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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Disney Buys LucasFilm For $4.05bn & Promises New Ep7 Movie In 2015!




Yes it's very, very true... Disney is taking over the geek/movie world! 

Pixar, Marvel, and now LucasFilm... This is the official press release:



"Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future."




So what do you all think? I'm just skipping past all the crap and thinking "Episode 7? Awesome..."

Axe Cop Animated Series - Halloween 'Ask Axe Cop' Video

Don't know what Axe Cop is? Here's the creators description followed by the first animated video (voiced by Parks and Rec actor Nick Offerman*Ron Swanson*) based on the popular comic series.


"The AXE COP saga began on a Christmas visit to see my family. My Father, a man with very healthy loins, has managed to produce a variety of children, ranging from me, a 29 year old comic book artist, to my 5 year old brother Malachai, a 5 year old boy genius, with four other siblings in between. During the visit Malchai was running around with his toy fireman axe and he said he was playing "Axe Cop." He asked me to play with him, and I asked what my weapon was... so he brought me a toy flute (actually a recorder). I told him I would rather be Axe Cop then Flute Cop, and he seemed just fine with being Flute Cop. The story that followed became more and more brilliant, until I couldn't contain myself and I had to draw the whole thing into a one page comic. From there the saga continued, and over the course of my week-long visit we cranked out the first four episodes of AXE COP."



Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - New Poster And Trailer...

Below you'll find the brand new poster and 'red-band' trailer (NSFW) for the upcoming Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters movie...

Enjoy!





Angry Birds Star Wars - First Game-Play Video!

So here it is, the first video of the newest incarnation of the Angry Birds gaming franchise highlighting a few seconds of Luke and Leia game-play.

To be honest it looks a little weird/complicated with the weapon additions etc, but I have no doubt it'll be on my Apple devices promptly on the day of release!



GOODBYE AMY POND AND ALTERNATE DEPARTURE

In honor of the recently departed Amy POND aka Karen (The hottest redhead to grace our screens in a long time) GILLAN, I have compiled a few GIF's to deal with your withdrawal.

Although the departure was nothing spectacular, and was no where near as fitting as we had hoped for, it was still some good ol' fashioned WHO tear jerking storytelling. If it wasn't to your liking then check out the storyboarded ending that never was and I dare you not to shed a tear.


   
   
   
   
   































Bye bye Amy.....miss you already.

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NEW RED DAWN TRAILER

Thanks to MGM and their financial "troubles", we've had to wait for ages for this (almost 2 years to be precise) but the wait is almost over. It hits the cinemas on November the 21st.

Enjoy the trailer and get ready to resist!!




Monday, 29 October 2012