As we all know by now, Star Wars is gaining full speed, and will be shooting sometime next year for a December 18, 2015 release date. The film is currently being cast, and while official information will be scarce for a while, there’s always interesting little tid-bits that get out there, and here’s a few of the latest.
It’s been a little big over a year now that George Lucas signed over his empire to Disney, and it was a surprising move because we always figured George would be running the show no matter what. Yet perhaps as he’s approaching his 70th birthday Lucas wants to focus on other things, and enjoy spending time with his new family.
As long time TGD readers know by now, JJ Abrams was hoping to have the next Star Wars movie open in 2016 so he wouldn’t be in a rush, but Disney has been adamant about the movie opening in 2015. At first, we figured it would come out on Memorial Day, which is usually when the Star Wars movies come out, but now a December 18, 2015 has been confirmed.
The Pirates of the Caribbean series showed that you actually could turn a Disney ride into a movie, and there are a number of Disney attractions that are also up to be made into film. We’re not certain if a Space Mountain movie is in the works, but we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if we found out one was in development.
A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh for tactile rendering of 3D features and textures.
In what has to be the big non-news story of the day, it has been officially announced that the JJ Abrams reboot of Star Wars will be coming out in the summer of 2015. This is certainly no big news flash, and it was Star Wars that helped create the whole summer blockbuster climate back in the ‘70’s along with Jaws.
By monitoring artists as they sketch human faces, stroke by stroke, scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have built computer models that learn each artist's drawing style, how they use strokes and how they select features to highlight as they interpret a face into a portrait.
Audi recently provided a bit of an update, and history lesson, on the vehicles in its tron family of cars.
A humanoid robot can receive an object handed to it by a person with something approaching natural, human-like motion thanks to a new method developed by scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh in a project partially funded by the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (interACT) at Carnegie Mellon University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Star Wars fans, especially those who follow The Clone Wars serial, have been wondering what will happen to Lucasfilm’s CGI animation studio and related universe lore.
Earlier this week we learned that Disney, the new owners of LucasFilm, and thus the Star Wars franchise, are working on some films set in the Star Wars universe which will not directly tie into the two existing trilogies. Meaning, the protagonists will not be Skywalkers.
Disney has launched a new gaming concept, Disney Infinity, that's remarkably similar to Activision's Skylander.
Disney has released a character guide for its upcoming Oz reboot.
While Frankenweenie didn’t make my list of the top 5 movies of 2012, it was still an excellent film, and certainly one of the best stop-motion projects ever done.
The Cartoon Network has released a featurette which illustrates how Clone Wars ties into the films.
Now that the acquisition deal between Disney and LucasFilm is official, one can't help but wonder what other side-effects the deal will have on the rather expansive Star Wars universe.
George Lucas is concerned about leaving his comfort zone, but excited to move on to new projects.
Star Wars memorabilia auctions have not slowed down, especially in the wake of an official announcement from Lucas and Disney that there will be yet another three films.
The upcoming sequel will continue the story of Flynn the younger.
Netflix has signed a deal with Walt Disney Studios that gives the company the first license to show Disney's first-run, live-action and animated films.