Thursday, March 17, 2005

Opening Night Nerves - Star Wars News


Toys "R" Us Midnight Madness Master List
Here it is folks, the master Toys "R" Us Midnight Madness list!


Only one near Houston:
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It Is Your Destiny

Here's the latest ad from the latest comics for Celebration III. Join the party of a lifetime with more Star Wars under one roof than ever before. EDITOR'S NOTE: WHIMPER. WISH I COULD GO. COOL POSTER, THOUGH. (SNIFFLE).

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Star Wars Takes Over Toyfare Magazine
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Toyfare #93 was released today, and if you buy only one issue of this magazine, this is it!

Star Wars dominates this issue with an exclusive 23-page toy photo guide, coverage from last month's Toy Fair, and special edition of Twisted Toyfare Theatre! The toy guide covers virtually every figure in the modern line, presented in the classic humorous Toyfare fashion. EDITOR'S NOTE: DWEEBPAL ADRIAN - PLEASE ADD THIS TOYFARE TO MY 3RD PLANET STASH!

Star Wars In 3D At ShoWest
ShoWest, the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry, always has a lot to show off, but this year, it's going to have a really special session on Thursday.

"DLP Cinema Presents James Cameron and George Lucas on "3D Dimensions in Digital Cinema", featuring the premiere viewing of 3D clips of Episode IV and Aliens of the Deep.

Here's a press release from Texas Instruments on the show:

TI DLP Cinema(TM), George Lucas and James Cameron to Highlight Digital Cinema and 3D Movies at ShoWest 2005 Tuesday March 15, 6:03 am ET- Theatrical Exhibitors Will Experience Premiere Viewing of 3D Clips of 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode IV and Disney's Aliens of the Deep

LAS VEGAS, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN - News; TI) today announced it will unveil the future of digital cinema and 3D movies at ShoWest, the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry, taking place March 14 - 17 in Las Vegas, NV. Texas Instruments has planned a landmark demonstration with Star Wars creator George Lucas and Academy Award®-winning director James Cameron on Thursday, March 17 to showcase 3D theatrical entertainment with DLP Cinema(TM) technology. EDITOR'S NOTE: CHECK IT OUT, JERRY M...DO WE FEEL HIP, HAPPENIN AND ON TOP OF TECH INNOVATIONS OR WHAT?! (WITH OUR SPANKY NEW DLP TV SETS)

TI will for the fourth consecutive year serve as the corporate sponsor of ShoWest.The new 3D experience enabled by DLP Cinema(TM) projectors will be demonstrated and discussed by Lucas and Cameron, both pioneers in digital movie making. A Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema(TM) projector will be utilized to showcase scenes in 3D from Fox's Star Wars: Episode IV, Disney's Aliens of the Deep and many other movies from various genres, including live action and animation.

DLP Cinema(TM) projectors provide exhibitors with the first ever opportunity to give moviegoers a pure 3D experience with simple adjustments to a standard installed DLP Cinema(TM) projector. Moviegoers watching a 3D movie projected with DLP Cinema(TM) technology can immerse themselves in an unparalleled viewing experience with incredible color reproduction and 3D imaging.

"With digital 3D projection, we will be entering a new age of cinema. Audiences will be seeing something which was never technically possible before the age of digital cinema -- a stunning visual experience which 'turbocharges' the viewing of the biggest, must-see movies," said Academy Award®-winner James Cameron, director of Aliens of the Deep. "The biggest action, visual effects and fantasy movies will soon be shot in 3D. And all-CG animated films can easily be converted to 3D, without additional cost if it is done as they are made. Soon audiences will associate 3D with the highest level of visual content in the market, and seek out that premium experience."

DLP Cinema(TM) technology is deployed in more than 310 theatres worldwide through manufacturers Barco, Christie Digital and NEC. TI DLP Cinema(TM) technology will feature prominently at the following ShoWest activities:* $100 Million Reel: Tuesday, March 15, 9:15 a.m. -- Tribute show reelcontaining clips from all of 2004's hundred-million-dollar grossingmovies* DLP Cinema(TM) screening of Warner Bros.' Miss Congeniality 2:Tuesday, March 15, 6:00 p.m.* DLP Cinema(TM) presentation of Sony Pictures Entertainment's ProductPresentation with Extended Sneak Peek of Stealth: Wednesday, March 16,8:00 and 8:30 p.m.* Twentieth Century Fox and DLP Cinema(TM) Final Day Luncheon: Thursday,March 17, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.* DLP Cinema Presents James Cameron and George Lucas on "3D: NewDimensions in Digital Cinema": Thursday, March 17, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

"ShoWest is a crucial platform for advancing the art of theatrical exhibition and this year's event will move us closer to the highly-anticipated deployment of digital cinema worldwide," said Doug Darrow, Business Manager, TI DLP Cinema(TM) Products. "Earlier this month, the UK Film Council announced it would equip 250 screens with DLP Cinema(TM) projectors and we are excited that U.S. and international exhibitors and distributors continue to share our desire to deliver digital cinema. ShoWest stimulates evolutionary growth for the motion picture industry and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration with George Lucas, James Cameron and the entire community to provide the best cinematic presentation possible -- today and tomorrow."

DLP Cinema(TM) technology-enabled projectors can also be seen at the Barco, Christie Digital booths and NEC's Palace Room 4 at ShoWest.About TI DLP Cinema(TM) Projection TechnologyTI DLP Cinema(TM) projection technology has been exposed to millions of movie-goers throughout the world, delivering the clearest, sharpest, brightest and most accurate images as the director intended them be seen.

The total number of installed DLP Cinema(TM) projectors is now more than 310, with theatres located in 29 countries around the world. More than 140 movies have been released on DLP Cinema(TM) projectors, including: The Phantom of the Opera, Polar Express, Shrek and Shrek 2, Finding Nemo, Collateral, and Star Wars: Episodes I and II.

For more information, or to find a DLP Cinema(TM) theatre near you, please visit .DLP and DLP Cinema are all trademarks of Texas Instruments. All other products and names may or may not be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

More on Revenge of the Sith

We reported last year that the 'Revenge of the Sith' soundtrack would be released May 3rd, 2005 with a bonus DVD.

Here's more info on the set from a Sony Classical press release at PR Newswire:

Press ReleaseSony Classical Releases New Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Soundtrack That Includes A 70-Minute Bonus Collector's DVD

Bonus DVD Takes Viewers on a Musical and Visual Journey Through All Six FilmsFrom the Most Popular Movie Saga of All Time and Features Scores FromFive-Time Oscar Winner John WilliamsSOUNDTRACK RELEASED ON MAY 3, 2005

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Opens in Theaters Worldwide on May 19, 2005

NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, May 3, 2005, Sony Classical will release the original motion picture soundtrack of the last episode of the massively popular Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

It features a new score by five-time Oscar winner John Williams, who is also the composer and conductor of the score for each film in the six-chapter Star Wars saga, and an exclusive collector's DVD -- Star Wars: A Musical Journey -- an unprecedented bonus at no additional cost.

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, written and directed by George Lucas, is the most anticipated movie of the year and opens worldwide on Thursday, May 19, 2005.

Created especially to accompany the CD release, the thrilling 70-minute DVD features 16 brand-new music videos set to selections from all six of John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars film scores and has been designed around a timeline that will take the viewer chronologically through the entire saga.Each movement is introduced by actor Ian McDiarmid (who plays Senator Palpatine in the films) and features a spectacular montage of images, complete with excerpts of the original dialogue and sound effects, set to Williams' legendary music which has been newly remixed and remastered in 5.1 surround sound. Williams' principal theme from the new score, entitled "Battle of the Heroes," will be featured in a music video created by Lucasfilm.EDITOR'S NOTE: OK. THIS, ALL BY ITSELF, SOUNDS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE CD, DON'T IT?!!! WOW!!!!

The soundtrack packaging will also include liner notes from George Lucas plus an exclusive fold-out poster featuring a montage of images from the film.

In Revenge of the Sith, the final and most dramatic chapter of the Star Wars saga, the Clone Wars rage as the rift widens between Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Jedi Council. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), the young Jedi Knight with an allegiance to Chancellor Palpatine, struggles to keep his marriage to Padme' Amidala (Natalie Portman) a secret amid the turmoil. Seduced by promises of power and temptations of the dark side, he pledges himself to the evil Darth Sidious and becomes Darth Vader. Together, Sidious and Vader set in motion a plot of revenge against the Jedi, leading to a climatic lightsaber battle between Vader and his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), that will decide the fate of the galaxy.

With 43 Oscar nominations to his credit, Williams has composed a new score for the film, utilizing the themes and musical motives that link it with his earlier scores for the Star Wars films.

The London Symphony Orchestra (L.S.O), with the composer conducting, performs the original score. The L.S.O. is the same orchestra that recorded Williams' original Star Wars score 28 years ago and has continued to perform the score for each successive chapter of the saga.

In 1999, Sony Classical released the Grammy-nominated original soundtrack recording of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace(TM), which was a platinum-selling album in the U.S. and sold more than two million copies worldwide, in addition to a specially packaged Ultimate Edition that featured Williams' entire score for that film.

In 2002, the label released the original soundtrack recording of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones(TM). Both are currently available.

In September 2004, Sony Classical became the home of all the Star Wars soundtracks with the release of newly remastered editions of the soundtrack recordings of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope(TM), Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back(TM) and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi(TM). The recordings are available individually and in a special boxed set with a deluxe slipcover case.

The Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith soundtrack also continues Sony Classical's long association with John Williams, who has recorded a number of non-film projects for the label.

Williams won the third of his five Academy Awards for his score for the original Star Wars (1977) and received nominations for his scores for The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

The soundtrack albums for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back also won Grammy(R) Awards for Williams in 1977 and 1980, and he was a nominee for Return of the Jedi in 1983 and Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 2000.

Information about the original motion picture soundtrack of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith is featured at

Sony Classical is the trademark of Sony Corporation. All rights reserved.Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith are trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. EDITOR'S NOTE: GROOVY GROOVY GROOVY!!!


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