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NEWEST INFORMATION

Saturday, November 23, 2002 - Submit
CG Characters in Episode II Article - Author
The official site has a long article about the computer generated characters in Episode II.

Source: starwars.com

Friday, October 18, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Imax Poster - Author
Size Matters!

Source: starwars.com

Monday, October 14, 2002 - Submit
Episode 2 DVD ramblings - Author
AICN has a long report from the Ranch about Episode 2 and the DVD. Quite a good read.

Source: Aint-it-cool.com

Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - Submit
IMAX Ep2 to be cut by 23 minutes - Author
Due to the IMAX's maximum capacity of 120 minutes of film, 23 minutes will have to be cut from the movie.

Source: cinescape.com

Tuesday, September 10, 2002 - Submit
Episode II on Imax - Author
Fox will show Episode II in 70 IMax theaters starting November 1 in the US and Canada. Read the link for more info at cnn.com.

Source: cnn.com

Thursday, August 29, 2002 - Submit
AOTC passes $300 million - Author
AOTC is now 13th place on the all time box office list after having surpassed $300 million in the box office.

Source: cinescape.com

Friday, August 02, 2002 - Submit
Official Episode II DVD/VHS Info - Author
The official site has posted information and images from the upcoming DVD/VHS release of Episode II.

Source: starwars.com

Thursday, August 01, 2002 - Submit
Episode II DVD/Video on Nov. 12 - Author
The release date for the Episode II DVD/Video release has been set: November 12.

The two disc special edition DVD will cost $29.98, with a VHS copy coming in at $24.98.

Source: cinescape.com

Friday, July 26, 2002 - Submit
Clone wars info and images at official site - Author
The official site has new images and information regarding the clones wars.

Source: starwars.com

Friday, July 12, 2002 - Submit
AOTC DVD information - Author
From darkhorizons.com:

"Of the extras on the 50-chapter disc set, the most notable is the feature-length audio commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, sound designer Ben Burtt, ILM animation director Rob Coleman, and three ILM FX supervisors (Pablo Helman, John Knoll & Ben Snow). There's eight exclusive deleted scenes with introductions, whilst "From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II" is a documentary film which includes various things such as ILM's efforts with Yoda. More behind the scenes stuff includes "Films are Not Released: They Escape" documentary on creating the film's sound, "State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II" shows storyboards and animatics of key action scenes in the film, and there's all twelve parts of the Web documentary. Finally comes the exclusive John Williams "Across the Stars" music video (which includes footage from the film and scoring sessions), posters, international adverts, four trailers, the "R2-D2: Beneath The Dome" mockumentary trailer, twelve TV spots, a never-before-scene production photo gallery, a breakdown montage of ILM's 2000 FX shots within the movie, and exclusive DVD-ROM content."

Wednesday, June 19, 2002 - Submit
Special Effects Making Of - Author
vfxpro.com has a nice rundown of the special effects used in Episode II. They have great high resolution pictures of final and composite images from the movie. This image in particular smells like great desktop wallpaper.

Source: vfxpro.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2002 - Submit
How Yoda Kicked Butt - Author
EW.com has a short, yet interesting article on how Yoda was handled for Episode II and how he become an action legend.

Source: ew.com

Monday, May 27, 2002 - Submit
Lucas speaks droid's memories - Author
From Darkhorizons.com:

George Lucas spoke with E! News Daily where he was asked the question of why C-3PO doesn't recognise as Vader? Lucas's answer was exactly what many fans were guessing but at least now its confirmed: "Well, one, his brains have, his memory system has been erased and so has R2's. So, they don't remember anything from the first trilogy. I'm telling you something from Episode 3, but I shouldn't be telling you that, but I think most of the fans already know that". The bigger news of today though was MTV apparently re-iterated rumours that Natalie Portman has signed on to be a part of the new scenes being filmed for Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi - she'll shoot scenes during the production of Episode III which'll then be reinserted to the DVD release of 'Jedi'.

Source: darkhorizons.com

Thursday, May 23, 2002 - Submit
Making of the Arena Battle - Author
The official site has a making of video of the arena battle. Pretty cool, must have Quicktime though.

Source: starwars.com

Monday, May 20, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Boxoffice - Author
Episode II took in $116.3 million in its first four days and became the second-fastest film — behind only Spider-Man — to top $100 million.

Source: moviefone.com

Friday, May 17, 2002 - Submit
US Episode II Boxoffice for Thursday - Author
HOLLYWOOD (Box Office Mojo) - The Force was with Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones as it soared past its predecessor to score the third biggest opening day ever and the most business Thursday has ever seen.

Attack of the Clones pulled in $30,141,417 from approximately 6,100 screens at 3,161 theaters, averaging a scorching $9,535 per site.

Benefiting from 16 years of pent-up demand, The Phantom Menace launched on Wednesday, May 19, 1999 to a then record $28,542,349, playing on around 5,500 screens at 2,970 theaters. It then dipped 57% to $12,307,918 on Thursday, leading to $64,810,970 over the Friday through Sunday session, the second biggest opening weekend ever at that point. It left theaters with $431,088,297, a total that stands as the fourth highest of all time.

Source: boxofficemojo.com

Episode II sets attendance record in Germany - Author
611.406 germans saw it on the first day, beating the previous record holder, Episode I, which only had 585.586.

Thursday, May 16, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Opens - Author
Today is the day! Episode II opens everywhere. You can add your thoughts to our message boards or follow the below link to vote on how good Episode II is!

Source: Poll

Sunday, May 12, 2002 - Submit
Some interesting reviews - Author
Two interesting reviews of Episode II with more interesting comments (beware spoilers!) than others:

http://filmthreat.com/Reviews.asp?File=ReviewsOne.inc&Id=2071
http://aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=12201

Thursday, April 25, 2002 - Submit
Big spoiler and some tv ads - Author
First, a collector card has leaked that shows a big spoiler to the movie - here


The Episode II music video is at the official site


You can find the latest tv ads here

Monday, April 22, 2002 - Submit
TIME raves about Episode II - Author
Time Magazine raves about Episode II in this article.

Source: time.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Toys - Author
Cinescape has a round up of new and upcoming Episode II toys.

Source: cinescape.com

Sunday, April 14, 2002 - Submit
Yoda in action - Author
Theforce.net has a picture from the Star Wars Epic Duels Game showing Yoda with a lightsabre here

Friday, April 12, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Ending spoilers - Author
The following 2 images contain spoilers for the ending of Episode II. You have been warned:

Image 1

Image 2

Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - Submit
Female Jedi Power! - Author
The official site has put up two images of female jedi wielding light sabres!

Source: starwars.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - Submit
Episode 2 Charity Tickets (Chicago) - Author
Metropolitan Family Services is proud to be the exclusive Chicago
and midwest benefit partner for the upcoming Charity Premiere of Star
Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones on May 12.

The event will feature a screening of the film at a downtown Chicago
theater at 4:00 p.m., immediately followed by a star-studded party at the
Adler Planetarium. To be among the first people in the Midwest to enjoy
this fantasy odyssey while helping disadvantaged children realize their
dreams, visit our Website at http://www.metrofamily.org/ticketsForm.asp.

You can purchase sponsorship packages at five different levels
ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000.* Each package offers reserved priority
seating and tickets to the star-studded post-premiere party. General
admission tickets priced at $500, which includes general seating at the
premiere and admission to the post-premiere party, will be on sale after
April 1, 2002.

For further information call the Metropolitan Family Services Star
Wars Hotline at 312 986-4092.

* All contributions over the value of the evening's entertainment
and dinner ($100 per ticket) are tax-deductible. By preventing violence
and abuse, providing early childhood education, summer camps, legal
services and other vital programs, Metropolitan Family Services makes a
real difference in the lives of Chicago-area kids. Please note that this
is a one-time invitation to participate in this exciting event, if you no
longer wish to receive special notices, send an e-mail to
communications@metrofamily.org.

Episode II Sountrack reviews - Author
TheForce.net has some reviews of the Episode II soundtrack, which you can pre-order at amazon.com.

Source: theforce.net

Monday, March 18, 2002 - Submit
Very positive review of Episode II roughcut - Author
Ain't It Cool News's own Harry Knowles has reviewed a rough cut of Episode II (some spoilers).

Source: AICN

Friday, March 15, 2002 - Submit
Episode II CD Cover image (plus cool Yoda pic) - Author
Theforce.net has a scan of a advertisment featuring the Episode II CD Covers. There will be 4 to choose from, including one that shows Yoda in a fighting stance!

Source: theforce.net

Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Release Poster - Author
The official site has posted the Episode II: Attack of the Clones release poster on their site here.

Source: starwars.com

Monday, March 11, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Trailer - The Clone Wars is out - Author
You can download the trailer at http://www.starwars.com or get it from most file-sharing services (search for ep2_clone_war - the length is 2:24)

Sunday, March 10, 2002 - Submit
Television airings of Star Wars movies to include Episode II Previews - Author
During this spring in the USA, the FOX network will broadcast three Star Wars movies on successive Thursdays, each with a bonus introduction including footage from Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

The Shedule:
April 25 - The Empire Strikes Back
May 2 - Return of the Jedi
May 9 - The Phantom Menace.

Each is planned to air from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Source: starwars.com

Friday, March 08, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Trailer This Sunday - Author
The starwars.com Homing Beacon (#55) reminds that the final Episode II: Attack of the Clones trailer will premiere this Sunday, March 10, on the FOX network as well as on starwars.com. The trailer will begin playing theatrically on March 15, exclusively with the animated feature Ice Age (another FOX project), and other films thereafter.

The trailer will be shown this Sunday between original episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle" (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and "The X-Files" (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Wednesday, March 06, 2002 - Submit
New high resolution images from Episode II - Author
darthpsychotic.com scored a major scoop with numerous new images (some are scenes from the Trailer, yet at a better quality and size).

Source: darthpsychotic.com

Floating Yoda - Author
Cinescape.com has a scan of an image from USA Today showing Yoda riding on a small floating platform. Pretty neat!

Source: cinescape.com

Sunday, March 03, 2002 - Submit
Final trailer to debut on TV - Author
The first showing of the final Episode II trailer will be held on the Fox network on March 10. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer will hit between MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE and THE X-FILES on said night.

It will hit movie theaters five days later attached to Fox’s CG movie ICE AGE.

Monday, February 11, 2002 - Submit
Vanity Fair Episode II images - Author
Follow the below link for some scans of images from the Vanity Fair coverage of Episode II.

Source: addr.com

Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - Submit
Clones...lots of clones - Author
Cinescape has a page up with lots of clone pictures and other images from Episode II. Enjoy!

Source: darthpsychotic.com

More character names - Author
The official site has updated its cast site for Episode II, and now lists more character names.

Source: starwars.com

Monday, January 28, 2002 - Submit
Episode II Script review at aintitcool.com - Author
AintItCool has a review of the Episode II Script. It is pretty positive. Spoiler alert!

Source: aintitcool.com

Friday, January 25, 2002 - Submit
Episode II : AOTC CD release date is April 30th - Author
April 30th is the set date for the release of the STAR WARS EPISODE 2: ATTACK OF THE CLONES soundtrack. Amazon.com and friends don't have it yet for preorder, but that should change soon.

Next trailer attached to Ice Age? - Author
According to theforce.net sources, the next preview trailer for Episode II will be attached to Fox's Ice Age (which opens march 15th).

Source: filmforce.net

Monday, January 21, 2002 - Submit
New pictures from Star Wars Insider - Author
22 new pictures (well, some are from scenes we saw in the trailer) from the Star Wars Insider.

Source: theforce.net

Thursday, January 17, 2002 - Submit
See the SNL Episode II parody online! - Author
TheForce.net has Saturday Night Live parody of Episode II online in Real format. Enjoy!

Source: theforce.net

George Lucas talks about Episode II - Author
An interview with George Lucas, which originally appeared in the Star Wars Insider, has been posted on the official site. It is about creating Episode II, spanning 5 pages and features numerous behind the scenes pictures.

Source: starwars.com

November 10 -- The official site reports that the actors from Episode I who will return for Episode II have already been told when filming will begin and to keep that time open. The folowwign actors are named:Among them, we’re happy to confirm, is Ahmed Best (Jar Jar), Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) and Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala).


November 05 -- The official site reports that Fox Studios Australia, where Episode II will be filmed, will open with a gala event this Sunday.


November 04 -- The official site has some info regarding casting:
  • Unlike what was reported before, casting did not start last month. Instead, the new tentative date for it to begin is late January 2000, at the earliest.
  • LucasFilm has been overrun by fan submissions. Lucasfilm does NOT take submissions from actors who have no agents.
  • No, we do not have any info on acting agencies, even though I'm sure they will be overrun soon by starwars fans.


    November 03 -- Its been a bit since our last update. This is simply because there has been nothing to report regarding Episode II. Also, working on a slight update to the layout (which you can see on this page). We now present you some images of the Convent of Basilica at San Francesco, Assisi, which is said to be used as a jedi temple:
    Image 1 - More info on the area.


    October 07 -- CineScape reports the following France info:

    Yahoo! France reports that McCallum has returend to Tunesia:
    "Rick McCallum, producer of the Star Wars movies has arrived Sunday evening in Tunis to work on the set of the second movie of the new George Lucas' trilogy scheduled to begin shooting by June 2000 from a well-informed source in Tunisia. A large part of the movie The Phantom Menace was shot in Southern Tunisia especially in the dusty desert of Tozeur and in the "Ksours" of Tatauoine which later gave its name to Tatooine, the planet where the story unfolds."

  • This was sent to theforce.net:
    France’s Télé 7 Jour contains a new interview with Liam Neeson, in which Neeson is asked if Qui-Gon will return. Neeson answers, "I don't have the right to tell you, but the audience will be surprised of the main characters’ evolution on the next episodes of Star Wars. And Qui-Gon may reappear"

    Reappear is natrually a reference to the spirit form Jedi can assume (ala Obi-Wan). It also seems that Neeson knows the character arc, which would be wierd if he were to not return...


    October 04 -- We tried to post this a couple of days ago, but seems the update was overwritten:

    Aussie actor Jesse Spencer, who is heavily rumoured to play Anakin in Episode II, has a official fan page here. We do remind that he is not confirmed.


    September 26 -- Space Ryder's Star Wars Episode 2 Webpage reports that they recieved a email from Aussie actor Jesse Spencer's publicist that his agent is in talks with Lucas to play Anakin. There is a physical similarity, and since Episode II will be filmed most likely in Austrialia, he does make a good fit.

    Casting was said to start latest by October, so more info should be coming out soon from LucasFilm.


    September 25 -- SWFans.net reports that George Lucas gave a live interview in "Fnac" (a famous store in Paris). During this TPM promotional event, he supposedly revealed that Yoda will fight in Episode II. Highly unlikely, in my opinion, but who knows?


    September 24 -- AICN reports that Hollywood reporter has acquired info about locations in Italy that will be used for Episode II. The Caserta Royal Palace will again be used (it doubled as Theed Palace on Naboo). The Franciscan Convent near Assisi is being considered as a temple for the Sith. Mt Vesuvius is reportedly being scouted for possible dueling locations.


    September 08 -- Cinescape.com has a lot of prequel info today. Here is a brief summary of the full articule with info by McCallum:
  • McCallum states that the Queen has a long way to go before she will marry Anakin.
  • When we see Anakin in Ep. I, he is still perfect, and we stll do not know what will bring him to fall. Funny, he does have one weakness - his mother. So, either it is not that, or McCallum was being general.
  • The most interesting quote:
    If you have children, like I do, you want them to be able to achieve their dreams, and yet, some make it, some don't. Why don't they? Is it their character? Is it because of what's inside me? And what are the real consequences to a family when somebody you love messes up bad? Those are the things that are going to go on. And they're simple enough that I think almost every kid can get into that very easily, because of all the things that they have to wonder about -- how am I going to leave? Am I going to be able to be the person I want to be? That is the emotional resonance of Star Wars.
  • The script will be completed by September and then casting will begin. Spain will be a possible new location (after Tunisia, Italy for Naboo and Portugal)
  • No Darth Maul, but McCallum promises we have no idea what will come upon us. Personally can't wait for more casting info...
  • DiCaprio was just there to watch the movie, that's all.

    Be sure to visit CineScape Online



    Old News

  • TRAILERS

    Trailer 1 - Breathing

    Trailer 2 - Mystery

    Trailer 3 - Forbidden Love

    Trailer 4 - Clone War


    THE STORY

    Episode II takes place 10 years after Episode I. Padme is therefore 24 and Anakin 20.

    There is a love arc between Anakin and Padme, something Jedi are not supposed to do.

    The Clone Wars will take place, which will explain the origin of Boba Fett and the Stormtroopers.

    A new villian, Count Dooku, is introduced (played by veteran actor Christopher Lee).

    Filming will take place in 20th Century Fox's (name change to 21st Century Fox?) Australia Studios. The reason for this is that filming in England has become pretty expensive.

    George Lucas has confirmed that the Empire will be created at the end of Episode II. This leads to the assumption that since Obi-Wan was a general in the clone wars, and that the Jedi loose all official power with the coming of the empire, the clone wars shouls occur in Episode II

    George Lucas said that the finale will also be a cliffhanger, much like the ending of The Empire Strikes Back. Probably linked to the creation of the Empire

    "Carrie Fisher will be ghostwriting the dialog for the female characters, most importantly the character of Luke and Leia's mother. Fisher revealed in an interview with Variety's Army Archerd that the twin's mother will be 24 years of age by the start of the second film." (taken of the Corona Film site).


    PRODUCTION

    Lucas wants to film the entire movie digitally. This means better quality and the ability to process single images in the movie better, resulting in better effects (especially CG ones). The lens are being manufactured by Panavision, the cameras by Sony.

    However, filming digitally has its drawbacks, as the cameras are expensive. Therefore, scenes where the camera will be in danger of getting damaged will most likely be filmed using standard film.

    Tentative release date is May 2002. The budget should be the same as for Episode I ($120 million). However, as ILM now has all the digital techniques invented, as well as filming it digitally, might lower the budget.




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