that film wasn’t actually the character’s end, as he’s due to be resurrected this fall in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Details on that are below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
NBC has won the bidding war for a new comedy series by Sarah Silverman, beating out competing networks ABC and Fox. Loosely based on Silverman’s own life, the untitled single-camera show will star the comedian as a woman getting back into single life after getting out of a ten-year relationship. Silverman is set to co-write the pilot with Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder, both of whom worked on her previous series The Sarah Silverman Program.
Also on board with the project is Ron Howard, who has been “deeply involved” with the show’s development, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer. Worth noting: The last time Grazer and Howard collaborated on a single-camera network comedy series, the result was Arrested Development. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, a Daily Show writer plays with Henson puppets, a Sopranos actor returns to organized crime, and Clone Wars‘ fourth season gets a trailer. I told you August was a busy time for TV news!
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As expected, The Dark Knight was dethroned at the Box Office this weekend, after five weeks on top. Tropic Thunder won the weekend with an estimated $26 million ($37 million 5-day total). But here is where the unexpected thing happened – The Dark Knight beat Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was projected to take the #2 spot on the weekend charts. The latest Star Wars film only made $15.5 million over the three days, a million or two less than The Dark Knight. And what’s worse is, Steve Mason is saying that the animated adventure might not even reach $40 million domestically. This is the first big Star Wars theatrical failure. And by failure, I mean it was still profitable. With anything Star Wars, it’s hard to lost money after merchandising, dvd and tv sales. But it will definitely be considered a failure within the Industry.
But not only did The Clone Wars fall to the Cape Crusader, but also the original Lucas sci-fi film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The film overtook Jaws to become the highest grossing film of all time. Then E.T. came and knocked the movie off the top spot. Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump knocked the film further down the all-time list to #4. But in 1997, Lucas rereleased the movie as part of the Special Edition trilogy release, which put A New Hope back on top of the list. But not for long, Titanic came later that year and knocked Star Wars back to the #2 slot, where it has remained until now. That’s right, The Dark Knight has just overtaken Star Wars to become the second highest grossing film of all time (domestically). Of course, this doesn’t take inflation into account.
The Dark Knight will end the weekend with an estimated $16.8 million, bring the film’s domestic total to $471.5 million. Analysts project The Dark Knight to finish around $525 million, about $75 million short of Titanic‘s record. And Star Wars fanboys shouldn’t worry too much. When George Lucas eventually releases the original Star Wars trilogy in 3D, A New Hope will probably be back on top once again.
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