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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Launch Party

LucasArts, Sony Computer Ent. America and Best Buy will commemorate the release of the upcoming videogame STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED with an exclusive launch party, offering eager gamers a chance to celebrate the saga and get their hands on the first copies of the game.

The party, which will be held at the Best Buy store at 1717 Harrison St. in San Francisco on Monday, September 15, will run from 7 p.m. until Midnight and will feature appearances by special guests, including:

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Star Wars Galaxies Online Trading Card Game Launched

LucasArts and Sony Online Ent. have launched the STAR WARS Galaxies Trading Card Game and its first release: "Champions of the Force."

"Champions of the Force" marks the first-ever STAR WARS trading card game offered exclusively online. Available to both current and former STAR WARS Galaxies subscribers, the STAR WARS Galaxies Trading Card Game provides players an entirely new gameplay experience by combining the challenge of a trading card game with the adventures and community of the massively multiplayer game.

For the first time online, players can:

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The Force Unleashed Now On Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network

PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners can now unleash the Force in the comfort of their own homes by downloading the demo of STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED from Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network.

The demo gives players a taste of one of the early levels in the game: the TIE Fighter Construction Facility, under siege by a Jedi General named Rahm Kota. The Secret Apprentice has been sent by Darth Vader to hunt down and destroy the General, but is also told that, in order to remain a secret, he is to leave no witnesses.

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Dave Filoni Talks Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The epic battles of the Clone Wars were briefly mentioned back in 1977 in STAR WARS: EPISODE IV -- A NEW HOPE, and now that conflict may end up with more screen time than anything else in the STAR WARS saga. Before a screening of the new 3D animated film STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, director Dave Filoni talked about the look of the film, integrating the storyline into the larger saga and the upcoming animated series on Cartoon Network.

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Star Wars, McDonald's Join Forces

This summer, McDonald's ventures into a galaxy far, far away for the first time ever. McDonald's and Lucasfilm Ltd. are teaming up to create a highly anticipated Happy Meal program, which will be available for a four-week period (August 15-September 11). Imaginations will take flight at McDonald's as customers of all ages join the intergalactic battle in the new STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS-themed Happy Meal experience.

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Former ILM-ers Start Studio, Talk Magi At SIGGRAPH

In a very well-attended panel at SIGGRAPH on Wednesday, former ILM artists Rob Coleman (STAR WARS: EPISODES I, II, III), Jamy Wheeler (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, STAR WARS: EPISODES II, III), John Helms (ERAGON, STAR WARS: EPISODE III) and Tim Naylor (TRANSFORMERS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST) regaled an attentive audience with the story of their creation of Lightstream Animation Studio, which they started from scratch after leaving the Lucas fold.

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Star Trek Online Goes Forth, Prospers

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that the long-awaited STAR TREK ONLINE game is nearing release.

Jack Emmert, Cryptic Studios' Chief Creative Officer said the player starts the game as the captain of a small Starfleet or Klingon Empire ship, customizing characters from pre-existing STAR TREK species -- from Klingons to Gorn -- or create a new alien race. Players increase in rank and gain larger vessels and more crew members as they progress.

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LeapFrog Explores Faraway Galaxies And New Frontiers

LeapFrog Enterprises announced two new educational game titles based on Lucasfilm's upcoming STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and one game based on the summer blockbuster INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

There are also plans for LeapFrog to develop two additional STAR WARS learning games for 2009. All new games will connect to the proprietary LeapFrog Learning Path, a free online tool that will show parents what their child is learning with their LeapFrog products.

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Cryptic Studios Gets Rights To Star Trek Online

Game developer and publisher Cryptic Studios has secured the global rights to develop and publish STAR TREK ONLINE, a massively multiplayer online game based on the legendary STAR TREK franchise, from CBS Consumer Products.

Cryptic will unveil the first STAR TREK ONLINE gameplay footage as well as details about this highly anticipated MMO at the annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 10, 2008. TREK fans from around the globe can also view the event live via webcast at

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- East Coast Debut

New York International Children's Film Festival presents a special advance screening of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, an exciting new addition to the STAR WARS universe and the first animated feature film from Lucasfilm. This event takes place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). This will be the first and only East Coast screening before the film opens nationally on August 15, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Lucasfilm.

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LucasArts Takes San Diego By Storm At Comic-Con 2008

From July 24-27, LucasArts will give show attendees the first-ever chance to play three of their upcoming and highly anticipated video game titles -- STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED, FRACTURE, and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. LucasArts will also unveil for the first time ever STAR WARS GALAXIES TRADING CARD GAME: CHAMPIONS OF THE FORCE.


Release Date: September 16, 2008Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS

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U.S. Premiere Of Star Wars: The Clone Wars At Egyptian

The U.S. premiere of the new CG-animated feature film STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Egyptian Theatre, where STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK debuted 28 years ago.

The historic Egyptian Theatre is also the home of the American Cinematheque, and all proceeds raised from the premiere of Lucasfilm Animation's first theatrical release will benefit the non-profit organization and its efforts to celebrate the moving picture in all of its forms. The Egyptian was also the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere, in 1922.

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Square Enix Rolls Out Exciting E3 2008 Lineup

Square Enix's lineup for E3 is an array of games ranging from remastered classics to brand-new IPs. In addition to the much anticipated next-gen titles INFINITE UNDISCOVERY, THE LAST REMNANT and STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE, Square Enix introduces STAR OCEAN: First Departure and STAR OCEAN: Second Evolution for PSP, TAITO Corporation's EXIT DS and The Legend of Kage 2 for Nintendo DS, and SONG SUMMONER: The Unsung Heroes, the first full-scale Role-Playing Game created for the iPod.

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Master The Lightsaber This Holiday With Star Wars: The Clone Wars On Wii And DS

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS from LucasArts will blast its way onto the Wii and Nintendo DS this holiday 2008. Bringing an entirely new look and feel to the galaxy far, far away, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS combines the cinematic qualities of the STAR WARS movies with state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery from artists at Lucasfilm Animation.

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Fringe To Have Comic Book Prequel

DC Comics will release a prequel to upcoming TV show FRINGE, according to USA TODAY. FRINGE, from J.J. Abrams (ALIAS, LOST, CLOVERFIELD, upcoming STAR TREK) is set to start airing this fall on Fox.

Writers and artists are still being hired, but DC will release the comic on August 27, two weeks before the two-hour premiere on September 9.

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Get Prepared For The Clone Wars At Star Wars Weekends

The Star Wars adventures continue on Aug. 15 with the theatrical release of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS from Lucasfilm Animation, and this year's Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort will offer fans an exciting, in-depth look at the making of this big-screen animated epic, per COMINGSOON.NET.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Trailers Debuts Today

On Thursday, May 8th, five Turner networks will broadcast the world-premiere trailer for STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. At 7:58 p.m. in all U.S. time zones, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, CNN, and Boomerang will debut two-minute preview of the animated adventure from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. It marks the first time a theatrical trailer has received a simultaneous, cross-network airing on Turner Networks. The trailer debuts in theaters on Friday, May 9th.

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The Force Is With Spike TV

Spike TV's telecast of the ad-supported cable television premiere of STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH on Sunday, April 6, was the highest rated movie in network history and the highest-rated movie of the year on ad-supported cable in the key demographics of Men 18-49 and Persons 18-49.

The final installment in the epic adventure saga from director and creator George Lucas drew 4.2 million viewers with a 3.0 household rating (2,859,000 homes), 2.7 in Men 18-49 (1,493,000), 2.4 in Men 18-34 (671,000), and a 2.1 in Persons 18-49 (2,388,000).

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The Force Will Be Unleashed On September 16

LucasArts today announced that its highly anticipated video game STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED will be released on September 16, 2008 in the United States, September 17 in Southeast Asia and Australia, and September 19 in Europe.

An entirely new chapter in the STAR WARS saga, STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy.

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Complete Star Wars Saga Coming To Spike TV

The Force is with Spike TV this April as the complete STAR WARS saga comes to basic cable.

Airing Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, and Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13, the two-weekend event includes the broadcast premiere of STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH and the basic cable premieres of STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE and STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES.

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Amulet Film To Star Will Smith's Kids

As reported by VARIETY and confirmed by the comic's author, Willow and Jaden Smith are attached to star in Warners' AMULET, an adaptation of Kazu Kibuishi's graphic novel.

Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road, Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment are producing.

The story is about a brother and sister who move into their late great-grandfather's house after their father dies, and must use an amulet to rescue their mother from an underground beast.

The Scholastic series has five book planned, with the second to be released this year.

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Star Trek Delayed To 2009

Paramount, in reshuffling their entire release calendar, has moved the debut of STAR TREK from Dec. 25 to May 8, 2009, VARIETY reports.

The studio said the moneymaking potential for the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams flick will be much higher in the summer, where it has no competition yet.

Industrial Light & Magic is doing the vfx for STAR TREK under the supervision of Roger Guyett, and that Paramount is also pushing back THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON from Nov. 26 to Dec.19, with Digital Domain handling the vfx.

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Animated Clone Wars Coming To Theaters

Lucasfilm Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. have announced that STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will not start as the TV series, but as a feature film this August. The feature release will precede the TV series, which will air on Cartoon Network and TNT this fall. Produced by Lucasfilm Animation, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will open in North American theaters Friday, Aug. 15. International release dates will be announced soon.

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Perry Goes Where No Madea Has Gone Before

Multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry has joined the cast of J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Perry -- writer, director and star of a series of films include MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION and DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN -- will play the head of the Starfleet Academy. The cast includes Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Leonard Nimoy, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Karl Urban, Chris Hemsworth, Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins Jr.