Star Wars The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back. Netflix announced today that it has struck a deal for exclusive rights to the entire series, including a brand-new sixth season. Fans will be able to watch on the streaming service next month. Get plot details on the new season and more after the jump.

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Two more actors have been rumored for roles in Star Wars Episode VII and one of them is literally named “Solo.” Read who they are, as well the following, after the jump.

  • A casting call in New York is looking for three leads in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • An internal Toys R Us memo offers up a logo and strategy for the new Star Wars trilogy.
  • New episodes of The Clone Wars, as well as Episode VII featurettes, might be exclusively released on Apple devices.
  • Drew Struzan (above) might have turned down the opportunity to do the poster for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A fire was reported at the Skywalker Ranch.

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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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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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Every evil genius needs a lair from which the run all of their daily affairs: everything from selecting the color of the company letterhead to plotting world domination. Usually these are hollowed-out mountain fortresses, secret inactive volcano lairs, or undersea secret bases. Because if you’re going to do something on such a massive scale, why not it with a little style and panache?

Now, I don’t know if I’m going to call George Lucas an evil genius. A genius? Definitely. Evil? Well, the jury’s still out on that one, but his last few movies have certainly been tipping the scales in the wrong direction. Still, it’s hard to fault the guy that’s been responsible for American Graffiti, Star Wars, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Let’s just hope he ands some new franchises in there and stops tinkering with the old stuff.

Even though Lucas may not be an evil genius just yet, he’s still forged his own sprawling, secret base from which he conrols his empire. With the Skywalker Ranch-centric Fanboys opening (finally) this weekend, we thought we’d take a brief peek behind the scenes and tell you all about the secret lair of Lucas.

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. In regards to movies and shows the author hasn’t seen, the DVD release is placed in its respective category based on critic and audience response. Those who find that approach questionable are welcome to leave a comment stating their thoughts, and we’ll be happy to ignore it.

Buy It

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Special Editions)
As much as critics may have loved Hellboy II, I felt strangely alone when proclaiming amongst fellow movie geeks that it was one of my favorite releases of 2008. Nobody was claiming it was a bad movie, but audiences just weren’t all that enthusiastic about it. This is a shame since, much like the first film, this sequel managed to flawlessly combine creative and visually stunning action sequences (with a strong focus on practical effects over CGI), cool characters, and a well-told storyline that wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting in another filmmaker’s hands. The difference, though, is that all these things are handled even better the second time around. Hopefully it’ll build a stronger following on DVD.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc includes an audio commentary (with director Guillermo del Toro), another audio commentary (with cast members Jeffrey Tambor, Selma Blair & Luke Gross), Set Visits, Troll Market Tour with Guillermo del Toro, Zinco Epilogue Animated Comic, and deleted scenes. The 3-disc DVD includes both the single disc extras and Hellboy: In Service of the Demon, Prologue, Production Workshop, Pre-Production Vault, Marketing Campaign, Script, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (excluding Amazon, where it costs $17.99).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive comic.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free collectible interactive CD game card with purchase of 3-Disc DVD ($22.99).
Where? Circuit City.

Also available is the Collector’s Set ($39.99) of the DVD…

KUNG FU PANDA
(Available as single-disc and 2-Pack with Secrets of the Furious Five)
I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted such a silly-looking movie being as incredibly entertaining and, dare I say it, intelligent as this. Cleverly parodying the kung fu film genre, Kung Fu Panda manages to provide an easy-to-understand storyline for kids that also plays on the clichés older audiences are accustomed to seeing with such a predictable storyline. It’s the rare non-Pixar film that finds the perfect balance for children and adults, complete with surprisingly badass action sequences.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc includes an audio commentary and featurettes (‘Meet The Cast’, ‘The Tech of Kung Fu Panda’, ‘The World of Panda: Conservational International Piece’). The 2-Pack with Secrets of the Furious Five includes both the single disc extras and more featurettes (‘Secrets of the Furious Five’, ‘The Tech of Kung Fu Panda’, ‘Learn To Draw’, ‘Sound Design’, ‘Learn the Panda Dance’, ‘Do You Kung Fu?’, ‘Mr. Ping’s Noodle Factory’, ‘Chopsticks’, ‘Inside the Chinese Zodiac’, ‘Animals of Kung Fu Panda’, ‘What Fighting Styles are you?’, ‘A Day in the Life: Shaolin Monks in Training’, ‘KFP Shuffle’).

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $15.99

*With the exception of Best Buy (where the price remains the same – $15.99), these prices do not include the 2-Pack with Secrets of the Furious Five, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 3-disc pack ($22.99) includes Secrets of the Furious Five and Activision PC game.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Kung Fu Panda figurine.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free ultimate sticker book with purchase of double-feature edition (which includes Secrets of the Furious Five) ($22.99).
Where? Circuit City.

Rent It

SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO
I always feel like I should like Takashi Miike’s films more than I actually do. With Sukiyaki Western Django, I found myself struggling through the borderline incomprehensible storyline and unapologetically self-referential attempts to pay homage to the western film genre, while also enjoying the hell out of the beautiful cinematography and supremely epic shoot outs and battle sequences. And yet, even after saying “holy shit that was awesome” to myself for about the fifteenth time, I somehow still found myself occasionally getting bored.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $14.99 N/A $14.99
Amazon – $19.99

THIS CHRISTMAS
Obviously I’m not the target audience for this film (read: I’m white), but as a fan of Mekhi Phifer, Delroy Lindo and Idris Elba (who plays Stringer Bell on The Wire), I may just end up checking it out anyway. If you’re in a holiday mood and are looking for a good movie to watch with the family (and don’t mind dealing with the expected genre clichés), this looks like it could make for a heartwarmingly pleasant rental.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio Commentary, deleted/extended scenes, and a making-of featurette.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $19.99
Amazon – $19.99

Skip It

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
I would love to bitch-slap George Lucas. His eagerness to destroy the legacies of the franchises fans hold so dear to their hearts is sickening. This has never been more evident than with The Clone Wars, a CGI precursor to a Cartoon Network TV show that was originally meant to air on television. Now, I haven’t yet seen the film (the horrible reviews haven’t offered a whole lot of incentive), but only a real douchebag would take something that’s clearly suited specifically for TV and force it into theatres, thus fooling unaware audience members into emptying their pockets for what they’re assuming is a legitimate theatrical release.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc includes only an audio commentary, while the two-disc includes that as well as featurettes (‘The Clone Wars: The Untold Stories’, ‘The Voices of The Clone Wars’, ‘ The New Score’, ‘Webdocs’), deleted scenes, concept/production art gallery, a Hologram Memory Challenge, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $17.99 $15.99
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 2-Disc Deluxe ($22.99) and Blu-ray ($26.99) include exclusive Red Clone packaging and Shipyards of Doom 96-pg. graphic novel.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Steelbook for 2-Disc Edition ($22.99).
Where? Best Buy.

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY
Whereas This Christmas represents a respectable effort geared towards urban audiences, The Perfect Holiday shows us the exact opposite. I caught about fifteen minutes of the film in theaters while waiting for another movie to start, and was appalled by just how bland, unfunny and poorly made it was. Movies like this are the reason films featuring primarily African American casts struggle to get any respect in the film world. Tyler Perry isn’t helping either.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Filmmakers’ commentary, a featurette (‘Wish List: A Perfect Holiday in the Making’), and video diaries (’7 Days on the Set of Perfect Holiday’).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $19.99
Amazon – $19.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
The Sopranos (The Complete Series)Beer for My HorsesJFK – Director’s Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)Scrubs (Season 7)Little House on the Prairie (The Complete Television Series)The Cosby Show (25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition)Sabrina (The Centennial Collection)The Boys in the BandMind of Mencia (Season 4)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.


Exclusive: Free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of any 2 of the following…
$14.99 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Speed Racer, Sex and the City: The Movie, Baby Mama, Journey to the Center of the Earth, What Happens in Vegas, and more…

Exclusive: Free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of any 2 of the following…
$12.99 – The Polar Express 3-D, Elf, A Christmas Story, Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, and more…
$19.99 – The Nightmare Before Christmas (2-Disc Collector’s Edition)

$17.99 – Dexter (Seasons 1 – 2)
$19.99 – Pushing Daisies (Season 1)
$22.99 – South Park (Seasons 10 – 11)


$9.99 – The Bank Job (2-Disc Special Edition), The Mist (2-Disc Collector’s Edition), Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Unrated (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition), I Robot (All-Access Collector’s Edition), Walk the Line (Extended Cut), Napoleon Dynamite (Like, The Best Special Edition Ever!), Ice Age (Super-Cool Edition), and more…


$6.99 – Children of Men, Smoking Aces, Miami Vice, Jaws (Collector’s Edition), King Kong, Serenity, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, The Fast and the Furious (Tricked-Out Edition), Doom, and more…

WonderCon: Star Wars – The Clone Wars

WonderCon: Star Wars - The Clone Wars

The director of fan relations of LucasFilm made a surprise appearance during the Warner Bros panel at WonderCon to present some footage from the upcoming Star Wars computer animated movie and television series. The Clone Wars will premiere on movie theater screens worldwide on August 15th, before continuing as a half hour computer animated series on the Cartoon Network and TNT this fall. The movie/series will bridge the gap between Episodes 2 and 3. Featuring a mix of familiar characters (Anakin, Obi-wan… etc) and new characters.

The short clip they premiered featured interview footage intercut with footage from the finished series. It was explained that the show will explore who is Anakin Skywalker, who was he, what was he like, and his brother-ship with Obi-wan. A new female character is also introduced named Osoka (sp?), who is learning what it’s like to be a Jedi, and serves as a touchstone for the audience. The series will also feature a lot of clones (hey, it is the Clone Wars after all), and it is explained that a few of the Clone troopers have been made identifiable with their own individual personalities. I know some stills and footage have already been shown online, but the new stuff shown during the clip is very impressive. I can imagine the production costs for this half hour series will be through the roof.

I’m sure we’ll find out more during the LucasFilm panel later in the day.

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