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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.
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AOTC DVD information - Author
"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."
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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.
|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.
Lucas speaks droid's memories - Author
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'.
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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.
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Some interesting reviews - Author
Two interesting reviews of Episode II with more interesting comments (beware spoilers!) than others:
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Yoda in action - Author
Theforce.net has a picture from the Star Wars Epic Duels Game showing Yoda with a lightsabre here
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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
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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.
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.
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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).
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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.
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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).
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.
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
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
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
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
Trailer 1 - Breathing
Trailer 2 - Mystery
Trailer 3 - Forbidden Love
Trailer 4 - Clone War
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).
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.