Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Episode 3) - Author
The official website has announced that the title for Episode 3 is "Revenge of the Sith", echoing the original title of Episode 6 - "Revenge of the Jedi", before it was changed to "Return of the Jedi".
Official Episode 3 Subscription Site (Episode 3) - Author
June 5 will mark a sneak preview of the new starwars.com web site. It will also debut a online subscription service called Starwars.com Hyperspace. For an annual price, subscribers will get to track filing of Episode 3, including a Webcam pointed at the production.
For more than 25 years, one of everyone's favourite characters has been R2-D2 - the loveable, feisty and heroic droid from the Star Wars series. This Autumn, Creature Labs and Hasbro are bringing R2-D2 to life for everyone to own!
"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."
Special Effects Making Of (Episode 2) - 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.
How Episode III starts (Episode 3) - Author
From a brief comment by George Lucas on Entertainment Tonight about Episode 3. He stated (spoiler alert) that the Clone Wars would end at the beginning of the film, and it would then become very small and personal.
Similar to The Empire Strikes Back, where the major battle happens first. About time, since the last 2 movies started kinda slow comapared to the original trilogy.
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'.